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With App, Groups Seek Better Way to Report Complaints of Profiling by Airport Security
Two civil rights groups unveiled a mobile phone application called FlyRights that will let travelers file real-time complaints about racial and gender profiling with the Transportation Security Administration.
President Barack Obama used an address to members of building trades unions to slam Republicans in Congress while trying to assure union workers that he wants to put them back on the job – a speech Republicans dismissed as pandering to labor and dodging the issue of a jobs-creating pipeline project that he opposed.
Addressing the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department, Mr. Obama said Monday that Republicans have blocked multiple jobs bills that would have put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back to work repairing crumbling roads, schools and transit systems.
“I’ve said now is the time to do this; interest rates are low, construction workers are out of work… and time after time, the Republicans have gotten together and they’ve said no,” Mr. Obama told a packed ballroom at the Washington Hilton hotel.
Still, he told the group that his administration has taken steps to speed up loans and grants for projects and reverse bans on so-called project labor agreements. His reversals allow federal agencies to require that contractors on large-scale public construction projects agree to union representation for workers.
“As long as I’m your president I’m going to keep it up,” Mr. Obama said to repeated applause and cheers. He told the group that Republicans had set their sights on dismantling “unions like yours” and that he believes collective bargaining strengthens the economy. Another applause-generator: He referred to Republican-backed right-to-work laws as “right to work for less” laws that he said are about politics and not economics.
What President Obama didn’t say is what he intends to do about the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which he rejected early this year for environmental reasons. The pipeline would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Many Republicans and some building trades unions have criticized Mr. Obama’s move, saying the pipeline would generate jobs. At the same time, the project has created a rift between labor groups that support it and others that don’t.
Writing at the Huffington Post Monday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus predicted Mr. Obama would dodge the issue in his speech. “What do you say to a group whose lifeline you destroyed?,” Mr. Priebus said in the posting.
Meantime, the campaign of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said in a statement that Mr. Obama would be meeting with his “well-funded allies in big labor” on Monday. Spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Mr. Obama “panders” to big labor and has put their interests ahead of America’s workers and job creators.
Union members at Monday’s conference who support the pipeline said Mr. Obama’s early rejection of it doesn’t undermine their support for his re-election.
“Any Laborer that votes for Romney should have their head examined,” said James Maravelias, vice president of the Laborers International Union of North America’s local 199 in Wilmington, Del.
The latest video is entitled ?Stop the War on Small Businesses.?
To view the videos, visit The Million Vote March website. These, and other videos produced by the Wrights campaign, are offered free of charge to Libertarian Party affiliates and candidates. Each spot can be customized.
Contact Thomas Hill if you are interested in these spots.
Last week it was Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney‘s side, and Monday it was Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
Both are considered potential vice presidential picks; Mr. Rubio is seen helping Mr. Romney in pivotal Florida, while Ms. Ayotte could help draw more women voters to the GOP column, and also help carry New Hampshire — which, while not rich in electoral votes, is considered a toss-up in a solidly blue corner of the country.
Ms. Ayotte introduced Mr. Romney during a Monday morning event at the Portsmouth Commercial Fishing Pier. The soft-spoken, first-term senator campaigned regularly with Mr. Romney, a part-time New Hampshire resident, during the final weeks before the state’s first-in-the-nation primary. But after Monday’s event, she played the part of the self-effacing vice presidential prospect, dismissing speculation that the campaign would even put her through the series of background check required of serious contenders for the job.
“I just don’t see that happening,” she told reporters after the Romney speech.
But as the Romney campaign hones its attention on New Hampshire, the senator said, “I’ll do whatever I can do that the campaign wants me to do to help make sure they win in November. I just think it’s so important for our country.”
Judge Gray Announces for VP, Gary Johnson Endorses
Judge Jim Gray has officially announced his intention to seek the Vice Presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party at their national convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend. His statement follows in full:
Governor Gary Johnson, whose website hosts Judge Gray’s statement, has already endorsed him. That statement can be found here.
Steve Kornacki: "The high-profile help that he's lending Barack Obama -- starring in a campaign video about Osama bin Laden's killing, headlining a fund-raiser in Virginia last night, plotting campaign strategy with top Obama lieutenants -- speaks to Bill Clinton's unique status among former presidents: Not since Theodore Roosevelt a century ago has one managed to remain such a political force after leaving office."
"Clinton is more popular than ever right now, notching a 67-29 percent favorable in one recent poll, which helps explain why Obama is eager to enlist him in what should be a tight general election campaign. There really is no modern precedent for a former president being so actively engaged in a national election so long after leaving the White House."
