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  • Trump's evangelical advisory board features Bachmann, Falwell

    06/22/2016 9:40:38 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/21/2016 | Nick Gass
    Former Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann leads an alphabetical list of names announced by Donald Trump's campaign on Tuesday as the presumptive Republican nominee's evangelical executive advisory board. Along with Bachmann, the campaign announced the additions radio host and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, among more than two dozen names. Read more: Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
  • BYRON YORK COLUMN: Ralph Reed, all in for Trump, urges Evangelicals to follow

    06/16/2016 10:05:18 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies ^ | Byron York
    As Ralph Reed, the longtime evangelical leader, sees it, Donald Trump did two smart things in his appearance before Reed's Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority conference in Washington recently. First, Trump showed up. "Showing up really matters, and we have not had, either at Faith & Freedom or my preceding work at Christian Coalition, a nominee show up, announced, with a full-dress speech, since George H.W. Bush in 1992," Reed told a small group of reporters after Trump's appearance. (Bob Dole did an unannounced drop-by in 1996, Reed said.) Second, Trump hit the right notes, according to Reed,...
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in D.C. interrupted by threat

    06/20/2015 7:51:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    The organizers of the Faith and Freedom Coalition have cleared a ballroom in Washington, D.C., Friday after receiving a threat. FFC Chairman Ralph Reed made the announcement and a D.C. police officer said there have been various threats made on the event, which is being held at a local hotel.
  • GOP leaders court social conservatives

    06/13/2013 1:44:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2013 3:56 AM EDT | Steve Peoples
    The fight for the soul of the Republican Party intensifies this week as Republican leaders gather in Washington to court religious conservatives. The Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group created by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, is launching a conference Thursday designed to strengthen the evangelical influence in national politics while giving many religious conservative activists their first look at potential 2016 presidential candidates. … Reed told The Associated Press that religious conservatives have a simple message for GOP leaders: “Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the pro-life, pro-family and pro-marriage positions that candidates have taken and will take in...
  • The Boy Scouts ask conservative activist Ralph Reed to set up meetings with Christian leaders...

    05/14/2013 8:26:16 AM PDT · by MacNaughton · 79 replies
    WORLD Magazine ^ | 5/13/2013 | Warren Cole Smith
    Sometime during the week of May 20, about 1,400 delegates representing Boy Scout troops from across the country will gather in Texas and vote on a proposed policy that, if passed, would allow openly homosexual boys to be Scouts while continuing a ban on homosexual leaders. Most conservative Christians oppose the proposal, so the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have engaged a high-profile advisor to help them make their case: Ralph Reed. WORLD learned that Reed, founder of the Christian Coalition and now president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has arranged meetings and conference calls between Christian conservative leaders...
  • My answer to the Conservative Political Action Conference

    02/23/2013 7:33:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes ^ | February 23, 2013 | Chris Hayes
    So last week, I was surprised and oddly delighted by something that my friend Rachel Maddow also picked up on: “They have invited Chris Hayes to CPAC this year, Chris Hayes host of Up w/ Chris Hayes here on MSNBC invited to speak on a panel with Ralph Reed…I don’t know if he’s going to go, but it’s cool that they asked him.” Yes, the legendary Conservative Political Action Conference had invited yours truly to participate at its 40th annual conference this March. I was specifically invited to be part of a panel called: “CSI Washington, D.C.: November 2012 Autopsy”...
  • Ralph Reed: Americans Back “Common-Sense” Abortion Restrictions

    01/28/2013 3:11:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 28 Jan 2013 03:45 PM | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told Newsmax TV over the weekend that “when it comes to common-sense restrictions on abortion, the American people are with us.” “When you talk about common-sense restrictions on abortion—parental consent and notification, waiting periods, bans on partial-birth abortion, bans on late-term abortions, women’s right-to-know laws—those are all overwhelmingly popular,” Reed told Newsmax on Saturday at the National Review Summit in Washington. “In fact, about 80 percent of voters who identify themselves as pro-choice oppose abortion in late periods of pregnancy and oppose abortion after the child can survive outside the womb....
  • Evangelicals and Church Going Catholic Voters Favor Romney by Wide Margins

