Monday, June 27, 2016

Oh yeah.

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When I think of all the work that we've done together since OFA's founding in 2013, I'm like...

Think about it: Together we've helped 13 million people get covered with affordable health insurance under the Obamacare marketplace. We've raised our voices with the LGBT community, and now marriage equality is the law of the land. We've supported economic policies that have helped propel us to 74 months -- and counting -- of private-sector job growth. And we've helped put climate change on the national (and global) agenda, making room for greener, cleaner energy policies.

But we're not done yet. This movement is gearing up to tackle some of the biggest progressive issues still facing our country.

Momentum is building all across the country -- but we need you to step up. Chip in now to keep it going.

OFA supporters have a lot to be proud of, but our work as a movement is never over. We still need to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, push for common-sense gun legislation, and tackle a slate of other issues; there's a lot on our to-do list.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

America's Constitutional Crisis


Feds Respond to High ObamaCare Rates

- via The Washington Examiner

The federal government is extending new funds to state insurance regulators to help them enforce Obamacare consumer protections, as the administration battles headlines of high Obamacare rates.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Wednesday it will provide $22 million to state insurance departments to help them oversee plans offered on Obamacare's exchanges.

CMS is providing the funds as it fights against headlines of high premium increases being proposed by insurers for 2017. State insurance departments are charged with negotiating with insurers to try to get rates down. Read more here...

America Desperately Needs Relief From Regulations

- by Adam Brandon via Fox News 

The United States is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. The lines that clearly delineate the boundaries of the three branches of government, specifically, the executive and legislative branches, have become blurred. Presidents have claimed powers that far exceed what the framers intended, and Congress has been complicit by its failure to reestablish itself as the rightful and sole lawmaking authority.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, unveiled a plan this week that begins the process of reclaiming the ground Congress has ceded to the executive branch and its ever-growing army of unelected bureaucrats.

The regulatory state -- which has become an unconstitutional fourth branch of the federal government -- has been a serious problem for years. Notably, President George W. Bush aggressively expanded the regulatory state. "The Bush team," Veronique de Rugy wrote in January 2009, "spent more taxpayer money on issuing and enforcing regulations than any previous administration in U.S. history." Read more here...

Rep. Rod Blum at FreedomWorks' Rising Tide Summit


House Panel Vote to Censure IRS Chief

- via USA Today

A House committee voted Wednesday to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for what Republicans allege was his obstruction of an investigation into whether the IRS improperly scrutinized Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Democrats on the panel denounced the action as a "travesty" that publicly defames an honorable public servant. The IRS had no immediate response, but Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew defended Koskinen as "an outstanding public servant of the highest integrity with decades of experience leading both public and private institutions."

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 23-15 along party lines to approve a resolution condemning and censuring Koskinen and expressing the sense of the House that he engaged in a pattern of conduct inconsistent with the trust and confidence placed in him.  Read more here...

The Ozone Bureaucracy Complex

- by Kenny Stein

In October 2015, the EPA announced a new standard for ground-level ozone, tightening its stringent existing standard even more. It set the new standard at 70 parts per million (0.0070% of the atmosphere), a 9% decrease from the previous standard of 75 ppm established in 2008. Along with nearly 1000 counties nationwide that may not meet this new standard, one-third of all US counties, you'll find at least 26 national parks. Does it seem ridiculous to you that the EPA has created a situation where some of the most rural and pristine areas of the United States could be lumping in the same category with the most densely-populated and industrialized? Well, then you don't know the EPA.

Like many of today's destructive regulations, this story began with a good idea. Ozone is a known pollutant that can be hazardous to human health, especially at high concentrations. In the Clean Air Act, Congress granted EPA the authority to set national standards for ozone concentrations in an effort to reduce then dangerously high ozone levels. And these regulations have been successful: from 1980-2014 national average ozone readings fell by 33%. Read more here...

Lesson of the Week
Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how America came to be. After oppressive laws from the British drove the original thirteen colonies to revolution, the Founding Fathers were determined to create a new nation based on the principles of limited government and individual liberty. After the war, the colonies were united under the Articles of Confederation, which ultimately led to the framing of the U.S. Constitution. Watch it here...

