Ken Blackwell, former Secretary of State in Ohio, is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Club for Growth and the National Taxpayers Union.

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March 11, 2019, 3:09 PM EDT
The appointment of Cleric Ebrahim Raisi as head of the Iranian judiciary on Thursday was met with wide-ranging international condemnation. Statements from groups such as Amnesty International have highlighted Raisi’s record as one of the most brutal figures in the modern history of Iranian jurisprudence, owing especially to his leading role in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
February 13, 2019, 10:42 AM EST
Politicians in Washington are often immersed in endless political fights with little regard for the impact of the policies they are actually fighting over.  We see this with taxes, regulations, spending, trade and other issues.  The decisions they make often have unforeseen consequences in communities and small towns. 
January 31, 2019, 12:09 PM EST
Political showboating abounded on the Hill amid a government shutdown with the confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee William Barr. Despite having served in the same position from 1991-1993 under President George H.W. Bush, Barr finds himself subject to left-field questions from the fringes. A particular line of questioning from Senator Kamala Harris stood out as she requested that Barr pledge to end the use of private prisons based on an Obama-era Department of Justice report that Barr had not yet read.
January 29, 2019, 6:26 PM EST
Nick Sandmann and some of his Covington Catholic High School classmates suddenly find themselves in a world of death threats, media smears, and pure vitriolic hate—all over something that they didn’t even do. All because major media outlets saw a story that confirmed their worst suspicions about Trump supporters, Catholic school students, and pro-life advocates—a story that was too good to fact-check, and they just couldn’t help themselves.
January 21, 2019, 9:03 AM EST
Last week marked the 30th year of The March for Life. This event is the largest and longest-running march on Washington, in protest of Roe v. Wade and the general lack of protection for the rights of the unborn. Certain Democrats have it out for the hundreds of thousands marching, but the reality is abortion is becoming more and more unpopular across the United States.
January 4, 2019, 3:37 PM EST
We live in an increasingly tech-centered age. Driverless cars, microchip implantation, and facial recognition are all things previously found only in science fiction and have somehow become a reality. Americans are wholly dependent on their smartphones and apps. And while this technology has become easier and easier to purchase, it still carries a high price: too many of us are signing away our privacy to the likes of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
November 20, 2018, 12:29 PM EST
Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on November 15, condemning the Iranian regime’s systematic human rights violations. The censure goes next to the UN General Assembly for a vote in December.
November 16, 2018, 10:30 AM EST
Democrat Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, insists her vote count is legitimate, despite documented malfeasance, transparency lapses and the alleged appearance of ballots after polls closed. Democrats have even defended her with cries that incompetence is to blame. Outrageous defenses like this are unlikely to comfort any voter for whom voting is a revered privilege and its integrity a sacred trust.
November 12, 2018, 11:54 AM EST
Another critical election. Another electoral failure in Florida. Another vote counting disaster in Broward County.
October 31, 2018, 2:03 PM EDT
Recent bipartisan legislation is a good start—but there’s more to do.  
October 12, 2018, 3:05 PM EDT
Americans from coast to coast enjoy purchasing goods on the internet. It’s comfortable, convenient, and the product is delivered right to your doorstep. Online shopping makes it possible for people to buy products from states clear on the other side of the country and, in many cases to find unique or difficult to find items.
October 3, 2018, 9:51 AM EDT
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t read or hear about another breach or attack on our sensitive online information. In today’s digital world, online data is currency, and consumers deserve to be protected no matter where they go online – whether paying bills, posting on social media or communicating with their doctor or a loved one.
September 20, 2018, 3:28 PM EDT
Every year, without fail, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for religious freedom. Persecution of religious minorities is rampant and deeply ingrained in government institutions, and Christians are high on the list of those who are at risk, especially Christians who have converted from Islam.
September 19, 2018, 3:29 PM EDT
They are at it again!  Liberal billionaires George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg and Nicholas Pritzker are attempting to force their left leaning ideology on Ohioans.
September 11, 2018, 12:20 PM EDT
As a candidate for president, Donald Trump made protecting and strengthening American manufacturing a cornerstone of his campaign. Under his watch, the United States added 138,000 manufacturing jobs last year and that number continues to rise. There is something else he can do now to protect American manufacturing and foster job growth: keep the mobile air conditioning credits that are part of the EPA’s auto emission standards program.
September 7, 2018, 2:51 PM EDT
It was worthy of a Saturday Night Live skit, but Lorne Michaels probably would’ve turned it down. SNL has leaned heavily left since Donald Trump’s election, and the show’s creator and executive producer would’ve understood the humor in how clueless Senate Democrats came across during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing – but he probably wouldn’t bring himself to showcase how awful they really looked.
August 31, 2018, 10:59 AM EDT
For the first time in years, American workers will be celebrating Labor Day knowing that we finally have the economic wind in our sails.  Despite what liberal pundits on TV might try and spin you, President Trump’s economic policies have paved the way for lower unemployment, a return of quality American jobs from overseas, and a confident American consumer with strong purchasing power.
August 22, 2018, 9:50 AM EDT
It is difficult to imagine the heartache of having a loved one taken from you only to then see the person or persons responsible escape justice. The lack of closure that results from an unsolved crime is surely made all the worse by the unique injustice of a perpetrator being identified and yet enjoying absolute impunity. Imagine being witness to such a thing, and then imagine how much worse it would be if your loved one’s killer was known to everyone but never faced a day in court, and instead went on to live high on the hog, ascending to greater levels of wealth and power in the society you both inhabit. Even more disturbing is to see that they take pride in the crimes they have committed, and that they continue their ruthlessness. Now imagine that experience stretching over 30 years, multiply it times 30,000, and you may begin to have a sense of what the families of murdered Iranian political activists are dealing with.
August 13, 2018, 10:12 AM EDT
I recently had the pleasure to sit on a panel with a number of incredible inventors and leaders on innovation issues in an experience that was both inspiring and infuriating.  Discussing a new documentary on the patent system, “Invalidated: The Shredding of the U.S. Patent System,” which I had the honor of being interviewed for, we discussed the state of the patent system and American innovation.
July 30, 2018, 12:05 PM EDT
There's no doubt about it: President Donald J. Trump has breathed new life into the American economy! With record-breaking 4.1 percent growth in GDP, what anti-Trump critics said was impossible during the 2016 campaign just became reality. Unemployment is low, business is booming, and billions of dollars that were sitting offshore are now re-entering our borders.