#LLPH: Dan Sullivan for Alaska Senator #AKSEN

dan sullivan for senate

LLPH is proud to recommend Dan Sullivan to be the next senator from Alaska. This Tuesday, he will face a primary, and we need him to win. He is a strong conservative who can beat the incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Begich. Senator Begich has a score of 1% with LLPH, representing his strong liberal record.

Senator Begich likes to pretend to be a moderate, but what kind of moderate is he? A strong supporter of Obamacare, being one of those to vote yes on its passage. A moderate who voted for every spending increase and new agency that has been proposed. He is happy to send more money overseas while our debt continues increasing. He has consistently supported radical liberal judicial nominees. It is time to defeat him this November.

Dan Sullivan has been endorsed by our friends at the Club for Growth. They state,

In 2009 then-Governor Sarah Palin appointed Dan to be Alaska’s Attorney General. After a year and a half, current Governor Sean Parnell appointed Dan as Alaska’s Chairman of the Department of Natural Resources. Dan wrote Alaska’s challenge to ObamaCare and stood up to the onerous collusion between environmental groups and the Obama Administration on behalf of Alaska. In addition, Dan spearheaded a successful effort to get Alaska’s Legislature to repeal publicly popular anti-growth taxes on the cruise ship and oil and gas industries.

Former Governor Sarah Palin trusted him. Current Governor Sean Parnell trusted him. Alaskans can trust him to go to Washington D.C. and fight for fiscal sanity and a new, improved government. He will join leaders like Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Ted Cruz, and others in fighting for a better future for the next generation.

Here’s his website: http://www.sullivan2014.com/

Vote for him on Tuesday and let’s win in November!

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#LLPH Recommends Candidate David Young for #IA03 General Election! #Liberty

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Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul, a close friend of LLPH, endorsed David Young for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. David Young has served honorably as chief of staff for Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, a decent conservative senator. Today, LLPH is honored to join other conservative voices in supporting David Young for congress in what is expected to be a top race to watch this November.

David Young has concrete proposals on how to get the fiscal house in order in Washington D.C. and cut our debt.

David has proposed a set of Better Budget Principles rooted in Iowa common sense, which will put the United States on a path toward getting our fiscal house in order.

Balanced Budget Amendment – The concept here is simple: never spend more money than you have revenue. In Iowa, this concept is just common sense.

Zero Based Budgeting – this solution simply means that each year, the funding level for all government programs and agencies will begin at $0. This is a better budgeting practice than giving every program the same amount as last year, plus a raise.
Sunset Legislation – attaching a sunset clause to every law enacted by Congress means policies will no longer outlive their usefulness. When the sunset date arrives, Congress will examine the program anew and determine if it should continue for another finite period of time.

Full Federal Audit – the budget of every government department and agency should undergo a thorough outside audit to ensure taxpayer funds are being used in the most effective manner possible.

He will work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free market solutions, cut regulations, and hold government accountable.

He agrees that every department has a certain amount of waste and that no department should be spared from review:

Well, you know, you can look at every agency, and that is what I would do, from the Defense Department, Department of Commerce, what have you, there’s plenty of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in there. And so we need to really, we need to go after that. And we, certainly at this point we need to really freeze spending.

Here’s David Young’s website: http://www.youngforiowa.com/
Here’s his acceptance speech: http://rare.us/story/meet-david-young-the-new-heater-from-van-meter/

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#LLPH Endorsed #TN03 Candidate Weston Wamp Writes About #Conservatives, #RandPaul, #Leadership!

Weston Wamp, LLPH endorsed candidate for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, wrote about his final week of campaigning and the importance of conservative values while being willing to work with the other side. He has come under the attacks and lies of the incumbent, Chuck Fleischmann (who has a pathetic 59% from LLPH in a district that is R+16).

Weston Wamp is a young businessman who will take conservative principles to Washington D.C.

Here’s what he wrote:

Those in politics operate in a bubble. A world defined by often punitive party lines and narrow ideological thinking. It creates an unhealthy divide between the real world and the political class. Having grown up around politics, I’m aware of the bubble and mostly immune to it.

