(HumanEvents.com) Since the GOP’s loss in the 2012 election, the Republican establishment has been scrambling to rebrand itself. But the GOP still hasn’t gone far enough with its post-election soul searching. Fixing the problem will require a number of novel ideas – but let me put one on the table.
The Republican Party must engage its members in an open and collaborative process to discuss exactly what the party should stands for and believes in. In so doing, they will effectively create a new Party platform and update the concept of the platform for the 21st century. Such a platform is proposed, written, and ratified in an open process should be the foundation behind which the GOP rallies and will the beginning of a real effort to establish a modern social media presence.
(Breitbart.com) On Monday, RNC Chair Reince Priebus, in a much-anticipated appearance at the National Press Club, will lay out a blueprint of reforms to make the GOP more competitive. The goal is to correct a number of missteps that cost the party a number of close elections last November. Breitbart News has learned, exclusively, that the RNC plans to revamp its political education efforts and put a renewed emphasis on direct training of activists around the country.
In the 1990s, a Republican organization, GOPAC, ran a very successful training and education program. Using the technology of the time, it distributed tens of thousands of audio cassettes to candidates and activists throughout the country. priebus-gavel-afp-THUMBThe materials provided issue education, as well as tips and tactics for successful campaigns. The new RNC effort to be announced Monday is, in many ways, a return to these roots.
“In order prepare for 2014, 2016 and beyond the RNC needs to lead the way in training our candidates and activists with the tools and techniques they need to win,” Sean Spicer, Communications Director for the RNC, told Breitbart News. “Utilizing both in person and online classes, we will ensure we have people from coast to coast training in the key areas of campaigns.”
(FoxNews-ap) House Republicans unveiled an ambitious cost-cutting plan Tuesday that would balance the budget in 10 years without raising taxes, while repealing ObamaCare and overhauling entitlements — a document Democrats are sure to reject but could be used as a negotiating tool in talks with President Obama.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, is sticking by controversial proposals, including one to give future Medicare retirees the option of using government payments for private health care plans.
The plan warns of a looming debt crisis, and endeavors to pay off the debt by 2050. “We are addressing the most predictable debt crisis in this country’s history,” Ryan said Tuesday. “Our plan will balance the budget and pay off our debts.”
(FoxNews) Shown here is a section of the Keystone Pipeline in North Dakota. (Reuters)
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman notified the Obama administration Tuesday that he has approved the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline to traverse his state, marking a significant step toward reviving the project after President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sidelined it.
[MRC.org] All three networks on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning ignored the violent assaults by union protesters in Michigan, instead vaguely insisting that activists were simply “voicing their anger” at the “showdown raging in the heartland.” The morning shows on Wednesday allowed little coverage of Michigan at all, a mere 72 seconds out of eight hours of programming. (On Tuesday, the nightly newscasts offered eight minutes out of a possible 90 total.)