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There are two things I know about – okay, three – the Republican Party, Corporations, and the US Senate. I’ve toiled in all three vineyards over a 40+ year career – most of it in the corporate world, to be honest. I’ve been involved in 35 GOP US Senate and House campaigns in 25 states; […]

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Tuesday’s big headline in the financial world is that the world’s richest man, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos – also the owner of the Washington Post and Whole Foods, supports higher taxes in Joe Biden’s “infrastructure” plan (although he does want bipartisanship “concessions” – on the details). Good luck with that, in the Schumer-led […]

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Et Tu, Major League Baseball?

 

Good Friday traditionally is honored by Christians as part of their Easter weekend religious practices to honor the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is where our focus should rest, especially for devout people of faith, Catholic and Protestant.

Sadly, Major League Baseball (MLB) chose to use the afternoon to pay homage to perhaps our newest and fastest-growing religion – woke progressive politics. To wit: under pressure from so-called “Civil Rights” groups and activists, they chose to relocate the 2021 All-Star game and draft scheduled for Atlanta, Georgia to another city, to be named later. My money is our national capital of wokeness, San Francisco.

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I was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Public Affairs in the George H. W. Bush Administration (1992) the last time Congress voted to increase the federal gas tax by a nickel per gallon, to its current 18.4 cents per gallon (24.4 cents per gallon for diesel). It pales in comparison to nearly all state […]

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I am always grateful to my friend Chris Stigall for appearing on his terrific podcast to talk about the Senate’s “filibuster” rule – requiring a supermajority of 60 votes to “end debate” on issues – and why you should be paying careful attention to it. Here’s the thing – Senate Democrats are globbing onto comments […]

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The US Senate’s “filibuster” rules have been front and center since last year’s contentious presidential election. Actually, it has been contentious pretty much non-stop for about 64 years, and maybe longer. When a great many Americans hear the word “filibuster,” many of a certain age think of Jimmy Stewart’s legendary performance as the fictional US […]

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It Is Time To Close “Fort Pelosi” And Restore Our Symbol of Democracy

 

With our son heading off today for 4 months of infantry officer training at Fort Benning, Georgia, we chose to make our first trip into DC last night after relocating nearby a couple of months ago for a very nice “send-off” dinner at the Capitol Hill Club, the official club for Republicans. The Democratic club is down the street. For those of you not from Washington, it’s about 2 blocks from the Capitol building.

Our son, a member of the Virginia National Guard, completed Officer Candidate School just as the pandemic was declared near a year ago, and he is just now headed off to infantry officer training (a lot of Army training was suspended or postponed, for obvious reasons, during the pandemic). We’re very proud of his (and his colleagues’) service and professional and personal sacrifice. As I walked by a group of Guardsmen, I spotted a couple that appeared to be from his regiment.

Join Jim and Greg as they marvel at some Democrats conveniently worrying about our massive debt just one day after passing a bloated COVID relief bill totaling $1.9 trillion and eyeing an even more expensive bill in a couple of months. They also discuss the sixth allegation of sexual harassment against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and when state Democrats will move from muttering things about resignation to an actual impeachment effort. And they discuss the mess at the southern border thanks to Biden’s deportation moratorium and stated plans of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

How to Fix Our Elections the Right Way

 

The Democrats’ “For The People Act” ain’t it. Increasing numbers of people are waking up to realize that HR 1, passed narrowly by the US House of Representatives late Wednesday, may qualify as the worst legislation ever adopted by one of our congressional chambers. That’s no exaggeration. Having said that, House Democrats passed a similar bill in the past (2019), but with Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of the Senate, it didn’t matter.

It does now. If Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kristin Sinema (D-AZ), both Democrats who claim to oppose ending the filibuster cave on the matter, with this bill as its vehicle, it could become law. Fingers crossed. It may be a close call. Pressure will no doubt be applied.

I won’t go into the bill’s voluminous flaws here. That’s been done extensively and in great detail by several excellent organizations and journalists, including the Public Interest Legal Foundation, the Institute for Free Speech, the Heritage Foundation, and others. A quick, top-line summary can be found here, courtesy of the Washington Examiner.

