4/12 We are Breitbart (Philadelphia); 4/18 JENNY BETH MARTIN – DC Demo
GOP: WILL – After Wisconsin; ERICKSON – Growing up is hard.
LEADS: HANCHETT – Aliens released; WATSON – Millionaires flee Chicago; LIMBAUGH – GOP pathology.
HILLARY: STRASSEL – Email.
PA: GERAGHTY – Toomey; GROSSMAN – Big Labor & SCOTUS; KNEPPER – Wolf bites again; SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN (04/07/16)
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Jenny Beth Martin: SCOTUS
“Join Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and other patriots Monday, April 18 at 8:30 a.m. on the steps of the Supreme Court building to protest President Obama’s executive-amnesty agenda and his Supreme Court nomination.
“The justices that morning will hear a challenge to the president’s executive-amnesty order – which would grant work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants – and it’s crucial we send the message that our immigration laws need to be upheld, not blatantly ignored against all common sense by our commander in chief.
“President Obama is intent on pushing through a liberal nominee to stack the bench in his favor on this issue. It’s the perfect example of why Senate Republicans must hold firm, with no hearings and no votes for any Supreme Court nominee until after the election.”
GOP . . .
George Will, Hugh Hewitt: “On the GOP Race after Wisconsin”
“Well, I’m not surprised that a man who represents Donald Trump, Trump, who has a very weak sense of property rights as demonstrated by his casual approach to eminent domain, should believe that delegates are his private property. When he talks about delegates being stolen, all he’s saying is that under the rules of the convention, and now I know rules don’t mean much to the Trumpkins, but under the rules of the Republican Party, some delegates go to the convention unbound, others become unbound after the first ballot, others after the second, others after the third. And Mr. Trump’s problem at this point is that while he’s been flying around dipping into states, holding rallies and flying back to Florida, Ted Cruz has been working the system, and preparing the relationships with delegates, his delegates, Rubio’s delegates, Kasich’s delegates, and most of all, Trump delegates, saying if we get to a contested convention, and if it goes to a second ballot, here’s why you ought to consider Ted Cruz. And here’s the real problem for the Trump forces. About 42 or 43% of those who go to this convention will not be going to their first convention. These are Republican regulars – sheriffs, county commissioners, party officials in the various states. And they have one thing in common. They rather like the Republican Party and kind of are inclined to support someone who’s been a Republican longer than since last Tuesday. So it seems to me if you get to a second ballot, and I expect we will, I think the Trump forces will begin to melt away.”
Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “Growing Up Is Hard to Do”
“One of the things candidates for President sometimes find is that, as they gather strength, their campaign nature changes. Gone are the friendly faces a candidate is long accustomed to. Those who know the candidate’s routines get shuffled out. The general election pivot brings on more professional types and more mercenaries who are in it to win, not in it for the candidate.
We are reaching that point with Donald Trump. I suspect it will not be pretty. Like the scorpion stinging the frog, sending both to their death, we know Donald Trump’s nature already. He is not going to be manhandled by professional campaign operatives. The warning signs are already there.
To begin with, Trump has surrounded himself with yes men. He relies on his own advice and that of his family. He brought in a campaign manager who is a yes man who gives Trump free rein and little discipline.
Now Trump is bringing in Paul Manafort, a man with troubling ties to the Kremlin and not very savory politicians in Ukraine. Manafort is in a power struggle with the campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who Trump likes because Lewandowski does not, apparently, challenge Trump. Manafort’s task is to bring grown ups onto Trump’s Island of Misfit Toys and get a more competent operation going. Despite Trump’s delegate advantage there are serious problems that his loss in Wisconsin revealed. . .”
LEADS . . .
Ian Hanchett, Breitbart: “Border Patrol Agents: Illegal Aliens Walking ‘Out the Front Door,’ ‘We Don’t Know Who(m) We’re Releasing’”
“Art Del Cueto, a Border Patrol agent and Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, which has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and National Border Patrol Council Spokesman and Border Patrol agent Shawn Moran stated that illegal immigrants who are not given notices to appear ‘walk out the front door’ and ‘We don’t know who we’re releasing’ in a report broadcast on Thursday’s ‘O’Reilly Factor’ on the Fox News Channel.
“During the report, Fox News Channel Senior Correspondent Eric Shawn stated that ‘agents are under orders from the agency headquarters in Washington to release illegals by not giving them what’s called NTAs, notice to appear summonses, that should send them straight to a deportation judge.’
“In response to a question on what happens to those who don’t receive NTAs, Del Cueto said, ‘They get released back into the United States. They walk out the front door.’
