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A Christmas Day story from the AP gives a pretty clear outline of some of the threats liberty will face in the coming year. The piece includes extensive quotes from leading hoplophobes and anti-rights organizations and provides an edifying look into their strategy for the coming year. The antis boast about the tens of millions of dollars and thousands of paid staff and volunteers they are lining up to push their agenda in the run-up to the 2014 elections. We can only hope that they are successful at forcing another vote or two in Congress and the 15 or so states that they are targeting with their effort, because nothing turns out GunVoters better, and distinguishes political friends and foes more clearly than a noisy anti-rights campaign and politicians taking recorded votes on gun control bills.
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Mayor no more, Bloomberg goes national with big donationA week into retirement after three terms as the mayor of New York City, it’s clear that Michael Bloomberg isn’t leaving the national political stage.

If anything, he might just be upping the ante.


Bloomberg has given $2.5 million to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC aimed at keeping Democrats in power in the Senate.
“Mike Bloomberg has made clear that he will continue to fight for the causes that matter to New Yorkers, even more so now that he isn’t constrained by the mayoralty,” Bloomberg aide Howard Wolfson told Politico. He declined to confirm whether this signaled Bloomberg’s entrance into a more aggressive political game on behalf of Democrats.


Last year, Bloomberg’s political efforts focused almost entirely on gun control.
A PAC he formed, called Independence USA, helped defeat GOP gubernatorial nominee Ken Cucinneli in Virginia, pouring $1 million in ad buys in the final two weeks in support of Terry McAuliffe, and lifted up New Jersey’s Cory Booker in his Senate bid with another $1 million. He spent more than $2 million to defeat a pro-gun House candidate in Illinois, too.


He poured another $15 million into other gun control initiatives, like Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which responded in force as a fierce lobby in favor of gun control. And while the movement had some casualties and ultimately failed to enact any major changes to federal gun law, it introduced Bloomberg as a national player willing to shell out for the causes he supports.

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