Kevin Derby's blog

Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux praised the Republican leadership in Tallahassee on Monday for enacting school choice laws that Gov. Rick Scott signed off on. LeMieux is currently running in a crowded Republican primary to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012.

Add a Comment

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, best known for his defense of the Ten Commandments in his courthouse and being removed from office for taking on the federal government over the matter, issued a statement on Monday attacking the decision by New York to allow same-sex marriage in the Empire State.

Add a Comment
The American Conservative Union (ACU) revealed on Monday that they will be taking their congressional rating system, which is iconic for many conservatives, to the state level. The ACU will be grading state representatives and senators on votes much as they have congressmen and senators for four decades The program will start up in five states, including the Sunshine State. The other four states, all of which are shaping up as 2012 battlegrounds, are Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
Add a Comment
Former Florida House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands of Weston sent out a statement on Monday attacking Delta Airlines for entering a business agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines. Sands hammered Saudi Arabian Airlines for refusing to fly passengers who have visited Israel in recent months.
Add a Comment

While a fellow Minnesotan in U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is garnering the headlines and momentum in the Republican presidential contest, former Gov. Tim Pawleny looked to get some wind in his sails this week as he released a new radio ad playing in Iowa.

“Minnesota,” says the announcer in the ad. “Not exactly a conservative place. Then came Tim Pawlenty, widely recognized as the most conservative governor in Minnesota history.

Add a Comment

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota formally launched her bid to become the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

First elected to Congress in 2006, Bachmann, a favorite of the tea party, is claiming the wind is at her back and a number of recent polls have found that she seems to be gaining momentum in recent weeks.

Add a Comment
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, whose father held the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Bill Nelson, endorsed state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, to take on Nelson in 2012.
Add a Comment

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who is running again for the Republican presidential nomination, signed the “Cut, Cap and Balance” pledge which opposes raising the federal debt limit. The pledge is backed by a number of prominent conservative organizations, including FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and the Family Research Council.

Add a Comment

Tim Padgett over at Time has a piece on how freshman U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a darling of the tea party when he was the Republican candidate in 2010, may find himself on the outs with that group down the road over international affairs.

Add a Comment

Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner continues to garner support from nationally prominent figures affiliated with the conservative movement for his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012. The latest conservative to bestow his blessing on Hasner was radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Add a Comment