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In real life I'm a Linux and Windows system administrator, write for Heartland Institute and FreedomWorks, and talk a lot about voting. I'm also a Precinct Committeeman in Central Illinois and a 2012 Republican National Convention delegate.

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    End the Obamacare Slush Fund

    As Dean Clancy wrote last week at FreedomWorks, the House today will take up the Helping Sick Americans Now Act (H.R.1549). The bill cuts a slush fund and uses the money to subsidize insurance for the sickest Americans. Congress should pass it. Contrary to various claims, this bill neither cripples Obamacare implementation nor fixes Obamacare. It merely forces the Obamacare train wreck to get by on its | Read More »

    Not This

    The Senate immigration bill proposed by the so-called Gang of 8 claims to enforce border security and reform immigration. But in the end it is just an amnesty plan that adds another layer of difficulty to the process of legal immigration. The United States needs real immigration reform, and Republicans need to show they’re on the side of immigrants. Something has to be done. Not | Read More »

    Boston Massacre Conspiracy Theorists at Salon

    Guilt peddler and emotional trainwreck David Sirota took to the pages of Salon on Tuesday to write about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing through the lens of “white male privilege,” the only such device he is apparently able to wield. His is an outlook born of conspiracy theory, the fantasy of class collusion and secret alliances. So it is unsurprising that most people | Read More »

    Arkansas Statists Fail to Expand Obamacare

    Conservatives in the Arkansas legislature held firm against funding what the statists in Arkansas are calling a “private option” for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. It’s really just a different way to expand socialized medicine. The legislature should not fund this boondoggle. Arkansas has a Democrat governor and Republican legislature. Arkansas DHS spokesperson Amy Weber told me Friday, “It really lies in the hands of our | Read More »

    Polygamy Equality

    With Republicans and libertarians rushing headlong to fundamentally transform America’s marriage laws, I thought I’d make an observation. If marriage is no longer defined as one man and one woman, there is no chance that it will not include more than one of each, nor extend to marrying children. That’s because in reality it already does.

    Attacks on SarahPAC

    Sarah Palin must be over the target.

    Outreach and Get Out The Vote

    GOTV

    In developing the Growth and Opportunity Project‘s Autopsy of the 2012 election (pdf), the Republican National Committee correctly identified the reason for the party’s loss, but failed to recommend a coherent strategy to reverse it.

    President Obama won by defining his opponent in a negative way, and marrying modern technology with old-fashioned boots on the ground. Republicans can do those things even better than he did, but doing so will require radically reforming the party.

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    Messaging

    The Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project post-mortem of the 2012 election cycle covers a lot of ground in its effort to diagnose the Party’s losses. This first installment of my response covers the report broadly and particularly its prescriptions for messaging.  The RNC report categorized its recommendations in seven areas: Messaging Demographic Partners Campaign Mechanics Friends and Allies (Third Party Groups) Fundraising Campaign Finance | Read More »

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    Why Pat Brady Will Not Long Remain Illinois Republican Party Chair

    The move to oust Pat Brady as head of the Illinois Republican Party has been cast as being all about gay marriage, but it isn’t so. Brady’s full-throated endorsement of same-sex marriage was just the tossed glove in a duel for the direction of the GOP in Illinois.

    To Win, We Must First Admit We Lost

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    Excusing defeat is a sure way to keep losing. In the 2012 election, conservatives, libertarians, and tea party groups were outworked and outvoted by an array of forces that should have been demoralized and bitter, but instead focused on their common enemy and working together. If we want to avoid a repeat of that performance in 2014 and 2016, we must first recognize one reality:

    We lost.

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