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What would Wisconsin Assembly Democrats have done?

Added $1.7 billion in spending and created a $1.4 billion deficit.

From the Maclver Institute:

A comprehensive analysis of Assembly Democrats’ proposed amendments to the recently passed state budget shows that had their amendments been adopted, spending would have increased by $1.7 billion.

Our analysts consulted with the nonpartisan Legisaltive Fiscal Bureau as they went through the amendment packages line by line. Their findings: If the Assembly Democrats’ twelve major packaged amendments to the budget bill had passed, Wisconsin would be looking at a $1,779,098,700 spending increase.

None of the amendments offered by the assembly Democrats passed and many of the later amendments containing similar provisions of earlier packages.

In our analysis of the twelve major amendment packages offered by Assembly Democrats we did not ‘double count’ proposed expenditures: If a specific spending proposal was included in more than one amendment, we only counted the spending once.

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Democrats Worried about losing the Latino vote?

Are Democrats worried about losing the Latino vote? Seems like it. Read about the RSLC’s efforts to reach out with it’s newly announced program, the Future Majority Project.

From the Daily Caller:

The same survey found that one-third of Latino Republicans are former Democrats, a figure that could change as the GOP begins to actively develop Latino and Hispanic bases.

Last week, the Republican State Leadership Committee launched a $3 million initiative aimed at attracting and promoting conservative Latinos running for office. Not that an unofficial intuitive wasn’t already underway: The number of Hispanic Democratic officeholders has decreased by about 2 percent since 2006, while it’s jumped to 22.5 percent for Hispanic Republicans, according to NPR. Thanks to the 210 midterm elections, state-level elected Hispanic Republicans now outnumber corresponding Democrats by a 5-to-3 margin.

As Republicans make a clear and concerted effort to bring Latino voters into the conservative fold, does the DNC’s new ad suggest concern about losing a voting bloc that swung heavily for Barack Obama in 2008?

“This [ad] is nothing more than a strong signal, just how high of a priority Hispanic voters are to this President and to this campaign,” said DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, defending the ad against suggestions that it was a response to Republicans, during a press conference touting the campaign. “And the Hispanic community needs to know the accomplishments.”

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NPR: Republicans Ramp Up Outreach to Hispanics – RSLC Leading the Way

From NPR:

With the 2012 sweepstakes for Hispanic votes under way, President Obama and the Democrats tout a decided advantage. But as more Latino Republicans run for state and local offices — and win — they could persuade Hispanic voters to reconsider their party loyalty.

For many years, the overwhelming majority of Latinos in elected office have been Democrats, due in part to the party’s advocacy of social programs and pro-amnesty immigration policies.

Today, elected Latino Democrats outnumber elected Latino Republicans by an 11-to-1 margin, according to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).

But the ranks of Latino Democrats have thinned over the past five years, while their Republican counterparts have gained.

Since 2006, the number of Hispanic Democratic officeholders has shrunken by nearly 2 percent. Meanwhile, the number of Hispanic Republicans in office has increased 22.5 percent.

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WSJ: How the GOP can win the Youth Vote

From the Wall Street Journal:

As the Republican field jockeys for position in the 2012 presidential primaries, it is no surprise to hear the candidates trying to bolster their authority by invoking the name of Ronald Reagan. Yet one critical demographic group will not automatically respond to Reagan’s name: Young voters of the millennial generation, so named because they are the first to come of age in the new millennium.

The oldest members of this generation were just 8 years old when Reagan left office, so Republican candidates can’t assume that invoking his name will win them over. But the eventual Republican nominee should strive to emulate the Gipper by finding a way to connect conservatism to this rising generation of voters.

Reagan brought an entire generation to the Republican Party in 1980, and in 1984 he won the youth vote by 20%. The GOP needs this kind of revolution again if it hopes to recapture the White House and create a sustained majority.

The millennials—born between the beginning of the Reagan era and the end of the Clinton presidency—are the largest age group in America today, numbering approximately 80 million. There are 17 million more millennials than Baby Boomers and 27 million more than Generation Xers (ages 31-45).

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UT Legislature to feds: ‘Out of control’ spending must stop

From Salt Lake Tribune:

The Utah Legislature voiced strong support for a “Cut, Cap and Balance” proposal in Congress that seeks to make deep cuts to federal spending and implement a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Rep. Wayne Harper, R-West Jordan, said the amendment is needed to stop “out of control” spending by Congress that could result in “an Armageddon in fiscal policy.”

“If we don’t, as a country, manage the budget … the budget will manage us and lienholders will be our masters for generations,” Harper said.

Sponsors of the resolution wanted Utah to take the lead, hoping that other states would follow suit. It passed the Senate by a vote of 24-1 and the House by a vote of 51-12. The governor is expected to sign it when it reaches his desk.

