How to Run for Congress - Know Your District

Hopefully you’ve already taken a good look at yourself as a potential candidate and you’re sure that running for Congress is the right move for you.  Now it’s time to take a look at the geography of your district.  Know matter how much you think you know your Congressional district, you don’t know it as intimately as a Congressman needs to.  Here are a few steps you need to take before moving on to the next level of the planning process:...more

You Didn't Build That. Excuse Me?

Dear President Obama,  When you were in Roanoke in July and you gave this speech, what were you thinking?  In your own words, without a teleprompter, this is what you said: "There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn't -- look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart....more
 @elaineR.N. yep.  man, it's a bad year for politics isn't it?  lots of foot in mouth syndrome.  more

Pelosi and Sharpton - Being Equal-er

 It wasn’t that long ago…maybe eight week…when we learned that the Democrats were taking part in a workshop to practice making “race” an issue in this election. I guess it worked. ...more

All Eyes on Wisconsin

  In a world like mine where overspending the budget can have serious consequences, I have few political role models to help me.  Among them is beleaguered Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. ...more

Mitt Romney and Reverend Wright

Mitt Romney has made clear he won't campaign on President Obama's long standing association with Reverend Wright.  This is the same strategy that John McCain employed and is likely to meet with the same end.  Meanwhile some PACs are going head with their criticism of the President's connection with Reverend Wright.  John McCain on Sunday talk shows makes it looks as if he still considers himself the leader of the Republican Party....more

My Little Pony Birth Control Pills?

I’ve just watched a campaign ad for Barack Obama entitled “Dreams of our Daughters.”The narrator of the video is a “mother” of young girls. We watch the children and learn that they have lofty goals and big dreams. (I’m applauding through this part because I think all children should have big dreams.)...more

Only a Flesh Wound

That famous cry of the Black Knight from Monty Python can be heard throughout the Republican primaries, How long will the candidates keep whacking away at each other? No one knows....more

Super Tuesday

Today is Super Tuesday here in Oklahoma. I really can't wait till this stupid election is over, mainly to have different news to watch. I'm already tired of the commercials and every single news program is nothing but election stuff. The main thing I'm ready to end are the phone calls. They come every single day, several times a day, Sunday's included. Yesterday, when I got home from a very long day at the office I checked our phone messages which usually area NONE. There were no less than six messages, one was a message we needed....more

Save It for Later Saturday: The election, conflict resolution, and reassurance

In Save It for Later Saturday you’re getting a brief run-down of the stand-outs from my week's "Read Later" list.  This week during one of our dinner conversations, my daughters fired off questions about the presidential election.  The questions were not difficult to answer.  I understand the electoral process.  But the questions were difficult for me to clearly answer in a way that was meaningful to them.  There’s a lot t...more

Coming to TN in 2014: The Abortion Debate

On Friday, the Tennessee House voted to put an amendment regarding abortion on the ballot for 2014. Per the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:...more