As FCC Tries to Kill Political Free Speech, MTV Pushes Child-Pornish ‘Skins’

One day after it was reported Viacom executives ordered producers to tone down its racy teen drama, the Parents Television Council has announced it’s urging the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees to open an investigation.

“In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode,” the group wrote in a letter to the government organizations.

Hollywood Reporter

GOP Closes in on Majority in Mississippi State House

At a press conference this afternoon- which is becoming a pretty regular event these days- the Mississippi Republican Party welcomed two new members to the party. Representatives Russ Nowell of Louisville and Margaret Rogers of New Albany formally made the switch and gave Republicans number 52 and 53 in the House of Representatives.

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Ed Koch: Palin Holds High Ground Over Harsh and Unfair Critics

As I see it, in the current battle for public opinion Sarah Palin has defeated her harsh and unfair critics.

After the January 8 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others in Tucson, Arizona, some television talking heads and members of the blogosphere denounced her and held her in part responsible for creating a climate of hatred that resulted in the mass attacks.

An example is Joe Scarborough and his crew on the “Morning Joe” show, which I watch and generally enjoy every morning at 6:30 a.m. when I rise to start the day.

Ed Koch via Real Clear Politics

Public Trusts Republicans More on All 10 Important Issues

Surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters
January 11-14, 2010

 Issue  Democrats  Republicans
 Economy  39%  48%
 Health Care  38%  52%
 Education  38%  40%
 Iraq  37%  45%
 Immigration  37%  48%
 Social Security  36%  46%
 Afghanistan  36%  44%
 Government Ethics  35%  43%
 National Security  35%  50%
 Taxes  33%  52%

Rasmussen Reports

Iowa: Senate Democrats Give in to Daily Pledge of Allegiance

Iowa Senate President Jack Kibbie said Tuesday the Democrat-controlled Senate will agree to a Republican request to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily at the beginning of business.

Sen. Bill Dix, a Shell Rock Republican and former Iowa House member, proposed the daily pledge last week, saying, “We’re Americans every day.”

Senate members had been reciting the pledge once weekly on Mondays when they convened for daily business. The Iowa House recites the pledge each day.

Des Moines Register

Katy Perry Takes On Madonna Over Anti-Christian Hate

What’s more, Katy has forced hubby RUSSELL BRAND to tone down the God-baiting references in his live show. She added: “Russell has made very blasphemous jokes in the past, but he’s making fewer all the time because he knows that I am very sensitive about this subject.” 

The Sun

27 State Fighting Back Against Government Takeover of Your Healthcare

STATES SUING OVER OBAMACARE

State Lawsuit Joined Date Joined
Virginia Virginia March 23, 2010
Florida Florida March 23, 2010
South Carolina Florida March 23, 2010
Nebraska Florida March 23, 2010
Texas Florida March 23, 2010
Utah Florida March 23, 2010
Louisiana Florida March 23, 2010
Alabama Florida March 23, 2010
Michigan Florida March 23, 2010
Colorado Florida March 23, 2010
Pennsylvania Florida March 23, 2010
Washington Florida March 23, 2010
Idaho Florida March 23, 2010
South Dakota Florida March 23, 2010
North Dakota Florida April 5, 2010
Arizona Florida April 6, 2010
Georgia Florida April 13, 2010
Alaska Florida April 20, 2010
Nevada Florida May 14, 2010
Indiana Florida May 14, 2010
Mississippi Florida May 14, 2010
Wisconsin Florida January 3, 2011
Oklahoma Oklahoma January 7, 2011
Wyoming Florida January 7, 2011
Ohio Florida January 11, 2011
Kansas Florida January 12, 2011
Maine Florida January 12, 2011

Source: Heritage Foundation

Huckabee Has Highest Favorable Rating, Palin Fourth

Republicans with an eye on the White House have some work to do on improving their image and recognition by voters.
A new Gallup Poll shows Mike Huckabee is the most liked and Sarah Palin is the best known in the crowded field of potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates.
Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and winner of the 2008 Iowa GOP caucuses, has a net favorable rating of 30% among Republicans and is recognized by 87%. Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, comes in fourth in favorability (22%) but is recognized by 95%.

USA Today

Bizarre: Democrat Switches to GOP… But Repbulicans Don’t Want Him

The Marshall County Republican Party does not want Marshall County Circuit Judge Howard Hawk as a member of its ranks. But the head of the state GOP says it doesn’t matter, Hawk’s a Republican.

The county Republican Executive Committee voted in a special meeting earlier this week to ask Hawk to remain a Democrat. Hawk announced two weeks ago that he was switching to the Republican Party.

John Ross, executive director of the Alabama Republican Party, said Hawk is now a Republican.

“We don’t prevent someone from switching parties,” Ross told the Tribune. “Anyone has that right. The state party’s executive committee can review a challenge to someone being on the ballot, but now is not the time for that.”

Hawk said he has made his decision and is sticking to it.

The Arab Tribune

Texas: Replacing Kay Bailey Hutchison

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced Thursday that she won’t seek re-election next year, prompting an immediate flurry of speculation about successors, early positioning by potential candidates and a decisive “no” from a prominent Democrat who once had his eye on the job.
“Sen. Hutchison has worked hard for Texas for many years,” former Houston Mayor Bill White wrote in an e-mail. “I wish her and her family well. I look forward to going back into business this year, and will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.”