Monday, July 20, 2009

Racism Is...Everywhere!

I know I have not posted in a long time, but I am sure that everybody is tired of hearing about bad news everywhere. Anyways, I love how academics automatically think an arrest of a black person is a racist act. Hilarious. Unfortunately, this university ranks #1 in the world (of course Dartmouth should be first). Think twice before you send your children off to school at an elite institution. Yes, I go to an Ivy League college, but just remember that this stuff exists in the Ivory Tower, where being an eminent scholar means you can yell at an officer of the law. You would assume that scholars should know that claiming fallacies are what lead to societal problems like racism. But that would mean they are living in reality.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hooray Taxes! Hooray Lost Jobs! Hooray Debt!

Apparently, this type of thinking is what the Democratic leadership and 8 Republican "cap-and-traitors" want. 44 Democrats voted against the Waxman-Markey energy bill yesterday, but 8 Republicans (Bono-Mack, Castle, Kirk, Lance, LoBiondo, McHugh, Reichert, and Smith) helped cover them as the unprecedented bill passed the House on a 219-212 vote. The bill, which was pushed through with a 300-page amendment in the wee hours of the morning (or late evening if you are a night owl), is set to raise taxes and increase energy costs through the roof and destroy jobs. Great job, representatives in Washington. Not. Also, it seems to be a developing trend for the legislators in the Capitol to not read legislation before they vote to pass it. Hopefully, this bill dies in the Senate. I have heard from some sources that the bill will not get through and projections from others that it will be loaded with even more pork than the House version.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Scandal Every Week...

What has gotten into the minds of potential (not anymore) presidential candidates for the Republican Party in 2012? First John Ensign, Senator from Nevada, and now Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina. Unbelievable. Now, many Republicans (especially those of the libertarian wing) do not find the personal lives of our elected officials as pertinent to their actual competency in office, but I am certainly not from that strain of thought. Public servants should be faithful to the people and to their families; they have made commitments to both. Fidelity is a reflection of moral character, and regardless of how honest they were about their cheating behavior (some conservatives tried to find a bright spot after the Sanford announcement), these men should step down from their positions of leadership. Perhaps a bit radical, but they are definitely out of the running in my book for any future office. What a shame.

And now people are joking that we will have Mitt Romney as our nominee by default. Also undesirable (see 2008 Presidential Election).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's Sotomayor

I do not believe this is what judges are supposed to do...

More later

Monday, May 4, 2009

Two Comments

Check out what Arlen Specter has to say about Jack Kemp's passing.  I originally was not going to post about either event, but this article disgusted me enough and compelled me to comment.  I find it completely classless for people to advance their ideological or political opinions when someone leaves this world for a better place.  If Sen. Specter wants to hold onto his seat, he should quit suggesting that the Republican health care position killed Jack Kemp.  I wish Kemp was here to respond because a war of words and ideas would certainly ensue.

As everybody is probably aware of now, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has decided to switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat, and Jack Kemp, one of the most illustrious men to grace the conservative movement, has passed away after fighting cancer.

Senator Specter's official jump barely made a mark on my political radar because the man has not been much of a conservative.  A self-proclaimed moderate, he seems to vote with or capitulate to the holders of power in Congress.  Former Representative Pat Toomey's primary challenge scared Sen. Specter enough to try to save his electoral prospects.  Unfortunately for the Senator, the political breezes appear to point towards his demise no matter what party he belongs to.  Good luck Senator; at least you are honest about your reasons for holding political office.  In further related news, I am worried about the possible primary battle between Toomey, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, and Representative Jim Gerlach (PA-6).  I do not want a prolonged tug-of-war between three heavyweights, when we should be devoting resources against the Democratic nominee (who may or may not be Specter).

Finally, a few words for Jack Kemp, a great quarterback, Congressman, Secretary of HUD, Vice Presidential candidate and thinker.  His life has been a wonderful example of rising against the odds to bring forth new possibilities.  He is most well-known for the Kemp-Roth tax cut and his advocacy of supply-side economics.  May his work continue to influence current and future conservatives, and rest in peace.  He sure has earned it.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Guinta is In

CQ reported that Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta will be challenging Representative Carol Shea-Porter for the District 1 House Seat.  Good luck to Mayor Guinta, and we look forward to working with him as the 2010 elections draw closer!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Congratulations Marilinda Garcia

It's official!  Marilinda Garcia won yesterday's special election for Rockingham County's District 4 House seat.  Members of College Republicans from across the state helped out in Salem and Windham, and the voters have rewarded their hard work.  Congratulations to Marilinda, a rising star in the Republican Party.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

6th Annual State Convention

Yesterday we met at Murphy's Taproom in Manchester for our 6th annual state convention. We were joined by three wonderful speakers: state party chair and former Governor John H. Sununu, Mayor Frank Guinta of Manchester, and former Congressman and newly-elected State Senator Jeb Bradley. A special thanks also goes out to Keith Murphy, the owner of the establishment, for providing a space and food for the event.

