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Ted Cruz – Climbing the Mountain

We knew it was only a matter of time until they climbed that mountain!

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2016 Senatorial Elections Are Crucial to Democrats, Liberals, & Progressives

 

All eyes and media focus are currently on the 2016, presidential election. election-2016-buttonPrecious little attention is being given to the crucial senate races that will be waged in the next national election. This is an egregious error considering the current right-wing stranglehold on our government.

Once it became evident to the right that Barack Obama would be a two-term president, the financial guru’s who really run this country began to back congressional and state candidates, and to pave the way for the 2016 elections. Now that they have a majority, they clearly intend to buy the White House. That is why it is imperative that liberals and progressives begin today grooming and promoting viable Senate and House candidates who represent their interests. We do not have the luxury of waiting. Now it begins…

KELLY ANN AYOTE – Republican Senator from New Hampshire

Kelly AyotteAyotte is a first-term Senator whose seat will be up in 2016, for reelection. She is the former State Attorney General. Her name came up as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney in 2012, and the next year Newsmax magazine listed her as number 11 among the 25 most influential women in the Republican Party. They called her “an emerging force in Congress. 1

In a tight race during the 2010, elections, Ayotte drew the endorsements of such party notables as John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, Tom Coburn, and Rick Santorum.

In 2012, a scathing article appeared in Addicting Info which claimed:

“As Junior Senator, Ayotte voted against the United States Postal Amendments meant to save the Post Office, and against repealing tax deductions for oil companies. She voted for the Keystone XL Project, to extend the Bush tax cuts, and to reduce the corporate tax rate. She voted to remove all regulations regarding electronic debit card transactions and against emergency disaster relief appropriations, Ayotte is pro-fracking, pro-CISPA, and has an A rating from the NRA for her position on gun control. She is married to Lt. Joe Daley, a reservist fighter pilot, who flew combat missions in Iraq, and the mother of two children. Ms. Ayotte is on the front lines of the battle to treat captured terrorist suspects as prisoners of war rather than criminals. “We don’t want to tell a terrorist you have the right to remain silent, she says, “that’s the issue here.” Sarah Palin calls Kelly Ayotte, “a Granite State Mama grizzly who has broken barriers.”2

Upon careful review, I found those claims to be quite accurate. Ayotte is also pro-life and receives a consistent 100% rating from the National Right To Life Committee.

Her biggest donations came from Elliott Management Corporation which the management affiliate of hedge funds Elliott Associates, L.P. which is run by C.E.O., Paul Singer. In 2014, it was estimated that Singer had a net worth of $1.9 billion.

Interestingly, Singer, whose son is currently in a same-sex marriage, has donated millions of dollars to various organizations supporting LGBT rights, yet Kelly Ayotte is vehemently against gay marriage and gay adoptions.

Senator Kelly Ayotte is the goddess of right-wing conservatives. With close ties to Goldman Sachs, the Koch Brothers and much of corporate America it might be very hard to unseat her. However, if the left chooses to get its act together, it might not be impossible.

ROY DEAN BLUNT – Republican Senator from Missouri

roy bluntBlunt is a former member of the United States House of Representatives (1997-2011) who won a Senate seat in 2010. Back in 2006, at the height of the scandal involving Jack Abramoff, Blunt’s name was thrown into the mix and his involvement with both Abramoff and Tom Delay came into question.3

He has been endorsed in the past by Missouri National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, Michele Bachmann, Red State, and the National Rifle Association. His political action committee the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund has met with it’s own scandal when Blunt accepted more than $1.1 million from corporations donated by the same companies that were implicated in the indictment of his friend and colleague Tom DeLay.

Blunt is a staunch pro-life, Southern Baptist. In 2012, he proposed the “Blunt Amendment” that was piggy-backed onto a highway appropriations bill. The amendment would have blocked part of the Affordable Care Act that requires all insurance plans to cover the birth control pill. The proposed amendment would have allowed not only religious organizations, but any employer with a “moral objection” to opt out of birth control coverage. The amendment was ultimately defeated.4

Earning a 92% rating from the Christian Coalition, Blunt has voted against same-sex marriage and gay adoptions. He has voted in favor of defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Additionally, he takes strong stands against the Separation of Church and State and Affirmative Action while advocating for the privatization of Social Security, faith-based initiatives, and an absolute right to gun ownership.

While in past elections he has won easily, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction that has been growing within the party regarding Blunt. Many Tea Party members and ultra-right-wingers are questioning his efficacy. That dissention could prove to be a real factor in unseating him. However, it could also mean that he could be replaced with someone even more radically conservative. It should signal Missouri Democrats and Progressives that this is a Republican seat that could be won by the right liberal. The time to start is yesterday.

JOHN NICHOLS BOOZMAN – Republican Senator from Arkansas

John BoozmanBoozman is an Optometrist and former United States Representative (2002-2010). In 2010, Boozman was the first Republican to be elected to the Senate since Reconstruction. So, how is that working out for them?

Being a true Southern Baptist, and a true hard-core conservative, John Boozman takes a very strong stand against abortion, women’s rights, LGBT issues, the separation of church and state, and immigration. He is a staunch gun-rights advocate and favors expanding the military.

His previous endorsements came from the Susan B. Anthony List, the National Rifle Association, Wal-Mart Stores, and Elliott Management. Earlier this year, Boozman was one of the 47 Republican senators to sign the controversial letter to Iranian leaders in an attempt to hinder negotiations with that country.

Last year, Boozman suffered a heart attack and underwent heart surgery, however, it doesn’t appear that he is slowing down, nor has there been any indication that he plans to retire. In August of last year the Arkansas Times published the following statement:

John Boozman meanwhile is one of the lowest profile Senators in the country. A plurality of voters in the state- 38%- have no opinion about him one way or the other. 34% approve of him to 28% who disapprove. Boozman’s big victory in 2010 was really a reflection on voters disliking Blanche Lincoln more than anything else, and it doesn’t appear that Boozman has made much of an impression in his own right.”5

The fact that Governor Beebe could beat Boozman in a “what if” scenario, however, is not indicative of anything on the horizon. The fact that there were 38% of those polled who had no opinion about him, could however, indicate that Arkansas voters are becoming more apathetic, or that they just don’t know what he is all about. At any rate, his seat will be up for grabs. It Democrats and Liberals put their skills to work, they really could pull this off.

RICHARD MAZUE BURR – Republican Senator from North Carolina

Richard BurrA former sales manager for Carswell Distributors, Burr has been in the United States Senate since 2005. Prior to that, he served 10 years in the House of Representatives.

Another hard-core conservative, Burr stands opposed to abortion, women’s rights and LGBT rights. While he opposes same-sex marriage on a personal level, he says that the decision should be up to individual states. He does not support the separation of church and state and believes in public school prayer as well as faith-based initiatives. He is a Second Amendment Advocate and wants to privatize social security.

Last year, as the ranking member on the Senate Committee of Veterans Affairs, Burr penned an angry letter to American veteran organizations for their failure to condemn the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Erick Shinseki, for his part in the VA scandal, claiming that the leaders of these groups did not care about the health and well-being of their members.6

Burr was also one of the 47 Republicans who signed the controversial, and some say, treasonous, letter to Iranian officials.

In January of this year, Burr took over as the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Just prior to his becoming Chairman, then Chairwoman, Diane Feinstein had released the executive summary of the CIA’s torture program. The full report was sent to the President. As one of Burr’s first acts, he sent a letter to Obama asking him to return all copies of the report signaling his dedication to maintaining secrecy and curtailing transparency.7

Although there have been rumors that Burr was planning on retiring, he recently quashed our hopes by announcing that he intended to run again in 2016. As far as the polls are concerned, there is almost a dead even split among those counted with a 36% approval rate, 37% who disapprove. Given the controversy surrounding Burr’s recent maneuverings, one can only hope that this long-time politician will be relegated to the farm. But, Democrats had better have someone really strong waiting in the wings.

DANIEL RAY “DAN” COATS – Republican Senator from Indiana (Retiring)

Dan CoatsSo, in Indiana we have a hard-core Republican retiring from the United States Senate. But…don’t get too excited. There are a few others hoping to fill that seat, not the least of which is Coats’ congressional staffer, Eric Holcomb who has already announced.

While this race promises to spawn a lot of candidates, it is important to note that Eric Holcomb is very well known in Indiana as the former chairman of the state Republican Party, and where Mitt Romney carried the day by 10 points in the 2012 elections. He will have the same support and funding that propelled former Governor Mitch Daniels through two elections.

It is pretty safe to assume that Holcomb embraces the same right-wing values as Senator Dan Coats, and will continue down much the same path. There are several other Republicans who are considering, but who also might be apprehensive about challenging such a powerful figure. While no democrats have announced yet, Evan Bayh, former Governor and Senator, is mentioned quite frequently as a potential candidate. This will be a tough race, but Democrats need to get their ducks in a row quickly.

MICHAEL DEAN “MIKE” CRAPO – Republican Senator from Idaho

Mike CrapoCrapo is an attorney and former United States Representative (1993-1999). He has been in United States Senate since 1999.

Crapo is a Mormon, a bishop in the Church of Latter Day Saints, and although he previously publicly stated that he didn’t drink alcohol, he was arrested in 2012, and plead guilty to a DUI.8

In 2011, it was reported that Crapo was one of the members of the “Gang of Six,” a bi-partisan group charged with coming up with solutions to reduce the American deficit.9

He is a strong advocate for firearms ownership and voted against any expansion of background checks, so of course, the National Rifle Association has supported Crapo as well as the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Crapo is a very hard-core conservative and conducts himself as such, standing firm against women’s and LGBT rights, he is supportive of a school-prayer amendment, faith-based initiatives, and the privatization of Social Security. He is also against raising taxes on the wealthy and providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

The only declared candidate in opposition to Crapo at this time is Independent Timothy A. Raty. Crapo’s DUI charge could have hurt him with the voters, but he has a pretty good stronghold on that seat, and some very deep pockets supporting him. However, a Democratic run at this seat should be launched immediately. It’s time to send the right a very big message.

CHARLES ERNEST “CHUCK” GRASSLEY – Republican Senator from Iowa

Chuck GrassleyThis 81 year-old politician is a former United States Representative (1975-1981). He previously served in the Iowa State Legislature (1959-1974). He has been in the United States Senate since 1981. Obviously, he has been very popular in that state.

In the past, a good portion of his funding has come from the oil producing industry, and insurance companies. Contributions from Monsanto have also been noted. He has been endorsed by Americans for Legal Immigration, Campaign for Working Families, Huck PAC, Iowa National Federation of Independent Business, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, and National Right to Life Committee. All of these reflect this hard-core conservative’s views.

Chuck Grassley has been representing Iowa in his Senate seat for 34 years, and in D.C. for 40 years. It is inconceivable to me that he would want to shoot for another six, or that the voters would even consider him to still be a viable option. It is equally incomprehensible that the Democratic Party cannot field a candidate who could beat him in 2016. Come on, people! Get it together, and make this right!

JOHN HENRY HOEVEN – Republican Senator from North Dakota

John HoevenHoeven is a former banker and governor of North Dakota. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

Hoeven is somewhat of an enigma in a couple of ways. In 2010, as he was paving the way for his Senate bid, it was reported that in 1996, he had been a Democrat:

“I have always been moderate in my political views, but now that I am considering elective office, I realize I must join a political party and stick to it,” Hoeven wrote in 1996. “I have decided to join the Democratic-NPL Party because I believe that is the best fit for my views.” Also in his 1996 letter, Hoeven strongly rejected the suggestion that he could be a Republican: “What people don’t want is partisan politics as usual. The effort by overly partisan members of the Republican Party to cast me as one of their own is just that, partisan politics as usual.”10

According to his campaign manager, Don Larson, at the time he was going to run for Governor, he realized that his views were more in line with the Republican Party than with the Democratic Party.

While Hoeven is pro-life except in certain situations, and anti-LGBT rights, favoring and Amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, he strongly believes in Affirmative Action. He is against school vouchers and proposes an increase in pay for teachers, he doesn’t take a firm stand on the separation of church and state, or prayer in public schools. He does, however, favor faith-based initiatives.

Hoeven is a strong proponent of Second Amendment rights, and doesn’t favor a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

In his last bid for senate he was endorsed by Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Huck PAC, National Education Association, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, and National Right to Life Committee.

While Hoeven seems more moderate than many of the Senators on some issues, it is imperative to remember that he is supported and funded by several unsavory and extremely right-wing people and groups. Unfortunately, given the fact that Hoeven won his seat by a 3 to 1 margin in 2010, and the total lack of apparent candidates from the Democratic Party, I think this one would be very hard, if not impossible to pull off.

JOHN HARDY “JOHNNY” ISAKSON – Republican Senator from Georgia

Johnny IsaksonIsakson is a former president of a large real estate company, and a former United States Representative (1999-2005). He became a United States Senator in 2005.

Interestingly enough – and to demonstrate just how far right the Republican Party has gone – many within the rank and file have designated Isakson as a Republican in Name Only, a RINO. Yet, he consistently receives 100% ratings as well as endorsements from the National Right to Life Committee, Campaign for Working Families, National Federation of Independent Business, United States Chamber of Commerce, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Americans for Prosperity. American Conservative Union, Americans for Prosperity, Gun Owners of America, National Rifle Association, Numbers USA, American Family Association, Christian Coalition of America, Family Research Council, and ACT! For America – just to name a few.

Isakson has been backed, endorsed, sponsored, and funded by almost every major right-wing outfit in existence. Johnny Isakson is a hard-nosed, hard-core, right wing conservative who is owned by his handlers and makes all the right moves.

It is highly unlikely that Isakson will be unseated. I say this, not because he is wildly popular, but because he is a Republican in the State of Georgia, and, unfortunately, if the Democratic Party continues to insist that only moderate, middle of the road, Democrats stand a chance, the voters will be presented with little to no choice but to dance with the guy they went with. Pathetic truth.

RONALD HAROLD “RON” JOHNSON – Republican Senator from Wisconsin

Ron JohnsonJohnson is the former CEO of a polyester and plastics manufacturing company. In 2010 he beat out then Senator, Russ Feingold, for the Senate seat. He claims that he “sprung out of the Tea Party.”

