The Republicans’ Big Week: So What’s Next?

By
Randy Evans

Last week, Republicans gathered for one last time before the race for the GOP presidential nomination goes into full swing. Georgia Republicans met in Athens, Ga., to elect their chairman and officers. National Republicans met in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Republican National Committee meeting.  Not surprisingly, presidential candidates were in abundance at both gatherings.

In Georgia, delegates to the 2015 Georgia Republican Convention gathered at the Classic Center in Athens.  The over 2,000 attendees were elected at county conventions from around Georgia earlier this year.   The “headliner” was the election of a chairman for a two year … Read more...

State Loses Great Leaders Eva Galambos, Harry Geisinger

By
Randy Evans

During the course of two weeks, Georgia lost two great Americans. Each contributed in their own way to transforming Georgia from the politics of the past to the foundations for the future.

The first mayor of Sandy Springs, Eva Galambos, died on April 19 at age 87. Like Newt Gingrich and his drive to become the first Republican speaker in over four decades, Mayor Galambos had a four decade dream: the formation of a new city within the confines of Fulton County. Her dream came true with the creation of the city of Sandy Springs.

She was … Read more...

Not Iowa, but Cleveland as the First GOP Primary

By

Randy Evans

Officially, the first contest for the 2016 presidential campaign will be the Iowa caucuses currently scheduled for February 2016 to be followed by New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.  Yet for Republicans, the reality of the 2016 nomination process is that the first contest will actually occur in early August 2015.

In August 2015, FOX will host the first RNC-sanctioned debate in Cleveland, Ohio. It will be held in connection with the Summer Republican National Committee meeting.  And while there will be many GOP presidential candidates, not all can take the stage.

Neither FOX nor viewers want … Read more...

Collectivism, the Environment’s Real Danger

By
Bradley Opitz

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated by many people all around the world. It is a day that is set aside for a time of reflection on the physical state of the earth, and to celebrate the planet that humanity has always called home.  Coincidentally, the day that has been set aside to celebrate earth coincides with the date of birth of a man named Vladimir Lenin.  Being that April, 22 is the date of two important events, it is rather fitting that close attention is paid to how economics has real effects on the physical well … Read more...

Report of RNC National Committeeman Randy Evans

By
Randy Evans

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Georgia’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee.  It has been an honor to serve and represent Georgia Republicans.

As promised, I hit the ground running with the help of my fellow members of the RNC.  I knew I had big shoes to fill following Committeeman Alec Poitevint, and I believe I have carried on the tradition of influential leaders on the RNC.

During my first term, Chairman Reince Priebus and the RNC named me to the Rules Committee, the Subcommittee on Primaries and Caucuses, the Subcommittee on Debates, … Read more...

Dine and Dash in the US Economy, Reconsidering Ian Ruined’s “I at Least Shagged” – A Siren’s Song to the American Odyssey

(Please note that Michael Anderson is a respected MD practicing as a pediatrician and constitutional attorney who clerked for a Federal Appeals Court Judge.  He, as all our writers, is a Madison Forum Member.)

By
Michael Anderson

Reconsidering the Sirens’ song from Ayn Rand’s (aka “Ian Ruined”), that oddly influential book that may have been originally titled as “I at Least SHAGGED”.  Perhaps publishers believed US readers would miss the nuance of British slang, and re-named “I at Least Shagged” to “Atlas Shrugged.” The “Shagged” version of the title reads with more candor.  Here I express my disappointment and anger … Read more...

Checking Federal Power Abuse

By
Richard Arena

The Tea Party movement began when the silent majority finally found its voice (and feet) in 2009.  Millions of Americans across the width and breadth of the county marched to their town squares, state capitols and the Washington Mall to tell their elected representatives they had had enough of government exercising powers beyond the bounds of the Constitution.

How the federal government came to exercise powers prohibited is a long and oft times controversial tale. Following is a Readers Digest version along with a suggestion for what can be done about it – other than march on … Read more...

Constitutional Presidential Qualfications – Difference Between “Natural Born Citizen” And “Citizen”

By
Larry Laibson

The Constitution addresses and differentiates between “natural born Citizen” and “Citizen” with the requirements different for President/Vice President and for Congressional Members.
Will the debate on the requirement of “natural born citizen” for the position of President come up again in the 2016 race? It should, due to specific Constitutional questions on several of the potential candidates.

The unique requirement for “natural born citizen” was specifically added to the Constitution because the President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and there could be questions of divided loyalties or foreign influence (remember the Constitution was drafted … Read more...

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