Undoing the ‘Ginsberg’ rules at the Spring RNC meeting
There was plenty of coverage of the rules changes during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa (where I was an at-large delegate from Virginia). Erick Erickson blogged about it. The Blaze picked it up. Daily Beast, too. NBC. HuffPo. Long story short: The Romney campaign, through D.C. attorney Ben Ginsberg (and then-surrogate John Sununu), strong-armed the Rules Committee into changing a number of rules | Read More »
DailyKos digs up Reagan for #WIRecall, forgets FDR
President Obama and the Left love to use Ronald Reagan to illustrate the rightward shift within the Republican Party since the Gipper left the White House or to advocate for some liberal policy by claiming, “Reagan agreed with us!” Recently, President Obama’s White House edited Reagan’s official White House biography to include a reference to Obama’s proposed “Buffett Rule.” Obama claimed at the Associated Press luncheon | Read More »
In an email to supporters this morning, South Carolina Senator and conservative leader Jim DeMint opted not to endorse a particular candidate for President ahead of the South Carolina primary: The presidential primary in South Carolina has intensified and my name is being tossed around a lot. I have complimented several of our candidates when they spoke out on conservative issues, but the media has suggested that | Read More »
Maryland Republicans Are Screwed
I don’t know what to tell you, friends. The overwhelmingly liberal Old Line State is screwing Republicans with a proposed redistricting plan that would edge out one of Maryland’s Congressional Republicans, giving Democrats a 7-to-1 majority Congressional delegation. It was rumored for months, and it seems the rumors are true. The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (who is seen as a potential future | Read More »
Why conservatives can’t compromise on the debt ceiling…
This post originally appeared here. National Review columnist Mark Steyn makes an excellent point this morning: There is something surreal and unnerving about the so-called “debt ceiling” negotiations staggering on in Washington. In the real world, negotiations on an increase in one’s debt limit are conducted between the borrower and the lender. Only in Washington is a debt increase negotiated between two groups of borrowers. Actually, | Read More »
Pharmacy Prof. Uses Campus Email to Lobby for Big Labor
This post originally appeared on CampusReform.org, a project of Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute. Professors at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy are using their school-issued email addresses to lobby students to sign a petition in favor of repealing Senate Bill 5, which was passed this year to curb collective bargaining efforts by Ohio public employees. If the petition garners enough signatures, SB5 | Read More »
The Good, the Bad, and the Perfect.
This post first appeared at MatthewHurtt.com. I discussed last week the maxim: All gains are incremental; some increments aren’t gains. This is just one of the more than 40 “Laws of the Public Policy Process” developed by Morton Blackwell, founder and President of the Leadership Institute. A movement conservative, Blackwell has trained over 100,000 conservative activists since he first got involved in politics in the ’60s. Aside | Read More »
Don’t Eat Racist Cake!
This post originally appeared on The Leadership Institute’s CampusReform.org and was written by Brittney Morrett. Is it ever ok to discriminate based on race or gender? The hosts of the Affirmative Action Bake Sale said no. But some members of The George Washington University (GWU) multicultural community said yes. On Monday, March 28, the GWU chapter of the Young America’s Foundation (GWYAF) and the GW College Republicans (GWCRS) | Read More »
The Buckley Rule.
This little gem also appears at MatthewHurtt.com. Enjoy. I am under no impression this post will be comprehensive; however, the following is something I believe the Conservative movement should consider when playing in electoral politics. I have been reminded on a number of occasions that the only people who make policy in America today are those who are elected to office – be it local, state, | Read More »
Tennessee one step closer to outlawing Income Tax
The Tennessee State Senate today overwhelmingly supported a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw the state income tax. By a vote of 28 to 5, the Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 18, which is sponsored by Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown). The five Senators who opposed the measure were Doug Henry (D-Nashville), Ophelia Ford (D-Crazytown Memphis), Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis), Reginald Tate (D-Memphis), and Thelma Harper (D-Nashville). Democrat Senate Leader Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) voted for the measure. Click | Read More »
It’s the Entitlements, stupid!
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an interesting bit of information online this morning. In summary, it appears as though self-identified “tea party” folks are generally disinterested in making significant cuts to Entitlements. It’s disheartening. And while I could write volumes about how the “tea party” is less of a policy-based movement and more of an emotional reaction to the concept of “big government,” I’ll focus my efforts | Read More »
Conservative Mooney Elected MDGOP Chair
On Saturday, Maryland Republicans elected outgoing state senator Alex X. Mooney to lead the state Republican Party for the next four years. View the statement from the MDGOP here. Senator Mooney (District 3) served three terms in Annapolis representing parts of Frederick and Washington Counties. He was first elected in 1998 as the youngest state senator, and he quickly gained the reputation as one of | Read More »
Kerry Roberts has a message…
Kerry Roberts is a CPA running for Congress in Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District, a region long-held by “Blue Dog” Democrat Bart Gordon, who decided he would retire this year. Below is his campaign video. Early voting began yesterday. Enjoy.
