Al Gore’s Newspaper Endorses Romney


Michael Silence: “To say today’s endorsement by The Tennessean newspaper is an eyebrow raiser is an understatement. This is the same newspaper where former Vice President Al Gore got his start in journalism.
“They endorsed Obama in 2008. Of course, the paper endorsed Gore in 2000. In 2004, the paper endorsed Democrat John Kerry over President Bush. The endorsement will have political junkies across the country buzzing.”

Here’s part of the editorial:
“America needs strong leadership; yet, our leaders in Washington have seldom looked more impotent. . . .
“Because as important as foreign policy, social issues, immigration and the environment continue to be, this election hinges on Americans’ fear of a European-style economic collapse. No other issue will matter more, and to more voters, on Election Day.
“The next president must be the one with the best chance to get the crushing, $16 trillion national debt under control, coupled with the more immediate need of enabling a vibrant job market.
“It is because the economy is paramount that The Tennessean endorses Gov. Mitt Romney for president.”

State Representative Debra Young Maggart (R-TN)

Our Republican of the day is State Representative Debra Young Maggart (R-TN), the Chairman of the House Majority Caucus. She previously served as the Republican Whip.
In 2011, for the first time in Tennessee history, conservatives controlled the Governorship and both chambers of the General Assembly. She was immediately elected by her colleagues, and Maggart, 52, wasted no time in implementing an ambitious reform agenda.

As Caucus Chairman, her remarkable record of accomplishment includes:
* The elimination of the death tax;
* The repeal of the gift tax;
* A commitment to a forever ban on a state income tax;
* A voter photo ID requirement that protects elections from fraud;
* A crackdown on violent sex offenders;
* Tort reforms so businesses can operate on a level playing field;
* As well as passage of two balanced budgets.
Dr. Art Laffer, the father of supply-side economics, now lives in Nashville, and describes Maggart as a “proven fighter for pro-growth economic policies. While Washington continually eschews its fiscal responsibilities, Tennessee has become a model for how government should conduct itself. Coupled with Tennessee’s right to work status, her initiatives are making the state one of the nation’s premier locations for new jobs.
“Tennesseans owe a debt of gratitude to Debra Maggart for these victories, and she has helped advanced the cause of economic freedom to lengths unseen in the modern era.”
She was first elected in 2004 and was among the few legislators who endorsed Romney last year. Maggart, a grandmother and Rolling Stones fan, resides in Hendersonville. Her interest in politics dates back to childhood. She grew up in Governor A.H. Roberts’ home. He was responsible for calling the special session in which Tennessee voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution to give women the right to vote.



New Congressional District Data Shows GOP Rising Tide: The Biggest Winners and Losers



This week the Census Bureau released the final populations numbers for every Congressional district. The significant shift to GOP areas is obvious.

Districts That Have Gained The Most in Population Since 2000

 Of the top 25 Districts Only Three Are Represented By Democrats

District/Representative/Population Change

  1. NV-03 Heck (R) + 378,510
  2. AZ-02 Franks (R) + 331,404
  3. AZ-06 Flake (R) + 330,373
  4. TX-10 McCaul (R) + 329,844
  5. FL-05 Nugent (R) + 289,814
  6. CA-45 Bono Mack (R) + 275,656
  7. GA-07 Woodall (R) + 272,680
  8. TX-26 Burgess (R) + 263,279
  9. TX-22 Olson (R) + 259,220
  10. TX-31 Carter (R) + 250,233
  11. NC-09 Myrick (R) + 232,672
  12. VA-10 Wolf (R) + 225,723
  13. UT-03 Chaffetz (R) + 221,687
  14. FL-14 Mack (R) + 219,658
  15. AZ-07 Grijalva (D) + 214,773
  16. NC-04 Price (D) + 207,446
  17. CA-44 Calvert (R) + 205,748
  18. CA-25 McKeon (R) + 205,552
  19. TX-21 Smith (R) + 205,024
  20. FL-12 Ross (R) + 202,103
  21. TX-28 Cuellar (D) + 200,565
  22. TX-23 Canseco (R) + 196,502
  23. TX-04 Hall (R) + 194,642
  24. GA-09 Graves (R) + 193,905
  25. ID-01 Labrador (R) + 193,00

The Biggest Losers

Of the Top 25 Districts Which Lost Population, 23 Are Held By Democrats and Only 2 Are Republicans

  1. LA-02 Richmond (D) – 145,696
  2. MI-13 Clarke (D) – 143,274
  3. MI-14 Conyers (D) – 112,003
  4. OH-11 Fudge (D) – 90,236
  5. IL-01 Rush (D) – 66,607
  6. PA-14 Doyle (D) – 61,316
  7. IL-04 Gutierrez (D) – 52,498
  8. IL-02 Jackson (D – 51,320
  9. MS-02 Thompson (D) – 42,733
  10. NY-28 Slaughter (D) – 42,626
  11. MO-01 Clay (D) – 34,428
  12. PA-12 Critz (D) – 34,035
  13. AL-07 Sewell (D) – 32,279
  14. OH-01 Chabot (R) – 31,846
  15. OH-10 Kucinich (D) – 31,798
  16. OH-1 7Ryan (D) – 30,205
  17. CA-31 Becerra (D) – 27,912
  18. MI-05 Kildee (D)- 27,455
  19. MI-12 Levin (D) – 25,958
  20. NY-27 Higgins (D) – 24,929
  21. IL-09 Schakowsky (D) – 24,258
  22. NY-11 Clarke (D) – 21,726
  23. TN-09 Cohen (D) – 20,917
  24. IL-17 Schilling (R) – 18,739
  25. PA-02 Fattah (D) – 17,073

Aftermath of The New Scandal: What Happens Now?


Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R-NY)

Congressman Chris Lee’s (R-NY) abrupt resignation yesterday was shocking news. He permanently left the House of Representatives just three hours after the scandal hit, and his decision surprised many because it was a political storm he could have survived. Then Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN) did the same thing last year.

He also was confronted with accusations of adultery, and left by saying “I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff.”

Chris Lee has a beautiful wife and family, a net worth of $8.7 million, and had just been appointed to the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Lee, 46, was highly regarded and his speeches on job creation were effective. He ran a family manufacturing business, and transformed it from a small machine shop to a global enterprise.

He appeared to have a bright future until his e-mail exchange with a 34 year old woman was revealed. The  Washington Post commented:

What married politician would be stupid enough to troll for women online using his real name, email and photo? It used to be, when people in power had affairs, they did it right. You met people and committed indiscretions in person, the old-fashioned way.

Lee did not tell the woman he was a Member of Congress, but she figured it out by tracing his e-mail address which was linked to his now discontinued Facebook profile.  She was initially upset because he claimed to be seven years younger than his actual age. A snap poll in his district last night showed 67% of the people saying he should not have resigned.

New York is rarely a safe place for Republicans, although the GOP does have an advantage in this district. Lee was re-elected in 2010 with 74% of the vote against a weak challenger. There will not be a primary to select Lee’s replacement. Instead, party leaders will choose the candidates.

The logical choice is State Senator George Maziarz, who says he is “very interested.” However, if the GOP loses his seat it would mean the Senate would flip to Democratic control.

Wealthy Assemblywoman Jane Corwin has an impressive record and would have the ability to self fund her campaign. She is the mother of three children and has an MBA.

She defeated incumbent Mike Cole in the 2008 GOP primary. He had been censured by the legislature after admitting to drinking excessively with a student intern and spending the night in her apartment.

Several of Corwin’s budget cutting ideas have already been adopted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). They include a pay freeze for public employees and a property tax cap. Some prominent district leaders have already described her as the frontrunner. Corwin is not making any statement about a campaign but spoke of the states financial crisis:

Years of irresponsible spending, no accountability and rampant special interest lobbying have created a $10 billion budget problem in New York. We hold a dubious distinction: our median property tax bill is 96% higher than the national average. No state known as the tax capital of the world will have an optimistic future.

The seat is viewed as one potential casualty of the coming redistricting process. Though it did not lose as much population as the neighboring districts represented by Reps. Louise Slaughter and Brian Higgins, it is nonetheless part of a region that hemorrhaged population since the last Census. New York will be losing two Congressional seats in 2012.

The Verdict of History: Comparing The Bush and Obama Records

April 29, 2007: The National Day of Impeachment was organized by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Daniel Ellsberg and Cindy Sheehan.

The Bush Economic Record
President George W. Bush came into office with a recession and left with one, but his overall record is admirable. For 24 quarters we had steady growth, a record not matched by any other President. The Bush tax cuts rescued the economy and provided the nation with low unemployment and continued growth for 5½ straight years. The Dow Jones reached an all time high, and the tax cuts got America out of the dot com recession. Continue reading

Tax Hike Passes By One Vote: Illinois is Nation's Worst Credit Risk

Illinois is the worst credit risk in the nation because for years its lawmakers have refused to adequately address its budget gap.

The Illinois legislature voted last night to increase the state personal income taxes by 67 percent and business taxes by 46 percent. Illinois now has the highest effective corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, and prior to the vote Illinois ranked 48th in job creation. All Democrats voted yes, and all Republicans in both the House and Senate voted no. The Senate passed the measure at 1:30 am by a 30 to 29 vote margin. Continue reading

Reapportionment: Mapping The New Congressional Districts

New York has lost two seats and it is likely there will be some combination of the districts of Democratic Reps. Joseph Crowley, Carolyn Maloney and Gary Ackerman. The last time New York had 27 House seats was in the early 1820s, when the chamber had 181 seats. The two upstate districts with the heaviest population losses are in the western part of the state and are represented by Democratic Reps. Brian Higgins and Louise Slaughter. With a Democratic Governor and state Assembly and a GOP Senate, expect each party to lose a district.

Yesterday’s release of the Census Bureau data allows the 2012 Congressional reapportionment process to begin. Drawing the new maps will be the subject of considerable speculation for the next six months. The GOP will gain at least six seats, and they are practically assured of pickups in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah. Also, several vulnerable Republicans will see favorable territory added to their districts.
The liberal Huffingtom Post does not agree with this assessment. Their current headline article is “Reapportionment Not Necessarily Good News for Republicans” by Robert Creamer. He is the same author who wrote their analysis explaining why Democrats would keep control of the House. Continue reading