why Jeb will run
He’s going to run. The reason is simple: you can’t say “we’re tired of having another Bush run” because his opponent is another Clinton. Hillary running makes it possible for Jeb to be immune to the biggest obstacle. He’s going to lose. His position on immigration is too moderate and he’s not going to get any love during the primaries. He will probably win the | Read More »
McConnell for Senate. OK. Send Mitch a message. Send Mitch $1.00
Erick’s diary yesterday, “McConnell for Senate” is one of the more fascinating reads on Red State in a long time. It ‘s evidence of a wide disparity in how the conservative base views the putative Senate majority leader in waiting. Heck, even the esteemed MODS are in a pickle: streiff: “Personally, I wouldn’t pee up McConnell’s butt if his guts were on fire.” But, after a | Read More »
Obama’s “(Don’t) Pay As You Earn” Program
Recently, the WSJ had an article drawing attention to Obama’s changes made to the student loan system for higher education. The article, while it raised good points, did not go far enough to explain the detriment to our economy that his program is causing. President Obama is intentionally undermining people’s successes — and our nation’s success — by encouraging large amounts of graduates to go | Read More »
How Can the GOP Attack Hillary?
Author’s Note: This piece was re-posted from National Review so all my RedState friends can weigh in. Karl Rove got caught up in a media frenzy after his recent suggestion that Hillary Clinton may have suffered brain damage as a result of her 2012 concussion, but his controversial statement did open up a pressing question for Republicans: What is the best way for the GOP to oppose Clinton, the | Read More »
BREAKING: Dinesh D’Souza pleads guilty to campaign finance charge
Dinesh D’Souza pled guilty today to one count of violating Federal campaign finance laws and making false statements. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people” is perishing, and Lincoln’s bones are restless in his grave.
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Forget about the NFL and the NBA: ABC is blatantly racist and homophobic; an investigation is urgently needed
ESPN is a major component of ABC. For several weeks now, those of us who look to sports as an escape from both politics and daily life, have been barraged endlessly with stories about Michael Sam and the NFL, and Donald Sterling and the NBA, and how racist and homophobic we all are. It’s about time for ABC to engage in a little self-examination. ABC | Read More »
Republican Richard DeNapoli Hosts North Port Meet and Greet
Republican Richard DeNapoli Hosts North Port Meet and Greet Republican Richard DeNapoli hosted a Meet and Greet in North Port at the Olde World Restaurant on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. There were approximately 50 people in attendance. Here are some pictures. Richard DeNapoli, Republican Candidate for the State House in District 74. A native of Florida, Richard DeNapoli is a Licensed Attorney, Realtor, Mortgage Broker and | Read More »
The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 76: Brendan and the Benhams; The Intolerant “Tolerance Police” Claim Their Next Victim
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. Back in episode 73, I mentioned the case of Brendan Eich, the new CEO of a technology company, who was drummed out of his job because he had the audacity to give money to a cause he believed in. It wasn’t politically correct, however, and he paid for it with | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ More on the Conservative Conference…
As I mentioned before, at the conservative conference I went to over the weekend here in Southern California, there were many pleasant surprises and creative approaches being utilized in our camp that were brought to the forefront. One of them was a hilarious stand-up comedian I had never heard of before. His name is Evan Sayet and he is a Jewish ex-liberal — states he | Read More »
The Coming GOP Youth Vote Armageddon: Not So Fast
There has been much written regarding the youth vote and how it relates to the future success of the Republican Party on the national stage. This discussion blends into the overall consensus that the GOP has lost the votes of minority demographics throughout the electorate. In other words, the youth vote is considered a minority vote akin to that of African-Americans, Hispanics, or Asians. But | Read More »
Don’t Let Them Take Your Freedom of Speech!
