A Note from Jeb Bush
December 16, 2014 at 8:59am
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
Like many of you, our family was blessed withthe opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.
Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.
We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.
We also talked about the future of ournation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.
In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.
In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.
Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season. I’ll be in touch soon.
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Join Bernie for a Town Meeting in Ames
December 16, 2014 @ 12:00 pm (Noon)
Collegiate United Methodist Church
2622 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50014
(between U.S. mini-bank and Dunkin’ Donuts and across from Friley Hall)
Join Vermont’s independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, along with ISU students and community members for a town meeting to discuss how we:
Deal with the Issue of Wealth and Income Inequality
Get Big Money Out of Politics
Make College Education Affordable
Combat Climate Change
Sponsored by the United States Student Association and Iowa CCI Action Fund.
Iowa GOP Leaders Sign Unprecedented Pledge of Neutrality in 2016 Iowa Caucuses
(DES MOINES) — The Republican Party of Iowa’s leadership board has signed a pledge to remain neutral in the Iowa caucus process, completely removing themselves from any endorsements on behalf of any presidential candidate.
The pledge, signed by Chairman Jeff Kaufman, Co-Chairman Cody Hoefert and all of the members of the State Central Committee - the party’s governing board - is unprecedented and is intended to send a clear signal to potential presidential candidates: all are welcome in Iowa, and the caucus process will be a fair and impartial one.
“I am proud of the State Central Committee for taking this extraordinary step in sending a clear signal to all of our candidates and activists across the state,” said Kaufmann. “Iowa has an important stake in the nominating process, and it is an honor we take very seriously every four years. This pledge is a reflection of our commitment to neutrality and openness towards all the candidates and their supporters.
The wording of the pledge is as follows:
“No member of the Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee, its Officers, or its Staff shall publicly endorse a U.S. Presidential Candidate during the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.”
The pledge was signed at the quarterly central committee meeting on Saturday, November 22. The signed copy can be found by clicking here.
“There has never been a question of integrity when it comes to the caucus process, but this pledge underscores that fact with an underline and exclamation point,” said Hoefert. “Our party is coming off an incredibly successful election, and we are excited to continue that momentum by welcoming every candidate who wishes to participate in the Iowa caucuses.”
The Iowa caucus will be held in early 2016.
Rand Paul to Seek Re-election to U.S. Senate
Sen. Mitch McConnell, Every GOP Member of Kentucky Congressional Delegation Endorse Campaign
Republican Leaders Comer, Stivers, Hoover Back Re-election Effort
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Sen. Rand Paul today announced that he would seek re-election to the United States Senate in 2016.
“I ran for office because, like many Kentuckians, I was alarmed at the problems facing our country: a stagnant and uneven economy, a growing national debt, out-of-control federal spending, a disastrous health care plan, the assault on our civil rights and liberties, and a misguided foreign policy,” said Sen. Paul.
“I have drawn attention to these problems and others here in Kentucky, like the War on Coal, an overzealous EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, and the ban on industrial hemp. I have sought to work with any and all who are eager to find solutions and promote reforms. I stand with Kentucky in this fight, and I hope to continue together in the task of repairing and revitalizing our great nation.”
Senate Majority Leader-Elect Mitch McConnell is endorsing Sen. Paul's re-election campaign.
"I am proud to support my friend Rand Paul for his re-election to the U.S. Senate," said Sen. McConnell. "Rand has been an irreplaceable partner in fighting for Kentucky priorities and Kentucky values. His innovative mind for conservative reforms that create jobs and get the economy working again is essential in the U.S. Senate as we seek to reverse Obama policies that have hurt Kentucky families."
Sen. Paul has one of the most active offices on Capitol Hill. Among the issues he has worked on since taking office:
Fixing Kentucky’s Crumbling Infrastructure
Sen. Paul has taken the initiative in fixing Kentucky’s crumbling infrastructure. He has introduced legislation to create a transportation fund for much-needed projects in Kentucky and across the country. Most recently, he introduced the Emergency Transportation Safety Fund Act, which would make infrastructure projects a priority by directing revenues reaped from allowing overseas capital to be repatriated back to the United States at a low five percent tax rate. The money would be placed in a special transportation fund.
Fighting for the Re-introduction of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky
In 2013, Kentucky passed industrial hemp legislation that Sen. Paul helped to promote. The legislation set up a process for the regulation of industrial hemp in Kentucky. Along with a provision in the latest Farm Bill, it resulted in the creation of industrial hemp pilot programs and the first hemp crops to be grown legally in Kentucky in decades. Sen. Paul has also fought for a waiver so that Kentucky may take full advantage of the new law. And he has introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that would remove the blanket federal restrictions on hemp.
