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The Conservative Political Action Conference begins this morning in Washington, D.C., and will continue through Saturday, February 28.
8:40 a.m. – Dr. Ben Carson
9:00 a.m. – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
12:00 p.m. – Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)
1:00 p.m. – Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
1:20 p.m. – Carly Fiorina
1:40 p.m. – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
5:00 p.m. – Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
5:20 p.m. – Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
5:40 p.m. – Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK)
8:00 a.m. – Newt Gingrich
8:30 a.m. – Laura Ingraham
8:40 a.m. – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
9:00 a.m. – Former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
10:20 a.m. – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
11:00 a.m. – Sean Hannity
11:15 a.m. – Reince Priebus, RNC Chair
12:00 p.m. – Donald Trump
12:20 p.m. – Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
12:40 p.m. – Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty
1:20 p.m. – Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association
1:40 p.m. – Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL)
4:20 p.m. – Former Amb. John Bolton
8:30 a.m. – Mark Levin
2:40 p.m. – Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA)
2:50 p.m. – Special Guest TBA
3:50 p.m. – Special Guest TBA
You can view the full CPAC 2014 conference schedule, including panel events and breakout sessions, HERE.
The Wisconsin Senate passed legislation late Wednesday to limit union powers amid a second day of protests as the state capitol again became a battleground over the future of organized labor.
The GOP-controlled Senate passed a “right-to-work” bill with a 17-15 vote that would allow employees in unionized private-sector workplaces to opt out of paying union dues. Republicans also control the state Assembly, making passage likely during the next week, and Gov. Scott Walker – who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 – has said he would sign such a measure into law.
Immediately after passage, the spectator gallery erupted in boos and chants of “shame, shame!” as the Senate ended its day.
Debate on the bill began Wednesday afternoon in the Senate as about 2,000 protesters jostled and chanted on the steps of the capitol and in the rotunda.
The measure comes four years after Mr. Walker pushed through legislation limiting the reach of public-sector unions, drawing tens of thousands to protest in the capitol and launching a contentious recall election, which the governor won.
Minutes after debate began, a spectator in the gallery stood up, and started yelling before being escorted from the chamber by a police officer. “This is an attack on Democracy!” he shouted.
A few minutes later, another audience member did much the same, before the gallery calmed down and debate continued. Spectators interrupted the session regularly, with the Senate president punctuating the outbursts by banging her gavel and summoning police to escort offenders from the chamber.
At the end of the night, her gavel fell apart in her hand mid-bang.
Although no arrests were made in the Senate, officers took four people into custody during protests in the rotunda, according to capitol police.
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the majority leader, said the bill would create a more competitive state economy and give workers more individual freedom to choose union membership, adding that the bill doesn’t prohibit collective bargaining between unions and employers.
“This legislation will ensure that Wisconsin’s workers have the sole power to determine whether they wish to belong to or support a labor organization,” he said in a statement following the vote.
“Right-to-work: it does impact the economy, except in the wrong direction,” said Democrat Senator Lena Taylor during the debate. “It will have an impact on so many things we aren’t even aware of because we’re rushing it through.”
Since his re-election last year, Mr. Walker has shown little interest in expanding union curbs to the private sector, but in recent days he reiterated his support of a right-to-work bill after state lawmakers took the lead.
The legislation still faces opposition from unions and Democratic lawmakers, who argue it is meant to undermine organized labor and won’t deliver the economic benefits backers promise. They also have accused Republican leaders of fast-tracking the legislation to stifle debate.
“It’s bad for the working men and women of this state, both union and nonunion,” said Sen. Dave Hansen, a Democrat, after the vote. “It’s ridiculous.”
But Myranda Tanck, spokeswoman for Mr. Fitzgerald, dismissed the argument, saying the idea isn’t new and possible legislation has been discussed in the state since the 1990s.
Still, the timing appears to have caught some opponents off guard, with labor leaders so far unable to muster the large crowds seen in 2011.
Senate Democrats presented more than a half-dozen amendments which were all defeated before the final vote Wednesday night. Assembly leaders have said they would take up the legislation next week following Senate action.
Twenty-four states have “right-to-work” laws, yet only three have passed such legislation in the past decade: Oklahoma, Michigan and Indiana. That could change in the coming months as several other states debate such bills.
REPRESENTATIVE TREY GOWDY’S OPENING STATEMENT
REPRESENTATIVE TREY GOWDY QUESTIONS LEFTIST PROFESSOR STEPHEN LEGOMSKY
TESTIMONY OF JAMIEL SHAW, FATHER OF TEENAGER MURDERED BY ILLEGAL ALIEN
From the New York Times:
A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape
By ALAN SCHWARZ | February 18, 2015
As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual assaults… [L]awmakers in 10 states who are pushing bills that would permit the carrying of firearms on campus are hoping that the national spotlight on sexual assault will help them win passage of their measures. “If you’ve got a person that’s raped because you wouldn’t let them carry a firearm to defend themselves, I think you’re responsible,” State Representative Dennis K. Baxley of Florida said during debate in a House subcommittee last month. The bill passed.
Talk about being hoisted on your own canard [sic]. This is the kind of jujitsu that conservatives should do more often.
The sponsor of a bill in Nevada, Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, said in a telephone interview: “If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head.”
“Hot little girls”? That isn’t very PC. Ms. Fiore must not be a card-carrying feminist. Therefore her opinions on such matters are meaningless – even mockable.
In addition to those in Florida and Nevada, bills that would allow guns on campus have been introduced in Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.
So only red (neck) states really want to protect young women? How telling.
Opponents contend that university campuses should remain havens from the gun-related risks that exist elsewhere, and that college students, with high rates of binge drinking and other recklessness, would be particularly prone to gun accidents.
And yet we let them vote.
Some experts in sexual assault said that college women were typically assaulted by someone they knew, sometimes a friend, so even if they had access to their gun, they would rarely be tempted to use it…
Huh? Then it doesn’t sound like rape rape. (To quote the political sage, Whoopie Goldberg.)
Other objectors to the bills say that advocates of the campus carry laws, predominantly Republicans with well-established pro-gun stances, are merely exploiting a hot-button issue. “The gun lobby has seized on this tactic, this subject of sexual assault,” said Andy Pelosi, the executive director of the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus. “It resonates with lawmakers.” …
How dare conservatives seize upon a made up crisis to advance their agenda? Only Democrats are allowed to do that.