The ruling class in Washington continually demands that we surrender “just a little bit” of our freedom, private property, or some other constitutionally-guaranteed right, and accept “just a little bit” of federal micromanagement and domination, to achieve whatever collective goal they deem best for us. Just give us back some of your rights, and you will love what we do with them. We promise! One | Read More »
May 20th, Senate Primaries
Today, May 19th, we get to hear about how horrible these Tea Party “extremists” are. No, that was Karl Rove, and Mitch McConnell, not Harry Reid, oh, I mean it was also Harry Reid. Apparently, these boys play in the same circles. Tomorrow, voters get to decide. And Wednesday, we will get to read such stalwarts of knowledge as the New York Times as they | Read More »
Not newsworthy: NY Times’ two FEMALE star columnists ( Maureen Dowd & Gail Collins) take a pass on Jill Abramson’s firing
Well, so much for the sisterhood..It seems that the “war on women” is being choreographed, by, well…women. The biggest story in years about the MSM concerns the kerfluffle at the New York Times about executive editor Jill Abramson’s firing. The “Old Grey Lady” has two star columnists, Gail Collins ( who for a number of years was the editor of the editorial page) and the | Read More »
Lloyd Chapman Recognized For Small Business Advocacy In American Express Open Forum Article
I was very grateful and flattered to be included in a recent article by Kelly Spores from the American Express Open Forum titled, “Meet 4 People Giving Small Businesses a Big Voice in Washington.” It is rare for me to receive any recognition for the 25 years I have invested lobbying for small businesses and trying to end the rampant fraud and abuse in federal | Read More »
Network Non-Duplication and Syndicated Exclusivity Rules Are Fundamental to Local Television
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently sought additional comment on whether it should eliminate its network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules (known as the “broadcasting exclusivity” rules). It should just as well have asked whether it should eliminate its rules governing broadcast television. Local TV stations could not survive without broadcast exclusivity rights that are enforceable both legally and practicably. The FCC’s broadcast exclusivity rules “do not | Read More »
Guide to the Texas Republican Primary Runoff
Check out candidates’ websites and who is endorsing whom.
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The Watercooler ~ Citizen Ninjas & the Election Integrity Project
In RedState’s posting rules, written by Erick Erickson, the opening paragraph includes RedState’s mission (in bold): We have an established community at RedState that we value greatly. At the same time, we keep registration, comments, and diaries open to the public. In order to support and promote our mission of educating, motivating, and activating conservatives, we have site rules… Sometimes, we get so embroiled in | Read More »
Rejecting the Cult of Death™
*Promoted from the diaries. – Aaron* I’m not a plumber, but I do know that I do not have the proper plumbing to incubate and produce a child. Three years ago, I would have told you that means I really can’t speak on the subject of abortion because I could never know the emotional or physical toll being pregnant and having a child would bring. | Read More »
Marita Noon: The liberty and energy connection
Following my appearance on the Daily Show, I’ve received emails and phone calls from people who don’t agree with my views about energy and the advantages America’s energy abundance provides—benefits that drive both progress and prosperity. Some of the emails can’t be read in polite company, but one that can asked: “Please explain how energy from mountain top removal, fracking, and tar sands makes America | Read More »
Bill Clinton is too old to be elected president and hello!!!….. he and Hillary are the same age.
Let’s assume, just for the purposes of this diary.. that Bubba’s political career had somehow paralleled that of California’s governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown. That is, Clinton did not win the 1992 nomination, and after years of chasing women and trying to make some money, he’d run for governor of Arkansas again ( and yes, yes, I know that Arkansas has absolute term limits – this | Read More »
Left frothing about Santorum’s birth control remarks but that just confirms he’s right
It’s amazing how easy it is to judge the truth by how hard the Left tries to deny and dismiss it in their reaction.
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The dysfunctional Veterans Administration, the fig leaf of Obamacare and the Omega 13 device…
In one of the greatest and most underrated movies of all time, Galaxy Quest, the story revolves around something called the Omega 13 device. For most of the movie no one really knows what it is or does. We discover near the end that the Omega 13 is a time machine and it can turn back the clock… but only for 13 seconds. That doesn’t | Read More »
An open letter to Michael Sam….
Dear Michael, where to begin? It’s been a whirlwind week…. Heck, make that YEAR—drafted into the National Football League, letting the world know that being gay is your “private business” in a press event seen by millions, praise from the leader… cough…. of the Free World, who compassionately called between $30,000-a-plate fundraisers to affirm your “bravery.” Heady times. Your private business is now as private | Read More »
May 20, 2014 Endorsements: AR, GA, ID, KY, and OR!
