House Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins to Address National Policy Conference

Congressman Doug Collins of Georgia, Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, will address the RNLA's National Policy Conference on April 5, 2019.  Rep. Collins is an attorney, former state legislator, military chaplain, and Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve who has represented Georgia's Ninth Congressional District since 2013.  On the House Judiciary Committee, he is on the front lines of promoting the rule of law and fighting the House Democrats' efforts to resist President Trump:

In the 116th Congress, Doug serves as Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. In this role, Doug leads his Republican colleagues on a wide breadth of issues within the Committee’s purview, which include fighting to uphold and safeguard the Second Amendment, protecting the lives of unborn children, defending religious liberty, and overseeing our law enforcement agencies. 

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Senate Democrats Continue to Obstruct Trump Nominees

New Congress, old tactics continue: Senate Democrats continue to obstruct and delay President Trump’s nominees, both executive and judicial candidates referred to the Senate for advice and consent. Democrats’ goal has been to obstruct, delay, and hinder President Trump’s mandate, in part by denying timely confirmation of his nominees. Today, we want to provide an example of this problem and offer updated statistics on how unprecedented these efforts have been.

 

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The Democratic Congressional Circus Continues with Convicted Perjurer Michael Cohen Testifying

Today, the House Oversight Committee is holding an inflammatory public hearing featuring the recently disbarred lawyer and convicted felon Michael Cohen. The hearing is being covered by the cable news networks and interrupted all the major networks' daytime programming—in essence, commandeering the news cycle. Mr. Cohen, who previously served as a personal attorney to President Donald Trump, was convicted last year after committing a variety of personal crimes and lying to Congress while under oath.

So, what do the new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives do?

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House Admin Committee Defeats All GOP Amendments to Try to Fix HR 1

In today's markup of House Resolution 1, the House Committee on Administration defeated on party-line votes all amendments offered by the three Republican members to attempt to fix problems with the bill. The RNLA live-tweeted the markup, and here are some highlights (or, lowlights):

 

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Judge Strikes Down NC Voter ID Constitutional Amendment Passed by Voters

On Friday, a North Carolina state court judge struck down North Carolina's voter ID constitutional amendment, which passed in November with over 55% approval by the state's voters.  The judge's rationale was particularly strange and troubling:

A North Carolina judge on Friday voided new state mandates requiring photo identification to vote and also limiting income tax rates. He ruled the GOP-controlled legislature lacked authority to put those constitutional amendments on the ballot because lawmakers had been elected from racially-biased districts two years earlier.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins sided with the state NAACP, which had argued that General Assembly was “illegally constituted” because federal judges had declared the district maps used in the 2016 legislative elections illegal racial gerrymanders.

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Ballot Harvesting Is Terrible; Will the Democrats Agree When It Benefits Them?

Yesterday was an emotional hearing of the North Carolina election board that generated a fair result, a new election for North Carolina’s ninth Congressional District as a result of ballot harvesting. “Ballot harvesting” is a practice in which paid or organized political operatives collect absentee ballots from voters to whom they have no familial connection and drop them off at a polling place or election office. As happened in North Carolina, critics complain that such actions leave open opportunities for tampering and taking advantage of society’s most vulnerable and those who have no interest in voting.

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Weintraub Will Not Allow FEC to Defend Itself in Court

Yesterday, Mother Jones reported that current FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub has decided to vote against allowing the FEC to defend its positions in court.  Because the FEC currently only has four members and the affirmative votes of four members are required for the FEC to take any official action, this means that Chair Weintraub will prevent the FEC from appearing in court to defend its position.  

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Rosen is a Great Pick for Deputy Attorney General

President Donald Trump has announced an outstanding choice to be the new Deputy Attorney General in Jeffery Rosen.  Despite more #fakenews about former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein being forced out, Rosenstein has always said he would step down upon the swearing in of a new Attorney General.  Furthermore the Department of Justice has clearly stated the so-called 25th Amendment talk and Rosenstein was more fake news.  As the Department of Justice points out Rosenstein "was not in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment" and denied the allegations.

We bring this up because it will be an effort to detract from the real story.  Rosenstein’s planned departure should in no way detract from the outstanding nomination of Jeffery Rosen.  Rosen has outstanding qualifications:

 

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Hit Stories on Former Trump White House Attorney "Another Demonstration of the Ugly Politics of Personal Destruction"

The mainstream media breathlessly reported over the weekend that two Trump attorneys had lied about the relationship between President Trump and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.  This came after the House Oversight Democrats sent a letter containing the allegation of "evolving stories" to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone for a late Friday news drop.  The House Oversight Democrats and the mainstream media chose to smear former White House ethics attorney and current RNLA Board of Governors member Stefan Passantino for making false statements because of notes taken by Office of Government Ethics staff regarding one statement he made regarding his understanding of the nature of the attorney-client relationship between President Trump and Mr. Cohen:

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President Trump Declares National Emergency at Southern Border; What Does It Mean?

Today, President Trump signed a federal spending bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, which includes additional border security spending. As part of this measure, the President signed into an effect a national emergency declaration, which allows him to reprioritize funding for border security to address the growing national security and humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border. There are some misconceptions about what a national emergency is and what the effects of such a declaration. Below is a helpful clarification of these issues:

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