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Newsmax: According to LaPolitics (subscription required), Perkins, who once was a state representative, hasn’t made it official but is talking about a possible campaign. “I’ve been encouraged by many people to consider getting in and I’m thinking about it,” Perkins told the publication, which covers Louisiana politics. “It’s an attractive prospect to be closer to home.”
AP: From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
The Hill: Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, an influential conservative thought leader, said Wednesday the GOP must sheds its reputation as the party of big business and embrace a more “libertarian, populist” identity.
National Review: Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal dropped by National Review’s New York office on Tuesday, offering insight into his tenure as governor and his vision for the Republican party.
Daily Caller: Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.
Hawaii News Now: With three weeks to go until the special session on same-sex marriage, critics are trying to rally the opposition. An anonymous flyer has been landing in mailboxes across Moanalua, Salt Lake and Aliamanu in recent days. It names State Representative Linda Ichiyama (House District 32), yet her office has no idea where it came from or who is distributing it.
NJ.com: “Listen: Lots of different people have different views on this,” Christie responded. “I think marriage should be between a man and a woman. “My view is: If you want to change it, put it on the ballot,” he continued. “Let everybody decide. It shouldn’t be decided by courts, it shouldn’t be decided by politicians in Trenton. It should be decided by everybody. If the majority of the people of New Jersey want same-sex marriage, I’ll enforce the law.”
Idaho Statesman: My experience working for the Alliance Defending Freedom for over 12 years has made me aware of how an overreaching local government can trample individual liberties and restrict a free market environment.
Religion Clause Blog: The Internal Revenue Service published in the Oct. 1 Federal Register a Notice and Request for Comments on changes that should be made in Form 1023, the form used by non-profit organizations to apply for Section 501(c)(3) status.
Washington Times: The list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, tax-exempt reviews or tax privacy breaches keeps growing, raising fresh questions in Washington about whether a scandal the Obama administration has blamed on bureaucratic incompetence and coincidence may in fact involve something more nefarious.
The Hill: The Democratic National Committee on Monday enjoyed its biggest fundraising day since the 2012 election, capitalizing on the looming government shutdown and launch of ObamaCare’s healthcare exchanges.
PJ Media: Gov. Jan Brewer wants the state’s signature national park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn’t an option.
Washington Times: “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
Washington Times: The National Organization for Marriage will sue the IRS on Thursday, saying it has evidence that someone within the agency leaked the organization’s private donor list to its political enemies in 2012 but that nobody has been held responsible.
AP: Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh said Thursday he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, giving Democrats the high-profile candidate they’ve been scrambling for in a bid to keep the seat they’ve held for decades.
Washington Post: A recent poll of Latinos for their religious and political preferences confirms Latino Catholics’ movement towards social justice and the Democratic Party.
Tory Councillors believe redefining marriage will cost votes, conservative association memberships down
Christian Institute: Close to two thirds of Tory councillors believe redefining marriage will be a vote loser at the next election, a new poll shows. And reports from local Conservative associations show a rapid decline in membership, with gay marriage seen as one of the reasons.
CNSNews: “But one of the under-reported stories here is 85 percent of government is being funded,” Paul told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday. “Two thirds of the government is Social Security, Medicare — all of that is going on.
BizPacReview: Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson revealed Monday night that he has something in common with conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status — he became a target of the Internal Revenue Service.
The Hill: Senate Democrats are using language on birth control in a House government funding measure to attack seven Republican Senate candidates.
CNSNews: “[T]he American people are more aware today than they were 24, 48 hours ago about why Obamacare is so bad and the dangers of it. And now everyone here will have to vote, and they’ll have to explain — if they vote against defunding Obamacare — when this thing goes through and it starts hurting people, like it already is — they’re going to have to explain to their constituents why they voted for this and why they keep funding it.”
Pat Buchanan at WorldNetDaily: If Obamacare is funded, the subsidies starting in January will constitute a morphine drip from which America’s health-care system will not recover. If not stopped now, Obamacare is forever.
Politico: Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis’s conversations.
Rasmussen: Democrat Terry McAuliffe still holds a six-point lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race to be Virginia’s next governor.
National Review: Senator Ted Cruz knows that the Democratic Senate isn’t inclined to vote for a bill that will defund Obamacare, as he hopes, but he insists there is a way: a groundswell of pressure from constituents who don’t like the law.
