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January 27, 2016

LeaderOfGroup Occupying Wildlife Refuge Arrested {Fast Learn all the issues involved on this InteractiveGraph}


The leader of the group that has been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Ammon Bundy, was arrested during a traffic stop today in Oregon. Up to eight of Bundy's cohorts were also detained during the incident, and one unidentified individual was killed when shots were exchanged between the group and authorities after police made the initial stop.

Below is a live-updating timeline of the protest and occupation that began on Jan. 2. It will be updated to reflect the newest developments as more information becomes available.

June 20, 2014

Meet a Tea Party GOP Creep: Running on Stoning Gays to Death


When I was a little kid I really wanted a rock tumbler. I remember looking through the JC Penney catalog and telling my mom that I hoped Santa would bring me one for Christmas. My mom said something about the tumbler using too much electricity and Santa never came through.
I'd basically forgotten about this unfulfilled wish until I read about Scott Esk, a Tea Party Republican running for Oklahoma House District 91. He also has a wish that involves rocks. However, while my wish was to make the river rocks around my family's backyard into shiny gems, his wish is to use those rocks to kill gay people.
That's right, folks. In 2014 a candidate for office is publicly endorsing stoning gay people to death. Because God. And also because he's a terrible person.
Granted, he doesn't have any gay-stoning plank in his platform, but he still made a public pronouncement via Facebook a while back. His declaration was in response to Pope Francis saying, basically, "Gays? Meh."
So Esk posted a couple of Bible versus he said advocated stoning gay people. And someone asked him if he was seriously advocating death to gays. "I think we would be totally in the right to do it," Esk posted. "That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I am largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation, things that are worthy of death is very remiss."
Totally in the right to kill homos, eh? Very remiss, indeed.
But don't worry. If elected, Esk won't make this a priority. “I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn't have a problem with it," he said according to the Inquisitr.
See? I mean, he might co-sponsor such a bill, but he's not going to do the hard work of writing it or anything.
"I know what was done in the Old Testament and what was done back then was what's just," he continued. "And I do stand for Biblical morality."
I don't know if you've read the Old Testament, but let me just tell you, it's super violent, super shitty toward women and basically a blueprint for a world no sane person would want to live in. But to Esk, it's apparently paradise and we should base our laws on Old Testament justice, where women and children were killed with impunity...
Oh, wait. Actually, considering the number of women and children who die at the hands of men in this country, especially men with guns, I guess we already do that. But that apparently doesn't go far enough for Esk.
This is problematic considering that, according to reports, Esk is currently separated from his wife. Which means he might well be heading toward divorce. And we all know that God hates divorce.
Apparently the whole "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" doesn't apply so long as you're doing the Lord's work by killing the gays.
The good news is that the backlash against Esk has been swift. Even a blogger for the National Review Online wrote, "So, there we have it: 2014's first nominee for the Todd Akin Toes-on-Tonsils Award."
Let’s hope that Esk gets his ass kicked in his primary election on June 24
By D’Anne Witkowski

