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Tax day tea parties draw thousands – demand accountability

Tax day tea parties brewed across the country with hundreds of thousands taking a stand against many social ills like health care reform, Cap and Tax, 2nd Amendment infringements and looming tax increases.

The 2nd annual Oceanside rally saw thousands shout, share personal signs and support the tea party movement in San Diego, but what most didn’t know in Oceanside was more turned out for this rally than to catch a glimpse of the first lady, Michelle Obama who was also in San Diego on tax day.

The patriotic crowd started the rally with the pledge of allegiance and singing the national anthem. Many attendees were either currently in the military or retired members who took time to listen and learn about state and local leaders running for public office.

Local heavyweight, Sandy Lehmkuhler of the Warrior Foundation brought fellow wounded veterans to the rally and announced their organization had raised more than $6 million to assist returning injured warriors. “Welcome, Home of the free and land of the amazing,” she began.

“I love our military town. It’s an honor to be a part of Wounded Warriors. We are able to fly both parents to San Diego to see their child when he/she returns injured. Our organization gives palm pilots and other devices to assist with their rehabilitation process.” The crowd greeted Lehmkuhler’s message with loud applause and support.

Rally goers were also able to listen to a short stump speech from two California Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Steve Poizner and Larry Naritelli.

Poizner stated that his late entry into the race would benefit his candidacy as he said Meg Whitman’s $50 million campaign to date would turn off voters looking down on establishment candidates.

Poizner recalled a recent precinct walk in Silcon Valley and giving his best pitch to a 12-year-old girl. “It didn’t go well in the liberal community and I felt like I was talking to a young Barbara Boxer!”

At this point Poizner won the crowd over. He went on to list a few priorities his staff would take care of if he were elected to run the state of California. The agenda included turning on the water in Central California, cutting taxes across the board by 10 percent, cutting capitol gains taxes by 50 percent and cutting funding to programs dishing out taxpayer money to illegal immigrants who snuck into the country.

On the other hand Naritelli, the ICaucus endorsed candidate, said he would revoke policies like Cap and Trade and cure the man-made water crisis the Central Valley farmers currently face. “We represent the people not the fish.”

He talked about the common sense leadership that Sacramento desperately needs.
As always, San Diego’s hot topic is illegal immigration. Naritelli says the state needs to turn off all the incentives that lure illegals to America. “If you don’t get free health care why should they? If elected I will support all measures to secure the border.”

In a bit of a jab at sitting California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, he said, “stop being a girly man and turn on the water.”

On a serious note Naritelli said his run for California’s top post was not about him, “It’s about the people and about their Reagan values.”

San Diego’s walking encyclopedia on tax related issues, Richard Rider fired up the crowd on tax day as well. “Sustainability seems to be the buzzword.” He told protestors that the best way to reach limited government was to starve the federal government. “It’s the nuts and bolts of our movement.”

The guy looking to be the next Sheriff in San Diego, Jay LaSuer told the tea partiers that there are approximately 15 thousand MS13 Latino gang members in the county. That statement drew jeers from the audience. “If I’m elected, there will be 15 thousand less gang members in our county. Sheriff Joe Arpaio told me that he would personally help me build the tent prison they will call home.”

LaSuer also reflected on the recent murder of two young San Diego girls, Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. “When I worked in the state legislature I tried to implement a one strike law. You commit a violent act against a child under the age of 14 and it’s one and you’re done. I’ll push for that as your Sheriff.”

LaSuer also explained there are real time GPS units the courts could place on sexual predators that would allow concerned citizens to know exactly where predators are at all times.

Finally Conservative Chuck DeVore, made his presence known and talked about his opponent, Senator Ma’am Barbara Boxer. The longtime Democrat Senator is facing real trouble from all of the candidates that are running against her. The crisis has even reached the White House and President Obama will be attending a fundraiser for Boxer over the weekend.

This came as good news to DeVore who is also endorsed by ICaucus. “This is the year liberty and freedom will advance.” He also talked about the sleeping giant that has been awakened by the tea party movement. “2010 is a pivotal year. This is the year we will clean house in Washington D.C.”

Again talking about the illegal immigration issue stirred tea party attendees. “The virtual fence is virtually worthless,” he said.

DeVore explained the tea party movement began because many Republicans lost their way and failed their constituents. “We are on the road to Socialism and it seems Democrats want to go 100 mph, while Republicans want to slow it to 50 mph that’s not good enough.”

