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Rhode Island considers Assisted Suicide bill

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Thursday, May 28, for Senate Bill Number 598, which seeks to legalize Assisted Suicide. Nine Senators sat over the hearing containing a little over 30 attendees. Only one Senator on the Committee is a Republican, Mark W. Gee. Members of the community gave testimony both in opposition of the bill as well as in support of it.

Several witnesses in support of the measure cited the story of Brittany Maynard, a well-known advocate in legalizing “aid in dying.” In January of 2014 Brittany was diagnosed with grade 2 Astrocytoma, a form of terminal Brain cancer.  Her diagnosis was elevated to a grade 4 Glioblastoma with an estimated six months to live. Maynard moved from California to Oregon to take advantage of Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” Law, taking her own life in November of 2014 at the age of 29.

Tim Appleton, a spokesman for Compassion & Choices, said “the right of dying is a choice.” Sen. Archambault (D) corrected Appleton for using the word “force” in reference to Brittany Maynard, for moving from California to Oregon. Sen Archambault: “I’m going to hold you to your testimony.” Sen Lombardi took issue with Appleton for saying that assisted suicide is a fundamental right. “What someone perceives to be a fundamental right and what is a fundamental right are different. This is not a Constitutional right.” Appleton stated he did not use the phrase “Constitutional” when referring to the right of choice, however, Senator Lombardi replied, “That’s the context in which you meant it in.”

Lombardi expressed his concerns with the six months time line language in the bill. “I’m troubled with the fact of an arbitrary timeline to afford this right.”  Referring to breakthroughs in medicine from Duke University, he continued on to say, “I concern myself to opening door when any Dr. might say you have 6 months left to live, you may have more time. This is a lightning rod issue.”Appleton responded “some patients know no matter what they do, the end is near.”

Associate Professor of philosophy, Giuseppe Butera, Providence College, gave compelling testimony opposing the bill. Butera stated that a civilized society maintains a dividing line between the innocent and the guilty. The purpose of such line is “to limit the State’s use of deadly force and to assure the innocent that the State will not use deadly force against them.” Warning of unintended consequences should the State pass such legislation, Professor Butera poised the question, “being innocent would no longer be enough to prevent the state from killing us. If not at the guilty, where would you draw the line? By what authority do you claim to have the right to authorize the killing of an innocent person?”

Dr. Timothy Flanigan, Professor of Medicine at Brown University Medical school, Infectious Diseases, provided expert testimony opposing the measure. Dr. Flanigan explained that when patients are diagnosed with serious illness, depression is a common phase along with an impulse to end life, all of which is self-destructive.  He also soberly expressed warning of cases of abuse in Oregon, where a similar law exists. “If we give a quick easy way out, it’s not good. It’s bad medicine, bad for the individual and bad bad for Rhode Island.”

Currently in the U.S., five states have legalized or decriminalized laws regarding assisted suicide: Montana, New Mexico,  Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Recently the California State Senate Appropriations Committee just voted to move SB 128 out of committee and to a full senate vote.


Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin meets with students

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PADUCAH, Ky. — Conservative Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin along with his running mate for Lt. Governor, Jenean Hampton attended and spoke at the annual McCracken County Reagan Day Dinner at the Carson Center last Friday evening.

His opening remarks praising the freedoms experienced in America were well received with applause: “I hope we do not take for granted for one moment what a privilege it is to live in the United States of America”, Bevin said.

Bevin went on to share his humble upbringing well below the poverty level. Mapping his journey from paying his own way through college to his military service as an army officer, to working in the private sector as a successful business owner. During the event, he spoke on a wide range of topics concerning voters in Kentucky.

Matt Bevin has made youth involvement a huge part of his campaign. He has spoken to groups of students all across Kentucky, including home-school groups. As a supporter of school choice and against Common Core, his message resounds with parents and students alike.

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Matt Bevin in Somerset, Ky. with a local home school group. Photo: Elizabeth Fraser

The Bevin-Hampton campaign has a large number of Millennials involved as part of “Youth for Bevin“. Students are using their energy to support the campaign in various ways, such as info graphics, precinct walking, phone banking, sign waving, writing letters to the editors and promotion through social media.

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Emma Creason from Carlisle county with Matt Bevin.

 

” I am so excited after getting to meet Matt! I’ve always loved Matt Bevin, but after meeting him in person I LOVE him! He did such a great job speaking. It is such a privilege to support a candidate I can trust. I am so excited to be on his team.” – Emma Creason from Carlisle county.

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Kaitlyn Creason, from Carlisle county with Matt Bevin.

 

“Matt Bevin is uniquely a strong Constitutionally Conservative candidate. He passionately stands for our Founding Principles that makes America great. As an outsider, and not a politician, he has the experience Kentucky needs. I am happy to support him in every way I can to see that he is my next Governor.” – Kaitlyn Creason, from Carlisle county.

 

 

 

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Alyssa Hodge, McCracken County with Matt Bevin.

 

“Matt Bevin is one-of-a-kind. He is honest, sincere, but most importantly he is genuine. He deeply believes in his message and speaks about his Blueprint with passion. I am willing to do anything it takes to see to it that a man, with his values, is Kentucky’s next Governor.” – Alyssa Hodge, McCracken County.

Matt is a Christian, husband, father of nine, business owner, and problem-solver. He knows how to create jobs because it’s what he does. It’s about the jobs.

His “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky” is the plan Kentucky so desperately needs.

The Republican Primary for Governor is Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

You can learn more about Matt by visiting MattBevin.com.
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CPAC: Sean Hannity declares Conservatives and establishment Republicans unite

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Sean Hannity, Conservative FOX News radio and television host, energized the audience before he spoke by tossing footballs into the crowd to the song, “This is How We Roll.”

Acknowledging the large presence of the millennials in attendance, Hannity expressed the disappointment in the rising national debt they will inherit thanks to the six years of Obama’s presidency. Stating:

We can do better. The American people are needlessly suffering because of the bad politics in Washington. Our generation leaves this country in worse shape than we found it.

Hannity focused on terrorism stating “he never thought America would be battling groups such as ISIS and Hezbollah.” Contrasting Obama to the King of Jordan, he had praise for one but criticism for the other. Praising Abdullah II, the king of Jordan for taking swift action against ISIS after the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot, while Criticizing Obama for his insensitivity of the beheading of American journalist, James Foley.

With many contenders for president seeking his coveted endorsement, Hannity admitted he hasn’t made up his mind yet on who he supports. Sharing a quote from the movie Braveheart – “I see strength in you. Unite us.” Taking from that concept, Sean stated: “Conservatives and establishment Republicans need to unite.”

Hannity outlined the many areas both groups within the Republican party can agree on, such as energy independence, debt, school choice, and securing our borders for our safety.

He ended with advice on how to find the right candidate for president,

Dig deep and find a person who understands the destiny of the nation to stand as a beacon for the entire world.”


CPAC: Does Ted Cruz love America?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY Staff
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY Staff

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY Staff

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a tea party favorite and potential contender for president in 2016 walked out to address a completely packed audience on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Greeted by enthusiastic applause that went on for several minutes, he showed his appreciation to the crowd with his first words: “Wow! God bless CPAC!”

Cruz shared several original jokes, including that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be here at CPAC today because she couldn’t find foreign money to pay for it.

Cruz spoke about what candidates will often say to get elected and urged voters to “Demand action, not talk.” Continuing along those lines, the junior senator from Texas essentially encouraged us to ask candidates, put simply, prove it.

If a candidate tells you they oppose Obamacare, terrific! When have you stood up and fought against it?
If a candidate tells you they oppose Amnesty, terrific! When have you stood up and fought against it?

Continuing this line of questioning, Cruz hit every major concern issue within the Republican base. The First amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, pro-life, marriage, standing with Israel, opposing Iran in acquiring nuclear capacity and Common core. “Actions speak far far louder than words. We need to look to people who walk the walk, and talk the talk.”

Cruz believes that the greatest divide in our nation is not between two political parties.

Biggest divide we have in this country is between career politicians in Washington and the American people.

The party matters only if we stand for liberty and the constitution and the American people.

After much applause and approval from the audience, Cruz ended his speech by asking the audience if they stand for principle to text “constitution” to 33733.

Following his speech, he then took a few Q & A’s from Sean Hannity, as both joked together. Hannity did an impression of  President Bill Clinton while asking Cruz his opinion to describe the former president. Cruz replied, “Youth outreach.”

Moving on to more serious questions, Hannity asked what would be his top five issues as a president?

  1. Repeal Obamacare
  2. Abolish the IRS
  3. Stop the EPA
  4. Defend the Constitution
  5. Restore global leadership

The inevitable question of gay marriage was asked, and Cruz responded that he believes the power belongs with the state to decide, not the federal government.  Bringing up the liberal media, Cruz was asked if he is eligible to be president, since he was born in Canada. Since his mother is a U.S. citizen by birth, as per the constitution, Cruz can run for president.  Hannity’s final question: Why does Ted love America?

“This country is the greatest country in the history of the world. A haven for freedom. Speaking of his father’s journey fleeing communist Cuba, “He came to America. No nation on earth has allowed people to come with nothing and achieve anything!”

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Are conservatives ready to elect the next president?

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WASHINGTON — Senator Mike Lee, (R-UT) started off the first day of CPAC addressing the conservative audience in the main ballroom stating that he is not running for President in 2016. He will be running for office in 2016, but only in Utah, seeking re-election for a second term as Senator. After much applause, Mike Lee asked a big question regarding the upcoming presidential election in 2016. Noting that over the past 6 presidential elections we haven’t elected a conservative since Ronald Reagan. His question then is,

“Are conservatives ready to pick the next president? “

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Senator Lee then went on to explain how to identify a conservative candidate. A conservative candidate has specific policy ideas to reform our government. If you and the candidate disagree on an issue, they will not be afraid to tell you so. Lee warned Americans not to fall for platitudes, generalizations and abstracts from politicians seeking their vote. He then invited the audience and all of America to join him as he defined what that conservative candidate looks like. He proposed they will possess three qualifications: Principled, Positive and Proven.

“A principled candidate means being a conservative everyday, not just on the campaign.”

Being principled is something that you carry into every aspect of your life, and that is the first mark of a conservative candidate. Discussing what it means to be positive, Senator Lee said it means telling us more than what you are against, but what you are for. He then shared this concept by using the analogy of a soldier going into battle.

“A soldier doesn’t fight because of what he hates in front of him, his enemy, but because of what he loves behind him.”

The last quality conservatives need to demand from their candidate is that he or she be proven. Proven means 2 things;

Someone who has proven himself by winning big fights on election day. Someone who has proven himself after election day, while in office. Conservatives must demand both. Show he can win elections, and later show that he deserved to win those elections. He must show he will battle against entrenched interest, not just of the other party, but within his own. The conservative candidate who ignores moderates is as misguided as the moderate that ignores conservatives. The candidate we are looking for can attract both.

His comments were met with approval as evidenced by the crowd’s applause. After outlining the resume of what conservatives need to look for if they want to elect the next president of the United States of America, Senator Lee turned the onus onto the citizens of our country.

“Principled, positive and proven isn’t just up to the candidates themselves. It’s up to us as well.”

In his closing thoughts Senator Lee provided more insights for voters to reflect on.

Republican candidates are only going to be as good as conservatives demand them to be in 2015. Let’s demand that these candidates will be extraordinary. Not one candidate will be anything short of that. Imagine if no one donated a dime of their money to those who talk a big game, about limiting big government, but never gets around to talking about how he would fix broken government.

Principled. Positive. Proven.

“That’s the candidate and campaign people are waiting for and the one conservatives can produce, if and only if we stay true to our own high ideals. I’m here to ask for your help to find him!”
– Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)

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BREAKING: Matt Bevin to run for Governor of Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Former US Senate candidate Matt Bevin has officially filed on Tuesday to run for Governor of Kentucky. He has chosen Jenean Hampton of Bowling Green as his Lt. Governor running mate. The deadline to file for statewide office was Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Earlier today Matt Bevin announced on his Twitter and Facebook page:

With the addition of Matt Bevin throwing his hat into the race, Kentuckians now have four candidates vying for their votes during the Republican primary. Current candidates running in the Republican primary are Matt Bevin, former U.S. Senate race candidate, current Agricultural Commissioner of Kentucky James Comer, Hal Heiner, former Louisville Metro Councilman, and Will T. Scott, former Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Primary elections will be held on May 19, 2015.

Matt Bevin is a former candidate for the U.S. Senate who ran because he believes that the chance for future generations to achieve their own American Dream is in danger of being destroyed by elite politicians out of touch with the hardworking, independent-minded taxpayers who make our country great. Matt is a conservative small business owner, military vet, husband and father.

Matt Bevin had strong support last year during his run for U.S. Senate and no doubt will benefit from the active part he has maintained in Kentucky politics since that time.


Winter storm Juno hits East Coast leaving grocery store shelves empty

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Winter storm Juno, a Nor’easter, is the first major snowstorm of 2015 and has hit the Northeastern United States late Monday evening. It’s been forecast to last through Wednesday, with some areas feeling the storm’s wrath for up to 36 hours, Weather.com reported.

Thousands of flights in and out of airports on the East Coast have been cancelled, forcing stranded travelers to wait out the storm or make new travel plans. Officials are not taking any chances with this blizzard. A State of Emergency has been declared in New Jersey,  Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

The National Weather Service describes the storm as a “high-impact winter storm expected to bring crippling snowfall amounts and life-threatening blizzard conditions to much of the Northeast.”

The storm is expected to spread from Maine down to Pennsylvania. Many officials have taken to Twitter to post emergency information.

Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island declared a State of Emergency and issued a driving ban effective at midnight, Jan. 27.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted:

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy tweeted:

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted:

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In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf urged residents to prepare for the storm and signed a disaster emergency proclamation to enable authorities to respond as quickly as possible to snow conditions.

The emphasis remains on safety first. Officials are encouraging everyone to stay home, stay off the roads to allow road crews to do their job, and keep cell phones fully charged in the event that power is lost.

As people prepared for the storm, grocery store shelves have been left empty.

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This blizzard, which the weather service labels if a snowstorm has winds that reach 35 mph and blowing snow that reduces visibility to less than a quarter of a mile, will be sure to cause many delays early Tuesday morning.

The potentially historic storm could affect 20 percent of U.S. population.


Connecticut Supreme Court upholds ruling forcing teen to continue Chemotherapy against her will

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The Connecticut Supreme court ruled on Thursday that a 17-year-old girl can be forced to undergo chemotherapy against her own will. She doesn’t turn 18 until September.

Cassandra - photo by Cassandra C.The girl, identified in court documents as Cassandra C. was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September of 2014, just five months ago. She believes she has the fundamental right to decide what happens to her own body, however, the courts have ruled against Cassandra’s rights, saying as a minor she doesn’t know what’s in her best interest.

Cassandra did not want chemotherapy because she did not want “poison in her body,” her mother, Jackie Fortin, told NBC Connecticut.

The American Cancer Society website lists the side-effects associated after receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which can include permanent loss of fertility, especially in younger cancer patients like Cassandra. The website also states that “Women who get chest radiation before they are 30 years old have a much higher risk of breast cancer.”

When asked if Cassandra and her mother have been allowed to get a second opinion about her illness her attorney had this to say:

Our position on getting a second opinion has been that she and her mom were not given the time they wanted to explore getting second opinions. The way the department of Child services has handled this case
indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of 17-year-olds. A parent would have to first persuade the child, give her time to come around.

ANM News spoke with Cassandra’s attorney, Josh Michtom today about their next legal strategy:

The case is still an open case in the juvenile court, so we are going to try and get more evidence about her maturity to submit.

Attorney Josh Michtom believes that the evidence they have presented so far wasn’t “bad” however, there wasn’t very much evidence submitted thus far to support her maturity, something they intend to fix next time they go to court. Michtom said they plan to have her talk to a psychologist, to get a fuller picture of who she is before the court.

So, what does Cassandra’s life look like now that she and her mother are not in control of what happens to her?

In the meantime the condition is not very good. She’s stuck in the hospital, all the time, with no phone and only allowed supervised visits. There’s a way to keep getting treatment without her being essentially in prison. We may try to pursue the courts for a less restrictive way for her to get the treatments. – Attorney Josh Michtom

Cassandra is still at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and a guard is stationed at her door to prevent her from leaving.

Stay with ANM News on this developing story as we will continue to follow Cassandra’s situation very closely.


Wendy Davis Campaign steals photo of College Republican…from Virginia!