“Moran added, ‘We don’t know who we’re releasing, and we don’t know what they’re capable of.’ . . .”
Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars: “Millionaires Fleeing Chicago over Fear of Civil Unrest”
“Elite are panicked over potential race riots, crime wave
“Millionaires are fleeing Chicago due to concerns over racial tensions and rising crime rates, according to a report by research firm New World Wealth.
“About 3,000 individuals with net assets of $1 million or more, not including their primary residence, moved from the city last year, with many citing rising racial tensions and worries about crime as factors in the decision,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
“Chicago is third on the list of cities experiencing an exodus of millionaires, behind Paris and Rome.
“The French capital lost a stunning 7,000 millionaires – 6 per cent – over the last year alone, while Rome lost 5,000 or 7 per cent.
“As we have previously highlighted, increasing wealth inequality combined with the rise of extreme protest movements like ‘Black Lives Matter’ provide a toxic cocktail that virtually guarantees social disorder. . .”
Rushbo: “This Story Tells Us Exactly What’s Wrong with the Republican Party”
“Recent research has proven that the computer models are predicting massive rainfall in the twentieth century. It didn’t happen. In fact, there were more dramatic rainfall totals, periods, shifts in centuries prior to when fossil were developed in wide use. The whole thing is a hoax. It’s bogus. It’s designed to fleece the United States and other western industrialized nations. It’s designed to damage capitalism. It is designed to grow government and raise taxes. It’s designed to have people blame themselves for an ‘excessive lifestyle.’
“And it’s designed to make people feel guilty so they will dial back on their “excessive lifestyle.” It’s designed to make people feel guilty so they will stop trying to achieve an improved standard of living. Because if you’ll notice, everything that causes global warming or climate change happens to come from an increased standard of living in the United States. More fossil fuel use, more travel, cheaper energy. All of these things are said to contribute to what? The destruction of the planet. It is a signature issue for the Democrat Party.
“This is the second story I’ve seen this week about Republicans trying to get Republicans supporting climate change as an issue in the party platform, and now here’s a story about donors demanding that Cruz acknowledge and accept that “the earth has warmed, and that we can solve the problem and create plenty of jobs.’ Mr. Sabin said that he was offered a spot on one of Mr. Cruz’s policy advisory committees, but that when he still asked that Mr. Cruz publicly voice a belief in climate change, he never heard back. . . “
HILLARY . . .
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “A Vast Email Conspiracy”
“Hillary’s biggest problem isn’t Bernie. It’s the Freedom of Information Act.
“Hillary Clinton is good at imagining partisan plots, and to listen to her team, no less than several inspectors general, the intelligence community, and the entire Republican ecosphere are colluding to turn her home-brew email system into a fake scandal. To this conspiracy, she must now add the federal judiciary.
“In recent weeks, not one, but two, esteemed federal judges have granted an outside group—Judicial Watch—the right to conduct discovery into the origins and handling of her private email system. It’s a reminder that Mrs. Clinton’s biggest problem this election isn’t Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump. Her problem is a 1966 statute known as the Freedom of Information Act, and the judges who enforce it.
“The judges have taken unprecedented steps to resolve this case. It is exceedingly rare—almost unheard of—for a judge to allow discovery in a FOIA proceeding. This is a testament to how grave Mrs. Clinton’s email problem is. In the usual course of things, an outside group demands documents, a judge requires a federal department to hand them over, and the public learns something.
“In this case—as we all know—the problem is that the State Department doesn’t have the documents. Or rather, it can’t confirm that it has them all, because State left it to Mrs. Clinton and her aides to possess them, and then to unilaterally decide what to hand over. To Judge Royce Lamberth, this is cut and dry ‘evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith,’ and the law demands a full accounting of how this situation came to be, what records exist, and where they are now. . .”
PA . . .
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “Toomsday Is Coming . . . Again!”
“Finally, some indisputably good news for Republicans:
‘Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania tops either of the two Democrats challenging him for reelection, but falls short of the 50 percent threshold, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
‘In a rematch of their 2010 Senate race, Sen. Toomey leads former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak 47 – 39 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds. Toomey bests Katie McGinty by a similar 47 – 38 percent margin.
‘In the Toomey-Sestak matchup, independent voters are divided with 40 percent for the Republican and 39 percent for the Democrat. Toomey leads McGinty 41 – 34 percent among independent voters.
‘Pennsylvania voters approve 50 – 29 percent of the job Toomey is doing and give him a 45 – 24 percent favorability rating.
