BIG STUFF: Henninger – sum of fears; Noonan – privacy +; Erickson – fate of fools; Steyn – W2/AR15; State dept criminal agents; Snooping skips mosques; MacDonald – raise the crime rate; DHS riot control.
SNOWDEN: McClatchy – govt watches; Klein – NSA lies; Zahn – scandals help BO; Main Core lists; Stockman connections.
MIDDLE EAST: Rubin – Syria war; Rebels loyal to AlQ; Chemical weapons; Refugees to US.
IMMIGRATION: Reid killed border amendment; Erickson – no more games; Munro – States oppose immigration; ICE vs BO; Boehner opens; Watch Toomey
NJ: Lonegan runs
PA: Liquor push; PA budget bill; Unions didn’t pay.
Problem: Voters reelect “their guy” but can’t stand anyone else’s guy: “PRINCETON, N.J., June 13 (UPI) — Nine in 10 Americans say they have no confidence in Congress, ranking it last on a list of 16 institutions for the fourth straight year, Gallup said Thursday.” http://www.breitbart.com/system/wire/upiUPI-20130613-110426-6399
Mark Levin/Michele Bachmann: Immigration/IRS/Immigration
“There has been no heat, the lines are quiet!” Michele Bachmann
Rally on the Capitol lawn, June 19th, 10AM – 4 PM.
Speeches about immigration begin at 10 AM on the Capitol lawn, break at noon to focus on the IRS, and reconvene from 2-4 PM on immigration.
The Capitol Switchboard number is 202.224.3121
Madeleine Morgenstern, The Blaze: “Revolt Among Republicans on Immigration Bill: 70 House Members Risk Careers in Planned Showdown With Leadership”
“The 70 members are petitioning for a special Republican conference meeting on the bill, a “highly unusual” move to go head-to-head with the speaker, according to Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (Texas), who are serving as spokespersons for the group.
“Bachmann, King and Gohmert told TheBlaze the group is invoking the Hastert Rule: requiring support from a majority of the majority to bring a bill forward.
“The petition is expected to go to the House leadership on Friday, but it’s possible some signatories might remove their names due to political risk, or that Boehner could head off the challenge by striking a deal. Going against leadership in such a way could have harsh political consequences for the signatories, including retaliation such as permanently getting passed over for chairmanship positions.
“A Boehner spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment. . . “
Ann Coulter: “IF THE GOP IS THIS STUPID, IT DESERVES TO DIE”
“Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.
“This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.
“It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?
“As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn’t that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate — not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd.
“The sleeping giant of the last election wasn’t Hispanics; it was elderly black women, terrified of media claims that Republicans were trying to suppress the black vote and determined to keep the first African-American president in the White House. . .”
PAULA STILES: ACTION ALERT
“The PA Senate just approved a 2.5 billion dollar transportation bill. The money is to go to infrastructure. The following fees will be going up unless we stop this in the house.
Cost of driver’s license will go from 29.50 every four years to 50.50 every six years. A basic vehicle registration will increase from 36.00 annually to 102.00 every two years.
Moving violation will automatically have a 100.00 surcharge on them. Anyone failing to obey traffic-controlled mechanisms, will be fined from 100.00 – 300.00. Currently 25.00.
Gas tax will go up.
You should question the infrastructure and where our money is going now in PA? What is included in infrastructure (Mass transit)? Is this going to force people who are struggling now to move from cars to public transportation (Agenda 21). Governor Corbett is the poster child for Agenda 21. By the way, Governor O’Malley in MD (who is very progressive), signed the same proposal into law.
Contact your State Reps immediately and demand that they say no to these taxes. Attached is the article for your review.
Governor Corbett’s Advisory Committees(Green Advisory Committee included)
1775: Congress authorized the formation of the Continental Army.
1777: Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.
1846: A group of settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the California Republic.
1900: Hawaii became a U.S. territory.
1951: UNIVAC I, the first electronic computer for commercial use, was dedicated at the Census Bureau in Philadelphia. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “The Sum of All Fears”
“Here is Barack Obama commenting last Friday on the National Security Agency’s antiterrorist surveillance programs: “We’ve got congressional oversight and judicial oversight. And if people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution, due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”
“Herewith a partial list of political groups that said they were subjected to over-the-top audits by the Internal Revenue Service:
“Greenwich Tea Party Patriots, Greater Phoenix Tea PartyPatriots, Laurens County Tea Party, Northeast Tarrant Tea Party, Myrtle Beach Tea Party, Albuquerque Tea Party, San Antonio Tea Party, Richmond Tea Party, Manassas Tea Party, Honolulu Tea Party, Waco Tea Party, Chattanooga Tea Party and American Patriots Against Government Excess.