    11/08/2012 10:27:21 AM PST · by Tired of Taxes · 27 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | 11-7-12 | Jeff Walton
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- White Catholics, Evangelicals and other Protestant voters appear to have returned to their 2004 party voting preferences in 2012, according to two polls released following Tuesday's voting. Exit polling released through CNN revealed Protestant Christians (including evangelicals and Mainliners of all races), who made up 53 percent of the electorate, voted 42 percent for President Barack Obama and 57 percent for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Catholics were 25 percent of the electorate, voting 50 percent for Obama and 48 percent for Romney. Frequency of attendance at religious services revealed a significant gap...
  • Survey: Evangelical Voters for Romney Overshadowed by Youth, Minorities for Obama

    11/08/2012 6:33:16 AM PST · by HokieMom · 37 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 8, 2012 | Alex Murashko
    Evangelical Christian voters turned out in record numbers according to a national post-election survey done by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. However, despite a 78 to 21 percent split in favor of Mitt Romney among white evangelicals, the coalition's leader implied that Barack Obama's win was catapulted by votes from youths and minorities. "Evangelicals turned out in record numbers and voted as heavily for Mitt Romney yesterday as they did for George W. Bush in 2004," said Ralph Reed, chairman of Faith and Freedom Coalition. "That is an astonishing outcome that few would have predicted even a few months ago....
  • An Evangelical Back From Exile, Ralph Reed, Lifting Romney

    09/23/2012 2:57:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2012 | Jo Becker
    Ralph Reed is clearly relishing his revival. Just six years ago, the man who turned the Christian Coalition into such a powerful political force that he was called “God’s right-hand man” was all but written off, tarnished by his ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, then trounced in his campaign to become Georgia’s lieutenant governor. But after several years in political purgatory, Mr. Reed has found his way back. At the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., he was sought after by party luminaries and afforded the ultimate status accommodation, a room in the same hotel as Mitt Romney. And...
  • Ralph Reed building Christian army to defeat Obama

    08/30/2012 4:29:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies ^ | August. 30, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    TAMPA, Fla. - Longtime evangelical leader Ralph Reed has begun work on a massive effort to push 1.7 million Christian voters to the polls for Mitt Romney, a campaign he predicts will "change the outcome of this election." Reed spelled out his grassroots effort before conservatives gathered at the Republican National Convention. Citing statistics that some nine million evangelical and eight million Catholics did not vote in 2008, Reed said his group the Faith & Freedom Coalition will soon start targeting voters in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Florida and Virginia.
  • Ralph Reed: 17 Million Evangelical Votes Can Lead to Obama's Defeat

    06/16/2012 10:46:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 06/15/2012 | Patrick Hobin
    Some 17 million Evangelicals failed to vote in 2008 when Democrat Barack Obama beat the GOP's John McCain — and now the fight is on to get them there this November, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed says. And the coalition's conference going on in Washington, D.C., this weekend is a training ground to get that vote out, he told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview. GOP leaders including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are addressing the conference this weekend as they try to ensure a high turnout namong Evangelicals, Catholics, conservative Independents and tea party supporters. “We...
  • To Beat Obama, Mitt Romney Must Channel Rick Santorum

    04/13/2012 5:25:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2012 | Ralph Reed
    To Beat Obama, Mitt Romney Must Channel Rick Santorum Ralph Reed April 13 History, we are assured, is written by the winners. But when it comes to American presidential politics, the losers have plenty of say. Rick Santorum’s exit from the Republican presidential contest this past week cleared the way for Mitt Romney to win the party’s nomination. But over the course of a low-budget campaign that relied almost entirely on volunteers and was met with disdain by the GOP establishment, Santorum won more than 3 million votes and 11 state primaries — the most by a conservative insurgent candidate...
  • 2012 Faith and Freedom Coalition Event (Live Video)

