Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:21 pm
Full text of the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and given by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa):
I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.
A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his.
Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:22 pm
In 2010, President Obama lost six seats in the Senate and 63 in the House and called it "a shellacking." Four years before that, President George W. Bush lost six seats in the Senate and 30 in the House and called it a "thumpin'. "
Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:35 am
Sometime after the polls close Tuesday night, we'll find out if Republicans managed a spectacular feat.
The party that lost the last two presidential elections is seeking a comeback, adding control of the Senate to control of the House. Republicans aim to dominate Congress with a fresh presidential election looming in 2016. It would be, in one of the hackneyed phrases of journalism, "a remarkable transformation."
Last week the city of Alamo Heights asked CPS Energy to delay installation of smart meters in its neighborhood for one year so that the city could evaluate citizen concerns over the devices.
A few days later they were told by CPS that the installation in their city was not until late spring of 2015, and that they would conduct outreach to better educate those concerned.
CPS is in the midst of upgrading its grid through a $290 million program intended to increase efficiency and reduce costs. By adding smart meters to hundreds of thousands of electric and gas meters across the city, they no longer need to travel to individual houses to read meters.
For years skeptics have questioned smart meter programs. Many claims have been made questioning the safety of the radio waves the devices emit, and a far right-wing element voiced by Glenn Beck has made claims that the devices are going to be used to collect data on customers for nefarious purposes.
I don't care what anyone says; the smart meters it is a controlling device. You know what it is? It's a search engine. It's Google as a search engine"
- Glenn Beck on The Glenn Beck Program 1.25.13
Several of these claims are addressed and refuted on CPS's website and in many published studies.
The Republican Party of Texas officially opposed smart meters in there 2014 convention platform:
We oppose the mandated use of Smart Meters, as well as the use of collected data to reduce freedoms of U.S. citizens. Our opposition is based upon security, property damage, energy inefficiencies, privacy, health issues, and the use of Smart Meters to ration electricity. Texans should be allowed to opt-out of or opt-in to the use of Smart Meters.
The utility obviously has a hard sell on its hands, but wants to clear things up for those on the fence about their smart meters.
State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, caused a stir among Texas Republicans for comments he made during this weekend’s Texas Democratic Party convention.
During his keynote speech, Martinez Fischer said the GOP "should stand for gringos y otras pendejos."
Republican candidates immediately took issue with the comment.
Martinez Fischer said his comments were meant to address the name-calling and disrespect he says Democrats have been shown by Republican candidates in 2014 and meant to address some the items in the Republican party platform.
This week the Republican Party of Texas released it’s finalized 2014 platform, which includes a line item addressing support for voluntary "reparative therapy" for gays and lesbians.
"We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."
What will be the effect of the Republican Party of Texas' removal of a resolution that calls for a guest worker program? Some Moderate Republicans say they are troubled by this trend that has extended beyond the Republican primaries.
The removal of the Texas Solution, a state-centric guest worker program, from the party platform seems to have firmed up some Republicans' position on the matter. State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said he thinks the party missed an opportunity.
Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. But a leading mental health organization said this further stigmatizes and shames the Texas LGBT community.
The reparative therapy platform was introduced by Cathie Adams, executive director of the Texas Eagle Forum and adopted without any changes: