These Presidential Candidates Just Did Something Unbelievable For The Families Of Charleston Shooting Victims

Several Republican presidential candidates will be returning campaign contributions made by a man who runs an organization that allegedly inspired the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C.

Earl Holt, president of the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens (CoCC), has donated $65,000 to Republican campaigns in recent years, The Guardian reported. The New York Times reveals the connection between Holt and Dylann Roof, who has been charged with the murder of nine people at Emanuel AME and could face the death penalty.

A manifesto that appeared on a website registered to Mr. Roof said that the manifesto’s author had first learned of ‘brutal black-on-white murders’ from the Council of Conservative Citizens’ website.

Donations made by Holt include $8,500 to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; $1,750 to RandPAC, the political action committee of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and $1,500 to former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. Bloomberg reported $3,000 was donated by Holt to the nascent campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

All of the above candidates, declared or otherwise, plan on returning money they received from Holt.

“RandPAC is donating the funds to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to assist the victims’ families,” said Paul spokesman Doug Stafford, according to Bloomberg. Santorum spokesman Matthew Beynon told The Guardian Monday that his boss would be doing the same. “Senator Santorum does not condone or respect racist or hateful comments of any kind. Period. The views the Senator campaigns on are his own and he is focused on uniting America, not dividing he,” Beynon said.

Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, told Bloomberg that her boss “believes that there is no place for racism in society.”

“Upon learning about Mr. Holt’s background and his contributions to the campaign, he immediately instructed that all of those donations be returned.”

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker, said the governor would be donating the funds to charity, according to Bloomberg.

h/t: Youth for Rand Paul

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This Republican May Have Finally Taken One Major Step Toward Announcing His Candidacy

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has consistently polled well in recent months against other prospective GOP presidential contenders. His success in a Democrat-leaning state, many pundits argue, makes him an ideal candidate to reach both ideological wings of the Republican Party as well as appeal to independent voters.

While he has yet to officially throw his hat in an already crowded Republican primary ring, recent reports speculate that he might have taken a big step in that direction. Breitbart News indicated that an individual with Walker’s name filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission with the express goal of running for president.

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It is possible, of course, that another individual named Scott Walker filed documents completely unrelated to the Wisconsin governor. This theory is potentially bolstered by the fact that this particular filing included no party affiliation. Assuming this is a farce or political diversion, Breitbart’s Sarah Rumpf pointed out that the perpetrator had better actually be named Scott Walker.

Otherwise, she wrote, “it would be a felony, for making false statements under oath in this filing.”

Rumpf also noted that the Walker insiders previously prepared some reporters for a July announcement, though an early filing could just be an attempt to jump in the race a little earlier. In any case, the FEC data on its own is hardly definitive proof of Walker’s impending candidacy. As of the latest updates available, his team had not responded to Breitbart’s report.

Reader reaction revealed mixed feelings regarding a Walker White House bid. Some pointed out his perceived strengths, others focused on ostensible weaknesses, while some pointed out that a Walker candidacy – no matter how or when it is announced – is basically inevitable.

“I’ve been getting campaign spam from him ever since I participated in the Breitbart online primary,” one reader wrote, “so it’s a good guess that he’s running.”

Would you welcome Walker to the 2016 GOP primary field? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The Weirdest Republican Candidate Merchandise

Here are some decidedly odd products for sale relating to the Republican presidential candidates:

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There are some who say that Rand Paul fans are fanatics. I would never call them fanatics. I would just say that some of them like to go to sleep at night wrapped up in a giant photo of Rand Paul.

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Rand Paul flip-flops. I think the bottom of the left one (the “left” one, get it?) says “Cut the military,” and the bottom of the right says, “Build up the military! More drones, we need more drones!”

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Ok, I’m guessing this dart board probably isn’t an official product from his campaign. Do you think they got that photo from drone footage? Just wondering!

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Is Ted Cruz really hot? Perhaps a woman can speak to this in the comments section!

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Ok, I’m seeing a LOT of ladies clothes here with Ted Cruz’s name on them. Is he some kind of Latino heartthrob, like a modern day Marc Anthony?

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This is a bargain at only $500. Who would pay $500 for this? Do you think it’s valued so highly because it’s written in English?

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Two comments about this: (1) It’s a paper plate. When you’re done with it, you crumple up and throw out Jeb Bush’s face. And (2), if you’re eating a medium rare steak, when you’re done, you have blood all over Jeb’s face. How weird is that?

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We can only envy the inroads Bobby Jindal has made with the African-American community.

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Ok, this is very weird. Marco Rubio underwear? As a man, I would feel more than a little homosexual wearing Marco Rubio underwear. They don’t look like they’re made for women; what kind of audience do you think he’s going after here?

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A Chris Christie doll, stopping traffic at the bridge! Just remember, though, that this is a doll doing this; the real Chris Christie has no knowledge of it.

