In Texas, the lieutenant governor is almost as powerful as the governor, serving at the head of the state Senate, which requires 21 out of 31 votes to bring anything to the floor. Quite simply, if the lieutenant governor doesn’t like your bill, it is dead. National political writers miss this important point as they autopsy the meaning of the Texas Republican primary elections.
A lot has happened since former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations head Lois Lerner refused to testify in May 2013 about the agency targeting of the tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations, asserting her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. For starters, it turns out the scandal goes much higher than was originally stated.
140,000 comments. That’s how many groups and individuals weighed in on the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulations that would normalize the IRS’ targeting of tea party groups, and a review of a sampling of these comments reveals a startling new reality – they overwhelmingly came from conservative/limited government supporters. It seems the tea party has grown up, and not a second too soon.
Have you ever watched a person or a group of people who always seem to find a way to lose? They are the ones for whom the statement was made about "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory." Consider what is perhaps the most clear example of this exasperating behavior from the Republican establishment.
Tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Applications for tax exempt status were delayed even as groups indicated they intended to engage in political activities that were allowed by law and regulation for (c)(4)s. In the meantime, agency officials considering the applications feigned ignorance over what was allowable while thousands of existing (c)(4)s were unaffected by the new standard.
From the Washington Examiner comes word of 62,000 grassroots (e.g. Tea Party) activists finds big support for the 2016 candidates for president that you'd expect, and little for the ones you'd expect. No real surprises here. As they always have, Tea Party patriots support Americans who support American values and the values that the GOP used to stand for...and they have no use for frauds who sell out those values on the altar of the vain pursuit of pleasing liberals.
If the GOP is truly serious about ridding itself of conservatives, Tea Party and otherwise, then all they need do is pass any form of immigration reform that allows a so-called pathway for citizenship -- amnesty -- for the illegal aliens within our borders.
Radio talk show host David Webb recently confronted Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP for his (NC NAACP President) levied against Senator Tim Scott and the Tea Party: "A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. The extreme right wing down here finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction, and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party."
Why should we even have a Congress or the constitutional separation of powers at all if all real legislative powers have already, willingly been ceded to the executive branch? Serious question.
This is must-see TV. This past week during congressional hearings in IRS harassment of Tea Party patriots, Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of the King Street Patriots, was grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) during her testimony. Connelly desperately wanted to write off all the government harassment as coincidence. Then Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) stepped in and brought the situation into crystal-clear clarity.Next Page »
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964