Back To School Edition – Open Item
My apologies for the brief hiatus of the Open Items – my wife just started up her college semester and I am still adjusting to our new morning routine. That said, I’m glad that I could get back to it in time for a post before I leave later today for Orlando and Americans for Prosperity‘s RightOnline conference. Our team will be traveling to that event and I’ll have more on that in a bit later today.
News that hits a number of the dimensions we try to cover comes to us from National Journal. Tim Alberta reports that the Heritage Foundation, a long time participant in the Republican Study Committee’s meetings, has been barred from regular participation with the group. I commend the entire article to you, but it is interesting to note that the dust up comes from the dispute over the Farm Bill. I wrote in the aftermath of the Farm Bill’s passage that House leadership got the idea right but missed the point of splitting the bill. This move by the RSC to fundamentally alter a relationship that has been in place for decades is an unusual demonstration of solidarity with the leadership. Given all the activity from grassroots organizations opposed to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), it is interesting that the largest informal organization that would be sympathetic to their interests is taking action that could be construed as supporting Speaker Boehner.
I also wanted to be sure I shared with you that Derek Trovilion did receive a response to his public records request to the Department of Education. He is in the process of reviewing their response and should have a post up for you shortly.
Finally, the return of the Top 25 Under 25 is right around the corner. This year we are going to be taking things up a notch and we have a lot of exciting stuff in store. So get your thinking caps on over this holiday weekend and start coming up with potential nominations. We’ll have a post when everyone gets back from the holidays cover the rules governing nominations and instructions on how to make a nomination. This feature is a great way to recognize the hardworking activists who put in the time and will have an opportunity to make a real difference in our state over the coming years.