Johnson is a Club for Growth tool. Because he had no political history and no voting record, he has been referred to as a “Blank Slate.” In truth, Johnson portrayed himself as a “moderate” during his campaign, and the voters bought it.

In 2011, a controversy arose over what was termed a “deferred compensation agreement” with his former employer. That “agreement” garnered Johnson $10 million – $9 million of that was spent on his campaign. He came under intense scrutiny over whether or not campaign finance rules had been broken. He refused to stipulate the terms of the agreement.

And, more controversy erupted a little over a month ago when it was reported that Johnson’s office sat on complaints about a VA medical center over-prescribing medications.11

Johnson takes the same right-wing, ultra conservative stands as his other Republican cohorts and rubs elbows with all the same money people. Wisconsin is home to a lot of Democrats who, right now, are very dissatisfied with the representation that he is providing. The Washington Post has called Johnson the “most vulnerable candidate on the map.”12

I agree that he is vulnerable. It is widely speculated that Russ Feingold might very well consider running against Johnson again. Whatever happens, this is a Senate seat that the Democrats need to take back.

MARK STEVEN KIRK – Republican Senator from Illinois

Mark KirkKirk is an attorney and former United States Representative (2001-2010). From 1995-1999, he served as counsel to the House International Relations Committee. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

Mark Kirk is among the more moderate Republicans in the senate at this time. He favors a woman’s right to choose, Affirmative Action, and same-sex marriage. He has a very low rating from the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America, and favors providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

On the flip-side, he opposes Obamacare and favors the privatizing of Social Security. He also favors prayer in public schools as well as faith-based initiatives.

During his political career he has been endorsed by Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Citizens United Political Fund, Combat Veterans for Congress, ConservAmerica, Illinois National Federation of Independent Business, National Defense PAC, National Federation of Independent Business, National Education Association, Ocean Champions, Republican Main Street Partnership, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

In spite of his moderate stands, it should be remembered that Illinois is, generally speaking, more Democrat than Republican. Additionally, he has created his own downfall in many ways. Kirk is a decorated Navy reservist, but back in 2010, Kirk was giving a speech to a gathering of experts on U.S. Chinese relations when he stated, “In my role in the military, I command the war room in the Pentagon.” Completely untrue.13 Also, it was determined that another statement of braggadocio made by Kirk was equally as erroneous. Since 2002, Kirk has been telling audiences that he was the recipient of am “Intelligence Officer of the Year” award. What Kirk had received was actually the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award.14

With the unfortunate claims made by Kirk, came the revelation that during a speech he delivered on the floor of the United States House of Representatives in 2003, he claimed, ““The last time I was in Iraq I was in uniform, flying at 20,000 feet, and the Iraqi Air Defense network was shooting at us”. Well, of course that didn’t happen. He would later retract that statement in the Chicago Sun-Times by saying, “I simply misremembered [sic] it wrong.” The fact is, the Pentagon has no record of Kirk’s transport ever being fired upon.

This kind of dishonesty is indicative of Kirk’s character and may very well not be lost on the voters of Illinois. Additionally, Kirk has recently come under fired for comments that can only be construed as racist.

In 2012, Mark Kirk had a stroke. His full recovery was in question for quite a little period of time.

This is definitely a senate seat just waiting for a Democrat to occupy. Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth has already thrown her hat in the ring. It’s time for liberals to step up in Illinois.

JAMES PAUL LANKFORD – Senator from Oklahoma

James LankfordLankford is a Baptist youth worker and former United States Representative (2011-2015). He won the senate seat last year during a special election after the resignation of Tom Coburn. Lankford qualifies as a ReBiblican, for certain.

Lankford tows the political line of the extremist right, and stands squarely in the realm of theoretical rule, claiming that his “Biblical Worldview” will guide him in his decision making.17

In 2012, Lankford opposed protection of gay employees against discrimination. He argued that homosexuality is a choice that could be changed. When he became highly criticized for that comment, he claimed that he was being singled out because he was a Christian. Lankford has continued to attempt to block any and all legislation protecting LGBT rights, citing the Bible as his reason.18

Lankford recieves superior ratings from all of the usual conservative sources. His funding an support generally comes from American Council of Engineering Companies Oklahoma, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Family Research Council, House Conservatives Fund, National Rifle Association, Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, National Right to Life, Campaign for Working Families, Eagle Forum, and the Christian Coalition of America.

There is little doubt that Lankford will be re-elected to the Senate. After all, we are talking about Oklahoma, perhaps the reddest state in the nation. It is also unlikely that the Democrats will be able to field a candidate who would provide the voters with much of fa choice. The Oklahoma Democratic party has become nothing more than weak and anemic, hence it’s doubtful that the Sooners will have any relief from the choke-hold that evangelicals and extremists have on them.

 

MICHAEL SHUMWAY “MIKE” LEE – Republican Senator from Utah

Mike LeeLee is an attorney who was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk for now Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Alito. In 2005, he began serving as the general counsel for then Utah Governor John Huntsman. He is the son of Rex E. Lee, Reagan administration Solicitor General.

Suffice it to say, Lee is every bit as right-wing as his senatorial colleagues. After all, he is a Tea Party darling who aligned himself with Ted Cruz during the government shut-down. For many in the GOP, Lee is even too far to the right. Even John Huntsman, a hard-core conservative has indicated that he is considering supporting someone less radical.19 In spite of that, he still has a large support base and a lot of money at his disposal.

Lee is endorsed and funded by Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund, Republican Senatorial Committee, Americans for Legal Immigration, Freedom Works, LibertySlate, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life Committee, One Nation PAC, Republican Liberty Caucus, Tea Party Express, and Utah National Federation of Independent Business.

In a speech he gave last week, Lee characterized the three of the GOP candidates, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz as three of his closest allies.20

The State of Utah is probably too Republican for Democrats to expect to mount a real political challenge to Mike Lee. More than likely, the best we can hope for is that he will have opposition in the form of a primary by a candidate less extreme and with less ties to the radical groups engineering the outcomes of our elections.

JOHN SIDNEY MCCAIN, III – Republican Senator from Arizona

John McCainMcCain is a former Navy captain, Viet Nam Prisoner of War, United States Representative (1982-1986), and current United States Senator. Earlier this month, he announced that he would run again for this seat. McCain is currently 78 year-old, and has been a Senator for 29 years. In 2008, he ran for President, with Sarah Palin as his running mate.

McCain has been described as a “libertarian leaning conservative. He is an advocate of overturning Roe v. Wade and only providing abortions under certain circumstances. Yet he believes in Affirmative Action and is comfortable with same-sex marriage. He receives an 83% rating from the Christian Coalition, and favors prayer in schools along with vouchers and faith-based initiatives. He is an opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Mc Cain also favors the privatization of Social Security and an absolute right to gun ownership. He is vehemently against raising taxes on the wealthy, and for expansion of the United States military.

In past elections he has been endorsed and supported by Campaign for Working Families, National Right to Life Committee, Arizona Right to Life Committee, Arizona National Federation of Independent Business, Combat Veterans for Congress, National Federation of Independent Business, and the National Rifle Association, among others.

McCain will be challenged in a primary. While all of the players have yet to be revealed, a couple have emerged so far – Alex Melusky, and current Arizona State Senator, Dr. Kelli Ward. Both are hard-core conservatives. No Democrat has announced as of yet. It is important to remember that a Senate seat hasn’t been won in Arizona since 1988. Given the current mind-set of the Democratic Party, and it’s failure to endorse and support candidates in tough races, this could be a deciding factor. It is also important to note that McCain already has $3.5 million in his war chest.

There are a few names being bandied about in Democratic quarters, but none have taken the bait at this juncture.

JERRY MORAN – Republican Senator from Kansas

Jerry MoranMoran is an attorney and former Kansas State Senator, as well as former United States Representative (1997-2011). After his senatorial win, he served as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee which, in 2014, produced the first Republican Senate majority since 2006.

In 2014, Moran lost some favor with the GOP when he teamed up with Ted Cruz and other Tea Partiers to try and defeat the omnibus spending bill.21

Additionally, Moran was one of the 47 Republicans who signed and sent the controversial letter to Iranian leaders. He would later explain this action thusly:

“The letter makes clear that any long-standing agreement must be reviewed by the Legislative Branch, and input from the Senate should be seriously considered by the Administration before any agreement with Iran is reached.”22

Moran’s previous endorsements and support has come from, National Right to Life Committee, Kansas National Federation of Independent Business, Kansas Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, Campaign for Working Families, National Federation of Independent Business, Republican Liberty Caucus, American Security Council Foundation, and Partnership for America.

Given the fact that the last Democrat to be elected to the United States Senate by the voters in the State of Kansas was George McGill in 1932, it’s unlikely that it will happen in 2016. Given that incredible statistic, it is also unlikely that the Democratic Party will put much emphasis on fielding or supporting a challenger.

LISA ANN MURKOWSKI – Republican Senator for Alaska

Lisa MurkowskiMurkowski is an attorney who was first appointed to her senate seat in 2002, by her father, Frank Murkowski, then Governor of Alaska. In 2010, Murkowski lost in a primary. She then entered the race as a write-in candidate winning that election.

Murkowski is somewhat of an anomaly among senate Republicans. She is pro-choice, and a member of the Republican Majority For Choice. However, she voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She was one of only five Republican senators who voted for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and she voted for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Yet, in 2004, she voted in favor of a federal constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. In 2013, however she announced that her opinions were ‘evolving,’ and that she would now support same-sex marriage.

In true Republican fashion, however, she is no friend of the environment, supporting oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She also receives high marks from the Christian Coalition for her stand against the separation of church and state.

Also true to form, Murkowski is against raising taxes on the wealthy, favors the privatization of social security, stands firmly behind Second Amendment rights, and is against a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Murkowski is quite popular in Alaska, and you can bet that after her primary loss in 2010, she has been busy building that popularity and getting ready for 2016. We can only wonder if her old nemesis, Tea Party favorite, Joe Miller, will decide to give it another go. The Democrats do have one hope – Mark Begich, former United States Senator as well as former Mayor of Anchorage.

Rand PaulRANDAL HOWARD “RAND” PAUL – Republican Senator from Kentucky

Paul is an ophthalmologist and son of former United States Representative, Ron Paul. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, and is currently running for President of the United States.

Rand Paul is a Tea Party darling who considers himself a “constitutional conservative. He believes that life begins at conception and is against abortion in all circumstances unless the mother’s life is in danger. He has called same-sex marriage a “moral crisis” and says that it “offends myself and a lot of people.”23

In February, Paul took a stand against states requiring children to be vaccinated. He believes that parents have the right to decide that without government mandates.

“I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they are a good thing. But I think the parent should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.”24

Paul claims that women won the “war on women,” and are “no longer downtrodden,” and that it is illegal to impose racial segregation on the private sector. He stands in opposition to the separation of church and state, and favors faith-based intitiatives.

Rand Paul opposes all restrictions placed on gun ownership and assault rifles. In short, he is the consummate right-wing extremist.

Should Paul get the Republican nomination for President, his senate seat will become vacant. Should he not succeed in his presidency bid, he will be up for reelection. Either way, this a good opportunity to rid our government of a very unstable and unsavory individual. In many ways, his nomination by the Republican Party would be the optimal situation. There is little chance that he could win against a strong Democratic candidate. A senate race, however, that is solely dependent upon the Kentucky voters is a whole other story.

Rob PortmanROB PORTMAN – Republican Senator from Ohio

Portman is an attorney and former United States Representative (1993-2005). He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

Portman is a typical right-wing Republican in many aspects. However, his stand on same-sex marriage rapidly changed when his son announced to both Rob and his mother that he was gay. Portman did a complete about face.

While Portman is pro-life, and takes the same stands as most of the GOP on other issues, his flip-flop on same-sex marriage has put him at odds with the fundamentalist Christians and various “family-oriented” organizations. But, someone loves him.

At the close of the first quarter of this year, it was disclosed that Portman now has $8 million in his war chest. In February he published a list of about 500 Republican officials across the State of Ohio who have endorsed him.

This is a golden, and I do mean golden, opportunity for Democrats to wrest a senate seat from that clutches of the GOP. Former Governor Ted Strickland and City Councilman, P.G. Sittenfield are both expected to run against Portman. It would, undoubtedly, be in the best interest of the Democratic Party to encourage Sittenfield to bow out, as Strickland has garnered the support of Bill Clinton and promises to give Portman a run for his money. At any rate, the Democrats can win this election if they play their cards right.

MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO – Republican Senator from Florida

marco-rubioRubio is an attorney and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, beating out Governor Charlie Christ for the nomination. He is also currently a candidate for President of the United States. He will not seek reelection to the Senate.

Rubio is a hard-core conservative who is far right of center. In 2013, he claimed to believe in protecting life, but was quick to say “I’m not a chauvinist.” He wants to expand birth control exemption for faith-based organizations, and to require ultrasounds before abortions. He supports giving legal protection to unborn children. Consequently, he has a 100% rating and endorsement from both Campaign for American Families and the National Right to Life Association.

He supports an amendment to ban same-sex marriage, but until that time, would leave it up to the states. He supports prayer in public schools, vouchers and charter schools, an absolute right to gun ownership, and the privatization of Social Security.

Rubio initially claimed that his parents had fled Cuba to escape Castro’s regime. This was later proven false when it came to light that they had arrived in the United States years before that time. This embellishment of the facts didn’t sit very well with the large Cuban population residing in Florida.

For a few years, as he was growing up, his family attended the Church of Latter Day Saints. In fact, he was baptized in the Mormon Church. He would later revert back to Catholicism.

Rubio is well known for his distortion and embellishment of facts.25 How well Rubio will do as a Presidential candidate remains to be seen, of course. However, he can be certain that these words will come back to haunt him.

While many believe that he has a lock on the Hispanic vote, it must be noted that non-Cuban Hispanics often hold deep grudges against the preferential treatment that has been given to Cuban immigrants.

As to who will inherit his senate seat, there are a number of Democrats who will certainly vie for that position. We can only hope that the Democratic Party in Florida is strong enough, and wise enough to get out there early and back candidates who will have the best interests of, not only Floridians, but the country at heart.

TIMOTHY EUGENE “TIM” SCOTT – Republican Senator from South Carolina

TimScottScott is a realtor and financial advisor and former United States Representative (2011-2013). He was appointed to his senate seat by Governor Nikki Haley in 2013, upon the resignation of Jim DeMint. He is the first Republican African-American from South Carolina, and one of only two serving in the United States Senate. In 2014, he won a special election to fill out the term of DeMint.

