Maggie Gallagher


Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas, has a message for Republicans about the social issues: they can help you win elections. On banning late-term abortions and defunding Planned Parenthood, for example, he told me, “These life issues are winners in the political body. The country is pro-life.” Gov. Brownback should know. He and the GOP-controlled Kansas […]


Washington’s state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Barronelle Stutzman may not refuse to arrange floral decorations for gay weddings: ‘As Stutzman acknowledged at deposition, providing flowers for a wedding between Muslims would not necessarily constitute an endorsement of Islam, nor would providing flowers for an atheist couple endorse atheism,’ the opinion said. Despite Mrs. […]


Merriam-Webster’s dictionary just added two new terms: “safe space” and “microaggression.” College conservatives, meanwhile, are just thinking about how to survive a campus culture that has turned deeply, virulently, and aggressively left-wing in just the past two years. Oh, to be concerned only about microaggressions! Take one recent incident: “I have been punched. I have […]


Donald Trump in Transgenderland

by Maggie Gallagher

This week in Transgenderland: Laverne Cox “makes history!” twice this week first by shouting out “Google Gavin Grimm!” from the Grammy Awards podium and then for being the first transgender actor to star in a regular network series. “Doubt,” a new legal drama that also features a separate transgender character, debuts tonight on CBS. The Grammy Awards also […]


The Transition So Far: Splendid!

by Maggie Gallagher

Beginning with the joint appointment of Reince Priebus as chief of staff and Steve Bannon as chief “strategist,” the Trump administration has been signaling two things: 1) He’s not going to abandon the outsiders who voted him into office, no matter how much stuff the media makes up about them, and 2) it’s going to […]


A disturbing story from Great Britain: a Christian foster couple who by all accounts had lovingly cared for foster children was asked by social workers to help prepare the children for living with a same-sex couple. They expressed concerns about this because the children were looking forward to having a new mummy. And then they […]


Congratulations, President-elect Trump. Congratulations to the historic, never-before-seen governing majority he assembled. It’s time to hope I was wrong and work for President Trump’s success — for America’s success. Here are my first six takeaways from last night’s historic victory: 1.) The RNC’s “Autopsy” from 2012 got it exactly wrong in arguing the key to […]


North Carolina offers a great glimpse into trends in the battleground states this election. A WRAL poll by SurveyUSA taken after the FBI scandal broke shows Donald Trump has suddenly jumped to a six-point lead. Almost a third of North Carolina voters chose “trustworthiness” as their most important quality in picking a president, and they […]


The new Elon University poll may have bad news for Hillary Clinton: With just a week to go, she and Donald Trump are in a virtual dead heat, 42 percent to 41 percent, with 9 percent of North Carolina voters still undecided. But when pressed, the undecideds favor Trump 27 percent to 18 percent. Meanwhile despite […]


The Left will claim this new ad demonizes transgender people as sexual predators — but what the video actually says is that no one can legally stop any man claiming to be a woman from using women’s restrooms, (and though it doesn’t say this) nor can they do so in the case of group shower facilities […]


Grilled by Chuck Todd about John Podesta’s anti-Catholic slurs, Tim Kaine naturally refused to respond directly but instead had a message: Judge Hillary Clinton by the company she keeps. “Hillary Clinton’s feeling about faith and about Catholicism in particular is most demonstrated by the fact that she asked me to be a running mate,” Kaine […]


The Al Smith Dinner usually specializes in self-deprecating humor by the candidates, but while some of that was on display last night, both Hillary and Trump used the occasion also to try to land a few body blows. Trump’s efforts got widely reported because the audience booed. But Hillary basically accused Trump of treason: “Now, […]


A super PAC launched this ad at the end of September attacking former Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold for voting in favor of partial-birth abortion eight times: Great news, given Republicans are so seldom willing to put the Democrats’ abortion extremism in front of voters. The latest polling shows a big drop in support for […]


A stellar performance during Hurricane Matthew and during the first debate appears to have catapulted North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory to within one point of Democrat Roy Cooper. The latest polling average has Cooper leading 46.5 percent to 43.5 percent. The celebrity/sports/corporate world continues to hammer McCrory, the latest example being a full page ad […]


The consensus seems to be that Gov. Pat McCrory did a much better job in this week’s North Carolina debate than the robotically-programmed, soundbite-stuffed Roy Cooper. Here’s one exchange over HB 2: MODERATOR: As you know, since its passage businesses have cancelled plans to expand in the state. NBA, ACC, the NCAA, have all moved […]


For weeks, polls have shown Democrat Roy Cooper leading North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory. But a September 11-12 Civitas poll found McCrory had fought his way back to a two-point lead. Pundits began saying opposition to all things transgender was a political death knell. Now, a second new poll from Elon University of 644 likely voters surveyed from […]


A new Civitas poll shows an astonishing turnaround for the courageous North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory — a 9-point swing now putting him up two points after being down seven in the last poll. As the sports-entertainment complex seeks to shame good, loving people in North Carolina who object to permitting transgender biological males to […]


Frank said in his latest video that if the election is about Donald Trump, Trump loses. If the election is about Hillary Clinton, Trump wins. A new poll out shows how right he is: Hillary’s unfavorable/favorable rating has hit her personal rock bottom. Among registered voters, 59 percent have an unfavorable view of Clinton compared […]


The future of religious liberty for traditional religious believers hangs on what happens to North Carolina governor Pat McCrory’s bid for re-election this November, and he is down six points in the latest CNN poll. The Atlanta Constitution Journal just acknowledged as much in a story on the decision to hold more public debates on […]


I don’t agree with much that Damon Linker says, but I agree with him about this: “If you’re feeling defeated and demoralized, weak and vulnerable, you probably want a president who will serve as your protector. That’s what I suspect a fair number of evangelical Trump supporters believe they’ve found in the Republican nominee.” A […]