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Ken Blackwell
Ken Blackwell
Former Ohio Secretary of State
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      Ken Blackwell

      Ken Blackwell, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, is a member of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's board, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, and Ohio's former secretary of state.

Is Cleveland Aware That The Republicans Are Coming?

              A delivery man loses his cargo trying to negotiate snow and slush along West Sixth St. in downtown Cleveland Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Ohioans picked their way around snow and slush left from the winter's biggest storm so far, with one major interstate still closed for commuters after an evening accident. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Most cities recognize that a national party convention is a big deal. Major political figures, including a possible president, visit the metropolis. Thousands of delegates arrive, ready to nominate and, even more, celebrate. A swarm of journalists envelope the proceedings. No story is too small to become an exciting scoop for the Fourth Estate.

Confusing Main Street With Wall Street

11:27 AM 05/27/2016

Billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently complained to a Wall Street gathering that “the Republican Party is no longer the party of business.” He predicted that union members, not corporate executives, would be voting GOP this fall.

The Left’s Jihad Against American Energy

5:38 PM 05/18/2016

This election season has created an unprecedented alliance between the environmental Left and the anti-free market movement. The result is a well-funded juggernaut adept at conducting coordinated and sophisticated assaults on American businesses while attempting to influence crucial elections. Their goals are nothing short of shuttering our American manufacturing industry, halting the production of affordable energy and placing a ruling clique of radicals in office.                          

Slow Walking Our Embrace Of Trump

10:15 AM 05/11/2016

Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president. His imminent triumph has created shock and dismay within the GOP. A number of top Republicans are threatening not to support Trump. A few have proposed launching a third party bid.

No Premature Surrender In The Battle For The Supreme Court

3:48 PM 05/06/2016

Living through the craziest and most unpredictable election season in my lifetime, it appears that nothing goes according to plan and there is always another surprise. However, even in this volatile political year, there are still some things you can count on. A lone conservative voice will predict loss and call for early surrender and the media will go into overdrive to shine a light on this tiny minority to declare victory or amplify a story of conservative division, where one does not exist.

The Path To Post-Convention Unity

4:16 PM 04/26/2016

The media almost always is more interested in process than substance. So it’s been big news that Ted Cruz and John Kasich are cooperating in their effort to stop Donald Trump from winning a majority of delegates and thus the nomination. Of course, the Trump campaign has cried foul, though he should relish the opportunity to demonstrate that the majority of Republicans back him.

Abortion And The Presidential Front-Runners

2:54 PM 04/18/2016

The recent Wisconsin primary was a serious setback for the front-runners of both parties. Donald Trump’s momentum toward the 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican nomination was slowed by Ted Cruz’s victory, and Hillary Clinton lost yet again to Bernie Sanders, who’s won seven of the last eight contests.

Danger In The Third-Party Movement

3:34 PM 03/23/2016

The pages of the political calendar are turning relentlessly. Yesterday, GOP voters went to the polls in Arizona and Utah. Donald Trump’s path to the Republican nomination continues substantially unabated. Yet there are many variables still in play, and there’s no guarantee that Trump will reach the 1237 delegates he needs prior to the GOP Convention.

The Trump Campaign: Dragging America Into The Political Gutter

11:02 AM 03/10/2016

While Donald Trump may be a successful businessman, one who has created a larger than life public relations persona, his business acumen and PR spin does not qualify him to be the next President of the United States. Further, Donald Trump is an existential threat to conservatism.

Senate Should Only Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Who Will Apply the Constitution

10:57 AM 02/29/2016

For 30 years Antonin Scalia sat on the Supreme Court. He was a legal giant, unimpressed with the pretensions of power and resistant to liberal orthodoxies. He was unafraid to skewer what typically passes for legal “reasoning,” even — or perhaps especially — when expressed by his colleagues. And he sometimes surprised even his critics, rigorously defending the Constitution irrespective of the issue.

ACA And Insurers Create More Barriers For Consumers

3:11 PM 02/05/2016

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, was enacted, Americans were promised a healthcare system in which insurance companies would be held accountable and patients would have access to affordable care. Six years later, however, the reality has proven to be quite different -- a plan that was supposed to mend our nation’s fractured healthcare system has driven up healthcare costs, decreased market competition, and ultimately harmed patients.

Do Not Close The Book On Carly Fiorina

3:37 PM 02/03/2016

Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and now Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. All were considered to be serious candidates for the Republican nomination for president and all have dropped out.

The Problem With Obama’s Trickle Down Regulations

3:11 PM 01/27/2016

President Obama’s legacy is sadly clear. Eight years of this administration’s disastrous environmental policies and unwarranted regulations are not only creating havoc in Washington, DC, they are trickling down into individual states, increasing costs for businesses and potentially stalling much needed economic development in areas starving for prosperity and growth. Even worse is emerging evidence of state regulators tearing pages out of the EPA’s playbook and piling on with additional environmental rules and penalties that only add to the confusion and costs for businesses around the country.

Stop Terrorists From Killing Americans, Not Americans From Owning Guns

4:51 PM 12/07/2015

Another terrorist attack, another refusal by President Barack Obama to tell the truth. Instead of admitting that Islamic terrorists had staged another murderous assault on innocent people, he turned the victims into a political prop. Instead of explaining how he intended to stop terrorists from killing Americans, he launched another campaign to stop Americans from owning guns.

Put Rouhani To Test By Placing Human Rights At The Center Of His European Tour

1:25 PM 11/11/2015

This weekend and early next week Hassan Rouhani will be making his first visit to Europe as the president of Iran. The first time for anything is special and this has the potential to really be a historical visit. Rouhani is scheduled to meet with the leaders of France and Italy, and they can make this a new chapter for relations between Iran and Europe, and to some extent the West as a whole.