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News Briefing for Friday, March 27

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “…Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is at or near the top of most early polls among Republicans, likes to boast how he stuck to conservative principles to win statewide office three times in a centrist state. “To win the center, you don’t have to go to the center, you have to lead,” he said last week during a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall. Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus. In 2006, he ...

A Look Inside Our Weekly Leadership Call

This past Sunday we were joined by Congressmen Jim Jordan (OH) and Mark Meadows (NC) to discuss the current budget proposal moving through the House of Representatives. We wanted to give you access to this otherwise exclusive call. Listen to the recording below. If you are a Local Tea Party Coordinator or Leader and you aren't participating in the weekly Sunday calls or your group isn't listed on our website, we encourage you to register your group so that we can make sure that you get connected.

News Briefing for Friday, March 13

HEALTHCARE: Congressional Research Service: There's No Magic Pot Of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Money “A recent report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirms what many policy experts have known for some time: states that reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion aren’t sending that Medicaid expansion money to other states. Instead, that money is simply never spent. This revelation is important because numerous governors and state lawmakers from across the country have used this argument to justify their support for expanding Medicaid through Obamacare. However, as CRS succinctly explains, these arguments are entirely frivolo...

News Briefing for Friday, March 6, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Unions Rally In Support Of ObamaCare Tax Credit (Quote by Kevin Broughton) “Kevin Broughton, the communications director for the Tea Party Patriots, is suspicious that organized labor is paying much of the crowd for their attendance. “The other folks over here, they mind their manners, which you would expect if you were being paid to come out and protest,” Broughton claims. “They either don’t have jobs or their being paid by the SEIU or some of the other folks that have a vested interest in having their neighbors pay for their own health care.” Broughton also contends that their argument is all emotion and that ...

The Libertarians Who Got SCOTUS and Congress to Consider the Unthinkable (Bloomberg – David Weigel)

Inside the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia was trying to give Congress some credit. Why, he asked Solicitor General Don Verrilli, should the court worry about destroying the Affordable Care Act if it ruled against subsidies for states that hadn't created exchanges?... Continue here.

Administration prepares for Court Showdown Over Obamacare Subsidies (Washington Times – Tom Howell Jr.)

The Obama administration has prepared for Wednesday’s Supreme Court showdown by spending an extraordinary amount of time not just arguing the law, but the possible bad outcomes if the justices strike down Obamacare’s subsidies in most states... Continue here.

News Briefing for Friday, February 27, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: MITCH MCCONNELL CAVES (Quote by Jenny Beth Martin) The Senate GOP calls retreat on amnesty. “…And the third reaction? That came from Tea Party Patriots chair Jenny Beth Martin, who said in a statement: Throughout the election cycle Republicans vowed to do everything they could to stop the President's overreach. Now, the Republicans in the Senate under Majority Leader McConnell's guidance are playing games. Today we have learned that Sen. McConnell's plan is to bring a bill to the Senate floor that would fully fund the Department of Homeland Security without defunding executive amnesty! Congress has the "power of the ...

A rare sighting: Republican Presidential Prospects Come to California

California has stood as a bright-blue bulwark against conservative political surges for years now, blocking at its border a series of national Republican sweeps and giving President Obama historically huge victories... Continue here.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Comes To Riverside Looking Towards 2016 Race (CBS Los Angeles)

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry brought attendees of a conservative-themed conference in Riverside to their feet by calling for “moral clarity” in national defense, federal deregulation, reformation of the tax code, and increased energy and border security... Continue here.

5 Times the Obama Administration found itself on the wrong side of the law

The Obama Administration does not have a stellar track record when it comes to getting affirmation for its radical agenda in the U.S. court system. Unfortunately, when the President of the United States isn’t blatantly ignoring the law, he’s looking for ways to at least sidestep or tweak it. Thankfully, he’s been pretty unsuccessful once challenged in court. 1. National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. When the president tried to do some improper recess appointments. Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. 2. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. When the president tried to tell private companies they had to violate their religious ...