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Gohmert blasts National Journal for “libelous,” “sleazy” coverage of Liberty Karaoke

A large group of DC-area liberty activists gathered last Tuesday at O’Sullivan Irish Pub for what they call “Liberty Karaoke,” or #LibertyKaraoke, if you’re on Twitter. This weekly event was a little different on this particular night because the group was throwing a fundraiser for Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), one of the growing number of libertarian-leaning Republicans in Congress.

The event was a resounding success. The 80 to 90 liberty activists, most of whom are in their 20s, raised $9,000 for Massie’s campaign coffers, surpassing the $6,630 they raised for Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) in December.

“I think Massie’s reelection is important because we need leaders that are willing to stand up in the name of liberty,” Leah Courtney, a DC-area liberty activist, told United Liberty. ”Young people are drawn to liberty-minded Republicans because they are the ones with spines, and will speak up for their constituents. There’s no hidden agenda, just Congressmen doing their jobs.”

“We’re a generation that has grown up in a rocky economy. We’re the ones that have excessive student loan debt, and we have had to walk into a world where jobs are not necessarily the easiest to find,” she said. “We need a REAL change. Massie and Amash are what we’re looking for in candidates, and this is just the beginning.”

CA-07: #LibertyKaraoke to host fundraiser for Igor Birman

Igor Birman

Coming off successful events for Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), DC-area liberty activists have announced a #LibertyKaraoke fundraiser for Igor Birman, a Republican running in California’s Seventh Congressional District (CA-07).

This will be the third #LibertyKaraoke event for the 2014 cycle, but the first for a challenger. CA-07 is currently represented by Rep. Ami Bera, a Democrat.

#LibertyKaraoke: Igor Birman

Birman has a unique story. Born in the Soviet Union, his family immigrated to the United States when he was 13. He has related his experiences from living the then-communist country on issues like healthcare and domestic surveillance.

“Well, you could say that I was born into Obamacare,” Birman told United Liberty in a March 2013 interview. ”But what after all, what is Obamacare? Well, it is  government taking control of the decisions that rightfully belong to you and your doctor. The consequences of any government takeover [have] been shortages and rationing.”

“I was born into a system where government made the most intimate of healthcare decisions and ultimately decided what it will and will not pay for,” he added.

Birman’s background is one of the reasons #LibertyKaraoke decided to get behind his campaign.

MI-03: Amash holds 48-point lead over establishment primary challenger

A poll conducted by the Club for Growth finds Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) holding a huge lead over his establishment-backed primary challenger, Brian Ellis, in Michigan’s Third Congressional District (MI-03):

Amash has a 60 percent to 12 percent lead over Brian Ellis (R), according to the poll, and his approval rating is 61 percent with Republicans in the district.

Partisan polls, especially ones conducted just on one day, should always be viewed with some skepticism. But a 48-point lead is a huge gap for Ellis to overcome between now and the August 5 primary.

The Club endorsed the libertarian-minded congressman shortly after Ellis entered the race, and has been running ads attacking Ellis in the district. The poll shows they’ve had an impact: Ellis’s favorable rating is just 8 percent and his unfavorable rating sits at 21 percent.

Today in Liberty: Conservative groups won 2013 fundraising, Obama on Clapper, Vermont takes on NSA

“A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort…is not strictly speaking a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang violence.” — Ayn Rand

— Insurgent conservative groups won the 2013 fundraising war: The New York Times pointed out over the weekend that outside conservative grassroots groups outraised their establishment-leaning counterparts in 2013. “Insurgent conservatives seeking to pull the Republican Party to the right raised more money last year than the groups controlled by the party establishment, whose bulging bank accounts and ties to major donors have been their most potent advantage in the running struggle over the party’s future, according to new campaign disclosures and interviews with officials,” noted the Times. “Groups representing the party establishment, like Karl Rove’s Crossroads, are struggling to bring in the level of cash they raised in 2012, when Crossroads spent more than $300 million in a failed effort to defeat President Obama and retake the Senate, leaving donors grumbling that their dollars had been wasted.”

Justin Amash passes on Michigan Senate race

Justin Amash

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), an young and outspoken liberty-minded Republican, has decided to pass on the open Senate seat in Michigan, according to a report from the National Journal:

Amash was tempted by the allure of a campaign for higher office, sources say, but the second-term lawmaker ultimately was unwilling to risk surrendering the clout he enjoys among conservatives in the GOP-controlled House. (His advisers also didn’t like the uncertain internal polling against his expected general-election contender, but sources say that didn’t affect Amash’s decision.)
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“Justin feels that he’s hitting his stride in the House, and that it’s the best place for him right now,” said one source close to Amash.

The National Journal explained some of the logistical background that ultimately led to the decision, including the fact that Michigan is generally considered to be a blue state. They also note that Amash’s internal polling in the primary “showed him running comfortably ahead of a weak GOP primary field.”

Terri Lynn Land, who served for eight years as Michigan’s Secretary of State, is thought to be the frontrunner for the nomination. Polling shows Land running close to Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), the likely Democratic nominee. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) believes the race is competitive.


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