Madison Project Supports the Cruz/Bridenstine Energy Expansion Bill

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What can Republicans do when they only control part of the federal government?  Well, for one thing, they can start by not passing bad legislation.  But more importantly, they need to begin communicating with the American people about their plan to grow the economy and fundamentally restore America – if and when they are privileged to control all levers of power in Washington.  Although Republicans lack the votes to pass positive legislation this year, proposing bold conservative solutions will help win back the Senate and the White House.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) understand that energy is the foundation for economic growth, prosperity, jobs, a cheaper cost of living, and national security.  Increasing our capability to produce more energy is the best jobs plan, the best anti-poverty measure, and the best way to protect American and our allies from petro-authoritarianism.   That’s why he has introduced a new bill that identifies almost all of the impediments to energy production within our economy, and seeks to eliminate them.

Here are some of the key elements of the bill, the American Energy Renaissance Act (S. 2170 and H.R. 4286):

Eliminate Federal Regulations on Fracking: Shale technology coupled with horizontal drilling has created the biggest oil and natural gas boom in recent years. But up to 30% of all fracking wells are on federal lands and would be encumbered by new regulations the Obama administration is trying to foist on the fracking industry.  Cruz’s bill would explicitly grant states the sole authority to regulate, process, and issue permits for hydraulic fracking, even on federal lands within its boundaries.

This bill would also grant states the authority to issue permitting for other energy exploration and development activities if they choose to exercise that prerogative. If states fail to act, this bill streamlines the permitting process for the federal government to issue those permits on federal lands.

Expand exploration and drilling: This bill expands drilling everywhere – ANWAR, Indian lands, Outer continental shelf, and other areas offshore.

Energy Exports:  Energy production is a worldwide market and expanding our energy exports will not only create more jobs and wealth at home, it will weaken the power of the petro-tyrants across the world.  This bill ends the ban on crude oil exports and streamlines the process for permitting exports of LNG and coal.

Permitting:   This bill streamlines the bureaucratic process that encumbers projects and drilling permits and sets hard deadlines on issuing permits.  Authority for approving projects would be consolidated and handed over to one authority instead of multiple agencies.   It also sets deadlines on approving construction of new oil refineries, which haven’t been built since the ‘70s.  Not only does this bill strip away the president’s authority to block the Keystone pipeline, it prevents future projects from being obstructed under any auspices of the Endangered Species Act.

Judicial Review: One of the big obstacles to expanding and utilizing our energy resources is the environmental legal defense industry, which has the ability and funding to encumber vital projects in endless lawsuits.   This bill prohibits payment of court costs by the federal government and also charges a fee for the filing of an administrative protest to a permit application.  It also sets hard deadlines on filing lawsuits and the length of time for the entire judicial review process.

Regulations and Mandates:  The bill incorporates the REINS Act, which triggers a congressional vote to approve any major regulation that impacts the economy.  It also bans the EPA from promulgating global warming regulations and treating greenhouse gasses as a pollutant.  Most importantly, the job-killing, price-hiking ethanol mandate is phased-out and repealed after five years.

All Republican members of Congress and candidates for federal office should embrace this bill as our plan to create jobs and grow the economy.  This is something that should unite all Republicans as we head into the midterm elections and ask the American people to entrust the GOP with control of the Senate.

Time to Defend Marriage and Federalism

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With full control of the House but not the Senate or the White House, Republicans lack the ability to enact positive legislation; yet they have the power to stop bad bills.  Unfortunately, GOP leaders have made it clear they are willing to pass much of the Obama/Reid agenda because they don’t want confrontation with Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. For conservatives, that pretty much leaves us with the strategy of attempting to pass good bills out of the House just for messaging purposes.

With unelected federal judges and administration bureaucrats forcing gay “marriage” on sovereign states across the country, now would be a good time to show that we stand for federalism, religious liberty, and yes – even the social conservative platform to which so many members pay lip service during primaries. Abandoning the fight on this issue now could bring the death knell of concession because liberals have the infrastructure in place and are fighting harder than ever.

