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All of the "dirty tricks" coming from Rubio's campaign

Terry Sullivan, Warren Tompkins and Wesley Donehue...

Sullivan is Marco Rubio's campaign manager, Tompkins runs Rubio's PAC and Donehue is Rubio's chief digital strategist.

These three have been front and center of most of the "dirty tricks" perpetuated during several South Carolina elections the past 8-9 years and this one is no exception.

Its like South Carolina's own little incestuous political family.

Now these three are leading the charge pandering for sympathy support by creating fake "attacks" they are attributing to the Cruz campaign in order to push Rubio closer to the front.

All three of them were involved in the effort to take down Fred Thompson in 2008 with the website and at least two of them were directly involved in the Nikki Haley affair story with Will Folks in 2010 SC gubernatorial race.


Folks said that Sullivan, who was then consulting for Haley’s primary opponent Gresham Barrett, was one of the people most actively engaged in publicizing the alleged affair. Donehue, a private consultant at the time, was also said to be involved.

“Sullivan and Wesley Donehue. Their involvement in all of it was well-documented in emails and texts that I published in the aftermath,” Folks said. “Sullivan and those guys were very liberally involved in spreading it.”

Rubio-World in 2016 is filled with dormant feuds between the operatives who comprise it.

Rubio’s chief digital strategist Donehue is a well-known political operative with a history of questionable activity in South Carolina politics. As a consultant for firms that were paid by the Mitt Romney campaign in 2008, he reportedly created an anti-Fred Thompson website called that called Fred Thompson a onetime “Pro-Choice Skirt Chaser.” The Romney campaign threw Donehue under the bus and claimed he was never an employee.

Amazingly, the Fred Thompson staffer who called for the Romney folks to fire Donehue is now a Rubio staffer, Todd Harris. Harris and Donehue now work together on the Rubio campaign under campaign manager Sullivan, a former Romney aide himself.

Another current Rubio-world figure named Warren Tompkins was also involved in that 2012 fight. Tompkins, who now leads the pro-Rubio super PAC Conservative Solutions PAC, worked for Romney at the time and was also fingered in the website melodrama, though Donehue ended up with the blame.

One key aide to Romney from the time officially unaffiliated with any of the 2016 campaigns recalls Donehue’s mistake, telling Breitbart News that in addition to forcing campaign spokesman Kevin Madden to issue a statement throwing Donehue under the bus the website controversy alsso caught up with Romney himself at a press conference.

These guys simply cannot be trusted.

They all three know they can gain support by creating a fake atmosphere of attacks against their client and are feverishly doing so to get that support. They are involving Trey Gowdy and Tim Scott plus a great number of influential GOP folks currently supporting Rubio in South Carolina.

Eventually, it will come out that they were behind these things but by that time, South Carolina's primary will be over and the damage will have been done.

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A Game of Lies - The comeback plan for Rubio

Marco Rubio had a horrible week in New Hampshire.

After his robotic responses in the GOP debate, Rubio finished 5th behind even Jeb Bush, who seems to be an also-ran himself. Prospects were not good going into South Carolina and the Rubio team had to make a comeback.

They've somewhat done that, but on the backs of lies and misleading accusations designed to bring down Ted Cruz to get Rubio into 2nd place.

For many of you that aren't involved in the political arena, a second place finish for Marco Rubio in the Palmetto State would be a major coup, giving him some momentum headed into the Super Tuesday races. Something not deemed possible after NH.

Noone has any doubt that Marco Rubio supports amnesty for illegal aliens. When he's presented with the facts in that regard, without any substantive effort, he resorts to continually labeling Ted Cruz as a liar for bringing this up. This is all a carefully orchestrated plan to temporarily mislead the voters in South Carolina just long enough for a good showing on Saturday to gain that much-needed momentum.

Rubio's campaign staff and supporters in SC are made up of the usual suspects when it comes to establishment politics there and while the establishment label for Rubio is glaringly obvious for those that pay attention regardless of whether its an election year, the Rubio team just bulldogs ahead yelling "Liar, liar, liar" hoping to buy the time necessary to gain that much needed 2nd place.

Another way they are misleading voters is with images from the rallies and events they are having all over the state. While Trump and Cruz continue to draw obvious large crowds, the Marco Rubio's minions take close shot images in small venues to make the crowd seem larger than it actually is. The image below was spread by several of the Rubio campaign team after an event in Mt Pleasant SC with excited comments about how large a crowd was there.

The problem is, they took a bit too much image and, as you can see, the barrier of pipe and drape separates less than a third of the room they're in, giving the impression of the crowd being jammed in like sardines. They are, but the setup is purposeful, using just a small portion of that room.

Everything I've discussed above is politics as usual. Many campaigns use those very tactics when things become desperate and try to give an image of much more excitement around the campaign than there actually is.

