This evening Robert Novak spoke during our dinner at the Defending the American Dream Summit. Yes, I know what some of you are thinking who routinely read my blog. It has not been long since I said of Novak that as he has aged (he is 76) he has gradually stopped doing research and reporting and instead has become a gossip columnist. (And, yes I made a similar claim about the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund who will be speaking to us tomorrow.) But, let me tell you, Novak’s speech this evening and the Q&A session afterwards were both insightful and interesting.
I am impressed with everything I have seen about Michael Williams who is running for re-election to the position of Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. God, family, country. The respect that he shows for them combined with real leadership skills and a commitment to make tomorrow better than today makes him someone we are blessed to have serving us in Texas. Evidently, I am just one of many who like what he has done and his vision for the future. Check out the press release below to see what I mean.
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MICHAEL WILLIAMS CAMPAIGN
FUNDRAISING TOTALS TOP $1.3 MILLION
AUSTIN – Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Michael Williams’ campaign today announced they have raised more than $1.3 million in his bid for reelection.
The latest report to the Texas Ethics Commission will show Williams raised $624,480.77 for the reporting period covering January to June of 2008. As of July 15, Williams maintains over $800,000 on-hand. Of those totals, Williams has raised $67,286 online.
“Chairman Williams is working hard bringing his pro-growth, environmentally conscious energy solutions to the people of Texas and they are responding,” said Corbin Casteel, Williams Campaign Manager, who noted that nearly 70% of Williams’ donors work outside the energy industry as evidence of Williams’ broad base of support. [Read more…]
I was invited to attend the Republican Party of Texas Convention held last week in Houston. I was offered full media credentials to “blog the convention.” It would have been fun, but I didn’t have the time and energy to participate right now.
Although I could not personally attend, I have enjoyed reading what others have had to say. It seems that a video clip that was shown at the convention has prompted The Left to really get their panties in a bunch. They are cringing in horror about the Big John video put together by Senator John Cornyn’s staff to introduce him at the convention. It would seem that just like public policy, the left just doesn’t get it. The video was obviously what my dad used to call “a half jest.” For him, a half jest was something that sent a serious message but that was framed in a way that is sufficiently over the top so as to bring a smile to your face. Not humorous, but almost humorous — a half jest.
As a “half jest” this Cornyn video is brilliant. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Who should John McCain select to be his running mate. The selection of a Vice President running mate has historically been a small factor in the success or failure of elections. However, I believe that the dynamics are different in this particular election such that the VP candidate will be absolutely crucial for both Republicans and Democrats.
In the video below Laura Ingraham discusses with Greta Van Susteren her preferences for who John McCain should ask to join him.
The 2008 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will be held June 10-11 in Indianapolis, In. And, once again I will regretfully not be able to attend.
The Southern Baptist Convention is made up of more than 16 million members in more that 40,000 churches.
For many years the selection of the person to serve as President of the Convention has been the element of the meeting which has received the most attention. During the Conservative Resurgence, the election of the President was a bitterly contested race . However, from 1992 to 2005 candidates were pretty much selected in informal caucuses of SBC leaders and only one candidate was nominated in each of these years. That changed in 2006, when three candidates were nominated and this year there are six men who will be nominated to fill the position:
Les Puryear – Pastor of Lewisville Baptist Church in Lewisville, NC
Johnny Hunt – Pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, GA.
Wiley Drake – Pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, CA.
Avery Willis – Former Southern Baptist missionary and retired Senior Vice President of Overseas Operations for the International Mission Board
Frank Cox – Pastor of North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, GA.
William L. (Bill) Wagner – Former Southern Baptist missionary and seminary professor and currently President of Olivet University International in San Francisco, CA.
May God be glorified in the process as he brings to service that man for which he has prepared this great responsibility.
I’m not a Republican. No, I’m not a Democrat, either. I’m not a Libertarian and I’m not Green. I’m independent with a non-capital i.
I find no fault with anyone who is active in a political party, such as my wife. But, I just don’t feel like I can belong to a political party at this point in my life and not get caught in a conflict of interests with the primary calling on my life; the gospel.
Nevertheless, I am a political junkie.
So, I am very interested in what is happening with Huck Pac. After dropping out of the race to become the Republican nominee in the presidential election, Mike Huckabee formed Huck Pac to support Republican candidates who share the conservative values of those who had previously supported Huckabee. To quote Huckabee, “Huck PAC is not a “memory-maker” from the presidential campaign, it is a serious effort to make a difference in the campaigns of Republican candidates everywhere.”
I will be very interested to see how this endeavor develops.
The news media and internet have been abuzz with discussion of a statement made earlier this month by Senator Barack Obama. At a fundraiser on April 6 in San Francisco, Barack Obama said the following;
“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
I voted today. The Texas primary isn’t until Tuesday, March 4 but we have early voting. I was shocked at how many people were there. It wasn’t even election day but people were lined up almost out the doors to vote early.
I voted for the person who I thought would make the best President. He is also the only person who could answer “yes” to all the questions on the following voter’s guide.
“We need to return to pure Barry Goldwater conservatism.” That is what one radio talk-show host had to say this week. To most of the listeners that probably sounded pretty innocuous. However, it speaks volumes to the struggle that has taken place in the Republican primary this election cycle. [Read more…]