House Eyes new Chance to Reform Surveillance

- via The Hill

The House is gearing up to take a new stab at reforming U.S. surveillance powers, after overwhelmingly passing similar measures in the past but failing to get them signed into law.

"It addresses two critical issues necessary for the protection of constitutional principles and the digital economy," wrote the groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, FreedomWorks and X-Lab.

The amendment would close what critics call the "backdoor search loophole" in current law, which federal intelligence agencies have used to collect information about Americans through a law designed to target foreigners. Read more here...

Congress Must Shut the Backdoor on Section 702 Surveillance

- via Ashley Nicole Baker

The fight over NSA surveillance is about to heat up again. This week, the House will consider a measure that would require the NSA and other government agencies to follow due process and obtain a warrant to collect the communications of American citizens. Through an amendment to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017, the House could defund warrantless government searches of the database of information collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The amendment, proposed by Reps. Massie (R-Ky.), Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Poe (R-Texas), would prevent the NSA's backdoor spying on American citizens through the use of U.S. person identifiers.

The Massie-Lofgren-Poe amendment also prohibits government agencies from requesting that U.S. companies build security vulnerabilities into their hardware or software in order to make it easier for the government to access them. This would protect encryption, which has been undermined by the NSA's breathtaking extension of surveillance. Read more here...

Common Core Fails to Prepare Students for College and Workforce, Says New Study

- via Reason

A new report by ACT—the organization the oversees university admissions tests—found that college instructors and employers are not satisfied with the Common Core Standards. Both groups feel the standards fail to prepare students for both college and the workplace.

The research is based on the ACT National Curriculum Survey, which asks educators at numerous levels which skills are valued in the classroom to promote success. This year was the first time the group collected a sample from the workforce.

In the study, 16 percent of college instructors said their incoming students were well prepared overall for college-level work, a decline from 26 percent from the 2009 and 2012 surveys. Read more here...

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Monday, June 13, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Concerned Women PAC, Family Research Council Action PAC, Homeschool Legal Defense Association PAC Endorse Forbes

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Concerned Women PAC, Family Research Council Action PAC, Homeschool Legal Defense Association PAC Endorse Forbes

Dr. James Dobson, Penny Young Nance, Other Top National Faith Leaders Praise Forbes:

  "A conservative hero in the United States Congress at a time when we need one most"

"The clear conservative choice for Congress in Virginia's Second District"

"One of the most eloquent and effective voices in Congress for religious liberty"

"A true statesman and servant leader," "Proven champion for human life"

"An outstanding advocate for conservative values"

"Urge those who care about the future of our nation and our freedoms to support him"

Date: June 13, 2016
Contact: Hailey Sadler, Communications Director, (757) 692-2108

Virginia Beach, VA -- Today, Congressman Randy Forbes announced the endorsements of some of the nation's strongest advocates and organizations leading the fight to protect faith, family, and freedom. This impressive list includes the endorsement of the Concerned Women Political Action Committee (PAC), the country's premier coalition of conservative women committed to the values of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, American sovereignty, and traditional values; the Family Research Council Action PAC, supporting principled, pro-family, conservative leaders; as well as the Homeschool Legal Defense Association PAC, fighting to preserve parents' Constitutional rights and the freedom to homeschool, as well as working to increase the number of pro-family, pro-homeschooling men and women in federal office. 

Additionally, some of the nation's most recognizable advocates for religious freedom and conservative family values have strongly praised Congressman Forbes' leadership in Congress. Here is what they are saying about why it's critical to keep Randy Forbes' proven conservative leadership in Washington:

Dr. James C. Dobson, Founder and President, Family Talk*: "It is my pleasure to be among the many solid conservatives who are supporting Randy Forbes' re-election for the United States House of Representatives for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. Congressman Forbes' courageous and consistent commitment to core conservative principles has been proven time and time again. As his voting record demonstrates, Randy has worked diligently to promote a strong national defense. He has also led by example to actively protect religious liberty through his position as Chairman and Founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and to advocate for lower taxes, limited government, and Constitutional principles. Personally, I have known Congressman Forbes to be a true Statesman, a man who lives the Christian values that he espouses, and a man who respects the position that he has been entrusted with. As a private individual, I am honored to endorse Randy Forbes for Congress, and pray that his re-election will bolster a new generation of leaders who will return this nation to the constitutional principles upon which it was founded."

