** UPDATE 8/15/10 ROBIN’S BIRTHDAY, BY THE WAY!”
Because I have been feeling a bit unwell, I have asked my alterego to post what I have written so far about the Primary elections on the 24. Enjoy. I’ll finish the other two states soon.
** UPDATE 8/14/10 **
Alaska, Arizona and Florida with Oklahoma (runoff) and Vermont for Good Measure
They all vote on August 24!
There is much to say about Alaska politics, but one of the most important things I want to be sure you know is that Alaska is neither more corrupt nor incorrupt than any other state in the Union – including my own. It’s just that the Democrats wanted you to think it was by using every tactic they could surmount against Governor Sarah Palin. Why? Because they knew she could give the American people the very best class in Politics 101, and they did not want the American people to be knowledgeable about the facts.
Following the resignation of Governor Sarah Palin, the Leadership Position went to then Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell. Although I haven’t followed Alaska politics as closely lately as I did following the events of the 2008 Presidential Race, I believe Mr. Parnell has done a good job since taking over the Governor’s office. I hope you will consider giving him his first full four-year term in this election. Start right – start with the Primary.
Having said that, there are other Republican Candidates you should know a little about.
REPUBLICANS FOR GOVERNOR:
Sean Parnell – Lieutenant Governor in Palin administration, Constitutionally assumed Governor’s office upon Palin’s resignation.
Jerry Heikes – Drywall contractor, Minister, National Guard veteran, ’06 candidate & ’08 U.S. Senatorial candidate
Mercia Hlatcu – Engineer, photojournalist, ’06 candidate & ’09 Anchorage Mayor candidate
Sam Little – Musician, truck driver and National Guard veteran
Ralph Samuels – Ex-State House Majority Leader and airline executive
Bill Walker – Ex-Valdez Mayor, Ex-Valdez City Councilman & businessman
And just for funzies – have you had a good laugh today? HOLLIS FRENCH THINKS THE DEMS ARE GOING TO ELECT HIM! What a joke he is.
REPUBLICANS FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:
Incumbent Craig Campbell – retiring in 2010
Eddie Burke – Ex-Radio Talk Show host, businessman & Ex-State Legislative Aide – (I would ask your vote for Mr. Burke. I have listened to his talk show several times; I believe him to be a truly conservative candidate who deserves your support.)
Bob Lupo – No campaign web site located – Retired Missile Systems technician, National Guard veteran & ’09 Anchorage Mayor Candidate
Jay Ramras – State Representative & hotel owner (This is for those who like jokes on the Republican Party.)
Mead Treadwell – Ex-US Arctic Research Commission Chair, Ex-Deputy State Environmental Commissioner & businessman
Incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski
Joe Miller – Attorney, Ex-US Magistrate Judge, Army veteran & ’04 State Representative nominee
(Senator Murkowski was not elected to her first post as Senator – she was HAND-PICKED by her father. She is NOT a conservative, and Alaska has shown time and again that they are a very conservative State. I ask your vote for the REAL conservative: Mr. Joe Miller for U.S. Senate from Alaska.)
Alaska U.S. CONGRESS At-Large:
Incumbent Republican Don Young
John Cox – Financial consultant & Navy veteran
Sheldon Fisher – Telecommunications executive & attorney
REPUBLICANS FOR GOVERNOR:
Incumbent – Governor Jan Brewer – a real fighter for the people of Arizona! One of the RARE incumbents who deserves re-election!
Matthew “Matt” Jette – Pharmaceutical salesman & Non-profit group founder
Treasurer Dean Martin – Announcement of July 9, 2010: “Today I am announcing that I am suspending my campaign…I feel a contested primary would be a distraction…I fully intend to support the Governor in her battle with the Obama Administration and its relentless attack on the people of Arizona.” (Thank you, Mr. Martin, for putting the people of your state FIRST!)
Owen “Buzz” Mills – Statement on July 13, 2010: “SB1070 has regrettably taken the focus off of job creation and dixing the state budget. So even though the chasm between Brewer’s policies and mine is dramatic, SB1070 has politically mitigated those issues. I have therefore decided to suspend the campaign.” (Mr. Mills, in my opinion, you did it for the wrong reasons, but you did it, and I thank you for the unselfish attitude in giving up your own political aspirations for this time.)
Incumbent Republican (A.K.A. RINO) John McCain. Even though I strongly supported Mr. McCain’s vice presidential choice in 2008, I was not happy about having to vote for him in order to vote for Sarah Palin. I would not make that mistake again.
Jimmie Lee “Jim” Deakin, Jr – Fire protection systems contractor, Navy veteran & conservative activist (that almost always translates into, “Libertarian socially liberal policies.”)
Former Congressman John D. “J.D.” Hayworth, Jr. – Ex-Congressman, ex-radio talk show host & ex-TV sportscaster
(Are either of these two candidates perfect? Not by a long shot! But it may be that you have to decide which one will be most open to your voice and promise that he will not be re-elected if he doesn’t react to the bills as his “employers” have instructed him to do.)
Incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick
Bradley Beauchamp – Attorney & ex-teacher
Rusty Bowers – Ex-State Senate Majority leader, Ex-State Representative & lobbyist
Paul Gosar – Dentist
Sydney Hay – State Mining Association Executive Director, Anti-tax Activist & ‘02/’08 candidate
Joe Jaraczewski – Real estate developer
Jon Jensen – Ex-Greenlee County School Superintendent & educator
Steve Mehta – Cardiologist
Thomas Zaleski – Investment executive & economist
Incumbent Republican Trent Franks will be challenged in the Primary for Republican Charles Black, – Sporting goods store owner & Afghan War veteran
Incumbent John Shadegg is retiring in 2010.
Bob Branch – College professor, Tea Party Activist & USAF veteran
Sam Crump – Ex-State Representative, attorney & Army veteran
Pamela Gorman – Ex-State Senator, Ex-State Representative & public relations consultant
LeAnn Hull – Construction company owner
Steve Moak – Business,an, non-profit group founder & Ex-White House Staffer
Paulina Morris – Ex-Maricopa County Special Health District Chair, attorney & Ex-Congressional Intern
Vernon Parker – Paradise Valley Mayor, GHW Bush White House Aide & attorney
Ben Quayle – Attorney, venture capitalist & son of Ex-Vice President Dan Quayle
Jim Waring – Ex-State Senate & Ex-Congressional Aide
Ed Winkler – Ex-Paradise Valley Mayor & businessman
Incumbent Democrat Ed Pastor should get a pink-slip from Arizona voters this year.
Janet Contreras – Network Administrator, ex-businesswoman & ’08 Nominee
Joe Penalosa – Attorney
Incumbent Democrat Harry Mitchell – another possible pink-slip victim
Susan Bitter-Smith – Ex-State Representative, Ex-Scottsdale City Councilwoman, businesswoman & ’00/’08 candidate
Lee Gentry – Attorney, mediator, businessman & ’08 candidate
Chris Salvino – Physician
David Scheikert – Maricopy County Treasurer, Ex-State Representative and ’08 nominee
Mark Spinks – Realtor & ex-restaurant manager
Jim Ward – Venture capitalist & ex-movie industry executive
Incumbent Democrat Raul Grijalva. Why so many Democrats, Arizona?
Christopher “Flow” Flowers – Businessman & USAF veteran
Ruth McClung – Rocket scientist & physicist
Terry Myers – Real estate development consultant
Joseph Sweeney – Contractor & frequent candidate
Robert Wilson – University financial administrator
Incumbent Democrat Gabrielle Giffords. Finally – the last Democratic Representative in your Congressional Delegation.
Andy Goss – Withdrew, but candidate’s name remains on the primary ballot.
Jesse Kelly – Iraq War veteran & construction executive
Brian Miller – Afghan War veteran & pilot
Jonathan Paton – Ex-State Senator, Ex-State Representative, political consultant & Iraq War veteran
Jay Quick – Architectural metal shop owner, ex-field geologist & ’06 candidate
One last piece of information for you, Arizona. Have you heard of organizations called “Republican Liberty Caucus” or “Liberty Candidates?” These are groups of Libertarians, Rino’s and others who are willing to sell the Republican Party planks to the highest bidders – in this case themselves in order to “remake” the Republican Party into a socially liberal Party. Leave Ron Paul out of your elections, Arizona.
These are your candidates endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus: Jeff Flake, Incumbent U.S. Congress, District 1; Brian Miller, U.S. Congress, District 8.
Running under the Liberty Candidates banner are: Jim Deakin, U.S.Senate; Nick Coons, U.S. Congress, District 5; Bruce Olsen, Governor; Brian Miller, U.S. Congress, District 8; Hugh Kealer, Governor; Barry Hess, Governor; Michael Gular, Arizona State House District 16; Craig Smith, Arizona State Senate District 25; David F. Nolan, U.S. Senate; David Fitzgerald, Arizona State House District 6. Luckily for you, many of these candidates are at least not RINO and are running as Libertarians.
** UPDATE 8/12/10 **
Wyoming Votes August 17
Think back as far as you can remember. In my case, it is way too far to go back, but I think I remember how unfair I thought it was when I was learning in school about the make-up of the Senators and Representatives from each state. Wyoming has its two Senators, but they only have one Representative – an at-large Representative. I have since come to understand more about the census and how that plays into representation, but then it seemed very unfair.
The real detriment I see to that at-large Rep is that there is only one vote for that State in Congress. I certainly hope the entire state agrees on the way they want the vote to go.
So, let’s elect one for you this year – or keep your incumbent. In far too many States, the voters are doing just that. If your voices are to be added to those who call for the incumbents to get pink-slipped, when is it that you think you’ll vote to do that? In November, the selection process will have been complete. Your choices will have been narrowed.
I cannot help wondering how many really good potential Congressmen we are leaving behind in the Primary because we are continuing to use that one elected chair – the “good old boy” – as the “nominee” again. Oh well…. Onward and upward, I suppose.
Governor of Wyoming:
Incumbent Democrat Dave Freudenthal is reaching term-limits this year and will not be re-elected. These Republicans – hopefully all Conservatives – are seeking the nomination.
Alan Kousoulos – No candidate description was given.
Matt Mead – Ex-U.S. Attorney & Rancher
Rita C. Meyer – State Auditor, Ex-Gubernatorial Chief of Staff & Afghan War veteran
Former State Representative Ron Mitcheli – Ex-State Agriculture Director, Ex-State House Speaker Pro-Tem & Rancher
John H. Self – I found no campaign website. Mr. Self is a retiree & ‘02/’06 Candidate
State Representative Colin M. Simpson – State House Speaker, attorney & Son of Ex-US Senator Alan Simpson
Tom A. Ubben – Energy company projects coordinator
U.S. CONGRESS AT-LARGE:
Incumbent Republican congressman Cynthia Marie Lummis has one Republican challenger in the Primary: Evan Liam Slafter, an artist and musician for whom I could not find a campaign website.
There you have it, Wyoming. Your candidates for Governor and U.S. Congress are waiting for your vote on August 17.
** UPDATE 8/11/10 **
“It’s all Bush’s fault.” At least I think we ought to blame it on him. Washington and Wyoming – yes, the two W’s – will be voting on August 17.
Washington Votes August 17
Incumbent Democratic Senator Patty Murray faces her kick-out selection against four other Democrats in the Primary.
Paul Akers – Businessman and inventor
William Edward Chovil – Businessman and frequent candidate – I could find no political website
Cint Didier – Ex-Pro Football player, farmer and Tea Party Activist
Norma Gruber – Banker – I could find no political website
Michael Latimer – No candidate description given.
Dino Rossi – Ex-State Denator, realtor & ‘04/’08 Governor Nominee. Does this make him a “career politician?”
Incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee.
Matthew Burke – Financial planner – The website I have attached to this candidate is his “Dirty Laundry” page. Why? Because I respect his facing there bad judgment choices squarely from the front not trying to sweet them out the back door. Does this mean he is the best candidate for your First Congressional District? That isn’t for me to say. I do feel, however, that I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t point out that he hasn’t tried to hide from these errors. Whether or not you vote for him depends on you. How he feels about himself is as important. I respect him for confronting these “skeletons.”
James Watkins – Business development consultant & ex-bank manager
Incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen faces two Democratic challengers in the Primary.
John Carmack – Businessman, industrial designer & USMC veteran
John Koster – Snohomish County Councilman, Ex-State Representative, business consultant & ’00 Nominee.
Incumbent Democrat, Brian Baird, is retiring in 2010. He has two Democrats seeking his replacement.
David Castillo – Ex-Deputy Assistant US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Ex-State Legislative Aide & Navy veteran.
David Hedrick – Accountant, Tea Party Activist & USMC veteran.
Jaime Herrera – State Representative & ex-congressional aide
Incumbent Republican Doc Hastings is challenged by Republican Shane Fast in the Primary. Mr. Fast is listed as a businessman & Tea Party Activist.
Incumbent Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers is unchallenged in the Republican Primary.
Incumbent Democrat Norm Dicks has no challenger in the Democratic Primary.
Doug Cloud – Attorney, ex-stockbroker & frequent candidate
Jesse Young – Business technology consultant
Incumbent Democrat Jim McDermott faces only Democrats in the primary. There is only one Independent registered so far for the November General Election.
Incumebent Dave Reichert has two Republican challengers in the August Primary: Tim Dillon, Yarrow Point Township councilman, software engineer & community activist and Ernest Huber, Law school graduate, retired Navy officer & Ex-Issaquah Regional GOP chair.
Incumbent Democrat Adam Smith.
Dick Muri – Pierce County Councilman, Ex0Steilacoom Historical School Board Member & retired USAF officer.
Jim Postma – Businessman, software engineer & ’08 Nominee
Of the candidates I listed here for you, here are the Republican Liberty Candidates – the RINO’s who are more Libertarian than Republican.
Matthew Burke – U.S. CONGRESS – DISRICT 1
John Koster – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 2
Doug Cloud – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 6
Here is a list of candidates who go even further in their Libertarian roots by more-openingly pushing socially liberal causes. They are sponsored by the Ron Paul Liberty Group. Some may be seeking office as Libertarians and some as Independents or other parties.
David Hedrick – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 3
Mary Ruth Edwards – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4
Randayll Yearout – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 5
Rex Brocki – U.S. CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4
Okay, Washington, it’s all yours. Light up those ballot boxes.
** UPDATE 8/8/10 **
August 10, 2010 –
GEORGIA – Runoff
20 July 2010 Primary contests proceeding to a 10 August runoff and those to close to call.
Governor – Republican
former Secretary of State Karen C. Handel (34% in the 20 July primary)
former Congressman Nathan Deal (24% in the 20 July primary)
U.S. House CD 7 – Republican
Rob Woodall (36% in the 20 July primary)
Jody B. Hice (27% in the 20 July primary)
U.S. House CD 9 – Republican
Congressman John Thomas “Tom” Graves, Jr. (Incumbent) (49% in the 20 July primary)
State Senator B. Lee “Lee” Hawkins (27% in the 20 July primary)
U.S. House CD 12 – Republican
Raymond Louis “Ray” McKinney, Sr. (43% in the 20 July primary)
Lawton Carlos “L. Carl” Smith, Jr. (28% in the 20 July primary)
U.S. House CD 13 – Republican
Michael Robert “Mike” Crane (30% in the 20 July primary)
Deborah Travis Honeycutt (26% in the 20 July primary)
Some of the candidates listed below indicate that they have been “renominated by the 10August Primary.” Since I am writing this on 08August, how is that possible? I suppose I just do not understand your election process. No problem – I’m not from Minnesota. I will just write what I see and trust you to know what is going on.
Incumbent Republican Governor, Tim Pawlenty, is not seeking re-election most likely in anticipation of a run for President in 2012. Also retiring is current Lieutenant Governor Carol Moinau.
Bob Carney, Jr. – with Lieutenant Governor William McGaughey
Leslie Davis – with Lieutenant Governor Gregory Soderberg
Oloveuse Scorpio “Ole” Savior – with Lieutenant Goveror Todd “Elvis” Anderson. I apologize if I offend you – that is not my intention. I just find it hard to take seriously this duo for Governor / Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota.
Incumbent Democrat Congressman Tim Walz has been renominated by the 10 August Primary and is running against other party candidates including the Republican State Representative Randy Lee Demmer.
Incumbent Republican John Kline will face the winner of the Democratic-Farmer Labor Party Primary in the November General Election.
Incumbent Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen will face challenging members of Democratic-Farmer Labor and Independence Parties in November.
Incumbent Democrat Congressman Betty McCollum representing the Democratic-Farmer Labor Party against one same-party challenging during the Primary. In addition, the Republican side of your Primary will be a face-off between Teresa Stanton Collett and Jack Shepard. Mr. Shepard doesn’t give me the impression that he is as conservative as he seems to think he is. He spouts Libertarian principles over Republican Party planks.
Incumbent Democrat Congressman Keith Maurice Ellison faces Primary challenges from two other members of the Democratic-Farmer Labor Party as well as the November challenge from Republican Joel “Alexander” Demos in November.
Incumbent Republican Congressman Michele Bachmann is one of the very few incumbents you will find me actually supporting for re-election. Her Conservative stance on the issues I think warrants her re-election.
Incumbent Democrat Congressman Jim Oberstar fights it out in the Primary against another Democratic-Farmer Labor candidate in preparation for the November fight from the Republican challenger, Chip Cravaack.
Connecticut Votes August 10
Incumbent Democrat Chris Dodd – retiring 2010 and good riddance! Let’s get you some much needed Conservative representation in the Senate, Connecticut!
Only one Democrat challenging for Dodd’s seat; State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Show him the door.
Linda E. McMahon – nominated by convention with 52% of the vote. She is not a real conservative – she is pro-choice and favors abortion except for partial birth abortion. To me, that is NOT being against abortion!
Peter David Schiff – did not receive nomination from the Republican Party. Wonder why? He shouts “States Rights” but he should know that the States do not HAVE rights – PEOPLE have rights and pass along the power the people choose to the State. That, block America from the world stage, abortion if you want one, homosexual marriage if you want it – the Libertarian way of viewing the world is NOT what America needs and certainly not what America wants. Check out the Republican Liberty Caucus documents for answers that amaze. It sounds good until you read the whole thing. Want more info? The Ron Paul-backed Liberty Candidates provides it. In fact, I believe these two organizations to be the hope of salvaging the Libertarian Party’s rapidly approaching bankruptcy and dissipation along with their publicly stated intentions to “remake the Republican Party.”
Former congressman Rob Simmons – even though his name will appear on your ballot, I get the impression that he doesn’t want to represent you. That’s fine. If he doesn’t want to serve you, simply do not vote for him. Simple enough.
Admittedly, that doesn’t give you much option really, does it? Sorry about that, but all our choices are not this bad, are they?
Incumbent Republican Governor Jodi Rell, has said that she does not want to be elected to serve the people of Connecticut – she is not seeking re-election.
Former Ambassador to Ireland, Tom Foley – where have we heard that name before?
Nelson “Oz” Griebel – Proposes a “clean and open government” with a five point plan. But he does not reveal his personal political statements regarding Conservative issues.
Chester First Selectman, Tom Marsh – backed by the Independent Party with a lean to the Republican side of the issues.
You may have a unique way to get rid of an incumbent – even if he was a good Lieutenant Governor, if you do not nominate him in the Republican Primary for Governor, Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele will be vacating that office. There are two Democrats in the contest as well as two Republicans. Danbury Mayor Mark Broughton is running as Governor Candidate Fedele’s running mate. The other Republican is Lisa Wilson-Foley.
Incumbent Congressman Rosa DeLauro is unchallenged by Democrats in the Primary but she does have a Republican challenger: Jerry Labriola, Jr. (http://www.labriolaforcongress.com/ )
Incumbent Democrat Congressman Jim Himes. What is it with all the Dems, Connecticut? Do yourselves and the rest of America a big favor and send them packing!
Incumbent Democrat Congressman Chris Murphy is poised to go back to screw up more good stuff in Washington. Three Republicans want to stop him. Justin Bernier, State Senator Sam Caligiuri, and Mark Daniel Greenberg.
Perhaps you do not have “real Conservative candidates” vying for each office up for election in your Primary, but I’m sure you’ll make the right decision for you, your state and our nation.
** UPDATE 8/7/10 **
I wrote this several days ago while I was still in the hospital. I hope it isn’t out of date for you by now.
Colorado Votes August 10
I was first in Colorado when I was 19 years old. My family and I went there on what was the first real vacation I ever remember. Many things still stand out in my mind from that trip including Santa Claus Land, the glass blowers, the beauty that is Ouray and Box Canyon, and of course, Mesa Verde.
I have been several times since then, and I am always amazed at the differences between our two states. Politics did not matter at all to me then. It does now, and I want to see Colorado elect as many Conservatives as possible. Your State like all the others need to help us kick out as many Socialistic liberals as possible.
The first step is a good one. Your Democratic Governor, Bill Ritter, is retiring in 2010.
Republican Candidates for Governor:
Dan Maes – Employment agency executive and GOP activist
Scott McInnis – Ex-Congressman, Ex-State Representative, attorney and ex-police officer
Incumbent Democrat/Unity Party Michael Bennet. One of the websites I use as reference refers to the Senate Primary as a “Special Election,” while the other site doesn’t use that term at all. Regardless…
Ken Buck – Weld County District Attorney and Ex-Congressional aide
Jane Bergman Norton – Ex-Lieutenant Governor, Ex-State Public Health/Environment Director. and Ex-State Representative
Incumbent Democrat Diana DeGette
Steven Barton – The website says it is unavailable. Was previously a candidate for U.S. Senate – no candidate description given
Mike Fallon – Physician
Incumbent Democrat Jared Polis is unopposed in the Primary.
Stephen Bailey – Marketing director, engineer and USAF veteran
Incumbent Democrat John Salazar is unopposed in the Primary
Bob McConnell – Attorney and Vietnam War veteran
Scott Tipton – State Representative, pottery company owner and ’06 nominee
Incumbent Democrat Betsy Markey is unopposed in the primary and will face Republican Cory Gardner, State House Minority Whip, attorney and Ex-Congressional Aide, and several other “also-rans” in November.
Incumbent Republican Doug Lamborn is unopposed in the Primary and will face Democrat Kevin Bradley in November’s election.
Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman is unopposed in the Primary and will face Democrat John Flerlage on November 2.
Incumbent Democrat Ed Perlmutter is unopposed in the Primary.
Ryan Frazier – Aurora city Councilor, businessman and Navy veteran
Lang Sias – FedEx pilot, attorney, Iraq War veteran and McCain Campaign staffer
** UPDATE ** 7/26/10 515 p.m.
Tennessee Votes August 5
I know you are already aware that your Primary Election is August 5. You have probably not been able to steer around political advertisements on television and radio for weeks now. I do not mean to be the bearer of bad news, but it is going to get worse after your Primary.
Your state is another that will say good-bye to at least one Democrat in your state government. Governor Phil Bredesen (D) reaches his term-limited “service” at the end of 2010. Even though I appreciate the fact that he recently signed an immigration bill for your state, has he done anything that will make you miss him? If you answered no to that question, then congratulate yourself for your discriminating opinion of Democrats in general.
Republican Candidates for Governor:
Bill Haslam – Knoxville mayor, businessman and minor league baseball team owner
Joe Kirkpatrick (Marketing Executive, GOP activist and ’06 candidate) – mixed signals from the Kirkpatrick campaign. His name is still listed as an active candidate on both the reference sites I use, Politics1.com and The GreenPapers.com; however his website indicates that he has withdrawn from the race.
Basil Marceaux, Sr. * listed as a candidate for Governor as well as for U.S. House CD-3 * – no candidate description given
Ron Ramsey – State Senate Speaker, Lt. Governor, Ex-State Representative, businessman and surveyor
Zach Wamp – Congressman (CD-3) and ex-real estate broker
Incumbent Republican John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. is unopposed in the Primary and will face Democrat Dave Hancock in November.
