August 31, 2012

Wrap-Up of 2102 Republican National Convention

The following links provide a wrap-up for each day of the 2012 Republican National Convention. They were written by ARRA News Service editor Bill Smith for Americans For Limited Government, a Washington independent conservative research think tank:
The following Links are for the RNC 2012 Prime Time Speeches for the 3 days:

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August 18, 2012

Announced Speakers for the 2012 Republican Convention

ARRA News Service - RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has announced the following headliners speaker for Republican National Convention 2012 , August 27-30, in Tampa, Florida. It is noted that with the convention being held in Florida, a large number of speakers are from Florida. Obviously, the "presumptive" candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan who will be nominated at the convention will speak as well. More speakers to be announced as the RNC counts down to the convention.

Chairman Priebus said, "We are proud and excited to announce these outstanding leaders will address the nation during our convention in Tampa. They are some of our party's brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles. Ours will be a world class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers-and those that will be announced later-will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event."

The announced speakers are:
  • Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, will introduce Mitt Romney for his speech to accept the Republican nomination for president of the United States on Thursday, August 30.

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie As a keynote speaker, he will make the case for America's Comeback Team and will rally The Republican party and country in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

  • South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the first female governor of South Carolina and the youngest sitting governor in the United States.

  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the 44th governor of Arkansas and 2008 presidential candidate is a NY Times best-selling author, radio and television show host.

  • Ohio Governor John Kasich, former House Budget Committee chairman.

  • New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, the first female Hispanic governor in the U.S. and the first female governor of New Mexico.

  • Arizona Senator John McCain, the party's 2008 nominee, now serving his fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, America's 66th secretary of state and the first African-American female to hold the position.

  • Florida Governor Rick Scott, 45th governor of Florida, the convention host state.

  • Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, 43rd governor of Florida and current chairman of the Foundation for Florida's Future.

  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, first woman to serve as both Oklahoma's lieutenant governor and governor, and the first woman elected to Congress from Oklahoma since the 1920s.

  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul, junior senator from Kentucky and founder of the U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus.

  • Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, 2012 presidential primary candidate, and U.S. Senator (1995-2007) and U.S. Representative (1991-1995) from Pennsylvania.

  • Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida's 37th attorney general and first female attorney general in state history.

  • Texas Republican U.S. Senate Nominee Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general (first Hispanic and youngest person in that position).

  • Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, first Republican elected governor of Puerto Rico since 1969 and first Republican representative from Puerto Rico elected to Congress.

  • Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, former chairman of the Cobb County Commission.

  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 45th governor of Wisconsin and the first U.S. governor to have successfully kept their seat in a recall election.

  • U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, United States Senator from New Hampshire and former New Hampshire Attorney General.

  • Former Democratic National Convention Speaker Artur Davis, former Alabama congressman from the 7th District (2003-2011) who was the first member of Congress not from Illinois to endorse President Obama in 2008. Davis, then a Democrat, seconded the official nomination of Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He recently announced he is joining the Republican Party and supporting Mitt Romney.

  • Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, 55th governor of Louisiana, winning election in 2007 and winning re-election in all of the state's 64 parishes in 2011; former U.S. Congressman; led the state's response to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf in 2010.

  • Congressman Connie Mack Florida's Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate; first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2004.

  • Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and chairman of the Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions (the Platform Committee).

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August 17, 2012

Court Rules Florida’s Early Voting Restrictions are Discriminatory

Frontline (PBS): As Florida works on its contested voter-roll purge, a judge has ruled against a new restriction on early voting in some counties, saying it discriminates against blacks.

In recent years, Florida voters could go to the polls for 14 days before Election Day, with the booths open for a maximum of 96 hours over that period, usually eight hours Monday through Friday, and four hours each on Saturday and Sunday.

Under a new election law passed this year, the early voting window has been shortened to eight days, with a minimum number of 48 total hours. While election officials still have the cap of 96 hours, officials aren’t mandated now to use all of that time.

Chris Cate, a spokesman for Florida’s secretary of state, said that the new law would give voters plenty of time to get to the polls.

But five of Florida’s 67 counties are still covered under the Voting Rights Act, the federal law that bans discriminatory voting practices. This means that officials can’t make any changes to voting laws in these counties without clearing the changes with the Justice Department.

On Thursday evening, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. rejected the early voting change in those five counties, ruling that the changes seem likely to keep minorities from going to the polls. “The State has failed to satisfy its burden of proving that those changes will not have a retrogressive effect on minority voters,” it said.

African-Americans in Florida were much more likely to vote early than whites in four of the five most recent federal elections, according to court testimony from Professor Paul Gorke, an expert on the practice from the Early Voting Information Center, a nonpartisan research center based in Reed College, Ore.