That’s why I’m the only primary Congressional candidate in the country who won’t back down from my belief that we’ve got to work together, Republicans and Democrats, to fix our very dysfunctional government. Because of that, I’ve been accused of being a RINO (Republican in name only) or worse. But that’s absurd. I’m for less government at the federal level, I think Obamacare needs to be replaced, I advocate the FairTax plan and I’m conservative on social issues.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a TEA Party hero, has recently forged a productive legislative partnership with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a young progressive Democrat. Are Rand Paul’s conservative credentials now weak because he seeks to work across the aisle on issues such as prison reform? Of course not. Much like our own Senator Bob Corker, Paul is simply proving that he doesn’t want to waste his time in Washington mired in a finger pointing contest.

That sophomoric finger pointing in our nation’s capital is what drove me to make a second run for Congress at 27 years old. As recently as last week, House Republicans continue to redefine immaturity by their inability to work with each other, let alone the minority party. For those still holding my age against me, please look no further than the embarrassing behavior of our very “seasoned” Congress. Next, please come and visit Lamp Post Group where many of us in our twenties quite ably run growing companies that will put Chattanooga on the map for a generation to come.

Here’s Weston Wamp’s Website: https://www.westonwamp.com/
His primary is this Thursday (August 8, 2014). We need him in Washington D.C. where he will stand up to both parties and will be a unique, fresh voice. He’s been endorsed by conservative voices like Senator Tom Coburn and Former Senator Rick Santorum.

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#House Key Vote Alert: “NO” on #HR5230 (Border Supplemental Bill)! #NoAmnesty

LLPH urges all members of the House of Representatives to vote AGAINST H.R. 5230, which makes supplemental appropriations ($659 million) until September 30, 2014 (the end of the fiscal year).

The problem with the border supplemental is not the cost, but the policy problems with the bill.

Numbers USA, RedState, Conservative HQ, and numerous other conservative groups and leaders have come out AGAINST this bill. The GOP leadership is attempting to lure members with the promise of a vote on a watered-down bill to end DACA (Deferred Action by the President).

Madison Project listed the Top 10 Problems with this bill:

The bill proposed by House Republicans (H.R. 5230), not only fails to address the root causes of the border surge or hold President Obama accountable, it actually weakens current law. While distracting from Obama’s DACA and promises of amnesty with statutory minutia over the 2008 anti-trafficking law, the House bill actually makes matters worse and voids out the entire purpose of modifying that law:

1) No Mention of DACA Amnesty: This is not only the cause of the border surge, it is an ongoing threat as Obama openly promises to grant amnesty for 5-6 million more people. The glaring omission and the fear to even mention it will not go unnoticed by Obama.

2) Only Addresses UACs: Republicans have completely bought into the messaging from the White House that this crisis is all about unaccompanied children. Yet, UACs only account for 20% of the recent surge in border crossings. This bill does nothing to address the catch and release policies of the other 80%.

3) Does Not End Catch and Release: Although the bill repeals Section 235(a) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking law and places UACs from non-contiguous countries into judicial proceedings, nowhere does it prevent HHS from releasing them into custody of relatives (often illegal immigrants) during the myriad of delays in proceedings subject to the discretion of the judge. So even though they are selling this bill as a means of expedited removal, as it requires adjudication within 7 days and a decision within 72 hours thereafter, that is only relevant to those who bother to attend or show up to subsequent hearings. Without ending catch and release, almost none of the UACs will ever appear before a court.

4) Does Not Close Asylum Loophole: Even those few who appear before the court and are ruled inadmissible to the U.S. can have a chance to apply for asylum with a claim of “credible fear.” [page 21] As we already know, there is an unlimited supply of pro bono immigration attorneys who will coach them to claim persecution. A whopping 92% of credible fear applicants have been approved in recent years. Once their claim is accepted, they will be sent back to HHS and likely released into custody of relatives. This bill actually insults our intelligence and addresses the asylum loophole in Section 106….only for drug smugglers! Everyone else is explicitly granted the opportunity to seek asylum.

