GOP Divide Surfaces Early In 2014 Senate Contest

GOP debates stance on abortion as it looks to expand its voting base

Ohio Supreme Court lets legislative map stand

Republicans Will Win When They Re-Focus on Family Values | Ken Connor at LifeNews

    Ken Connor at Life News: In the wake of President Obama’s decisive reelection, the GOP is engaged in some serious soul-searching. Pundits on the Right and Left are cautioning Republicans that their party is facing extinction unless some major changes are made. They maintain it’s evolve or die for the GOP. The question is, how much can an institution change without losing its identity? If “change” for the Republican Party means ceasing to stand for the conservative principles that have defined it since the time of Abraham Lincoln, is that what Republicans want? Is that what America needs?


  • Posted: 11/27/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.lifenews.com

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Lesbian Republicans are raising their profiles

Rand Paul: I Won’t Break the No-Tax-Increase Pledge I Made to the People

Forget the Gender Gap, America Has a Fertility Voting Gap

UK: “At least 118 Tory MPs to rebel over gay marriage”

Something changed: Picking a Supreme Court justice is now a partisan battle

Round Up the Usual Social Conservative Suspects: A majority of Americans call themselves pro-life. So now is a good time to dump them? | Ralph Reed at WSJ

    Ralph Reed at Wall Street Journal (access via Google): Republicans have now lost four of the six presidential elections since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. A season of soul-searching will be healthy, and it is needed to retool and rebrand the party.Yet despite the stinging defeat and a post-electoral narrative that suggests otherwise, Republicans need not abandon their principles. They must resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, especially one with evangelicals and their social-conservative allies in the middle. The media trope that the Grand Old Party resembles a Star Wars bar scene of theocrats and religious zealots has by now become a cliché . . .


  • Posted: 11/26/2012
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life

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Sen. Graham ready to ‘violate’ anti-tax pledge for ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

The Future of Marriage: Why “The Inevitable” Is Not Inevitable

“Gay community urges Cory Booker to challenge Gov. Christie”

GOP Legally Barred From Fighting Vote Fraud

Making the Same-Sex Case | Ken Mehlman at the WSJ

    Ken Mehlman at the WSJ (access via Google): They say demography is destiny, and in American politics destiny has belonged to those who best aligned their core beliefs with the rapidly changing and ever-improving citizenry. Conservatives—and I count myself as one—succeed when we attract new supporters to timeless traditions. The Republican Party’s loss in this month’s presidential election resulted partly from a failure to embrace some of America’s fastest-growing constituencies. One area of significant change is in attitudes toward legal equality for gay Americans.


  • Posted: 11/21/2012
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‘Unskewed Polls’ founder claims Obama stole election

Conservative Republicans fight back after Romney loss

French Conservatives Pick Leader With 98-vote Edge

Unions Flexed Muscles In State Campaigns

Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy

Push for Genderless Marriage within GOP is a Red Flag for Free Speech

Marco Rubio: Earth’s age ‘one of the great mysteries’

The GOP and Social Issues: Sophomoric Arguments at the Wall Street Journal

Republicans look to oust Franken

Dobson: Where Have GOP Values Gone?

    WorldNetDaily: He noted he and a handful of other conservative leaders, including Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, Gary Bauer and Gen. William Boykin, had met with the GOP candidate to encourage him to address social issues important to Christians across the nation. “We begged him to deal with eight issues. We listed first the sanctity of life, marriage, religious life, ‘Don’t Ask,’ ENDA, on it went,” Dobson said. “We said we really are not here to jump on you, but evangelicals are not excited about your candidacy, not energized. … You could connect if you’ll even mention these things. “He nodded and he smiled and he was gracious as he always is, and he went out and was silent,” Dobson said.


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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GOP’s Senate Crack-Up

    WSJ (via Google): Senate Republicans hunkered down this week to reflect on their drubbing last week. Perhaps they should have invited Bama football coach Nick Saban to give them pointers on how to identify and recruit talent. A lesson in blocking wouldn’t hurt either. The GOP fumbled every opportunity to pick up a Senate seat save for in Nebraska, where political amateur Deb Fischer steam-rolled veteran Bob Kerrey


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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Election Officials Miss Deadline To Report Recount Results In Allen West Race

Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone? | NY Times

    NY Times: Limbaugh echoed a Republican theme that was voiced before and after the election: Barack Obama has unleashed a coalition of Americans “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them” — as Mitt Romney put it in his notorious commentary on the 47 percent. You can find this message almost everywhere on the right side of the spectrum . . . In fact, the 2011 Pew Research Center poll Bennett cites demonstrates that in many respects conservatives are right to be worried:


  • Posted: 11/19/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com

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Abortion support rising? If so, thank the GOP for aiding and abetting | Jill Stanek at LifeSiteNews

Faith on the Hill: 113th Congress Increases in Religious Diversity

“Gay Vote Proved a Boon for Obama” | NY Times

Moderate Senate Republicans Fall Off Their Own Cliff

    Stuart Benjamin at the Volokh Conspiracy: The most commonly used scores for ideological distance are DW-Nominate scores, based on representatives’ actual votes. These measures reduce various flavors of “liberal” and “conservative” to a single metric, but they are the scores most widely used and trusted by political scientists and political commentators because they measure virtually all the actual votes in a careful and rigorous way. As many people have noted, there used to be lots of ideological overlap between the parties, and lots of moderates in both parties, but there is less overlap, and in particular there are fewer moderate Republicans.


  • Posted: 11/16/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.volokh.com

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Tenn. GOP Congressman’s Ex-wife Had 2 Abortions

Do elections indicate the death of the Christian Right? Not so fast.

