There are many false rumors going around especially on social media, Facebook and Twitter
about the cost to tax payers of new taxi App in Houston. Guess what? I know you will be
surprised about the accuracy of things on social media, but none of them are true.
Recently, the City of Houston announced a new App that would allow Houstonians and
visitors to get access to taxi and Limo services in Houston. Similar to Uber. Without costing the
tax payers any money. Unbelievable I know right.
Advocatecitzen.com. Reached out the City of Houston to fully investigate and get answers
about this App and the cost. Read the transcript below to our interview with Lara
Cottingham the Deputy Assistant Director at City of Houston, Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department.
A few lessons learned from this investigation. First never, believe what you read on
social media, and the internet. More importantly due some investigation before you
perpetuate false rumors. As always get involved in your communities, and please vote each and every election.
The interview:via emsai
AC= Advocatecitizen.com. Question
LC= Lara Cottingham’s answer.
AC. The vendor who provides the app getting paid from any tax dollars?
LC.–I’m not sure what you are asking. No tax dollars will be spent on
AC .If yes, how much?
Is the city getting any revenue from the app?
LC.-No. The primary intent of this app is to improve customer service,
not to generate revenue, since the City already receives annual permit
fees from all vehicles using the app.
AC.If no who pay the vendor of the app?
-LC.-Driver and customer fees will cover the cost of the app.
AC.The cost to the taxi drivers where does that money go?
LC.-The driver will pay less than $1.00 per trip along with credit card
processing fee of less than 3%. The passenger pays a small booking fee
of less than $2 per trip. Drivers only pay for trips they take. The
app only makes money if drivers make money.
Both fees go to the vendor to cover the maintenance of the app.
AC. Why does the City Of Houston need to get involved with private
LC. The City will not own or operate this app. We issued an RFQ to find
a digital platform that would promote a single, easy-to-use point of
contact for all taxicabs and limousines in the City in the interest of
promoting additional transportation options for Houstonians and
visitors alike. The City of Houston has almost 9,000 taxi and limo
drivers, yet fewer than half of those drivers have access to any form
of dispatch. As a result, these vehicles are often functionally
unavailable to the general public. As the fourth, soon to be third,
largest city in the U.S. we believe these services should be readily
available to anyone in the city who is seeking transportation, not
just at airports, hotels and downtown cab stands.
Drivers have asked the City to provide dispatch service for decades,
but until recently, this would have required the city creating and
staffing a dispatch call center. Technology available today allows the
City to provide city-wide dispatch service to the industry at no cost
to the City or the tax payer.
End of interview. Via email.
9/6/2016 Another candidate ok with law breaking
Gary Johnson who is the Libertarian candidate for president in 016 shows he supports illegal immigration into the USA.
8/2/2016 Did you hear what she said
Hillary CLinton says raise taxes in the middle class , and the crowd cheers. We can understand Warren Buffett cheering since he is billionaire.
Wounder if they even listen to what is being said, or maybe they where paid to cher at the speech.
What do you think??
Let us know. Dan @aadvocatrecitizen.com
LInk to the speech.
7/12/2016 No Partisanship
The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held hearings on oversight of the Department of Justice today. In the witness chair was Attorney General Loretta Lynch she discussed Hilary Clinton’s emails. It is quite evident that republicans have their arguments against the Hilary Clinton email situation, and the democrats have diverted the subject to guns and violence.
Examples: See on the timer 7:37 Rep John Conyers ( D ) MI
44:07 , 557:28 and, 1:09.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) gave the following statement. Showing he was dissatisfied with answers from Attorney General Lynch
“It’s clear that, a little over an hour into today’s hearing, Attorney General Lynch has no intention of answering any of our questions regarding the Department’s decision not to charge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, even the most basic questions about the legal elements the government is obligated to prove in a criminal prosecution. Instead of providing the Judiciary Committee with the candor provided to Congress last Thursday by FBI Director Comey, Attorney General Lynch instead is dodging any responsibility to be forthright to Congress by referring members to the statements of her subordinate. If Attorney General Lynch doesn’t want to answer questions about the investigation, then she should have appointed a special prosecutor at the start of the investigation. Instead, she never even sought to recuse herself, despite the fact that Secretary Clinton is the wife of her former boss, President Bill Clinton. It’s equally troubling that she met privately with former President Clinton just days before FBI Director Comey announced that he does not recommend criminal charges be filed against Secretary Clinton. The American people deserve transparency about this investigation.”
Watch the hearing for yourself. Clearly no bi partisanship on this election year issue.
See hearing part 1.
1. Video by C Span
2. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Web site. July 12, 2016
7/11/2016 Dallas Police Chief’s Message.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown in his news conference earlier today. Challenged protesters to join and help police. “Don’t be a part of the problem. We’re hiring,” Brown said. “Get out of
the protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood.”
Brown also stressed the communities except the police to solve too many problems.
“Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding. Let the cop handle it. Not enough drug addiction funding. Let’s give it to the cops. Here in
Dallas, we’ve got a loose dog problem. Let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. You know, schools fail. Give it to the cops. 70% of the African-American community is being raised by single women.
Let’s give it to the cops to solve that, as well. That’s too much to ask,” said Brown.
Chief Brown is very proud of his officers and Dallas Police Department that have lower crime rates.
Chief Brown speaks beat for himself and the situation.
Watch new conference:
6/28/2016 THe House Benghazi Report
6/23/2016 Disgrace in the House
Congressman Chakah Fattah resigned to House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier today.( see letter below)
Mr Fatah was convicted of 23 counts of corruption , and money laundering earlier this week.
Mr Fattah, it’s a disgrace to call him Congressman, will be sentenced on October 3,2016.
06/21/2016 The truth about Trade
6/5/2016 Our 2ND Amendment
Here is what presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says about the 2nd amendment.
3/9/2016 The GOP Race to the Nomination
With 19 primaries and caucuses completed for the republican presidential candidates it seems
to be a two man race for the nomination. Front runner Donald Trump leads Texas Senator Ted
Cruz by close too a 100 delegates. Donald trump has 458 , and Ted Cruz 359. Rounding out the
group Senator Marco Rubio has 151 delegates, and Ohio Governor John Kasich has 54
Let us take a moment to explain the republican nomination process so you will fully understand
how the candidate is nominated.
The candidate is nominated thought the primary and caucus system held by each state. Each
states delegate count is based on 10 plus the number of congressional district. Texas for
example ,is very large state with 155 delegates. Versus a small state of New Hampshire that only has 23 delegates.
The candidate that gets to 1,237 delegates will be the Republican Party nominee.
Tuesday March 15 is another Super Tuesday with Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and North
Carolina all will have their primaries.
What makes the March 15th primaries more enticing is that these states will not share the
delegates amongst the candidates.. It is a winner take all. With 358 delegates at stake look for
heavy advertising dollars being spent in the above five states for votes.
Will Donald Trump do as the current polls show and win big, or will Senator Ted Cruz surprise
some people and win enough to keep Donald trump from dominating the race? Can dark horse
candidate Marco Rubio win his home state of Florida?
This is why we will be watching on March 15th.
We will discuss the candidates in a separate article.
As always make sure to get out and vote in your state.
Advocatecitizen.com. email email@example.com
02/26/2016 Paul Simpson Interview
Advocatecitizen.com. Caught up with Harris County Republican Chairman Paul Simpson at one of his meet and greets. Listen to our brief interview below.
Make sure to get out and vote . The last day of early voting is today 2/26/2016. Otherwise please vote on March 1st.
Houston’s New Mayor patching roads quickly.
Good news Houston! After only 3 weeks into office Mayor Sylvester Turner has been aggressive about the pothole and street repairs of Houston.
According to the Mayor Turners office calls to the 311 help line have increased by more than 1000%.
The city has certainly responded quickly with a 90% complete rate within 24 hours.
The city has filled more than 902 potholes in a two week period !
Street repairs that require more than just pothole fix- usually take 30 days to get scheduled.
They are placed on a priority report with a timeline. According to Janice Evans Mayor Turner’s Chief
Advocatecitizen.com gives Mayor Turner an A+ for his immediate action on street repairs.
We hope he can continue to fix Houston’s infrastructure that so many Houstonians use every day.
See Mayor Turner’s press release.
12/18/15 Omnibus spending bill passes US Senate
Today the US Senate voted to pas US House or representatives bill HR 2029. The House passed the bill yesterday.
Here is list of the so called conservative leadership of the Republican Party voted with democrats again.
Senators: Mitch McConnel, KY , John Cornyn , TX, Lindsey Graham, SC, Marco Rubbio, Fl did not vote, Lamar Alexander, TN., Bob Corker, TN.
See how your senators voted below.
Alphabetical by Senator Name
|Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
Booker (D-NJ), Yea
Boozman (R-AR), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Not Voting
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Capito (R-WV), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Cassidy (R-LA), Nay
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Cotton (R-AR), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
Cruz (R-TX), Nay
Daines (R-MT), Nay
Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Ernst (R-IA), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Fischer (R-NE), Nay
|Flake (R-AZ), Nay
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gardner (R-CO), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Yea
Hirono (D-HI), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johnson (R-WI), Yea
Kaine (D-VA), Yea
King (I-ME), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Lankford (R-OK), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Lee (R-UT), Nay
Manchin (D-WV), Nay
Markey (D-MA), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Nay
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Nay
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Moran (R-KS), Nay
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
|Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Perdue (R-GA), Yea
Peters (D-MI), Yea
Portman (R-OH), Nay
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Rounds (R-SD), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Not Voting
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Sasse (R-NE), Nay
Schatz (D-HI), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Scott (R-SC), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Sullivan (R-AK), Nay
Tester (D-MT), Nay
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Tillis (R-NC), Yea
Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Warren (D-MA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Nay
1 vote results from USsenate.gov
12/11/2015 Houston We Have a Runoff
Tomorrow, Saturday December 12th is the big day to decide who will be the next mayor in the City be of Houston.
The runoff is between Sylvester Turner and Bill King who seem to have different perspectives on how to manage the city if elected as Mayor.
Advocate Citizen wants to explain some differences between the two on the issues of street repair and city pension plans. These two issues alone have the city in debt and, could potentially cripple the city if not handled responsibly.
