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Yesterday, the Homeless Coalition of Fort Wayne, Inc. hosted a Community Flu Shot Clinic at Volunteers of America - Indiana's facility, Liberty Landing - a shelter for homeless veterans at 4:00 pm.

Shortly thereafter, at 6:00 pm, the Homeless Coalition moved over to the VOAI facility on fairfield - The Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans - the only wet shelter in Indiana, to host another Community Flu Shot Clinic.

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https://plus.google.com/102289419179137513212 Amjed Jaaved : THINK-TANKS THINK OR STINK Amjed Jaaved February 15, 2006 Think tanks are, ostensibly, non-profit, tax...
THINK-TANKS THINK OR STINK
Amjed Jaaved February 15, 2006
Think tanks are, ostensibly, non-profit, tax-exempt, non-political organizations which serve as centres for research and analysis on important strategic and political issues. There are thousands of think tanks mostly based in the USA or Europe.
The think tanks claim to be independent of government's influence. But, most think tanks have clear political leaning. They are covertly funded by sponsors of industry, major political parties, or governments themselves. They are headquartered at or near the seats of government to be able to influence policy makers in the legislatures.
Their "scholarships" are meant to generate ideas justifying the sponsors' line of thinking. Terms like "collateral damage", "axis of evil" and "weapons of mass destruction are figments of the independent-looking but servile think tanks.
Columnist John Chuckman (yellowtimes.org) calls them "phony institutes where ideologue-propagandists pose as academics", into which "money gushes like blood from opened arteries to support meaningless advertisings, suffocation of genuine debate". Tom Brazaitis, in Cleveland Plain Dealer, points out "So much money now flows in, that the top 20 conservative think tanks now spend more money than all of the 'soft money' contributions to the Republican Party".
Titles (like "senior fellow" or "adjunct scholar") imply that the resident experts of a think tank possess academic qualification in the area of claimed expertise. But, it is not always so. The experts claim to be clairvoyant enough to look into the future (futurism, Fayol's prevoyance. But, most of them do not know even simple forecasting techniques or social-research methods.
Think Tanks have an inherent tendency to make wild projections. They are sans students, sans peer review and academia pressure to correct their misprojections and miscalculations. Unlike a university which first does its research and then draws inferences, the think tanks act in the reverse. Jonathen Rowe has rightly observed that the term think tank is a misnomer_ “They don't think, they justify".
Research from think tanks is ideologically driven in accordance with the interests of their founders and financiers. The Washington-Post columnist, Joel Achenbach's apt remarks encompass summum bonum of a think tank. He says, "Washington is a thoughtful town. A friend of mine worked at a think tank temporarily and the director told him, when he entered, 'we are all white men between the ages of 50 and 55, and we have no places else to go’.
Look at the findings in the Stimson's Center's report, titled 'Nuclear terrorism and nuclear accidents in South Asia’ on dirty bombs. These findings are highly subjective and unsupported by credible evidence. In my article, "Beyond Dirty Bombs" (The Pakistan Observer, March 17, 2004), I have tried to look deeper into the findings. My suggestion was that the credible threat emanated from chemical and biological weapons, not from the so-called untested dirty bombs.
The dirty bomb was a hoax to discredit nuclear or threshold nuclear nations. Interestingly; the Stimson's report had even provided an "analysis of the effects of a nuclear accident and/or nuclear terrorism from a “dirty bomb” attack on Indian and Pakistani cities. The report predicted that "...dirty bomb detonation in Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai and Islamabad" could result in "casualties that at the very minimum would number in the tens of thousands".  Interestingly, The Time Pentagon correspondent Mark Thompson asserts in his article “What Is A 'Dirty Bomb’”, "It's unlikely to kill 10,000 people".
