Gary Johnson to drop out of GOP primary to run as Libertarian

December 21, 2011

Staff Report

Gary Johnson will quit the Republican primaries and seek the Libertarian Party nomination instead, POLITICO has learned.

The former two-term New Mexico governor, whose campaign for the GOP nomination never caught fire, will make the announcement at a press conference in Santa Fe on Dec. 28. Johnson state directors will be informed of his plans on a campaign conference call Tuesday night, a Johnson campaign source told POLITICO.
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Iowa Evangelicals Issue Mixed Verdict Before Caucus Vote

December 21, 2011

Staff Report

Score one split-decision victory for Rick Santorum. The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, long admired in the evangelical community, failed to receive the endorsement of the Iowa-based social conservative group the Family Leader, which unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that it would remain neutral in the GOP presidential primary. But he did receive the support of its leader, Bob Vander Plaats, who said he is personally endorsing Santorum.
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EPA Seeks to Seize More Power

December 21, 2011

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

President Barak Obama’s administration seeks to increase the power and authority of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) without seeking additional approval from Congress. In 2009, President Obama defined sustainability for the federal government in an executive order as the ability “to create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.”
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Todd to introduce Medical Marijuana Bill in House

December 21, 2011

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Representative Patricia Todd (D) 54th District, Jefferson County, has called for legislation that would make medical marijuana legal in Alabama. To be called the “Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Act,” Todd says that this act is designed to, “Alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.”

The bill is named after Millbrook resident Michael Paul Phillips who died on Sunday December 9, 2007. He was 38 years old, according to former Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Loretta Nall.
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Tea party activists: Don’t confuse them with independents

December 20, 2011

Dear Editor,

“Tea partiers are disgruntled social conservatives aiming to take control of the Republican Party. Independents are the antiparty force, trying to restructure the partisan political system.”

This is the title of an article written by Jackie Salit is the president of IndependentVoting.org, a national association of independent voters and these sentiments are held by many in the minor Party ranks.

When the leadership of Tea Parties become corrupted by becoming part of the Oligarchic system and begin both promoting only one Party and opposing all outside the 2 party system then those individuals become enemies of the Constitutionalists movement and MUST be dealt with! The Tea Party movement MUST remain pure in the fight to elect Statesmen who represent the ideals of our Founders REGARDLESS of what brand they choose to wear!
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Why America Critically Needs the Conservative Party. NOW.

December 20, 2011

Dear Editor,

Suboptimal. That’s a heavy-duty word being used by some political pundits these days to describe the “less than optimal” performance of the two major political parties. But suboptimal is what average Americans call “less than satisfactory” and it describes how we feel about Republi-Dem performance during the past 25 years.

“We basically have two bankrupt parties bankrupting the country.” said Stanford University political science professor Larry Diamond in a NY Times editorial by Thomas Friedman. There is ample evidence to support his stark analysis. The United States has: a $14 Trillion National Debt; a $1.5 Trillion annual budget deficit; falling dollar value; 9.7% unemployment; increased illegal immigration; Congressional Earmarks that add to the deficit; near bankrupt Social Security and Medicare systems; the specter of Socialized Medicine; continuing waves of home foreclosures.
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Alabama Ballot Access Fight Gets Hot

December 20, 2011

Dear Editor,

On June 1, 2011 Alabama House Bill 425 was signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley. This Bill moved the Alabama Primary date from June to the second Tuesday in March. This also moved the petition deadline for newly qualifying parties and nonpresidential independent candidates to the same date. The Bill effectively makes qualifying as a non-Republican or Democrat in 2012 much harder in a state that already ranks dead last in many categories pertaining to Ballot access.
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Immigration is not a victimless crime

December 20, 2011

Dear Editor,

Republicans were given a majority in Montgomery in November 2010.  They were put there by the citizens of Alabama to do the job of addressing the Socialist policies of the current federal administration. One of those policies was ignoring the illegal immigration of millions of foreign citizens into our state. They did their job and now special interests are trying to undo what the tax-paying citizens of Alabama wanted. We are a sovereign nation that has the right to CHOOSE who is allowed to enter this country. Citizens of foreign countries do not have the right to come here without permission.  It does not matter that there are politicians who choose to disregard the enforcement of the law; illegal immigrants should not be entitled to the rights and privileges of citizenship.  I am sorry they live in a country where there are no opportunities to improve their lives. The answer is not to come to the United States illegally, it is for them to stay in their own country and improve their own situation.  Instead, an estimated 20 million more illegal immigrants, (if the government estimates 20 million, there are probably 40 million) from 200 countries, not all of whom are Hispanic, have chosen to enter our country illegally. Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.  This massive influx of illegal immigrants is one of the main causes for the catastrophic economic situation we now face. Contrary to the assertion of racism, this is not a racist issue; this is an economic issue, and an issue of state and national sovereignty.
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Celebrating the Life of Melba Peters

December 20, 2011

Staff Report

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead released the following statement regarding the death of Party leader, Melba Peters of Huntsville:

“It was with great sorrow that I learned that Melba Peters finally succumbed to her battle with cancer this morning. Her bravery in facing this fight over the last few months has been an inspiration to so many, which was just indicative of how she lived her life – with courage, setting an example for all to follow.
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Church leaders earn some commenter support for Alabama immigration law’s repeal, but more say keep it

December 20, 2011

Staff Report

A half-dozen religious leaders this morning delivered a letter to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s office asking him in the spirit of the Christmas season to support the repeal of the state’s immigration law — the Beason-Hammon Act or HB56, Birmingham News writer Kent Faulk reported.

However, Bentley won’t support a repeal of the state’s immigration law, despite the appeal letter, the governor’s press secretary wrote in an email sent later this morning. The law may need some improvements but those shortcomings don’t merit a repeal, it said.
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