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Today is Friday, March 27, 2015


Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House restructuring party; no executive director, diversified staff

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House told Douglas County Republicans today that he is restructuring the state party so that it will be run by a team of rivals and that there will be no executive director of the party.

He told a breakfast meeting of about 40 Highland Club Republicans that he doesn't want an executive director to run the party or speak for him. Instead he and the executive committee of the party's central committee will hire four staff members to run four departments: Communications, Finance, Political and State and County Party relations. Several people are being considered for the jobs, including former State Rep. Ted Harvey, who was rumored to be in line to be an executive director.

Harvey has been helping with the transition to the new leadership since House ousted former State Chairman Ryan Call who also has spent four or five days meeting with House and helping with the transition, House said. Both Harvey and Call are being very helpful, House said.

The new party chair said that after he was elected, he received a little over 4,000 emails. The top concerns were whether the party executive committee had been taken over by extremists and fundraising.

The executive committee and staff will include people from across the state and the GOP's political specturm of interests and beliefs, House said. 

As most parties are after elections, the Colorado state Republican party is in debt, as are some 14 other state GOP parties that have had recent leadership changes, House said. Since he was elected chairman, the party has collected some $30,000 to $40,000 from online donors he said. Of the 55,000 people who get appeals for funds, about 1,000 are regular contributors, House said.

House noted that his background is in business. Therefore he's taking a business approach to restructuring the party. Call is a lawyer and ran the party like a law firm and Call's predecessor, Dick Wadhams is a campaign consultant and ran the party as a consulting firm, House said.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/27/15 at 09:17 AM
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Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House restructuring party; no executive director, diversified staff

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House told Douglas County Republicans today that he is restructuring the state party so that it will be run by a team of rivals and that there will be no executive director of the party.

He told a breakfast meeting of about 40 Highland Club Republicans that he doesn't want an executive director to run the party or speak for him. Instead he and the executive committee of the party's central committee will hire four staff members to run four departments: Communications, Finance, Political and State and County Party relations. Several people are being considered for the jobs, including former State Rep. Ted Harvey, who was rumored to be in line to be an executive director.

Harvey has been helping with the transition to the new leadership since House ousted former State Chairman Ryan Call who also has spent four or five days meeting with House and helping with the transition, House said. Both Harvey and Call are being very helpful, House said.

The new party chair said that after he was elected, he received a little over 4,000 emails. The top concerns were whether the party executive committee had been taken over by extremists and fundraising.

The executive committee and staff will include people from across the state and the GOP's political specturm of interests and beliefs, House said. 

As most parties are after elections, the Colorado state Republican party is in debt, as are some 14 other state GOP parties that have had recent leadership changes, House said. Since he was elected chairman, the party has collected some $30,000 to $40,000 from online donors he said. Of the 55,000 people who get appeals for funds, about 1,000 are regular contributors, House said.

House noted that his background is in business. Therefore he's taking a business approach to restructuring the party. Call is a lawyer and ran the party like a law firm and Call's predecessor, Dick Wadhams is a campaign consultant and ran the party as a consulting firm, House said.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/27/15 at 09:17 AM
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Does Scott Walker want to be Jeb Bush’s VP? Flips on illegal immigrants’ amnesty; agrees with Bush

Reports that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has flipped flopped from his "no amnesty" for illegal immigrants position to pretty much agreeing with former Floridal Gov. Jeb Bush can mean several things: 1. That's what he really thinks. 2. He thinks that would be a winner in a general election. 3. Potential donors are calling the shots for him. 4. He's really running to be Jeb Bush's pick as the GOP's nominee for vice president. 5. All of the above.

LINK: Scott Walker shifts stance on immigration at private dinner, by Reid J. Epstein (paid wsj.com subscription, search the web).

