Poll: Connecticut Republican Gov Candidate Tom Foley Has 9-Point Lead over Incumbent Malloy
A new online poll released Monday by the New York Times, CBS, and London research firm YouGov found Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley with a nine-point lead over incumbent Dannel Malloy (D-WFP).
According to ctpost.com, the poll found Foley leading Malloy 42-33 in a hypothetical general election match-up. Foley faces an August 12th primary against state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.
If Foley is ultimately the Republican candidate, the governor’s race would be a rematch for him and Malloy. It was reported that Malloy defeated Foley in 2010 by about 6,400 votes, though the results were scrutinized due to irregularities in procedures.
The poll’s breakdown shows that Malloy had at least a 10-point lead over Foley with women, black, and Hispanic voters.
A Quinnipiac poll in May found Malloy and Foley in a dead heat.
Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, a nonpartisan political newsletter, said, “Something showing Foley up by almost double digits should give anyone pause. I think the governor’s race in Connecticut is shaping up to be one of the Republicans’ better opportunities around the country.”
Foley and McKinney are both considered to be moderate Republicans. Some media have called Foley “hard to define,” and McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, Connecticut, championed the state’s new gun control laws.
Also running for governor in Connecticut – now as an Independent – is Joe Visconti, who is not hard to define. Visconti, 57, helped to found the Tea Party movement in the state of Connecticut and is an avid gun rights activist. He states he has collected more than enough signatures needed to ensure his place on the November ballot.
In an interview with the New Haven Independent, Visconti, who runs a family construction company, discussed his opposition to the state’s recent minimum wage hike, gun control laws, and income or sales tax increases.
“We need to take the cities back,” he said. “The cities have to be weaned off state money.”
Visconti takes a harder line on amnesty than the establishment Republican candidates. In fact, when the city of New Haven was first to approve ID cards, regardless of immigration status, and ordered police not to ask about immigration status, Visconti attempted a lawsuit to stop approval of the ID card.
“Do you want to follow the Constitution and the force of law? Or do you want to bend your law to your own feel-good [preferences]?” he asks.
Visconti is solidly opposed to the Common Core standards, acknowledging the initiative as a federal intrusion into education, an area reserved by the Constitution for the states. Attacking the controversial standards as “a costly social experiment to federalize education at the expense of your children’s education and future,” Visconti describes the system as one that “further disadvantages the economically disadvantaged and limits the flexibility of teachers to appropriately educate their individual students.”
Regarding gun laws, Visconti once asked New Haven voters, “Has the crime and the gun violence slowed with these new laws?”
“You are never going to take guns out of America,” Visconti said.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:53:26 GMT
White House Blocks Construction of ‘Lifesaving’ Road, Tells Alaskans: ‘Get Over It’
Alaskans living on an isolated Aleutian Island, miles from emergency medical care, sued the Obama administration in 2013 for blocking a gravel road that would wind through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and allow residents to reach a vital airport.
Since then, the administration has not budged – and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (pictured) reportedly told concerned state lawmakers to "get over it" on Friday.
Majority Leader Lance Pruitt told KTUU News that the Secretary made the dismissive comments while meeting with him in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
“[Jewell] wishes Alaskans would just get over this,” Pruitt said. “She implied that this issue was very small."
The Department of Interior immediately parried with a denial of Jewell’s alleged remarks. Jewell maintained a "desire to continue to work with the Alaska's elected officials on the vast range of issues that are important to the state… She did not and would not tell anyone to 'get over it,'" according to a department statement.
Pruitt, however, stood firm.
"I'm confident in what I heard her say. But what I think is important is, what I don't want to get into a war of words with the secretary [over], what Alaskans and Americans need to understand most is the attitude and the callous response to the residents of King Cove in her answer to my question,” the lawmaker remarked.
Alaskan residents also remain skeptical of the department’s denial, pointing to Jewell’s cold demeanor towards the community and its predicament.
"I'm basically appalled. I am, however, not surprised," Della Trumble told KTUU News. "[Jewell] has come across, in my opinion, as very cold and callous."
Trumble spoke for the federally recognized Adgaadux Tribe, which lives in King Cove and can only travel to the Alaska mainland by boat or plane.