5) Makes UAC Crisis Worse with De Facto Amnesty: Section 103 [page 27] of this bill mimics the provision in Senator Cornyn’s bill, which actually makes it easier for recent arrivals to thwart deportation than under current law. It allows all those who received a Notice to Appear since January 2013 to get a second bite at the apple. Their notice will be expunged and they will have another chance to apply for admission, even if they ignored previous orders to appear. The immigration judge will then have sole discretion to grant amnesty as long as “the granting of such motion would not be manifestly unjust.” [Section 103(c)(3)]

6) Actually liberalizes law on Mexican UACs: Changing the 2008 Wilberforce law and equalizing treatment of UACs from Mexico with those from Central America is a double-edged sword. While making the laws governing those from Central America stricter (although other provisions will void that out, as noted above), this bill will liberalize the laws governing Mexican UACs. Under current law, they can be returned to Mexico immediately [8 U.S.C. §1232(a)(2)(A)]. The House bill will place them into the same judicial process as other UACs, granting them the opportunity to be released and/or to apply for asylum.

7) Keeps HHS Throughout Entire Process: One of the purposes of repealing the Wilberforce law governing UACs from Central America was so that we can prevent HHS from helping integrate them into the country. This bill keeps them in the custody of HHS throughout the entire judicial process and never mandates “detention” in a legal sense.

8) No Mission for National Guard: While the bill appropriates funds for any usage of the National Guard at or near the border, it never explicitly calls for activating the military, nor does it mandate how Obama uses the soldiers. Barring specific directions, Obama can and will use them for his purposes.

9) Transferring UACs to Military Bases: Instead of barring the use of military bases to house the UACs, Section 302 of the bill merely expresses “ the sense of Congress” that the administration notify them before doing so. Ironically, with regards to DACA, the House was too scared to even express their sense that the president should no longer grant administrative amnesties.

10) No Fence: Any discussion of dealing with the border crisis without mandating completion of the Secure Fence Act – the only proven method – is worthless.

Mickey Kaus, a conservative leader, wrote a column against the watered-down DACA bill: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/31/no-on-boehner-supertrap-bill/
Conservative HQ wrote against the bill as well: http://www.conservativehq.com/node/17893
RedState’s Erick Erickson wrote against this bill: http://www.redstate.com/2014/07/31/this-is-inexcusable/

Many Democrats plan to vote against the bill…although for WRONG reasons. They will not get away with this. They forget there was an amendment offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4):
Amendment prohibits use of funds from going to cities that have passed and enacted sanctuary cities or sanctuary political subdivisions.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll266.xml

AND ONLY 2 DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT! Democrats will be scored based on their vote on this amendment. Why should we fund sanctuary cities?

LLPH urges all members, especially Republicans, to vote AGAINST this bill. At best it does not solve the problem, at worst it is a lawless bill. VOTE NO!

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LLPH #Senate Key Vote: “YES” on Lee #TEAct & “NO” on Highway Bill!

LLPH urges all members to vote YES on the Lee Amendment to the Highway Bill, which is expected to be voted on today. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)’s amendment will return money and the building of roads to the states.

As our friends at the Madison Project states:

“It’s time we free the states and the citizens from the paralysis, waste, and fraud that is associated with the lobbyist-driven federal transportation policy. Like other federal policies, it has encumbered growth and development for far too long. We urge all senators to oppose the underlying bill and adopt Sen. Lee’s amendment to empower the states with authority over transportation and abolish the gasoline tax.”

If the amendment fails, LLPH will urge senators to vote AGAINST the Highway Bill. Madison Project stated concerning this bill,

“With so much waste, inefficiency, and debt in the federal transportation system, the time is ripe for the Senate to go big on transportation policy,” said Daniel Horowitz, policy director of the Madison Project. “The current highway bill before the Senate invests even more money into the sinkhole of federal transportation policy and uses the most absurd accounting gimmicks to offset the $10.8 billion tab. The endless debt and constant threat of increased federal taxes exposes the absurdity of running something like transportation of 50 states from the nation’s capital.”

Read more from the Madison Project: http://madisonproject.com/2014/07/madison-project-urges-senators-to-oppose-highway-bill-adopt-mike-lees-innovation/

Freedomworks, the Club for Growth, and Heritage Foundation have promised to score likewise on the amendment and then the bill.