Supporters called the passage of the resolution “pre-ratification,” signaling that Utah would ratify the specific balanced-budget amendment if it is passed by Congress — although it isn’t possible to “pre-ratify” an amendment and the body would still have to vote to approve any amendment that is passed.

The resolution was added to the agenda for Wednesday’s special session at the urging of U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who is sponsoring a balanced-budget amendment, and the language in the resolution copies his amendment.

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POLITICO: RSLC unveils Latino recruitment plan

From The Politico:

The Republican State Leadership Committee debuted a new initiative Monday aimed at attracting more Hispanic candidates to run for office.

The Future Majority Project — which also aims to recruit women and younger voters to the GOP — is a response to the country’s changing demographics, and seeks to build Republican support among minority groups at the state level, RSLC chair Ed Gillespie said Monday. The new project will work to recruit, train and support Hispanic candidates for legislative seats and attorney general and secretary of state posts across the U.S.

The FMP has three major objectives: recruit at least 100 new Hispanic legislative candidates across the country, increase the number of female Republican legislative candidates and partner with the College Republican National Committee for a national youth training and mobilization program.

Gillespie said the FMP’s top goal is connecting with Hispanic voters.

“If we don’t adapt now to changes that are taking place in the country, we will face a very different electorate in a couple cycles,” Gillespie said during a conference call with reporters.

The project will cost around $3 million, RSLC President Chris Jankowski estimated.

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RSLC Announces Launch of Future Majority Project

Alexandria, Va. (July 18, 2011) – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced, today, the launch of the Future Majority Project (FMP), which works to recruit and support qualified Hispanic and female candidates for legislative seats, Attorneys General, and Secretaries of State across the nation. The FMP will coordinate with party officials and Hispanic leaders to identify qualified candidates, recruit them and support their campaigns for office.

“In the next decade, elections will feature an electorate that is substantially different from that of today and is vastly different from the electorate that decided a major US election as recently as 2000,” said RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie. “The Future Majority Project views the changing demographics of America’s electorate as a unique opportunity to build the strength, reach and appeal of the Republican Party.”

The FMP will consist of three core initiatives aimed at enhancing the Republican Party’s competitiveness among key constituencies in the face of changing demographics:

  • Hispanic candidate recruitment, training and support initiative: In 2012, the FMP has set a goal to recruit at least 100 new Hispanic Republican legislative candidates across the nation.
  • Female candidate recruitment, training and support initiative: The FMP will work with in-state party leaders to build up the number of qualified female Republican legislative candidates.
  • Youth training and mobilization initiative: The RSLC, in partnership with the College Republican National Committee, will launch a national training and mobilization program to energize political participation among young adults.

The RSLC will provide these candidates with direct and indirect training and support, within the bounds of each state’s campaign finance regulations.

The FMP will be advised by a board of advisers that will provide recommendations for potential Hispanic and female candidates and help construct a state-by-state plan to build support for the project among party leaders, donors and Hispanic and female leaders. The initial board includes:

Hector Barreto

  • President, The Latino Coalition
  • Administrator, Small Business Administration (2001-06)
  • Chairman of the Board, Los Angeles Latin Business Association
  • Vice Chairman, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

George P. Bush

  • Partner, Pennybacker Capital
  • Co-founder, Hispanic Republicans of Texas
  • Chairman, MAVPAC
  • Board of Advisors, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
  • Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Reserves

Hon. Quico Canseco:

  • U.S. Representative, Texas’s 23rd Congressional District (2011-present)
  • President and Director, FMC Developers (1988-2010)
  • Chairman, Texas Heritage Bancshares Inc. (2001-2007)

Hon. Luis Fortuño

  • Governor of Puerto Rico (2009-present)
  • U.S. Member of Congress (2005-2009)
  • Chair, Congressional Hispanic Conference (2007-2009)
  • President, Puerto Rico Statehood Party

Hon. Jamie Herrera Beutler:

  • U.S. Representative, Washington’s 3rd Congressional District (2011-present)
  • State Representative, State of Washington (2007-2010)

Hon. Alci Maldonado:

  • National Chairman, Republican National Hispanic Assembly (2009-present)
  • Commissioner, State of Florida Commission on the Status of Women (2008-present)
  • Executive Board, Lakeland Vision (2007-present)
  • Commissioner, Polk County Efficiency Commission (2005-08)

Hon. Rosario Marin:

  • 41st U.S. Treasurer (2001-03)
  • Executive Board Member, Hispanic 100
  • CA Secretary of State and Consumer Services Agency (2006-2009)
  • Mayor, Huntington Park, CA (1999-2000)
  • City Council, Huntington Park, CA (1995-2001)
  • Co-Founder and Past Chair, National Association of Latina Leaders

