All sound Republicans and conservatives should stand tall and call out the insurrectionists and the seditionists for who they are, and make clear they are not welcome in the GOP or the conservative movement — not now or ever. We have nothing in common with them, and on that point we can and should take pride.
In an opinion editorial published in the San Diego Union Tribune, former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring blasted the seditionists and insurrectionists who attacked the United States Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting on yet another avoidable California wildfire tragedy.
While politicians in Sacramento are quick to invoke "climate change" as the sole cause of the state's wildfires, the reality is wildfires can be more directly traced to failed state policies in the areas of forest management and defensible space.
Case in point: the town of Berry Creek sought permission to thin surrounding forests to stem the risk of wildfire. The state bureaucracy sat on the request for two years. Just as one of the contracts to thin the forest was finally about to go out for bid, the town was burned to the ground.
For those of us living in fire prone areas, bureaucracy and inter-governmental infighting can be as threatening as wildfire itself. For the bureaucracy, wildfire has become institutionalized -- it's about permits and paperwork. For some of the politicians, it has become about adherence to an ideology that does not permit sound forest management.
Read about what happened to Berry Creek here:
WSJ: A California Town's Fire-Protection Plans Hit Red Tape, Then the Flames Came
Understanding the incentives pulling Democratic presidential hopefuls into dangerous territory: Ron Nehring in The Hill
If you want to move the mouse, move the cheese.
The crowded Democratic field combined with offers from news networks to host early presidential debates has created an incentive structure that rewards candidates taking early shots at each other while taking increasingly problematic positions on hot button issues that will pose challenges in a general election campaign.
That's the thrust of my story in The Hill this week. To understand why Democratic candidates are taking positions so at odd with voters -- like abolishing private health insurance and having taxpayers foot the bill for every person's healthcare in the United States whether they are here legally or not -- we need to understand the incentives pulling them there.
Even worse, the drive to maximize national poll numbers creates another conflict. To win back the White House, Democrats must take back midwestern states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri. Yet, with their national membership weighted heavily toward coastal urban centers, Democratic candidates are incentivized to cozy up to those Democrats, who are on a different page than Midwestern general election voters.
To explore this further, take a look at my piece in The Hill.
At the invitation of the Liberal Party of Western Australia I had the opportunity to discuss the issues surrounding information warfare with Australian leaders and activists. The Liberal Party is the country's governing-center right party.
I sat down with journalist Nathan Hondros to discuss a bit of what we saw in the U.S. presidential election in 2016, and the possibility of hostile foreign powers using similar techniques to impact Australia's upcoming federal election. While I have not seen direct evidence of such interference in Australia, we need to be aware of information warfare as a tool available to governments to sway public opinion in target countries.
Click on the link below to read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The ongoing efforts of the Russian government to undermine America's democracy and society are complex and at times controversial. The stakes are high -- a foreign government and its proxies are investing substantial resources to undermine both our system of government, and the fabric of our society. While the net impact of these efforts on election outcomes is subject to debate, many facts are well established and beyond reasonable questioning.
In my latest piece for Medium, I provide a quick read on the fundamental objectives and methods to Russian information warfare. (I never use the common term "meddling" to describe the Russian actions -- meddling is when I wander into the kitchen and start messing around with what's on the stove. This is far more serious).
The actions of Russia's intelligence services and troll farms aligned with Russian government objectives did not stop on Election Day 2016 in America -- they are ongoing, both in the United States and also against targets in Europe and elsewhere. For this reason, it is important for every American to have an understanding of what is going on.
I hope you enjoy the piece.
Hack. Leak. Amplify -- A fast primer on Russia's information warfare campaign in the United States (Medium)
I'm across the Atlantic several times a year, so I decided to help fellow business travelers by sharing my technique for beating jetlag even while traveling in economy. It's the topic for my first contribution on Medium. Take a look:
How I defeat jetlag on transatlantic trips -- in economy. Ron Nehring on Medium
This month I became a contributor at The Hill, and my first article explored the reasons why it is so important that we fully understand the extent of Russian active measures against the United States. These measures, which included hacking, leaking and amplifying social tensions, are ongoing. The objective includes to destabilize America's political system, thus giving Russia the operating space it wants to continue its aggressive actions toward its neighbors.
Read the full article here:
The Hill: We need to know how far Russia's attack on our sovereignty goes
Alexander Hamilton, writing in Federalist 68, warned that corruption of America’s political system would most likely arise from the desire of “foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.”
This article first appeared on the Flashreport on June 23, 2017.
