We’re Coming for You, John Boehner

From Politico:

The GOP has been hijacked. That’s right, hijacked. Over the past 100 years, an elite progressive minority has taken the Republican Party far afield from its conservative platform and the interests and values of its grassroots conservative base.

I’ll admit that, in the aftermath of the disappointments of the 2012 elections, conservatives like me are angry.

We are angry at being blamed for Mitt Romney’s defeat, when we argued from the beginning that he was a Big Government establishment politician and that if he ran a content-free campaign, he would lose.

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Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, flickr

GOP is Building a Home for Latino Voters

From U-T San Diego:

Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic group in California, and we now comprise 29 percent of the city’s population.

Given this new reality, no party can fully represent the American people if it fails to adequately build and maintain relationships with the Hispanic community. That is why a year ago, following the release of the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project report, our postelection review, we fundamentally reshaped our strategy for winning elections, and for building trust with this important part of the American electorate.

Our new playbook ensures we are going to communities where we have not had a presence in a long time. It means building a real and permanent year-round Hispanic engagement effort throughout the country, built to outlast any one candidate or election cycle.

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Photo courtesy of DonkeyHotey, flickr

Americans Think Obama is a Liar

From The Daily Caller:

It took a few years, but Americans are finally coming around to the same opinion as famed congressional heckler Joe Wilson: Obama lies.

According to a new Fox News poll, 37 percent of registered voters believe Obama lies “most of the time” on “important matters,” while 24 percent said he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent responded that he lies “only now and then” and just 15 percent believe he “never” lies.

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The CTA Targets Charter Schools Again

From U-T San Diego:

Despite political, procedural and financial obstacles, charter schools are a California phenomenon. More than 1,100 of the independently operated, taxpayer-funded schools serve more than a half-million students — 68 percent of them minorities.

Some charters have been huge successes, such as the High Tech High campuses in San Diego County. Others have struggled badly. Yet overall, they’ve been a welcome jolt — a brisk challenge to a state education establishment whose leaders usually focus far more on funding than student performance.

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The Shameful Hypocrisy of the Modern Green Movement

From The Daily Caller:

There are two types of green movements. The first one, embodied by Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, sees nature and humans as a whole and therefore believes there can be constructive solutions to problems like pollution. The second believes that humans are a cancer destroying the planet and a radical shift in consumer behavior is needed or else we’re doomed.

This latter breed of green has been back in the news again, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s fifth report released last week. Using this climate “Bible,” green fanatics will undoubtedly look at the splinter in “deniers’” eyes while forgetting the planks in their own.

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The Quiet Bailout of Detroit

From The Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama is using $100 million in taxpayer cash to help keep  Detroit’s pension funds afloat, contradicting his administration’s commitment to  avoid a bailout.

The federal $100 million is being described as “blight remediation,” but it  allows the city’s new managers to reshuffle more cash into the city employees’  pension funds, which were looted by city and union officials for several  decades.

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Brown Negotiating with Republicans over Rainy-Day Fund

From The Sacramento Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans.

The special session, scheduled to begin next week, is a significant test for the Democratic governor, who tried – and failed – to reach a budget accord with GOP lawmakers in the first year of his second stint as governor. That was before Democrats achieved a supermajority in the Legislature, and Brown hasn’t needed Republicans for much since.

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Photo courtesy of DonkeyHotey, flickr

Oil and Gas Production in Free Fall under Obama

From The Daily Caller:

Oil and gas production has stalled on federal lands for the third year in a row under the Obama administration, despite booming energy production on private and state lands, according to a new government report.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) says that the share of oil and gas production coming from federal lands have plummeted from 2009 to 2013. Oil production on federal lands fell by 11 percent over this time period and natural gas production fell by 28 percent.

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CalPERS Adopts $459 Million Pension Rate Hike

From The Sacramento Bee:

CalPERS approved nearly a half-billion dollars in pension contribution rate increases Wednesday.

The big pension fund approved a $459 million rate increase for the state, bringing the state’s contribution to around $4.3 billion a year. The fund also approved a $55 million increase for school districts, to $1.12 billion. The state’s higher rates will kick in with the start of the new fiscal year in July, while the schools’ increase will begin in 2016.

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The Legacy of George H.W. Bush

From U-T San Diego:

The country music icon, Garth Brooks, made a surprise appearance at the recent 25th anniversary celebration of former President George H.W. Bush’s presidency, and he sang one song, perhaps his best: “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places.”

Of course, 41, as we refer to the first Bush, had legions of friends in high places through a remarkable lifetime of public service in Washington, at the U.N., and in China. The best from his White House years joined the reunion. Jim Baker, Robert Gates, Alan Simpson, Condi Rice, Brent Scowcroft, Andy Card and Marlin Fitzwater were among a star-studded group.

But 41 made and nurtured friends everywhere, many in low places too, with his warm, easy, thoughtful and considerate manner.

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