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    RedState Presidential Primary Power Rankings: Week 2

    RedState Presidential Primary Power Rankings: Week 2

    Welcome back to the RedState Presidential Primary Power Rankings! If you missed last week’s installment, you can view it here. If you want to see the whole series thus far, you can view that here. Just by way of reminder, this list is not intended to be a reflection of anyone’s preferred picks, it is just a prediction of who will likely win the 2016 GOP | Read More »

    Bobby Jindal Versus the Lily-Livered

    Bobby Jindal Versus the Lily-Livered

    It’s another budget year in Louisiana, which means that it’s time for the annual festival in which lily-livered Republicans and the media they enable gather to wring their hands about Bobby Jindal’s fiscal policies. This year the hand wringing is perhaps more fervent than ever given governor Jindal’s elevated national profile due to the speculation that he will run for President. A sample of the | Read More »

    Obama’s Tiresome DHS Washington Monument Defense

    Obama's Tiresome DHS Washington Monument Defense

    In a transparently absurd attempt to appear tough, it looks increasingly like the GOP controlled Congress may actually allow DHS to “shut down” if Obama vetoes the DHS funding bill over the language overturning his amnesty executive order. I put “shut down” in scare quotes because 87% of DHS employees are considered essential employees and thus would continue working in the event of a “shut | Read More »

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends: Vaccine Madness, Super Bowl Ads and Congressional Dysfunction

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends: Vaccine Madness, Super Bowl Ads and Congressional Dysfunction

    Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends! This week, guest host Stephen Miller of thewilderness.me joins the regular panel of F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon, Jay Caruso of Pocket Full of Liberty, Neal Dewing of The Federalist, and Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute to discuss the recent vaccination madness, a depressing slate of Super Bowl ads, and the ongoing | Read More »

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    Dave Weigel and the Mystery of the 8-Year-Old Transgendered Kid

    Dave Weigel and the Mystery of the 8-Year-Old Transgendered Kid

    The caper started innocently enough. Listicle site and national joke Buzzfeed posted an article purporting to display an “adorable” note written by an 8-year-old who is allegedly transgender. Dave Weigel, as a relatively normal person who’s been around 8 year olds before, asked what many might consider to be a naturally occurring question:   How much do 8-year olds know about their sexual identity? Hell, | Read More »

    Rand Paul and Pandering to the Paranoid

    Rand Paul and Pandering to the Paranoid

    Part of the problem with the Internet age is that it’s difficult to have anything approaching a nuanced discussion anymore. This is especially true when virtually everyone, regardless of their intellect, expertise, or judgment, has access to a repository of perfectly reasonable-sounding people who will say anything. If you type “are vaccines safe” into your preferred Internet search engine, you will find that there are | Read More »

    RedState 2016 Presidential Primary Power Rankings: Week 1

    RedState 2016 Presidential Primary Power Rankings: Week 1

    Hello and welcome to a new and (hopefully) weekly segment at RedState, the Weekly 2016 Presidential Primary Power Rankings. Each week on Tuesday, I will be compiling this list based on a “secret sauce” formula that I made up that factors in polling data, fundraising information, news items of the week, organization/staff readiness, and more subjective things like “momentum” and “buzz,” which don’t really exist | Read More »

    Obama’s Budget Indicates that He Loves Shutdowns

    Obama's Budget Indicates that He Loves Shutdowns

    The annual budgetary kabuki dance between Obama and Congress has become almost comical in its predictability. Obama submits a budget, usually late, that has no hope in the world of even passing with Democrat support. Republicans force Democrats to actually vote on Obama’s budget. They refuse, no budget gets passed, the government gets funded on a continuing resolution. As a result, every several months, there’s | Read More »

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: The 114th Congress vs. Obama

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: The 114th Congress vs. Obama

    Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends! Tonight, RedState’s own Caleb Howe joins Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute, Jay Caruso of Pocket Full of Liberty, Neal Dewing of The Federalist and F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon to discuss the early weeks of the 114th Congress and the pushback from Obama. Join the guys live via Google Hangout by clicking | Read More »

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    Scott Walker, Presumptive 2016 Favorite

    Scott Walker, Presumptive 2016 Favorite

    Forget what the polls say. Polls this far out are notoriously worthless in predicting Presidential nominees. Right now Scott Walker is sitting in the catbird’s seat for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. Virtually everyone who is contemplating running for President in 2016 or who has ever contemplated running for President in their life went to Iowa last weekend but unless you were a regular reader | Read More »

    Just in Case You Did not Know, You Were Lied to About Executive Amnesty

    Just in Case You Did not Know, You Were Lied to About Executive Amnesty

    So back at the end of 2014, a lot of people pooh poohed the idea that the fight over executive amnesty would have to happen then or not at all. Many so-called “reasonable Republicans” insisted that this was the wrong time to hold the GOP’s feet to the fire. “Wait until next year,” they said. “Wait until the GOP actually has control of both chambers. | Read More »

    Police Try to Intimidate Google Out of Ruining their Speed Traps

    Police Try to Intimidate Google Out of Ruining their Speed Traps

    The nationwide police PR exploitation of the tragic deaths of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos continues apace. As we have already noted here before, the number of police who are killed by citizens wielding firearms is exceedingly low in the United States (especially as compared to the number of citizens who are shot by the police), and much lower than the incidence of officer deaths | Read More »

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    Congressional GOP Seeks to Achieve Success Through Cowardice

    Congressional GOP Seeks to Achieve Success Through Cowardice

    Over at RealClearPolitics, liberal Bill Scher has some advice for the GOP for how they can grow their majority. Like most of these insipid pieces from liberals, it helpfully suggests that Republicans will have much more success if they ignore demands from their base about… well, basically everything. It’s always precious when a member of the party who just got trounced offers advice to the | Read More »

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: Special March for Life Edition

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends: Special March for Life Edition

    Tonight, Casey Mattox of the Alliance Defending Freedom joins regular panelists Jay Caruso of Pocket Full of Liberty, Neal Dewing of the Federalist, F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon, and Leon Wolf to discuss issues related to today’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Join the guys via Google Hangout by clicking here, or you can watch on YouTube below. If you have not | Read More »

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    Renee Ellmers is Wendy Davis with Less Panache

    Renee Ellmers is Wendy Davis with Less Panache

    It appears now that the House has permanently shelved the Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act and that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Renee Ellmers51%House Republican Average39See Full Scorecard51% is largely to blame (although several other weak-spined Republicans do not deserve to be overlooked). For a frame of reference, this is the federal version of virtually the exact same bill that Wendy Davis became famous for filibustering. Wendy Davis’ | Read More »