    Ralph Reed speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
  • Ralph Reed: 'Obama administration is kidding themselves'

    02/18/2012 4:02:03 PM PST · by T.O.K. · 16 replies ^ | February 17, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, brought his message to Palm Beach County Wednesday, where he spoke to multiple area Republican clubs at the Binks Forest Country Club in Wellington. Reed shared his vision of the work that needs to be done among conservative groups in 2012 in preparation for the upcoming election. He also answered a few questions exclusively for BPR: VIDEO
  • Mainstream Christians Must Stand Up to the Religious Right (Thou wilt hurl, verily!)

    09/20/2011 6:07:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Falls Church News-Press ^ | September 20, 2011 | Wayne Besen
    In August, fundamentalist preacher Dr. Michael Brown organized a regimen of red shirted Bible-thumpers to infiltrate Charlotte's gay pride event. Hundreds of zealots confronted and harassed festival attendees with their arrogant slogan "God Has A Better Way." The hatred and religious bigotry was appalling, but not surprising. What truly bothers me, however, was the lack of mainstream Christians standing up and speaking out against such fanatical behavior. Virtually every time I write about the Religious Right I'm reminded by the faithful that "not all Christians are like that." Of course, this is true and some of the most dedicated activists...
  • 5M New Christian Voters Can Decide 2012 Election, Group Says

    09/17/2011 7:12:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2011 | Anugrah Kumar
    A non-profit group in liberal Silicon Valley is seeking to register 5 million new Christian conservative voters from across the country, who according to its research, can decide the 2012 presidential election and bring the biblical worldview to the forefront of American life and politics. Of the estimated 60 million Christians in the United States, only 30 million vote in any given election. The rest do not realize the power they hold in one single vote, says United in Purpose, a group backed by a few Silicon Valley venture capitalists that is running a project caklled “Champion the Vote.” The...
  • The Inconvenient Truth of the Evangelical Vote

    08/26/2011 12:09:02 PM PDT · by wmfights · 25 replies · 2+ views
    patheos ^ | August 25, 2011 | Ralph Reed
    A funny thing happened on the way to the 2012 presidential contest. The conventional wisdom that social issues would not matter, and that the evangelical constituency is a relic of a bygone era, has been turned on its head. The beltway set is relearning one of the most inconvenient and persistent truths of American politics: the enduring strength of the evangelical vote. This outcome was not necessarily prefigured by events. Barack Obama was supposed to usher in a new era of religious voting patterns by appealing to evangelical voters on poverty, health care and climate change (excuse me, "creation care")....
  • ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FL (Sept 23, 2011)

    08/03/2011 6:37:50 PM PDT · by Syncro · 9 replies
    Conservative.Org ^ | Aug 3, 2011 | Staff
    ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FL For Immediate Release: August 3, 2011Contact: Kristy Campbell, (703) 836-8602,   ACU Announces Ann Coulter Will Join CPAC FLAll-star Panels to Feature Bill Kristol, Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed and Jim Talent ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced eight-time New York Times’ bestselling author Ann Coulter will be a headliner at CPAC FL – the organization’s first in an inaugural series of regional events expanding on the legacy of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Additionally, ACU announced several national conservative leaders will serve on CPAC FL panels, including the founder...
  • Pence making Iowa visit to address Ralph Reed’s organization (gonna run for Prez?)

    07/07/2010 5:56:45 PM PDT · by pissant · 8 replies
    Iowa Independent ^ | 7/7/10 | Jason Hancock
    U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., will make a second trip to Iowa later this year, speaking at a Des Moines event organized by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition and the Iowa Christian Alliance in October. The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition was founded and headed by Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition and a veteran Republican strategist.
  • Rise of the Right? Ralph Reed Former head of Christian Coalition running for Congress?

