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Judicial Nominations

09.11.2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

For those of you interested in the federal judiciary here in Wisconsin, there are two current openings that have yet to be filled. This week President Bush nominated Waukesha County Judge J. Mac Davis to fill the vacancy created in the Western District by the retirement of U.S. District Judge John Shabaz.

In addition to the opening in the Western District, right here in the Eastern District, Milwaukee County Judge Timothy Dugan has been waiting for the Senate to take up his nomination to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa.

Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that the Democratic-controlled Senate will act on the nominees. From a political perspective, it makes no sense. The Senate will simply wait out the next two months to see whether Sen. Obama can win the presidency. If he does, as I understand it, the President has the ability to request a new list of nominees.

However, as Daniel Bice points out in a JS posting, both judges indicated they would retire only if the successors were Bush nominees. Judge Shabaz was a Reagan nominee and Judge Randa was a Bush 41 nominee and is relatively active in the Federalist Society, so their convictions are in all probability strongly held.

To make things even more complicated, a recent Capital Times article indicated it was uncertain when Judge Shabaz would even be able to return to the bench after undergoing surgery. This makes it even more uncertain as to whether Judge Shabaz would be able to stand firm in his proclamation not to retire in the event a Bush nominee is not voted on in the Senate.

The impact of this election is real. I would think it is a safe assumption that a McCain presidency would result in a continuation of naming conservative jurists to the bench. While President Bush has certainly not run a blemish-free administration, from a conservative perspective, his nominees to the federal judiciary will have a positive, long-term impact upon the rule of law in this country. Judges that adhere to judicial restraint (something different from textualism) uphold our system of a limited government based on separation of powers.

If nothing else, this should simply serve as another example of the importance of this election.




September 23rd Happy Hour, Special Speaker

09.09.2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

We are excited to announce the details for our second happy hour. The information regarding time and place are located in the upper right of the blog. I wanted to take a moment and highlight our featured speaker.

State Representative Leah Vukmir will be sharing her thoughts regarding the upcoming election, the issues which she feels will be important at the state and federal level, and the many ways in which young professionals in the Milwaukee area can become involved.

Rep. Vukmir has been a leading conservative voice on many conservative issues since her election to the State Assembly in 2002, including Wisconsin’s tax burden and the challenges facing educators. However, she brings an especially unique perspective to the health care debate. As a Registered Nurse and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she has almost 24 years of of nursing and teaching experience. In fact, she continues to practice at St. Mary’s in Milwaukee.

If you are interested in more information regarding Rep. Vukmir’s achievements, please follow her link to the right.

Thanks and hope to see you all there!


Speech Reaction

09.04.2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

The McCain and Palin speeches were both effective, but in different ways.

First, with respect to Sen. McCain, he did what he had to do. He made it clear to the conservative wing of the party that he would govern in a way that will make us proud. He talked about earmark reform, the need to control spending, choice within education, choice within health care, restraint within the judiciary and the overall tax burden. However, most importantly, he outlined a general theme for the final two months that to this point had been lacking.

His call for individuals to serve a purpose greater than oneself resonates. His personal journey as a cocky young man to one that lives to serve his country is a story that few live up to yet all respect. His call for an end to partisan bickering hints to his days as a “maverick” while at the same time emphasizing his focus as the real “change” candidate.

Overall, I thought it was a good mix of a forceful conservative message with a challenge to the American people to work together. At the same time, he seemed to put Washington on notice that he would bring Republican leadership the likes of which hasn’t existed for some time.

With respect to Gov. Palin, she was simply brilliant. She clearly has the pulse of one of the most important policy debates this country faces: energy. As the governor of Alaska, she has been at the forefront of the energy debate. However, by being forced to deal with energy companies on a daily basis within the context of state government, she has proven to be a true reformer when it comes to forcing a substantive energy debate. Her leadership regarding the construction of a pipeline through the state serves as a perfect example.