I've worked for various campaigns over the years and seen it many times.

Don't be fooled by the tactics.

Vote your conscience Saturday and don't select your GOP nominee based on misleading tactics.

Stick with a consistent conservative.

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Marco Rubio hauling establishment hopes in South Carolina

There are two major voting blocks in South Carolina creating a surge for Marco Rubio.

Establishment, and women.

Neither are surprising actually. As much as some of them want equal opportunity, women in race after race are drawn to the "golden-boy" candidate. One must only look at social media activity to get a good idea how accurate this is. I'm sure I'll hear about this one but to deny it is insulting to you and everyone else.

Another telling thing on social media is the number of Rubio supporters that are normally associated with Lindsay Graham and other candidates that are not in any way connected to strong conservative movements or the TEA Party. Thus, establishment...

I'm not going to call anyone out by name but I personally know a great many of the Marco Rubio supporters in South Carolina and most of them are at least soft on amnesty for illegal immigrants or its not a tipping point with them. I find it ironic that they continue to get fired up with their faux indignation for Ted Cruz calling out Rubio on his immigration stance when, as the image above indicates, Rubio was front and center with Democrats and GOP establishment hacks trying to ram illegal immigrants down the throats of this nation.

Rubio had the gall to accuse Ted Cruz of supporting amnesty as well, ignoring his own charge to make citizens of lawbreakers, when Cruz put forth an amendment designed to kill the Gang of Eight bill Rubio was supporting so strongly. Just ask Chuck Schumer, the Gang of 8 ringleader.

Bottom line, Marco Rubio has accomplished one single thing while a US Senator. He proved to his constituents that he would lie to their face. He repeatedly told voters in Florida he would not support amnesty while running for Senate.

We see how that turned out.


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The race for GOP nomination is Trump vs Cruz

While Ted Cruz only received about a third of the votes Donald Trump did in yesterday's NH Primary, its now clear there's just two contestants in the race for the GOP nomination for President of the United States.

Unlike previous Iowa winners, Ted Cruz did not receive the media attention that normally applies after beating the "media frontrunner" for a solid win. MSM instead chose to focus on the golden boy for the establishment, Marco Rubio, and did their best to vault him to the top in NH.

Not so fast my friend...

In Saturday's debate, Chris Christie exposed Rubio for a pre-programmed talking point speaker and ruined any (marco)mentum the media built up after Rubio's exhilarating 3rd place Iowa finish. While its not assured that's the reason for Rubio's downfall in NH, it certainly didn't help him.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz was picked to finish 6th in a state full of moderate Republicans and instead vaulted to 3rd behind the two most liberal of the candidates in the GOP field. THAT certainly was a big surprise. But don't expect the MSM to give Cruz the same treatment they gave Rubio after Iowa. They have no interest in Cruz winning the GOP nomination and will continue to try and keep that from happening.

The Cruz campaign had no designs at all on winning New Hampshire, and their spending there is a perfect example of seeing the folly of throwing cash at the voters in the liberal-moderate state.

Here is a breakdown of each candidate's spending in New Hampshire (includes both campaign and Super PAC spending)

Jeb Bush $36 million
Chris Christie $18.5 million
Marco Rubio $15.2 million
John Kasich $12.1 million
Donald Trump $3.7 million
Carly Fiorina $1.8 million
Ted Cruz $580k

You might notice there that the 4 biggest spenders are part and parcel of the establishment and not adverse to throwing money around. Now this spending in NH is after the Bush and Rubio campaigns spent a combined $28 million in Iowa (by contrast, Ted Cruz spent just $6 million in Iowa)

It should be noted that just 23% of New Hampshire GOP voters consider themselves very conservative so the overwhelming majority of them are not the electorate the Cruz campaign is after but they're tailor-made for Trump and Kasich (moderates and liberals) and both democrats and republicans can vote in either primary regardless of party affiliation.

Now we come to South Carolina, where a full 2/3 of GOP primary voters are evangelical Christians.

The Cruz ground game is unmatched in the Palmetto state and we're just likely to see the very results we saw in Iowa.

My guess is that Ted Cruz has been patiently awaiting this moment and look for the next 10 days to be one of the most active political fights we've seen in recent memory.


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The ultimate battle for our nation's future is taking place

To me, there is one critical result that has to happen beginning one year from now.

The philosophical direction of our country's leadership has to be 180 degrees from where its been for many years.

That's a complete reversal of current and recent past policies.

For several years, conservatives have worked tremendously hard to put individuals in place that, through rhetoric and/or well-meaning convincing stump speaking and even prior records to some extent, have energized the conservative base of the party.

