Thomas J. Basile

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It's Time for Conservatives to Embrace Choice

It’s been a year since the Republican autopsy report made the grand and completely obvious declaration that Republicans must reach additional constituencies to be more relevant on a national level. There is little evidence that the party is reaching beyond its comfort zone, choosing instead to rely on running against Obama during the 2014 elections. Jan 6, 2014 4:03 PM PT

Bellying Up to the Bar with Andrew Wilkow and Matt Kibbe

Forget Washington and cable news. If you want a real discussion about the state of the nation, head to the bar. Andrew Wilkow did. Taking a page out of our Founders’ playbook, Wilkow brought his Srius/XM radio show to Emmett O’Lunney’s pub in Manhattan this afternoon to have an old fashioned town hall over pints and plates. Nov 14, 2013 2:23 PM PT

Small Victory Demonstrates GOP's Potential with Union Voters

To one degree of another, Republicans have spent decades on the opposite side of our nation’s unions. That’s a generalization of course, but the fact is the GOP’s crack message machine repeatedly lumps unions together as one monolithic group. In doing so, fiscal conservatives and Republicans are missing an enormous opportunity to peel away votes from liberal Democrats across the country. Nov 13, 2013 9:25 AM PT

Marx and the City: Will the World’s Financial Capital Survive de Blasio?

Political pendulums swing. After a certain number of years where there is political dominance by one party or another, it is not unusual in our system for voters to grow restless and want change. Our nation’s largest and most influential city is in the midst of one of these shifts. It’s been 20 years since a Democrat was elected Mayor of Gotham, and today the left is salivating at the possibility of regaining its seat of power in lower Manhattan. Sep 24, 2013 7:46 PM PT

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