The Media Research Center has endorsed Ken Blackwell for RNC Chair. You can read Mr. Blackwell’s conservative columns on Townhall.com and see his planned fundamental changes for RNC strategy at his website.
The following is the email I received from MRC announcing their endorsement.
A Personal Message from L. Brent Bozell III
The Republican Party needs to be rebuilt. It needs to be reconnected to the conservative principles that made it the majority Party in Washington.
And we have at this important moment a genuine opportunity to affect the direction the Party will take in the years to come. The election of the next Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair will take place at their meeting at the end of this month. Who they choose will determine the future of the Party, and for conservatives and our country this decision could not be more important.
Last Friday, conservative leaders representing some forty different organizations met. These leaders represent a broad cross-section of the conservative movement. One attendee, Virginia Republican National
by Aaron Marks on NextGenGOP
It’s been a while since I’ve heard chatter on the blogosphere about building a Rightroots movement (I last commented on it at the end of October). However, over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a number of major developments that suggest we might be on the verge of establishing a true and effective Rightroots movement.
When John Hawkins wrote about this topic, he noted that (emphasis added):
One of the biggest problems online — and this extends outside of the blogosphere — is that there are far more liberals online than conservatives and they’re much more enthusiastic.
Because of that, huge websites that can drive a lot of traffic like Digg, Fark, and YouTube have come to be dominated by liberals, even though they aren’t liberal per se.
The website, Choose Your Chairman, offers voters concerned with the future of the Republican Party a chance to have a say in who the next RNC Chairman will be.
There, you can view photos of all the candidates, visit their individual websites, and view comments of others who’ve voted already. Once you’ve decided who you’d like to lead the GOP, you can vote and leave your own comments if you’d like. Your RNC voting members are then notified who you chose.
As of now, 1,307 have voted and Michael Steel has a comfortable lead–40.8% with his nearest challenger, Ken Blackwell, at 29%.
North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth has called for a special meeting of the 168 voting members on January 6 in order to give them an opportunity to hear from the candidates prior to the late-January meeting of the RNC.
If you want your voice to be heard, vote today at Choose Your Chairman.
By ALEXANDER BURNS at Politico
The six contenders for Republican National Committee chair are rolling out every gimmick, plan and endorsement in the hopes of gaining an edge — any edge — in the tight contest for the GOP’s top job.
Report Includes More Than $1.3 Billion in Pet Projects, Frivolous Grants and Other Ridiculous Spending
December 12, 2008
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, today released the oversight report “2008: Worst Waste of the Year.” The look back on 2008 features absurd federal spending from beltway bureaucrats and elected officials. To view the entire report click here.
“As we look back on federal spending for 2008, American taxpayers will laugh, and then cry at how their elected officials spent their hard-earned dollars. Not even these tough economic times have dulled Congress’ ability to find new and creative ways to waste taxpayer dollars,” Dr. Coburn said.
Examples of waste in 2008 include:
• $188,000 for Lobster Institute in Maine, home of the “LobsterCam”
• $1 million for bike paths on Louisiana levees while levees await basic repairs
• $2.4 million for a retractable shade canopy at a park in West Virginia
• $24.6 million for the National Park Service’s 100th year birthday in 2016 – 8 years early
• $3.2 million on a blimp the Pentagon does not want
• $367,000 wasted by a Texas school board on items like an inflatable alligator and under-the-sea waterslide, among other things
• $5 million for a bridge to a zoo parking lot in St. Louis
• $9,000 for a non-functioning airplane-shaped gas station in Tennessee
• $300,000 for specialty potatoes for high-end restaurants
“The waste highlighted in this report is only a fraction of the more than $385 billion the federal government throws away every year through waste, fraud and duplication. Yet, each example in this report is a snapshot that tells a larger story, just as the Bridge to Nowhere justifiably became a symbol of the corrupting nature of earmarks. The story the American people already understand is that Congress’ inability to make common sense decisions about spending priorities is putting our children’s future at risk. Until Congress abandons the short-term parochialism that gives us LobsterCams and inflatable alligators, we will never get a handle on the major economic challenges facing this country,” Dr. Coburn said.
Senator Jim Demint (R-SC) held a conference call with bloggers today, discussing the recent
bailout of the financial industry, proposed bailout of the Detroit automakers, universal health care, and the so called Employee Free Choice Act.