It’s a states’ rights and economic growth issue, they argue.
Forget legalizing pot: Two of the most powerful Republicans in the Senate believe there’s a much stronger chance to legalize growing hemp in the U.S., opening up an entirely new market for crops, health food, oil, shirts, towels and even dog toys.
Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul and Rep. Thomas Massie are pushing legislation in both chambers of Congress that would remove the less-potent member of the cannabis family from the federal list of controlled substances, allowing its return to America’s farmland after more than 40 years.
Read more by Jenny Hopkinson at Politico.com
A month ago, I referred to Barack Obama as “quite simply, anti-Israel.” Events in the last month have only confirmed that judgment.
There are many arguments one could marshall to support that assertion, but it strikes me that among the most compelling is this: Mr. Obama has more anger toward Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, than he has toward any other regime in the world–including the most oppressive ones. He has treated the prime minister of the Jewish state with more disrespect and pettiness than any other world leader–including the most brutal ones. The time and energy that President Obama and his administration have spent on attacking Mr. Netanyahu–on the record, on background, and off the record–is astonishing. Only Obama’s golf game seems to command more of his time and passion than does Israel, though with the former it’s all positive energy and with the latter it’s all negative energy.
–SNIP– Mr. Netanyahu is everything Barack Obama is not: Strong, tough, shrewd, unwilling to bend and bow to tyrants and willing to stand up for his nation and defend it abroad. On some level, Mr. Obama must surely know this. He hates Mr. Netanyahu for it, even as others of us admire him all the more for it.
Read more by Peter Wehner at CommentaryMagazine.com
–SNIP– Just another day in the Eric Cartman presidency. Practically speaking, today’s Left finally has the situation it wants: a sufficiently progressive president in his second term is, in effect, an unchecked dictator. The only checks and balances the constitution provides are money, nominations, and impeachment. The political and media climate have removed impeachment as a viable option; nomination disruption is a pathetic response to a president committed to Caesarism – “oh, are you going to block my nominees to DOJ, fine I’ll just ban bullets.” That leaves funding, and Republican leaders have publicly committed themselves not to using that leverage at all.
Barack Obama is basically operating now without any congressional checks and balances whatsoever. There is the Judiciary and nothing else preventing him from doing anything he wants. And there is no reason to believe he will abide by court rulings. Federal law is such a thicket now, and litigation so complicated, that for every door the Courts choose to close, there are dozens of cracked-open windows the Executive can try to pry open. It’s a game of constitutional whack-a-mole, and by the time the court rulings come down, you have to deal with the consequences of the illegal steps the president has taken in the meantime.
Read more by Ben Domenech at TheFederalist.com
RPW STATE CONVENTION: May 15-17, 2015, LaCrosse, WI
*First District Caucus: Sat. March 21, Registration at 8:30, Caucus at 9:00. at Copper Falls Restaurant, 102 Allen St., Clinton, WI
*Fourth District Caucus: Sat. March 28, Registration & Buffet Breakfast begins at 9:30am. Caucus starts around 10 - 10:30am. Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI.
*Fifth District Caucus: Sun. March 22. Hilton Gardens Hotel at Park Place. The location is right off Hwy 41/45 at Good Hope Road. We will have the brunch followed the our caucus business.
*Sixth District Caucus:
The official caucus of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County (RPMC) will be on Sat. February 21, 2015.
Special guests are Vicki McKenna of WISN Radio and 6th CD Rep. Glenn Grothman.
Registration at 8:00am. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am. The caucus will begin at 9:00am.
Location: Radisson Milwaukee North Shore, 7065 North Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217
THIS IS A MEMBER EVENT ONLY. Membership renewals must by made no later than Thursday February 12, 2015 to be eligible to vote. New members must join no later than Friday January 23, 2015 to be eligible to vote and attend the meeting.
Caucus agenda includes election of Executive Board officers and members-at-large for 2015 to 2017; adoption of rules, credentials, resolutions; constitution changes tabled from last year; vote on delegates/alternates; and any other business to come before the caucus.
REGISTER ONLINE FOR COUNTY CAUCUS
If you want to be on the RPMC Exec Board, contact Jay Hintze.
SIX BRANCHES OF THE RPMC:
There is no admission charge for branch caucuses (caucii?), but you must be a current member of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County to participate in your local caucus.
If you want to be on the board of a local branch of the RPMC, contact the current branch chair, and attend your local branch caucus.
1. Milwaukee North: Sam Hagedorn, chair
Tues. January 20, 2015, 7pm at Mama’s on 78th & Burleigh.
2. Milwaukee South: Michael Murphy, chair
Mon. January 19, 2015, 6:30pm, at Joe’s K Ranch, 4840 S. Whitnall Ave., Cudahy, WI 53110
3. Northshore: Avi Zarmi, chair
Wed. January 21, 2015, at the Glendale Radisson Hotel. The Lincoln Dinner starts at 6:00; the caucus will be at the end, probably 7:30 or so.
