Ben Carson at CPAC 2014

Is Ben Carson a Serious Candidate in 2016?

If he wants to be more than a highly paid speaker and author, Dr. Carson needs to polish his act, and fast. Dr. Ben Carson has been making headlines lately. First, after he challenged Al Sharpton to a debate, then again after he formed a Super PAC as part of a potential run for President in 2016, and appointed Terry Giles – the Houston attorney who represented disgraced Enron head Ken Lay – to lead it. Finally, there’s the news more »

Flushing Money

Flushing Your Money Down the Tea Party’s Toilet

Do you know what happens to your donations? Very little goes to candidates if you give to these five organizations. It’s a scenario that has become all too familiar. You’re frustrated with the gridlock in DC; you’re sickened by the burgeoning national debt; you think the country has gone to “hell in a handbasket” under the current administration and party leadership; and then you get a direct mail piece, or an email, or see an ad on the web that more »

Run Away Sign

Democrats are Running Away from Obama

A record of support for this president is a tough sell these days. Democratic incumbents are finding it so hard to run on the president’s agenda, they’ve taken to running away from it as fast as they can. It’s not just his specific policies weighing them down either; According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Americans are “Fed-up” in general, and their approval of the President’s job performance has hit an all-time low of only 40%. Forty-two percent more »

Gary Peters and Terri Land

Dueling Accusations in a Very Tight MI Senate Race

Peters is still dogged by contradictory positions, and Land strikes back against attacks. With less than three months until the election, the battle between Terri Land and Gary Peters to fill retiring Senator, Carl Levin’s senate seat, is shaping up to be a nail biter. As we reported last week, the two most recent polls have the race in a dead-heat. For several weeks now, Peters has been forced to weather the storm of accusations that despite statements to the more »

Tea Party Express

Is the Tea Party Express Just a Fundraising Scam?

$9.5 million raised, at a cost of $8 million, with less than $400,000 going to candidates. What would you consider a charity that raised almost $10 million, but actually used less than 5% of that total on its mission and programs? By every reasonable definition, you’d have to consider it woefully ineffective, at best, a fraud, at worst. Consider then that the Tea Party Express has raised just over $9.5 million between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, but more »

Pro-Russian Rebel

Ukrainian Rebels Are Not Ukrainian Or Rebels

Americans should not be fooled by misguided or misinformed media outlets. As we slowly move beyond the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, it’s gradually becoming clearer that the likelihood of a proper international investigation, unimpeded by external actors, has all but evaporated. There have been numerous reports of separatists tampering with the crash site, denying international investigators access to the crash and even raiding bodies of cash and other valuables. However, while the separatists have likely stolen any chance more »

Sen. Pat Roberts

Kansas and Michigan Headline Tuesday’s GOP Primaries

Roberts edges Wolf in Kansas senate race, Amash and Huelskamp win but Bentivolio is going home. In the marquee GOP primary race on Tuesday, incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts defeated Dr. Milton Wolf, handing the “purity for profit” organizations their most recent loss. The margin of Roberts’ victory was narrower than recent polling had forecasted, but turnout was considerably lower than 2012 contributing to a tighter race. Then again, a win is a win. Kansas was the last of the real more »

Marilinda Garcia

#NH02 Update: Garcia Gains While Lambert Loses

Marilinda Garcia gets major endorsement and continues to impress in the New Hampshire Second District. Last Wednesday morning all three candidates for the GOP nomination in the New Hampshire Second Congressional District – Marilinda Garcia, Gary Lambert, and Jim Lawrence – participated in a one-hour radio debate on WGIR News Radio AM 610. The debate was moderated by Jack Heath and John DiStaso, and covered a wide range of topics. However, the big news of the week came on Sunday more »

Obama Waving Goodbye

The Rules of Disengagement

What would the world be like without America? Look around and see. You don’t need to go to the movies or read a book to see what the world might look like without America. A stunning unfolding of international crises, from Iraq to Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, have brought us as close to a laboratory experiment on the effects of U.S. absence as the real world is ever likely to provide. All this has prompted some less-than-edifying Washington debate: more »

Gerrymander Art

A Pictorial Guide to “The Art of Gerrymandering”

Reapportionment and Redistricting Can Create Shapes Only Found in Politics Art [noun] – The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. Gerrymander [noun] – The dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible. While some may think it’s a more »