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    EXCLUSIVE: Emails Show SC Attorney General Concerned About Absentee Voter Compliance

    Last week, the Super PAC of which I am a board member, Carolina Conservatives United, announced our intention to push for South Carolina to come into compliance with existing federal election law as it pertains to absentee ballots and the amount of time overseas troops & citizens have to get their votes counted. Federal law requires a 45 day period, however South Carolina currently misses | Read More »

    Thomas Sowell Makes the Case for Ted Cruz

    Thomas Sowell Makes the Case for Ted Cruz

    I’ve spent most of the last 12 hours debating whether or not conservative hero Thomas Sowell jumped the shark with a recent article he wrote about Senator Ted Cruz. In it, Sowell warns against the politics of self-interest and the dangers of failing to unify at delicate points in history. More to the point, he accuses Ted Cruz of working against such unity and invokes | Read More »

    South Carolina Is About To Get Interesting

    South Carolina Is About To Get Interesting

    Out of all the Republican primaries taking place across the country, there is only one that I have taken an active interest in seeing a particular outcome. Senator Lindsey Graham has given voters a litany of reasons to doubt his loyalty to the ideals of small government conservatism. But really it boils down to this: why should we have to have a “good enough” Senator | Read More »

    Obama’s Plan to Bankrupt Coal Continues Without Congress

    Obama's Plan to Bankrupt Coal Continues Without Congress

    Remember back during the 2008 presidential campaign when Barack Obama promised to bankrupt anyone who wanted to build a coal-fired power plant and essentially shut down the coal industry? For those not paying attention, despite his inability to get cap-and-trade passed, he is still pursuing this plan. Now, he’s doing it via EPA regulations known as New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)– which amount to a “cap” | Read More »

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    The @NYTimes Touts 2.5 Million Full Time Job Losses as a Win

    The @NYTimes Touts 2.5 Million Full Time Job Losses as a Win

    This morning I caught an editorial from the New York Times which just blew my mind. In light of the news that the CBO has identified 2.5 million full time jobs that will go away as a result of Obamacare, the paper of record let everyone know that this is working as intended. The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act | Read More »

    Missing the lessons of the NC unemployment “experiment.”

    Missing the lessons of the NC unemployment "experiment."

    Let me get some housekeeping out of the way first. I wrote an article last year when the cutting of unemployment benefits was first proposed which made some on the left angry. Most that were upset with my take (that generally speaking, it would be good for the economy to cut it) missed the entire point which, in fact, was not an economic argument as | Read More »

    VIDEO: Boehner’s 36 Hour Budget

    VIDEO: Boehner's 36 Hour Budget

    John Boehner has made a lot of promises over the years about the type of Congress he would lead as Speaker. As is often the case in Washington, it seems that his actions aren’t lining up with his rhetoric. And so, here we are faced with a major budget vote and yet members of Congress are only being given 36 hours to read it, understand | Read More »

    Batkid vs The Nanny

    Arguably the viral story of this past week has been the tale of five-year-old Miles Scott, aka the San Francisco Batkid. Scott, a leukemia patient whose brush with fame comes courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, reportedly spent a day capturing fake “criminals” from Batman’s Rogues gallery, before being celebrated at the San Francisco Civic Center by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. The total cost of | Read More »

    Special Pleading: Don’t Dismiss a Conspiracy Because it is a Conspiracy

    Special Pleading: Don't Dismiss a Conspiracy Because it is a Conspiracy

    Now that we’ve had about 12 hours for the article to sink in, the potential bombshell dropped at the NY Post is starting to find its naysayers. To be clear, I do not believe in widespread govt conspiracy to phony all the numbers to make Obama look better — James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) November 19, 2013 This is a wholly expected turn of events but all | Read More »

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    NSA’s Preferred Vendor

    If the experience of email provider Lavabit, and its implications for Gmail users, hasn’t been enough to convince those who use Google’s tools regularly that the search giant maybe doesn’t have our best interests at heart when it cozies up to Uncle Sam, then maybe this will. In a pleasantly surprising recent piece at Politico, Richard Viguerie wrote that Google is the NSA’s leading information | Read More »

    Building a Coalition Out of Chaos

    Building a Coalition Out of Chaos

    It’s hard for me to even calculate the amount of words that have been used to debate the merits of defund vs delay vs some other strategy.  The amount of energy complaining about Ted Cruz or the amount of flyers calling for John Boehner’s head have reached apocalyptic proportions .  Truly things are a mess.  And no doubt, each faction believes some other faction is | Read More »

    NSA snoops all of Gmail, and Google probably helps

    Earlier this year, I dared point out that Google could be a private intelligence agency for the left. Some people told me to put on a tinfoil hat. So I drew up a piece detailing high-level connections between Google and the Obama 2012 campaign. The political connections are obvious and undeniable, but how much access does the government really hand to Google data for mass | Read More »

    Reality of Obamacare is Doing More for Conservatism than the Consultant Class Ever Has

    Reality of Obamacare is Doing More for Conservatism than the Consultant Class Ever Has

    If you head over to San Jose Mercury News, you’ll see an article posted over the weekend talking about the impact of Obamacare on individuals. What’s most interesting is that it shows the evolving opinions from those who previously or currently support the healthcare law, and those opinions, unsurprisingly, vary depending on their personal situation. For instance, Marilynn Gray-Raine, a breast cancer survivor, is thrilled | Read More »

    General Motors 2: The Strengthening of the Strength is Strong & Stuff

    General Motors 2: The Strengthening of the Strength is Strong & Stuff

    Regular Red State readers know how much fun I’ve had covering the auto industry in recent years. From Obama’s push for newer, tougher CAFE standards on a struggling industry to GM’s crony CEO Dan Akerson. From the Chevy Volt’s fits and starts to GM blowing tax dollars on bonuses, marketing schemes, and ideologically-driven “green” projects.  I even had the honor of  being attacked by Attack Waaaaaaaaaatch probably | Read More »

    Remember when Obama promised to bankrupt coal? That’s tomorrow.

    Remember when Obama promised to bankrupt coal? That's tomorrow.

    For those with short memories: That was way back in 2008 when President Obama was merely a candidate.  Five years later, his dreams of bankrupting coal are getting taken up a notch. Tomorrow, Dear Leader is set to unveil a regulation that forms the centerpiece of his “anti-climate change” policy announced awhile back to much green fawning. This new regulation will reportedly ban all future | Read More »