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Other woman running for president to determine winner?

(THE HILL) — Voters now confronted with the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are making something abundantly clear: they want another option.

Surveys over the last six weeks have found a steady but noticeable jump in support for third-party candidates. The biggest beneficiary has been Libertarian Gary Johnson, who has shot up from 4.5 percent to 7.2 percent in RealClearPolitics polling averages. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has also seen an uptick since June — from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent.

The surge in support for a third-party candidate is adding a new element of unpredictability into the presidential race. Should voters opt for a third-party candidate in large numbers, it could potentially tip the scales in crucial battleground states.

Pollsters and political scientists say the deep malcontent with Clinton and Trump should give both candidates pause.

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NSA has all of Hillary’s emails, says agency architect

(BREITBART) — PHILADELPHIA – The National Security Agency (NSA) has “all” of Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails and the FBI could gain access to them if they so desired, William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official, declared in a radio interview broadcast on Sunday.

Speaking as an analyst, Binney raised the possibility that the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s server was done not by Russia but by a disgruntled U.S. intelligence worker concerned about Clinton’s compromise of national security secrets via her personal email use.

Binney was an architect of the NSA’s surveillance program. He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001, after spending more than 30 years with the agency.

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GOP challenges Obama’s social experiments in military

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A nonpartisan watchdog says voters will have a clear choice this presidential election on the future of America’s military.

The independent public-policy group Center for Military Readiness, while not endorsing a specific candidate, highlights in a report the GOP’s intent in its platform to reverse some of the damage done to the military by the Obama administration.

Obama has employed social experimentation in the U.S. military, for example, imposing open homosexuality in the ranks and women in front-line combat roles.

CME said the Democratic Party’s platform focuses on criticizing Republican nominee Donald Trump “for having ‘no strategy for dealing with key threats facing our country, including climate change and ISIS.’”

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And it continues the social engineering, stating, “Our military is strongest when people of all races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities are honored for their service to our country.”

The GOP platform, however, contains a “set of solid statements regarding military/social issues” that gives voters “a clear roadmap for reassessing and eventually reversing much of the damage done to our military since 2009,” CMR said.

“Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, his administration has delivered on campaign promises to impose radical social agendas on our military,” the report said. “The Center for Military Readiness is pleased to report that the 2016 Republican National Convention has resolved to objectively review and repair the damage.”

The report continued: “The first step is to recognize that problems exist and to restore sound priorities. The platform calls for an end to social experimentation and an honest assessment of problems that need to be corrected. Because unwise policies that the Obama administration imposed administratively can be undone in the same way, nine platform planks presented and analyzed below challenge the results of political correctness taken to extremes.”

The advice? “Voters must choose wisely.”

The report includes:

  • A statement that the GOP rejects “the use of the military as a platform for social experimentation.” CMR said Obama “has repeatedly used executive power to impose feminist agendas and LGBT law and regulations implementing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender agenda for the military, regardless of the harmful consequences.”
  • The GOP would call for “an objective review of the impact on readiness.” CMR said a GOP administration would evaluate what Obama has imposed, including involuntary service by women in combat arms and more, and would “put military readiness first.”
  • The GOP calls for an exemption for women from “direct ground combat units and infantry battalions.” CMR noted the success of “tip of the spear” units is made or broken sometimes by the individual physical capabilities of members. “In field tests, gender-mixed units underperformed 69 percent of the time. Physical differences that cannot be ‘mitigated’ would have a serious negative effect on what the Marines called ‘survivability and lethality,’” CMR said.
  • The GOP warned “against modification or lessening of standards” to satisfy a social agenda. But under the Obama administration, quotas, or “gender diversity metrics,” have been established as “paramount goals,” which have the effect of “lowering standards” for performance requirements, CMR said.
  • The GOP platform calls for an all-volunteer force. A draft, especially one “on a gender-neutral basis,” would weaken the military, CMR said.
  • The GOP opposes having women register for a draft. “Calling up thousands of potential female draftees, most of whom will not meet combat standards, would slow mobilization during a time of catastrophic national emergency, the worst possible time. Congress should review capabilities of the Selective Service system, applying standards of military readiness, not ‘gender equality,’” CMR said.
  • The GOP supports the “rights of conscience of military chaplains of all faiths to practice their faith free from political interference.” That’s simply a First Amendment right, CMR said. “Servicemen and women have a constitutional right to receive counsel from chaplains who are free to discuss matters of morality during all activities, not limited to worship services. Since 2011, there have been numerous attempts to censure and silence chaplains and people of faith, creating a ‘chilling effect’ and fear of career penalties for exercising rights of religious liberty. In some of these cases, military personnel have had to seek legal defense.”
  • The GOP condemns “special interest demonstrations” which means the LGBT pride events sponsored by the military, CMR said. “In the same way that our military does not allow labor unions, activist events promoting LGBT law and other special interest causes are inherently divisive and harmful to unit cohesion.”
  • The GOP emphasizes due process in cases that arise from the “constantly increasing rates of sexual assault and retaliation.” “The best way to protect due process is to support and improve legal representation for both the accuser and the accused,” the CMR said.

