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Summer is heating up, and this week, so was the Tea Party Express! I joined in on the National Black Conservative Press Conference yesterday in Washington, DC along with other black conservative leaders from across the country. We spoke at length to rebuff accusations that the Tea Party movement and its members are racist and the event was heavily attended by the media, with several reports and articles by CNN, Fox News, the Los Angeles Times, and AP.
Dr. Johnson at the National Black Conservative Press Conference
I believe that many of these accusations by the NAACP were simply a ploy on their part to remain relevant, as they fall out of favor with many blacks nationwide, and continue to allow Democrats to exploit their leadership and members. You can also find video coverage of the press conference here.
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Black political activists who also call themselves members of the Tea Party movement rebuked charges of racism running rampant in the group at a press conference on Wednesday. Read more here.
Tim Scott is the most heralded Republican House candidate this year, and for good reason. He's likeable, experienced in politics at the local and state level, a self-described "bleeding heart conservative" of the Jack Kemp school, and the champion of an economic program he describes as "under the umbrella of fiscal sanity." Scott, by the way, is an African-American from South Carolina. Read more here.
A delegation of Republican legislators from Tennessee visited their Arizona counterparts Friday, hailing Arizona's immigration law and saying they plan a version of their own. Read more here.
Senator Patrick Leahy is pouring cold water on a request by GOP Senators for public hearings into the Black Panther voter intimidation case, a move that will anger conservatives who were hoping for a public airing of the issue to prove the Obama administration is riddled with anti-white discrimination. Read more here.
The House Ethics Committee charged Rep. Maxine Waters of California with unspecified violations, making her the second House Democrat in two weeks to face ethics problems as the November elections approach.Read more here.
Jim Polk, a conservative black trailblazer, passed away this week at the age of 83. Services will be held in Charlotte, NC on Friday, August 5 at noon. Read more here.
Policy Points: Elena Kagan Confirmation Vote
While Elena Kagan is expected to be nominated to the United States Supreme Court as early as this week, it's still important that you call your Senator to let them know you oppose her nomination on several grounds.
10 Reasons to Call your Senator about the Kagan Hearings
1. Elena Kagan brings no judicial experience to the table.
2. The Supreme Court will likely hear arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare in the next few years. Elena Kagan could be the deciding vote on Obamacare.
3. Elena Kagan is a political ideologue-she has worked for a string of liberal Democrats including: Bill Clinton, Janet Reno, Barack Obama and Eric Holder.
4. As Dean of Harvard's Law School, Elena Kagan banned US military recruiters from the campus. She lost her battle when the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the law in 2006.
5. Elena Kagan's stand on several social issues could demonstrate that she would impose personal views in her rulings instead of adhering to the law. We need justices who will strictly interpret the constitution.
6. Elena Kagan has praised Israeli activist Judge Aharon Barak as "her hero." Judge Barak is considered to be one of the worst activist judges. In his book, The Judge in a Democracy, Barak writes, "a good judge is a judge who, within the bounds of legitimate possibilities, makes law that, more than other law he is authorized to make, best bridges the gap between law and society and best protects the constitution and its values. He also says that judges should go "beyond actually deciding the dispute."
7. Elena Kagan is a Litigation Committee member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The AAUP is censoring a long list of conservative schools.
8. Elena Kagan has a troubling record on the Second Amendment.
9. There are surprisingly few pieces of documentation representing Kagan's beliefs and where she stands on the issues.
10. Elena Kagan has donated over $12,050 to Democratic campaigns over a span of 8 years.
Spotlight on FDF Members and Candidates
Lollar JoinsCongressional Candidates in NAACP Forum
Charles Lollar, candidate for Maryland's 5th Congressional District and FDF member shared his views on education, the economy and national security at the NAACPCandidate Forum held Wed., Aug. 4 in Prince George's County, Maryland. The forum included candidates for Maryland's4th, 5th and 8th Congressional Districts and was attended by the incumbents forthose seats as well as the challengers.
He spoke at length about education in the 5th District. "Education should allow forchoice at all levels," said Lollar. "We shouldn't have to send ourkids to failing schools. We should be able to choose schools that areproducing better educated students and where teachers can be held accountablefor what they teach."
For more information, visit www.LollarForCongress.com.
Chairman Timothy Johnson will appear on the Charlotte political talk show FlashPoint on Sunday, August 8 at 9:30am. The show airs on WCNC (NBC 36) in the Charlotte area.
Kevin Daniels of our North Carolina chapter will be speaking at the Moore County TEA Party on August 7 at 12pm.
On August 10, Lenny McAllister will participate on a roundtable to celebrate Essence Magazine and its 40th-year anniversary. The roundtable discussion on race and politics in the Obama Era will include NAACP President Ben Jealous, CNN award-winning reporter Soledad O'Brien, Brown University professor and author Dr. Tricia Rose, noted sports writer and radio host Stephen A. Smith, and Zeta Phi Beta President and comedian Sheryl Underwood. You can find out more at www.essence.com.
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