UCLA Basketball received significant ridicule when it came out their coaching search was down to Jaime Dixon and Mick Cronin. UCLA is one of the iconic programs in the sport, and while it’s been a rough decade, they are still conservatively a top-20 job in College Basketball. Between their history, their location in Los Angeles, and a very down Pac-12 conference, UCLA should be able to attract a major name in the sport. Dixon is probably a UCLA-caliber coach, but his buyout at TCU reportedly dissuaded them from going that direction.

Mick Cronin is a good coach for Cincinnati, but…

One of the more interesting debates in politics right now is what is the future of the Republican Party and, to some extent, the Conservative movement. In the Republican Party right now, there are a wide variety of different viewpoints trying to exert influence on the party. This includes everyone from the Ted Cruz-aligned Religious Right, to the Rand Paul-aligned Libertarians, to the traditional, more moderate Republican establishment, to mainstream Reagan-style Conservatism. With the Trump presidency, an avenue has opened up for other ideological variants of the Right to enter the fray. Much of it has involved the rising of…

Wendy Davis, most known for her support of Abortion, would clear the way for John Cornyn to win Reelection.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about why MJ Hegar would be a much better candidate than Wendy Davis for the Texas US Senate race in 2020. Since then, things have shaken up a little bit. Hegar is becoming a little more interested in challenging Congressman John Carter, who she nearly beat in 2018, a second time. This largely corresponded with Congressman Joaquin Castro (Former HHS Secretary and current Presidential Candidate Julian Castro’s twin brother) showing more interest in the Senate race. At the same time, Wendy Davis has still shown an openness to entering the race.

If the Democrats’…

We need a Presidential Primary calendar that incorporates a variety of voices.

As Presidential Primary season has already begun, the same complaints that arise every primary season have also started. The primary calendar begins too early, starts with the same two states every year, fails to represent a diverse country, and is front-loaded so that states voting later consistently fail to influence the process. While there are systematic obstacles, including current state law and the political influence of Iowa and New Hampshire, that shouldn’t stop us from imagining what a better system that overcomes these problems might look like.

Scholars have looked at this issue before and come up with a variety…

Hogan, who is considering a primary challenge to Trump, told the New York Times he supports Roe v. Wade

As discussion continues concerning a potential Republican Primary challenge to Donald Trump, the name that continues to be mentioned is Larry Hogan. It isn’t without reason: He’s one of the most popular Governors in the country and doesn’t have anywhere else on the political ladder to land. His largest issue, as David Byler recently examined in the Washington Post, is whether he would appeal to Conservative Republican voters nationwide after governing as a Centrist in Maryland.

A smart candidate in this situation would begin to examine how best to appeal to the Right. As Byler’s data analysis clearly shows, a…

Marco Rubio Has Gone Too Far

Marco Rubio has been at the forefront of the movement pushing the United States to intervene in Venezuela to remove Nicolas Maduro. While there is growing consensus that Maduro needs to leave office, what that looks like and what role, if any, the United States and International community has in encouraging that result is debatable.

What Marco Rubio did today goes far beyond that debate. …

Ole Miss Basketball Players Kneeling During the February 23 game vs. Georgia

While kneeling has become somewhat prominent in Professional leagues, it has mostly stayed out of College Sports. One notable exception occurred today. Several members of Ole Miss’ Men’s Basketball team kneeled during the anthem.

https://mobile.twitter.com/overtime/status/1099419946742890498

A lot of people have been ignoring the context. Basically, the KKK and several neo-Confederate groups scheduled a protest for today. Part of this occurred on the campus of Ole Miss. Administration at Ole Miss had little in the way of the response. It essentially amounted to “avoid them”. …

Carly Fiorina is Conservatives’ best hope for a Republican Presidential Primary challenge.

Late last week, Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider challenging Donald Trump in a Republican Primary. There is some evidence that there is a block of Republican primary voters who might be interested in a Trump alternative. There is no evidence Bill Weld is the alternative they are looking for.

Nationally, a recent ABC News poll says 32% of Republicans nationally want a nominee other than Trump. In Iowa, per a CNN/Des Moines Register poll in December, 29% of Republicans would either definitely vote for or consider a Trump alternative, while 63%…

I’ve written before on why there should be a Republican Primary opponent to Trump in 2020. He is unstable, the most likely candidate to lose, and morally unfit for office. That said, we need a serious person to challenge him. In my 4-part series on a 2020 Republican Primary earlier this year, I talked some about the selfish incentives a candidate might have to challenge Trump that go against the ultimate cause:

On the individual level, though, there are a number of other definitions of success that may not have anything to do with electoral success. For example, a candidate…

Texas Tribune is out with some reporting on the 2020 US Senate race. MJ Hegar, who had one of the best ads of the cycle last time and nearly defeated John Carter, is contemplating a run. She may defer to Wendy Davis, though, most famous for being a pro-choice extremist who got crushed by Greg Abbott in 2014.

Wendy Davis would be a horrible mistake for Texas Democrats. She is an extreme leftist who did nothing to appeal to the middle, and she would lose badly. Cornyn is already going to be tougher to beat than Cruz (though demographics and…

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