    03/01/2010 8:58:08 PM PST · by cakid1 · 5 replies · 240+ views
    CBS47 ^ | 3-1-10 | CAKID1
    Christian Coalition - Ralph Reed for Congress? Ralph Reed the former Executive Director of the Christian Coalition is reportedly “seriously” considering running for Congress. That's according to an online report by David Brody.
  • A New Grassroots Political Organization Makes Its Mark

    11/06/2009 7:03:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 535+ views ^ | 11/06/09 | Deal Hudson
    A New Grassroots Political Organization Makes Its Mark by Deal W. Hudson    11/06/09 The election results of November 2 were not merely the spontaneous reaction of Republicans to the bad economy and liberal excesses of the Obama administration. The four pro-life, conservative GOP candidates in Virginia and New Jersey were elected in a groundswell of religious and social conservatives, many of them independent voters who had voted for Obama only a year ago. A new grassroots organization played a major role in getting these voters to the polls -- the Faith & Freedom Coalition was founded by Ralph...
  • Ralph Reed Says Obama Team "Confusing Democracy with Something They Consider Evil" - Video 8/9/09

    08/10/2009 4:55:39 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 10, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of GOP consultant Ralph Reed yesterday talking about the Obama Administration's reaction to a groundswell of grassroots protest across the country against the Democrats' Government Health Care Plan. Reed said their reactions gives a great insight into how the Obama Administration views grassroots activism on the part of those who disagree with them. He said that the Obama Administration is "confusing Democracy with something that they consider to be evil." Reed said he believes Barack Obama's biggest problem is not the protesters, but the fact that 68% of Americans are satisfied with the level of their health...
  • Obama Camp Aims to Capitalize on Ralph Reed Link to McCain

    08/21/2008 4:47:37 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies · 168+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 21, 2008 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — John McCain’s presidential campaign is denying any connection to Jack Abramoff ally Ralph Reed and accusing Barack Obama and Democrats of taking “desperate” measures to link the two men together. “It’s unfortunate that Barack and his allies have sunk to such depths that they are trying to draw connections that don’t exist and everyone knows don’t exist,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds told Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition whose political career was thwarted last year by links to convicted lobbyist Abramoff, recently sent an e-mail to his friends urging them to attend a McCain...
  • Obama camp links McCain to Abramoff scandal (Obama opening door to William Ayers)

    08/20/2008 8:21:29 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 32 replies · 146+ views
    CNN ^ | August 21, 2008 | Alexander Mooney
    (CNN) — Barack Obama's campaign is linking John McCain to the infamous Jack Abramoff scandal that ended several Republicans' political careers three years ago in a new campaign ad hitting Georgia airwaves Wednesday. The 30-second spot is the Obama campaign’s second negative ad in the past 24 hours. It attacks the Arizona senator for his association with former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, one of the Republicans implicated in the scandal. The ad also seems to suggest McCain didn't call Reed to testify before a Senate panel he chaired in return for political favors. “When the Senate investigated, the senator...
  • Mitt Romney Offers Comfort to Religious Conservatives With Faith Speech (Fox News)

    12/07/2007 6:46:23 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 21 replies · 146+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/07/07 | Steve Brown, Carl Cameron and Mosheh Oinounou
    Mitt Romney took his Mormon faith directly to the public Thursday, defining the relationship between religion and public office in a speech in Texas — and many Christian conservatives said they came away impressed with the Republican presidential candidate. The 20-minute address titled "Faith in America" was in large part an attempt by Romney to dispel concerns of evangelical Christians and Southern Baptists who have been skeptical of his religion. --- "He will get a second hearing or a second look from a lot of Southern Baptists," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty...
  • JERRY FALWELL, 1933-2007

