Video: How Conservative Activists Got 140,000 Comments Opposing The IRS Regulation For 501 C 4 Groups

Conservative activists have been working overtime to stop the proposed IRS regulation for 501 (C) (4) social welfare groups that is designed to silence conservatives. The new regulation “popped up” without prior notice on Thanksgiving weekend, last year, when most of America was focused on the holidays, giving them only two months to act. In the end, over 140,000 comments were posted on regulations.gov by the deadline of Feb 27. This means the IRS has to comb through and address every single one of them, comment by comment. They have gummed up the works for the IRS on this rule change in a huge way.

Conservative leaders Andrew Langer from the Institute of Liberty, Ralph Reed of the rapidly growing Faith and Freedom Coalition and Phil Kerpin of the American Commitment were on hand at CPAC 2014 to explain how they were able to achieve this herculean effort.

As Langer would tell us, “my dream has always been… to slow down the wheels of the bureaucracy – bury them under an avalanche of comments – that we can now do.”

Andrew Langer: “Congress passes a law, and it goes to the agencies for interpretation through the regulatory process, and you file substantive comments – comments that get to the heart of the rule, and why it’s bad. But you also need to get grassroots comments in. This is what the left has always done very well. It’s how weird interpretations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, OSHA rules – how those all move forward, is because they all go out – the Sierra Club will go out and get tens of thousands of postcard comments. So we knew we had to do the same thing with this.”

Ralph Reed: “We feel strongly about this because we think that one of the things that separate the United States from every other nation in recorded history until the time of our founding – the thing that makes us unique and exceptional, and it’s the reason why people are willing to crawl across broken glass and cross oceans at the risk of their own lives to become Americans – is because we believe the government derives its legitimacy from the consent of the governed. And if you don’t think that is different than what goes on in the rest of the world, just look at Syria where there’s over 140,000 innocents that have been slaughtered recently, look at what’s going on in the Ukraine and Crimea, look at what’s happening in Egypt, in Iran and I can go on. What happens here – is not normal. It is not the normative human experience. Now, the right to organize – to mobilize, to educate, to register people to vote, to ensure that they’re properly activated – that they have an effective means of petitioning their elected officials – is critical to this Democratic experiment.”

Phil Kerpin: “Elected Democrats are behind this…they think the only way they can survive is to shut us all up. They’re willing to throw their own grassroots overboard and the First Amendment of the Constitution to do it, and given the fact that the IRS has already taken it as far as they have, in the face of all the opposition across the ideological spectrum, I think it’s very likely that they’ll take the next step and attempt to finalize the rule before the election. If they do that, I’m not going to abide by the rule. I think it’s an illegal rule and we’re going to litigate it..”

These conservative men may look like mild mannered milquetoasts but they are warriors who are doing God’s work. We should support their organizations in any way we can.

Video: Ann Coulter’s Controversial Immigration Briefing With #CPAC2014 Bloggers

You may or may not have heard about a controversy sparked by Ann Coulter, last Saturday during CPAC. During a bloggers briefing held by the Eagle Forum on immigration reform, Ann made a rape analogy that caused some outrageous outrage on the left and caused consternation on the right:

“This isn’t natural. You have, especially on places like my favorite network, for humor, is MSNBC — and you know, they’re smearing, ‘Oh, Republicans just have to get used to it, the country is changing.’ No, this isn’t a natural process. It’s like you’re being raped and the guy is telling you, ‘Sorry, my penis is in you. Nothing you can do about it. No, you’re raping me!’”

Conservative blogger Marooned in Marin believes the “obscene comment” overshadowed the briefing. I think he’s right, and wonder if perhaps it was by design. Coulter sometimes cranks her comments up a few amps when she feels like an issue is getting overshadowed by left wing propaganda. She is often outrageously outrageous by design. If you watch all the videos I took at the briefing, you’ll note how frustrated she was that even Fox news often gets the facts wrong,  falling into the default PC liberal narrative. The conservative argument against amnesty is given short shrift by the media. Enter Ann Coulter drawing attention to a conservative argument as only she can.