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The latest COVID relief/stimulus bill, now about to emerge from the US House, is a boondoggle on steroids. But there are many more things at stake. How this plays out. Well, there you have it. Some 70% of Americans support President Biden’s and the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID 6.0 relief/stimulus package. That’s right, the 6th […]

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How Not To Be a Press Secretary

 

Case in Point: Unforced Errors by Jennifer Psaki

“How To” books are a dime a dozen and cover every imaginable topic, or so it seems. But one might think another genre would also be popular, even important: “How Not To” publications. That advice can often prove more valuable. It can at least help one avoid missteps.

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Managing Editor Joshua Lawson and New York Correspondent David Marcus join Western Correspondent Tristan Justice to discuss what the vote to keep Rep. Liz Cheney on GOP House leadership signals and reflects for the future of the Republican Party.

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It started with a phone call one April morning in 1995. Republicans, in the 1994 elections, had won historic victories during President Bill Clinton’s first mid-term election. The GOP recaptured control of the US Senate, led by Majority Leader Robert J. Dole (R-KS), and control of the US House for the first time in 40 […]

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Love her or hate her, at least you know what you’re getting with Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Find the original post at https://fierce.substack.com/p/fierce-focus-3-rep-marjorie-taylor.

A Wine Snob Reviews the Political Class

 

Nancy Pelosi
Aged over a period of 80 years, Pelosi will strike many political connoisseurs as almost pickled. Imperious, regal, and with an extraordinarily high alcohol content, Pelosi’s bouquet almost washes over you like the tide or the administrative state. Most palates outside Mill Valley will find this varietal has lost a step.

Mitch McConnell
McConnell almost teases you with a laconic nature. With a fragrant bouquet redolent of bourbon and cocaine, McConnell is an excellent choice for anyone whose palate favors character and mastery above all. A superb choice for reshaping the federal judiciary into the originalist mold for at least a generation.

Joe Manchin
Technically a red but with unmistakable blue streaks yielding a kind of wishy-washy purple hue, Manchin is a rarity on the current scene. Widely disliked, Manchin is nevertheless redolent of rich dark coal and finishes delightfully with hints of fiscal sanity and the second amendment.

Should Political Speech be a “Civil Right?”

 

It is time to look at expanding anti-discrimination laws to protect political expression.

Conservative media these days are replete with examples of people on the right being intimated, shunned, deplatformed, fired and worse for expressions of support for former President Trump. “No, anyone who supported the president, voted for him or worked for his administration now has to be hunted down and purged,” New York Post columnist Miranda Devine opined recently.

“They’re losing their jobs, having their insurance canceled, their book contracts and recording deals torn up. They are being banned from flying or banking or speaking on social media.

I’m Just a Bill, Up on Capitol Hill…

 

The recent post by @unsk‘s “Biden and the Stalinist Thug Dems are Coming for your Guns” discusses HR127, legislation introduced by Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th) on Jan 4, the first regular order day of the current congress. Noting the bill number, I was curious as to how many bills were introduced on the first day of the session. Turns out there were 187, starting with HR1, Rep. Sarbane’s (D-MD 3rd) reintroduced proposal to revamp (read: trash) our electoral system previously discussed by Unsk back in 2019.

The cavalcade of legislative vomit wrapped up that day with HR187 introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA 26th), which seeks to bestow permanent resident alien status on one Victoria Lopez, who apparently is not supposed to be in the country given that one of the bill’s provisions orders the Secretary of Homeland Security to rescind her deportation order.

Quite the busy day, the House opened with prayer at 10 a.m. and adjourned shortly after 5 p.m., 187 bills introduced in 420 minutes. Good substantive discussion of more than two minutes each, except for all the other things which took up the august body’s time.

Increased Security Around The Capitol – What It Means

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi conducted a surreal news conference today. While defending the continued presence of nearly 10,000 Army National Guard troops in the nation’s capitol, she called for more funding to help protect Members of Congress “from the enemy within.”

What?

That brought back McCarthyite statements and tactics from the 1950’s (and a certain 1994 movie). Then again, McCarthyism (Joseph, not the “Kevin” variety) has been on full display by Democrats for several weeks now. But since American history is no longer taught in schools, it seems, few of any know the sordid tale of the late US Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI), and his “Army-McCarthy” hearings. It was a dark episode in modern American history, but a turning point.

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Federalist Senior Editor Chris Bedford and Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky discuss the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial and what it means for the future of the GOP.