Unfortunately, there is no other way to describe Scott than to call him and evangelical, hard-right, Republican who tows the party line, and brings his Biblical beliefs to the party.

When asked about poverty and welfare, Tim Scott said:

I started my small business, in a small apartment with some friends. I was a poor kid growing up in a single parent household. I was losing myself. I had lost my way. I flunked out of high school as a freshman. I failed World Geography, Civics. Now think about that; a United States Senator who failed Civics. I used to think I was the only one, and when I became a member of the Senate, I realized that there might be a few more who didn’t pass Civics either, and then I failed Spanish and English. Now, when you fail Spanish AND English, they don’t call you bi-lingual. Nope, they call you bi-ignorant, because you can’t speak any language, and that’s where I found myself.

“That why I give so much credit to [my mentor] John Monis, a Chick-Fil-A operator. He came along at the right time. John Monise taught me that you can think your way out of poverty. That Citadel graduate taught me that if you really want to escape poverty, it comes through the power of education.”26

He has been previously endorse by American Conservative Union, American Veterinary Medical Association, Eagle Forum, FreedomWorks, National Rifle Association, South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business, and Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance.

As of yet, he has drawn no opposition from either party, and given South Carolina’s conservative nature, it is doubtful that a Democrat could be successful against the power and the money behind Scott. But, we can be hopeful – right?

RICHARD CRAIG SHELBY – Republican Senator from Alabama

Richard ShelbyShelby is a former attorney and former United States Representative (1979-1987). He has been a United States Senator since 1987. Initially, Shelby was a Democrat and part of a group of Conservative Democrats known as the Boll Weevils. During his second term in office, he switched to the Republican Party. That was, undoubtedly, the best fit for Shelby.

As another hard-core conservative he stands with the party, and the religious right, on all issues. His endorsements and support come from Americans for Legal Immigration, Campaign for Working Families, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life Committee, and the Christian Coalition.

We are talking about Alabama here. The likelihood that much is going to change is almost non-existent. Shelby has a pretty good lock on that Senate seat, and thus far, it appears that he will face little to no challenge. One Democratic candidate has filed – Ron Crumpton. I can pretty much guarantee that he will receive zilch in the way of backing. He is not very well known, stands on pretty much one issue – the legalization of marijuana – has no money, and promises to fizzle very quickly.

 

JOHN RANDOLPH THUNE – Republican Senator from South Dakota

John ThuneThune is a former United States Representative (1997-2003) He was elected to the Senate in 2004. His name has consistently been raised for both a Vice Presidential and Presidential candidacy.

Thune is another hard-core conservative, evangelical who votes consistently along those lines. He has raised $800,000 in the first quarter, but that’s not all – that $800,000 brought the amount in his coffers to over $10 million.27

The Democrats have a history of not even trying in South Dakota. It appears that might very well be the case again. Shame on them. So far, Thune hasn’t gained any challengers – wonder what he is going to spend all that money on.

 

PATRICK JOSEPH “PAT” TOOMEY – Republican Senator from Pennsylvania

Pat ToomeyToomey is a businessman and former United States Representative (1999-2005). After that he served as the president of the Club for Growth. He was first elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

According to Politico: “…the Club for Growth is the pre-eminent institution promoting Republican adherence to a free-market, free-trade, anti-rregulation agenda.”28

Toomey is certainly a corporate tool, and a formidable fundraiser. He is endorses and supported by Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Campaign for Working Families, Catholic Families USA, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Firearms Owners Against Crime, FreedomWorks, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life Committee, One Nation PAC, Pennsylvania National Federation of Independent Business, Republican Liberty Caucus, Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Club for Growth.

This is going to be one of the most interesting campaigns of the 2016 elections. Toomey will meet Everett Stern, a Security Intelligence Consultant and whistleblower, in a primary. Ed Pawlowski, former Allentown Mayor and gubernatorial candidate, and Joe Sestak, former Congressman and retired Navy Admiral, both Democrats, have entered the race. Anything is possible, but there will be drama.

 

DAVID BRUCE VITTER – Republican Senator from Louisiana

David VitterVitter is a lawyer and former adjunct professor as well as a former United States Representative (1999-2005) He was elected to the United States Senate in 2005.

In 2007, Vitter found himself in all kinds of hot water when it was revealed that his phone number had shown up on the D.C. Madam’s list. Of course, he would later publicly take responsibility for his “sin” with his wife standing by his side.

His penchant for a little on the side doesn’t temper his politics, however, he is the epitome of conservatism believing he protecting family values with his stands against abortion and same-sex marriage. As part of his penance for his lascivious behaviors, a few months after the scandal Vitter would earmark $100,000 for a the Louisiana Family Forum. The group’s focus was on challenging the teaching of evolution in the public schools. Vitter would explain that it was his way to help promote better science education.29

Vitter has lots of money behind him because he does the bidding of those to whom he is beholden. But, here’s the deal…Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, has reached his term limit. Vitter has announced his candidacy for that position. In his announcement he made the following statement:

“After much prayer, thought, and discussion with Wendy and our children, I have decided to run for governor of Louisiana in 2015,” Vitter said in his video announcement. “Let me first assure you that this decision will in no way limit the critical work I’m doing today in the U.S. Senate—representing you and your family will continue to be my top priority, but I believe as our next governor I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and problems we face in Louisiana.”30

The Louisiana Gubernatorial election will take place on October 24, 2015, with four candidates seeking that seat. Should Vitter win, he would then appoint someone to fill out his term.

This one will be a very interesting race. Why would anyone in Louisiana vote for a Republican? Well, why would any woman or minority vote for a Republican? Your guess is as good as mine.

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The Hijacking of America – Current ReBiblican Senators

american-flag-cross-gop1According to Leah Burton, renowned researcher of all things Dominionist, the definition of a “ReBiblican” is as follows:

A ReBiblican is a politician who is most likely to call themselves Republican and supports the melding of church & state. They are Christian zealots also known as Christian Dominionists/Christian Nationalists.

They believe that America was founded as a Christian Nation and view the U.S. Constitution as secondary to God’s Law according to the Bible.

ReBiblican politics is not limited exclusively to 21st century republicans. They are found in increasing numbers in all other parties and encouraged to run as stealth candidates as long as they win elected office.

They argue that the 1st Amendment guarantees that government is prevented from influencing religion, but that religion is free to influence government. They pursue a nation based on the morals and family values of a cherry-picked version of biblical law, a Christian theocracy.

With the advent of the Teabag Party in 2009, ReBiblicans have joined forces with those who cannot reconcile America having its first African-American President in the White House and they have become more brazen, often expressing a disturbing level of Patriotism.

ReBiblicans consider all those who oppose, disagree or argue with them to be non-Christian and/or not the “right kind” of Christian.

Examples of notable ReBiblicans; Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman (R-Minn), Jim Inhofe (R-Ok), Governor Mark Sanford (R-SC), John Ensign (R-NV), Tom Coburn (R-Ok), Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Rick Santorum (R-PA) just to name a few along with a lengthy list of others – some of whom have resided at the “C Street” house in Washington, D.C. while serving in Congress. (Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ReBiblican)

Given the fact that many of these ReBiblicans are already in seats of power within our governmental entities, and there are tons more who will be seeking election in the near future, it is incumbent upon us to know who they are and what they stand for. Educating ourselves and others is the best way to overcome the threat that these people pose to our very way of life.

Generally speaking, the U.S. Senators listed below are those who meet the criteria of a ReBiblican based upon, their voting records, their stated beliefs, and/or their endorsement or support of legislation that can only be interpreted as reflecting their Dominionist/Christian Nationalist views. (e.g. anti-abortion/anti-women’s rights; anti-affirmative action; anti-homosexual; anti-separation of church and state; anti-public education; anti-immigration; pro-absolute right to gun-ownership; pro-military expansion; etc.)

NOTE: There are others who are considered to be “on the cusp” who have not been listed here either because we do not see that they embody all of the requirements to meet the criteria, or they do not yet have the tenure in office to determine their eligibility. Consequently, the list may be updated as the year progresses.

United States ReBiblican Senators

Alabama

Richard ShelbySenator Richard ShelbyA former Democrat, Shelby switched to the Republican Party in 1994. Shelby is avidly against abortion and supports a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He sponsored a Bill that would define English as the official language of the United States. Shelby considers life to begin at conception and voted YES on criminalizing abortion. He stands firmly against affirmative action and voted YES to end special funding for minorities and women-owned businesses.

Vehemently anti-homosexual rights, Shelby voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage; NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation; NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation; NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes; YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.

Shelby has achieved a 100% approval rating from the Christian Coalition for his stand on prayer in public schools, his vote to approve $75 million for abstinence education in public schools, and his recommendation on criminalizing flag desecration. Conversely he had been given a 0% rating from Americans United For the Separation of Church and State.

Additionally, Shelby’s voting record has been consistently against Public Education and consistently in favor of an absolute right to gun ownership, including loosening license and background checks at gun shows, and allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains.

He takes a strong stand for expansion of the military, is against EPA regulation of greenhouse gases, and wants to defund renewable and solar energy while favoring drilling expansion in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Jeff SessionsSenator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” SessionsIn 2007, Sessions was considered the 5th most conservative U.S. Senator. Jeff Sessions is a signer of the Americans For Tax Reform’s Taxpayers Protection Pledge, Grover Norquist’s group.

Sessions is noted for having made numerous racist comments throughout his career. He is anti-abortion, believing that life begins at conception. He has consistently voted against any sort of contraceptive education and no on any federal grants to agencies that provide abortions.

He is vitriolic in his stand against homosexuality, calling for a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and favors removing gender identity from the hate crimes list. Additionally, he has received a 7% rating from the NAACP for his stance against Affirmative Action, women, and minorities.

On the other hand, he has received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition and a 0% rating from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He has a 0% rating as far as public health is concerned, and favors the Ryan Budget.

Sessions in anti-Obamacare and anti-public education, while strongly supporting the voucher system. He has garnered an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for working toward loosening license and background checks at gun shows.

As to immigration, Sessions led the state in trying to defeat all amnesty bills, works toward declaring English as the official U. S. language, and votes no on any comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

ARIZONA

John McCainSenator John McCain – Prior to the 2008, Presidential Campaign, which McCain lost, he was generally considered a “moderate Republican.” With that loss, it appears that the Senator has turned the corner into a much more conservative politician.

McCain has been a major proponent of privatization – especially when it comes to Social Security and Public Education. He claims that “Charters, Homeschool, and vouchers are the keys to educational success.”

He has received an 83% rating from the Christian Coalition for his stands on prayer in public schools, and federally mandating that memorials and religious symbols are okay within the school setting. He has claimed that “The Ten Commandments would bring virtue to our schools,” and that “Faith bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity.”

He is anti-abortion except in cases of rape or incest and would vote to overturn Roe v Wade with those exceptions. He believes that abortion providers should be prosecuted and that life begins at conception.

McCain believes in an absolute right to gun ownership, and opposes restrictions on assault rifles and certain types of ammunition. He wants to loosen license and background checks at gun shows and is against background checks for those purchasing firearms.

As he has continued to move further and further to the right he has met the criteria to become a ReBiblican.

Jeff FlakeSenator Jeffry Lane “Jeff” Flake –

Senator Flake strongly opposes a woman’s right to choose and has received a 100% by the National Right To Life Committee. He has voted against federal funding for groups like Planned Parenthood and No to any federal funding of abortions.

Flake is opposed to all Affirmative Action and has received a 27% rating from the NAACP. He is vehemently opposed to gay rights, favors a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage and defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Additionally, he is opposed to enforcing hate crime legislation based upon sexual orientation.

He enjoys a 92% rating from the Christian Coalition for his stand against the separation of church and state and the fact that he supports a Constitutional Amendment to allow prayer in public schools.

Flake is advocate for the gun lobby and believes in an absolute right to gun ownership. He opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and favors privatizing Social Security.

He takes a decidedly anti-environmentalist stand advocating for the oil and gas industry, while favoring Faith-based initiatives when it comes to welfare and caring for the poor and indigent.

ARKANSAS

John BoozmanSenator John Boozman – In April 2013, Senator Boozman was one of forty-six senators to vote against the passing of a bill which would have expanded background checks for all gun buyers. As someone who believes in an absolute right to gun-ownership, Boozeman claims that “Dangerousness, not mental incompetance, should limit gun rights.” I wonder if he understands that mental incompetance can result in ‘dangerousness.’

As a far-right-wing Republcan, Boozman is against a woman’s right to choose and believes that the pre-born should be guaranteed protection on the 14th Amendment. He has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

He is opposed to all Affirmative Action, as well as same-sex marriage. He favors a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman and is opposed to anti-gay hate crime legislation.

Boozman has received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition gor his anti-separation of church and state stance. He favors prayer in public schools and the teaching of Christianity’s importance to Western Civilization.

He is opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and favors privatizing Social Security. He is a proponent of the oil and gas industry and takes an anti-environmentalist stand.

He favors Faith-based initiatives, in anti-immigration, and seeks to make English the official language of the United States.

FLORIDA

marco-rubioSenator Marco Rubio – Rubio was named Freshman of the Year by the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association. Needless to say he is no friend of environmentalism.

Rubio claims to be pro-life, and has voted to expand birth-control exemptions for faith-based organizaitons. He opposed the Sotomayor nomination based upon Roe v Wade, and supports giving legal protection to unborn children.

He is very much opposed to gay rights, supports an Amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and on gay couples being able to adopt children. Additionally, he favors banning homosexuals from serving in the military.

Rubio believes that we should acknowledge God in everything we do and everywhere we go. He believes in faith-based initiatives as opposed to governmental support. He is anti-public education and presided over a $2.3B cut to education in Florida. He advocates for charter schools and vouchers with local control over education.

Rubio has stated that the Second Amendment is “the cornerstone to our democracy,” and opposes restrictions on gun-ownership.

He believes that we should expand our military and that military action should be on the table in Iran and Syria.

He opposes exploration of renewable energy whil supporting the oil and gas industry and on and off-shore drilling.

When asked by GQ how old the Earth is, Rubio had this response:

“I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.”

