A crowd of more than three hundred grassroots activists pushed into a church in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday as organizers unveiled a get-out-the-vote plan to win the swing state for Donald Trump.
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A GOP Regulatory Game Changer
Legal experts say that Congress can overrule Obama regulations going back to 2009.
By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL Jan. 26, 2017 7:48 p.m. ET
Todd Gaziano on Wednesday stepped into a meeting of free-market attorneys, think tankers and Republican congressional staff to unveil a big idea. By the time he stepped out, he had reset Washington’s regulatory battle lines.
These days Mr. Gaziano is a senior fellow in constitutional law at the Pacific Legal Foundation. But in 1996 he was counsel to then- Republican Rep. David McIntosh. He was intimately involved in drafting and passing a bill Mr. McIntosh sponsored: the Congressional Review Act. No one knows the law better.
Everyone right now is talking about the CRA, which gives Congress the ability, with simple majorities, to overrule regulations from the executive branch. Republicans are eager to use the law, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy this week unveiled the first five Obama rules that his chamber intends to nix.
The accepted wisdom in Washington is that the CRA can be used only against new regulations, those finalized in the past 60 legislative days. That gets Republicans back to June, teeing up 180 rules or so for override. Included are biggies like the Interior Department’s “streams” rule, the Labor Department’s overtime-pay rule, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s methane rule.
But what Mr. Gaziano told Republicans on Wednesday was that the CRA grants them far greater powers, including the extraordinary ability to overrule regulations even back to the start of the Obama administration. The CRA also would allow the GOP to dismantle these regulations quickly, and to ensure those rules can’t come back, even under a future Democratic president. No kidding.
“There was always intended to be consequences if agencies didn’t deliver these reports,” Mr. Gaziano tells me. “And while some Obama agencies may have been better at sending reports, others, through incompetence or spite, likely didn’t.” Bottom line: There are rules for which there are no reports. And if the Trump administration were now to submit those reports—for rules implemented long ago— Congress would be free to vote the regulations down.
There’s more. It turns out the CRA has a expansive definition of what counts as a “rule”—and it isn’t limited to those published in the Federal Register. The CRA also applies to “guidance” that agencies issue. Think the Obama administration’s controversial guidance on transgender bathrooms in schools or on Title IX and campus sexual assault. It is highly unlikely agencies submitted reports to lawmakers on these actions.
“If they haven’t reported it to Congress, it can now be challenged,” says Paul Larkin, a senior legal research fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Mr. Larkin, also at Wednesday’s meeting, told me challenges could be leveled against any rule or guidance back to 1996, when the CRA was passed.
The best part? Once Congress overrides a rule, agencies cannot reissue it in “substantially the same form” unless specifically authorized by future legislation. The CRA can keep bad regs and guidance off the books even in future Democratic administrations—a far safer approach than if the Mr. Trump simply rescinded them.
Republicans in both chambers—particularly in the Senate—worry that a great use of the CRA could eat up valuable floor time, as Democrats drag out the review process. But Mr. Gaziano points out another hidden gem: The law allows a simple majority to limit debate time. Republicans could easily whip through a regulation an hour.
Imagine this scenario: The Trump administration orders its agencies to make a list of any regulations or guidance issued without a report. Those agencies coordinate with Congress about when to finally submit reports and start the clock. The GOP puts aside one day a month to hold CRA votes. Mr. Obama’s regulatory legacy is systematically dismantled—for good.
This is aggressive, sure, and would take intestinal fortitude. Some Republicans briefed on the plan are already fretting that Democrats will howl. They will. But the law is the law, and failing to use its full power would be utterly irresponsible. Democrats certainly would show no such restraint were the situation reversed. Witness their treatment of Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees.
The entire point of the CRA was to help legislators rein in administrations that ignored statutes and the will of Congress. Few White House occupants ever showed more contempt for the law and lawmakers than Mr. Obama. Republicans if anything should take pride in using a duly passed statue to dispose of his wayward regulatory regime. It’d be a fitting and just end to Mr. Obama’s abuse of authority —and one of the better investments of time this Congress could ever make.
Donald Trump shocks world, wins presidential election in biggest upset in political history
MAXWELL TANI, INVESTORS DAILY
NOV. 9, 2016, 2:32 AM
Donald Trump overcame all odds Wednesday, riding the wave of an unprecedented populist movement to put himself in line to be the 45th president of the United States.