Boston College Faculty Donate Overwhelmingly to Obama and Democrats
This story originally appeared on CampusReform.org and was posted by Campus Services Coordinator Leigha Caron: Editor’s Note: Boston College’s independent conservative newspaper, The BC Observer, researched and published the overwhelming disparity in political donations made by the campus faculty. This information is of great interest to conservative alumni and prospective students; it can also garner significant media attention, as George Washington University’s Young America’s Foundation | Read More »
A&M Professor: Rush Limbaugh “Lies,” Republicans Are “Crooks,” and Federal Gov’t Not Getting Bigger
This story originally appeared on CampusReform.org and was written by Campus Services Coordinator Tony Listi: Indoctrination of students in class by faculty who promote socialist ideas and other leftist priorities. Leftist faculty using their class time to preach politics instead of teaching the topic at hand. Faculty who express in class blatant contempt of conservative ideas. These are three of the 47 types of leftist | Read More »
Students Fight Star-Spangled Banner Ban – and Win
This story originally appeared on CampusReform.org and was written by Emily Cochran: The Star-Spangled Banner was banned at Goshen College, a private, Mennonite school, because of, according to President Jim Brenneman, the college’s value of “compassionate peacemaking seeming to be in conflict with the anthem’s militaristic language” – referring to the “rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air” lyrics. Ryan Troyer, a sophomore computer | Read More »
Van Jones, former “Green Jobs Czar,” now Princeton faculty
This post originally appeared at CampusReform.org and was written by Abigail Alger: Van Jones, President Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar,” resigned amid controversy in September 2009. Now he’s re-emerged in the public spotlight at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and the Princeton University faculty.
The Party’s Over: Obama’s youth support dwindles as “Hope” fades
The post originally appeared at MatthewHurtt.com: The Huffington Post reports this morning that the “youth vote,” that elusive and fickle demographic that Obama swept off its feet in 2008, is moving noticeably in the opposite direction as notions of “Hope” and “Change” fade from political discourse. From the article:
A realistic assessment of Ron Paul’s CPAC straw poll victory
There has been much discussion and debate on the overall meaning of Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s success at the CPAC straw poll this year. CPAC, as you know, is the “Conservative Political Action Conference,” yet there are some who seek to rebrand CPAC into a more libertarian event. Undoubtedly, this is not necessarily the type of rebranding that folks like David Keene and the Board | Read More »
Post-Beck CPAC, Rush defends GOP
This post originally appeared at MatthewHurtt.com: Rush Limbaugh defended Republicans today in the wake of Glenn Beck’s criticisms during his keynote address on Saturday night at CPAC. Let’s take a listen:
Toomey, Sestak to team up on Specter again
In a letter to Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak, U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey agreed to participate in round two of what is shaping up to be a right-left tag team against the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter, who trails former Congressman and Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, according to a recent Rasmussen Poll. Both Toomey and Sestak hope to replace Specter in the Senate in November.
PSU students turn up the heat on Climategate Prof
From the diaries by Erick This story first appeared on CampusReform.org: Last week, PSU Young Americans for Freedom Chairman Samuel Settle railed against a flimsy internal investigation by the Penn State administration into climate professor Michael Mann’s involvement in the Climategate scandal. Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Foundation, an independent public policy institute,reported on Mann’s involvement in mid-January and called for an independent investigation into Mann’s research. Following | Read More »
Climategate and Penn State University
This story originally appeared on CampusReform.org and has attracted thousands of viewers. Samuel Settle, a Penn State students and leader of the Young Americans for Freedom, is the author of this piece. Editor’s Note: Students and community members will hold a Rally for Academic Integrity this Friday to demand a fair and full investigation of Climategate scientist and Penn State professor Michael Mann. Read the | Read More »
Toomey surges ahead of Specter in latest poll
Republican Senate hopeful Pat Toomey, three-term Pennsylvania Congressman, surged ahead of incumbent Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat Senator Arlen Specter in the latest Daily News/Franklin & Marshall Poll. According to the article: … Toomey jumped out to a 14-point lead when the poll targeted “likely voters,” people who said they are certain to vote and are paying close attention to the race. Among that group, Toomey led Specter 45-31 | Read More »
It’s coming. The tidal wave of anger that swept Republicans into power in 1994 looms on the horizon as Democrats announce their retirement one by one. In my own home district, Congressman Bart Gordon recently declared that he would not seek re-election. Gordon generally wins by wide margins, but in a district that favored McCain by 25-points over Obama, perhaps the Congressman saw the proverbial writing on the | Read More »