Hot Air: Fast-forward to this week and the public’s more ambivalent: 39 percent would blame the GOP and 36 percent would blame O’s administration, with 17 percent saying both would deserve blame.
Politico: A conservative super PAC, Virginia Principles Fund, will go on the air Monday with a $300,000 TV buy to attack Terry McAuliffe’s support for abortion rights and to criticize his business record.
Breitbart: While all of the media is consumed with an internal GOP debate on this issue, the true target of such a move has escaped notice. If the House proceeds with its vote, several vulnerable Democrat Senators face a series of bad choices.
The Hill: Infighting within the House GOP conference is threatening to spread to the Senate, where Republicans are now facing their own dilemma over a government shutdown.
Washington Times: IRS employees were “acutely” aware in 2010 that President Obama wanted to crack down on conservative organizations and were egged into targeting tea party groups by press reports mocking the emerging movement, according to an interim report being circulated Tuesday by House investigators.
Breitbart: Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has been caught on tape saying that, if elected, he will issue a directive to unilaterally allow abortion clinics that do not meet state health standards to remain open.
NY Times: It is a new frontier of the anti-abortion movement: laws banning abortion at 20 weeks after conception, contending that fetuses can feel pain then. Since 2010, a dozen states have enacted them, most recently Texas. Nationally, a bill passed the Republican-dominated House of Representatives in June.
Jeff Schapiro at TimesDispatch: Put another way: A Democratic governor and a Democratic attorney general might pursue procedural options that could leave the state’s prohibition on same-sex marriage with virtually no one to defend it.
The Hill: Forty-three House Republicans on Thursday endorsed legislation that would keep the government open while defunding ObamaCare. The sponsorship total reveals that there is a significant bloc of opposition to a plan from GOP leaders that would avoid a government shutdown by requiring that the Senate take a vote on the healthcare law.
NY Times: According to officials briefed on the call, the president voiced concern about labor’s criticisms, prompting the union federation’s leader, Richard Trumka, to promise that he would try to soften the harshly worded resolutions that several unions planned to push at this week’s A.F.L.-C.I.O. convention in Los Angeles.
WorldNetDaily:Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, claimed, “This thing ain’t working” and asked, “How about an exemption for hard working Americans?!” “We are fighting to preserve liberty,” the tea-party favorite insisted . . .
The Hill: A top labor official is pushing the AFL-CIO to ratchet up its criticism of ObamaCare at its annual convention. Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), on Tuesday said a draft resolution that bashes the healthcare law doesn’t go far enough.
CNSNews: In an interview on the nationally syndicated Mark Levin Show yesterday, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) slammed the Republican-led initiative to simultaneously propose legislation to fund and defund Obamacare.
LifeNews: I am morally aligned with Republicans on almost every social issue – pornography, gay marriage, prostitution, etc. – but find I have begun to disagree with the party establishment on the proper role of government when it comes to these things. The s0-called “social issue” which is the glaring exception to this rule is abortion. It is not a “victimless crime,” as many argue prostitution, sodomy, and gambling are.
CNSNews: Aside from McConnell, McCain, and Graham, the other Republican Senators who “won’t pledge” to sign are Richard Shelby (Ala.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Orin Hatch (Utah).
Australian PM Aggressively Advocates Marriage Redefinition, Twists Bible in Diatribe Aimed at Pastor | Video
Washington Post: The rally was not the work of a tea party group or the local Republican congressman. Instead, it was produced by Heritage Action for America, the new advocacy arm of the venerable Heritage Foundation that is emerging as one of the most pugilistic forces on the right.
NorthJersey.com: Republican lawmakers counting on Governor Christie’s coattails to carry them to another term this fall will face pressure from a deep-pocketed, coordinated campaign to break ranks with Christie over the issue of same-sex marriage.
BBC: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has delivered a strong defence of gay marriage on live television, days before the 7 September election.
Townhall: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka received some tough news on Labor Day: his union just lost 40,000 members over his support for Obamacare. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union officially decided to cut ties over the legislation, but it isn’t for the reasons you may think.
The Hill: Mary Cheney, the sister of Wyoming Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney, criticized her sister’s opposition to gay marriage in a Friday evening Facebook post.