In 2008, 54 percent of Florida’s African-American voters in Florida voted early — twice the rate of whites, according to Gorke, who testified for the Justice Department in this case. In 2010, early black voters exceeded early white voters by about a third.

Blacks also voted at nearly double the rate of whites in the first five days of early voting, Gorke told the court. Those are the days that state officials want to eliminate this year.

In its ruling, the court noted that the state’s own expert witness acknowledged he could “see the pattern” of higher levels of early voting among blacks. Florida’s expert, M.V. “Trey” Hood, an associate professor at the University of Georgia, also said it was “more likely than not” that that trend would continue in November.

The ruling only affects five counties, meaning that the early voting change will still be implemented in the rest of the state. . . . Read More

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“A Better Future” to be Republican Convention Theme

“Americans are ready for a new direction,”~ Reice Priebus
Tampa, Fla. – Announcing that the theme of the 2012 Republican National Convention will be “A Better Future,” Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus today proclaimed that “Americans are ready for a new direction.”

“Americans are ready for a new direction, and that’s why our convention will focus on the Romney-Ryan vision for a better future,” Priebus said.

“After four years of high unemployment and skyrocketing debt, we need America’s ‘Comeback Team’ to get the country working again and protect the American Dream for our children and grandchildren,” said Priebus.  “During our convention, the American people will hear about the priorities, experience and knowhow of our nominees and their plans to secure a better future for our country.”

“This convention will bring together Americans from every corner of the country and every walk of life,” said convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris.  “Whatever their background, wherever they’re from, they know too well that our country faces serious problems.  But they also know that the American people have confronted difficult challenges before, and that together, with strong leadership, we can overcome those challenges and secure a better future for generations to come.”

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August 16, 2012

Has President Obama Earned Your Vote?

Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s premier advocate for economic freedom, today announces the second phase of an ad buy* that is expected to be the largest in the group's history. The first phase of this ad effort, which launched last week, featured President Obama's broken promise to reign in irresponsible spending. That ad can be seen here. The latest ad (below) will feature former Obama voters sharing moving and personal testimony about their future voting decisions.

Has President Obama Earned Your Vote?:

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*Neither the America's Best Choice nor its editor, has been paid to share this ad. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to hear and share this ad with their friends, neighbors, and family members.

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Bill Nelson and Union Bosses

U.S Chamber of Commerce: Bill Nelson is on the side of union bosses, not Florida businesses.


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August 15, 2012

Florida 2012 Primary Results

The "unofficial" results from the Florida Secretary of State are in for yesterday's 2012 Florida non-presidential primary. Below are highlight of the primary races at the National Level. For complete information on state and local races, visit the Florida Election Watch.

On the National Level
Florida's US. Senate Primaries:  Rep. Connie Mack wins the Republican primary with 58.7% over three other candidates.  The Republican primary had 251,000 votes than the Democrat primary.   The democrat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson easily won his democrat primary.   Unfortunately, Nelson got lost along the way and abandoned all aspects of being a blue dog conservative and moved fully into the liberal camp headed by President Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid.

With Sen. Marco Rubio's win in 2010, Florida sent a clear message that it wanted conservatives representing them in Washington.  It is expected that they will feel the same and hopefully Floridians will retire Bill Nelson.   Some biased polls not using likely voters  had Nelson in a statistical tie or slight lead over Mack.  However, a  Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters prior to the primary showed Mack earning 46% of the vote to Nelson’s 37%.

US. House - Florida will have 27 Congressional districts: at present it has 25 districts.  However contested races for both major party were held in only in 15 Congressional Districts. Eleven Congressional Districts had Republican Primaries. Below is a summary of last nights congressional Republican primary races:

District 3 with 4 Republican candidates running had Ted Yoho winning over his nearest opponent by 1.2%.  Ted Yoho, veterinary knows what it is like to own and run a small business and it is encouraging to see that he is endorsed by people at the grassroots. He will need this support in the November election when he takes on 20 year incumbent Democrat Representative Corrine Brown who supported Obamacare, big government, and creation of our excessive National debt. Brown has worked tirelessly to advance the liberal progressive agenda of the Democratic Party in Washington, D.C. long before Barack Obama arrived.

District 4 had U.S. Representative Ander Crenshaw, member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, reaffirmed by his Republican supporters with 72% of the vote. Crenshaw is not opposed by a democrat but does have a write-in and no-party affiliation candidates opposition.

District 6 - with incumbent republican U.S. Representative Cliff Sterns not running, 7 republican and 2 democrats competed for a spot on the the Nov. Election ballot. The seven republican candidates divided the primary votes with Ron Desantis winning with 39%. Desantis had been endorsed by Combat Veterans for Congress, Freedom Works, Red State, and numerous other organizations supporting responsible and limited government. Ron is a Navy officer having served on active duty as a JAG prosecutor and also deployed to Iraq as an advisor for a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL counterinsurgency mission. He continues to serve as an officer in the United States Navy reserve. Interestingly, the Republican cast 63% of the total votes in the two District 6 primaries.

