Trump Can Save Republicans from Getting Trumped in November

Given the current state and controversy within the GOP, I write as a concerned member of the Republican Party. More importantly, I write as a citizen concerned about the fate of this nation. Although a Trump supporter, I hope to separate myself from the bias that comes with this support and write on the circumstances that have allowed Donald Trump to redefine conservatism in the 2016 primary elections. Appealing to some and horrifying to others, Trump has used the American people’s distrust of the current political system to tactfully position…

Republicans, Scalia, Garland, and the Future of the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death on Feb. 13 has significantly altered the landscape of the 2016 presidential election, leading the remaining candidates of both political parties to zealously praise or condemn our outgoing president’s handling of the matter. As with any issue in today’s hyper polarized political climate, many leading Republican figures contested the president’s constitutional duty – including presidential candidates and current senators, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, alongside senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who have repeatedly vowed to strike down any Obama judicial appointment that comes his way prior…

In Defense of John Kasich

Two weeks ago, Gov. John Kasich received a lot of criticism from the conservative base of the Republican Party for his debate performance. Many cited their annoyance, while some called him a liberal – a derogatory name that can damage the reputation of any Republican candidate. Fox News contributor Erick Erickson described him as an “insufferable, angry man.” He continued, “Kasich tried to stand out by yelling and interrupting, but it did not work for him. He came across as a temper tantrum prone child while claiming to be the…

FPR Interviews – Jedediah Bila

Before speaking to a group of Fordham students last week, political pundit and author Jedediah Bila sat down with FPR editor Marisa Gomez to talk about her career, the 2016 elections, and women in politics. Thank you so much for joining me today! It’s an honor to have this opportunity. First off, you seem very, very passionate about politics. It is especially evident in all of your tweets, which are often really funny too! Thank you. But, I wanted to know where your passion for politics came from. My house…

FPR Interviews – Rob Sisson

Rob Sisson is the president of ConservAmerica, a non-profit dedicated to restoring the Republican Party’s legacy of environmental conservation and educating stakeholders on conservative approaches to today’s climate and energy challenges. After speaking to Fordham University’s College Republicans, Mr. Sisson sat down with FPR executive editor John Craig and editor-in-chief, Ben St. Clair. John Craig: What do you see as the most important step the U.S. can take to improve the environment? I think the U.S. needs to take leadership on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the Republican Party is in a sweet…

The Scott Walker Factor

The end of February marked the passage of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and with it one of the earliest Republican cattle calls leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The convention allots potential candidates the opportunity to test their mettle with the base of the GOP and see if they have what it takes to mobilize grassroots activists. The straw poll released at the end of the event rarely acts as an accurate litmus test for who will win the nomination, but it does act as a benchmark…

Reflections on CPAC 2015

For those who don’t know, the Conservative Political Action Conference (or CPAC for short) is the annual gathering of conservative activists hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU). Attended by over a hundred organizations, it is a coveted speaking platform for any conservative, mostly Republican, politician. And this year’s CPAC was an important one. With less than a year to go before the start of the 2016 Republican Party primaries, any major candidate interested in running for president was there; some of the faces attending the conference included Chris Christie,…

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…