Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415.

That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report.

“We request that your department provide this report immediately to appropriate committees as required by the law, so that millions of private landowners, states and other stakeholders that are investing significant resources for conservation of this species can ensure that the cost and effectiveness of federal programs are being properly accounted for, and to provide Congress information it requested prior to the listing,” the lawmakers said. Read more »

Commentary: Let the Export-Import Bank Expire

July 22, 2014

Dustin Zvonek

Dustin Zvonek

The Export-Import Bank is just another way for the government to pick winners and losers in the economy and use cronyism to help out politically well-connected corporations.

Even then-candidate Obama said in 2008 that the Export-Import Bank is “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”

For once, he is exactly right.

The bank even forces the taxpayer to foot the bill when the bank fails and needs bailing out. Luckily, the bank is set to terminate at the end of the year and conservatives nationwide are urging their elected official to not reauthorize it and let it expire.

The Export-Import bank is the official credit agency of the United States and was originally created to help the economy by boosting American exports. It serves as a classic example of big government intervention. The reality is the bank artificially boosts exports and only creates jobs in the export industry while simultaneously destroying the jobs of domestic competitors. Read more »

Cheap Seats: Bad Moonbeam on the Rise

July 22, 2014

There once was a time that the governor of California was automatically considered a presidential contender, what with being the top dog in the nation’s most populous state and all.

A procession of ne’er-do-wells and charlatans — we’re talking to you, Gray Davis and “Aahhnuld” — have tended of late to cloud that basic political reality.

But now fundamentals are reasserting themselves and that can only mean Gov. Moonbeam is trying to muscle in on the presidential action.

And indeed, Gov. Jerry Brown is making it known that Dems ought not limit themselves to those who have failed upward in the past — Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren leap to mind — when he is so readily available.

Does Bayer even make enough aspirin to deal with that quadruple-threat headache?

Brown, having papered over what remains of the California economy with mounting debt, has led a quixotic effort to build a high-speed train to Sin City so his entitlement-loving constituents can continue enriching a neighboring state with their EBT cards. Read more »

Carson Wins Presidential Straw Poll at Western Conservative Summit

July 21, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson

DENVER – Popular conservative columnist and author Dr. Ben Carson won the presidential straw poll at the 2014 Western Conservative Summit, defeating a cast of A-list Republicans.

Carson received 22 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, last year’s straw poll winner, who took 13 percent of the vote.

Carson headlined the opening night of the weekend conference along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. Carson was greeted with signs and chants of “Run Ben, Run” from a crowd of roughly 3,000.

Although questions of his presidential ambitions were left unanswered, Carson did offer Republicans some advice to heed in future elections.

“Some people are not going to like what I’m about to say, but, after the primaries are over, if your candidate didn’t win, don’t take your marbles and go home — we still need you to vote,” Carson said. Read more »

Polis Becomes Face, Name of Anti-Fracking Movement

July 21, 2014

DENVER — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis wasn’t in attendance at last weekend’s Western Conservative Summit, but his name seemed to be everywhere.

At least a dozen college students wearing red “No on Polis” T-shirts were circulating petitions on behalf of two pro-fracking ballot initiatives, a typically tedious job made much easier by the congressman’s notoriety.

“As soon as people see ‘Polis,’ they want to sign,” said Andrew Knarr, a 22-year-old student at Colorado Mesa University. “I haven’t had a single person say no.”

Knarr was of course picking low-hanging fruit at the annual gathering of 3,300 conservatives, but it’s also true that Democratic Rep. Jared Polis’s name has become shorthand for the anti-fracking movement in Colorado.

The multimillionaire Polis is bankrolling two anti-fracking ballot measures, Initiative 88 and 89, while business interests are pushing two counter-measures, Initiatives 121 and 137. All four initiatives must gather at least 86,105 valid signatures by Aug. 4 to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot. Read more »

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