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The inevitability of Obamacare for illegal aliens

You knew it was coming. I knew it was coming. When government expands entitlements, illegal aliens always end up with a piece of the pie. Obamacare promoters relented to GOP pressure to include an illegal alien ban on eligibility and vowed endlessly that no benefits would go to the “undocumented.” But denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. It’s the Obama way...

‘Phony scandal’ update: Lois Lerner again takes Fifth

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You know it.  I know it.  And now we know the President knows it.
ObamaCare is a mess, and President Obama and the Democrats know that if something doesn't change, ObamaCare will ruin their chances for any victories on Election Day this November.
That is why yesterday the Obama Administration announced that individuals who have health plans that don't meet the standards of ObamaCare can keep those plans for at least two more years, conveniently through the next election and through the end of his term.
What?  Patriot Voices has been putting the pressure on the media and grassroots activists to expose the failures of ObamaCare, and its working! 
On the surface this seems like a fair gesture from President Obama.  He is acknowledging that folks shouldn't suffer by losing their health plans because they don't fit under ObamaCare.
But that's just it.  He is acknowledging that ObamaCare is a horrible law.  And while he and the Democrats in Congress criticize Republicans for trying to dismantle it, he is doing so bit by bit.
President Obama knows what a political nightmare it would be for folks to have to deal with ObamaCare so he's essentially decided, hey, let's wait until after I am out of office to make everyone suffer the failures of this dreaded law.
And while President Obama dismantles it piece by piece in an acknowledgement of its failure, Patriot Voices and our conservative friends will keep up the pressure so that one day this law is completely and wholly repealed by Congress.
Basically, what he and his administration did yesterday is admit that ObamaCare is such a disaster that if they don't give folks some leeway on adhering to this law, Democrats will suffer big-time next Election Day.
We have seen so many exemptions to this law and so many changes that no one knows what they are supposed to have, how they are supposed to get it, and why they have to have it.  Frankly, I think the Obama Administration likes it that way.
Patriot Voices has been pointing out the failures of ObamaCare since our organization started after my run for President, and we're going to keep the pressure on and expose ObamaCare for what it is - a failure of epic proportions. 
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GovAffairs Matters
A KnowWho Newsletter for the Government Affairs Community
March 2014
Volume 2,  Issue 3
What's in this Issue:

> What's Wrong with Lobbying?

> Effective Legislative Communications

> Lobbying Activity Tracker - Live Demo!

> Welcome to KnowWho

> UPDATED! Congressional Expected Departures

> Upcoming Events

> Staff Change Tracker
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Staff Change Tracker
Below is a sample of the key staff changes our editors capture daily:
Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02) -Clayton Hall is no longer the Chief of Staff. It is now Carl Vogelpohl.
Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) Jessica Harrison is now the new Scheduler.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) – Ben Famous promoted from LC to Press Secretary.
Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-03) - Dave Natonski has been hired as the new Chief of Staff.
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) - Kira Ayish is no longer the Press Secretary. She has been replaced by Kirsten Hartman.
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources - Joshua L. Sheinkman is no longer their MAJ Staff Director.  There is no replacement at this time.
U.S. Senate Committee on Finance -Amber Cottle is no longer the MAJ Staff Director. She has been replaced by Joshua L. Sheinkman.
Sen. Dan Coats (IN) – Tara DiJulio is no longer Communications Director; no replacement hired.
Sen. Bob Corker (TN) – Tara DiJulio was hired as Communications Director.
Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM) –Heather Brewer no longer State Director in Albuquerque office; no replacement hired.
Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) –Amanda Hamilton is no longer the Scheduler. It is now Diana Stanley.
Sen. Dan Coats (IN) – Erin Houchin is no longer Southeast Indiana Regional Director; she’s running for IN State Senate 47. Mike McMains has been promoted from State Directory to Senior General Counsel. Eric Holcomb has been promoted from State Chief of Staff to State Directory, replacing Mike McMains.
Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-17) – Pete Giambastiani has been hired as the new Chief of Staff in office.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) –H. Lee Whack Jr. has been hired as the new Communications Director.
Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04)– Apryl Fogel is no longer the Communications Director. Garrett Hawkins has now taken over.
Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) –James Slepian is no longer Chief of Staff. Rick Limardo has been hired as the new Chief of Staff.Jake Menefee is no longer Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director.Patrick Velliky has been hired as the new Legislative Director.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA) –Lauren Culbertson is no longer Press Secretary; no replacement hired.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA) – is now the Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.  The previous chair, Sen. Ron Wyden, remains a member of the committee.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) – is now the Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The previous chair, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, remains a member of the committee.
Sen. Mark Warner (VA) – is now a member of the Senate Committee on Finance.
Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) – was promoted to Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.
Sen.John Tester (MT) – is now the Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Previous chair, Sen. Maria Cantwell, remains a member.
Rep. Mike H. Michaud (ME-02) –Nora Todd is no longer Legislative Director.  Jane Calderwood has been hired to replace her.
Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38) –Tim Del Monico is no longer Legislative Director in office. A replacement had not been announced at press time.
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From Industry Experts ...
What's Wrong with Lobbying?
By Stephanie Vance

