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Illinois Homeschool PAC Endorses Jonathan Wallace for 72nd State Representative District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Wallace   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:51
MORRIS, IL -- The Illinois Homeschool PAC today announced its endorsement of Republican Jonathan Wallace in the 2012 Primary Election in the 72nd State Representative District. ILHPAC also launched IllinoisHomeschoolFreedom.com to showcase the completed questionnaires of 37 General Assembly candidates.

“We're pleased to endorse Jonathan, who has has demonstrated a clear distinction from his opponents in terms of a commitment to protect homeschool freedom,” said Curt Mercadante, chair of the Illinois Homeschool PAC. “We urge home educators to support Jonathan, and to visit IllinoisHomeschoolFreedom.com to view the completed questionnaires of 37 candidates for the Illinois General Assembly.”

ILHPAC's also today announced its full endorsement list for the 2012 Primary Elections:

Senate:
  • Lennie Jarratt, 31st State Senate District (Homeschool Parent)
  • Sen. Sam McCann, 50th State Senate District (Incumbent/Homeschool Parent)
  • Mark Minor, 59th State Senate District
  • Garrett Peck, 49th State Senate District

House:

  • Liandro “Li” Arellano, Jr., 90th State Representative District
  • Jonathan Wallace, 72nd State Representative District (Homeschooler)

These endorsements are for the 2012 Primary Election only and are based on candidate responses to the ILHPAC legislative questionnaire. In some cases, the candidates are either home educators or were home educated. All of these candidates have contested Primary Elections, and there is a clear and demonstrable difference between these candidates and their opponents in their support for homeschool freedom.

“Just because a candidate is not endorsed does not mean he or she is not pro-homeschooling,” added Mercadante. “We invite you to visit IllinoisHomeschoolFreedom.com to see if your candidate has completed our legislative questionnaire.”

The Illinois Homeschool PAC is the only Illinois political action committee that is singularly focused on protecting the rights of Illinois home educators.



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Navy Veteran is First North Carolina Candidate to Adopt “9-9-9” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Hoekstra   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:45

March 5, 2012
(Atlanta) A career Navy veteran is the latest high-profile congressional candidate to join “9-9-9 The Revolution”. Businessman and former presidential frontrunner Herman Cain today announced the official commitment of North Carolina Republican Bill Randall to make “9-9-9” the law of the land.
Randall is one of three Republican candidates running for Congress in North Carolina's open 13th district – an area of the state that saw big support for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election but has turned Republican due to redistricting. Randall is also the first candidate in the Tar Heel state to join “9-9-9”, Cain's economic growth and jobs program.
“First, he chose nation before himself with an entire career in the United States Navy. Now, Bill Randall has shown he is truly dedicated to restoring this country's greatness with his vow to throw out the current miserable federal tax code,” Cain said. “Bill Randall is a person we want not only in the trenches of literal warfare, but a person we want leading our 'Army of Davids'  against the 'Goliath' that is our giant, bloated, ineffective government.”
Randall is not without campaign battle victories and scars of his own. A Tea Party favorite, he ran for Congress in 2010 in which he was outspent by a four-to-one margin and still got nearly half the votes. He also fell victim to nasty campaign tactics when a vandal defaced a billboard, a circumstance that gained national attention on a website founded by the late Andrew Breitbart.
This time around, Randall's embrace of '9-9-9' only adds to his cache of intellectual weaponry.  "The clock is ticking, and it is no secret that financial Armageddon is upon us,” Randall stated. “Amidst this gloomy climate has emerged a bright ray of hope: Herman Cain's '9-9-9 Plan." Posterity will look back at our ineptness for not adopting '9-9-9', or with pride and gratitude for adopting it, thus helping to pull us back from the precipice of financial ruin. "
Randall's support for '9-9-9' brings the number of candidate commitments to 23, up from just 12 last week. These are 2012 U.S. Candidates who are committed to thoroughly reading the '9-9-9' bill that is being drafted, and then working to sponsor, introduce and pass '9-9-9' legislation.
Candidate commitments to '9-9-9' are a part of the much broader Cain’s Solutions Revolution. To learn more, including the April 16, 2012 event “Revolution on the Hill”, please visit www.cainconnections.com.

 
Wallace calls for end of pay raises for politicians PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Wallace   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:51

Democrat’s Budget rewards politicians who raised taxes

Rock Island… Last January, Democrat Governor Pat Quinn and Representative Pat Verschoore pushed through a 67% increase in the state’s income tax, now they feel they deserve a pay raise.  Based upon the budget introduced by Governor Quinn, legislators and the Governor himself would receive thousands in new pay raises and that is out-of-line and out-of-touch according to Jonathan Wallace, Republican candidate for State Representative.

“Raising taxes to pay for politician’s lofty salaries is unacceptable and tone deaf to the issues facing working families,” Wallace stated.  “Illinois faces nearly $9 billion in unpaid bills, a number that could grow to over $20 billion in a few short years and yet the Democrat budget is prepared to spend thousands on pay raises for legislators and even the Governor.”

Further examination of the Governor’s proposal has uncovered pay increases for the State’s constitutional officers and legislators, including the Governor’s own salary.  Under the proposal Governor Quinn would see his salary jump by $1,600 to $179,100.  In all, the proposal includes over $250,000 in pay increases for these elected officials, which is nearly $1 million dollars higher than it was in FY2011.  