The Stimson's report had been provided to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee whose chairman Senator Richard Lugar (Indiana) made it part of his campaign to extend the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program on nuclear proliferation to South Asia. The Stimsonian report concludes its preconceived notion with words ‘although India and Pakistan have established regulatory bodies to deal with the safety and security of their nuclear materials, these may not be sufficient to protect against every potential threat’.
There are think-tanks like "Dirty Little Secrets" (strategyworld.com) which are out-and-out anti-Pakistan propagandists. The think tank's "discussion board" window on India-Pakistan opens topics which have explicit anti-Pakistan overtones _ A topic for "discussion: "Does the U.S. have the capability to invade and occupy Pakistan". One participant in the discussion naively suggests, "If British can occupy united India, very well, occupy a small piece of India (i.e., Pakistan)". The discussion on topic "IAF versus PAF" also reflects shallowness of the views expressed. There is scant consideration of nuclear holocaust in case of a full-scale invasion of Pakistan from any quarters, unipolar or multi-polar.
In Asian context, the latest addition to the think tanks is the India-based Strategic Foresight Group. The disinformation dished out by Mumbai-based Strategic Foresight Group suggests that it, in reality, stinks (not thinks). The distorted facts in the think tank's report “Costs of Conflict between India and Pakistan” reflect that the report is funded and sponsored by Indian government or her intelligence agencies.
Look at the puerile revelations in the think-tank's report: (a) Pakistan has spread its tentacles throughout India. India has identified Inter-Services Intelligence activities in nine states besides ISI-sponsored Madaaris throughout the country.  The report even gives number of Madaaris in different states, besides claiming existence of 330 Madaaris on Indo-Nepal border. (b) “In addition to the Madaaris, 10,000 people are working for the ISI in various capacities”. (c) "In 1986, China 'transferred Pakistan enough tritium gas for ten nuclear weapons". (d) "By 2010, with its imminent collapse looming large, Pakistan would be forced to strike India to consolidate its own domestic failure. An impending defeat might lead the Pakistan military or the ISI, or the extremist elements to take over nuclear command and launch a nuclear strike on India".
The question arises: “Why is the think tank so much preoccupied with the ISI? Not all the think tanks are money-centred. For instance, RAND's corporation's mathematician Olaf Helmer improved Delphi forecasting by making it more than a hunch or a brainstorming fad. They applied this technique to make technological forecasting more accurate and meaningful.
The experts in Delphi technmiques may be posed questions like: when 100% reliable weather forecasts will begin to be available, when a cheap AIDS vaccine will be developed, when autos will begin to be powered by steam, when China will surpass the USA.  Panel may also be asked lighter questions like: when Hillary Clinton, Monica Lewinski, or for that matter any other American woman, shall become president of the USA.
One reason for mushroom growth and prosperity of the think tanks is that the “bewildered herd” of people in general has stopped thinking (Noam Chomsky’s Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, Karachi, Vanguard, 2004, p.16).  In a “properly functioning democracy”, there are a “small percentage of the people”, a “specialized class of citizens” who … analyze, execute, make decisions and run things in the political, economic, and ideological systems. That’s a small percentage of the population”. 
Chomsky reminds, ‘Woodrow Wilson was elected President in 1916 on the platform “Peace without Victory”, right in the middle of the World War I.  The population was extremely pacifistic and saw no reason to become involved in a European War.  The Wilson administration established a government propaganda commission, called the Creel Commission, which succeeded, within six months, in turning a pacifist population into a hysterical, war mongering population which wanted to destroy everything German, tear the Germans limb from limb, go to war and save the world….After the war the same techniques were used to whip up a hysterical Red Square…’ (ibid., page 12).
Till the day, the people re-assume thinking for themselves; the think tanks will continue to stink.
 