First the social liberals pushed their agenda in blue states through the court system.  Then, with the help of Justice Anthony Kennedy, they forced the federal government to recognize gay “marriage” at first for exclusively federal purposes, such as for immigration status.  Now, federal judges are forcing gay marriage on the states where the people and the legislatures voted decisively against it.  To make matters worse, Eric Holder is now using the federal government to promote his agenda in those states.

As we all know, the radical homosexual agenda will not stop with forcing states to recognize just the marital status.  They will not be happy to merely accept their piece of paper and “live and let live.”  They are seeking to force private citizens and individuals to cater to their beliefs.  And based on recent court decisions like the New Mexico Supreme Court’s edict, forcing a private citizen to perform her services at a homosexual marriage, we have a fight for religious liberty on our hands.

We are down to the last remaining straws in the fight for marriage.  If Republican leaders can’t stand boldly for marriage, states’ powers, and religious liberty at a time when the other side is achieving one victory after another (without any resistance from Republicans), they should publicly admit that they are completely jettisoning social conservatism from the party’s platform.

Ironically, you don’t even have to be a social conservative to understand that there is no federal constitutional right to a gay marriage, which would thereby force states and private citizens to recognize one.

There is no better time for House Republicans to bring legislation to the floor affirming their support for states and religious liberty in the face of an officious onslaught by the anti-religious left.  The State Marriage Defense Act (HR 3829), sponsored by Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), is an example of a bill that affirms states’ rights, on both sides of the issue, and doesn’t allow one unelected judge to legislate federal law across a myriad of states. The bill would require the federal government to recognize the definition of marriage within a state as that state determines it.  This law is consistent even with Kennedy’s egregious decision on DOMA, and creates equitable federalist treatment of marriage.  Senators Cruz and Lee have recently introduced a similar bill in the Senate, S. 2024.

Another bill is Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R-ID) Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, HR 3133.  This bill would protect individuals and organizations from the federal government’s encroachment on their private contracts in an effort to force them to violate their religious beliefs.  The companion bill in the Senate is being sponsored by Senator Lee – S. 1808.

It’s not enough to merely co-sponsor these bills.  The House should vote on them, and Senate Republicans should force amendment votes tacked onto other bills in an effort to expose Democrats for their anti-religion and personal freedom agenda.

While there is no chance of passing these bills out of the Senate and having the president sign them, they allow conservatives to talk about the issues on our terms.  They force leadership to talk about and prove they are protecting states’ powers and religious liberty in an election year.  Messaging this sort of legislation is precisely how you win back the majority.  It is something to be embraced in an election year, not avoided, especially if they are going to continue pretending to support social conservatism and religious liberty.

Looking back at this brutal winter, it’s important to remember another debate that seemed lost just a few years ago.  Towards the end of President Bush’s presidency, most Republicans started buying into global warming and green energy socialism.  The media joked about Senator Jim Inhofe being the last man standing against climate fascism.  Then, buttressed by Climategate, we fought back against the farce and showed how their agenda was built upon a false premise.  Now you can’t find a Republican who is willing to promote global warming, and even many Democrats have shied away from the issue.

We might not have the votes to enact marriage protection right now, but we still have a voice.  We should use it.

Cross-posted at RedState.com

Hey, NRSC! Less Talking Points, More Conservative Substance!

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nsrcNear the holiday season, at end of the year, I always expect to be approached by charities and other organizations looking to raise funds for a good cause. But I really don’t expect to be dogged by political organizations for campaign contributions, especially since we have not yet entered the campaign season.

Last week, I received yet another solicitation from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) disguised as correspondence that I might receive from my local county assessors office. Pretty tricky. It worked, though. I opened the envelope. What I found inside was a “St. Charles County Republican Area Assessment,” not a tax statement from my tax collector. I was actually quite surprised to see that they had the nerve to put me back on their mailing list, since I sent them some pretty graphic pieces of my mind when they intentionally derailed the Akin campaign in 2012. We, in Missouri, have been licking the wounds inflicted by Claire McCaskill, since then. I want to extend my personal thanks to Carl Rove for helping that initiative along. But I digress.

