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GOP Wave and Common Core

By A.P. Dil­lon

The GOP kept con­trol of the U.S. House and took con­trol of the U.S. Sen­ate in a coast to coast wave on elec­tion day. News came yes­ter­day that the GOP adds one more with Alaska to the U.S. Sen­ate, bring­ing the total to eight seats won. Even though the GOP now con­trols both houses of Con­gress, as Glenn Reynolds would say, ‘don’t get cocky, kid.’

The most expen­sive Sen­ate race in the coun­try took place in my home state of North Car­olina, where Repub­li­can Thom Tillis unseated Demo­c­rat Kay Hagan. Even with local media heav­ily in the tank for Hagan, Tillis still pulled it out. Those same media out­lets are scratch­ing their heads now.

On the state level, the wave con­tin­ued. State leg­is­la­tures are also now con­trolled by Repub­li­cans. That trans­lates to 68 out of 98 leg­isla­tive cham­bers accord­ing to Real Clear Pol­i­tics, who also notes that 23 Guber­na­to­r­ial offices are now held by Repub­li­cans in states where both houses are also under Repub­li­can control.

Politico noted that Repub­li­cans gained more than 300 seats in leg­is­la­tures and con­trols leg­is­la­tures in 29 states; the biggest gains since the 1920’s.

These state house and guber­na­to­r­ial races are impor­tant. Vot­ers seem­ingly said ‘enough’ and acted locally in a big way. The guber­na­to­r­ial results brings me to an issue that has rapidly become a fire storm and was indeed a los­ing bal­lot box issue this cycle: Com­mon Core.

The GOP effec­tively owns Com­mon Core. Now it’s time for them to dis­own it. The National Governor’s Asso­ci­a­tion needs to wake up and rec­og­nize the revolt already in progress.

The money being thrown into mes­sag­ing by the pro-​Common Core groups is out there for all to see. This mes­sag­ing includes “Com­pre­hen­sive and tar­geted com­mu­ni­ca­tions” by Bill Gates funded out­fits for Repub­li­cans for after the 2014 elec­tion cycle. Mer­cedes Schnei­der lays out this targeting:

Indeed, aside from his pro­vid­ing CFSS web­site pho­tos, guess who is foot­ing the New Ven­ture Fund bill for this CCSS push?

You know it: Bill Gates– to the tune of $10.3 mil­lion for “com­pre­hen­sive and tar­geted communications”:

New Ven­ture Fund


Date: May 2014
Pur­pose: to sup­port the suc­cess­ful imple­men­ta­tion of the Com­mon Core State Stan­dards and related assess­ments through com­pre­hen­sive and tar­geted com­mu­ni­ca­tions and advo­cacy in key states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia [Empha­sis added.]
Amount: $10,300,300

Com­pre­hen­sive and tar­geted com­mu­ni­ca­tions” appar­ently includes Repub­li­can politi­cians fol­low­ing the Novem­ber 4, 2014, elec­tions. On Novem­ber 11, 2014, CFSS issued this memo to “inter­ested par­ties.” Here is an excerpt:

Even amidst a Repub­li­can wave, can­di­dates elected to statewide gov­ern­ing posi­tions largely resisted pres­sure to call for repeal of the Standards:

86% of Gov­er­nors in pro-​Common Core states have not expressed inter­est in repeal­ing the Stan­dards (38 of 44 Gov­er­nors)
90% of state Super­in­ten­dents in Com­mon Core states have not taken steps to repeal the Stan­dards (40 of 44 Super­in­ten­dents)
 Among the 44 states with Com­mon Core on the books, only six Gov­er­nors and three State Super­in­ten­dents have sought to repeal it

Tar­get the Repub­li­cans. Be sure that they feel secure in sup­port­ing CCSS.

Never mind that the CCSS assess­ments have yet to hit most of the nation.

That’s a lot of money.

Let’s not for­get how much money was pumped into los­ing cam­paigns in 2014, shall we?