“What that target list shows is there was never one “tea party.” It was collections of citizens spontaneously gathering all over the country under one easy-to-remember name. Their purpose was to do politics. For that, their government hit them hard.
In January the pollsters at the Pew Research Center reported that for the first time a majority of Americans—53%—now agree that “the federal government threatens your own personal rights and freedoms.”
“This is far beyond concerns about the size of government. A majority of people now see the government of Madison, Jefferson and Franklin as a direct, personal threat.
“So yes, we have “some problems” here. . . “
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “Noonan: Privacy Isn’t All We’re Losing”
“The surveillance state threatens Americans’ love of country.
“The U.S. surveillance state as outlined and explained by Edward Snowden is not worth the price. Its size, scope and intrusiveness, its ability to target and monitor American citizens, its essential unaccountability—all these things are extreme.
“The purpose of the surveillance is enhanced security, a necessary goal to say the least. The price is a now formal and agreed-upon acceptance of the end of the last vestiges of Americans’ sense of individual distance and privacy from the government. The price too is a knowledge, based on human experience and held by all but fools and children, that the gleanings of the surveillance state will eventually be used by the mischievous, the malicious and the ignorant in ways the creators of the system did not intend. For all we know that’s already happened. But of course we don’t know: It’s secret. Only the intelligence officials know, and they say everything’s A-OK.
“The end of human confidence in a zone of individual privacy from the government, plus the very real presence of a system that can harm, harass or invade the everyday liberties of Americans. This is a recipe for democratic disaster. . . “
Also, Ronald Brownstein, National Journal: “Americans Know They’ve Already Lost Their Privacy”
Erick Erickson, Red State: “They That Are Fated To Be Fools Have One Consolation”
“Marco Rubio told Sean Hannity yesterday that he had wanted border security before amnesty, but now thinks we need amnesty first so, in paying the government for their amnesty, we can use the illegal aliens’ to pay for securing the border. After all, the border will take several years to secure, so we should encourage people to cross the border illegally and forge documents to prove they’ve met the deadline. Then they can pay the feds to secure the border in even higher numbers. Or something like that.
“While this is playing out, John McCain is demanding the President give arms to the Syrian rebels who may or may not be on our side after they kill off Assad. John Boehner has decided to vote for the farm bill, which is filled up with corporate waste, greed, and bribery. And I, having declared myself opposed to the immigration bill, but favoring not rounding up and shipping home 11 million people, am receiving hate mail from conservatives for daring to not want to throw every hispanic resident out of the country. Concurrently, Mario Lopez of the Hispanic Leadership Foundation has postponed a call in which he, a Republican, was going to declare much of the conservative movement racist for not supporting this harebrained Schumer amnesty scheme.
“On top of that, Peter King and Lindsey Graham want to amend the First Amendment to silence dissent and Republicans in Congress have joined hands with Democrats to declare the NSA is a-okay.
“The Republican Party as it exists in Washington, DC has lost all connection to its base and the pulse of liberty.
“Marco Rubio has allowed himself to be used by the Democrats to divide his own party . . .”
Mark Steyn, NRO: “When Your W-2 Meets an AR-15”
“When the IRS is accused of “targeting”, don’t assume they’re speaking metaphorically. “From Politico:
‘As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, [Jeff] Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons at a firing range. They identified themselves as IRS, he said.
‘When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,’ Duncan told POLITICO. ‘Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability..?
‘I think Americans raise eyebrows when you tell them that IRS agents are training with a type of weapon that has stand-off capability. It’s not like they’re carrying a sidearm and they knock on someone’s door and say, ‘You’re evading your taxes,’’ Duncan said.
“A bureaucracy is bad. A politicized bureaucracy is worse. A paramilitary politicized bureaucracy is nuts. And, in fact, evil. There is no reason in a civilized society why the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Paperwork should have his own Seal Team Six. . .”
Miller & Earle, NY Post: “State Department has hired agents with criminal records, memo reveals”
“WASHINGTON — The State Department has hired an alarming number of law-enforcement agents with criminal or checkered backgrounds because of a flawed hiring process, a stunning memo obtained by The Post reveals.
