The Robin Hayes Pardon Was Undeserved

Early this morning, in the final hours of the Donald Trump presidency, the outgoing president granted pardons and commutations for federal charges to several political and cultural figures, as is his right under Article II of the Constitution. Among the most notable were former Trump aide Steven Bannon, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. In total, pardons were issued to 73 individuals and 70 more had their sentences commuted. Also on the list of pardons was a prominent North Carolina political figure: former area Congressman and NC GOP chairman Robin Hayes. He served 11 terms as congressman of NC’s […]

To the Barricades! (Yaël on Joe Catenacci Show)

Coming back from the holiday break, we’ve got a barnstormer of a week to cover.  We’ve got the Capitol overrun, the new Trump(ish) GOP and what it will do in NC and federally, decentralizing our political culture, and what we’ve learned from the government distribution of vaccines. Consumer Choice Center Deputy Director Yaël Ossowski interviewed on the Joe Catenacci Show. This was broadcast on January 8, 2021, on The Big Talker WFBT 106.7FM Radio: Website: Apple: Spotify: Produced by the Consumer Choice Center:

The Day the GOP Died

Music video recorded with Free the People and Students For Liberty in Cleveland, Ohio, during the 2016 Republican National Convention. As Donald Trump secures the Republican nomination for president, the GOP convention feels more like a wake than a wedding. And what’s a wake without a good drinking song? THE DAY THE GOP DIED A long, long time ago I can still remember how their principles made me smile And I knew if they had a chance The GOP could advance A conservative agenda for the rank n’file But Super Tuesday made me shiver With every election result delivered Bad […]

House of Cards: Feds aim to overrule states, ban online gambling

By Yaël Ossowski  / March 5, 2015  / Taking risks and reaping huge rewards may be a fixture of American politics, but a bill being pushed through committee may completely outlaw the chance for Americans to do the same from their home computer or smartphone on Internet gambling websites. At least that’s the idea behind H.R. 707, a bill introduced by anti-gambling champion U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, sent to the House Judiciary Committee after it was introduced last month for a scrupulous examination by lawmakers. The Restoration of America’s Wire Act, as Chaffetz and his 14 co-sponsors named it, […]

Top GOP contenders seek to change nation’s tune on immigration

By Yaël Ossowski  / February 27, 2015  / In the wake of a Texas judge’s decision to halt President Obama’s temporary amnesty for illegal immigrants, derided by most House and Senate Republicans, a quartet of top GOP leaders are bringing fresh perspective to the idea of positive immigration reform within their party and, if their chances bode well, into the next presidency. The top four names rumored for presidential bids, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, have so far played to a different tune than […]