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    Matt Bevin to Primary Mitch McConnell

    Tea party groups in Kentucky have finally united behind one candidate. Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin today is declaring a primary challenge to Mitch McConnell. He’s going after McConnell’s record in the Senate. Having talked to a number of tea party groups in Kentucky, they are pretty united around this challenge for now.McConnell is wasting no time responding to Bevin with an attack ad calling him | Read More »

    Will Senate Republicans Surrender the Fight?

    Will Senate Republicans Surrender the Fight?

    Yesterday, when asked directly about Republicans shutting down the government over Obamacare, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell sounded less than committed to the endeavor. This is not a hypothetical question. Senator Mike Lee has issued a letter saying he will not pass a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. He has been joined by fifteen Republican Senators. Unfortunately, I can confirm from multiple sources in the | Read More »

    Just a Courtesy Note to TheTeaParty.net

    Just a courtesy note to TheTeaParty.net. I saw this item today in the Washington Examiner.TheTeaParty.net, sponsors of the “Tea Party Legislative Forum,” secured the Strom Thurmond Room for the meeting through Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who confirmed to the group that he would attend the invite-only gathering. Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas; Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt, of Missouri; and | Read More »

    The Stop Hillary PAC Comes Online

    It’s not even the mid-terms yet and Stop Hillary PAC is already online raising money to stop Hillary Clinton in 2016. Usually it is the GOP with the heir apparent. Not this time and the Republicans are taking advantage of that fact.The first major email from the group was sent under the name of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Ted Harvey, a Republican State Senator in Colorado | Read More »

    After Mitch McConnell Speaks, Legislators Want Mike Lee to Unsign His Letter

    Mike Lee has begun the legislative fight to defund Obamacare. He has a letter out calling on leadership to join him in the fight and others are signing his letter.At the same time the Speaker’s Office pushed out two stories — Americans are increasingly souring on Obamacare and Democrats are starting to turn on it.But earlier Mitch McConnell suggested the GOP would not tie defunding | Read More »

    The Magical Mythical History of the Government Shutdown Hurting Republicans

    There is a lot of talk these days about how the GOP cannot afford to shut down the government like they did in 1995. “Remember,” they the chattering class say, “the GOP got destroyed at the polls in 1996.”That talk has everything to do with the Democrats winning the message battle in the media, but has nothing to do with anything else. Let’s roll the | Read More »

    The RedState Gathering 2013 #RSG13

    We’re two weeks away from the RedState Gathering in New Orleans, LA. It’ll be August 2nd and 3rd. You can still register at www.redstategathering.com. The event starts at 9am on August 2nd and runs through the early evening of the 3rd. This year I’m pleased to announce the following speakers: Governors Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, and Rick Perry. Senators Tim Scott and Ted Cruz Congressmen | Read More »

    Conservatives, Beware the Hatch Effect

    Conservatives, Beware the Hatch Effect

    In 2014, several prominent Republicans in the House and Senate are going to be challenged by people more conservative than the incumbents in area where a more conservative person can still win. Leading up to these challenges, conservatives must beware of the Hatch Effect. In 2012, many conservatives in print, radio, and television came out quickly and endorsed Orrin Hatch against Dan Liljenquist. Hatch had | Read More »

    ‘This Town’ Needs an Enema

    Mark Leibovich of the New York Times has written a pretty scathing book about Washington, DC, called This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital. It is a pretty accurate portrayal of the Washington, DC more and more Americans have come to hold in contempt. There exists in Washington a new aristocracy where, for example, a poor boxer from | Read More »

    Republicans Surrender

    Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, have given up the filibuster for executive nominations. Under a deal struck, the Democrats will not deploy the nuclear option, but the Republicans will let the President fill a number of positions the GOP has been blocking. Among the positions will be the ever important National Labor Relations Board, which has pursued a disastrous anti-free market agenda. As Senator | Read More »

    There Are No Indispensable Men

    There Are No Indispensable Men

    There are no indispensable men, but go to Washington and everyone treats everyone else as indispensable.Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have been in the United States Congress since 1985. In that time the national debt has grown from $1,823,103,000,000.00 to $16,066,241,407,385.89. In that time the GOP went from being the part of small government to the party of slightly smaller than the Democrats. No Child | Read More »

    Good Grief

    On a daily basis I get several hundred emails from people pitching me stories to see if I’m interested in writing about something. Most are campaigns making sure I’ve seen stuff about other campaigns. Some highlight news I missed while on a trip and people want to make sure I’ve seen it because they know I’m interested. Occasionally a friend will send me something asking | Read More »

    Why Does the AARP Hate Seniors?

    We know the AARP is typically left-leaning and sided with the Obama Administration on Obamacare and other policies that will wind up hurting seniors.But now it seems they’re siding with the far-left environmental movement to put people out of work and raise energy prices — something that has a direct effect on seniors with fixed incomes.The AARP and Sierra Club worked together to stall nuclear | Read More »

    An Ecumenical Hope Post Zimmerman Trial

    The death of Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman trial show there are deep wounds and grievances in this country and too many people who profit from fanning the flames. Too many in the white community see violence in the black community and think, “That’s their problem. Blacks killing blacks, we’ll let them figure it out.” But it is not their problem. It is all of | Read More »

    Mr. President, Can We Please Move On?

    Mr. President, Can We Please Move On?

    I have said and will say again — the death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. A jury of six in Florida has determined it was not criminal, but George Zimmerman will forever be the man who killed a 17 year old. No one can be happy about what happened other than, for Zimmerman and his family, that a jury believed him.Now the NAACP and | Read More »