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ROMNEY Foreign Policy: Speak Irresponsibly & Let Other Folk's Kids Carry The Big Stick

Did the Dark Money Group that Spurred a Landmark Ruling Mislead the IRS?

Did the Dark Money Group that Spurred a Landmark Ruling Mislead the IRS?
by Kim Barker, ProPublica, and Emma Schwartz, Frontline Oct. 22, 2012, 10 a.m.

A nonprofit group that filed a lawsuit that led the Supreme Court to apply its Citizens United decision to states told the IRS that it wouldn't intervene in elections – after it already had. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

A western nonprofit that played a key role in freeing corporate spending on elections nationwide appears to have misled the IRS when it applied for the tax-exempt status that shields its donors from being publicly disclosed.

Documents obtained by ProPublica and Frontline show that Western Tradition Partnership, now known as American Tradition Partnership, said it would not attempt to sway elections when it asked the IRS to recognize it as a tax-exempt social welfare organization in late 2008.

Shortly before submitting the application, however, Western Tradition Partnership, which bills itself as a "grassroots lobbying" organization dedicated to fighting radical environmentalists, and a related political committee sent out fliers weighing in on candidates for Montana state office. The mailers blitzed districts in Montana days before the Republican primary.

Donny Ferguson, listed as the national director of media of American Tradition Partnership on the group's website, did not return a call or an email for comment.


Gold Star Mother: Romney Skipped Funeral, Left "Bullying" Messages

Source: The Phoenix

Appearing on ABC’s The View this past Thursday, Ann Romney claimed that her husband, as governor of Massachusetts, “went to every funeral” of fallen soldiers from the Commonwealth. She spoke of the difficult role he had “to comfort those that have lost a loved one and have gone in harm’s way.”

But Mitt Romney did not attend every soldier’s funeral; there were at least two cases where he did not.

And in one of those cases, a Gold Star mother claims that, far from comforting, Romney left insensitive phone messages – messages that she calls “bullying” and her husband describes as “abusive.”

“I can’t believe you haven’t returned my call,” Romney said on one of the voice mail messages, according to Stephany Kern, speaking at her Westerly, Rhode Island home this past Saturday. “Here I am making a second call; I haven’t heard from you.”

Read more: http://blog.thephoenix.com/BLOGS/talkingpolitics/archive/2012/10/22/gold-star-mother-romney-skipped-funeral-left-quot-bullying-quot-messages.aspx

Governing like it's 1949

1. The immediate objective is the defeat of the compulsory health insurance program pending in Congress. 2. The long-term objective is to put a permanent stop to the agitation for socialized medicine in this country by (a) awakening the people to the danger of a politically-controlled, government-regulated health system; (b) convincing the people, through a Nation wide campaign of education, of the superior advantages of private medicine, as practiced in America, over the State-dominated medical systems of other countries; (c) stimulating the growth of voluntary health insurance systems to take the economic shock out of illness and increase the availability of medical care to the American people.

circa 1949

Ronna Romney: "Obama Killed Him"

10.22.2012 — 04:21 PM
Staying Classy

I guess this is what happens late in the tight presidential race. Ronna Romney is the ex-sister-in-law of Mitt Romney. She’s apparently remained close to the Romney family. She has a minor role in the Romney campaign in Florida and has recently appeared at campaign events in Michigan with her daughter.

Earlier this afternoon she posted this grotesque image of the mangled body of the late Ambassador Chris Stevens with the words “Obama killed him” surrounded by dripping blood.

You can see her Facebook page here.

VOMIT!..."You don’t get that way unless you have a strong man that allowed you to blossom.”

At his event, Brown was bolstered by the former mayor of Lowell, Rita Mercier, who pointed to Brown’s wife and daughters as evidence of his support for women, calling them “three adorable good woman that are strong and vibrant and independent. You don’t get that way unless you have a strong man that allowed you to blossom.”


Denver Post Slams Romney’s ‘Drill-At-All-Costs’ Energy Policy

Source: Think Progress

Denver Post Slams Romney’s ‘Drill-At-All-Costs’ Energy Policy
By Stephen Lacey on Oct 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Colorado’s flagship newspaper, the Denver Post, is criticizing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for promoting an energy policy that focuses almost exclusively on drilling for fossil fuels.
On Sunday, the Post published an endorsement of President Obama and lamented Romney’s “drill-at-all-costs” energy policy that treats public lands only as areas for resource extraction:

Romney notes correctly that North America is poised to become an energy exporter. But the drill-at-all-costs mantra he is pushing runs counter to the predominant view in Colorado, which is one that balances energy and environment — particularly when it comes to public land. And, unlike the Republican nominee, we believe our nation’s energy portfolio must include government investment in renewable sources such as wind and solar — both of which can become sources of more power and more jobs in the future.

The endorsement comes as Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan campaign in Colorado this week. Polls show that the race is a dead heat in the important swing state.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/22/1058211/denver-post-slams-romneys-drill-at-all-costs-energy-policy/

Colorado tax enforcer tells ’60 Minutes’: Weed beat the recession in Denver

Source: Raw Story

In a 13-minute segment broadcast Sunday night, CBS’s “60 Minutes” explored Colorado’s budding medical marijuana industry, and heard from a former drug cop turned tax enforcer who insisted that the industry has helped Denver beat the recession.

That runs contrary to President Barack Obama’s logic: he said in 2010 that legalizing marijuana is not “a good strategy to grow our economy.”

But the economic impact on Denver? According to Matt Cook, a former narcotics officer who oversees enforcement at the Colorado Department of Revenue, “it’s huge.”


“Look at all the electrical contractors, HVAC contractors,” he said. “The number of ancillary businesses — it’s huge. Tax revenues exceeded, I believe the last number I heard was an excess of $20 million.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/22/colorado-tax-enforcer-tells-60-minutes-weed-beat-the-recession-in-denver/

Republican Party paid firm connected to voter-registration fraud in Florida $400,000 in September

MON OCT 22, 2012 AT 09:17 AM PDT
Republican Party paid firm connected to voter-registration fraud in Florida $400,000 in September
by Meteor Blades

Federal Election Commission filings show that the Republican National Committee paid Strategic Allied Consulting LLC $416,665 for "management consulting services" in September. The firm, owned by GOP operative Nathan Sproul, was fired by the RNC and five state Republican parties after apparently fraudulent voter-registration forms turned up in 10 Florida counties. The payments were provided before Republican ties with the firm were cut off.

A spokesman for the RNC said at the time Strategic Allied Consulting was fired that the party has "zero tolerance" for anything that smacks of voter-registration fraud. But it has stuck with Sproul over nearly a decade despite repeated allegations in various states that his firms have been involved in trickery and deceit. There's a pattern of alleged misbehavior.

The Florida party had previously paid the firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, $1.3 million in July and August, according to the Palm Beach Post. The RNC had directed another $3.1 million to the firm through state organizations in Florida, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia, according to the Los Angeles Times.


NC Early Voting Day 4: African American Turnout Doubles White GOP Turnout Sunday

MON OCT 22, 2012 AT 08:32 AM PDT
NC Early Voting Day 4: African American Turnout Doubles White GOP Turnout Sunday
by MattTX

Sunday, October 21 was another big day for African American voter turnout in North Carolina. 10,188 African Americans voted Sunday in NC, many of them after church as part of the "souls to the polls" movement. In comparison, only 4,980 White Republicans voted Sunday in NC. Overall, Sunday turnout was (at least) 24,357, whereas in 2008 it was 15,083, meaning that Sunday turnout was up (at least) 61.5% over 2008 levels. These numbers may go up as more counties report their totals.

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