“The background problems are severe enough that many of the roughly 2,000 agents in State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security can play only limited roles in agency efforts to police bad conduct and prosecute wrongdoers.
“The problems in the bureau are the latest revelation in an exploding scandal that also involves accusations that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s security detail and those of the US ambassador to Belgium solicited prostitutes overseas.
“A whistleblower charges that State tried to cover up multiple scandals by removing them from an inspector general’s report.
“Department intakes of new . . . officers since the hiring surge a decade ago have reportedly been flawed, with ‘mitigation’ of troubling histories including criminal matters,” according to a December 2012 memo to State Deputy Inspector General Harold Geisel from a team leader in the IG’s Office. . . “
Investors: “Obama’s Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers”
“Homeland Insecurity: The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won’t snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are.
“That’s right, the government’s sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized.
“Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.
Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman, members and staff are kept secret.
“We do know the panel was set up under pressure from Islamist groups who complained about FBI stings at mosques. . . .”
Heather MacDonald, WSJ: “How to Increase the Crime Rate Nationwide”
THX Ted . . . and we can let more impulsive people cross our borders . . .
“A racial-profiling lawsuit over the New York Police Department’s “stop, question and frisk” policies is now in the hands of a judge whose decision is expected within weeks. Many New Yorkers watched the two-and-a-half-month trial nervously, concerned that a ruling against the NYPD by U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin could spell an end to a police practice that helped the city achieve an astonishing drop in violent crime.
But non-New Yorkers would do well to worry about the case too. . .
“The Center for Constitutional Rights and lawyers from the elite law firm of Covington & Burling, however, charge in Floyd that such proactive tactics are discriminatory, since blacks and Hispanics make up the large majority of individuals stopped and questioned by NYPD cops. The claim ignores the reality that the preponderance of crime perpetrators, and victims, in New York are also minorities. Blacks, for example, constituted 78% of shooting suspects and 74% of all shooting victims in 2012, even though they are less than 23% of the city’s population.
“Whites, by contrast, committed just over 2% of shootings and were under 3% of shooting victims in 2012, though they are 35% of the populace. Young black men in New York are 36 times more likely to be murdered than young white men—and their assailants are virtually always other black (or Hispanic) males. . . “
Paul Joseph Watson, Info Wars: “DHS Wants Equipment For “Riot Control Situations”
“The Department of Homeland Security is purchasing hundreds of items of protective gear for its fleet of Federal Protective Service officers in order to prepare for “riot control situations,” increasing concerns that the federal agency is readying for domestic unrest.
“. . . As GSN reports, the items the DHS is looking to acquire include the following;
- 111 Centurion CPX2500 Soft Shell Riot Control System upper body and shoulder protection, which must “effectively protect the torso and shoulders from blunt force trauma.”
- 123 Centurion TPX200 thigh/groin protection systems ‘designed for blunt trauma protection during riot control situations,’ said the solicitation. The gear ‘protects the thigh area and has an adjustable and removable groin protector.’;
- 110 Hatch TS70 Centurion hard shell shin guards, which must provide ‘substantial protection from flying debris. Non-ballistic weapons, and blows to the leg.’
- 189 MaxPro-Police riot helmets, which have a ‘high impact molded half shell helmet with integral visor and neck protector.’
“The solicitation also includes a request for 116 pairs of tactical gloves and 128 forearm protectors. The contract includes four additional one year option periods. The equipment will be delivered to a Federal Protective Service facility in Alexandria, VA, within 45 days of the award.
“The reference to ‘riot control situations’ can be found in the ‘Statement of Work’ file at the bottom of the solicitation.
“Fears that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for civil unrest have intensified ever since the agency began purchasing large quantities of ammunition. . . “
SNOWDEN . . .
McClatchy: “The government is watching you”
“Someone is watching you.
“What you spend. Where you eat. Who you call. Where you travel. What you Google. What you give to charity.
“Recent reports of government access to records from phone companies, Internet providers and credit card companies raise anew questions of just how much other people can know about you, especially in the age of the Internet and high technology.
“They watch from the air, from cameras, from computers. And you help them, volunteering vast amounts of information about yourself in the magnetic stripe on the back of your credit card, the SIM card in your phone, the sites you visit on the Internet.