 
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REAL THREAT: BIO-TERROR OR NUKES?
Amjed Jaaved June 24, 2006
Nuclear weapons are a safeguard of national security.  Pakistan’s nuclear capability prevented India from daring to convert her Bass tacks Exercise (literally, details of business) or military standoff (Operation Prakaram) into a walkover on Pak territory.
After a brief lull of a few months, international media again and again explodes with news about proliferation by Pakistan’s ‘Merchant of menace’.  Jonathen Power, in his article “Who did build Pakistan’s Nuclear bomb” (the Daily Times, June 23, 2006) casts doubts about integrity of Pakistan’s Munir Khan.  He says, “Munir was no saint.  He was chairman of the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1986 to 87.  Back home he was engaged in subverting it…he was building up the contacts and knowledge he later milked to build the bomb at home”. Kenneth R. Timmerman’s Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Showdown with Iran (2005, Crown Forum, New York) is full of venom against Pakistan’s Dr Khan.
The Time magazine article ‘Merchant of Menace’, had reported that some uranium hexafluoride cylinders were missing from the Kahuta Research Laboratories.  Pakistan’ information minister and foreign-office spokesman had both refuted the allegation.  Masood Khan (foreign office) had told reporters, “The story is a rehash of several past stories”.
The Time focused on Pakistan, but not on loss of radio active material from Indian labs. India had formally reported (February 25, 2004) to the International Atomic Energy Agency 25 cases of “missing” or “stolen” radio-active material from its labs.  International media also missed due focus on: (a) interception by Taiwanese authorities of a ship, carrying dual-use aluminum oxide from India to North Korea.  The oxide is an essential ingredient of rocket casings and is, as such, prohibited for export to “rogue” countries. (b) Indictment of  a New-Jersey-based Indian engineer, Sitaraman Ravi Mahedevan in the USA for illegally exporting contraband, including blue-prints of solenoid operated valves for use in construction of North Korean nuclear facilities. (c) Illegal sale (August 2003) by MTS Corporation and five other companies of high-tech material-testing equipment to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research.  (d) Illegal shipping nuclear blueprints for use in North Korean plants by Sitaraman Ravi Mahadevan (Oct 31, 2003). (e) Illegal export of graphite, which "had potential nuclear and military applications”, from the USA by Indian engineer Manoj (June 2006).(f) Theft of nineteen computers belonging to India’s top-secret establishments of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Metcalfe House, New Delhi on October 6, 2003. 
India’s “bonafide disclosure” about theft of nuclear information and materials prompted several think tanks and PhD students in foreign universities to analyse implications of radioactive material falling into hands of so-called “terrorists”. 
Hypersensitive analysts postulated that the stolen radioactive material could be used in making “dirty bombs”.  A report by Henry Stimson Center, Washington lamented “…Nuclear and radiological terrorism remains a frightening possibility in India and Pakistan, and the source material for nuclear terrorism could come from illicit transactions of poorly protected materials originating outside the region, as well as material from within the region used for military or civilian purposes”.
The report even provided an “analysis of the effects of a nuclear accident and/or nuclear terrorism from a 'dirty bomb' attack on Indian and Pakistani cities. The Stimson Center… warns that depending on location and yield, a small nuclear explosion in either of the countries could cause more casualties than Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The report titled 'Nuclear terrorism and nuclear accidents in South Asia', also cautions that radioactive fallout from a dirty bomb in a major commercial center in either of the neighbors could have potentially disastrous economic, psychological and political ramifications”.
This report has been provided to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee whose chairman Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) intends to make it part of his campaign to extend the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program on nuclear proliferation to South Asia.
The report concludes that “although India and Pakistan 'have established regulatory bodies to deal with the safety and security of their nuclear materials,' these may not be sufficient to protect against every potential threat”.
          Another report, authored by Kishore Kuchibhotla, a PhD student in biophysics at Harvard, and Matthew McKinzie, a nuclear physicist serving as a staff scientist with USA’s Nuclear Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, argued that “…three other types of events could prompt unintended escalation in South Asia: a terrorist use of RDDs (radiological dispersal devices); a terrorist detonation of a nuclear weapon; and the accidental explosion of nuclear arms -- for example at military bases in either India or Pakistan… The report points out that while nuclear weapons themselves are closely guarded, all sorts of radioactive material could be found in research laboratories and hospitals that could provide the basic materials for the making of a dirty bomb…. Nearly 10,000 radioactive sources are used throughout India of which about 400 are particularly worrisome...”  The report predicts that “…dirty bomb detonation in Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai and Islamabad” could result in “casualties that at the very minimum would number in the tens of thousands”.
The general tenor of anti-Pakistan propaganda is that the nuclear weapons would surely fall into the hands of terrorists.  But, the history of terrorism reflects that “terrorists” are not interested in mass killing (or nuclear bombs which are a WMD).  Verinde Grover, in his Encyclopaedia of International Terrorism, points out that the terrorists strike symbolic targets (which could yield widespread publicity).
          It appears that the concern about the “dirty bombs” is overblown.  History of terrorism reflects that “terrorists” are interested in symbolic targets (which could yield widespread publicity), not in mass killing (vide Verinde Grover’s Encyclopaedia of International Terrorism). 
          A “dirty bomb” is not known to have been tested by any country or detonated by any “terrorist” anywhere in the world.  So, scope of its destructive power is shrouded in mystery.  However, fall-out of the tested A-bombs is well recorded.  The major powers declared moratoriums on nuclear-bombs testing only in 1992.  The pre-1992-period test scoreboard of the USA, former Soviet Union, France, and Britain is an explosion every 18 days, 21 days, 61 days, and 331 days (R.  Venkataraman Nuclear Explosion and its Aftermath). 
(To be continued)


