The RedState How-To

    Note: A year or so ago I published a diary of “Frequently Asked Questions” about RedState.  Erick’s recent “Dear RedState Reader” post reminded me that I needed to publish this.  This is a total re-write and expansion on that original.  Numerous new members have asked for an “instruction guide” on how to use RedState.  So – here’s a go at it.  If you have suggestions, | Read More »

    Defending Erick Erickson

    False claims of race-baiting have no place in civilized society Nor on the front page of Race42012 It is with great sadness that I am compelled to write this column defending Erick Erickson of Redstate.com against false charges of “pulling the race card”; “race-baiting”; and of being a “race pimp.” Those are fighting words where I come from, and so, after following the Biblical step-by-step | Read More »

    Dear RedState Reader . . .

    Over the last few months as our traffic has kept going up, I get more and more people emailing me, twittering me, and commenting on my Facebook page about writing at RedState.I am kind of tired of individually responding, so I thought I would put this here on the front page and just start sending around this link.RedState is a community of readers and activists | Read More »

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    Vatican Searches the Heavens for Alien Life — Really? (Really, really)

    (And now for something completely different) today’s news that the Vatican is searching the Heavens for alien life follows previous announcements by the Vatican that belief in the existence of alien life and belief in Christianity are not incompatible. Wow. Yeah. So if you are the head of one of the world’s largest religions, and your leadership believes (presumably given the careful and slow nature | Read More »

    RedStaters Can Talk to Haley Barbour Tonight

    The one Republican committee that functioned well this year and last was the Republican Governors Association. Haley Barbour and his Executive Director, Nick Ayers, are political scalp collectors and quite successful at it. Tonight they are going to have a special phone call at 6:30 to talk about the GOP Comeback. Only the first 1000 people will be able to get on the call. They’ve | Read More »

    RedState Morning Briefing: What Conservatives Read First

    In case I forgot to mention, we’ve set up a stand alone website where you can sign up to get our Morning Briefing for free.We send it out every morning before sun rise. It’s show prep for your day. It is totally free.If you are interested in getting it, go to www.redstatemb.com. Just enter your email address and you’re good to go.It really is what | Read More »

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    Thomas Frank’s “mysterious Freedom physics” explained.

    As if almost on cue, RedState’s Neil Stevens explains the Law of Politcial Motion to Thomas Frank in the context of the California Public Employee Retirement System (CALPers). Now, I understand that the disaster looming in California is exactly what kooks like Frank want to happen to the Country at large, so I’m not speaking to him per se. To the extent Frank can’t see | Read More »

    Michael Williams (R Cand, SEN-TX) wants to talk about race.

    The problem with this essay on race by Texas Railroad Commissioner and Senatorial candidate Michael Williams is that you really need to read the whole thing: there are too many good bits to cram into just one snippet.  But a taste: What grieves me most, however, is not that false cries of racism shortcircuit our debate, but that it makes legitimate concern about pockets of | Read More »

    Growing Pains

    As you can tell, ever since we had our Gathering in Atlanta something dynamic and exciting has been happening around here.Traffic is growing, press hits are coming — RedState is really on fire lately.But . . . our server has been struggling to keep up with all of you.So in a couple of hours we’re going to migrate to better equipment.We’re not going to take | Read More »

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    Redstate Gathering Video – Michael Williams

    Michael Williams is an amazing, dynamic speaker. He is the current Railroad Commissioner for Texas, and the odds on favorite to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson when she leaves the Senate in the next few months. At times the room felt like an old time revival, with Michael drawing in the crowd with his eloquence combined with a genuinely friendly demeanor. Words really can’t describe it, | Read More »

    How I Came to RedState (with Pictures)

    The RedState Gathering over the weekend gave me time to reflect on just how fortunate I am to be a member of a site like this. I don’t post all that much, but I’m always reading what you guys have to say. From the Front Pagers down to the diaries written by everyone else, I do my best to read as many of them as | Read More »

    Liz Cheney – RedState rock star

    The RedState Gathering heard from many existing and rising Conservative stars, but the speaker who truly rocked the house, biggest crowd-pleaser, was Liz Cheney.  Her “America Needs Commander in Chief, Not a Global Community Organizer” speech was made of awesome. Unfortunately, the available video clip does not convey the electricity that Cheney brought to the Gathering. It is a great clip from a fabulous speech, | Read More »

    “We have grave concerns about the path they’ve put us on.”

    Note from Erick: Thanks to Liz for sending this on. This is the full transcript of her remarks to the Redstate Gathering, as prepared for delivery. It is such a pleasure to be here in Atlanta to join you at the first Redstate annual gathering. I wanted to come to thank you personally for everything you do. First, to Erick Erickson, a true trailblazer, who | Read More »

    I’m proud to have been an Erickson cohort

    Last November, I received an offer that I couldn’t refuse. Erick Erickson invited me to become one of what Newsweek called “his cohorts”: “Erickson and his team of 25 core contributors—a regular-folks crew that includes a construction worker and a stay-at-home dad—also pick candidates to back in key state-level races and use the site to raise money for them.” After I pinched my arm a | Read More »

    Hey, I made the New York Times. Sorta. Kinda. Not really.

    Didn’t mention me by name, didn’t get my actual status on RedState quite right,* didn’t link to the original piece (or, indeed, to the the site itself), and for all I know it’s website-only** – but my wife seems to think that getting quoted still counts.  Even if it was sort of out of context. Yeah, I know: overly fussy of me.  Particularly since a | Read More »