Ralph Reed, Chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition*: "I have known Randy Forbes for over 25 years and know him to be a man of principle and character. The values he exemplifies in his public service are the same values that animate his personal life. He is committed to fighting terrorism and tyranny, and is a steadfast supporter of Israel.  He is one of the most eloquent and effective voices in Congress for religious liberty for all Americans. Randy is the best choice to serve and represent the people of Virginia's Second Congressional District."

Penny Young Nance, CEO, Concerned Women Political Action Committee: "We are proud to endorse Randy Forbes for Congress. Randy Forbes is a conservative hero in the United States Congress at a time when we need one most. He is a proven champion for human life and religious liberty. He is also faithful to care for our military service men and women active and retired. He is a public servant the 2nd district of Virginia can be proud to call their representative."

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action*: "Now, more than ever, our nation calls out for leaders of conviction, faith, and integrity. I know you to be such a leader. Your stellar conservative voting record and your desire to protect constitutional conservatism are only a part of your strengths in Congress. You have been willing to take the lead on critical issues of our day -- like religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and national security -- to ensure we are protected within and without our borders. Over the years, it's been our pleasure to repeatedly award you an FRC Action 'True Blue' rating, and we hope to be able to do so again in the future. In particular, your work in founding the Congressional Prayer Caucus has been greatly encouraging to organizations like ours who understand the role of our Christian faith, which has allowed America to be a great nation. There is no power granted any of us save that power which is first granted by our Creator. To this end, you have shown a consistent willingness to put citizens above partisan politics. I applaud the lengths to which you have gone to protect the freedom of Americans to live our lives according to our faith, free from government coercion. I extend my gratitude to you for standing firm in defense of those fundamental freedoms."

Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Executive Vice President, Family Research Council Action PAC: "In his years of service in the United States House, Rep. Forbes has been an outstanding advocate for conservative values. He has consistently received a 100% record on our annual Scorecard, and earned our True Blue Award. As a member of Congress, Rep. Forbes has proven he will stand up for the Constitution and fight for the rights of the people. He has continued the fight against Obamacare, which has become an unprecedented infringement upon the basic freedoms of the citizens of our nation. He understands that Big Government is not the answer to the challenges we are facing and has supported reining in an intrusive government bureaucracy. He continues to uphold strong family values as the cornerstone of a prosperous nation. We commend his commitment to ensuring the rights of conscience are not infringed, and our freedom to live out our beliefs remains secure. FRC Action PAC is confident that he will be a strong advocate for Constitutional limited government, for individual liberties, and for strong family values. Once again, we are pleased to offer our endorsement and will urge those who care about the future of our nation and our freedoms to support him as well."

Gary L. Bauer, Chairman, Campaign for Working Families*: "Randy Forbes is the leader Virginia's Second Congressional District needs in Congress today. He is a principled conservative who fights for our commonsense values. He has the experience necessary to defend the unique interests of the Second District. Randy is a patriot committed to rebuilding our economy, our military, and to maintaining a strong national defense. He is committed to defeating America's radical Islamic enemies, and he will always stand with Israel. Randy Forbes is the clear conservative choice for Congress in Virginia's Second District."

Michael P. Farris, Chairman, Home School Legal Defense Association*: "Randy has been a stalwart for homeschool freedom, for the protection of our faith, and for the protection of traditional American values. We are grateful for his leadership in Congress, and we are proud to endorse him in his bid for re-election to Congress. We know that he will ably serve the people of the 2nd District of Virginia."