According to the local residents and KTUU News, the long and difficult boat ride to the nearest airport in Cold Bay killed many sick or injured people who could not survive the trek.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:31:17 GMT
Is Boehner Ready For Obama's Planned Constitutional Crisis?
Several hours after Speaker John Boehner announced to colleagues in the Capitol that the GOP border bill wouldn't address President Obama's threats to unilaterally grant amnesty to as many as 6 million people, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was befuddled.
“I'm utterly baffled by the unwillingness of Republicans to see the danger that has so explicitly been stated out there by the president,” Sessions told reporters.
“Institutionally, Congress can't acquiesces into that kind of presidential overreach. Failure to put that in just indicates, to me, a lack of, well, I'll just say it this way – I think the Congress should be very clear that it will resist and that it opposes the president taking that action,” Sessions said.
In recent weeks, Sessions and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have been working overtime to sound the alarm to the public and their colleagues about Obama's vows to expand the “Deferred Action for Children Arrivals” (DACA) program, which instituted a policy of not prosecuting illegal aliens who entered the U.S. as minors.
The two proposed language for the border crisis bill to prevent Obama from spending money implementing any expansion of DACA. But Boehner has resisted calls to back the proposal, and has generally shied away from taking on Obama head-on over DACA, even while he has ramped up his rhetoric about executive overreach in other areas.
For example, in a recent memo to GOP colleagues outlining his case for suing “king-like” Obama, Boehner mentioned executive overreach on the issues of “health care and energy to foreign policy and education” – but not immigration.
Immigration hawks like Sessions are growing increasingly anxious that Boehner isn't taking a more forceful approach. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), for example, recently told Breitbart News he suspected campaign donations from the pro-amnesty U.S. Chamber of Commerce were the explanation for Boehner's low profile on the issue, a startling accusation for any member of Congress to make about the sitting speaker of his own party.
Noted legal experts have said Obama's policy constitutes a major power grab. “If a president can claim sweeping discretion to suspend key federal laws, the entire legislative process becomes little more than a pretense,” Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University who voted for Obama, said in testimony to the House Judiciary Committee in December.
According to reports, Obama is considering expanding DACA to as many as 6 million illegal aliens, a move breathtaking in scope that would transform fringe talk of impeachment into a mainstream conversation overnight.
Boehner, however, while battling Obama's aggressive executive actions with increasingly heated rhetoric, has aimed most of his barbs at the president on topics other than immigration.
Michael Steel, a spokesman for the speaker, said Boehner is on guard for any new action by Obama and has is planning how to address it.
“The Speaker is extremely concerned about the possibility of further unilateral action from the White House. We are monitoring the situation closely, and considering options for an appropriate response,” he said.
At a recent White House event celebrating the PGA, Boehner told Obama he wouldn't be bringing immigration reform to the floor this summer. According to a report from Major Garrett in National Journal, Obama told a group of liberal activists that Boehner had urged him not to take any unilateral actions because it would make immigration reform harder next year. But Obama told Boehner, “Sorry about that. I'm going to keep my promise and move forward with executive action soon.”
When news of the conversation became public a week later, Boehner responded with the most forceful language he had ever used about DACA, saying Obama's “own executive orders have led directly to the humanitarian crisis along the Southern border, giving false hope to children and their families that if they enter the country illegally they will be allowed to stay.”
Boehner also said “In our conversation last week, I told the president what I have been telling him for months: the American people and their elected officials don't trust him to enforce the law as written. Until that changes, it is going to be difficult to make progress on this issue,” matching his previous pattern of using the threat of inaction on immigration reform to ward off future executive overreach by the president.
Since then, Boehner has used a low-key approach when pressed about calls to address DACA in the border bill.
“I’m focused on the recommendations of our border control working group, and we’re operating within those guidelines,” he said last week when asked about Cruz's proposal.
When Obama announced DACA at the height of the 2012 presidential contest, Boehner and other GOP congressional leaders were nearly silent about the new program.
According to an archive on his website, Boehner did not release a press release about Obama's move. Headlines from that month included “GOP at a Loss for Message on DREAM Act” (Roll Call), “GOP grasps for ideas on immigration” (Politico), and “GOP Avoids Taking a Position on New Immigration Enforcement Policy” (Congressional Quarterly).
