Daily Media Spotlight for February 3, 2014


Posted by Alyssa Canobbio on Monday, February 3rd, 2014, 4:49 PM PERMALINK


Patrick Gleason, Director of State Affairs, wrote a feature piece for National Review Online entitled “Lone Star Insurgent: There’s a rising star in Texas, and it’s not Wendy Davis or Ted Cruz.”

            “Scott Turner, age 42, is a skilled public speaker who knows how to captivate an audience. In his Austin speech, Turner’s central message was that Texas “should not be content with just being better than other states.” Turner implored his colleagues in the legislature not to settle for being the best in some rankings, but to strive to make Texas number one in all metrics of economic success and competitiveness.

Not only did Turner impress the crowd in Austin with his speech, he made news with his recent announcement that he will challenge the powerful Representative Joe Straus for the Texas House speakership.”

Matt Patterson, Executive Director of the Center for Worker Freedom, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner entitled “UAW imports anti-worker thuggery to Tennessee.”

            “Late Friday, the Center for Worker Freedom reported that some Chattanooga VW employees were alarmed that representatives from the Volkswagen Works Council had been granted permission to meet with workers on company property to spread pro-union propaganda.

These concerned workers delivered a letter to upper management requesting equal access to company facilities to discuss alternatives to UAW representation.

They also requested access to the same employee contact list the union will have in the event of an election, so that the workers could hear both sides.

Both requests were denied. The workers were told that they could not have access to those facilities — which were paid for in part by tax dollars — and contacts because they are not an “entity.””

Chris Prandoni, Federal Affairs manager, wrote an op-ed for Forbes.com entitled “Did an EPA Report Just Kill 30,000 Jobs?”:

            “Conservatives looking to affirm the old adage that regulatory uncertainty kills jobs have new evidence: the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 10 Bristol Bay, Alaska Mining Assessment. So powerful is the EPA that an obscure report can threaten 30,000 jobs and a billion dollar mining project.”

Grover Norquist did an interview with Carlos Watson ozy.com. Grover talked about a variety of topics including the State of the Union, his picks for 2016 Presidential candidates, and his endeavors in film and TV.

“When asked of his assessment of the State of the Union, Norquist said:

You know when judges put on a little black hat and they pronounce a death sentence on people? That’s usually a short conversation. This was a 65-minute death sentence of the Democratic Senate. He basically said, “You guys are on your own.” It was a very interesting, self-absorbed effort. There was nothing in there to help any House or Senate guy get re-elected. At a time when he might have made a play to capture the House or not to lose the Senate, it was all about, “I’ve always been right.” So that’s one thing. Two: With the exception of MyRA and a call for Paid Promotion Authority — which are two new ideas, and two good ideas — everything else in there was a retread of five years ago. There wasn’t anything on his list that he could not have passed either by executive order or by law in 2009 or 2010 when he had supermajorities in the House and Senate. If he thought raising the minimum wage would help the economy, he would have done it right away — but he knows it will slow down the economy. And of course, he was trying to change the subject. He didn’t want to talk about Obamacare. Or jobs.”

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