11:20 AM, Aug 13, 2014 • By PETE HEGSETH
With the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote for the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, Congress passed the most significant reforms to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in decades. And, right on cue, here come the grumblings from the second-guessers.
As the bill was on its way to the president’s desk for signing, the critics stepped up to denounce the $16.3 billion congressional compromise.
For example, guests on a Fox News panel savaged the bill, claiming (implausibly) that it was “designed more for unions than veterans.” Meanwhile, an August 4 Wall Street Journal editorial suggests the additional funding for patient choice means that the “VA is being rewarded for failure.”
The argument is that the new legislation will do nothing more than prop up a failing bureaucracy. This represents a serious misreading of the bill’s key provisions. Read more at: weeklystandard.com.
Pete Hegseth is the CEO of Concerned Veterans for America and a Fox News contributor. Pete is an infantry officer in the Army National Guard, and has served tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay.
Now that the 2014 Florida Legislative Session has ended I wanted to forward a letter from Dan Peterson with the Coalition For Property Rights. There were victories but also many losses that came out of the session.
SB-296 Firearms/Mandatory Evacuations is a bill to allow law-abiding citizens to take their firearms with them when they are complying with a mandatory evacuation order under a declared state of emergency. This bill will keep law-abiding citizens from being arrested and having their firearms confiscated for taking their firearms with them when they evacuate.
SB-296 Mandatory Evacuation is the Senate version of HB-209 that has been under constant attack by the Florida Sheriffs Association and continues to be under attack in the Senate.
Amendments have been filed for the Florida Sheriffs Association to literally gut the bill and usurp your right to bears arms when you need them most. The Florida Sheriffs Association, while proclaiming their support for the Second Amendment, continues to actively OPPOSE this legislation and your right to bear arms.
Watch the Florida Sheriffs Association tell a previous Committee that it is their opinion that you only have a “right” to own firearms and not a “right” to bear firearms.
THIS IS CRITICAL!!!! PLEASE ACT NOW
Please email THESE committee members IMMEDIATELY and ask them to SUPPORT SB-296 with NO AMENDMENTS
IN THE SUBJECT LINE PUT: SUPPORT SB-296 With NO AMENDMENTS
(To send your message to all just Block and Copy All email addresses into the “Send To” box)
PLEASE EMAIL COMMITTEE MEMBERS IMMEDIATELY
By Michelle Malkin • March 19, 2014
Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I’m not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows.
College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year alone for mandatory tests required by the state and district. “It’s a huge detriment to instruction,” he told the Orlando Sentinel last month. The library at one Florida middle school is closed for a full three months out of the 10-month school year for computerized assessments. Read more: michellemalkin.com.
In the Florida District 13 Special Election to replace the late Republican Rep. Bill Young, Republican Jolly received 48.5 percent of the vote, progressive Sink 46.6, and libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8%. The spoiler candidate’s night was spoiled. I guess that’s why Rand Paul and his dad run as Republicans.
A warning to Democrats: David Jolly’s victory in the Florida special election is a big sign the upcoming midterms could be painful.
Privately regarded by Republicans as a weak candidate, the former lobbyist Jolly overcame both funding obstacles and a Libertarian party challenger who received five percent of the vote to beat Democrat Alex Sink.
The race was widely considered a referendum on Obamacare, with top political prognosticators calling it a “must win” for Democrats in the weeks leading up to the election.
A Sink loss would “would almost certainly be regarded by dispassionate observers as a sign that President Barack Obama could constitute an albatross around the neck of his party’s nominees in November,” Stuart Rothenberg, one of the most highly respected political handicappers in the country, wrote in Roll Call. Read more at: breitbart.com.
Related: Democrat Rep. and DNC Chair Debbie “Wasserperson” Schultz spins last nights defeat.
By Catherine Baer with the Tea Party Network-
The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Legislative Affairs Committee was convened by Chairman Lenny Curry after an overwhelming show of support for the anti-common core resolutions at the January 2014 Annual meeting of the RPOF. The anti-Common Core resolutions were passed by the State Committeemen/Committeewomen’s Caucus and the REC Chairmen’s Caucus at the RPOF annual meeting -
This a must read! Letter from RPOF Legislative Affairs Committee to Chairman Lenny Curry
From Alfonzo Rachel from ZoNation-watch the entire video..it really sums up Charlie Crist (and the true liberal view of Tea Party and minorities)! Thank you, Alfonzo!
We actually have a lobby group in Tallahassee that has the best interest of all Floridians, Grassroot Activists and yes, even themselves. Liberty First Florida.
Please read their newest bulletin about the dangers of the accepted practice of State Regional Planning Councils (aka Agenda 21).
“Unfortunately, the 11 Florida Regional Planning Councils have become a de facto agency of the federal government to promote “Smart Growth” and “Sustainable Living” schemes at the expense of local control of land use decisions and private property rights.”
Click for Article- http://libertyfirstfl.org/?p=540
If you are able to attend or know someone in the Tally area, plan to attend the 2nd Amendment Preservation Rally Tuesday Jan 7th at the State Capital. There are 12 dynamite speakers. Sheriff Mack, CSPOA, and Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America are the keynotes, and we just added Billy Vaughn, father of Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn and several other exciting speakers. Check out the complete cadre of speakers at http://
Wow: Yesterday I posted a piece entitled The Constutution is Timeless. It explains why our Constitution is as relevant today as it was when it was written and why it will be relevant in the future. Unfortunately, the folks over at “Common Core Central” disagree. The following is from Bryant School District in Arkansas:
Welcome to the first day of civics class in the Common Core. Your first assignment? Revising the Bill of Rights in the U.S Constitution because it is an “outdated” document? The worksheet says:
You have been selected to work on a National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force. You have been charged with the task of revising and editing the Bill of Rights. .. You will have to prioritize, prune, and add amendments.
Way to go, Ted!
Here’s another. “It just says, ‘Shutdown,’ ” Yoho said. “With a smiley face.”
A year ago, Yoho was a large-animal veterinarian in north Florida who had never held elected office. Today, he is part of one of the most influential voting blocs in the House of Representatives, the hard-line conservatives who pushed their own leadership into a risky showdown over President Obama’s health-care law. Read more at: washingtonpost.com.
Hat tip: Paula Helton
Gov. Rick Scott’s newest executive order paved the way for Florida to pull out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test on Monday, and legislators across the state rallied to the governor’s side to show support for his decision. The governor notified U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that Florida plans to withdraw from PARCC. The Sunshine State will now begin a competitive bidding process to select a new assessment to measure students’ academic achievement. In addition, the Florida Department of Education will conduct face-to-face hearings to gather public input on Florida’s educational standards.
The link below also discussed the Democratic Party response to the Governor’s actions.
Thank you Governor Scott
Tea Party abandoning GOP, just 3 in 10 approve of Republican leadership.
This article should have a special meaning to those who have seen a Trevor Louden presentation ( Trevor will be speaking at the Tea Party Netrwork Meeting this weekend).
The Tea Party has had it with Republican leaders, abandoning the GOP in stunning numbers at a time when mainstream leaders are arguing for immigration reform and support for an attack on Syria.
A new Pew Research Center poll provided to Secrets on Wednesday found that just 27 percent of Republicans who agree with the Tea Party approve of Republican leaders in Congress. A whopping 71 percent disapprove.
While Pew did not gauge support for Tea Party leaders like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the findings are a good sign for him and other conservatives who are trying to steer the Republican Party onto the Tea Party’s policy tracks. Read more at: washingtonexaminer.com.