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An interesting sticker!

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I think this is Lindsey Graham’s #1 constituency. I just hope it’s not meant to be taken literally.

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Ok, this is just weird. For one thing, Huckabee has a short Hitler moustache every day at 9 o’clock.

A closing note: I tried to find interesting products related to Scott Walker because, as many of you know, he’s my top favorite from my list of least favorites. However, all his products were decidedly ordinary and boringly normal. A harbinger of things to come?

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Scott Walker Just Made Some MAJOR Changes To Welfare… Freeloaders Hardest Hit

Wisconsin became the latest state to propose a mandate that would drug-test welfare recipients, with Governor Scott Walker announcing the proposal to coincide with the state budget.

“This is not a punitive measure. This is about getting people ready for work,” Walker said in a speech at WEL Companies, a logistics and trucking provider. “I’m not making it harder to get government assistance, I’m making it easier to get a job.”

“If you are able to work, we want you to be ready to work,” Walker said. “It’s a basic entry to the workforce; it’s a requirement that you are drug free.” He also added that there are over 67,000 listed jobs at Wisconsin’s state job website, meaning there was no shortage of employment.

The new measures would require drug testing for recipients of FoodShare, BadgerCare Plus health care, and Unemployment Insurance programs in Wisconsin.

Gov. Walker also added that the state would provide treatment and job training for those who failed drug tests. “If you want our help and we’re willing to help … our goal is to get people who are able back into the workforce,” Walker said.

Wisconsin would join 11 states that already have drug testing in place for welfare recipients, as well as an additional four that require it for unemployment benefits.

While the idea has been applauded by conservatives, Wisconsin progressives and liberal religious groups have attacked Gov. Walker’s plan, saying that drug testing for welfare is meant to “shame the poor.”

“In our respective religious traditions poverty and joblessness are not indicators of bad character,” read a letter signed by several liberal religious groups. “We do not believe it is just to craft policies that punish those who face these trials while also suffering from the illness of addiction. Nor is it fair to treat those who seek employment, health and nutritional assistance differently than those who need financial help with educational costs, starting a business or obtaining child care.”

However, Gov. Walker struck back at these criticisms, saying that “taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for public assistance programs for individuals who can’t pass a drug test.”

h/t: Young Conservatives

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Record 51 Million Legal/Illegal Immigrants Expected In Next Eight Years

The Census Bureau estimates that a record 51 million legal and illegal immigrants are expected to reside in the United States by 2023. By that time, immigrants will account for more than one in seven members of the nation’s population.

Driven mostly by legal immigration, the Bureau predicts the immigrant population will increase to one in five by 2060, totaling 78 million people. The U.S. population is expected to reach 417 million by then, an increase of 108 million from 2010.

“These numbers have important implications for workers, schools, infrastructure, congestion and the environment,” said Steven Camarota, the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies. “They also may have implications for our ability to successfully assimilate and integrate immigrants. Yet there has been almost no national debate about bringing in so many people legally each year, which is the primary factor driving these numbers.”

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Center for Immigration Studies

These statistics will likely have an impact on the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are seen as moderates on the immigration issue, having supported changes to immigration law in the past that would encourage greater legal immigration and grant resident status to illegal immigrants already in the country. Others like Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have stood for stricter enforcement of the nation’s current immigration laws before considering any reforms.

Walker added to the debate this week, arguing that U.S. immigration policy should also take into account the impact of legal immigration on American workers:

Well the one thing they’re not saying is we need to make sure as part of that any future legal immigration system that goes forward has to account for American citizens and the workers of this country and their wages to make sure that even with legal immigration in this country we respond to it in a way that doesn’t take jobs away from hardworking Americans.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, shared this concern in a letter to the New York Times published last week:

In 1970, fewer than 1 in 21 United States residents were born abroad. Five years from today, the Census Bureau estimates that more than one in seven United States residents will have been born abroad. Eight years from today, the share of the population that is foreign-born will rise above any level ever before recorded and keep surging.

It defies reason to argue that the record admission of new foreign workers has no negative effect on the wages of American workers, including the wages of past immigrants hoping to climb into the middle class. Why would many of the largest business groups in the United States spend millions lobbying for the admission of more foreign workers if such policies did not cut labor costs?

A Reuters poll conducted last summer found 45 percent of Americans want to see the number of legal immigrants reduced, while 38 percent believe the current number was appropriate; and 17 percent thought the numbers should be increased.

On average, 800,000 people immigrate to the United States annually. The Department of Homeland Security estimates there are 11.4 million people in the United States illegally, making up about one-fourth of the total foreign-born population. The United States has issued on average about 1.1 million “Green Cards” in recent years (for new legal permanent residents).

Do you believe we should reduce, increase, or keep about the same the total number of immigrants allowed in the United States each year? 

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