Joel Griffith

Missouri Poised to Create Liquor Distributorship Monopoly for Large Campaign Donor

A top liquor distributor (Major Brands) is attempting to obtain near monopoly status for its Missouri operations courtesy of its allies in the state legislature. Such a status not only erodes economic freedom; the resulting loss of efficiency resulting from the change will result in higher liquor prices for the millions of Missouri residents who…

THE ESTABLISHMENT STRIKES BACK: MICHIGAN “RINO’S” MANEUVERING TO REGAIN CONTROL OF STATE PARTY

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Demands for the resignation of Michigan’s Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema may be far less spontaneous than initially portrayed. Last week, Agema waded into the gay marriage debate with a controversial Facebook post opposing legalization. Almost immediately thereafter, aspiring political consultant Dennis Lennox has been loudly leading the assault on Dave Agema. In repeated written outbursts, Lennox proclaimed there is “no…

Protesters to Israel: “Move Back to Europe”, Rocket Attacks “Not That Scary”, Hamas Not a Terrorist Group

Approximately 100 protesters gathered near the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville on Saturday to protest Israel’s response to the recent barrage of Hamas rocket attacks. Hamas allies have launched 1,300 rocket attacks so far this year, and Israel has recently responded by precision targeting rocket launch sites and ammunition storage facilities, in addition to Hamas…

Jewish Constituent Ejected from Senator Sherrod Brown Event Following J Street Question

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Dayton, OH Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) keynoted a Dayton Chamber of Commerce event today.  After opening the floor to questions from the audience, I asked the senator about his support from J Street.  After all, from 2007-2012, Senator Brown accepted $60,000 in PAC funds from the advocacy group, his largest single campaign contributor.  While J Street…

Biden Speech Filled with Factual Distortions, Wild Accusations, Baffling Statements

Vice President Joe Biden’s speech Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention consisted of admissions, statements, and claims which amused and baffled. Biden opened the body of his remarks by stating “our journey isn’t finished; we still have more to do.” He summarized the mission of the Obama Administration as one “to move this nation forward from…

The Democrat Party: Big Tent or Little Tepee?

The Daily Show on September 5 featured impromptu interviews with numerous people in attendance at the Democratic National Convention.  Claims of inclusiveness included boasts that “we are the big tent party”, “we are the party of inclusion”, “we have just about everyone you can possibly imagine in the party”, “we don’t stereotype or generalize”, and…

RNC Bus Driver “Gets Lost”, Forcing Virginia Delegates Opposed to Rules Change to Miss Crucial Vote

A RNC bus driver transporting the Virginia delegation to the convention seemed to have lost his way to the destination yesterday.  The delegation, led by long time conservative activist Morton Blackwell, was prepared to vote against this rules change.  However, the delay meant the Rules Committee meeting had adjourned prior to their arrival.  Delegates remaining…

RNC Attempts to Thwart Grassroots Activists in Effort to Counter Party’s Conservative Wing

Conservative activists within the Republican Party are outraged at the stealth attempt by the Republican National Committee to thwart their influence by rewriting the party rules.  Over the last two election cycles, the Tea Party and other conservatives scored significant primary election victories against Establishment- backed candidates.  Now the entrenched politicos within the Republican Party…

Republican Congressman Formerly Endorsed as a “Young Gun” by NRCC Supports Planned Parenthood Funding

The National Republican Congressional Committee supported Bob Dold’s 2010 campaign as one of its ostensibly conservative “Young Guns” candidates.   With this help from the NRCC, Bob Dold was elected to Congress. On May 9, less than two years after this inflow of funds from the Republican Party, Representative Bob Dold (R-IL) introduced legislation protecting funding…

Confusion Over Wisconsin Republican Convention Delegates

Is Republican senatorial candidate Mark Neumann attempting to stack this upcoming weekend’s Wisconsin Republican state convention with delegates?  Or is the “Establishment” attempting to freeze out grassroots activists from the state convention?  A close look at the facts suggests both accusations might be true. During the state convention, candidates vie for official Republican Party of…