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Last Updated November 9, 2004
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Republicans In Name Only (RINO's)
Top 10 Senate RINOs (March 2009) - As part of HUMAN EVENTS ongoing campaign against Republicans in name only (RINOs) we have compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Liberal Republican Senators based on the American Conservative Union Ratings for 2008 (110th Congress, second session. The ratings all compare rather unfavorably with that of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), chairman of the Republican Steering Committee. Sen. DeMint’s score was a perfect 100)
On the conservative scale, the ten lowest-scoring senators are:
1. Olympia Snowe, Maine: (ACU Rating: 12) (Only one point higher than liberal Democrat Hillary Clinton who the ACU scored an 11, and an astonishing 4 points lower than Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid’s 16.)
2. Susan Collins, Maine: 20 (Collins received the same score as liberal Claire McCaskill, and 4 points lower than Russ Feingold’s 24)
3. Arlen Specter, PA: 42 (Only 10 points higher than Mary Landrieu’s 32)
4. George Voinovich, OH: 52
5. Lisa Murkowski, AL: 58
6. Mel Martinez, FL: 60
7. John McCain, AZ: 63
8. Richard Lugar, Ind: 63
9. Robert Bennett, UT: 64
10. Thad Cochran, Miss: 68
RINO Republicans Seek To Strip Pro-Life Plank From GOP
August 20, 2004 – When the Republican National Convention comes to
New York at the end of August, a coalition of Republicans In Name Only
(RINOs) will work to remove the party’s pro-life plank. Republicans
for Choice, the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans, and Republican Youth
Majority want the plank removed. Patrick Guerriero, a spokesman for
the Log Cabin Republicans has stated: "It is the far right that has
pushed a divisive social agenda on an already divided country. To be
the majority party in America, the GOP must embrace people with
different viewpoints and perspectives."
Civil War Looms for Republicans - BY ROBERT NOVAK - (Excerpt) Before Congress left town Friday for its Fourth of July recess, Rep. Bill Thomas of California pulled off one of his patented legislative assassinations. Washington's most cunning parliamentarian, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Thomas eradicated the Freedom of Speech in Churches Act without openly opposing it. In the process, he fired an early shot in a destructive civil war looming for Republicans. The bill would stop the Internal Revenue Service from using existing statutes to muzzle clergymen who talk politics in their churches. That stoppage is pressed by Christian conservatives, who say they have been discriminated against by federal enforcers. While the free speech initiative is supported by Republican leaders, Thomas made short work of it. He transformed the proposal into a hybrid that neither friend nor foe could support. Thomas has brought into the open internecine warfare posing grave dangers for the Republican Party. A 13-term congressman who is the party boss of Bakersfield, Calif., he represents old-line Republicans who resent Christian conservatives entering their party in 1980 (and giving the GOP parity with Democrats). Efforts to expel these intruders will reach fever pitch next year if George W. Bush is defeated for re-election.
17 Republicans Vote NO and 27 Democrats Vote YES on the "Marriage Protection Act" passed by a large majority in U.S. House of Representatives. By a margin of 233-194, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass Indiana Republican Congressman John Hostettler's "Marriage Protection Act, (MPA)" H.R. 3313 on Thursday, July 22,2004. 17 Republicans, mostly pro-abortion Eastern Rockefeller Republicans, voted against the MPA, while 27 Democrats voted for the Hostettler bill. House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, said during the House floor debate: "Thomas Jefferson wrote that leaving federal courts as the ultimate arbiter of all constitutional questions is, 'a very dangerous doctrine indeed and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.' This legislation heeds Jefferson's wise words." There are too many despotic judges running amuck in this country inventing homosexual "marriages," taking God out of the public square including abolishing the Pledge of Allegiance because of the words "Under God," and inventing the "constitutional" right of abortion. The overwhelming majority of these judicial tyrants have been appointed by left-wing Presidents and Governors. Majority Leader Tom DeLay said, "Traditional marriage is the most stable, enduring, and efficient means of raising children, laying down the roots of community life, and establishing the necessary and sustainable predicates of nationhood." Please call the Republicans who voted NO on the "Marriage Protection Act" to urge them to change their minds and support marriage between only a man and a woman. Call the Democrats who voted YES on the "Marriage Protection Act" and thank them for their vote (U.S. House switchboard: 202-225-2721): Christian Coalition Report
Republicans voting NO:
AZ-Kolbe; CA-Bono, Ose; CT-Nancy Johnson, Shays, Simmons; DE-Castle; FL-Foley, Ros-Lehtinen; IL-Biggert; IA-Leach; MD-Gilchrest; NE-Bereuter; NH-Bass; NY-Houghton; PA-English, Gerlach
Democrats voting YES:
AL-Cramer; AR-Berry, Ross; FL-Boyd; GA-Marshall; IL-Costello; KY-Chandler, Lucas; LA-Alexander, John; MN-Peterson; MS-Taylor; MO-Skelton; NC-McIntyre; OK-Carson; PA-Holden; SD-Herseth; TN-Davis, Gordon, Tanner; TX-Edwards, Sandlin, Stenholm, Turner; UT-Matheson; VA-Boucher; WV-Rahall.
Carson (IN), Collins (GA), Greenwood (PA), Kirk (IL), Kucinich (OH), Lowey (NY), Paul (TX), Quinn (NY).