Hon. Mel Martinez:

  • U.S. Senator, Florida (2005-2009)
  • Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2001-03)
  • Chairman, Republican National Committee (2006-07)

Hon. Susana Martinez:

  • Governor, State of New Mexico (2011-present)
  • District Attorney, Dona Ana County, State of New Mexico (1997-2010)
  • 2011 Hispanic Woman of the Year, Hispanic Business Magazine

Hon. Lionel Rivera:

  • Mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado (2003-2011)
  • City Council, Colorado Springs (1997-2003)
  • Chairman of the Board, Colorado Springs Utility (2003-11)
  • Founder and Past President, Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (1989-92)
  • Captain, United States Army

Hon. Brian Sandoval:

  • Governor, State of Nevada (2011-present)
  • Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (2005-09)
  • Attorney General, State of Nevada (2003-05)
  • Assemblyman, State of Nevada (1994-98)

“The RSLC believes that cultivating change is best achieved through a bottom-up, state-level approach,” said RSLC President Chris Jankowski. “Over the last decade, the RSLC has built a record, state by state, of electing the GOP’s farm team whose members go on to be elected to Governorships, seats in Congress, and we believe one day soon — the White House.”



RSLC Expands Leadership Team

Alexandria, VA (July 12, 2011) – The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) today announced the further expansion of their team with the hiring of Jessica Medeiros Garrison as the Republican Attorney’s General Association (RAGA) Director. Garrison successfully managed the 2010 campaign of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and most recently served as Deputy Attorney General and Chief Counsel to the Alabama Attorney General.

“Jessica led me to win my first state-wide office. I am confident she will continue to fulfill an instrumental role in supporting Republican Attorneys General across the United States. This is a great opportunity for Jessica and the Republican State Leadership Committee. I look forward to working with her in the future through RAGA,” said Alabama Attorney General Strange.
As RAGA Director, Garrison will play a key role in organizing RAGA’s caucus activities throughout the year and supporting key Attorney General races across the country.

“Jessica has the perfect blend of fundraising, political, and substantive experience to serve as RAGA Director as we are poised to gain a Republican majority of attorneys general in the coming election cycles,” said Chris Jankowski, RSLC President.

Garrison served with former Alabama Attorney General Jeff Sessions (currently United State Senator) and as Director of Public Relations and Legislative Affairs for former Attorney General Bill Pryor (currently U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, 11th Circuit). She also served as law clerk for former Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge L. Scoot Coogler and was a partner with the law firm of Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson and Fowler. She has been an active leader and member of numerous community, business and charitable boards including the Business Council of Alabama, Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama, United Way of West Alabama, Family Counseling Service Board, Druid City Hospital Foundation Board, Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, Kid One Transport System, Tuscaloosa County March of Dimes, Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority Strategic Planning Committee, Farrah Alumni Law Society Board of Trustees, and National Association of Bond Lawyers.

Garrison has been admitted to the Alabama State Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama, and maintains her membership with the American Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar.

The RSLC raised more than $30 million for the 2009-2010 cycle as part of an effort that picked up 20 legislative chambers, six Attorneys General, three Lieutenant Governors and seven Secretaries of State. The RSLC is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down ballot, state-level Republican office-holders. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates for the office of Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State and State Legislator. The RSLC has more than 100,000 donors in all 50 states.



Hawaii Adopts Obama Style Tax Hike on Rich

From Forbes:

Despite all the talk about curbing tax breaks for corporate jets and big oil companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron, the largest dollars in President Barack Obama’s proposed deficit-reducing tax hikes ($293 billion over ten years) come from limiting the value of itemized tax deductions claimed by the better off.

While it’s gotten little notice on the mainland, Obama’s birth state has just raised its taxes on the well off in much the same way. Last month, Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed S.B. 570, making Hawaii the first state in the nation to place a dollar cap on the itemized deductions that better off taxpayers can claim.

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MO: Republicans say Democrat Governor is improperly withholding funds

From Missourian.com:

No one has questioned the need for Missouri to spend taxpayer money to help clean up debris and rebuild public facilities after the nation’s deadliest tornado in decades destroyed a wide swath of Joplin.

But some Republican officials have begun to question whether Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is inappropriately citing the tornado as a reason to hold on to state dollars that had been due to public schools and other government programs.

At issue is a provision in the Missouri Constitution that gives governors authority to make spending cuts if — and only if — state revenues fall short of the estimates upon which the state budget was based. If times are good, the governor must follow dollar-by-dollar each of the hundreds or thousands of specific appropriations that lawmakers list in the budget. If finances are bad, the governor can hold back some or all of the money allotted for particular programs and use it to make up for shortfalls elsewhere.

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