At the 2010 Republican Party of Texas (RPT) State Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, party delegates elected Houston attorney Steve Munisteri as party chairman. Delegates also elected Melinda Fredericks of Conroe as vice chairwoman. Fredricks was appointed as commissioner of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission by Governor Rick Perry. The chairmanship and vice chairmanship positions are for two years with an eight-year term limit.
Sharron Angle is going to have to learn how to fight with both hands in Nevada’s general election battle against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as Manu Raju explains in two articles appearing at Politico.com here and here. With her left hand she will be busy fending off attack ads from the Reid camp for her “extremism,” and with her right hand soothing sitting Senators with whom she might well be working after the election.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has confirmed that they willingly cut a deal with Congress at the expense of free speech. The compromise is simple: We will not stand in the way of the proposed Disclose Act, believed to infringe upon First Amendment rights, if you do not infringe on our Second Amendment rights.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down without comment a petition for review from Maher Arar, the Syrian-born Canadian citizen who named former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other U.S. officials as defendants in a suit over his 2002 arrest, detention, and deportation to Syria for interrogation as a terrorist suspect. The Court's denial of review lets stand a ruling against Arar by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last November.
What is fascism? Today fascism is primarily an all-purpose insult used by all sides against all other sides. It is a portable and potent poison that is poured into any of the "enemy's" wells in order to make all their principles nonpotable to any who might draw therefrom.
They’ve been used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to track, monitor, and kill the enemy. Now, if state and federal officials, including those in the Department of Homeland Security, have their way, pilotless military craft called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) — also known as “drones” — will soon be zipping around American airspace on a whole host of surveillance missions, and may even focus their gaze on U.S. citizens.
According to data obtained by a New Jersey news service from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Obama administration doled out over $400 million in awards and merit pay incentives to federal employees last year. That's up about $80 million over last year.
Governor Phil Bredesen signed House Joint Resolution 30 today, thus officially rescinding all previous calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention.
In what some would see as an insidious maneuver against the sovereignty of the states, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve a $50 billion stimulus package for the purpose of blunting "the devastating economic impact of budget cuts" by states and cities around the country. This money, the President asserts, would be used to safeguard the jobs of teachers, police, fire fighters, and other public sector employees whose jobs might otherwise be imperiled by the "mounting economic crisis."
The official report from a blue-ribbon panel warns that terrorists with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are likely to attack somewhere in the world in the next three years, and the United States could be a prime target.
With the claim that such measures “do not change hearts,” on June 11 Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a bill that would have required a woman to have an ultrasound before going ahead with an abortion.