    05/16/2007 6:35:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 926+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | May 16, 2007
    Though he was the nation's most prominent evangelist since Billy Graham, the Rev. Jerry Falwell was best known for preaching a political gospel rather than a biblical one. In that respect, Falwell - who died yesterday at age 73 - accomplished something remarkable: Along with such figures as Pat Robertson and Ralph Reed, he gave powerful political voice to a sizable community, evangelical Christians, who long felt ignored by the national political leadership. To some, this proved a mixed blessing. True, his efforts in mobilizing these voters into a political force lay the groundwork for the election of Ronald Reagan...
  • Conservatism's Fresh Face (Young Leader at CPAC)

    03/14/2007 10:53:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 644+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 5, 2007 | Howard Fineman
    I had expected this year’s 34th annual Conservative Political Action Conference to be a low-attendance dud. The conventional wisdom was that conservatives were a spent, divided force in American politics. Well, they are divided, to be sure. But, judging from CPAC, they aren’t finished with us. I’ve been to many CPACs over the years, and this was the most heavily attended and, more significant, the most youthful, and amped-up since Ronald Reagan’s day. To understand why, I’d like to introduce you to the conservative—pro-life, anti-tax, pro-Mexican-fence, pro-“surge”—“director of campus activism” for the Georgia College Republicans. This Georgia Tech business major...
  • Papers show Bush allies' inside access (Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist,Ralph Reed)

    09/20/2006 4:03:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,048+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/20/06 | John Solomon and Sharon Theimer - ap
    WASHINGTON - Republican activists Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed landed more than 100 meetings inside the Bush White House, according to documents released Wednesday that provide the first official accounting of the access and influence the two presidential allies have enjoyed. The White House released the Secret Service visit records to settle a lawsuit by the Democratic Party and an ethics watchdog group seeking visitors logs for the two GOP strategists and others who emerged as figures in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Earlier this month, the White House suggested to the judge in that lawsuit that such records need...
  • Christian Coalition losing chapters

    08/23/2006 3:09:56 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 8 replies · 610+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 08/23/2006 | By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer
    Three disgruntled state affiliates have severed ties with the Christian Coalition of America, one of the nation's most powerful conservative groups during the 1990s but now buffeted by complaints over finances, leadership and its plans to veer into nontraditional policy areas. "It's a very sad day for our people, but a liberating day," said John Giles, president of the coalition's Alabama chapter, which announced Wednesday that it was renaming itself and splitting from the national organization. The Iowa and Ohio chapters took similar steps this year. Giles said he and his Alabama colleagues have "a dozen hard reasons" for the...
  • Reed’s loss not simple to explain

    07/26/2006 2:58:59 PM PDT · by Jean S · 18 replies · 1,043+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7/26/06 | David Hill
    Everyone has an opinion about why Ralph Reed lost the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Georgia. The most widely publicized theories miss the mark widely, and the best explanations for Reed’s loss are largely ignored. There is one fundamental reason to reject most of the explanations being advanced by the pundits. In a nutshell, most of the rationales offered for Reed’s defeat are self-serving spin.Secular liberals want you to believe that Reed lost because he was simply “too religious.” Christian conservatives want you to believe that Reed lost because he looked “too liberal” in aiding Jack Abramoff’s gambling interests....
  • Reed's loss a blip on radar screen, not a sign of theocrats' weakness [Tucker Warning]

    07/23/2006 5:37:32 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 14 replies · 720+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/23/06 | Cynthia Tucker
    Last week, Ralph Reed, once the golden boy of hard-core religious conservatives, was defeated in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, his first attempt at elective office. Because he rose to prominence as the cherubic face of the Christian Coalition, his political remains have been autopsied by pundits nationwide, some of whom are speculating that the cause of death was the more general demise of America's theocrats. But they're wrong. Reed lost because his hypocrisy on the issue of gambling became too glaring for his ultraconservative constituents to ignore. While he was recruited by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff to work...
  • Not such a grand old party