Sylvester Turner: Quote via email to Advocatecitizen :
The first thing I will tackle in office is our financial situation.
We have a number of serious problems but we can’t deal with them one
at a time. We have to take a comprehensive look at all issues with
everyone at the table. That includes pensions, debt, TIRZs and more.
Comprehensive financial reform will require us to work on all the
issues together. One thing that will not be on the table is a tax
I favor keeping ReBuild Houston but making changes so that it works
better. We need a revenue stream for street and flood work.
A stable pension system is an essential protection for the economic
health of the middle class. Public employees deserve the secure
retirements that were promised them; our city needs to fund essential
services; and taxpayers need to be protected.
I support local control – but to achieve it, we must put our local
house in order. I have a 26-year track record of getting things done
in the Legislature and have occupied major positions under Democratic
and Republican leadership. I can tell you that state legislators don’t
want to be put in the position of settling local disputes. They just
throw up their hands and refuse to get involved.
That’s why any meaningful reforms in Austin will require all
stakeholders in Houston sitting at the table discussing the city’s
financial challenges now and into the future.
Beware of politicians selling easy answers – they often have
unintended consequences. Any wholesale changes done without buy-in
from local stakeholders can put the safety of the city at risk.
Approximately 1,900 police officers are eligible to retire right now
– when the force has fewer officers than it did ten years ago –
and nearly 1,400 firefighters are eligible to retire right now. The
threat of losing so many officers and firefighters is not just
In Memphis, according to a _Wall Street Journal_ article this spring,
more than 250 police and firefighters quit after the city switched a
portion of its employees out of defined benefit plans into
401(k)-style accounts. And the city is having significant challenges
My opponent suggests that we use pension bonds to reduce the unfunded
liability – a proposal that ignores our current debt situation. He
also suggests switching the pension system to one more like a 401(k).
That may work for private companies but states that have done that
have found it costs the government more.
Bill King: Via email to Advocatecitizen from Nicholas Reed
Policy Director, Bill King for Mayor:
Mr. King has publicly stated that the City of Houston will need to
issue an infrastructure bond within the next couple of years to catch
up on needed street repairs and drainage improvements. We have the
debt capacity to do this without raising taxes.
The pensions can be funded 100% as long as the City starts moving soon
toward 401k-style defined contribution plans for all newly hired
employees. This will improve the long-term debt-to-revenue ratio so
substantially that it will be a relatively simple matter to fund the
remaining obligations to employees and retirees under the old plans.
This way, everyone who has worked in expectation of benefits can rest
assured that they will be paid what they were promised.
Please make sure to get out to vote .
10/30/2015 Are you serious Senator McConnell and John Boehner
Early morning vote at 1 Am in the US Senate passed the president’s budget deal with a vote of 63 to 35.
It was the budget deal negotiated with President Obama John Boehner and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that will go down in history as the largest debt increase. The plan eliminates the discretionary spending caps form the 2011 Budget Control Act of 2011. By eliminating any fiscal discipline and increasing spending by $80 billion. It will give a blank check to President Obama with no deficit spending limits until 2017. In addition, it robs Social Security trust fund of approximately $150 billion dollars over the next three years. It transfer that money to the near bankrupt Disability Insurance Trust Fund. This supposedly will keep the disability fund solvent until 2022. This is certainly not a responsible fix to Social Security. In fact it merely kicks the can down the road to another congress.
Earlier Speaker John Boehner was replaced by Paul Ryan as the new speaker of the house. However, let’s be honest and stop thanking Speaker Boehner for his service. Instead we should be asking or saying thanks for leaving us with more debt. Advocate Citizen did contact Senator Mitch McConnell’s and Speaker John Boehner’s office but no comment has been given.
Senator Ted Cruz (Republican from TX) eloquently, pointed out on the US Senate floor prior to the vote several important things for all of us to understand what is going on in Washington DC. He showed with several examples listed below how US Senator Mitch McConnell since becoming the Senate Majority leader has backed president Obama’s polices time after time. Failing to live up to his campaign promises to the American people. It was supposed to change once the republicans gained control of the house and senate.
- Renewing of the Export Import Bank.
- Nomination of liberal Supreme Court justice Loretta Lynch.
- Immigration reform. By failing to stop sanctuary cities, and failure to secure our borders.
- Why the 1 AM vote?
See Senator Cruz’s speech https://youtu.be/TOjMn87AbzA
Senator Rand Paul (Republican from KY) also opposed the budget deal. “T,his deal represents the worst of the Washington culture. The Left and the Right have come together in an unholy alliance to explode the debt. The Left gets more welfare, the Right gets more military contracts, and the Taxpayer is stuck with the bill”!
“This deal gives the President the power to borrow unlimited amounts of money.”
Senator Paul has proposed deficit cutting with a balanced budget bill. He would cut, cap and balance the budget. He wanted to bring to floor last night for a vote, but democrats blocked the vote, and insisted on voting on the budget agreed bill.
See Rand Paul’s speech: https://youtu.be/HNsmztsbM8w
Ask yourself these questions as a taxpayer. First, think what that means the word taxpayer for a moment. It means you work, and the government takes percentage of you pay to fund the govenrmnt. We as taxpayers are the only funding sauce of our government.
- Why do the elected officials on both sides oppose government balanced budget, and call it a ludicrous idea that would default our governments credit rating?
- Why vote at 1AM? This certainly does not show government transparency to us the taxpayers.
- Have our elected officials in DC become so arrogant to completely ignore our wishes and needs?
- What has happened to the sold called conservatives of the Republican Party? They continue to support liberal tax and spend ideas.
- Finally, and probably most importantly, what are we as the taxpayers, and voters going to do about it? Do you have the courage to stand up start grass root efforts to vote out all the fake conservatives in all levels of government?
Below is the list of the 63 US senators who voted for this budget deal. 2 Senators did not vote.
46 democrats, and 17 republicans voted yes.
- Heritage Action For America. http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/key-vote-no-on-bipartisan-zombie-budget-agreement-of-2015-hr-1314/
- US Senator Ted Cruz web site; http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2490
- Senator Rand Paul web site: http://www.paul.senate.gov/news/press/remarks-prepared-for-delivery-sen-rand-paul-floor-speech-before-senate-votes-on-continuing-his-filibuster-on-budget-agreement
10/28/2015 New Speaker of The House Of Representatives
Today, the US House of Representatives voted to elect Republican Paul Ryan as the new speaker . With 236 votes. Democrat Nancy Pelosi came in in second with 184 votes.
10/01/2015 Republicans shut down Sen Cruz again
Senator Ted Cruz(Texas) was stopped today by Senate Majority Leader Mcconnell and other RINOS on stopping our tax payer abortion funding and stopping the Iran deal.
Is Illegal Immigration Expensive?
Some say 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump was the impetus of the illegal immigration
discussion of many Americans. Regardless of your political beliefs, and who is running for
president we will put to rest some of the myths about illegal immigration that seem to be flourishing
among social media conversations across our great country.
Since illegal immigration is an enormous subject to tackle this article is first of a few blogs on the
subject. The second blog on birthright citizenship will be coming in the near future.
First, we must make it crystal clear that illegal immigration is defined as a person or persons who have
entered the United States without permission. For the purpose of this discussion we will set aside those who overstayed their visas and never return to their home country.
Although visa overstay is a significant part of illegal immigration we will save that for another discussion.
Illegal immigration is not something brand new to Americans in 2015. Modern day immigration
began in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan granted amnesty by signing into law the 1986 Immigration
Reform and Control Act. Under this act nearly 2.7 million illegals received green cards, and 1.1 million
become citizens within ten years. At the time this was the largest immigration reform in our countries history.
Let’s fast forward to our present day. We have encountered several amnesty attempts in
Congress over the last few years under republican and democratic leadership. President Obama though
executive action in 2014 granted protection from deportation to an estimated 5.1 million illegal immigrants.
How big is the illegal immigration problem currently in the United States? According to the non-partisan
Pew Research Center and FAIR In 2014 the illegal immigrant population was 11.3 million. Of
that population Mexico remains the largest country of origin with 52% of the illegal population. Due their
proximity and bordering southwestern states. However, on a positive note for Mexico this
number is at a low compared to the boom years from 2000-2013, and Mexicans are not typically terrorist.
Many say illegal immigration does not cost taxpayers anything.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact in state of Texas alone the annual cost is
estimated to 8.9 billion dollars in 2010 and in 2013 estimated $12.1 billion dollars; the largest portion, nearly
70% is being spent on education. This education is from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The second largest expenditure in Texas of illegal immigrants is healthcare which is 15.4% of the annual
cost. The rest of the cost is to public assistance, law enforcement, and general government services.
The cost to the USA of illegal immigration estimated to be $ 113 billion dollars annually. However, a
large portion roughly $84 billion is absorbed by local and state governments. A large portion of the
Illegal immigrant cost falls on the states of Arizona, California, Florida, New Mexico, New York,
and Texas, since those states have the largest illegal populations in the country.
Medical care on a national level certainly is an expensive part of it is illegal immigration. It is estimated
by a Rand study in 2006 1.1 billion of government funds are spent on medical expenses for illegals
under the age of 65. The medical services are primarily received at free clinics and hospital
Education of illegals children is another costly expense to taxpayers. Let’s take a look at the numbers to
illustrate the expense. Educating children of illegals cost an estimated 2.1 billion per year, with about
half that being spent on the Title 1 program. Title 1 program came from the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act of 1965. In an effort to increase academic performance of the very poor.
Advocate Citizen is against illegal immigration for the main reason of finical burdens placed upon US tax
payers. We hope our leaders of both parties will finally do what is right and enforce our laws.
Look for future articles on illegal immigration in the near future.
As always get involved and let us know your thoughts and opinions.
- The Research Institute
- FAIR ( Federation For American Immigraiton Reform)
- http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/research-5. pub/FAIR_HowToWin_2015.pdf5.http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/immigration101.pdf
9/1/2015 34 US Senators that support Iran
Please click on the link to see the 34 US Senators who are supporting the Iran deal.
7/20/2015 Was he out of Line
There seems to be a lot of controversy from particularly the Republican National Committee on Presidential candidate Donald Trumps remarks about Senator John McCain.
In your opinion was Donald Trumps comments out of line?
See for yourself on the attached Utube link.
05/30/2015 Show down set for Sunday on government spying
More than 230 years ago one of America’s great minds, Benjamin Franklin, had it right even in today’s world on his thoughts about liberty, and freedom.
“Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.”
Today, this is relevant because on Sunday May 31, 2015 the United States Senate will reconvene to debate and possibly a vote on the renewal of the Patriot Act. The controversial section 215 that allows government collection of mega data as seen in recent history with NSA spying case. Exposed by former NSA employee Edward Snowden. In May of 2015 Edward Snowden said it well on the issue of government monitoring of citizens. “When you monitor everyone, you understand nothing”.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as of today is for a clean passage of the entire Patriot Act. However, republican Rand Paul, according to his communication director Jillian Lane in an email to Advocate Citizen “Sen. Paul will oppose reauthorization and any short-term extension of the Patriot Act.” Remember Senator Paul led a US Senate filibuster for more than 10 hours against the renewal of the Patriot Act on May 20, 2015. We also reached out to Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, his office released the following statement “While we do not yet know specifically what the Senate will vote on this Sunday, Senator Corker believes we must ensure these programs are as robust as possible in order to keep the American people safe while still respecting the civil liberties we all cherish.”
It remains to be seen how the leadership of the US Senate will proceed on Sunday.
Will there be enough opposition on a bi partisan basis to defeat the renewal of section 215 as passed in the US House of Representatives, or will Leader McConnell continue to support the agenda of the extreme left wing supporting President Obama’s agenda? Will Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, along with other conservative republicans do what is constitutionally right?
On Sunday we hope to see both parties act reasonably and do what is right for the American people.
Otherwise, our liberties will continue to erode.
- What our fore fathersthought.com http://www.whatourforefathersthought.com/Quotes.html
- . http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2015/may/22/snowden-monitor-everyone-understand-nothing-video
05/20/2015 Keep Talking Senator Paul
Senator Rand Paul (KY) and presidential candidate began a filibuster shortly after 1PM today against the
renewal of section 216 of Patriot Act. Section 216 allows the government the NSA to collect metadata phone data of US Citizens without probable cause.
Senator Paul had support in the filibuster from democrats and republicans.
Senator Paul stopped the filibuster at 1149AM EST.
Where is the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, why will he defy the American people wishes again, and stop the collection of data by any government agency?
Contact your members of Congress let them know to stop NSA collection of data by not renewing the patriot Act section 215.
5/11/20015 This is why we have problems today
4/24/2015 Republicans Give in on AG Confirmation
With vote of 56 to 43 the Unites States Senate confirmed the Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.
These 10 republicans broke party lines and voted for the confirmation of Loretta Lynch.
Senators: Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake
(Ariz.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (Ohio) Thad Cochran (Miss.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Mitch McConnell (Ky.) Senator Ted Cruz of Texas did not vote.
Now, on the surface it may appear as a close vote in the US Senate, and another loss for the
However, what happened before shows the inability of the republican leadership to bring conservative values to the American people as promised in the 2014 elections with control of the both chambers in The US Congress.
Prior to the confirmation vote there was what is called in US Senate terms a cloture vote.
Cloture meaning bring end to all debate, and if there are enough votes to bring to a vote, or with fewer than 60 votes kill the legislation. The cloture vote passed 63 to 43 with the Majority leader Mitch Mcconnell,(KY) and the Senate Whip Senator Cornyn (TX) voting yes. These are the republican leaders who negotiated with the democrats bring the Loretta Lynch nomination to a vote. In exchange for bringing the Human Trafficking bill without using federal funds for abortions. In case you are wondering this is why the republicans held the Attorney General nominee for more than five months.
To make the situation worse especially for constituents of Texas Senator John Cornyn, he then turned around and voted no in the confirmation vote. Why you ask, because most of us will not know when he says later he was against the president’s nomination he then has the vote to show us. Advocate Citizen via email contacted his communications director Megan Mitchell, who said Senator Cornyn has said he will vote against the Loretta Lynch nomination, and that human trafficking bill has afforded law enforcementsome critical tools. When we asked about the deal and senator Cornyn negations with the democrats no response was given.
Another example of key republicans bowing to the democrats on issues their constituents want them to stand firm.
As always please make sure you are registered to vote, and stay involved in your communities.
Ultimately, we are the eyes and ears for watching our elected officials.
Let us know your thoughts and ideas email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter or Facebook.
3/28/2015 Should States Drug Test Welfare Recipients?
It certainly is reasonable for the American tax payer to think those who are receiving any type of government assistance are not using, or abusing drugs or alcohol. However, in some state legislatures it seems to be a political battle over drug testing vs constitutional rights.
On one side of the argument, usually the conservative side, the argument is for drug testing in order to save money by cutting any assistance of to those individuals using drugs of any kind. In the other corner there are the democrats arguing it violates constitutional rights of the individual.
Let us back up a little and follow the progression of this drug testing argument.
In 1996 the federal government pass the Welfare Reform Act to credit of democratic President Bill Clinton. In which the states are allowed to drug test those individuals seeking any type of government assistance, such as TNAF SNAP, Medicaid. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 brought welfare spendingdown from 3.4 % of GDP to 2.4% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) GDP is the total dollar of goods and services over a certain period of time. GDP represents the size of the economy.
The issue was stagnant in most states until 2003 The Michigan Appeals court in the case of Marchwinski v. Howard ruled that subjecting every welfare applicant in Michigan to a drug test without reason to believe that drugs are being is used was unconstitutional.
However, it was not until 2009 when more than 20 states proposed legislation that would require drug testing as a condition to receiving the any type of assistance, but it was not until 2011 when Arizona, Florida, and Missouri passed drug testing legislation.
In 2014 Michigan passed a suspicion based drug screening plan, and in Florida their law is on hold by a district judge, and later upheld by the Circuit Court t of Appeals.
Here in the Lone Star State of Texas, “bills have been purposed the last few sessions” according to State Representative Gary Elkins chief of staff Debra Clonts, “but have never made it through the legislative process”.
Now that you understand some of the history of the drug testing debate you can make an intelligent decision today as it pertains in your state. Just a few ideas Advocate Citizen believes are important to consider regardless of which side of the argument you fall.
- Does a welfare recipients have any obligation to the source of their assistance the tax payer?
- Under what restrictions is the assistance given? For example does the individual have to look for gainful employment, and be legitimately needing of the finical assistance as set out by state guidelines?
- Under what circumstances can the individual recipient be required to test or prove required obligations? For example, not suing drugs, actually searching for employment and not using the assistance illegally?
- Doesn’t the government state or federal have an obligation to the tax payers to protect their money, by screening and enforcing the assistance programs?
- With a national drug use rate of approximately 9.4% does the government have the right to anticipate drug use by welfare recipients?
- What is the most cost effective and best result orientated testing method?
- Do Welfare recipients surrender any rights during the time they are receiving government assistance?
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- National Conference of State Legislatures web site
- Texas State Rep Gary Elkins office via email
- Texas Tribune 2/5/2015 “Drug Testing for Welfare Benefits Back on the Table” by Alexa Ura
- Think Progress posted 2/26/15 by Bryce Covert, and Josh Israel
- US Government spending web site
3/23/2015 Senator Cruz will run for President
See the link below to listen to Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement to run for president in 2016.
Choose your candidate carefully and with facts .
03/03/2015 75 Republicrats Fund DHS
After all the drama in the US Senate from both parties and House Speaker Boehner supposedly
standing strong to stop the illegal executive amnesty order the US of House of Representatives
voted 257-167 to give President Obama a clean Funding of Department of Homeland Security.
Even House Speaker John Boehner voted yes .
See the links below Speaker John Boehner saying that congress cannot just sit by and let
President Obama defy the constitution. Mr. Speaker you voted yes to fund the DHS without
stopping the President’s unconstitutional immigration authority.
The list of the 75 Republicans voting to fund DHS on the clean bill:
- Benishek 2. Bishop (Mich.) 3. Boehner 4. Bost 5. Brooks (Ind.) 6. Buchanan
- Calvert 8. Carter (Texas) 9. Coffman 10. Cole 11. Collins (N.Y.)
- Comstock 13. Costello (Pa.) 14. Curbelo (Fla.)
- Davis, Rodney 16. Denham
- Dent 18. Diaz-Balart 19. Dold
- Ellmers (N.C.) 21. Emmer (Minn.) 22. Fitzpatrick
- Frelinghuysen 24. Gibson 25. Granger 26. Guinta
- Hanna28. Hardy
- Heck (Nev.) 30. Hurd (Texas 31. Jolly
- Katko 33. King (N.Y.) 34. Kinzinger (Ill.) 35. Kline
- Knight 37. Lance 38. LoBiondo 36. Knight
- MacArthur 40. McCarthy 41. McCaul
- McHenry 43. McMorris Rogers 44. McSally
- Meehan 46. Miller (Mich.) 47. Moolenaar
- Murphy (Pa.) 49. Noem 50. Nunes
- Paulsen 52. Pittenger 53. Pitts
- Poliquin 55. Reichert 56. Rogers (Ky.)
- Ros-Lehtinen 58. Royce 59. Ryan (Wis.)
- Scalise 61. Schock 62. Shimkus
- Simpson 64. Smith (N.J.) 65. Stefanik
- Stivers 67. Thompson (Pa.) 68. Tiberi
- Trott 70. Turner 71. Upton
- Valadao 73. Walden 74. Walters, Mimi
- Young (Ind.)
There is hope. The 2016 elections are not that far away every member of the House of Representatives will be up for reelection. Make note of the Republic-rats voting with the president in your area, and vote against them. Clearly, another case of republicans bowing to the Democrats.
Makes me wonder why we still vote republican.
2/18/2015 Calling Senator Rubio where are you?
Florida hold on to your hats we have some bad news about your ‘star’ US Senator Marco Rubio.
