Sunday, April 5, 2015

POLITICO: CRUZ PATH TO VICTORY UNITES TEA PARTY, CHRISTIAN RIGHT

Breitbart ^ | 4/4/2015 | Breitbart News 

Ted Cruz’s aggressive pursuit of the evangelical vote began with a deliberate choice of venue for his presidential announcement two weeks ago: Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world. The Texas Republican senator’s strategic play for Christian conservatives comes into even sharper focus this weekend as he rolls out the first television ad of the 2016 race. Titled “Blessing,” the commercial is aimed directly at evangelical and social conservative voters in early voting states, timed for Easter weekend and slated to air during popular Christian-themed programming. It’s an exercise in narrowcasting that telegraphs exactly how Cruz intends to win the GOP nomination against better-funded and better-known rivals. His advisers say the Liberty University backdrop, the TV ads and even his recent two-day tour of Iowa are all part of a detailed blueprint designed to tap into the power of two distinct GOP wings — evangelicals and the tea party movement. With establishment voters breaking toward former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio,and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — and libertarian-oriented conservatives likely to go for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — the Cruz team believes the Texas Republican must flat-out win the tea party set and finish either first or second among Christian conservatives, a bloc that dominates the GOP base in Iowa and South Carolina.
“I don’t think he could have had a better strategy, all the way from his launch to his swing through Iowa,“said Bob Vander Plaats, an influential social conservative leader in Iowa. “He’s had a strong announcement, and he’s going to be a strong candidate.”
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JENKINS: What do religious freedom and Obamacare have in common?

Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | 4/04/15 | Rob Jenkins 

One aspect of the religious freedom controversy that’s not getting much attention is its similarity to the debate over Obamacare. The same issue lies at the heart of both — namely, whether the government can force people to enter into contracts against their will.

In the case of Obamacare, the Supreme Court basically rejected the administration’s constitutional arguments, then bizarrely decided the law was OK because the penalty for not complying was a tax, not a fine. In other words, the government can’t make you buy health insurance, but it CAN “tax” you if you don’t.

Now several states have passed religious freedom laws, designed to protect citizens from being forced into contracts not just against their will but contrary to their religious convictions.
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