District 7 - incumbent U.S. Representative John Mica, member of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee easily winning with 61% his Republican primary over Tea Party backed candidate "Sandy" Adams. Mica has a democratic opponent in November. The democrats primary had only 28% of the total votes casts in the District 7 primaries and Rep, Mica won with more votes than cast in the entire Democratic primary. Rep. Mica needs to be re-elected to continue his critical work on the Oversight and Reform Committee which has been taking on the abuses of the Fast and Furious scandal and the refusal of AG Eric Holder and other officials to cooperate in Congressional Oversight investigations.

District 9 had 4 republican candidates with Todd Long winning the primary with 47%. He will be opposed by liberal looney democrat and former U.S Rep. Alan Grayson who lost to Tea Party-backed Rep. Dan Webster in District 8 in 2010. The incumbent for District 9, U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis was redistricted to District 12 were he was unopposed in the Republican primary but has opposition in the general election.

District 13 had 3 candidates with U.S Representative C. W. Bill Young (presently serving District 10) winning with a landslide approval of 69%. Rep. Young currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He will be opposed in November by a Democrat. The incumbent U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, was redistricted to District 18 and also face opposition in November.

District 14 - Evelio "EJ" Otero won the Republican primary with over 60% of the vote. He served for 28 years in the Air Force and is a retired Air Force Colonel. He will lead on issues that insure our Security, Prosperity and Freedom while working to restore honor in Congress. He is opposed in November. The incumbent US. Representative Connie Mack is running as a Republican for U.S Senator and won his primary as detailed previously.

District 17 - U.S Representative Tom Rooney, currently serving District 16 easily won the republican primary with with over 73% of the vote with 51,714 votes being cast in the District 17 Republican primary. Rep. Rooney presently serves on three House committees all of which are important to Floridians: Agriculture, Armed Services and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He does have opposition in November.

District 18 - TEA Party Conservative favorite U.S Representative Allen West, currently serving District 22, also easily won the republican primary with over 74% of the votes. West won more by votes than the votes casts for all three candidates in the democrat primary for District 22. Rep. West, a retied U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, serves in the Armed Service and Small Business Committee. In full disclosure, America's Best Choice endorses Allen West!

District 19 - Republican primary had 6 candidates. Trey Radel won with 30% of the vote. He will have a democrat opponent Jim Roach who seeks to hide his being a democrat behind the slogan "Our Country's Future is More Important than Party Politics." If Roach really believed that, he wouldn't be on the same ticket as Barack Obama and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. On his campaign site, "Roach Coach," he blames illegal immigration on employers, promotes jobs by supporting more government spending, and claims Obamacare will lower the deficit. Incumbent democrat US Rep. Ted Duetch was redistricted to District 21 where he is assured a victory with no republican opposition.

District 23 - with 5 republican candidates, Karen Harrington won with 48% who has also secured the endorsement of leading conservatives. Karen will be taking on the liberal mouthpiece of the Obama campaign DNC Chair & US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz who presently serves District 20 and was redistricted with the addition of two new congressional seats for Florida. Considering her opponent, a victory in November for Karen Harrington would indeed be a victory for America.

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August 14, 2012

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to Introduce Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention

Tampa, Fla. - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today announced that Florida's U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will have the key role of introducing Mitt Romney for his speech to accept the Republican nomination for president of the United States on Thursday, August 30.

Governor Romney's Thursday night address, which Senator Rubio will introduce, is the high point of the four-day Republican National Convention, August 27-30. The presidential nomination acceptance speech by Senator John McCain at the Republican National Convention in 2008 drew 38.9 million viewers across the country, nearly as much as the viewership of this year's Olympics opening ceremonies and similar to the viewership of the Oscars. This year's convention speeches will also be broadcast live online.

"Senator Marco Rubio is without a doubt one of America's most dynamic and inspiring leaders, and I am excited to announce that he will introduce Governor Romney at the Republican National Convention," said Chairman Priebus. "Senator Rubio is a proven leader and a man of true character, and it is fitting that he will take on such an important role at our convention in his home state. Throughout his career, he has shown true dedication to constitutional principles, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise. As the son of immigrants, he has witnessed the promise of the American Dream firsthand and has worked to secure that promise for future generations.

"The Republican National Convention in the great state of Florida is going to be an historic event. We are excited to nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and restore great leadership to our country. Future generations of Americans depend on the hard work we will do in the weeks and months ahead, and I know that together we will be successful in changing Washington and putting leaders in place who are committed to creating more jobs and opportunities for our people," said Senator Rubio.