AP: After their efforts to legalize gay marriage fizzled in Illinois this year, advocates gave their campaign a serious makeover: They called on unions, focused longer-term and recalibrated their message by using personal stories instead of civil rights comparisons.
Daily Caller: “I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” Cheney said in a statement released by her campaign. “I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”
UNC Student Committee Cuts College Republicans’ Budget By 75%; Gives Full Funding to Feminist, Anarchist Groups
Townhall: On Tuesday, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Student Congress Finance Committee cut the budget of the College Republicans over 75% from the previous year, but met the funding requests of two liberal groups.
Washington Times: The initial firestorm surrounding the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups may have subsided, but tea party leaders say the situation has only become worse and may lead to more lawsuits against the embattled agency.
Grover Norquist at Human Events: Every Republican in the House and Senate agrees that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a consumer friendly, non-bureaucratic health care system. The question before Republican elected officials who have to vote on specific legislation and the conservative movement offering strategic advice is how to get from here to there.
The Hill: Key proponents of a plan to allow a government shutdown rather than fund ObamaCare will bring their campaign back to Washington with a major rally next month.
BizPacReview.com: A Department of Defense training guide describes American conservative groups – not Islamic terrorism – as the true face of extremism in the military ranks, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.
AP: A conservative group is launching a radio ad challenging Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to refuse to fund President Barack Obama’s health care law even if it means triggering a government shutdown.
Liberty Counsel: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie torpedoed any chance at the White House when he used junk science to legitimize his politically motivated attack on children, families, and licensed therapists this week.
AL.com: But Walker – a popular conservative viewed as a potential presidential contender in 2016 – has also acknowledged that the GOP’s hard line against same-sex marriage is unpopular with the majority of voters.
Washington Post: Signing a ticket stating she failed to meet Wyoming’s residency requirements to purchase a resident fishing license, Cheney posted a $220 bond in the Ninth Circuit Court in Teton County promising to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
AL.com: A feud within the Alabama Republican Party over gay marriage is spilling over into the 1st District congressional race, where GOP candidate Dean Young is challenging his opponents to take a stand for traditional marriage.
CNSNews: If Republicans pass a government funding bill next month that includes money for Obamacare, they’ll lose Sean Hannity’s support, the talk show host told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Tuesday night.
Dallas News: Democratic Dallas County commissioners narrowly agreed this afternoon to join a lawsuit against Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry over state efforts to enforce a controversial voter identification law.
The Hill: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and campaign finance advocates announced Wednesday that they were suing the IRS, saying the agency has been using the wrong standards to judge tax-exempt applicants for more than a half century.
Ben Carson at Washington Times: The Founders of our nation toiled long and hard to establish a government that was representative of the people. They actually designed a reasonably effective system, but over the years, significant metamorphosis has occurred, producing something that is quite dissimilar from their original intent.
LifeNews: But Quinn is now pushing one idea that may take the cake when it comes to her extremism: she wants girls as young as 11 to get the morning after pill.
Washington Post: Former senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that congressional Republicans who oppose the Defund Obamacare effort “should be replaced.”
WRAL.com (AP): Lawmakers in the Czech Republic voted Tuesday to dissolve Parliament’s lower house and hold an early election, following June’s collapse of the center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Petr Necas in a whirlwind of corruption allegations and marital infidelity.
The Longer Hispanics Experience U.S. Culture, The Less Socially Conservative they Become | Barna Group
Barna Group: While on the whole, Hispanics are more conservative than might be expected, one of the key findings of the research is a significant gap between U.S.-born Hispanics and foreign-born Hispanics. On almost all counts, U.S.-born Hispanics (including those born in Puerto Rico) are much less conservative in their social views than are those born elsewhere.
The Hill: Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) said late Friday that he worries that the Internal Revenue Service is so incompetent “that they can’t stop their own illegal behavior.”
Politico: Discussing the Republican leadership on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Roberts, who is gay, said that RNC chair Reince Priebus had congratulated him on his engagement and that RNC communications director Sean Spicer later congratulated him on his marriage.
Burnt Orange Report: Mary E. Gonzalez, who is the only openly LGBT legislature currently in office, is seeking re-election in her hometown of Clint. The other three LGBT candidates are Celia Israel and Michael Cargill who are running for the seat left by State Representative Mark Strama, (D-Austin), and George Clayton who is running for the seat left by State Representative Stefani Carter, (R-Dallas).