Incumbent Republican Zach Wamp is a candidate for Governor in 2010
Tommy Crangle – Real estate developer and professional engineer
Chuck Felischmann – Attorney and ex-radio talk show host
Tim Gobble – Bradley County Sheriff, Ex-Cleveland City Councilman and Ex-Secret Service agent
Harvey Howard – Frequent candidate, but I could find no campaign website
Jean Howard-Hill – Businesswoman, pastor, attorney and ‘04/’08 candidate
Van Irion – Biotech businessman, attorney, ex-medical researcher and USAF veteran
Rick Kernea – USAF veteran and pilot
Basil Marceaux, Sr. * See information under Republican Candidates for Governor
Art Rhodes – Attorney, pension management company CEO and Ex-Congressional Aide
Robin Smith – Ex-State GOP Chairwoman
Grover Travillian – Businessman and veteran
Incumbent Democrat Lincoln Davis is unopposed in the Primary, so you’ll have to wait until November’s General Election to show him to the unemployment line.
Jack Bailey – Attorney and Ex-Congressional Aide
Scott DesJarlais – Physician
Kent Greenough – Businessman
Ron Harwell – Salesman and Vietnam War veteran
Don Strong – Respiratory Therapist and conservative activist
Incumbent Democrat Jim Cooper will face a Democrat claiming to be a Tea Party Activist in the Primary.
David Hall – Building contractor, electrician and ’08 State Senate nominee
Jeff Hartline – Businessman
Vijay Kumar – Telecommunications salesman, ex-insurance agent and ’08 candidate
Patrick Miranda – Businessman and Tea Party activist
Cecilia “Cece” Noland-Heil – Attorney
Bob Ries – Businessman and veteran
Bob Schwartz – Health care executive
Jarod Scott – Banker
Lonnie Spivak – Graphic designer and Tea party activist
Al Strauss – College professor and ‘02/’06 US Senate candidate – no campaign website found
Tracy Tarum – Avionics technician and USAF veteran
Incumbent Democrat Bart Gordon is retiring in 2010
Diane Black – State Senator, Ex-State Representative and nurse
Dave Evans – Retired Army Reserve Major General, Ex-Defense Department civilian official and GOP activist
Gary Mann – Realtor and ex-psychologist
Bruce McLellan – no candidate description given
Kerry Roberts – Excellent video opens the website. – Bicycle shop owner and Tea Party Activist
Jim Tracy – State Senator, insurance agent and ex-NCAA basketball referee
Lou Ann Zelenik – Ex-Rutherford County GOP Chair, construction company owner and ’08 State Representative candidate
Incumbent Republican Marsha Blackburn is unopposed in the Primary.
Incumbent Democrat John Tanner is retiring at the end of this year.
Stephen Fincher – Farmer and gospel singer
George Flinn, Jr. – Shelby County Commissioner, radiologist, radio/tv station owner and Navy veteran
Ron Kirkland – Physician and Army veteran
Randy Smith – Restaurant owner
Bennie Watts – no campaign website found and no candidate description given
Incumbent Democrat Steve Cohen challenged in the Primary by Willie Herenton
Charlotte Bergmann – Marketing executive and GOP activist
James Harrell – no candidate description given
Kevin Millen – no candidate description given
There are two organizations that disturb me. These two organizations are the Republican Liberty Caucus and Liberty Candidates. Both are Libertarian-leaning with their socially liberal policies and are related in some way to Ron Paul, Mr. Libertarian himself. Both organizations state as one of their main goals to “re-make” the Republican Party more into their image by scrapping the socially CONSERVATIVE plans and adopting the Libertarian socially LIBERAL planks.
If it is possible for you to avoid voting for any candidate representing either of these two organizations, I would think it would be wise for you to do so. They sound intriguing spouting “liberty” and “individual freedoms” when what they are not saying is that they support issues such as gay marriage if the state approves of it; legalizing drugs – especially marijuana – if the state approves of it, and abortion at any level of the pregnancy as long as the state approves it. How can the state – any state – possibly approve murder? That is the core definition of abortion – the murder of an innocent, unborn child who is unable to speak for himself.
Candidates endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus:
Jimmy Duncan, incumbent, U.S. Congress, District 2
Van Irion, U.S. Congress, District 3
Dr. Steven Dickerson, State Senate, District 21
Tony Shipley, incumbent, State Representative, District 2
Frank Nicely, incumbent, State representative, District 17
Adrian Eddleman, Madison County Commission, District 9, Position 2
Candidates endorsed by Liberty Candidates:
Daniel Lewis, State House of Representatives, District 53
Jackie Miller, U.S. Congress, District 5 – Running as an Independent.
There are many things that we do on a daily basis because we need to, want to, or because we are required to do it. Many other things we do on a less than regular basis. This is what voting day is for us. Throughout United States history, men and women have fought and died for our national and individual freedoms. They have sacrificed time away from their homes and families, the loss of jobs in some cases, and even the loss of their lives to be sure that our right to vote remains a freedom for you and me.
Please do not denigrate their sacrifices by ignoring your responsibility of voting. Primary Elections are designed to allow the voting citizenry to participate in the nomination of political candidates. I hope you will take this responsibility seriously by voting in your Primary Election on August 5.
** UPDATE ** 7/26/10
Missouri Votes August 3
It is your turn, Missouri. How many incumbents are you going to pink-slip during your Primary Election? You do know, do you not, that if you kick them out in the Primary, you will not have to worry about them in November?
Incumbent Republican Christopher “Kit” Bond is retiring at the end of this year.
Roy Blunt – Congressman and Ex-US House Minority Whip
Davis Conway – Electrical contractor
Tony Laszacs – no candidate description given
Hector Maldonado – Iraq War veteran
Kristi Nichols – Database technician
Bob Praprotnik – Architect and Army veteran
Chuck Purgason – State Senator, Ex-State House Majority Whip and farmer
Deborah Solomon – Marketer and substitute teacher
Mike Vontz – Repairman
Incumbent Democrat William Lacy Clay, Jr. is opposed in the Primary by Democrat Candice “Britt” Britton.
Martin Baker – Political consultant and ’08 candidate
Robyn Lynn Hamlin – Commercial cleaning company owner, insurance agent and Ron Paul Campaign Activist ( translate that into Libertarian with socially liberal policies)
Marshall Works – Insurance executive – No other information available
Incumbent Republican Todd Akin
Bill Haas – Ex-St. Louis School Board Member, Ex-Democrat and frequent candidate
Jeffrey Lowe – No information available
Incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan has several Primary challengers.
Ed Martin – Ex-Gubernatorial Chief of Staff, Ex-St. Louis board of Election Commissioner and attorney
John Wayne Tucker – Realtor, minister and college professor
Rusty Wallace – CADTechnician
Incumbent Democrat Ike Skelton has one challenger in the Primary.
Brian Clark – Farmer – No other information available
Vicky Hartzler – Ex-State Representative, religious right activist, author and ex-teacher
Art Madden – Malta Bend School Board President, energy executive, accountant and economist
Eric James McElroy – No information available
Jeff Parnell – Businessman, GOP activist and frequent candidate
Brian Riley – Businessman and ex-banker
James Scholz – Computer consultant and retired Army soldier
Bill Stouffer – State Senate Republican Caucus Chair, Ex-school board member and farmer
Roy Viessman – Ex-Jefferson City Councilman, retired locomotive engineer, ex-police officer and Vietnam War veteran
Incumbent Democrat Emanuel Cleaver unopposed in the Primary
Jerry Fowler – No candidate description given
Patrick Haake – Financial planner – Although there is a website, there is no information provided there.
Ron Shawd – No candidate description given
Ralph Sheffield – No information available – No candidate description given
Jacob Turk – Businessman, USMC veteran and ‘06/’08 nominee
Incumbent Republican Sam Graves is opposed in the Primary by Christopher Ryan. I was unable to find a website for Mr. Ryan.
Incumbent Republican Roy Blunt is seeking the U.S. Senate seat from Missouri.
Jack Goodman – State Senator, Ex-State Representative and attorney
Steve Hunter – Ex-State Representative, retired teacher and Ex-Jasper County GOP chair. I could find no campaign website, but I did find one negative blogpost that I think you should be aware of.
Billy Long – Auctioneer
Mike Moon – Fitness center membership coordinator and farmer
Darrell Moore – Greene County Prosecuting Attorney
Gary Nodler – State Senator, Ex-State Representative, businessman, Ex-Congressional aide and Army veteran
Michael Wardell – Restaurant owner and disabled veteran
Jeff Wisdom – College professor and Iraq War veteran
Incumbent Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer is challenged by James Baker. I could find no information about Mr. Baker.
Before I list the candidates that in my opinion you should avoid if possible, I want you to know why I think Libertarianism in any guise is just plain wrong for Americans.
I think Libertarians realize that they are not part of the mainstream and will never be accepted as such. That is why they endorse candidates from two different organizations, Liberty Republican Caucus and Liberty Candidates.
I personally refuse to compromise my socially conservative viewpoints in favor of their socially LIBERAL ones.
Candidates endorsed by Liberty Republican Caucus:
Robyn Hamlin, U.S. Congress, District 1
Brian Nieves, State Senate, District 26
Paul Curtman, State Representative, District 105
Jim Guest, Incumbent, State Representative, District 5
Tim Jones, Incumbent, State Representative, District 89
Shane Schoeller, Incumbent, State Representative, District 139
Candidates endorsed by Liberty Candidates:
Bob Parker, U.S. Congress, District 8
Paul Curtman, State Representative, District 105
** UPDATE ** 7/25/10
Michigan Votes August 3
The limelight shines on Michigan as they take the political stage along with two other states to hold their all important Primary for the midterm election. It seems only yesterday that all the reports were, “it’s a long time till November.” Now, here we are only a few short months away.
Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) hits her brick wall of term-limits at the end of this year, so there’s one incumbent you do not have to worry about kicking out. The rest of the picture may or may not be that rosy for you, Michigan.
The Republican Candidates for Governor:
Mike Bouchard – Oakland County Sheriff, Ex-State Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Rep and ’06 U.S. Senate nominee
Mike Cox – Attorney General, Ex-Wayne County Deputy Prosecutor and USMC veteran
Tom George – State Senator, Ex-Senate Majority Leader, Ex-State Representative and physician
Peter Hoekstra – U.S. Congressman and ex-manufacturing executive
Rick Snyder – venture capitalist
District 1 – incumbent, retiring Democrat Bart Stupak
Jason Allen – State Senate Majority Whip, Ex-State Representative, businessman and National Guard veteran
Dan Benishek – Surgeon and GOP activist
Patrick Donlon – no candidate description available
Linda Goldthorpe – Attorney, Ron Paul Campaign Activist (translate that to read “RINO – Libertarian.”) and ’08 candidate
Don Hooper – Retired businessman, Army veteran and frequent candidate
Tom Stillings – Retired businessman and Ex-Lake Township Trustee
District 2 – incumbent, Pete Hoekstra (R), candidate for Governor
Bill Cooper (http://www.billcooperforcongress.com/ ) – Businessman
Bill Huizenga – Ex-State representative, businessman and Ex-Congressional aide
Wayne Kuipers – State Senator, Ex-State Representative and businessman
Chris Larson – Businessman and Army veteran
Field Reichardt – Businessman, GOP activist and Ex-Michigan International Office Director
Jay Riemersma – Ex-pro football player and religious right activist
Ted Schendel – Retired police office and Tea Party activist
District 3 – incumbent Republican Vern Ehlers, retiring
Justin Amash – State Representative and attorney
Bill Hardiman – State Senator, Ex-Kentwood Mayor and Vietnam War veteran
Steve Heacock – Ex-Kent County Commissioner and attorney
L.E. Johnson – Attorney and ex-chimney sweep contractor
Bob Overbeek – Graduate student and USAF veteran
District 4 – incumbent Republican Dave Camp, unopposed in the Primary
District 5 – incumbent Democrat Dale Kildee
John Kupiec – no candidate description given
Rick Wilson – Retired auto worker/manager
District 6 – incumbent Republican Fred Upton challenged in the Primary by Republican Jack Hoogendyk – Ex-State Representative, Ex-Kalamazoo County Commissioner, Tea party activist and ’08 U.S. Senate nominee
District 7 – incumbent Democrat Mark Schauer – unopposed in the primary
Marvin Carlson – Real estate investor and ex-urban planner
Brian Rooney – Attorney, Iraq War veteran and brother of Florida Congressman Tom Rooney
Tim Walberg – Ex-Congressman, Ex-State Representative and minister
District 8 – incumbent Republican Mike Rogers – unopposed in the Primary
District 9 – incumbent Democrat Gary Peters – unopposed in the Primary
Anna Janek – Cosmetologist and Ron Paul Campaign Activist (think Libertarian – not Republican)
Richard Kuhn – no campaign website located but I did find this information from the Detroit FOX television station – Retired Circuit Judge and ‘64’66 candidate
Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski – Ex-State Representative, attorney, Army veteran and “02 U.S. Senate nominee
Paul Welday – Public Relations Consultant and Ex-Congressional Aide
District 10 – incumbent Republican Candice Miller – unopposed in the Primary
District 11 – incumbent Republican Thad McCotter – unopposed in the Primary
District 12 – incumbent Democrat Sander Levin challenged by Democrat Mickey Switalski. Republican candidate Don Volaric is an insurance agency owner and is unopposed in the Primary.
District 13 – incumbent Democrat Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick faces several Democratic challengers in the Primary. Republican candidate John Hauler, a Tea Party Activist, has no opposition in the Primary.
District 14 – incumbent Democrat John Conyers, Jr – unopposed in the Primary
Pauline Montie – Businesswoman
Don Ukrainec – Teacher and youth minister
District 15 – incumbent Democrat John Dingell – unopposed in the Primary
Tony Amorose – Teacher and youth minister
Jack Lynch – Computer consultant, GOP activist and ’08 nominee
Majed Moughni – Attorney
Rob Steele – Physician
Libertarian support for so-called Republicans – RINOs – Socially liberal policies. If you support things like gay marriage, abortion, and the “if-it-feels-good-do-it” side of liberal social issues, as well as changing the staunchly Conservative planks of the Republican Party, you’ll be comfortable voting for these candidates. For myself, that is a compromise I am not willing to make.
Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed the following Michigan candidates:
Justin Amash – U.S. Congress, District 3
Jack Hoogendyk – U.S. Congress, District 6
Marvin Carlson – U.S. Congress, District 7
Liberty Candidates endorsed the following Michigan candidates:
Linda Goldthorpe – U.S. Congress, District 1
Anna Janek – U.S. Congress, District 9
** UPDATE ** 7/23/10
Kansas Votes August 3
All America turns our eyes to Kansas and two other states on August 3 for the Kansas Primary Election.
Your Democratic Governor and Lieutenant Governor are retiring this year. Good for you. By retiring, they save the embarrassment of being defeated in November. You will finally be able to elect Conservatives to your highest State offices.
Sam Brownback, your current U.S. Senator, is one Republican candidate for Governor running with Jeff Colyer as the Lieutenant Governor. In the Primary, they will face the Republican ticket of Joan Heffington and Mark Holick.
With Senator Brownback’s run for Governor, you have a wide-open Senate race between Republicans Tom Little (no campaign website was found), Jerry Moran, and Todd Tiahrt. Another candidate, Bob Londerholm, has withdrawn from contention.
Three of your four U.S. Congress members are also vacating their Congressional seats; two to seek the Governor’s office.
District 1 Republican Candidates:
Republican incumbent, Jerry Moran, is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Brownback.
Jim Barnett – State Senator, physician and ’06 Governor nominee
Sue Boldra – College instructor
Marck Cobb – Attorney, law professor and Vietnam War veteran
Tim Huelskamp – State Senator and farmer
Tracey Mann – Commercial realtor
Rob Wasinger – Ex-chief of staff to U.S. Senator Brownback and Ex-Gubernatorial aide
District 2 Republican Candidates:
Lynn Jenkins – Incumbent
Dennis Pyle – State Senator, Ex-State Representative and farmer (In my opinion, the more Conservative of the two.)
District 3 Republican Candidates:
The Democrat incumbent, Dennis Moore, is retiring at the end of this year.
Daniel Gilyeat – Iraq War veteran
Dave King – no candidate description was given
Garry Klotz – Businessman and community activist
Patricia Lightner – Ex-State Representative and ’04 Candidate
Jerry Malone – no candidate description was given
Craig McPherson – Attorney, Ex-Systems Techiician and Ex-Congressional campaign manager
John Rysavy – Businessman and National Guard veteran
Jean Ann Uvodich – Ice rink owner, attorney and ex-accountant
Kevin Yoder – State Representative and attorney
District 4 Republican Candidates:
Republican incumbent, Todd Tiahrt, is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Brownback.
Jim Anderson – Printing company owner and retired airline pilot
Wink Hartman – Oil company CEO
Mike Pompeo – Manufacturing executive and Republican National Committeeman
Paij boring Rutschman – no candidate description given
Jean Schodorf – State Senator and speech pathologist
As you know, I am strongly opposed to any proposed take over of the Republican Party by the Republican Liberty Caucus and Liberty Candidates. These are Libertarian-based organizations that seek to remove the socially conservative planks of the Republican Party in favor of their more socially liberal beliefs.
I do not have the right nor would I want to tell you how you should vote; but I personally will never support any candidate endorsed by these two organizations for the reasons I have stated.
JIM ANDERSON – U.S. CONGRESS, District 4
You are fortunate in that you have no candidates sponsored by Liberty Candidates, Ron Paul’s Libertarian group.
Many voters do not bother going to the polls for a Primary Election. I urge you to exercise your right to vote in every election for which you qualify. The purpose of the Primary Election is to provide the citizen’s voice in the nominee process. Please do not abandon your voice in favor of waiting for November.
** UPDATE ** 7/21/10
Oklahoma Votes July 27
You know, when you do not reside in a particular state, it does not usually come to your attention how that state’s Constitutional Officers are represented by the political parties. Oklahoma, bless your heart. I did not realize that you have been overrun by Democrats.
Governor: Brad Henry (D) – term- limited in 2010
Lieutenant Governor: Jari Askins (D) – candidate for Governor in 2010
State Auditor & Inspector: Steve Burrage (D) – incumbent seeking re-election
Attorney General: Drew Edmondson (D) – candidate for Governor in 2010
State Treasurer: Scott Meacham (D) – retiring in 2010
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Sandy Garrett (D) – retiring in 2010
Commissioner of Labor: Lloyd Fields (D) – incumbent seeking re-election
Insurance Commissioner: Kim Holland (D) – incumbent seeking re-election
State Corporation Commission:
Dana Murphy (R) – incumbent seeking re-election
Bob Anthony (R) – next election in 2012
Jeff Cloud (R) – next election in 2014
We need to find some viable Conservative Republican alternatives for you, don’t we? We need to be sure they are Conservative Republicans – not RINOs and not Libertarians. Let’s see what we can come up with to help you from the slate of legally filed candidates in your state.
Randy Brogdon – RINO, endorsed by Republican Liberty Caucus – socially liberal including trying to change the planks in the Conservative Republican Party to match the socially liberal policies of the Libertarians. Also endorsed by the Ron Paul Libertarian group, Liberty Candidates.
Mary Fallin (R) – Ms. Fallin has been recognized by numerous conservative groups for her defense of free enterprise and family values. A recent edition of the National Journal ranked her voting record as the most conservative among the Oklahoma House delegation. Looks like your most Conservative choice for Governor.
Roger Jackson (R) – Mr. Jackson seems more interested in promoting alcohol sales in your grocery stores and marijuana sales for “medicinal purposes” than many other concerns held by the majority of Oklahomans. Even though he isn’t recognized as such, these are socially liberal views shared by Libertarians.
Bernie Adler (R) – Oklahomans must give the impression to many of your candidates for elected office that you are heavy drinkers and marijuana users. Mr. Adler must think so at any rate. He, like gubernatorial candidate Roger Jackson holds socially liberal viewpoints on these issues as well as white-collar criminals.
Bill Crozier (R) – I couldn’t find a campaign website for Mr. Crozier, but I did find this information about some of his issues.
Todd Lamb (R) – Most of the information about Mr. Lamb’s stance on the issues can be found on his media page.
Paul Nosak (R) – Because I choose not to download additional plug-ins which can be hazardous to my computer, I am not able to see any page other than the home page for Mr. Nosak’s website.
John Wright (R) – Mr. Wright may be your most Conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor. At least he boasts a 92% Conservative rating from an unnamed source and has much support from his constituency.
Incumbent Tom Coburn (R) has impressed me many times I’ve heard him speak from the Senate floor on C-SPAN coverage, but I freely admit that I do not know all there is to know about your elected Senator. He is opposed in the Primary by Republicans Evelyn Rogers, Librarian, Nurse & Frequent Candidate who is supportive of forgiveness for first time offenders of illegal immigration as well as being weak on 10th Amendment views and Lewis Kelly Spring a retired teacher. Mr. Spring has some tough talk that really appeals to me on his website.
Incumbent John Sullivan (R)
Craig Allen (R) – Airline Pilot & Community Activist
Nathan Dahm (R) – Engineering Technician, Ex-Christian Missionary & GOP Activist
Patrick Haworth (R) – Radiology Technician Trainee, GOP Activist & USAF Veteran
Fran Moghaddam (R) – GOP Activist, Businesswoman & ’06/’08 Candidate
Kenneth Rice (R) – Ex-Factory Worker
Angelia O’Dell (Libertarian) – State Party Chair
Dan Boren (D)* – (Campaign Site)
Jim Wilson (D) – State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Businessman & Vietnam War Veteran
Dan Arnett (R) – Law School Student
Daniel Edmonds (R) – Farmer, Rancher, Doctoral Research Fellow & Ex-Congressional Intern
Chester Clem Falling (R)
Howard Houchen (R) – Businessman & Conservative Activist
Charles Thompson (R) – Veterinarian & Army Veteran
Raymond Wickson (R) – Frequent Candidate
Your vote is your own business. I have no right, and I would never propose that I should, to tell you how to cast your vote. I will provide the following information which I hope you will find helpful.
I write, read and research many political candidates. I have read the platforms available on the websites for all three major political parties including the Libertarian Party and the Republican Liberty Caucus as well as the activist Green Party. I have also researched some of the smaller national political parties such as the Constitution Party and others.
The more I read, the more convinced I become that the Conservative Party USA is the only truly Conservative political entity in the United States although the Republican Party platform is indeed strongly Conservative. The fact is the Republicans have in many instances deserted the party planks in favor of electability. That is wrong. It is a disservice to the American voter.
This is a list of the candidates in your state who are endorsed by the socially liberal organizations related to the Libertarian Party. You should very carefully consider the entire party platform before voting for one of these candidates. They are listed as Republicans, but they are not acting as Republicans standing on the Republican Party platform.
Endorsements by the Liberty Candidates organization for Oklahoma:
Randy Brogdon – candidate for Governor
Nathan Dahm – candidate for U.S. Congress District 1
Howard Houchen – candidate for U.S. Congress District 2
R.J. Harris – candidate for U.S. Congress District 4
Endorsements by the Republican Liberty Caucus organization for Oklahoma:
Randy Brogdon – candidate for Governor
Nathan Dahm – candidate for U.S. Congress District 1
Kenneth Rice – candidate for U.S. Congress District 1
Howard Houchen – candidate for U.S. Congress District 2
R.J. Harris – candidate for U.S. Congress District 4
** UPDATE ** 7/13/10
Georgia Votes July 20
Another term-limited Governor, George “Sonny” Perdue (R) means the field is wide open for your choice. Have you already decided who gets your vote, Georgia? If not, here are your Republican choices.
