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SE @ Conservative State Project Endorses John Hostettler for Indiana Senate-Revised and Updated …..

From SE…….

Joining John Oxendine, Sue Lowden, Mick Mulvaney, Mike Vasovski, and Chuck Purgason on our roster of endorsements is former Congressman John N. Hostettler, and here’s the issues and a list of his accomplishments in the House that bring me to my decision:
The Issues:

1. Taxes and Spending: Mr. Hostettler believes that it is not that the federal government taxes too little, it is that it spends too much. As a member of the House, Hostettler consistently voted for tax cuts including the creation of the child tax credit, lowering of capital gains rates and dividend tax rates, accelerated depreciation schedules and the phase out and outright elimination of the estate tax, and that fundamental tax reform is necessary to grow the economy and create long term job growth. He voted to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which authorized the income tax. He also believes that if all taxpaying Americans were compelled to write a check to the federal government for the taxes that are currently withheld, those same Americans would demand that Congress reduce spending and stop taking so much of their hard-earned income. If elected, he will work in the Senate to make permanent the tax cuts passed in 2001 and scheduled to sunset in 2011.

2. Health Care: Mr. Hostettler opposes the government takeover of the US health care system recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. He believes that Congress should allow for more competition and work to reduce health care costs by building on the success of Health Savings Accounts by making all health insurance premiums either deductible or a tax credit, creating Health Marts and Association Health Plans which allow individuals and families to negotiate collectively for health care services based on where they live and on their profession, religion, membership in an organization, etc., allowing health insurance plans to be purchased across state lines, and enacting tort reform, which will result in lower health care costs because medical professionals will not be compelled to practice “defensive medicine” which they do now for no other reason than to defend themselves in a potential lawsuit. If elected, Mr. Hostettler will work to repeal ObamaCare and work to bring our health care system out of the Federal Government’s grip.

3. Abortion: Mr. Hostettler is pro-life, period. He believes that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that first and most important of these God-given rights is the right to life. In Congress, Hostettler has voted for the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, the Mexico City Policy which prohibited the use of US taxpayer dollars for abortion and abortion counseling in foreign countries, and the Right to Life Act which would give legal protection to the unborn under the Fourteenth Amendment. As a result of this record, Mr. Hostettler’s election to the House of Representatives was consistently endorsed by the National Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life. If elected, he will not give his consent to a judicial nominee if he concludes that the nominee in question believes the constitution allows the destruction of innocent, unborn human life.

4. Marriage: Mr. Hostettler believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. In Congress, he co-sponsored and voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, the utilization of Congress’ authority under Article IV of the United States Constitution to regulate full faith and credit relationships and protects states that do not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples from being compelled to recognize such licenses issued by states that do, and the Marriage Protection Act, the utilization of authority found in Article III to limit the appellate jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court. If elected, he will introduce DOMA and MPA and push for their passage so that Indiana is not compelled by a federal court to recognize same-sex marriage licenses issued by another state.

5. Guns: Mr. Hostettler is a staunch defender of our Second Amendment Rights. He is a gun owner and hunter. As a Congressman, he voted to repeal the Clinton Gun Ban on semi-automatic firearms and magazines, led the effort to defund the Smith & Wesson agreement between that manufacturer and the Clinton Administration that would have given preferences to Smith & Wesson after its previous corporate leadership arranged a deal in order to get out of legal proceedings against the gun industry, led the effort to allow civilian airline pilots to carry firearms on board after the 9/11 tragedy was perpetrated by terrorists who were able to overpower pilots and fly airplanes into buildings and a rural field, and sponsored legislation to allow national reciprocity for conceal and carry of firearms. As a result of this record, Mr. Hostettler’s election to the U.S. House of Representatives was consistently endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. He will build on the above if he is elected.

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

In the Republican Presidental Race for 2012…..Endorsements are double edged…..

The race for President in  2012….. on the Republican side has already begun……

Mitt Romney is currently in the lead……

Candidates for the nomination give endorsements to help people they like…and to get their backing when they need it later on….

