GOP State Convention highlights

I attended the GOP convention last Saturday and along with 3785 of my fellow state delegates, enjoyed a pretty mild convention. Even Twitter was relatively quiet, although there were a few of us live-tweeting. In case you were running errands in the rain, here’s a quick recap. First this caveat: anyone who says it was…

Mike Lee’s new, softer tone

I have long been dismayed at the anger and vitriolic name-calling exhibited by some members of the GOP towards others, including fellow Republicans with whom they disagree. “Squishes,” “RINOs,” “sell-outs,” the “surrender caucus” and my favorite, “traitor” are frequently hurled at those that do not agree 100% of the time with some arbitrary, yet un-defined…

How Mike Lee is earning my respect – and my loyalty

It’s no secret that Mike Lee was my second choice in the 2010 election cycle. Since then, he’s had my support, albeit lukewarm at times. Over the last year, my support and respect has been growing. With this week’s fiscal cliff vote, I think he has turned me into an ardent supporter.

Fiscal cliff “deal”, my eye.

This holiday season, we’ve been entertained by subjected to more political theater coming from DC. We had a Speaker of the House telling the Senate majority leader to go, um, entertain himself, a 2 am vote by the Senate, then an evening vote by the House, a president hopping back on his taxpayer funded jet…

Daily Fix, March 18

The House defunds NPR, Chaffetz wants the troops out of Afghanistan, Mike Lee is making a mark, Medicaid does pay for many student births and bouncy balls fall from heaven. *The House on Thursday passed a bill to defund NPR.   The GOP-backed measure, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), passed 228-192. One Republican voted present,…

Daily Fix, March 1

New Hampshire nixes cap-and-trade program, continuing resolution to fund govt passes the US House with $4 B in cuts, House freshman making their mark and Newt is not announcing. Something. *The New Hampshire House voted 246-104 to end the state’s participation in a cap-and-trade program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. New Hampshire is…

Daily Fix, Jan 24

Today is the first day of the 45 day legislative session for 2011. Fasten your seatbelts – it’s likely to be quite the roller coaster! *As the session gets underway, here’s an overview of what you can expect from the Senate, including a clear explanation of LST – Legislator Standard Time. Believe me – it…

Lee's staff solidifying

Senator Mike Lee’s senior staff is solidifying now that the swearing-in has taken place. Lobbyist Spencer Stokes is still his chief of staff. Dan Hauser, deputy campaign manager, is no longer slated to become the state director but instead will move to DC to become the Policy Director. The state director position has not been…