U.S. Chamber of Commerce backing Democrat Mary Landrieu

13563587434_bd6a020c87_zRemember when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it would spend $50 million to ensure establishment Republicans beat conservatives this fall? Well, it turns out the allegedly pro-business interest group is doing America one even worse: it will endorse Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Louisiana Senate race.

This move is far more sinister than run-of-the-mill waffling on the part of the Chamber. Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable red-state Democrats, and due to the unique circumstances of Louisiana’s election process, her re-election could ensure that the Left maintains control of the upper chamber:

Louisiana holds its primary election on the same day other states conduct their general election. The top two voter getters in Louisiana then proceed to a run-off election in December. It is not improbable that control of the Senate could hang on the outcome of the December run-off in Louisiana. Having endorsed Landrieu, the Chamber would find itself fighting to keep Democrats in control of the Senate.

Two of the Chamber’s current top legislative priorities are preserving the Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes foreign sales of certain manufactured goods and comprehensive immigration reform. Both of the issues have put the Chamber on the opposite side of many conservatives.

So there you have it: the Chamber isn’t interested in supporting Republicans — it’s interested in supporting big government politicians who will uphold the priorities of corporate America over those of the American people.

Come November, Landrieu should be one of the easiest Democrats to oust from the Senate. She does not stand for the interests of the average American. She supports the crony capitalism of the Export-Import Bank, amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, and is a strong proponent of Obamacare. We cannot allow her to win and spoil the chances of a Republican Senate. If you live in Louisiana, please do everything you can to defeat Landrieu — and by extension, Harry Reid — and return Congress to the hands of true conservatives!

Sarah Palin launches online TV channel

Sarah-Palin-Channeljpg“Tired of media filters,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin launched her own member-supported online TV channel — the Sarah Palin Channel — Sunday evening:

“Tired of media filters? Well, so am I. So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel!” she wrote. ”This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is.”

Palin linked to her channel and a video that welcomes Americans to her “new project” that will allow her to “talk directly” to Americans on her terms.

The channel, which is a part of the TAPP network, has videos, speeches and “Sarah Says” video commentary from Palin. She will also answer questions, chat with subscribers, and provide behind-the-scenes videos of “some of the fun in the Palin household” and “adventures in the great outdoors.” She will also invite and interview various guests as well.

Following the 2008 presidential election, Palin was on the forefront of using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to set the agenda and news cycle; something for which she was relentlessly mocked. Now, of course, everyone who mocked her is using social media themselves. By launching this online TV channel, it proves once again that Palin is leading the pack when it comes to the use of new media in the political realm.

Poll: Romney would beat Obama today

Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_7According to a new CNN poll released Sunday, if the 2012 election were held today Republican Mitt Romney would win the popular vote over Barack Obama by nine whole points:

Romney, who lost the popular vote 47 percent to 51 percent in 2012, would win 53 percent of the popular vote if the election were held today, according to the CNN/ORC International survey, which was conducted from July 18-20 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

However, even more interesting is that the poll also found that 55 percent of respondents would prefer Hillary Clinton to Romney:

“Politically speaking, there is an interesting group of people who would not vote for Obama but would pick Clinton over Romney,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said in the new report. “It turns out that nearly seven in ten of them are women, and 56 percent are Independents.”

That doesn’t speak to Clinton’s declining approval amongst voters, however:

“The number who say that Clinton shares their values dropped from 56 percent in March to 51 percent now, and the number who say she cares about people edged down from 56 percent to 53 percent in the same time period,” CNN reported.

Clearly, if Republicans are going to take back the White House in 2016 the GOP needs to nominate a candidate who can eclipse Clinton’s popularity. We here at American Liberty PAC believe that candidate is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Click here to sign the American Liberty PAC petition to draft Rand Paul for president now!

Federal judge strikes down D.C. gun ban

New_Hampshire_Open_Carry_2009In a long-awaited victory for Second Amendment rights, a federal judge on Saturday ruled that D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional:

In a 19-page ruling made public Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense.

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Scullin, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush and is a former Army colonel, wrote that following those decisions, “there is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”

Alan Gura, the lawyer who represents the group challenging the ban, said Sunday he was “very pleased with the decision.”

The lawsuit challenging the ban was filed in 2009 by three D.C. residents, a New Hampshire resident, and the Washington-state based Second Amendment Foundation. Sunday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told D.C. police not to arrest people for carrying handguns on the street, so long as the guns are registered.

Deal reached on VA reform bill

US-DeptOfVeteransAffairsLogoLeaders in the House and Senate have reached a deal on legislation to reform the troubled Veterans Affairs (VA) Department and are expected to reveal the terms Monday:

Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), told The Hill in an email that an agreement has been reached that will “deal with both the short-term and long-term needs of the VA.”

The VA bill appeared in doubt last week as Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) — the chairmen of the two Veterans Affairs’ committees — butted heads over rival proposals. But they kept talking over the weekend, and on Sunday suggested a deal was at hand.

“Miller and Sanders continued negotiations on a VA reform package this weekend and made significant progress toward an agreement on legislation to make VA more accountable and to help the department recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care profession,” the lawmakers’ offices said in a joint statement.

Sanders and Miller will appear together at a joint press conference at the Capitol on Monday afternoon, and are likely to announce a final agreement at that time.

Sanders has proposed a $35 billion measure allowing some veterans without access to a VA facility to get care from non-VA doctors, while Miller has proposed to provide $10 billion in emergency funding for the VA.

Whatever their deal, Miller and Sanders better hope it passes before the August recess, as Americans will undoubtedly look (even more) poorly upon lawmakers if they fail to take action on this scandal before skipping town for an entire month. Then again, there’s always the possibility that Congress will ram through the bill just to get it over with, even if said bill isn’t the best solution.