The current road the Democrats are on is unsustainable, according to DeVore. He faces two other challengers Tom Campbell and Carly Fiorina. All are within the margin of error against Boxer, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.

Taking a swipe at Al Gore, DeVore said, “I used Al Gore’s invention (the so-called internet) to raise more than $1.8 million from 24,000 people, thanks Al.”

Finishing it up he said, “We the people have had it up to here and we are not going to take it anymore.” The crowd was enthusiastic and echoed the sentiment as they left the rally.

Rick Amato a locally taped talk radio show host that broadcasts live across the country on KCBQ 1170 emceed the rally.

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Fire 92 percent of Congressional members a new poll cites

In a new CBS News/ New York Times poll only eight percent want the current members in the House to remain in office while a staggering 92 percent want the bums kicked out.

The November election is shaping up to be historical in nature especially with the general public completely placing their anger squarely on the ultra-partisan politics taking place under the tutelage of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

The question being raised is how will President Obama react if he loses the majority in both chambers, will he dig in or will he morph much like President Clinton did after the 1994 Congressional revolution?

Nowhere is this scenario on display more than the shocking announcement from Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) that he would not seek reelection-not because he didn’t like serving, but he didn’t like D.C. politics.

The American people are voicing their concern in a big way as 80 percent of those polled stated Congress is more interested in serving special interests rather than their constituents.

It doesn’t get much better for those poll participants who voiced their overwhelming disapproval of the job Congress is currently doing, 75 percent are unhappy with House members.

As far as the President is concerned, the left-leaning poll reports Obama’s numbers continue to sink and now stand at 46 percent with 45 percent strongly disapproving of his performance.

Also there’s no improvement when it comes to Obama’s signature piece of legislation – health care reform. Highlighting the process that took place behind closed doors and bribing his own party members didn’t bode well with respondents, 55 percent said they disapproved of the President’s handling while only 35 percent sided with Obama.

Another poll out today from Pew Research Center showed the numbers increase when it comes to reelecting their representative. More than 30 percent said they would not vote for the incumbent. The polls in the past showed voters upset with Congress as a whole, yet they seemed to like their guy. This should serve as a wake -up call for the entire Washington clan

Riding the wave of discontent is the tea party movement and their efforts have has been successful in getting fiscally conservative candidates elected in the recent off –cycle races namely, Scott Brown (R-MA), Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and Chris Christie (R-NJ).

The success of Conservatives comes as welcome news to tea party organizers who tend to be more moderate on social issues and remain solid on smaller government and less taxation principles.

The populist movement could help propel Reagan Conservative Chuck DeVore in his fight with California’s stalwart Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and the Bayh vacancy opens up the primary race to Indiana tea party supporter John Hostettler (R-IN) race against a liberal Republican and GOP establishment player Dan Coats (R-IN) who is also a former lobbyist.

As the silly season warms up one thing is for sure, no one in Congress is safe, no candidates are immune from online blogging and the 24-hour news cycle will be catching every minute on the campaign trail.

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Money Bombs, politics and Senator DeMint

Looking to build on the Scott Brown (R-MASS) Conservative mania sweeping across the country, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has dedicated a new political action committee to help lesser-known candidates.The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) is floating much needed finances to Conservative candidates in hotly contested primaries.

DeMint explains the SCF has made sure the “conservative voice” is heard within the Republican Party as well as around the nation. “What we are trying to do with the Senate Conservatives Fund with people like Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Chuck DeVore in California, and a number of others is to at least give Republicans an option of main stream conservative candidates in the primaries.”

A good example of this “mixing it up politics” is the Florida GOP primary where establishment guy Charlie Crist is facing a tightening race with young up-and-comer Marco Rubio.

“ is the money bomb we hope to drop on Marco Rubio. He’s a great young candidate in Florida running for the Senate against more of an establishment Republican. He believes in limited constitutional government and I think he is the new face of the Republican Party,” DeMint told Fox News. Rubio was able to surpass the $200,000 mark with a few hours to spare.

So far DeMint’s hard work has paid off as the South Carolina Conservative Senator reported more than $1.3 million in his SCF war chest. “I think Republicans are looking for a way to distinguish themselves from the old Republican,” DeMint admits. “The establishment Republicans that many think ran our party into a ditch with too much spending and tens of thousands of earmarks.”

