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Entries from January 2012

Slightly Tape-Delayed, Almost-Liveblog of the #SCdebate

January 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I wish this debate had happened sooner.  Although it definitely helped that there were fewer candidates on stage – it’s not an accident that fewer candidates and no absurd timeclock led to a far more substantive debate than we’ve seen in the past. I haven’t seen a lot of the post-debate spin from other people […]

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Tags: 1st Amendment · 2nd Amendment · Big Government · Campaign '12 · Capitalism · Congress · Crime · Culture · Deficits and Debt · Drugs · Economy · Education · Federalism · Foreign Policy · Judges · Military Service · Mitt Romney · Newt Gingrich · Race · Republicans · Rick Perry · Rick Santorum · Ron Paul · Taxes · Voter Fraud

Wait – Which Troops Are We Bringing Home?

January 16th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Over the weekend a Ron Paul supporter dropped off this brochure at my house.  And by “dropped off” I mean “jammed it under my front door so it was actually inside the house when my wife got home.”  (Note to all campaign volunteers – when you do something that creates even the slightest appearance of […]

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Tags: Campaign '12 · Foreign Policy · Ron Paul

Gratuitous Lawlessness

January 6th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Steve Sebelius wrote a nice piece – from the left, no less – which correctly points out the tremendous danger of President Obama’s completely lawless non-recess recess appointment of Richard Cordray to be the Director of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  But then Sebelius tries to find a Constitutional fig leaf for the […]

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Tags: Constitutional Law · Obama

“Is there a good ‘conservative’ ‘Republican’ in the race?”

January 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

A reader recently E-mailed me with this question, and I thought the night before the Iowa caucus would be a time to reflect on it here. Is there a good “conservative” “Republican” in the race? As much as I’d like to think the guy currently in office is vulnerable, the Republicans seem to be trying […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '12 · Jon Huntsman · Michelle Bachmann · Mike Huckabee · Mitt Romney · Nevada Politics · Newt Gingrich · Principles · Republicans · Rick Perry · Rick Santorum · Ron Paul

Information on the Washoe County GOP Caucus

January 2nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

If you’re a Republican living in Washoe County, be part of the conversation and the solution.  Register for the 2012 Caucus today!  Remember, the caucuses will be Saturday, February 4, 2012, with registration/check-in starting at 9:00 AM. All the info you need to learn about the caucus – your location, times, and how to conduct […]

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Tags: Nevada Politics · Republicans