The report also calls for military superiority.

“The 14-page section of the 2016 Republican Platform, titled ‘America Resurgent,’ includes many sound ideas to restore the strength of America’s military, and to restore respect for America worldwide. It begins by quoting Alexander Hamilton, who wrote in Federalist 23 that the first of the ‘principle’ constitutional obligations of the federal government is to provide for the ‘common defense’ of the United States. It also notes that President George Washington wisely reminded us that “’to be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace,’” CMR said.

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Felons key to Dems’ voting-majority strategy

 

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Take a look at all the participants at the Democratic National Convention this year: Democratic politicians, actors, musicians, teachers, lawyers, interest-group representatives, trade unionists and non-profit officials.

Add to that a frequently laudatory media, and it sometimes feels like Democrats have already won over the vast majority of the country in their campaign to install Hillary Clinton in the White House.

“It’s amazing – Democrats are kind of like a boxer who gets into the ring with 10 friends against one opponent,” said Daniel Horowitz, a senior editor at Conservative Review. “They’ve got the media, they’ve got the corporate America, in addition they have academia, and they have the entertainment world. All the NGOs, nonprofits support their left-wing causes.

“And yet still they seem to have failed to garner a permanent majority in this country.”

Part of this, in Horowitz’s view, stems from the unpopularity of the Obama presidency. He believes Democrats are concerned that they won’t have enough votes to push themselves over the top in swing states in future elections.

“That is why they figure if you can’t win with the electorate you have, let’s replace the existing electorate,” Horowitz, author of the new book “Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges From Transforming America,” told WND. “That is why they’re releasing a lot of felons.”

Indeed, there seems to be a rush to grant felons who have completed their sentences the right to vote. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat signed such a bill in April, granting 206,000 felonious Virginians the right to vote in one of the most important swing states in the country.

This was a shot that didn’t hit, as the state Supreme Court reversed his decision only a few days ago.

Approximately 206,000 Virginia felons were affected by McAuliffe’s April 22 order. But the court ruled, 4-3, the move unconstitutional. It ordered that the Virginia Department of Elections “cancel the registration of all felons who have been invalidly registered” since McAuliffe issued his order.

McAuliffe is a long-time member of the Clinton inner circle. His background includes service as chairman of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, then serving as a fundraiser and national co-chairman of Clinton’s reelection campaign, and later becoming campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton’s first run at the White House. In 2000, McAuliffe also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, holding that position for five years.

His attempt to stack the deck came two months after the Maryland state legislature pushed through a measure to allow recently released felons still on parole or probation to vote.

In fact, according to the ACLU, only nine states remain in which all convicted felons do not have the right to vote upon completion of their sentence.

In California, where the voting rules are already lax, the state assembly voted in May to allow convicted felons to vote in jail.

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Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., even introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit states from “disqualifying individuals convicted of criminal offenses, other than individuals convicted of murder, manslaughter or sex crimes, from registering to vote or voting in elections for federal office.”

Democrats have good reason to want felons to vote, as a recent survey found seven in 10 convicted felons register as Democrats.