This year endorsements can mean money for the person getting the endorsement…

And ‘angst’ if the giver is deemed too establishment….

What’s a politician to do?

This is turning out to be a year when any association with Washington and the political establishment can be toxic. And that’s reversing the old calculus that primary endorsements unnecessarily create enemies. In such a climate, says longtime strategist John Weaver, wading into the fray can be “a pretty smart play” for presidential candidates trying to demonstrate their throw-the-bums-out bona fides. So far, their endorsements have kicked up dustin GOP primaries from Kentucky and South Carolina to Indiana and New York.

That potential presidential contenders are so eager to associate themselves with the rage bubbling up from thegrass roots suggests that they expect a 2012 nomination race different from the GOP’s standard, establishment-driven coronation. The endorsement derby is “a case study, I think, of the most wide-open Republican nominating contest since 1964 — maybe ever,” says veteran operative Ralph Reed, who now heads a conservative grass-roots organization called the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Typically, endorsements bring stature and donations to the candidates who receive them. This year, it sometimes appears that the politicians looking to burnish their reputations are the ones bestowing their support. As one strategist for a much-mentioned 2012 contender put it: “With some of these things, it’s more an effort to communicate who you are, where you come from and where you stand.”

A well-timed endorsement can also put a future presidential candidate’s name into the media spotlight for a news cycle or two and light up the political blogosphere. However, taking sides in primaries is not without peril. If your candidate loses, you open yourself to payback from the winner. That explains, for instance, why Rubio’s list of high-profile endorsers didn’t start growing until his lead in the polls did……

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April 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 9 Comments

Cheney endorses Rubio…Disses Crist…..

I guess the red meat crowd are happy with the ex-Vice President coming aboard the every larger Rubio train and throwing barbs at Crist…….

At this rate Crist isn’t gonna have many friends in the GOP anyways…….

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Marco Rubio in Florida’s GOP Senate primary.

“Our country is at a crossroads facing threats from abroad and attempts from within to restructure the very foundation of our freedoms,” Cheney said in a statement.

“America requires leaders to face down these challenges who are confident in who they are and what they stand for. Leaders who know that public service is about something bigger than climbing the political ladder and amassing greater political power.”

Cheney also took a shot at Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who according to reports is mulling an Independent bid for the Senate against Rubio, who he trails badly in GOP primary polls.

“Lately it seems Charlie Crist cannot be trusted even to remain a Republican. I strongly urge him to either stay in the Republican Primary or drop out of the race. The only winners from an independent bid by Crist would be Barack Obama and Harry Reid,” Cheney said.

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April 22, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , | 7 Comments

GOP Sen. Jim DeMint favors HIS Conservatives…….

The Republican’s are beginning to act like the Democrats…..

The is some drama going on in the endorsement department…..

With people NOT following the party line…..

[ Jim DeMint ]

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is endorsing state Sen. Marlin Stutzman in the GOP primary for retiring Sen. Evan Bayh’s (D-Ind.) seat, according to Fox News.
DeMint’s endorsement comes just days after Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) backed another lesser-known candidate, Rep. John Hostettler (R-Ind.). Former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) is the favorite in the GOP primary, but thanks to a late start and some less-than-outstanding fundraising numbers, the May 4 primary looks to be up in the air.

From Fox:

With the Republican primary in Indiana’s US Senate race just two weeks out, candidate Marlin Stutzman picked-up an endorsement from a potential future colleague. Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina told Fox News exclueively that Stutzman was his choice in the Hoosier State’s five-candidate GOP primary.

DeMint disclosed to Fox News senior producer Trish Turner late Monday about his decision to back Stutzman.

“I like Dan (Coats). I like John (Hostettler), but we need new faces here,” said DeMint.

The Palmetto State Senator continued, “(Stutzman’s) not as well known as the other two, but what we’ve seen … (Stutzman’s) won just about all the straw polls. The activists are beginning to know who he is, and that’s the reason I decided to get in. I’m trying to give some spotlight to the underdogs.”