The government has access to some of it. And might have access to more from the vast corporations that compile it. . . “
Beck – Snowden hero . . . traitor of civil disobedience?
“NSA chief lied to Congress on domestic surveillance? Denied agency collected Internet, phone data on Americans”
“White House knew of NSA leaks in advance? Questions remain amid revelation of ‘government officials’ vetting story”
Drew Zahn: “HOW NSA SCANDAL IS HELPING OBAMA. ‘The White House happens to gain in a major way from all of this’
Matt Drudge (6/13/13)
SNOWDEN: US has been hacking China, Hong Kong for years......
Asylum Request 'Could Take Years To Process'...
Feds hunted for whistleblower in days before story broke...
'If They Want To Get You, They'll Get You In Time'...
Embarrassing Photos Of Snowden Leaked On Net...
Michael Snyder, Info Wars: “Main Core: A List of Millions of Americans That Will Be Subject to Detention during Martial Law”
“Are you on the list? Are you one of the millions of Americans that have been designated a threat to national security by the U.S. government? Will you be subject to detention when martial law is imposed during a major national emergency? As you will see below, there is actually a list that contains the names of at least 8 million Americans known as Main Core that the U.S. intelligence community has been compiling since the 1980s . . .”
Jennifer Harper, Washington Times: “Inside the Beltway: Steve Stockman connects the dots”
THX Ted . . .
“Well, there’s a thought: Rep. Steve Stockman has a timely request for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Texas Republican notes in a letter to Chairman Darrell E. Issa: “Recent revelations [show] the National Security Agency has been keeping an ‘ongoing, daily’ log of every domestic phone call in the United States. I respectfully request your Committee subpoena the records of every phone call made from all public and private telephones of all IRS personnel to all public and private telephones of all White House personnel.”
The lawmaker adds, “If President Obama is collecting such information, he certainly would want us to use it. If he has nothing to hide he has nothing to be afraid of.”
Mr. Stockman is revisiting a troublesome matter that recently riveted public attention, namely, the IRS targeting of conservative groups. “This case must be investigated fully, given admitted wrongdoing by the IRS, its potentially criminal implications and revelations the White House has been less than honest about what they knew and when,” he says.
From another corner of the universe: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against FBI Director Robert Mueller, Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder and three other members of the Obama administration challenging the NSA’s “dragnet acquisition” of phone call records, noting that the “practice is akin to snatching every American’s address book.” The suit says the practice violates the First and Fourth amendments, has a “chilling effect” on whistleblowers, and will ultimately impact the business of the ACLU itself. . .”
MIDDLE EAST . . .
Barry Rubin, PJM: “The West’s New Syrian War”
“One day people will ask how the United States and several European countries became involved in mass killings, genocide, corruption, arms smuggling, and the creation of another anti-Western and regionally destabilizing government. Even if a single Western soldier is never sent, the West is on the verge of serious intervention in Syria. The choices are unpalatable and decisions are very tough to make, but it appears to be still another in a long history of Western leaps in the dark, not based on a real consideration of the consequences.
“At least people should be more aware of the dangers. As I titled a previous book on Iran (Paved with Good Intentions), the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. People are dying and suffering in Syria. That’s true. But will this make more people or fewer people die and suffer?
“So now we are seeing the trial balloons rise. As the Bashar al-Assad regime proves to be holding on—but not recapturing the country or winning the war—the West is panicked into sending aid to the rebels. In fact, the government is merely holding the northwest area (where the ruling Alawite group lives), the region along the Lebanese border (with Hizballah’s help), Damascus (where the best troops are based and there is a favorable strategic situation in the army holding the high ground), and part of Aleppo. It seems that U.S. decisionmakers are panicking over these relatively small gains. If the Syrian army plus Hizballah tries to advance too far, it will stretch its resources then and face a successful rebel counteroffensive.
“Understandably, the opposition is demanding arms. If the opposition did not consist mostly of al-Qaeda, the Salafists, and the Muslim Brotherhood, that would be a good idea perhaps. But since the opposition is overwhelmingly radical—even the official “moderate” opposition politicians are mostly Muslim Brotherhood—this is a tragedy in which the West does not have a great incentive to say ‘yes.’. . . ”
USA Today: “Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda”
“BEIRUT — A Syrian rebel group’s pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda’s replacement for Osama bin Laden suggests that the terrorist group’s influence is not waning and that it may take a greater role in the Western-backed fight to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The pledge of allegiance by Syrian Jabhat al Nusra Front chief Abou Mohamad al-Joulani to al-Qaeda leader Sheik Ayman al-Zawahri was coupled with an announcement by the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq, that it would work with al Nusra as well. . .