He told reporters then DACA “puts everyone in a difficult position. I think we all have a concern for those who are caught in this trap, through no fault of their own are here. But the president's actions are going to make it much more difficult for us to work in a bipartisan way to get to a permanent solution” and suggested the policy may have been unlawful.
Roughly a year later, the House voted to defund DACA via an amendment offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA). Only six Republicans voted no, one of whom was Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a key Boehner ally.
House Republicans have provided a variety of explanations for why Boehner has been reticent to fight Obama on the issue.
A senior lawmaker close to Boehner said the speaker is trying not to roil the waters for a future push for immigration reform.
“My guess, this is not from Boehner, is that many of us, including the Speaker, have said we need to fix immigration. So, there's no reason to make it worse than what it already is. You don't want to get it worse than it already is. But we're going to have to take care of this border first before we even get to that,” the lawmaker said.
Other Republicans said the move is strategic – that Obamacare is a more potent weapon politically than immigration and more friendly terrain from which the GOP can wage the fight against Obama.
Also, they say any major executive amnesty for Obama would be politically disastrous for the president, lessening the likelihood he will issue one, in their minds.
“If Obama does that, he loses the Senate with that one act. He would be dramatically misreading the situation,” said a House Republican.
A senior GOP aide described the impact on the Senate landscape as “fucking nuclear,” potentially causing a GOP wave election.
Recent polls have shown the border crisis has caused a fundamental shift in public approval, with a ten point swing in the number of people who say border security should be the first concern of immigration reform.
A GOP leadership aide also said Boehner's rhetorical emphasis on issues other than immigration was intended to illustrate that Obama's executive overreach has occurred across multiple issues, not just immigration, an issue liberal activists had demonstrated they were ready to attack the GOP over.
Senior House Republicans, asked about Obama's threats to expand DACA to as many as 6 million people, offered a number of responses.
“The president is wrong. He's wrong about the border being secure. He's causing this problem coming in and that's why the House is going to act. The best thing that we can do is reunite these children with their families. The president had the presidents of these countries in, we had them in, and they want their children to come back,” said incoming Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
“The president doesn't have the authority to write laws,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the incoming Whip.
“Well, we'll talk later about that,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.
“Call my office,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
When Obama implemented DACA in 2012, the response from top Republicans was practically silence. With the border burning, the party won't lack a vibrant response, but the situation may be out of Boehner's control by then.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:16:45 GMT
DREAMers Demand Hearings for All Illegals
On Tuesday, illegal immigrant DREAMers demanded hearings for every illegal immigrant juvenile who has been apprehended.
United We Dream, the group which most recently staged a "funeral" for the GOP in the halls of Congress, blasted Republicans for only caring about deportations after House leaders unveiled their $659 million border funding bill.
"We have a moral obligation to protect defenseless refugee children from harm and to ensure that each child receives a full and fair hearing to determine their eligibility for protections under current law," the group said in a statement. "United We Dream is committed to fighting for these children to get the rights and protections they deserve."
Like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who said that the bill did not give illegal immigrants enough resources to be represented by lawyers, Lorella Praeli, Director of Advocacy & Policy for the group, blasted Republicans for wanting to "strip the rights of Central American refugee kids to fair and full proceedings while fast-tracking their deportations."
A majority of Americans in numerous polls want the law changed so that illegal immigrant juveniles, nearly 90% of whom are teenagers, can be deported more expeditiously even if they are not from Canada or Mexico.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:13:31 GMT
Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Obama Forcing States to Prioritize Illegals over Citizens
Republican Maine Governor Paul LePage recently highlighted that illegal immigrants take benefits from poor American citizens and blasted the Obama administration for burdening localities that do not have sufficient resources by forcing them to take care of illegal immigrants.
"If we have eight kids in the state right now, and if there are any state dollars going there, there are eight Mainers not getting services," he said while visiting a homeless shelter, according to the Associated Press. "There's not an endless pot of money up there."
LePage previously blasted the Obama administration after finding out that illegal immigrants were dumped in his state while he was on a conference call with other governors and Obama administration officials.
"We cannot become a state that encourages illegal immigration. We simply cannot afford it. I urge the President and Congress to find a solution to this problem, not look to Maine to harbor illegal immigrants," he previously said. "It is wrong for the federal government to force a higher burden on the people of Maine to pay for those who come to our country illegally, especially when the government secretly places illegal aliens in our state without our knowledge."
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:50:53 GMT