The Big Question: Was the Tea Party right to oust faction leader?

Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today.

Today's question:

Was the Tea Party federation right to dismiss Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams over a racially charged letter?

Background reading here.


Here come the moderates

Sen. Scott Brown just announced that he is backing financial reform legislation. Now the bill's supporters are just a single vote shy of having 60 votes in favor, enough to clear procedural hurdles and send the highly anticipated legislation to President Obama’s desk.


Oil soaked: Because it pays the bills

While great minds grapple with the forensic analysis of what happened in the Gulf and how to stop it from happening in the future, Congress must turn its eye to tomorrow. It is time to craft legislation that spurs innovation in alternative fuels. In fact, it is time for alternative fuels to be the norm.


Earmarks to campaign contributors: Just a symptom of the larger problem of influence-peddling in Washington

Special interests contribute enormous amounts of money to congressional campaigns — this is common knowledge to any political observer. Less talked about is that large donations make up the large majority of campaign contributions: In 2008, less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. population made contributions of $200 or more, but these large donations made up 82 percent of total funds.

Less talked about still is the ease with which large contributors secure preferential treatment for special interests: bailouts, government contracts, tax breaks and earmarks — all at the expense of American taxpayers.


The League of Women Voters on the DISCLOSE Act

In its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for big-money special interests in our elections. Corporations and unions can now make unlimited secret expenditures seeking to elect or defeat candidates.


Individual rights

Kundera writes of a balcony scene in the winter snow of 1948 Prague. Clementis offers his fur cap to the new leader Gottwald. Later Clementis is purged by the Communists and airbrushed from all the photos. All that remains of Clementis is the fur cap on the Gottwald’s head.

In the end, all that remains of any of us is our reputation. Mine has been sullied over the past week by lies and innuendo.

I’ve spent the past 14 months traveling around the Commonwealth, giving over 400 speeches, and talking to thousands of Kentuckians.


Looking ahead at the issues: immigration

On June 8th, Nevada Republicans will nominate the candidate they want to see take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this November. Senator Harry Reid has already said that he supports some form of a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants in any legislation he brings to the Senate floor. This is amnesty - and it runs contrary to America's roots as a nation of laws.


Real help for Nevada

Nevada is suffering from an unemployment rate of just under 14%.  In Las Vegas, where the majority of Nevadans live and work , the housing price index is a minus 17.5% over just the past year.  Unfortunately, the policies backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Obama administration have done nothing to put Nevada back on the road to recovery and instead are hampering efforts to create private sector jobs.  The artificial boost given to job numbers by hiring temporary census workers isn’t going to change that.

Nevadans today see a federal government bent on ramming through programs that are ideologically driven and ignore their real-life economic consequences.  The health care bill Reid got through the Senate only through parliamentary maneuvering is a good example.  Our business owners face the


An opportunity for change in Nevada

Under the failed leadership of Harry Reid, our government has spiraled out of control.  The United States has racked up a national debt of nearly $14 trillion and our budget deficit is four times higher this year than it was just a year ago.  Government is growing, taxes are increasing, and personal freedoms are diminishing.  Change in Washington is long overdue.

In order to reverse this trend, we must put an immediate stop to out of control government spending.  It is a travesty that our own government is severely encumbering this and future generations of Americans with trillions of dollars of debt while offering no solution to pay it off.  Harry