According to Govtrack.us. From Jan 2011 to Feb 2015, Rubio missed 99 of 1,199 roll call votes, which is 8.3%. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.
Why so many absences Senator Rubio? Advocate Citizen contacted Senator Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant via email had this response to our questions.
Regarding his voting record in past years: Senator Rubio takes his responsibilities as both a senator and a father seriously. The vast majority of missed votes are when the latter duties take precedent, and he needs to be in Miami for family commitments. He is one of the only senators with young children
He has not moved his family to D.C., and tries to spend as much time in Florida with them as possible. In addition to his parental responsibilities, in recent years he’s also had to return to Florida and miss votes due to his mother’s health and civic responsibilities like jury duty.
In all fairness to Senator Rubio did attend one day to the Miami jury pool in March 2014, but was not selected and dismissed.
When asked about Senator Rubio’s plans for 21015 in US Senate and a possible presidential run Canant replied
It’s not unusual for presidential candidates to miss Senate votes. Senator Rubio has not made a final decision about 2016, but he’s seriously considering running for president and taking the necessary steps to prepare a competitive campaign. As he travels the country talking about his agenda to help the middle class, there will be no doubt where he stands on any important issues before the Senate.
Senator Rubio has some tough questions ahead of him as he decides if to run for president. However, since he took office one thing is clear he has not always acted as a conservative.
Floridians have many tough decisions to make prior to the 2016 elections; most importantly, if Marco Rubio should be elected to any office.
Listed below is the chart of his voting record since he took office in January 2011:
Time Period Votes Elligible Missed Votes Percent Percentile
2011 Jan-Mar 46 0 0.0% 0th
2011 Apr-Jun 58 5 8.6% 89th
2011 Jul-Sep 49 12 24.5% 99th
2011 Oct-Dec 82 3 3.7% 69th
2012 Jan-Mar 63 0 0.0% 0th
2012 Apr-Jun 109 3 2.8% 79th
2012 Jul-Sep 28 8 28.6% 94th
2012 Nov-Dec 50 1 2.0% 56th
2013 Jan-Jan 1 0 0.0% 0th
2013 Jan-Mar 92 0 0.0% 0th
2013 Apr-Jun 76 1 1.3% 34th
2013 Jul-Sep 43 4 9.3% 93rd
2013 Oct-Dec 80 4 5.0% 75th
2014 Jan-Mar 93 12 12.9% 97th
2014 Apr-Jun 123 16 13.0% 92nd
2014 Jul-Sep 54 2 3.7% 76th
2014 Nov-Dec 96 6 6.3% 80th
2015 Jan-Feb 56 22 39.3% 98th
1/9/2015 The Terrible ‘T ‘ in Washington
With Congress opening its 114 session this week some republicans along with the democrats are already taking about the T word. Yes ,that’s right raising are taxes.
US Senators Chris Murphy Democrat from CT, and Bob Corker Republican from TN are
Proposing to raise the gasoline tax in the first time since 1993.
Currently, when you go to the pump according to API the average combined state and federal taxes is 49.28 cents per gallon.
The map below shows cost of gas tax per gallon by state.
Here is the USA Average for gasoline TAX per American Petroleum Institute:
US National Average Gasoline Diesel
State Excise Tax 20.50 ¢ per gallon 19.07 ¢ per gallon
Other State Taxes/Fees 10.39 ¢ per gallon 11.68 ¢ per gallon
Total State Taxes/Fees 30.88 ¢ per gallon 30.75 ¢ per gallon
Total State and Federal Taxes 49.28 ¢ per gallon 55.15 ¢ per gallon
Ask yourself the following questions:
- I thought I voted republican to stop this tax and spend mentality in Washington DC, so why are republicans’ supporting this?
2. Tax increase so early in the session that republican have just gained majority in both chambers of congress. Is this the republican platform tax and spend?
Advocate Citizen contacted US Senators Bob Corkers, and Senator Chris Murpphy ‘s offices for a response . No official response yet.
As always continue to get involved in your government and call your elected officials in Washington.
- American Petroleum Institute- web site http://www.api.org/
12/11/2014 The 1 Trillion $ Budget
The below is the 1603 Page Appropriations Bill. A vote is expected this week in the House of representatives.
10/22/2014 Texas Candidate for Governor Busted on Twitter
Wendy Davis a candidate for Governor in Texas (Democrat) ,tweeted a picture of Virginia College Republicans students members saying they voted for her.
How can they vote for a Texas Governor from Virginia?
Advocate citizen’s Dan Somerby had a brief phone interview with lauren McCue who was one of the students pictured in Wendy Davis’s tweet.Listen below
See Wendy Davis tweet on 10/21/14 below.
10/15/2014 Not so Fast- You need an ID
Justice was done in Texas . All Texas voters will need to bring some ID in order to vote this November 4th.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that Texas requires a voter ID for the November 4th election; it overturned the lower court’s ruling just a few days ago.
Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott released the following statement on the court ruling:
“We are pleased that the appeals court has unanimously agreed that Texas’ voter ID law should remain in effect for the upcoming election, which is the right choice in order to avoid voter confusion. The State will continue to defend the voter ID law and remains confident that the district court’s misguided ruling will be overturned on the merits. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are a legal and sensible way to protect the integrity of elections.”
Some will argue that requiring an id to vote discriminates against the poor, and some minorities. However the Texas Department of Public Safety will issue what is called an (EIC) Election Identification Certificate free of charge to those who do not have any ID. The EIC program began back in June of 2013 to ensure all those who want to vote will have the proper ID to vote. To date according to DPS they have issued 295 EIC cards and have had more than 1850 inquires about what ID is needed.
Here is what is needed to vote and qualify for the EIC card; From DPS Web site:
Most residents already have an acceptable form of photo identification needed for voting and will not need or qualify for an EIC. If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are not eligible to receive an EIC:
Texas driver license – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
Texas personal identification card – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
U.S. passport book or card – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
Texas concealed handgun license – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
U.S. Military identification with photo – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo
To apply for an EIC, applicants must visit one of the locations listed above and complete an application for a Texas Election Identification Certificate (DL-14C). (For the Spanish language version of the EIC application, see http://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/forms/DL-14CS.pdf).
To qualify for an EIC, an applicant must:
Bring documentation to verify U.S. citizenship and Identity
Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety)
Be a Texas resident
Be 17 years and 10 months or older
How can anyone think voter ID is unfair to any individual or group? Think of what an id is needed to cash a check, for employment, to get on an airplane, and even to visit the Whitehouse in Washington DC.
The hypocrisy of the democrats needs to be revealed for everyone to see that our elections can be fair. It is unfair to allow any possibilities of election fraud in our country. Election frauds skew the election results against the wishes of the voters.
Get involved in your community and government.
1. Attorney General for Texas: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/oagnews/release.php?id=4876
2. Texas Department of Public Safety : http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/2014/pr101414.htm
9/12/2014 Register to Vote
Hey Houston ,TX please register to vote by the deadline October 6,2014 for the November election.
If you need help registering to vote let us know. We are deputized and can register people to vote here in Harris County.
7/31/2014 Milton Friedman’s B Day Challenge
Today would have been the 102 birthday of famed economist Milton Freidman. He was born on this day in 1912.
Advocate Citizen believes it appropriate to show a video from 1979 as he appeared on the Phil Donahue
Show. Today his answer is still the right answer. Here is the challenge. Show this video to your liberal
friends. Then simply ask what Milton Freidman asked. Probably will have silence or they will change the
Let us know what happens on Advocatecitizen.com
See the video:
07/21/2014 Aliens Running for the Boarder!
I am sure you have heard of the influx of illegal children entering our country in the last few weeks from Central and South America.
In order to understand the issue we (Advocate Citizen) wanted to examine the root cause or causes of the influx, so we did.
In 2008 Congress passed and George Bush signed into law the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act which was originally pushed by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers as well as by evangelical groups to combat sex trafficking, the bill gave substantial new protections to children entering the country alone who were not from Mexico or Canada by prohibiting them from being quickly sent back to their country of origin.
Soon after the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act was in place, President Obama enacted the DREAM Act by initiating the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors.
You may be wondering what does this mean to the current illegal immigration problem here in the USA and how does that effect the American Citizen? Simple. Bush signed into law an act that allowed some illegal immigrant children to stay in the US longer without parents and Obama enacted the DREAM Act to then education them and developing them…so central Americans started sending the kids off by the boat load. In short they are given- Free sheltering, Food protection, and if they stay longer they are given education and development- all of these are footed by the tax payer.
According the US Customs and Borer patrol statistics there was 106 %
increases in the number of illegal children aged 0-17 years old from 2013 to 2014 thus far. In 2013, at the southwest border, there were 27,884 apprehensions, and so far in 2014 more than 57,000.
According to US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas “We are witnessing a
humanitarian crisis unfolding that is the direct consequence of
President Obama’s lawlessness,” Sen. Cruz said. “We just toured this Air Force facility, where up to 1,200 children are being cared for… but they have come through harrowing circumstances.”
These illegal children don’t all bring the desire to learn our culture language and customs. They bring disease and potential crime problems with many being part of gangs such as MS 13.
The 1 million dollar question is how will we solve the issue that
benefits the USA and not the illegals?
Well that will be debated in the US Congress as they debate the giving of humanitarian aid and scare tactics to solve the so called border crises. What will that cost? Well currently. President Obama is asking for 3.7 billion of our tax dollars.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is working on solutions to the border crisis. He will be sending 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the border since the federal government has failed to secure our border.
In the solution is it imperative that we the voters let our elected officials know some ideas and solutions. This issue has become a crisis for lack of enforcement of our current immigration laws and through executive order of the part of the Dream Act.
I leave you with a last thought- not all illegal aliens running to our boarders come to the US to prosper we have enemies that now know our boarders are not secure.
Get involved let your voice be heard!
1. us Customs and Border Patrol
2.NPR.com July 9,2014
4. Al.com July 13, 2014 Obama’s Dream Act
6/5/2014 Google is Bowe Bergdahl a hero or?
