No, Immigration is Not a “Poison Pill” for Jeb

Over the past several months, Jeb Bush has earned a reputation for bucking purity tests on a number of issues. Some of them, like Common Core, are obvious disadvantages for anyone wanting to win the Presidency.  On immigration, though, the National Journal points out that the last two Republican Presidential nominees both rejected immigration reform, only to lose the general election: While John McCain and Mitt Romney, the eventual nominees in the 2008 and 2012 contests, earlier indicated support for citizenship to varying degrees, each man backed away from that position during his race… Bush, obviously wary of the dangers

Bush in 2011: Obama “Deserves Credit” for Pressuring States On Common Core

Over the past several months, the entire Republican presidential field has turned against the Common Core State Standards, which were pushed by the federal government through Race to the Top handouts. The only holdout has been Jeb Bush. Until now, Bush’s default argument about Common Core has been that while the government’s intrusion into education was improper, the standards themselves are good.  That argument was just blown away as a 2011 video was uncovered showing that Bush didn’t just support the standards, but also liked the idea of the Obama Administration bribing states to adopt them: At NBC’s 2011 Education

Rick Santorum Tests a Populist Message

For a guy with such a strong showing in the 2012 primaries, Rick Santorum gets surprisingly little coverage in the presidential field.  Yesterday, however, The Iowa Republican reported that Santorum was upping his ground game in Iowa by adding State Rep. Walt Rogers to his campaign staff. In and of itself, this would be interesting (it shows Santorum is focusing on urban turnout, where Romney edged him out in the state the last go round), but the real story was this paragraph from his press release: Like me, Walt understands the importance of not just being a Party of business-owners,

Will Presidential Candidates Back McConnell on Human Trafficking?

In a gratifying show of principle this week, Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will not vote on the Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, until Democrats stop filibustering a human trafficking bill over taxpayer funding for abortions: “We’re going to stay on the bill,” McConnell told reporters. “I’ve said all along I thought that the president’s nominee to be attorney general is entitled to be considered on the Senate floor. And she will be considered as soon as we finish this very important bill.” As I’ve written before, this Hyde Amendment language is popular, and the human

Kasich’s Common Core Opportunity

Ohio is seeing a statewide revolt against the Common Core and standardized testing this year.  Parents are risking penalties to remove their children from PARCC testing after seeing the reactions of Ohio schoolchildren, like this one: The mass opt-out has become so popular that the State Department of Education has agreed not to penalize school districts for walkouts, and now, the legislature has decided to join the movement: A bill that would protect students from penalties for opting out of the nationalized tests has just passed the Ohio House by a unanimous vote.  From The Heartland Institute: If the bill becomes law,

Dems Want to Kill Human Trafficking Bill Over Abortion

A widely popular human trafficking bill is on the ropes as Senate Democrats, who were joining with Republicans to push the legislation, changed their minds literally overnight after “noticing” that it contained standard language to prevent any of the funds from going to abortion. From the Boston Herald: The provision, enacted annually for decades on other legislation, would prohibit the use of taxpayer money for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the woman was jeopardized. Democrats privately conceded they should have noticed the provision but complained Republicans failed to highlight it in a list

Huckabee Addresses Wage Stagnation

Mike Huckabee addressed America’s key economic problem of a middle class squeezed by falling wage value.  From the Washington Post: “I talked about [this economic message] eight years ago. I was being pilloried by the Wall Street Journal and other folks in your community [the mainstream media].” He says events have proved him right, and now everyone is talking about wage stagnation.  He asserted, “The bottom 90 percent in the past 40 years have had stagnant wages. In the 25 years before that, 90 percent saw an increase.” This is an excellent summary of the problem facing most Americans, and one

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