It might be a pretty sure bet that he is going to throw his hat in the ring for a Presidential run. Imagine that!

GEORGIA

Saxby ChamblissSenator Saxby Chambliss – Chambliss is an interesting study. Fortunately, he announced a couple of months ago that he would not be seeking another term in office. However, that does not diminish the fact that he is still sitting in a seat of power and promoting legislation that could have a negative impact upon all of us.

Chambliss is no friend of labor, but a good friend to big business.

As a far-right conservative, Chambliss believes that life begins at conception. He is anti-abortion, yet consistently votes against legislation that would put more money into programs that would reduce teen pregnancy.

He is stronly opposed to any and all Affirmative Action.

Rabidly opposed to same-sex marriage, Chambliss favors an Amendment to ban such unions, and to prohibit gays from adopting children.

While seeking “traditional marriage and values,” he is vehemnetly opposed to the tradition of separation of church and state, advocating a Constitutional Amendment requiring prayer in public schools. He consistently recieves a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition.

Chambliss favors the abolition of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the privatization of Social Security.

He supports private and parochial schools, charter schools, and a voucher system demonstrating a clear stance against public education.

With an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, Chambliss believes in an absolute right to gun-ownership and to carrying concealed weapons across state lines.

He takes a strong anti-immigration stand opposing any form of amnesty, or any pathway to citizenship. Additionally, he favors declaring English as the official language of the United States.

His stand on green energy leaves a lot to be desired by environmentalists. He is pro-oil-and-gas and onshore and offshore drilling.

On an interesting side note about Chambliss, in 2008, he found himself in a run off which promted him to show his true colors. You see, when it comes to voters and Chambliss he has an “us v them” mentality. The “us” being white people, and the “them” being black people. Blue Texan over at Firedoglake.com gave us an example:

“Last night, PBS aired an excellent documentary on Lee Atwater, Karl Rove’s mentor, who skillfully exploited bigotry in the South to win elections for the GOP.

“Nice to see Saxby Chambliss honoring Atwater’s legacy.

(Saxby) “There was a high percentage of minority vote,” Chambliss told Alan Colmes, “but we weren’t able to get enough of our folks out on election day.”

“Our folks.”

“And this isn’t the first time Chambliss has played the Atwater card this campaign season.

“During the fall Senate campaign, Chambliss cautioned his followers that “the other folks” are voting. The senator added that the “rush to the polls by African-Americans” has “got our side energized early, they see what is happening.”

Johnny IsaksonSenator Johnny Isakson – Isakson was the creator of the “Isakson Principle,” which denies the legalization of status to any illegal immigrant or the creation of a temporary worker program unless the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies (“triggers”) to the president and Congress that measurable border security provisions are in place.

Earlier in his political career, Isakson was a much more moderate legislator. However, he now is considered one of the most conservative people in the United States Senate. He has been given an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association; the “Hero of the Taxpayer Award” by Citizens Against Government Waste; a whopping “92%” rating byt the Christian Coalition; and a “100%” rating from the American Conservative Union.

As to abortion, he jumped on the Bush bandwagon claiming that we must create a “culture of life” in America. Believing that life begins at conception, he is opposed to abortion and has been given a 100% rating by the National Right To Life Committee.

He is opposed to Affirmative Action and voted against creating a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Rosa Parks.

Isakson favors a Constitutional Amendment definining traditional marriage as between one man and one woman; banning same-sex marriage; and banning gay couples from being able to adopt.

Standing for traditional values, Isakson is against the separation of church and state and believes that public schools should engage in prayer.

He opposes Obamacare and favors the privatization of Social Security.

He stands firmly against public education favoring charter schools and the voucher system.

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Thisis known as the “Franken Amendment.” Both Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

IDAHO

Mike CrapoSenator Mike Crapo – After serving 3 terms in the House, Mike Crapo was elected to the Senate in 1998. He is opposed to abortion believing that life begins at conception. He is also opposed to funding programs that would help to reduce the teen-pregnancy rate. Go figure.

Crapo wants a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage and to define marriage as being between one man and one woman only. Additionally, he opposes the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crimes legislation.

Crapo supports a school prayer Amendment as well as legislation to “support values and responsibility.” He further supports laws that would only give federal funding to schools which allow prayer as well as allowing memorial prayers and symbols. This garnered him a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition and a 0% rating from Americans United For the Separation of Church and State.

He stands firmly against Obamacare and firmly behind the privatization of Social Security.

He favors the voucher system and charter schools over public education.

Crapo is, certainly, one of the National Rifle Association’s Golden Boy’s. Believing in an absolute right to gun ownership, he favors the loosening of background checks at gun shows, and a national cross-state standard for concealed carry.

He is vehemently anti-immigration, amnesty and a pathway to citizenship, and wants a Constitutional Amendment declaring English as the official language of the United States.

Crapo favors expanding the military, opposes stricter limits on campaign funds, and opposes the priortization of green energy.

Jim RischSenator Jim Risch – Risch is the former Governor of Idaho. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Risch is anti-abortion and believes that the sanctity of life must be recognized in public policy. Additionally, he opposes any federal funding to family planning groups that provide abortions.

He opposes all mandates for Affirmative Action.

He also opposes same-sex marriage stating that he opposes sexual orientation as a protected civil right.

Risch opposes Obamacare stating that the private sector is the best suited to manage health care and would not expand the Children’s Health Care Insurance Program. He does, however, favor the Ryan Plan.

He is no advocate of the separation of church and state, believing that traditional family values should be taught in public schools. He also believes that the voucher plan is preferable, and that churches and other faith-based initiatives should be responsible for providing welfare.

Boasting of an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, Risch believes in an absolute right to gun ownership.

He is opposed to all forms of amnesty or pathways to citizenship for immigrants.

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Thisis known as the “Franken Amendment.” Both Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

INDIANA

Dan CoatsSenator Dan Coats – Having served in the U.S. Senate from 1989-1999, Coats retired only to return in 2011. During his hiatus from the Senate, Coats served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2001-2005, then acted as a lobbyist in D.C.

In his bid for the Senate in 2010, Coats was enthusiastically endorsed by the National Right of Life Committee, Indiana Right to Life and the coveted Susan B. Anthony List.

A far-right Republican, Coats is 100% aligned with the National Right To Life Committee and against abortion.

He is vehemntly opposed to Affirmative Action voting to ban AA hiring with federal funds, to ending federal funding for minority and women-owned businesses; and to prohibiting same-sex basic training.

He is just as opposed to all things homosexual seeking an Amendment to ban same-sex marriage, prohibiting gays from serving in the military, and advocating job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Separation of Church and State is not his strong suit, either. He favors an Amendment allowing prayer in public schools and funding abstinenance only education.

Coats is a proponent of the Ryan budget and an opponent to Obamacare. He also favors the privatization of Social Security.

He strongly opposes raising taxes on the wealthy, and amnesty or a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

Apparently Coats is well into the pockets of the gun lobby as became public last April when it was revealed that he and 41 other Senators who voted against a controversial gun control bill had received money from firearms lobbyists.

IOWA

Chuck GrassleySenator Chuck Grassley – Grassley is an old hand at politics. In 2009, he was a major contributor to the myth of “Death Panels” in President Obama’s health care reform package. He is no friend of the environment, either, voting consistently on the side of big oil and gas and just as consistently against green and renewable energy.

Although he takes a firm stand in favor of a Flag Protection Amendment, according to the Disabled American Veterans, Grassley has an abysmal record on veterans issues.

Conversely, Grassley has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, and Tony Perkin’s hate group, the Family Research Council.

As you may have guessed, Grassley is anti-abortion and believes that life begins at conception; anti-affirmative action; anti-same-sex marriage favoring a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting such unions; and against inclusion of sexual orientation in hate-crimes legislation.

He carries a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition and supports prayer in public schools as well as faith-based initiatives.

He has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and voted NO on background checks at gun shows.

He strongly opposes amnesty or pathways to citizenship for immigrants and seeks a Constitutional Amendment declaring English as the official language of the United States.

Additionally, Grassley is a member of The Fellowship (Christian organization), a controversial tax-exempt quasi-religious, and political influence, organization also known as The Family, or C-Street. From Salon: http://www.salon.com/2009/07/21/c_street/

Family leaders consider their political network to be Christ’s avant garde, an elite that transcends not just conventional morality but also earthly laws regulating lobbying. In the Family’s early days, they debated registering as “a lobby for God’s Kingdom.” Instead, founder Abraham Vereide decided that the group could be more effective by working personally with politicians. “The more invisible you can make your organization,” Vereide’s successor, current leader Doug Coe preaches, “the more influence you can have.” That’s true — which is why we have laws requiring lobbyists to identify themselves as such.

But David Coe, Doug Coe’s son and heir apparent, calls himself simply a friend to men such as John Ensign, whom he guided through the coverup of his affair. I met the younger Coe when I lived for several weeks as a member of the Family. He’s a surprising source of counsel, spiritual or otherwise. Attempting to explain what it means to be chosen for leadership like King David was — or Mark Sanford, according to his own estimate — he asked a young man who’d put himself, body and soul, under the Family’s authority, “Let’s say I hear you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?” The man guessed that Coe would probably think that he was a monster. “No,” answered Coe, “I wouldn’t.” Why? Because, as a member of the Family, he’s among what Family leaders refer to as the “new chosen.” If you’re chosen, the normal rules don’t apply.

KANSAS

Pat RobertsSenator Pat Roberts – Pat Roberts has been a U.S. Senator for 16 years. He has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil-related bills, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq War funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and oil import reductions. Pat Roberts has received $115,650 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $65,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS. In total, Roberts has accepted $199,650 from oil companies since 2000, which makes him one of the top recipients of oil money in the United States Senate.

As a far-right conservative Republican, Roberts takes a staunch stand as an advocate for life and families. With a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee it is little surprise that he his anti-abortion and anti-women.

It is also not surprising that he is against Affirmative Action and same-sex marriage. He supports a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex unions, is strongly opposed to the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate-crimes legislation.

With a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition he believes that all federal funding should be reserved for schools who allow prayer within their walls. He also favors faith-based initiatives.

He wants to see Obamacare repealed and to privatize Social Security.

Roberts favors vouchers and charter schools over public education.

He believes in an absolute right to gun ownership; opposes raising taxes on the wealthy; and opposes amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

Back in 2006, Think Progress did a hit piece on Roberts making the following claim:

As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-KS) duty is “to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States” and “to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.” But on the most important intelligence issues facing Americans – such as the manipulation of Iraq intelligence, warrantless domestic spying, and torture – Roberts has transformed his committee into a “Senate Coverup Committee” for the Bush administration.

Much More Here: http://thinkprogress.org/report/roberts-coverup/

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Thisis known as the “Franken Amendment.” Pat Roberts joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

Jerry MoranSenator Jerry Moran – Jerry Moran served six terms in the House of Representatives before winning a seat in the Senate by a landslide in 2010.

Moran rejects background restrictions on most gun purchases, including semi-automatic rifles. In April 2013 he also voted against banning high-capacity magazines, banning most semi-automatic rifles, and outlawing loopholes in which a person purchases a gun for a criminal or terrorist. The National Rifle Association, rated his voting record “A” in its scorecard.

Moran has opposed environmental protection, earning a lifetime score of 9% from the League of Conservation Voters. He also opposes “cap and trade” legislation intended to reduce climate change because of its potential to eliminate thousands of jobs.

As would be expected, Moran is anti-abortion and has received a 100% rating from Tony Perkins’ hate group, the Family Research Council and a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

He is anti-Affirmative Action and anti-same sex marriage favoring an Amendment to ban same-sex unions as well as gay adoptions. He is against the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crime legislation.

KENTUCKY

Mitch McConnellSenator Mitch McConnell – Mitch McConnel has been referred to as “the most powerful Rebpublican on the planet.” On January 2, 2013, the Public Campaign Action Fund, a nonprofit group that backs stronger campaign finance regulation, released a report highlighting eight instances from McConnell’s political career in which a vote or a blocked vote (filibuster), coincided with an influx of campaign contributions to McConnell’s campaign. Progress Kentucky, a SuperPAC focused on defeating Mitch McConnell in 2014, hosted a press conference in front of the senator’s Louisville office to highlight the report’s findings.

He is currently facing ethics charges for his campaign practices – Mitch has already begun his campaign. For the complete scoop on Mitch McConnell click here.

https://crookedcrosses.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/mitch-mcconnell-again-kentucky-what-are-you-thinking/

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” This is known as the “Franken Amendment.” Mitch McConnell joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

rand_6Senator Rand Paul – Rand Paul didn’t waste any time after his election to the Senate in making lots of waves in an already stormy sea. Like his father, he travels to the beat of his own drum. The problem is, his rhythm section is out of sync with much of mainstream America.

Some might remember that during the campaign, Rand Paul said that had he been in office in the 1960’s he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act and that business owners should have the right to refuse service to anyone of their choosing. While much of the public was outraged by this, those of us who were familiar with his father just felt that the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. Apparently, Kentuckians were not concerned and they elected him by 59% of the vote.

Just this week, Paul was speaking before the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C. when he made the following claim: “There is a war on Christianity, not just from liberal elites here at home, but worldwide.”

He is one of the Tea Party darlings and was listed by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people for 2013.

Rand Paul believes that life begins at conception, is vehemently against abortion, and states that “Coarsening of our culture led to 50 million unborn deaths.”

He takes a strong stand against all Affirmative Action and a strong stand against same-sex marriage as well as gay adoptions and gays in the military.

He wants to see the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and favors the privatization of Social Security. In fact, in regard to the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, Paul offered these pearls of wisdom:

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right.”

 

 

Perhaps Rand Paul doesn’t understand that the Supreme Court is the ultimate and final authority on what is Constitutional and what is not. Or, maybe he doesn’t care. Either way, I wonder if we could have that same attitude toward the Citizen’s United decision?

With regard to Medicare, he stated:

And with regard to Medicare he stated:

“Medicare is socialized medicine! People are afraid of that because they’ll say “ohhh, you’re against Medicare.” No, I’ll say “We have to do something different. We can’t just eliminate Medicare, but we have to get more to a market-based system.” It’s counter-intuitive to a lot of people, but you have to pay for things if you want prices to come down. So you really need higher deductibles. And the real answer to Medicare would be a $2,000 deductible, but try selling that one in an election.” – See more at: http://www.politicalruminations.com/rand-paul-quotes/#sthash.zLchKr5h.dpuf

He is a proponent of school choice and the voucher system and believes we should support homeschooling and parental responsibility.