In a press conference about the release of SGT Bowe Bergdahl questions arose if he was really captured or if he desert his team as suggested by platoon members Gerald Sutton, Josh Korder in a CNN interview ( see link below)
State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf suggested that internet search engine Google has
Conflicting reports, but the case is still being investigated. Ms. Harf, are you saying that our government intelligence (US ARMY intelligence), trusts Google for military intelligence? Is the US government now saying that Google has access to military files and can interview solders at will? I think we both know the answer to that question. Emphatically no.
It is also important to note this case has been ongoing for 5 years. It is also important to point out that fellow platoon soldiers risked their life in the efforts to find SGt Bergdahl when he went missing.
One question remains unanswered: Why did our government release 5 Taliban members in exchange for Sgt Bergdahl? It may be easier to answer, ‘Who assassinated JFK don’t you think?
President Obama made no apologies for the trade. He probably learned of the events on MSNBC’s nightly program. Maybe he and all government spokes people will refer us to Google for the answers.
See the links to the press conference below:
Dan Somerby, Advocatecitizen.com
5/10/2014 Hey Texas need an ID to Vote
Texas if you need ID to vote DPS will be open several Saturdays’.
No more excuses why you can’t vote.
Get your ID today and make sure you are registered to vote.
Link for more information:
5/09/2014 Don’t Mess With Texas When It Comes To Business
The Lone Star state still remains the best state for business according to a survey of over 500 CEO’s.
How does Texas remain on the top? Is it magic or just good capitalism? Advocate citizen believes it’s the latter of the two.
Texas has limited regulations, and low taxes and that helps create more jobs than all other states combined.
Conversely, New York, a state with high regulations, and very high taxes ranks amongst the
worst alongside of California. The democrats control both New York and California. The
democratic ideology brings higher taxes and burdensome regulations that impede small business success.
Tired of high taxes and regulations make sure to get involved and vote in 2014. All is well in Texas.
Link to the article:
1. Chief Exeuctive.net May 8, 2014.
4/10/2014 IRS investigating 501 C3 groups? Who said that?
Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland said there is no evidence that the IRS investigated any 501 c3 groups. However, it has discovered that the congressman sent a letter to Catherine Engelbrecht President of True to Vote back in October of 2012.read the letter here :
In addition on April 9, 2014 Congressman Issa sent congress Cummings a letter stating information has been given to the committee about disturbing letters and emails.
We called Congressman Elijah Cummings office the link of conversation is below.
If we hear back from Congressman Cummings office we will update the story.
3/09/2014 Anti Human Trafficking
Please support HR 3530 in the US House of Representatives.
Call your congressman to support this important legislation
2/27/2014 Early Voting Low in Texas
Early voting is almost over ending Friday February 28th here in Texas. So far, voter turn has been low.
Come on Texas get out and vote!
See link below with voter turn out numbers.
1. Secretary of State’s office Texas web site.
2/25/2014 Interview with US Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall
Advocate Citizen interviewed US Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall (TX)
US Senate candidate Chris Mapp
Advocate citizen interviewed Chris Mapp on his candidacy for US Senate here in Texas . Chris Mapp is not a career politician, and he values his family, business and his county.
Chris Mapp has owned Costal Bend Marine for the past 16 years and lives with his wife and children in Port O’Connor, Texas. Chris certainly understands that we need to run our country as a business and can’t keep going into debt. He is frustrated with Senator John Cornyn on debt ceiling vote, and on Obamncare.
On Immigration Chris believes we have to secure our southern border with Mexico in order to control who comes in and secondly, he does not support any kind of amnesty.
On Obamcare Chris is opposed to and believes we can do a full repeal.
We closed the interview on the issue of lobbyist and how to keep politicians honest. He believes there is so much money in Washington DC that temptations are there for any politicians, but it’s the person’s values and integrity that keep them honest.
Advocate Citizen does not endorse political candidates however, in our opinion Chris Mapp is an honest man with business experience that would help him serve the office.
For more information about and to contact Chris Mapp visit his web site mappforussenate.com.
Get involved Texas make sure to vote. We have choices besides re-electing John Cornyn on March 4.
2/11/2014 Another Debt Increase
Today, the US House of Representatives voted 221 to 201 to raise our debt ceiling one more time. The republicans where no help infighting this increase. 28 republicans including Speaker John Boehner voted yes along with 193 democrats.
The debt ceiling is the amount of money the US government can borrow . In short the more we raise the debt ceiling the more we owe. Think of the debt ceiling as the limit on your credit card.
Please click on the link to read the bill #540. It was part of an air traffic control bill.
See below the names of the members of US House of Representatives who voted yes.
—- YEAS 221 —
Johnson, E. B.
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Sánchez, Linda T.
1.WWW.USHOUSE.GOV. – under votes for 2/11/2014
1/29/14 Another Executive Order
During his State of the Union speech last night 1/28/14 President Obama intimidated congress with raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers through an executive order.
Currently, federal law says most workers will earn at least the minimum wage of $7.25 but r the president’s order would ensure no federal contractor earns less than $10.10 per hour.
However, President Obama will have opposition in congress from Speaker of the House and other republicans.
“This idea that he’s just going to go it alone, I have to remind him we do have a constitution. And the Congress writes the laws, and the President’s job is to execute the laws faithfully. And if he tries to ignore this he’s going to run into a brick wall,” Speaker of The House John Boehner.
Surprisingly, Advocate citizen discovered that executive orders are not limited to just President Obama. Every president dating back to Herbert Hoover has issued executive orders. However, it is clear that President Obama has used more frequently on his agenda for issues that cannot pass through congress. For example using Affordable care Act for abortion restrictions, concealing records of the president, etc…
the operations of the Federal Government.
According Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages to National Archives here is a short list of some of past presidents and how many executive orders they issued under their presidency.
Barack Obama- 2009-today- 166
George W Bush 2001-2009 -290
Bill Clinton 1993=2001 – 363
George Bush 1989-1993- 165
Ronald Regan 1981-1989- 380
Jimmy Carter 1977-1981- 319
3.National Archives http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html
1/10/2014 It’s All in The Name
According to Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (18th Congressional district Houston, TX ) the word welfare is to harsh for us to as Americans . We need to give pride to those who continue to suck off and kill us as tax payers as the entitlement programs continue to grow According to The Congresswoman.
One question how is the war on poverty going???
See link below:
Utube Link: http://youtu.be/9o1556cO7pg
Merry Christmas to All!
12/16/2013 Texas has another US Senate candidate.
Advocate citizen interviewed US Senate candidate Linda Vega (Texas)
She is running against incumbent Senator John Cornyn.
Texas get involved ,register and vote in the March primary.
Link of interview.
12/05/2013 Fifteen Dollar Burger Bust
Today’s fast food burger protest failed in Houston TX. Nationwide burger flippers protested of unfair wages and demanded 15.00 an hour, but in Houston the protest achieved nothing. Flop.
Advocate citizen visited the Houston McDonalds on Kirby Drive a few blocks south of the Freeway at 1245 PM and saw only a few protesters and Univision. According to the restaurants management the protest began at 12 noon with hand full of protestors who quit in less than an hour.
More customer where eating inside than people were protesting today. Advocate citizen paid tribute to the success of the owners, who took a financial risk exceeding $200,000 to open the restaurant in the first place. If these owners did not open the restaurant – there would be no jobs in the first place. Simple economics tells reasonable prudent people if you are not happy with your job – get more training or more education in order to change careers. No one is going to pay 12.00 for a happy meal so you can get 15.00 an hour.
Just as important to note that the Burger King and the Wendy’s down the street did not have any protesters today.
In addition Advocate citizen contacted Low Pay is Not Ok, an organization that lead the protest across the country, but as expected have not hard back to date.
Continue to visit the fast food restaurants to safe guard the owners if their investment. . let’s put this foolishness of $15 for burger flipper to rest.
11/19/2013 US Senate candidate for Louisiana
Advocate citizen interviewed retried col. Rob Maness. Col Maness is running on the republican ticket for the United States Senate in the great state of Louisiana against incumbent democratic senator Mary Landrieu.
Please listen to brief interview and visit his web site
http://robmaness.com to find out more information about his campaign.
11/14/13 Health and Human Services Report
Please click and read the acutal report from health and Human (HHS)Services on Obamacare enrollments.
Let us hear from you email email@example.com
11/07/2013 Mother unhappy with School
Many of you may of heard about the story at McBean Elementary School in Hephzibah, GA.Advocate citizen has contacted the parent involved, MS Tanya Mount, for an interview and so far have only been directed to her attorney.
This is the offical response form the school district .
Richmond County Board of Education
864 Broad Street – Augusta, Georgia 30901 – Phone: (706) 826-1000
Frank G. Roberson, Ph.D. Venus Cain
Superintendent of Schools President of School Board
Richmond County School System Richmond County School System
For More Information Contact Mr. Carl T. Spivey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(AUGUSTA, GEORGIA) – Over the past several days, school officials and elected Board members have received various inquiries and comments from members of the public and media relating to a recent occurrence at McBean Elementary School. Most of the inquiries were welcomed and appropriate. A few, however, were asinine, raised irrational points and are not factually consistent with the actual circumstances.
When the School System responds to public inquiries, it must be mindful of the privacy rights of parents and students. Often, the School System is aware of facts that provide substantial justification for the decision of the school official, but, cannot comment on the specific facts or circumstances of the incident or facts learned during the School System’s investigation.
In this instance, a parent, who was also a volunteer on occasion at McBean Elementary School, was observed several times wondering the halls of the school, making unauthorized visits and being in unauthorized places. To ensure a wholesome and safe school as well as address security concerns, the board has written guidelines for visitors. While the School System values and welcomes parents and visitors to the campus, it is a routine requirement that visitors sign in, abide by the general rules of the school, and refrain from disrupting the educational environment.
When the principal addressed these concerns with the parent, the parent made several inappropriate comments. Later, it was learned that the parent had posted online a copy of her permit to carry a concealed weapon. “Learning Today…Leading Tomorrow”
The Mission of the Richmond County School System is to educate students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.
To be proactive, the Systems Public Safety officials met with the parent. Following the meeting, including the receipt of additional information received from the parent, Public Safety advised the school and notified the parent that, going forward, she would follow a protocol in which she would receive advance permission from the school principal to be inside the school building and that the access points and destinations should be defined in advance.
