Primary interests

Politics | Georgians reject Ralph Reed as other states gear up for high-profile votes
by Jamie Dean
Posted 7/29/06, 12:00 am

On the night that Ralph Reed and his wife celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary, the couple had also hoped to celebrate something else: a victory for Reed in Georgia's Republican primary for lieutenant governor. But Georgia voters decided differently, and by 10:00 p.m. on July 19 Reed conceded the race to Casey Cagle. By early the next morning, Cagle had claimed 56 percent of the vote.

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IS ANYONE LISTENING? Karl Rove at the National Small Business Summit

Gratuitous grub

Capital Journal | Eating well in Washington on $0 per day
by Clint Rainey
Posted 7/15/06, 12:00 am

Washington is more sedate in the post-Abramoff age, people say. Tighter control over freebies, whether golfing trips or even free food. So, an experiment: Could I eat well for a week by targeting receptions hosted by attention-hungry organizations? Could I scout out gratuitous grub merely by reading Washington newspapers, hearing about opportunities from other reporters, or simply Googling the words "reception" and "D.C."?

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Ideologue for hire

Politics | In Jack Abramoff's depiction, Ralph Reed fought for ideas "as far as the cash goes"
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/01/06, 12:00 am

The town of Jena, La., takes its name from a famous battle in which Napoleon Bonaparte led a single French corps to defeat the bulk of the Prussian army in 1806. Two centuries later, the small Jena Band of Choctaw Indians is close to winning in Louisiana a battle that seemed lost just four years ago, when the Jenas ran up against an evangelical campaign prompted by Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition.

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