• ‘Republicans Are People Too’: Romney ad guru has a message for America October 1, 2014

    Republicans drive Priuses.

    Republicans recycle.

    Republicans have tattoos.

    Okay, so maybe this isn’t shocking news to hear. But a former Mitt Romney ad guru has made little reminders like this the centerpiece of a strange new social media campaign aimed at softening the public image of his Republican Party.

    The campaign is called “Republicans Are People, Too.” Right now, it’s a low-budget endeavor, with an online and social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

    The man behind the push, Vinny Minchillo, told FoxNews.com he’s trying to “catch a wave” of interest by launching “Republicans Are People, Too” shortly before the midterm elections – though he’s not advocating for any particular candidates.

    Rather, he said he’s trying to “encourage and embolden” Republicans to get more involved, easing them out of the stigma he says is associated with being a conservative.

    Read the entire story here.

  • Arlington Republican Club hosting Dennis Michael Lynch September 24, 2014

    About DML: He has appeared as a regular guest on Fox News and recently has been interviewed on MSNBC and CSPAN.   He has produced and directed three documentaries: They Come to America, They Come to America 2 and We Ride to DC. The first two films focus on illegal immigration and the effect it has on the American worker and border security.

    What: Dennis Michael Lynch along with the Texas Tour 2014!

    When: Thursday September 25, 2014

    When: Program starts at 7PM

    How Much: Dennis Michael Lynch is free but if you would like dinner before hand it’s $15

    RSVP: arc@arlingtonrepublicanclub.com

    More Info: http://arlingtonrepublicanclub.com/One_time_Items/ARC%20September%202014%20News%20%20Events.htm

     

  • Spotlight on The Military-Lt.j.g. Weston Floyd September 24, 2014

    Lt. j.g. Weston Floyd is the training officer aboard the USS John S. McCain.

    YOKOSUKA, Japan –A 2007 Mansfield High School graduate and Mansfield, Texas native is serving aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), living and working at a Navy base in Japan.

    Lt. j.g. Weston Floyd is a training officer aboard the ship operating out of Japan. Often called “the tip of the spear,”Yokosuka is located approximately 35 miles south of Tokyo and accommodates our nation’s furthest forward deployed naval forces.

    An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, John S. McCain is 505 feet long at just over one and a half football fields. The ship is 66 feet wide, weighs more than 9,200 tons, and four gas turbine engines can push the ship through the ocean at more than 30 knots.

    The ship is named in honor of two famous John McCains. Annapolis alumni, John Sidney McCain, Sr., and his son, John Sydney, Jr., both served in World War II and became the first father-son pair ever to achieve the rank of four-star admiral. They are the grandfather and father, respectively, of Senator John McCain, who himself served as a Navy pilot during Vietnam and achieved the rank of captain.

    A 25 year-old with numerous responsibilities, Floyd said he is learning about himself as a leader, Sailor and a person. “I am fortunate that my high school history teacher, Mr. Marks, recommended the Naval Academy to me a few years back. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here today serving as an officer on the John S. McCain,”Floyd added.

    “He also said he is proud of the work he is doing as part of the McCain’s 300-member crew, living thousands of miles from home, and protecting America on the world’s oceans. “My experiences have been tremendous. I have traveled the world with a great group of sailors and had the chance to save an Iranian fisherman during a storm in the western approach to the Strait of Hormuz,”Floyd added.

    Assigned to the Navy’s Seventh Fleet and Destroyer Squadron 15, McCain sailors are continuously on watch throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and remain amongst our nation’s first responders. After just returning from a four month patrol, McCain is already preparing for her next underway period. Routinely assigned to Carrier Strike Group operations, leading new international exercises, and representing freedom of the seas in challenged waters, the demand for John S. McCain has never been higher. However, despite a demanding overseas tempo, each sailor carefully serves his role in support of America’s Asia-Pacific rebalancing strategy.

    Approximately 40 officers and 260 enlisted men make up the ship’s company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the 2 billion dollar destroyer running smoothly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.

    “Our Navy presence has to be where it matters and we have to be there when it matters. I am so proud and amazed by the knowledge McCain sailors display and the work they do every day,” said Cmdr. Chase Sargeant, the ship’s commanding officer. Their professionalism, motivation and commitment to the Navy are genuinely inspiring.”

    Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas. With multi-mission capabilities in surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare, ballistic missile defense, and humanitarian assistance, Arleigh Burke destroyers alike excel as the Navy’s premier fighting warship.

    As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most versatile combat ships, Floyd and other John S. McCain sailors understand they are part of a forward deployed team that is heavily relied upon to help protect and defend America across the world’s oceans.

    “Serving in the Navy has been the most rewarding experience in my life professionally, personally, mentally and in some way spiritually,” Floyd added.

    By Lt. Carl P. Zeilman Navy Office of Community Outreach

  • North Texas Giving Day-Consider The Snowball Express September 18, 2014

    Snowball ExpressToday is North Texas Giving Day but supporters from around the globe are welcome to be involved!

    When you donate to Snowball Express today, September 18, your donation will go even further because of the special increased contributions by the Communities Foundation of Texas!

    It’s as easy as 1-2-3

     

    1.  NAVIGATE:  
    Log on here between 6 a.m. and midnight on Thursday, September 18 and go directly to their giving page at: https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/snowball-express

    2.  CONTRIBUTE:

    Make your donation of $25 or more.

    3.  SHARE:

    Help us spread the word and encourage your friends to join you in supporting Snowball Express using #NTGivingDay.  

    Share this link and donate here: 

    https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/snowball-express

     

     

  • UPDATE: Suspect Arrested In Rape Near SMU September 18, 2014

    Police have arrested Torey Jamal Harris, for the alleged aggravated sexual assault that occurred on September 7, 2014 near the Southern Methodist University campus.

    Harris was arrested by the Navarro College Department of Public Safety in Corsicana on an alleged aggravated sexual assault on September 15, 2014.

    He is currently being held at the Navarro County Jail.

    Navarro College law enforcement officials noticed the artist sketch of the University Park suspect was similar in appearance to their suspect and they contacted University Park police detectives working the case.

    “The crime he committed in their city was a similar crime as well,” said University Park Police Chief Greg Spradlin.

    Police said Harris used similar methods of attack in both assaults. He used an ice pick, according to police, to restrain Monday’s victim. Police said he used a cutting tool during the crime, which happened in University Park. When police questioned Harris, Chief Spradlin said he confessed.

    “In our case he asked the victim what her name was. When our detectives were conducting the interview of him, he repeated that name to our detectives.”

    That victim was an SMU student who told police she was raped at knife-point Sept. 7 in the 6700 block of Willard Drive about a half mile from campus. She reported that she was jogging  when the suspect grabbed her from behind.

    Now that Harris is off the streets, many residents who live nearby the park where the assault happened are breathing a sigh of relief.

    “I feel terrible cause I was walking my dog by here probably an hour and a half before it happened,” said Schellas Hyndman.

    Harris is from Dallas. Police said they don’t know what led him to the outskirts of SMU or Navarro College.  Read more here: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/09/17/suspect-arrested-in-rape-near-smu/

  • University Park police release sketch of man who raped SMU student September 15, 2014


    University Park police on Monday released a sketch of the man who raped an SMU student near campus.

    Police say a tattoo on the left side of the man’s neck depicts a crown and includes some script writing.

    The student told police she was raped Sept. 7 while jogging. She said she was attacked about 11 p.m. in the 6700 block of Willard Drive, near Central Expressway and about a half-mile east of the Southern Methodist University campus.

    She said the attacker had a small knife and grabbed her from behind.

    The man was wearing a white Los Angeles Angels baseball jersey, blue shorts and white-and-black athletic shoes. She described him as black, in his early 20s, about 6-0 with a “football player build” and close-cut black hair.

    University Park police are investigating the sexual assault and urge anyone with information to call 214-363-3000 or contact Detective Marshall at 214-987-5359

    Read more here: http://parkcitiesblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/university-park-police-release-sketch-of-man-who-raped-smu-student.html/

     

  • Red light camera industry fights citizen vote September 4, 2014

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    BROOKSVILLE, Florida – You could call it a love triangle, except there is no love lost between the three parties fighting over red light cameras in one of Florida’s smallest cities.