“, , , The United States, which supports the overthrow of Assad, designated al Nusra a terrorist entity in December. The Obama administration has said it wants to support only those insurgent groups that are not terrorist organizations.. . “
Chaggaris & Condon, CBS: “U.S.: Syria used chemical weapons, crossing ‘red line’”
“The Obama administration has concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government used chemical weapons against the rebels seeking to overthrow him and, in a major policy shift, President Obama has decided to supply military support to the rebels, the White House announced Thursday.
“The president has made a decision about providing more support to the opposition that will involve providing direct support to the [Supreme Military Council]. That includes military support,” Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes told reporters.
Paul Richter, LA Times: “U.S. considers taking in Syrian refugees”
“A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.
The State Department is “ready to consider the idea,” an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.
The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, (emph added, jb) Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations. . .”
IMMIGRATION . . .
REPLAY: Shelby Steele attributed black success in universities to white guilt. The more rude those facing a dean or college presiden t, the more lavish the benefits that followed in scholarships, faculty appointments, departments of cultural studies, and separate tables in the lunchroom. Steele attributed slavery as the historical event that seeded white guilt.
White guilt, regardless of its origins, could be a player in current ads for immigration “reform.” Be suspicious of any law that requires 900, unread, pages and that specifies future penalties for noncompliance.
The current advertisements for immigration reform promise to require jobs, English, fines, and no welfare eligibility. Nothing is said about costs for special ed, ERs, public defenders, and jail cells.
Also be suspicious of “evangelical” ads encouraging love for our invaders, invaders who are apt to cross a river, shoot a guard, steal a car, sell drugs, start a fight, or do other “male” things such as laughing at our rules while living in a barrio, enrolling as a democrat, or attending Mass to catch a woman.
Irony: the most “charitable” action might be to exclude the impulsive at the border and to allow the planners and organizers into our nation for ten years before returning them to save Mexico. Meanwhile, build the fence!
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: “Reid Kills Amendment Requiring Border Security before Amnesty”
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made a move to formally kill an amendment Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) offered to the immigration bill. It would require border security before America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants are granted amnesty. . .
“. . . Reid’s motion to table the amendment passed 57-43, with Gang of Eight Republican Sens. John McCain (R-AZ). Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) voting with Reid. Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Mark Pryor voted against Reid in favor of border security before amnesty, as did Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Ayotte had previously indicated support for the Gang of Eight bill. . . “
Erick Erickson, Red State: “No More Games”
“So many conservatives have been dancing around the issue of Senator Marco Rubio’s collaboration with Chuck Schumer to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
We have blamed his staff. We have blamed Democrats. We all like and respect the Senator, even if we disagree on this issue. We do not want to blame him for the mess the GOP now finds itself in holding a legislative tiger by the tail.
“:But having, by virtue of my radio show, listened over and over to those awful pro-immigration reform ads between my monologues, I think we need to stop playing games.
I say this because either Marco Rubio is being played the fool or we are being played the fool by Senator Rubio. He has become the face of support for this legislation and much of the support of the legislation from those on the right has come because of the good will so many of us have for Senator Rubio. . . “
Neil Munro, Daily Caller: “State voters oppose inflow from immigration bill”
REPLAY: “. . . The new polls, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (POS) in seven states represented by swing-voting senators who may decide whether the bill makes the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for cloture, show that majorities in most of those states oppose major features of the bill, which has been portrayed by supporters as a tough but fair compromise.
The polls are counter to many well-publicized polls funded by backers of the immigration bill, who say almost 70 percent of Americans now support a “pathway to citizenship” for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. . .”
Andrew Stiles, NRO: “ICE vs. Obama on Deportations”
REPLAY: “. . . As I have previously written (here and here), a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents is suing the Obama administration over its deportation policy. In June 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would stop deporting illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements: individuals who were brought here illegally as children, who are currently enrolled in school or are members of the military, and who have not been convicted of a serious crime. The policy mirrors the language of the DREAM Act, legislation that has failed to pass Congress on multiple occasions. But the Obama administration is behaving as if it did pass.