    07/20/2006 7:03:43 PM PDT · by wouldntbprudent · 7 replies · 603+ views
    Salon ^ | July 19, 2006 | Greg Land
    In the end, Ralph Reed couldn't even fill a room. None of the boldface names who'd once embraced him were present, nor was there much sign of his diminished fundamentalist base. Tuesday night, less than three hours after the polls closed and with more than half the precincts still unreported, Reed -- deemed an almost unstoppable force when he declared his candidacy for Georgia lieutenant governor -- stood, flanked by his teary-eyed wife, Jo Anne, and four children, to concede defeat before a half-empty ballroom of downcast loyalists and representatives of the hated media.
  • In Ga., Reed out and McKinney in runoff

    07/19/2006 10:01:36 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 13 replies · 956+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 27 minutes ago | SHANNON McCAFFREY
    ATLANTA - Two of Georgia's most controversial political candidates got a cool reception from the voters, who rejected former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and left U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney facing a runoff. Reed was unable to overcome his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and conceded defeat to state Sen. Casey Cagle in Tuesday's Republican primary for lieutenant governor. McKinney drew less than 50 percent of the vote in her re-election bid, her first since a highly publicized scuffle with a Capitol Hill police officer. She edged her leading challenger, former county commissioner Hank Johnson, by fewer than 1,500...
  • Bye Ralph and Cynthia

    07/19/2006 2:15:32 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 5 replies · 1,103+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 07/19/06 | Jim Wooten
    Maybe it should have come as no surprise, since first time candidates rarely fare well, but yesterday most likely derailed any presidential prospects a decade or so hence for former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed. Bad news, too, for U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney. McKinney’s been pinned twice now by more mainstream candidates — first Denise Majette and yesterday by DeKalb Commissioner Hank Johnson, who’s forced her into a runoff. The McKinney magic’s gone, a sign that the era of housing-project vote-the-slate candidates is passing. With the black middle class flocking to South DeKalb, and Rockdale, the 4th District is easily...
  • Ralph Reed loses first election amid Abramoff scandal

    07/18/2006 9:15:29 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 38 replies · 1,722+ views
    Ledger Enquirer ^ | 07/18/2006 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    Reed loses first election amid Abramoff scandal GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press ATLANTA - Successful campaign strategist Ralph Reed's famed base of supporters proved more invisible than invincible Tuesday as he lost his first run for public office in his bid for Georgia's No. 2 job. State Sen. Casey Cagle's victory ended, for now, the political career of Reed, the former leader of the Christian Coalition and veteran Republican operative who has helped others win election. And Reed's loss gave national Democrats a political casualty to associate with Republican ethics scandals, as Reed's campaign was hampered by his ties to disgraced...
  • Reed concedes defeat - GA Lt. Gov. Primary

    07/18/2006 7:33:28 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 15 replies · 1,119+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 7/18/06
    ATLANTA - Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, unable to overcome his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, conceded defeat Tuesday in Georgia's Republican race for lieutenant governor. It was a stunning turnaround for Reed, who was making his first bid for elective office after working for years as a behind-the-scenes campaign strategist and leading the Christian Coalition and the state Republican Party
  • Georgia primary results

    07/18/2006 6:04:44 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 2,081+ views
    Governor Republican 20% of precincts reporting Votes Percentage Ray McBerry 8,845 13.1% Sonny Perdue 58,868 86.9% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Governor Democrat 20% of precincts reporting Votes Percentage Bill Bolton 1,770 2.6% Cathy Cox 31,514 45.7% Mac McCarley 1,699 2.5% Mark Taylor 33,902 49.2% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lieutenant Governor Republican 20% of precincts reporting Votes Percentage Casey Cagle 36,056 55.1% Ralph Reed 29,433 44.9% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lieutenant Governor Democrat 20% of precincts reporting Votes Percentage Greg K Hecht 23,829 37.9% Griffin Lotson 3,808 6.1% Jim Martin 27,188 43.2% Steen "Newslady" Miles 6,051 9.6% Rufus O. Terrill 2,036 3.2% -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Secretary Of State Republican 20% of precincts...
  • Casey Cagle takes slight lead, polls show (GA Lt. Gov. primary)