The Obama administration joined the action by releasing nearly 20,000 criminal illegal aliens back onto U.S. streets in 2015.

In fact, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., recently said the Obama administration was working to release a total of 70,000 felons from federal prison even without the help of a new act of Congress.

“It’s not a coincidence, by the way, that many of the recent felons that have been released by Obama’s Department of Justice, they were in the state of Texas,” Horowitz said. “This is part of the movement to turn Texas [Democrat].”

Horowitz pointed out many of the same figures behind the infamous Gang of Eight immigration bill, such as La Raza, the AFL-CIO and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, also support the current “criminal justice reform” push that would release thousands of felons back onto America’s streets. Criminal justice reform is a political ploy, according to Horowitz. He urges Republicans not to fall for it, believing it is about compassion.

“The end goal always is to create a permanent Democrat majority,” Horowitz warned. “What Republicans have to ask themselves is why would they pay for the rope to hang themselves and give it straight to the Democrats?”

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New ad campaign pins Paul Ryan as pro-Muslim refugee

House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, is being challenged in the Aug. 9 Wisconsin primary by businessman Paul Nehlen, right.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, is being challenged in the Aug. 9 Wisconsin primary by businessman Paul Nehlen, right.

An immigration watchdog group hopes to repeat the successful campaign that helped unseat Eric Cantor in 2014 by launching a similar ad targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan, highlighting his support for President Obama’s executive amnesty decrees, sanctuary cities for illegals and Syrian refugee resettlement programs.

The ad by Americans for Legal Immigration PAC hammers “Lyin Paul Ryan” for his leading role in negotiating a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill that fully funded Obama’s amnesty plans, sanctuary cities, and expanded refugee program.

While at the same time he was talking publicly against Syrian refugees, Ryan was working behind the scenes to round up the votes to fully fund Obama’s plans to increase the total influx of refugees from 70,000 to 85,000 this year and 100,000 next year. The refugees will come from countries throughout the Third World, including 10,000 this year from Syria, a country infested with jihadists fighting for ISIS, al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida and other religious fanatics trying to bring down secular dictator Bashar Assad. Another 7,500 or more will come from the America-hating Somalia, about 5,000 more from Afghanistan and at least 10,000 from Iraq. Even the Buddhist-majority country of Burma is offloading its Muslim population to the United States, with thousands per year coming from that country.

The ALIPAC ad campaign is modeled after its “Thank Eric Cantor” automated call campaign in 2014 that was broadcast into GOP households via automated calls and radio ads. ALIPAC’s messages and efforts were part of the historic defeat of Cantor, the former Republican House majority leader from Virginia who supported amnesty for illegals. Cantor was defeated in the GOP primary by Dave Brat, R-Va.

ALIPAC launched the campaign against Ryan Friday via automated calls, radio ads planned for talk radio stations in Wisconsin and a YouTube video that activists are being asked to watch and circulate.

The Wisconsin primary is Aug. 9 with Ryan squaring off against businessman Paul Nehlen.

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Another immigration watchdog, NumbersUSA president Roy Beck, has called Ryan’s stance on immigration “terrifying.” And that stance isn’t about to change, despite any political rhetoric to the contrary, because open borders are embedded in Ryan’s “ideological DNA,” Beck said.

“There’s nobody in the Republican Party who could be worse than Paul Ryan,” Beck told Breitbart last fall when Ryan was being drafted for the Speakership. “He has spent his entire adulthood ideologically connected to the open borders crowd. Open Borders is in his ideological DNA. That’s the terrifying thing. He’s an ideologue and his spent his whole life working for ideologues. Open borders seeps out of every pore of his being. This isn’t personal, it’s just who he is.”

Nehlen is a successful and flamboyant businessman who sports tattoos, rides a motorcycle and drives a dump truck through the district painted with his campaign slogan, “Dump Ryan.” He says Ryan has betrayed Wisconsin and America by agreeing to fully fund President Obama’s immigration plan and Obamacare while championing the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

On his website, Nehlen lists his top three priorities as follows:

• Reclaim Wisconsin’s 1st District for We The People
• Stop Paul Ryan’s Cronyism & Corruption
• Secure Our Borders & Enforce Existing Immigration Laws

Nehlen says on his website he is against secret trade deals, including the pending Trans Pacific Partnership, which water down U.S. sovereignty and make war on the middle class.

