Apologies and Intelligence Gathering – Open Item
Sorry for those of you who check in regularly to read our open item. Your intrepid managing editor was down for the count yesterday and didn’t have enough notice to call in a reliever, so we went without yesterday.
Today we’ll kick off your Tweet of the Week voting just before lunch. On Wednesday there was a huge amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives dealing with the domestic intelligence gathering issues. It was an amendment that united members on both sides of the aisle who have strong reservations about domestic wiretapping issues, but also drew the ire of members who felt amending an appropriations bill wasn’t the correct method for addressing the issue.
Scott Smith with the Kokomo Tribune did an excellent job covering the vote and where Indiana lawmakers stand on the domestic wiretapping amendment. In addition to recording that all the Indiana members present voted against the amendment except for Congressman Andre Carson (D-Indianapolis), Smith has statements Congressman Todd Rokita (R-Clermont) who had to miss the vote, as well as from Congresswomen Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) and Jackie Walorski (R-Elkhart).
On the national front there is a developing concern that the Senate leadership is moving away from fighting ObamaCare. Erick Erickson, editor of Red State, wrote two columns over the last twenty-four hours sharing concerns about the Senate Republican leadership’s willingness to fight ObamaCare and an outline as to how failure to stand up against ObamaCare could cost Republicans the 2016 Presidential election. While these are just Erickson’s opinions, they are worth a read if for no other reason than to remind conservatives that we’re perfectly capable of shooting ourselves in the foot, whether it be consultants who are focused on winning or activists who are focused on principle.
If you are in or near Fort Wayne, be sure you don’t miss the Friedman Legacy Event we posted earlier this week. Please leave your thoughts on the items above or anything else going on in the comments section below!