Archive for March 3rd, 2012

Fairfax, Va. – On Wednesday, H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, passed the House Committee on Natural Resources by a bipartisan vote of 27 to 16. This bill will protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting. 

“This legislation is critical to protect our hunting and shooting heritage,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director for NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA applauds the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairman and bill sponsor, Rep. Jeff Miller, for his leadership on this legislation and in leading the fight to help preserve the rights of American sportsmen.”

H.R. 4089 is a compilation of four different bills:  

The “Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2011,” H.R. 991, which amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act by authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to issue importation permits to hunters for polar bear trophies taken before the polar bear was listed as “threatened”;

The “Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act,” H.R. 2834, which recognizes the rightful place of recreational hunting, fishing and shooting on Federal lands; supports Executive Order 13443, directs Federal land management agencies to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting on Federal lands; ensures sound scientific management of wildlife and habitat; and establishes an “open unless closed” policy for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting on lands managed by the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management;

H.R. 1558, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle, by amending TSCA to clarify that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate shot, bullets and other projectiles, propellants, primers or sport fishing equipment components; and

The “Recreational Shooting Protection Act,” H.R. 3440, which prevents a ban on recreational shooting on BLM lands nationwide; and directs the BLM to manage national monument land in a manner that supports, promotes, and enhances recreational shooting opportunities.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.


Even though our Founding Fathers weren’t all orthodox Christians, they understood the importance of recognizing that we had a Creator who had “endowed [us] … with certain unalienable Rights.” And they expressed it that way in the Declaration of Independence to show that King George III wasn’t just denying them the privileges a government ought to afford them in the 18th century, but was actually standing between the colonists and their Creator. We see this spelled out clearly in Thomas Jefferson’s words: “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not violated but with his wrath?”
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Call him what you will — shock jock, blowhard, gross sexist monster — but Rush Limbaugh is sticking by his decision to call Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her congressional testimony supporting contraception coverage. This much was clear on Thursday when, instead of apologizing for his remarks, Limbaugh channeled Santorum sugar daddy Foster Friess and promised to “buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.” Now, advertisers are pulling out of his radio show, including, somewhat ironically, mattress manufacturers Sleep Train and Sleep Number. (Quicken Loans, a mortgage refinancing company, also suspended its ads after reviewing “feedback” from their clients and staff.)

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Updated 11:45 p.m. ET

(CBS News) CBS News projects former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will win the Washington caucuses.

With 5,516 of 6,785 precincts reporting so far, Romney has 36 percent of the vote. Rep. Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum are in a close race for second and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is a distance fourth.

The state has 40 delegates at stake, but the caucus votes are technically non-binding. CBS News estimates the potential delegate breakdown based on results from the caucus process. Today’s caucuses are the start of a process in the state to award delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Even though the results are non-binding, the candidates took the contest seriously by campaigning or running ads there — hoping to use a bit of good news propelling them into “Super Tuesday.”

Full Washington state results
Results by county

With a projected win, Mitt Romney gets to reap the benefits. “With the support of Washington’s voters, I look forward with optimism to the primaries and caucuses to come,” Romney said in a statement.

In just three days, ten more states hold their nominating contests — seven primaries and three caucuses — and it could be a pivotal moment this campaign season that has been distinctive for not having a distinctive winner.

After a come-from-behind win in his home state of Michigan and an easy win in Arizona last Tuesday, Romney has some wind at his back as the Republican nomination progresses. The former Massachusetts governor has slowly been chipping away at the delegate count. He has now been projected to win both caucus and primaries in seven of the twelve states to have held nominating contests — Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, New Hampshire and Maine. His closest competitor, Rick Santorum, has won four states.

A total of 437 delegates are at stake Tuesday, which is more than all twelve contests to date combined. In addition to being a delegate rich day, the states voting represent diverse section of the country. Caucus-goers in Alaska, voters in southern states of Georgia and Tennessee, participants in rust-belt Ohio and northeastern Vermont are among those who have a say on Tuesday.

Republican delegate count
Complete GOP primary results

Meanwhile, in Washington, registered voters of all stripes were eligible to participate in caucuses around the state this morning. Heading into the caucuses, the front-runner was unknown because of a lack of polling.

The outcome in Washington could be a setback for Texas Rep. Ron Paul.  He has been working to win the caucus states, aiming to reap the benefits of an impassioned voting bloc. He ran ads and campaigned in the northwestern state, continuing his strategy of focusing on caucus states filled with what he calls the “irate, tireless minority.” (Rep. Paul will be on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.)

Taking a subtle swipe at his opponents, Romney said, “The voters of Washington have sent a signal that they do not want a Washington insider in the White House. They want a conservative businessman who understands the private sector and knows how to get the federal government out of the way so that the economy can once again grow vigorously.”

In 2008, Washington’s caucuses coincided with a primary that had much higher turnout — over half a million Republican voters compared to 12,000 Republican caucus-goers. Despite known lower participation rates in caucuses, the state did away with its primary election this year due to budget restraints.

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