Some big names have lined up behind Nehlen, including Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin and border hawk Ann Coulter.

Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, used the term “Cantored” to describe the push to replace Ryan. This is a reference to the stunning upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by Rep. Dave Brat in Virginia in 2014.

ALIPAC’s first calls have already launched, with 20 to 25 volunteers taking to the phones.

“Ryan is spending millions while lying his butt off to conservatives,” Gheen said. “This is the same strategy used by McCain, Lindsey Graham, and many others. It saved McCain six years ago when he spent millions and lied about his true immigration positon and it was so disappointing to see so many people in Arizona vote for him again when they should understand who he is. And once you go amnesty you never come back. We have never seen a politician honestly be on the wrong side of that issue and then transition to the right side. We’ve seen them back off for a while, but then they always come back. All we’ve seen is lies, lies, lies from Paul Ryan.”

The ad points out that Paul Ryan is Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s ally on immigration.

He is also the ally of Clinton’s globalist vice-presidential running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Kaine said they would pass amnesty within the first 100 days of a Clinton presidency and the reason that would happen was the Democrat’s secret weapon – Paul Ryan.

As the Washington Times reported:

“A new Clinton administration would pursue a bill to legalize illegal immigrants in ‘the first 100 days’ of her tenure, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine told Spanish-language network Telemundo in an interview Monday… [Kaine] said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will lead the GOP to embrace legalization.

“He’s on their side,” Gheen told WND. “And yet he’s placing mailers all over his district saying he’s for cracking down on illegal immigration and tightening the borders. He’s making himself out to seem like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, border hawk Paul Ryan, secure the border. He’s a serial liar and traitor to the people of the United States. He has the same job Obama has, and that is to lie to America and to sell out America. That’s what they’re paid for, that’s why they’re in their positions of power.

“We’ve been the ones who have brought the giants down in the past. It doesn’t always work but you’ve got to throw the rock. Today we’re throwing the rock. We need volunteers and donors to go after Paul Ryan with everything we’ve got to muster.”

The most important battle ground in America today is the first district in Wisconsin and its 16-year incumbent, Gheen said. Yet, many Wisconsin conservatives still haven’t figured out that Ryan is a notorious open-borders zealot.

“He’s been up there forever,” Gheen said. “There are some hardcore conservatives who have been voting for Paul Ryan for a long time and they love him and they don’t understand what he really stands for. Our main message is that Paul Ryan is paying for and helping Obama transplant dangerous Muslims into your area.”

“These conservatives who say they like their Paul Ryan and they voted for him so many times before, they don’t realize they’re helping him pump in hundreds of Islamic terrorists right there into their own cities and towns as well as enough illegals that you won’t be able to get a Republican elected as dogcatcher in a few years,” Gheen said. “And everything for these refugees and illegals is paid for by the U.S. taxpayer including their housing, their medical expenses, their education, their Internet access and their cellphone.”

Anyone interested in helping make these calls to defeat Paul Ryan should contact WilliamG@alipac.us.

ALIPAC is also asking for donations to help fund the automated calls and radio ads against Paul Ryan so the message can reach at least 25,000 GOP households in Wisconsin’s 1st district.

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GOP establishment in full-throttle assault on conservative rebel

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.

WASHINGTON – Kansas voters have always liked him. But the Republican establishment apparently loathes him.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., coasted to election and won two re-elections. Now he is in fight of his life just to win GOP primary.

The way the congressman sees it, he helped topple the GOP elite’s leader, and now they are coming after him in a big way. And with big money.

Suddenly, the Kansan is in a dogfight against what he and his allies identify as a quintessential GOP establishment candidate in the Republican primary election, coming up Tuesday, Aug. 2.

One Kansas poll has the race as a dead heat, while Huelskamp’s own polling gives him a nine-point lead. (More details below.)

Huelskamp told WND he thinks big money pouring in to support his opponent is payback for his opposition to the GOP establishment, but he suggested the effort will be futile.