4. Southwest Suburban: Roseann Dieck, chair, email@example.com
Wed. January 28, 2015, 6:00pm, at Franklin Public Library, 9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin, WI
5. Wauwatosa: Becky Geary, chair
Wed. January 21, 2015, 6:30pm, at the Wauwatosa Fire Department on Underwood.
6. West Allis/West Milwaukee: Ron Rieboldt, chair
Thur. January 29, 2015, 7pm at the RPMC HQ.
Nominations and election will be held for the position on Secretary of the Republican Women of Greater Milwaukee at the next membership meeting on:
Saturday, March 14, 2015
1657 S. 108th St. West Allis WI
Press 2005: We have to question every single Bush action and statement.
Press 2015: How dare anyone question an Obama action or statement?
The Real History of Gun Control
UCLA Constitutional law professor Adam Winkler – whose commentary has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and numerous other outlets, and who is a contributor to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post – notes (via the Wall Street Journal):
[The history of gun control in America] was a constant pressure among white racists to keep guns out of the hands of African-Americans, because they would rise up and revolt.
The KKK began as a gun-control organization. Before the Civil War, blacks were never allowed to own guns. During the Civil War, blacks kept guns for the first time – either they served in the Union army and they were allowed to keep their guns, or they buy guns on the open market where for the first time there’s hundreds of thousands of guns flooding the marketplace after the war ends. So they arm up because they know who they’re dealing with in the South. White racists do things like pass laws to disarm them, but that’s not really going to work. So they form these racist posses all over the South to go out at night in large groups to terrorize blacks and take those guns away. If blacks were disarmed, they couldn’t fight back.
Read more at WashingtonsBlog.com
Special Guest: State Rep. Janel Brandtjen
from 9am-10am at Denny’s Restaurant, 11155 W.North Ave. Wauwatosa
Come “Coffee Klatch” with us!
A Coffee Klatch is:
· Casual – don’t dress up! There’s no program, no sign-in sheet, and it’s an opportunity for all of us to chat, meet like-minded friends and talk over what’s going on in our world
· “Dutch Treat” – everyone buys their own coffee/breakfast/whatever they want to eat or drink)
· Scheduled for a Saturday morning in the months that the RWGM doesn’t have General Membership Meetings
· Held at various locations around Milwaukee County (Denny’s this time, if you have a place to suggest please let me know)
· A great opportunity to introduce your friends to Republican Women!
Bring a friend. RSVP are not required, but are helpful to assure we have enough tables and seats for everyone. To RSVP, please email Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org
at the RPMC Office 1488 S. 84th St. At 7:00 pm.
Discussion of the recent County Caucus
Up-Coming District Caucuses
Guest Speaker: Sandy Hammel
Topic: Common Core
Yours for Republican Victories,
Kevin M. Soczka, Chair
Imagine that I’m a political consultant. This week, my clients, who are all government employees, are hopping mad about cuts in their state’s spending.
“Don’t worry, folks,” I tell them, muttering something random about “optics” and “externalities,” which is the oldest political consultant trick in the book. “Here’s the plan. Gather a group of about 100 protestors, invade a quiet residential neighborhood, and shout through bullhorns at the governor’s house!”
Talk about winning hearts and minds! Lest you doubt, the plan gets even better. Having forgotten that the governor lives in the state governor’s mansion, not his old house—details, details—my gullible group of protestors will actually be bellowing at a house where the governor’s elderly parents live, all alone!
Read more by Heather Wilhelm at RealClearPolitics.com
God, and man, and gay marriage, at Marquette University.
Professor John McAdams of Marquette University has been in hot water before. A tenured associate professor of political science at the Jesuit-run institution, Professor McAdams’ generally conservative views are not popular with the university administration. Before the university’s latest action, he was suspended without due process, treated as though he presented a violent threat to someone, and had his current schedule of classes canceled. Then, on January 30, the professor received notice that the university was taking steps to revoke his tenure and fire him.
His crime? The defense of academic freedom and free speech on campus. On November 9 2014, McAdams posted an item on his Marquette Warrior blog reporting a recorded conversation between an undergraduate student and the instructress of a class in the “Theory of Ethics,” under the aegis of the faculty in philosophy. The instructress, Cheryl Abbate, is a doctoral candidate at the university in philosophy, and was serving as a TA. Abbate was recorded as telling the student that she would not tolerate the expression of certain opinions in the class, specifically citing the student’s opposition to same-sex marriage, on the grounds that such opinions might “offend” some other class member (so far as anyone can tell, the only one in the class offended at the time was Abbate); when the student persisted, she invited him to drop the class, which he eventually did.
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com