Some, like Scott Brown, turned their backs on conservatives almost immediately upon riding the wave into office. Others are simply so out-numbered in the US House or Senate that they can do nothing but continue to fight the uphill battle for conservative values.

Without assuring a massive conservative wave into both houses, there's one single way we can bring our nation back to its conservative roots and end the free-fall into socialism and liberalism.

We can elect a bonafide conservative President that we have no doubt will lead the charge and, to me, there's really only one person running that fits the bill.

I'm amazed that would-be GOP primary voters have not flocked to Ted Cruz in massive numbers, even before his charge up the polls in the last month. Since 2012, Cruz has repeatedly been standing up to the Democrats and RINOs in Washington D.C. attempting to protect our conservative values and principles, in spite of facing opposition from within his own party time after time. Here we have a US Senator that, after being misled on a vote, that stood up in the chamber and called Mitch McConnell a liar to his face, only to be punished by the establishment leadership several times afterwards.

Where's the outrage for that treatment of Cruz? Where's the support for him when he's steadfastly held to his beliefs that are right in line with the rest of us conservatives?

The facts tell us that in this GOP primary, there's no more a conservative candidate than Ted Cruz. Conservative Review rates all of the Presidential candidates and, hands-down, Cruz is the overwhelmingly most conservative on nearly every issue.

So given that we have no doubts about Ted Cruz' conservative credentials compared to the rest of the field, why is someone like Donald Trump ahead in the polls?

Celebrity awe? Media influence?

I've seen/heard many say that they like what Trump is saying... that its about time someone stood up to the wolves.

Most of those in that camp simply haven't been paying attention until recently, with the primaries approaching. Some of these candidates, including Ted Cruz, have been saying the very same things for years, just without all of the media fawning over them and the fact that you weren't listening.

There are several candidates in that list above that simply have no business in this primary. They are not nearly conservative enough to even be considered as our flag-bearer this time around.

We cannot get this election wrong. Its not a choice we have.

In order to get the conservative base of the party energized and committed to go to work this election, we must have a real conservative candidate. Nothing short of that will do.

I hear, every day, that Ted Cruz can't beat Hillary (in spite of polls saying different), or the birther nonsense, which is all just crap to muddy the water from those that Cruz threatens the most.

We've waited years to energize the base of the party and the time has come. We don't need the old guard or those that weren't pushing conservative values until this campaign started. Nearly every one of them on every debate stage up to now have professed to be conservative on issues that we have evidence they weren't conservative on in the recent past.

We need a leader that will turn things around and bring us back to the right track.

The evidence is in and there really is just one choice. In spite of the media making you believe different.


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The Death of the TEA Party

The TEA Party finally gave it up yesterday as one of its most vocal leaders betrayed the movement. Something I somewhat predicted months ago.

Sarah Palin caught a ride on a Trump jet from Alaska to scream endorse him publicly in Iowa.

Donald Trump has repeatedly, over the years, shown he's not a friend of conservatives and has establishment backing now in his fight vs Ted Cruz.

Personally, I never saw the fascination with Palin. When McCain announced her as his running mate my exact words were "He's lost now". Not because I'm some mountaintop guru but because it was a pandering move, much like Donald Trump's call yesterday in Iowa for additional subsidies. A platform nowhere close to being conservative.

Palin will not help Trump in Iowa to any extent. The voters there are fairly savvy and the Cruz ground game is much too strong. It might be just enough to keep Trump ahead in NH but in South Carolina, its bound to help tremendously.

South Carolina, after all, did give the Pandering Panda himself, Newt Gingrich, his only win of the 2012 primary.



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GOP Establishment biding its time with conservatives

From February and throughout 2009, TEA Party protests dominated the political landscape. Hundreds of thousands descended on Washington D.C. to protest "big government" beginning what became an election tsunami just a year later.

In 2010, that tsunami resulted in 138 candidates (129 US House and 9 US Senate) identified as TEA Party candidates. 32% won their elections

In 2012, with much less of hard-core conservative influence,  just 4 of 16 TEA Party candidates for the US Senate won and conservatives lost some of the seats taken in 2010.

In 2014, Mitch McConnell and his establishment minions moves candidates (moderate and conservative alike) around like chess pieces and ultimately dealt a blow to conservative representation in the House and Senate.

And all that happened because we let it.

While several of those conservative candidates that were elected in 2010 and 2012 consistently warned us about not losing focus, more and more those protesters from 2009 lost interest and resorted to protesting big government from their desk chair rather than getting out and influencing others. That wave of conservatism turned into a trickle as most couldn't keep up the emotion of 2009.

And the GOP establishment has been counting on that since it began.

John McCarthy took himself out of the running for House Speaker just moments before the vote, likely based on the threat of having an affair with a congresswoman from NC. John Boehner immediately postponed the vote, something he wouldn't have done had one of the conservative candidates pulled his name from consideration.