“Something else nice? Toomey hasn’t trailed a poll in his reelection bid yet. A Republican running for reelection statewide in a presidential year is always going to face a tough task, but it looks like Toomey — lifetime ACU rating 94 out of 100 — has come pretty close to the sweet spot for being a thoroughly conservative lawmaker representing a purple-at-best state.”
Evan Grossman, Watchdog: “SCOTUS decision doesn’t stop ‘fight for worker freedom’”
“The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows public unions to continue collecting mandatory dues has not derailed a similar lawsuit in Pennsylvania.
“Last week’s 4-4 decision in the landmark Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case allows public unions to require non-members to pay a “fair share” fee for collective bargaining costs.
“Lawyers arguing that the largest teachers union in Pennsylvania should not be allowed to extract those fees from non-members remain unfazed . . .”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Our Imperial Governor Strikes Again”
“. . . The Harrisburg Patriot-News highlighted some of the discrepancies between the Governor’s distribution and the distribution spelled out in the vetoed Fiscal Code:
“Philadelphia’s share of the $200 million in new education funding is $76.8 million – a full 38 percent – under the restoration formula, wheras [sic] under the bi-partisan-backed formula, it would have received $42.4 million.
“Pittsburgh receives $7.5 million under the governor’s formula; $3.1 million under the one lawmakers would prefer be used. Chester-Upland receives $16.3 million under the restoration formula compared to $2 million under the other distribution system. ”
The changes in those three school districts’ funding levels under Wolf’s illegal plan, consume over $53 million in funding designated for other schools. The Governor’s decision to redirect a quarter of the new money to three schools districts, without legislative authorization, is one more example of Wolf’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach to governing. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “4/8 Ups & Downs”
“Tom Wolf. One of the biggest questions in the aftermath of the budget battle was what effect this episode would have on Tom Wolf’s political standing. Well, the first set of numbers are in and it’s not good news for the Governor. The latest Quinnipiac Poll puts his approval rating at just 35% with 52% disapproving of his job performance. It’s fair to say that Wolf is now officially in a sophomore slump. The only question is whether he can get out of it.
“Pat Toomey. Speaking of the latest poll results, Senator Pat Toomey performed much better in that Quinnipiac survey. The Republican incumbent leads both of the leading Democratic candidates in a general election match-up. Sure, the national atmosphere may be turning against him but so long as he can hold onto those leads over Sestak and McGinty he should be alright.
Steve Santarsiero. It was quite the week for the Democratic Congressional candidate. His campaign revealed a massive first quarter haul of $400,000. This was a particularly impressive number given that Santarsiero struggled in the money race last year. Additionally, he scored endorsements from a trio of influential high-profile organizations: Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, and SEIU. His team will try to build on this momentum as the primary showdown with Shaughnessy Naughton nears.
“Lindy Li. The 25 year-old jumped into PA’s political scene with both feet and full of optimism. Unfortunately for her, it seems she was just too green to succeed. After the puzzling decision to switch contests last December, Li was forced to drop out after experiencing petition troubles. Ultimately, her reach exceeded her grasp and she alienated quite a few rank-and-file party members. The real test, however, for Li and anyone else in the political area, is whether they have the ability to learn from their mistakes.
“Kathleen Kane. Speaking of second chances, Attorney General Kathleen Kane was surely hoping the public would give her one after she announced she wasn’t going to run for re-election. She even notched some victories as Michael Eakin was pushed out and found guilty plus she was able to name her own Solicitor General. Nevertheless, her popularity numbers didn’t get any rebound. Her approval rating is a putrid 25% and 47% still think she should resign. Looks like Kane will have to seek vindication in the courtroom.
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (04/7/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, Dwight Eisenhower and Abraham Lincoln never complained about having a contested convention, so why is Donald Trump? When previous candidates had to go to a contested convention, they knew what they had to do and what the rules were. Trump and his surrogates may not think the system is fair but it gave us Eisenhower and Lincoln.
“After that, Iran is a horrific regime inside and out. They have killed scores and scores of U.S. soldiers and are exporting terrorism. However, the Obama administration is advising international banks on how to get around the sanctions to provide Iran with finances. President Obama and his underlings are conspiring with Iran against the American people.
“Later, in some respects America is up for grabs. The status quo can’t go on forever with the army of bureaucrats, wide open borders, enemies abroad, and $13 trillion in debt. The left never tires of promoting its massive big government agenda, but its growth is not inevitable. That is why we as conservatives must continue to advance our ideas.
“Finally, Rep. Marlin Stutzman calls in to discuss his Senate campaign and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s plot to stop him.”