Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. I hope you spend time with your family and friends, setting politics aside for one day. I am grateful for family, friends, health, a job, those who serve and those who protect. I usually don’t post individual candidate messages, but last night I decided I would post the first message from a presidential candidate that did not ask for money. Here it is:

 

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This week we give thanks for the gifts God has bestowed upon us, our families and our great country. I am incredibly thankful for the many blessings in my life, especially my wife and daughters.
As you gather with your loved ones on this special day, my family and I wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Sincerely,
 John Kasich
Governor of Ohio & Presidential Candidate
Paid for by Kasich For America, www.JohnKasich.com

AP EXCLUSIVE: DEMOCRATS SEE RUBIO AND KASICH AS 2016 THREATS


WASHINGTON (AP) — Bring on Donald Trump, and Ben Carson, too.

That’s what Democratic insiders are saying about the Republican outsiders who sit solidly atop preference polls in the race for the GOP nomination for president.

They are far more worried about GOP candidates who have experience in office, with Marco Rubio cited most often as the strongest potential competition for their overwhelming choice for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“As a Democrat, I’d love to see a Trump-Carson ticket,” said Bob Mulholland, a member of the Democratic National Committee from California. “We’d probably win back the Senate and pick up the House as well.”

The Associated Press contacted all 712 superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention next summer, and asked them which Republican they thought would be their party’s strongest opponent in the general election.

Offering a window into how the Democratic establishment is sizing up the competition, most superdelegates declined to name a candidate, expressing bewilderment at a Republican field in which billionaire Trump and retired neurosurgeon Carson are leading in polls while Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents, struggles.

Of the 176 superdelegates who answered the question, 65 said Rubio, the first-term senator from Florida, would be the Democrats’ strongest opponent.

“Rubio speaks well and he could generate appeal among Latino voters,” said Chris Wicker, vice chairman of the Nevada Democratic Party, referring to Rubio’s background as a Cuban-American raised by working-class parents. “He doesn’t say some of the crazy stuff that the other leaders have said.”

The other candidates, along with the number of Democratic insiders who said they would be the strongest opponent:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 45.

Bush: 36.

Trump: 16.

Carson: 4.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: 4.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 2.

Businesswoman Carly Fiorina and former New York Gov. George Pataki each got a vote. So did Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dropped out of the race, and Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee.

Democratic superdelegates can support the candidate of their choice at the party’s summer national convention, regardless of whom voters choose in the primaries and caucuses. They are members of Congress and other elected officials, party leaders and members of the Democratic National Committee.

They are the ultimate party insiders. With 712 votes at the convention, superdelegates make up about 30 percent of the 2,382 needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Rubio, 44, has done well in preference polls lately, but he still lags behind Trump and Carson. Some Democratic insiders worry that Rubio’s candidacy could resonate in the general election, particularly among non-white and young voters who helped propel Democrat Barack Obama to victory in 2008 and 2012.

“I think Rubio would give us a tough time,” conceded Cecil Benjamin, state Democratic chairman of the Virgin Islands.

In an interview, Rubio played down his status among Democratic insiders.

“You never know what these people are thinking when they say these things to reporters,” Rubio said. “I do believe, and I’ve believed this through this campaign, that if I’m our nominee, we’re going to be viewed as the party of the future and the Democrats are going to be viewed as the party of the past.”

In the AP survey, many Democrats were dismissive of Trump. Some said his sharp rhetoric on issues like immigration, which is playing well among some Republican primary voters, won’t fly in a general election.

“He’s a loose cannon,” Missouri superdelegate Sandra Querry said of Trump.

“Like everybody else in America,” Georgia Democrat Dan Halpern said, he’s “just wondering when the wind is going to come out from under the sails of both Carson and Trump.”

In the last GOP presidential debate, Bush criticized Trump’s call for mass deportations of immigrants living in the country illegally, calling it an impractical plan that would benefit Democrats with Hispanic voters.

“They’re doing high-fives in the Clinton campaign right now when they hear this,” Bush said.

Indeed, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon responded to the exchange by tweeting: “We actually are doing high-fives right now.”

The Clinton campaign said it had no comment on the strength of individual GOP candidates, saying they were all equally “out of touch” with voters.

About one-fifth of Democratic superdelegates who answered the survey said they believe Bush, who is fighting to stem a slide in GOP polls, could bounce back and pose a threat to Clinton, given his name recognition and early fundraising.

Even more superdelegates praised Kasich, a two-term Ohio governor who served 18 years in the House. Some Democrats described Kasich as the “adult” in the field who could campaign from the center and win his home state, a key battleground.

The last candidate to win the White House without Ohio was Democrat John F. Kennedy in 1960.

“A Democratic nightmare would begin and end with a Rubio-Kasich ticket,” said former state Rep. Boyd Brown of South Carolina.

The AP results come as Clinton is solidifying her support among the superdelegates. More than two months before the first primaries and caucuses, Clinton has public endorsements from 359 superdelegates, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has 8 and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has 2.

A few Clinton supporters warned against dismissing Trump too quickly, given today’s political climate.