Campaign Finance Watchdogs File Complaint Against Illinois Congressman
Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center told the Federal Election Commission that Illinois Representative Aaron Schock's $25,000 solicitation shattered the F.E.C.'s $5,000 limit on such requests.
LP Media Release: Libertarian Party?s National Convention May 3-6 in Las Vegas
For Immediate Release
Libertarian Party’s National Convention May 3-6 in Las Vegas
WASHINGTON ? The Libertarian Party will hold the National Libertarian Convention at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., from May 3rd through May 6th to select the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees, adopt any changes to the platform and choose top party officials.
The convention, themed Liberty Will Win, coincides with the 40th anniversary of the party, which is celebrated by Libertarians across the country. Between 600 and 700 delegates from all parts of the country are expected to take part. The keynote address ?Big Government is the Disease; Voting Libertarian Is the Only Cure? will be delivered at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, May 3rd by Michael Cloud, a veteran party strategist and communications expert.
“The problem is not the abuse of power … it’s the power to abuse. Take away the power and no abuse is possible,” Mr. Cloud will say, according to the text of his prepared remarks.
Mark Hinkle, Libertarian Party Chair, said he anticipated one of the most exciting conventions ever.
?We have strong candidates — and a growing number of independents, Tea Party faithful, disaffected Republicans, and anti-war, anti-crony-capitalism Democrats looking to us to field true liberty candidates,? Mr. Hinkle said. ?We?re the small government alternative to Big Government Democrats and Republicans, which resonates with millions of voters who are deeply concerned with our weak economy and who fear it will get worse.?
The Libertarian Party?s nominating process differs significantly from that of the Republican and Democratic Parties.
Both the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees are elected at the convention through independent voting processes starting with the presidential nomination. The Presidential nominee does not choose his or her running mate.
The first round of balloting will begin after the opening of the convention on Thursday, May 3rd and close at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, May 4th when delegates will choose participants of a nationally-televised Presidential debate that will take place on Friday, May 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Those included in the debate will be announced by 3:30 P.M. on May 4th. Only candidates scoring 10 percent of the ballot or more will be allowed to take part.
This year?s contenders for appearing on the stage include, in reverse alphabetical order, writer, Libertarian activist, and Air Force veteran R. Lee Wrights, documentary producer Bill Still, attorney and Army veteran Carl Person, computer programmer Scott Keller, former New Mexico Governor and businessman Gary Johnson, and Libertarian activist and Marine veteran Jim Burns.
Party rules call for selecting the nominees after the debate through several rounds of balloting. If no candidate for President or Vice President attains a majority on the first ballot, the candidate finishing last will be eliminated from the race. In addition, any candidate polling less than 5 percent will also be eliminated from the subsequent ballot. A candidate securing a majority of convention delegates will be the nominee.
?We have an impressive roster of talent this year to challenge our Big Government opponents not only in the race for the White House, but also in state and local races,? noted Mr. Hinkle. ?The major parties offer Americans only one solution: Bigger government. Libertarians will show voters how we can make government small while dramatically increasing jobs, lowering taxes, and scaling back government debt.?
The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States, which is active in all 50 states and has more than 250,000 registered voters.
Libertarians call for ending government interference in personal, family and business decisions, much lower government spending, repeal of dangerous and unnecessary regulations, lower taxes, a currency free of government manipulation, free trade, and a peaceful, non-interventionist foreign policy.
Millions of Americans have voted for Libertarian Party candidates in past elections throughout the country, despite the fact that many state governments place roadblocks in order to keep third party candidates off the ballot and deprive voters of a real choice.
Members of the press who plan to attend this event are requested to visit this link to obtain additional information and to request press credentials.
P.S. If you have not already done so, please join the Libertarian Party. We are the only political party with a mission to give voters a choice to downsize Big Government, to do so in the most humane way possible, to greatly reduce taxes, and to slash high government spending. You can also renew your membership. Or, you can simply make a contribution.
Cheri Young, the wife of an ex-aide to John Edwards, testified that the former presidential candidate "asked the couple to hide an affair he was having and justified using wealthy donors' money to do it," the AP reports.
On a phone call, Edwards "emphasized the need to preserve his campaign and keep the affair from his wife, Elizabeth" and made the plan sound "as if it was for the good of the country."
The pro-Romney "super PAC" Restore Our Future has scrubbed its YouTube account of all negative ads against Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
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