In interviews with The Christian Post, leaders of organizations whose lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service was dismissed claimed their fundraising and advocacy efforts were harmed by the IRS harassment, and other conservative groups were effectively abolished by the IRS targeting.
Last Wednesday, U.S. District judge Reggie Walton dismissed the cases against the IRS filed by conservative political advocacy groups True The Vote, Inc., Linchpins of Liberty and several other groups. The groups sued claiming the IRS illegally targeted them because of the nature of their political speech and knowingly stalled the approval of the group's essential tax-exempt statuses for a multitude of years.
Although it took over three years for many of the groups to get their statuses, Walton dismissed both cases calling them "moot" because the IRS eventually granted tax exempt status, which was the main controversy of the case. Without an ongoing controversy, Walton wrote, his court does not have authority to decide the case. more >>
With the nation's first presidential primary result, the Iowa Caucus, about a year away, supporters of potential Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson have already established firm ties and support among Iowa Caucus-goers and have begun orchestrating a full-fledge grassroots campaign effort that will span across all 99 counties in Iowa.
Should Carson decide to run, he will already have a steady grassroots campain to rely on in the nation's first primary state, all thanks to an unaffiliated political action committee. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee announced on Tuesday that it has named 136 chairmen to their PAC that will cover every Iowa county. The chairmen will campaign for more individuals to support the 63-year-old retired neurosurgeon and best-selling author at Iowa's Republican caucus in January of 2016.
Carson seems to already have decent support in parts of Iowa, having already won a Polk County, Iowa straw poll in August and placing second in the recent Bloomberg/Des Moines Register presedential poll of likely caucus-goers. Carson also placed second at the Values Voters Summit straw poll of social conservatives. more >>
As the 2014 congressional midterm elections approach, two social conservative political action committees have focused most of their election efforts on a handful of key Senate races that are crucial for the GOP's hopes of taking control of the Senate this November.
The Christian Post interviewed the heads of The Family Research Council Action PAC and the Concerned Women for America PAC, both based in Washington, D.C., to find out where they are focusing their election efforts.
Both have been supporting and contributing to the campaigns of social conservative Senate candidates Joni Ernst in Iowa and Tom Cotton in Arkansas, who are trying to win seats in their respective states that are currently held by Democrats. They are also contributing to opposition efforts against Democratic incumbents Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana. more >>
With just over a month until the 2014 midterm elections, can any of these five underdogs finish strong enough to become a U.S. senator?
Most pollsters agree on the seven "toss-up" races that will determine control of the Senate: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas and Louisiana.
The Washington Post currently gives Republicans a 77 percent chance of winning enough of those states to hold a majority of Senate seats. The New York Times gives them a 78 percent chance and Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight puts them at 58.3 percent. The RealClearPolitics "no toss-up" map currently predicts Republicans will gain seven seats, which would give them a 52-47 majority. more >>
Retired neurosurgeon and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, criticized the newly modified AP U.S. History curriculum being taught in America's high schools joking on Monday that after completing the course students would want to "sign up for ISIS."
"I think most people when they finish that course they would be ready to go sign up for ISIS," Carson said to laughter from the audience. "I mean, this is what we are doing to the young people in our nation."
He was speaking at the Center for Security Policy's National Security Action Summit. more >>
WASHINGTON — The Family Research Council, a social conservative Christian advocacy group, announced Saturday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won the annual Values Voter Summit straw poll for the second consecutive year, while retired neurosurgeon and best-selling author Ben Carson finished first in the polling for vice president.
Cruz earned 25 percent of the vote for president, while Carson finished five percentage points behind him earning 20 percent of the vote. Carson won the poll's vice presidential voting with 22 percent, 8 percentage points ahead of Cruz. Cruz earned 228 presidential votes, while Carson earned 179.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee finished third in the presidential voting with 12 percent, while Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal finished third in the vice presidential voting at 11 percent. more >>