The Republican presidential nominee secured the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. In doing so, he completed the biggest upset in modern political history, beating his Democratic challenger, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as one of the most promising fields of Republican candidates in a generation.
During a speech in Manhattan early on Wednesday, the president-elect promised unity after a dark campaign.
"I pledge to every citizen of our land, that I will be a president for all Americans," Trump said. "And this is so important to me."
He added: "It is time for us to come together as one united people."
Clinton called Trump early Wednesday to concede after the brutal campaign.
"She congratulated us on our campaign," Trump said. "Hillary has fought very long and very hard, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service."
The result came as a shock, to say the least. Markets plunged late Tuesday night as it became clear that Trump would have a better night than expected. Dow futures sunk by more than 750 points.
Almost every major forecasting aggregator, including FiveThirtyEight, RealClearPolitics, The New York Times, and HuffPost Pollster, heavily favored a Clinton victory in the lead-up to Tuesday's race.
The insurgent Republican businessman's candidacy was greeted as a sideshow by many media outlets and even other candidates when he declared on June 16, 2015. But Trump quickly gained popularity among Republican Party voters, many of whom were drawn to his populist message on issues like international trade and immigration, his unscripted speeches — which often included inflammatory rhetoric about identity-politics issues — and his promises to restore the US to previous points of perceived national glory.
Trump's victory Tuesday came amid a wave of support among working-class and blue-collar white voters in numerous battleground states, including Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire. The New York businessman had long claimed his nationalist pitch to voters could spur high levels of voter turnout that would help propel him to the White House.
The mood at Trump headquarters in Manhattan was joyous, as guests drank and shouted when Trump appeared to win Rust Belt states like Wisconsin and Michigan, once reliably Democratic states. Attendees, sporting suits and red "Make America Great Again" hats, appeared equally shocked at Trump's massive upset.
"We're actually going to do it," an attendee remarked as Trump appeared to pull ahead in key states.
Just a mile away on Manhattan's west side, the mood at Clinton's election-night party — to which she ultimately never attended — was also one of disbelief.
Dead silence at Hillary Clinton Javitz Center event in New York as key battleground state of North Carolina called for Trump. #2016election
— Molly O'Toole (@mollymotoole) November 9, 2016
Just seen a woman leave Clinton rally at Javits Center in tears. #USADecides #HillaryClinton
— Olivia Feld (@oliviafeld) November 9, 2016
In the women's restroom at the Javits Center complete strangers are asking each other how they're holding up
— Ashley Fetters (@AshleyFetters) November 9, 2016
Many officials and top allies were shaken.
"This is the lowest moment in my life," a Clinton campaign official told Business Insider.
The Republican presidential nominee will take the oath of office in January with a mandate to fulfill a slate of lofty campaign promises. Trump has pledged several government actions that will certainly rock the US economy, including a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a massive federal infrastructure plan, a moratorium on increasing regulations, and deportation of millions of immigrants illegally living in the US.
He has also promised national-security overhauls, including a potential return to enhanced-interrogation techniques, increasing bombing of ISIS, reevaluating the US relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, loosening background checks for purchasing firearms, and forcing Mexico to pay for a border wall on the US's southern border.
Trump will inherit a Congress that has remained plagued by gridlock throughout President Barack Obama's tenure. But he will come into office with Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
David Anderson and Josh Barro contributed reporting.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Portage County TEA Party
Endorses Trump and Renacci
Withholds Endorsement of Portman and Joyce
Mogadore, OH - The Portage County TEA Party today announced, after a vote by it's members at it's meeting on September 28, 2016, that it endorses Donald J. Trump for President of the United States and Jim Renacci in the Ohio 16th Congressional District. It also announced that it is withholding its endorsement of Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Ohio Congressman David Joyce because they are not supporting Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, for President. The Portage County TEA Party, as a corporation, can endorse federal candidates as provided under the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
In making the announcement, Tom Zawistowski, Portage County TEA Party Executive Director, said "Our membership overwhelmingly voted to support Donald J. Trump for President of the United States because he wants want we want - a growing economy powered by a less regulated private sector not big government; good paying private sector jobs; the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a competitive private sector solution; school choice for all students; a strong military; security at home and abroad including enforcing our borders; religious freedom and protection of our 2nd Amendment rights; and a Supreme Court that follows the US Constitution instead of dismantling it.”
