Fuentes Named to Elections Assistance Commission

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.) last month appointed Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Thomas A. Fuentes to the United States Elections Assistance Commission Board of Advisors.

Fuentes, chairman emeritus of the Orange County Republican Party, succeeds former Rep. J.C. Watts (R.-Okla.) in his role as Hastert’s sole designee to the commission.

“It is a great honor to receive this post from Speaker Hastert whom I highly esteem,” said Fuentes. “I look forward to serving the people of the United States by encouraging best practices in elections across America.”

The commission was established in 2002 as a provision of the Help America Vote Act to assist the administration of federal elections in reviewing election procedures and acting as a resource for election-related information. The advisory board reviews election system guidelines and makes best-practice recommendations for the Elections Assistance Commission.

The board is made up of 37 community leaders from various government agencies and national associations from around the country. Members include secretaries of state, various elected officials, and professional leaders in the science and technology industries. The speaker of the House is allowed one designee to the advisory board.

Fuentes, in addition to serving as a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, is a member of the board of directors of Eagle Publishing (HUMAN EVENTS’ parent company) and a director of the Legal Services Corporation, appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He resides in Lake Forest, Calif., with his wife Jolene and their three children.

Money Show Comes to D.C.

This summer, the quarterly Money Show will be held July 20-22 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C. This event will feature the country’s premier policy analysts, advisors and money changers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from more than 50 special presenters, including Steve Forbes, Knight Kiplinger, Charles Payne, Robert Froehlich, Ralph Bloch, Doug Fabian and Mark Skousen, editor of Forecasts & Strategies, Skousen Hedge Fund Trader, Skousen High-Income Alert and Skousen Turnaround Trader (all HUMAN EVENTS sister publications).

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R.-Ga.) will be delivering the keynote speech, “Winning the Future,” on Thursday, July 20.

For more information and to register online, visit

YAF Student Conference Rapidly Approaching

The Young America’s Foundation’s (YAF) 2006 National Conservative Student Conference will be held July 30 – August 5 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The early-bird price of $325 covers everything: housing, food, tuition and material costs.

The annual National Conservative Student Conference is YAF’s signature college conference. The only event of its kind, the intensive six-day conference brings young people together with conservatism’s biggest stars and provides an entry experience in the conservative movement.

This year’s speakers include Robert Novak, Newt Gingrich, ABC News’ John Stossel, columnist Michelle Malkin, former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Professor Walter Williams, David Horowitz, and many more.

To get more information and to secure the early-bird registration rate, visit

MRC Remembers Katie

May 31 marked Katie Couric’s last day as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show after 15 years of liberal reporting. She will become CBS Evening News anchor in September. To commemerate Couric’s last day, the Media Research Center posted on its website ( “Memories of Katie’s Dramatic Liberal Bias,” remembering her legacy of twisting the news. Examples of her bias include:

  • On Nov. 13, 1991, Couric asked Jimmy Carter: “You are now considered one of the world’s foremost statesmen. You’ve been called the best ex-President this country has ever had. Your reputation has been bolstered tremendously since you left office. How does that make you feel?”
  • On May 5, 1995, Katie broadcast one of a series of promotional announcements about European socialism over the years: “Ninety percent of France’s three- to five-year-olds attend government-subsidized centers like this one … The system works because the French make it work. Child care is a national priority and is neither debated nor questioned … Sounds like Americans could learn a lot from the way the French do things in terms of day care.”
  • On April 5, 2004, she worried about how Iraq has fallen apart compared to the placid days of Saddam Hussein in a question to John McCain: “[N]o matter how deplorable Saddam Hussein was considered, he was the ultimate referee who kept the Sunnis and the Shiites apart from killing each other.”