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More from the Washington Post’s ‘The Fix’…..here……...

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 17 Comments

Rudy Giuluani goes after Rand Paul……..

The former NYC Mayor and twice Did Not Finish national candidate has acussed Rand Paul of being part of the ….blame America first crowd.”……

The former New York mayor on Monday endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the GOP Senate primary, and he proceeded to go after Paul, Grayson’s primary opponent, in some pretty stark terms. He didn’t mention Paul by name, but the target is clear.

Following a line of attack Grayson has used against Paul, Giuliani said Grayson “is not part of the ‘blame America first’ crowd that wants to bestow the rights of U.S. citizens on terrorists and point fingers at America for somehow causing 9/11.”

“Kentucky needs a senator who understands the threat posed by our enemies abroad,” Giuliani said. “I witnessed firsthand the destruction and loss of life our enemies can cause. Like me, Trey Grayson knows we must stay on offense against terrorism, and he supports using all the essential tools we have in that fight, including monitoring the conversations and activities of suspected foreign terrorists as allowed by the Patriot Act.”

Grayson has rolled out late endorsements from former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and now, Giuliani. Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and a favorite of the Tea Party crowd, last week nabbed the backing of retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

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April 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

Daniel…… Indiana Senate: Daniel G. endorses State Senator Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) in the Republican Senate Primary……Update….

Hello Republican fellows!
Folks, I’ve toyed a long time with this because I was torn between two Candidates so TODAY I’m ready to PROUDLY announce my Support for State Senator Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) in the Indiana Republican Senate Primary. Over the last months I’ve closely examined Former Rep. John Hostettler (whom my friend SE over at Conservative State Project endorsed) and Stutzman.

I came to the conclusion that Stutzman has everything what it takes to be a good Senator. He’s young, charismatic and shares the Hoosiers Values.

Marlin needs your help to win on May 4th so please go to his Website:

http://www.gomarlin.com/

P. S.:

My Endorsement doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t support Hostettler or Coats if they were to win the Primary.

I WILL SUPPORT THE REPUBLICAN Nominee BUT for now I’m with Stutzman.
After all WE MUST STOP the big Democratic Spending Agenda from Pelosi & Reid & Obama and return to fisical Resposibility and OUR Conservative Values.

Proudly Stutzman Endorser

Daniel G.

Update:

For those Republicans who are living in Indiana turn on your TV as there is a GOP Senate Debate this afternoon at 4pm ET the Indianapolis Star reports:

http://www.indystar.com/article/20100408/NEWS05/100408020/GOP-U.S.-Senate-hopefuls-debate-today

You can watch the Debate here:

http://www.wxnt.com/

The Live begins at 3pm ET.

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 24 Comments

Conservative State Project endorses Chuck Purgason for MO Senate…..

Joining our list of endorsements which include John Oxendine,John Hostettler, Sue Lowden, Mick Mulvaney, and Mike Vasovski, Conservative State Project is pleased to announce our endorsement of Chuck Purgason for the US Senate. Here are the issues I base my support of Purgason on:

1. Balanced Budget: Purgason knows that the number one plank of the Republican Party platform is a balanced budget. But when the GOP was in charge with the President, House, and Senate, why was it not balanced? Spending increased under their leadership. What we had were politicians who said they were for a balanced budget but voted for budgets that put more debt on our families. He promises to not vote for a budget that is not balanced, offer amendments, and show leadership to bring fiscal sanity back to our nation’s capitol.

2. Earmarks: Purgason also knows that another plank in the Republican platform was no earmarks. How is budget of the United States balanced when 535 members of Congress are allowed to use our governments “credit card”? In our debtor nation, we must stop this runaway and unaccountable spending. Purgason pledges to not vote for any earmarks and work to reform this failed system.

3. Family Lobbyists: Purgason believes that family lobbyists are a conflict of interest. No member of his family is involved in any function of government other than being a working taxpayer who gets stuck paying bills lobbyists and politicians come up with.

