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This Is What Happens When An Actress Talks About The Constitution

I have loved Janine Turner ever since she starred in Northern Exposure.  She played a young pioneer woman in Alaska – in the current times.  She and her daughter live on her ranch in the area where I live near Dallas Texas.  This story is about how she gives her all in spreading the word of the US Constitution, and how she was treated by sharing her book and her love to kids in a Dallas school….Yea, deep in the heart of a red state of all places.  Jimmy

Janine Turner

Janine Turner

9/20/2017 4:40:00 PM

One of the greatest joys of my life is speaking to children in classrooms across America about the United States Constitution. I focus on empowering the students with the tools in their toolbox given to them by the U.S. Constitution. I have given over 230 constitutional speeches to approximately 20,000 people.

I have spoken to many school districts across the country and statewide including HEB ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Dallas ISD, Garland ISD along with charter, private schools and national civic groups. My longtime dream, however, had been to speak to the schools in my community, Colleyville, and Southlake. I have owned a home in Colleyville, and my church is in Southlake.

On September 12, 2017, I spoke to 600 middle school students at Eubanks Intermediary School of the Carroll Independent School District in honor of Constitution Day. Since Southlake, Texas is my community it was a special occasion for me. The kids had fun, and all of the teachers and administration were very excited after the speech, and grateful. Social media photos and posts abounded from the school.

Constituting America’s speeches are always upbeat, conversational and include video clips from former student winners of our We the Future contest, so that they may be inspired by other kids like them. The contest includes categories in the arts and STEM and the winners not only receive prizes and scholarships but mentor trips and something no other foundation provides – the promotion of their winning works, their careers, and dreams.

Our best song winner has had 24 million impressions of her song on the First Amendment over 65 radio stations, and our best high school winner’s PSA has aired on television in approximately 5.9 million households. Our best elementary artwork and poem winners’ works are marketed as notecards across America, our best middle school song winners from the DISD’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy have performed their winning rap song on Good Morning Texas amongst other venues and our best STEM and entrepreneurial winners star in our documentary.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for the students. When I discovered that a derogatory statement about my experience at the Eubanks School had been released, I was astounded and disappointed. I first read about it in a social media post posted by a former board member where he posted the entire letter from CISD, followed by his offensive, insulting and damaging commentary. I was disappointed in the letter that the CISD sent to every single parent about the contents of the folders which used vague wordage such as “inappropriate,” leaving it open to wild speculation and interpretation as to what had been put into the folders, and commenting that they had urgently removed them from the children’s desk. I was disappointed that the CISD acted as if I had not been forthright with them about what was in the folder since March, again in May and the day before the speech. I was horrified by the comments that the former board member was making on social media about me – and my daughter – which included calling me a “little actress,” and I was disappointed that we at Constituting America had disappointed some parents. Our intentions are always for the best interest of the students and never to disappoint a school.

What was in the folders? Since this is now being speculated across the nation, allow me to explain exactly what was in the folders and how the CISD always knew about it.

I launched Constituting America in 2010, after being inspired by the remarkably relevant Federalist Paper 62 by James Madison where he writes, “It is no avail to men to elect men of their own choice if the laws are so voluminous they can’t be read or so incoherent they can’t be understood.” I subsequently wrote 85 essays on the corresponding Federalist Papers, four essays on George Washington’s Farewell Address along with scores of other opinion editorials published in leading newspapers across the country. I have dedicated the past seven years to constitutional awareness, which has included two published books, a radio show, numerous television appearances, and speeches.

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Suddenly, GOP Has Real Chance to Torpedo ObamaCare

Graham-Cassidy bill has only one firm ‘no’ so far
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2017 12:50 PM CDT

A file photo of President Donald Trump, flanked by Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, left, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(NEWSER) – Republicans have about two weeks left if they hope to fundamentally change ObamaCare, and the chances of that happening have suddenly risen. In fact, NBC News declares in a headline that the Affordable Care Act is in “grave danger,” and the reason is a new bill from GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. GOP leaders still aren’t sure whether it can pass and thus haven’t even committed to scheduling a vote, but momentum is building, reports the Hill after its latest vote assessment. Details on the bill and the politicking around it:

  • The bill: The big change is that the measure “would take money the ACA spends on Medicaid and insurance subsidies and turn it into block grants to states, which could use it to design their own health-care systems,” explains the Wall Street Journal. The plan also would end the requirement that individuals get insurance, and it would allow states to ditch certain rules, including the one that prohibits insurers from charging higher premiums over pre-existing conditions. More details at Time. Here is the bill itself.
  • Why the deadline: Senate Republicans’ ability to pass the measure with a simple 50-vote majority expires on Sept. 30. After that, Democrats could filibuster, reports the AP.
  • The votes: It would take only three GOP “no” votes, and Rand Paul is already a firm no, reports Politico. (He wants a straight-up repeal.) Susan Collins is leaning that way, while Lisa Murkowski and conservative Mike Lee are maybes. “The odds are improving,” says John Thune. Another key figure is John McCain …
  • John McCain: He famously tanked the last ObamaCare repeal because he faulted the Senate’s rushed process. The CBO won’t have time to fully score the Graham-Cassidy plan before Oct. 1, giving McCain ammo to oppose it. But, crucially, Arizona’s governor just came out in support of the plan, which would give McCain political cover to back it himself. David Leonhardt of the New York Times lays out this new test for McCain.
  • How states fare: The Graham-Cassidy plan would change the amounts of money that states receive, and a map at Vox shows that New York and California would be the biggest losers.
  • Pro vs. con: The New York Times editorial page hates the plan. An editorial declares that “it is hard to overstate the cruelty” of the measure, in part because it would “end the subsidies that help people purchase coverage and stop the expansion of Medicaid.” The National Review sees it as a “genuine federalist triumph” because “each state would have the freedom and means to develop its own health-care system.”
  • Remember the House: Even if the bill passes the Senate, passage in the House is not a “slam dunk,” and the Washington Post looks at why.






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