“Look what’s happened,” he said. “Every candidate they put forward in the presidential race lost miserably. Outsiders said, ‘Enough is enough,’ and at the end of the day it came down to Ted (Cruz) and Donald (Trump).”

Huelskamp initially supported Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for president and has since endorsed GOP nominee Donald Trump. Cruz endorsed Huelskamp on July 5.

Referring to the Republican establishment, Huelskamp told WND, “These are folks who lose at everything they do. They lost their power and control in Washington.”

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This is not the first time Huelskamp has felt the wrath of the establishment.

He was among the conservative House members who sought to oust former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and finally succeeded when Boehner retired on Oct. 31, 2015.

For opposing him, Boehner had Huelskamp removed from the House Budget and Agriculture committees in late 2012, the latter, an important post for a representative from a farm state.

The congressman said he didn’t waver then, and he won’t now.

“I said to John Boehner, privately, after he kicked me off the ag committee, ‘I don’t work for you, Mr. Speaker.’ And it’s about time the American people got the Congress back. And I don’t care who the speaker is, I don’t work for him. I don’t work for the president of the United States.”

Former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio

Former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio

Huelskamp said he will remain an independent, conservative voice, “and that’s why they’re worried.”

Opponent Dr. Roger Marshall has been telling voters he will get that agriculture committee seat back, if elected. But Huelskamp said the doctor would deliver more than voters bargained for.

“On all key issues, he’s a liberal. And I’m a proven conservative,” the congressman told WND. “He’s tried to confuse local media by telling them that he’s not for Obamacare, but he’s actually said he didn’t know if he really wanted to repeal it. He’s said multiple things, and it’s hard to pin him down.”

“I am pro-life, he’s not,” continued the Kansan. “He’s had a multiyear association with a pro-abortion group. He’s not only a member but a prestigious fellow in their group. He actually contributes to their political action committee. Once, he even said this pro-abortion group did more for the unborn than any other group.”

The group, the American College of OB/GYN, released a position paper in November 2014 stating, “Safe, legal abortion is a necessary component of women’s health care.”

Huelskamp said the group’s political action committee, or PAC, has donated money to his opponent, and that it “supports Obama, supports Hillary, supports abortion on demand, partial-birth abortion, loves Obamacare and supports Planned Parenthood. So that’s a huge difference between us, a big issue.”

“He (Marshall) refuses to rule out any tax increases. He won’t sign the tax pledge,” Huelskamp added. “He has come out in favor of an Internet sales tax, which would be a $23 billion tax increase.”

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But the biggest issue driving the opposition, according to the congressman, is his own opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants.
And that’s why, he said, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent more than $400,000 to try to unseat him.

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce would like somebody who will do exactly what they tell them to do,” Huelskamp bluntly stated.

Especially on amnesty, he added, because they want cheap labor.

“These ag groups, the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association, that are after me, it’s all about amnesty. I will not vote for amnesty. My opponent has said he is looking for a pathway to citizenship, which is akin to amnesty.”

The congressman said he is the real conservative on every issue that voters care about.

“But the outside groups have been lying about my record, and suggesting that I’m not a conservative. Every conservative group says I am.”

He added, “I’m a proven conservative with the endorsement of every major conservative organization that does endorsements, all the pro-life groups, all the Second Amendment groups, the fiscal conservatives the social conservatives. That would mean the ones going after us are not conservatives.”

Huelskamp was elected to Congress in 2010 with a whopping 73 percent of the vote. He ran unopposed in the 2012 general election and won re-election in 2014 with 68 percent.

A poll commissioned by the Topeka Capital-Journal published on Sunday showed a dead heat, with Marshall at 40.9 percent of likely voters, and Huelskamp at 40.3 percent. A significant number, 15.3 percent, are still undecided.

According to the paper, “If Republican voters oust Huelskamp, it would send a shock wave through Washington, D.C.”
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But Huelskamp’s campaign criticized the poll’s methodology of surveying random Kansas landline and cell numbers.

“Our internal poll, taken during the same time by a reputable polling firm with a 100 percent track record, surveyed twice as many respondents and showed congressman Huelskamp with a strong 47-38 lead,” a Huelskamp spokesman told the paper.