The Governor’s proposal stands in direct contrast to Wallace’s plan to cut the salary of all Illinois House Representatives by 25%.

“I signed a ‘Contract with the 72nd’,  in which I pledged to take a 25% salary cut and author legislation requiring other legislators to do the same. The average family in Illinois paid over $1,000 more in taxes last year, but the Governor and legislators would use that tax money to provide themselves with pay raises,” Wallace added.  “While the Governor talks about shared sacrifice, it seems the only people sacrificing are those paying for the politicians pay raises.”

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"This Is The Economy On Stimulus “ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cain Connection   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 09:12
Friends, supporters, and fellow patriots;

February 17th, 2012 was the third anniversary of Barack Obama’s $1.2 trillion “stimulus” bill. To say the effort has been a disaster for Americans is massive understatement. It was not just unsuccessful in jump-starting the economy, it has been an abject failure in every sense of the word.

Take a moment to check out our latest video "This Is The Economy On Stimulus “ video here.

To better educate and illustrate the damage this bungled scheme has caused our nation, we’ve launched a new initiative, called; Sick of Stimulus to point out these failures at www.sickofstimulus.com.

We need solutions and not more rhetoric coming from Washington. The first step to bring this about is to sign the pledge and say “We the people are Sick of Stimulus!” 

You can also show that you are Sick of Stimulus by donating today!

If you’ll remember, President Obama promised the stimulus would “save or create 3.5 million jobs,” yet since the stimulus was passed, we’ve lost 1.1 million jobs, poverty and food stamp usage has reached an all-time high, the percentage of Americans even trying to find work is at a 30-year low, and the debt has increased by nearly $5 trillion.

And amazingly, even though Barack Obama’s “Stimulus” efforts are a total fiasco, the White House and their colleagues in Congress want to spend even more of your hard earned tax dollars for more of the same!!

We must fight this outrageous agagenda which is sending our country’s fiscal house off a cliff. But we can’t do it alone –so be sure to sign the pledge and visit www.sickofstimulus.com often to see future videos.. 

I happen to believe we can win this folks! I am Sick of Stimulus!  Will you pledge the same?


Sincerely,

Herman Cain

 
Author Rallies Conservatives to Take Office at Every Level PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 09:08

Foolish Ways to Lose an Election

While GOP candidates and party faithful focus on who can best beat President Obama in November, Craig Copland is rallying conservatives to take over the country – one dog catcher at a time.

“In November 2012 we can take back the White House, majority control of the Senate, more governors’ offices, scores of state legislative seats, and countless local level offices,” says Copland, author of the just released 2012 Conservative Election Handbook (www.conservawiki.com), a guide to winning campaigns at any level.

“It doesn’t start with the office of president,” he says. “That’s where it ends.”

Citizens who want to see conservative governance and policies throughout the fabric of the United States can make it happen by running for local office or volunteering campaign help for conservative candidates, Copland says.

“There are 600,000-plus elected offices in this country,” he says. “If America is to remain a beacon of freedom and prosperity, then conservatives need to be elected as county clerks, judges, water commissioners, mayors, school board trustees, state legislators, and every other rank of public office in the country.”

His new guide, researched and written with insights gleaned from his years of managing political and non-profit campaigns, lays out clear instructions for both political veterans and newbies, stepping up to do their part for the conservative cause.

Among them: Some foolish ways to lose an election.

• Sex: Voters will forgive divorce; they won’t forgive active adultery. Don’t get carried away by the headiness and pressures of the campaign trail and screw up.

• Lies: Do not lie. Not about anything. You will always be found out. Your credibility will be attacked. You will lose.

• Videotape: Once you become a public figure, everything you say will be on the public record – somewhere. If not on videotape, then audiotape, in print, or in a notebook. Emails, Facebook posts and tweets live forever. So be consistent, think before you speak, and don’t let your guard down. It will reappear at the worst possible time.

• Do NOT Break the rules: Every election, every state, every district and every campaign will be faced with a staggering list of rules. Learn them. Follow them. Bring accountants and lawyers on board who are experienced with the rules. If you are caught breaking even one, it could derail your campaign.

• Avoid conflicts of interest: Never let yourself be caught supporting a political action in which you have an obvious interest. Voters will respect a candidate who believes in something because it’s the right thing. But if you appear to be lining your pockets, it’s game over.

• Do NOT fight losing battles: Don’t waste a nickel or a minute trying to appeal to the group trying to repeal marijuana laws – they’ll never vote for you. And you’re not going to win a precinct that voted 90 percent liberal in the last election. Focus your time and money where you can make a difference in the vote.

Raising money, of course, is a big part of winning a campaign, but it doesn’t take a lot to win a less dazzling local office. It’s a good place to learn the ropes of fundraising and get some practice running a campaign without a lot of pressure, he says. And there’s value in winning even the most down-ballot office.

“If conservatives set out to win every elected post in the country, all 600,000-plus of them, then America will be a truly conservative country,” he says, “from dogcatcher to president.”

About Craig Copland

Craig Copland is a retired entrepreneur with a long history as a volunteer and professional consultant with expertise in fundraising and managing political campaigns. He spent many years as an executive and CEO of international humanitarian aid agencies, helping establish and run disaster response programs for children in Africa, Bosnia, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, among other locations. As founder and president of Conservative Growth Inc., he helps elect conservatives to all levels of public office.

 
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