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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.

Let’s Protect Intellectual Property Rights From ‘Big Fix’

The US Patent and Trademark Office is shown 14 March 2006 in Alexandria, Va. (PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Fall is always a busy time on Capitol Hill. Members usually wait for this time of year to consider the most controversial and thorny issues like appropriation bills to keep the government open and tax legislation that expires at the end of the year. Deals are made and legislators look for any opening to sneak through supposed non-controversial legislation without much debate or fanfare.

Busting Margaret Sanger

4:05 PM 08/31/2015

Why is America’s national museum, the Smithsonian Institution, honoring an outspoken eugenicist who advocated the forced sterilization of millions of Americans? A racist who used abortion and birth control specifically to target the black population?

Pull The Plug On The Ex-Im Bank Now!

2:43 PM 06/29/2015

Boeing and General Electric (GE) have been throwing all they’ve got behind the reauthorization of the United States Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), set to expire this week. That shouldn’t come as much of a shock, considering they are the top two recipients of taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for foreign countries and companies to purchase their products. The bank is nothing but welfare for America’s largest, most successful corporations, and it’s time for taxpayers to stop footing the bill.

Hillary’s All FOR Voter Suppression!

2:17 PM 06/19/2015

It’s like the movie "Groundhog Day." We are condemned to be forever repeating the same old things, but with slight variations and plot twists. Endlessly. That’s what it’s like watching that Golden Oldie, Hillary Clinton.

War Is A Four-Letter Word, Spelled I-R-A-N

12:06 PM 05/22/2015

House Foreign Relations Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) recently briefed members of the Israel Allies Caucus on Capitol Hill.He spoke to supporters about Iran. Leading off with a question from decades ago: "What distinguishes the United States' nuclear missile arsenal from that of the Soviet Union?"

Candidates Win Evangelicals With Pro-American Worker Immigration Policy

6:11 PM 05/18/2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, an expected GOP presidential candidate, drew the ire of the political right and left recently over his comments on immigration. When it comes to the immigration issue, Republicans are expected to use the tried and true, consultant tested “secure the border” talking point and move on to other issues.

Stop Economic Cronyism, Wind Down The Ex-Im Bank

4:01 PM 05/15/2015

Speaker John Boehner recently made headlines by joining the growing chorus among conservatives on Capitol Hill calling for a “wind down” of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) – signaling he might be open to a plan by U.S. House Republicans to bring the New Deal-era program of economic cronyism to an end.

Obama’s Immigration Legacy: Lower Wages And Less Security For Americans

4:32 PM 03/27/2015

“All we're saying is we're not going to deport you," was the big lie President Barack Obama used when he announced his executive action on immigration. Despite being repeated time and again by politicians and the media during the DHS funding debate to describe the president’s action, it’s still a lie.

A Dred Scott Decision For Unborn Children?

3:52 PM 03/10/2015

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider whether to overturn the marriage laws of all the states — as some activist federal judges have already done in some of the states -- conservatives are naturally calling for judicial restraint. We must warn the court against another exercise of “raw judicial power” like that handed down with its infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. That cruel and unjust ruling is viewed as illegitimate by tens of millions of Americans. Young people especially are turning against abortion-on-demand. We see this in every pro-life march. And this public outcry is being translated into a bumper crop of pro-life legislation bubbling up in state legislatures.

Mayors Drink The Ex-Im Kool-Aid

4:42 PM 02/24/2015

There’s an old saying that all politics is local. If that is the case, it should follow that local politicians should be among the best informed, armed with ironclad facts as they weigh in on issues that affect not only their areas, but the nation as a whole. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, however, has generated some confusion recently by throwing their support behind the embattled Export-Import Bank of the United States – apparently on the strength of some questionable data.

An Energy Security Trust Fund Should Be A Bipartisan Priority

11:47 AM 01/09/2015

With the new year comes a new Congress, and, as always, energy policy will be a major priority for this 114th session. Now that Republicans have regained control of both the Senate and the House, and with President Obama looking to establish his legacy, there is a unique opportunity to build positive momentum on energy security and reduce America’s vulnerability to the historically volatile oil market.

The Conservative Case Against Patent Reform

4:32 PM 12/04/2014

After six years of Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress pledging to “fix” every sector of the economy with one-size-fits-all Washington “solutions” (and failing miserably), you will never guess what some Republicans in Washington are planning to do in January when they get complete control of Capitol Hill. If you guessed that they’re planning to join the White House legislate a government takeover of another sector of our economy, you would be right.

Sounding The Alarm On Obama’s Amnesty Agenda

6:00 PM 12/02/2014

Now that President Barack Obama announced his intentions to violate the Constitution and grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants through executive amnesty, Congress is in a rush to respond. Obama's actions are a threat to the America's democracy, and it is up to the American people to demand enforcement of America's immigration laws.

House Republicans Can Stop Obama’s Amnesty Agenda

10:37 AM 11/18/2014

With already dismal approval ratings, this has been the most difficult month for President Barack Obama yet. After voters from coast to coast soundly rejected Obama-supporting Democrats on election day, video was leaked of left-wing economist Jonathan Gruber -- the chief architect of Obamacare -- admitting that the sweeping health care bill became law because Americans are "stupid."