Some conservative heavy hitters have come out swinging for the congressman, ever since the race tightened up.

Huelskamp said conservative media star Sean Hannity endorsed him and did “a great segment” on the race.

The man who initiated the successful revolt against Boehner, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was also punished for his insurrection, in his case, by being stripped of his chairmanship of an Oversight subcommittee. But, unlike Huelskamp, his position was restored.

Meadows told WND, “Tim Huelskamp is a principled conservative who puts the interests of his district before anything else. I’ve had the privilege of serving alongside him in the House and believe we need more in Congress like him. It’s not surprising special interests groups are working against Tim – they fear members who aren’t beholden to them.”

In his endorsement, Cruz called the congressman “a principled conservative who has stood up to the Washington Cartel and fought for Kansans since the day he first arrived in our nation’s capital.” The senator said his colleague has been devoted to “protecting innocent life, cutting out-of-control spending, and fighting to repeal Obamacare, just to name a few.”

Earlier this week, conservative stalwarts in Congress gathered to help their comrade in arms.

Reps. Steve King, R-Iowa, Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, appeared with Huelskamp at four town halls in Kansas. Those lawmakers, along with Huelskamp, are all member of the House Freedom Caucus, the keepers of the conservative flame in Congress.

King said, “He’s a man of character and he’s a leader in the Congress and a leader in the tea party and the tea party caucus,” adding, “He’s a leader of the things that matter to middle America.”

The Iowan also warned, “If Kansas sent a moderate to Congress having run him against a principled conservative like Tim Huelskamp, that empowers the establishment wing of the party.”

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Sean Hannity

But Huelskamp says Kansas voters are not the problem; it’s big money pouring in from out of state.

Earlier this month, the Kansas paper Lawrence Journal-World identified the big money funding advertising against Huelskamp as coming from something called the ESA Fund.

That’s a super PAC that targets usually targets Democrats.

The paper said it is “made up of a handful of billionaire investors and hedge fund managers that includes the family that owns the Chicago Cubs and the family that turned World Wrestling Entertainment into a multibillion dollar international entertainment business.”

Marlene Ricketts, wife of T.D. Ameritrade founder J. Joseph Ricketts, contributed $850,000 to the PAC this election cycle. Their son, Tom, led the family bid to try to purchase the Cubs, and another son, Peter, is the Republican governor of Nebraska.

Another contributor to the super PAC is the wife of WWE kingpin Vince McMahon, Linda. “The largest donor to the ESA Fund is billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer of New York, who Forbes magazine estimates has a net worth of $2.2 billion,” according to the paper. Other hedge fund managers have also contributed.

“Particularly the one (PAC) funded by the Ricketts, they just don’t like conservatives,” Huelskamp told WND. “I’d say they probably hate conservatives.”

“They ran super PAC adds in Iowa to help Hillary and they also ran ads going after Trump. So, this is an establishment PAC trying to send a message. Not just to me, but to all conservatives in Congress, that, ‘Hey you either do what we say or were going to go after you.’”

He said the Ricketts have probably never visited even Kansas, certainly not the first district.

“Meanwhile, Kansans are just about fed up with being told how to vote by these outsiders. People in this district received more than 30 mailers and are saying, ‘Wait a minute, why are they going after Tim? He must’ve upset somebody in Washington.’”

He added, “They’re spending $1 million against us, but we got folks coming in to help us. I appreciate that, all the free-market folks, all the conservative groups, are coming in to help. It’s good to see.”

Huelskmp said he’s being outspent by two to one.

But he’s optimistic he will prevail.

“It’s big money versus Main Street. But the hedge fund managers out of state don’t get a vote. They just have a big checkbook. So, we’ll see how that works out here in this district.”

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New wrinkle in case of man in Planet Fitness women’s showers

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A judge who dismissed a complaint filed by woman against a Planet Fitness health club in Michigan after she found a man in the women’s locker room made a serious mistake, according to an appeal of the case filed with the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The judge said the woman could not complain because she had been told of the company’s “judgment-free zone,” but the appeal points out that she was not told that meant men would be allowed in the ladies’ facilities.