Besides Coulter, this highly informative immigration briefing featured Steven Camarota of Center for Immigration Studies, Glyn Wright from the Eagle Forum and the group’s founder, legendary conservative powerhouse Phyllis Schlafly.

In the first video, Phyllis Schlafly talks about the many polls that show that recent immigrants are well to the left of the American public.

Coulter’s rape comment comes at the end of this video.

Part two of Coulter’s comments.

 Coulter’s Q & A with the bloggers:

#CPAC2014: Cleta Mitchell on the IRS Investigation: ‘We’re Going to Have To Take Matters Into Our Own Hands’

I stayed in town with my 13 year old daughter for a couple days to tour the DC area after CPAC, this year – got back late yesterday afternoon, in case you’re wondering about the dearth of posts for the past few days.

I’m still working on uploading the videos I took at CPAC which I’ll be sharing as soon as I get it all together. But in the meantime, here’s video from my favorite panel of the conference: Obama’s IRS: Political Arm of the Left? (Not sure why they felt the need to use the question mark.)

Hans von Spakovsky moderated the panel featuring Cleta Mitchell,  Eliana Johnson and former Senate candidate and IRS victim Christine O’Donnell.

Cleta Mitchell is the Washington power lawyer representing many of the conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS.

Cleta Mitchell said,  “I began to realize in 2009 that there was something going on because- normally it would take about 3-4 weeks to get a 501 C $ application processed. I filed one for an organization in October of 2009 – they cashed our check within 30 days, and we never heard another word until June of 2010 – and guess who were heard from? We heard from Washington. We didn’t hear from Cincinnati. Later – another year passed – I talked to the IRS in Cincinnati about 2 applications from clients who had been waiting now for more than a year and the agent in Cincinnati told me basically, ‘lady there’s nothing I can do because we’re waiting from instructions from Washington.”

Later on in the discussion she revealed an “Exempt Organizations Update” that came to her from the IRS last week via email:

“At 4:55 on Tuesday, the IRS has stuck into a newsletter – buried in it! – no announcement, no news release –  that from now on, all applicants for (c) (4) status, will have to answer (if they appear to be engaged in lobbying, or any kind of advocacy) will have to answer all the questions that the tea party groups were subjected to for the past several years – it is a very lengthy set of questions.”

She continued, “it’s the same subjects as the tea party questionnaires – it’s the same subjects as the regulations. And they did that THIS WEEK.”

After noting that they also just found out that Lois Lerner had testified to the DOJ’s ‘criminal investigators’  Mitchell exclaimed, “but she still won’t testify in front of the American people?  And we have the president of the United States calling this phony?  And the IRS doesn’t announce until today they’re going to turn over the emails?”

She later stated that “we’re going to have to take matters into our own hands – set up private investigations… rewards for whistleblowers…”

This is well worth your time.

The Mama Grizzley’s Still Got It: Sarah Palin Rocks #CPAC2014

There’s a reason why Sarah Palin is able to snag the primo keynote speaking spot at conservative events five years after she left elected office. The woman gives a speech like none other. The pitbull with lipstick that we fell in love with at the 2008 Republican  Convention, has still got it.

Packed with Palin’s trademark zingers and a highly entertaining reading of her own special version of Green eggs and ham, Palin had the CPAC crowd on their feet roaring with approval.

It was  fun watching this in person:

I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his healthcare scam.   I do not like these dirty crooks or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals. I do not like their crony deals. I do not like this spying, man. I do not like, ‘oh yes we can.’ I do not like this spending spree. We’re smart, we know there’s nothing free. I do not like reporters’ smug replies when I complain about their lies. I do not like this kind of hope and we wont take it…

nope, nope, nope.

Saturday Movie Matinee: #CPAC2014

SENATOR TED CRUZ ADDRESSES CPAC 2014: “HOW WE WIN:

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.

