Two GOP reps announce support for legalizing illegals

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No surprise in either case. They’re both from the blue state of Illinois (albeit from reliably Republican districts) and have broken with conservatives before. Kinzinger opposed the “defund” effort last fall as a futile exercise and scrapped with Ted Cruz over Syria. Schock, a member of Kevin McCarthy’s team, once told a town-hall crowd that he expected Eric Cantor’s version of the DREAM Act would pass with bipartisan support. The significance of the clips isn’t that they were thought to hold different positions but that they’re willing to put these video pitches online, for easy circulation to the media, not long after Boehner told a group of donors that he was “hellbent” on passing some sort of amnesty this year. Makes me wonder if Republican leaders are starting to nudge their allies in the caucus to speak up for the cause, hoping that having young stars like Schock and Kinzinger out in front might make other pro-amnesty backbenchers find their courage and back Boehner too.

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Illinois Review -

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan says the Tea Party is forcing him to call for a re-vote on a bill to spend $100 million in taxpayer money to sweeten Chicago’s bid for the Obama presidential library.

Last week while on break between hearings, Democrats on the House Executive Committee voted to pass the measure while their Republican colleagues were not present. They then recorded the vote as “unanimous.”

Caught by the media, Madigan is now blaming the Tea Party for Republican committee spokesman Ed Sullivan’s defiant comments about the unexpected vote.

“Some of our Republican friends decided to demonstrate their tea party gene because the word Obama was mentioned,” Madigan spokesman Steve Brown told Sun-Times Lynn Sweet. “So the committee will meet again on the 30th and there will be another vote on the bill.”

“Prior to this little wave of tea party that flushed through Illinois since last week,” said Brown, “I was unaware of any real opposition.”

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Thank you to all who attended our Chicago Illinois Tax Day Tea Party on April 15th!

With more than 600 in attendance, voters were inspired and motivated to get involved!

A link to the live performance of Kevin Chalfant from Journey includes ‘God Bless America’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believing’

A link to an interview with Kevin Chalfant

Here’s a link to each of the speakers and performers of the evening:

Pictures from the evening:

Illinois Review -

by Mark Weyermuller,

The Arcada Theater was rocking Tuesday night as Kevin Chalfant from Journey sang “Don’t Stop Believing.” Everybody in the room was dancing as the Illinois Tea Party held their 6th annual Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2014 in Saint Charles, Illinois.

About 600 dedicated conservative “patriots” listen to speeches and music. The all star line up included, former congressman, Joe Walsh, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, Congressional Candidate Larry Kleifesh, WLS talk show host Dan Proft, Illinois State Rep Jeanne Ives, and Conservative Jack Roeser to name a few.

The event was organized by tea party leaders Denise Cattoni and Steven Tucker. The Tea Party is made up of just regular folks concerned about taxes, the constitution and freedom.

The theme of course was ,”Believe,”. There was a call to action of getting involved. The feeling is we need to lower the size, scope, and cost of government. This means less taxes, less spending and less borrowing.

This will create more freedom over all for everybody. After all the “Tea” in Tea Party stands for “TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY.”

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Tea Party pushes for change at rally

Kane County Chronicle -

ST. CHARLES – Politicians, policymakers and grassroots organizers Tuesday gathered at the Arcada Theater to urge residents to get involved.

Attendees at the Sixth Annual Chicago and Illinois Tax Day Tea Party nearly filled the theater’s floor seating and balcony.

They heard from more than 12 speakers, some of which promoted their candidacies and nearly all of which spoke to the Tea Party’s values of fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets.

The event is usually held in cold weather outdoors in Chicago, but the party opted to hold it indoors this year, said Denise Cattoni, founder of the Illinois Tea Party.

Among the first speakers was Senate candidate and State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove. He told the crowd that government taxes too much and spends too much.

“All of us as individuals can make much better use of the dollars … let us spend those dollars, and that’ll help get the economy going,” Oberweis said.

Other guests included Joe Walsh, former U.S. congressman and current talk show host of AM560 The Answer. Elgin resident Todd Hartwell, who attended the event with his wife, Tish, said he enjoyed hearing Walsh speak.

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Senator Harry Reid: cattle rustler for Communist China

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by James Simpson,

This week, the Bureau of Land Management has been attempting to confiscate the cattle of Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Nevada’s Clark County. On Wednesday, BLM agents confronted the Bundy family and supporters, using attack dogs, tasers and stun guns. Bundy’s son was tased and his daughter thrown to the ground. Three others were injured. Bundy supporters eventually drove the BLM off, but not before they had taken some cattle.

The BLM claims the cattle are “tresspassing” on land designated for the endangered desert tortoise. This designation is a red flag that something else is going on. Desert tortoises have co-existed with cattle for over 100 years and the cattle offer no threat.

Sure enough, as Dana Loesch reports today in a great piece of investigative journalism, Senator Harry Reid, known as “Cleanface” by the Nevada mob, and named by Judicial Watch as one of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians,” has been using the BLM to seize rangelandon behalf of campaign contributors. One of Reid’s former senior advisors, Neil Kornze, was recently appointed to lead the BLM, but he has worked there since 2011, and been de facto leader for at least a year. According to Loesch, Reid even ordered BLM to alter boundaries of tortoise habitat to allow top contributor, Harvey Whittemore, to develop the land. Yet another compassionate Democrat concerned for the environment. Good old Cleanface.