Taking on the Establishment: #LLPH May 20, 2014 Primaries & Endorsements! #TCOT #MakeDCListen Posted on May 18, 2014by spoasteph97 With the recent wins of Curt Clawson in Florida’s 19th, Rep. Walter Jones beating back a challenge from a Bush aide, and last week’s huge victories for Alex Mooney in West Virginia’s 2nd and Ben Sasse for Nebraska Senator, we are heading to the busiest day where tons | Read More »
Weeks 20 and 21 Chronological Bible Reading – 2014
Week 20 – 2014 May Monday 19 Psalms 76; 82; 84; 90; 92; 112; 115 Tuesday 20 Psalms 8-9; 16; 19; 21; 24; 29 Wednesday 21 Psalms 33; 65-68 Thursday 22 Psalms 75; 93-94; 97-100 Friday 23 Psalms 103-104; 113-114; 117 Saturday 24 Psalm 119:1-88 Sunday 25 Psalm 119:89-176 Week 21 – 2014 May Monday 26 Psalms 122; 124; 133-136 Tuesday 27 Psalms 137-139; | Read More »
Republican Primary Endorsements in Georgia- Part 2
It is rare when an incumbent Governor finds himself endangered in a primary, but Nathan Deal finds himself in that position. Amidst a swirl of controversy involving campaign finance allegations left over from 2010, Deal may find himself out of politics this year. With the Democrats running the grandson of ex-governor and “president” Jimmy Carter- Jason Carter- name recognition on that side is no problem. | Read More »
The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
This month we “celebrate” the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. As most are aware, this ruling swept aside racial segregation in public education which persisted in many states. When it was decided in 1954, the 11 southern states, DC plus six other states had segregated schools and it was optional in another four states. Some estimates state | Read More »
Lomborg on Climate Fear Mongering
For those concerned about the issue of climate change, I highly recommend seeing the new documentary on Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” and much hated by climate fear mongers. I just watched it on Amazon Prime instant video, and the DVD is out too. If you’re looking for climate change denial, then this isn’t for you. Lomborg thinks the world is warming and | Read More »
U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Stace Nelson Calls out Mike Rounds for Dishonesty on Obamacare.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fulton, SD—South Dakota State Representative and US Senate Candidate Stace Nelson called out fellow candidate Mike Rounds for being dishonest in claiming that he opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2010, is often considered the President’s signature piece of legislation. Nelson listed a number of | Read More »
The Establishment GOP has endorsed an Open Borders Lobbyist over a Combat Vet in New York CD-3
The New York RINO GOP party bosses that brought us Dede Scozzafava, and who backstab GrassRoot conservatives at every junction, have totally outdone themselves this time. The time has never been more ripe to defeat the race baiting head of the DCCC and Congressman from New York’s 3rd Congressional District, Steve Israel. And who do the party bosses choose to endorse? A radical open borders, pro-amnesty | Read More »
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Quick Correction to Georgia House Primaries
In the previous article regarding the Georgia US House primary races for the GOP, I inadvertently hit the “publish” button too soon. In the 9th District race, Doug Collins was incorrectly endorsed. In a district rated +30 Republican by Cook and likewise by this writer, a review of the congressional record of Doug Collins indicates that for such a GOP/conservative district, Collins does not meet | Read More »
Georgia Republican Primary Endorsements- Part 1
This is the first of a two-part series on the Republican primary in Georgia. This state is split into a two part treatment because the resignation of Saxby Chambliss has created a domino effect where three sitting congressmen are vying to be the Republican candidate for his seat thus creating three open Republican-held seats in the House out of Georgia in addition to the other | Read More »
President Obama salutes fallen heroes in Memorial Day weekend address
From those shots fired at Lexington and Concord more than two centuries ago to our newest generation of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our history shines with patriots who answered the call to serve. They put their lives on the line to defend the country they loved. And in the end, many gave that “last full measure of devotion” so that our | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Weekend Open Thread (UPDATE)
I’m going to an exciting conservative conference tomorrow here in Riverside, CA. It is the first of its kind in the area and will bring together a lot of Southern California Tea Party groups as well as local conservative radio hosts, politicians and other patriotic concerned citizens. Among the array of speakers are Dinesh D’Souza, Ann Coulter, Tea Party favorite gubernatorial candidate, Tim Donnelly, and | Read More »
The Winning Campaign Theme: Executive Competence
As Republicans jockey for the pole position for 2016 there are many potential distinguishing factors: moderate or conservative; grass roots or establishment; male or female; Anglo, Hispanic, or something else; Midwest, Southern, Northeast, or West. All of that misses the winning theme - the electorate was twice willing to go with Barack Obama who had no executive experience but offered a feel good opportunity. In 2016 the Democrats | Read More »
Is There a Connection between Veterans Affairs, Obamacare, Immigration and Infrastucture?
