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AFP’s Peggy Venable: Raise your hands, Texans! You are subject to a shakedown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Statement by Peggy Venable, Texas Director, Americans for Prosperity On the Texas School Finance Lawsuit

AUSTIN –
Raise your hands, Texans! You are subject to a shakedown.

Today begins a months-long, billion-dollar financial shakedown cloaked as school finance. The early portion of the trial focuses on funding adequacy.

Again, Texas school districts are using tax dollars to sue the state for more tax dollars.

The lawsuit may be done in the name of the kids, but it isn’t about the kids.

Lawyers will be the big winners as they will likely be paid millions of our tax dollars to perpetuate this heist.

This school finance lawsuit has a new challenge. This round, taxpayers have entered the lawsuit challenging the efficiency in which education dollars are spent, as is required in the state constitution.

According to the Comptroller’s office, K-12 education funding has increased at a rate of five times faster than student enrollment growth from 1999-2009. But student performance isn’t reflecting that additional investment.

Taxpayers will ask how we can determine if the funding is adequate if the spending is inefficient, when half of the education funds are spent on instruction and the average school district has one non-teacher for each teacher.

Taxpayers should demand greater efficiency in education funding rather than simply continue to pour more money into the system.

The current system is unconstitutional because it is inefficient.

For further comments, contact Peggy Venable at (512) 423-2947 or pvenable@afptx.org.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity.

AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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Video: Sarah Palin’s Full “Patriots in the Park” Speech

By Gary P Jackson

I posted a report on Sarah Palin’s speech in Michigan Saturday. The only thing that was missing was a quality video of the entire speech.

Our buddy Ray at SarahNet found this to share:

Every time I watch one of Sarah Palin’s speeches, I’m reminded just how weak the current leadership of the Republican Party is. They are supposedly fighting for us, but they aren’t fighting the same fight Sarah and the rest of us are.

Mitt Romney and the GOP Establishment™ need to take notes. This is how it’s done boys!

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Massive Crowd for Sarah Palin in Michigan: Says Election is Between Party of Big Government vs Party of Big Freedom! **UPDATED

Experts on Super-Duper Committees keep making the same mistakes over and over again

~ Sarah Palin in Michigan

Ryan, @RJC115 , editor of Missouri4Palin.com got Sarah’s autograph and provided video feed below

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin drew a huge crowd to the Michigan Tea Party/Americans For Prosperity event. Here’s a taste from the live feed thanks to Ryan and The Right Scoop.

She really knocked it out of the park. No one catches the spirit of America better than Sarah Palin.

*****Updated with more of the speech*****

Scoop only has part of the speech. Ryan’s feed is now up at USTREAM, though you may have to endure a few advertisements along the way, you’ll see and hear most of Sarah’s speech here.

Hard working Texan Michelle McCormick made the trip and live tweeted the event, getting some neat photos and quotes.

Here’s Sarah signing autographs and being swarmed by supporters:

Holy crap…I just looked behind me and there’s a massive crowd here.

Death Panel mention ‪#Palin‬ Eat that DNC

#Palin‬ got a standing O at the “bitter clinger” line

#Palin‬ on an energy roll. Hitting that issue hard ‪#AFP

#Palin‬ offering solutions to counter Dem h/c plan. Team Romney needs to take note

With all due respect Mr President, the only prob you inherited was the office of the Presidency.

#Palin‬ worked the rope line hard. Nearly all got shirts signed, hands shaken & pics taken

See all of Michelle’s tweets and photos from the event here.

Justin Heilig the Missouri State Organize4Palin coordinator was also there live tweeting:

Restoration of our country is the most important thing we can engage in today” -@SarahPalinUSA

Why would anybody want to transform what is so good and great and strong about America?” -@SarahPalinUSA

Palin sites Unemployment stats “President Obama, if that’s what you call ‘hope’ then we want ‘change’” -@SarahPalinUSA

I hear him chanting ‘4 more years’ and we can start chanting ‘4 more MONTHS!‘” Crowds erupt in chanting @SarahPalinUSA

The first casualty of ObamaCare will be our mom and pop small businesses” @SarahPalinUSA

True ObamaCare did create thousands of jobs… 16000 of them for the IRS. Perhaps this should be called no bureaucrat left behind

The same guy who claimed he could turn back the rise of the oceans and heal the planet…. Has no plan” @SarahPalinUSA

2012 is a race between the party of Big Govt and the party of Big Freedom.” @SarahPalinUSA

Our vision is for a fundamental restoration of all that is good and strong and free in America” @SarahPalinUSA

Energy is the foundation of every thriving economy. Our President doesn’t understand it needs to be the foundation of ours.” @SarahPalinUSA

Experts on Super-Duper Committees keep making the same mistakes over and over again” -@SarahPalinUSA

When I think about Michigan I think ‘Made in America.’ Whats wrong with made in America energy?” @SarahPalinUSA

I don’t know what they’re thinking. Unicorns are prancing and they’re hoping lollipops and pixies will fuel your pick up truck

#Palin‬ “This is about fostering a genuine free market attitude where everyone has an equal opportunity not just those who grease the wheels

We understand that your vision is bringing America to her knees and ours will have her standing strong and proud again” @SarahPalinUSA

Palin’s speech is all about our vision for America. Makes you proud to be an American listening to her speak.