4. Stimulus: Purgason believes that the TARP program opened the door for the process of government picking who survives and who dies in our free market system. Instead of protecting taxpayers hard earned dollars and allowing taxpayers to stimulate the economy by spending their money, the politicians put us more and more into debt by increasing government spending and involvement in our lives and free market system. He will vote against any spending measure put before the Senate if elected.

5. Campaign Funds for Bailed-out Companies: Purgason sees that an example of this monstrosity is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. How can you use tax dollars to bail out those companies and then accept campaign contributions from them? He will do what it takes to put an end to this.

6. Out-of-State Fundraisers: After seeing the other candidates hosting fundraisers in places like Chicago, New York, Washington, and a lobster bake on a beach in Florida, Purgason pledges to hold no fundraisers outside the state of Missouri.

7. Term Limits: Purgason has served under term limits his whole career. In order for us to break the corrupt cycle of entrenched politicians, he pledges to serve only two terms as Missouri’s Senator.

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March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Conservative State Project endorses Mike Vasovski for South Carolina’s 3rd House District….

Joining our list of endorsements such as John Oxendine, John Hostettler, Sue Lowden, and Mick Mulvaney, Conservative State Project is pleased to endorse Mike Vasovski for US Congress. Here are the 3 principles of which I support him on:

1. A Wall Separating Big Business and Big Government: Mike Vasovski knows that the essence of socialism is when the politically powerful wield their political power to protect and promote their own personal profits, and that it’s why the foremost principle of our great Republic must be a separation of private profit from public power. When a politician uses their position for political gain and to get money, we call it corruption. When a company uses their money to influence a politician, we call them special interests. This double standard needs to end, as well as the practice of using government to benefit private businesses. The idea that government exists to serve big businesses is wrong and just as dangerous as the idea that government exists to regulate business. Governments exist to serve the people, not the business interests of wealthy and powerful individuals. It is with this in mind that our forefathers created the constitution, a document defining the limits of power. This was not an idea that came out of nothing, it was an idea that came about because they understood the dangers of letting government become too powerful, especially a government that could be bought and paid for by the wealthy interests of the world. It’s time to let business and the Government do what’s best for the people.

2. The Role of Government: Vasovski believes that governments exist to serve the people. This is the paramount idea behind the republic, that people know what’s best for themselves, and they should be able to elect representatives that will represent their ideals. Do Americans think government acts like a government? We are mad when people stick their noses into our business, when other people simply assume that we’re dishonest criminals. We are offended when other people tell us how to live, or what to believe, or what health treatments we should get. Why do we let government do these things? Why don’t we get offended when politicians tell us what products are worth a tax credit, or when our politicians tell us we need to open our bank accounts to government inspectors? Why don’t we get offended when our government tells us how long we can water our lawn, or what kind of light bulbs we use in our houses? We are not as stupid as our government presumes. It’s time to remind Congress that it serves the people, not the other way around.

3. Partisan Politics: Vasovski believes we can’t afford to turn away a good idea because it might have been proposed by someone on the other side of the aisle. A good idea is a good idea no matter whether sponsor is a Democrat or a Republican. We are Americans, a good idea from any of us ought to be considered on its own merit. It’s time that our politicians stop playing games with the American people. We have real serious problems in this country today. The last thing we should be doing is arguing with each other over credit for the solutions. We need to focus on finding common-sense solutions to these pressing problems, not Republican solutions or Democrat solutions. It’s time to put partisan games aside and start putting common-sense solutions in place to face the problems of the 21st century.

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March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Conservative State Project endorses Mike Vasovski for South Carolina's 3rd House District….