June 11, 2014

Tea Party gets new Gas Up the Tank with Texas Victories


 The brew is weaker but still being drunk in Texas, as the tea party there bucked a national trend and toppled more establishment Republicans on Tuesday.
Tuesday's vote marks the end of the line for two of the most durable figures in Texas. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost his bid to run for re-election to Dan Patrick, a state legislator and radio host, and 17-term Rep. Ralph Hall lost to a lawyer, John Ratcliffe.
With those victories and a few others down ballot, the Texas Republicans are no longer George W. Bush's party, nor Rick Perry's, but Ted Cruz's. Compared to Republicans now, both Bush and Perry were softies on immigration. It's not likely that a Republican pushing in-state tuition privileges for the children of illegal immigrants, as Perry did, could win office today.
Patrick is to the right of Ted Cruz, who won his party's Senate nomination in 2012 in a low-turnout runoff. Patrick was slammed for employing undocumented workers in his Houston-area sports bar in the 1980s (he claimed ignorance), leaving behind $800,000 in unpaid debts after going bankrupt, and ridiculed in a video to the tune of "Let it Go" for changing his name ("Dannie Goeb, Dannie Goeb, I can't lie to you anymore"). In a blow that may have backfired, a Dewhurst supporter put out medical records purporting to show that Patrick was mentally unstable and had attempted suicide.
But Patrick hit the sweet spot of tea party activists with his far-right positions on gay marriage, guns, the environment, taxes, immigration, and abortion. He hammered the incumbent Dewhurst, who presided over the Senate, for creating national phenomenon Wendy Davis by not blocking her filibuster of a bill restricting abortions. Not that this is going to matter. Davis won the Democratic primary back in March to go up against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in November. She is running behind by double digits.
The Patrick win is a loss for the national Republican establishment and the Chamber of Commerce, and a long-term win for Democrats. Patrick will drive the state further right and accelerate the turning of a reliably red state purple as more Hispanics and young people turn out to vote.
The other marquee race gives credence to Karl Rove's effort to intimidate Hillary Clinton out of running on the basis of age and health. Hall, 91 and running for his 18th term, was defeated by a former U.S. attorney, John Ratcliffe, backed by the tea party, who came out and said voters should be concerned that Hall was too old to serve. The race holds the distinction of being the first this cycle to oust an incumbent, finally providing ballast to polls showing how hated incumbents are.
In the category of likely sacrificial lamb, Democrat David Alameel, a wealthy Dallas dentist, beat Kesha Rogers, an outlier ignored by the national party, to go up against incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn. To demonstrate how conservative Democrats in Texas are, Rogers made it to a runoff despite being an ardent Lyndon LaRouche supporter and advocating impeaching President Barack Obama, whom she pictured in campaign signs with a Hitler mustache. Cornyn is expected to coast to re-election.
In the category of a lot less to laugh about in Texas, comedian, country music singer and frequent candidate Kinky Friedman, who kept his opponent under 50 percent in March, lost his race for the Democratic nomination to be agricultural commissioner to cattle rancher Jim Hogan.