This comes of the heels of Boehner announcing his resignation based on the threat of not getting enough votes to remain speaker.

In 2010 and to some extent 2012, moderate candidates decided not to run for re-election to the house and senate based on the threat of getting thrashed at the polls by a more conservative candidate.

You see, those threats work.

The difference is, in 2009/10 and 2012, the threat covered large swaths of the representation in Washington. Today its more of a sniper type threat picking off one at a time.

Because the movement has slowed down so much, those we elected in 2010/12 aren't getting the help they need to really effect change in our government. They are 40-50 hard-working conservatives fighting and losing battles to the establishment and Boehner, McConnell and others are simply waiting for the conservative steam to run completely out.

Elected officials like Ted Cruz, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mark Meadows and others need more help.

And you're the only ones that can provide that help.

Get emotional again.

Get out there and influence votes like you did in 2009 and 2010. Show the establishment which direction the representation needs to go and get rid of candidates/elected officials that aren't doing as promised in 2010.

Many times, cutting off the head kills the body. In the government, another head keeps taking the place of the one cut off. Get rid of those moderate candidates in the House and Senate and the moderate leadership cannot be reelected to their positions.

We can control how this plays out.

If we want to.


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Donald Trump - 2016's Presidential Pied Piper

In the year 1284 a mysterious man appeared in Hameln. He was wearing a coat of many colored, bright cloth, for which reason he was called the Pied Piper. He claimed to be a ratcatcher, and he promised that for a certain sum that he would rid the city of all mice and rats. The citizens struck a deal, promising him a certain price. The ratcatcher then took a small fife from his pocket and began to blow on it. Rats and mice immediately came from every house and gathered around him. When he thought that he had them all he led them to the River Weser where he pulled up his clothes and walked into the water. The animals all followed him, fell in, and drowned.

There's much more to that story, a much more devastating consequence. Are we to make the same mistakes as this analogy would suggest?

Donald Trump has shown us one undeniable fact. He's consistently inconsistent. Yet every time he blows his fife his followers fall right in line.

I'm completely bumfuzzled as to why so many people are supporting Trump. His flip-flops on just about every issue important to just about everyone is the stuff of legend and these same TRUMPets would be showering those without such celebrity status with extreme ridicule and scorn.

So what gives?

The only explanation that makes sense to me (actually it doesn't but lets give it a shot) is that Donald Trump is a celebrity. He's an entertainer of the A-class sort and has the money to make sure he's heard. The media is lapping up the soundbites as it makes for high ratings. So while other more-deserving candidates are more conservative than Trump, he's the guy getting all the headlines.

A side-effect of all this is that every candidate he attacks, gets a boost in the polls while those that attack him seem to wither away.

It might also be noted that while the Trump followers are a large group within the context of a crowded GOP field, he loses head-to-head with nearly every other GOP candidate except Jeb Bush in every poll that comes out, proving that once the field narrows, Trump will no longer be the frontrunner the starstruck masses are currently genuflecting to.

So lets take a look at some of the flip-flops the TRUMPets ignore while their adored leader continues his vaudeville routine.

1) “I think Hillary would be a terrible president. She was the worst secretary of State in the history of our nation,” Trump says in a CNN clip from last week.

“I think Hillary is a terrific woman,” Trump says in an earlier Fox News clip from 2012. “I just like her. I like her and her husband.”

2) In 2000 Trump says he was "generally opposed to gun control but favors a ban on assault weapons" while he now says he is "staunchly against gun control"

3) In 1999 and 2000 Donald Trump says "So I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. . .I believe in universal health care." but now says he's "against Obamacare" while leaving his options open for a national healthcare system. TrumpCare anyone?

4) In 2000 he favored the privatization of Social Security but in 2011 spake out against any modifications to Social Security at all

5) In 2000 Trump says "Jeb Bush is exactly the kind of political leader this country needs now and will very much need in the future... He's bright, tough and principled" and well, you've heard lately how he feels about Jeb Bush.

6) Donald Trump said in the 90s "You have to legalize drugs to win that war" but now saying drug legalization is bad and he feels strongly about that

7) In 1999 Donald Trump stated he is "very pro-choice" and would not even ban partial-birth abortions but now insists he's very pro-life except in the case of rape, incest or mother's life in danger. He's also recently stated that "it depends when" in the pregnancy a woman desires an abortion if it should be permissible.

8) He has on many occasions opposed a flat-tax but now says we need a simpler code.

9) Has stated during this campaign "I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich." But later, he said: "We have lot of small contributors. I would even take big contributors, as long as they don`t expect anything."

