Republican Reformation: How the GOP Can Turn it Around

In politics, connection with voters is everything. A candidate’s ability to relate to his or her voters is something that keeps campaign managers and the political consultant class up at night, and is a finicky force that can make or break a nominee regardless of how he or she might look on paper. If voters feel comfortable enough to place trust in the candidate, checking a box next to a name on a ballot becomes as easy and natural as texting a friend to catch a movie. Outside of the…

Pharmaceuticals vs. The U.S. Corporate Tax

Pharmaceutical companies have dominated the business news cycle in 2014 thus far. More specifically, reports of pharmaceutical takeover bids have been prominent, with a trio of high-profile cases stealing recent headlines. Late this May, the U.K.-based AstraZeneca, maker of the widely used acid reflux disease drug Nexium, rejected a takeover bid from industry titan Pfizer. Finding a more favorable outcome was U.S. pharmaceutical AbbVie, which recently secured a $54 billion dollar merger with Ireland’s Shire Plc, to be finalized later this year. AbbVie’s former parent company Abbott Laboratories saw $5.3…

Hobby Lobby, and the Fictitious Dichotomy of Religious Freedom and Women’s Rights

An old Latin proverb states, “parva leves capiunt animas,” which translates roughly to “small things occupy small minds.” Indeed, the background question lingering among many current political discussions goes as follows: are you in favor of women’s rights or are you in favor of religious freedom? To those even casually following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the reactions from those in the political sphere are both disheartening—as a whole and in their details—and antithetical to a sensible national conversation. Likewise, there is hardly a sense…

The Establishment Wins in NJ-03

The Establishment vs. Tea Party divide within the Republican Party has been documented ad nauseum throughout the first six months of this election year. Last Tuesday’s GOP primary in Mississippi, which saw state senator Chris McDaniel narrowly edge six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and force a run-off  election between the two Republicans later this month, only further accentuated the never-ending topic of analysis that is the GOP Civil War. Recent Republican primaries in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina, where establishment candidates won the nomination over their respective challengers from the…

The Tea Party: Enemies of Conservatism

It takes places in a grassy field. Sitting in the back of a white pick-up truck is Dwayne Stovall, a businessman clad in denim from head to toe with a rifle leaning against his side. Resting comfortably next to him is his dog, panting as his owner rips into Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn. Mr. Stovall, who recently challenged Cornyn in Texas’s Republican primary, rips into the senator’s alliance with Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who Stovall pans for looking and fighting like a turtle. After repeating this absurd motif in…

The Right’s Governing Problem

It comes as no surprise that the Republican Party has been labeled the party of ‘no’ over the past four years.  A party once ruled by established, pragmatic, old school politicians was rocked when Barack Obama cruised into the oval office on what the far right saw as a wave of ultra-liberal ideologies, threatening to destroy the basic foundations of the United States.  This fear energized an extreme right wing of the Republican Party into forming a coalition called the Tea Party. As of this current Congressional session, there are…

FPR Interviews – CNN Anchor Don Lemon

In a systemically polarized country plagued by an agenda-motivated media, Don Lemon sets the standard for what could be – and what may be – the closest example of objective journalism in America. The 47-year old news anchor began working for CNN in 2006 and he currently hosts the weekend prime-time edition of “Newsroom.” Before becoming an anchor for CNN, Mr. Lemon was a correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News, as well as an anchor on both Weekend Today and MSNBC. Some of his achievements include winning an Emmy…