The parent concurred with this revised process and stated that a zone exception would eliminate the need to return to McBean Elementary School; in any event, she agreed to comply with the protocol.
The parent did request and received a zone variance to allow her child to attend another school.
The principal was rightfully concerned about some comments made by the parent and by a posting on the internet. However, from the parent’s perspective, the transfer fully resolved the matter.
The System has received several emails, mainly from out of state addresses, concerning the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms; however, such concerns are not relevant to the facts of this case.
The actions by the School principal were consistent with the position of the System to assure that children are protected, to monitor access to school sites, and to predetermine visitor destinations.
10/24/2013 660 Million Medical Bill?
Advocate citizen wants to keep fresh in your mind the members of congress responsible for bringing us the costly fiasco called Obamacare.
We have noted next to the senators that are up for re election in 2014.
All US House members are up fro re election in 2014.
So far the failed web site has cost us the taxpayers approximately $660 million.
Print this list and vote against those responsible in the 2014 elections.
US Senate members who voted to bring us the Affordable health Care Act.
HR 3590: Yes (60)
AK Mark Begich -re election 2014
AR Mark Pryor – re election 2014
CO Mark Udall – re election 2014
FL Bill Nelson
HI Daniel Akaka
IL Richard Durbin – re election 2014
IN Evan Bayh
LA Mary Landrieu – re election 2014
MA John Kerry – out of office
MA Paul Kirk
MI Carl Levin
MN Al Franken – re election 2014
MT Max Baucus
MT Jon Tester
NC Kay Hagan – re election 2014
ND Kent Conrad
ND Byron Dorgan
NE Ben Nelson
NH Jeanne Shaheen – re election 2014
NM Tom Udall – re election 2014
NV Harry Reid
OR Jeff Merkley
OR Ron Wyden
PA Robert Casey
RI John Reed
SD Tim Johnson – retiring
VA Mark Warner
VA Jim Webb
WA Patty Murray
WI Herbert Kohl
WV Robert Byrd
Not Voting (1)
KY Jim Bunning
US House of Representatives members who voted to bring us the Affordable Health Care Act.
All up for re election in 2014.
Johnson, E. B.
Sánchez, Linda T.
10/16/2013 Not listening to us the Voters
This evening here is how the United States senate voted to end the partial government shutdown. Notice only 18 republicans stood against Senator harry Reid. Thanks to Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Mike Lee for their fight.Remember see our election 2014 section and see if your senator is up for re -election in 2014, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is at top of the list to vote out. Tennessee your senators voted with the democrats again.
It also passed the House 285-144.
The issue will brought back up in January as this resolution will expire . Let me hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org
Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Alaska: Begich (D-AK), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Arizona: Flake (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Yea
Arkansas: Boozman (R-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR), Yea
California: Boxer (D-CA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Colorado: Bennet (D-CO), Yea Udall (D-CO), Yea
Connecticut: Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Delaware: Carper (D-DE), Yea Coons (D-DE), Yea
Florida: Nelson (D-FL), Yea Rubio (R-FL), Nay
Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Yea Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Hawaii: Hirono (D-HI), Yea Schatz (D-HI), Yea
Idaho: Crapo (R-ID), Nay Risch (R-ID), Nay
Illinois: Durbin (D-IL), Yea Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Indiana: Coats (R-IN), Yea Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Kansas: Moran (R-KS), Yea Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Kentucky: McConnell (R-KY), Yea Paul (R-KY), Nay
Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Yea Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Maine: Collins (R-ME), Yea King (I-ME), Yea
Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Massachusetts: Markey (D-MA), Yea Warren (D-MA), Yea
Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Minnesota: Franken (D-MN), Yea Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Yea Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Missouri: Blunt (R-MO), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Yea Tester (D-MT), Yea
Nebraska: Fischer (R-NE), Yea Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Nevada: Heller (R-NV), Nay Reid (D-NV), Yea
New Hampshire: Ayotte (R-NH), Yea Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
New Jersey: Chiesa (R-NJ), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
New Mexico: Heinrich (D-NM), Yea Udall (D-NM), Yea
New York: Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea
North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Yea Hagan (D-NC), Yea
North Dakota: Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Yea Portman (R-OH), Yea
Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Nay Inhofe (R-OK), Not Voting
Oregon: Merkley (D-OR), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Yea
Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Yea Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
South Carolina: Graham (R-SC), Yea Scott (R-SC), Nay
South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Yea
Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Yea Corker (R-TN), Yea
Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay Cruz (R-TX), Nay
Utah: Hatch (R-UT), Yea Lee (R-UT), Nay
Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Virginia: Kaine (D-VA), Yea Warner (D-VA), Yea
Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Yea
West Virginia: Manchin (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Wisconsin: Baldwin (D-WI), Yea Johnson (R-WI), Nay
Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Yea Enzi (R-WY), Nay
10/04/2013 Confusion on campus
Advcatecitizen.com. Contacted Entz Elementary School in Mesa, Arizona in response to the story about how a father of was told not to wear his police uniform or bring his gun on to campus after he picked up his daughter.
I spoke with Hellen Hollands the Director of Communications for Mesa Public Schools, and found out the following:
1. Officer Scott Urkov was in full SWATT gear with a gun when he came to school for his daughter, The children did not recognize the uniform and told their parent a man was at school with a gun. Many parents called the school asking about the man with a gun. It was never reported that Officer Urkov came to school in full SWAT gear, and not just a traditional police officers uniform.
2. In response to the parents calls the principle called Officer Scott Urkov to discuss options such as: not wearing uniform to school or no gun, or covering up the uniform. According to Hellen Hollands the conversation had pleasant tones .
3. Later the principal realized it si wrong to ask him not to be able to wear his uniform so he called back officer Scott Urkov ,and asked if he would come to school for an assembly to meet the students later this month.
4. In a addition officer Scot Urkov posted on Facebook, but someone else took the post and altered the media.
It appears to be a case or miss information from the main street media in Mesa, Arizona. The officer and school have come to resolution and police officers are always welcomed at the school. It seems sometimes by leaving out small details the story becomes misunderstood.
Send Them Home 2014 Campaign
Advocate Citizen.com. Has started a campaign called send them home 2014 to get rid of certain US Senators and Congressman and congresswoman who no longer listen to us the voters.
If you live in Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana this applies to you, but anyone else who can help would certainly be appreciated.
The US Senators who we will get rid of our; Senator John Cornyn, (TX), Senator Mitch Mcconnell (KY), Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) and the one democrat is Senator Mary Landrieu (LA).
The winner so far for House of Representatives is Shelia Jackson Lee ( Houston , TX 18th congressional district). AKA” THE CONGRESSWOMAN”
Please visit the link below and help by getting involved.
Please feel free to email me with any ideas, thoughts, or concerns email@example.com
9/27/2013 They Did Not listen!!
Today the US Senate voted 79-19 on cloture to end debate on Obamcare defunding and the CR to keep the government funded. The bill will now have to back to the House of Representatives. A vote is expected this weekend.
Please visit us again soon for more information to get rid of some US Senators in the 2014 elections. We will need your help. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live in Louisiana, Kentucky,North Carolina ,South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, we can make changes.
Republicans who voted for cloture in the US Senate along with Harry Reid and the Democrats:
9/24/13 It’s In Our Hands America
The defunding of Obamcare now sits in the US Senate after passing the House of Representatives last week. The bill funds the entire government except for Obamcare. The fight is far form over as the democratic controlled senate is trying to fund Obamcare.
Please call your senators and ask them to defund Obamcare, and vote against Senator Harry Reid’s procedural tactic of cloture. Cloture is the process in which the democrats will only need 50 votes to fund Obamcare instead of 60. So far only 4 republican Senators support cloture Red Alert Kentucky and Texas!!!! This is especially important because Senator Mitch McConnell, and Senator John Cornyn are going to vote with Harry Reid on the cloture vote. These senate seats are up for re- election in 2014.
Take Action! Call your Senators today! Simply say I support Senator——— voting against cloture. The alternative is the destruction of our health care system, as we know it .
See link below for a story from Red State.com http://www.redstate.com/rs_insider/2013/09/22/how-john-boehner-and-mitch-mcconnell-are-funding-obamacare/
Listed are the republican US Senators and their office numbers of those on the fence on defunding.
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) — (202) 224-4944
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) — (202) 224-3324
John Barrasso (R-WY) — (202) 224-6441
Roy Blunt (R-MO) — (202) 224-5721
John Boozman (R-AR) — (202) 224-4843
Richard Burr (R-NC) — (202) 224-3154
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) — (202) 224-3521
Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) — (202) 224-3224
Dan Coats (R-IN) — (202) 224-5623
Tom Coburn (R-OK) — (202) 224-5754
Thad Cochran (R-MS) — (202) 224-5054
Susan Collins (R-ME) — (202) 224-2523
Bob Corker (R-TN) — (202) 224-3344
John Cornyn (R-TX) — (202) 224-2934
Mike Crapo (R-ID) — (202) 224-6142
Mike Enzi (R-WY) — (202) 224-3424
Deb Fischer (R-NE) — (202) 224-6551
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) — (202) 224-4521
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — (202) 224-5972
Chuck Grassley (R-IA) — (202) 224-3744
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) — (202) 224-5251
Dean Heller (R-NV) — (202) 224-6244
John Hoeven (R-ND) — (202) 224-2551
Jim Inhofe (R-OK) — (202) 224-4721
Johnny Isakson (R-GA) — (202) 224-3643
Mike Johanns (R-NE) — (202) 224-4224
Ron Johnson (R-WI) — (202) 224-5323
Mark Kirk (R-IL) — (202) 224-2854
John McCain (R-AZ) — (202) 224-2235
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — (202) 224-2541
Jerry Moran (R-KS) — (202) 224-6521
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) — (202) 224-6665
Rand Paul (R-KY) — (202) 224-4343
Rob Portman (R-OH) — (202) 224-3353
Jim Risch (R-ID) — (202) 224-2752
Pat Roberts (R-KS) — (202) 224-4774
Marco Rubio (R-FL) — (202) 224-3041
Tim Scott (R-SC) — (202) 224-6121
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) — (202) 224-4124
Richard Shelby (R-AL) — (202) 224-5744
John Thune (R-SD) — (202) 224-2321
Pat Toomey (R-PA) — (202) 224-4254
David Vitter (R-LA) — (202) 224-4623
Roger Wicker (R-MS) — (202) 224-6253
9/15/2013 Last night Advocatecitizen attended Kingstreet Patriots fund raiser for Houston City council candidate Ron Hale, US Senate candidate Erick Wyatt spoke .
