Posts Tagged ‘Tea Party Express’

Daily Fix, Feb 9

February 9, 2011

A move to extend three provisions of the Patriot Act fails to reach 2/3 majority, the bill to redraw boundaries finally gets some movement, loosening car seat requirements a no-go, and Hatch continues to try and engage the tea party.

*A bill to extend 3 provisions of the Patriot Act failed to meet the threshold of 2/3 to move forward. Democrats were joined by conservative Republicans – including Rob Bishop of Utah – to defeat it. The Hill

*Senator Dan Liljenquist continues to garner attention for the pension reforms passed a year ago and his willingness to tackle Medicaid reform this year. One of the state’s fiscal analysts presented their estimate on cost-savings to the state – $770 million to the state in 7 years. Utah Policy Kansas Reporter

*SB 113, the bill to redraw the boundaries in District 57, finally saw some movement. It was substituted in committee and now includes language that would put into place the checks and balances we need to ensure this type of mistake does not happen again. Both former Rep Craig Frank and the current Rep spoke in favor of the bill. Daily Herald Des News

*A bill that would loosen booster seat regulations died in committee yesterday on a 6-5 vote. Sponsor Chris Herrod R-Provo spoke to parental rights but Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, said, “Convenience should never trump safety.” SL Trib

*Senator Orrin Hatch sat down with Senator Mike Lee and others at a forum held by the Tea Party Express. Hatch spoke of lessons learned during his long tenure in the Senate and following the meeting, he commented on tea partiers. “I think the more they look at it the more they realize ‘How do you get somebody as good as he is?’ ” Senator Lee remarked: “With all due respect to those who have served in this body over the last few decades, our money has not been well-managed.” Politico Trib

*A bill allowing “cake” fireworks passed out of the Utah House yesterday. Those fireworks are ones that stay on the ground but shoot sparks higher than 15 feet in the air. Bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers and cherry bombs are still illegal. Des News

Lisa Murkowski – You Lost!

October 4, 2010

Ad playing in Alaska right now. Murkowski tried to get it off the air. Didn’t work. So, she gave out the number for the Tea Party Express and wanted people to call and demand it be removed. They called in all right – and donated money to keep it on the air. Love it.

Tea Party Power

September 15, 2010

The last big primary day is finally behind us and with just seven weeks to the general election, the power of the Tea Party movement has been felt far and wide. Yesterday’s elections were no exception.

In Delaware, a decidedly blue state, conservative Christine O’Donnell won the GOP nomination for US Senate. Like Joe Miller in Alaska, she was thought to have little to no chance against the “establishment” candidate. In fact, like in Alaska, the powers-that-be fought against her. The NRSC ran telephone ads against her the last week of the primary and now that she won has indicated they will not be supporting her financially or otherwise. The GOP chairman from Delaware said she “couldn’t be elected dogcatcher.” Karl Rove was distinctly ungracious in his comments about her to Sean Hannity, saying “This is not a race we’re going to be able to win.” Congressman Mike Castle, her primary opponent, had won 16 elections before last night. In fact, he had never lost a race. He was heavily favored to defeat the Democrat, Chris Coons running for Joe Biden’s former seat. Coons is now predicted to win.

But here’s the deal. None of the so-called experts thought Scott Brown could win in Massachusetts. They didn’t think Lisa Murkowski was at risk and they did not think Bob Bennett would come in third at the state GOP convention. They were wrong.

The Tea Party movement has flexed its muscle and delivered some knock-out punches. The old guard had better take notice. We won’t win every election, but we will win enough to make a big difference this cycle. It will continue through the next cycle and beyond. We can’t “change the culture” of DC without changing the culture of America and that is what this political movement is doing. Those who insist on doing the same old things the same old way are being shown the door all over this country, from city councils to state legislatures to the US Senate.

Welcome to the brave new world.

Alaskan Earthquake, redux

September 1, 2010

Last week I posted about Joe Miller taking the lead over Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s Senate race.  They ended election night with about a 1600 vote spread, with 25,000 absentee ballots outstanding.

Last night, after  2/3 of those ballots were counted, the spread remained about the same and Senator Murkowski officially conceded the race.  “It’s been a long week,” Murkowski told reporters at her campaign headquarters in Anchorage. “I don’t see a scenario where we could win.”  Although conceding, she joined a number of other candidates across the country by not endorsing the winner.

Chalk this one up to another Tea Party win.  The Tea Party Express dropped more than a half a million dollars for TV and radio ads, the Palins were actively campaigning – and fundraising – for Miller.  He overcame a 30-point deficit in about 6 weeks – virtually unheard of.  His message is a familiar one to Utahns – fiscal restraint in the form of weaning his state off of federal dollars, address and reform entitlements like social security and Medicare, return states’ rights usurped by the federal government, repeal Obamacare, cut the Department of Education and insistence on serious earmark reform.

In addition to the tea party/Palin influence, Murkowski made mistakes as well.  The Washington Post believes Murkowski seriously underestimated Miller and – in their words: “Murkowski refused the advice of national party strategists to go negative and sat on nearly $2 million in campaign cash that could have been used to attack Miller.”  Murkowski demurred, insisting that “campaigns in Alaska aren’t run that way.”

Unfortunately, she – and a number of other candidates – found out differently this year.  Chicago-style politics, now at an election near you!  (And a huge plug for the book “The Blueprint” about the so-called Colorado model.  Read it, internalize it, ’cause that’s how campaigns are won now.)

Earthquake in Alaska

August 25, 2010

Last week, almost no one knew the name of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s challenger for the GOP nomination in Alaska – and no one really cared.  This morning they all do – it’s Joe Miller. – and it looks like he will be the next Senator from Alaska. Less than a week ago, national pundits were saying that a Murkowski loss was “extremely unlikely”.

Miller – with little notice – announced his candidacy in April.  Todd Palin held a fundraiser for him in May and Sarah Palin endorsed him the beginning of June.  The Tea Party Express jumped on board, but polling did not show much of a chance for Joe – 62% Murkowski, 30% Miller in July.

Results this morning show how quickly politics can change.  Miller leads Murkowski 51% to 49%, with 2000 votes separating the two and 98% of the precincts counted.  Absentee ballots are still outstanding.  It looks like the relentless efforts by Miller, the Palin’s and the Tea Party Express will pay off in a big way for the conservative movement – at least in Alaska.


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