Senator Cruz said, “God Bless CPAC. By virtue of you being here today, each and every one of you will be audited by the IRS.” He went on to say, “I appreciate the courage of your convictions.”

Cruz delivered a message of how conservatives can win. He said, “Liberty is under assuage…We can stand for principles.” He went on to address the need win young people “because that’s how we win elections.”

“Change, real change is changing the corrupt and broken system that is here in Washington, D.C.” Cruz excited the crowd by sharing how Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul painted a vision of America that young people can stand behind. He said, “How do we inspire young people? We tell the truth.”

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN ADDRESSES CPAC 2014:​ “THE BATTLE OF IDEAS”

Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan (WI-01), addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Below is an excerpt of his speech as prepared for delivery:
“Once again, the GOP is where the action is—just as it was in Jack Kemp’s day—at the beginning of the Reagan Revolution. People forget that cutting taxes was once controversial, even in our own party. Senator Bob Dole used to make fun of supply-siders like Jack. He used to say: ‘The good news is . . . a bus load of supply-siders went over a cliff. The bad news is . . . a couple of seats were empty.’ But over time, he warmed to the idea. And when he ran for president, he promised to cut tax rates across the board.
“This is what we call the ‘the battle of ideas.’ I saw it with my budget. When I introduced it in 2008, I had just eight co-sponsors. The political pros told everyone to stay away. Then the Tea Party members got elected, and now the House has passed it three years in a row. That’s how it always is: you fight it out. You figure out what works. You come together. Then you win. It’s messy and noisy and even a little bit uncomfortable. But the center of gravity is shifting. We’re not just opposing a President. We’re developing an agenda—a modern, pro-growth, principled agenda for our party. We are going to show the country there’s a better way.
“The way I see it, let the other side be the party of personalities. We’ll be the party of ideas.

CPAC 2014 – U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

The Honorable Mitch McConnell, United States Senator for Kentucky, Senate Republican Leader, speaking at CPAC 2014 on March 6, 2014.

SENATOR TIM SCOTT TO CPAC: “WHEN THE PARENTS HAVE A CHOICE, THE KIDS HAVE A CHANCE”

 Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.

Senator Scott received a warm welcome and discussed part of his new Opportunity Agenda. He spoke with fervor about the issues of school choice. He addressed school by saying, “They should be free to choose home school, public school, charter schools, parochial schools. It should be the parents’ choice. When the parents have a choice, the kids have a chance.”

“I believe the best is yet to come. We will remain focused on the American people,” Scott closed.

The Honorable Tim Scott is a U.S. Senator from South Carolina. Since his election in 2012, he has launched his Opportunity Agenda, a new way forward including robust initiatives that give our students and workers the greatest chance to succeed. His agenda will empower Americans through economic freedom and high-quality education. This includes tax reform to increase economic freedom and expanding school choice so every child has a chance at a quality education. Senator Scott is also working to find ways to help redevelop our poorest areas without pushing current residents out, to bring down energy costs that consume a quarter of after-tax income for families making $30,000 or less, and to ensure that those who want to attend college can do so without incurring debilitating debt. Senator Scott also continues his work to get our national spending under control. In his first hundred days, he worked with colleagues to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment.

CPAC is taking place March 6-8, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, offering three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values.

CPAC 2014 – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

The Honorable Marco Rubio, United States Senator for Florida and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, speaking at CPAC 2014 on March 6th, 2014.

CPAC 2014 – U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)

The Honorable Mike Lee, United States Senator for Utah, speaking at CPAC 2014 on March 6th, 2014.

CPAC 2014 – Dan Bongino, former U.S. Secret Service Agent and Author

Dan Bongino, former U.S. Secret Service Agent, author of “Life Inside the Bubble”, and Republican candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District speaks at CPAC 2014 on March 6, 2014.

