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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a real movement afoot now amongst black Americans to "walk off the plantation". Even in the last election, Trump did better with blacks than previous Republicans, but that might have been because of Hillary (who carries hot sauce in her purse).


But the immigrant thing hurts black the most, and Trump is providing some serious relief on that. But there's more. He has a cabinet minister working on charter schools, another big hits with American blacks. And there are plans for urban renewal.

At present, the black vote is 90%+ Democrat, and the pluralities that Democrats build up in the inner cities help them win Governorships and Senate seats.

There is every prospect of seeing that vote start to split more evenly. I have been told that if the Republicans get 20% of the black vote, the Democrats will crash. And that is a real prospect.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's interesting is the example from Michigan.

The President won the state with around 10,000 votes;
Why that number is relevant is because the President did about 15,000 votes better in Wayne County (Detroit) better than Romney.

He didn't win Wayne country in fact he was blown out only securing around 30% of the vote but at the end of the day that 15,000 was enough to swing the state.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump-basher Mark Sanford, who president called 'nothing but trouble,' ousted in key South Carolina primary

Gregg Re By Gregg Re | Fox News

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., was defeated in Tuesday's primary by GOP newcomer state Rep. Katie Arrington. (Official)

Incumbent Republican South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, a frequent Trump critic who the president lambasted earlier in the day as "nothing but trouble" and "very unhelpful," was ousted in Tuesday night's primary by state Rep. Katie Arrington.

On a key primary night with elections also held in Maine, Virginia, Nevada and North Dakota, the results in South Carolina were an unmistakably positive referendum on President Trump's tenure.

Arrington's shock win was also a dramatic rebuke of Sanford's heated "Never Trump"-style rhetoric and scandal-pocked career. It signaled that the president's base in the state remains solidly behind him ahead of November's midterm elections, despite withering criticism from both inside and outside the Republican party.

State Rep. Katie Arrington, a relative political newcomer who secured Trump's backing, repeatedly bashed Sanford for deriding the president and even ran advertisements featuring video clips of Sanford's Trump criticisms.

Mark Sanford, a frequent Trump critic, went head-to-head in Tuesday's South Carolina primary with Trump backer Katie Arrington, a relative political newcomer. (Sanford state portrait, Arrington campaign photo)

Earlier Tuesday, as the ballots were being counted, Sanford acknowledged in an interview that his criticisms of Trump had hurt him in the primary.

“Well I think it has probably hurt me in this race," he said. "But again, there are no free lunches in life. I think there are times I have had to oppose the president because of stands I have had for a long time."

The coastal 1st Congressional District is Republican-leaning, but contains sizable liberal pockets such as Charleston County, which went for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Sanford has warned that Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will be "disastrous," called the president intolerant and untrustworthy, and even appeared to blame him for the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice last year.

"I would argue that the president has unleashed — it's partially, again, not in any way totally — but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed," Sanford said, after gunfire from a disaffected progressive loner nearly took the life of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.

Even before Trump took office, Sanford said the billionaire businessman should “just shut up” and “quit responding” to anyone critical of him on a personal or professional level.

Sanford resigned as governor in 2011 after finally acknowledging that he was having an extramarital affair. In June 2009, he disappeared from public view for six days and later claimed that he had been hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

He later admitted that he had in fact traveled to Argentina to meet a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

But he staged a political comeback in 2013, winning the House seat in the district he had earlier represented for six years.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel discusses how President Trump can help Republican candidates win the primary and midterm elections.

As voters headed to the polls Tuesday, Trump reminded them of Sanford's rhetoric, as well as the affair.


"I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love," tweeted Trump, who was traveling aboard Air Force One on the way back from his historic one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!"

By contrast, Trump said that Sanford "has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to [Make America Great Again]. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina."

Other key races in NV, VA, and SC

Voters in Virginia also handed a big win Tuesday to pro-Trump Senate candidate Corey Stewart, the firebrand who has vowed to wage a "vicious" and "ruthless" fight against incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine.

Stewart said he plans to campaign like Trump and appeal to blue collar voters.

Corey Stewart, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and Chairman of Prince William County Board, addresses his supporters at the Electric Palm restaurant on election night in Woodbridge, Va., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Republicans chose Stewart, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump and defender of Confederate monuments, as their nominee for the state's U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, while Democrats picked an establishment favorite to run in Virginia's marquee U.S. house race. (Calla Kessler/The Washington Post via AP)

Corey Stewart, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and Chairman of Prince William County Board, addresses his supporters at the Electric Palm restaurant on election night (Washington Post via AP)

Chants of "lock her up" rang out at Stewart's victory speech Tuesday night.


