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    Reopening the Social Issues Debate in Missouri

    Embattled Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is term-limited in Missouri come 2016.  Once considered a possible Senatorial candidate for 2016, his star was seriously tarnished given his performance in Ferguson this past year.  Everyone is aware that outside the metropolitan St. Louis and Kansas City areas, Missouri is increasingly drifting toward the Republican Party.  Six of their 8 representatives are Republican.  Nixon has to deal with | Read More »

    The (Ben) Carson Show

    I recently was compelled to reread my copy of Heritage Foundation Guide to the United States Constitution because I thought I may have missed something in the chapter about Article II and the qualifications for President.  Nope- I was right all along.  I could not find any clause stating that a President had to have been previously elected to any office.  And although it has been | Read More »

    The Chances of Ted Cruz

    Power hungry.  Arrogant.  Unwilling to yield or compromise.  Self righteous.  Single-minded piety.  High intellect.  Brilliant with a hard edge.  Charisma.  Fearless.  Extremely smart.  All of these have been used to describe Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%.  There is likely a hint of truth in all these statements.  Detractors focus on the negatives while his supporters see them as strengths.  Say anything | Read More »

    Overcoming Paul (Ron, that is…)

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 80% looks to be a candidate for President in 2016 for the GOP.  Like the presumed choice of the more establishment Republican, Jeb Bush, this Paul must overcome his last name. Some political pundits find it interesting that the elder Paul is a pariah within the GOP.  A great degree of Ron Paul’s policies dovetail nicely with | Read More »

    The Perry Second Chance

    When Texas Governor Rick Perry opted not to run for another term, it became obvious that he was gearing up for another presidential run.  Since 2012, he has appeared at events in Iowa at least 33 times and, in fact, his campaign began almost the day after he bowed out of contention in 2012.  If we look over the history of both parties, we generally | Read More »

    The Rubio Factor

      Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 100% has instructed his staff to proceed as if he will be a candidate for President in 2016.  This makes sense as gearing for a presidential run can be easily converted to another senatorial run in 2016.  Thus, this writer does not necessarily believe this is a signal that he will run.  I do, however, believe that | Read More »

    Gay Marriage in Alabama: Relax & Take a Deep Breath

    It seems that everyone here has their knickers in a twist because the US Supreme Court refused to extend a stay on a lower court ruling on gay marriage in Alabama.  Some are saying that this foretells the future since they have a case before them to be heard in April with a decision likely in June.  You need to understand this in perspective and | Read More »

    Rick Santorum… Yesterday’s News

    Some pundits believe that Rick Santorum can be a player in the 2016 Republican presidential sweepstakes.  This writer is not so sure.  Most of that punditry is based on his performance in 2012, but a little more on that in a bit. No one doubts Santorum’s sincerity.  He has a compelling life story that voters can relate to.  No one doubts that when it comes | Read More »

    The Walker Deference Equation

    Based upon his recent performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit, Scott Walker has been the talk of the Republican Party.  Admittedly, there is plenty to like here as his speech in Des Moines demonstrated.  This writer has been rather consistent in his support of Scott Walker, but I am fully cognizant of the fact that this is only the very beginning of the 2016 election | Read More »

    The 2% Problem & Foreign Policy Looming Large in 2016

    In virtually every poll conducted despite the outlet doing the polling, foreign policy and national security do not rate particularly high on the list of concerns of the electorate.  One Gallup poll puts the number at 2% of voters who believe foreign policy is the number one issue facing this country.  All this may change in 2016 with the presidential election. Foreign policy and, by | Read More »