May 14, 2014

Tea Party Loosing the fight against the GOP Establishment

The Tea Party—the collective name for a wide range of right-wing activist groups, well-funded Washington-based organizations and local radicals—is not doing well in 2014, and that portends ill for would-be 2016 presidential candidates in the Republican Party who intend to rely on Tea Party support against more establishment-backed candidates. Still, in the GOP’s base, the Tea Party is the most passionate, fired-up (Benghazi! IRS! Obamacare!) part of the party, giving it an outsized influence—especially in Republican primary contests.
But it’s precisely in those contests where, in 2014, the Tea Party is losing big.
Figuring out how strong is the amorphous entity called “the Tea Party” is not easy. One can’t join it officially, for the most part, and paradoxically (for pollsters) some people who support the Tea Party ideologically and in their voting patterns may not consider themselves members or supporters when asked by a pollster. According to a recent Gallup poll, 41 percent of Republicans consider themselves “supporters” of the Tea Party—but that’s down sharply from 61 percent in 2010. (Nationally, among all voters, support for the Tea Party stands at 22 percent, down from a high of 32 percent in 2010.) And, according to Gallup, Tea Party types are far more focused on the traditionally low turnout primary elections in 2014 and on the general election later this year, with 52 percent of Tea Partiers saying that they are “enthusiastic” about 2014, compared to just 35 percent of “all other Republicans.” So, in theory at least, the Tea Party is poised to have a big influence on this year’s GOP vote.
So far, however, anti-establishment Tea Party candidates haven’t won a single major statewide race in GOP primaries, including their big loss in North Carolina to a more traditionally minded, establishment-backed right-winger last week.
Various other polls, including NBC News/Marist, New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution have all shown evidence of Tea Party weakness and the strength of the Chamber of Commerce–oriented, Karl Rove–backed, Wall Street–linked GOP establishment. The AJC poll showed, in particular, that the Tea Party isn’t likely to win in Georgia, where the Democrats might have a shot at picking up a Senate seat, especially in the Republican candidate is a Tea Partier. The Washington Postreporting on the polls, says that they “confirm an emerging trend of the 2014 primary season: the Republican establishment has the upper hand over the tea party.” And the Post adds that where the Tea Party has strength, it’s in states that don’t really matter in a presidential contest: Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
Perhaps as a result of its frustration, the Tea Party is bitterly attacking the Republican establishment and even its own erstwhile allies, such as FreedomWorks, which has traditionally been considered one of the Washington-based focal points of the Tea Party itself. As The New York Times reports today, when FreedomWorks shifted its support from one candidate to another in Nebraska’s Senate primary—held today—a group of fifty-two Tea Party activists lambasted Freedom Works:
We are not million-dollar Washington, DC special interest groups with strong ties to Capitol Hill. We are simply Nebraskans who are fed up. … We were not consulted, polled or contacted by these Washington, DC groups.
The Times provides a series of missteps and hilarious errors by far-right conservatives in race after race, contributing to the alienation of local activists.
And The Washington Post reported this week on the Tea Party’s conflict with Representative Eric Cantor, the Republican House majority leader. “Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican.”
In today’s vote, the Tea Party is counting on Nebraska to hand them their first significant win in 2014, where their candidate, Ben Sasse, president of Midland University, has a lead in the polls. Reports Fox News:
Sasse enjoys support from the Club for Growth, Tea Party Patriots and other major conservative organizations, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, and Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee, who have recently joined him on the campaign trail. But there are two other candidates in the Nebraska race, including Sid Dinsdale, a dark-horse banker who’s making a late push.
The Christian Science Monitor provides a list of the potential top ten Tea Party candidates who’ve competed in 2014. The places where the Tea Partiers have the best shot, though often as underdogs, include Mississippi, where a Tea Party type is challenging long-time Republican Senator Thad Cochran in a June 3 vote. In states like Kentucky, where the Tea Party candidate is pitted against Mitch McConnell, the challenge is more quixotic.
But even in Nebraska, where the Tea Party might pull off a victory, it is in disarray, according to U.S. News and World Report. One local Tea Party activist told the reporter, “The Tea Party is unraveling.” Adds the magazine:
The five-way Republican Senate primary has revealed an unusual test case for the conservative wing of the Republican party. What happens when the top candidates in the race are all conservative enough to win a fraction of support from the tea party, but one is anointed the choice of outside groups from the Beltway?
In Nebraska, the traditional labels of “establishment” and “tea party” are blurring so much that some Nebraska GOP voters are dubious as to why the national conservative groups felt the need to get involved in the race at all. Some voters in the state say the race is a perfect example of how the national tea party has lost touch with the grass roots supporters who helped them rise to power. In recent months, media reports have shown many groups are spending more money on their infrastructure than on candidate who can further their causes in Congress.
As a result of all the confusion, it isn’t clear whether or not a Sasse win in Nebraska will be seen as a Tea Party win, since Tea Party factions (including FreedomWorks) are on all sides.