Erick Wyatt spoke on several topics from defuning Obamcare, Fair Tax, and getting rid of lobbyist in Washington, DC. Please visit his web site for information on the issues.
US Senate candidate Erick Wyatt and Dan Somerby
8/30/2013 Interview with US Senate candidate Erick Wyatt (TX)
Texas, Erick Wyatt is running on the republican ticket against incumbent Senator John Cornyn. Please watch short video below and visit his web site Erick Wyatt.com to learn more about the candidate and to volunteer and donate.
Texas so there is a choice.Take action and make sure you vote in the primary.
Community Involvement 08/22/2013
Advocate citizen believes that community involvement is
crucial in having a productive, safe, and happy community. We attended the Modern Day Slavery meeting in Houston. The meeting was hosted by Congressman Ted Poe ( TX), and guest speakers State Rep Sarah Davis, Harris County Sherriff Adrian Garcia, Cheryl Briggs from Serenity Ranch, Victoria Pierce from Stripped Ministries, Maria Trujillo Houston Rescue, and Dr Robert Sanborn from Children at Risk. An extra special thanks goes out to Cheryl Briggs, Victoria Pierce who where victims of sexual trafficking. We admire their courage to overcome such a terrible tragedy. Today they help victims.
It was a very informative discussion that centered on the issue of sexual trafficking of not only adults, but children as well. The discussion in formed us of the international sex trafficking issue and the domestic issue as well. Houston, because of its proximity to the Mexican border, is a hub for sex slave traffickers.
If you see something that is not right, report it! If you see someone, bringing children home repeatedly that are not his or hers and then they are never seen again- report it.
If you see women working in back rooms with very little lighting, board up windows and very little access-report it.
Listed below are some organizations to get more information
and to get involved. One point is clear- this is not just a law enforcement
issue. Communities need to get involved to report information to law
National Human Trafficking Hotline- 1 -888 -373 -7888
Serenity Ranch -missionatserenityranch.org/
Stripped Ministries -www.strippedonline.org/
Children at Risk-childrenatrisk.org/
United States Senate Candidates
Obamacare Repeal Pledge
I, _____________________, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of _____________________, and to the
American people, that I will:
ONE, support the full repeal of Obamacare (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act); and
TWO, oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.
Pledges must be signed, dated, witnessed and returned to:
Senate Conservatives Fund
P.O. Box 388, Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone: (877) 838-9388 FAX: (877) 239-1190
8/2/2013 Where are the Republicans on Obamacare?
There are now 13 senators who have signed the letter circulated by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) pledging to oppose Obamacare funding.
* Mike Lee (R-UT)
* Ted Cruz (R-TX)
* Rand Paul (R-KY)
* Marco Rubio (R-FL)
* Deb Fischer (R-NE)
* Jim Risch (R-ID)
* Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
* David Vitter (R-LA)
* Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
* Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)
* John Thune (R-SD)
* Mike Enzi (R-WY)
* Mike Crapo (R-ID)
If you do not see your senators’ name, they have not pledged to stop funding of Obamcare in September. In September there will the last chance to stop Obamcare or at least delay.
Approve the government budget funding except for Obamacare.
In order to pass it would need 41 votes in the senate or 218 votes in the house.
Shame on all the other republican senators who claim to be opposed to Obamcare but will not support defunding, what kind of double talk that?
That includes Senator John Cornyn of Texas, Senator John Mccain (AZ), Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), Senator Jeff Sessions (AL), and Mitch McConnell. (KY).
Advocatecitizen urges you to call your senator and demand they defund Obamcare.
Now these non supporting republicans, Harry Reid, and President Obama will claim that by defunding will shut down the government. However, as we saw under President Bill Clinton in 1996 only non-essential services would be shutdown. The world did not come to an end.
The challenge is up to us the voters at the grass root level to stop the funding.
You want to get involved and make a difference.
Congress will be on vacation in August for 4- 5 week and many will meet with constituents in your area through town hall meetings. This is a great opportunity to voice that defunding must pass.
Visit www.senate.gov to get your senators name and number.
Get involved take action today!
Has your senator signed the pledge to defund Obamacare? If not ask them why.
Paid for by Senate Conservatives Fund and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. SenateConservatives.com
7/30/2013 What’s Phony Mr. President ?
Hard to believe in a speech on 7/24/13 President Obama said,
“Republicans are trying to distract America from its economic problems by pushing “phony scandals,” President Obama continued by saying “with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.”
Let us examine
these statements and see what the truth is.
What phony scandals are you referring to President Obama? Fast and Furious, Black
Panthers intimidating voters, Benghazi, IRS, NSA……?
Tell Former ambassador Stephens family and the others in the US
Embassy In Libya that their deaths are phony. Tell their families that all
request where denied for more security with no explanation or
any attempt to get the truth.
Tell the hundreds of individuals and groups that where investigated by IRS
just because they where Tea Party with conservative ideas that your against phony
The things you call distractions are serious issue that show government has breached
its power and we are at risk of tyranny or a monarch once again.
See the video for
your self. :
What are you going to do?
Never forget to think for yourself! Think about who and what the phony scandal is.
7/30/2013 Is your Senator going to stand up
and defund Obamacare or are they going hand out more cash?
Thanks to Senator Mike Lee (UT),Senator Ted Cruz (TX) we may have a chance to defund Obamacare.
Here is the link to the letter that
was sent to Senator Harry Reid by Senator Mike Lee and Senator Ted Cruz.
Please visit defundobaamcare.com
see if your senators are in support of defunding.
Please call your senators to
support this defunding effort. Do not be fooled by any talk of government
shutdown. Social security checks will still be received; military will be paid. All essential services will continue. We had a government shut down during the President Bill Clinton presidency and Armageddon did not occur.
Here is your chance to get involved in our government. Call your government and stay engaged. Zip up your wallets.
Enough with the handouts.
The US senate passed the amnesty bill on 6/27/13 with a 68-32 vote.
All democrats voted yes and 14 republicans voted with the democrats.
DO not forget these senators when it comes election time. Vote against these senators.
Here are the 14 Republican senators who voted for the legislation:
Lamar Alexander of Tennessee;
Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire;
Jeff Chiesa of New Jersey;
Susan Collins of Maine;
Bob Corker of Tennessee;
Jeff Flake of Arizona;
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina;- up for in re election in2014
Orrin Hatch of Utah;
Dean Heller of Nevada;
John Hoeven of North Dakota
Mark Kirk of Illinois;
John McCain of Arizona
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska;
Marco Rubio of Florida.- up for re election in 2016
On Monday 6/3/2013 the US Supreme Court ruled in Maryland VS King -that law enforcement can swab an individuals mouth once arrested in order to solve help solve past crimes.The Supreme Court’s majority decided that DNA testing is much like fingerprinting, which has long been considered a routine part of the arrest process because it helps authorities verify the identity of a suspected criminal.
Justice Anthony Kennedy—joined by John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer—wrote that police do not need a warrant to obtain a DNA sample because it is a “legitimate police booking procedure” that simply helps authorities determine the identify of their suspect and find Twenty-eight states and the federal government now take DNA swabs after arrests. But a Maryland court was one of the first to say that it was illegal for that state to take Alonzo King’s DNA without approval from a judge, saying King had “a sufficiently weighty and reasonable expectation of privacy against warrantless, suspicion less searches” under the Fourth Amendment he or she has been convicted of committing other crimes.In the 5 to 4 decision Justice Kennedy in his majority opinion wrote “The use of DNA for identification is no different than matching an arrestee’s face to a wanted poster of a previously unidentified suspect; or matching tattoos to known gang symbols to reveal a criminal affiliation; or matching the arrestee’s fingerprints to those recovered from a crime scene,” Kennedy said. “DNA is another metric of identification used to connect the arrestee with his or her public persona, as reflected in records of his or her actions that are available to police.”Justice Scalia in his descending opinion wrote that it violated a core Fourth Amendment principle and that police may not conduct a search unless there are reasons to believe that evidence will be found. Solving unsolved crimes is a noble objective, but it occupies a lower place in the American pantheon of noble objectives than the protection of our people from suspicion less law-enforcement searches. The Fourth Amendment must prevail.
Now I certainly realize that most of you are saying but Mr. Advocate Citizen this does not concern me since I am an honest productive citizen and I do not get arrested. The key is to realize that slowly our constitutional rights are eroding, and in time, the government will hold all the power.Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”. Here is how the fourth amendment reads Amendment IV, ” he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Solving unsolved crimes is a noble objective, but the protection of the fourth amendment must prevail. Advocate Citizen.com
Since President Obama took office in January 2009 our country has seen an unprecedented amount of government scandals. President Richard Nixon’s Watergate Scandal now, appears like nothing more than a trip to the principal’s office.
Obama’s top scandals:
1: Fast and Furious– this is not about the movie
2: Benghazi- (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Benghazi_attack)
3: IRS-Dept of Human Services Director solicits insurance
companies to pay for Obama Care.- (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/30/gop-senators-probe-sebelius-obamacare-solicitation/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS)
4: Illegal wiretapping of the Associated Press- (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/govt-obtains-wide-ap-phone-records-probe)
5: Passage of Health Care reform act ( ObamaCare)
6: Stimulus package – (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-gasparino/solyndra-scandal_b_980050.html)
8: Debt ceiling increase- (http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-says-us-economy-poised-for-good-year/1583513.html)
gone wild- The
General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in
Las Vegas, featuring a clown and a mind readers
10: Potential Holder perjury I- (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57586656/house-republicans-express-great-concern-about-possible-holder-perjury/)
What can you do about it? Contact your State Rep and voice your opinion.
