March 16 is the birthday of James Madison, known as the "Father of the Constitution." Several years ago, the American Society of News Editors initiated a program called Sunshine Week, intended to coincide with the birthday of this illustrious Founding Father. The purpose of Sunshine Week was "to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy."
Throughout the race for the Republican presidential nomination, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has attempted to portray himself as the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. For example, campaigning in Alabama last week, he told supporters that if he could come in first or second in their state and neighboring Mississippi during this week’s primaries, “then we can, again, make the case that there’s one conservative who can win in every other place in this country, that has earned the right to take on Gov. Romney, one-on-one, and give conservatives a chance to coalesce around one person able to win this nomination for the conservative cause.”
In a note to his readers on February 15th Roger Stone (left) announced his resignation from the Republican Party, changing his voter registration to the Libertarian Party. A self-proclaimed “GOP hit-man,” Stone became involved in politics in his teens, working for President Nixon’s reelection campaign in 1972 (known as the Committee to Re-elect the President, or CREEP), serving as the National Director of Youth for Reagan in 1976 and then as the Young Republican National Chairman from 1977 to 1979. He worked for the Reagan presidential campaign in 1980 and in 1984 and then for Jack Kemp’s campaign for president in 1988.
The Orlando Sanford International airport, one of the busiest in the nation, has announced that it will be opting out of using the Transportation Security Administration workers to screen passengers. The announcement is significant as it could lead the charge for other airports in the nation to reduce the more unpleasant aspects of the unpopular federal agency.
On March 6, by a vote of 37 to 21, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB 2729, a bill sponsored by Arizona State Representative David Gowan (left) of Sierra Vista. The bill, which would allow individuals to take firearms to any public building or event, is moving through the Arizona Legislature. It has passed the Arizona House and the bill’s next stop was the Arizona State Senate Judiciary Committee, where it passed on March 13 by a 6 to 2 vote. Nine states already have laws which allow individuals to have firearms inside public buildings.
The Catholic Church has launched a crusade to take America "back to the Dark Ages" by way of a "ruthless political Inquisition," according to a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The organization, whose legal status is that of a tax-exempt educational charity, ran a full page ad in the New York Times on Friday, March 9, urging Catholics to leave the church over the effort by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops to gain an exemption for religious-affiliated institutions from the government mandate for coverage for contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization as part of any employee healthcare plan.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is hosting a national, live Tele-Town Hall meeting tonight, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. to discuss his new legislation, the Defense of Property Act of 2012 (S. 2122), and answer questions about it.
Supporters of GOP presidential contender Ron Paul have adamantly asserted that the election is being stolen from their candidate of choice. Prior to the start of the primary process, Texas Congressman Paul won numerous straw polls and broke records with campaign contributions, boasting passionate grassroots energy that helped build a momentum unparalleled by any other contender. But one by one as the caucus results began to be unveiled, Paul’s supporters declared that Ron Paul’s position has been usurped by the establishment candidates. Dr. Paul remained relatively silent on the issue until this week, when he told his supporters that he was very suspicious of the outcomes of caucuses.
As gasoline prices approach (and in some places exceed) $4 a gallon nationally, the president appears to be taking much of the blame with two recent polls showing sharp declines in support for his handling of the issue.
The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll now shows a record number of Americans giving the president “strongly” negative reviews on his handling of the economy. Nearly two-thirds of those polled say they disapprove of how he is handling gas prices compared to just 26 percent approving – his lowest rating by the poll. Specifically, 59 percent of those polled disapprove of his handling of the economy in general, a jump of 9 points in just one month and this despite the appearance of some signs of an improving economy. Most of the damage being done to Obama is among independents with 57 percent now disapproving, along with 66 percent of white non-college graduates disapproving as well.