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Subsidizing the Super Bowl

Did you know that you’re subsidizing some of the world’s wealthiest sports owners and athletes? I didn’t, until I read about Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) new bill this morning: A lesser-known fact is that the NFL, as an organization, is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization. That means the league doesn’t have to pay federal income tax on its estimated $10 billion in revenue (that number is expected to grow to roughly $25 billion by 2018). If that seems a little ridiculous, it is. That’s where Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn comes in. According to The Newark Star-Ledger, Coburn has crafted an amendment that would strip the NFL, NHL and PGA of ...

Tea Party Patriots react to the VP Debate

After watching last night’s Vice Presidential debate, Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement: Tonight’s debate is a perfect example of the crisis we face. Our vice-president has shown he is an abusive political bully who belittles, mocks, ridicules and laughs at his opponent, the moderator, the viewers and anyone who questions this administration’s lack of leadership. Solutions require respect. These skills the vice president, and this administration, clearly lack. It is time for leadership to take our country’s problems seriously and show us how America can be successful again with a ...

Congressman Dicks concedes Obamacare hurts Democrats

“It did hurt us, there’s no doubt about it. The climate out there was really ugly because of it.” Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA) who is retiring at the end of this Congress admits the damage Obamacare has done to his party's image. However, other Washington state representatives continue to say Obama's tax increase does more good than harm. Washington State Senator Patty Murray said in her recent Newsletter, “Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.  This is a victory for the health care security and stability of Washington families. The ruling means that families and small business owners will continue to benefit ...

Tennessee Legislature Punts on States Rights – Part I

A bill designed to shift government healthcare programs from federal to state control has been tabled for the second year in a row by Tennessee House Republican leadership. In May 2011, HB 369 had been waiting over 3 months for the Health and Human Resources Committee to approve the Health Care Compact, an interstate agreement to return regulatory control of healthcare programs to the state level. By contrast, the Senate counterpart SB 326 had already passed out of multiple committees.  House HHR Committee Chairman Glen Casada tabled the bill out of concern over the political capital invested in the bill to compact activists, saying “We ...

Hastings guessing on constituent stance, constituents guessing on Hastings

With votes cast to raise the debt ceiling, voters in Washington’s 4th district are left to wonder why Congressman Hastings ignored their calls to keep the debt ceiling where it was. “We had multiple calls into his office urging him to hold the debt limit where it was.” “He didn’t answer our calls; we want to know what his reasoning was.” “The only thing we heard from his office was that he was on the fence, and then he voted yes at the last minute.” Grassroots activists across eastern Washington are fuming at Hastings’s vote to raise the debt ceiling. Despite solid, consistent public opinion opposing a debt increase, ...

Keystone Pipeline showdown moves forward

By a vote of 33-11, The North American-Made Energy Security Act was approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources last week. Chaired by Representative Doc Hastings, it now travels to the House Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee for review. Sponsored by Lee Terry (R-NE-02), H.R. 1938 aims to force the Obama Administration to expedite the consideration and approval of a massive pipeline through the Midwest. With crude oil markets increasingly volatile, supporters of the energy security act hope to secure approval for the final phase of the Keystone Pipeline Project, a plan to build a ...