 
REAL THREAT: BIO-TERROR OR NUKES? (II)
In Cold War era, news portals used to be flooded with revelations about “Soviet union’s stockpiles of bio-terror weapons”.  Testimonies by Soviet defectors were used by international media to criticise Russian bio-weapons programme­.  After defecting to the USA, Ken Alibek, deputy chief of Russia’s bio-weapon programme Biopreparat, reported in 1992 that the ‘Soviets had manufactured 40 tons of weaponised smallpox, a virus thought to have been eradicated from face of the earth”.  He further revealed that ‘Russia’s arsenal of disease included anthrax, plague, tularemia, brucellosis, Q fever and glanders’. 
Current medical research treats Alibek’s revelations are propaganda gimmicks.  In Cold War era, the Soviet Union was the target (Now, the target is the nuclear Pakistan or the nuclear-threshold Islamic countries). 
What is the truth about Russia’s bio-terror weapons? Russia has never tested or used weaponised smallpox.  Pamela Weintraub points out, in her Bio-terrorism (page 80), that it was the British forces that ‘first used small pox as a biological weapon during the French and Indian Wars (1754-67).  The British forces in North America distributed blankets used by small pox patients to American Indians adding the French.  The resulting epidemic killed more than 50% of many affected tribes’.
The Soviet Union or the terrorists are no fools to waste their time and money on weaponising smallpox. Pamela adds, “The threat of smallpox as a bio-weapon was dramatically reduced in 1796, when Edward Jenner showed that an infection caused by cowpox protected against smallpox, laying the intellectual framework for a vaccine”.
During his testimony before the USA’s Congress, Alibek said, “Hundreds of tons of anthrax formulation were stockpiled. Use of anthrax and other weapons was envisioned on a massive scale, to cause extensive disruption of vital civilian and military activity”.
Even anthrax is not as deadly as portrayed by Alibek in his dire scenarios.  It is useless as a potential weapon of mass destruction (However, it may be attractive to the ‘terrorists’ because of its localised impact). 
Meryl Nass, M. D. of the Department of Internal medicine and Emergency medicine, Park view Hospital, Brunswick, Maine (USA) has expressed scepticism about lethality of anthrax. _  In the former Soviet city of Sverdlovsk  (now Ekaterinburg), leakage of anthrax spores from a bio-weapons factory killed ‘no more than 100 people out of more than a million of those potentially exposed.although the citizens were not notified …and therefore did not receive prompt antibiotic or optimal medical therapy’ (page 17 ibid).
Nass points out that ‘anthrax does not spread from person to person.  And when it travels with the wind, it follows a narrow path, and does not spread out widely over long distances.  That is why there were so few cases in Sverdlovsk. Workers in American factories that were grossly contaminated with anthrax spores, who inhaled hundreds of spores each day almost never developed inhalation anthrax, the most deadly form of the disease.  Therefore, if anthrax is used, it will affect only a limited area, and relatively small numbers of people.  It is a good terrorist weapon, as any use will strike terror in millions or billions of people.  But, it is a bad weapon if you are trying to inflict a massive amount of casualties’.
According to Dr Nass, massive casualties could be caused, for instance in New York city, by releasing 50 kilograms of anthrax through ‘a plane going back and forth, making multiple loops over the city, with the wind exactly right’.  Nass sarcastically explains that such an exploit requires that ‘we (Americans) lose control of the air space over our cities’.
Most anthrax in nature is caused by transmission of B. anthracis spores from the hair of goats, sheep, cattle, horses and swine.  In 1876, Robert Koch (founder of the germ theory) proved microbial origin of the disease.  Later, Louis Pasteur developed vaccine for the disease. Besides the vaccine, the disease can be cured with medicines like penicillin (in combination with chloramphenicol), doxycycline, ciproflaxacin and  clindamycin.
Before the anthrax mailbag attack of 2001, there were only 18 cases of inhalational anthrax in the USA in the twentieth century (the last one was recorded in 1976). The cases related to ‘individuals exposed to material processed in textile mills, including goat hair and skin as well as wool.             
Investigations confirmed that Japan’s former doomsday-cult Guru Shoko Asahara was trying to develop botulinium toxin by utilising toxin on green mamba snake and poisonous mushroom spore (the Guru was sentenced to “for masterminding the deadly 1995 nerve/chemical gas (sarin) attack on the Tokyo subway and a string of other crimes that killed 27 people”).
An effective bio-terrorism facility in a basement or a kitchen could be built for $ 200,000 to 2 million. Regarding use of biological weapons by “terrorists”, Professor Ramesh Chandra points out in his Global Terrorism (volume 1, page 27), “The US government indicates that these weapons are well within the reach of terrorists.  According to the Central Intelligence Agency, ‘Terrorist interest in … biological weapons is not surprising, given the relative ease with which some of these weapons can be produced in simple laboratories…  Although popular fiction and national attention have focused on terrorist use of nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons are more likely choices for such groups’”.
