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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kasich Strikes Out Against Bush. He Was Impressive At Saturday Debate

Kasich to Newsmax: Bush Shows 'Desperation' By Denying My Conservative Record

By Greg Richter   |   Sunday, 07 Feb 2016 11:56 AM
Ohio Gov. John Kasich told Newsmax TV in an interview recorded Sunday morning that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting desperate trying to say he isn't conservative.

The full interview with Gov. John Kasich will be aired Monday on"Newsmax Prime" at 8 p.m.

Bush has said he is the only governor running for the GOP presidential nomination who has a conservative record. Asked by "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth if that was a fair criticism, Kasich laughed.

"We balanced more budgets than anybody around, cut more taxes than anybody in America," Kasich said, referring to his time in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served alongside Hayworth, who represented Arizona. "We're for school choice. We're running surpluses. We're up 400,000 jobs in Ohio. … I just think it's a desperation by some to try to sidetrack me."
If elected, Kasich said he would do in Washington, what he did in Congress and is currently doing in Ohio to cut what he has termed "anemic" economic growth.

"Simpler regulations, lower taxes and a fiscal plan to balance the budget," he told Hayworth.

Kasich declined to criticize his opponents in Saturday night's debate, saying he'll let voters make that decision while focusing on his own ground game in New Hampshire.
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"We are rock solid here, and we are going to do very well," he said, saying he isn't doing internal polling, but believes he is currently running second to Donald Trump.

He is backing off his earlier criticism of Trump's plan to deport illegal immigrants, saying his position is already well-known at this point.

"What I didn't like in the beginning was the idea that we're going to snatch people out of their homes and deport them, " he said. "All I'm going to do is continue to tell people that we're going to balance budgets, cut taxes, change regulations, fix the border, deal with Social Security, all within the first hundred days.

Kasich has gotten two Hollywood endorsements, from action star Arnold Schwarzenegger and TV talk show host Montel Williams.

Kasich said he has known Schwarzenegger a long time, but Williams' endorsement "came out of the blue."

"I ran into him in Columbus," Kasich said. "He just said he liked what I was about, bringing people together, helping people to have opportunity."

On other issues:

  • On illegal immigration: Secure the border and create a guest worker program. For the 11.5 million here already, if they haven't committed a crime since they've been here, give them path to legalization and have them pay a fine and back taxes. "And then once the border is secure, anybody who comes across, you're going back, no excuses."
  • On the Second Amendment: "I'm for it."
  • On Obamacare: Repeal and replace it with a system that is market-oriented.
  • On the Islamic State (ISIS): Destroy them as quickly as possible.

The full interview with Gov. John Kasich will be aired on "Newsmax Prime." at 8 p.m. Monday.

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Fail To Submit Paperwork, Go To Jail. Home Schoolers In Trouble

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Authorities in Ohio have filed criminal charges against homeschool parents in two families, with trials  later this month that could result in fines and jail time if convicted.
For missing paperwork deadlines.
The parents, whose identities are not being publicized at this time, are facing accusations of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” for not having their paperwork filed appropriately – or on time.
The families are being defended by officials with the Home School Legal Defense Association, the world’s biggest advocacy organization for homeschoolers. It has fought battles on behalf of homeschoolers in the United States as well as overseas, taking on state and federal governments from Germany to Sweden to Arizona and California.
The organization explained the paperwork pitfalls that snared the now-criminal case defendants.

“Both families were somewhat new to homeschooling in Ohio. One family filed a notice of intent when they began homeschooling last year, but did not know they had to file another notice for this school year. The other family filed their annual notice of intent, but did not submit an educational assessment with their notice because they had not yet completed it, and had been told by their school district that there was no deadline for submitting the assessment.”
HSLDA continued its explanation, “Even though both families continued to educate their children, their school districts decided to treat the children as ‘truant.’ The schools also waited to contact the families until the children had accumulated more than a month of ‘absences,’ instead of addressing the issue when the school began marking the children ‘absent.'”
Peter K. Kamakawiwoole Jr., a staff attorney for the HSLDA, told WND the organization is in full defense preparation mode for the families, even though it is hoped that cooler heads eventually will prevail.
“I wish I could say that this incident is an isolated occurrence, but unfortunately cases like this tend to recur every few years in Ohio: Families submit a document late, and rather than the school district following up with the family after a few absences are accrued, the district waits until many absences are accrued. When these families finally were contacted by school officials, they provided the missing paperwork, and the school filed criminal charges against them.”
He said the counts here, “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” are usually used for parents who are abusing the system anyway – “aiding or abetting their child in the commission of a crime or a serious offense (obtaining a firearm, for example).”
Or the penalties are designed for those guilty of “chronic truancy,” which, he said, “is defined as more than 15 absences from school without excuse. The statute is clearly intended to deal with situations where parents are unwilling to correct persistent – and in some cases, dangerous – misbehavior by their children.”
“Unfortunately, that statute is being applied here to parents who had no idea that there was an issue – and at worst committed a clerical error – and more importantly, the children have literally done nothing wrong,” he continued.
“The children were attending the school they thought they were enrolled in, they were obeying their parents who expected them to do their school work, and they were doing their lessons daily. These are simply not the sort of families that the Ohio Legislature intended to be subject to these sorts of criminal penalties.”
He said it’s hard to imagine a family being jailed for months or fined thousands of dollars under the circumstances at hand.
But, he said, “Those are the potential stakes for families when school officials choose to prosecute under this statute.”
He continued, “The tragedy is that these prosecutions are entirely avoidable. Ohio’s compulsory attendance statute has specific provisions which are supposed to apply when a school district believes that a child is truant, and those provisions require – among other things – that parents be provided notice when a district believes a child is truant, and affords parents multiple opportunities to correct the behavior of the child (or, in this case, to correct clerical errors). The compulsory attendance statute recognizes that parents can ultimately be prosecuted – but only as a last resort, after intermediary measures have been taken to correct the problem, and have failed.”
He said in the current cases, school officials have blown off those procedures.
Instead, he reported, officials allowed the students “to accumulate weeks’ worth of ‘absences’ before the parents were ever contacted, and then prosecuting them even though the families have documentation showing that their homeschools are in compliance with state law.”
It’s an unsettling situation, he explained, one for which the HSLDA is marshaling its members and resources to address.
“The fact that these families are even facing prosecution is disturbing, and the fact that they could face significant fines or jail time if convicted is disproportionate and draconian. It is our hope that by defending these families and drawing attention to their plight, that we can prevent this issue from recurring in the future.”
In Ohio, the criminal charge is a first-degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to $1,000 in fines and up to six months in jail – and “each day that a child is ‘truant’ can be considered a separate offense.”

