For the unacquainted, Carson - who happens to be African-American - saw his star rise in 2013, when he openly lashed out against President Obama, who was sitting several feet away. Starved for diversity, conservatives seized on the moment, and have been building his case ever since.
The national publication POLITICO reports that prominent social conservatives are still mentioning former Louisiana legislator and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins as a potential candidate in the state's contentious U.S. Senate race this year.
In an article about social conservatives' plans to raise big money nationwide around issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, writer Kenneth Vogel says activists have floated Perkins, in particular, as a candidate they could get behind.
As a member of Louisiana's House of Representatives, Perkins passed the state's convenant marriage law, making it more difficult for people to get divorced.
Their idea — considered novel to many parents at the time though pushed by conservatives like economist Milton Friedman since 1955 — was to give parents legal permission, in the form of school vouchers, to send their children to the private secular and parochial schools of their choice.
The “school choice” movement caught fire in the 1990s and began to rack up results in both school districts and the courts, which upheld the legality of such solutions.
BATON ROUGE, La. — The Republican road to capture the Senate goes through Louisiana, but the path here is getting more complicated.
For a while it appeared that the race was set. Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu would face Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, a physician who has been in public office for less than eight years. Polls show a competitive matchup.Continue Reading
But Cassidy is having trouble getting conservatives in his state to sign onto his campaign and conservative opposition is growing.
House Republican leaders will have to overcome a skeptical conservative bloc to pass a plan that would force the Senate to vote on defunding ObamaCare before enacting a critical spending measure.
Lawmakers on Tuesday offered a mixed response to a proposal outlined by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that would use a procedural maneuver to give conservatives a vote on President Obama’s healthcare law while diminishing the chances of a government shutdown after Sept. 30.
The House could vote by the end of the week on the plan, but with Democrats unlikely to help, it remains unclear whether the leadership could cobble together enough votes among conservatives.
According to one Tea Party leader, the reason for Mitt Romney’s loss to President Barack Obama is that he was not conservative enough and was “weak-kneed” and a throwback to Bob Dole and John McCain. The President Bush’s were not named, however.