No terrorist outfit has ever been able to develop or detonate a nuclear device. Conspicuously, the real threat is bio-terrorism, not nuclear proliferation.
It is much easier and cheaper to make a chemical or biological bomb than a “dirty bomb” (It is believed that the chemical bombs used by Saddam’s Iraq against Iran were made with Indian know-how).  Though a “dirty bomb” has never been used by any “terrorist”, a bio/chemical bomb was actually used by Japan’s former doomsday-cult Guru Shoko Asahara.  The Guru was awarded death sentence (February 27, 2004) “for masterminding the deadly 1995 nerve/chemical gas (sarin) attack on the Tokyo subway and a string of other crimes that killed 27 people”.
The cult’s quest for biological weapons was overshadowed by its chemical attack capability.  The cult members were trying to develop botulinium toxin by utilising toxin on green mamba snake and poisonous mushroom spores,
Regarding use of chemical/biological weapons by “terrorists”, Professor Ramesh Chandra points out in his Global Terrorism (volume 1, page 27), “The US government indicates that these weapons are well within the reach of terrorists.  According to the Central Intelligence Agency, ‘Terrorist interest in chemical and biological weapons is not surprising, given the relative ease with which some of these weapons can be produced in simple laboratories…  Although popular fiction and national attention have focused on terrorist use of nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons are more likely choices for such groups’”.
Not only sarin, but also several other chemical agents like mustard, tabun, soman and VX are capable of dual use as pesticides and as a chemical weapon.  Chandra (op. cit., page 30) points out, “chemical warfare agents ‘can quite literally be manufactured in a kitchen or basement in quantities for sufficient for mass-casualty attacks’.  Therefore, the costs for a small-scale terrorist operation could be significantly less than $ 5 million”.
 Experts agree that it is more difficult to manufacture sarin gas, used by the “terrorists” in Japan, than mustard, tabun, and soman, et al. To some experts, an effective bio-terrorism facility could be built for $ 200,000 to 2 million.
Biological weapons, too, are easier to manufacture than “dirty bombs”.  Viruses could cause smallpox, Venezuelan equine encephalitis and hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola.
It appears that disproportionate emphasis on mythical “dirty bombs” vis-à-vis chemical-bio bombs is meant to press and exploit non-major or threshold nuclear states.  There being no universally-acceptable definition of “terrorism”, any state individual or group could be dubbed a “terrorist”. 
To control “terrorism”, it is necessary that no strong state should try to exploit a weak state, using “aiding abetting terrorism” as a subterfuge.  In historical context, efforts to distinguish “terrorism” from civil disobedience, revolutions, crime, banditry, freedom movement, etc have foundered. 
The best approach to control “terrorism” appears to be the one presented by Dr Ihekwoaba D. Onwudiwe (University of Maryland) in his The Globalisation of Terrorism.  He used World Systems Theory (dividing countries into dominant/core and dependent/peripheral groups) to identify the “terrorism” problem. 
Onwudiwe does not classify “terrorists” as criminals or freedom fighters. But looks at terrorism as “consequence of how the world is ordered”.  He postulates, “There are dominant nations that control world resources and manufacturing practices, and which possess the ability to translate their economic resources into political and military strength used to maintain a world order that continues to benefit their best interests…They have the military might to enforce their will when challenged…Patterns of terrorism are strongly influenced by nature of the capitalist world economic system. …Terrorism is a response to the structure of the world system, a response to the global inequality that exists between nations, the only solution that will have any significant impact on the reduction and control of terrorism are those that restructure the world; that is policies that eliminate cross-national inequality and existing patterns of exploitation that extend from the core to the peripheral nations of the world.  Military interventions, attempts at ‘target hardening’, or other forms of social control such as economic sanctions, may work in the short run to contain terrorism, but only temporarily.  In the long run, however, these policies have been and will continue to be ineffective since they do nothing to remedy the conditions that set the state for terrorism: namely global inequality”.
It appears that “missing cylinders” or “dirty bombs’ are a hoax to exploit nouveau-nuclear or nuclear-threshold nations.  Real threat emanates from chemical or bio-weapons.  Solution to terrorism lies in a less exploitative world order.