To see all of Justin’s tweets and photos from the event, click here.

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Sarah Palin to Headline Michigan Tea Party Event-Raise Money For Fallen and Wounded Soldiers

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin will be in Michigan this weekend speaking to the Willow Run Tea party Caucus and raising money for fallen and wounded troops.

From ClickOn Detroit:

LANSING, Mich. – Former Republicans vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker Saturday at a tea party event raising money for wounded soldiers.

Willow Run Tea Party Caucus director Dennis Moore told The Associated Press on Monday that Palin has confirmed she’ll attend.

The Patriots in the Park event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Belleville.

It’s sponsored by Americans for Prosperity-Michigan and the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus.

The event is free, but contributions will be collected for The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund.

Other speakers include Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, Union Conservatives founder Terry Bowman, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Wayne County’s Canton Township and leaders from Americans for Prosperity and tea party groups.

Campsites are available at the fairgrounds.

From the event website:

Patriots in the Park

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Noon to 6PM

Wayne County Fairgrounds

10871 Quirk Rd.

Belleville, MI 48111

[Near I-94 and Belleville Rd.]

Join us July 14th for great speakers and entertainment for the whole family as we meet friends to talk about many of the issues facing our nation.  With socialized health care, high gas prices, record debt, high unemployment, and a host of other issues, we’ve really got our work cut out for us.

Americans for Prosperity – Michigan has teamed up with the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus to bring you a lineup of speakers we hope will invigorate you to get involved in defending free markets and limited government.

Current confirmed speakers include:

Governor Sarah Palin, Writer, Commentator, Former Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate

Event MC: Thayrone X, Owner and Host on Ann Arbor’s WAAM Radio

Scott Hagerstrom, State Director at Americans for Prosperity – Michigan

Sen. Patrick Colbeck

Pastor Levon Yuille

Dr. David Janda, Ann Arbor Orthopedic Surgeon & Radio Host

Janice Daniels, Mayor of Troy, MI

Terry Bowman, UAW member and Founder of Union Conservatives

Area Tea Party Leaders

A VERY Special Nationally-known speaker (TBD)

Campsites Available; Call Wayne County Fairgrounds at 734-697-7002

All proceeds for this event will go to support The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund

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Americans for Prosperity Announces $9 Million Multi-State Ad Buy to Stop ObamaCare

By Gary P Jackson

This morning, during a nationwide conference call, Americans for Prosperity announced a $9 million multi-state effort to repeal ObamaCare.

This includes “a major multi-tiered effort that incorporates a major TV buy, online activism, social media buy, and significant grassroots action in a dozen states.

The new ad is called “Not A Tax” and will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin:

There is also an online petition you can sign.

To read AFP president Tim Phillips’ response to the disturbing Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare, click here.

Americans for Prosperity is one of the premier groups fighting for Liberty and Freedom. Sarah Palin has spoken at many of their events, including Madison, Wisconsin in support of Governor Walker’s reforms, and the recent Right Online event in Las Vegas.

To learn more about the outstanding work Americans for Prosperity is doing on your behalf, check out their website. To get even more involved, look in the upper left-hand corner of their website and choose the chapter in your state.

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Tea Party, Americans for Prosperity, Sarah Palin [Her Supporters] and Strong Leadership Win in Wisconsin

Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye photo

By Gary P Jackson

First let me say, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Lt Governor Rebecca Kleefisch are real heroes. They stood up to armed union thugs, suffered death threats, and other acts of violence, just to save the state they love so much.

Governor Walker has a plan for Wisconsin that works. He’s taken a $3 billion budget deficit and turned it into a projected $275.1 million surplus on June 30, 2012 and a $154.5 million surplus on June 30, 2013. That ain’t chickenfeed!

By short-stopping the union thug bosses and ending collective bargaining for government workers, Governor Walker was able to save hundreds of union jobs those thug bosses would have gladly sacrificed for a fatter payday.

In short, Governor Walker is showing the way out for blue and purple state governments, and well as the federal government. Hopefully he’ll inspire a national Right-to-Work movement so that all of America can be as prosperous and productive as the states that already have Right-to-Work laws.

Governor Walker and Lt Governor Kleefisch prove that all any politician needs is courage and a good plan.

That’s not what has me all jigged-up though.

After the landslide win by Walker and Kleefisch, democrats … who just days before were declaring this the election to end all elections …. the most important of all time …. where whining about the money spent [never mind both sides spent roughly the same] and declaring the whole thing meaningless.

Then we have the Republican Establishment sitting back and grinning like the cat that ate the canary.

Yes, I know Reince Priebus, the RNC chair sent some resources, but it wasn’t a big effort. Frankly, listening to the after-talk, it seems to the RNC, this was more about setting up a large GOTV structure for November, rather than making sure Walker won. Maybe I’m too sensitive to this stuff, but that’s how I see it anyway.

