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The "Mike Simpson" Town Hall

Posted on Aug. 28, 13 | 01:15 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Elections
The Gem State Tea Party has been having some fun with RINO Mike Simpson (R-ID)...

"Beacuse I'm a Cardinal!" 

 

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Quick Hits on ID-02

Posted on Jul. 15, 13 | 03:18 PM by Alex Pisciarino | Topic: Elections
Here are some quick hits on the ID-02 race:

  • The Spokesman-Review profiles Bryan Smith who descibes himself as “a real conservative.” Idaho GOP activist Rod Beck calls Smith “the first credible opponent to Mike Simpson since 1998.” (The Spokesman-Review, 6/27/2013)

  • RedState.com editor Erick Erickson joins the Club for Growth PAC in endorsing conservative Bryan Smith. Erickson said “This isn’t some outside group meddling in Idaho affairs. This is the Club for Growth [PAC] listening to the people of Mike Simpson’s district and going with the choice of conservatives in that district.” (Redstate.com, 7/10/2013)

  • The Times-News columnist Randy Stapilus asks “Is Bryan Smith Actually a Threat to Mike Simpson?" He acknowledges that Smith is getting an “early start,” but cautions that “Simpson has been taking the possibility of a challenge seriously.” Stapilus also notes that Idaho’s other long-serving congressmen (White, Smith, and French) “all were beaten in the end, in runs for re-election when the tides eventually turned against them.” (Times-News, 7/8/2013)

  • Bryan Smith responds to the Club's PAC endorsement saying “I am honored to have the endorsement and support of the Club for Growth [PAC],” in a news release. “It is a group that shares the same conservative principles and values as I do and values I wish to bring to Washington.” (The Spokesman-Review, 7/10/2013)

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Club for Growth PAC Endorses Bryan Smith for Congress

Posted on Jul. 10, 13 | 12:04 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Elections
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “We met with Bryan months ago after hearing about him through PrimaryMyCongressman.com, and we’re confident that he’ll be a strong conservative alternative to RINO incumbent Mike Simpson.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing Idaho Falls lawyer Bryan Smith for Congress in Idaho’s Second Congressional District. The district is currently held by incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID). 

At the bottom of this release, a timeline is provided showing how the Club for Growth PAC, for the first time in history, used the internet to solicit a viable primary challenger to an incumbent member of Congress. 

“Bryan Smith is a champion of economic freedom and a fighter for lower taxes and limited government,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “We met with Bryan months ago after hearing about him through PrimaryMyCongressman.com, and we’re confident that he’ll be a strong conservative alternative to RINO incumbent Mike Simpson. The Club for Growth PAC is proud to endorse his candidacy.” 

“Career politician Mike Simpson is one of the biggest liberals in the Republican Party today. He voted to bail out Wall Street, to raise the debt limit by trillions, and for the fiscal cliff tax increase. He was one of just three Republicans who voted against cutting funding for the radical left-wing group ACORN. If all that weren’t bad enough, Mike Simpson is one of the biggest defenders of wasteful earmarks in the history of Congress and a big spender who even voted against cutting the spending out of the Obama stimulus. It’s time for Idaho voters to throw Mike Simpson out, and Bryan Smith is the man to replace him,” concluded Chocola. 

Timeline of the Club for Growth PAC’s efforts in Idaho’s Second Congressional District

 ·        February 27th, 2013: www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com is launched
·        March, 2013: Hundreds of submissions are made to www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com
·        April, 2013: Club staff review submissions, notice a high interest from Idaho voters in replacing Mike Simpson, and also notice dozens of recommendations for “Bryan Smith of Idaho Falls”
·        April 12th, 2013: Club for Growth staff member contacts Smith at his law office, mentions the strong local support Smith received on www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com and asks if he’s interested in running for Congress against Simpson
·        May 6th, 2013: Club staff interview Smith at Club offices in Washington, D.C. and begins conducting due diligence on Smith
·        May 30th, 2013: Club for Growth receives results from a poll in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional district, finding Simpson extremely vulnerable to a challenge from Smith
·        June 27th, 2013: Bryan Smith announces his candidacy for Congress against Mike Simpson
·        Today: The Club for Growth PAC endorses Bryan Smith for Congress


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Cruz Pulls Off Major Upset in Texas Senate Primary!