Republicans in Congress are moving forward to fulfilling the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare. The work performed by Senate Republicans revealed this week represents another step in the right direction.
Repeal and replacement of Obamacare cannot come too soon. Millions of Americans have had their health insurance policies cancelled, choices reduced, and taxes raised by the law.
In campaigning for its passage, President Barack Obama promised Americans that if they like their plan, or their doctor, they can keep both. This was flatly untrue. I know, because I’m one of the more than 1 million Californians whose health insurance was made illegal under the law. Also like many Californians, the options I had for a new plan were all dramatically more expensive than my old plan.
This is not what we were promised.
Obamacare was supposed to provide more options for people to buy insurance, but for millions of Americans the opposite has proven true. In Arizona, for example, state residents are down to just one choice on the Obamacare exchange.
One choice is no choice.
Legislating has been likened to sausage making for a good reason – it’s not a pretty process, and it’s easy to lose focus. Republicans can and must concentrate not just on repealing Obamacare, but replacing it with a law that works better.
The Senate Republican discussion draft represents tremendous progress. Collapsing insurance markets would receive a boost with a $15 billion short term stabilization fund. Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates would go, along with the law’s taxes. In fact, repealing Obamacare is a giant tax cut for the American people, doing away with all kinds of taxes that drive up the cost of everything from medical devices to prescription drugs.
The proposal would replace Obamacare’s subsidies with more market oriented tax credits benefitting people whose income falls between the federal poverty level and 350% of that rate. The tax credits are advanceable and refundable. That is, people who currently pay zero federal income taxes would receive the full amount of the credit in the form of a payment that can be used to help pay for health insurance.
Several important aspects of the current law are preserved, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, and allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance plan to age 26.
Several Republican Senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas, stopped short of endorsing the Senate discussion draft, looking to ensure that premiums under the new law come down. This is wise – Republicans will be held fully accountable for how health insurance markets work after Obamacare is relegated to the ash heap of history, so the insistence that rates must come down because of a better performing insurance markets is both smart policy and smart politics.
Specifically, among other reforms Cruz wants Health Savings Accounts expanded so Americans can pay for insurance premiums with pre-tax income. This is an important reform that would correct a 70-year-old quirk in the tax code that makes health insurance premiums tax deductible when employers pay for it, but not when purchased by an individual. This fix would provide a big cost savings for many families while leveling the tax treatment of employer and individually purchased insurance plans.
Tacking the lawsuits that needlessly drive up health insurance costs, Cruz wants to see incentives for states to adopt laws like California’s that cap punitive damages in malpractice cases. California’s MICRA law limits non-economic damages in malpractice cases to $250,000. Other states have no such cap – a big bonus for trial lawyers.
With the GOP in charge at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, Republicans must fulfill the promises of repealing Obamacare, fundamentally reforming and lowering federal taxes, and securing our southern border. These big ticket legislative items will have a real positive impact on Americans’ quality of life while proving Republicans can serve as an effective governing party.
Great progress has been made, negotiations continue, and there is now great cause for optimism that Obamacare’s days are finally numbered.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Citing the importance of promoting democracy and sound governance in Latin America, Republican leaders from California and Ohio will join an international team in Honduras today to observe this weekend's primary elections in that country.
"Promoting democracy, individual liberty, free markets, trade and the rule of law in Latin America is in America's national interest. This weekend's primary election in Honduras is an important event in the practice of internal party democracy and we're pleased to have the opportunity to observe, learn and report on events surrounding it," said former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring, who is leading the American team. Nehring served as the national campaign spokesman in the Presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz in 2016.
From California, former Contra Costa County Republican Chair Nyna Armstrong and former Inyo County Republican Chairman Thaddeus Taylor will join former Ohio Republican Chairman Mike DeWine to round out the four person team.
"While governments in Cuba and Venezuela continue to suppress economic and political freedoms, elections in Honduras provide its people with the opportunity to have their voices heard," added Nehring.
The four Americans will join 17 leaders from center-right parties of Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, and Argentina in the observation mission, which is organized by the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Foundation) and the Partido Nacional de Honduras.
"This mission also provides us with a great opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with leaders of other center-right parties from throughout Latin America. We share a common commitment to democracy, individual liberty and economic freedoms," said Nehring.
The election observation team will receive briefings on political developments throughout Latin America, meet with government officials and candidates, observe the casting of ballots and vote tallying in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, and report on their observations during the mission, which runs from Friday, March 10 through Monday March 13. Primary election day is Sunday, March 12.
Follow the election observation mission on Twitter at @RonNehring.