Dinesh D’Souza Official CPAC Speech 2014 [Full Speech]

FORMER AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON’S TAKE ON FOREIGN POLICY: “THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS BARACK OBAMA”

Former Ambassador John Bolton addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.

A leading foreign policy expert, Bolton said, “The biggest threat to our national security is Barack Obama.The Democrat Party no longer has a national security plan…ignoring threats to our national security is the Obama Doctrine.”

He reviewed the various threats around our globe, including nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea. “We’re not going to get peace through weakness,” he said, in regards to the Russia situation.

He encouraged the audience to remember the conservative policies and victories of Ronald Reagan.

CPAC 2014 - Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)

Washington, D.C. – Today, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.

“We’ve got to start talking about what we’re for and not what we’re against. The reason for that is very simple…our ideas are better than their ideas.”

“Governors are about getting things done, about making government work and about keeping government out of peoples lives.” He highlighted the work of fellow Republican governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Synder of Michigan, and Rick Scott of Florida, stating “Republican governors have stood up and done things, not just talked about them.”

“The most dangerous ten feet in Washington is between anyone who wants to start talking and a camera,” he said in reference to a Washington full of talk and little action.

Addressing the joblessness and frustration with President Obama, he exclaimed, “If that’s your attitude Mr. President, then what the hell are we paying you for…Leadership is about getting in and getting something done, not to just stand on the sidelines.”

“So when we say that we’re pro-life, that doesn’t mean we are pro-life when they’re in the womb, but pro-life all their life.”

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL: “I’M ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED OUR BEST DAYS ARE AHEAD OF US”

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.

“Essential to the American dream is to ensure every student has a good education,” said Governor Jindal. “We have to make the dollars follow the child instead of the child follow the dollars.”

He went on to talk about how parents make the best decisions. “Who can be against giving parents choices? Eric Holder and President Obama.”

Jindal went on to speak out against the expansive federal government and declared the President’s assault on the American Dream as wrong.

“We’ve got a government so big it is infringing on our religious freedoms,” in which he highlighted the Hobby Lobby case and the Robertson family of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty.

“This great country didn’t create religious liberty and freedom. Religious liberty and freedom created this great country,” he said.

“I’m absolutely convinced our best days are ahead of us, not behind us. The genius of the founding fathers was to trust the people,” he stated in his closing remarks.

GOVERNOR RICK PERRY KICKS OFF DAY 2 OF CPAC 2014  

 Governor Rick Perry of Texas helped the American Conservative Union (ACU) kick off their second day of events by addressing an enthusiastic audience at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Governor Perry energized the crowd saying, “Conservative governors trust the people more than the machinery of government.” He continued, “The contrast with blue states is crystal clear.”
In discussing the state of Texas, Governor Perry said, “We have created almost 30% of the nations jobs, while keeping taxes among the nation’s lowest.” He continued, “We have demonstrated that no state can tax and spend its way to prosperity.”
Concluding with a standing ovation, Perry declared, “You have the power to change America!”   The Honorable Rick Perry is the Governor of Texas. He has defended Texans’ conservative values, fought for principled solutions to tough challenges and worked to implement a clear vision for better schools, more jobs, safer communities, and a brighter future. With low taxes and government spending, predictable regulations, a fair legal system, and increasingly accountable schools, Texas has led the nation in job creation with more jobs gained than any other state in 2010 and over the past ten years. Texans are safer because Governor Perry has pursued an aggressive border security strategy that is putting more boots on the ground, more helicopters in the sky, and more resources into the hands of Texas peace officers standing between Texans and the exploding drug-related violence across the border. He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Instead, Governor Perry was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending.

RICK SANTORUM TO CPAC: LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN BUILD A GREAT AMERICA AGAIN

Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and a former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Santorum offered the following words, “I’m here to see America win…We are the party who has the polices that will work best. We are the party that will create growth and opportunity.
He declared, “The first economy is the home. When the home breaks down the economy breaks down!”
Santorum continued, “I think we need to talk a lesson from someone who is, maybe, the most popular person in the world right now, Pope Francis…he’s going out there what the Christian faith is against, but what we’re for for. He’ll go out there and talk about the good news to a hurting world…What we need to do is talk about the good ideas we have.”
He ended, “Let’s talk about how we can build a great America again.”