Posted on Aug. 01, 12 | 01:45 PM by Chris Chocola | Topic: Elections

Last night Ted Cruz defeated Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in a historic primary upset in Texas. Certainly Ted’s victory was a victory for the people of Texas, but more than that, it was a victory for every single American who believes in economic freedom.

When the Club’s PAC endorsed Ted Cruz over a year ago on June 2, 2011 most said it couldn’t be done. With Cruz polling as low as 2% and Dewhurst having overwhelming name recognition in the state, combined with his ability to bankroll his own campaign – we knew we faced one of the toughest uphill battles we had ever undertaken.

But we also knew that, with the support of Club members, it was a fight we could win!

All told, Club for Growth Action spent $5.5 million in independent expenditure ads in its effort to elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate! This accounted for 83% of all pro-Cruz outside spending.

But Club for Growth Action isn’t about spending big, it’s about spending SMART.

When the Club’s PAC endorsed Ted Cruz we made a commitment to do everything within our power to ensure he emerged victorious over big-spending, tax-raising, moderate Dewhurst.

David Dewhurst was a self-funder who poured millions of his own money into his campaign. In fact, had it not been for Club for Growth Action, Ted Cruz would have been outspent by Dewhurst 7-2 in the final week of the campaign.

Club for Growth Action went all in and it did so because it is absolutely critical to the future of our nation that we have a true fiscal conservative representing the state of Texas in the United States Senate. 

This race was one of the most important races going on in our nation and we are so proud of the pivotal role Club for Growth Action played in ensuring that Ted Cruz will be the next Senator from the state of Texas.

Ted Cruz is a champion of economic freedom and we look forward to seeing him fight for America in the Senate.

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Ted Cruz Makes Runoff in TX-Sen Primary!

Posted on May. 30, 12 | 08:02 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Elections
In the Texas Senate GOP primary, conservative champ Ted Cruz received 34% to David Dewhurst's 45%.  Several other candidates split the remaining 21%.  

Since both men didn't receive 50%, they advance to a head-to-head runoff on July 31.  Here's the vote tally.

Here's our press release.
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Electoral College -- House Case Scenario

Posted on Sep. 12, 11 | 10:25 AM by David Keating | Topic: Elections
Larry Sabato outlines a number of plausible scenarios for the 2012 Electoral College map.  Of course, he had to find one, and he did, where there is  a tie at 269 votes for the Republican and Democrat.

Here is one such case, and the possible result:

If Obama loses IN, OH, NC, NH, NV, FL and IA, while keeping Virginia and his other 2008 states, it is 269-269, and the House of Representatives picks the new president, with each state's delegation having one vote and 26 votes needed for election. In today's House, the Republican would win by a vote of 33 to 16. One state, Minnesota, has a tied delegation and presumably would not cast a vote.
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In Response To The Huntsman Campaign

Posted on Jun. 29, 11 | 03:56 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Elections
Since the Huntsman for President campaign has decided to directly respond to the Club for Growth’s 2012 White Paper on Governor Huntsman on their website http://2012realityroom.com, we thought we’d tell the truth behind some of their “Reality Checks.”
 
Simply put, Governor Huntsman needs to put out a “Reality Check” explaining the growth of state spending in Utah. 
 
Be sure to read our White Paper on Governor Huntsman and all the rest of the 2012 candidates by clicking here.
 
The Truth Behind Huntsman “Reality Checks”
 
Huntsman “Reality Check”: “The Club for Growth has criticized Jon Huntsman’s management of Utah’s state budget: “That’s why Utah was ranked as the best managed state in the country by the Pew Center in 2008 and called, “a clear leader in sound government based on smart planning and effective performance management that emphasizes long-term results. In fact, Utah’s job creation rate was the best in the country during Governor Huntsman’s tenure precisely because he implemented Club for Growth policies such as a flat tax. Governor Huntsman’s fiscal management of Utah saw balanced budgets, reduced waste, a reduced percentage of government administration costs, a rainy day fund that nearly tripled — even during a recession — and the largest tax cut in the state’s history. This fiscal management resulted in Utah’s economy expanding at more than triple the national rate. That is the kind of economic record that our country needs..” (Source: http://2012realityroom.com/2011/06/jon-huntsman-implemented-club-for-growth-friendly-policies/)
 
