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RNC Omits Sarah Palin from Women's History Month Tribute

Saturday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement in honor of Women’s History Month in which they highlighted women trailblazers, mentioning some prominent women in the Republican Party. Conspicuously absent, however, was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Republicans “played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote,” Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day wrote, adding that Susan B. Anthony joined with other suffragists to pass the 19th Amendment, which was finally accomplished in 1919.

Boasting a unique role Republican women have played, they stated:

Republican women have a history of being trailblazers, breaking ground and glass ceilings–from Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both the House and the Senate, to the nation’s first Latina governor, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and the country’s youngest sitting governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

Palin was the first woman ever selected to run on a GOP presidential ticket, as well as the first female governor of Alaska and youngest governor–male or female–of Alaska.

Since her spot on the 2008 ticket, Palin has helped get Republican women elected by making key endorsements that brought both support and finances–women such as Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley, two women the RNC praised in their statement.

It is most commendable for the RNC, often accused of waging a “war on women,” to pay tribute to Women’s History Month, just as they recognized Black History Month in February. But Palin’s omission from the tribute is surprising.

Source: RNC Omits Sarah Palin from Women’s History Month Tribute

    


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Obama To GOP Governors - You Asked For Cuts - Now You're Getting Them (Updated With Video)

Governors from both parties are concerned about the Pentagon budget proposal that calls for the smallest U.S. Army since 1940. Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel’s plan to “significantly reshape America’s land forces” includes reductions in the National Guard, which falls under the command of state governors.

Gov. Nikki Haley talked about the controversial proposed cuts at a press conference with three other Republican governors after meeting with the president on Monday.

According to Haley, Obama responded to their concerns about the National Guard cuts dismissively: “Many people in the room has asked for cuts. Now you’re getting them,” he reportedly said.

She blasted the president for punishing “all these people who want deficit reduction – by cutting the National Guard? It’s just not a logical way to do things.”

Haley said the President’s tone changed with all governors when talking about proposed Guard cuts. “It automatically went into an almost aggressive nature by him implying that, ‘Many of you wanted cuts that’s what you said you wanted. Don’t start coming in and now complaining that these cuts are affecting you because you said you wanted it and now you’re going to get it and you have to live with it. And if somebody questions it, I’m going to have to say something about it.’ “

“I want to speak as a military wife. (Her husband spent much of 2013 deployed in Afghanistan with the S.C. National Guard.) Look at what you’re telling all of these soldiers across the country that they left their businesses, they left their families to go serve their country. … You’re going to hollow out the National Guard? It is really a slap in the face to anyone who in the past decade has served multiple times and left their life to do this. … The active military hasn’t felt the pain the National Guard has felt. This is not how you show your thanks. Let’s be very clear there are a lot of places you can cut in Washington. The National Guard is not one of those that has to be on the priority list.”

Video via the

 

Republican Governors Association:

 

In his delayed official budget request to Congress, Obama reportedly will “call for an end to the era of austerity.”

Calling the ramped up spendathon we’ve been on since he was elected, “austerity,” is “an abuse of the language” as Charles Krauthammer calls it.

But calling for an end to the era of austerity, while slashing the military, is an abomination.

So much for Obama’s “smart power.”

 

 

 

Source: Obama To GOP Governors – You Asked For Cuts – Now You’re Getting Them (Updated With Video)

    


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Gov. Nikki Haley Backs 'Constitutional Carry' for South Carolinians

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) is backing “a proposal that would make it legal for most South Carolinians to carry guns – concealed or in the open – without a permit.”

This is Constitutional Carry, a scenario in which the 2nd Amendment is the only permit a citizen needs in order to exercise his right not simply to keep arms but to bear them as well.

Arizona made the move to Constitutional Carry in April 2010, when Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed a law recognizing an AZ citizens’ right to carry handguns openly or concealed without a permit. When she signed the bill she said, “This bill not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well.”

According to The State, Gov. Haley is thinking the same way, and after expressing her support for Constitutional Carry she said, “Criminals are dangerous, and I think every resident should be allowed to protect themselves from criminals.” The Constitutional Carry bill is sponsored by state senator Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg), who believes “the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to carry guns without any government restrictions.”

On September 13 Breitbart News reported that Mississippi had adopted Constitutional Carry for those who carry firearms openly. In so doing Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) echoed the sentiment of Brewer and Haley when he said carrying openly without a permit “affirms the right to keep and bear arms not only as set forth in the Bill of Rights, but also in Mississippi’s constitution.”

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins.

Source: Gov. Nikki Haley Backs ‘Constitutional Carry’ for South Carolinians

    


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Will Indiana or South Carolina Be First to Ditch Common Core?

While Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) seemed to hint this week that his state would drop the Common Core standards, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) gave a clear signal Thursday that she was determined to drop the new education initiative that has grown intensely controversial.

“We don’t ever want to educate South Carolina children like they educate California children,” said Haley, according to Education Week, during a speech to Republican women.

Haley, who is up for re-election this year, told the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club, “We are telling the legislature, ‘Roll back Common Core. Let’s take it back to South Carolina standards.’”

The Common Core standards were adopted by South Carolina in July of 2010, prior to Haley’s election as the state’s governor.

South Carolina Senate Bill 300, introduced in January of last year, states:

The State Board may not adopt and the State Department may not implement the Common Core State Standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Any actions taken to adopt or implement the Common Core State Standards as of the effective date of this section are void ab initio.

Though Common Core proponents often say the initiative to implement the standards was “state-led,” no citizen-elected state legislature voted for it. Instead, state Boards of Education – the members of which, in most cases, are not elected by their state’s citizens – adopted them with little, if any, public debate or media inquiry.

Haley said that if Senate Bill 300 reaches her desk, she “absolutely will sign it.”

Nevertheless, neither the state Senate measure nor a similar one introduced in the South Carolina state House have gotten very far.

If a measure does pass, however, it appears Haley would be taking a bolder approach than Pence who has been measured about his state’s backing away from Common Core.

During his State of the State speech Tuesday, Pence said, “When it comes to setting standards for schools, I can assure you, Indiana’s will be uncommonly high. They will be written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers and will be among the best in the nation.”

The statement was Pence’s strongest message yet that his state could ditch Common Core. However, Indiana has decided to “pause” implementation of the initiative for the second time, suggesting a hesitance to finally part with the controversial standards.

In the annual speech, Pence referred to Indiana as taking “a time-out on national education standards.” The state has been undertaking a review of the standards during the “pause.”

Under the direction of former Indiana superintendent of schools Tony Bennett, the state adopted the Common Core, but Hoosiers later rejected Bennett in his re-election bid. Bennett then accepted a post as Florida’s education commissioner but resigned in August over a school grading controversy in his home state of Indiana.

According to knoxnews.com, the South Carolina Republican Party executive committee unanimously passed a resolution on December 16th calling for the state’s leaders to withdraw from the Common Core initiative. The resolution declared that the decision by the state’s Board of Education to adopt the standards:

…obliterates South Carolina’s constitutional autonomy over education in English language arts and mathematics, placing control in the hands of the federal government and unaccountable private interests in Washington, D.C.

Although a number of education experts have said the Common Core standards are not, in fact, “rigorous” benchmarks that will help students achieve “college and career readiness,” both Indiana and South Carolina have lawmakers who remain hesitant to abandon an initiative in which they have invested both time and money.

Source: Will Indiana or South Carolina Be First to Ditch Common Core?

    


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