CPAC 2014: SENATOR RAND PAUL TO CONSERVATIVES: “WILL YOU STAND AND BE HEARD?”

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
An advocate for limited government in the Senate, Paul brought the crowd to their feet multiple times with his message on standing for liberty.
Senator Paul started by saying, “Imagine a time when liberty is again spread from coast to coast.” He continued, “Imagine a time where the White House is once again occupied by a friend of liberty…I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty.”
“The question is will we be bold and proclaim our message with passion or will we be sunshine patriots retreating in the face of adversity?”
Bringing the crowd to their feet he asked, “Will you, America’s next generation of liberty lovers, stand and be heard?”
Referring to President Obama’s actions while in office, Paul said, “History will record his timid defense of liberty.” He declared, “We must stop this President from shredding the Constitution!”
“Your job is to maximize your liberty. Let’s do it together. Let’s take a stand!”
He concluded, “It’s a time for boldness and action. Stand with me and let us stand together for liberty.”

Saturday CPAC:

CPAC 2014  – Jenny Beth Martin & Michele Bachmann:

Jenny Beth Martin (President & Co-Founder, Tea Party Patriots) and The Honorable Michele Bachmann, United States Representative for Minnesota, speak at CPAC 2014 on March 8, 2014.

CPAC 2014 – The Hon. Dan Hannan, Member of the European Parliament:

The Honorable Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament for South East England, Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, journalist, and author of “The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America” (2010), speaks at CPAC 2014 on March 8, 2014.

NEWT GINGRICH: “WE CAN BE IN FAVOR OF THE KIND OF CHANGES THAT DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN LIVES”

 Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservative activists Saturday morning at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Gingrich opened by saying, “I wanted to echo Governor Perry when he said ‘It’s time for a little rebellion in the battlefield of ideas’ and build on that and say it’s time for a big rebellion in the battlefield of ideas.
“I also came to issue a warning,” he said and warned the audience about the dangers of being negative. “We must stop being the opposition, but become the alternative movement that will help make the lives of Americans better.
“I think we can break out if we combine American Exceptionalism, science and technology, and entrepreneurship!” Gingrich declared. “We can be in favor of the kind of changes that dramatically improve the future of American lives.”

DR. BEN CARSON: “IT’S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO STAND UP AND PROCLAIM WHAT THEY BELIEVE”

Dr. Ben Carson addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservative activists Saturday morning at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
A crowd favorite and a strong conservative voice, Dr. Carson said, “America is the land of dreams and it has fulfilled the dream of so many people from some many places.
“It’s time for people to stand up and proclaim what they believe and stop being bullied.”
“We need to make sure that [health care] stays in their hands and not in the hands of the government,” Dr. Carson said. “What happens with ObamaCare, is that we, the American people, with that program have shifted the power given to us by the Constitution and the Founding Fathers to the government…We need to redo it and put the power back in the hands of the people and make sure it stays that way…The most important person when it comes to your future is you.”

#CPAC2014 Day 2 Pix and Videos

My daughter and I went to a pre-CPAC Ash Wednesday Mass at the largest Catholic shrine in North America – The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception:

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Then it was off to “RINOCon” the pre CPAC bloggers bash at Harrington’s. I took no pictures, but my picture was taken. Check out RWN on Monday when he does his annual CPAC picture dump.

Fast forward Thursday, and who do I run into but this guy passing out Atheist literature to CPACers  as they pass by in the hall. He was assuring everyone that it contained a “conservative” message, but I highly doubt that.. I’m assuming he’s from the group that was denied a booth in the exhibit hall. I witnessed one man take the brochure from atheist guy and promptly hand it back when he saw what it was. “Hey, it doesn’t burn!” the evangelical atheist said. Taking pity on him, I took one of his brochures, but soon lost it, alas. IMG_2980

Hey look! It’s Mark Levin! In the hallway! At CPAC!