 
 
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Early life and career[edit]
Hudnut was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 17, 1932. He attended the Darrow School in New Lebanon, New York, and graduated from Princeton University in 1954, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.[1] He earned a Master's Degree in Theology from the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and was ordained a clergyman in 1957.[2]
Hudnut is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and was the senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis from 1964 to 1972. He led the congregation with a moderate but active stance through the social issues of the 1960s, including the Vietnam War and race relations.[3] He previously served churches in Buffalo, NY and Annapolis, MD.
In the 1972 Republican primary for Indiana's 11th congressional district, Hudnut defeated future Congressman Dan Burton.[4] After winning the general election against four-term Congressman Andrew Jacobs, Jr., he served only one term in the 93rd United States Congress. While in Congress he sponsored seventeen bills that became law,[1] but he lost his reelection bid to Jacobs.[2]
Hudnut has received honorary degrees from 13 colleges and universities.
Mayor of Indianapolis[edit]
Hudnut became the mayor of Indianapolis in 1976. taking over from Richard Lugar, who had been the architect of the Unigov legislation that merged the government structures of Indianapolis and Marion County. Hudnut's goal was to change the city from "India-NO-place" to "India-SHOW-place."[5] His mayorship was defined by economic development in Downtown Indianapolis, business, construction, and sports.
Hudnut's policies were entrepreneurial, and he hoped to attract economic development by taking risks with raising taxes and issuing bonds. He opposed deficit spending and kept the city's bond rating at AAA.[5] He aimed for job growth, a widened tax base, and law and order. The city spent large amounts on tax incentives, infrastructure improvements, and development projects to attract business to the downtown area.
Over the sixteen years of his term, more than 30 major building projects took place downtown, including renovations and expansions to Monument Circle, Indianapolis Union Station, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the Indiana Convention Center. Many office buildings were constructed, and companies such as Eli Lilly and American United Life committed to staying in Indianapolis.[5]
Indianapolis became known as the Amateur Sports Capital of the World, due in part to Hudnut's efforts at marketing the city. While mayor, Indianapolis held the 1987 Pan American Games and the 1982 National Sports Festival. Hudnut formed the Indiana Sports Corporation, which directed sporting projects such as the Indianapolis Tennis Center, Major Taylor Velodrome, and the IUPUI Natatorium.[5] In 1980 Hudnut formed a committee on building a new stadium to attract an National Football League team.[6] With the newly built Hoosier Dome and other incentives, he secretly negotiated with then-Colts owner Robert Irsay to bring the Colts to Indianapolis from Baltimore. On March 29, 1984 he organized the team's middle-of-the-night departure to Indianapolis with Mayflower moving vans, and he called it "one of the greatest days in the history of this city."[7]
Hudnut was also president of the National League of Cities and a member of the board for over twenty years.[1] In 1988, Hudnut was named City and State magazine's Nation's Most Valuable Public Official. In 1985 he earned the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and in 1986 a Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.[1]
Hudnut was a presidential elector in the 1980 Presidential election.[8]
In 1990, Hudnut ran for Indiana Secretary of State, but lost to Joseph H. Hogsett. He chose not to run for a fifth term as mayor in 1991.[5]
Later life[edit]
Hudnut now lives in Maryland. He served at the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis 1992 to 1994; and was President of the Civic Federation in Chicago 1994 to 1996. In 2004, Hudnut took office as the mayor of the town of Chevy Chase, Maryland.[2] He held the Joseph C. Canizaro Chair for Public Policy for the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C.[9] from 1996 to 2010. Since then, he has taught at the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University in the MPS Real Estate Program, and is currently Executive Director of the program.
Hudnut has written five books:[1]
Minister Mayor, 1987, about his political and religious experiences
The Hudnut Years in Indianapolis, 1976–1991, 1995, about city leadership
Cities on the Rebound, 1998, an analysis of future successful cities
Halfway to Everywhere, 2003, about America’s best suburbs
Changing Metropolitan America: Planning for a More Sustainable Future, 2008