More importantly, she brings excitement to the ticket. While most everyone respects Sen. McCain for his leadership and courage, there was a need for excitement. The Republican Party has been beat up the past three years, and her selection has added a sense of optimism that I’m not sure any other candidate could have delivered. While she clearly will have a positive influence as far as gaining moderate and independent support, her real benefit will be in adding a sense of purpose and confidence to the conservative base. Really for the first time since 2006, I get the sense conservatives are excited about the Republican leadership and are eager to help.

My hope is that as we march toward November 4th, conservatives throughout this state will see the opportunity we have in front of us to implement real change. Step up to the plate and make it happen!


Networking Opportunity

09.03.2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

What: Grover Norquist Book Signing
Where: Americans for Prosperity Office
1126 South 70th Street, Milwaukee
When: 2:00 this Friday

Grover Norquist is President of Americans for Tax Reform. The first 50 people receive a free copy of his book, “Leave Us Alone.”

Next Event: Tuesday, September 23rd

09.03.2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

Please take note that our next event will be Tuesday, September 23rd. We’re planning on meeting around 5:30/6:00 again.

We are still working on a location and speaker(s). We’ll be sure to let everyone know the details as soon as possible.


Q and A

08.30.2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

Apparently, people have questions. Here are some answers:

Q: Do I have to know much about politics to come to an event? Do people come to your social hours and talk serious politics?
A: You do not have to know a ton about politics to get an involved. About all you need is a sense that taxes are too high and that the government is too big. People who come are interested in politics, so they talk about politics, but it’s generally lighthearted and fun. They also talk about business, their friends, where they live, and other things, too.

Q: I’m 45. Am I welcome?
A: McCain’s VP choice, Sarah Palin, 44, is being criticized for being too young, but we would welcome her with open arms (Jake is sending the invite now). We’re inclusive and will go all the way down to age 21.

Q: I’m a Ron Paul supporter. Can I come?
A: Please do. We’re a broad, inclusive group. Beyond being adverse to taxes and big government, CYP doesn’t take positions.

Q: Great, how do I get information?
A: Send an email to [email protected] We’ll put you on the list and let you know what’s happening.

-Jason K.

Sarah Palin: A Dynamic Choice

08.29.2008 · Posted in Uncategorized

Over the past few hours, the reaction regarding Sen. McCain’s choice has been nothing short of amazing. Everyone I have spoken with is now downright excited about the election. Imagine what the reaction would have been had the choice been Sen. Lieberman or someone along those lines?

Without getting into the complete political analysis regarding the choice, I think the best way to illustrate the impact is by describing a conversation I had in the past hour. A secretary I recently spoke with was unaware of the news.

She asked me who Sen. McCain had chosen. My political curiosity quickly kicked in. Having had several conversations with this woman recently, I was aware that she was not overly political. I wanted to quickly assess what her reaction was so I just told her to look it up online. Now I might be over analyzing this, but a close reading of the words she chose to describe the pick are telling of what Gov. Palin’s place on the ticket could do to the dynamics of this election.

She started out by simply stating “wow” (i.e. surprise), she then described the choice as “amazing” (really one of the best ways to describe it in light of the fact that there has only been one other female on a presidential ticket in this nation’s history, and I’m not sure how legitimate the ’84 ticket was), she then moved to describing the pick as “interesting” (i.e. maybe I can vote for this McCain guy), finally she described it as “exciting” (i.e. with Gov. Palin on the ticket, there is now a dynamic element to counter Obama).

Now, maybe the parentheticals are a bit over the top, but I think you get the point. This sort of thought process is probably taking place in the minds of many independent minded voters.

In addition, the Gov. Palin choice energizes the conservative base. As a true conservative reformer, Gov. Palin will add a unique voice to the ongoing debate over the direction of this country. She is a fiscal and social conservative who has had a “front seat” to the ongoing energy debate.

Noemie Emery from the Weekly Standard has a great list of of 14 things “Palin Does” for the ticket. Check it out: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/482nfeqo.asp