He stands firm on an absolute right to gun ownership with no restrictions on firearms or handguns. When asked, his response was, “Don’t let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment.”

Some other notable quotes from Rand Paul:

On how the Republican Party lost the black vote:

“How did the party that elected the first black U.S. senator, the party that elected the first 20 African American congressmen, become a party that now loses 95 percent of the black vote? How did the Republican Party, the party of the Great Emancipator, lose the trust and faith of an entire race? During the Great Depression … African Americans understood that Republicans championed citizenship and voting rights, but they became impatient for economic emancipation.”

On why he doesn’t agree with raising taxes:

“Using taxes to punish the rich, in reality, punishes everyone because we are all interconnected. High taxes and excessive regulation and massive debt are not working.”

(Actually, he cleaned this one up a little bit from the last time he used it. At that time he claimed there weren’t any rich people and there weren’t any poor people).

Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/rand-pauls-howard-university-speech-quotes-transcription-list#ixzz2WLh3BWWa

There is a strong possibility that the GOP will talk him into a Presidential bid in 2016. perish the thought!

LOUISANA

 

David VitterSenator David Vitter – David Vitter first served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999-2005. He was elected to the Senate in 2005, and again in 2010. In 2007, it came to light that Vitter was a client of the D.C. Madam’s prostitution ring.

Also in 2007, his close ties to the Louisiana Family Forum became public. The LFF is a Christian group, known for challenging evolution by means of “teaching the controversy” which promotes intelligent design. Vitter earmarked $100,000 of Federal money for the group. According to Vitter, the earmark was “to develop a plan to promote better science education”. Though the Louisiana Family Forum is largely forbidden from political activity due to its tax-exempt status.

Virulently opposed to immigration, Vitter has been a sponsor of or a proponent of any piece of legislation that declares English to be the official language of the United States, that prohibits amnesty or a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, nullifies the Dream Act, or that awards citizenship to children born in the United States to those here illegally.

Vitter is an advocate for abstinence-only sex education, emphasizing abstinence over sex education that includes information about birth control. He said, “Abstinence education is a public health strategy focused on risk avoidance that aims to help young people avoid exposure to harm…by teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness.”

As far as same-sex marriage, Vitter is passionately against such unions, and has proposed a Constitutional Amendment to ban them. Here are some of his quotes on the subject:

“This is a real outrage. The Hollywood left is redefining the most basic institution in human history…We need a U.S. Senator who will stand up for Louisiana values, not Massachusetts values.”

“I’m a conservative who opposes radically redefining marriage, the most important social institution in human history.”

Vitter compared gay marriage to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which came through the same geographical areas. Vitter said “It’s the crossroads where Katrina meets Rita. I always knew I was against same-sex unions.”

David Vitter has spearheaded legislation to allow Christian prayers in public venues. Thus far, his legislation has met with opposititon and failed on several occasions.

Since 2001, Vitter has been at the lead of legislation that would limit or hinder abortions and is highly esteemed by anti-abortion groups.

On David Vitter’s Gun Ownership stand, Wikipedia tells us:

On April 17, 2013, Vitter voted against the Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Amendment. The amendment failed to reach the sixty senatorial votes necessary to move forward. The Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Amendment is a bipartisan deal on gun background checks. Under the proposal, federal background checks would be expanded to include gun shows and online sales. All such sales would be channeled through licensed firearm dealers who would be charged for keeping record of transactions. The proposal does not require background checks for private sales between individuals.

In February 2008, Vitter — along with Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo — blocked the confirmation of Michael J. Sullivan as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives(ATF) saying Sullivan supports “burdensome regulations” on gun owners and dealers and is “overly aggressive” enforcing gun laws. An editorial writer for The Boston Globe wrote that Vitter’s position was “unreasonable” because the guns Sullivan sought to control are those commonly used in crimes: those stolen or purchased on the black market.

Vitter is a far-right, ReBiblican who is revered by the Dominionists and their followers. His anti-separation of church and state stands, and his blatantly religious based votes and legislation makes him a real danger to mainstream America.

On a side note – In 2010, Senator Al Franken introduced an Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Thisis known as the “Franken Amendment.” David Vitter joined the list of 30 Republicans who voted against that Amendment.

MISSISSIPPI

Thad CochranSenator Thad Cochran – Thad Cochran is the Fourth most senior Senator in the United States. He was first elected in 1978, and is currently 75 years old. To highlight what type of a Senator we are looking at, it is interesting to note that in 2005, he was one of nine senators who voted against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which prohibited “inhumane treatment of prisoners, including prisoners at Guantanamo Bay”. The others, all Republicans, were Wayne Allard, Kit Bond, Tom Coburn, Jeff Sessions, Jim Inhofe, Pat Roberts, John Cornyn and Ted Stevens. (Wikipedia)

A typical ReBiblican Senator, Cochran is against abortion, against same-sex marriage, against the separation of church and state, for prayer in public schools, against public education, for the privatization of Social Security, against Obamacare, for an absolute right to gun ownership, against background checks for gun purchases, against raising taxes on the wealthy, against immigration and amnesty, for expanding the military and against renewable energy while favoring the oil and gas industry.

Needless to say, Cochran has a perfect voting record according to right-to-life groups, and a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition. He is a darling of the National Rifle Association and has received their coveted “A” grade.

At this time, Cochran is undecided as to whether or not he’ll run in 2014. Maybe we’ll luck out.

Roger WickerSenator Roger Wicker – In 2007, Roger Wicker was appointed by Haley Barbour to fill the seat vacated by Trent Scott. Wicker is pretty much a Barbour knockoff. Actually, he and Barbour are two of the Council of Conservative Citizens favorite. (The CoCC is a white-supremacist hate group).

In 2008, Wicker was re-elected to the Senate and proudly boasted of an endorsement from Donald Wildmon, the racist, anti-Semite, religious zealot who founded the hate group known as the American Family Association.

During his re-election in 2012, Wicker was backed by, of course, the National Rifle Association, the Campaign for Working Families, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Roger Wicker authored a bill stating that life begins at conception. He has earned a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee and wants to see a Constitutional Amendment granting preborn personhood status.

He is opposed to any and all Affirmative Action and stands firm on his desire for a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, banning same-sex marriage, and prohibiting adoptions by gay couples.

Wicker is against the separation of church and state and wants a Consitutional Amendment to allow prayer in public schools.

He favors vouchers and charter schools over the current public education system.

He is against Obamacare and wants to privatize Social Security.

In actuality, Wicker is the quintessential ReBiblican.

MISSOURI

roy bluntSenator Roy Blunt – Roy Blunt spent fourteen years in the United States House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 2012.

Blunt has voted in favor of the big oil companies 91% of the time, and is certainly no friend of environmentalism.

According to Sourcewatch:

“In 1999 Roy Blunt began working with Tom DeLay as his deputy whip rounding up votes on the House floor. He was also introduced to DeLay’s political machine that operated in the form of the Alexander Strategies Group (ASG) and the U.S. Family Network, both founded by ex-DeLay chief of staff and personal minister Ed Buckham. Buckham and another DeLay associate Jim Ellis ran a nonfederal version of DeLay’s ARMPAC out of ASG. A nonfederal PAC does not have to file paperwork with the FEC and does not contribute to candidates. Blunt started his own nonfederal version of his Rely On Your Beliefs (RoyB) PAC in 1999. Soon these two nonfederal PACs, RoyB and ARMPAC, would become intimately involved with one another.”

Needless to say, Roy Blunt had quite a cozy relationship not only with Tom DeLay, but with Jack Abramoff.

In an article titled “House Majority Whip Exerts Influence by Way of K Street” the Washington Post detailed the group of lobbyists that Blunt plots strategy with for congressional sessions:

At the top of the Republican leadership’s K Street lobbying arm, there is a de facto “executive committee,” a hard-core base of about 25 lobbyists. Among them are Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chair; Mark Isakowitz, formerly with the National Federation of Independent Business; Samantha Poole, Blunt’s former senior legislative assistant; former DeLay aide Tony Rudy; Lyle Beckwith, senior vice president of the National Association of Convenience Stores; and Ralph Hellmann, senior vice president of the Information Technology Industry Council.

Blunt resides just about as far right of center you can get. He is a staunch Southern Baptist and authors and supports bills against all of the usual issues that we expect to see from a ReBiblican.

Blunt is a corrupt zealot who continues to be re-elected time and time again.

NEBRASKA

Mike JohannsSenator Mike Johanns – Mike Johanns is a former Nebraska Governor. During his tenure as Governor, he vetoed more bills than any other Governor in the history of that state. In 1999, he drew a lot of criticism for signing a proclamation declaring May 22, “March for Jesus Day.” He also endorsed “Back to the Bible Day” while refusing to issue a proclamation for “Earth Religion Awareness Day,” which was requested by a Wiccan group.

Johanns is anti-abortion and anti-same-sex marriage. He claims that Nebraska values are that marriage is between one man and one woman. Of course, Johanns thinks he speaks for all Nebraskans.

He is against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and against all Affirmative Action.

He believes in an absolute right to gun ownership, is against immigration and any form of amnesty. He wants to increase oil and gas production and reduce regulations.

Deb FischerSenator Debra Strobel “Deb” Fischer – In 2009, Senator Fischer was one of fourteen co-sponsors in the Nebraska Legislature of LB 675, which required abortion providers to display ultrasound images of the fetus at least one hour prior to the abortions, in a position where the abortion seeker could easily view them.

Fischer claims that she is prodly pro-life and has been endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life and by the Susan B. Anthony List.

Calling herself a staunch conservative, Fischer supports a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage and defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

She opposes amnesty for undocumented individuals as well as the Dream Act, and stands firm on an absolute right to gun ownership.

In her 2012 campaign materials, Fischer declared, “The EPA must be reformed and possibly eliminated”.

NEVADA

Dean HellerSenator Dean Heller – Dean Heller was appointed to his Senate seat initially after the resignation of John ensign. He had previously served as the Secretary of State of Nevada, and as a U.S. Representative in the House. He was elected to the Senate in 2012.

Back in 2008, Heller indicated that he backed a woman’s right to choose when it came to abortion, however, that didn’t last long as he has taken an anti-abortion stand ever since.

Heller voted against the Employment non-Discrimination Act that would have prohibited employment discrimination based upon sexual orientation, vehemently opposes same-sex marriage.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

My Approved PortraitsSenator Kelly Ayotte – Previously, Kelly Ayote served as Attorney General for the state of New Hampshire. During the election of 2010, and Kelly’s bid for the United States Senate, she got lots of help and back-up from John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, and Rick Santorum.

Ayotte is anti-abortion with exceptions. She is anti-same-sex marriage and against gay couples being able to adopt children, and favors an Amendment to ban both.

She strongly opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and favors the privatization of Social Security.

Ayotte is a strong supporter of charter schools, the voucher system, and homeschooling.

She supports an Amendment that would declare English as our official language, and opposes any amnesty or pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

She favors an expansion of the military because, as she puts it, “there are still terrorists out there who want to kill us.”

NORTH CAROLINA

Richard BurrSenator Richard Burr – From 1995 to 2005, Richard Burr served as a United States Representative. He then ran for and won a seat in the U.S. Senate.

As a far-right conservative, Burr believes that life begins at conception and favors a Constitutional Amendment that would protect the unborn. He is also vehemently opposed to any and all Affirmative Action.

Burr wants an Amendment to define marriage as being between one man and one woman; banning same-sex marriage; and prohibiting gay couples from adopting children.

Additionally, Burr is a proponent of requiring prayer in public schools.

Burr wants to see the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act repealed, and advocates for a limited prescription drug benefit for recipients of Medicare. He also favors the Ryan Plan, and the privatization of Social Security.

He is a strong proponent of gun ownership and believes that any ban on assault rifles is against the Constitution.

OHIO

Rob PortmanSenator Rob Portman – Prior to his election the the Senate, Portman served six consecutive terms as a Representative.

Portman is ant-abortion and anti-Affirmatve Action. Initially, he was passionately opposed to gay rights, however, when in March of 2013, his son came out as a homosexual, Portman changed his tune.

He is a proponent of prayer in public schools, and has a 92% rating from the Christian Coalition.

He has received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, opposes Obamacare, and favors privatizing Social Security.

He is a proponent of expanding nuclear energy, and encouraging oil and gas exploration both on and offshore.

He is a strong proponent of faith-based initiatives.

OKLAHOMA

Senate Committee Kicks off Climate Change HearingsSenator James Mountain “Jim” Inhofe – Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Inhofe served in the House of Representatives for eight years. To give you some idea of Inhofe’s character, in 2006, Inhofe was one of only nine senators to vote against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 which prohibits “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment of individuals in U.S. Government custody.

James Inhofe is one of the most far-right conservative members of either house. He does not believe that human activities can cause climate change. He says that human influenced climate change is a hoax, and it is impossible, because “God is still up there.” He compares the EPA to the Gestapo.

He is hostile to gay-rights. He advocates for a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage, and is against adding sexual orientation to hate crimes legislation. He voted against banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation. He has openly stated that he will not hire openly gay staffers as it might conflict with the agenda.

Inhofe has come under criticism for multiple foreign trips, especially to Africa, on missions that he described as “a Jesus thing,” and that were paid for by the U.S. government. He has used these trips for activities on behalf of The Fellowship (The Family – aka The C-Street Group). Inhofe has said that his trips included some governmental work but also involved “the political philosophy of Jesus, it’s all scripturally based.” Inhofe used his access as a Senator to pursue religious goals.

Senator Inhofe is an almost off-the-chart Rebiblican – anti-abortion; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-gay rights; anti-immigration; anti-separation of church and state; anti-health care; anti-Social Security; anti-peace; and pro-gun. Yet, the people of Oklahoma continue to elect this person. Go figure.

Meet The PressSenator Tom Coburn – Tom Coburn is a medical doctor and a Southern Baptist Deacon. He first served as a Representative, was elected to the Senate in 2010, and has pledged not to seek another term – we can only hope. If he doesn’t run in 2016, it’s a pretty sure bet that he will seek some other political office. You see, Tom Coburn thrives on politics and his ego will not allow him to take a back seat.

