Ron PaulRon Paul won the Republican Leadership Conference straw poll by a landslide in New Orleans Saturday.

Ron PaulAt the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Friday was the day scheduled for the appearance of the A-list, crowd-drawing candidates: Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann. Rick Santorum was the final speaker of the day, but when he took the stage in the wake of Congresswoman Bachmann, the crowd was sparse.

In an effort to combat the gun smuggling of Mexican drug cartels, law enforcement in the United States created “Operation Fast and Furious,” a.k.a. Project Gunrunner. The plan was intended to pursue the prosecution of the “entire cartel network.” Unfortunately, despite the seemingly good intentions of the plan, a recently released congressional report indicates that it has turned out to be another grand failure. Fox News indicates that the plan has ultimately “left a trail of blood and bodies throughout the Southwest.”

State capitolNorth Carolina has become the latest state to de-fund Planned Parenthood, after its state legislature voted June 15 to override Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue’s veto of a two-year budget that strip’s the nation’s largest abortion provider of its state funding.

 On Thursday the United States Senate voted to end the 45 cents-per-gallon subsidy currently supporting the ethanol industry. The bill, offered by liberal Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and conservative Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), was passed overwhelmingly, 73-27. Said Feinstein, “We’ve got to change the way we carry out business. This is going to be the first of many coming down the line. We might as well get used to it now.”