Zawistowski explained, “ Donald Trump will stop the cancer of political correctness that is destroying freedom of speech, and even freedom of thought, in our country. So that we can resume having healthy and honest discussions about serious issues that must be addressed in our society. We believe that Donald Trump is without doubt the best choice for President of the United States and we encourage all citizens to voter for him this election."
Zawistowski then talked about Trumps opponent, “Hillary Clinton is a threat to all the things that make America great. Hillary Clinton believes in global one-world government and wants to destroy our sovereignty as a nation by continuing the socialist big government programs of the current president. Such as flooding our nation with legal and illegal immigrants, federalizing our local police agencies, destroying our military, taking over parent's control of their children's education through common-core, and destroying the ability of businesses to startup and grow and create jobs due to over-regulation. Worst of all, she wants to replace Obamacare with single payer government health care which will eliminate choice, increase costs, reduce the quality of care, and lead to government control of every citizen's every action through the threat of denial of care once all private health care is eliminated. Finally, she will appoint the most radical Supreme Court Judges in the history of our nation who will change the Constitution in a way that will take away individual rights and freedoms and replace them with an all powerful federal government that will control every aspect of our lives and those or our children and grandchildren. Hillary Clinton will continue to divide our nation according to racial, economic, religious, and gender differences. Donald Trump will unite us once again as Americans and get government off our backs so that “We the People” can “Make America Great Again.”
Zawistowski continued, "Our members also voted to endorse Congressman Jim Renacci in the Ohio 16th District but our organization has decided that we must withhold our endorsement of Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Congressman David Joyce in the Ohio 14th District. Senator Portman just withdrew his support of the Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and Congressman Joyce has never supported Trump. While Congressman Renacci has been very supportive of Trump since he became the nominee.”
Zawistowski explained the group’s issues with Portman, “By his actions, Senator Portman has chosen to set himself apart from the 90% of Republicans in Ohio who will vote for Donald Trump. His nonsensical statement that he “will be voting for Mike Pence” is purely wishful thinking on his part. It reveals his loyalty to the Washington DC establishment and his big monied backers, who have bought this election for him, instead of to the Ohio voters who he will be elected to serve. Every voter has to ask, if Portman cannot support Trump for President, how will he support the changes being demanded by the voters through their support of Trump once he is back in Washington? If Senator Portman reconsiders his position on Trump the Portage County TEA Party will reconsider its decision on his endorsement.”
Zawistowski concluded by saying, “As far as David Joyce is concerned his 36% conservative voting record proves that he votes with the Democrats 64% of the time. So in fact there is no Republican on the ballot in the 14th District - just two Democrats. Our group’s recommendation would be to just leave your ballot blank in that race.”
With early voting starting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Portage County TEA Party encourages all eligible citizens to vote this election. The 2016 election is unlike any in our life time, as the vote for President this year will affect the direction of our nation not just for four or eight years, but for the next 40 years - because of the unusual opportunity for the next President to completely change the composition of the US Supreme Court. Citizens can view all of the Portage County TEA Party endorsements before voting on the groups website at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com .
The Following Canidates have been Endorsed by
the Portage County TEA Party PAC:
Tia Paoloni, Candidate for Portage County Clerk of Courts
Lori Calcei, Candidate for Portage County Recorder
Sabrina Christian-Bennett, Candidate for Portage County Commissioner
John Mancini, Candidate for Portage County Commissioner
Sarah LaTourrette, Candidate for Representative from the 76th District
Jim Lutz, Candidate for Representative of Ohio State House 75th District
John Eklund - Ohio Senate 18th District
Ron Tamburrino, Candidate for 11th District Court of Appeals
Akron, OH: The We the People Convention, announced today that the majority of the TEA Party/Liberty Groups in Ohio will be aligning with the National Rifle Association in an effort to elect Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.
“We are pleased to align our efforts in this Presidential election with the NRA because so many of our members are also NRA members and gun owners,” said Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention. “The NRA came out early to endorse Donald Trump, which was no surprise since Hillary Clinton’s anti-2nd Amendment positions are crystal clear. It’s a simple choice- if we want to keep our guns, we need to elect Donald Trump as President. Working together with the National Rifle Association we believe we can get that done in Ohio.”
In 2012 members of TEA Party/Liberty Groups made over 75% of the calls and 75% of the door knocks for the Romney Campaign in Ohio.
