Archive for the ‘State’ Category
Rand Paul sends Snapchats, Jeb Bush makes his own Instagram videos, and Hillary Clinton comments on current events and policy through Twitter. Soon, they may all be broadcasting major speeches and private events through Meerkat—if they haven’t already. In the social-media-driven world of modern politics, “digital first” is the mantra of presidential campaigns.
As if to underscore that point, Ted Cruz announced the official launch of his campaign for the Oval Office through a simple tweet just after midnight Monday morning. “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support,” said the tweet, which included a link to a 30-second video. The conservative firebrand is the first potential candidate to enter the 2016 race, and will kick off his campaign at Liberty University on Monday, the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act.
Digital strategies—once novelties in 2004, add-ons in 2008 and must-haves by 2012—are now the engine rooms of presidential campaigns. The considerations about digital, touching every aspect of presidential bids, even influence how and when the campaigns for the White House will launch, experts told RCP in interviews.
Read more by By Alexis Simendinger & Caitlin Huey-Burns at RealClearPolitics.com
The sad truth in the USA, as we explained in great detail here, incentives to ‘work’ are increasingly non-existent. Thanks to a never-ending stream of benefits from the great and powerful Oz, as CNBC’s Rick Santelli notes, Disability payments (of which there are 14 million people covered in the US - none of which count towards the unemployment rate) pay around $13,000 per year (versus $15,000 for minimum wage work). However, Santelli exclaims, the people on disability get healthcare; and this program costs the US $300 billion per year. Is it any wonder that only 1% of those who were on disability in Q1 2011 have left? Santelli comments, “I’m not saying there aren’t people that are on disability that shouldn’t be, but much of it is illnesses like back pain… it’s a judgment call,” adding that, “without incentives, large issues go …totally unfixed.”
Always ask The Magic Question: What gets rewarded?
Join us this Saturday at 12 noon to celebrate our grand opening!
North Shore Republican Office
500 W. Brown Deer Rd., Suite 208
Bayside, WI 53217
Contact David Bredemus
The Republican Party of Wisconsin is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the new Milwaukee Field Office! This office will serve as a hub for our grassroots operation which will focus on growing our party and continuing to build relationships in the surrounding communities.
We invite you to join us in celebrating our historic victories and to begin our work to organize for future success. Upcoming elections will bring even greater challenges – and we must stand together to continue moving Wisconsin forward.
Does the road to the White House start in Wisconsin?
Scott Walker is running for president, but he can’t say that just quite yet. “I hate the word ‘explore,’ ” he tells a group of activists at a private meeting in the strip mall offices of Our American Revival, the political organization through which Walker is exploring a presidential bid. Walker says that lawyers tell him he has to use that word when discussing his “likely campaign” in order to avoid running afoul of campaign finance rules. In case there’s any doubt about how likely that campaign is, Walker concludes his remarks by saying, “We’re going to beat Hillary Clinton.”
Read more by John McCormack at WeeklyStandard.com
They cheer on a disgraceful lawsuit targeting the frontrunner.
One of the things which makes Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker such an attractive presidential candidate is the resoluteness of his fight for the Wisconsin taxpayer.
He has fought against the political domination of far-Left unions like AFSCME, SEIU, and the NEA-affiliated teachers’ union WEAC. In the course of that struggle, Walker has won three elections, the middle one being the historic recall election in which a sitting governor resisted an attempted recall for the first time in U.S. history. He won more votes than he had in the original election in 2010.
As a result of that bruising fight, if any of the likely Republican candidates can be said to be “vetted,” it’s Walker.
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com
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
Food stamps, welfare, Medicaid and other tax and transfer systems can sometimes penalize people for earning that extra dollar of income
Economists and many policymakers generally agree that our tax and transfer systems should promote opportunity, work, saving, and education rather than consumption. The problem is these programs often penalize people for earning that extra dollar of income. Rather than promoting work and savings, these implicit taxes punish such otherwise positive behavior.
