Christie Caves to LGBT Lobby, Forces N.J. Schools to Accept Gender Ideology

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pleased LGBT political activists on Friday by signing legislation granting transgender students special privileges, such as using whichever restroom they desire, playing on whichever sports team they desire, and being called by whatever pronoun they desire. Any school that does not follow these guidelines could face legal action. The legislation (S3067/A4652) lists eleven new guidelines that the Commissioner of Education must develop and distribute to school districts. Among them are: “[E]nsuring that a transgender student is addressed at school by the name and pronoun preferred by the student that corresponds to the student’s gender identity,

N.J. Republicans Face Long Odds in Race to Replace Christie

Every four years after the president is elected, there are two major contests that highlight an otherwise barely noticed election cycle: governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey. Democrats currently lead in both, though their lead in Virginia seems light enough that there is still a decent chance of Republicans pulling out a victory. In New Jersey, however, the outlook is much bleaker for conservatives. There are an array of problems that have led to the current situation. Governor Chris Christie’s popularity has taken a serious hit during his second term in office, and he has lost much of the

Who Should Trump Choose for VP? Our Writers Weigh In . . .

Of the candidates on Donald Trump’s reported VP shortlist, who would be his most advisable choice? Ralph Benko Mike Pence is just being Hoosier-in-Chief. The official state drink of Indiana is… water. Only in Indiana. Milk too controversial apparently. That’s just how polite those Hoosiers are. Not squishy. Polite! Sweet Home Alabama! Their official state drink: Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey! Hello, Sen. Sessions? Deal W. Hudson Trump’s VP pick should accomplish three things: first, assuage concerns about Trump’s lack of political experience; second, add a “steady hand” at the tiller in directing our nation through turbulent times; and, third,

Trump’s Leading VP Candidates Are Not Strong on Common Core and Fed Ed

Donald Trump is set to announce his vice-presidential choice sometime this week, before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland begins on Monday. Despite occasional stumbles, such as identifying education as one of the core functions of the federal government and his dizzying policy switches, Trump has been relatively stable in opposing Common Core and claiming he wants to “make education local.” Although he has no record in public-education policy, he would be more likely than Hillary “It Takes a Village” Clinton to decrease the federal role in education. But some of the major contenders for the VP slot do have public

Who Will Be Trump’s VP? Here Are His Five Most Likely Choices

With the GOP convention less than two weeks away, the media is buzzing with news and rumors about who Donald Trump may pick to be his running mate. Dozens of names have been mentioned, from sitting governors and members of Congress to retired politicians and even political outsiders. Cutting through some of the speculation, however, here are Trump’s five most likely options. Newt Gingrich Gingrich, who served as Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999, is well-known in conservative circles for his nearly encyclopedic knowledge of political history. Though he has, at times, been criticized as too ambitious, Gingrich is

Christie Backs Historic School Funding Reform, Tax Cut

Yesterday in Somerset County, New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie proposed an amendment to his state’s constitution that, if enacted in a referendum next year, will apportion state aid to local school districts on a per pupil basis. What would this mean when fully phased in? Each district would receive $6,599, multiplied by the number of students going to school in that district. Aid to special education programs would continue unchanged. This would replace the current system imposed 40 years ago by the New Jersey Supreme Court in which 59 percent of the state aid goes to 23 percent of the

The Politics of Shaming

I am often asked by fellow conservatives about my experience with Governor Chris Christie as the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2014. When I reply that Gov. Christie and his team, after remaining scrupulously neutral during a tightly contested four-way primary, were very helpful to my campaign in terms of fund-raising and party unity, doing all that could reasonably be expected in my uphill general election campaign against Sen. Cory Booker, the predominant reaction is surprise verging in some cases on disbelief. No doubt some of the surprise traces to the unusual circumstances of my

Voters Want Fighters, Not Appeasers, on Common Core

Heidi Huber — founder of Parents Against the Common Core and Ohioans Against Common Core — is running for the Ohio House of Representatives. In a dramatic showdown, she is challenging incumbent Rep. Tom Brinkman (27thDistrict), whom she originally helped elect, for reneging on his campaign promise to fight for the repeal of Common Core. In a recent interview for the Cincinnati Examiner, Brinkman dismissed Huber’s complaints, “Huber doesn’t understand how things work in Columbus and killing Common Core isn’t an overnight process.” Brinkman argues that he has done everything he can to stop Common Core, including authoring a bill to repeal it. However,

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