Also in Virginia, voters decided that state Sen. Jennifer Wexton will take on vulnerable Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in November in the northern Virginia congressional district. Wexton, who won a six-way primary, routed her well-funded competition in a race called early in the evening.

Comstock fought off a challenge from Shak Hill, who attacked the two-term incumbent as insufficiently conservative and weak in her support of President Donald Trump.

FILE - Nov. 4, 2014: Then-Virginia Republican Congressional candidate, now Rep.-elect Barbara Comstock is seen at her election night party in Ashburn, Va.

Barbara Comstock is one of the GOP's more vulnerable representatives in Congress; she will face state Sen. Jennifer Wexton in November. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Comstock's district is considered a prime target for Democrats as they hope to retake the House in November.

Voters in Virginia also decided that former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger will face hard-right conservative Representative Dave Brat in November. Hillary Clinton carried Comstock's district by nearly ten points in 2016, and Trump's win in Brat's district was relatively narrow.

Meanwhile, Archie Parnell has won the Democratic nomination in a South Carolina congressional district despite revelations from a divorce filing last month that he beat his wife more than 40 years ago.Parnell's win sets up a rematch with U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman. Parnell lost by just 3 percentage points in a special election last year.

In Nevada, Trump-backed candidate Danny Tarkanian, the son of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, defeated Scott Hammond and television reporter Michelle Mortensen.

Tarkanian, a businessman, had been running in the primary against GOP Sen. Dean Heller, when Trump reached out and asked him to switch races so that Heller could run without intra-party opposition.

Elsewhere in Nevada, Sharron Angle, the conservative who once ominously threatened to "take out" then-Sen. Harry Reid, lost her race against Rep. Mark Amodei.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pro-Trump firebrand Corey Stewart wins Virginia Senate primary, as crucial Nevada, North Dakota races take shape

Gregg Re By Gregg Re | Fox News

Corey Stewart, the pro-Trump firebrand Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks at his victory party Tuesday night in Virginia. (Washington Post via AP)

Corey Stewart, a pro-Trump firebrand and former state campaign chairman for Trump's presidential bid, on Tuesday won the Republican Senate nomination and will take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in the November general election.

Stewart said he plans to campaign in a Trump-like way that appeals to blue collar voters across the political spectrum. He's also pledged to run a "ruthless" and "vicious" campaign against Kaine.

"We're going to have a lot of fun between now and November, folks," Stewart told a raucous crowd at his victory party Tuesday evening, amid chants of "lock her up."

Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, has a significant fundraising advantage over Stewart.

Stewart's win was the second of the night for pro-Trump backers, after Mark Sanford, a persistent Trump critic who often sparred with the president, was unceremoniously unseated in the GOP primary in South Carolina.

Meanwhile, the battle lines have been drawn in Nevada's pivotal Senate race, with incumbent Nevada Sen. Dean Heller set to face off in a highly competitive battle against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen in November.

"We're going to have a lot of fun between now and November, folks."
- GOP Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart
Heller, the only Republican seeking re-election in a state that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, has been aggressively targeted by Democrats because his Senate seat is one of the handful that Democrats hope to flip later this year.

He sailed through to an easy primary victory only because of the President Trump's intervention. In March, Trump convinced GOP challenger Danny Tarkanian to drop his bid against Heller in return for a Trump endorsement in a House race.

In announcing her bid, Rosen, who beat out several Democratic challengers as polls predicted, has long highlighted the GOP's narrow majority in the Senate to emphasize the heightened national relevance of the race.

"This Senate seat couldn’t be more important — already this year, Senator Heller has been a deciding vote to confirm Trump’s deeply unqualified Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood clinics, and to let internet providers sell your data to the highest bidder without your consent," Rosen told voters.

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, on lessons learned from California primary results.

Heller was a past critic of the president but has become closer to him in recent months and helped deliver the overhaul of the U.S. tax codes to Trump's desk in December.

There was some vote-counting drama as the night unfolded in Nevada. Election officials in two counties said there were a small number of display problems in which some voters didn't initially see a complete list of candidates. Fewer than 30 voters were affected.

In North Dakota, meanwhile, former state Republican Party chairman U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer has defeated a little-known opponent to win North Dakota's Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

He now faces a tougher campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in a race seen as critical for control of the closely divided Senate.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back, for a moment, to a discussion of the Republican's improving chances in the mid-terms.