DeMint’s new PAC has used direct mail solicitations and online tools to build a network of some 27,000 donors in 2009 and has an e-mail list of more than 100,000 contacts, according to a report from CQ Politics.
“We have a situation now where our e-mail list is bigger than a lot of newspaper circulations and we can get instant response like what we’re doing with the Rubio money bomb,” DeMint says. “So a lot of doors are open. It gives people voices who haven’t had voices in a while.”

The expansion of the Tea Party movement throughout urban and rural America has reestablished the desire for smaller government, less spending, reducing the debt and living within one’s means. “These are commonsense ideas and for any Republican to try to radicalize those ideas is a signal that we still have Republicans in name who just don’t get it,” DeMint said.

NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said if DeMint or any other Senator or Congressman wants to help raise money for Republican candidates the NRSC views that as a good thing. The NRSC has taken in more than $40 million so far this year. “The bottom line is that at the end of the day we share the same goal of leveling the financial playing field with the Democrats next year,” Walsh said.

Back in ultra-liberal California, the GOP Senate primary is shaping up to be a real horse race. While Conservative DeVore doesn’t have large name recognition on his side, he has logged thousands of miles, hundreds of stops, possesses a Tea Party grassroots network and an ICaucus endorsement,it is well known these folks are more likely to vote in primaries.

“Whatever the polls say four months before the primary, the strength of the volunteers backing us, the lack of any skeletal remains in my closet are going to allow me to prevail in this primary and to ultimately vanquish Barbara Boxer,” DeVore said at the January meeting of the West Valley Republican Women Federated at a diner in San Jose.

“A sleeping giant has been awakened,” DeVore said. “Some of you (voters) are scared. Some of you are mad as heck, but times are different and we can win.”

A recent poll from Rasmussen Reports states 75 percent of Americans are somewhat/very angry while 19 percent are not very angry, this underscores the need for Conservative candidates to have a fair shot in the primaries, DeMint says..

This ground swell coupled with DeVore’s history as a Reagan foot solider makes the possibility of DeVore’s California dreaming tsunami to go all the way to D.C. in November a reality.

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Senator DeMint throws his weight behind California Senate hopeful DeVore

A big time endorsement from Senator Jim DeMint-R SC went to California conservative Chuck DeVore who hopes to win his primary and take on sitting liberal Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer.

Looking ahead to the 2010 election, Chuck DeVore hopes a Reagan-style landslide is in his future with the support of such a prominent Republican Senator. This five-year veteran in the California State Assembly sees the upcoming election as a way to change the country’s future.

“He is in a very difficult state (CA), and when he gets here (D.C.) he’s going to join a country- not a club,” DeMint quipped. “We need to shake up the Republican Party, and Chuck’s not afraid to stand up to his own party and say you’re wrong.”

California currently faces historic unemployment rates, continued budget shortfalls and a man made drought in the Central Valley.

“Chuck stands by the farmers even when California’s current Senators continue to do nothing,” says DeMint.

DeVore explained he was delighted to get DeMint’s endorsement. “Jim sees our California Senators are falling down on the job at the federal level- they could help our farmers in the Central Valley.”

After the political landslide in this week’s elections, both Senator and candidate see promise in the upcoming 2010 midterms. “The election’s were an indication that if Republicans are willing to put a good campaign together, they can win in any state in the country,” DeMint said.

Running for office in ultra liberal California poses unique challenges for Republicans, especially a conservative one. You have to go all the way back to Ronald Reagan to see a strong victory.

“There are two reasons why I am running against Ma’am Boxer; one because we so badly need to beat her and two, I know we can do it in 2010,” DeVore enthusiastically said.

DeVore expects to run on conservative principles. In his five-year career in the California State Assembly, DeVore held his ground. DeVore also has a strong military background.

“We (California) can’t keep spending and borrowing our way out problems,” DeVore explained. “California can’t grow government with borrowed money from China.”

Clearly DeVore believes something is broken in the California legislative process and would like an opportunity to address the issues at a federal level.

Before DeVore can take his shot against Boxer, he must win the Republican primary against Carly Fiorina. “This race will set up a wonderful contrast. I consider myself a true Reagan Republican, Carly is more of a Rockefeller Republican.”

In any case California’s Senate seat is ripe for the picking.

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