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March Madness, 2016 GOP-Style

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thanks to the NCAA basketball tournament, “March Madness” is now a household phrase.

It’s also applies to a crowded field of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls. With two differences:

There Was More To GOP's Woes In 2012 Than Poor Advice And Advisors

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, March 17, 2013

In case you missed this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, it was a good couple of days for Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, both of whom seem to be angling for higher office.

Time's A Wastin' - For GOP To Talk About Government Waste

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, March 10, 2013

In a year in which Washington will be dominated by loose talk of federal largesse and limitations, congressional Republicans face an image challenge: how best to argue the case for budgetary austerity without coming across as . . . well, too austere.

What's The President Gunning For?

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Maybe I’m getting old, or maybe the flu season has finally arrived on my doorstep, but I find myself agreeing with much of what President Obama had to say earlier

2012 - Crystal Ball Edition

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

For years, my favorite column was the late William Safire’s annual “office pool” – the columnist, former speechwriter and language sage predicting twists and turns in politics, economics

Now That Rice Is Off The Menu, Any Chance Of A Hillary-Free Diet?

by Bill Whalenvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Soon, Susan Rice’s announced decision to take herself out of the running for U.S. Secretary of State will recede from the spotlight.

Navigating California’s Electricity Maze

by Jeremy Carlvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, November 29, 2012

In a time of continuing budget deficits and record-high taxes, Californians are currently spending billions of dollars annually on eleven different, often overlapping, renewable and distributed energy programs, with no clear lines of decision-making authority and little accoun


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