Rational Republicans Are Finally Fighting Back

A decade ago, while the conspiratorial fervor of the Tea Party was sweeping across the GOP, sane, responsible Republicans sat on their hands. Through the tumult, level-headed public servants remained convinced that Reagan’s 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican” would rule the day. It didn’t. By the time Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal warned that the GOP was becoming “the stupid party,” the fight was mostly lost. Read More

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Chicago Tribune: Is there a fix for our national divisions?

Tunning into Facebook and Twitter this morning, I saw the usual tweets and posts by the regular people I read advertising how much they hate Donald Trump. My regular readers know I am no fan of the current Administration, but hate?

Hate is a strong word. It is used a lot in politics. Hating because of political beliefs is not new by any stretch of the imagination. Read some of the ancient writers. Political hate often manifests itself because of the ambitions of the haters.

Hate is a poison, and drinking from that vile kills the one who hates rather than the target of the ire. Hate is also the trigger for political violence. I worry about that too. Read More

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Gina Collias Now a Rational Republican Candidate For Congress

The GOP has drifted into rhetorical and ideological territory that most conservatives would have found inconceivable and unconscionable only a decade ago. The elections of 2018 and 2020 will indicate whether this lurch to the alt-right will endure. If Gina Collias has anything to say about it, the GOP will snap back to a more rational conservative platform. And she is actually walking her talk.

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Is governing for the common good poised to make a comeback?

It is an old idea that has been slipping away over the past few decades, governing for the common good. It is a concept which puts the welfare of the nation ahead of political parties. An idea which places reality ahead of political expediency. It is a method of overseeing a society that looks at itself as a nation unified in pursuing common goals in a spirit of compromise and listening to opposing views with respect.

In short, the polar opposite of the political landscape of today.

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My Turn: Patrick McHenry needs better friends

Hi Patrick. We have never met, but we have a lot in common so I thought I’d write to say hello. I’m a family guy and you’re a family guy. You’re patriotic and I’m patriotic. We each attended Benedictine schools so it’s no surprise that now we each attend church. We have much in common. Come over Memorial Day weekend with the family and I’ll grill burgers and ice up some Sun Drop. It will be a nice time.

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Collias running from center in Republican US House primary

A local real estate broker who calls herself a centrist Republican has filed to run for the 10th Congressional District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-Lincoln.

Gina Collias' candidacy is partly a reaction to more conservative Republicans' increasing power in the GOP.

A press release announcing her candidacy describes her as "fiscally conservative but socially moderate and forward-thinking" and says she "has found inspiring support from traditional Republicans, who would prefer the party of Eisenhower, rather than what it has become as it surrenders to the alt-right."

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Can Gina Collias defeat a member of the House GOP leadership in North Carolina? PATRICK MCHENRY

Rep. Patrick McHenry is a Republican Deputy Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a Vice-Chairman of the Finance Committee. An aggressive fundraiser, he has a substantial war chest and the arrogance that goes along with Members of Congress who think they do not have a reelection worry in the world.

He has punched all the right tickets to be a successful career politician. A former Karl Rove staffer in President Bush’s 2000 election, Mr. McHenry went on to serve a single term in the North Carolina House of Representatives before being elected to Congress, where he serves on the House Finance Committee.

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