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Longtime combatant Neal B. Freeman looks at the GOP, and conservatives’ place in it, from the early days of NR on.

Note: This column originally appeared in National Review on December 4, 2013   I understand that you’ve been involved in the GOP civil war for some time. Only 50 years or so. I came in late.   How did you first become involved? I headed Youth for Goldwater in New York. Wasn’t Goldwater’s principal opponent for the Republican nomination, Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York at the time? I had grown up in New York and at some point began to fear that Rockefeller would be governor for life. Mine, as well as his.   Why didn’t you support Rockefeller? His big-government Republicanism was ’roided up. ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, May 12

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Kirsten Powers: ‘How the left is killing free speech’ and demonizing conservatives “...THE TEA PARTY GAUGE - The Tea Party Patriots — the nation’s largest umbrella group for the grass-roots movement — is now conducting its own weekly gauge of popular sentiments among the group’s huge membership. Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin has revealed the latest results, this on a poll which inquired about the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and here are the numbers: Eight percent agreed “It’s good that Hillary Clinton will face some competition for the nomination; 9 percent said “he has no shot of winning. ...

News Briefing for Monday, May 11

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Republican Presidential Hopefuls Gather In South Carolina (TPP sponsored event) “Citizens United and Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan are welcoming GOP presidential candidates and likely candidates to the South Carolina Freedom Summit Saturday to give remarks to grassroots activists from across the Palmetto State. Republicans making remarks at the Freedom Summit include: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Dr. Ben Carson. “Well you know I’m not endorsing ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, April 29

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: IRS watchdog finds 6,400 missing Lois Lerner emails “…Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin said the news was another development in a "long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable." "It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as (the inspector general) continues the investigation," she said in a statement…” http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/28/politics/irs-watchdog-finds-6400-missing-lois-lerner-emails/index.html     HEALTHCARE: Two in three Obamacare beneficiaries had to repay ...

News Briefing for April 25

HEALTHCARE: ObamaCare penalty could be too low, analysis finds “A new analysis highlights that it is often cheaper for people to pay ObamaCare’s penalty for not having health insurance than to buy coverage, meaning the penalty might be too low to spur middle-income people to get covered.  The analysis from the consulting firm Avalere Health finds that for people making less than 200 percent of the poverty line, or about $23,000, purchasing insurance is usually cheaper because of income-based subsidies under the law. The penalty for not having health insurance in 2015 is $325 or 2 percent of income, whichever is greater. But for healthy ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, April 7

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus. In 2006, he said during his gubernatorial campaign that “we as conservatives should oppose” federal ethanol requirements. But at the Iowa Ag Summit this month, he said he was “willing to go forward” with federal standards. Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin asked Walker why he switched his position. Walker said his position was consistent, ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 16

HEALTHCARE: Nearly 200K Coloradans face Obamacare cancellations by 2016 “Nearly 200,000 insured Coloradans will lose their health-care plans next year under the state’s embattled Obamacare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. State insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar touched off an outcry Friday by confirming to news outlets that health-care policies covering 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because they fail to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Colorado Senate Majority Leader Bill Cadman called the action “a huge blow to another 190,000 Coloradans who will be forced out of their existing healthcare plans.” A year ago, ...

News Briefing for Thursday, February 26

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Cruz, Sessions, Lee & Tea Party Patriots Wade In Against McConnell DHS Funding Betrayal “…To further complicate matters for McConnell the grassroots army of the Tea Party Patriots yesterday released a call to action saying: Throughout the election cycle Republicans vowed to do everything they could to stop the President's overreach. Now, the Republicans in the Senate under Majority Leader McConnell's guidance are playing games. Today we have learned that Sen. McConnell's plan is to bring a bill to the Senate floor that would fully fund the Department of Homeland Security without defunding executive amnesty! Congress ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Obama administration plans appeal (Quote by Jenny Beth) “…But it remains to be seen if the decision will provide a way out of a Homeland Security budget impasse that comes to a head on Feb. 27. While the court order remains under review, hard liners on illegal immigration have been pressuring congressional Republicans to permanently pull the funding from an executive order they see as illegal amnesty. Many see Hanen's order not as an exit ramp, but as a vise grip to exact concessions from Democrats. "We're hopeful this will be a wake-up call to Senate Democrats," said Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin. GOP ...

News Briefing for Saturday, January 17, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: SC TEA PARTIERS TO HOST BIGGEST CONVENTION YET (TPP mention) “Tea Party activists in South Carolina will meet at their biggest gathering yet, Jan. 17-19 in Myrtle Beach, under the theme “American Dream: An Opportunity, Not an Entitlement.” Because we believe in the First Amendment, we won’t let political correctness into the building. The PC mentality is slowly eroding our rights to free speech and assembly, so we have encouraged all of our program guests to speak boldly and honestly about their policy solutions and innovations. Political correctness is incompatible with free speech; we opt not to surrender our ...