Copyright 2016 WND


Wonder How Virginia Governor Will Feel Without His Security Detail?

Virginia Governor Refuses to Recognize Concealed Carry Permits – How State Legislators Are Responding is Perfect


January 3rd, 2016
There’s an old saying: What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Now a Democratic governor may find out if that’s truly the case.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has long hated guns, and recently his attorney general decided to stop recognizing concealed carry permits for millions of law-abiding Virginians.
Many Second Amendment supporters were outraged, and now Republicans in his state are considering defunding his security detail so he won’t have to be around those “scary” guns anymore.
Here’s the report from the Daily Caller:
“Virginia Republicans returned fire over the state Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring’s move to halt recognition of concealed carry permits from 25 different states.
‘Our General Assembly has already identified who can and cannot conceal handguns in Virginia, and we cannot have that decision undermined by recognizing permits from other states with more permissive standards,’ Herring said when he made the announcement last week.
“Republican state legislators could strip Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe of his protective detail. Virginia Sen. Bill Carrico told The Herald Courier last Tuesday he plans to propose a budget amendment during the State Senate’s January session that would defund the governor’s protective detail. 
“‘A lot of the governor’s power is deferred to the General Assembly at that point and I’ll be getting with my colleagues to circumvent everything this governor has done on this point,‘ Carrico said. ‘I have a budget amendment that I’m looking at to take away his executive protection unit. If he’s so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen.'”
This is a brilliant political move by Senator Carrico to make a common-sense point: If guns are bad for law-abiding citizens to have, then they’re equally bad to be protected by policemen with guns.
Do you think this proposed amendment was a good move on Senator Carrico’s part?

Merkl Finally Gets The Message--Refugees Must Go Home

VIDEO: Painful Lesson Learned – Germany To Return Refugees To Homelands When War Is Over

The most dire predictions have been exceeded regarding the grand mass refugee migration project undertaken in Europe. Opposition voices have increased and strengthened. And some previously idealistic leaders appear to have learned their lesson.
To avoid further isolation and placate her opposition, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has substantially altered her position on her open-door policy for refugees that allowed over 1.1 million migrants to enter the country last year.
Until recently, Merkel has resisted pressure from conservatives to cap the flow of refugee or to close the borders altogether. But as months of escalating tensions created by the migrants have reached the boiling point and 40 percent of Germans want Merkel to resign because of her refugee policy, the Chancellor appears to have engaged in serious reflection.
In a rather dramatic turnabout, Germany’s Chancellor Merkel now says that most of the refugees from Syria and Iraq will be sent home once the conflicts in those countries have ended.
“Temporary Residential Status”
“We need … to say to people that this is a temporary residential status and we expect that, once there is peace in Syria again, once IS has been defeated in Iraq, that you go back to your home country with the knowledge that you have gained,” Merkel told a regional meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Merkel cited precedent from the 1990s when 70 percent of the refugees who had fled to Germany form the former Yugoslavia returned to their homeland.
Internally, German leaders at the local level have said they cannot absorb any more asylum seekers. In Bavaria, the leader of the CDU’s sister party, Horst Seehofer, threatened to take the government to court if the flow of refugees isn’t halted.
Merkel seems to finally have had her eyes opened as to the extent of the problems and perhaps is re-asserting the leadership characteristics that had afforded her record high popularity ratings earlier last year.
Not only has she agreed to tighten rules for asylum seekers and to stem the influx of migrants, she has appealed to other European leaders to begin now to follow the same path and help “because the numbers need to be reduced even further and must not start to rise again, especially in spring.”
In an effort to stop the flow of refugees from the source, Merkel has even dispatched her Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, to Afghanistan to demand a halt to the flow of refugees or Germany will stop its aid to the country.
The problems with refugees are not Germany’s alone. Across Europe, the grand experiment has resulted in a clash of cultures which are fundamentally incompatible with each other. Rather than lead with their heads, European leaders fell victim to their hearts in opening their borders to the perceived refugees and they have thrown their countries into chaos and turmoil that has produced irreversible scars on the lives of their citizens.
h/t Reuters