Did you know that the lobbying industry spent over $3.21 billion in 2013? Or that there are over 12,000 registered lobbyists? How about that most citizens hold an incredibly low opinion of the profession? In fact, a Gallup poll from December 2013 shows that just 6% of Americans see lobbyists as honest and ethical - below even members of Congress at 8%. Who wants to be in a career like that?

The answer is: we should all be proud to be lobbying professionals. Lobbying traces its roots back to our unalienable rights under the First Amendment to petition our government - a right that is lacking in many parts of the globe. So what's a poor lobbyist to do to combat the ill will? Here are a few ideas:
  • Understand the role lobbying plays in the legislative process: With 10,000 bills introduced every two-year Congressional session, members of Congress and their staff need information to make decisions that will best benefit their constituents. Sure, your information may reflect just your side of the argument; but remember that everyone contacting his/her legislators, whether lobbyist or private citizen, prefers one solution over another. That's the basis of citizen participation.
  • Embrace all your duties as a lobbyist: You do far more than walk into legislative offices and try to persuade them to agree with you, right? You keep track of legislative initiatives, develop arguments, build a strategy, etc. In fact, most lobbyists spend very little of their time on Capitol Hill. Clarifying to others everything that goes into your work may help them see you in a more positive light.
  • Engage true "non-lobbyists" in the process: Citizens tend to think that campaign money buys not just votes, but access as well. In truth, the most influential people in the Congressional decision making process are constituents, and they often have more access than lobbyists. When our firm schedules lobby day meetings, for example, we get on average 99% of the meetings we request, simply on a constituent basis. No money. No bribes. Just representative democracy at work.
  • Maintain your own high standards: Truly effective lobbyists know that mentoring a legislator's campaign during a policy meeting is not only ineffective, but it is often offensive (and sometimes illegal, depending on how you raise the issue). Always separate policy from politics, even if you're engaged in both. In short, if you're ashamed to tell your mother what you do on a daily basis, you're probably not doing it right.
Perhaps most important, be proud! Public perceptions may never change, but we must keep fighting the good fight for the lobbying profession - just like we do on Capitol Hill.
Stephanie Vance, the Advocacy Guru and former Capitol Hill chief of staff, is the author of five books on effective advocacy, including The Influence Game. She lives and works in Washington, DC, offering workshops and training on effective advocacy. Find out more

Five Principles for Effective Legislative Communications:

The "CHATS Method" for Communicating with Congressional Members and Staff

C-onnect to Find Something in Common
Learn what is important to the policymaker. Where they stand depends on where they sit. Make your connection to the member's constituency. What is your interest's relationship to the district or state? What are the factors that will drive the member's decision-making process? Does the member have a leadership role on any committees, caucuses or informal groups? Be a student of the policymaker and his or her past statements or positions on the issue (including press received and statements made during political campaigns).