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Filed under: Legislation, PolitiChicks, Politics Tagged: Carl Rove, Claire McCaskill, Culture Vigilante, democrats, Kumbaya Conservatives, Lisa Payne-Naeger, NSRC, Obamacare, Politichicks.tv, Repeal the 17th, Term limits, Yankee Doodle Legislation

Healthcare, Tin-Foil-Hats And Hindsight Is 20/20

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In my last post, here on Politichicks.tv, I asked you to think and react proactively toward the Obamacare debacle, and not rely on 20/20 hindsight in fighting back against the assault on your freedoms and your health care. For quite some time, the Republicans have been foretelling of the catastrophic financial disasters that Obamacare will bring for individual Americans. While the mainstream left wing media dismissed them as tin-obamacare-320x240foil hat hysteria, we now know they were correct. And those realities are becoming facts in the lives of Americans as they are trying to absorb their new (insurance) costs. Now lets look at how your actual health care will be affected. And, let’s all remember, Obamacare insurance is not “healthcare”–it’s insurance.

Ask yourself, how will Obamacare affect your physical health care, and of how can we be proactive in maintaining control of our health, despite the government’s best efforts to derail that, too? Don’t let 20/20 hindsight be your guiding principle here.

The best defense is a good offence. Knowledge is power, and it will take millions of Americans looking ahead, becoming informed, and using their personal power to make decisions in defiance of what is being offered and suggested by the, so called, experts, in the health fields. Taking control of your health care means just saying “no” to revised guidelines.  And as you read further, keep “Death Panels” in the back of your mind.

We have already seen the story of cancer patients, losing their life saving coverage, due to Obamacare. In this world, timing seems to be everything, and there are many, we now know, who will lose in the timing of the rollout of this disastrous policy.

Edie Littlefield has survived stage 4 Cancer for seven years and now her team of doctors, her hospital, and her lifesaving treatments are no longer available to her because her policy has been canceled. While most Americans, including Edie Littlefield, once had the option of choice, under future policy you may not ever get the chance to choose your doctor, hospital or your treatment.

One has to wonder, is it just a coincidence recommendations for proactive health screenings are taking a dramatic turn from previously suggested standards at the same time Obamacare has been forced upon American citizens?

According to research, the previous school of thought, that yearly pap screenings were necessary to detect early cancers in women, is no longer the standard. Women are now being conditioned to rethink their yearly screenings according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists. In October of 2012, they issued a statement outlining why women should receive pap screenings no more than once every 3 to 5 years, and testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) should be limited to women over 30, and then only once every 5 years.

ACOG has determined since cervical cancers in women originate from HPV, “Only a small fraction of women with persistent HPV infection will . . .

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Missouri Grassroots Radio – Culture Vigilante 9/18/13

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What a great show! Listen in to hear Larry Pratt, of Gun Owners of America, give his take on our own HB436, and other hot button 2A issues. Phillip Michaels checked in to give us an update on the paper ballot initiative in Missouri. Tom Martz, of the Locke & Smith Foundation, dished veto session bills and Yankee Doodle Legislation.

Listen to the PODCAST here.

Bev Randles and Grow Missouri vow to primary some Republicans

Missouri Needs RECALL LEGISLATION to stop political dirty tricks 


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Culture Vigilante – Missouri Grassroots Radio 7/17/13

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If you missed the show, on Wednesday, you really need to listen to the podcast.

Are you frustrated with the lack of “fire in the belly,” of the current elected, to do anything remotely related to applying consequence to illegal acts perpetrated by government officials? Well, listen to Marinka Peschmann’s interview. RICO is the answer. It could also be the answer for us, here, in Missouri. Department of Revenue?

It’s BACK! The Blueway didn’t really go away. Ike Skelton is here to give you info on Federal Government funny business and how to fight it.

Usama Dakdok is here to give his unique insights on the Egyptian government overthrow, and more.

