Russ Belli-Estreito

Raised in Los Angeles, Russ graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Philosophy. Right after graduating, he worked as a regional field director for the RNC in North Carolina and Wisconsin during the 2012 election cycle.

Nate Silver: The Anti-Science Koch Brother

 

The number of villains Democrats can use in fundraising letters just grew by one. Nate Silver, who correctly predicted how each state would vote in the 2012 presidential election, has joined the likes of the sinister Koch brothers after forecasting a 60 percent likelihood that Republicans will take the Senate in November. The prediction has incited […]

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Republican Faces Little Resistance for West Virginia Senate Seat

 

If a Republican wins a Senate seat in West Virginia, it will be the first time this has happened since 1956. This bit of political trivia shouldn’t discourage conservatives in 2014. Since last September, Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has been polling fourteen points above her most likely Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. […]

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Chris Christie: I Still Exist

 

Following Bridgegate, Rand Paul emerged in the 2016 spotlight and Chris Christie retired to the shadows. Debates on Paul’s foreign policy, his positions on social issues, and his attempt at broader conservative outreach at places like UC Berkeley have been front and center of both right and left publications. Christie has not. In fact, murmurs of […]

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A Constitutionalist in North Carolina

 

Senate candidate Greg Brannon will find a way to relate any subject back to the Constitution. Often he sounds just one step away from donning a powdered wig and dressing in colonial garb. Yet his passion to restore the federal government to its constitutional limits—abandoned by many Republicans after the 2010 elections—is the trademark of […]

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Poll Dampens Democratic Hopes for Georgia

 

While the GOP, hopeful of capturing the Senate, focuses on vulnerable Democrats who voted for Obamacare, the left reminds Republicans of the significance of the word “net” in their goal of a net-six win this year.  Democrats have Georgia in mind. Although Republicans may manage to take down incumbents, the argument goes, they will need […]

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Evolutionary Biology Does Not Explain Morality

 

David Brooks rightly holds that the evolutionary picture of human nature is inadequate: [The] strictly evolutionary view of human nature sells humanity short. It leaves the impression that we are just slightly higher animals — thousands of years of evolutionary processes capped by a thin layer of rationality. It lops off entire regions of human possibility. According […]

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What Social ‘Policy’ Should Mean to Conservatives

 

With Rand Paul’s declaration today that the GOP must “agree to disagee on social issues,” social conservatives are questioning just how effective the Republican Party can be on the issue of same-sex marriage. Last Tuesday, a panel of conservatives hosted by the Manhattan Institute weighed in on the future social policy of the GOP. Unanimously, the panel agreed that […]

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Dana Milbank Doesn’t Know What a ‘Flip-Flop’ Is

 

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank is accusing NRCC Chairman Greg Walden of flip-flopping on the clout of David Jolly’s recent Florida election win. Prior to Jolly’s win, Walden said: Whether we win it or lose it, the special elections aren’t too predictive for either side going forward. If there’s any advantage of a special election, it’s that you can test […]

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Tonight’s Florida Election is Not a Bellwether Race

 

Florida is a notoriously purple state, and the 13th Congressional District mirrors the state’s battleground status. Pundits have argued that tonight’s special election will measure how much Obama’s low popularity numbers will affect vulnerable Senate Democrats in 2014. Specifically, the election will test the viability of Obamacare as a campaign talking point. On the Democratic […]

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Vindicating Mitch McConnell From the New York Times

 

Headlines that Mitch McConnell wants to “crush” the Tea Party are spreading across conservative websites. But the New York Times article, which quotes McConnell, is—of shock to no one—misleading. The piece opens by providing a background of 2010 and 2012 Senate races in which conservative activist groups supported Tea Party candidates able to succeed in […]

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