The Democrats have totally blown the immigration situation. Even with the Time Magazine cover -- whcih, however false it was, did visualize the situation -- and Trump wisely signed an executive order ending the practice. They are converting air force hangars to house these 'refugees'.

And the Democrats have gone nuts, carrying protests into restaurants, chasing people who simply work for a department of government that is unpopular with Democrats. Actually, these people are not conventional Democrats -- they're highly likely to be "Social Justice Warriors" ...

But they are going into the mid-terms in an impotent rage.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s booting from a Virginia restaurant is just a symptom of a much wider illness of left-wing intolerance. It’s part of a growing pattern of intimidation and mob scenes against Republican officials. Grass-roots activists share in the blame, of course, but the largest single accelerant is the mainstream media.

The rinse and repeat cycle of anti-Trump outrage blared on nearly every news network, magazine and newspaper has fomented an increasingly brazen brand of radical ideas turning into radical action.

Last week was a turning point. And certainly not in a good way for anyone — the administration, the media, Republicans or Democrats.

The headlines and Twitter feeds have become one recycled (and often artificial) tempest outrage after another. Biased anchors and editorial rooms create a bellows effect of turning isolated incidents or policies of years prior into white-hot cauldrons of outrage. The over-the-top kabuki-theater-type “coverage” of family separations at the border acts more as undisguised activism than objective reporting. If House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) handed a check to a TV anchor on set, it would be less subtle.

Every new affront ratchets up the already-tense leftist base and riles up Republican RINOs. Except the fury doesn’t match the underlying issues. The Trump border policy, coupled with enforcement of provisions dating back to George W. Bush, has been willfully extrapolated to extremes by the people who should be refereeing political debate. Instead, we have, for example, a deceptive (to put it charitably) TIME Magazine cover and mental gymnastics to hide President Obama’s own family separations and child cages, all funneling red meat (or a non-cruelty tofu substitute) to the Resistance base.

This miscarriage of responsibility has — and will have — real-world ramifications.

There are a lot of local issues in mid-term elections, but if Trump can get the uncommitted middle to vote to settle the immigration issue -- once and for all -- the Republicans should prevail. Put it this way -- if 'the Wall' is the issue, the Republicans are in good shape.


On another theme on this thread -- the continuing dissolution of the Democrat coalition.

Kanye West is a very influential person in America and around the world. He famously said, at the time of Katrina, that "George Bush doesnt llke Black People" ... and Bush never got out from under that hurricane. This is on his latest release ...


If you saw the Candace Owens video, you can see how things are changing in the Black Community. It only takes one in five Black voters to go Republican for the Democrats to lose a lot of Senate seats.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am actually chuckling to myself.

The cause? I have had two emails from the US Democrats today, rallying my support for 'the resistance' -- on immigration, and particularly the issue of Moslem rights. They don't like the US Supreme Court's decision on Moslem travel restrictions.

It pleases me because it's more evidence that the Democrats have gone crazy. They are so 'triggered' by Trump that they now are rallying Americans to a call for open borders and Moslem rights! With real zeal! It's like the Charge of the Light Brigade ...

Maybe it's just me. Maybe I get things backwards once in a while, but how can they win an election on this?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Primaries bring good news for Trump and Republicans, bad news for divided Democrats

Peter Roff OPINION By Peter Roff | Fox News

Which state primaries to watch as midterms approach?

GOP pollster Justin Wallin discusses the races to keep an eye on.

Primaries Tuesday showed the power of President Trump’s endorsements continued to help Republican candidates triumph, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lost a key lieutenant – Rep. Joe Crowley – in a New York City race that suggests internal divisions among Democrats are more serious than people might think.

In addition, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee who lost to President Obama, staged a political comeback by easily winning the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah held by the retiring Republican Orrin Hatch. Romney seems headed for victory in November in the heavily Republican state.

Democratic divisions between the leftist insurgents who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in his unsuccessful campaign against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 make it less likely that a big, blue wave is coming that will sweep Democrats to majority control in the House and Senate.

The insurgents have the potential to change the Democratic Party over the long term into something more in line with left-leaning parties in Europe, rather than continuing to remain within the uniquely American spectrum where both parties agree to one degree or another that market forces should continue to play a role in setting economic policy.

President Trump’s job approval numbers are holding steady somewhere in the mid-40s. The percentage of voters who feel the country is on the right track is now up near 40 percent – double where it was at the beginning of the year.