Jeff Chapman – State Senator, Ex-Glynn County Commissioner & Businessman. I am not a Georgia resident; therefore, I will make no judgments about Mr. Chapman’s stated “standing for the people” initiatives. I do think that if you have not heard this, you should at least be aware. That way, you can make an intelligent decision on your own. His issues page has a short list of five times that Mr. Chapman claims to have stood up for Georgia citizens. You know the issues – did he really do what was best for Georgia?
When politically prominent developers were awarded exclusive rights to build condominiums on Jekyll Island that would have reduced the ability of average Georgians to access and enjoy the island’s main public beach, Senator Jeff Chapman intervened to help ensure Jekyll’s landmark public beach remains open and accessible for the people of Georgia!
When Georgia’s most powerful utility wanted to bypass the Public Service Commission to raise electric rates and charge consumers in advance for power that new nuclear generators won’t begin producing until 2017, Chapman opposed the plan.
When state and local governments were abusing the power of eminent domain, seizing private property so developers could build projects that would increase the tax base, Chapman became Georgia’s fiercest protector of private property rights.
When the General Assembly was debating HB 218 to allow government to conduct secret negotiations on business deals, Chapman fought for the people’s right to know.
As a County Commissioner, Chapman initiated policies that rolled back the inflationary portion of the tax digest, stopped the passage of tax increases without public hearings, and instituted television coverage of commission meetings.
On the issue of taxes, Mr. Chapman offers ideas on both the federal and state levels.
Jeff is a strong advocate of keeping taxes as low as possible. On the federal level he supports the Fair Tax to repeal the federal income tax and abolish the IRS.
On the state level, he favors dramatic reform of Georgia’s tax system, including ultimately replacing the income tax with a sales tax-based system. He supports property tax relief.
Personally, I look for statements such as these when I am looking for a candidate of my own to support.
In all of my state Senate campaigns, I have been endorsed by Georgia Right to Life. My voting record is 100% Pro-Life.
For me, being a strong advocate for Life is not about politics. My respect for, and defense of innocent human life, is a deeply-held personal conviction. I revere Life as a gift from God.
In all fairness, many of the issues I read on Mr. Chapman’s web site give reason for me to believe that he is Libertarian-related in many of his issues. I have not been able to find such a connection in either of my reference listings: Liberty Candidates or Republican Liberty Candidates.
Nathan Deal (R) – Congressman, Ex-State Sen., Ex-Juvenile Court Judge, Attorney & Army Veteran. There is one endorsement listed that I noticed right away, and I have to admit, I would not be bragging so much about it if I were a Georgian. Newt Gingrich. I am certain that Mr. Gingrich thinks he has concern for Americans in his heart – I just do not appreciate the ways he goes about expressing it. That is just my opinion – I am entitled to it.
One of my top priorities living in a border state as I do is illegal immigration. Mr. Deal’s issues would lead one to believe that he agrees with me. I am not completely sold on the motivations of either FAIR or NumbersUSA. I do recognize that they come out strongly against illegal immigration – I am just not certain that their motives are the same as mine would be.
Deal, a former congressman from Georgia‘s 9th Congressional District, led the fight against illegal immigration in the U.S. House and authored the health care amendment that prevents illegal immigrants from signing up for coverage through Obamacare. He also authored legislation that would end birthright citizenship to babies born in the United States to parents in the United States illegally, and he put into law in 2005 language that for the first time required proof of identity and citizenship to gain Medicaid benefits. His legislative leadership earned him the highest ratings from FAIR and NumbersUSA, groups that support legislation for cracking down on illegal immigration.
Mr. Deal’s plan for “Real Prosperity” is highly rated by some fairly well-known economists.
I prefer a state-wide poll to most national polls. As a Georgia voter, do you put much stock in Mr. Deal’s poll numbers produced by Atlanta’s Channel 11?
Channel 11 in Atlanta has released a poll showing that Nathan is in a dead heat for second place with Karen Handel. This is EXACTLY where the campaign wants to be with less than a month to go before the July 20th primary. For two months, Nathan has been the ONLY Republican candidate moving up in the polls, while his opponents have seen their support decline or stagnate. These polls, combined with Rasmussen Reports polls showing that Nathan is the strongest Republican candidate to beat Barnes, show that Nathan has the momentum he needs to carry him into the runoff for the Republican nomination.
Karen Handel (R) – Ex-Secretary of State, Ex-Fulton County Commission Chair & Ex-Gubernatorial Aide. I recognize that no politician is ever right 100% of the time, but I appreciate Ms. Handels’ stance on illegal immigration. I do have some concerns about the latest endorsement she has received, but rather than detail that myself, I defer to my colleague, Lisa Graas, who is always on top of pro-life issues. Ms. Graas and I agree that being pro-life means exactly that – pro-life. Please check the links attached to this brief report Ms. Graas publishes on her website detailing the non-pro-life status of Ms Handel.
She did it again! I’m sorry, but this is just too much for me. Georgia Right to Life endorsed FIVE CANDIDATES out of six total candidates for Governor………and Palin endorsed the ONE candidate who is not pro-life.
There are no mitigating circumstances here. None.
Eric Johnson (R) – State Senate President & Architect. As a Georgia voter, you are in a much better position than I to know the true value in the following statement, but I must confess, I have read it three times, and I am still impressed.
Eric has spent his time in public service upholding the values of everyday Georgians. He has stood strong for smaller government, lower taxes, personal responsibility, local control, and individual freedom. He has never wavered in his convictions. And, as Governor, Georgians will always know where he stands.
- Eric helped amend the Georgia Constitution to protect our hunting and fishing rights, to uphold private property rights, and to defend the sanctity of marriage.
- Wrote legislation to allow student-initiated prayer in classrooms and at school events.
- Recognized by pro-life, 2nd Amendment, and taxpayer groups for his leadership.
- Led the fight to ensure that legislators who tell you to pay your taxes are forced to pay theirs.
- Chaired the Senate Ethics Committee and fought to strengthen Georgia’s ethics laws. To learn more about Eric’s support of higher ethical standards, click here.
Ray McBerry (R) – Radio Station Owner, Confederate Heritage Activist & ’06 Candidate. Under normal circumstances, being a Confederate Heritage Activist would earn my support on many levels, but not in the case of Mr. McBerry. It just isn’t enough for me this time. Ray McBerry is endorsed by the Ron Paul-led Liberty Candidates, a Libertarian “support group” for politicians. That makes Mr. McBerry a RINO, Republican in Name Only. His website backs me up. Like so many other candidates, and many Americans, he spouts “states’ rights.” States do not have rights! People have rights – states have the authority granted to them by the people. No more – no less.
John Oxendine (R) – State Insurance Commissioner. I hope you have had the opportunity to read Mr. Oxendine’s “Contract with Georgia” in its entirety. Some of the same issues facing your state are also facing my state. They are concerns for all of us. I know that you will make the right decision about the candidate of your choice. Is it Mr. Oxendine? I don’t know – that’s your decision.
Otis Putnam (R) – Wal-Mart Employee & GOP Activist. I also found this article profiling Mr. Putnam as well as his opposing Republican candidates in June 10, 2010, edition of News4Jax.com. In this report, it lists the issues as Mr. Putnam sees them this way:
- “We need to create jobs through new and start-up small businesses. We must remove obstacles out of the way of new small businesses to allow them to thrive and give jobs to the people of Georgia. Small businesses employ most people in Georgia and the United States. This is were the turn around begins.”
- “We must put prayer back in the schools in Georgia. Since prayer has been taken out of the schools, education as a whole has gone down hill. We have to stop over-testing. The whole school year is geared up for the CRCT test. We need to prepare the students for the jobs of tomorrow.”
- “No Government takeover of health care. We need reform in the free market. We have to stop doctors and the medical industry from practicing defensive medicine, and that will happen when there is proper tort reform, then cost will cost down. Preventative health is the key to lower the cost of health care in the long run.”
Mr. Putnam calls himself, “the regular guy for Governor.” That makes good sense to me. He proudly states that he has provided for his family of four on his Wal-Mart salary, and I respect that. Please don’t simply discount this candidate because he doesn’t have the money to devote to a fancy website or ritzy television or radio advertisements. You owe it to yourselves to view each candidate in the same light – issues.
Your Republican incumbent U.S. Senator, Johnny Isakson, is running unopposed in the Primary. He will face one of two Democrats and a Libertarian in November.
Republican incumbent, Jack Kingston (R) is unopposed in the Primary and will face Democrat Oscar Harris, a retired farmer, in November.
Incumbent, Sanford Bishop (D) is unopposed in the Primary.
The Republican contenders are:
Rick Allen (R) – Medical Supply Company Owner
Lee Ferrell (R) – Artist & USAF Veteran
Mike Keown (R) – State Rep., Ex-Coolidge Mayor, Baptist Pastor & Ex-Prison Deputy Warden
Unopposed in the Primary, incumbent Lynn Westmoreland (R) has one Democrat challenger in the November General Election, Frank Saunders, who is a teacher. There is also an Independent in that race, Alan Weaver.
A Democrat incumbent to kick out, Hank Johnson, is facing two Democratic challengers in the Primary.
The Republican Primary challengers are:
Victor Armendariz (R) – Publisher & Gulf War Veteran
Liz Carter (R) – Management Consultant
Larry Gause (R) – Airport Hangar Manager & Navy Veteran
Cory Ruth (R) – Management Consultant & Community Activist
Another Democrat incumbent to pink-slip, John Lewis. You’ll have to wait until November as he is unopposed in the Primary.
His Republican challengers:
Your incumbent Congressman, Tom Price (R) is currently unopposed in both the Primary and the November General election.
Retiring in 2010, the Republican incumbent John Linder, will watch his Republican friends in the Primary.
Clay Cox (R) – State Rep., Businessman & ’02 Nominee
Chuck Efstration (R) – Gwinnett County GOP Chhair & Attorney
Jef Fincher (R) – Real Estate Consultant, Flight Attendant & Tea Party Activist
Ronnie Grist (R) – Retired State Employee
Jody Hice (R) – Baptist Pastor, Radio Talk Show Host, Non-Profit Group Founder & Religious Right Activist
Tom Kirby (R) – Businessman
Tom Parrott (R) – Accountant & USAF Veteran
Rob Woodall (R) – Ex-Congressional Aide & Attorney
Jim Marshall (D) is another incumbent who will be eligible for a new job in the private sector in November. Seeking to take on that task are these Republicans seeking your vote in the Primary:
If you want to keep your incumbent, Tom Graves (R) you’ll have to vote to defeat Chris Cates (R) – Cardiologist & Medical School Professor, Lee Hawkins (R) – Ex-State Sen. & Dentist, Bobby Reese (R) – State Rep. & Real Estate Broker and Steve Tarvin (R) – Chickamauga City Councilman
These two candidates have withdrawn from the District 9 race, but their names remain on the Primary ballot:
Bill Stephens (R)
Paul Broun Jr. (R), the incumbent will be challenged in November by Russell Edwards (D) – Law Student, Ex-Teacher & Democratic Activist
Phil Gingrey (R), the incumbent Congressman, is unopposed at the present time in both the Primary and General Elections.
The incumbent Democrat John Barrow, will face a challenge from fellow Democrat Regina Thomas, Ex-State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Tax Form Preparer & ’08 Candidate in the Primary.
The Republican Primary candidates are:
Mike Horner (R) – Investment Banker & Retired USAF Officer
Ray McKinney (R) – Nuclear Services Manager & ’08 Candidate
Jeanne Seaver (R) – Businesswoman & GOP Activist
Carl Smith (R) – Thunderbolt Fire Department Chief & Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs Ex-President
The last incumbent you can vote out of office is David Scott (D). He has two Democratic opponents in the Primary.
The Republican challengers are:
Mike Crane (R) – General Contractor, Engineer & Community Activist
Hank Dudek (R) – Real Estate Developer & Community Activist
Chip Flanegan (R) – Businessman
Deborah Honeycutt (R) – Physician & ’06/’08 Nominee
Dave Orr (R) – Restaurant Manager
Rupert Parchment (R) – Moving Company Owner & Ex-Database Engineer
Now, to show my respect for the Georgia voter and to provide just a bit of education into the reason I see such a threat to the United States from the Libertarians, here is a list of your candidates who are endorsed and supported by the Libertarian groups mentioned above. The stated goal of both Liberty Candidates and Republican Liberty Caucus is to “re-make the Republican Party” using their socially liberal policies. To me, this is NOT ACCEPTABLE! It seems that they do not adhere to the 3-legged-stool policy.
Endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus:
Kelly Nguyen, U.S. Congress, District 5
Carl Smith, U.S. Congress, District 12
Mike Crane, U.S. Congress, District 13
Jason Shepherd, State Representative, District 37
Endorsed by Liberty Candidates:
Michael Frisbee, U.S. Congress, District 13
John Monds, Governor
Shane Coley, State Senate, District 47
Ray McBerry, Governor
Chuck Donovan, U.S. Senate
David Montane’, State Senator, District 42
Diana Williams, State Senate, District 43
Michael Gaster, State Senate, District 2
Neal Towey, State House, District 51
Kelly Nguyen, U.S. House, District 5
** UPDATE ** 7/8/10
Alabama Run-off July 13
The June 8 Primary left 3 run-offs for Alabamans to settle. Perhaps the most interesting race is the Governor’s race where the Republican Party nominee will be selected between Robert Bentley and Bradley Bryne. Another candidate, Tim James, finished well in the Primary but was denied an opportunity to make it into the run-off picture by the Alabama Attorney General, Troy King. Interestingly, Mr. King lost his bid for Governor in the same June 8 Primary.
Mr. James had sought a recount of the votes; and a very close vote it was. Mr. Bentley and Mr. James had 25% of the vote. The Attorney General issued an option stating that Mr. James cannot request a recount until after the runoff based on Smith v. Burkhalter (2009) where the Alabama Supreme Court decided that an election could not be contested until someone is declared elected, or in this case, nominated.
Regardless of how it turns out for Mr. James, this should be a close run-off. Mr. Byrne collected only 28% of the vote in the Primary. In the end, one Republican will be selected to run in November against the Democrat Ron Sparks, the Democratic Party Primary winner.
Two U.S. Congressional Districts will complete the ballot as well.
District 2 will see Republicans Joe Barber and Martha Roby settle the question of which one will be the Republican Party nominee to face Democrat Bobby Bright in November’s General Election.
District 7 will select both nominees for the Democrats and Republicans. The two Democrats who secured run-off spots were Terri Sewell and Sheila Smoot. The Republican voters will decide between Don Chamberlain and Chris Salter. The winners here will battle it out in November.
I know that voting throughout the other state Primary Elections and Run-offs has been very light. Embarrassingly light. I am hoping Alabama will change that statistic. A special note to the good people in Alabama: There are only three races to be settled. One is your Republican candidate for Governor. This race is of course a statewide issue.
There is no reason in the world for the Republicans to sit at home and allow the minority who are likely voters to select the candidate for the entire populace. Get off your duff and go vote on July 13, Alabama. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and those few minutes may well determine the direction your state will travel for the next four years. It is your responsibility – your duty – to make your opinion heard.
The Congressional elections for Districts 2 and 7 are important to you, the Alabama voter, but the winner is also important to the rest of America. You must select the best and most conservative candidate to represent the Republican Party in the November General Election. His one vote in the U.S. House of Representatives affects all the states, including mine, and that if why it matters to me that you vote. I do not have the right nor do I have the intention of telling you who to vote for – only that you should vote. When you cast your ballot for the most conservative candidate, you are voting as a representative of conservative voters in all 50 states. We want our voices heard in Washington. That may not happen if you don’t vote.
** UPDATE ** 6/16/10
Utah Votes June 22
You are one of the easiest states I have looked at for your Primary Election. Easy for me – but perhaps not easy for you.
If I understand this correctly, you have a special election to be held in conjunction with your November 2, 2010, regular mid-term election for the office of Governor of Utah. This special election will fill the Governor’s chair until the normal end of the current term in 2012. It is unclear to me if these names will appear on your Primary ballot as it seems the candidates have been chosen by your political parties.
I am quite intrigued by your Democratic candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. I noticed the description of Sheryl Allen, the Lieutenant Governor candidate says that she is a Republican. On the Corroon/Allen web site I found this explanation: “Sheryl is the running mate with Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon. This is the first joint ticket for Lt. Governor and Governor of a Republican and Democrat in Utah’s history.”
This tells me one of two things is going on in Utah politics –
- You are an extremely bi-partisan state, or
- Ms. Allen is not a conservative as we would expect a Republican to be.
Only you, the Utah voter know which of these is correct.
Since the Republican Party in Utah did the right thing (Kudos to you, Utah Republicans) at their nominating convention and declined to re-nominate Republican (?) Bob Bennett, there are two Republicans seeking your vote.
Mr. Bridgewater is an unofficial member of our 3-legged stool of Conservatism. He has some interesting ideas regarding the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, some of which I agree with. I do appreciate the fact that as it stands now using the 17th Amendment, the people of each state elect our two senators. I like having that voice. I would not want to return my voice and rely totally on the men and women I did not have a voice in electing in my state legislature.
Mr. Lee’s issue page ( ) has an extensive list of well-covered issues. There is only one with which I totally disagree. Mr. Lee promotes a Libertarian idea of abortion that I simply cannot and will not support.
SANCTITY OF LIFE
Governments exist for the purpose of protecting life, liberty, and property. Few could dispute that, among these essential interests, the need to protect life is paramount. The Constitution says nothing that can plausibly be read to suggest—as the Supreme Court concluded in Roe v. Wade—that States are essentially powerless to protect unborn human life. This power to protect the most vulnerable members of society needs to be returned to the States.
The only Congressional race for which a candidate will be determined is Utah District 2. There are two Democratic candidates. Normally, you would not find very much positive on any page of this blog concerning Democratic candidates for any election at any time, but this one I think deserves just a little space. Bear with me.
Jim Matheson (D – incumbent)
Claudia Wright (D) – Retired Teacher & Progressive Activist
I am probably the only conservative in America who is not in the Glenn Beck stable. He is merely too Libertarian for my personal choice. I do, however, recognize that his statements regarding the progressive movement from the Democratic Party as being one of the primary causes for the rather unsavory Socialistic fix we find ourselves in today in America are spot on.
Jim Matheson is obviously a Democrat so wouldn’t get my vote under normal circumstances, but when the opponent is a stated progressive activist, these are not normal circumstances. I will not trump any of the positive or negative attributes or successes/failures of Mr. Matheson as a Congressman. I will merely ask you to consider the alternative to adding one more admitted progressive member to the U.S. Congress. Perhaps Mr. Matheson has not been such an un-representative as it would seem at first blush.
Besides, there is an excellent Republican, Morgan Philpot, merely waiting until the general election in November to show the Democrats the way out of the House.
** UPDATE ** 6/3/10
Montana Votes June 8
No doubt you are aware that all of your major state elected officials except your Representative at Large are Democrats. Your governor will be term-limited in 2012, so start now looking for a strong Conservative leader to take over the reigns and return Montana to its strength – the Montana people.
In the meantime, you have a little thing called a Primary Election on June 8. You do not have to bother to tell me to keep my nose out of your politics since I do not reside in Montana. I have no intention of telling you for whom you should vote. My job is merely to provide as much information as I can in one central location for you. You take it from there.
I was shocked to find how many members of the Montana State Legislature are endorsed by the Liberty Republican Caucus. This group bills itself as the “conscience of the Republican Party.” Excuse me? Because they see abortion as right if the woman wants it regardless of the fact that nobody asked the unborn human baby inside the woman if he wanted to be ripped apart; because it’s okay to legalize drugs if the people want them legalized because the law enforcement agencies are over-taxed arresting, trying and imprisoning drug sellers and users; because it is fine for two consenting adults of the same gender to live in a homosexual manner which the Bible states is an abomination in God’s eyes; because I believe those things to be civilly and morally wrong I have no conscience.
These incumbents are as big a threat to the American Constitution as the Socialists running rough-shod over us from Washington, DC, and should get the same pink slips the liberals are getting. Spend a few minutes reading their FAQ page. Do you really agree with this platform?
Look at this list:
In the Montana State Senate:
Verdell Jackson (Incumbent) District 5
In the Montana State House of Representatives:
Gerald Bennett (Incumbent) District 1
Jerry O’Neil, District 3
Keith Regier (Incumbent) District 5
Lee Randall (Incumbent) District 39
Cary L. Smith (Incumbent) District 55
Dr. Krayton Kerns (Incumbent) District 58
Joel Boniek (Incumbent) District 61
Gordon Vance (Incumbent) District 67
Mike More (Incumbent) District 70
Bob Wagner (Incumbent) District 71
Mike Miller (Incumbent) District 84
The incumbent member of the U.S. CONGRESS at large from Montana is Denny Rehberg(R). He is challenged by Mark French (R) ( ) and A.J. Otjen. (R) ( ) Mr. French doesn’t believe in the effectiveness of the Patriot Act which is designed to protect American citizens from terrorists infiltrating our country and attacking us from within while Dr. Otjen believes it is “my bedroom and my body.”
The four Democrats and one Libertarian offer no better choices.
This may be a “none of the above” situation for you. If that is what you decide, why not consider running yourself as a write-in candidate in November?
** UPDATE ** 6/2/10
Maine Votes June 8
Congratulations! Your Democratic Governor hits his term limit this year. Now is your chance to elect a Conservative candidate! As always, the good news comes with some bad news. Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of your RINO Senators until Snowe’s election in 2012; Collins’ election is 2014.
Neither of your US Congress Districts will be part of your Primary on June 8, but that gives you plenty of time to get out there and get active in the campaign. It also gives you time to realize that neither candidate is as conservative as you would like – maybe you should seek office yourself.
Dean Scontras (R) – A short list of priorities but they are well placed.
Alan Lowberg (Independent) – Tea Party Activist
Incumbent Mike Michaud (D)
There are some candidates for your State Representative positions and one gubernatorial candidate you need to avoid. They call themselves “Liberty Republicans.” They are RINO’s – Republicans in Name Only. The reason is that they are Libertarians who are trying to take over the Republican Party. They want to change the Republican Platform and planks to those of the Libertarian Party whose main force is Daddy Libertarian, Ron Paul. The major differences are that the “Liberty Republicans” are socially liberal. They would have abortion legal as long as the individual states want it that way. Also high on their agenda is giving the states the rights to legalize drugs, gay marriage and all the other socially liberal planks that Republicans are against.
Please help me fight the take over of the Republican Party socially conservative planks.
Paul LePage – Governor
William Davis Osmer – State Representative, District 18
Darren H. Hall – State Representative, District 20
C. Dean Ingham – State Representative, District 31
Richard S. Malaby – State Representative, District 34
R. Ryan Harmon – State Representative, District 45
Nathan K. Fellows – State Representative, District 56
Jonathan D. Yellowbear, State Representative, District 80
Michael D. McClellon – State Representative, District 103
Badr S. Sharif, State Representative, District 116
William J. Gombar – State Representative, District 132
Maura Anne Herlihy – State Representative, District 143
Have you decided for whom to vote for Governor?
Steve Abbott (R) – I like this statement from his issues page: “In short, if you can find a service in the Yellow Pages, then the government probably shouldn’t be doing it.”
Bill Beardsley (R) – Several interesting ideas on his issues page.
Les Otten (R) – Mr. Otten has written some white papers regarding his issues.
Bruce Poliquin (R) – I like the way he has presented his issues page. Each issue opens in a separate page with an index on the right.
In addition to these Republicans there are several Independent candidates. It has been my experience that these are usually the candidates who do not follow major party platforms, are socially liberal or have ideas considered “out of the norm and unworkable.” Check them out if you wish. You’ll find them listed here.
I wish you good luck with your Primary. And remember, what affects your state also affects mine. We’re in this thing together.
