Newt Gingrich and Mike Pence speak at the Reagan Centennial dinner.

I will be getting video of Newt Gingrich’s after-dinner speech shortly.  While dinner was served, I had the pleasure to speak with Indiana Congressman Mike Pence.  Pence told me that he is leaning towards running for Indiana Governor next year.

Congressman Pence was mentioned as a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2012.  If Pence moves forward with running for Governor, you can expect the dynamics of the 2012 field to change. 

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Senator Mark Kirk speaks to the Chicago media during the Reagan Centennial.

US Senator Mark Kirk speaks to the media at the Reagan Centennial celebration dinner on February 5, 2011, in Chicago, IL.
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The legendary Don Wade and Roma are emceeing tonight’s Reagan Centennial.

Tonight’s Reagan Centennial celebration dinner is emceed by WLS AM 890’s Don Wade and Roma.  The legendary hosts of one of Chicago’s top morning shows on the dial are doing the honors for this historic celebration.  Below is a picture I took of one of their bumper stickers calling out the massive spending sprees at the federal and state levels:

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Newt Gingrich speaks to the Chicago media at Reagan Centennial Celebration.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks to the Chicago Media at the Reagan Centennial Celebration dinner on February 5, 2011.
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The Reagan Centennial Celebration begins

Blogging from Chicago

Good Evening everyone, welcome to tonight’s coverage of the Reagan Centennial Dinner from the Chicago Hilton.

Over the past hour, I was at the media availability.  I was able to get a quick comment from Senator Mark Kirk along with footage of Newt Gingrich’s interview with WMAQ-NBC 5.  Those videos will be up shortly.

Everyone is getting filed in the ballroom for dinner, more updates to follow.

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At the Reagan Centennial dinner tonight in Chicago.

Blogging from Chicago

Tonight, I will be at the Reagan Centennial celebration dinner hosted by the Illinois Republican Party. 

Some of the invited guests include:

  • House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mrs. Calista Gingrich
  • Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
  • Indiana Congressman Mike Pence
  • Ambassador John Bolton
  • Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
  • Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and more…

Tonight’s event will be held at the historic Chicago Hilton on Michigan Avenue.  The event will begin with a book signing with Newt and Calista Gingrich at 4:30p, followed by the reception at 6p, and the dinner at 7p.

Before I get started, I want to extend a special thank you to my good friend Paul Miller for extending me an invitation to this event.  

Come back tonight at 7p for coverage of this historic event. 

Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Reagan!!!!

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“The Cartel” Movie showing in San Diego

Last weekend, I joined Aaron Rodriguez of the Hispanic Conservative for the Western RightOnline Conference in San Diego.  The two-day conference featured a showing of the gripping movie called “The Cartel”.  

“The Cartel” gave an inside look on how corruption in teacher’s unions is destroying our nation’s public education system.   The movie was filmed in New Jersey, home to a school system filled with fraud, waste, and abuse.

The consequences that comes with corruption include:

  • One school district going through 10 superintendents in 13 years
  • A teacher getting fired for blowing the whistle on illegal activity in her school.
  • Administrators getting arrested for stealing money from the schools.

A big example of New Jersey’s waste is that nearly $400,000 is spent on average per classroom.   Most of the money gets spent on administrative overhead and giving fat salary and pension packages to janitors.  Very little of that money goes to improving student performance.

Charter schools in Newark, N.J. were highlighted in the movie.  These  schools get better results than traditional public schools for less money.   Most charter schools in the Garden State receive only sixty cents on the dollar for funding compared to traditional public schools that get over one dollar.

For some parents in New Jersey’s largest city, getting their children into a charter school is their only hope of not falling behind in a failing system. 

I encourage anyone to see “The Cartel”.   After seeing the movie, you will be taken and angered by the corruption, waste, and abuse that happens in public education. 

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