So the bottom line is, is Donald Trump lying now? or was he lying then? Can we trust him to hold fast to conservative principles or continue his history of flip-flopping on all the major issues

The bigger question... for all the Trump supporters out there, why would you trust Donald Trump when you condemn other politicians for doing the very same thing?

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I'm offended...

I'm offended that one race gets preference over another for jobs due to equal opportunity instead of experience and skill

I'm offended that I can't fly the flag that represents those that fought and died for state's rights but liberals can stomp on and burn the flag that represents my entire country including those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

I'm offended that I can be arrested for discriminating against those because of their personal beliefs but nothing is done when I'm discriminated against for my religious beliefs.

I'm offended that our justice department is so quick to condemn a police officer for protecting himself from a thug criminal but does nothing to stop the epidemic of inner-city murders prevalent in every large urban area in America.

I'm offended that our government leadership is working harder to assure that two men can marry than they are to protect the sanctity of a marriage between one man and one woman. Ya know, they reason they're here to start with.

I'm offended that foreign criminals, including murderers, are allowed to reside in "sanctuary cities" in this country without fear of prosecution while I could be arrested for fishing at my local lake without a fishing license

I'm offended that we can make a deal with a country like Iran and give them $150 billion to fund terrorism while we face trillions in budget deficits.

I'm offended that some are allowed to vote for this nation's highest office without proof of identification while I have to show an ID each and every time I check into a hotel room

I'm offended that our nation's border with Mexico takes less time to cross without detection than it does to wait in the drive-thru for a Starbucks coffee.

I'm offended that a nativity scene, a symbol of my religion, is not allowed because its offensive to those that have no religion

but most of all, I'm offended that despite the bluster so many of you show about these very same issues on social media and in conversations with others that think the same way, you're willing to not "walk the walk" and work to prevent the eventual destruction of this great country.

There are a couple of candidates this primary season that are truly worthy of the term conservative and can lead our country away from its current destructive path.

Are you going to sit on your hands and allow this all to continue or will you choose your candidate, donate, make phone calls, knock on doors, and/or attend events and educate others on the candidate you choose?

Immorality is trending, what will you do to help stop it?



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Kentucky clerk denies gay marriage licenses despite ruling

Kudos to Kim Davis - Rowan County KY Clerk

Its been a busy day at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead KY

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is taking a stand and has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couple citing her religious convictions and gay marriage protestors and gay couples wanting those licenses are scrambling to see she doesn't succeed.

Davis, who has been very plain in her defense said, "her Christian beliefs prevent her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples and signing a marriage license for a gay couple would be endorsing or condoning that marriage" and she's absolutely right.

It might be noted that the judge-executive in Rowan County supports those wanting the licenses

Here's the latest updates from Morehead:

11:20 a.m.

A lawyer for couples who have sued a Kentucky clerk's office over its refusal to issue gay marriage licenses says they are considering asking a judge to hold the clerk in contempt.

Attorney Laura Landenwich said Thursday they are discussing how to proceed after the clerk's office defied a federal judge's order to follow the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue licenses to any couple, gay or straight, despite the court rulings. She cites her deeply held Christian beliefs.

A contempt charge could carry a hefty fine or even the threat of jail time.


10:45 a.m.

One of the gay couples denied a marriage license at a Kentucky county clerk's office despite a federal ruling has joined a line of gay-rights activists waving signs and protesting outside.

James Yates and William Smith Jr. were turned away at the Rowan County clerk's office Thursday morning. An office staffer told them Clerk Kim Davis was on vacation, and the county judge executive also said he couldn't help them.

Davis has refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples despite court rulings and orders. She argues that her right to religious freedom exempts her, citing Christian beliefs.

On Thursday morning, Yates and Smith joined the line of marriage equality protesters along the street outside Davis' office.

For weeks, protesters have frequently gathered there, wearing rainbow colors and waving signs reading "Love won" and "Do your job."

Yates says that he's furious over refusals for his marriage license, but that seeing supporters has helped him. He says he knows the issue will be resolved.

"It's just a matter of when," he said.


10:10 a.m.

A gay couple who was denied a marriage license at a Kentucky clerk's office despite a federal order has appealed to the county judge executive, who wished them luck but said he couldn't help.

James Yates and William Smith Jr. were turned away Thursday morning. An office staffer told them Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was on vacation.

Kentucky law allows judge executives to issues marriage licenses if the clerk is absent. So, the couple marched to Rowan County Judge Executive Walter Blevins' office.

But he explained that his office isn't equipped to issue licenses. He also said that because deputy clerks are at work and empowered to issue license, he wasn't sure his signature would be valid.

Blevins has been critical of Davis' refusal to issue licenses to same-sex couples despite court rulings and orders.

He shook the couple's hands and told them: "I apologize that you had to come today and walk away empty-handed."


9:40 a.m.