These penalties occur in TANF (formerly welfare), SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Medicaid, the new health exchange subsidy, Pell grants, student loans, and unemployment compensation. The tax code also is loaded with disincentives to work, save, and study.
Read more by Gene Steuerle at csmonitor.com
The smears against Romney at least occurred during the actual campaign.
One of the low points of the 2012 presidential campaign came from a spate of news stories about Mitt Romney’s alleged bullying of a college roommate. The Left would not allow the allegation to die, and Romney was finally forced to issue a public apology for what he rightly termed “high school pranks that may have hurt others,” as though this had any relevance or bearing on his fitness to serve as president of the United States.
At least in Romney’s case, they waited until there was actually a campaign.
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com
On Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC show this past week Yale-educated Howard Dean added a new word to the lexicon of Democratic condescension, “unknowledgeable.”
“Scott Walker, were he to become president, would be the first president in many generations that did not have a college degree,” said Dean of the Wisconsin governor. “And that’s a problem.” Scarborough countered later in the conversation, “Well, nobody is accusing Scott Walker of being dumb because he didn’t graduate from college except you.”
“I didn’t say dumb,” Dean clarified. “I said unknowledgeable.”
Despite their self-designation as the party of the people, the Democrats will reinforce this “unknowledgeable” theme at every opportunity. Through their control of the media, they have been rigging political IQ tests for the last half-century, if not longer.
Read more by Jack Cashill at AmericanThinker.com
Vicki talks with guest Avi Zarmi from PJ Media about anti Semitic graffiti in Madison. Plus guest Jed Babbin talks about the Middle East and more.
If not, How much colder would it be?
Science displays at Wisconsin State Parks will tell you that glaciers covered our landscape, ending just 12,000 years ago.
This means that ice, up to a MILE-THICK, covered this state, and carved out features like the Kettle Moraine. A six-inch snowfall like we get now and then in winter is not what caused these earth changes.
Question: What did the Indians do back then to cause the ice to melt away? Or did they just happen to be the first settlers after the ice melted away? Melted then, by what?
Last week, I learned four different friends are doing something that will save each of them tens of thousands – or even hundreds of thousands – of dollars each year.
And they’re not the only ones. Many of the smartest guys I know are moving this year.
They’re not just thinking about moving… They’re not saying “maybe someday”… They are doing it right now.
The reason why is the amazing part, as you’ll see. And it might make sense for you to consider moving, too. Let me explain…
I spoke with a friend on the phone last week… “What are you doing in Washington state?” I asked him.
“I’m moving here,” he said. “I love California. But moving to Washington state saves me $133,000 a year in state taxes on every $1 million I earn.”
This is not just a millionaire thing…
Read more By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud at DailyWealth.com
Support Governor Walker, and the Republicans in the WI Senate and WI Assembly, so this doesn’t happen in Wisconsin.
What evidence is there that Walker supports amnesty and Common Core?
In Into the Whirlwind, her classic memoir detailing nearly 20 years in the Soviet Gulag as result of Stalin’s purges, Yevgeniya Ginzburg tells of an episode in a boxcar, in transit from one labor camp to another. Ginzburg was an orthodox Soviet Communist, whose son was taken from her and who was imprisoned solely because her husband, a historian, had unknowingly published an article which deviated slightly from the party line. This happened unknowingly, because the party line changed after he submitted the article to his editor, who proceeded to publish the now errant article (G-d only knows what happened to the editor).
In the incident mentioned above, Ginzburg tells of another woman in the car. She was a prisoner just like the rest, though she had been in custody much longer than most. She was utterly ostracized by the others, and would share nothing with Ginzburg and could only speak to her through gritted teeth. Her crime? She had been a Social Revolutionary, a Menshevik, rather than an orthodox Bolshevik, and she refused to recant her error and repent of her sin.
That’s what ideological purity gets you.
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com