Paula Bolyard articles


Ohio Right To Life Endorsements Shake Up Republican Primary

Ohio Right To Life Endorsements Shake Up Republican Primary

In case you missed it, Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) threw a wrench into what was a rather predictable primary election by making some surprising endorsements through the group’s Ohio Right to Life PAC. Not only did ORTL endorse several Democrats and several members of the Ohio House who were not endorsed by the Ohio […]


How Republicans Should Talk about Women’s Issues

Just when you thought it was safe to sit back and enjoy a short respite from the contrived War on Women, Democrats, including 2014 candidates in Ohio, are warming up the war machine in anticipation of this year’s election and the 2016 presidential campaign. First we have gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald who, after his first […]


The Consequences of Failing to ‘Trust But Verify’ Our Leaders

Somewhere along the way conservatives forgot about President Reagan’s famous maxim: “Trust but verify.” With Reagan’s ascent to power and, simultaneously, the rise of the modern conservative movement, a host of organizations also gained power, many of them claiming to advocate for limited government, lower taxes, and family values. Because these groups were well-organized, well-funded, […]


What Must Conservatives Do to Win? – Part 3

[Editor’s note: In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, Featured Contributor Paula Bolyard offers four suggestions for furthering causes that conservatives care so deeply about. She writes, “… it’s by no means an exhaustive list and I offer it with the hope we can have a healthy (but civil) debate in the conservative […]


What Must Conservatives Do to Win? – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I wrote, “I offer suggestions for things I believe will help us to further the causes we care so deeply about. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, and I offer it with the hope we can have a healthy (but civil) debate in the conservative community about the […]

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What Must Conservatives Do To Win? – Part 1

Years ago, Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute and one of the founders of the conservative movement, wrote an essay called “The Real Nature of Politics” in which he shared the strategy he and Paul Weyrich devised after the defeat of Barry Goldwater. Blackwell and Weyrich, co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, wanted to learn […]

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Do ‘We the People’ Have the Right to Challenge Unconstitutional Laws in Ohio?

Editor’s note: This article concerns the case Walgate v. Kasich, of which author Paula Bolyard is a plaintiff.  The case is currently before the Ohio Supreme Court. When lawmakers write defensive language into their legislation, anticipating constitutional challenges to their law and to the governor’s implementation, you know there’s a problem: “3770.21 Video lottery terminals […]