    Florida’s leading red light camera-provider American Traffic Solutions confirms to 10 Investigates Wednesday that it has joined the fight to prevent a citizen-backed referendum on red light cameras from ever reaching a ballot. The city is also fighting the referendum on grounds that it infringes upon city council’s power.

    However, the enemy of the city’s enemy is not its friend in this case; the city is objecting to the intervention from the industry-backed group.

    As previously reported by 10 Investigates, Tampa law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt incorporated a group last week called “Keep Florida Roads Safe,” and immediately filed lawsuits to prevent voters from having a say on red light cameras (RLC). The firm has represented ATS before, but would not reveal if it formed the new group on behalf of ATS.

    ATS, which has the majority of Florida’ 70+ RLC contracts but not Brooksville’s, appears concerned about a possible precedent-setting legal decision and citizen vote.

    Read the whole story here.

  • “Garage”: Greg Abbott’s Positive, Moving New Television Ad September 3, 2014

    My least favorite aspect of election season, I think, is being continually subjected to negative television advertisements. And yet there’s a reason why politicians and their strategists bombard us with so many of them: namely, they impact (if not significantly alter) election outcomes, as the Obama re-election machine keenly understood.

    But maybe a more effective strategy for wooing voters is doing the opposite: releasing positive and refreshing campaign spots about candidates overcoming significant hardships in their lives. Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s most recent offering is a perfect example. After suffering a running accident in his mid-20s, which paralyzed him from the waist down, he explained what it took for him to recover — and become a credible and accomplished candidate for governor this election cycle:Now, compare the ad you just watched with the first television spot his opponent, Wendy Davis, released just last month. Among other things, it’s negative, unseemly, and somewhat misleading (although, in fairness, left-leaning Politifact did rate the ad “mostly true”).

    Nevertheless, Team Abbott responded in kind, noting that the ad didn’t tell the whole story:

    “This ad is a continuation of the type of rhetoric we’ve seen from a candidate who is paper-thin on substance and running a failing campaign devoid of any real vision for the future of Texas. Texans deserve better than the gutter politics they are getting from Sen. Davis.

    “No one has a stronger record fighting the heinous crime of sexual assault than Greg Abbott. Not only did he create dedicated units to arrest and prosecute sex offenders and protect women and children from assault, he’s responsible for putting more offenders in jail than all of his predecessors combined. In the case referenced in Sen. Davis’ despicable ad, Greg Abbott’s decision left intact the liability against the sex offender and his employer. No amount of desperate distortion attempts or token ad buys by Sen. Davis can change the facts of Greg Abbott’s record of fighting for Texans.”

    Read the rest of the article here.

  • Parents of killed SEAL write to Obama: Resign because ‘you sir, are the JV team’ September 2, 2014

    (Photo/Vaughn Family)

    The parents of a SEAL Team Six member who was killed when his helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan have penned a letter to President Obama, calling into question the commander-in-chief’s leadership abilities and saying outright that he ought to resign.

    Billy and Karen Vaughn — who lost their SEAL son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011 — said they’re sick and tired of hearing the president’s monotone press conferences, absent any emotion, and frustrated with his inability to confront the Islamic State, the Daily Mail reported.

    They were specifically outraged by his less-than-passionate response to the terrorist beheading of American journalist James Foley, and his near-simultaneous retreat to the golf course.

    “As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe,” the couple wrote, the Daily Mail reported. “Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.”

    Read the entire article here.

  • Judge Declares Public School Financing System Unconstitutional August 28, 2014

    It’s the ruling heard across the state that will affect millions of school children.

    State district Judge John Dietz of Austin ruled Thursday the state’s funding of public schools is unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge wrote, “The court finds that the Texas school finance system effectively imposes a state property tax in violation of the Texas Constitution because school districts do not have meaningful discretion over the levy, assessment and disbursement of local property taxes. The court further finds that the legsilature has failed to meet its obligational duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated, and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutional adequate education for all Texas school children.” He continued, “the school finance system is financially inefficient because all Texas students do not have substantially equal access to the educational funds…”

    In the long-term, the judge’s ruling could signal a drastic increase in state funding in public schools. In the short term though, no changes may happen at all.

    read the entire article here.