Republican Party


A poll was released earlier this week that provided a little bit of a shock for Republicans: according to Quinnipiac, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) holds only a 3-point lead over Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke. The release of the poll immediately caused some panic on the Right as well as some frothing at the mouth on the Left […]


Back in October, President Trump issued an executive order to give Americans a critical escape hatch from Obamacare’s soaring premiums and dwindling insurance options. Now, this same executive order faces significant risk of being watered-down by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) regulatory swamp. The anchor of President Trump’s health care executive order […]


This article was originally posted at Townhall. I’m at a loss. What is the point of a social conservative movement that remains on the sidelines for the toughest and most important fights? What good are social conservative donors when they appear to concede the most important battles for religious liberty? One of the most significant races […]


Tragically for our children’s futures and freedoms — but predictably, as we warned here and here — Congress heeded very few general principles or President Trump’s good ideas about preserving freedom and privacy, decreasing the federal footprint in education, supporting programs that work, or maintaining fiscal discipline. The House yesterday passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus-spending bill — […]


Recently, there has been increased discussion that Congress is gearing up for a “Tax Cut, Phase II.” This is a terrific development — a second round of tax cuts will reveal in bright colors which members of Congress are for and against more money in workers’ wallets. There are mountains of evidence to suggest that […]


This article was originally posted at The Stream. Dems are chortling with glee about the election on Tuesday night: They snatched another victory in deep red territory. Trump won Pennsylvania 18th congressional district by 20 points. On Tuesday, the Democrat Conor Lamb eked out a win over GOP’s Rick Saccone. Dems are smacking their lips: They […]


Politico is reporting this week that Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is reconsidering his retirement and thinking about once again running for re-election. The reason? Moderate “Republicans” in Tennessee fret that the conservative likely to win the GOP nomination, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, could lose the general election. I’m admittedly not familiar with the political dynamics in Tennessee. But […]


Fiscal conservatism is dead. After eight years of legitimate and accurate criticism of the Obama administration for their excessive and irresponsible spending, Republicans, now in control of Washington, have elected to follow suit and extend the same big government policy of capricious expenditure. In a middle of the night vote last Thursday, the Senate opted […]


Supply Side visionary Jeff Bell, who, at 74, suddenly passed away this past weekend, will be remembered by those who knew him for his quick wit, brilliant intellect, and unflagging moral courage. He, my friend and mentor, personified all that is best about politics. Bell’s 1978 Senate campaign in New Jersey (in which he unseated […]


Never content to let a good week go by without botching something, several Senate Republicans admitted to a Politico reporter that they’ve surrendered on repealing Obamacare. And what a great week it had been for the GOP: the enduring image being Democrats at the State of the Union sitting on their hands looking like — in the […]


Yesterday, 44 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted to continue allowing the barbaric practice of legalized abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, when the baby is capable of feeling excruciating pain and, as science advances, capable of surviving outside the womb. The bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was not expected to pass because the […]


Despite the excellent budget put forward by President Trump last year, federal spending continues to flow in a business-as-usual manner — much to the frustration of taxpayers. The Republican Congress has continued the unfortunate trend of passing numerous, short-term continuing resolutions (CRs) to fund the government (albeit, in part due to the challenge of achieving […]


Good or bad, Virginia never fails to excite. As one of only two states to have elections every year, and a purple state, Virginia is often a battleground and proxy war for national politics. In 2005, a Democratic victory in the governor’s race foretold a Democratic takeover of Congress the following year, and the reverse […]


Liberal Republicans are reportedly plotting to ally with Democrats to bail out Obamacare — and to make matters worse, they’re doubling down on Obamacare’s worst excesses. The possible bailout, most commonly known as Alexander-Murray — named after Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who have worked on the bill — would resume the […]


This article was originally posted at Townhall. Conservative news sources were shaken up for a few days this summer when several outlets picked up Rolling Stone Magazine’s story on Tim Gill, “Meet the Megadonor Behind the LGBTQ Rights Movement.” The greatest concern was with Gill’s pledge to “punish the wicked” by passing laws in swing and Southern […]


The House Education and Workforce Committee completed their mark-up last week of HR 4508, which they have named the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. Here is an update on the data privacy implications of this bill. The good news is that the ban on a student unit-record system is […]


With the Senate’s passage of Republicans’ much publicized tax reform bill, many conservatives are growing optimistic that Americans are on the verge of much needed tax relief. With the House version easily passing through that chamber last month, both sides will now go to conference to reconcile the bills and eventually send a final version […]


As the Senate moves into the homestretch on its tax cut legislation this week, here are five fast facts you should know: 1.) The Senate bill cuts marginal tax rates across the board. This is undoubtedly superior to the House bill, which de facto raises the top rate with its “bubble tax,” increases the marginal […]


It was heartening last week to see citizens nationwide come together to provide a great groundswell of support for data privacy in opposing HR 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA). Sadly, however, as with the Every Student Succeeds Act, House Leadership was again far more attuned to the desires of Big Data and […]


Virginia always elects a new governor the year after a presidential election, and it almost always elects a governor from the party opposite that of the president (9 of the last 10 times, in fact). So everyone knew it would be hard for Republicans to pull out a victory this year. But Republican Ed Gillespie […]