Leading the Fight Against No Child Left Behind
Sen. Paul forced a vote on the repeal of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a federal takeover of our education system that many Kentucky teachers, administrators and parents oppose. Kentucky was granted a waiver from NCLB, which Sen. Paul supported and applauded.
Introducing Economic Freedom Zones Legislation
Sens. Paul and McConnell introduced the Economic Freedom Zones Act. The legislation provides for the establishment of free market enterprise zones in order to help facilitate the creation of new jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities, enhance and renew educational opportunities and increase community involvement in bankrupt or economically distressed areas. These zones would apply to any zip code with unemployment greater than one and a half times the national average. The proposal would dramatically reduce taxes and red tape so that families and businesses can grow and thrive. The proposal would have a dramatic effect on many communities in Kentucky, including several Eastern Kentucky counties and parts of Louisville.
Passing the Freedom to Fish Act
Sen. Paul, along with Sens. McConnell and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), introduced and passed the Freedom to Fish Act, which prevented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from restricting access of the general public to the tailwaters along the Cumberland River. The Army Corps plan would have blocked fishing access to the tailwaters of all the dams along the Cumberland River, including the Barkley and Wolf Creek dams in Kentucky, and hurt the local economy and burdened local businesses.
Averting the Closing of the Hickman River Port
Sen. Paul helped to avert the closing of the Hickman-Fulton County River Port by adamantly pushing for measures that would benefit smaller harbors facing shutdowns. He introduced the Harbor Equity Act, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and brought attention to the spending priorities of the Army Corps. Funding to dredge the Elvis-Stahr Harbor at the Hickman River Port was eventually announced, allowing commerce to continue through this key inland river port along the Mississippi River.
Protecting Kentucky Small Businesses
Sen. Paul offered legislation in the Senate that would help to restore the balance between small businesses and the Federal Prison Industries (FPI), a wholly owned government enterprise that has tried to take critical business away from Kentucky manufacturers. Sen. Paul’s proposal would bar FPI from contracts reserved for small businesses. Sen. Paul also co-sponsored the Federal Prisons Accountability Act, legislation introduced by Sen. McConnell that would provide greater oversight of FPI.
Fighting for Kentucky’s Defense Communities
Sen. Paul, along with Reps. Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie, introduced legislation that would provide a more accurate count of our deployed service members in the national census conducted every 10 years. The Service Members and Communities Act would allow deployed service members to be counted in the communities in which their permanent duty station or home is located on the date of the census. This legislation would have an effect on defense communities like Fort Knox and Fort Campbell.
Defending Kentucky Property Owners
Sen. Paul introduced the Defense of Environment and Property Act to rein in the EPA’s war on private property. Thousands of property owners across America, including in Kentucky, face aggressive action from the EPA and the Army Corps, with no legal means to fight back. His bill would restore common sense to federal jurisdiction over navigable waters and place reasonable limitations on an agency that has become dangerously out of control.
Proposing Government Reforms
Sen. Paul has introduced several measures to reform the federal government. He introduced the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require Congress to approve every major rule proposed by the Executive Branch which has an annual economic impact of $100 million or more before it can be enforced on the American people. The REINS Act was originally introduced by former Rep. Geoff Davis, who was inspired to write the bill after meeting with a Kentuckian who was concerned about the effect of unfunded EPA mandates on his utility bills.
Sen. Paul has also introduced the Read the Bills Act, Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act, Write the Laws Act, and One Subject at a Time Act.
Fixing the Criminal Justice System
In Kentucky, Sen. Paul has fought to restore voting rights for non-violent felons who have completed their sentences. In 2014, he testified in front of a Kentucky General Assembly committee in support of House Bill 70, a constitutional amendment that would have given most ex-felons in Kentucky the right to vote. Sen. Paul has also proposed legislation in the Senate that would restore the right to vote for non-violent ex-felons in federal races.
Sens. Paul and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have teamed-up to introduce the REDEEM Act, a comprehensive bill that would reform the nation’s criminal justice system and give those convicted of non-violent crimes a second chance at the American Dream.
Sen. Paul has also proposed the RESET Act and a bill to reform civil asset forfeitures.
