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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April 16, 2018, 9:48 AM EDT
America’s position as the world’s innovation leader is in peril. A decade of bad public policy combined with a judiciary that fundamentally misunderstands the importance of intellectual property protection have driven this downward spiral.   Fortunately, recent moves in Congress and a change in administration are sending signals that we have a chance to turn the tide.
April 10, 2018, 9:24 AM EDT
On April 10, Justice Neil Gorsuch will celebrate his first anniversary on the United States Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and his supporters should celebrate as well, because in Gorsuch, Trump kept one of his core campaign promises to the American people.
April 5, 2018, 10:01 AM EDT
The appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor has given rise to lively debate in American foreign policy circles. The discussion seems all the more imperative in light of the upcoming May 12 deadline for sanction waivers under the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
April 2, 2018, 3:08 PM EDT
It’s not about being against foreigners. All nations put their people first. If there’s hard work to do in the world, they turn to the U.S.A.
March 30, 2018, 2:12 PM EDT
Conservatives’ expectations for honest and fair movies coming out of Hollywood are understandably low.  For decades now we have been brow-beaten and lectured by clueless celebrities on everything from saving the Spotted Owl to gun control – the latest flavor of the moment.
March 28, 2018, 10:47 AM EDT
The legal battle against oil companies for their purported role in contributing to a climate change crisis is starting to take shape. This past Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco made history, holding the first-ever U.S. court hearing exploring the impact of climate change. Lawyers representing the cities of Oakland and San Francisco as well as five of the largest multinational oil companies named in the lawsuit, participated in a climate change “tutorial,” a chance to explore both sides’ positions on several questions related to climate change. Here’s what we learned from the hearing: future litigation will pit reasoned dialog in line with mainstream climate science against the politically charged rhetoric of climate change extremism.
March 13, 2018, 4:23 PM EDT
Continuing his pattern of strong and decisive action, President Trump followed the recommendations of his security advisors to block the potential takeover of an American company that would have serious consequences for our national security and America’s global leadership in technology – vis a vis China.  After getting advice from a government agency that the hostile takeover of Qualcomm by the Singapore based Broadcom poses potential national security risks, the President ordered a block of any such deal.
March 2, 2018, 9:58 AM EST
Emotion drives the Left. Feeling good about oneself is one of the highest objectives of liberal politics, especially when it comes to gun control.
February 27, 2018, 3:37 PM EST
Legislators always have sought to create districts to their advantage in a process called gerrymandering. The term came from Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry’s approval in 1812 of a legislative district that looked like a salamander.
February 26, 2018, 9:58 AM EST
During his short time in office, President Donald Trump has taken several steps that have generated robust economic growth, including signing historic tax cuts that have already led to bigger paychecks for American workers. But to ensure that Americans can keep enjoying the benefits of this popular tax cut, the administration needs to fight rising gas prices.
January 29, 2018, 12:09 PM EST
Ensuring that our trade agreements are enforced was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016.
January 29, 2018, 8:39 AM EST
The justice system faces a number of tough challenges and one of them is: how to ensure that defendants appear in court, while allowing them to continue with their lives in the meantime. The answer is the bail bond system. It works by creating an incentive for private agents to capture defendants who try to avoid trial.
January 26, 2018, 9:35 AM EST
On November 9, 1978, the U.S. Ambassador to Tehran, William Sullivan sent shock waves through the foreign policy establishment with a diplomatic cable to the White House titled, “Thinking the unthinkable. Iran without the Shah.” The Iranian monarchy had been a U.S. ally for decades, but in less than three months, the Shah and the monarchy were history.
January 2, 2018, 3:48 PM EST
On Thursday, thousands of Iranians protested against the ruling regime in Iran’s second-largest city, Mashhad. Chants of “death to dictator” and “death to Rouhani” were brave and resounding.
December 19, 2017, 4:37 AM EST
The Republican party has an important test in front of them: Will GOP lawmakers protect seniors and small businesses from looming Obamacare taxes, or will they let politicking and bureaucracy get in the way of action?
December 13, 2017, 9:28 AM EST
A year ago the Department of Justice was finishing up eight long years of a scandal-plagued term under Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, as President Obama’s political arm. A year later, the department has done a complete 180 degree turn back to upholding – instead of undermining – the rule of law, and restoring law and order.
December 8, 2017, 9:38 AM EST
Amazing, but true. The NAACP is concerned about vote fraud. As a result, the venerable civil rights organization is demanding an election investigation. Voting rolls need to be purged. Really.
November 22, 2017, 11:50 AM EST
Kelo v. City of New London stands as the apogee of Supreme Court cases regarding property rights, especially for conservatives. A narrow 5-4 decision recklessly expanded the scope of eminent domain, allowing private developers and the government to collude and forcibly take private property away from citizens for “public use” under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Now the Court is faced with another landmark case on property rights that will once again be a defining moment for conservatives.
November 21, 2017, 10:02 AM EST
The recent passage of mandatory E-Verify by the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee brings us one step closer to ending the root cause of most illegal immigration into the United States – outlaw businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Illegal border crossings, visa overstays, and children born in the United States to parents here illegally would all be dramatically reduced or eliminated if we ended the ability for outlaw employers to take advantage of those that arrive here illegally.
November 17, 2017, 2:43 PM EST
In just six weeks, the first tax increase of the Trump era goes into effect, a delayed, time-released tax hike that President Obama left as a parting gift for his successor.  You haven't heard much about this tax increase because it was deliberately designed by Democrats to be hidden from those who ultimately pay for it and to go into place after Obama was out of office.