One of the things the “conservative” talking heads, who were busy patting themselves on the back election night, were pointing out was the fact that Barack Obama was AWOL, sending a rather pathetic little tweet in support, late into the process, rather than going to Wisconsin. Well, that’s actually better than Mitt Romney managed. [and the democrats had no problem pointing it out]

Noted Profile in Courage™ Mitt Romney waited until the networks called the race for Walker and Kleefisch, at which point it was apparent that we were looking at a landslide victory. Then Mitt decided it was time to speak up about Liberty and Freedom.

Don’t even get me started on Karl “Tokyo” Rove and the rest of the clowns. Rove has yet to acknowledge any of the hard work by the Tea Party groups and the regular American people who came to help out. Evidently, to Rove, they don’t exist.

What is missing, even on many of the bigger “conservative” sites, is mention of all of the hard work by the Tea Party groups, Americans for Prosperity, and Sarah Palin, as well as many of her strong supporters.

It was an Americans for Prosperity event that brought Sarah Palin to Madison, Wisconsin last year. This is the famous “Game On!” speech where Sarah not only took on the union thugs, but told the GOP Establishment that they needed to “Fight Like a Girl!,” her cute way of saying “grow a pair why don’t ya!

As you see in the video, Sarah, and the Tea Party crowd was surrounded by armed, violent union thugs, who had been terrorizing the streets of Madison in the months previous. She never blinks. Instead, she talks above the thugs, and reaches out to rank and file union workers telling them they didn’t have to be intimidated by their union leaders, and that Governor Walker was looking to save their jobs, not take them away.

It worked too. We’ve learned 38% of union households voted for Walker and Kleefisch.

Part of the reforms Governor Walker put in place, mean the state government is no longer the bag man for the unions. No longer collecting the “tribute” workers are forced to pay to the union thugs just to have a job. Without government automatically taking the union dues out of their checks, tens of thousands of workers abandoned the unions. AFSCME the powerful municipal union saw more than 30,000 members, over 50% of their membership, take a hike.

No wonder the union thugs were steaming bloody murder! It turns out, if workers are actually given a choice, most would rather not pay “tribute” to these fat cats!

I can’t imagine any member of the Republican “leadership” being able to give the speech Sarah did, or inspire so many to follow her lead. It takes courage to walk into the middle of a hostile mob, look em in the eye and say “Bring it!

Americans for Prosperity and their people did a yeoman’s job of raising money, setting up a GOTV effort, and so on. If you aren’t keeping up with all of the good work they do nationwide on your behalf, here is their website, check it out.

Then there is the Tea Party Express. If you are on their mailing list, you know just how busy Amy Kremer and her crew were. After working brilliantly in Texas, TPE took their brand new mobile call center, a bus filled with phone banks, to Wisconsin to make last minute phone calls to voters.

Both AFP and Tea Party Express are great groups of patriots. If you have any spare change lying around there are a lot worse ways to spend it!

That brings us to Sarah Palin’s top supporters. Organize4Palin was well represented in Wisconsin.

Contributing Editor Whitney Pitcher, who is also the Illinois organizer for American Grizzlies United [O4P] traveled to Wisconsin, not only to take in a few rallies, but man the phone lines, smilin’ and dialin’.

Hard working Texan Michelle McCormick, who also spent a lot of time organizing in Iowa last year, was there. Here’s a bit from a note I got from Whitney a few days ago that I’d like to share:

Michelle and I went up to Wisconsin and attended the Madison Tea Party Express rally on Friday and the Racine Tea Party rally on Saturday morning. We spent the rest of Saturday at the Racine Victory Center making phone calls and did some block walking too.

Bill, the O4P coordinator in WI, has worked tirelessly the past several months making phone calls and other grassroots activities. Brian Lerch, one of our Illinois O4P volunteers, came up Saturday too. Janne Myrdal, the former ND O4P coordinator, came for several days and was even a poll watcher on election day. There were a few other O4P folks who helped leading up to the election as well.

Here’s Michelle McCormick and Whitney [Michelle is wearing the dark jacket]

This is [L to R] Brian Lerch, State Senator Van Wanggaard, Michelle, and Whitney at the Racine Victory Center:

[L to R] “Converted Democrat” Tamra, former IL state rep candidate Danielle Rowe, Whitney, Michelle:

Makin’ calls:

Big Crowd in Racine:

Whitney also sent along this video of Rebecca Kleefisch at the rally. No wonder Sarah Palin likes her so much. This woman has some fire in her belly!

Rebecca is definitely someone we will be watching. She is one of the rising stars of the Conservative movement.

I admire each and every one of these patriots who gave up their time to save Wisconsin from the big democrat machine and the union thugs, who were sucking the lifeblood out of Wisconsin before Governor Walker came along. These people, the members of Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Express, [and all of the Tea Party groups] and all of our friends at American Grizzlies/Organize4Palin, are who we should be thanking. They, along with Governor Walker and Lt Governor Kleefisch are the winners here, along with the people of Wisconsin.

These are the folks who are showing all of America how it’s done.

The Republican Establishment may be crowing over “their” big victory, but we all know that it was a much larger effort by a lot of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things.

Sarah Palin reminds America often that one doesn’t need a title to make a difference. The great victory in Wisconsin proves it.

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