Ken Blackwell

CP Op-Ed Contributor

What to Expect From the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing

It's easy to predict much of what will happen this week during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That's because Democrats showed their hands almost immediately after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Court, when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to the Senate floor to motivate his left-wing base.

Trump Is Unleashing America's Entrepreneurial Spirit

There's no doubt about it: President Donald J. Trump has breathed new life into the American economy! President Trump is renegotiating outdated trade deals, many of which predate the internet. He is also standing up to bad state actors which use heavy-handed government policies to steal intellectual property and hurt American businesses.

Congress and the Wayfair Shakeup

The Supreme Court sided with South Dakota in a narrow ruling to overturn their own precedent (Quill vs. North Dakota) that states cannot force businesses to collect and remit sales taxes unless the business has a physical presence in their state. This ruling raises serious concerns about the future of Internet commerce.

Bold Reforms Needed to Fuel the Trump Economy

President Trump fully understands that if you get Washington, DC regulators off the backs of businesses and you unwind miles of red tape, American companies can compete, prosper and hire more employees. The president is off to a great start but bold moves are still needed if the Trump team really wants long-term economic growth and job creation.

Making Election Reform an Issue in November

For anyone committed to constitutional government, California looks like a lost cause. The political battle rages between the radical-extreme and moderate-extreme. People and businesses are being driven out of the state. Yet at least one sensible candidate has picked up the banner of good government for November.

The Internet Sales Tax: A Threat to Small Businesses and Federalism

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Court will decide whether to uphold its earlier decision that states cannot force businesses to collect and remit sales taxes unless the businesses has a physical presence in their state. A bad decision from the court – as well as possible legislation from Congress – would lead to Internet sales taxes that harm hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the nation and change the very face of the Internet economy.

President Trump Can Counter OPEC and Achieve Energy Dominance

President Trump, in a recent tweet, has drawn attention to a pernicious threat against American interests that has persisted for decades: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its alliance with other petrostates as they seek to control the price and supply of oil.

Time to Reverse America's Innovation Decline

America's position as the world's innovation leader is in peril. We are ceding important ground to other nations like Germany, England, and even China and we are doing so voluntarily. Indeed, the current innovation crisis is a problem of our own creation.

Memo to FDA: Help Entrepreneurs, Don't Hinder Them

The FDA's rule will require businesses with 20 or more locations that sell highly customizable food items—such as pizza companies—to post physical signs within the store listing the number of calories in each menu option, as well as the calorie counts for each variation of the available options.