Heritage Action’s Week in Review

We begin this week’s review with quote in National Review Online from the Heritage Foundation’s President Ed Feulner as he discusses our organization and the impact it is having on the Washington Establishment:

“At the moment, there is no conserva­tive group more disliked by House Re­publicans than Heritage Action. That en­mity does not seem to worry Heritage Action, which is positioning itself as the bad cop among conservative activists.”

Our scorecard also continues to make the news across the country, being mentioned in Michigan Capitol Confidential:

“For Michigan, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Grand Rapids, with a 90 percent, was the only legislator to score above 85 percent. Overall, the Michigan congressional delegation scored 41 percent while Republicans averaged 69 percent. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow were the two lowest scores for the state, while Stabenow was the lone Michigan legislator to receive a score of 0 percent.”

Our key vote of the Isakson-Menendez amendment was picked up by that National Journal, referring to a Senate Banking Committee GOP document claiming the amendment was bad for taxpayers:

“The Heritage Foundation, FreedomWorks, and Americans for Prosperity have issued ‘key votes’ against the Menendez-Isakson Amendment.”

The Kennebec Journal in Maine also used our scorecard to discuss how conservative Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are:

“The conservative Heritage Action for America group recently rated Collins and Snowe the second- and third-least conservative GOP senators, respectively.”

RedState’s Erick Erickson also used our score of Missouri Representative Jo Ann Emerson to suggest she should face a primary challenge:

“She currently scores a 49% on the Heritage Action scorecard.”

In addition to our scorecard, our CEO Michael Needham and COO Tim Chapman have written an op-ed for RealClearPolitics:

“Since the 2010-midterm elections there has been a quiet war going on within the Republican Party between the Establishment and the insurgent tea party movement. It is the outcome of this war, rather than whether a centrist third party candidate will emerge, that we believe is the crucial factor in determining whether or not our country will be able to rid itself of the destructive culture of ‘The Bigs.’”

Tim Chapman was also interviewed by CNBC’s Lori Ann LaRocco about how the Occupy Wall Street Movement is different from the Tea Party:

“The Tea Party opposes the corrupt nexus between Big Government, Big Business, Big Labor and Big WallStreet that have the shifted the playing field away from the little guy, the entrepreneur, the struggling family business, etc. In other words, the Tea Party’s remedy to the problems that plague us is to decentralize federal power and give it back to the people. While the remedies that the OWS movement put forward are myriad, they all share the common characteristic of centralizing power in Washington, DC.”

And Michael Needham’s suggested question to the GOP Presidential nominees has brought up the legitimate debate about whether to use reconciliation to repeal Obamacare:

“Some activists are so concerned that Republicans will miss their chance that they are trying to lock GOP candidates into using a controversial parliamentary tactic known as budget reconciliation to circumvent Senate Democratic opposition to repeal.”

We also did a lot of talk radio around the country, including a great interview in Rep. Tom Graves’ (R-GA) district. You can listen to it here.

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