** UPDATE ** 6/1/10
Iowa Votes June 8
Since I know my vote does would not count in Iowa, I can be as totally objective as an outsider can be. That’s the fun part for me. All I go by is the information I can find on the candidate’s website plus any other incidental press coverage I happen to stumble upon.
It isn’t that simple for you. Your decision is the one that matters, and I am certain that you do more research into your candidates than I do. Here’s hoping it works out to be the best for Iowa.
Your U.S. Senator, Chuck Grassley (R), is unopposed in the Primary. He will face the Democratic nominee plus an “also ran” in November.
Incumbent Bruce Braley (D) – unopposed in the Primary
Jim Budde (R) – No real issues page – just this pledge: “To do what I Say; To take Responsibility for my actions; To have term limits (serve 8 years maximum); To respond to your concerns; To be accountable to you; To reject earmarks; To have a working knowledge of the bill before voting; To call a Spade a Spade.”
Will Johnson would not even be under consideration by me if I were an Iowan voter. He is a Ron Paul “activist” and therefore a Libertarian; that makes him a RINO running as a Republican – most definitely not what Iowa or anyone else needs another one of in Washington.
Mike LaCoste (R) – Short issues page that doesn’t really cover very much.
Ben Lange (R) – It would be nice to know a little more about what he plans to do for the people of Iowa’s District 1.
Incumbent Dave Loebsack (D) – unopposed in the Primary
Rob Gettemy (R) – It would seem that being a “community activist” doesn’t mean the same to Mr. Gettemy that it does to me. That’s good.
Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R) – Like far too many people, she puts “except in cases of…” as her stance on abortion. It is also unclear exactly how she feels about stem-cell research. Other than those two issues, she seems quite conservative.
Steve Rathje (R) – I think Mr. Rathje does a rather convincing job of informing citizens of Iowa’s District 2 why you need to “pink slip” your Democrat incumbent.
Christopher Reed (R) – Good strong conservative values on his issues page.
Incumbent Leonard Boswell (D) – unopposed in the Primary
Scott Batcher (R) – I like his idea about the voters determining when Congressmen get pay raises.
Dave Funk (R) – Very thorough issues page.
Jim Gibbons (R) – Finding his issues page wasn’t easy, but is worth the read.
Mark Rees (R) – Just when I thought I had found “my candidate” he tells me he wants to propose an immediate freeze on the defense budget.
Jason Lee Welch (R) – Issues page could provide more information.
Brad Zaun (R) – Well-stated issues page.
Incumbent Tom Latham (R) – unopposed in the Primary
Incumbent Steve King (R) – unopposed in the Primary
Iowa, consider your choices well. Vote with your conservative opinions, but above all, VOTE! The things that affect your state also affect mine.
** UPDATE ** 5/31/10
California Votes June 8
Because you have so many candidates vying for so many offices, I think I will do things a little differently in your case. Rather than examining all the candidates, I will just be very bold and discuss the candidates I would vote for if I were eligible to vote in your June 8 Primary Election.
It is important that you understand that I am NOT telling you how to vote – I am merely telling you who I would select. This is a time for you to reign in some of your liberalism and get on the Conservative bandwagon. While it is true that you can’t legislate morality, a more conservative viewpoint than you hold today would go a long way in rectifying many of the problems your state faces daily.
Starting at the top – your Governor.
Meg Whitman (R) – As you may know, I had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful state last week. While there, I saw the television commercials for some of the candidates that you have been watching for weeks. I was impressed by the advertisements Ms. Whitman has produced. The friends I stayed with provided some information for me about your Proposition 13, and I believe Meg Whitman has the best stance on that issue of all the candidates for Governor of California. Even though I personally do not use E-Bay, as former CEO, Ms. Whitman has some much needed experience in the everyday running of a large business. Your state is just that – a large business. I am also impressed with her stance on illegal immigration. If California would use its current immigration law to combat government spending on free stuff to illegals, there would be more money for your citizen residents and all the requirements of providing financially for your state.
Your Lieutenant Governor –
Sam Aanestad (R) – Mr. Aanestad has a solid pro-life stance stating that an unborn child is a human being. That’s an excellent first step to recognizing the right to life for that newly born citizen that our forefathers had in mind with the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In addition, his fiscal policy including his pledge to not raise taxes has been noticed and endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC, the National Tax Limitation Committee, and the California Taxpayer Protection Committee. Among his other endorsements is former US Senator Fred Thompson, six of your State Senators, ten members of your California Assembly, two members of the Board of Equalization, and an impressive list of organizations.
California Secretary of State –
Orly Taitz (R) – I was not able to find a campaign web site for Ms. Taitz, so I have included the link for an independent source, Wikipedia. It has a thorough biography including the fact that she attained American citizenship in 1992. She has received much media coverage for her stance against the Obama eligibility question. Many people both in and out of California think of her as a “birther” rather than as a serious candidate for Secretary of State, but it is the job of the Secretary of State to confirm the eligibility of all candidates seeking political office, and many of the problems we are experiencing in America today with the tax and spend Socialists in Washington could have been avoided if someone somewhere had done their job and requested his proof of eligibility.
Attorney General –
My choice in this race would be Tom Harman (R) – Mr. Harman’s issues page sets high standards for enforcing border laws, cutting wasteful spending, defending Proposition 8, promising to sue the federal government over the illegal ObamaCare, defending pro-life issues and the 2nd Amendment. He has garnered endorsements from California elected officials and legislators, organizations and individuals.
U.S. Senator –
While I do not agree with all of the issues as stated by Carly Fiorina (R) I do believe she is the single candidate who is strong enough to defeat the liberal Barbara Boxer in November’s General Election. That should be the priority in this Primary – planning ahead for November.
U.S. Congress –
District 1 – uncontested in the Primary
District 2 – Wally Herger, the Republican incumbent, faces challenger, Pete Stiglich (R). I would have to go with Mr. Herger.
District 3 – uncontested in the Primary
District 4 – Here again, I would support the incumbent, Tom McClintock (R).
District 5 – Paul Smith (R) would get my vote in District 5.
District 6 – For his stance against amnesty, his view on the death penalty, gun issues and our nation’s veterans, Jim Judd (R) gets my vote.
District 7 – This is a tough decision for me, but I have finally decided that I would support Roger Petersen (R).
District 8 – Nancy Pelosi must join the ranks of the unemployed. I believe the conservative viewpoints of Dana Walsh (R) will bring this to reality.
District 9 – uncontested in the Primary
District 10 – Buddy Burke (R) has a good solid stance on immigration.
District 11 – I would be voting for Tony Amador (R).
District 12 – uncontested in the Primary
District 13 – As the son of immigrant parents, Luis “Coach” Garcia (R) knows the value of American citizenship.
District 14 – For a solid pro-American anti-illegal immigration stance, I cast my non-allowable vote for Ronny Santana (R).
District 15 – Scott Kirkland (R) gets my vote in District 15.
District 16 – uncontested in the Primary. See if you can find a truly conservative Republican as a write-in candidate so you won’t have to vote for the socially liberal policies of the Libertarian in November.
District 17 – Another tough decision for me, but I’ve decided to go with Jeff Taylor (R) even though there are a couple of his plans for policy that I do not agree totally with.
District 18 – uncontested in the Primary
District 19 – Larry Westerlund (R) is firm on immigration and national security.
District 20 – Richard Lake (R) strikes me as being the most conservative of the candidates. I’m all for conservatism.
District 21 – District 22 – uncontested in the Primary
District 23 – Dave Stockdale (R) – and his wife will help keep him sane while he represents you.
District 24 – Only the Dems are fighting it out this Primary.
District 25 – uncontested in the Primary.
District 26 – Oops. I can’t pick a candidate in this one. Normally speaking, I am opposed to incumbents when it is possible at all. This time and incumbent and a candidate with no firm statement on the issues are my only choices. Your only choice too, except that you have probably had the privilege of hearing one or both of them speak in person.
District 27 – Both Republican candidates leave some issues lacking for me, but on the strength of the conservative statements made, I would first be certain of the date of his naturalization as an American citizen, and then assuming that answer to be satisfactory, I would vote for Navraj Singh (R).
District 28 – Let the Dems fight in the Primary – support the Republican in the November election.
District 29 – uncontested in the Primary
District 30 – I’m sure you’re going to think I’m trying to be funny, but I believe I would vote for Ari David (R). He has a strong view of support for Israel, and to me that is very important.
District 31 – Dems can fight it out until November – then elect the Republican.
District 32 – uncontested in the Primary
District 33 – At first, I thought David Crowley (R) was a political lightweight. Then I read his entire website. I do not believe in any reason justifying abortion, but I respect his other issues.
District 34 – You’ll have to wait until November to vote for the Republican.
District 35 – uncontested in the Primary
District 36 – Mattie Fein (R) seems prepared to take on the “good old boys” network.
District 37 – There is a need for a truly conservative candidate for the November election. Why not you?
District 38 – uncontested in the Primary
District 39 – uncontested in the Primary
District 40 – uncontested in the Primary
District 41 – I hope Jerry Lewis, the Republican incumbent, wins the Primary. “Retrofit” the roads we already have to work with electric automobiles??? That’s Eric Stone’s plan.
District 42 – Lee McGroarty (R) is endorsed by the Conservative Party in California. That’s plenty good enough for me.
District 43 – uncontested in the Primary
District 44 – How refreshing to see such a strong anti-abortion stance from a Republican conservative! Chris Riggs (R) is your candidate.
District 45 – Clayton Thibodeau (R) should hand a pink slip to Mary Bono Mack. She is inconsistent at best.
District 46 – Dems can play during the Primary – your Republican incumbent will win in November.
District 47 – Even though Van Tran (R) is endorsed by Senator John McAmnesty from Arizona, he still gets my vote.
District 48 – uncontested in the Primary
District 49 – uncontested in the Primary
District 50 – In November you can elect your Republican incumbent.
District 51 – uncontested in the Primary
District 52 – There are things I don’t agree with either Republican candidate about but I would vote for Duncan Hunter (R).
District 53 – My support would go to Michael Crimmins (R).
You have 53 Congressional Districts. 34 of these are “represented” by Democrats. That is WAY TOO MANY! Time to elect some conservative Republican candidates, California!
** UPDATE ** 5/21/10
New Mexico Votes June 1
Of all the states I have visited, yours probably holds more of a soft spot in my heart than any of the other states, including my home state of Texas. I have some very personal reasons for my love of your state, particularly Santa Fe and Taos. Because of that, I want to see you change the direction of your politics from ultra liberal to conservative in order to keep that beautiful land America’s land – not a haven for all the illegal aliens Mexico can ship.
I realize you have a heavily Latino population, and I love them, but the liberal leadership you have had for so many years has practically ruined what Native American heritage is there in favor of a more Mexican heritage. That breaks my heart.
Having said that, I want to take a quick look at your Primary Election on June 1. I will only be discussing Republicans who are real conservatives except for one major candidate. Adam Kokesh. He is a Libertarian – not a Republican – and he is ANYTHING but conservative.
Congratulations on the term limits requirement you have for your Governor. Bill Richardson (D) will be out of your hair now, and you are free to elect a more conservative Governor.
Janice Arnold-Jones (R) – She is strong on ethics and education. I like the fact that she has already made headroads into clearing up some of the shady deals by broadcasting secret committee meetings to the public.
Pete Domenici Jr. (R) – At first glance, he seems quite conservative, and he is right about the way Governor Richardson used New Mexico taxpayers to fund his political aspirations.
Susana Martinez (R) – I appreciate her reported willingness to repeal your law issuing drivers licenses to illegals and to stop funding their education through the taxpayers sponsored lottery scholarships.
Doug Turner (R) – Issues page is too brief for me to make any solid judgments. I hope you have been able to hear him in person or at least read his campaign literature.
Allen Weh (R) – As an outsider looking in, his issues page seems the most forceful of all the candidates.
Incumbent – Martin Heinrich (D)
District 1 will not be contested in your primary.
Incumbent – Harry Teague (D)
Steve Pearce (R) – What stands out to me is this statement on upholding conservative New Mexican values: “No wonder many have declared there is a culture war in America. With the attacks on traditional values growing by the day, we must stand up for our families, our religions, and our conservative principles.”
Cliff Pirtle (R) – Normally a candidate who uses a Facebook page for his campaign website is considered less serious than one with a slick website, but this statement about himself has endeared me to this candidate as few others have: “I am 24 years old and I’m running for congress. I will be 25 before the election and I have a valid birth certificate to prove it. I have been farming in Chaves County my entire life.”
Incumbent – Ben Lujan (D)
Adam Kokesh (R) – You need to know that Adam Kokesh is NOT a Republican. He is a Libertarian. He has set one goal – to destroy America. He says he is a “Peace Activist” but it really goes much deeper than that. He is a white supremacist and is more comfortable carrying a protest sign than he is a campaign sign. He is an evil, evil person. Please do not destroy New Mexico and the United States by electing this sorry excuse for a human being.
Tom Mullins (R) – Well indexed issues page. I believe he will be a good Representative for District 3.
Mississippi Votes June 1
How does Mississippi feel about trend toward entrenching America in Socialism? Seems like an easy question, doesn’t it? What if the answer isn’t that simple? Here are the candidates in your Primary Election on June 1. Your term-limited Governor, Haley Barbour, will be replaced in 2011; your Senators in 2012 and 2014. We have just your Congressional Districts to look at.
Now, it’s time for my usual disclaimers. I do not do Democrats or Libertarians. Social liberalism – much less political liberalism – must be fought against at all costs. Most Independents are showing as Independents because they don’t think they can get elected as a candidate for one of the major parties. I dodge Reform, Green and Constitution party candidates when I can because they are usually too liberal or in some cases too willing to forget silly little things like the 5th, 10th and 14th Amendments. States don’t have rights – PEOPLE DO! States only have the power the people grant to it. Remember that. It could serve you well later. If I give you my opinion, I will clearly state that it is my opinion. Otherwise, all I hope to do is centralize the information for you into one simple place to make it easy for you to determine which candidate you choose to support.
It is not my job to tell you how to vote – my job is only to encourage you to vote. Your vote is your business. Just use it. 30% turnout is not good enough, Mississippi. Get off your backsides and help the rest of us save our Nation!
Incumbent – Travis Childers (D)
Angela McGlowan (R) – Provides videos to back up her stance on the issues.
Alan Nunnelee (R) – Not much information listed on his issues page. You may want to pick up some literature or discuss with the campaign where the candidate stands on issues important to you.
Henry Ross (R) – Issues page starts with why he’s running. There are tabs that open in the same page across the top. Perhaps because of his status as a veteran, Mr. Ross has a firmer stand on the 2nd Amendment than the other candidates have posted.
Incumbent – Bennie Thompson (D)
George Bailey (R) – I couldn’t find a website or any information on this candidate. Sorry.
Richard Cook (R) – Very brief statements on the issues he considers important.
Bill Marcy (R) – Issues seem to cover the conservative side fairly well. Perhaps the most telling is the link to a website ( ) provided by the Elections Committee of the Mississippi Tea Party showing how each candidate answered, or rather didn’t answer, an 80-question survey.
Incumbent – Gregg Harper (R)
Only Democrats in the Primary – no Republican or Conservative challengers.
Incumbent – Gene Taylor (D)
Steven Palazzo (R) – I appreciate his blunt presentation of the issues.
Joe Tegerdine (R) – Young fresh ideas whose time may have come. Except in this case. He is endorsed by Ron Paul and his Libertarian “Liberty Party.”
Not many candidates on your list, Mississippi. Should help to make it a bit easier for you.
I cannot stress how important it is for you to get out there and vote. People who do not even bother to vote in the primaries have no real voice in the general because they did not vote for or against the name that is on their November ballot. If you do not care now, why should you care then?
** UPDATE ** 5/20/10
Alabama Votes June 1
What are you going to be doing on June 1? Do you feel passionately enough about our nation and the direction the liberals are taking us? How about the Libertarians who hide in Republican clothing and spout “freedom and liberty” yet would destroy the very basis for freedom?
My job here is to find candidate information (with a little editorializing perhaps) and put it in one central location so that if you are still undecided at this point you will at least be able to add my conservative viewpoints to your decision making process.
I do not spend much time on Democrats or Independents, and I will spend less time than that on Libertarians. Why? They are socially liberal – regardless of how much they will tell you that they are the “real conservative in the race,” their socially liberal platforms belie their vocal convictions. Libertarians want nothing more than to change the Republican Party into a Libertarian Party. Why should they do that when they already have a Libertarian Party? Simple answer – they know they can’t win as third-party candidates. Besides, the Libertarian Party is almost bankrupt. Why pour more money into a political party the American People do not support when they can steal the Republican brand, change the platform to make issues like abortion, illegal drugs and homosexual “marriage” acceptable. Then once they have driven all the socially conservative Republicans out of the party they can go to work to abolish the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and return our nation to slavery if the states will go along with it.
Ever wonder why Rand Paul, newly elected so-called Republican nominee for US Senate from Kentucky, avoids answering the question of his stance on civil rights?
So here are your candidates for your major races. Do what you will with the information I provide, but be certain that I am strong in my conservative beliefs, and I want to see as many liberal and centrist Governors, Senators, and Congressmen kicked out of Washington as possible. You alone control who and how many Alabama will kick out. My job is to write – your job is to VOTE!
Bob Riley (R) current Governor is not eligible to Seek Re-Election Due to Term Limits. So now, decide who you will vote for.
Robert Bentley (R) – The issues page is tabbed separately and difficult to read all of since each topic opens in the same window. I do respect his “Honesty, Integrity, and Ethics” as well as “Family and Social Values” sections. What I really don’t appreciate is the addendum, “…except in cases of…”
Bradley Byrne (R) – Forceful statements regarding Constitutional Reform, Ethics and Illegal Immigration and State’s Rights sound very interesting, but only you can decide if his policies will work for Alabama. By the way, just so that I don’t mislead you – states don’t have rights – people do! States have only the power the people give to the states.
Tim James (R) – I do not wish for this to sound as negative as it probably does, but I am tired of politicians spouting “common sense solutions” and “tea party mandates.” It is nothing more than a political ploy to add some sort of “tagline” to a campaign to grab a voter’s attention. The issue page would seem to be thorough, but I see several gaps in his statements. As the son of a former Governor, you know how he will govern – according to his father’s politics which were no doubt passed on to the children.
Bill Johnson (R) – A two-for-one deal – Mr. AND Mrs. Johnson in the Governor’s office (since they work as a team) for one vote. The main page of the website covers his experience and many of his views. His issues page is in two-column format so be sure to read the whole page – including his stance on gambling.
Roy Moore (R) considers himself to be an advocate for the religious right yet he is endorsed by the Libertarian group headed in the background by Ron Paul, “Liberty Candidates.” Big red warning signs, Alabama voters. That said, he is right about one of his issues – “if the people want to see their influence on state government further diminished, just wait until gambling is legalized in Alabama and see who has the most influence, the people, or the gambling interests.”
James Potts (R) – The issues page is quite confusing. Read it very carefully.
Charles Taylor (R) – I personally wish his “Open Letter to Alabama Voters” carried more than mere negative mentions of other Republican candidates. Be sure to check out his “Beliefs” page as well as his “Platform” page.
Incumbent Richard Shelby (R)
Clint Moser (R) – Look at the very top for the issues which are tabbed according to alphabetic listings. The main page of his website gives much information about Mr. Moser.
Incumbent Jo Bonner (R)
Peter Gounares (R) – A “Principles” page in addition to an “Issues” page. While I believe that in America freedom and liberty are rights granted by God and supported by the American Constitution, I have concerns about organizations who seem to focus on the issue of liberty – much like the Libertarians do. Therefore, his endorsement by the iCaucus organization is something about which I feel you need to be well aware.
Incumbent Bobby Bright (D)
Rick Barber (R) – He may not be a Libertarian, but some of his endorsements have come from Libertarian-leaning people and organizations.
Stephanie Bell (R) – Issues page has short paragraphs under each but covers several different and important issues.
John Bowling McKinney III (R) – I have not been successful in finding either a website or an interview with this candidate to provide for you. Sorry.
Martha Roby (R) – I remember from a long time ago a movie called “The Candidate” starring Robert Redford in which he played a political candidate whose meme was “there has to be a better way.” Ms. Roby’s website reminded me of that movie once again.
The incumbent, Mike Rogers (R) will not be challenged in your primary but will have a Democrat and an Independent challenger in the November election.
As of now, Robert Aderholt (R) incumbent will be unopposed in the November election.
Incumbent Partker Griffith (R)
Mo Brooks (R) – Issues page and frequently asked questions are at the link I provided for you. He does make one statement about Illegal Immigration that concerns me. He says, “As your Congressman, Mo Brooks will do everything possible to remove illegal aliens from America. First, we must get the federal government out of the way so state and local governments can help solve the problem.” I have always thought illegal immigration involves protection of citizens and is therefore a federal government mandate provided for in the Constitution.
Les Phillip (R) – The candidate’s issues are on separate tabs. I’ve provided the one for his stance on immigration because he is an immigrant himself. He has an opinion on this and other issues that I think warrant a closer look.
Incumbent Spencer Bachus (R)
Stan Cooke (R) – The main page provides his stance on Illegal Immigration which his Platform page provides more information on this and other concerns facing Alabama citizens as well as the entire nation. I notice that he wants to repeal the 17th Amendment in favor of the statements in the original Constitution supported by the founders of our nation. This is my personal opinion on that issue: Having the Senators and Representatives APPOINTED by the state legislature was a fine idea as long as our American population was sparse. I prefer to trust our elections to the individual voter since much blood has been spilled since the ratification of the 17th Amendment. That said, I do appreciate his stance on term limits.
Present Representative from this district, Artur Davis (D) is running for Governor.
Don Chamberlain (R) – The issues are on separate tabs on the left side bar of his main page. This candidate has a first-hand working knowledge of the importance of protecting the life of the unborn. I invite you to read his views.
Carol Hendrickson (R) – A short issues page provides some information. You might want to question her on other issues directly.
Michele Waller (R) – I like her reference to the American eagle on the homepage. You’ll also find some personal background information. The issues page is more thorough than some of the other candidates provide.
** UPDATE ** 5/19/10
Press Release from the Doug Hoffman Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:
MAY 19, 2010 Rob Ryan
UPSTATE NEW YORK TEA PARTY BACKS HOFFMAN
Doug Hoffman is a proven vote getter who can win in November
Doug Hoffman, the conservative Republican for Congress (NY-23), was endorsed by the Upstate New York Tea Party (UNYTEA) at twin news conferences held Wednesday morning at the Ramada Inn in Watertown and in the afternoon at the International Airport Terminal Building in Plattsburgh. Surrounded by Tea Party activists, Hoffman, a CPA and successful small businessman, received UNYTEA’s endorsement during remarks delivered by its Chairman, Mark L. Barie.
During the course of his remarks UNYTEA’s Chairman, Mark L. Barie said, “Doug Hoffman is everything you could possibly want in a candidate for Congress; he is a small businessman, he is a family man, and most importantly he is a principled fiscal conservative who isn’t running for office because he wants a career in politics. Doug Hoffman isn’t your typical smooth-talking, slick-looking politician and that’s exactly why North Country residents love him. Doug is one of us and I know that Washington won’t change him one bit. Doug Hoffman will be our next Congressman because he is a proven vote getter who will have the message, the money and the volunteers needed to win this race.”