    07/16/2006 7:39:25 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 1,006+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 13, 2006 | Jim Galloway
    Two local pollsters on Wednesday said a withering series of TV ads has given Casey Cagle a slight lead for the first time over Ralph Reed in the Republican race for lieutenant governor. In a combination of television spots, direct mail and automated phone calls, Cagle has accused the ex-Christian Coalition leader of defending "sweatshops" in the Northern Marianas Islands that coerced children into prostitution and forced women to have abortions. "Preposterous. This is beyond the pale," complained Jared Thomas, manager of the Reed campaign. A tracking poll of 400 likely GOP voters published Wednesday by Insider Advantage, an independent...
  • Texas tribe names Abramoff, Reed in suit

    07/12/2006 3:41:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 316+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - A Texas Indian tribe filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and their associates engaged in fraud and racketeering to shut down the tribe's casino. The Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Livingston, Texas, alleged the defendants defrauded the tribe, the people of Texas and the Legislature to benefit another of Abramoff's clients — the Louisiana Coushatta tribe — and "line their pockets with money." "Ultimately, the defendants' greed and corruption led to the Alabama-Coushatta tribe permanently shutting its casino. The funding for economic programs evaporated, over 300 jobs were lost in...
  • Academic Evangelicals

    07/06/2006 12:38:50 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 6 replies · 564+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 5, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When academics relay their understanding of religion to the rest of us, they offer interpretations that the religiously observant may find a tad bizarre. “Religion has a certain kind of legitimacy among many people and in many parts of the world that secular life simply doesn’t have,” philosophy professor Roger S. Gottlieb explained in an interview with Jennifer Howard that appeared in the June 23rd issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. “In Madagascar, where the fishermen were dynamiting to get fish and destroying the coral reef and fish stock, when the government said, ‘Don’t do it,’ they kept doing...
  • Washington tax-cut advocate aided Abramoff - Grover Norquist

    06/23/2006 7:44:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 752+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/23/06 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON - In Jack Abramoff's world, prominent Washington tax-cut advocate Grover Norquist was a godsend. Moving money from a casino-operating Indian tribe to Ralph Reed, the Christian Coalition founder and professed gambling opponent, was a problem. Lobbyist Abramoff turned to his longtime friend Norquist, apparently to provide a buffer for Reed. The result, according to evidence gathered by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, was that Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform became a conduit for more than a million dollars from the Mississippi Choctaw to Reed's operation, while Norquist, a close White House ally, took a cut. Without citing any specific...
  • Giuliani Headlines Ralph Reed Fundraiser

    05/18/2006 7:05:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 441+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/18/06 | Greg Bluestein - ap
    ATLANTA - Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor considered a potential 2008 candidate for president, headlined a fundraiser Thursday for former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed in his run for Georgia lieutenant governor. The two politicians were effusive in their praise for one another as they entered the Atlanta fundraiser just before noon. "I just want to say I believe Rudy Giuliani is one of the finest leaders in not only the Republican Party but in either party," Reed said. Giuliani responded: "We're here to get you elected. It would be a great thing for Georgia." Reed's campaign was...
  • Giuliani Hosts Ralph Reed Fund-Raiser (Also Will Raise Money for Arnold Schwarzenegger)

    04/19/2006 11:45:17 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 18 replies · 405+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/19/06
    Just days after a religious conservative questioned Rudolph Giuliani's views, ex-Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed said the former New York City mayor will headline a fund-raiser for him next month. Reed is running for lieutenant governor in Georgia. His campaign has been undercut by his ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is facing prison time after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and fraud. The Reed campaign trumpeted the appearance with Giuliani, distributing an invitation on Tuesday which featured a smiling photo of the two men together. Giuliani, a potential 2008 presidential candidate, was widely praised...
  • Cagle raises $100,000 in one day