Truth: The Club for Growth has never criticized Governor Huntsman for his “management”, but for his atrocious spending record and his attempts to evade spending caps: In the end, it is Governor Huntsman’s spending record that is inexcusable. There is now widespread recognition that the next President must address the enormous threat posed by federal spending that threatens national bankruptcy. Huntsman’s failing grades on controlling state spending raise serious questions about whether he would be equal to that task. (Club for Growth Presidential White Paper, Governor Huntsman)
  • Governor Huntsman was called “one of the biggest spending Governors in the nation” by the CATO Institute (CATO Institute, Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2006)
  • In 2006, Governor Huntsman proposed the largest state budget in history. (Associated Press, 12/13/06)
  • Governor Huntsman said he considered spending growth as growth in full-time employees, despite saying during his campaign for Governor that he believed it was…actual spending. (Associated Press, 12/13/06)
  • In one two-year period, Governor Huntsman increased the size of state government by more than ONE-THIRD. (Deseret Morning News, 3/2/07)
  • Per capita spending increased at about 10 percent annually during Governor Huntsman’s tenure as Utah’s Governor. (CATO Institute, Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2006)
Huntsman “Reality Check”: Jon Huntsman said that he wouldn’t have voted for President Obama’s stimulus plan and warned from the beginning that “much of the spending (in the stimulus) is misdirected and more likely to bloat the government than boost the economy.” He advocated strongly for more tax cuts, a dedicated focus on vital, long-term infrastructure and less spending for ongoing programs. In February 2009, Gov. Huntsman said of the stimulus: “There probably wasn’t enough stimulus effect. For example, a payroll tax exemption or maybe even a cut in the corporate tax…for small and medium-sized businesses for three years, for example.” Jon has emphasized that only when private businesses recover will our economy recover. “Economic recovery must be earned, and it will be earned by entrepreneurs and it will be earned by small businesses.” (Source: http://2012realityroom.com/2011/06/jons-opponents-falsely-claim-he-supported-president-obamas-stimulus-plan/)
 
Truth: Jon Huntsman said: “if I were in Congress, I probably would not have voted in favor because it didn't have enough stimulus and probably wasn't big enough to begin with.” (Club for Growth Presidential White Paper, Governor Huntsman)
  • Governor Huntsman thought the stimulus should have been a trillion dollars. Huntsman: Well, the size of about a trillion dollars was floated by Mark Zandi, who’s a very respected economist. I tend to believe what he is saying about the size of the  package, which didn’t necessarily hit the mark in terms of size. (Politico, 2/24/09)
 
Huntsman “Reality Check”: Huntsman’s “record is stronger than any words spoken or pledges signed. As governor, he balanced the budget every year – including during turbulent times. When the economic crisis struck, he did not raise taxes or rely on accounting gimmicks. Instead, Jon and the legislators cut hundreds of millions of dollars to address the shortfall.” (Source: http://2012realityroom.com/2011/06/jon-supports-a-balanced-budget-amendment/)
 
Truth: The Club for Growth noted that in 2009, when faced with a budget shortfall, Governor Huntsman proposed increasing cigarette taxes by 400% - which would have given Utah the highest cigarette tax in the country at the time (Club for Growth Presidential White Paper, Governor Huntsman)
  • During the 2009 economic downturn Governor Huntsman proposed increasing the cigarette tax from $0.70 per pack to $3.00 per pack (Americans for Tax Reform, 1/16/09)
  • Governor Huntsman said he considered spending growth as growth in full-time employees, despite saying during his campaign for Governor that he believed it was…actual spending. (Associated Press, 12/13/06)
  • Nearly every state, including Utah, is required to balance their budget. (National Conference of State Legislatures, NCSL Fiscal Brief: State Balanced Budget Provisions, October 2010)
 
Huntsman “Reality Check”: Jon’s opponents falsely claim he pushed for an individual mandate (Source: http://2012realityroom.com/2011/06/jons-opponents-falsely-claim-he-pushed-for-an-individual-mandate-in-utahs-health-care-reform/)
 
Truth: While Governor Huntsman never signed an individual mandate into law, The Club for Growth noted that in 2008, Govenor Huntsman said that if Health Insurance companies didn’t reduce the price of Health Insurance said, “If that doesn't work, then I think we're looking very realistically at an individual mandate in getting us to where I think we need to be.” (Club for Growth Presidential White Paper, Governor Huntsman)
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'Governor Veto' Declares for President

Posted on Apr. 21, 11 | 05:09 PM by David Keating | Topic: Elections
With the sideshow of Donald Trump, you may have missed perhaps the real deal, sorry, real political story of the day.