Doug Hoffman said, “I want to thank UNYTEA and its Chairman Mark Barie for their endorsement today. In less than a year UNYTEA has become a major force in North Country politics. Rand Paul’s victory in Kentucky’s GOP Primary proves that the Tea Party movement is a major force in American politics. They are, like me, average Americans who are sick and tired of the culture of corruption that envelope’s our nation’s Capitol. They understand that bureaucrats in Washington can’t fix our economy by throwing our tax dollars at stimulus plans and corporate bailouts. They realize that the solution lies in cutting spending, cutting taxes and shrinking an out of control deficit that is mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren. UNYTEA activists stood shoulder to shoulder with me last fall as we sent a message that was clearly heard in the halls of Congress; the professional politicians have failed us and it’s for them to go. In Congress, I’ll fight for the free enterprise system and for the liberties enshrined in our constitution. But, I’ll also fight against government waste, earmarks, and the backroom deals that perpetuates the tax and spend mentality that is breaking the back of the American taxpayer. The Tea party movement has proved that the party bosses can no longer hand pick their nominee. This November we’ll win and we’ll take the Tea Party to Washington.”
** UPDATE ** 5/17/10
Idaho Votes May 25
Your turn, Idaho. My job is to gather as much info as I can regarding some of the candidates in your primary. Your job is to use it if you choose to help make your decision how you want to vote. The keyword here is VOTE! If you don’t vote, it doesn’t matter how many hours I spend looking up the information and putting it in one central location for you; it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to read it and follow some or all of the links. None of this will matter if you don’t VOTE!
I keep saying in all the states that I write about that I am very well aware that I don’t have a voice in your election since I cannot vote in your state. However, I am a conservative and I naturally want to see as many liberals (translate that Democrats) voted out of office as possible.
I also want to do whatever I can to keep the Republican Party planks free from socially liberal politics supported by Libertarians. Use the search feature on the right sidebar of this blog to see exactly how I feel about Libertarians.
I will not cover either Democrats or Libertarians with this information. Nor will I provide much information about Independents. It is my opinion that they call themselves Independents for one of two reasons: they cannot get enough major-party financial support, or they think by not wearing a label voters will give them more consideration. For the most part, Independents are a liberal lot who may scream “I’m Conservative” but their definition of conservative and mine are usually quite different.
I also will ignore Socialists and other parties that do not have the best interests of America at heart.
All that said, here is what I checked out for your primary election.
Your incumbent Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is a Republican. You know if he has been a good Governor. Either way, he does have challengers.
Walt Bayes (R) – I found a Facebook page, but there is no information on it. In addition, he did not respond to the questions put to each of the candidates in the Voter’s Guide from IdahoStatesman.com.
Ron “Pete” Peterson (R) I have to be honest with you, folks. I firmly believe this candidate is a waste of your time. The Politics1.com information lists him as “Retired State Employee & Comedian.” I think they pegged it right.
Tamara Wells (R) – Good intentions, but I have never believed in using the W word – Woman – as a reason to vote for someone.
The other candidates without discussion (see above) are:
Keith Allred (D) – Lobbyist, Mediator & Ex-College Professor
Lee Chaney (D) – Laborer, USMC Veteran, ’06 Candidate & ’02 Franklin County Commission Nominee
Ted Dunlap (Libertarian) – Ex-State Party Chair, Farmer, Businessman & ’06 Nominee
Jana Kemp (Independent) – Ex-State Rep., Business Consultant & Ex-Republican
Pro-Life Richardson (Independent) – Farmer, Pro-Life Activist & Frequent Candidate
Incumbent – Mike Crapo (R)
Claude “Skip” Davis III (R) – His issues page is fairly thorough; however, I don’t appreciate his stance on military deployments.
William Bryk (D) – Attorney & Frequent Candidate in NY
P. Tom Sullivan (D) – Financial Consultant
Randy Berquist (Constitution) – Insurance Agent
Incumbent – Walt Minnick (D)
Harley Brown (R) – Hmmm. I think it might be best for me not to say too much. Suffice to say he is a little more militant than I would care for.
Michael Chadwick (R) – From first glance at his website, Mr. Chadwick appears to be quite a patriotic citizen. Mr. Chadwick lists his personal beliefs, his personal commitment, his ideas on America as an “empire,” and other interesting views. He sounds more Libertarian than Republican.
Raul Labrador (R) – Some of the issues are covered on his home page – others are linked at the bottom. I have to admit, he does sound like the most conservative candidate in the race.
Allan Salzberg (R) – This is a PDF file so allow for downloading time. On this platform, he says, “A Government National Data Base should be established using the maps in GPS to simplify and reward car-pooling. It should also be able to allow individuals to voluntarily link up for trips.” I don’t know that this is a good idea for our personal freedom to come and go as we please.
Vaughn Ward (R) – Be sure to check out the “Fighting for Idaho Values” section.
Mike Washburn (Libertarian) – Realtor
Dave Olson (Independent) – Ex-Casino Security Employee, USAF Veteran & ’06 Candidate
Incumbent – Mike Simpson (R)
Katherine Burton (R) – Talk about a slick website! I had to stop myself before I was totally swayed from the issues just watching the bells and whistles.
Chick Heileson (R) – In most political blogs, Mr. Heileson would be considered a RINO because of his Libertarian viewpoints. In addition, he has been endorsed by Ron Paul’s “Liberty Candidates.” I believe that about covers it.
Russ Matthews (R) – His mission page isn’t very thorough, but I like his comments.
Mike Crawford (D)
Brian Schad (Independent ) – Businessman & Navy Veteran
My goodness, Idaho. You have quite a difficult decision ahead of you. Pray for God’s selections since He is the One who raises leaders up and puts them down. I will be praying with you.
** UPDATE ** 5/16/10
Hawai’i’s Special Election May 22
This is a whole new experience for me. I’ve never seen a special election exactly like Hawai’i will be having, so I am not certain how to write this.
Hawai’i Congressional District 1 Representative, Neil Abercrombie (D) resigned effective February 28, 2010 to devote more time for his campaign for Governor of Hawai’i. Therefore, Hawai’i must have a special election to complete his term of office.
There are no primaries leading up to this special election so candidates from all parties will run against each other. Whoever gets the most votes wins – no runoff – no requirement for a majority of the votes.
There will be no “going to the polls” on May 22 – all the voting will already have been done. In a Vote-By-Mail election such as this, all registered voters are automatically mailed a Vote-By-Mail ballot and return envelope. The completed ballot indicating the voter’s choice of candidates must be received by the Hawai’i Office of Elections no later than 6:00 PM on May 22, 2010, in the return envelope provided with the ballot.
Apparently there are some times when a voter who might need an accessible voting machine. To accommodate those voters, walk-in voting is permitted from May 10 to May 20 including Saturday.
We might think this would make for an interesting way to hold an election, but it sounds a little haphazard to me. That’s okay – they didn’t ask me.
It seems like the political climate is hotter than the temperature in Hawai’i right now. The Democrats are really scared that a Republican can actually win this election. So scared, in fact, that three former Governors of Hawai’i are getting into the act. The only problem is that they are not all three pulling for the same candidate.
They do agree on the need for all Democrats to vote.
The best political endorsement a former governor would rather not have made is the one former Governor John Waihee made when he was quoted as saying, “Djou people should vote for Djou if they want the exact opposite of President Obama.”
From the information I have been able to find, Charles DJou (R) seems to be the forerunner. It is he that the Democrats are most concerned about.
The Candidates, in alphabetical order, are:
Vinny Browne (D) – Minister,Ex-Police Officer & Community Activist
Ed Case (D) – Ex-Congressman, Ex-State House Majority Leader, Attorney, ’02 Candidate & ’06 US Senate Candidate
Colleen Hanabusa (D) – State Senate President, Attorney & ’03/’06 Candidate
C. Kaui Jochanan Amsterdam (R) – ’08 Candidate & ’06 US Sen. Candidate – I could find no information at all about this candidate.
Charles “Googie” Collins (R) – I found one article about him.
Douglas Crum (R) – At least he has a YouTube channel.
Charles Djou (R) – Honolulu City Councilman, Ex-State House Minority Leader, Attorney & Army Veteran
John “Raghu” Giuffre (R) – Realtor
Jim Brewer (Independent) – Television Producer, Educator & Frequent Candidate – I would have thought that as a frequent candidate, he would have a website somewhere, but I was not able to locate one.
Karl Moseley (Independent) – no information for this candidate either.
Steve Tataii (Independent) – Conflict Resolution Consultant, Teacher, Attorney & Frequent Candidate
This looks like an excellent opportunity for a more Conservative slant than Hawai’i had with Abercrombie.
Best of luck, Mr. DJou!
** UPDATE ** 5/16/10
Pennsylvania Votes May 18 – Part 3
Time to finish our look at your US Congressional candidates.
Incumbent – John Murtha (D) who died in February 2010
This is a rather unique situation for me. In fact, to be honest, it seems a little redundant to me, but then again, I don’t live in Pennsylvania so it really is none of my business. My choice for the Special Election for District 12 which will fill the seat until the end of this year is Tim Burns (R) and he is my choice for the regular Primary vote as well.
Incumbent – Allyson Schwartz (D)
Dee Adcock (R) – I am not clear about his plan to reduce the number of illegal aliens through the “policy of attrition.” You might want to speak with him directly if you also are unclear.
Brian Haughton (R) – Not much coverage on the issues page. You’ll want to try to talk with him directly to see where he stands as far as social conservatism.
Josh Quinter (R) – There is a problem with his issues page – you can’t see the bottom 2/3 of it. I was finally able to read it by highlighting the area as though I were going to “copy and paste” it somewhere else. Once highlighted, I could read it clearly.
Incumbent – Charlie Dent (R)
Mat Benol (R) – A separate page has frequently asked questions as well as his stance on the issues. His stance on abortion has one of those clauses I detest, “…except in cases of…”
Incumbent – Tim Holden (D)
Dave Argall (R) – His issues page totally avoids the subject of abortion, but I respect his stance on immigration and national security.
Josh First (R) – Interesting statement on his vision for the Pennsylvania 17th District: “I am committed to telecommuting as much as possible between the District and Washington DC, so that I will have more time with my constituents and be closer to the daily issues at home.” From his stance on the issues Mr. First would get my vote if I could vote in Pennsylvania.
Frank Ryan (R) – Thirteen separate issues listed individually. I can’t tell if he thinks America should return to the time of the Dred Scott Decision from the Supreme Court in 1857 or if he is even aware that the 14th Amendment exists!
Incumbent – Todd Platts (R)
Mike Smeltzer (R) – From the very first page, this candidate starts hitting hardly at the incumbent and at the corruption we all recognize in our government these days. Just might kick out an incumbent.
Okay, Pennsylvania. I have given you as much information as I can find so that you can make your decision about the candidate who has earned your vote. Use your vote wisely, but for the sake of our nation and for your state, USE YOUR VOTE!
** UPDATE ** 5/14/10
Pennsylvania Votes May 18 – Part 2
I admit confusion here. It seems a little redundant to me to have your special election at the same time of your Primary when the same seat will be open again, but somebody in Pennsylvania wanted it that way, so that is the way it is. I will deal with the Special Election for District 12 first.
I am sorry that a human being has died, but I hope the embarrassment of John Murtha (D) died with him.
The Republican nominated to represent you for the remainder of this year is Tim Burns. I had to laugh a little as I looked at his Pledge page – “Taking back Congress from Nancy Pelosi starts RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.”
Normally, one would expect a candidate who was nominated by the Republican Party (or any other party for that matter) would be willing to follow the Republican Party platform and all its planks. After the debacle that was Dede Scozzafava in NY-23 last year, can we automatically assume that anymore?
I am happy to say that this candidate, Tim Burns, does. Check out his issues page. He is quite clear and quite firm.
Incumbent – Kathy Dahlkemper (D)
Steve Fisher (R) – Main issues are on the front page. Good solidly conservative platform.
Ed Franz (R) – Sounds like a good candidate. Conservative issues and a solid work ethic.
Clayton Grabb (R) – Pennsylvanians are quite inventive when it comes to “catch phrases,” aren’t they? Mr. Grabb’s is “ We the people… have had it!”
Paul Huber (R) – I truly don’t know how big a problem illegal immigration is for Pennsylvania, but I live in Texas. Need I say more? Mr. Huber has a solid, workable plan for illegal immigration.
Mike Kelly (R) – On Paul Huber’s website I noticed this video about Mike Kelly. I do not personally know how true this serious allegation is, but I do know that Mr. Kelly’s response does not meet the accusation. On his issue page, Mr. Kelly says “…we must protect the sanctity of life.” Please be certain he is not referring to Ron Paul’s “Sanctity of Life Bill” which would nullify the federal law against Partial-birth Abortion.
Dr. Martha Moore (R) offers a “RX for America,” but her issues pages are on separate tabs. Although she is pro-life, she has one of those clauses that I call, “…except in cases of..” which I find troubling.
Incumbent – Jason Altmire (D)
Mary Beth Buchanan (R) – This candidate may not win the election, but she has won my admiration. Check out her stance on “Protecting Life.”
Keith Rothfus (R) – He covers thoroughly the few issues he lists.
Incumbent – Jim Gerlach (R)
Pat Sellers (R) – I copied these two brief paragraphs from Mr. Sellers’ website platform to show you the Libertarian view on “social issues.”
We would be better off as a society if government at all levels got out of the business of licensing marriages. We should let our churches handle it. Non-believers could get a legal contract drawn up.
If government did not needlessly expand itself into the private lives of citizens, issues such as gay marriage would not be a problem for anyone.
Yes, Mr. Sellers is a RINO. He is endorsed by Ron Paul’s Liberty Candidates.
Incumbent – Joe Sestak (D)
Pat Meehan (R) – The record he acquired while serving as a US Attorney and Delaware County District Attorney say more about his qualifications than his issues page does. Impressive record.
Jim Schneller (I) – His issues are available on a video from his website. Mr. Schneller, a Libertarian running as an Independent, is endorsed by Ron Paul’s Liberty Candidates. Watch for social liberalism.
Incumbent – Patrick Murphy (D)
Gloria Carlineo (R) – The Libertarians want to “re-form” the Republican Party into the image of their nearly bankrupt party. The Party of Lincoln was good enough for him, and it is still good enough today. It doesn’t need “re-forming.” This statement on Ms. Carlineo’s website troubles me.
I support the Republican Party’s conservative principles, yet disagree with those who are unwilling to listen to the discontent expressed by groups around the nation. I agree that it is time for renewal within the party.
Mike Fitzpatrick (R) – Issues page is well covered except he doesn’t mention abortion. He also believes in federal funding for education instead of allowing the states to take care of the education of our young citizens.
Incumbent – Chris Carney (D)
Malcolm Derk (R) – Mr. Derk’s issues page does not cover all the issues important to me, but he thoroughly covers the issues he has listed.
David Madeira (R) – Mr. Madeira recognizes the benefit of the 14th Amendment. I appreciate that. If I were eligible to vote in Pennsylvania, he would get my vote.
Tom Marino (R) – There are things he left unsaid on his issues page but what he does say is well thought-out.
We will finish your last few Congressional Districts next.
** UPDATE ** 5/13/10
Pennsylvania Votes May 18 – Part 1
Good morning, Pennsylvania! Why don’t we sit down and have a nice cup of tea and discuss some things?
Your Governor for instance. Ed Rendell. He is a Democrat so I won’t bother asking you if he has been a good Governor. His party tells the tale. I know things are much different in your part of the nation. After all, Texas is much more laid back and casual than the elite Pennsylvania. I owe it to you to tell you that your liberal politicians really do not have your best interests at heart, and somewhere deep inside you, I think you know that.
For argument’s sake, let us assume that you are willing to agree with me. What can be done about it? Actually, you have two choices.
Tom Corbett (R) – The issues page has good information of what he wants to do to help Pennsylvanians and how he plans to do it.
Sam Rohrer (R) – Mr. Rohrer has a short issues page, but there are some good ideas there.
Probably I should tell you that I am not fond of either Democrats or Libertarians. I will not be providing you any information on candidates of either party. I also do not give much time or space to Independents. The reason is that many of them are independent for a reason. The Democratic Party is not liberal enough for them and/or the Republican Party is not conservative enough for them.
I am a Conservative through and through. I write from a conservative viewpoint. The most important thing you should know about me is that I am very well aware that I have no right to tell you how to vote, and I will not do that. All I want to do is put the information, as much information as I can gather, in one centrally located place for you. My hope is that it will make your job easier – your job of deciding which candidate you will vote for.
In addition to kicking out your Governor, you really need to kick out your US Senator. Arlen Specter (D) is not as good for Pennsylvania as you think he is, and he is certainly not good for the rest of the nation.
Peg Luksik (R) She has a separate page for her beliefs and her issues which is good because they do not have to be the same. I think a conservative will base the issues on the beliefs – not vice versa.
Pat Toomey (R) – The issues are on separate tabs from a drop-down menu. While I like this candidate, there is something that I cannot put my finger on that makes me uncomfortable.
Mel Packer (Green) – The Green Party says they are peace activists. Why then do they terrorize Americans and international citizens even from boats to force their beliefs on the rest of the world?
There are a few US Congressional seats that are uncontested. They will not be on your ballot for your Primary Election, but they will be in November.
US Congress November General Election Only
Incumbent – Bob Brady (D)
Pia Varma (R) She is a Libertarian and that means that she is a RINO – a Republican In Name Only. She cannot possibly maintain the Republican Party planks as Libertarian. They may talk political conservatism, but they stress social liberalism. As a Republican voter, you should not compromise your political or social conservatism.
Incumbent – Chaka Fattah (D)
Rick Hellberg (R) – His biography is listed on a page of his business website. The issues page on his campaign website quotes Mr. Hellberg on immigration, “What we can’t allow are small minority of immigrants who come to our shores to do us harm, break our laws or live off our system.” Small minority of immigrants? Unacceptable to me. You will have to decide this one on your own.
Incumbent – Glenn Thompson (R)
Michael Pipe (D)
Incumbent – Bill Shuster (R)
Incumbent – Mike Doyle (D)
Melissa Haluszczak (R)
Ed Bortz (Green)
Incumbent – Joe Pitts (R)
Lois Herr (D)
Dan Frank (Constitution) – He is backed by Ron Paul’s Libertarian organization, Liberty Candidates.
Incumbent – Tim Murphy (R)
Dan Connolly (D)
James Stillwagon (Consitution)
Scott Pigeon (Libertarian)
Coming soon – information on your Special Election for District 12 as well as the contested Congressional races in your primary.
** UPDATE ** 5/12/10
Oregon Votes May 18 – Part 2
Oh! Good for you, Oregon. You have a US Senator to kick out – incumbent Ron Wyden (D).
Candidates for US Senate:
Jim Huffman (R) – He makes an excellent statement under the topic of Natural Resources and the Environment: “The federal government owns 50% of Oregon – and for the most part, it is not a very good neighbor.”
Robin Parker (R) – Issues page is called “My Views” and is sometimes confusing, but I think predominately his intentions are good.
Keith Waldron (R) presents no information, no website, no nothing to give me the idea he seriously wants to be your US Senator.
Walter Woodland (R) – I like the way he approaches his opinions.
Incumbent – David Wu (D)
Stephen Brodhead (R) – Not much information on the issues.
Rob Cornilles (R) – Hmmm…interesting.
Doug Keller (R) – If you are looking for a candidate who is different from the norm, Doug Keller is your candidate. However, he is socially liberal enough in his platform that he could be confused with a Libertarian on many issues.
John Kuzmanich (R) – I find his issues page thorough and thoughtful.
Incumbent – Greg Walden (R) – no Republican opposition.
Incumbent – Earl Blumenauer (D)
You have problems in District 3, Oregon. The Republican candidate to oppose Mr. Blumenauer is a RINO. She is a Libertarian in Republican clothing. The other candidate, Michael Meo represents the Pacific Green Party. That means he is pitifully weak on national defense as a “peace activist.” Good luck with this district in November.
Incumbent – Peter DeFazio (D)
Jaynee Germond (R) – Oops… another Libertarian RINO.
Art Robinson (R) – I see some real Conservatism on his issues page. I especially like the quote from Samuel Adams at the bottom of the page: “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country”
Incumbent – Kurt Schrader (D)
Scott Bruun (R) – He hasn’t listed many issues, but covers thoroughly the ones he has listed.
Fred Thompson (R) – Good solid issues page.
Oregon, you have four Democrat incumbents in Congress, one in the Senate and a Conservative Governor to elect. What you do with your one Republican Congress incumbent is up to you completely – as is every candidate you vote for. My job is to make the information available to you in one central location. Your job is to educate yourself on the issues of each candidate and vote your own conviction. But above all, Oregon, please VOTE!
Arkansas Votes May 18 – Part 2
Six Democrats are trying to take the seat of Marion Berry (D), the retiring incumbent for District 1. That’s good because it means there is probably some in-fighting among the campaigns. There are only two Republicans seeking the seat. Let’s take a look at them.
Princella Smith (R) – Good coverage of all the issues on her website. She grew up in the same part of the state that I did, and I know the values she learned from there. She is well-grounded and rooted in love of God, love of family and love of State and Country.
Incumbent Vic Snyder (D) – retiring in 2010
Tim Griffin (R) – Well organized issues page with good information on exactly where he stands.
Scott Wallace (R) – Several impressive endorsements but relying on his website for his stance on the issues is futile.
Bert Hone Jr. is running as an Independent, but he calls himself a “Ron Paul activist.” That means Libertarian, and… well, you know how I feel about that.
Incumbent John Boozman (R) – It seems that Mr. Boozman isn’t all that popular in Arkansas. Look at all the Republicans opposing him in this primary!
If you have decided to kick out this incumbent, Cecile Bledsoe (R) might be a very good selection. Her issues page is full of Conservative ideas and statements.
Gunner DeLay (R) – He doesn’t specifically mention abortion on his issues page, but he has a firm stance on illegal immigration.
Steve Lowry (R) – His stand on abortion contains one of those “except in cases of…” clauses which I find so disturbing. He also says he will support any legislation regarding education. Does that mean he would support Obama’s plan to take education out of the hands of our states and put it in the hands of his ill-chosen Education czar who promotes a gay life-style for children in schools?
Kurt Maddox (R) – He calls his issues “values.” I like that.
Doug Matayo (R) – To be as young as he is, he seems to have his values and concerns well grounded.
Mike Moore (R) – He makes no apologies for his beliefs and stands behind some good Conservative ideas.
Steve Womack (R) – He was doing okay with his issues until he got to abortion. He has one of those “except in cases of…” exemptions also.
Incumbent Mike Ross (D)
Glenn Gallas (R) – I am impressed with his stance on the issues.
Beth Anne Rankin (R) – This is what I call “solid name association statewide.” Probably every person in Arkansas knows her name as a former Miss Arkansas. Her issues page would give one the impression that she is not just a pretty face.
I have done my job by providing the information in one centrally located place for you. You, Arkansas, must now do your job. You must decide which candidate deserves your support and then do all you can to see that candidate elected.
The most important task you have as an American citizen is to VOTE whether or not it is easy for you to make the time – you MUST USE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE as your voice in our nation as this particular time when we need Conservative voices speaking loudly and clearly.
** UPDATE ** 5/10/10
Oregon Votes May 18 – Part 1
Your governor, Ted Kulongoski (D), cannot seek re-election because of the term limits your constitution sets. Good for you. Now you can get a Conservative in the Governor’s office. I want to try to get the information on the candidates here in one central location so that hopefully it will make it easier for you to decide who deserves your vote.
First, I need to be sure that you know, as I have tried to do with every state I have looked at so far, I am not an Oregonian. I know I don’t have a say in your election. In the South, we would say, “I don’t have a horse in this race.” As an American citizen, I do not have the right to tell you who to vote for. I have no intention of doing that.
My goal is to provide information to you from a Conservative viewpoint and yet totally objective because I recognize my lack of standing in Oregon. Your goal is to take all the information you can gather, including the information I have for you here, and decide which candidate best represents your opinions, both politically and socially.
You will not be doing yourselves much good if you elect a Libertarian-leaning candidate. I have done a good bit of reading about the Libertarians, and I can assure you, this is NOT what real Conservatives want. They paint a pretty picture of “individual freedoms,” “states rights,” and “smaller government,” but what they don’t tell you is what that means.