Dear GOP, Jeb Bush is not viable. Com­mon Core is a big rea­son why.
Do not under­es­ti­mate the Com­mon Core Oppo­si­tion. This is our kids you’re mess­ing with and believe me, we haven’t even started really mak­ing noise yet. Test­ing and Com­mon Core go hand in hand and the rebel­lion has just begun.
If the GOP wants to keep what it has won in state house and gov­er­nor man­sions, they need to lis­ten to the peo­ple on Com­mon Core. If they lis­ten to the unelected and unac­count­able orga­ni­za­tions behind Com­mon Core, the GOP loses. It’s just that simple.

This post has been updated.

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AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dil­lon recently par­tic­i­pated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Con­form. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing, in addi­tion to Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent 7, can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

By A.P. Dillon

The GOP kept control of the U.S. House and took control of the U.S. Senate in a coast to coast wave on election day.  News came yesterday that the GOP adds one more with Alaska to the U.S. Senate, bringing the total to eight seats won. Even though the GOP now controls both houses of Congress, as Glenn Reynolds would say, ‘don’t get cocky, kid.’

The most expensive Senate race in the country took place in my home state of North Carolina, where Republican Thom Tillis unseated Democrat Kay Hagan.  Even with local media heavily in the tank for Hagan, Tillis still pulled it out. Those same media outlets are scratching their heads now.

On the state level, the wave continued. State legislatures are also now controlled by Republicans.  That translates to 68 out of 98 legislative chambers according to Real Clear Politics, who also notes that 23 Gubernatorial offices are now held by Republicans in states where both houses are also under Republican control.

Politico noted that Republicans gained more than 300 seats in legislatures and controls legislatures in 29 states; the biggest gains since the 1920’s.

These state house and gubernatorial races are important. Voters seemingly said ‘enough’ and acted locally in a big way.  The gubernatorial results brings me to an issue that has rapidly become a fire storm and was indeed a losing ballot box issue this cycle: Common Core.

The GOP effectively owns Common Core. Now it’s time for them to disown it.  The National Governor’s Association needs to wake up and recognize the revolt already in progress.

The money being thrown into messaging by the pro-Common Core groups is out there for all to see. This messaging includes  “Comprehensive and targeted communications” by Bill Gates funded outfits for Republicans for after the 2014 election cycle.  Mercedes Schneider lays out this targeting:

Indeed, aside from his providing CFSS website photos, guess who is footing the New Venture Fund bill for this CCSS push?

You know it: Bill Gates– to the tune of $10.3 million for “comprehensive and targeted communications”:

New Venture Fund


Date: May 2014
Purpose: to support the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards and related assessments through comprehensive and targeted communications and advocacy in key states and the District of Columbia [Emphasis added.]
Amount: $10,300,300

“Comprehensive and targeted communications” apparently includes Republican politicians following the November 4, 2014, elections. On November 11, 2014, CFSS issued this memo to “interested parties.” Here is an excerpt:

Even amidst a Republican wave, candidates elected to statewide governing positions largely resisted pressure to call for repeal of the Standards:

 86% of Governors in pro-Common Core states have not expressed interest in repealing the Standards (38 of 44 Governors)
 90% of state Superintendents in Common Core states have not taken steps to repeal the Standards (40 of 44 Superintendents)
 Among the 44 states with Common Core on the books, only six Governors and three State Superintendents have sought to repeal it

Target the Republicans. Be sure that they feel secure in supporting CCSS.

Never mind that the CCSS assessments have yet to hit most of the nation.

 

That’s a lot of money.

Let’s not forget how much money was pumped into losing campaigns in 2014, shall we?

Dear GOP, Jeb Bush is not viable. Common Core is a big reason why.
Do not underestimate the Common Core Opposition.  This is our kids you’re messing with and believe me, we haven’t even started really making noise yet.  Testing and Common Core go hand in hand and the rebellion has just begun.
If the GOP wants to keep what it has won in state house and governor mansions, they need to listen to the people on Common Core.  If they listen to the unelected and unaccountable organizations behind Common Core, the GOP loses.  It’s just that simple.

This post has been updated.

If you enjoyed this article, you should really check out other pieces written by Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven writers and maybe hit that tip jar!

AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.