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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate's Positions, Posts Plagiarized From Several Sources

A Facebook post of Dr. Greg Brannon’s seems to be a near-direct copy of an article by a Cato Institute scholar.



Brannon (left) with Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.


Via Facebook: DrGregBrannon


Dr. Greg Brannon, a Republican who is vying for the party's Senate nomination in North Carolina appears to have plagiarized several of his campaign "on the issues" pages from Republican Michigan Rep. Justin Amash. A Facebook post of Brannon's also seems to be a near-direct copy of an article by a Cato Institute scholar. Another issues post appears to be copied from the Coalition for Jobs.


Brannon, a former Tea Party activist, has a history of making controversial statements. Brannon called U.S. property taxes "American central planning," and referenced the Holocaust and Soviet Union as other examples of central planning. He also once alleged that the United Nations is a scam to control life and ran a now-defunct organization called "Founder's Truth" that posted conspiracy theories like claims that there is fluoridate in the water and that the Boston bombing was a false flag.


His website then mysteriously disappeared from the Web Archive.


Brannon, who is a viable candidate for the Republican nomination according to some polls, led incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan 42-40 in a April Public Policy Polling poll.


Here's Brannon on abortion:



Government is responsible for protecting our individual rights to life, liberty, and property. I believe that life begins at conception, and it is unconscionable that government sanctions the taking of the lives of the helpless and innocent.


As a Senator, I will always vote against government funding of abortion and will fight to protect life at all stages. I will always vote for any and all legislation that would end abortion or lead us in the direction of ending abortion.



And here's Justin Amash:



The proper function of government is to protect individual rights—life, liberty, and property. I believe that life begins at conception, and it is unconscionable that government would sanction the taking of the helpless and innocent. I always will vote against government funding of abortion and will fight to protect life at all stages.



Here's Brannon on farming:



North Carolina has a rich and diverse agricultural economy, with some 50,000 farms producing everything from wheat and sweet potatoes, to pork and poultry, and even Christmas trees and trout. Our state's farmers represent the best in innovation, entrepreneurship, and stewardship.


The future success of North Carolina farmers is endangered, however, when the government seeks to take over farm production with needless, uninformed, and often overly burdensome regulations. North Carolina's farmers are good at what they do, and they're successful when they're allowed to get on with the business of running their farms, as many of them and their families have for generations.


The government's most important role in agriculture is to protect the private property rights of farmers and their rights to make decisions about the most productive use of all their assets including their principal one—the land. Without the protection of private property there is no liberty.


As a Senator, I will consistently vote to protect private property rights and leave decisions about how to run farms to farmers instead of out-of-touch bureaucrats in Washington.



And here's Justin Amash:



Michigan has one of the most diverse agricultural economies in the country. Our state's farmers represent the best in innovation, entrepreneurship, and stewardship. The future success of Michigan farmers is endangered, however, when the government seeks to take over farm production with needless, uninformed, and often overly burdensome regulations.


Similarly, the government must respect the private property rights of farmers and empower them to make decisions about the most productive use of their principal asset—the land. As a Member of Congress, I consistently vote to protect private property rights and leave decisions about how to run farms to farmers.





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