GOP leaders back West’s call for recount

Cornyn blames GOP Senate losses on primary wins of weak ‘ideologically pure candidates’

“Evangelicals struggle to stay relevant in Republican politics”

Planned Parenthood takes credit for Obama reelection

State Republican Party rejects national party stance on abortion

After The Election | Alan Sears at the Alliance Defending Freedom

Allen West: ‘unconscionable’ Vote Shenanigans

Mathematically possible? In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes

Speaker faces conservative backlash over call for immigration reform

War opens inside GOP over immigration

Christian Right Failed to Sway Voters on Issues | NY Times

Three Florida State Supreme Court Justices Could Leave the Bench

    FedSoc Blog: On Monday, November 5, SLF, on behalf of another Florida citizen and taxpayer, filed an original action in the Florida Supreme Court asking the Court to issue a writ of quo warranto regarding the actions of Secretary of State Ken Detzner in determining the Justices “qualified” to be placed on the ballot. The argument is not one of conduct, but instead contends that none of the three justices lawfully qualified for the retention election and that the secretary of state failed to properly carry out his constitutional and administrative duties in the matter.


  • Posted: 11/09/2012
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After Obama reelection coal company CEO reads prayer to staff, announces layoffs

Republican Tim Fox wins race for Montana Attorney General

Abandoning Pro-Life Issues Not the GOP Path to Victory

Colorado: “Ferrandino will be first openly gay Speaker; Democrats elevate Latinos”

“Gay marriage groups hope to turn focus from the ballot box” | Salon

    Salon: “Rights should not be put to a vote,” Evan Wolfson, the founder of Freedom to Marry, told the Wall Street Journal. “While we have now shown we can do it, it doesn’t mean that we should have to do it, and it doesn’t mean that it is easy to do.” He added that “very few” states will be appealing as fronts to pursue more ballot measures, because of costs and the scale of organization needed.


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Why Hispanics Don’t Vote for Republicans | Heather Mac Donald at National Review

    Heather MacDonald at National Review: Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election. And California is the wave of the future. A March 2011 poll by Moore Information found that Republican economic policies were a stronger turn-off for Hispanic voters in California than Republican positions on illegal immigration. Twenty-nine percent of Hispanic voters were suspicious of the Republican party on class-warfare grounds . . .


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Conservatives lambast Romney, vow to take over Republican Party

TN: DesJarlais re-elected despite abortion revelations

Presidential Preferences of George Mason Law Students

Pope, Cardinal Dolan urge Obama to respect life and religious freedom

Country Still Opposes Marriage Redefinition: Losses in Deep Blue States with Huge Spending Disparities were Narrow

    FRC Action: But contrary to what the Left will say, the narrow margin for victory in these four states offers plenty of evidence that a solid majority of Americans still opposes same-sex “marriage.” Despite being outspent 8-to-1 in some of the most liberal states in the country, we witnessed record-setting petition efforts that crossed every racial, party, and socioeconomic divide. And while homosexuals may be celebrating an end to our movement’s perfect record, they still have a long way to go to match the 32 states where Americans voted overwhelmingly to protect the union of a man and woman. And that includes North Carolina, where President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex “marriage” likely cost him the state’s electoral votes.


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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Analysis of Tuesday’s Results By Religion of Voters

Obama Wins The Way His Campaign Predicted | AP

Juan Williams: Obama’s Daunting Demographic Message for the GOP

    Juan Williams at Wall Street Journal: The critical political message from President Obama’s re-election victory Tuesday is that he cemented a new coalition of Democrats, led by the Latino vote, which threatens to reduce Republicans to an afterthought in future national elections. Yes, Mr. Obama won with the same group of voters—Hispanics, blacks, Asians, young people and educated women—that brought him to power in 2008 . . . Demography is political destiny and today Democrats have the numbers to prove it.


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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Walter Lippmann and the Crisis in Journalism | Ted McCallister at Public Discourse

    Ted McAllister at Public Discourse: We are witnessing, I believe, the collapse of a great modern project. The goal of this project was to form a democratic public, led by the most talented leaders and administered by enlightened public servants, but constituted by a deeply informed, engaged, and public-spirited citizenry. To produce such citizens, journalists served an almost sacred role of supplying all the disparate members of the public with “disinterested” information. Without information and knowledge, democratic deliberations are impossible, and without such deliberations there is no substantive “public,” only congeries of individuals and groups.


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Obam won minority voters: Hispanics 71%, Blacks 93%, Asians 73%

Three Ways of Explaining Defeat | Victor David Hanson

Boehner Extends Olive Branch on ‘Fiscal Cliff’

“How gay marriage won at the polls” | Nathaniel Frank at the Daily Herald (AP)

    Nathaniel Frank at the Daily Herald (AP): After the losses in Maine in 2009 and California a year earlier, LGBT advocates knew they needed to craft an effective response to Schubert’s false message that gay equality harms kids. Enter Freedom To Marry. The umbrella group was founded in 2003 by the civil rights lawyer Evan Wolfson, who has consistently preached about winning hearts and minds in between elections rather than in the frenzied lead-up to them. While gay groups had spent millions of dollars on public opinion research before and after the Prop 8 loss in California, no one had ever stopped to pull it all together . . . Frank, author of “Unfriendly Fire” and a visiting scholar at Columbia’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, is writing a book called “The Anti-Gay Mind.”


  • Posted: 11/07/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.dailyherald.com

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“RI gay marriage supporters win in election”

GOP Women And Abortion Dismissal Was A ‘Strategic Error,’ Conservatives Scold

Electoral Maps: Results Indicate Deepening Racial Divide Among Voters

Michele Bachmann Squeaks By In Minnesota

Democrats Expand Senate Grip But Fail To Win House