and you should know this man, i met him in person on the 25th floor of the City-County Building as a small girl in Indianapolis, IN. 
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https://plus.google.com/115752421376097072955 Sandra B :  AND YES CONGRESSMAN DAN BURTON, I HAVE  VOTED ON STATE HOUSE BILLS, AND LATER WORKED WITH GRASSROOTS...
 AND YES CONGRESSMAN DAN BURTON, I HAVE  VOTED ON STATE HOUSE BILLS, AND LATER WORKED WITH GRASSROOTS AND WORK IN INDIANA WITH SENATE/HOUSE BILLS.
AND I SECURED MY ENTIRE BIRTH RECORD TO WHAT THESE THIEVES DID TO ME BEHIND MY BACK IN FELONY FRAUD USING MY OLD STOLEN BIRTH AND VITAL RECORDS PRIOR TO 1980 INVALID/VOID.
YES I WROTE SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR A LETTER ALSO.
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WATCH: Richard Lugar, Matthew Bunn, William Tobey, and Joe Cirincione discuss whether nuclear nonproliferation cooperation with Russia is possible in the current diplomatic climate – http://ow.ly/AmphI
Russia-U.S. Breakdown Hurts Nuclear Security

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https://plus.google.com/108609031221581881497 Ken Webster : Health ($) Care  (Where is The Ebola Money?) August 4, 2014 / Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis _________...
Health ($) Care  (Where is The Ebola Money?)
August 4, 2014 / Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis
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My Opinion: Any time there is a major public panic... they are always better understood by looking at who has to profit the most.
Find the Players and Follow The Money!
This is a lengthy but seemingly well researched and very informative article with a look behind the scenes at "Ebola Money" and other Health Scare Plays:
Enjoy,
Ken
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Article Excerpt:

In April of 2005, Then Senator Barack Obama introduced the first comprehensive bill to deal with the contagion threats, The Avian act. According to reports, Obama made significant investments in biotech companies involved in the development of flu vaccines.