GOP Leaders Endorse Campaign
In addition to Sen. McConnell, all the GOP members of the Kentucky Congressional delegation – Reps. Whitfield, Guthrie, Thomas Massie, Hal Rogers and Andy Barr – are endorsing the campaign.
Republican leaders serving in Frankfort – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers and House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover – are also backing Sen. Paul's re-election.
Rep. Ed Whitfield (1st District)
“I fully support Sen. Rand Paul in his bid for re-election to the United States Senate. It has been a pleasure to serve with him over the past few years on behalf of our constituents on a variety of issues. His dedication to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and attention to the First District has been exemplary, and I am proud to serve with him in the United States Congress.”
Rep. Brett Guthrie (2nd District)
“I am proud to support Rand for re-election to the U.S. Senate. He has been a national leader in holding the Obama Administration accountable and in growing the Republican Party brand. Rand and I share a policy passion for reducing the size of government, especially in the area of protecting small businesses from overreaching regulations that hamper job creation.”
Rep. Thomas Massie (4th District)
“Sen. Rand Paul inspired me to seek office, and I will continue to stand with him and the other principled conservatives in Washington, D.C. to fight for the people of Kentucky and our nation. Over the past four years, Rand has been a true Constitutional conservative and a fearless advocate for personal liberty, economic freedom, and fiscal responsibility. I am proud to have Sen. Paul represent the Commonwealth in Washington.”
Rep. Hal Rogers (5th District)
“Sen. Paul has proven to be a strong voice for action, opening more interest and discussion for Americans to talk to their legislators than ever before. Together, Senator Paul and I have worked to rein in government overreach and develop better economic opportunities for Kentuckians. Our Commonwealth will continue to benefit from having the power team of Senators McConnell and Paul working together in the Senate and it is a pleasure to support him for re-election.”
Rep. Andy Barr (6th District)
“Kentuckians have benefitted from Rand Paul's vision and hard work in the Senate, and I am proud to endorse his re-election. I look forward to continuing our work to rein in an unaccountable government, control spending in Washington and promote liberty so we can finally get America back on the right track.”
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
“Sen. Rand Paul is an independent leader driving a new and diverse generation into his brand of conservatism. I am honored to support his campaign for re-election.”
Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers
“Sen. Rand Paul has my support for his re-election bid to the United States Senate. He has proven he is the right person to represent Kentucky. Since Sen. Paul took his seat in the United States senate in 2010, he has found an amazing balance, standing with his party and working closely with his caucus and leaders. At the same time, he challenges the status quo, and continuously asks everyone, including the GOP and its leadership, to do the same. He is an independent and strong voice, without being an obstructionist. Kentucky, and the entire country, benefit from his service.”
Kentucky House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover
“I am glad that Sen. Rand Paul has chosen to seek re-election. Kentucky will be well represented in this new U.S. Senate, as Republicans take the helm. I am confident that Sens. Mitch McConnell and Paul will make a great team and lead our state and nation forward. I am happy to support his re-election efforts.”
About Sen. Rand Paul:
Elected in 2010, Rand Paul is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky.
A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Rand was a practicing ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., for 17 years.
In 1995, he founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, an organization that provides eye exams and surgery to needy families and individuals. Today, even as a U.S. Senator, he continues to provide pro-bono eye surgery to Kentuckians in need of care.
Rand has been married for 24 years to Kelley Ashby of Russellville, Ky., and they have three sons.
ROMNEY, BUSH ARE TOP GOP CONTENDERS FOR 2016 RACE, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL FINDS;CLINTON LEADS, TIED WITH CHRISTIE OR ROMNEY
Republican voters nationwide want 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney back in the game,giving him the top position at 19 percent in an early look at the 2016 presidential race in aQuinnipiac University national poll released today. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is next with 11 percent, followed by New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and Dr. Ben Carson at 8 percent each. No other Republican tops 6 percent, with 16 percent undecided.
With Romney out of the race, Jeb Bush leads with 14 percent, followed by Christie at 11percent, Carson at 9 percent and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 8 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Another 19 percent are undecided.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sweeps the Democratic field with 57 percent, followed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 13 percent and Vice President Joseph Biden at 9 percent, with no other candidate above 4 percent and 14 percent undecided. If Clinton does not run, Biden gets 34 percent, followed by Warren with 25 percent.