An ardent supporter of gun rights, Coburn has earned the title of “Dr. No” because of his tendency to place holds on and vote against legislation that he believes are unconstitutional.

Tom Coburn is also a member of the C-Street group and was heavily involved in trying to cover-up Senator John Ensign’s affair. In May 2011, the Senate Ethics Committee identified Coburn in their report on the ethics violations of Senator John Ensign. The report stated that Coburn knew about Ensign’s extramarital affair and was involved in trying to negotiate a financial settlement to cover it up. For an excellent narrative on this issue, please visit the New Yorker Article, Frat House For Jesus. (Peter J. Boyer, September 13, 2010)

On every social issue, Tom Coburn is a true ReBiblican. We can only hope that he lives up to his pledge not to run again in 2016. Either way, we still have three more years of Dr, No to contend with.

PENNSYLVANIA

Pat ToomeySenator Pat Toomey – Pat Toomey first served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served a president of Club For Growth which tells us a lot about Toomey’s politics. Club For Growth is described by SourceWatch as follows:

Club For Growth is a right-wing political group established in 1999 by Stephen Moore that endorses and raises money for candidates. According to a February 22, 2011 article by John Nichols in The Nation, the Washington D.C. based Club for Growth is “an organization funded by extremely wealthy conservatives to carry out their budget-stripping goals,” and that “has been a key player in Republican Governor Scott Walker‘s move to take out the state’s organized workers.” Nichols writes that the Club for Growth is part of a “national strategy” to get “newly elected Republican governors” to destroy labor and unions. R.J. Johnson, who served as a political strategist for Walker’s campaign, is a key adviser to the Club for Growth. Johnson has refused to disclose where the Club for Growth gets its funding. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune in a February 26, 2011 editorial described the Club for Growth as an “ultra-rich special interest itself. ] As of September 13th, 2012, OpenSecrets estimates that Club for Growth has spent $13 million influencing federal elections.

Club For Growth spent a million dollars on Toomey’s initial Senate run in 2004. The next year, Toomey took over as the CFG President.

Toomey has been awarded a 97% rating from the American Conservative Union. But, when it comes to civil rights, the ACLU has only given him a 13% rating. The National Right to Life Committee loves his anti-abortion stand and gives him a 100% rating. Toomey has gone on record advocating for imposing jail terms for doctors who provide abortions.

He favors school choice and charter schools, and is a gun ownership proponent who wants reduced restrictions. He is vehemently anti-gay rights, and anti-separation of church and state.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Lindsey GrahamSenator Lindsey Graham – Graham served four terms in the House of Representatives prior to running for the Senate.

A typical Southern Baptist ReBiblican, Lindsey Graham consistently votes as an ultra-conservative. He is anti-abortion believing that life begins at conception; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-gay rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; pro-school vouchers for private and parochial schools; pro-gun; pro-military expansion; and pro-oil and gas drilling.

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing, Graham sent out a controversial tweet that read: “The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect “Miranda Rights” telling him to remain silent.”

TimScottSenator Tim Scott – Tim Scott was appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to fill the seat vacated by Jim DeMint. He is an Evangelical Christian who was previously a Representative in the House, and endorsed by the Tea Party. He will run in a special election in 2014, to maintain his Senate seat.

According to a Wikipedia article:

In March 2011, Scott co-sponsored a welfare reform bill that would deny food stamps to families whose incomes were lowered to the point of eligibility because a family member was participating in a labor strike. He introduced legislation in July 2011 to strip the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of its power to prohibit employers from relocating to punish workers who join unions or strike. The rationale for the legislation is that government agencies should not be able to tell private employers where they can run a business. Scott described the legislation as a common sense proposal that would fix a flaw in federal labor policy and benefit the national and local economies. The NLRB had recently opposed the relocation of a Boeing production facility from Washington state to South Carolina.

Scott is a conservative ReBiblican, and as a new Senator is rapidly gaining the credentials necessary to call him such. He is anti-abortion; anti-gay rights; anti-Obamacare; anti-public education; and pro-gun ownership.

SOUTH DAKOTA

John ThuneSenator John Thune – John Thune served as a U.S. Representative from 1997-2003. He then won his Senate Seat and has served since 2005. In 2008, Thune was mentioned as a possible running mate for John McCain. In 2012, specualtion ran high that he would run for President. According to Wikipedia:

Thune was encouraged to run by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who called him “a consensus builder.” One Wall Street Journal article stated that Thune possesses “name ID in the parts of the first caucus state of Iowa that get neighboring South Dakota media, a $6.9 million bank account he could use for a presidential run, and a national fundraising list of 100,000 names from his race against [former Senator Tom] Daschle.” DNC Executive Director Jennifer O’Malley Dillon publicly stated that “among a field of generally flawed (in one way or another) Republican presidential candidates, there is one who genuinely scares her. ‘This is personal[,] but John Thune is somebody that I have nightmares about,’ she said. ‘I’ve worked for Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle and he is just a guy you can’t ever count out.'” According to multiple commentators, a Thune candidacy could be helped by his personal appearance (he “looks like a president”). On February 22, 2011, however, Thune announced he would not run in the presidential election in 2012.

Thune has been surrounded by controversy. First was his lobbying activity on behalf of big beef importers prior to running for the Senate. South Dakota ranchers took issue with his aid to suppliers of foreign beef.

In the 2004, race against Tom Daschle, the Thune campaign paid two bloggers to write in support of the Thune candidacy while disparging Daschle. Story here…

http://personaldemocracy.com/content/daschle-thune-and-blog-storming-south-dakota-1

In 2011, Thune voted against federal aid to flood victims in three South Dakota communities. Story here…

http://www.sddp.org/2011/09/senator-thune-says-no-to-disaster-assistance-for-sd-flood-victims/

Additionally, it came to light in 2005, that Thune had close ties to Jeff Gannon, the male hooker who posed as a reporter and gained access to the White House. Story here…

http://www.salon.com/2005/02/15/guckert/

John Thune is also a C-Street member.

John Thune is anti-abortion; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-gay rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; anti-immigration; and pro-gun. Look for him to throw his hat into the ring in the 2016, Presidential campaign. He has the money…he has the backing…he has the chutzpah…and he scares the hell out of me.

TENNESSEE

LamarAlexanderSenator Lamar Alexander – Lamar Alexander is a senior Senator serving since 2003. He served as the Governor of Tennessee from 1979-1987.

As a friend of big oil and gas companies, he can be counted on to cast his votes in their direction.

He believes that the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution literally when it comes to abortion. Accordingly, he believes that life begins at conception and that abortion should be restricted.

He believes that racial preference is just as wrong as racial discrimination and therefore opposes Affirmative Action.

Alexander is vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage and wants a Constitutional Amendment banning that kind of union.

He stands firmly against the separtation of church and state when it comes to public schools and wants to see prayer reinstated.

He supports the goals and ideas of charter schools and advocates for a voucher system.

He has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and wants to see a repeal on the ban of assault rifles.

He is anti-immigration and wants to declare English as the official language of the United States.

He wants to see the military expanded.

Bob CorkerSenator Bob Corker – Previously, Bob Corker was the Mayor of Chatanooga, Tennessee. He and his wife Elizabeth currently live in the Anne Haven mansion built by Coca Cola Bottling Company heirs, Anne Lupton and Frank Harrison.

In his 2006, bid for the Senate Corker got caught up in a controversy over a campaign ad that many thought perpetuated racial stereotypes. Story here…

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/26/us/politics/26tennessee.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Corker is anti-abortion; anti-gay rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-gun rights; anti-immigration and favors declaring English as the official language; he also favors expanding the military.

TEXAS

John CornynSenator John Cornyn – John Cornyn has a long career in the political arena. He first served as a judge in Texas’ 37th District Court from 1985-1991, when he was elected Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court where he served from 1991-1997. He was then elected Attorney General. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2002.

In 2010, John Cornyn was voted one of the most conservative U.S. Senators by the National Review – and, indeed, he is.

Cornyn is on the Advisory Board of the Leadership Institute and the National Council for a New America. The Leadership Institute was founded by uber-conservative Morton Blackwell and states that its mission is to: “increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists” and to “identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media.”

The National Council for a New America is a group of Republican members who are aimed at rebranding the Republican Party. Rebranding it to what? Well, it consists of what they call a “National Panel of Experts” who report to a panel of Republican leaders. Those “experts are: Haley Barbour; Bobby Jindal; Mitt Romney; Jeb Bush; John McCain; Sarah Palin; and Newt Gingrich. The leaders on the panel are: John Boehner; Eric Cantor; Mike Pence; Mitch McConnell; Jon Kyl; and Lamar Alexander. Every one of these people are Rebiblicans.

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to surmise what this rebranding consists of.

Cornyn is known of one of big oil’s ten favorte members of Congress. He has earned a 0% rating from the League of Conservation Voters. John Cornyn has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil related bills from 2005-2007, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq war funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and emissions.

According to SourceWatch:

On April 18, 2005, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed Texas Public Information Act requests with both the Texas Office of the Attorney General and with the Texas Governor’s Office to obtain information regarding contacts between Cornyn and lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his partner Michael Scanlon and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, as well as for all documents related to the Tigua Tribe of El Paso, Texas.

CREW filed its requests in response to Sen. Cornyn’s statement that he never met with Reed in regard to the Tigua casino. (Maria Recio, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) However, some believe email correspondence between Abramoff and Reed suggests otherwise.

On November 12, 2001, Reed sent Abramoff an e-mail message stating, “get me details so I can alert cornyn and let him know what we are doing to help him” [sic]. Similarly, on November 13, 2001, Reed wrote “I strongly suggest we start doing patch-throughs to perry and cornyn [sic]. We’re getting killed on the phone.” Also, on January 7, 2002, Reed sent Abramoff an e-mail stating “I think we should budget for an ataboy for cornyn” [sic].

When Cornyn ran for Senate, Abramoff contributed $1,000, the maximum amount legally allowed. The allegedly anti-gambling Cornyn also received $6,250 in contributions from Las Vegas casino interests who oppose Indian gaming, some of which were made at the same time Cornyn was pushing to close the Tigua’s casino.

Cornyn resides far to the right and his voting record and political stands reflect that perfectly.

Ted CruzSenator Ted Cruz – Cruz served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 – 2008. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. To give you even a better perspective on where Cruz stands: “Cruz was endorsed by the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative political action committee; Erick Erickson, editor of prominent conservative blog RedState, the FreedomWorks for America super PAC, nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, Tea Party Express, Young Conservatives of Texas; and U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Pat Toomey. He was also endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, George W. Bush and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum.”

Cruz is, of course, anti-women’s rights; against same-sex marriage and adoptions; against gay pride parades; against the separation of church and state; against Obamacare; for the privatization of Social Security; for states rights and state control; strongly against immigration and favors harsh laws; a proponent of oil and gas drilling; and a proponent of expanding the military.

In his own words:

“[There] are risks to refusing to comply with the demands of a politician who has earned the nickname, ‘The Godfather.’ In Texas, we have a more modest view of government.” (Critics have dubbed him ‘The Godfather’ because he once allegedly sent a dead fish to a pollster.)

“Shariah law is an enormous problem” in the United States.

During the primary, Cruz used his opposition to gay rights as a wedge against lesser opponents like former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert, noting that his opponent had marched in not one but two pride parades. “When the mayor of a city chooses twice to march in a parade celebrating gay pride, that’s a statement. It’s not a statement I believe in”

At the Values Voters summit last October, Cruz warned that American politics had been hijacked by the “gay rights agenda.”

UTAH

Orin HatchSenator Orin Hatch – Orin Hatch is 79 years old. From Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrin_Hatch

In 1976 in his first run for public office, he was elected to the United States Senate, defeating Democrat Frank Moss, a three-term incumbent. Among other issues, Hatch criticized Moss’s 18-year tenure in the Senate, saying “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.” Hatch argued that many Senators, including Moss, had lost touch with their constituents. Hatch won his first election by an unexpectedly wide nine-point margin. He later defeated Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson by 17 points in his reelection bid in 1982. He hasn’t faced substantive opposition since, and has been reelected four times, including defeating Brian Moss, Frank Moss’ son, by 35 points in 1988. He is the longest-serving Senator in Utah history, eclipsing previous record-holder Reed Smoot in 2007. He was among the first to rally conservative Christians and Mormons to the Republican Party, most notably on the right to life platform which he has supported for 35 years. [Emphasis Added]

Nothing like a little hypocrisy with your politics.

According to Hatch, “Abortions cause a societal insensitivity to life.” He believes that life begins at conception and should be protected.

He is against any Affirmative Action, and when it comes to gays he says, “Gays support Democrats, but no intolerance,” and “Homosexuality is contrary to the Bible.” He wants a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage and an exclusion of sexual orientation from hate-crimes legislation.

He is against the separation of church and state and wants an Amendment allowing prayer in the public schools. He claims that “Hollywood should do more to change culture for good,” and that “Media supports moral poverty; Boys and Girls Clubs fight it.”

He says that Obamacare is an atrocious Act and we should repeal it. And, he supports the privatization of Social Security.

He is pro-gun; pro-oil and gas; anti-immigration; and favors expansion of the military and defense spending.

Mike-LeeSenator Mike Lee – Mike Lee was previously a clerk for Judge Samuel Alito, and his father, Rex E. Lee, was the Founding Dean of Brigham Young University.

In 2011, Club for Growth gave him a 100% score. Only four other U.S. Senators received a perfect score: Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, Jim DeMint, and Tom Coburn.He also received a 100% Conservative voting record for 2011 from the American Conservative Union. The Heritage Foundation gave him a 99% score, ranking first only with DeMint.

He is anti-abortion; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-separation of church and state; favors faith-based initiatives; favors privitization of Social Security; believes in an absolute right to gun control; anti-immigration; and wants an expansion of the military.

WISCONSIN

Ron JohnsonSenator Ron Johnson – Johnson’s first run for elective office was in 2010. According to Wikipedia:

He attracted the attention of the Tea Party movement when he gave two emotional speeches at Tea Party rallies. According to The New York Times, he said he “did kind of spring out of the Tea Party” and is glad to be associated with it. In the September 14, 2010, Republican primary, Johnson, running a largely self-financed campaign, defeated Watertown businessman Dave Westlake, taking 85% of the vote, with 10% going to Westlake and the remaining 5% going to Stephen Finn. In the November 2, 2010, general election, he defeated Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold.

