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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  • National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised $7.2 million, though the good doctor has not yet committed to making a run for the White House. (The Washington Times)

    Carson wins straw poll as conservatives focus on winning battle of ideas

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Dr. Ben Carson won the Western Conservative Summit's annual presidential straw poll Sunday, capping a three-day extravaganza billed as the "rally on the right." Published July 20, 2014

  • Dr. Ben S. Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, seen here at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March, told a gathering Wednesday at the National Press Club that when he retired, he expected to play golf and learn new languages, but "God has different plans for me." (Associated Press)

    'Carson for president' troops converge on Western Conservative Summit

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Wherever Dr. Ben Carson goes, so does the grassroots army that's trying to recruit him to run for president. Published July 20, 2014

  • ** FILE ** President Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, July 18, 2014 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Jindal tells audience at conservative summit: Obama is abandoning the American dream

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal kicked off the Western Conservative Summit by telling the crowd that what fears most about President Obama is his push to redefine the American dream. Published July 19, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speaks to the crowd in Sevierville, Tenn., on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

    Palin urges grassroots at conservative summit to support impeachment of Obama

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged the grassroots Saturday to support her call for the impeachment of President Obama, imploring conservatives to push the idea with Congress. Published July 19, 2014

  • 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

    By Valerie Richardson - 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. Published July 16, 2014

  • GOP presents ethnic faces to California voters

    By Seth McLaughlin - 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. Published July 16, 2014

  • FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaks during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Martinez is blaming President Barack Obama and Congress for the surge in Central American immigrants attempting to enter the country illegally. The Republican says immigrant parents are dropping off their children at the border and are "expecting the federal government to just throw up its hands and let them in." (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

    Conservative convert Susana Martinez converts voters with her personal story

    By Ralph Z. Hallow - The Washington Times

    Will major campaign donors and 2016 GOP presidential primary voters see the former prosecutor and daughter of a Texas deputy sheriff as a good fit for president of a nation where Hispanics account for 54 million out of a total population of 316 million? Published July 16, 2014

  • 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

    By Seth McLaughlin - 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. Published July 16, 2014

  • Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender, has become involved in an unusually personal a war of words over foreign policy with Mr. Perry. The dispute highlights a broader intraparty divide on a multitude of issues. (Associated Press)

    Rick Perry's sharp elbows a warmup for 2016?

    By Ralph Z. Hallow - The Washington Times

    Whether he runs or not, Texas Gov. Rick Perry commands plenty of attention on the 2016 Republican presidential stage, and he knows it. Published July 14, 2014

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

    'Fahrenheit 451' Democrats

    By Ted Cruz

    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? Published July 9, 2014

  • ** 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

    By David Keene - 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. Published July 16, 2014

  • 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

    By Monica Crowley - 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. Published July 16, 2014

  • Tea Party Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    The Tea Party and the modern-day Sagebrush Rebellion

    By Niger Innis

    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. Published July 16, 2014

  • 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

    By John Andrews

    "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. Published July 16, 2014

  • 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

    By Tammy Bruce

    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. Published July 16, 2014

  • 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

    By Carl Graham

    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. Published July 16, 2014

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