One of the companies AVI Bio-Pharma was a biotech concern that was starting to develop a drug to treat avian flu. In March 2005, two weeks after buying about $5,000 of its shares, Mr. Obama took the lead in a legislative push for more federal spending to battle the disease.

His first step came on March 4, 2005, when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved his request for $25 million to help contain the disease in Asia; the full Senate later approved that measure. And in April 2005, he introduced a bill calling for more research on avian flu drugs and urging the government to increase its stockpiles of antiviral medicines.

Obama repeated this call in a letter to Michael Levitt, the health and human services secretary. And in September 2005, Obama and Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, succeeded in amending another bill to provide $3.8 billion for battling the flu and other contagious diseases.

In a 2005 New York times Article called “Grounding a Pandemic” Barack Obama and Richard Lugar were already pitching Pandemic as a threat for national security. In the column Barack Obama had already pitched the idea of a medical surveillance program that would monitor and electronically file any and all medical records that indicate flu or any other contagion.

Read More at "Ground Zero", You may be Shocked:
http://www.groundzeromedia.org/health-s-care/

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HEALTH ($) CARE
HEALTH ($) CARE Over the weekend we heard of the 33-year old doctor, who has been brought to Atlanta, Georgia, to be treated for Ebola. He is "patient zero" at this time and why he has been brought...
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https://plus.google.com/113921591175886055340 The Journal Gazette : The Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans on Fairfield Avenue was dedicated this morning. The shelter...
The Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans on Fairfield Avenue was dedicated this morning. The shelter has been used “far more than we ever imagined” since opening last winter, according to William Raihl. Here is the story: http://buff.ly/1o9zZMS
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https://plus.google.com/115752421376097072955 Sandra B : I HAVE MY OWN CORRECT AND TRUE BIRTH RECORD AND IS AND 1980 AND MY 1980 BIRTH/VITAL RECORDS AND MY 1980...
I HAVE MY OWN CORRECT AND TRUE BIRTH RECORD AND IS AND 1980 AND MY 1980 BIRTH/VITAL RECORDS AND MY 1980 ISSUED/ASSIGNED SSA/SSN#305 NUMBER AND RECORD, THESE THIEVES HAD TO USE TO BEGIN DONG FELONY FRAUD TO ME, FURTHERMORE I ALSO WROTE AND SIGNED AN AFFIDAVIT IN 1994-95 THAT IRS HAS, AND AFTER MY DIVORCE FROM WATKINS, ON AN EXACT NATURE OF A SITUATION THESE THIEVES WITHOUT MY KNOWING CAUSED ME YEARS LATER.
I ALSO WROTE AND MY COMPLAINTS IN INDY AN ANONOMOUS LETTER TO SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR, AND IRS AND SSA WITH MY COMPLAINTS WHEN I BEGAN SEEING ISSUES ARRISE IN MY DIVORCE WITH WATKINS THAT WAS FRAUDULENT BY WATKINS. THIS WAS IN 1999-2000. AND MY LETTERS OF COMPLAINT ENDUED AFTER THIS PERIOD OF TIME. IN INDY 2003.
YES, PERSUE GIVEN THROUGH COURT AND YES MY DUCUS TECUM SUPOENA'S AS I WAS STILL WORKING IN THE LAW FIRM, AND AFTER ON MY DIVORCE CASE WITH WATKINS.
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https://plus.google.com/109118005500650299914 David Angel : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/109118005500650299914 David Angel : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/109473101394670805963 Adrian Clavijo : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/109899551968514431381 EnriqueMaria Hernandez : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/102281446779365971883 Melvin Williams : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/117287523098373414196 Amy Gabriel : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/108477608005903475296 NPR Politics : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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