November 18, 2013

60 Minutes Confirms All Obama Care Conspiracies-Yes He Kenyan

The following transcript is from "Yes He Kenyan" which is scheduled to air on November 17, 2013. The correspondent is Lara Logan. Max McClellan, producer. A follow-up segment, also included below, is slated for broadcast on Sunday, November 24, 2013.
From the moment he announced his candidacy for president, Barack Obama has been surrounded by allegations and conspiracy theories calling his citizenship and his patriotism into question. But as our year-long investigation has revealed, all those stories you've heard--about the Kenyan-born, pot-smoking Muslim Marxist sympathizer who abandoned Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya--are true.
Tonight, you will hear for the first time from someone who witnessed them all. He calls himself Ben Gazzi, which is a pseudonym he's using for his own safety. A document specialist and small business job creator turned restaurant mogul, Ben Gazzi's life has repeatedly intersected with Obama's for over 50 years. Their first encounter came in 1961 in the city where both were born: Nairobi, Kenya.
LARA LOGAN: In your new book Yes He Kenyan: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Lies of Barack Obama, you matter of factly state that Barack Hussein Obama was born at what is now called Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. How can you be so sure?
BEN GAZZI: I know because I was there. I was born the same day and was in the same maternity ward. My brother, who is 9 nine years older than me, saw him through the glass. He can still recall my father saying, "What's the matter with Kansas when a young white girl is married to a pointy headed African elitist who's been hanging out in the faculty lounge at Harvard?" We used to laugh all the time at the picture of our two families together.
LARA LOGAN: Do you have that photograph with you?
BEN GAZZI: Sadly, it was lost in the inferno at the Ambassador's residence in Libya.
We later returned to the subject of that inferno in Libya. But first, I had some tough questions for Gazzi about the birthday--and birthplace--he claims to share with President Obama.
LARA LOGAN: What do you say to those who would point to the August 1961 birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper for Barack Obama? What about the long-form birth certificate President Obama released in 2011?
BEN GAZZI: I'm glad you asked that question. The ad, the birth certificate? They're both fakes.
As Gazzi went on to explain, both documents were frauds, vital parts of an elaborate scheme to create the appearance of Obama's U.S. citizenship for a future presidential run planned long before his birth. That discovery was the result of years of research by real estate magnate Ronald Trumpet and Gazzi's cousin, a freelance proctologist named Whorely Taint. As it turns out, Obama's Hawaiian creation myth was invented by a young George Soros during breaks in his flight from the Nazis.
As I soon learned, Ben Gazzi and Barack Obama were destined to meet again, this time in Indonesia.
LARA LOGAN: You say that you knew Obama in Jakarta in 1967 after his mother Anne Dunham married Lolo Soetoro. How did that come to pass?
BEN GAZZI: My father's import-export business brought our family to Jakarta. He was the only provider of halal dogs in all of Indonesia. I sometimes went with him on deliveries to Obama's madrassa. I used to play soccer with Barack and some of the other kids. They called their team "the Jihadists." I always used to get mad because he would shout "Allah Akbar" after every goal he scored.
But goals weren't the only thing the young Barry Obama was scoring. Years later at the Punahou School in Hawaii, Obama and his Choom Gang were Ben Gazzi's best customers.
LARA LOGAN: Let me get this straight. You ended up in Hawaii, where you sold marijuana and cocaine to Barry Obama and his friends.
BEN GAZZI: Oh, sure. I used to work at one of my dad's "House of Poi" restaurants. But I used to sell pot and blow out the back. Obama was always there. He always had one of his friends pay, and would joke about needing to be "revenue-neutral." Sometimes, we would all get high together. My girlfriend Suzy Dinesh used to hate it when Obama would get really wasted and start going on about his anti-colonial worldview.
LARA LOGAN: You say you were Obama's drug dealer, yet other of his contemporaries have come recently come forward to claim that Barry got his blow from older, gay white men in exchange for, well, blow. Which is it?
BEN GAZZI: It was both. I sold him junk all the time. But he was also a favorite of my crazy gay uncle on my mother's side, Gerald Corsican.
The intertwined lives of Barry and Ben did not end there. In 1979, Gazzi helped his old customer get into Occidental College by forging his high school transcripts. In 1981, he did it again, enabling the disinterested and underperforming Barack Obama get into prestigious Columbia University. (Candidate Obama never released his school records to the public.)
LARA LOGAN: Did Obama ask you to manipulate his college transcripts so he could get into Harvard Law School in 1988?
BEN GAZZI: No. Thanks to affirmative action, he didn't have to. He used to joke that he "pulled a Clarence Thomas" when I saw him in Cambridge. I remember we laughed about it when he showed me the law review article he co-authored with Derrick Bell, "Jury Nullification, Bitches."
LARA LOGAN: What were you doing there?
BEN GAZZI: I was working as a courier for Whitey Bulger's Winter Hill Gang. You could say I got promoted.
