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Bold visionary committed leaders cut their teeth in the heat of battle. The fire sharpens their focus and forges their intention. Reagan is the first example that comes to mind. Poizner's clear, authentic and principled vision for California's future inspires and will unify and pull voters toward it.

Teresa Hernandez is such a leader. Deep convictions, clear principles and bold vision are behind her extraordinary accomplishments. Latinos will join the Republican Party and CA will be Red if her vision is the future. Join me for a conversation with Teresa. Visionary and strategic, she's a leader on a mission. Dynamic and substantive, she sees Hispanics embracing the Repubican party because they choose opportunity, prosperity, and freedom.

Shawn Steel, National Republican Committee Man for the CA Republican Party, former CA Republican Party Chairman. We'll discuss his op-ed GOP should push Sacramento toward pay-as-you-go plan. published Friday, May 22, 2009, in the Orange County Register and The Flashreport : Shawn says "We can win the budget battle... Just say no....Here's how..." Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 AM, PT

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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