This will be my last post on the blog. The past two years as state chair of the College Republicans have been an incredible experience that I will always remember. From rides on campaign buses to freezing early-morning sign waves to working with students and volunteers across the state, I have come to understand and appreciate the special place that is New Hampshire and its extraordinary people.

Our new state board is composed of dedicated and energetic students. I congratulate our new officers and wish them the very best, and I look forward to hearing about their accomplishments.

Chairman: Tiffany Tai (Dartmouth)
Vice Chairman: Stefanie Williams (UNH)
Treasurer: Michael Randall (Dartmouth)
Communications Director: Katie Rhames (NEC)
Outreach Director: Rob Johnson (UNH)

Jeb Bradley talks with students:

Mayor Guinta addresses us as Governor Sununu listens on after his own speech:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Jeb Wins

The Union Leader is reporting that Jeb Bradley has won the district 3 state senate seat. Several Dartmouth students were down in Farmington going door-to-door on Saturday, and it's great to see a positive result just several days later. We congratulate Jeb, a fine New Hampshire public servant.

Friday, April 10, 2009

What is he thinking?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Obama Bows to Saudi King

The image of an American President bowing to a foreign king is not only a violation of diplomatic protocol and tradition, but is also simply unsettling. The White House is now trying to explain it away, only adding fuel to the fire in my opinion. This might have been a harmless slip, but I think it is a clear, and perhaps sub-conscious, demonstration of what Obama really thinks about America. A telling sign is that even Camille Paglia didn't like it. Judge for yourselves (the bow occurs around 0:54):

Tea Party Plans

The Dartmouth College Republicans are planning their own tea party, to be held in the afternoon on Friday, April 17th (which doesn't coincide with the April 15th tea parties across the nation, but is a much better campus-specific date). Plans are for an outdoor event with tea, croquet, and a display, followed by a discussion with professors about the implications of the Democrats' fiscal choices.

Monday, April 6, 2009

NY-20 Prediction

The special election to fill Kirsten Gillibrand's House seat in NY-20 is now in the absentee ballot phase. I analyzed the numbers a bit today and am throwing out a prediction that, if all of the mailed absentee ballots are returned, Jim Tedisco (the Republican) will win by about 600 votes. This is based on Tedisco's current 97-vote lead, the Republican advantage in absentee ballot registration, and my estimate of a 60/40 breakdown in independets' absentee ballots in favor of the Democrat, Scott Murphy. We probably won't know the results until at least April 13th, the deadline for military absentee ballots to arrive.

Update: Well, I was way off. The absentee ballots broke significantly in favor of Scott Murphy and Jim Tedisco conceded the race on Friday. This just goes to show that such close elections are very difficult to predict. It was interesting to follow regardless.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The GOP's Alternative Budget

Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, outlines the GOP's alternative budget proposal in today's Wall Street Journal. The long-term implications for government spending are striking.

Friday, March 20, 2009

TOTUS

Someone has launched a humorous blog chronicling the life of President Obama's teleprompter. It's called Barack Obama's Teleprompter's Blog and is definitely worth a look.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Convention Announced

The 6th Annual New Hampshire College Republicans Convention will take place on Saturday, April 25th between 12 and 4pm at Murphy's Taproom. It's located at 494 Elm St. in Manchester, and we have the large back room reserved. Join us for food, drink, and great speakers, including state party chair Governor John H. Sununu. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Check out the details and RSVP on Facebook.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

CPAC 2009

A group of Dartmouth students attended the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend. We heard speeches from John Bolton, Mike Pence, Mike Huckabee, Jim DeMint, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and many others. We met and interacted with prominent Republicans including Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, Tom Coburn, Tim Pawlenty, and Jeff Sessions. We also met students and activists from all over the country, and were proud to be part of the over 8,500 registrants who made this the largest CPAC ever.

The Dartmouth delegation to CPAC would like to extend warm thanks to Governor John H. Sununu, Rob Kasper, the Hanover Republican Committee, and the Grafton County GOP for their unexpected and generous support of our trip. It would not have been possible without the help of some exceptional Republicans in New Hampshire.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Boehner Fights the Bill

House Minority Leader John Boehner lashed out today at the Democrats' now successful attempt to ram the "stimulus" bill through Congress, with a total of only 3 Republican votes (Senators Specter, Collins, and Snowe, who have likely invited conservative primary challengers for their next elections).

Daylight Network

Some students have launched a new website tracking the federal budget and the current "stimulus" bill. I haven't looked at it in-depth, but it's got some nice visuals of the budget and the legislation so you can easily see where your tax money is going. It's called the Daylight Network and you can check it out at www.daylightnetwork.com.

Monday, January 26, 2009

"Democrats have mismanaged the state"

Several weeks ago, John H. Sununu had an op-ed in the Union Leader about how the Democrats have mismanaged New Hampshire. His article includes a couple of interesting links to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Center on the States that back up his argument. Check it out here.