A Kentucky clerk's office has turned away two gay couples seeking marriage licenses, defying a federal judge's order that dismissed her argument involving religious freedom.

Hours after the judge's order to issue licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' office still turned away the two couples, one after the other, on Thursday morning.

Davis has argued that her Christian beliefs prevent her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage bans unconstitutional, Davis stopped issuing licenses to any couple, gay or straight.

Five couples sued her, and U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning on Wednesday ordered her to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling.

On the street Thursday, gay-rights activists held signs reading "clerk not clergy" and "obey the law."


9:30 a.m.

A second gay couple has arrived at the Rowan County Clerk's office in Kentucky for a marriage license.

James Yates and William Smith Jr. were turned away a month ago. They've been a couple for nearly a decade.

On Thursday morning, they described a disconnect between the clerk's actions and their experience in the community of Morehead, a college town they say has long been open and accepting.

They held hands as they walked into the clerk's office.

From the street, gay-rights activists shouted "Good luck!" and held signs reading "clerk not clergy" and "obey the law."

The couple then waited in line.

Earlier Thursday morning, clerk Kim Davis' office turned away gay couple David Moore and David Ermold. On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered her to issue licenses to gay couples, rejecting her argument involving religious freedom and her Christina beliefs.


9 a.m.

A Kentucky clerk's office has turned away a gay couple seeking a marriage license, defying a federal judge's order that dismissed her argument involving religious freedom.

Hours after the judge's order to issue licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' office still turned away David Moore and David Ermold on Thursday morning.

Deputy clerk Nathan Davis says the office was advised by attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel to continue refusing same-sex couples as it appeals the order.

Kim Davis has argued that her Christian beliefs prevent her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage bans unconstitutional, Davis stopped issuing licenses to any couple, gay or straight.

Five couples sued her, and U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning on Wednesday ordered her to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling.

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Trump declines Tim Scott Town Hall invite

Donald Trump, fresh on the heels of being disinvited to the RedState Gathering has turned down an invitation to Sen Tim Scott's schedule of Town Halls in South Carolina.

Scott's gatherings are informal and a great opportunity for candidates to speak to large groups of primary voters in the First in the South primary state and the snub will certainly not help Donald Trump's standing with GOP voters there.

Scott has been planning a series of town hall meetings in which the candidates individually discuss important issues with voters.

The Trump campaign says it interferes with his schedule.

Donald Trump is currently the ONLY candidate to turn down Tim Scott's invitation for a Town Hall.

Maybe the opportunity NOT to be attacked doesn't sit well with Trump, after all

"I am a whiner," Trump said during a recent interview on CNN. "And I keep whining and whining until I win.

As I was born and raised there, I can tell you South Carolina and voters in the south as a whole have never thought much of whiners.

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Rand Paul's campaign future hinges on key KY GOP committee vote

Rand Paul wants to run for US Senator from KY and President at the same time, basically hedging his bets

Not so fast my friend says executive committee members in the KY GOP

From Politico:

Paul has been furiously lobbying Kentucky Republican leaders ahead of an Aug. 22 decision to rewrite party rules so he can run for president and reelection to his Senate seat simultaneously, a hedge to hold onto power should his Oval Office aspirations falter. Running for the two offices at once creates tricky legal hurdles that are only surmountable with the assent of the Kentucky Republican Party’s leadership and central committee.

Though that approval once seemed assured, several members of the party executive committee told POLITICO they’re seeing increasing trepidation, in part because of Paul’s perceived fade from contention but also because he hasn’t yet fulfilled promises to cover the cost of any changes.

“I think it’s fair to say that among members of this committee that they’re always aware of the financial impact of anything new on the organization that they serve,” said state GOP chairman Steve Robertson. “I think it’s pretty fair to say that members of the committee think this thing could be anywhere from $400,000 to $600,000. That’s obviously something that weighs appropriately on the minds of the folks on the committee.”

Others were blunter.

“There should be no direct cost to the party,” said Scott Lasley, a state executive committee member who chaired the party committee that drafted the plan Paul favors. “If the money is not there … then I think all bets are off.”

Without the money, another executive committee member said, Paul’s plan should be “DOA.” Yet another worried that Paul’s efforts to salvage a long-shot presidential bid could cost Republicans a must-win Senate seat .

“I do not want to lose a Senate seat,” the committee member said. “I am concerned that he promised that if he realized he wasn’t going to win [the presidential nomination], he’d get out. But when is that going to be?”

Rand Paul could likely be getting out of the Presidential race soon from the sound of things.


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Rick Perry Presidential campaign stops paying salaries

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has stopped paying staff for his presidential campaign, signalling what could be the beginning of the end for his White House aspirations.

Perry dropped out of the 2012 race just before the South Carolina Presidential primary amid a heavy load of negative press.