Joining our list of endorsements such as John Oxendine, John Hostettler, Sue Lowden, and Mick Mulvaney, Conservative State Project is pleased to endorse Mike Vasovski for US Congress. Here are the 3 principles of which I support him on:

1. A Wall Separating Big Business and Big Government: Mike Vasovski knows that the essence of socialism is when the politically powerful wield their political power to protect and promote their own personal profits, and that it’s why the foremost principle of our great Republic must be a separation of private profit from public power. When a politician uses their position for political gain and to get money, we call it corruption. When a company uses their money to influence a politician, we call them special interests. This double standard needs to end, as well as the practice of using government to benefit private businesses. The idea that government exists to serve big businesses is wrong and just as dangerous as the idea that government exists to regulate business. Governments exist to serve the people, not the business interests of wealthy and powerful individuals. It is with this in mind that our forefathers created the constitution, a document defining the limits of power. This was not an idea that came out of nothing, it was an idea that came about because they understood the dangers of letting government become too powerful, especially a government that could be bought and paid for by the wealthy interests of the world. It’s time to let business and the Government do what’s best for the people.

2. The Role of Government: Vasovski believes that governments exist to serve the people. This is the paramount idea behind the republic, that people know what’s best for themselves, and they should be able to elect representatives that will represent their ideals. Do Americans think government acts like a government? We are mad when people stick their noses into our business, when other people simply assume that we’re dishonest criminals. We are offended when other people tell us how to live, or what to believe, or what health treatments we should get. Why do we let government do these things? Why don’t we get offended when politicians tell us what products are worth a tax credit, or when our politicians tell us we need to open our bank accounts to government inspectors? Why don’t we get offended when our government tells us how long we can water our lawn, or what kind of light bulbs we use in our houses? We are not as stupid as our government presumes. It’s time to remind Congress that it serves the people, not the other way around.

3. Partisan Politics: Vasovski believes we can’t afford to turn away a good idea because it might have been proposed by someone on the other side of the aisle. A good idea is a good idea no matter whether sponsor is a Democrat or a Republican. We are Americans, a good idea from any of us ought to be considered on its own merit. It’s time that our politicians stop playing games with the American people. We have real serious problems in this country today. The last thing we should be doing is arguing with each other over credit for the solutions. We need to focus on finding common-sense solutions to these pressing problems, not Republican solutions or Democrat solutions. It’s time to put partisan games aside and start putting common-sense solutions in place to face the problems of the 21st century.

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March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Conservative State Project endorses John Hostettler for the Indiana Senate….

Joining John Oxendine on our roster of endorsements is former Congressman John N. Hostettler, and here’s a list of his accomplishments in the House that bring me to my decision:

1. In 1995, he successfully amended the District of Columbia Appropriations Bill to eliminate the “Domestic Partnership” policy of Washington.

2. In 1998, he traveled to Moscow as part of a Congressional delegation to discuss U.S. deployment of a national missile defense system with members of the Russian Duma.

3. In 2002, he was one of six GOP Members of the United States House of Representatives and one of three Conservative GOP Members to vote against the House resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to preemptively engage in military conflict with the nation of Iraq. At the time, in October 2002, Hostettler said the intelligence supporting the claim of a program of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was “tenuous at best”.

4. In 2003, as Chairperson of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims, he successfully amended the Department of State reauthorization bill to require the State Department to regulate the use of consular cards of foreign nations in the U.S.

5. In 2003, he successfully amended the Commerce, State and Justice appropriations bill to discontinue funding of the enforcement of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which called for the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama State Supreme Court House placed there by Alabama State Chief Justice Roy Moore.

6. In 2004, the House passed Mr. Hostettler’s Marriage Protection Act (MPA) which would make it illegal for federal courts from imposing Massachusetts same-sex marriage licenses on any other state.

7. In 2006, the House passed Mr. Hostettler’s Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA) which would make forbidden federal courts from requiring defendants such as a Board of County Commissioners to pay a plaintiff’s lawyers, such as the ACLU, fees after the federal courts order the removal of a religious symbol such as the Ten Commandments from the County courthouse lawn.

And in 2008, he wrote a book titled “Nothing for the Nation: Who Got What Out of Iraq”, a book that has received positive reviews from Conservative minded people. These accomplishments make him, IMO, the best qualified candidate for IN-SEN. However, this is just my opinion, and I’d like to hear yours in the comments.

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March 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , , | 12 Comments