Romney runs best against Clinton in a general election, taking 45 percent to her 44
percent. In other matchups:
“Remember Mitt? Republicans still have Gov. Mitt Romney top of mind and top of the heap in the potential race for the top job,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
DNC Announces 2016 Convention City Finalists
Washington, DC – Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz today announced the finalist cities under consideration to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention: Columbus, New York, and Philadelphia. The announcement comes after a round of site visits by the DNC’s Technical Advisory Group to five cities.
“We’re thrilled to move to the next step of the selection process to determine where Democrats will come together to nominate the 45th President of the United States,” said Wasserman Schultz. “We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event and we thank Phoenix and Birmingham for showcasing their special communities. We look forward to working with Columbus, New York, and Philadelphia as we go forward.”
In addition, the DNC announced the potential weeks for the 2016 convention that will be under consideration: Weeks of July 18, July 25, and August 22. The DNC will announce a final city and date early next year.
Below is an e-mail Wasserman Schultz will send to supporters on the news.
I'm so excited to share some great news for 2016: We have three finalists to host the Democratic National Convention where we'll nominate the next President of the United States.
Here's that list: Philadelphia, New York, and Columbus.
In the next few months, we'll be making our final choice.
In the meantime, I need you to say you're supporting Democrats as we build up to 2016. We'll make sure you're one of the first to know as soon as we've made our decision:
I'm so excited for this convention, and I hope you are too. We have a critical, incredible opportunity to elect another Democrat to the presidency, and this is where we'll come together as a party to do that important work. We will review what we've learned from 2014 and what we can do to make the coming years the best our party has ever had.
We'll be keeping you updated with details about the convention, and we'll announce the location soon.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
Paul Ryan on the President’s Executive Order on Immigration
Washington, DC - Last night, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan offered the following statement after President Obama’s speech indicating he would issue a sweeping Executive Order on immigration:
“The President’s decision to issue this executive order is a stunning act of partisanship and polarization. Clearly, he is more interested in playing politics than helping hard-working taxpayers. With this legally suspect and unilateral act, he has poisoned the well on what should be a bipartisan effort and brought relations with Congress to a new low.
“Congressional leaders asked for time in order to advance reforms that secure our border, respect the rule of law, and fix this broken system – but the President has refused to work with us; instead, he’s chosen to go it alone.
“We need to fix our immigration system, and we can fix it while upholding the rule of law. But the President’s overreach will make lasting reform that much harder to achieve.”
More from Congressman Ryan on the President’s executive action:
•Washington Post: “We've gone to the president and said, ‘Give us time to do immigration reform, to work on the issue this year. We want to get this done.’ And this is the reaction he has to that?” said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the 2012 vice presidential candidate. “He had two years with a super-majority of his own party, and he didn't lift a finger. And now he won’t give us a few weeks? He’s basically choosing to give us a partisan bomb.”
•Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “I fear that if the president moves forward on this unconstitutional executive order, that he’s going to do so much to poison the well intentionally, to pick a fight with Congress, that it’s going to bring more gridlock,” Ryan said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. “If he proceeds with this, it would be one of the most breathtaking and stunning acts of polarization that I have ever seen in government,” Ryan said. “That will be his intentional decision to have an even more adversarial relationship with Congress.
•Washington Times: “Rather than go around Congress, I would encourage the President to give the House time to develop solutions that respect the rule of law, secure our border, and fix our broken system for good.”
•Reuters: "I think it would do great damage in his relations with Congress," Ryan said of an expected Obama move to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States. "If he chooses to do this, we will see this as a move for him to play 2016 politics, to try and help his party versus our party, instead of working and coming to common ground with Republicans in 2015 to get things done, which is what I think the voters told us they want in this very last election."
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Executive Action by President Obama
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of executive action on illegal immigration:
“In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy. As we saw with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the border, a bad policy led to children being put at risk. The president's decision tonight will lead to more illegal immigration, not less. It is time for the president and Congress to secure our border, followed by meaningful reforms. There is no more time for political grandstanding.”
Mike Huckabee Statement on President Obama's Speech on Immigration
I just returned from a trip to England where I was reminded of why Americans fled the tyranny of King George, now Americans are subjected to the tyrannical actions of "Emperor Obama' with his wholly unconstitutional Executive Action on Immigration. Our Founding Fathers created a system of government with checks and balances and the president's repeated actions bypassing Congress are an insult to the American people.
As a former Governor, I understand that complex legislation requires working with both Democrats and Republicans, listening to all sides, compromising when possible, and ultimately executing the will of the consent of the governed. President Obama has never learned that valuable lesson in leadership. He is wading off into dangerous waters by acting alone yet again on something as important as immigration.