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/26/15 at 01:31 PM
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Scott Tipton tweets link to news that GOP House Financial Services Comte passed 11 bipartisan bills

The GOP-controlled House of Representatiatives' Committee on Financial Services has passed 11bipartisan bills that will help small banks and other financial institutions better serve their customers, annouced Charman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO-CD 3) tweeted the link to this press release, which includes the bill numbers for those interested.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/26/15 at 01:17 PM
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Jeb Bush continues to win the Big Money GOP donors

Jeb Bush is succeeding in his Big Money campaign to win over major GOP donors, reports The New York Times.

Big Money people know how to evaluate candidates and place their bets on the most likely winners. This year, that's Jeb Bush for the GOP, and, most likely, Hillary Clinton for the Democrats. 

Losers deplore the roles of Big Money donors to political campaigns. But I celebrate them. They help sort the winners from the losers, and they ensure that their candidataes will have enough money to be competitive and get their messages to voters.

This is a huge, complex country. If Big Money wasn't involved, voters would be fed misleading rumors and vote blindly.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/24/15 at 08:44 PM
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National Republican Senate Committee is after Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)

The National Senate Republican Committe is campaigning against Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) who is up for re-election in 2016. So far, nobody has declared his candidacy in opposition to Bennet. Here is the NRSC's press release:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/23/15 at 10:01 PM
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Ted Cruz misleads voters on his agenda; evangelicals can’t elect him; he’s wrong on social issues

Sen. Ted Cruz, a 44-year-old rookie senator from Texas, today announced his candidacy for president. His announcement has been anticipated and received with great skepticism in Washington and among most political pundits. While he has attracted a tiny following, he's not respected nor well liked by his peers or opponents.

With only 4% of the respondents to polls saying they back Cruz, he seems to be on an ego trip, a mission or a fast trip to politcal reality.  

While I respect Cruz's intellect and conservatism on economics, immigration and defense, I don't respect candidates who use their religious beliefs to win political power.

Worse, I don't like his radical and extreme stands on social issues or his misleading claims that he would totally repeal ObamaCare and balance the budget with a Constitutional Amendment, which is one of the worst ideas in politics.

As long as Democrats have 40 votes in the U.S. Senate, ObamaCare will not be repealed. So would Cruz, a skilled Constitutional lawyer, follow President Obama's example and use unConstitutional executive orders to change laws he doesn't like? Would Cruz, an advocate of the rule of law, follow Obama in not enforcing laws he doesn't like?

A  balanced budget Constitutional Amendment would cause more problems than it would solve. And it probably never would be supported by the states. So why waste time grandstanding on the idea? 

When it comes to his promise to abolish the IRS with tax reform, does anyone believe that can be done as long as Democrats have 40 votes in the Senate, which they always will? A president can't change the rules of the Senate, which allows the minority to filibuster bills it doesn't like. 

Again, Cruz is misleading voters about what he could do as president. He is  pandering to voters who don't pay much attention to politics and aren't realistic about what is and is not politicaly feasible. What does such pandering tell you about Cruz? That he's desperate and is lying for power?

Cruz says he'll win by bringing out real conservatives who haven't voted when people he calls moderates—Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney–were the GOP's presidential  nominees.

Now, having worked for the election of Senator Barry Goldwater in 1964 and watched him fail to bring out the "silent majority", I doubt very much that Cruz can bring out enough evangelicals to vote for him and win the White House. I doubt that he can win both evangelicals and young, Small Government libertarians who totally disagree with evangelicals and voters who want Cruz to use Big Intrusive Government to stop abortions and gay marriages.

So while I like Cruz's positions on some issues, I think Jeb Bush and others are better candidates on those issues. Cruz is one of the weakest on social issues,   a balanced budget amendment and readiness to be president. He's never been a governor and he has shown over and over again that he doesn't know how to work with Congress.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/23/15 at 08:11 PM
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WaPo’s “online guide to Ted Cruz”

If you are interested in doing opposition research on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his campaign for president, "The Fix" at WashingtonPost.com offers a somewhat entertaining starting point.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/23/15 at 07:58 PM
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Doctors Without Borders must satisfice its greed just as Gilead (GILD) is

Gilead Sciences (GILD) is being assaulted by Doctors Without Borders for its pricing of its miracle hepatitis C drugs, which cure patients in as little as 12 days with only a pill a day and few side effects. As a GILD shareholder and someone who believes everyone should buy health insurance, not get it for free, I want as many people as possible to buy drugs. But GILD has invested a lot of money in creating and manufacturing its drugs. It and its shareholders must profit if the company's outstanding development efforts are to continue.

