Friday, May 9, 2014

RedState Briefing 05/08/2014

Morning Briefing
For May 9, 2014

If You Live in Texas, Vote for Ken Paxton for Attorney General
Remember last year, when many Republicans in the Texas Legislature decided to pass a bill–supported by President Obama and Congressional Democrats at the federal level–requiring outside groups to disclose their donors to engage in political speech? Thankfully Governor Perry vetoed the bill, which would have stifled the free speech of all sorts of conservative organizations.

Fast forward to the current Texas Attorney General’s race, and the vote on this bill becomes quite instructive. Ken Paxton voted against the bill. Dan Branch voted for it. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Obama: Benghazi Is A Phony Scandal
Last summer, Barack Obama, the selfie president, gave a speech in which he blamed his difficulties, in part, on phony scandals . . . please click here for the rest of the post

Sid Dinsdale, Deceptions, and Lack of Courage on the Campaign Trail
The Tea Party is dead.

It’s so dead that even politicians who clearly do not share its ethos…co-opt the message and run with it on the campaign trail.  In fact, no viable candidate can be caught running an ad that reflects anything counter to the message of the Tea Party in GOP primaries.

The latest example is Sid Dinsdale who is running for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

Hillary Clinton And The Obama Administration’s Coddling Of Boko Haram
There is no doubt that Nigeria’s Boko Haram (which charmingly means “Western education is sinful”) is a vicious terrorist organization. It is currently the center of an international melodrama as US and British military contingents have joined the hunt for some 230 Christian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram with the intent of marrying them to Islamic terrorists. Yet, in what is looking like yet another major accomplishment for Hillary Clinton’s State Department, Josh Rogin at The Daily Beast is reporting that Boko Haram was never listed as a terrorist organization until after John Kerry became Secretary of State  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

Crucifixions, Porn and Other Sick Perversions At The EPA
People hold varying opinions on whether Global Warming is occurring. They differ on whether it is a cataclysmic occurrence if it happens. People hold radically different opinions on what should and what can be done about the issue if it were to become a problem. However, I’d argue that anyone not infected with a pseudo-religious zealotry would be concerned if they knew the extent to which the US government agency that would be in charge of fighting Global Warming was a corrupt, disingenuous cesspool that held itself aloof from any pretext of being subject to the law. While being corrupt, the EPA also manages to be self-righteous. It was PJ O’Rourke who once argued that there is nothing more frightening than a knave with a moral justification for their cause. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

House Leaders Pass Another Bill With Democrat Support
Evidently, the fact that Republicans “only” control the House necessitates that they pass bills with Democrats support.  Once again, House leaders passed a bill through the House with only a majority of Democrat support. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

Mary Landrieu thinks it’s Republicans that lack commitment on the Keystone XL
“U.S. Senator Landrieu questions Republican commitment to Keystone” is the funniest headline you’ll see today. Thank your higher powers that it was brought to us by Reuters. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

Apology from the RNC Director of Rapid Response
On Tuesday night, I made a mistake and exhibited poor judgment. I tweeted something from my personal account I should not have. As a Republican especially as the Director for Rapid Response for the RNC, it was not appropriate.

I apologize. The RNC rules are clear and my actions violated them. It will not happen again. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief, RedState

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