"Marco Rubio symbolizes the greatness of the American dream. He is the perfect leader to introduce Mitt Romney when he accepts his nomination. We are an extraordinary country because we have fought to preserve individual liberties that are the heartbeat of opportunity and achievement. Senator Rubio has experienced this in his own life, which will help him bring tremendous focus to how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's agenda will lead the way to a better tomorrow," said Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris.
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Review of Florida Test Scores Confirms Substantial Gains over Past Decade

After the end of social promotion in 3rd grade, Florida shown to have boosted student performance
CAMBRIDGE, MA – A new study of Florida test score gains confirms the state’s position as one of the country’s most rapidly improving school systems over the period 2002 to 2009.  Although Florida’s record of steady improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (a national test administered to students in all states) has won plaudits from observers across the country, critics have alleged the improvement in 4th grade test scores was apparent, not real.  They said the gains were inflated by the retention of low-performing 3rd graders after 2002, when Florida ended “social promotion” by requiring students who failed 3rd grade tests to repeat that grade.

Those claims are shown to be seriously overstated in an analysis of 3rd grade performance conducted by Marcus Winters of the Manhattan Institute and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. By looking at the individual test scores of each student in Florida, Winters is able to identify gains in performance at the 3rd grade level that were not influenced by the “anti-social promotion” policy.

Taking advantage of Florida’s detailed information on the student performance of all students, Winters isolates test scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for those who are completing third grade for the first time.  By doing so, he excludes from the analysis all those who remained at this grade level as a result of the new anti-social promotion policy.

Winters finds improvement gains in both reading and math, with the largest gains observed in math.  While the gains among these initial 3rd graders are not as dramatic as the 4th grade gains which had captured national attention, Winters found “the gains among initial 3rd graders were very substantial,” about 0.36 standard deviations between 1998 and 2009, or roughly a full additional year of academic progress The scores are “more than enough to justify Florida’s claims that its gains have outpaced those in most other states.”

Winters identified even greater progress by the most disadvantaged students.  For example, those in the bottom decile (lowest 10 percent) improved by more than half a standard deviation, about a year and one half worth of improvement.

Several critics of Florida’s education reform policies have previously opined that Florida’s 4th grade scores were almost certain to shoot upward once low-performing students were retained in third grade.  By looking at 3rd grade performances, Winters shows that these claims, while partially correct, are overstated.  After adjusting Florida’s NAEP scores to account for the retention policy, only D.C. and Delaware made larger test score improvements.  In 1998, Florida’s 4th grade NAEP reading scores were one grade level below the national average; by 2005, their adjusted scores were above the national average.  It is those remarkable gains whose validity has been questioned.

As to possible explanations for the substantial test-score gains made by Florida students on FCAT and NAEP, Winters notes that studies have shown positive effects for each of the major accountability and school choice reforms introduced during 1998 to 2006 – such as implementing a school voucher program for use by students who have attended failing schools two years in a row and tax credits targeted for low-income students’ scholarships.  Studies also have shown that the retention policy – the focus of those who charge that Florida’s exceptional gains are inflated – has itself “had a positive impact on the performance of students who were retained.”

Winters’s analysis, “Florida Defeats the Skeptics:  Test scores show real progress in the Sunshine State,” will appear in the Fall issue of Education Next.
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Marcus Winters is senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership and an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  He is available for interviews. Education Next; is a scholarly journal published by the Hoover Institution that is committed to looking at hard facts about school reform.  Readers are encouraged to examine the study.  American's Best Choice and its editor has not analyzed this study in detail.


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August 11, 2012

Mitt Selects Ryan As Nominee for V.P.

ARRA News Service - Today, Republican Republican candidate Mitt Romney presented Paul Ryan as his nominee for Vice President. Ryan is a noted fiscal and social conservative, a TEA Party favorite, and a seven term U.S. Representative for Wisconsin having been first elected at age 28. If nominated at the RNC 2012, Ryan will be the first member of Generation X to have run for either Vice President or President. Today's announcement was made in Norfork, VA.

Romney said, "His leadership begins with character and value. Paul Ryan works in Washington, but his beliefs remain firmly rooted in Janesville, Wisconsin.

"He combines a profound sense of responsibility from what we owe the next generation and an unbounded optimism in America's future and an understanding of all the wonderful things the American people can do."

Paul Ryan is clearly ready for the challenge.  Read the complete text of both Romney and Ryan's speeches with highlights. Red meat for people that love America.

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August 10, 2012

A Cancer Close To The Presidency Of Barack Obama

Just like in the days of Richard Nixon, we have a Cancer close to the Presidency of Barack Obama. Lies and Deceit abound. The following information ad is only 1:17 minutes (77 seconds) long and you can view the actual statements and linkages to this cancer in President Obama's White House. 
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