One of the greatest secrets of effective lobbying is to listen first. Sincere listening cannot be faked. Our mindset matters. What is the member's real priority or concern? Does he or she have any remaining questions on the issue?

A-void Arguing
"I never saw an instance of one or two disputants convincing the other by argument." - Thomas Jefferson

T-ake the Temperature
Questions are powerful. Ask questions to take the temperature and determine where they stand on the issue and try to determine if they have made a decision before making your pitch. Silence does not indicate consent. Watch body language and ask how they are doing on time. Ask questions to understand the thinking behind their position or concerns and to ensure a dialogue instead of alternating monologues. Know when to be silent and know when to stop.

S-ow Seeds for Consideration
Securing a commitment or change to an established position usually takes some time. We should not expect a dramatic or instant change in the course of just one lobbying meeting. People often need numerous or additional credible and influential contacts to change their position. People need time to process a new position and "own" it. Leave them with a "point to ponder" that they can consider. Follow-up and be persistent without becoming annoying.

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Congressional Expected Departure List
Updated! As Congressional members announce they will not be running for their current seat in the House or Senate, we will make this information available to you in our monthly newsletter. Entries highlighted in red have been added since the last publication.
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The reaction has been amazing, with many members expressing appreciation for this new way to connect with Israel and bring the blessings of Israel into their lives.
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BDS Pirates Are Not Entitled to Free Speech
We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

US Claims It Assisted Israel in Iran Weapons Shipment
It was a surprise to hear government spokespeople claim the U.S.was deeply involved in the operation to thwart Iran's weapons smuggling.
Jen Psaki, US State Dept. Spokeswoman

Carney: US to Continue Iran Talks Despite Ship Seizure
Despite Iran’s terror sponsorship, “it’s entirely appropriate" to continue the talks.
White House Press Secretary James

Kerry’s Hapless Stance on Ukraine Not a Boost for Israeli Concessions
Kerry believes if he only tried hard, focused fiercely and slept hardly at all, he could get things done.
Secretary of State John Kerry with Baroness Ashton of Upholland in Paris. Seeing how inept the West has been in keeping the Ukraine free, one must feel a tad less certain regarding their guarantees on Israeli security following a peace agreement.

Ukrainian Jewish Leaders Write Letter Criticizing Putin
The signatories challenge the assertion that antisemitism has risen in Ukraine.
A large group of Jewish dignitaries as well as rank and file Ukrainian Jews attended the opening of the Jewish cultural center and Holocaust in Dnipropetrovsk.

Partnership Minyans Growing Despite Condemnations
The battle over partnership minyans is just the latest scuffle in the war over women’s roles in the Orthodox community.
Ruth Lockshin of Toronto leads a partnership minyan at a conference in New York of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, December 2013.

Is the Temple Mount in our Hands?
If the nationalist Knesset members don’t provide the answer, the Arab MKs will do so in their place.
MK Moshe-Feiglin

Egypt to Revoke Hamas Citizenships After Court Ban
Egyptians who are members of the Hamas terrorist organization may soon have their citizenships revoked.
Egyptian guards at the border with the Gaza Strip following Egyptian court ban on Hamas. March 5, 2014

Glick Wrote the Alternative: Jewish, Democratic, One-State Israel
Glick strips the bark from the threat of a One State Solution and reveals a worthy option: the Israeli Solution
Caroline Glick wrote the book that challenges the Two State Solution Stranglehold

Meir Panim: Lighting Up Life for Israel’s Neediest Residents
Across Israel, Meir Panim responds to the growing needs of the country’s 1.75 million impoverished residents through various food and social service programs.
Children playing at the Meir Panim summer camp.

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