Congressman Hostettler's bill says: "No court created by Act of Congress shall have any jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court shall have no appellate jurisdiction, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, section 1738C or this section." (This simply means that these courts will not have the right to decide on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1996 which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. DOMA passed overwhelming by a margin of 85-14 in the Senate (John Kerry and John Edwards voted NO), and in the U.S. House by a margin of 342-67. Congressman Hostettler said that Congress has the power to strip federal court authority under Article III of the Constitution, which establishes the Supreme Court but gives Congress the power to establish inferior federal courts and to set jurisdiction in most cases for the entire federal judiciary.
Federal Marriage Amendment: The "cloture vote," as it is called, required 60 votes to bring debate to a close. Senators who support traditional marriage voted FOR cloture, while senators who support homosexual "marriage" voted AGAINST cloture. Leading up to the vote, Capitol sources said non-stop flood of calls into the Senate were ranging from 20-1 to 50-1 in favor of the marriage amendment! Yet Ben Campbell (R-CO)202-224-5852, Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)202-224-2921, Sue Collins (R-ME)202-224-2523, John McCain (R-AZ) 202-224-2235, Olympia Snowe (R-ME) 1-800-432-1599 or 202-224-5344, John Sununu (R-NH)202-224-2841. These are the Republicans who voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, July 14, 2004. Please contact these "Republican" Senators and ask why they voted against 80% of Americans?
"The President must work with the Congress. Congress writes the budgets. Yes, we do have Republican majorities in both Houses, but we don't have conservative majorities. On any given day, just a handful of moderate or liberal Republicans can band together with the Democrats and reshape policies that aren't conservative policies. This forces the White House, and the House and Senate Republican leadership, to compromise with the moderate and liberal members. We may all call ourselves Republicans, but not everyone in Congress by that name supports cutting taxes, reducing the size and the scope of federal power, shifting more responsibility back to the states and communities, and other traditional conservative notions. Without governing conservative majorities, the leadership must play the hand they are dealt." --James Rogan, former California Congressman
With the help of three liberal Republicans (Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island), and one who should know better (John McCain of Arizona), the Senate, with 51 votes, adopted a rule that if passed in the House will end all the Bush tax cuts and ensure that no new ones are enacted. http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pdupont/?id=110005341
Republicans Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Virginia's John Warner, Maine's Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe, and Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee opposed Bush judicial nominee J. Leon Holmes in the 51-46 confirmation vote.
Homosexuals Applaud RNC Convention Line-Up
Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign ran a full page ad in Roll Call newspaper which features pictures of Schwarzenegger, McCain, Pataki, and Giuliani and asks, "Want to get a prime time spot at the Republican National Convention?" and answers: "Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment." We at FRC couldn't have said it better ourselves. Judging by the current list of invited speakers, the GOP must be planning to carry the HRC and Planned Parenthood vote, all the while ignoring those who support traditional marriage and pro-life views - the very constituency that makes up the heart and soul of the Republican Party.
The party seems poised to keep some of its most articulate spokesmen such as Senators Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum and Representatives Henry Hyde and Mike Pence and other leaders on life and family issues behind the scenes. By keeping them on the sidelines they have missed a chance to emphasize the real heart of the party and the sharp contrast between the Republican Party and Democratic Party. By treating the vast majority of the GOP faithful like "fly over" country, the convention organizers douse the enthusiasm of pro-family voters - meanwhile they may show up to vote, they may not bring two or three friends along with them to the polls. Note to Republican Party organizers: Find a primetime spot for a speaker who the pro-family community knows and trusts and who will speak to the issues that have driven so many voters to pull the lever for the GOP in the past. Family Research Council Washington Update July 9, 2004
GOP: Gay old party: Weld, Swift attend Republican grooms' wedding [Boston Herald 6/23] In case you missed it, this is the Massachusetts political establishment (including the major Democrats) paying homage to the homosexual movement’s victory. Sad, and quite scary. As the Globe's Jeff Jacoby described it: “When longtime gay partners Mitchell Adams and Kevin Smith were married in one of the oldest churches in America on Tuesday afternoon, they were joined by a glittering array of VIPs. Among the guests at the 300-year-old King's Chapel were two former Republican governors of Massachusetts, Boston's mayor and commissioner of police, the president of the state Senate, a former attorney general, a bishop of the Episcopal Church, and pew after pew of influential doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs. The reception afterward was at the Somerset Club -- one of the wealthiest and most exclusive in New England.”
(AgapePress) This election year, the grassroots is talking about one huge political issue the GOP leadership is trying to avoid. Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum says the Republican Party's leaders are tap dancing around the issue of immigration -- and that that's a big mistake. "They are always asking my advice on all sorts of questions, but they never ask my advice on immigration," the conservative icon says. "I think there is a tremendous disconnect between the people in Washington and what the grassroots are believing." Schlafly says at state convention meetings, delegates are bringing the issue up from the floor and demanding the party take action to solve problems associated with immigration. In the recent Medicare bill, one-billion tax dollars were set aside in a pool just to take care of emergency health-care costs of illegal aliens. Schlafly feels that is the wrong way to solve the problem. [Bill Fancher]
Senator George Allen Betrays Pro-Family Movement On Hate Crime Bill June 25, 2004 – When Virginia Senator George Allen was running for his Senate seat in 2000, he met with TVC’s Executive Director Andrea Lafferty and assured her that he would not support the homosexual agenda or hate crime legislation. However, last week, Senator Allen voted for the hate crimes amendment that is part of the defense authorization bill. This hate crime bill will add sexual orientation to federal law—thus providing homosexuals with protected minority status. Senator Allen has betrayed the pro-family movement by his vote and has gone back on his word to TVC. If you live in Virginia, please contact Senator Allen and ask why he betrayed the pro-family movement by voting to support a key goal of the homosexual movement. Senator Allen’s contact information is available here: Senator George Allen. TVC Weekly News