In 1991, Gazzi was promoted again, this time by his father. He moved to Chicago to run all of the locations of his family's new chain of Middle Eastern restaurants, Shawarma Mecca. There, Ben across paths with community organizer turned University of Chicago law professor, Barack Obama. And as Gazzi explained to me, Obama really was "paling around with terrorists."
LARA LOGAN: Did you ever see Obama with Reverend Jeremiah Wright?
BEN GAZZI: All the time. From time to time, Shawarma Mecca catered gatherings at Trinity United Church of Christ. One night when I brought the food over, Obama and Wright were drunk. They were doing Jell-O shots and taking turns yelling, "God Damn America." Then they burst out laughing and couldn't stop.
LARA LOGAN: What about Bill Ayres?
BEN GAZZI: Oh, sure. I brought over chicken kabobs, hummus and falafel when Ayres hosted Obama's first campaign meeting in his living room. I still think it's funny that Obamas favorite is falafel, just like Bill O'Reilly. Anyway, that wasn't the only time. They used to meet at our Hyde Park restaurant near the U of C campus where Ayres would show Obama the latest pages he had written for Dreams of My Father. One time, I overheard Obama tell Ayres, "If I make it big from this book, I'm not spreading around the wealth. I don't care what Frank Marshall Davis would say!" Bill thought that was the funniest thing he ever heard.
Ben Gazzi never saw Barack Obama again, but remains haunted by him to this day. Shawarma Mecca, the family business, went global. Gazzi helped direct its expansion across Europe and the Middle East. After opening new locations in Beirut, Baghdad, Cairo, Algiers, Tunis and Ramallah, in 2012 he turned to a new emerging market: Libya.
When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth time that the United States had lost an ambassador to its enemies. The events of that night have been overshadowed by misinformation, confusion and intense partisanship. But for those like Ben Gazzi who lived through it, there's nothing confusing about what happened, and he has a sense of profound frustration because he says he saw it coming.
On a night he describes as sheer hell, Ben Gazzi snuck into a Benghazi hospital that was under the control of al Qaeda terrorists, desperate to find out if one of his close friends from the U.S. Special Mission was the American he'd been told was there.
BEN GAZZI: I was dreading seeing who it was, you know? It didn't take long to get to the room. And I could see in through the glass. And I didn't even have to go into the room to see who it was. I knew who it was immediately.
LARA LOGAN: Who was it?
BEN GAZZI: It was the ambassador, dead. Yeah, shocking. I mean, I had just seen him the previous day. I walked into his residence to deliver dinner in person. No one stopped me; I just went right to the door and rang the bell. I told him it wasn't safe.
LARA LOGAN: You also kept saying, "If this place is attacked these guys are not going to stand and fight?" Why did you tell Stevens that?
BEN GAZZI: There were Al Qaeda flags flying everywhere. And these militias hired by the State Department used to hang out at Shawarma Mecca with the guys from Ansar al Shariah. I knew it wasn't going to end well for the folks at the consulate. I think about it every day.
The U.S. pulled out of Benghazi and al Qaeda has grown in power across Libya. When a member of our team went to the U.S. compound earlier this month, he found remnants of the Americans' final frantic moments still scattered on the ground. Among them was Ambassador. Stevens' official schedule for Sept.12, 2012, a day he didn't live to see. On his calendar for that day? Lunch at Ben Gazzi's Shawarma Mecca.
The most important thing to every person at 60 Minutes is the truth, and today the truth is that we made a mistake. That's very disappointing for any journalist. It's very disappointing for me. Nobody likes to admit that they made a mistake, but if you do, you have to stand up and take responsibility and you have to say that you were wrong. And in this case, we were wrong. We made a mistake.
And how did this happen? Ben Gazzi said he had met Barack Obama many times from 1961 through the late 1990's when they each lived in Nairobi, Kenya, Jakarta, Indonesia, Honolulu, Hawaii, Boston, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois. Gazzi also told 60 Minutes that during his time in Benghazi, Libya, he repeatedly warned Ambassador Chris Stevens and State Department staff about the dangerous security situation at the U.S. Consulate there.
And after our report aired, questions were raised about whether his account was real. We have since learned that Ben Gazzi's real name is Jeb Stuart Haney. Born and raised in Dothan, Alabama, Haney is not 52 years old, but in fact only 27. An enthusiastic Tea Party activist, he works part-time as a clerk at local gun store in Dothan, where he has lived all his life. Haney has never traveled outside the United States and does not have a passport. CBS has also determined that Barack Obama and Derrick Bell never jointly published a Harvard Law Review article titled, "Jury Nullification, Bitches." In addition, we omitted to mention that Yes He Kenyan is published by Threshold Editions, a division of Simon & Schuster, a CBS company.
We now know is that what Mr. Haney told us is a different story from the truth. That’s when we realized that we no longer had confidence in our source, and that we were wrong to put him on air, and we apologize to our viewers.