In January 2010, Johnson opposed a Wisconsin bill that would have eliminated the time limit for future child sex abuse victims to bring lawsuits while allowing an additional three years for past victims to sue. Johnson testified before the Wisconsin Senate that “punishment for the actual perpetrators should be severe,” but questioned whether it would be just for employers of perpetrators to be severely financially damaged or destroyed by lawsuits. He added that the bill, if enacted, might actually reduce the reporting of child sex abuse. At the time of his testimony, Johnson was on the Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. In June 2010 he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “I can’t think of a penalty that would be too harsh for these guys”and in late September 2010, Johnson indicated that the legislation would have financially crippled organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs and that the punishment for child sex abuse should be, “severe and swift.”He also sought to address reports about his testimony, saying “I sought to warn legislators of those consequences in order to correct legislative language so that any bills that passed would punish the perpetrators and those that protect them, not honorable organizations that do so much good for our communities. We must rid our society of people who prey on children.” He was criticized by victims’ rights groups such as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and by his opponent, Feingold.

He believes that scientists who claim that global warming is man-made are crazy and that the entire theory is “lunacy.”

Of course, he is anti-abortion and anti-same-sex marriage; a gun ownership proponent; and a proponent of on and offshore drilling.

WYOMING

Mike EnziSeantor Mike Enzi – Mike Enzi is in his third term and will be up for re-election in 2014. He has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most conservative Senators. In the 2008, election, Mike Enzi won 76% of the vote.

As a true conservative, Enzi votes consitently against all abortion measures and is in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to ban the same. He is vehemently opposed to gay rights and his voting record is in accordance with his beliefs.

He is against the separation of church and state and an avid gun-rights proponent.

A strong supporter of the coal industry, Enzi also rejects alternative energy proposals and advocates Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and offshore drilling.

He is anti-immigration and opposes any form of amnesty, while advocating to declare English as the official language of the United States.

john barrassoSenator John Barrasso – John Barrasso was appointed to the Senate in June 2007, following the death of Craig L. Thomas, and won a special election in 2008 to fill the remaining four years of Thomas’s term. He was re-elected to a full six-year term in 2012.

Interstingly, Barrasso ran for the Senate in 1996, as a pro-choice social moderate. Somewhere between then and now he has moved excedingly to the right. Barrasso was quoted as saying, “I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense,” and said he has “voted for prayer in schools, against gay marriage and [has] sponsored legislation to protect the “sanctity of life.”

 

 

 

The Dominionist Connection

The Menage a trois between Big Business, Government, and Religion – A birds-eye view

By Nicole Nichols

Climbing mountains is never easy, however, if you are climbing those mountains in the metaphorical sense, it behooves you to have beaucoup bucks behind you and a lot of powerful people to push you all the way to the top. If you are a Dominionist hell-bent on taking over the world, you really don’t much care who you climb in bed with or who scratches your back. Hence, we are now witnessing the co-mingling and fraternization of religious extremists, politicians, think-tanks, Super PACs, and big business as the Dominionists seek to reach the pinnacle of that mountain of government.

What we are truly watching is a union, a marriage, if you will, of the church and the state. One of the most coveted tenets of the Founding Fathers of this country was the separation of these two entities, yet those who bellow the loudest about preserving the Constitution and the ideals of those Fathers, are fighting within the framework to circumvent the very doctrine which has served us so well.

For an eye-opening experience, we now take a look at just one of the many groups who are in the midst of that battle and how they have managed to wrangle their way into the inner circle of power brokers.

The passage of Citizens United by the Supreme Court of the United States sent shockwaves throughout the nation. Affording corporations the same rights as people and allowing an unprecedented wave of money to be sent into campaign coffers allows the mega-wealthy to purchase elections of officials who will be even more beholden to their benefactors than they are to their constituents. Petition drives are being held all over our country and congressmen and women are being lobbied to put an end to that ruling as the general populace understands the ramifications of such an enactment. Yet, do they really?

The Citizens United Foundation was begun in 1988, as the brainchild of Floyd G. Brown. It is a nonprofit corporation with a 501(c)(4) Tax exempt status affiliated with the Presidential Coalition and the Conservative Victory Committee and located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capitol Hill District of Washington, D.C. The Foundation has been instrumental in creating many controversies and in successfully helping to elect many extreme-right candidates.  Besides Floyd G. Brown, Founder and Chairman of the Board, its officers include: David Bossie, Chairman; Michael Boos, President and General Counsel; Brian J. Berry, Director; Douglas L. Ramsey, Secretary-Treasurer; Ron Robinson, Director; and Bob Barr, Congressman and Honorary Chairman.

The stated mission of the organization is:

“CUF is dedicated to informing the American people about public policy issues which relate to traditional American values, including: the Constitution as the supreme limit on federal power, a strong national defense as the primary role of the federal government; free enterprise as the economic system that has enabled the American people to attain and maintain an historically high standard of living; belief in God and Judeo/Christian values as the fundamental attribute of our way of life; and the recognition of the family as the basic social unit of our society.”

There are a daunting number of groups engaged in running an extreme right-wing agenda on the American people, and following the money and power trails of any of those groups will lead to the same results. However, because of the numerous congressional candidates endorsed by Citizens United and its various entities, it became the obvious place to begin this trek into the dark realm of the blending of religion and politics and the impending marriage of church and state.

For a visual explaining the immediate reach of Citizens United, as a whole, click the chart below – and remember this is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to the influence and power that this one group has.

A look at what each CUF member brings to the table.

A look at what each CUF member brings to the table.

DAVID BOSSIE

Back in the year 2000, colleagues David Bossie and Floyd G. Brown collaborated on a book entitled, “Prince Albert: The Life and Lies of Al Gore.” There’s little surprise there given the fact that both men are devout climate change deniers and evolution myth theorists.

David Bossie, an acolyte of Ronald Reagan, went to work for Floyd Brown at the Presidential Victory Committee back in 1992. He had already come into prominence, and perhaps flown into Brown’s radar, when he and another colleague attempted to show that Susann Coleman had become impregnated by, and committed suicide, after an affair with her law professor, Bill Clinton.  Interestingly, Bossie was hired by Fred Thompson’s U.S. Senate Investigation of the Whitewater Scandal as a lead investigator, to look into Clinton’s financial abuses.

During the investigation it came to light that Bossie, et. al. had published tapes that had been redacted. Bossie was summarily fired.

Once sitting pretty in Brown’s Citizens United Foundation, and feeling right at home with those of the same mind-set, Bossie began to focus his attention on the Citizens United Productions division. Creating such films as: Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration; Celsius 41.11; Rediscovering God in America, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich; Hillary: The Movie; and Occupy Unmasked, Bossie and friends were riding high in their saddle as a major righ-ring propaganda mill.

It was, of course, Hillary: The Movie that brought them into the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court of the United States. When they were sued before the film was scheduled to be released in early 2008, the suit also brought with it an injunction. Unfortunately, for Bossie and friends, the appeals court did not hear the case until 2010, and the movie was then untimely. However, the Supreme Court ruling referred to by us today simply as Citizens United, sent an outcry throughout the country which is still reverberating today.

In addition to his office at Citizens United, Bossie is a member of the National Conservative Campaign Fund, and has served as Director of Programs at the prestigious right-wing Leadership Institute which is home to many of the Christian right politicians.  Additionally, he is listed as the President and Manager of the Presidential Coalition, a Republican front group that is closely affiliated with Citizens United and instrumental in funding state and local candidates – so close, in fact that they share the same address at 1006 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s a cozy relationship.  But, that’s not the only coziness that Bossie enjoys. Sleaze or not, his gallery of running buddies is vast as you can see on the chart below:

The Stealth Marriage Between Church and State

The Stealth Marriage Between Church and State

FLOYD G. BROWN

As the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Citizens United, Brown can only be categorized as an “ultra-conservative, dominionist” with a radical agenda for the United States of America. Along with Citizens United he has served as the Executive Director of Young America’s Foundation, an outreach program whose goal is indoctrination of our youth into the culture of extreme politics. Active on college campuses, the YAF engages such speakers as John Stossel, Ann Coulter, and David Horowitz. The YAF also promotes Horowitz’s Intellectual Diversity Movement which believes that the curriculum being taught is based in liberalism and that the conservative ideology is not being presented.

The YAF operates the Reagan Ranch, also known as Rancho Del Cielo where it conducts conferences, seminars, internships, and disseminates “educational” materials throughout the nation.

Brown’s ultra-conservatism doesn’t stop there, however. He is also President of Excellentia, Inc. which he founded in 2007. Excellentia, Inc. bills itself as a Conservative and Christian Marketplace. They provide fundraising; campaign and strategy development; direct mail; copy writing and production; radio and TV production and scripts; and ad placement and analysis services. According to their website:

“Climb your mountain of success with our help. We have a passion for serving in the marketplace of ideas. We have been in the business of promoting conservative and Christian ideas for over 30 years. Our professionals have developed some of the most memorable marketing campaigns in recent history. We will help you reach your community of interest with unparalleled success. Successful clients have included non profit organizations, political campaigns and publishing organizations.”

A frequent guest on network and cable TV shows, and a contributor to several publications, Brown became obsessed with the Clinton’s. He published a slim paperback entitled “Slick Willie: Why America Cannot Trust Bill Clinton,” in which he went on the standard diatribe about Clinton being a friend of labor unions and a “draft dodger” he also asserted: “Bill Clinton’s America sees no difference between families of ‘homosexual lovers’ and the traditional, monogamous, faithful family…In addition, Mr. Clinton has surrendered completely to the pro-abortion feminists who dominate the Democratic Party.”

In 2007, Brown co-founded the National Campaign Fund along with Bruce E. Haekins, James V. Lacey, Tim Kelley and Michael Reagan. The purpose was to fund the presidential campaigns of  John McCain and Rudy Giuliani as they were concerned about the popularity of Hillary Clinton.

In 1992, during an interview with the Washington Times, Brown stated:

“I have a sense of what connects with people like me. We’re not culturally Republicans. We’re not libertarians. We’re not neo-conservatives or former liberals. We’re just old-fashioned, blue collar social conservatives. These are people who couldn’t care less about politics, want to be left alone by government, but if their country calls for them to fight abroad, will. You win elections by cultivating people like me.”

Nothing could have been further from the truth. The barely thirty-one year old Brown had waded into the dark side of the political arena several years earlier when he started Citizens United and began to organize political campaigns along with an effort to secure Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas an appointment, and the campaigns against Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton. Brown came to notoriety, however, during the Dukakis campaign when he produced the infamous “Willie Horton ads.” Later, he played a prominent role in the Whitewater Scandal.

Brown and his National Campaign Fund created an anti-Obama website which they update regularly at ExposeObama.com. Filled with anti-Obama hatred and venom accusing him of being soft on crime and islamo-fascism, the website has been criticized nationally for the misinformation that it distributes.

Brown sits on the Council for National Policy, a powerful and highly secretive group of largely Dominionist political figures who hold clandestine meetings and initiate policies to further an extreme agenda of theocracy and ultra-conservatism.

While Brown is considered odious in many circles, he carries a big stick and hob-nobs with others even more tainted than he. His expertise in the area of swift-boat advertising is much sought after by the right and the desperate. This does not, however, diminish the effectiveness of Brown’s campaign acuity. His associates are every bit as ruthless as Brown, and every bit as determined to succeed.

To realize just how connected Floyd Brown is, check out the chart below which depicts those with whom he hob-nobs, infuences, and supports as well as some of their affiliations.

Floyd Brown

MICHAEL BOOS

Michael Boos is the Vice President and General Council for Citizens United. He is also the Director of the American Sovereignty Action Project of Manassas, Virginia which is yet another fundraising arm of Citizens United. In addition, he is in charge of the Presidential Coalition and in 2007, he registered another 527 Committee, the 2007 Conservative Victory Committee. Of course, all of this is nothing less than circumventing campaign finance laws and finding creative ways to channel and funnel large sums of money into the election process. We get that.

That being said, it also muddies the waters and helps to make things much more difficult for the unwashed peasants, which are the American people to these folks, to understand and realize just what the hell is going on and how they are being hoodwinked by a bunch of greedy bastards who want nothing less than to rule the world.

In addition to his other various and sundry duties, Michael Boos acts as the Program Director for the Young America’s Foundation. In short, the organization, another offshoot of Citizens United, is engaged in the promotion of conservative ideas on college campuses throughout the United States. However, the group has come under a lot of fire as one of their unstated objectives is to “keep track of what the left-wing opposition is up to,” according to Fredric L. Rice from SkepticFiles.org. in 1988.

Rice accused Boos of “keeping files, making lists, taking photographs all to keep an eye on students and professors he says ‘need watching.’ Boos didn’t deny that he does just that. In fact, he justified his actions by claiming that two top-level Reagan Administration officials, Ken Cribb, Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs, and Frank Donatelli, the President’s chief political advisor support his work. Of course, both of those men serve on the YAF’s Board of Directors, and it isn’t the first time that Donatelli has been linked to Citizens United.

Prior to joining the YAF staff, Boos was the Campaign Director for the National Conservative Political Action Committee. He also served as the Executive Director for the Legal Affairs Council where he gallantly represented conservatives and their values in the nations court system.

Boos is closely tied to the Conservative Victory Committee and the Presidential Coalition. Along with his other endeavors, he can only be considered as a mover and shaker in our national elections, and a front man for some very powerful people.  Given the fact that the American Sovereignty Action Project is listed as a member of the Free Congress Foundation, it must be noted that Michael’s arms reach far and wide.  See the chart below.

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Brian J. Berry

Brian J. Berry serves as the Director of Citizens United. Berry has been around the horn a time or two and has lots of experience in directing political campaigns. In 1993, Brian directed the successful campaign of Kay Bailey Hutchison, the big-oil candidate from Texas,  as well as the primary campaign for George W, Bush’s first run for Governor in 1994.

He is now the head honcho at Strategy Group for Media, a production and promotion media firm that creates campaign ads for right-ring conservatives who they deem “good people.” In 2012, they worked closely with “Restoring America” and the “Freedom Club,” to produce ad campaigns for state, local, and national campaigns.