“Individual freedoms” mean that you can treat your fellow Oregonian anyway YOU feel is right – as long as it doesn’t interfere with their rights. Unless of course, they are wrong to want what they want and yours is the only correct attitude.
States don’t have rights – PEOPLE have rights. The states just have powers granted to it by the people. The Libertarians would do away with the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. That amendment doesn’t really do anything except preserve your right to life.
Libertarians will tell you that they are pro-life. What they are really telling you is that for them, abortion may be wrong, but it may be right for you. You may regret that the moments of pleasure you had created a life now growing inside you, so it is fine if YOU want to kill that life. Abortion is murder anyway you look at it. It isn’t right for you or anyone else to take another life. As a citizenry, you have sent many people to Oregon prisons for taking another life. There is no difference where abortion is concerned.
They will also tell you that homosexuals have the “right” to live the kind of lifestyle they want to. No they don’t. Their “right” is the God-given right to life – the same life you have been given. There is no place written in any religious or governmental document where it states that they have the right to live a lifestyle that goes against the laws of nature that the Creator God provided.
Since the liberal Democrats are the ones we Conservatives are trying so hard to kick out of office, I will waste no time on them. Nor will I address your Green Party candidates. Aren’t they the ones who chase boats through the open seas terrorizing the crews? Aren’t they the ones who tell you that man is the sole cause for the farce that is global warming? That is hardly a Conservative issue – conservation is, however, unless the choice is save a bird or save a human. In the Conservative idea, the human should win EVERY time – not just occasionally.
Shall we get started? Here are your candidates professing to be Republicans and Conservatives. Let us see if they really are.
Allen Alley (R) – His issues are on the page named “Imagine Oregon.” I like that name because I love imagination.
Clark Colvin (R) – This website is really more like a blog. He has an introductory portion telling you why he has chosen to run for governor, but all of his issues are listed as “posts” on the lower right hand side of the page.
W. Ames Curtright (R) – Living in a state that borders Mexico, we have many problems with illegal immigrants. I appreciate Mr. Curtright’s stance on immigration.
Chris Dudley (R) – From looking at his website, it appears that he has priorities pretty well straight – jobs for Oregon.
Bob Forthan (R) – I couldn’t find a candidate’s website for Mr. Forthan, but I did find a blog that he hasn’t used since 2008.
Darren Karr (R) – I like his statement about being a “Zero Dollar Candidate.”
John Lim (R) – I have read Mr. Lim’s biography and his Contract with Oregon. He has some fantastic ideas. The only thing his website DOESN’T tell me is when he became a naturalized citizen of the US. That is an issue that would be first on my list of questions for him. It should be first on your list as well.
Bill Sizemore (R) – I will not comment on this candidate because you are in a better position to know the truth about the lawsuit and it’s outcome and appeal than I am.
Stay tuned. Information about your Senate and House of Representatives coming soon.
** UPDATE ** 5/9/10
Kentucky Votes May 18
What a choice Kentuckians have in the Republican Primary for US Senate to resume the representative responsibilities of Jim Bunning (R) who is retiring. I want to do just a brief overview of your US House candidates, but I will spend most of my time on your Senate race. Why? Because I believe from all the research I have done on my own, the research I have read that others have done, and what I know about Libertarians warns me with all kinds of red flags and bells and whistles against the lies Rand Paul and his RINO campaign have told the Kentucky voter.
This overview will not dwell on Democrats, the liberals we are all trying to vote out of office, nor will I spend any effort on any Libertarian candidate other than Rand Paul. I don’t like RINO candidates, and I don’t like liars – and Rand Paul is both.
I have never denied that I am not a Kentuckian – I am not eligible to vote in this May 18 Primary, but if I were, I would have voted for Bill Johnson because quite frankly, I feel he is the most Conservative of the three major candidates. Since he has withdrawn his candidacy, there is only one other candidate who is Conservative enough to earn my vote – Trey Grayson.
I don’t have the right to tell you who you should vote for, but if I could, I would URGE you as strongly as I possibly can to vote for Trey Grayson. Kentucky deserves so much better than Rand Paul.
Trey Grayson (R) – Some “Common Sense Conservative Reforms for Kentucky and America.”
Gurley Martin (R) – The man has moxie! He is a member of “the greatest generation” and fought bravely like so many others during those terrible years 1943-1946.
Rand Paul (RINO) – Relies on Daddy Ron’s big-money out-of-state-donors and political machine while at the same time trying to tell Kentuckians that he isn’t. His first campaign manager, Chris Hightower, resigned amid allegations of racism and Satanic pictures on his Facebook page. Christie Gillespie, Paul’s original spokesperson, resigned over the lies Paul has told about his Libertarian leanings and his desire to re-form the Republican Party in his father’s image. That should trouble many Republican voters in Kentucky. But that isn’t all. There is the lie Paul is telling that Kentucky Right to Life (KRLA) is the one lying about Paul’s questionnaire to their organization. I have seen online copies of all the forms referenced – excepting the one that the Paul campaign mailed fully 2 months after he wants people to believe it was mailed. He thinks that by smearing a well-respected and successful organization he will win points with Kentucky voters. WRONG! When a candidate announces intentions to run for a political office by saying that he is not deserting his Libertarian friends; that he is Libertarian but since he realizes he can’t win as a third-party candidate he is going to run as a Republican provides proof positive that the candidate is a RINO.
Jon Scribner (R) ( ) – Sorry, I am not able to find much info to help you with this candidate.
John Stephenson (R) – Issues page lists links for his positions on “Checks, Balances, and Accountability,” and a few others.
Incumbent – Ed Whitfield (R) – I can find no Republican opponents. If Mr. Whitfield is the only Republican candidate on your November ballot, I encourage you to vote to him to avoid having a Democrat win the election.
Incumbent – S. Brett Guthrie (R) – Once again, – I can find no Republican opponents. If Mr. Whitfield is the only Republican candidate on your November ballot, I encourage you to vote to him to avoid having a Democrat win the election.
Incumbent – John Yarmuth (D)
John Hausman (R) – Issues page is called “Serious Solutions.”
Todd Lally (R) – If I were eligible to vote, I would vote for Mr. Lally.
Jeff Reetz (R) – Disturbing first statement on his issues page: “Putting Louisville First.” What about the rest of Kentucky, Mr. Reetz?
Brooks Wicker (R) – According to this PDF file, Mr. Wicker supports Rand Paul. That’s reason enough for me to totally discount this candidate.
Incumbent – Geoff Davis (R) – Once again, – I can find no Republican opponents. If Mr. Whitfield is the only Republican candidate on your November ballot, I encourage you to vote to him to avoid having a Democrat win the election.
Incumbent – Harold “Hal” Rogers (R) – I can find only three opposition candidates; all three are Democrats, so I am sure you’ll want to vote for Mr. Rogers in November.
Incumbent – Ben Chandler (D)
Perry Barnes (R) – Either I need new glasses, or his webpage is blurry.
Andy Barr (R) – When a candidate is a former “Political Aide” at any level, I have a tendency to be concerned about the contacts he may have made in his previous employment. Winning friends and influencing people should be limited to the constituency represented.
John T. Kemper, III (R) – He has given you something to hold his feet to the fire with – an “American Covenant.”
Matt Lockett (R) – In all honesty, I would be torn between Mr. Kemper and Mr. Lockett if I had a vote in Kentucky. Since you do, and since you are there, I will completely defer to your judgment. I know you’ll make the right choice for Kentucky.
George Pendergrass (R) – Mr. Pendergrass is an EMT helicopter pilot. Thank you for your work as a first responder. I salute you.
Mike Templeman (R) – He also has a blog attached to his website.
The information I secured for you above comes from Politics1.com, each candidate’s own website and my outside reading on the issues.
The following information came from LibertyCandidates.org. This is the PAC used by many Libertarians (obviously, with a picture of Ron Paul kneeling taking the sword from Lady Liberty – how melodramatic is that?!) to support candidates who are in agreement with all or most of the Libertarian platform of social liberalism.
These are the candidates they endorse for Kentucky. Avoid electing these candidates at risk of losing your 14th Amendment right to life.
US SENATE – RAND PAUL
SHERIFF – GALLATIN COUNTY – RONNIE SMITH
CONSTABLE – NICHOLAS COUNTY – MARSHA FOSTER
STATE HOUSE – DISTRICT 78 – TIM FAIRFIELD
** UPDATE ** 5/7/10
Arkansas Votes May 18 – Part 1
Primary time in Arkansas means two things: 1) it doesn’t matter and 2) who cares?
That’s why I’m here – to try to show you why it matters and to let you know that even if you don’t, the rest of America cares who you send to the State House and to Washington.
I didn’t say anything bad about you when you sent Clinton to dominate the rest of America. I understood completely. You wanted him OUT of Arkansas, and voting him out was the best way to go about that process.
You even straightened up your act a little after that. Now, Arkansas, you have a chance to do something really wonderful for your state and for your country. You can do something even more important than any Razorback game you could watch would accomplish – you can make America proud. You can show all of America that “Arkansas Traveler spirit” that I know runs through each and every one of you.
Here is how you do that, Arkansas.
Your governor, Mike Beebe, is up for re-election. He has three challengers this year; one Republican, one Constitutionalist, and one Nationalist.
I would strongly recommend that you not allow the Nationalist to be elected. Billy Roper is a White Supremacist and the leader of the Neo-Nazi movement. You will move Arkansas all the way back to Orval E. Faubus if you elect him. Your children and grandchildren deserve better than that.
You will not be doing yourselves much good either if you elect Frank Gilbert. He is an Ex- State Libertarian Party Chair and will bring freedom of choice back to Arkansas in a form you really don’t want it to be. I have done a good bit of reading about the Libertarians, and from my Arkansas roots I can assure you, this is NOT what you want. They paint a pretty picture of “individual freedoms,” “states rights,” and “smaller government,” but what they don’t tell you is what that means.
“Individual freedoms” mean that you can treat your fellow Arkansan any way YOU feel is right – as long as it doesn’t interfere with their rights. Unless of course, they are wrong to want what they want and yours is the only correct attitude.
States don’t have rights – PEOPLE have rights. The states just have powers granted to it by the people. The Libertarians would do away with the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. That amendment doesn’t really do anything except preserve your right to life.
Libertarians will tell you that they are pro-life. What they are really telling you is that for them, abortion is wrong, but it may be right for you. You may regret that the moments of pleasure you had created a life now growing inside you, so it is fine if YOU want to kill that life. Abortion is murder anyway you look at it. It isn’t right for you or anyone else to take another life. As a citizenry, you have sent many people to Arkansas prisons for taking another life. There is no difference where abortion is concerned.
They will also tell you that homosexuals have the “right” to live the kind of lifestyle they want to. No they don’t. Their “right” is the God-given right to life – the same life you have been given. There is no place written in any religious or governmental document where it states that they have the right to live a lifestyle that goes against the laws of nature that the Creator God provided.
That leaves your choice for Governor to be Jim Keet, the Republican candidate. His issues page provides certain promises that he has made to you in writing. Hold him to it. He promises that on his first day as your Governor, he will reduce the Governor’s office budget by 20% and that he will cut his own salary by 20% until the Arkansas unemployment rate is 5.5% or less. On those two issues alone, you deserve to give him that chance. If he doesn’t fulfill those promises ON HIS FIRST DAY IN OFFICE, hold his feet to the fire and remind him of what he said.
I realize your Governor’s office is not on your primary ballot for May 18, but now is the time for you to become aware of what you will see all summer long from the politicians. If you are not able to support Jim Keet with your finances, you can support him by putting a bumper sticker on your vehicles – even on your tractors – and yard signs on your property. You can carry his campaign literature with you to the grocery store, the library, the post office, the court house, the bank – all those places you go nearly every day – and hand them out to everyone you meet.
I have told you how you can help your state, now let me get a little more obvious about how what you do will affect all of America. Your primary election this year offers you a very good chance to get rid of one of the liberals who sits in the US Senate in Washington, Blanche Lincoln. She has betrayed Arkansas and the rest of America and it is time for her to go. Kick her out, Arkansas!
I have said all I intend to about the Libertarians who may be running for any Arkansas political office, and I don’t do Democrats. If I do not mention other candidates is because I don’t have anything either positive or negative to say that will help you make up your own mind.
Arkansas Candidates for US Senator
(In alphabetic order)
Randy Alexander (R) – Issues page provides an overview of his stance on the issues. Communicate with him in person to make sure he is the candidate you would choose.
Gilbert Baker (R) – He isn’t polling really well, but I believe this candidate deserves your attention.
John Boozman (R) – At the present time, Mr. Boozman is leading in the polls. You’ll want to communicate with him to be sure you agree with all of his positions on the issues that concern you most.
Curtis Coleman (R) – The issues page is designed to display on PDF files, so you can expect lengthy download times, but I think you’ll find his positions on the issues are in alignments with the Conservative issues you hold.
Kim Hendren (R) () – Solid views on National Defense and Agriculture.
Fred Ramey (R) – Issues are given more as statements than personal platform.
Conrad “Colonel” Reynolds (R) – I don’t know if Colonel Reynolds has the chance of a snowball in hell of winning this primary, but I believe if I were still voting in Arkansas, he would get my vote!
John Gray (Green Party) – His homepage contains some rather frightening revelations that point toward isolationism.
Part Two will be a discussion of your candidates for the US House of Representatives.
** UPDATE ** 5/7/10
West Virginia Votes May 11
Yes, West Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but unfortunately, you’ll have to wait two more years for him to bring you a Conservative Senator. Until then, I guess Robert Byrd gets to play Senator. And Jay Rockefeller gets to play whatever game it is he’s playing until 2014, but his time is coming too!
In the meantime, May 11 will get you started on some Conservative leadership in the House.
By now, you know I don’t do Democrats and I don’t do Libertarians. In fact, I don’t do anything that even compares to either of them. I have well documented why, I think, so I won’t go into my reasons again right now.
Incumbent – Alan Mollohan (D)
Cindy Hall (R) – I recognize the WordPress layout she used for her campaign website, and I applaud her choice. She has one whole page devoted to her stance on the issues including a Summary right at the top of that page.
Patty Van Gilder Levenson (R) – I have some concerns about some possible Libertarian connections prominently displayed on her website. On the bottom right under her Resource Links, she lists Judge Napolitano and the Campaign for Liberty Speech as well as the Tenth Amendment Center. Both Napolitano and the Campaign for Liberty are Ron Paul Libertarians, and the Tenth Amendment Center is closely related.
David McKinley (R) – His issues page is well broken down and gives a good overview of what he believes. As a former GOP State Chair, I would expect him to uphold the GOP platform to the letter.
Sarah Minear (R) – Looks like she has a good record on supporting Right to Life. Her issues page is tabbed so you can easily click on the topics of your choice first.
Tom Stark (R) – His issues are tabbed but open in the same page. I am disturbed that his stance on abortion would, like the Libertarians want it, be left to the states. I didn’t see if he mentioned supporting a Right to Life Amendment which would override the state abortion issue.
Mac Warner (R) – Not much info on his Issues page. This is one candidate you may want to talk with personally.
Incumbent – Shelley Moore Capito (R)
Phil Hudok (C)– His philosophy makes for some interesting reading. I admit that I know less than nothing about the Constitution Party, so I read their State Platform. You might enjoy reading it as well. There is some really interesting stuff there.
Incumbent – Nick Rahall (D)
Marty Gearheart (R) – I’m afraid his website confused me more than the information it provides. Other than the fact that he had a fundraiser called “Death by Chocolate” which sounds intriguing, the statement I like best is, “The seat is perceved (sic) to be “safe”. As such your current respresentive (sic) can cast radical party line votes without fear of losing his job. with (sic) your help no seat is safe!”
Conrad Lucas (R)– A young voice may be just what West Virginia needs in Washington. Check out his issues page completely.
Elliot “Spike” Maynard (R) – I always worry when I see a candidate use Facebook for his campaign website.
Okay, West Virginia. You have a few days and some information to get you started. Now is the time to get involved while the candidate of your choice has a better chance of succeeding before going to the general election in November. Hit the streets. If you don’t have any of your candidate’s campaign literature, use your own opinion to sway the people you meet. Many people are like me and would rather hear it from a “normal person” than a slick piece of printed campaign material anyway.
** UPDATE ** 5/6/10
Nebraska Votes May 11
I am really sorry, Nebraska, that your Senator Ben Nelson sold you down the creek for less than 20 pieces of silver. Put that behind you, hold his nose to the ground and tell him to take care of YOUR business – not his own. It will come out just fine when you can elect someone in 2012 who WILL work for you.
Until then, we have a little matter of the midterm elections coming up. Your Primary is May 11. Since I am not a Nebraskan, I admit my ignorance of your politics, however, my job is to be sure that as much information as I can find is available in one place for you. It is your job to do the personal vetting and the voting!
Oh sure, I have opinions, and I am not terribly shy about voicing them, but I recognize that the only people who really matter in this discussion are the people of Nebraska. I will say this so that you’ll know where I stand.
The Democrats and other liberals are the ones we need out of Washington and back on the farm regardless of what state we live in. So I don’t cover Democratic candidates. If you want to vote for a liberal, that is certainly your prerogative, but I will not be a party to that madness.
I also have no respect whatsoever for the Libertarians whose main goal is to take the Republican Party planks and re-work them to suit their socially liberal agenda. Not on my dime!
Because I am an outsider to Nebraska politics, that puts me in a position to look perhaps more objectively than you are able to. So I may see something that you might miss – or maybe an alarm bell will go off for me that didn’t go off for you. Either way, here we go!
Incumbent – Jeff Fortenberry (R) – You may or may not agree with it, but at least he lists on his website the earmarks he requests for Nebraska.
Ralph Bodie (R) – Some of his issues are listed on the front page of his website. Further information is available in PDF format to download if you want to know more.
Dave Hunt (R) – Mr. Hunt is a Ron Paul activist. That means he’s Libertarian. But in reading his “Ideas” page, he’s either carefully disguising that or he doesn’t really believe it. Please ask Mr. Hunt questions about his stance on ‘personal liberties’ and if he thinks the State of Nebraska has the right to support an alternative lifestyle as long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone else’s lifestyle. If he says yes, run from him like he has the plague!
Incumbent – Lee Terry (R) – You probably already know more about the incumbent than I could possibly tell you, but I did copy the link for his issues page if you have any questions.
Steven Laird (R) – The only thing I can find about Mr. Laird is that he is a “frequent candidate.” He has no website that I have been able to locate, and I haven’t found any press about him. Is he even still running?
Matt Sakalosky (R) – Very brief statements on his stance on the issues. You may have to talk to this candidate to be sure he’s qualified to represent you.
Incumbent – Adrian Smith (R) – There is a good essay on the Cap and Trade (Tax) on his website.
Dennis Parker (R) – Again no website and no real information available. I did find a “Voter’s Guide” entry, and I have included the link for you.
That was short and simple for me, but I know it isn’t simple for you. I trust that you will do your job as a voter and vet each candidate to the best of your ability. The main thing is for you to exercise your right to vote. I cannot stress the importance of your vote too much, so you will hear it from me often.
One vote alone may not win or lose an election for any candidate, but all our votes together will.
** UPDATE ** 5/5/10
Georgia Votes May 11
No doubt you are aware that Georgia will be voting on May 11 in a Special Election to fill the seat of Nathan Deal (R) Congressman from District 9. How about a quick look at the candidates from my point of view? It may give you something to think about as you make your final decision on the candidate of your choice.
Just so you’ll know right up front – I don’t do Democrats and I don’t do Independents unless an Independent is the only candidate. I also have no respect for Ron Paul and his Libertarians, so you won’t find anyone running as a Libertarian listed here, and you may not appreciate what you see about a Libertarian who is running as a Republican or an Independent. That’s sneaky, and we have enough sneaky stuff going on in Washington these days.
My information for this post came from Politics1.com and the candidates own websites.
Dr. Chris Cates (R) – His appeal for your vote seems sincere. He only has a few issues listed, but he covers those fairly well.
Tom Graves (R) – “The recent scandals in Washington have eroded the public’s trust in their elected officials. The American people are longing for Truth, Morality and Leadership. Congress must dedicate itself to serving the real needs of their constituents and strengthen the ethical standards in Washington to restore America’s trust in the government that serves them.”
Lee Hawkins (R) – This quote from a former official from the Tom Graves campaign may be something we need to pay attention to. “It is with a sense of urgency that I am compelled to share this information with you. On April 19, 2010 I resigned from my volunteer position as the Dawson County Chairperson for the Tom Graves for Congress Campaign due my discovery of troubling conduct on the part of the campaign. After extensive research, I discovered violations of Federal Election Commission rules and U.S. Congressional rules, unethical conduct and outright lies about other candidates.”
Bert Loftman (R) I don’t support Libertarians in any way, shape form or fashion. Especially when they are RINO’s. That definition is an automatic thing when the world knows they are Republican in Name Only. They want to change the Republican Party planks to something that they are more comfortable with – legalizing marijuana, making abortions legal if the State approves it but removing Federal authority over the procedure, legalizing gay marriage and promoting homosexual lifestyles, etc. They are conservative in fiscal matters, but they don’t accept the War on Terror as being legitimate, they want to abolish the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, and they are socially liberal on what they refer to as “personal liberty.” They talk a good talk, but in Georgia, I’m guessing that dog won’t hunt.
Bill Stephens (R) – This PDF file is interesting to say the very least. He calls it “Common Sense Contract with the Voters of Georgia District 9.”
Steve Tarvin (R) – Living as I do in a state that borders Mexico, I am extremely concerned about illegal immigration. I found this statement which I appreciate on Mr. Tarvin’s website, “We should change the 14th Amendment to state that those born in the USA to those visiting and working here legally are not naturalized citizens. Furthermore, I will never vote to give amnesty to those that are here illegally.”
** UPDATE ** 4/25/10
Primary in North Carolina May 4 – Part 4
Today we look at the remaining three North Carolina Congressional District primary races.
You can say goodbye to Democrat incumbent Heath Shuler from District 11 by choosing one of six Republican challengers.
Right off the bat, the first Republican challenger is a RINO, Republican in Name Only. Dr. Dan Eichenbaum is a Liberty Candidate (Libertarian) running as a Republican. For the most part, Liberty Candidates stress freedom and personal liberty. That translates to “do what you want to do” and “isolate America.”
Jake Howard is listed as a former police officer and GOP Activist. The word “activist” is becoming a red flag to me, but it’s not for me to decide who you vote for. However, in this case, Mr. Howard may well deserve your consideration. His issues page is arranged by category, but I really like his statement on abortion: “When you hear a Heart Beat that is life knocking at the door. It is not part of the Mother but a new person that a mother should care for.”
Ed Krause has a very simple website for you to learn about his stance on the issues. He calls them “Goals.”
Greg Newman is an attorney and former mayor of Hendersonville. His issues page is also listed by category. I was enjoying his stance on the issues until I got to the immigration tab. He makes this statement: “I support the creation of a special visa program allowing immigrants into our country to start new businesses.” Why not let AMERICANS be the ones to start new businesses?
Something isn’t exactly right, but I am not at all sure what it is. Kenny West is the last Republican in the list. Politics 1 refers to him as a Tea Party Activist. First of all, there’s that word again – “activist.” Second, the Libertarians are hijacking the Tea Party movement so we need to carefully vet and even inspect our political candidates to be certain of where their hearts lie. His issues page is called “Beliefs.” Each topic opens on the same page and gives only a brief description of his “beliefs.”
You get to issue another pink slip. Mel Watt is the Democrat incumbent for District 12. He has three Republicans and one Libertarian challengers.