Don’t forget about Common Core! Gretchen Logue, of Missouri Education Watchdog, gives us information on how you can continue to fight this atrocity while legislators are out of session. Don’t Miss It!

Here’s the Podcast!


Filed under: Legislation, missouri grassroots coalition, Radio Tagged: Common Core Standards, Marinka Peschmann, Missouri Educaiton Watchdog, RICO, The White River Watershed National Blueway, usama dakdok

Big Government Data Mining: Who Is Really Looking Out For You?

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dataCOLORGovernment overreach, emanating from the executive branch, seems to be en vogue in today’s political climate. Everyday we hear of scandals outlining how big brother intrudes on the privacy of citizens. It may be no coincidence that these scandals are happening on a federal and on a state level, and it may be no coincidence that the executive branch embroiled in these scandals is of the Democratic Party. And what is also not a coincidence is that the Republicans in the legislative branch are doing little to get to the bottom of the scandals or initiate accountability measures to protect the people they are supposed to serve.

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Filed under: Legislation, PolitiChicks Tagged: Missouri Department of Revenue Scandal, MorphoTrust, NSA Scandal, Real ID, tim jones, Will Kraus, Yankee Doodle Legislation

Missouri Grassroots Radio – Culture Vigilante 6/5/13 & 6/12/13

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If you missed last week’s show, here’s what went on. Big Trouble Brewing in Missouri and Arkansas. Agenda 21 in the form of the White River Watershed National Blueway. Ike Skelton and Doreen Hannes are on to give us the details and provide an ACTION ITEM LIST for YOU. Jill Johnson updates us on UNCRPD and more action items for you to stop this thing, in its tracks! Cindy McGee and I discuss other current events.

Contact Ike Skelton if you want to help fight the White River National Blueway: [email protected]

Here’s last week’s link to the 6/5/13 show

This week: A lot of people are looking ahead to the next election cycle and are thinking 3rd party. Join us as we talk to Robby Wells. He’s a constitutional conservative running and is an independent. Patrick Werner of Americans for Prosperity gives the legislative session a grade. Tune in to see if they passed or failed. Jim Fisher, a Missouri resident/farmer/land owner talks consequences of Agenda 21′s National Blueway. Tom Martz joins us to talk Yankee Doodle Legislation and a legislative wrap up.

Here’s the link for this week’s show – 6/12/13

In light of the support of the recent Farm Bill by Sen Blunt, please JOIN REPLACE ROY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/435205643238172/?fref=ts


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Support Your Sheriff, Not A Nationalized Police Force

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Remember the IRS scandal that emerged due to the investigations into conservative groups, and denials of tax-exempt status to those groups. Well, that prompted conservatives, across America to protest, their abysmal treatment by the IRS, and guess what they ran into during their protests. The Department of Homeland Security at most IRS protest sites, acting as a national policing agent, to protect government agencies, against citizen protestors. That’s right, not local or state police, but the Department of Homeland Security. (head scratcher, indeed.)

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Culture Vigilante – Missouri Grassroots Radio 5/29/13

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We had a great show, this evening. Tony Kirk gave us a great run down of the line up for this weekend’s Conservative Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention at the Ameristar Hotel in St. Charles County. Get the info on how to join them here!

Here’s an issue we all need to be on top of. The White River Watershed National Blueway is a HUGE land grab and another AGENDA 21 boondoggle. Call Jay Nixon and tell him to sign SB 265, the anti Agenda 21 legislation. Thanks to Jack Abrahamson from Secure Arkansas and the work they are doing on bringing awareness to this issue.

Don’t forget about Benghazi. All the current scandal coming from the nation’s capital is just a smokescreen to divert your attention from the treason taking place there. Marinka Peschmann ties together the details of Benghazi and reports on the stonewalling. Read her latest article here.

Bill Federer also wrote about Benghazi this week. His latest publication in The Daily Caller gives the foundation of Hillary and her ties to Alinsky tactics and how the UN is attacking our freedom of speech.

Tom Martz, of the Locke and Smith Foundation wraps up with us and discusses the end of the session.

Listen to the Pod – Cast Here!


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