Today the first serious candidate for the Republican nomination for president declared he is a candidate.  No, no phony "exploratory committee" for him.  He's Gary Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico, aka Governor Veto.

On paper, you'd think he has to be a credible candidate.  A strong fiscal conservative who won in a blue state by large margins.  You'd think that would generate a lot of real interest.  And maybe he will.

Here is what the New York Times reported on Johnson's first run for governor, in a blue state as a Republican:

"I thought this was the most naive, unacquainted-with-government person that I'd ever seen," recalls John Dendhal, now the [New Mexico] state party chairman. They told him a likable young businessman could have a big future if he started with the State Legislature.

Guess what?  Johnson won.  And then four years later, he got reelected.

In 1995 he vetoed 47% of the bills passed by the Legislature.  During that term, he vetoed more than all the other 49 governors combined. 

When this guy says he believes in fiscal responsibility, he means it.

Here's hoping the media will give him at least as much attention as Donald Trump.  But don't bet on it.

His website is now up and here are some articles on his announcement if you want to learn more:

Christian Science Monitor

Slate
Race 4 2012
Wall Street Journal
Time

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Club for Growth PAC Raises Jeff Flake $350,000 Since Endorsement Last Month

Posted on Mar. 23, 11 | 01:42 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Elections
WASHINGTON – Club for Growth PAC today announced that Club members have contributed more than $350,000 to the Senate campaign of U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake since it endorsed him last month.
 
“The support for Jeff Flake by Club members continues to be robust,” said Club President Chris Chocola.  “Our members know Jeff’s excellent pro-growth record and so they are excited to back him with their hard-earned money.  It’s a testament to his principled stand for limited government and economic freedom.  I’m confident our members will continue to strongly support Jeff in the weeks and months ahead.”
 
During the 2010 election cycle, Club for Growth PAC was instrumental in electing the most pro-growth, limited government conservative class in recent congressional history.  Club members supported Senate candidates like Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, and Rand Paul to the tune of $8.4 million.
 
Flake is the first candidate Club for Growth PAC has endorsed in the 2012 election cycle. 

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Historic Recall in Miami-Dade County: Stunning Margin

Posted on Mar. 16, 11 | 10:33 AM by David Keating | Topic: Elections
A massive turnout of Miami-Dade County voters repudiated Republican Mayor Carlos Alvarez by a stunning 88%-12%.

Alvarez had raised property taxes, subsidized a stadium, wasted money and hiked pay.

It's the second largest recall election ever, surpassed only by the recall of California Gov. Gray Davis.

Also recalled was a county commissioner "widely regarded as the most powerful politician on the commission."
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Club for Growth PAC Raises Jeff Flake $100,000 in First Day

Posted on Feb. 16, 11 | 11:08 AM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Elections
WASHINGTON – Club for Growth PAC today announced that Club members had contributed more than $100,000 to the Senate campaign of U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake in the first day after the PAC endorsed him.

“This is a huge haul for one day,” said Club President Chris Chocola.  “It just shows how excited Club for Growth members are about the prospect of having Jeff Flake in the Senate, and the value in this day and age of being a genuine principled leader in Washington.  Judging by the enthusiastic response of our members, this hundred thousand will be the first of many our members contribute to get Jeff Flake into the Senate.”

During the 2010 election cycle, Club for Growth PAC was instrumental in electing the most pro-growth, limited government conservative class in recent congressional history.  Club members supported Senate candidates like Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson,  Rand Paul to the tune of $8.4 million.

Flake is the first candidate Club for Growth PAC has endorsed in the 2012 election cycle. 

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