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When does accountability begin?

Leverage: don’t make deals without it. –Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal, 1987 It’s tempting to go Machiavellian during primaries. Even during general elections after primaries. But there’s a great danger for the grassroots. If we don’t hold candidates accountable during the race when we have all the leverage, how can we possibly hold office-holders accountable?  Check out this paragraph from the Washington Post: Cruz offered a lawyerly defense of his campaign’s actions, blaming media reporting for the mistake. Read more →

3 Top Ways to Clean Up St. Louis County Government

Meet Chip Tuesday, March 22 from 5:30 to 7:00. Details below. You can help clean up St. Louis County government. And you can have a good time doing it. Here’s how. Like L. K. “Chip” Wood’s Facebook page. It’ll take only a second, and you’ll feel more connected and productive just by doing it. Visit Chip Wood for Assessor and enter your email address in the email sign-up box on the right. Read more →

Do You Hear The People Sing?

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1iBjVlg6lw&w;=480&h;=385] It’s been almost two years since we met. At the time, I had no idea where this was going. Or what I was doing. I still don’t know what I’m doing, but we all know where America is headed. Beginning Tuesday, because of your passionate, tireless efforts, America is returning to the right course to meet the destiny our founders envisioned. On Tuesday, your vote, joined with millions of others, will turn the country around. Read more →

A Magical Moment

On November 5, 1980, ABC News Nightline was devoted to the aftermath of the election. Ronald Reagan won 51-41 over incumbent Jimmy Carter. Republicans took the Senate and picked up 30+ seats in the house. The YouTube clip below shows us only the beginning of the program. But it’s a great reminder of what lies ahead for movement conservatives. Well, what lies ahead IF we continue to focus on moving the conversation toward first principles and away from the class warfare and Balkanization that Democrats love so much. Read more →

What Are We For?

A few weeks back, the Christian Science Monitor asked me to write an op-ed. The subject was, “If the Tea Party ran America, how would things change; and why do you think you’ll win?” The call was my opportunity to break from the easy, unassailable position that things are bad and getting worse. It meant coming up with a solution or two. And solutions already find disagreement somewhere. For over a year I’ve said that the Tea Party movement, begun out of anger, must shift its energy over time from anger to solutions. Read more →

4 Ways to Stop Democrat Sen. Bob Casey From Stealing Your Tax Money to Reimburse SEIU for Bribing Media Matters and Huffington Post

Dana Loesch and 24th State have revealed the ring of corruption that extends from St. Louis bloggers and local St. Louis leftist rag, through SEIU, to Media Matters and Huffington Post. An additional crook in this den of thieves is Democrat Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Casey has introduced yet another bailout package. This time, the bailout is intended to repay corrupt unions like SEIU and AFL-CIO for bankrupting their members’ retirements by bribing the media and politicians. Read more →

Poll: Tim Burns Can Take Murtha’s Seat

The final poll before Tuesday’s special election to fill Jack [](https://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/05/burns-critz-close.html)Murtha’s unexpired seat in the U.S. House shows that Republican Tim Burns is neck and neck with Democrat and pork barrel specialist Mark Critz. (Yes, Critz’s campaign is funded by lobbyists and special interests.) PPP has it 48 to 47 Burns. That means GOTV will determine the winner. If you want to make a difference, here’s the four step plan: Read more →

Public Policy Polling

I realize that most people aren’t reading political insider blogs at 4:30 in the morning. But something in this story bothers me: But there’s also one big reason why the Democrats may just pull it out- and why Republicans may not have as big an election year as we’re anticipating. And that’s because only 26% of voters in the district have a favorable opinion of Congressional Republicans, with 56% seeing them unfavorably. Read more →

Choosing Battles

For the record, I do not apologize for focusing on the most important battles facing self-government since the American Revolution. Earlier this week, McGraw Milhaven of 550 KTRS criticized Tea Partyers for not opposing Missouri legislation, introduced by and championed by Republicans, that will force insurance companies to cover treatment for children diagnosed with Autism and associated conditions. (I personally oppose this legislation, by the way.) Before that, a few Tea Partyers criticized me and others on facebook for not doing “enough” to support the Missouri Healthcare Free Choice act, which recently passed both the House and the Senate. Read more →

Ensuring Liberty Congressional Town Hall

Over at Ensuring Liberty, we held our first Congressional Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, May 11. In case you missed it, Reps Michele Bachmann and Steve King discussed Senator Dodd’s proposed financial takeover bill with thousands of Americans. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6AvG1HVcDE&color1;=0xb1b1b1&color2;=0xd0d0d0&hl;=en_US&feature;=player_embedded&fs;=1&hl;=en] Segment 1 of May 11 Ensuring Liberty Town Hall Ensuring Liberty plans to team up with Bachmann, King, and many other conservative House members throughout 2010 and beyond. We want to bring your voices to their ears—again, and again. Read more →