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October 17, 2013

Who Are These Tea Party Republicans?

Who Identifies with the Tea Party?
Agreement with the Tea PartyOver the past three-and-a-half years, the Pew Research Center has tracked public affiliation with the Tea Party through a simple question: asking the respondent whether they agree or disagree with the Tea Party movement or don’t have an opinion either way. In the early days of the Tea Party movement, agreement typically exceeded disagreement. In March 2010, 24% said they agreed and just 14% disagreed. Agreement with the Tea Party peaked in November 2010 at 27%, shortly after the midterm election.
But the balance of opinion flipped in 2011, as many existing and newly elected Republicans in Congress formed a Tea Party Caucus and took a more active role in legislative debates. By March 2011, 25% disagreed and 19% agreed with the Tea Party, an eight-point decline in agreement from the 2010 peak. This balance of opinion held for most of the past three years. The current survey measured the highest level of disagreement over this timespan, with 32% saying they disagree with the Tea Party movement.
About four-in-ten (41%) Republicans and Republican leaners agree with the Tea Party movement, while 45% say they have no opinion either way and an additional 2% volunteer that they haven’t heard of the movement. The percentage agreeing with the Tea Party has declined from its peak of 58% in October of 2010, and has fluctuated around 40% for much of the last year. Few Republicans disagree with the Tea Party (11%), though this percentage has edged up from the low single digits in early 2010.
Among Democrats and Democratic leaners, 52% disagree with the Tea Party while 46% say they have no opinion either way and just 2% agree. Tea Party Made Up of Republicans But also Republican LeanersThis marks the first time that Democratic disagreement has edged above 50% and represents a significant change in opinion since the spring of 2010 when far more Democrats had no opinion about the Tea Party (68%) than disagreed with it (25%).
Because of this, about nine-in-ten (92%) Americans who agree with the Tea Party either identify as Republicans (53%) or lean to the Republican Party (39%). Just 1% of all of those who express agreement with the Tea Party identify as Democrats, while 5% lean to the Democratic Party and 2% have no partisan leaning.

Tea Party Republicans: Older, More Male, Higher Income

Profile of Tea Party RepublicansThe roughly four-in-ten Republicans and Republican leaners who agree with the Tea Party are more likely to be male (61%) than non-Tea Party Republicans (50%) and they tend to be older: 57% of Tea Party Republicans are age 50 or older, compared with 45% of non-Tea Party Republicans.
Both Tea Party (83%) and non-Tea Party Republicans (81%) are predominantly non-Hispanic whites, this compares with 68% of the public overall.
Tea Party Republicans have higher levels of income and education than Republicans and Republican leaners who do not agree with the Tea Party. For example, 34% of Tea Party Republicans have a college degree compared with 26% of non-Tea Party Republicans.

Tea Party Republicans on the Issues

Tea Party Republicans Overwhelmingly Favor Smaller Gov’t, Gun Rights – and No Obamacare The distinct views of Tea Party Republicans can be seen across a range of issues.
A driving attitude of the Tea Party is a belief in smaller government: Fully 92% of Tea Party Republicans prefer a smaller government with fewer services, just 5% want a bigger government. Among non-Tea Party Republicans, a smaller government is preferred by a less one-sided 67%-28% margin.
Similarly, 93% of Tea Party Republicans say protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, compared with 68% of non-Tea Party Republicans.
On energy, 73% of Tea Party Republicans prioritize expanding the production of traditional sources; just 16% say developing alternative sources should be the priority. On balance, Republicans who do not agree with the Tea Party take the opposite view: 53% say developing alternative sources is the more important energy priority, 38% say expanding production of coal, oil and natural gas is more important.

