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Conservatives Rising in the West - The 2014 Western Conservative Summit

Conservatives Rising in the West - The 2014 Western Conservative Summit

The latest news and analysis on the revival of conservatism in the West along with coverage of the Western Conservative Summit held July 18-20, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado.



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The Western Conservative Summit has grown tenfold in the past five years, forcing it to move from the Colorado suburbs to the capital. The theme for this year's conference, which starts Friday with an expected 3,000 attendees, is "Right turn, right now." (GettyImages)

Colorado summit a conservative magnet

- The Washington Times

Five years ago, John Andrews was casting about for a signature event to put the newly founded Centennial Institute on the map, when he realized that there is probably no place politicos would rather visit in the summer than Colorado.

GOP presents ethnic faces to California voters

- The Washington Times

With less than four months to go before Election Day, Orange County Republicans in California are confident that at least two of the four Asian-American GOP women running in high-profile local and state races will emerge victorious, helping to change the face of the party overnight.

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, formerly the mayor of Anchorage, narrowly defeated scandal-plagued longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to win his Senate seat in 2008. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, 2010 Senate candidate and tea party favorite Joe Miller and former Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan are vying for the opportunity to challenge Begich for his seat in November. Alaska's primaries will be held on Aug. 19. (Associated Press)

Alaska tops wildcard races across the West

- The Washington Times

The road to a Republican majority in the Senate could hinge on what happens in Alaska, where Sen. Mark Begich is fighting for his political life and, like other vulnerable Democrats, is trying to distance himself from President Obama and some of Mr. Obama's unpopular policies.

Illustration on Democrat attacks on the First Amendment by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'Fahrenheit 451' Democrats

I have three questions for my Democratic colleagues in the Senate: Should Congress be able to ban books? Should Congress be able to ban films? Should Congress be able to ban groups such as the NAACP, the National Rifle Association and the Sierra Club from speaking?

** FILE **  Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, shown here in Helena, Mont., August, 2012, says he will not run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Gouras, File)

An opportunity that can't be lost

- The Washington Times

After a landslide victory in 2008, Barack Obama and his political advisors vowed to not only fundamentally change America, but to lock down their victory by fundamentally changing the politics of the American West.

California Gov. Ronald Reagan speaks during the National Governor's Conference in Washington in this Feb. 27, 1969 photo. He died Saturday, June 5, 2004 at his home in California, according to a friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He was 93. (AP Photo)

The West may rise again

- The Washington Times

Not so long ago, the American West was fertile ground for conservative thought, action, and leadership. It was the region that remained most faithful to the nation's founding principles of personal freedom, rugged individualism, and economic freedom. It prided itself on being the nation's political frontier, a place that maintained its fiercely devoted embrace of the pioneering spirit that gave rise to America's continental expansion and ultimately, its superpower status.

Tea Party Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Tea Party and the modern-day Sagebrush Rebellion

The issue of land ownership in America is as old as this nation, itself. However, still, Americans in the West are forced to live in states and work on lands that the federal government greedily declares is theirs, not ours.

The Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael B. Oren, left, is applauded by John Andrews, director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, after Oren spoke at a lunch at the school in Lakewood, Colo., on Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011. The ambassador said his country would like to be guardedly optimistic about the string of uprisings in the Middle East. Oren received a friendly welcome from the crowd of about 200 at the campus. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

America hasn't peaked yet

"Contrition is BS." Press secretary Ronald Ziegler's acid tone shocked me and he didn't use the initials. It was 1973, a bad year in a bad decade for America. I was a young speechwriter in the Nixon White House, assigned to gather input from Ziegler and national security advisor Henry Kissinger for a TV address that we hoped would put the president's Watergate troubles behind him.

** FILE ** Demonstrator react to hearing the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that employee insurance plans cover contraceptives for women. (Associated Press)

Winning Western women

As a woman who moved from the left to the right, I've watched with some interest the political discussion about how conservatives can address women's issues and win our support.

John Banks holds up a banner during a rally in support of Cliven Bundy near Bunkerville Nev. Monday, April 7, 2014, 2014. The Bureau of Land Management has begun to round up what they call "trespass cattle" that rancher Cliven Bundy has been grazing in the Gold Butte area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

When the West is pushed, it turns right

Most people have heard by now that the locals out West are getting a little restless, as they have every other generation or so since the mid-19th century.