At least he isn’t a RINO! Lon Cecil is a Libertarian running as a Libertarian. I still have no appreciation for their liberal social policies, but I respect him for sticking with his own party.
We end our look at your May 4 primary with Brad Miller, the Democrat incumbent for District 13. There are only four Republican challengers listed.
Dan Huffman is big on personal liberty. If that gives you any ideas, it might be good to follow your instincts. His issues page isn’t a lot of help, but he does have some information there. The major drawback is that he doesn’t have any information listed for many of the issues that matter most to you and me.
Bill Randall will need to be carefully vetted. He has conflicting endorsements, in my opinion. He page has links to the North Carolina Republican Party Resolution, endorsements from the Independent Caucus, America’s Independent Party and, perhaps the one most telling, an endorsement from Liberty Council.
The final Republican challenger for our brief look at your Congressional candidates is Bernie Reeves, a magazine publisher/editor, radio show host and film producer. Some of his ideas are listed on his issues page.
There you have it – a quick look at all 13 North Carolina Congressional Districts. My job is to lead you to the location of the information that might help you make an educated decision about which candidate you choose to support in your district. Your job is to vet each candidate and, based upon your own opinions and beliefs, you must select the candidate who will best serve you.
I got all my information for this overview from two primary sources. Politics1.com and US Elections.com. They list the candidates in alphabetic order, so that is the way I approached them. I also drew heavily upon the individual candidates’ own websites.
Yes, I admit this is a subjective overview, but I really don’t know any other way to do it. As a writer, I want to bring my personal experience to anything I write. As a voter, I try to put myself in your position when checking out all the candidates for you. My political opinions are not “the alternative” – they are the mainstream, most believed-in opinions of Conservative Americans nationwide. I make no apologies for my conservatism. You shouldn’t either.
Go for it, North Carolina. Speak up and speak out not only with your voices but also with your votes!
** UPDATE ** 4/24/10
Primary in North Carolina May 4 – Part 3
Okay, we’re ready for District 8 where the incumbent is Democrat Larry Kissell. He has one Democrat challenger who as in the other races we’ve discussed will be ignored here.
Republican challenger #2 is Tim Annunzio. Mr. Annunzio has been endorsed by citizens, retired military officers, The Independence Caucus, and The Conservative Party – North Carolina. He also has my support.
Darrell Day, an evangelist, is Republican challenger #3. I suggest you spend some time reading his site for yourself. There is some very interesting reading there.
Next on the list is Lou Huddleston. His issues page seems fairly thorough.
Harold Johnson is a former television and radio broadcaster. His issues page will provide you with enough information to at least give you a good start on your own evaluation of the candidate.
Rounding out the list of Republican challengers is Hal Jordan. Check out his issues page to see if he is the one who will receive your support.
The Libertarian candidate is Thomas Hill. The face of his website gives you right away one of the main reasons I am against all Libertarian candidates. “End the Drug War…Declare a Drug Peace with Compassion and Justice.” In other words, my friends, Libertarians want to legalize drugs especially marijuana. I think we have enough problems in America.
To the best of my memory, Sue Myrick, Republican incumbent in District 9, is the only one whose website I will link to. The reason is that she has no Republican challengers and only one Democrat challenger.
Three Republicans and two Democrats are challenging Patrick McHenry, Republican incumbent in District 10. David Boldon’s issue page is in a question and answer format. This may appeal to many voters looking for the right candidate. Scott Keadle, Republican candidate #2, lists what he is FOR and what he is AGAINST on his issue page. He is one of few candidates I have seen who actually is unwilling to participate in the Congressional Pension plan. Rounding out the three Republican challengers for District 10 is Vance Patterson who calls himself the grassroots candidate.
We will finish our look at your Congressional races next time.
** UPDATE ** 4/23/10
Primary in North Carolina May 4 – Part 2
The seat for District 5 is currently held by Virginia Foxx, the Republican Incumbent. She has three challengers.
The Republican challenger is Keith Gardner. His campaign site is a Facebook account where he has published a Voter’s Guide issued by the North Carolina Family Policy Council. This one contains only information for District 5 candidates, but if you search their site, I am sure you could find all the North Carolina candidates as well as some information for other individual State Congressional candidates. Interesting to note that your incumbent Congressman, Ms. Foxx and the Democrat challenger, Billy Kennedy, did not respond to this questionnaire. I wonder why?
Brad Smith, running as an Independent candidate, has some information on his “political beliefs” but there are some areas not covered. You will want to attend an event to hear him speak in order to make an informed decision about him.
The Republican incumbent for District 6, Howard Coble, faces five Republican challengers and one Democrat challenger.
Dr. Cathy Brewer Hinson may well be worth the time to find out how her political opinions match up with your own.
The second Republican listed is Jon Mangin. His issues page has a brief synopsis of his stance with “click here” links to read more.
Jeff Phillips is listed as a “financial consultant and community activist.” I have stated before that the term “community activist” is one that sets off bells and whistles for me. His issues page appears quite thorough complete with links for some videos to allow Mr. Phillips to tell you his feelings in his own voice.
Republican James Taylor has links to his issues on the left sidebar of the home page. If you base the amount of support a candidate is receiving by how much money he has raised, there is an article indicating that he has out-raised the incumbent and 4 of his challengers.
The final Republican in the list is Billy Yow. Check out his issues page for his stance on the issues. Like too many other candidates, he supports “abortion in cases of…” but still considers himself pro-life. I don’t.
Another Democrat incumbent to send packing: Mike McIntyre from District 7.
Republican Will Breazeale has endorsements from citizens, mayors, and elected officials both state and national. The endorsements I find most appealing to my personal taste are from Iraq Vets for Congress PAC, Vets for Freedom PAC, Combat Vets for Congress, Can-Do Conservatives of America, and Citizens Opposing Incumbency. The links for all these organizations as well as his other endorsers are listed for you here.
Also running as a Republican is Randy Crow. He is listed as a conspiracy theorist by Politics 1, and one look at his website is proof. The name of his website is “Randy Crow for President 2012.” That should tell you how he plans to represent you in Congress.
A police officer and Iraq Veteran, Ilario Pantano is the third Republican challenger for District 7. He has some good solid Conservative views listed on his issues page. I appreciate his stance on immigration and the war on terrorism especially.
** UPDATE ** 4/19/10
Primary in North Carolina May 4 – Part 1
May 4 is your Primary Election date, North Carolina. How are you going to spend that day? May I suggest that you bury your head in the sand and let Obama and his Demoncrats continue to run slip-shod over your state? If you don’t vote in your Primary, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.
If you are reading this blog, you are Conservative, so don’t look for much information about any Democrat here unless it is a Democrat incumbent for some office. I am convinced that too many of our problems in America today are the Democrats who are all on a power trip and need to be slapped down as hard as possible!
I do want to mention the Libertarian candidates a little more because they are a scary bunch of people. They talk a really good talk and make their views sound inviting to the normal citizen. They spend a majority of their time talking about our lost liberties, our lost individual freedoms, and how America needs to close our borders to keep the illegal immigrants out. In the next breath, they’ll tell you that you should be able to live your life the way you want to as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of another citizen.
Libertarians can’t seem to figure out that the 14th Amendment protects our freedoms – including our right to LIFE – and they will promote pro-abortion legislation under the guise of States Rights. Since the 14th Amendment was written as a result of the issue of slavery and is intended to protect all citizens whether former slave or not I can’t help wondering if they want slavery returned to the United States since they promote the abolishment of the 14th Amendment.
They will also tell you that legalizing drugs like marijuana will be a benefit to the states (yeah, those pesky States Rights issues again) to free up space in prisons and give law enforcement more time to chase crooks. Homosexuality is fine – if that’s the way you want to live your life. Abortion is okay if your state supports it.
Give me a break! Socially liberal viewpoints are as bad as what we have in the Democratic congress in Washington today!
Okay.. off my soapbox now and down to the work at hand. North Carolina.
Let’s take a quick look at the candidates you are no doubt hearing much from – and maybe a few that you aren’t hearing anything from.
Your US Senator, Richard Burr (R) faces re-election next November and will be in the Primary against a few Republicans, several Democrats and at least one Libertarian challengers.
I have a dear friend who lives in North Carolina. She tells me that Senator Burr is doing a good job of representing the needs of North Carolina. I know that you don’t know her, but I trust anything and everything she tells me. I would vote for Senator Burr on her say-so alone. I expect that would be a contradiction to the Republican challengers’ statements about Senator Burr. The bottom line is that when you go vote the decision is yours.
Eddie Burks has other ideas about Senator Burr. His issues page has a few separate links – nothing all on one page to make it easy for you. Brad Jones puts forth some common sense issues statements that sound like you and me – normal, hard-working citizens who don’t use $5.00 words in our everyday language.
The only information I could find about the third Republican candidate, Larry Linney, is that he is an ex-State Representative, a disbarred attorney, a felon and a frequent candidate. Sounds a little like your normal everyday Washington insider.
North Carolina Congressional District 1 reflects a Democratic incumbent, G. K. Butterfield. He is challenged by four candidates with an “R” after their name.
John Carter has an easy-to-navigate website with a thorough “why I’m running” statement on the first page. The issues open in the same pages leaving the menu bar on the left to make it easy for you.
Jerry Grimes has a very thorough issues page. Some of his ideas may be slightly controversial, but give him the chance he deserves and read what he has to say.
Jim Miller has written an interesting discussion on his home page titled “There are a number of injustices at the Federal level that I would like us to fix.” Good reading. Not a lot of issues listed, but what he does list are worth reading – very thought provoking ideas.
Sometimes a candidate who has a “baby-face” can say things that make good sense. Ashley Woolard may be one of those. Check him out thoroughly.
Another Democrat incumbent now holds the seat in District 2, Bob Etheridge. He has three Republicans and one Libertarian challengers. Frank Deatrich’s issues are hard to spot on his website. They are near the bottom on the right hand sidebar.
Conservative opinions are on Renee Ellmers’ website but she doesn’t give much detail on any of them.
I have reasons to suspect that Todd Gailas has strong Libertarian leanings. You know what that means in my book, and I make no apologies for my opinions.
I couldn’t find an actual campaign website for Tom Rose, but I did find a page where your donation will be accepted. This candidate is running as a Libertarian, so you know his social policies must be liberal. In addition, Libertarians are usually anti-war, so he would want the troops brought home – even without winning a war.
District 3 is represented by incumbent Walter Jones (R). He has one Republican challenger, Bob Cavanaugh. When I tried to access that website to get some information for you, it told me that it is down for maintenance. It did, however, provide a page for me to register and login.
Mr. Jones also has a possible RINO seeking his office. Craig Weber ran in 2008 as a Democrat but has supposedly “seen the light” and is running as a Republican this time around. He is one of the original meteorologists on The Weather Channel. Find out all you can before you decide to vote for Mr. Weber. So far the only thing I can verify is that he is rather soft on immigration amnesty.
A Democrat is also seeking the chair for District 3 but these days, I don’t have anything good to say about Democrats so it is best to say nothing.
Darryl Holloman ( ) is running as a Libertarian. I think all of us believe in liberty (lower-case l ) but an upper-case L would be more socially liberal than I think any of our states would truly appreciate.
We round out today’s look at the candidates with David Price, the Democrat incumbent for District 4. He has four Republican challengers.
“IMMIGRATION – All of our borders should be completely secured for the protection of our citizens. Due to the impracticality of mass deportation, those currently here illegally should be made citizens after a three year probationary period.” This is the issue statement of David Burnett. You’ll notice he also supports the financial policies of Ron Paul, Daddy Libertarian himself.
While the website for Republican George Hutchins may be slightly difficult to look at, it is filled with Conservative-type statements. He might be worth paying more attention to.
B.J. Lawson is another possible RINO – he may well be another Libertarian as he has been described as a Ron Paul Activitist.
Frank Roche seems to have clear policies regarding national security and foreign policy but I wasn’t able to find out anything definitive about his stance on immigration.
Next time, I will take a look at other District Congressional candidates beginning with District 5.
** UPDATE ** 4/14/10
Indiana Votes May 4 – Part 3
We have made it through your US Senator plus the first six Congressional Districts. Time for the last three.
District 7 reflects another Democrat incumbent to be defeated: Andre’ Carson. Okay, I’ll admit it. I had to take a break from my writing because I was laughing so hard I couldn’t see what I was trying to write. Are you aware that there are two Democrats listed on one of the websites I use for reference? They are, and I quote, “Carl Kakasuleff (D) – Comedian and Bob Kern (D) – Frequent Candidate & Felon. Nice bunch, your Democratic Party! Pierre Quincy Pullins’ name is also listed as a Democrat, but he’s just a Flexographic Worker, Army Veteran & ‘06/08 Candidate. That’s not funny.
Enough levity on my part. Serious business awaits.
Wayne Harmon (R) has some interesting solutions listed on his issues page.
Carlos May (R) has an interesting and impressive bio even though his website boasts an emblem very much like Obama’s. In addition, I wish he would find some other definition than ‘community activist’ for his work with the community. Thanks to Acorn, that description has a negative connotation.
The third Republican listed is Marvin Scott. His website does not include one single page that can be accessed for his issues, but I suggest you take the time to look them over. What I found most interesting was on the “Security” statement. He has bullet points for the things he thinks our attention should be focused on, and his sixth bullet point says, “Expedite the development of a national health surveillance network.” Sounds a little like Obamacare to me.
Another incumbent in our “Kick Them Out” campaign for 2010 has provided us with assistance – Brad Ellsworth, the Democratic incumbent from District 8, is running for US Senate. But try not to panic, Indiana. There are plenty of Republican challengers for District 8.
Republican Bud Bernitt has a brief statement on the issues on the main page of his website. Much of what he writes there makes good sense.
Dr. Larry Bucshon is second on the list of Republican challengers. As a cardiothoracic surgeon, he has some extremely viable information about Obamacare on his issues page.
I find reason for concern about Billy J. Mahoney who is running as a Republican. He actually has two websites – one on MySpace and one on a group called Resistnet.com. Many of the people I have come into contact with who belong to Resistnet.com, Home of the Patriotic Resistance, are Libertarians. I have already well-documented my concerns about Libertarians and their socially liberal viewpoints. Another clue for me on this same issue was that he lists as one of his TOP40 friends on his MYSPACE page, Ron Paul, the number one Libertarian in America.
The next Republican challenger for your District 8 seat is what could safely be called a RINO, Republican in Name Only. Kristi Risk is a known “Liberty Candidate” which endorses Libertarian candidates.
The Democrat incumbent for District 9 is Baron Hill. There are several Republican and two Independent candidates seeking his position.
Travis Hankins has the most informative and comprehensive website of all the candidates I have researched. He has forthright ideas on all the issues that are important to Americans as separate links on the home page for you to read. I would encourage you to do so. This candidate sounds like a truly Conservative candidate who you may decide is worthy of your support.
I was beginning to think that Mike Sodrel was attempting to run a “ghost campaign” when I looked at his published website. Then I found what must be his “real” campaign website – his Facebook page. I do not mean to discount him or his stance on the issues, but I get the impression that you as a concerned voter would need to hear him speak in person to hear about his stance.
I like the campaign slogan Rick Warren (R) has chosen – “Together We’ll Make Things Right.”
Next are two Independents. Ron Kimsey uses the home page of his website to post links for his stance on the issues. Some of his ideas are rather, shall we say, inventive. Jerry Lucas also states that he doesn’t want your money. He has no separate issues page, so unfortunately, I cannot help you with that.
So, Indiana, here are your choices. I got all information from the websites (when I could find one) for each candidate as well as two main resources, USElections.com and Politics1.com. I sincerely hope you will be able to use the information I have attempted to provide to choose the best candidate for your individual district – the one who will represent you the way you deserve to be represented.
** UPDATE ** 4/12/10
Indiana Votes May 4 – Part 2
As promised, let’s take a quick look at Districts 4-6 to see what rocks we can overturn. Maybe we’ll get really lucky and find some serious Conservatives to work for Indiana!
One of your two Republicans is retiring, Steve Buyer from District 4. You can tell me if that is good or not. In the meantime, we need to find a Conservative to replace him. There is a long list of Republicans who are vying for your vote.
The first on the list is Jon Acton who gives us a good list of what he wants to see done, but I don’t see anything telling us how he plans to do it.
More blank pages for Cheryl Denise Allen and I suppose it could be that she has dropped out of the race. Also no information is available about Michael Campbell and Daniel Dunham. If you have a link for any of these candidates, please let me know so that my readers can check for themselves.
James Hass seems a little vague on immigration and Libertarian on his “Right to Privacy” statement.
Charles E. Henderson has the right idea about term limits and education. Since you may know him personally, I’ll defer to your judgment on his pro-life stance among the others.
A politician who seems to boast of his work for Congressman Steve Buyer and Governor Mitch Daniels is the opinion I draw from Brandt Hershman. He does have the endorsement of Indiana Right to Life.
The only information I could find about LaRon Keith is a website that sells yard signs and bumper stickers. Not a good sign.
If you feel Todd Rokita has represented your state well as Secretary of State, you already know his positions and accomplishments.
If “short and sweet” is the description you prefer in a candidate’s issues page, Mark Seitz may be your choice.
So far, the most Conservative candidate I can find because there is plenty of information on his website to help me is PJ Steffen. I like his stance on immigration and on national defense.
Eric Wathen provides the first comment I have seen on an issue that is close to my own heart, support of Israel.
If everything he says on his Issues page is true, R. Michael Young may be your best choice for US Congress. I would only remind you that he has been in politics for over 10 years serving in the Indiana State House and General Assembly.
District 5, the seat currently held by Republican Dan Burton, is being challenged by six Republicans and two Democrats. I found one interesting article from the Kokomo Tribune which has some information about candidates not only for your District 5, but some from District 2 as well. It also puts a hit on Rep. Burton because apparently he doesn’t bother with attending “people” events. This was the one and only article I could find about Ann Adcock as well.
Andy Lyons (http://andylyonsforcongress.com/modules/edito/ doesn’t go quite far enough in his statements of issues. I would want more information before voting for him.
Dr. John McGoff doesn’t use politically correct words for his statements on the issues. I like that. He shows great respect for our military, our seniors and our unborn future generations.
The only really negative thing I have found about Brose McVey is that he has been a lobbyist. I don’t know what he lobbied for, but I certainly trust your judgment to be on top of this situation.
Your choice in District 6 may be an easy one, Indiana. It looks like it will be Michael Pence, the incumbent Republican, George Holland who calls himself a “populist Democrat” (which translates to Libertarian!), or Democrat Barry Welsh who has no webpage listed.
We’ll complete our first look at Indiana’s Primary Election next time with Districts 7-9.
** UPDATE ** 4/10/10
Indiana Votes May 4
Three of our states have primary elections on May 4, 2010: Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio. Today seems like a good day to take our first look at the choices our fellow citizens in Indiana will have to join in our “Kick Them Out” plans.
One Democratic Senator from Indiana, Evan Bayh, took the hint and is retiring. There are several candidates hoping to take the people’s seat in the US Senate, but my pick, if I could vote in Indiana that is, would be Marlin Stutzman. Some of the other Republican candidates have a larger political resume, but from the reading I have done, I believe Mr. Stutzman is closer to the heartbeat of the people.
Mr. Stutzman is not leading in the latest Rasmussen poll which is another reason I have thrown my support behind him. That tells me the two leading candidates have better name recognition state-wide, but from what I read are not as solidly Conservative as I would prefer my candidate to be. Please check each candidate out for yourself and make your own decision based on the facts – not on names alone.
All nine of your Congressional seats are at stake with only three of them being Republicans. A fourth Republican, Steve Buyer from District 4, is retiring.
In District 1 the incumbent, Peter Visclosky, is a Democrat. There are six Republican challengers according to USElections.com. I don’t think there is enough information for me to decide which of these I would vote for if the choice were mine, but I have found a couple of reasons for me to NOT vote for someone.
For instance, Mark Levya indicates that he is pro-life, but he makes exceptions. How can that be considered a pro-life stance? I have not been able to find any information at all for Ric Holtz. Blank pages do nothing for me.
Adam Dombkowski does not have enough information on the issues to please me. I would need to know much more than is reflected on his website. The same is true for the website of Eric Olson. There are more issues than terrorism, jobs and healthcare about which I would like to read more from Rob Pastore.
I do like what I have been able to find so far about Pete Lindemulder, but I still would like a little more information.
Joe Donnelly, the Democrat incumbent for District 2. He is one we need to kick out to try to even up those numbers in the House just enough to ruin all their plans to destroy our Constitution. There are three Republican challengers: Jack Edward Jordan, Jackie Walorski, and Tony Zirkle.
Jack Edward Jordan has a very easily read and understood issues page on his website. I like it when I can tell right away where a candidate stands. On the other hand, clicking on the issues links for Jackie Walorski’s website brings up only her main page – no specifics at all.
I mean no offense to anyone personally, especially to candidate Tony Zirkle, but I can’t decide if he is serious about running for Congress. I appreciate his stance on pornography and prostitution, but I must question his methods as a serious candidate.
In my opinion because of the pork barrel spending, support of right-of-center-causes and what appears to be catering to special interest groups, if I were voting in your primary, I would vote against re-electing Mark Souder, Republican incumbent from District 3. I did find one interesting essay from the website of one of Mr. Souder’s Republican challengers that you might want to read before you decide.
Republican challenger, Greg Dickman, has a couple of interesting ideas listed on his issues page. You might want to check it out for yourself to see if you agree enough to support Mr. Dickman with your vote.
Bob Thomas, Republican candidate, is the first candidate I have seen who mentioned something that is important to me – term limits! His issues page lays out in good detail exactly where he stands on the issues.
The thing that concerns me most about Republican challenger Phil Troyer is how many years he spent working for politicians. You can see for yourself on the Biography page of his website.
There is one more candidate that I found that causes me great concern. She is a Liberty Candidate, which generally means she is a Libertarian. Although her website doesn’t specifically state that, Rachel Grubb would definitely not be my choice for District 3. Libertarians primarily spout their support of the Tenth Amendment and suggest that each state should decide whether or not abortion is legal in that state. One of her issues pages clearly points that out.
Next time: Indiana Districts 4-6. See you then….
** UPDATE ** 3/26/10
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Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes:
1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT): This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him. In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat. In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against Dodd for undervaluing a property he owns in Ireland on his Senate Financial Disclosure forms. Judicial Watch’s complaint forced Dodd to amend the forms. However, press reports suggest the property to this day remains undervalued. Judicial Watch also alleges in the complaint that Dodd obtained a sweetheart deal for the property in exchange for his assistance in obtaining a presidential pardon (during the Clinton administration) and other favors for a long-time friend and business associate. The false financial disclosure forms were part of the cover-up. Dodd remains the head the Senate Banking Committee.
2. Senator John Ensign (R-NV): A number of scandals popped up in 2009 involving public officials who conducted illicit affairs, and then attempted to cover them up with hush payments and favors, an obvious abuse of power. The year’s worst offender might just be Nevada Republican Senator John Ensign. Ensign admitted in June to an extramarital affair with the wife of one of his staff members, who then allegedly obtained special favors from the Nevada Republican in exchange for his silence. According to The New York Times: “The Justice Department and the Senate Ethics Committee are expected to conduct preliminary inquiries into whether Senator John Ensign violated federal law or ethics rules as part of an effort to conceal an affair with the wife of an aide…” The former staffer, Douglas Hampton, began to lobby Mr. Ensign’s office immediately upon leaving his congressional job, despite the fact that he was subject to a one-year lobbying ban. Ensign seems to have ignored the law and allowed Hampton lobbying access to his office as a payment for his silence about the affair. (These are potentially criminal offenses.) It looks as if Ensign misused his public office (and taxpayer resources) to cover up his sexual shenanigans.
3. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): Judicial Watch is investigating a $12 million TARP cash injection provided to the Boston-based OneUnited Bank at the urging of Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank. As reported in the January 22, 2009, edition of the Wall Street Journal, the Treasury Department indicated it would only provide funds to healthy banks to jump-start lending. Not only was OneUnited Bank in massive financial turmoil, but it was also “under attack from its regulators for allegations of poor lending practices and executive-pay abuses, including owning a Porsche for its executives’ use.” Rep. Frank admitted he spoke to a “federal regulator,” and Treasury granted the funds. (The bank continues to flounder despite Frank’s intervention for federal dollars.) Moreover, Judicial Watch uncovered documents in 2009 that showed that members of Congress for years were aware that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were playing fast and loose with accounting issues, risk assessment issues and executive compensation issues, even as liberals led by Rep. Frank continued to block attempts to rein in the two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs). For example, during a hearing on September 10, 2003, before the House Committee on Financial Services considering a Bush administration proposal to further regulate Fannie and Freddie, Rep. Frank stated: “I want to begin by saying that I am glad to consider the legislation, but I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis. That is, in my view, the two Government Sponsored Enterprises we are talking about here, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not in a crisis. We have recently had an accounting problem with Freddie Mac that has led to people being dismissed, as appears to be appropriate. I do not think at this point there is a problem with a threat to the Treasury.” Frank received $42,350 in campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between 1989 and 2008. Frank also engaged in a relationship with a Fannie Mae Executive while serving on the House Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
4. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner: In 2009, Obama Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner admitted that he failed to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes from 2001-2004 on his lucrative salary at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an organization with 185 member countries that oversees the global financial system. (Did we mention Geithner now runs the IRS?) It wasn’t until President Obama tapped Geithner to head the Treasury Department that he paid back most of the money, although the IRS kindly waived the hefty penalties. In March 2009, Geithner also came under fire for his handling of the AIG bonus scandal, where the company used $165 million of its bailout funds to pay out executive bonuses, resulting in a massive public backlash. Of course as head of the New York Federal Reserve, Geithner helped craft the AIG deal in September 2008. However, when the AIG scandal broke, Geithner claimed he knew nothing of the bonuses until March 10, 2009. The timing is important. According to CNN: “Although Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told congressional leaders on Tuesday that he learned of AIG’s impending $160 million bonus payments to members of its troubled financial-products unit on March 10, sources tell TIME that the New York Federal Reserve informed Treasury staff that the payments were imminent on Feb. 28. That is ten days before Treasury staffers say they first learned ‘full details’ of the bonus plan, and three days before the [Obama] Administration launched a new $30 billion infusion of cash for AIG.” Throw in another embarrassing disclosure in 2009 that Geithner employed “household help” ineligible to work in the United States, and it becomes clear why the Treasury Secretary has earned a spot on the “Ten Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington” list.
5. Attorney General Eric Holder: Tim Geithner can be sure he won’t be hounded about his tax-dodging by his colleague Eric Holder, US Attorney General. Judicial Watch strongly opposed Holder because of his terrible ethics record, which includes: obstructing an FBI investigation of the theft of nuclear secrets from Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory; rejecting multiple requests for an independent counsel to investigate alleged fundraising abuses by then-Vice President Al Gore in the Clinton White House; undermining the criminal investigation of President Clinton by Kenneth Starr in the midst of the Lewinsky investigation; and planning the violent raid to seize then-six-year-old Elian Gonzalez at gunpoint in order to return him to Castro’s Cuba. Moreover, there is his soft record on terrorism. Holder bypassed Justice Department procedures to push through Bill Clinton’s scandalous presidential pardons and commutations, including for 16 members of FALN, a violent Puerto Rican terrorist group that orchestrated approximately 120 bombings in the United States, killing at least six people and permanently maiming dozens of others, including law enforcement officers. His record in the current administration is no better. As he did during the Clinton administration, Holder continues to ignore serious incidents of corruption that could impact his political bosses at the White House. For example, Holder has refused to investigate charges that the Obama political machine traded VIP access to the White House in exchange for campaign contributions – a scheme eerily similar to one hatched by Holder’s former boss, Bill Clinton in the 1990s. The Holder Justice Department also came under fire for dropping a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. On Election Day 2008, Black Panthers dressed in paramilitary garb threatened voters as they approached polling stations. Holder has also failed to initiate a comprehensive Justice investigation of the notorious organization ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), which is closely tied to President Obama. There were allegedly more than 400,000 fraudulent ACORN voter registrations in the 2008 campaign. And then there were the journalist videos catching ACORN Housing workers advising undercover reporters on how to evade tax, immigration, and child prostitution laws. Holder’s controversial decisions on new rights for terrorists and his attacks on previous efforts to combat terrorism remind many of the fact that his former law firm has provided and continues to provide pro bono representation to terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. Holder’s politicization of the Justice Department makes one long for the days of Alberto Gonzales.
6. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)/ Senator Roland Burris (D-IL): One of the most serious scandals of 2009 involved a scheme by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to sell President Obama’s then-vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder. Two men caught smack dab in the middle of the scandal: Senator Roland Burris, who ultimately got the job, and Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, emissaries for Jesse Jackson Jr., named “Senate Candidate A” in the Blagojevich indictment, reportedly offered $1.5 million to Blagojevich during a fundraiser if he named Jackson Jr. to Obama’s seat. Three days later federal authorities arrested Blagojevich. Burris, for his part, apparently lied about his contacts with Blagojevich, who was arrested in December 2008 for trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat. According to Reuters: “Roland Burris came under fresh scrutiny…after disclosing he tried to raise money for the disgraced former Illinois governor who named him to the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama…In the latest of those admissions, Burris said he looked into mounting a fundraiser for Rod Blagojevich — later charged with trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat — at the same time he was expressing interest to the then-governor’s aides about his desire to be appointed.” Burris changed his story five times regarding his contacts with Blagojevich prior to the Illinois governor appointing him to the U.S. Senate. Three of those changing explanations came under oath.
7. President Barack Obama: During his presidential campaign, President Obama promised to run an ethical and transparent administration. However, in his first year in office, the President has delivered corruption and secrecy, bringing Chicago-style political corruption to the White House. Consider just a few Obama administration “lowlights” from year one: Even before President Obama was sworn into office, he was interviewed by the FBI for a criminal investigation of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s scheme to sell the President’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. (Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and slumlord Valerie Jarrett, both from Chicago, are also tangled up in the Blagojevich scandal.) Moreover, the Obama administration made the startling claim that the Privacy Act does not apply to the White House. The Obama White House believes it can violate the privacy rights of American citizens without any legal consequences or accountability. President Obama boldly proclaimed that “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,” but his administration is addicted to secrecy, stonewalling far too many of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act requests and is refusing to make public White House visitor logs as federal law requires. The Obama administration turned the National Endowment of the Arts (as well as the agency that runs the AmeriCorps program) into propaganda machines, using tax dollars to persuade “artists” to promote the Obama agenda. According to documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the idea emerged as a direct result of the Obama campaign and enjoyed White House approval and participation. President Obama has installed a record number of “czars” in positions of power. Too many of these individuals are leftist radicals who answer to no one but the president. And too many of the czars are not subject to Senate confirmation (which raises serious constitutional questions). Under the President’s bailout schemes, the federal government continues to appropriate or control — through fiat and threats — large sectors of the private economy, prompting conservative columnist George Will to write: “The administration’s central activity — the political allocation of wealth and opportunity — is not merely susceptible to corruption, it is corruption.” Government-run healthcare and car companies, White House coercion, uninvestigated ACORN corruption, debasing his office to help Chicago cronies, attacks on conservative media and the private sector, unprecedented and dangerous new rights for terrorists, perks for campaign donors — this is Obama’s “ethics” record — and we haven’t even gotten through the first year of his presidency.
8. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): At the heart of the corruption problem in Washington is a sense of entitlement. Politicians believe laws and rules (even the U.S. Constitution) apply to the rest of us but not to them. Case in point: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her excessive and boorish demands for military travel. Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Pentagon in 2009 that suggest Pelosi has been treating the Air Force like her own personal airline. These documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, include internal Pentagon email correspondence detailing attempts by Pentagon staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s 11th hour cancellations and changes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also came under fire in April 2009, when she claimed she was never briefed about the CIA’s use of the waterboarding technique during terrorism investigations. The CIA produced a report documenting a briefing with Pelosi on September 4, 2002, that suggests otherwise. Judicial Watch also obtained documents, including a CIA Inspector General report, which further confirmed that Congress was fully briefed on the enhanced interrogation techniques. Aside from her own personal transgressions, Nancy Pelosi has ignored serious incidents of corruption within her own party, including many of the individuals on this list. (See Rangel, Murtha, Jesse Jackson, Jr., etc.)
9. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and the rest of the PMA Seven: Rep. John Murtha made headlines in 2009 for all the wrong reasons. The Pennsylvania congressman is under federal investigation for his corrupt relationship with the now-defunct defense lobbyist PMA Group. PMA, founded by a former Murtha associate, has been the congressman’s largest campaign contributor. Since 2002, Murtha has raised $1.7 million from PMA and its clients. And what did PMA and its clients receive from Murtha in return for their generosity? Earmarks — tens of millions of dollars in earmarks. In fact, even with all of the attention surrounding his alleged influence peddling, Murtha kept at it. Following an FBI raid of PMA’s offices earlier in 2009, Murtha continued to seek congressional earmarks for PMA clients, while also hitting them up for campaign contributions. According to The Hill, in April, “Murtha reported receiving contributions from three former PMA clients for whom he requested earmarks in the pending appropriations bills.” When it comes to the PMA scandal, Murtha is not alone. As many as six other Members of Congress are currently under scrutiny according to The Washington Post. They include: Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN.), James P. Moran Jr. (D-VA), Norm Dicks (D-WA.), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), C.W. Bill Young (R-FL.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-KS.). Of course rather than investigate this serious scandal, according to Roll Call House Democrats circled the wagons, “cobbling together a defense to offer political cover to their rank and file.” The Washington Post also reported in 2009 that Murtha’s nephew received $4 million in Defense Department no-bid contracts: “Newly obtained documents…show Robert Murtha mentioning his influential family connection as leverage in his business dealings and holding unusual power with the military.”
10. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY): Rangel, the man in charge of writing tax policy for the entire country, has yet to adequately explain how he could possibly “forget” to pay taxes on $75,000 in rental income he earned from his off-shore rental property. He also faces allegations that he improperly used his influence to maintain ownership of highly coveted rent-controlled apartments in Harlem, and misused his congressional office to fundraise for his private Rangel Center by preserving a tax loophole for an oil drilling company in exchange for funding. On top of all that, Rangel recently amended his financial disclosure reports, which doubled his reported wealth. (He somehow “forgot” about $1 million in assets.) And what did he do when the House Ethics Committee started looking into all of this? He apparently resorted to making “campaign contributions” to dig his way out of trouble. According to WCBS TV, a New York CBS affiliate: “The reigning member of Congress’ top tax committee is apparently ‘wrangling’ other politicos to get him out of his own financial and tax troubles…Since ethics probes began last year the 79-year-old congressman has given campaign donations to 119 members of Congress, including three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee who are charged with investigating him.” Charlie Rangel should not be allowed to remain in Congress, let alone serve as Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, and he knows it. That’s why he felt the need to disburse campaign contributions to Ethics Committee members and other congressional colleagues.
** UPDATE ** 3/22/10
Have you seen the list of the good guys and the bad guys yet? Here they are – now you know EXACTLY who to vote OUT of office in November.
** UPDATE ** 2/11/10
Indiana will hold its primary election on May 4, 2010. Evan Bayh, current US Senator and a Democrat, is running for re-election. When I say Democrat, you should be thinking health care fiasco! We need to help Indiana elect a Conservative to kick Bayh out. There is a Conservative that I have been reading about. His name is Marlin Stutzman. He is currently as an Indiana State Senator from the 13th District.
Senator Stutzman co-authored Indiana Senate Bill 114, an ethics bill designed to hold politicians accountable to standards more restrictive than I have seen offered to some state legislatures. The bill would:
- Requires lawmakers to wait at least one year after leaving office before becoming professional lobbyists or legislative liaisons;
- Requires all gifts, food and entertainment to be reported uniformly as expenses by all lobbyists;
- Reduces the threshold for reported one-time lobbyist expenses from $100 to $50 and reduces the annual total from $500 to $250;
- Prohibits lobbyists from giving a gift of more than $50 to a lawmaker without their consent;
- Expands state registration and reporting requirements to include the executive branch and university legislative lobbyists;
- Prohibits lobbyists from paying for out-of-state travel expenses for legislators;
- Requires the Lobby Registration Commission to publish more of its information on the Internet;
- Increases penalties from $10 per day to $100 per day for failure to file lobbyist registrations and reports in a timely manner. Increases the maximum penalty for failure to file lobbyist registration statements and activity reports from $100 to $4,500;
- Prohibits state candidates and officeholders from political fundraising during the long session when lawmakers are already barred from doing so;
- Prohibits legislators from accepting honoraria for appearances and speeches related to legislative matters;
- Requires county clerks to locally provide copies of state candidates’ documents from state Web sites; and
- Prohibits statewide officeholders from appearing or using their name in a print, radio or television advertisement funded with state-appropriated money unless there is a “compelling public policy reason” and permission is granted from the State Budget Committee and State Budget Agency. Gubernatorial public service announcements related to public health or safety would automatically be allowed.
Senator Stutzman is pro-life, a 2nd Amendment supporter, strong on national defense, against Card Check, solidly against Cap and Trade and amnesty for illegal aliens. He says,
We should not reward those that first break our laws to enter our country, and then refuse to acknowledge their stake in its prosperity while here. It’s for that reason that I do not support amnesty. Nor do I support continuing to subsidize social welfare for illegal immigrants. Ending the subsidization of illegal immigration will subsequently make the issue far less commonplace. Illegal immigrants detained within our borders should be forced to pay a penalty, learn English, and be sent to the back of the line before even being considered for citizenship. Securing our borders and making the process equitable and honest, for citizens both current and prospective, are my priorities for immigration reform.
Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate against Governor Charlie Crist.
On February 10, 2009, just one year ago, Governor Crist (R-FL) cleared his schedule to stand on a stage with President Obama in Ft. Meyers, Florida. Crist used the opportunity to embrace the President and campaign for the $787 billion stimulus bill. A year later, we’re left with a mountain of new debt and millions of lost jobs. This is not the kind of candidate voters should reward with a seat in the United States Senate.
This is why we have chosen February 10 as the date for our first moneybomb for Marco Rubio. We have set a goal of raising $100,000, which will begin to provide him with the resources he needs to fight the false and misleading attacks Governor Crist is making against him.
Adam Andrzejewski is a conservative Republican running for Governor of the State of Illinois. I think we could all agree that Illinois certainly needs a solid conservative in that office for starters. His candidacy is picking up steam. We conservatives need to do everything we can to support this conservative candidate. Please see the issues section of his website for detailed information on his ideas to help Illinois from the Governor’s office.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES! **UPDATE 12/30/09**
The Conservative American has endorsed Bill Johnson for Senate campaign in Kentucky. In doing so Jennifer Walker writes,
Conservative American Bill Johnson is gaining popularity as he travels the state of Kentucky seeking support for his U.S. Senate bid.
The results of an internal statewide poll, done last week in Kentucky, show Trey Grayson at 29%, Rand Paul at 25%, Bill Johnson at 14%, Thoney at 2%, Oerther at 1%, Martin at 1%, and 28% of the voters undecided. The poll of 1113 likely voters has a margin of error of 3.5%.
The campaign to fill the seat being vacated by Senator Jim Bunning has drawn much attention. The front-runners to replace Senator Bunning are Trey Grayson, Secretary of State, Rand Paul, son of unsuccessful presidential candidate Ron Paul, and Bill Johnson.
Grayson and Paul have been taking pot shots at each other in an attempt to gain media attention. Both have raised nearly a million dollars each from their out of state friends and political allies while Johnson has been traveling the state talking with residents about the issues important to them.
This is what makes a candidate a public servant – talk directly TO the people – not AT them! Go get ’em, Bill!
**UPDATE 12/29/09 **
I did a very interesting thing tonight. Being a curious person by nature, I was intrigued when I noticed that there was to be a conference call tonight conducted by one of the candidates for 2010 whose name and web site I posted on the face of this blog months ago, Bill Johnson. He is a candidate for the US Senate from Kentucky.
Quite obviously, I appreciated his conservative positions or I would not have added his name to the section so that my readers could check him out and offer whatever financial or campaign support they were comfortable providing.
I like this man. I like him a lot. His head is planted squarely on his shoulders, and he has the right idea about the things that made America the most wonderful nation on earth. He has some terrific ideas about how to bring us back to that status. If you have not checked out his web site yet, I encourage you to take a look – especially if you are able to help financially or if you or someone you know lives in Kentucky and will benefit most directly from the leadership I am convinced he will provide for Kentucky citizens in the Senate WHEN he is elected.
During the conference call I listened to the questions some of his potential supporters asked him regarding national security, illegal immigration, energy independence and other topics. I was most interested to hear him at one point say, “Let me read from the Constitution I keep with me at all times.” Impressive, huh?
He also said at one point that he does not want to go to Washington to vote for things; he wants to be a leader. He has a servant’s heart as big as someone else I know.
I won’t bore you with any more details. I will simply ask you to join with me in supporting “Kentucky Bill” for Senate. He is a Conservative who truly deserves our support. If you’re asking why I care since I live in Texas, the answer is very simple. Kentucky is one of the States of the United States of America. Those citizens deserve good solid leadership as much as I do in Texas or as much as you do in whatever State you live in. Because Bill Johnson is conservative, he will be speaking for conservatives in all 50 States while he is speaking directly for Kentuckians.
Thank you, Mr. Johnson. God speed you to the Senate chamber.
**UPDATE 12/21/09 **
Bill Johnson for Senate from Kentucky
Conservative voters in Kentucky have a conservative candidate to support. I have watched Bill Johnson rise in the polls on a monthly basis, and I was delighted to see this press release on his website today.
Posted Dec 21, 2009 by Bill
December 21, 2009. The Bill Johnson United States Senate campaign in Kentucky has not been based on money, media hype or false promises, but rather on a positive Ronald Reagan conservative message and a grass roots candidate with experience on the issues. The polls are reflecting building momentum and strength as Johnson moves up in the minds of the voters.
On Monday, Johnson filed as a candidate for the United States Senate from Kentucky. “While the other candidates attempt to market themselves as Reagan conservatives, the evidence would suggest otherwise. We need some truth in advertising,” said Johnson. He continued, “I entered this race to ensure the voters have a choice independent of money, media bias, power brokers, and out of state influences. I entered this race to win.”
Recent internal and independent polls are consistent in showing Johnson at approximately 17%. In southern counties Johnson has a three-to-one lead over Trey Grayson and a five-to-one lead over Rand Paul. “Our strategy is to move into the eastern and northern counties of Kentucky during January. I am confident my energy experience, military background and business understanding will resonate with voters,” Johnson said. As the campaign strategy unfolds, Johnson believes he will be in the number two position by March. “My campaign is based on taking my conservative message directly to Kentucky voters through grass roots efforts. The strategy is working,” Johnson finished. For a closer look at the candidate and campaign issues visit: http://www.kentuckybill.com.
** UPDATE 12/10/09 **
I got the following email from a dear friend. She knows that I want to provide as much information about candidates as possible. I appreciate the information and the endorsement for your candidate, MP…
“I noticed you have Chris Simcox info under 2010 elections info…but nothing on Jim Deakin…he’s the better candidate and is a strict constitutionalist…he’s the one I’m supporting AND will be campaigning for.”
I have added the link for Mr. Deakin’s website in the sidebar.
** UPDATE 12/7/09 **
Debra Medina officially files for Governor of Texas
Austin, TX, Monday, December 7, 2009 – Texans are one step closer to freedom! Debra Medina was in Austin today, and formally filed to have her name on the 2010 ballot. The office she’s seeking: Governor of Texas.
While this republican primary is slated to be one of the most volatile primaries in recent Texas history, the Medina campaign has no fear. Medina’s campaign focus has consistently been to decrease the size and scope of the state government and promote freedom through a true representation of the people.
“Texans deserve a Governor who is more interested in the needs of Texans,” said campaign manager, (Penny) Langford Freeman. “We are proud to have a candidate who is listening to the people and offering real solutions for the future of our state.”
With the Republican primary less than three months away, the Medina campaign will be working non-stop to spread the message of freedom across the Lone Star State.
Nelda Carrizales Skevington
Debra Medina for Governor of Texas Campaign
** UPDATE 12/6/09 **
I found this information on ZIMBIO. It may or may not be the best possible political information available on these current senators, but the ones that I read sometimes had a little humor attached. I know the 2010 election is not a laughing matter, but a little humor is good from time to time.
I have also used some references from one of my favorite research sites, WIKIPEDIA. In the past, I have found them to be very reliable.
Your job is to find a Conservative candidate to claim the seats of the liberals and RINO’s. Nobody knows your state’s senators and their political opinions better than you do. Your feedback is important in making this attempt to educate our voters who may not have been politically active until this point in time (like myself) work the way it should.
Until we have watched the voting records as many have for a number of years we may not realize that the candidates we have voted for may not actually represent our attitudes and opinions. It is up to us to show them the door.
Roland Burris (D) of Illinois, Ted Kaufman (D) of Delaware
Kit Bond (R) of Missouri, Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas, Jim Bunning (R) of Kentucky, Judd Gregg (R) of New Hampshire,George LeMieux (R) of Florida, Mel Martinez (R) of Florida, George Voinovich (R) of Ohio
Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas
Barbara Boxer of California
Michael Bennet of Colorado
Christopher Dodd of Connecticut
Daniel Inouye of Hawaii
Evan Bayh of Indiana
Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
Harry Reid of Nevada
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Chuck Schumer of New York
Byron Dorgan of North Dakota
Ron Wyden of Oregon
Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania
Patrick Leahy of Vermont
Patty Murray of Washington
Russ Feingold of Wisconsin
Richard Shelby of Alabama
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
John McCain of Arizona
Johnny Isakson of Georgia
Mike Crapo of Idaho
Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Jim Bunning of Kentucky
David Vitter of Louisiana
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
Jim DeMint of South Carolina
John Thune of South Dakota
Bob Bennett of Utah
** UPDATE 12/17/09 **
I am in the process of updating the list of House Members who are up for reelection in 2010. Bear with me – this is a busy time of year for everyone.
Retiring House Members
Artur Davis (D- AL), Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI running for Governor), Dennis Moore (D-KS), Paul Hodes (D-NH running for Senate), Bart Gordon (D-TN), John Tanner (D-TN), Brian Baird (D-WA)
Adam Putnam (R-FL), Nathan Deal (R-GA), Mark Kirk (R-IL running for Senate), Jerry Moran (R-KS running for Senate), Todd Tiahrt (R-KS running for Senate), Pete Hoekstra (R-MI running for Governor), Roy Blount (R-MO running for Senate), Mary Fallin (R-OK running for Governor), Jim Gerlach (R-PA running for Governor), J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC running for Governor), Zach Wamp (R-TN running for Governor),
If we don’t do another thing between now and next November, we must find candidates to fill the positions of the ones who are sitting in those Senate and House of Representative seats in Washington today and some of our governors. There are 50 states and only one of me, so I really need your help here. If you believe strongly that the Senator or Senators and governor of your state and the House of Representative member from your district are worth keeping, please let me know.
If I don’t hear anything from anyone, I will assume that all of them MUST GO! I’ll try to come up with some Conservative alternatives for you. But this needs to be all of us working together since it is such a monumental task. Without your help, I have to come up with almost 700 people to replace the ones there now.
There is a nice place for comments at the bottom of this page. Please.. use it.. tell me if your Senators and Congressmen should stay or go.