Tea Party Republicans: GOP Should Take More Conservative Direction

Beyond their policy views, Tea Party Republicans are also distinct in how they look at the political situation in Washington: most notably, they tend to back a hard line when it comes to compromise, and want to see the GOP move in a move conservative direction.
Tea Party Republicans See Too Much Compromise from LeadersBy a 68%-26% margin, Tea Party Republicans interviewed in July said Republican leaders should move in a more conservative, rather than more moderate, direction. And when it came to compromise, 50% said Republicans in Congress had compromised too much with Democrats, just 14% said they hadn’t compromised enough.
These views were in stark contrast with those of non-Tea Party Republicans: 39% of Republicans who don’t agree with the Tea Party said GOP leaders had not compromised enough, 35% said they handled things about right and just 21% said they had compromised with Democrats too much. In addition, about as many non-Tea Party Republicans wanted the Republican party to move in a more moderate direction (50%) as in a more conservative direction (45%).
In the current debate over the debt limit, nearly seven-in-ten (69%) of Tea Party Republicans think that the country can go past the deadline for raising the debt limit without major economic problems, and fully 52% say the debt limit does not need to be raised at all. For more, see: “As Debt Limit Deadline Nears, Concern Ticks Up But Skepticism Persists,” released October 15, 2013.


The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted October 9-13, 2013 among a national sample of 1,504 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (752 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 752 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 407 who had no landline telephone). The survey was conducted by Abt SRBI. A combination of landline and cell phone random digit dial samples were used; both samples were provided by Survey Sampling International. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Respondents in the landline sample were selected by randomly asking for the youngest adult male or female who is now at home. Interviews in the cell sample were conducted with the person who answered the phone, if that person was an adult 18 years of age or older. For detailed information about our survey methodology, see
The combined landline and cell phone sample are weighted using an iterative technique that matches gender, age, education, race, Hispanic origin and nativity and region to parameters from the 2011 Census Bureau’s American Community Survey an d population density to parameters from the Decennial Census. The sample also is weighted to match current patterns of telephone status and relative usage of landline and cell phones (for those with both), based on extrapolations from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. The weighting procedure also accounts for the fact that respondents with both landline and cell phones have a greater probability of being included in the combined sample and adjusts for household size among respondents with a landline phone. Sampling errors and statistical tests of significance take into account the effect of weighting. The following table shows the unweighted sample sizes and the error attributable to sampling that would be expected at the 95% level of confidence for different groups in the survey:
Sample sizes and sampling errors for other subgroups are available upon request.
In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.

June 13, 2011

Palm Bch Rep Allen West Fires Intern for Pro Gay Tweet-see the tweet

Tea Party favorite Palm Beach-area Rep. Allen West will not have his good name tarnished by any gay nonsense, no sir. The social conservative and staunch opponent of gay rights fired an intern after the poor kid retweeted a pro-gay message by the Scissor Sisters.

The odd incident was spurred by, of all people, Tracy Morgan. The 30 Rock actor pulled a Michael Richards of sorts by launching into an anti-gay tirade during a recent stand-up set and declared that he'd kill his own son if he found him in bed with another man. Morgan has since apologized, but the outrage continues to burn. Even his costar (and 30 Rock boss) Tina Fey took Morgan to task.

The Scissors Sisters -- a band led by openly gay Jake Shears that, if you're not familiar, carries itself with so much fierce homo-fabulousness that it makes Lady Gaga look like a frat boy -- tweeted a note of encouragement for Morgan's son.

Dear Tracy Morgan's son: if you are gay, you can TOTALLY come live with me. We'll read James Baldwin & watch Paris is Burning. xxANAless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone  Favorite  Retweet  Reply
An unnamed intern apparently had access to West's Twitter account and retweeted the message. Why someone who has an appreciation for Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey was working for West in the first place, we're not quite sure.

The retweet was soon deleted and followed up with: "Very sorry about the unauthorized RT. We were not hacked, an intern made an error. Apologies to all." However, that tweet has also been deleted.

According to Roll Call, West then fired the intern. Incidents such as this one make us wonder just how long it will be until the voters of his district decide to fire West. It's a swing district, and West is one of the few politicians in Florida who actually makes Rick Scott look good.

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