Underthe Radar 5/22/2013
Sarah Hall Ingram was the Director of Tax-Exempt Division of the IRS until the
scandal broke a week ago about IRS targeting conservative groups for political
As congress has hearings to investigate what happened at the IRS Joseph Grant,
acting Director of Tax-Exempt takes the heat as Ms. Ingram seems to fly under
In fact, MS Ingram is now Director of the Affordable Care Act ( Obama Care)a division of the IRS. I am serious. Is this who we need watching our health records
as Obama Care goes into full force in January 2014? Is there a reason why she
will not target groups again? What is the reason? She is getting off scott free
We implore you to continue to put
pressure on congress to bring legal charges against those involved including
Sarah Hall Ingram.
Take action! Call you’re Representatives http://www.house.gov/representatives/
The internet tax bill passed in the US Senate and awaits a vote in the US House of Representatives. Republicans helped the bills passage.
The following republican senators voted yes for the internet tax.
Blunt (MO), Boozman (AR), Burr (NC), Coates (IN), Cochran (MS),
Enzi (WY), Fischer (NE), Graham (SC), Hoeven (ND), Isakson (GA),Johanns
(NE), McCain (AZ),Shelby (AL), Sessions (AL), Thune (SD), Wicker (MS).
No to the quilt 5/03/2013
Students from Piedmont Governor’s School where harshly interrupted by City councilwoman Sharon
Brooks-Hodge during their quilt presentation to the city of Martinsville, Virginal- last week.
The quilt’s black figure offended the councilwoman and she harshly questioned the students and
suggested that quilt not be hung. The students, who where between the ages 13-16,
replied that the figure’s colors did not represent skin color or any ethnicity. The questions resulted in bringing a student to tears.
Was the city councilwoman too harsh on the students?
Was her public interrogation of teenagers appropriate?
Should the constituents of the councilwoman hold her accountable?
Advocate citizen contacted the councilwoman and the school via email and by phone to get a comment.
However, we have not heard back from the councilwoman, and the school simply said no comment.
Watch the video below to see the actual presentation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocSzbltZLMc See link ( Utube from News Catcher 31)
Many Americans are unaware of the partnershipbetween the USDA and Mexico. Thank you Judicial Watch for exposing the SNAP link.
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) who runs the SNAP program (food stamp program) is issuing fliers to educate the Mexican people to take advantage of the food stamp program here in the US . The flyers do not mention the lack of immigration status. The flier says in bold letters,” You don’thave to divulge information regarding your immigrations status in seeking benefit for you r children.” See the flier at this linkhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/137989529/No-Need-to-Declare-Status
On March 15.2013 during the budget debate; the democrats, in the senate, blocked any thoughts of ending this program with Mexico.According to USDA statistics the number of illegal immigrants receiving food stamps has grown from 425,000 in 2001 to over 1.6 million in 2012.
The bottom line is we the tax payers are paying for food stamps for non US residents and our congress does not plan on stopping this practice any time soon.
Call your senators and congressman and demand this program to be cut out of our budget. The congress has not passed a budget yet in 2013.
The future of the program is in our hands. So what are you going to do?
Are you Crazy ? 4/24/2013
Recently a fellow American asked us at Advocate to investigate a letter she was sent… read below
What do you think we found out? Stay tuned. We are bring down the house on this one….
Is the government better than Houdini?
Harry Houdini is revered as the best magician of all times however, our government, in particular the
democrats, have mastered the powers of hocus pocusing their messaging. This sleight
of hand can be seen in several examples of their messaging.
1. The most current example is with the Boston Marathon bombing, the democrats even brought into the conversation the sequester will hinder the investigation by the feds and local authorities.
Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that the first responders working Monday aren’t sheltered from cuts.
“We have to send you less money to help your first responders,” Becerra said.
2. November 2012 remember in the fake war on woman was attacking the republicans for their inability not to pay for birth control. This was media frenzy with the testimony in front of a congressional panel by Sandra Fluke saying government should pay for birth control for woman.
3.Presidential campaign 2012 republican candidate Mitt
Romney accused of not paying his taxes by Senate Majority leader Harry
Reid. In addition, he was accused of not paying his fair share of taxes.
However, the flaw in this argument is that Mitt Romney similarly to the
Warren Buffet theory, raised by the democrats; Mitt Romney did not receive
income as an employee. He paid dividends in which taxes have already been
paid when he earned that income.
These are just few- of many examples that the democrats have successfully mastered trickery. What can you do about it? Blog about it, write
about it and speak about it.
Take the money and run ?
Former Illinois State Rep. Robin Kelly was sworn in today as the newest member of the house, taking over the seat held by money grabber Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jesse Jackson pleaded guilty in February to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses. I have a few concerns.
Where is the Washington on this? I have seen very little internet media advocating for the conviction of Jesse Jackson Jr. He is, by his own admission, a thief.
I believe there should be in investigation addressing the past 5 years of his campaign money handing expenses. He did not start out taking 750,000 from the tax payers that is where he ended.
We at Advocate Citizen request that you contact your state officials concerning this matter.
Farewell Iron Lady
Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain, passed away on 4/7/20013. In her honor, we at Advocatecitizen.com want to share with you some videos in order to shed light on her stance against socialism. She was the first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain and she held office from 1975-1992 as a member of the Conservative Party. One of her greatest accomplishments was she helped President Ronald Reagan end the Cold War.
Take a moment to read more about her impact on our political history so you can understand our future.
To Salute Prime Minister Thatcher please sees links and quotes below. Her words and actions still make political sense today. Our current leaders could take a cue from her.
(On Who Got Credit For Ending The Cold War) “The role of Ronald Reagan had been deliberately diminished; the role of the Europeans, who, with the exception of Helmet Kohl, were often keen to undermine America when it mattered, had been sanitized; and the role of Mr. Gorbachev, who had failed spectacularly in his declared objective of saving communism and the Soviet Union, had been absurdly misunderstood.” — Margaret Thatcher
“It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think that they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people
“It is in a country’s interests to keep faith with its allies. States in this sense are like people. If you have a reputation for exacting favors and not returning them, the favours dry up.” — Margaret Thatcher
Must vote 2014
The President is campaigning to get democrats in control of the house and Nancy Pelosi as speaker again.For this reason we must vote in November 2014.
Advocatecitizen.com wants to expose the Republican US Senators that flipped their votes and voted to fund Obamacare. That means no more fighting to stop Obamacare.
This is what they promised to do. DO not forget this list when 2014 elections come up. Another hit against you Senator John Cornyn.
No budget? No problem start printing cash America
The House of Representatives voted to pass the continuing resolution, and to put off passing a budget until September of 2013. It is disappointing to see the House of Representatives vote against the Senate’s Budget with- 35 democrats voting with the republicans.
What does this mean to you, the tax payers? No set budget means we have to listen to a last minute debate in September. Delaying the debate means more spending and higher taxes. Ink up the cash printing printers.
Here are simple and easy definitions of some key terms used when discussing the budget.
1.Revenue= more spending through higher taxes
2.Entitlements= free stuff
3.Debt=what we owe to other countries
4.Deficit= we spend more than we take in.
Memo to Senator Harry Reid I hope you can pass a budget in my life time. The last budget passed in the Senate was 2009.
Have you called your representatives? What are you waiting for?
The Grammy Goes to
Congratulations to United States Senator John Cornyn for winning the biggest hypocrite award.
After President Obama signed into the renewal of the Violence Against Woman Act the senator
released this statement,
“I’m pleased with the wide bipartisan support the SAFER Act received and with
the President’s signature today, law enforcement can begin working immediately to test outstanding
kits and see that justice is served.”
The law provides money to cities such as Houston, New York and so on- to process thousands of untested rape kits. Senator Cornyn ..quick reminder…you voted against voted against the bill.
Did you think we were not paying attention Senator? We know you are up for re -election in 2014.
Mayor of NYC, “You can’t take my big gulp!”
New York State Supreme Court Judge ruled Mayor Michael Bloomberg cannot impose his ban of sodas larger than 16 ounces in New York City’s restaurants, movies or delis.
Yes. Obesity is a problem for some Americans according to American Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). Thirty five percent of adults were obese in USA in 2010 however, what gives any government the right to regulate what we drink or eat? If someone wants to sit around all day stuff in their face with Hostess Twinkies then so be it. Oops , sorry forgot liberal unions ran Hostess out of business. Let’s just say you want to stuff your face with donuts, no particular brand, should that not be our choice?Once government restricts our diets, what will be next?
Mayor Bloomberg you may take or limit our guns, but not our big gulps.
Link to Wall Street Journal article:
Rand Salutes Uncle Sam
Wow a politician gives money back, am I dreaming or am I in heaven?
United States Senator Rand Paul (KY)for the second year has given money back to the United States Treasury from his office budget.
Thank you Rand Paul for your fiscal discipline.
On behalf of Uncle Sam keep it up!
Challenge your Senators to cut their budget.
44 gun companies have stopped selling to law enforcement in anti-2nd amendment states
Gun companies are refusing to do business with states that plan to restrict the rights of citizens to own guns
we receive notification. Here are the additions since Wednesday:
- Barrett Firearms
- Exile Machine
- Tier One Arms
- Bravo Company USA
- Primary Weapons Systems
- Crusader Weaponry
- Top Gun Supply
- Kiss Tactical
- Clark Fork Tactical
- OFA Tactical
- One Source Tactical
- Templar Tactical Arms
- NEMO Arms
- Old Grouch’s Military Surplus
- Big Horn Armory
- Midway USA
- CMMG Inc
- Rocky Top Tactical
- Badger Peak
- Controlled Chaos Arms
- SRT Arms
- Norton Firearms
- Citizen Arms
- Evolution Weaponry
- Doublestar Corp
- JCW Industries
- Huntertown Arms
Shelia Jackson Lee
Houston Congresswoman of the 18th Congressional District claims she is a freed slave.
When was she a slave?
Say it isn’t so Jesse Jackson Jr !
After all is said and done the man took 750,000. My guess is, ..it was for anti-depressants. Can you see the spin on this story? ” I was so depressed so I went shopping…I am so ill.” Yeah whatever Jack.