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Monday, June 17, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today filed an amendment to S. 744, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill, to close a loophole in the federal “Motor Voter” law that preempts states from enforcing requirements that would ensure those registered to vote are U.S. citizens. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is a co-sponsor.
“The right to vote is a fundamental building block of our nation’s democratic process and it is crucial that we have the measures in place to uphold the integrity of our elections,” said Sen. Cruz. “This amendment ensures that states can enforce the commonsense requirement that those registered to vote must actually be U.S. citizens.”
The Cruz-Vitter amendment states: “Nothing in subsection (a) [42 U.S.C. §1973gg-4(a)] shall be construed to preempt any State law requiring evidence of citizenship in order to complete any requirement to register to vote in elections for Federal office.” This measure simply amends an existing federal statute; it does not require states to adopt certain voting requirements, respecting the interests of federalism.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. that the federal “Motor Voter” law (the National Voter Registration Act of 1993) preempted Arizona’s commonsense requirement that a person must present concrete evidence of citizenship before they are allowed to register to vote.
“Justice Alito said in his dissent, ‘I do not think that this is what Congress intended’ and I agree with him,” the Senator said. “The Court’s ruling leaves a hole in federal law that allows non-citizens to register by using the promulgated federal form without showing proof of citizenship. This encourages voter fraud and we must ensure that our elections are fair and accurately reflect the will of our citizens.”
Click here to see the amendment.
Please see related post: Outrage: Arizona Voter ID Law Struck Down
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. pledged Thursday to take concrete steps to address concerns that the Justice Department has overreached in its leak investigations and said officials would seek procedural and possibly legislative changes to protect journalists’ First Amendment rights. Holder’s commitment came at a private meeting with news executives after criticism that the Justice Department had infringed on the news media in several high-profile leak investigations. Participants said he told them officials would revise guidelines for issuing subpoenas to obtain reporters’ phone records. The 90-minute meeting was attended by a small group of journalists after several news organizations objected to the Justice Department’s insistence that it be held off the record. The participants, however, reached an agreement with the Justice Department under which they could describe what occurred during the meeting in general terms…
Eric Holder pledged to take “concrete steps” to address the actions of Eric Holder — up to and (possibly) including backing legislative action that would curtail Eric Holder’s ability to abuse Eric Holder’s power. What a guy. Direct quotes would be priceless here, but those weren’t allowed, of course. Instead, the DOJ very magnanimously permitted reporters to offer “general” accounts of what was discussed. There’s more at: Townhall.com.
This information was forwarded to me by fellow Florida Alliance member, Kimberly Kelley (Tampa Vote Fair). I had the pleasure of having lunch with Kim at the Florida Summit in Orlando earlier this month. Kim has been working tirelessly fighting election fraud throughout Florida and keeping supervisors of elections accountable. ADB
“Congress is to make the laws, and the executive branch carries them out, not the other way around.”
Everyone who takes an oath of office, whether it be for Congress, the judicial branch or the presidency, vows to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” Because of this oath, the American people rightfully expect their public officials to do their job. In Congress, that includes passing a budget.
Members of the House of Representatives recently cast their votes for the No Budget, No Pay Act. Although I supported the concept behind the No Budget, No Pay bill, the 27th Amendment to our Constitution specifically says, “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect” until after an intervening election. The language is clear and unambiguous. All members take their own oath of fidelity to the Constitution, and I respect the view of my colleagues who disagree. However, the No Budget, No Pay Act does not meet constitutional standards. Therefore, my only choice was to vote no.
The start of 2013 has already been a shaky one with the painful fiscal-cliff negotiations and the unfortunate outcome that continued Washington’s bad habit of increasing taxes without addressing their outrageous spending habits, all while pandering to a few favored constituents with messages of success. Well Floridians need to get ready because Washington is trying to push their spending habits on our legislature, and if they succeed we will be footing the bill.
“The Obamacare Supreme Court ruling seemed strange. Chief Justice John Roberts’ reasoning was incoherent. The conservative’s dissent read like it was originally meant to be a majority opinion. Now, we know why. According to Jan Crawford of CBS News, John Roberts switched sides in May, withstanding a “one-month campaign” from his conservative colleagues to change his mind.” – Avik Roy
“Obamacare is now essentially upheld. There’s only one way it can be overturned. The same way it was passed – elect a new president and a new Congress. That’s undoubtedly what Roberts is saying: ‘Your job, not mine. I won.’” – Charles Krauthammer Continue reading at: commonsensepost.com.
NoMandateTax.com: Repeal the Mandate Tax and Get Health Care Right
10,152 Letters and Emails Sent So Far
The United States Supreme Court ignored the entire legislative history of the president’s health care law, dozens of public promises from the president himself and supporters in Congress who insisted the mandate was not a tax, a 20-page explanation in the law itself, and the arguments of both the states and the Obama administration.