Joe Rugola, a labor union leader in Ohio, said Trump and Carson might be written off in a normal political year, but “I don’t think there’s anything normal about politics in America right now.”

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Veteran will Challenge Rep. Lyons in 2016

The Lowell Sun

UPDATED:   11/06/2015 01:10:41 PM EST

 

Oscar Camargo

Oscar Camargo

ANDOVER — A U.S. Army veteran will challenge incumbent state Rep. James Lyons in the 2016 election.

Oscar Camargo said he will formally announce his run on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in front of Andover’s Old Town Hall.

In a press release, Camargo described himself as socially progressive and fiscally conservative, which fits with the profile of the 18th Essex District. A graduate of Northeastern University and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, Camargo cited his involvement in community organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, and Ironstone Farm.

While living in North Andover in 2014, he was one of two Democratic primary challengers to incumbent Rep. Diana DiZoglio.

Lyons has held the seat, which represents parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover and Tewksbury, since 2011.

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_29081358/veteran-will-challenge-rep-lyons-2016#ixzz3qldlidzo

Hillary Clinton Supports Australia-style Gun Confiscation

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015

It’s one thing to support gun control.

It’s another to make it the centerpiece of a floundering presidential primary campaign.

But Hillary Clinton wasn’t finished when she latched onto the idea of opposing the NRA as a means of diverting the nation from the humiliating scandals and poll results plaguing her own bid to succeed Barack Obama.

First, she announced to her wealthy supporters that “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment,” which demonstrates her opposition to the individual right to keep and bear firearms, including handguns, for self-defense.

Now, however, she’s gone even further and echoed President Obama’s references to Australian and British style gun control. “The Australian example,” she said, “that was a buyback program.” She went on to explain that the Australian government “offered a good price” for “buying hundreds of thousands of guns, and then they basically clamped down going forward … .”  They were thus able, she explained, “to curtail the supply” of guns and “to set a different standard for gun purchases in the future.”    

Today, at a town hall meeting in Keene, New Hampshire, Clinton was questioned by an audience member who noted that Australia “managed to … take away … millions of handguns, and in one year, they were all gone.” He then asked her, “Can we do that?”

She immediately responded that not just Australia but also the U.K. is “a good example” of a country responding to a “mass killing.”

 “The Australian example,” she said, “that was a buyback program.” She went on to explain that the Australian government “offered a good price” for “buying hundreds of thousands of guns, and then they basically clamped down going forward … .”  They were thus able, she explained, “to curtail the supply” of guns and “to set a different standard for gun purchases in the future.”

Here in America, she went on, “I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level if that could be arranged.” She compared the Australian and U.K. regimes to local gun “buybacks” and to Obama’s own “cash for clunkers” program, in which Americans were offered tax credits for trading older, gas-guzzling vehicles for newer, fuel-efficient models. “So I think that’s worth considering,” Clinton said. “I don’t know enough details to tell you … how we would do it or how it would work, but certainly the Australian example is worth looking at.”

The more details you know about Australia and Great Britain, however, the more extreme Hillary’s views become.

The misnamed “buybacks” of Australia and Great Britain were nothing like the failed “cash for clunkers” program, which simply sought to update the cars Americans drove, not to ban them. They weren’t even comparable to local gun buybacks, which attempt to incentivize the voluntary surrender of guns that their owners are free in most cases to replace as they see fit. The Australian and U.K. “buybacks” were merely an attempt to mollify firearm owners whose property had been declared contraband and subject to seizure. They were, to paraphrase Vito Corleone, an offer gun owners could not refuse. 

No, the Australian and U.K. “buybacks” were merely an attempt to mollify firearm owners whose property had been declared contraband and subject to seizure. They were, to paraphrase Vito Corleone, an offer gun owners could not refuse. The owners had the “choice” to accept the money and turn the guns they had previously been forced to register (supposedly so they could keep them under grandfather provisions), or they could risk the government forcibly confiscating the guns and being sent to prison for possessing them (supposing, of course, that they survived the confiscation attempt itself).

If you own a gun now, take heed. President Obama and now Hillary Clinton finally made clear what they’re really after – national gun confiscation.

To hear Hillary’s remarks for yourself, see the video at this link: http://freebeacon.com/issues/clinton-australian-style-gun-control-worth-considering-for-u-s/.

The stakes in 2016 could not be higher when it comes to our fundamental freedom and the future of our nation.

Republican Debate Party

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Debate Party

The Groton Republican Town Committee is pleased to sponsor a debate party. There is no charge but, please bring food suitable for a

Pot Luck Supper.

When: WednesdaySeptember 16th at 6 PM.

Where: GrotonSenior Center; 163 W Main Street; Groton, Massachusetts

The first debate starts at 6 PM,

and the second debate starts at 8 PM.

We will provide beverages.

Please RSVP to:

jwallens_era[at]hotmail.com

Fox News announces candidate line-up for prime-time debate

Published August 05, 2015

 

Fox News has announced the line-up for the prime-time Republican presidential debate this Thursday, and here’s who qualified:

Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The roster of 10 candidates was determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls. Trump as expected made the cut, securing the top slot. Right behind him were Bush and Walker, who each have posted strong numbers in recent surveys.