(AUSTIN, Texas) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stopped paying his 2016 presidential campaign’s staff in the key early primary state of South Carolina, amid flagging poling numbers and sluggish fundraising.

Spokesman Lucy Nashed said late Monday that “tough decisions have to be made in respect to both monetary and time-related resources.”

“Governor Perry remains committed to competing in the early states and will continue to have a strong presence in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina,” Nashed said in a statement. “The Governor is also looking forward to his trips to South Carolina this Thursday and to Iowa next week.”

I'm one that think Rick Perry deserves more of a chance from Republican voters than he's been given. The state of Texas flourished under Governor Perry for 14 years and is still reaping the benefits of his leadership. Why a candidate with such a proven track record can't seem to gain ground with primary voters is more than a bit perplexing.

It is interesting to note that Perry's donations were just $1 million in the past month but his Super PAC has over $15 million. Presidential candidates have to build large organizations in key states in order to compete and campaign donations simply aren't enough for Perry to do so.

While the rest of the country has suffered economically since the crash of 2008, Texas has prospered, all under Rick Perry as Governor. The state has more jobs than it had even before the crash and the annual household income actually rose a bit instead of falling as in every other state. Businesses are flocking to the Lone Star State as are new residents.

Texas also has NO INCOME TAX and runs strictly on sales tax much like the Fairtax system.

Its more than a bit baffling why Perry can't connect with voters elsewhere in the country given he has a better record than any other candidate when it comes to economics.


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Winners, losers and those devastated in first 2016 debate

Lets take a look at how each of the candidates fared in the first presidential debate of 2016. (Saved Trump for last)

Clear winners:

Ted Cruz -

Cruz was very concise with his answers and easily outpaced the rest of the field with his grasp of domestic and foreign policy issues. He's also not afraid to "tell it like it is" and showed no regret for calling a spade a spade (McConnell lying). While goaded a few times he did not bristle up and fall into a petty argument as some others did. He also laid out exactly what he would do on first day in office something no other candidate was clear about.

My pick for best Cruz quote (among several) "If  you join ISIS, if you wage jihad on America, you are signing your death warrant".

Mike Huckabee - Clear, funny, passionate and no apologies, Mike Huckabee gained some ground during this debate. While he performed well, will be remembered for setting up the Trump insult then blasting the Hillary punch line. Note: Trump was bracing for it and relieved when it didn't happen.

Marco Rubio - Scored huge points with comments regarding Jeb Bush and Common Core and his candidate for the "line of the night" when speaking of God... “He has blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The Democrats can’t even find one.”

Made some headway:

Ben Carson - While Carson has some trouble in a debate format with his methodical approach, was very engaging and passionate. Super final comments with the "half-a-brain in Washington". Ben made up a bit of ground tonight but is far overshadowed by most everyone else on the stage because he's so laid back.

Scott Walker - He could've lost some as well with the "mother's life" exception on abortion. Laid out his accomplishments and stuck to his message. Did not have the "gotcha" moment at any point during the debate. 

Broke Even:

Jeb Bush - Stuck to establishment policy and gave up some ground with Common Core answers. No win or loss and his campaign chest will keep him in the race for quite some time. Good job laying out accomplishments as governor of Florida but no big moments for Jeb.

Lost Ground:

Rand Paul - Seemed to have showed up to debate right after getting splashed at the arena urinal. Was not in a good mood and it played out on stage. Lost huge ground in a spat with Chris Christie just by seeming to be so bitter. With his current campaign team issues this was not the showing Paul was looking for.

Chris Christie - While Rand Paul lost the spat, Christie didn't fare much better. Was seen more as a bully than a Presidential candidate. Moderators hit him hard with questions on the job and economic numbers in New Jersey under his governorship  and while he responded well, that won't be remembered.

John Kasich - Had the homefield advantage and performed great for most of the debate. When it came to the subject of Gay Marriage, totally alienated the GOP Conservative base with his comments. Will likely fade into obscurity

Should've stayed home:

Donald Trump - The Donald set himself up for the line of questioning with all of his comments the last few weeks and he didn't respond to those questions well. While some would say Megyn Kelly attacked him, his answer by going after her will not sit well and he looked absolutely horrible to women that's a death sentence to a national campaign.

Donald Trump lost big-time ground at the very beginning when he refused to pledge he would support the eventual nominee and not run a 3rd party campaign. Totally soured the GOP base with that moment and it stayed with him throughout the night. Booed numerous times.

Unless you've been bit by the Trump Bug and still under its spell (or work for the campaign) this cannot be seen as anything but a negative showing for Trump. His anger issues did not play out well and we all saw the reason that Clinton is beating him in all the polls for a general election.