They did that to rule that the mandate at the heart of the president’s health care law is actually a tax on the middle class after all. A tax on people who can’t afford the expensive health insurance the government wants them to buy, or have ideological or religious reasons they would prefer not to buy such health insurance.
That’s wrong. The president’s promise not to tax the middle class has been exposed as deception at the very heart of his health care law. Now Congress must repeal the law and pass real health care reform that empowers patients and doctors and doesn’t rely on a dishonest mandate tax.
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On Wednesday, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter to T. Christian Herren of the Civil Rights division of the United States Department of Justice. The letter can be accessed by clicking the link below the picture, but you can get the idea RIGHT HERE.
Florida to DOJ: “We Respectfully Disagree”
The state will not end efforts to keep ineligible voters from having a chance to cast a ballot, even though the U.S. Department of Justice deadline to stop the voter-list purge came and went Wednesday.
Instead, state officials want to know if the DOJ supports the possibly illegal attempt by the Obama administration-backed Department of Homeland Security to keep Florida for months from accessing a database to assist its efforts.
In a four-page response to the DOJ’s letter of May 31, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner wrote that he “respectfully disagrees” with the federal position. He said he questions whether the justice agency is “endorsing” Homeland Security’s reluctance to open the database, which resulted in the state now being beyond a deadline to conduct the review. Continue reading this article at: Sunshinestatenews.com.
Guns walk – Looks like Holder will too!
Unfortunately, I’ve been seeing this coming since February. I even brought it up (via phone) to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s press secretary, Rebecca Watkins back then.
Well sadly, it looks like it’s finally going to happen: http://www.westernjournalism.com/report-gop-will-end-fast-furious-investigation/
After reading the above article and walking the floor for a little while, I sat down and penned these two verses to the tune of If I Only Had a Brain from the Wizard of OZ:
I would love to stand and fight him
But my chances are just too slim
My back bone is not fine
You see I just can’t face it
I’m afraid they’ll say it’s racist
If I only had a spine
I have got Holder for contempt
But to the Speaker he’s exempt
He should be doing time
But because there is an election
There just won’t be an ejection
If he (Boehner) only had a spine
Two months ago, Barack Obama decided he could intimidate the United States Supreme Court into finding his namesake healthcare plan Constitutional. Overturning the Affordable Care Act “…would amount to an unprecedented, extraordinary step of judicial activism” said the President at a rare White House news conference, adding “…I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
Though someone with the hyper-arrogant mentality of the Manchurian Candidate doesn’t really need a reason to direct this sort of psycho-babble at a presumptive enemy, Obama was probably responding to information provided by far left Justice Elena Kagan that the Court’s closed-door, preliminary vote on ObamaCare had not gone very well. Each Friday, the 9 justices gather for an initial vote on the cases heard during the week. And although these weekly conferences are to be strictly confidential, it’s a safe bet that Obama’s Court stoolie was on the phone with the White House minutes after its conclusion. Continue reading at: westernjournalisam.com.
Although the Supreme Court has not yet announced its decision on Obamacare, it has undoubtedly already been made. President Obama says in the video below that he is “pretty confident” (that the Court will not overturn this blatantly unconstitutional law). But when you watch it, watch him, and ask yourself if this looks and sounds like a confident man?
Can you imagine how Obama will react when Obamacare, this law that bears his name, is declared unconstitutional (God willing!). It is obvious to not only the president, but the whole world, that this will be a rejection or Obama himself. I think that will be too much for him when this happens.
Here’s a portion of the text from the video: “… uh ultimately I’m confident that the Supreme Court uh will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning uh a law that was passed by a strong majority of uh a democratically elected congress. And I’d just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint that uh an unelected uh group of people would somehow overturn uh a duly constituted and passed uh law. Well, this uh a good example and I’m pretty confident that this court uh will recognize that and not take that step.”
It’s important to note that when Obama speaks of an “unelected group of people,” he fails to mention all of his czars, his many “recess” appointments, and the fact that much of the meat of Obamacare, the things that will do the most damage to our nation and its citizens is not even in the law itself. It lies in the many thousands of pages in the regulations written (or yet to be written) by kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Talk about your “unelected group of people”. Maybe this is what Nancy Pelosi really meant when she said: “…but we have to pass the bill so that you can uh find out what is in it.”
Man’s condition deemed permanent
When Evert Stefansson of Nykoping, Sweden, initally made his request for a powered wheelchair, officials declined, citing their doubt in the permanence of his impairment. Both of Stefansson’s legs were amputated due to complications from diabetes. It’s sort of permanent. After a month of being mocked in local media, officials reconsidered and approved his request. “It’s weird that one has to scream so loud in order to get them to listen,” Stefansson’s wife, Siv, said.
Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attribution: Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas offered an explanation Monday night for why he chose to not meet President Barack Obama.
Thomas, who took a pass on the team’s White House visit in honor of their 2011 Stanley Cup championship, posted his reasons on his Facebook page Monday evening.
“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People,” Thomas wrote. “This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Continue reading at: chicagotribune.com.