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The fifth annual RedState convention in New Orleans, RedState 2013, over the first weekend in August, featured plenty of stellar Republicans, conservatives, governors, senators, Congressmen and candidates. RedState Founder Erick Erickson screens, selects and invites the speakers, so their caliber reflects his.
Many speakers addressed not only the leftists who are desperately working to destroy our liberties and free market system,
I was fortunate enough to join other conservative Americans from all over the country assembled at Erick Erickson’s fifth annual RedState gathering, RedState 2013 in New Orleans over the first weekend in August. Speakers included governors, senators, congressmen, candidates and a Tea Party Patriot leader. Every one of them inspired and informed.
The three most compelling takeaways:
The Texas Capitol building and grounds were filled with competing blue vs. orange shirts during the debate in Texas over a law that would limit abortions past 20 weeks/5 months of pregnancy, and require abortion facility upgrades. The bill’s supporters and opponents rallied at the State House, the supporters wearing blue, and the bill’s opponents choosing orange.
Both sides claimed the high ground and the slogan “Stand with Texas Women.” Read more »
Along with all the patriotic joy and hoopla of fireworks, family barbeques and parades that will mark the celebration of America’s 237th birthday this year, most of us also pause to honor the courage of our Founders who wrote and proclaimed the Declaration of Independence. You can read the text of the Declaration here.
That Declaration was and is one of the most consequential and profound documents in all of the world’s history. It was a civilization-altering statement that all of us have rights from our Creator. These are rights, they explained, that belong to all of us — innately and absolutely — regardless of what any government says.
State Rep. Jason Villalba’s Teacher Appraisal Bill is Another Vital Step Toward Upgrading Texas Public Schools
Texas’ 83rd Legislative Session features an important theme, reflected in numerous pending bills: the determination to improve the public education system, and to protect and advance school choice, especially for low-income families. Texas Republicans are leading the way.
One aspect of upgrading public schools, reviewing the caliber of our teacher performance appraisal process,
CPAC 2013 included some controversy, which resulted in the Breitbart.com team sponsoring a hastily organized session on Saturday afternoon that featured a panel of prominent thought leaders on the American Right who were “uninvited” by the CPAC board.
This year CPAC excluded presentations by conservatives whose messages and missions concern the threat of radical Islam, jihadists, at home and abroad.
Two days after I returned home from CPAC 2013, I met with a small group of conservative friends in Dallas and one asked what was my favorite part of CPAC. I did not and cannot choose my favorite speaker or panel, because so many were fabulous. But the all-women panel that made abundantly clear that liberal policies constitute an ongoing and long-term real war on women’s progress, was among my favorites. Read more »
Fellow TexasGOPVote blogger Tom Donelson recently wrote about some of the CPAC 2013 speakers who stand out as possible 2016 Presidential contenders, listing Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Rand Paul.
I respectfully add to that list Ted Cruz, Allen West, Governors Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, and a long shot but very popular person, Dr. Ben Carson of Prayer Breakfast fame.
CPAC also featured Texas Governor Rick Perry, whose presence seemed to signal interest in running for President, although he has frequently told audiences
Matthew Dowd said on ABC’s This Week that attendees at the 2013 CPAC conference last week in Washington were “like a bunch of dinosaurs.” CPAC reminds him of “you know, ‘Land Before Time’ and (is)…. like going to a Flintstones episode.” He sounded more like a mindless Tina Fey wannabe than a thoughtful Republican by saving a special jab for Governor Sarah Palin, whom he compared with the Kardashians. While I proudly have never watched any reality television show, I am pretty sure that the wholesome-family-life-in-Alaska Palin reality show was not in the same universe with whatever shallow drivel constituted entertainment on the Kardashians’ messy-life-on-display show. Read more »
Dan Patrick, Republican State Senator and Senate Education Committee Chair, introduced an education reform bill, S.B. 2, in this 83rd session of the Texas State legislature that supports an expansion of the number of charter schools in Texas. Current Texas law limits the number of open-enrollment charter schools to 215, and S.B. 2 would remove that artificial cap.
This is no doubt good news for the over 100,000 children on Texas’ charter school waiting lists. At present, charter schools enroll around 150,000 students, and they have proved popular with parents seeking some alternative to the local public school their children would otherwise attend based on their zip code.
In short, expanding charter schools interjects more competition in the educational arena, and more choice in educational opportunities, all to the benefit of Texas’ children and parents. Read more »