“Our members will make phone calls and knock on doors through the NRA’s Political Victory Fund,” Zawistowski explained. “This decision to align with the NRA was made for two important reasons. First, we needed to align with an organization that we could trust and that would respect the value of the volunteer effort we bring to the election. I am confident that the NRA is a trustworthy partner who will respect our volunteers as true partners. Second, there are possible concerns about the resources that the Ohio Republican Party will commit to supporting Trump, based on Governor Kasich’s refusal to attend the Convention in Cleveland let alone endorse Trump. Taking these factors into consideration, we had to find a partner that has no questions about supporting Trump’s election and the NRA has proven that commitment. This year’s combined effort will bring significant grassroots resources to bear on the mutual goal of ensuring Hillary Clinton is defeated and Donald Trump is our next President.”
As the Brexit results poured in, I caught myself humming a tune from Broadway’s “Hamilton.” The song follows the decisive Battle of Yorktown in 1781, after which the Redcoats surrender and America is free. It’s called a drinking song, and there’s not much to it except these words: “The world turned upside down.”
It certainly has. The world is also coming full circle because now it’s the Brits who are free. It took them a while, but they finally had their own Tea Party and their own revolution.
I salute them for their courage. And I raise a glass to freedom (that’s “Hamilton,” too).
Revolutions are a leap into the unknown and require the right mix of outrage, determination and leadership. They are testament to the ethos of an entire country and culture when they succeed without a shot being fired.
That’s the beauty of Brexit, and of grand old England. The people spoke, they were heard, and the wheel of history is turning. Let’s get on with it.
It took a revolution because the leaders of both of Britain’s major political parties united in opposition to change, with the pooh-bahs and grandees trying to scare voters into sticking with the status quo. Naturally, the establishment media lectured the rubes on what was good for them.
Sound familiar, America?
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump encouraged and celebrated British independence, declaring that voters “took their country back.” Stuck on the wrong side of history, President Obama and Hillary Clinton acted as if their dogs died.
Fortunately, Prime Minister David Cameron set the right tone for the defeated by doing the honorable thing and saying he would resign. Because investors hate uncertainty, stock markets around the world took an immediate dive, but there were no riots, looting or arson and the sun set on schedule.
This is Western democracy in all its grandeur. It refreshes itself not with the blood of innocents, but with the peaceful passion of ordinary people. Raise another glass to freedom.
The parallels to America’s tumult are obvious — right down to the hairy similarities of Trump and mop-top Brexit leader Boris Johnson.
While the original Redcoats tortured rebels, killed their families and confiscated their lands, the new Redcoats in Washington and Brussels kill the spirit of innovation, enforce conformity with regulations and punish dissidents with charges of bigotry.
Elitists of both parties try to silence Trump by accusing him of “hate speech” for demanding that America control its borders and enforce its immigration laws. Similarly, Johnson was greeted with calls of “racist scum” first thing in the morning.
Johnson, potentially the next prime minister, committed the crime of suggesting that Great Britain would be greater outside the suffocating embrace of European Union bureaucrats. He favors a liberated country that can make its own laws and decisions, and put its own people first.
While not carbon copies of Trump’s rallying cries of “Make America Great Again” and “America First,” the sentiments come damn close. As does the growing fear in both countries that distant, self-serving governments are slaves to political correctness and are not doing enough to stop Islamist terrorists.
To be clear, Trump and Johnson are not sainted men of unquestioned virtue. Rather, they are leaders speaking on behalf of millions upon millions of middle- and working-class people who feel left out of the globalized economy.
In both countries, those who favor the status quo and those who want to upset it are divided by income, education and even geography. Just as Trump gets most of his support from those who are poorer and less educated, residents of booming London voted heavily to remain in the EU, while those in the rest of the struggling country voted more heavily to leave.
In both Great Britain and America, the well-connected people working in government, finance and other sectors that benefit from the international system have no idea why anyone would want to rock the boat. Yet the very trade agreements that mysteriously move money and whole industries and make them winners leave many individuals feeling like pawns in a global game they can’t control or even understand.
People who played by the rules and still became second-class citizens in their own countries have legitimate claims. When they try to express them through the political process, they are patronized and then ignored.
Wary of being demonized, many even are reluctant to confess their anger. As a result, just as polls in the US often undercount Trump supporters, British polls were way off in predicting that “remain” would win.
Now the secret is out, and millions of people in both countries are in open revolt against the encrusted establishment, economic as well as political. There will be setbacks because the road is complex and because change of the magnitude they seek can never be easy.
But they have begun, and it’s a thing of beauty to see such undaunted courage on both sides of the Atlantic. Count that bond as a special part of the special relationship.