Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai ignited a firestorm by announcing a plan to undo the 2015 regulation implementing “net neutrality.” His plan would be critical to undoing the Obama-era power grab at the FCC.
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Michael Thielen has served as the Republican National Lawyers Association’s Executive Director since 2000. He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (B.A. History, 1989) and Pepperdine School of Law (J.D., 1993) and is a member of the California Bar. Michael worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 1994 through the 1996 election. At the end of the cycle, he worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the RNC. In this position, he uncovered the connection between Arief Wiriadinata and the Clinton administration, which became the Chinese Campaign Finance scandal or the John Huang scandal. He also helped to uncover information linking the Clintons to alleged Mafia Union Boss Arthur Coia. After leaving the RNC, Michael worked for candidates for elected office in Virginia including candidates for Congress, Attorney General and the Virginia House of Delegates. In the latter, he worked for a candidate who unseated a 22-year incumbent. In addition, Michael has executed independent research projects for candidates for Federal and State office. Michael has also worked for conservative advocacy organizations.
While most people were focused on election results on Tuesday night, lawyers in Philadelphia were in court dealing with yet another election problem in Philadelphia. At best in Philadelphia, it is hard to say where the incompetence ends and the vote fraud begins. At worse, Democrats in Philadelphia are using Jim-Crow-style intimidation tactics on anyone who tries to vote for the Green or Republican candidates, or anyone but the Democrats’ chosen candidates.
Thirty years ago, the Senate rejected Judge Robert Bork for the Supreme Court after a series of unprecedented and often untrue attacks by Democrats on one of the nation’s foremost legal scholars. Today, the Democrats and their allies are arguably treating judicial nominees worse. For while the attacks were one-sided, the vote to defeat Judge Bork was at least bipartisan. Today, Democrats and their allies make no such efforts to actually defeat nominees they do not like; instead, they attempt to obstruct and sully the character of nominees.
Yesterday, the House Committee on Administration held a hearing on state voter registration list maintenance. While list maintenance does not generate headlines like voter ID, double voting, or other election stories, it is vital to protecting the integrity of our elections. Here’s why.
Last week, Republican National Lawyers Association Vice President for Election Education David Warrington wrote about how Federal Election Commission Commissioner Ellen Weintraub is using reports of attempts by foreign actors to influence last year’s election as an excuse to call for broader regulation of Internet speech. That editorial also covered the enforcement positions taken by former FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel to inform our opinion about where such regulation is headed.
Foreign entities and governments do, in fact, seek to influence the outcome of U.S. elections, just as the U.S. at times seeks to influence the outcomes of foreign elections. For example, the Obama Administration was hostile towards the establishment government in Israel and spent taxpayers’ money to try to influence the elections of one of our closest allies.
Mitt Romney owned 6 houses during the 2012 election. If Romney voted using three of those houses in 2012, that would be unacceptable, right? Yet, Romney could have easily done this if not for some adult consequences such as taxes (and having personal ethical standards).
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently compared President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to the neo-Nazi protesters of Charlottesville. This comparison is both wrong and offensive as the commission is set up to do exactly what Schumer asked for later in his same rant when he called for “public debate about these issues where experts can discuss policies like same-day registration as well as alleged voter fraud.”
There is a fundamental difference developing between Democrats and Republicans that is the cause of many of the problems in Washington now. Since Democrats are no longer the part of government, they are now the party trying to undermine government. Democrats do not believe in equal treatment under the law, but rather feel they are above the law. Right now, Democrats are not about issues — they are about politics over justice.
This week, alarm cries went up with headlines screaming that our elections could be hacked with ease after a publicity stunt at the DEF CON, a hacking conference in Las Vegas, where hackers accessed mock voting machines. The reality is, if anything, DEF CON proved it is hard to hack our election systems, but one possible cure to this problem may be worse than any disease.
In just the last four days, numerous stories have broken about vote fraud in Florida. Actual vote fraud, which according to DC establishment liberals and Democrats is as mythical as a unicorn or worse, a racist ploy. The stories from Florida this week show the reality of vote fraud from a corrupt election official to an organized scheme to steal an election to 103% voter registration in a corrupt county. The fact that establishment Democrats refuse to even discuss the problem makes prosecuting vote fraud or stopping it next to impossible.
Yesterday, President Trump spoke and kicked off his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. At one point, he asked about those states refusing to share publicly available voter registration information: “If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they’re worried about. And I asked the Vice President, I asked the Commission: What are they worried about? There’s something. There always is.”
Senate Democrats are obstructing and delaying President Trump’s nominees on an unprecedented scale, merely to score political points with their increasingly liberal base.
The Trump Administration, from its inauguration, has faced remarkable partisan opposition even from people who work for, and purport to speak for, the government. These partisan “resistance” operatives inside the government often operate anonymously, through “alt” Twitter accounts, but some have gone public with their opposition to President Trump.
The long-discredited tale blaming Sarah Palin for the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was resurrected by The New York Times last week in the wake of the shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Yet it wasn’t the only highly partisan distortion of the truth by the Times on a conservative Republican. They allowed a similarly tortured effort by long time opponent of any effort to protect the integrity of elections, Ari Berman, on another leading conservative: Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity Vice Chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Former FBI Director James Comey begins testifying today and all of Washington and the media will be consumed by the details. But they’ll likely overlook why his testimony is so fascinating that has nothing to do with Russia. Rather, it has to do with what then-front runner and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton found “horrifying” during the 2016 campaign: the suggestion that her opponent Donald Trump might not accept the election results. That’s right, back in October, Hillary said refusal to accept the election results would be “talking down our democracy.” She must have changed her mind because now she is leading the charge to resist and undermine the results of last November’s election.
At its best, politics is a battlefield in the war of ideas. Ideally, all sides are heard and the best, most persuasive side wins. Faced with arguments that are offensive or wrong, the answer — and one codified in our First Amendment — is more speech rather than attempts to silence the incorrect speaker.
Representative Val Demings may be the first Democrat to admit to how the left views the First Amendment. The Florida Congresswoman replied to a critical comment by saying, “My First Amendment Right is different from yours." Any honest political observer has to admit that this is a salvo in the war the left and Democrats are currently waging on free speech. They try their best to silence any speech that does not fit their dogma, and Demings, intentionally or not, just revealed the game plan.
Russia tried to interfere with our election last year. Part of that interference was the unethical release of true but confidential information from the DNC regarding how the DNC tried to rig their primary for party-insider Hillary Clinton against party-outsider Bernie Sanders. Russian interference is a matter of concern and unfortunately interference is something that adversarial countries often attempt.