In addition, LLPH may score votes on the following amendment:

YES on Toomey Amendment (Under Toomey’s amendment, after a disaster has been declared by the president, or an emergency declared by a governor, any damaged or destroyed highway, bridge, or transit facility could be rebuilt in the same location “with the same capacity, dimensions, and design.” The rebuilding projects would be exempt from most environmental reviews and permit requirements.)

http://blogs.rollcall.com/the-container/toomey-would-skip-most-environmental-reviews-in-post-disaster-rebuilding/

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#LLPH #Senate Key Vote: “NO” on Pamela Harris Nomination for Circuit Court!

LLPH urges all senators to vote NO on the nomination of Pamela Harris to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Thanks to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tyrannical rule, judges are being confirmed at the will of President Obama and his cronies. But that does not mean that freedom-loving senators should not stand up and fight and vote no.

Pamela Harris would be a disaster if confirmed to our country’s courts:

FRC Action released this statement on Ms. Harris:

President Obama is on a mission to fill the nation’s highest courts with activist judges who will rubber stamp his liberal agenda.

His latest candidate is Georgetown Law professor and self-proclaimed “liberal” Pamela Harris. Right now, Senators are considering confirming her to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals where she would have a lifetime appointment to interpret the Constitution in her own image.

In fact, that’s exactly what she’s said she’d do. Speaking on a panel in 2009, Harris said, “my own best reading of the Constitution, it’s pretty close to where I am. Because I think the Constitution is a profoundly progressive document…” Harris has declared that the Constitution ought to take its meaning from her favored social movements instead of what the Framers intended. “Yes, the values, the principles, on some level of generality, are there at the beginning,” Harris said on another panel in 2008, “but they take their meaning—and they should take their meaning—from what comes after.”

This politicized view of the federal bench in which courts bend to the fashions of social movements shows a profound misunderstanding of the limited powers of a federal judge and usurps what should be the role of our elected representatives.

LLPH urges all senators, especially the Democrat senators who have gotten used to going along to get along, to look very closely at this nominee who interprets the Constitution with her own interpretation, not based on the founder’s intent and vote NO on her nomination. We will score this vote in our scorecard.

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Gone, Going, Gone: #Conservative Hitch Hiker’s Guide for Next Two Weeks!

I’m going to be gone on vacation for the next two weeks with limited internet connection. I feel bad about leaving everyone hanging on what is going on for the next two weeks, so I’m going to give as much help as I can.

HAPPENINGS IN CONGRESS:

I’ve been scoring votes without releasing key vote alerts recently. And I reserve the right to score any votes that occur that deal with issues of fiscal responsibility, liberty, and the Constitution.

The House of Representatives will meet on July 8-11 and July 14-17.
The U.S. Senate will meet on July 7-11 and July 14-18.

Both chambers are expected to work on Appropriations bills. Possible consideration of legislation dealing with the Export-Import Bank (which LLPH strongly opposes and will score as a 10-pointer) as well as dealing with the Highway Trust Fund (which needs major reforms before renewal). Expect a lot of spending cuts and liberty issues to be dealt with.

We expect the House will likely work on either the Energy or the Agriculture Appropriations. A lot of opportunity to cut spending!

Here are some sites to watch their key votes (if they’re scoring it, I’m likely scoring it as well):
Freedomworks
Club for Growth
National Taxpayers Union
Campaign for Liberty
Generation Opportunity

Follow me on Twitter: @SpoaSteph (I’ll try to tweet out some).

ELECTIONS:

July 15, 2014:

AL-06: GARY PALMER
NC-06: MARK WALKER

Also, we need to be helping out the Georgia candidates who will be up for runoffs on July 22, 2014:

GA-SEN: JACK KINGSTON
GA-01: BOB JOHNSON
GA 10: JODY HICE
GA 11: BARRY LOUDERMILK

A few additional websites:
Liberty Conservatives
The Hill
Roll Call

Remember to follow me on Twitter (I’ll try to get out updates).

This should help you for the next few weeks. I’ll be back soon!

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