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Cliven Bundy Doesn’t Get the Constitution

First posted on Ramirez Group’s blog on April 16 By now you have likely heard of the saga of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who had a big tussle with the federal government over his cattle grazing on federal lands over the weekend. Whether or not Cliven Bundy is getting a raw deal in some […]

Nevada Rancher Confusing Liberty With Anarchy

Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy is very confused about a few things. Federal authorities are impounding his cattle for illegally trespassing on land for 20 years in which Mr. Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees. Bundy has a different take: “I’ve been fighting this for a number of years. It’s not about my cows, I’ll […]

Joe Heck Fallout from Shutting Down Government

There is considerable banter flying back and forth today over the shutdown of the federal government, but how will voters feel about this next year in the voting booth? How will voters in Congressional District 3 feel about the fact that Joe Heck voted to shutdown our government? 2012 was pretty much a cakewalk for […]

Joe Heck Against Government Mail, Before He Was King of It

Politics should probably be less about individual politicians, and more about real issues. Every once in a while, however, it is good to do an hypocrisy alert… after all, elections do have consequences. Today’s alert goes out to Nevada’s own Joe Heck from Congressional District 3. Hey, Congressman Heck isn’t shy at all when being […]

What Hip-Hop Culture Can Teach Political Culture

Two weeks ago, hip-hop culture experienced a spectacle that has not been of frequent occurrence since the 1990s.  Compton lyricist Kendrick Lamar released a verse calling out the names of today’s most respected hip-hop artists in an attempt to announce his candidacy as today’s best rapper.  While most of the artists named are friends of […]

Cato ‘Welfare More Than Minimum Wage’ is Fatally Flawed Analysis

First posted at the Ramirez Group website. Fox News was more than happy to highlight the messaging Cato recently released about welfare vs. work last night. “Welfare pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, creating little incentive for Americans to take entry-level work and likely increasing their long-term dependency on government help, according […]

The Supreme Court Was Right on DOMA; American Family Association Was Not

I spend a lot of time on Twitter—as do many young adults my age.  Anybody familiar with social media has most likely seen their friends transform into amateur political analysts and editorialists as soon breaking news develops.  During the Supreme Court’s recent Defense of Marriage Act decision, however, a tweet by an actual professional policy […]

How Much Vacation Time Has Obama Taken? (Infographic)

The Sequester battle rages on in D.C., and now golfing and White House tours are ammo.  One I’ve heard brought up more than usual lately is a complaint that Obama has been on these lavish vacations costing tax payers enormous amounts.  I guess the reasoning goes something like ‘we wouldn’t even have a national debt […]

‘Whiteness of Whiteness’ Resists The Voting Rights Act

The United States Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in the case Shelby County v. Holder, which examines the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  This key provision requires a process called “preclearance,” consisting of a panel of judges who determine whether a change in voting standards is fair.  Its historical purpose […]

Calling for Reasonable Discussion About Gun Regulation

There’s a lot of crazy talk accompanied with our national discussion about gun control legislation and the recent mass killings that have ushered in the debate.   Some people on the left want to think the Second Amendment means nothing today.  Since we believe in the rule of law, I recommend we tread carefully since we […]