On Berry’s Board of Directors is none other than Rex Elsass, who presides over the group and lends his advice to several notable candidates, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Todd Akin, to name a few. As a born-again Christian, he has been labeled as the ring leader of a GOP dirty-tricks group called “The Nasty Boys.” This relationship shouldn’t come as any major surprise as many of the Citizens United group are known to be nothing less than smear-merchants who will stop at nothing when it comes to besmirching the wicked liberals who threaten to gain any seat of power.

In the November, 2012, elections the Strategy Group engaged in more than 300 campaigns across the country and now boast an 80% win rate. They elected seven of 35 freshman members of Congress, (Scott Perry (PA); Keith Rothfus (PA); Thomas Massie (KY); Andy Barr (KY); Steve Daines (MT); Markwayne Mullin (OK) and Ann Wagner (MO). They re-elected more than 25 incumbent members of Congress, defeated two of five incumbent Democrats, and elected one of the four GOP gubernatorial winners.

Their biggest victories, however, were at the state level where they managed to retain majorities in the Ohio State House and Senate, the Wisconsin Assembly, and the Pennsylvania Senate. They flipped the Wisconsin State Senate back to the GOP and made significant gains for Republicans in the Kentucky State House. Additionally, they take the credit for the election of the infamous Supreme Court Justice in Alabama – Justice Roy Moore.

Consequently, Brian J. Berry and his twisted group of slanderous manipulators fit quite well into the deviant and unscrupulous realm of Citizens United.

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Douglas L. Ramsey

Douglas L. Ramsey is somewhat of an enigma within Citizens United. Serving as the Secretary – Treasurer of Citizens United, he is also the Director of Strategic Alliances at Victory Studios, a full-service media company out of Seattle, Washington.

Ramsey is described as a “Career media veteran with extensive management and business development experience in all media forms. He held senior management positions with the Seattle Seahawks as Senior Director of Business Development and the Seattle SuperSonics as Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Broadcast Development.

Undoubtedly, he brings management, marketing, and business acumen to Citizens United.

Ron Robinson

Like so many of his cohorts, Ron Robinson is a Reaganite. He served as an advisor to the United States Department of Education during the Reagan Administration and holds Reagan in the highest regard. Currently, he serves as Director for Citizens United, and has been the President of the Young Americans Foundation for over thirty years.

Time Magazine referred to Robinson as “one of the seasoned generals of the right,” who is leading the “diverse and well-funded” generation of conservatives who are “winning battles on campus.”

He is the co-author of  “Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement, Published, of course, by the right-wing Regnery Publishing Company.

Not surprisingly, Robinson served as a Trustee at the Philadelphia Society, a membership only organization that has had considerable influence over the Conservative Movement in this country. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Phillips Foundation, a group that advances Constitutional principles and American Values. The Phillips Foundation awards the annual Reagan Scholarship. Additionally, he is the Vice President of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund. The FSDEF is noted for its assistance to the Christian Action Network.

Robinson is married to Michelle Easton who is the founder and president of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, a right-wing think tank that seeks to advance women through conservative ideas.

Robinson has all of the credentials and contacts that make him a valuable asset to Citizens United.

Robinson

Former Representative  Bob Barr

What we know about the former Representative from Georgia’s 7th District is that he is the exact kind of sleazebag that we would expect to be affiliated with Citizens United.  He is a former federal prosecutor and one of the leaders of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

He served for a short time as the President of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, an Atlanta based law firm and policy center that largely litigates in support of limited government, economic freedom and the free enterprise system.

Columnist Bill Schipp, at one point, called Barr, “the idol of the gun-toting, abortion-fighting, IRS-hating hard right-wing of American politics.” We can take that even further. Barr is a member of the racist, radical group “Sons of Confederate Veterans,” who favor secession and an all-white homeland. He is also the darling of the Council of Conservative Citizens. Both of these groups have been designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Barr authored the Defense of Marriage Act, yet he currently claims that it should be repealed. One can only wonder how that plays out with his far-right, Christian-minded buddies. Of course, he then advocated for the practice of Wicca to be banned in the military.

Bob Barr is a contributing editor to the conservative monthly magazine The American Spectator, published by Alfred Regnery and Regnery Publishing, and is on the Board of Advisors for the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

He serves as the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union and is on the Board of the Constitution Project as well as the Patrick Henry Center.

As an Honorary Chairman for Citizens United, Bob Barr should feel right at home with the nefarious miscreants who make up that organization.

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Foster Freiss

Every organization needs an infusion of cash and Christian charity now and then, right? Enter Foster Freiss right smack-dab into the midst of chicanery, mud-baths, and the wheeling and dealing that surrounds Citizens United.

Freiss is a businessman and generous supporter of Conservative Christian causes. In 2012, he kept the campaign of Presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, afloat by financing a super PAC, the Red, White and Blue Fund which ran television advertisements on behalf of the candidate.

In addition, Freiss donated at least $100,000 to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to help fight against the recall campaign that was being waged against him; $3 million dollars to Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller website, and a cool million to the Koch Brothers political activities.

Along with his benevolence, Foster Freiss in a member of America’s Foundation, Campaign America, Inc., and the Center For Security Policy.

He has served in several capacities, including president, on the Council For National Policy, an extreme right, Christian outfit that wields a ton of power in the halls of Congress. He also sits alongside a bevy of hard-right individuals in the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a pro-Israeli, pro war outfit.

Among his other beneficiaries are the Good Government For America Committee, Grow PAC, Restore Our Future PAC, the Prosperity PAC, and the John Templeton Foundation. The latter claims to give away about $70 million dollars a year in research grants and programs.

Spreading the wealth around, is what Freiss does best, and his friends at Citizens United can smell money from hundreds of miles away. Deep pockets, a little charisma, and a whole lot of clout makes Foster the golden boy of a lot of very devious and money-grubbing organizations and individuals. Money might not buy everything, but it sure speaks with a very loud voice.

Freiss

Again, Citizens United is a small group in comparison with others – but their power reaches far beyond their inner circle. All throughout our halls of government and our policy making institutions, the inner-workings of groups just like this are furthering the dissolution of the coveted separation of church and state and attempting to create a merger of business, government, and theocracy. It is in their hands that our fate lies.

Movers and Shakers – 11 – The Chalcedon Foundation

Chalcedon Foundation

The Chalcedon Foundation is a think tank founded by Reconstructionist, Rousas Jouh Rushdoony in 1965. Rushdooney is the guru of the Dominionist realm. The Foundation publishes books, newsletters and reports which are all geared toward advancing the theological teachings of the Reconstructionist movement. The role of influence of this Foundation of Christianity on politics is staggering.

Since the elder Rushdooney’s death, Mark Rushdooney, his son, has been heading up the Foundation, and it has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of its anti-homosexual stand.

Gary North, author and famed economist, as well as Rushdooney’s son-in-law, is a long-time follower of Rushdooney along with Nelson Bunker Hunt, oil billionaire who has made heavy contributions to the Foundation.

According to Wikipedia:

The Chalcedon Foundation describes itself as a Christian educational organization oriented toward promoting Christian reconstruction, emphasizing the Cultural or Dominion Mandate. The Foundation’s founder, Rousas John Rushdoony, who is known as “father of Christian Reconstruction” theology, advocated the imposition of Old Testament laws. Newsweek magazine described the Chalcedon Foundation as “a think tank of the Religious Right, including the Moral Majority.  Rushdoony himself claimed that his movement had 20 million followers, although not all of them are members of an organization.”

The Chalcedon Foundation takes the position that the entire Bible is the inerrant word of God and that the Old Testament is to be taken just as seriously as the New Testament. They believe that the Bible should be adopted and enacted as law, including Scriptures which call for the death penalty for homosexuals, disrespectful children, adultery, and lying.

They advocate Christian Dominion over the world and have played a major role in shaping what has become the contemporary Christian Right.  They have been implementing a political strategy to accomplish a Theocracy in the United States.  Rushdooney and North were both major supporters of the John Birch Society. North has been instrumental in furthering Ron Paul’s bid for the Presidency.

As avid as they are in their anti-homosexual stance, they are rabid about homeschooling believing  “that the right place for a child’s education is his home, and the right teachers are his parents”.

The viewpoints and policies of the Foundation are, indeed, Draconian. The Chalcedon Foundation has had enormous influence on Christian beliefs, legislative policy, and our elections in this country. Additionally, the influence of Gary North cannot be minimized.

Another follower of Rushdooney and his brand of Theology is Gary DeMar, who left the Foundation to head-up American Vision, which operates as a Christian ministry and calls for “equipping and empowering Christians to restore America’s biblical foundation.”

American Vision is a training ground for parents, teachers, pastors and activists “in developing family-oriented biblical worldviews.  According to Wikipedia:

“DeMar has written that “The Bible attributes self-consciousness to preborn babies.” American Vision is opposed to abortion.  The group maintains that the First Amendment’s demand that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” means that Congress may not establish a state religion. The group maintains that the First Amendment does not prohibit members of Congress from making laws that are in submission to the Bible.

 DeMar has said that not all homosexuals would be executed under a “reconstructed government” but that he did believe that the occasional execution of “sodomites” would serve society well because “the law that requires the death penalty for homosexual acts effectively drives the perversion of homosexuality underground, back into the closet.”

American Vision has published over 175 books, DVD’s, Cd’s, and Mp3’s. They host an annual Worldview Conference featuring many speakers from the religious right and the Constitution Party.

While much of this seems to fit on the extreme fringe, there are millions who follow and adhere to this movement. Their influence and their dollars impact our political landscape every day in a way that most Americans never know about.  When we hear about someone like Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building, we tend to believe that this is just some senile Judge who resides on the fringe of society. When we think that way, it’s a little easier to stomach. But, the truth is, there are lots of Roy Moore’s, Gary DeMar’s, and Rushdooney’s. And they are shaping the political landscape an acre at a time – unless we stop writing them off as resident looney’s and heed the warning signs.

 

DeMar also wrote a “long-term goal” should be “the execution of abortionists and parents who hire them”. Islam is another enemy; in August 2010 he said that “the long-term goal of Islam is the abolition of our constitutional freedoms.”

 

Movers and Shakers – 8 – The Cato Institute

Cato Institute

Now we enter the murky and often duplicitous realm of the Cato Institute. Ideologically, the Cato Institute often appears to be part of the libertarian mindset – and that is precisely how they intend to appear. As a matter of fact, they work very hard at keeping up those appearances.

The Institute came into being in 1977, as the brain-child of Edward Crane and Charles G. Koch. While taking a Libertarian stance on government intrusion into privacy issues such same-sex marriage, they cozy up to and coddle the right-wingers in other areas while working in coalition with many of the right-wing groups.

Cato ranks among the top 5 most influential think tanks in the country and enjoys a 3rd place ranking in economic policy, and a 2nd place ranking on social policy according to Go To Think Tank Index. Consequently, it is safe to say that the policies and practices of the Cato Institute carry a lot of weight with our governmental entities.

The Institute has led the way and charted the course for the privatization of government services. According to Right Wing Watch, Cato initiated the first push to privatize Social Security in 1983, and has been pushing ever since running a virtual war-room to promote their agenda.

Advocating for limited government, Cato supports the elimination of eight cabinet agencies: Commerce; Education; Energy; Labor; Agriculture; Interior; Transportation; and Veterans Affairs, not to mention the privatization of many government services. This all falls pretty much in line with the Ron Paul school of idiocy that would do away with the same agencies and calls upon neighbors to take care of each other in times of natural disaster.

They also bond with the radical right when it comes to climate change and global warming denial.

The Institute sponsors various periodic policy forums and conferences, and boasts that its alumni includes former board members Rupert Murdoch and Theodore J. Forstmann, the founding chairman of Empower America which is now FreedomWorks.

From Right Wing Watch: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cato-institute

Cato’s corporate sponsors include: Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Bell Atlantic Network Services, BellSouth Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, GTE Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Netscape Communications Corporation, NYNEX Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Viacom International, American Express, Chase Manhattan Bank, Chemical Bank, Citicorp/Citibank, Commonwealth Fund, Prudential Securities and Salomon Brothers. Energy conglomerates include: Chevron Companies, Exxon Company, Shell Oil Company and Tenneco Gas, as well as the American Petroleum Institute, Amoco Foundation and Atlantic Richfield Foundation. Cato’s pharmaceutical donors include Eli Lilly & Company, Merck & Company and Pfizer, Inc.

Additional funding has come from Castle Rock Foundation; Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation; Earhart Foundation; JM Foundation; John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.; Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation; and the branches of the Scaife Foundation.

The Cato Institute is a powerhouse group that has great influence and sway over the politicians who are beholden to them and their supporters. They are closely aligned with the Koch Brothers, Peter Ackerman, Rupert Murdoch, the oil & gas industry, and the extreme right. All of these people and groups have one thing in common – ensuring the ascendancy of their people, and their ideology into the American governmental system.

Movers and Shakers – 7 – Castle Rock Foundation

Castle Rock Foundation

Joseph Coors

The Castle Rock Foundation was started in 1993, with an endowment of $36.6 million from the Adolph Coors Foundation. Their stated mission is to “Promote a better understanding of the free enterprise system, preserve the principles upon which our democracy was founded, encourage personal responsibility and leadership, and uphold traditional American values.”

The Foundation is a major supporter of the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation, as well as other other right-wing groups who support the racist, homophobic, and anti-labor ideology of the Coors Family.

A quick scrutiny of the Foundation reveals that many of the organizations funded by the Foundation include active participation by Coors family members. Additionally, here is a list of their Officers:

  • William      K. Coors, President
  • Peter      H. Coors, Vice President
  • Jeffrey      H. Coors, Treasurer
  • Linda      S. Tafoya, Secretary
  • Holland      H. Coors, Trustee
  • Robert      G. Windsor, Trustee

Generally, their grants have been awarded to the Heritage Foundation, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the Institute on Religion and Public Life, and the Manhattan Institute along with many think tanks, legal foundations, Christian ministries and educational institutions.

Upon closer scrutiny, the list of grants awarded reads like a Who’s Who of the religious, Dominionist Right, demonstrating, yet again, the far-reaching influence that this group of individuals have on the policies and legislation that shape America, and that belie the claim of separation of  church and state.