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They say politics brings out the worst in you. If you have no integrity you’ll lie, cheat, and steal to win because you can’t win based on your platform.  Case in point, @WendyDavisTexas this week on Twitter. Twitter mistakes happen like typos, forgetting to include the link or photo, etc. What happened was not a mistake, but a deliberate attempt to mislead voters of Texas. I don’t know who in Wendy Davis’ campaign is behind the lies, but it doesn’t matter who did it. What does matter is that they were caught.

Meet Lauren McCue, also known as @LMcCue26 on Twitter. Miss McCue had her identity temporarily hijacked by team Wendy when a photo of her along with fellow conservative Republican friends was posted using a fake twitter account @Lisa_in_Austin (which has since been deactivated) claiming these awesome young voters support Davis. Not even close! The photo actually is of members of the College Republican Federation of Virginia who campaigned together supporting Scott Rigell and Ed Gillespe in Virginia Beach. Lauren McCue is on the far left, in a yellow dress.

Lauren noticed the tweet  and immediately called Davis out on her lies, which shortly after went viral on Twitter. Lauren has picked up some new followers because of her stand and has posted an open letter to Wendy Davis on her conservative blog, Ladies Leading Liberty.

 I am a strong, fearless, conservative young woman and I am now dedicated to exposing you and your lies. Guess what? There is a conservative army behind me . I am not alone.

I am a part of the conservative army Lauren speaks of. I have campaigned for Republican candidates running for office  as one of hundreds of other young Americans willing to work hard for a conservative candidate. The conservative young American army is larger than people realize. We care about our country and aren’t waiting till we can vote to have a say. Like Lauren McCue, young conservatives willingly support a candidate that upholds our values of life and constitutional liberties as outlined in the amendments and  national sovereignty. Candidates like Matt Bevin, Chris McDaniel, Rob Maness, Terri Lynn Land inspire us with their integrity and proper view of the role of government.

While campaigning for Matt Bevin in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary election, we had a large group of young people, Youth for Bevin, knocking on thousands of doors, phone banking, and sign waving. We had a great time, worked very hard and used social media to support Matt Bevin’s campaign as much as possible. Team Mitch noticed our tweets, photos and energy and felt threatened.

I know why Wendy Davis team did it.  They don’t have young supporters willing to campaign for them. They aren’t letting that stop them. Why have actual youth supporters when you can just right-click on a picture? No need to engage young Americans and try to motivate or inspire them with your principles of freedom, as outlined in the constitution. Oh wait, that’s right, you don’t support those values. Instead you seek power and control over the very people you hope and pray will elect you into office. Well that explains it.

Heads up to all of the youth out there campaigning for conservatives: Wear a campaign shirt, or button, or hold up signs or all three. Make it impossible for them to steal your photo.

A recent poll out today  by UT/IT of Texas shows Greg Abbot leading Wendy Davis in the Governor’s race by 16 points.  Texas voters will elect their next Governor on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.


You are Just a Vote – New video out by Free at Last PAC

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Louisiana state Senator Elbert Guillory, the former Democrat turned Republican has a fantastic new video out with bold criticism about Democratic senator Mary Landrieu’s record of failed promises. The video is released by his Free at Last PAC. If you aren’t familiar with why Elbert Guillory switched parties back in 2013, you can watch that video here. Guillory has a heart for changing the problems within Louisiana with a deep burden for the black community. His passion and sincerity is what makes his message in this video so powerful.

Our Jails are filled with young black men, who should be at home, being fathers. Meanwhile Mary Landrieu lives in a two million dollar mansion, on Capitol Hill.

You are just a vote. Nothing less and nothing more. For her, you are just a means to an end,  so that she remains in power.

Sound harsh? It’s the truth, no holds barred. Enough with the usual flowery speeches career politicians recycle each election season. The American people are sick of platitudes from politicians. We want the truth!

Republican Retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness is running for the US Senate against Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in November. This video is so compelling it can really impact this important election and help Rob Maness win. There’s one problem; The voters who need to watch this message aren’t reading ANM News. They aren’t listening to the Mark Levin show, who recently featured this video ad on his radio program. What can you do about that? For starters, please share this video everywhere online. If you live in Louisiana, show it to friends, and help us spread Senator Guillory’s message.

The Louisiana Senate election is on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.