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice*: "My friend Randy Forbes has served the people of Virginia with conviction and integrity. It has been an honor to represent Congressman Forbes on critical cases of religious freedom before the Supreme Court of the United States."

The Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, Vice President of Government Affairs, Susan B. Anthony List*: "I have known Randy for many years, first as a colleague in the House of Representatives, and then as a friend. Randy is a man of true character who loves this country and her people. The 'right to life' is not a slogan to Congressman Forbes, but the most fundamental pronouncement of the most significant founding document of our nation. I know that Randy will continue to fight to protect the rights of the unborn as a Member of Congress."

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel*: "Representative Randy Forbes sets the standard for Members of Congress. He loves God and country, and is devoted to serving people and other lawmakers to restore and defend the principles that made America a great nation. I cannot think of a better representative than Congressman Randy Forbes."

Tom McClusky, Vice President of Government Affairs, March for Life Action*: "Congressman Forbes has always been a strong advocate for life and religious liberty for Virginia and this nation. Be it talking with his Congressional colleagues or speaking on the House floor, we always know we have a champion for life in Randy Forbes."

Gary Marx, Former Executive Director of Faith and Freedom Coalition & Former Senior Advisor to Presidential Candidate Sen. Rubio*: "Rep. Forbes is a hero in the conservative movement that we can trust to stand up when the battle is toughest. I wholeheartedly endorse his election in the 2nd Congressional District!"

Congressman Forbes is widely recognized as the leading advocate in Congress for faith freedoms, and serves as the Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus. He leads this bipartisan group of nearly 100 lawmakers in the fight to protect every American's Constitutional right to live out their faith, without fear of punishment from the government. Congressman Forbes has been endorsed by National Right to Life and has a 100% score for his pro-life record. He has also received the Family Research Council's "True Blue Award," and was recently recognized by the American Conservative Union with the Award for Conservative Excellence in recognition of his unwavering commitment to the values that this nation was founded upon.

Congressman Forbes has also been endorsed by the Tidewater Tea Party Alliance, the Republican Professionals Network of Virginia, as well as over 200 community, elected, business, and conservative leaders across the Second District.

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Orlando Terror: Obama fails to mention radical Islam

Orlando Terror: Obama fails to mention radical Islam

President Barack Obama addressed the nation Sunday in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, calling the massacre at an Orlando nightclub "an act of terror and an act of hate."

Trump vows to stop terror

Donald Trump called for President Obama to resign over the Orlando attacks yesterday, ahead of a major speech today in New Hampshire on terrorism. "In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words 'Radical Islam,' " the presumptive Republican nominee said in a statement, referring to Obama's address from the White House yesterday afternoon.

Priebus tells Romney gathering that Trump will win 'with you or without you'

Donald Trump can be an effective president, and he's going to win with you or without you, Republican Chairman Reince Priebus told several hundred of the party's top donors and strategists Saturday.

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Orlando shooter's father addresses son's anger
As investigators and the media try to unravel the motivation behind the worst mass shooting in American history, the gunman's father pointed to his son's disgust when he saw two men kissing at Bayside Marketplace.

California to ask feds to allow illegal aliens to use Obamacare
California could become the first state to ask the federal government to let undocumented immigrants buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Who is gunman Omar Mateen?
Omar Mirseddique Mateen, the gunman accused killing dozens of people at an Orlando gay nightclub Sunday morning, was a security guard licensed by the state of Florida to carry a firearm, state records show.

Orlando survivors: People were screaming and falling
It was Latin Night at Pulse nightclub, always one of the most popular dates on the club's calendar. Just like any other Saturday night the music was booming as hundreds of young revellers danced into the early hours.

Islamic State-linked group beheads Canadian Robert Hall in the Philippines
Philippine militant group Abu Sayyaf on Monday said it beheaded Robert Hall, a Canadian held hostage since September.

Why can't San Francisco stop epidemic of auto burglaries?
Across the street from San Francisco's main jail, business is booming at Auto Glass Now where more than a dozen motorists show up on an average day to replace windows broken by thieves.

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