“The trial court erroneously held that ‘plaintiff may have reasonably expected only women would be present in the women’s locker room, even in the common areas; however, she could no longer reasonably expect only women would use the facility after being told about the ‘judgment-free zone’ policy,” the judge said.

The appeal was filed by Kallman Legal on behalf of Yvette Cormier, whose membership in the club was terminated when she complained about the presence of a man and warned other women about the situation.

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The appeal states: “There was subterfuge in this case. Mrs. Cormier is at a loss as to how she could have possibly known about defendants’ hidden, unwritten policy after being told of the magic words ‘judgment-free zone.’ Despite the membership agreement being completely void of any language describing a ‘no judgment policy,’ let alone that such a policy would include the idea that men can use the women’s locker rooms and showers, the trial court held that Mrs. Cormier should have known better.”

The trial court decision was from Midland County Circuit Judge Michael J. Beale, who ruled last winter after Cormier filed the original complaint that Planet Fitness policy allows biological men to have “unfettered use of the women’s locker room, including showers, lockers, and all other aspects.”

Beale wrote that because Cormier left the locker before any “actual use” happened, her claim had to be dismissed.

WND reported when the case originally developed that Cormier alleged Planet Fitness breached her club\-use contract and violated the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act when it created a policy for its health club that allows a “judgment-free zone,” where a person can use a gender-specific facility according to his or her “gender identity.”

After Cormier encountered the man and complained to the company without results, she was left without options and went to the facility to warn other women about the fact a man had been found in the women’s lockers.

“Defendants contacted plaintiff on March 4, 2015, requesting she stop warning others of defendants’ ‘judgment-free zone’ policy. Plaintiff was given an ultimatum to either accept the policy or her membership would be terminated. She refused to submit to the ‘judgment-free zone’ policy; therefore, defendants terminated plaintiffs’ Planet Fitness membership,” the complaint said.

The issue of males in private facilities originally intended for use by women has spread under the Obama administration’s advocacy for privileges for homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders.

The Obama bureaucracy even has ordered schools to open up bathrooms and changing facilities or lose federal funding.

Beale’s order noted he was not determining “whether transgender persons have any protected rights for the use of a locker room facility.”

He said the issue was whether a plaintiff has a cause of action against a business that is allowing a man to use a women’s locker room.

The company had publicly stated its “judgment-free zone” policy, but then terminated Cormier’s membership when she was in the process of telling other customers about it.

The appeal explains that Michigan precedent is that there “can never be a waiver of the right of privacy, in the absence of knowledge and consent of the person entitled to waive.”

“There was no language in the membership agreement that informed Mrs. Cormier of defendants’ privacy-invading policy. Nor did defendants ever inform Mrs. Cormier that she would have no privacy from men in her locker room when she signed up for the gym.

“It is impossible for Mrs. Cormier to have consented to defendants invading her privacy through their hostile policy because she did not know about it. … the trial court provided no reasoning as to how Planet Fitness’ slogan could have possibly provided such notice. The truth is that defendants’ policy was just as hidden from Mrs. Cormier.”

The appeal continued: “Undressing, showering, and using the restroom is a private matter. Mrs. Cormier had an expectation of privacy in the women’s locker room and showers. Defendants’ policy to allow men to use those same facilities invaded her privacy and culminated in a biological man being present in the locker room with her.

“Plaintiff believes that a reasonable person would find defendants’ policy highly offensive, and she has the right for a jury to make that determination.”

The main problem needs to be the focal point, the appeal states.

“It is perplexing that the trial court held, as a matter of law, a policy that encourages and enables men and women to get naked together, shower together, and change clothes together is not sexual in nature. In any other context, an adult biological man who showers naked with an unrelated 13-year-old girl would be sexual (and possibly criminal) in nature. … Why not here?”

The case also raises isssues of invasion of privacy, state law violations and denial of access to public accommodations.

“Further, defendants violated their own so-called ‘no judgment’ policy by negatively judging Mrs. Cormier for her normal and healthy desire for privacy, security, and freedom of sexual harassment,” the appeal explains.

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