The drama, rather, was at the edge of the top 10. Christie and Kasich, who were hovering by that edge in recent polling, were able to qualify.

Kasich, who leads the state where the debate is being held, said in a statement, “As governor, I am glad to welcome my fellow debate participants to our great state and I look forward to discussing the issues facing our country with them on Thursday.”

But former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and several others will not be on the prime-time, 9 p.m. ET stage. The seven who did not make the top 10 will be invited to a separate 5 p.m. ET debate. Aside from Perry and Santorum, this includes Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former HP head Carly Fiorina; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; former New York Gov. George Pataki; and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.

The five polls included in the average that determined the line-up were conducted by Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

The debates, hosted by Fox News and Facebook in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the primary campaign lately being rocked by Trump’s rise in the polls above the jam-packed field, the big question is how the other nine candidates will hold their own on the prime-time stage — and whether Trump will remain the front-runner after his debate debut.

For political outsiders like Trump and Carson, Democratic strategist Doug Schoen said, “The question is are they ready, literally and metaphorically, for prime-time?”

The debate will test whether they can articulate a “cogent narrative of what they’ll do to promote and provoke change in our country,” Schoen said.

Analysts have warned that Trump, whose bomb-throwing persona has seemingly fueled his climb, stands to lose traction if he can’t command the stage.

Steve Deace, who hosts a conservative radio talk show in Iowa, said: “His entire campaign is based on him being a blunt instrument” and if he holds back, “that would be the death knell for him.”

Plenty of candidates are eager to seize the spotlight from him. Ahead of the debates, Bush on Monday outlined his plan for improving border security and immigration enforcement.

Tough-talking Gov. Christie last week vowed to enforce marijuana laws if elected president, and tangled over the weekend with the teachers unions after saying on CNN they deserve a “punch in the face.”

Paul on Tuesday introduced an amendment to crack down on “sanctuary cities” by requiring local officials to notify the feds about the arrest of an illegal immigrant.

Trump, meanwhile, has continued to climb in the polls despite attracting the ire of fellow Republicans for recently questioning Sen. John McCain’s war record.

In the latest Fox News poll, Trump got the support of 26 percent of primary voters — the highest level of support for any candidate so far and up from 18 percent in mid-July.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, after the debate line-up was announced, touted the breadth of the 17-candidate primary field.

“Our field is the biggest and most diverse of any party in history and I am glad to see that every one of those extremely qualified candidates will have the opportunity to participate on Thursday evening,” he said. “Republicans across the country will be able to choose which candidate has earned their support after hearing them talk through the issues.”

 

TankTaxesForOlympics.com

The Westford Republican Town Committee is contributing $50, the maximum allowed under our bylaws, to the Geoff Diehl campaign. The WRTC supports Representative Diehl in his efforts to prevent the expenditure of Massachusetts tax dollars for the Boston Olympic games. We will actively work with Geoff to collect signatures to take the question to the ballot and let all Massachusetts voters decide.

The WRTC urges all Republicans to support the initiative and Representative Diehl. Even the smallest contribution makes a difference in a campaign. Please contribute as you are able.

Read Geoff’s message to voters.

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By now you probably heard the news that I will be partnering with Evan Falchuk to do a ballot question to stop your tax dollars going for the Olympics.

Just as important as repealing automatic gas tax hikes is prohibiting the abuse of our tax dollars.  The  International Olympic Committee wants Boston 2024 to sign an agreement that taxpayers will fund any cost overruns.

After reviewing the finances of past Olympics, I found that the average overrun was 179% costing taxpayers billions of dollars.  For example, the original budget for the London games was roughly $5 billion.  It ended up costing $14 billion!  China’s games cost $40 billion.
I don’t want us stuck with paying off these bills for the next 2 decades!  That’s why I’m going to do another ballot question.We shouldn’t have to do a ballot question, but we do.  The legislature has refused to pass legislation prohibiting tax dollars for the Olympics.  We all know why….

I am proud to stand up for the taxpayers and that I don’t take my marching orders from special interest groups or the politically connected.

But that does make me a target next year.

Tuesday is the end of the campaign finance reporting period.  It is crucial that I show strong support.

Would you please click here to make a donation?

Your contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50 or $35 would mean a great deal to me.  It would show that you are with me on taking on the Beacon Hill power structure that always wants more of our hard  earned paychecks.

Please let me hear from you today.

Thank you!
Geoff

A sad day… Kamal Jain has passed

It is a very sad day today.  Kamal Jain, former Republican candidate for State Auditor passed away today.

http://www.redmassgroup.com/diary/18830/a-sad-day-rip-kamal-jain

Please consider making a donation to his non-profit, Lowell Makes, in his memory.  Lowell Makes is a community workshop that tries to help bridge the lack of formal shop education among our youth, and allows a space for creators to bring their ideas to fruition.
http://lowellmakes.com/donate/

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