“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” — John 10:10
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life…” — Declaration of Independence
In the wake of abortion videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, Congress is debating defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The government provides 41% of all Planned Parenthood revenue totaling $528.4 million in 2013. That same year, Planned Parenthood reported that it performed 10,590,433 “total services” and 327,653 (or 3.1%) of those services were abortions. Opponents claim that Planned Parenthood’s business is as much as 94% abortion. What is the truth?
Our nation was founded as a Christian nation upon the Holy Bible! While you wouldn’t expect to hear that come from Washington, DC today, as recently as 33 years ago the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 97-280 making 1983 the “Year of the Bible.”
In their joint resolution, Congress not only recognized the Holy Bible as the Word of God, they acknowledged the Bible’s unique contribution to the foundation of our country and the blessings that followed our history. Echoing the sentiments of the founding fathers, the law quotes President Jackson who stated that the Bible is “the rock on which our Republic rests,” acknowledges “the value of voluntarily applying the teaching of the Scriptures in the lives of individuals, families, and societies,” and calls upon the nation to “to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.”
The entire text below is courtesy of the Government Publishing Office.
Public Law 97-280
In February, National Journal released its Ratings for the U.S. House of Representatives. The ratings were based on economic, social, and foreign policy issues and Mississippi’s 4th District Congressman, Steven Palazzo, was rated as the most conservative from Mississippi and the 21st most conservative out of all 435 House members. Palazzo is more conservative than 76% of the House of Representatives on Economic issues, 87% on Social issues, and 95% on Foreign Policy issues.
The following organizations offer ratings of elected officials based on their priorities (Economy, Religious Freedom, Foreign Policy, etc.) and points of view. Many of these organizations’ websites can be searched to find ratings for previous years so that former representatives (such as Travis Childers and Gene Taylor) can be researched as well:
Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) provides an extensive listing of groups that provide Congressional ratings. Their list can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Awake America is compiling a video report of the event and posted the following video trailer to promote the forthcoming video. Don’t miss the clip of Sen. Tim Scott preaching!
Faith Baptist Church sent Bros. Dan & Caleb Carr to Washington, DC March 10-12 to join pastors from around the country at Capitol Connection. The need to pray for our country and leaders is great and revival is our only hope. Dr. Chuck Harding is among those leading the charge to change the course of our country.
Gene Taylor’s entry into the Republican race for the 4th Congressional District Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has some wondering if Mississippi’s “open primary” system needs to be changed. In Mississippi, anyone can vote in any primary election.
As a former Democrat, Taylor’s candidacy as a Republican could draw many of his former Democrat supporters to vote for him in the Republican Primary. Such a move would likely offset any conservative base that incumbent Steven Palazzo has built during his 4 years in office. Adding additional intrigue, such a split in the vote may open the door for a host of other candidates in the June 3rd Republican Primary (Ron Vincent, Tom Carter, and Tavish Kelly have also submitted paperwork to the Miss. GOP). In any event, a primary run-off is likely (and scheduled for 24 June).
With Taylor expected to draw Democrats into the Republican Primary, those same Democrat will also be casting a vote for the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran. With the Tea Party challenger strongly contrasted against the established and venerable Republican, many expect those cross-over Democrats to more likely affiliate with and vote for Sen. Cochran.
Switching parties has been a long-established, but not always effective, political tactic. In running for Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District in 2010 and 2012, Bill Marcy switched to the Republican ticket and unsuccessfully challenged Democrat incumbent Bennie Thompson; Marcy had hoped to draw Tea Party voters that would have refused to vote for Thompson. This year, Marcy is back as a Democrat running against Travis Childers in the Democrat Primary for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Cochran.
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The Mississippi Republican Party announced the candidates who applied to run for elected office in the 2014 Election cycle. The GOP must certify the potential candidates prior to the June 3rd Primary Election. The following candidates submitted the qualification paperwork by the March 1st deadline:
- Thad Cochran
- Chris McDaniel
- Thomas Carey
1st Congressional District:
3rd Congressional District:
- Gregg Harper
- Hardy Caraway
4th Congressional District:
- Steven Palazzo
- Ron Vincent
- Tom Carter
- Tavish Kelly
- Gene Taylor
In a WLOX report, former Congressman Gene Taylor stated that incumbent Congressman Steven Palazzo has no credibility with the Department of Defense and “doesn’t know how to get things done.” For the full report, see Gene Taylor: Palazzo has no credibility, doesn’t know how to get things done.
On Palazzo’s campaign website, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1988 and served in the Persian Gulf War’s Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Palazzo is currently serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard, the only active member of Congress to be doing so.
Palazzo unseated Taylor, a 20-year incumbent Democrat, from the 4th Congressional District seat in 2010. During that primary, Palazzo was considered the “Republican establishment” candidate and Joe Tegerdine the “Tea Party” challenger. After defeating Tegerdine in the Republican Primary that year, Tegerdine endorsed the Democrat Taylor for his “record of integrity and willingness to be forthright with the people in our district” and not his record.