“The ICE agents argue that the policy ‘violates the obligation of the executive branch to faithfully execute the law,’ and that it is systematically abused by illegal immigrants in order to avoid criminal charges — even charges not related to immigration . . . “
Jake Sherman, Politico: “John Boehner – ‘Open’ House on immigration”
REPLAY: “. . . Appearing on “Good Morning America,” the Ohio Republican said that many thorny decisions about immigration reform will be made on the House floor. He said he has allowed the House to work its will “more than any speaker in modern history, to the point where there are some bills that have passed — with a majority of Democrats — in favor, and a minority of Republicans.”
“Stephanopolous pressed Boehner on whether he would let that happen on immigration, and the speaker said, “What I’m committed to is a fair and open process on the floor of the House— so that all members— have an opportunity.”
Keegan Gibson, PoliticsPA: “Toomey a “Senator to Watch” on Immigration”
REPLAY: “The U.S. Senate soon will take up immigration reform, an issue made even more complicated by internal GOP politics. Roll Call says Pat Toomey is a Senator to watch in the coming debate.
The biggest reason? His bipartisan push for background checks showed a willingness to cut across the aisle on big issues.
However, unlike a few other Republicans on Roll Call’s list, Toomey represents a state ,
Here is the Toomey rundown from CQ Roll Call:
Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa.
‘Toomey, the former Club for Growth president, has emerged in the past few years as one of the GOP’s top deal-makers in the Senate, though admittedly, in this political climate, that’s an easier title to acquire than it used to be.
‘As CQ Roll Call reported in April, Toomey was a lead co-sponsor of a failed background check bill and his push on the issue won him favor with many moderates at home — something political consultants already are saying he will need to win re-election in 2016.’
NJ . . .
Robert Costa, NRO: Steve Lonegan’s Street Fight
“A tea-party contender rises in New Jersey.
“The Republican nominee in New Jersey’s Senate race faces plenty of challenges in October’s special election. The Garden State has 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans, and the probable Democratic nominee, Newark mayor Cory Booker, is a political celebrity with a national fundraising base.
“But Steve Lonegan, the likely Republican candidate, is confident he’ll be competitive. In an interview, the former mayor of Bogota, N.J., tells me he’ll turn the race into a referendum on President Obama’s record, using issues such as Obamacare and the IRS scandal. He also believes he can galvanize conservatives to turn out in droves. “I’m a conservative who’s proud to be a conservative,” he says. “I’m not following the moderate-Republican model.”
Turnout will be critical, since the contest will be held on a Wednesday in mid-October. Lonegan’s aides are counting on Democrats to show up in lower numbers than usual due to the odd date and the party’s focus on races for the state legislature. . . “
PA . . .
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “Corbett makes final push for liquor privatization before budget deadline”
“ . . . The next three weeks promise to culminate a decades-long emotional debate one way or the other, a debate that intertwines policy, morals, money and consumer freedom.
“Since January, Corbett has called for ending the state-owned wine and liquor stores, and creating a private licensing system for the sale of alcohol. Also since January, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 and Democrats statewide have raised vocal opposition. . .”
Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: “House passes budget bill 108-92, now moves to Senate”
“HARRISBURG — Next year’s state budget is one step closer to completion.
The House of Representatives Wednesday passed a $28.3 billion spending plan for next year with a 108-92 party line vote. But the proposal is far from a done deal, as negotiations will continue with the state Senate and administration before final passage.
Debate on the bill started at 11:30 a.m. Dozens of speakers from both sides of the aisle gave floor speeches, held to under five minutes apiece.
“Nearly five hours debate touched on all aspects of state spending – from public health, to education and job creation. But there was no hashing of details, compromises or changes of heart, only acclaim and admonishment divided across party lines.
Republicans heralded the fact that their budget includes no new taxes, and is held under the rate of inflation. They also noted how the plan increases spending by $600 million more than the current year. . .”
Kari Andren, PghTrib: “State employees’ unions fail to pay for political deductions”
“Despite a contract requiring unions representing state workers to reimburse the state for deducting voluntary contributions to political action committees, no such payments have been made, according to a sworn affidavit obtained by the Tribune-Review.
“The affidavit was obtained in response to a request filed under the state’s Right to Know law by a Bucks County activist and union opponent with Gov. Tom Corbett’s Office of Administration.
“In the document, Corbett’s office indicates there is no record of union reimbursements for processing the deductions. . . “