Donald Trump decided not to attend the forum on Monday night in New Hampshire and should've stayed away from this one.


Ted Cruz and Huckabee came out of the debate looking the best with Rubio not far behind. Cruz has raised alot of money for this campaign and it will likely end up with him vs Jeb Bush when it shakes out down the road. Bush will be the establishment choice but Senator Cruz is more than capable of energizing the conservative base which was needed in 2012 and didn't happen.

Other candidates like Kasich, Walker, Trump, Christie had moments where they totally alienated vast voting blocks in the GOP and will suffer accordingly.

Trump will continue to make headlines just by his brash personality but he lost a tremendous amount of ground in this debate and it will take a miracle to gain any more than he has at this moment.

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Ok Conservatives... Its Showtime

US Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, along with US House Rep Mark Meadows have drawn the battle lines in the war to keep GOP leadership from caving to liberals even with majorities in the US House and US Senate.

And they need your help.

While some will tell you there's not a chance they succeed, its really going to be determined by how many of you out there are going to force your congressional representatives to vote with their constituents, instead of teaming up with democrats to further the downfall of the American dream.

Ted Cruz stood in front of the Senate over a week ago and accused Mitch McConnell of lying (which was true) and after multiple spiteful actions by Senate leadership (McConnell and Harry Reid acting together) Ted Cruz effectively kept the Export-Import bank renewal from moving forward. At least for the next 3 months. Every democrat in Washington wants the Ex-Im bank renewed and has a deal in place with Mitch McConnell and his leadership cronies to make it happen.

As punishment (and the plan all along), McConnell's people kept Ted Cruz from adding an amendment that would defund Planned Parenthood, further exhibiting their more liberal leanings that ever before.

Mike Lee, in an effort to assist Cruz, threatened a vote on Obamacare, effectively tying the hands of the GOP establishment and forcing a delay for the Ex-Im renewal.

Rep Mark Meadows introduced legislation to vacate the chair which would cause John Boehner to lose his leadership position in the US House of Representatives. After Meadows started the process, Boehner's team immediately wanted a vote and started taking a phone tally to assure the Speaker would not be defeated in a vote but something funny happened along the way...

They found out he might not win.

So they will be referring the resolution to a committee in an attempt to keep it from coming to a full house vote but Meadows has a little something different planned. Look for an extraordinary full vote on John Boehner sometime in September.

The problem is, Boehner and McConnell, along with the democrats, will do everything possible to keep their leadership positions and continue compromising with Reid, Pelosi and the rest of the liberals to keep America moving backward.

So now its your turn to do your duty.

Email and Fax every GOP Congressman and Senator and demand they represent their constituents properly by removing both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner from their leadership positions. Here are a couple of sites with contact info including fax number and

Get on your phones, fax and email and bombard your Republican representatives and force them to stand with Ted Cruz and Mark Meadows.

If you don't do this, we cannot get true Conservative representation in Washington when its so sorely needed.

For 9 months now we've had majorities in the US Senate and US House and all we keep getting is the GOP Establishment working with Harry Reid and Pelosi to undermine conservative principles. Its looking like we have liberal leadership of the GOP in both houses.

In September, after the recess, the battlefield will be in Washington and the GOP Leadership, along with the democrats will try to do 4 things:

Increase the debt limit

Fund Planned Parenthood and Obamacare AND avoid a government shutdown

Push the highway bill with amendments designed to renew the Export-Import Bank (corporate welfare)

Vote on the Iran deal

Because of his deal-making, McConnell owes the democrats and its likely that the Iran Deal and Ex-Im Bank will be concessions while not allowing Cruz and Lee to succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood and Obamacare.

Boehner will be trying to hold on to his leadership position to continue with his deal-making with Pelosi and the other democrats.

Whether or not Boehner and McConnell succeed or not is totally up to you. You can join our conservative representatives in this fight or sit on your hands.

Its your choice.

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The beginning of the end

In case you've had your head in the sand recently, a Dentist from Minnesota killed a lion he wasn't supposed to because his guides used bait to lure it from a preserve to private land. The internet (mainly Facebook) erupted with calls to ruin the hunter's business and filled my newsfeed with all sorts of vitriol aimed at this dentist including call...

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Donald Trump playing the game and you're losing

​So many folks seem enamored with Donald Trump nowadays because he's saying what people want to hear.Couple of things to keep in mind:Trump has the absolute best marketing and PR people money can buy. His team has studied exactly what he needs to do to to garner support and he's following that planSecondly, Trump's history doesn't jive with what he...

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0 Comments is back, after a bit of a hiatus, is back to spread the truth and expose the lack of representation by our elected officials.What you can expect from us: No FavoritismWe will expose Republicans and Democrats. No partiality when it comes to party affiliation. Preside...

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