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Not sure what these storm troopers were doing there – you never know what you’re going to come across at CPAC.

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I took this picture because I thought it was funny that there’s a big sign at CPAC that says, Radio Row sponsored by Koch Industries. (Suck-it Dingy.) Unfortunately my iPhone takes lousy pictures. If you squint you can almost see it.

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Blog Bash!

Lt. Col. Allen West spoke to conservative bloggers at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor Thursday night after a busy first day of CPAC, telling us we are on the front lines of the culture war and thanking us for our service.

Reacting to the noisy, raucous, enthusiastic crowd, he started out by yelling “SHUT UP!” and later said, “lotta people gonna get a smack down from me!”

He concluded by telling bloggers “we need you to stand up and fight this culture battle against the left. Remember Andrew Breitbart, remember what he showed us. Every time you sit down at your computer, you’re carrying on the legacy that Andrew Breitbart taught us in the conservative movement.”

The 5th annual Blog Bash was a great success! 2014 had a stellar lineup of award winners:

Blogger of the Year

Bill Jacobson, Legal Insurrection

Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate

Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation & Right Social Daily

Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year

James Rosen, Fox News

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2013 – Feb 2014)

“Mitt”

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

Jeffery Dunetz, David Horowitz Freedom Center

Best Activism Post of 2013

Robert McCain, Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy

Best Investigative Post of 2013

Joe Schoffstall, ‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories

 Best Sunlight Post of 2013

Alyssa Canobbio, Americans for Tax Reform, Obama Administration Spent $4.5 Billion on State Healthcare Websites

Best in Show: Podcast

Wayne Dupree Show

Best in Show: Microblog

SooperMexican (Twitter: @SooperMexican)

Best in Show: Video

Julie Borowski, ObamaCare Stinks for Young People

Legacy Award Eugene Volokh

State Blogger Cliff Sims, YellowHammer Politics

Friend of Bloggers… Ken White, Popehat

Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award Twitchy.com

Bloggers Stand With… IRS victims

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Mary Katherine Ham introduced the winner of the Best Investigative Blog Post, Robert Stacy McCain:

The winning entry, “Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy,” was to some degree motivated by my general disgust with politics. Readers may recall that the 2012 election caused me to announce that we are “Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption,” and nothing that the Republican Party has done in the past 17 months has inspired any greater confidence that politics can accomplish much. It is possible to summarize our problem in two words: Cultural Decadence.

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The rest of the winners:

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And down came the confetti:

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At a lunchtime bloggers briefing, Republican powerhouses Phil Kerpin, Andrew Langer, and Ralph Reed explained how the right was able to collect over 140,000 signatures on regulations.gov opposing the malicious IRS 501 C 4 change in regulations.

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I’ll try to have the videos from that briefing up later tonight or later this weekend. Make no mistake. Those 140,000 signatures was no small feat and should keep the IRS busy for awhile. The right has finally figured out how to fight fire with fire.

#CPAC2014 Ted Cruz Bloggers Briefing (Video)

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Conservative favorite, Senator Ted Cruz held a bloggers briefing just for conservative bloggers, Thursday afternoon at CPAC. With only fifteen minutes to spend with us because of an upcoming Senate vote, he gave a brief statement and took questions from the pool of about forty bloggers.

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The first question about Common Core gave Cruz an opportunity to launch into a dissertation on one of his pet issues – school choice.

Later on Cruz talked for a bit on Obama’s abuse of power and his entirely politicized and corrupt DOJ and weaponized IRS – all made possible by a palace guard that lets him get away with things they would never let a Republican get away with. Cruz stressed the importance of the new media to go over the heads of the dinosaur media and get the truth out.

UPDATE:

In part three, Cruz talks about how the Republican party can win younger voters.

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