All other ranchers have been driven out of the county, but Bundy refuses to bend. The BLM claims Bundy owes them grazing fees dating back to 1993, however, he says his grazing rights predate the BLM, his family has used the land since the 1800s and those rights should have been grandfathered in. Contrary to BLM’s accusations, Bundy has been paying grazing fees, but to the governmental entity he believes has true title to the land: Clark County, Nevada. Loesch relates:

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Walsh: A Victory in the First Battle of What Will be a Long War

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The story of Cliven Bundy and his battle with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been going on for a long time. Since 1993, Bundy and his family have been fighting with the federal government over his claim to grazing rights on public land that had been worked by his family for over a century, long before the BLM ever existed. The government decided to change the rules in 1993, ostensibly to protect the desert tortoise. All the other ranchers in the area have been driven out of business. The last man standing is Cliven Bundy. Bundy has maintained that the federal government has no claim on the land, and that it belongs to the people of Clark County, Nevada. The dispute escalated last week when federal agents from the BLM descended on the land and the cattle 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Several hundred agents, fully armed, showed up with helicopters, backhoes, dump trucks, and a fleet of shiny SUVs from the federal government’s motor pool. Immediately, they began rounding up Bundy’s cattle. They intimidated anyone who attempted to stop them, which included using tasers and police dogs, and arresting one of Bundy’s sons. By late in the week, it became clear that the BLM agents believed they had they firepower on their side to impose their will on the Bundy family. That’s when I, and thousands of like-minded patriots, decided that enough was enough. I had been covering the story and spoke with Cliven Bundy on the phone on Thursday. It was then that I decided that I would take the Walsh Freedom movement to Nevada to join the fight. Hundreds of patriots had already arrived in Bunkerville, Nevada. They were camping out near the Bundy Ranch, showing support for the cause and marshaling an army of citizen patriots against the tyranny of big government. By the time my boots hit the ground on Saturday morning, the number of patriots had swelled to several thousand. The message was clear: the federal government couldn’t simply impose its will on a free people.

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Illinois Review -

SPRINGFIELD – With solid opposition from the 47 member House Republican caucus, two Democrats with no stomach for hiking taxes on millionaires shot down House Speaker Mike Madigan’s attempt to amend the Illinois Constitution Wednesday.

Democrats Reps. Scott Drury and Jack Franks voted against the Speaker’s proposal to hike state income taxes on those making a million or more annually, shorting the needed super-majority vote to get HJCRA 51 on the November ballot – a step required in amending the state’s constitution.

Americans for Prosperity-Illinois’ State Director David From, who led a public campaign against the Speaker’s proposal, congratulated Drury and Franks for their votes.

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Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings #stopcommoncore

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New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings’ staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, along with five Subcommittee Chairmen are demanding Cummings provide an explanation for the staff inquiries to the IRS about True the Vote and for his denial that his staff ever contacted the IRS about the group.

“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” the letter to Cummings states. “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”

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The next wave of Obamacare horror stories won’t be about cancellations

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The last quarter of 2013 was filled with horror stories of millions of Americans – many of them Cancer patients – losing their health insurance because of the PPACA “Obamacare”. Even though Barack Obama promised “if you like your plan you can keep your plan and no one will take it away from you, period.” At the very least, many of the 6.3 million policy holders who had their coverage canceled were able to obtain a QHP – ‘qualified health plan’ – on a guaranteed issue basis (no preexisting conditions) as a replacement shortly thereafter. Albeit those plans are often times more expensive and expose those consumers to higher premiums and out of pocket risk exposure, most especially if they do not qualify for taxpayer funded ‘advance premium tax credits’-  to artificially lower premiums and ‘cost sharing’ subsidies to lower deductibles.

That was then, this is now.

The new wave of Obamacare horror stories will begin being told all across America now that we are outside of the first national ‘open enrollment’ period which ended on 3/31/2014. Only this time it won’t be about Americans losing their health insurance. It will instead be about the vast majority of Americans being unable to purchase individual, renewable health insurance from any carrier no matter how sick they are until January 1, 2015. That’s right, unlike before Obamacare when you could blame those “evil health insurance companies” for “denying you your right to health care.” Now, the blame will rest squarely on the shoulders of the greatest health insurance salesman in world history, Barack Obama.

Millions of Americans are about to be denied their ‘right‘ to health care.

It is Barack Obama’s health care law that will be directly responsible for denying millions of sick Americans their ‘right‘ to health insurance from now until January 1, 2015. From now until then Americans who wish to purchase their own individual, renewable health insurance are barred by federal law from doing so. In fact, the only way to do so now is you have a ‘qualifying life event’ and as such qualify for a ‘special enrollment’ period. Understand that the ‘qualifying life events’ listed below apply only to those who qualify for subsidies and as such can plead their case to the decision makers at The truth is under Obamacare your ‘right’ to health care refers to beseeching yet another group of nameless, faceless government bureaucrats who may or may not let you purchase health insurance that will cover your preexisting conditions. Yeah, this is going to be great! Forward!

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Illinois Tax Day Tea Party 2014

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