    04/05/2006 12:58:10 PM PDT · by NapkinUser · 4 replies · 298+ views
    TheWeeklyOnline ^ | 04/03/2006
    The Casey Cagle for Lt. Governor campaign announced today that it raised over $100,000 on Friday, March 31st despite having only a single day to raise funds. The $100,000 Cagle raised came solely in response to phone calls and emails during the day on Friday. Friday was the last day of the upcoming reporting period, and the only day in that period where Cagle was allowed to raise money following the conclusion of the legislative session. By contrast, Cagle's opponent - Ralph Reed -- is a lobbyist who is not elected to any office and has therefore been allowed to...
  • No probe in Reed lobbying efforts

    03/27/2006 10:38:38 AM PST · by gondramB · 5 replies · 407+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 03/27/06 | Jim Galloway
    A Texas prosecutor on Monday announced he would not pursue misdemeanor criminal charges against Ralph Reed, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Georgia, for violation of Texas lobbying laws. Travis County District Attorney David Escamilla said Reed's activities raised "legitimate" concerns, but a two-year statute of limitations prevented him engaging in a formal investigation. Travis County includes the state capital of Austin. "There's smoke," said Escamilla. "But all of the smoke relates to a period I can't do anything about."
  • Reed, Cagle jab at each other

    03/08/2006 8:27:19 PM PST · by NapkinUser · 8 replies · 419+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 03/05/2006 | Jim Galloway
    ST. SIMONS ISLAND — Because the Saturday meeting between Ralph Reed and Casey Cagle was being broadcast on local radio, the leader of the local GOP begged the audience to play nice. "Please don't ask candidates if they beat their mothers," urged Kevin Gough, chairman of the Glynn County Republican Party. He needn't have worried about the audience. Most of the mud was slung from center stage. The two men seeking to become Georgia' first Republican lieutenant governor needled each other on the issues of trust and experience. They fleshed out their positions on immigration and eminent domain. Reed drew...
  • The secret force behind the propositions (California).

    02/24/2006 6:55:17 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 630+ views
    LATimes ^ | Feb. 22, 2006 | Jamie Court,
    Some of the nation's leading conservative thinkers and strategists are seeking, through Schwarzenegger's initiatives, to alter the balance of power between the right and left wings of California politics. Their hope is to turn California red in '08 and pioneer a new gospel that can spread across the country. The grandest Republican architect is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform... Norquist is behind Proposition 75. It's a Trojan horse whose larger purpose is to tilt the balance of power in politics by limiting union support for Democrats without cutting corporate sources of Republican funding. Texas Rep. Tom DeLay...
  • Ralph Reed's questionable coalition

    02/20/2006 5:29:44 AM PST · by NapkinUser · 10 replies · 786+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 02/12/2006 | Bill Sizemore
    ATLANTA — For once, Ralph Reed’s timing is off. So often in his 44 years, he has been in the right place at the right time. In 1989, when Pat Robertson was looking for a sharp, telegenic young operative to build a powerful national political organization for Christian conservatives, Reed was there – and the Christian Coalition of America was born. In 1997, with the coalition in the cross hairs of multiple federal investigations and beginning a long decline toward insolvency, Reed was out the door. In 2002, as chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, he got credit for a...
  • Reed condemns Cagle's property-rights voting

    02/08/2006 3:04:21 PM PST · by NapkinUser · 1 replies · 216+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 02/08/2006 | Jim Galloway
    Ralph Reed took the Republican fight for lieutenant governor to his rival's home ground, accusing state Sen. Casey Cagle of neglecting a vote to rein in the use of eminent domain by local governments. "Casey Cagle claims he is a strong supporter of private property rights, but his record shows the opposite," said Reed campaign manager Jared Thomas in a Monday news release. Cagle defended his record on property rights and called the accusation — which centers on a vote last March — a distortion based on ignorance of the legislative process. The Reed assault came on the heels of...