Doctors Without Borders is run by and staffed by people who don't believe in profits. To them, money is relatively unimportant. They get their compensation in good feelings about themselves. Their greed is that they want to feel good at other people's expense. That greed is as harmful to society over all as the greed to maximize profits.

What DWOB people need to learn is to satisfice their greed just as GILD must satisfice its drive for profits. Indeed, Gilead has made deals with generic drug makers that license them to sell its HEP C drug in emerging countries at much lower prices that the drug is sold for in middle income countries and in the U.S and other advanced countries.

 That is Doctors Without Borders  must find a happy compromise that gives them a reasonable return on their investments in time and effort just as GILD must meet the market's demand for reasonable prices and profits. If they don't satisfice, there will be no drugs for HEP C patients nor reasonable profits for shareholders. 

LINKS:

Gilead is Criticized for Restrictions on Generic Hepatitis C Drug Deal, by Ed Silverman (paid subcription, wsj.com)

Gilead Sciences at Yahoo Finance

Satisfice, by Wikipedia

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/23/15 at 06:34 AM
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Rep. Mike Coffman writes that Iran can’t be trusted

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO-CD 6) writes in the Washington Times that Iran can't be trusted to live up to any deal it makes with President Obama on containing the country's development of nuclear weapons. This is a view widely shared by Congressional Republicans and Democrats.

LINK: Why I believe Iran cannot be trusted, by Mike Coffman

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/22/15 at 10:01 PM
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Jeb Bush can beat Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, conservative talk radio critics

Jeb Bush has a big edge over conservative talk show critics like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham. They talk to small audiences, he talks to the world. They talk for ratings and say outrageous things about Jeb for ratings. They have little credibility. Jeb talks to America, Big Money donors and establishment politicians as well as all Republicans. As a former governor of Florida, Jeb has tons of credibility. People are listening to him.

LINK: Jeb's Talk Radio Problem, by Michael Kruse

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/22/15 at 05:04 PM
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Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA attacks Sen. Ted Cruz over climate change

Jerry Brown is a typical Obama Democrat. He's been taken in by Al Gore and the climate change alarmists. Those alarmist don't have the data, computer models, computer time, climate knowledge nor intellectual integrity or scientific credibility to sell their self-serving speculation to gullible politicians. Brown Democrats in California have done more to hurt farmers during the drought than the drought itself has. 

LINK: Jerry Brown: Ted Cruz 'absolutely unfit to be running for office', by David Cohen

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/22/15 at 04:24 PM
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Jeb Bush’s opponents will use his relationship with his late father-in-law to demonize him

How much do your siblings really know about your lives? I think this is an important story that will be misquoted by Clinton Democrats and used to demonize Jeb. I also think Jeb's GOP opponents will use it to explain why he is so wrong on illegal immigration.

LINK: Jeb Bush's forgotton father-in-law, by Michael Kruse

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/22/15 at 12:37 PM
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Ted Cruz is a Baptist

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a Baptist. He will announce his 2016 bid for president at Liberty University. This is a pretty good Washington Post report.

LINK: Here's what we know about the faith of Sen. Cruz, who's set to announce his 2016 bid at Liberty Univeristy, by Sarah Pulliam Baily.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/22/15 at 12:08 PM
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Colorado voters favor Scott Walker (33%) vs. Jeb Bush (14%), Marco Rubio (7%), Rand Paul (6%)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, reportedly a Colorado native, is favored in Colorado (33%) vs. Jeb Bush (14%). 

LINK: GOP POLL:  Colorado Voters Likes (sic) Walker in 2016 Presidential Race, by Colorado Peak Politics

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/22/15 at 11:51 AM
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