Was the president’s promise to the VA the first of many lies to come when he said this in a speech to the Veterans Affairs in March 2009: I know there’s much work ahead to transform this agency for the 21st century. But I have the fullest confidence that with Secretary Shinseki’s leadership, and with the hard work of the men and women of this department, | Read More »
NEW BENGHAZI HEARINGS
The House Select Committee hearings are necessary to understand what happened before, during and following the Benghazi attack. Yes, democrats will call it a kangaroo court and a waste of time and money. The pro-Obama press and media will boycott or completely ignore the inquiry. But Americans and, especially, families of those murdered must learn the truth devoid of political hype, spin, false narratives and | Read More »
Pointless Pontificating: Amateur Lawyers on Self-Defense
After every jury verdict in a self-defense case (and often even before), the amateur lawyers come out of the woodwork, claiming with absolute certainty their opinion that the defendant was or wasn’t ‘justified’ in doing whatever it was he or she did. What these people forget is something that my grandfather (a famous criminal court judge) frequently reminded us: “There are only 12 opinions in | Read More »
Kentucky Republican Primary Endorsements
Since there are no challengers to any of the five of six Republican members of the House from Kentucky and since Michael Mcfarlane will challenge the only Democrat- John Yarmuth- in the Third Congressional District, the only primary drama in the state and perhaps the country is the primary battle for the Republican-held seat of Mitch McConnell. There are two decent websites this writer consults | Read More »
The Twilight Zone and Amnesty: The GOP leadership embraces the national nightmare…
I remember watching an episode of the Twilight Zone many years ago where the entire show showed characters from the shoulders down. Almost everyone was in white lab coats as the scene was in a hospital and the focus was the ugliness of a patient. Something had happened to her, but throughout the episode everyone kept expressing revulsion and pity because she was so ugly. | Read More »
Resolved: No federal civil service employee should ever again get a bonus. Period.
Quick introductory note: When I pen a diary on Red State, it’s most always about a topic with which I have some knowledge and/or expertise. So let me state up front, and very clearly, that I have ZERO knowledge of the federal civil service system, especially its pay structure. Rather, I’m hoping this will elicit comments from those who can speak accurately on the | Read More »
Jill Abramson and Income Disparity
By now, you’ve either heard the news of Jill Abramson being fired from the New York Times or you are blissfully unaware of the drama in the professional media. If you fall into the latter category, you have an inner peace within you that I yearn to one day achieve. Regardless, one of the issues that is getting played out to no end is the | Read More »
Can Conservatives believe Mitch McConnell’s gun rights promise?
You know it must be getting close to election season—and that his chance of winning isn’t looking too good—when Mitch McConnell breaks out with his rendition of “(What a) Wonderful World” (my apologies to the great Sam Cooke). ♬ Don’t know much about the GOP Don’t know much about the TEA Party Don’t know how a promise kept might look Don’t know much about the | Read More »
To understand why liberty is imperiled in our country today we must first state clearly and unequivocally what is liberty. Then and only then can we understand what is necessary for its preservation as well as see what is undermining it today. Liberty is the absence of coercion and the freedom to act upon your own will within the perimeters of not infringing the freedom | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ The Evil Party Gets More Evil
On Tuesday, thirteen Democrats stopped the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act — a bill that would have prohibited performing abortions because of the gender of the baby — from seeing the light of day as they voted in lock-step to shield the practice of gendercide in California. In a chilling admission of heartlessness, Democrat Assemblyman Rob Bonta, who sat on the Health Committee, defended his actions: “The | Read More »
“lifeofgrace” no more
I have decided to come out of the closet.
Not that closet.
I have been posting as “lifeofgrace” which is my username. Today I am starting to post as my real name, Steve Berman.
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Sen. Dan Coats wants to ban Russian arms buys. Good idea.
One US Senator is doing something both useful and smart, which today can be a rare confluence. Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) wants us to stop buying Russian arms. That’s a pretty good idea.
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Pennsylvania Republican Primary Endorsements
Next Tuesday,Pennsylvania will hold their primaries. The gubernatorial election originally played large in Pennsylvania on the GOP side until all of embattled incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett’s opposition dropped by the wayside. Therefore, all the drama in that race will played out on the Democratic side. Originally, Allyson Schwartz was the favorite, but that has changed of late and it appears Tom Wolfe is set | Read More »
Republican Governor helped Obama rebrand the ACA’s Death Panels
On June 25th of 2009 President Barack Obama met with five Governors, two Republicans and three Democrats, in a private meeting to convince them to help him sell health care reform to Congress. One of those Governors was Mike Rounds of South Dakota, who as the head of his own insurance company might have a small interest in drumming up new business. The President was | Read More »
Arkansas 4th Congressional District Race 2014
Considering that Erick has questioned Bruce Westerman’s credibility/character/fitness to serve in the past, I think its fair that the Redstate community consider Tommy Moll’s credibility….via Avik Roy’s National Review article http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/377940/arkansas-medicaid-expansion-and-2014-midterms-avik-roy As a Freedomworks SuperActivst from Arkansas 4 who was not consulted by Freedomworks before the endorsement. What Avik Roy states is completely in line with my experience. In fact, I brought Dean Clancy, VP | Read More »