The only way this feels like it’s a “change election” is on the Democratic side, where younger voters and women seemed determined to “Bernie-fy” the party and have it stand for such things as rolling back the Trump tax cuts, free college for all, Medicare for all and – in essence – a transformation of the United States into a full-blown version of a European-style welfare state.

That pitch might work in the big cities, which seem to be the only power base the party of the Clintons and Obama has left. But it’s not clear that voters in the suburbs and rural areas will vote for candidates on the far left.

And, thanks to the recent outburst from liberal entertainers and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters – who has urged those on the left to harass Trump administration officials wherever they might be found – the Democrats may be in the process of losing whatever advantage they might have had on the civility question. That might actually be one place where President Trump is truly vulnerable.

In New York City, voters in 56-year-old Democratic Rep. Crowley’s Queens congressional district tossed him out in favor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former Bernie Sanders organizer. Ocasio-Cortez represents both a generational and ideological shift in one of the city’s more moderate boroughs.

The defeat of Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a potential successor to Pelosi, suggests the divisions between the older liberals currently running the party and young insurgents who transferred their allegiance from President Obama to Bernie Sanders in 2016 may be deeper and more permanent that many analysts believed. That spells bad news for Democrats in the November election.

In addition to the surprise defeat of Crowley in New York, a closely watched race in the state saw the winner of a House Republican primary on New York City’s Staten Island helped by an endorsement from President Trump. Rep. Dan Donovan, who had the president’s backing, defeated former GOP Rep. Michael Grimm. Grimm’s campaign – claiming his conviction on tax fraud charges that forced his resignation from Congress was the result of a kind of “deep state” conspiracy – proved unpersuasive.

In New York’s 24th Congressional District near Syracuse, Democrats nominated Syracuse University Professor Dana Balter as their candidate against Republican Rep. John Katko. While New York Republicans are thought to be an endangered species, Katko – who won re-election to second term in 2016 with 61 percent of the vote – is the only one occupying a district carried by Hillary Clinton in the presidential electioni.

In other primary results:


Romney’s nomination is interesting, as pundits – at least those on the GOP side – say he’s running to become the voice of opposition to Trump from within the party. That would mean taking over the role now played by Arizona Republican Senators Jeff Flake, who is retiring after a single term, and John McCain, who battling brain cancer.

Even if that’s true, that’s a dubious proposition. Romney was never as intrinsically popular among Republicans who supported him as Trump is among his supporters.

Any love the Republican rank and file felt for Romney was based on his winning the nomination to go up against President Obama, whom Republicans greatly desired to see beaten.

The former Massachusetts governor may think he has some kind of moral authority that can act as a temporizer to President Trump’s excesses, but that’s only if his audience is the New York Times, CNN and the rich elites who accepted him as one of their own in a way they will never accept Trump.


Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who was endorsed by President Trump, turned back a challenge from businessman and first-time candidate John Warren to win the GOP nomination for governor in a runoff.

McMaster – who was lieutenant governor until he replaced Gov. Nikki Haley when she became America’s U.N. ambassador – was one of the first statewide elected officials anywhere in America to endorse Donald Trump for president. The president repaid the favor by traveling to the state for a last-minute “get out the vote” rally for McMaster Monday night.


In Maryland, former NAACP President Ben Jealous defeated Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and will face GOP Gov. Larry Hogan in the fall. Jealous promised to run a Sanders-like campaign against the popular Hogan, who the polls indicate is an early favorite for re-election. This makes him something of a rarity in the heavily Democratic state.

In the contest for U.S. Senate in Maryland, incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin easily won re-nomination against six opponents, including Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army solider convicted of leaking sensitive information and later pardoned by President Obama after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.


In Mississippi, Democrat David Baria emerged from the runoff as the winner for the right to take on Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in the November election in something akin to a quixotic challenge.

In the state’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican Michael Guest defeated Whit Hughes in the runoff for the seat held by retiring GOP U.S. Rep. Greg Harper.


In Colorado, progressive Democratic multi-millionaire Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton, a member of the Bush political dynasty, will face off against one another in the race for governor.

In the race for Polis’ open congressional seat the Democrats nominated attorney Joe Neguse, whose campaign relied heavily on his life story – he is the son of African refugees – to make a personal connection with voters.

In the state’s 6th Congressional District, conservative GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn beat back four challengers to win renomination for a seventh term representing the residents of Colorado Springs and its environs.


In Oklahoma, Republican former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson emerged from a multi-candidate field to win their respective party nominations for governor.

In the heavily Republican 1st Congressional District in Tulsa, the GOP’s Tim Harris won the nomination in the race to follow former Rep. Jim Bridenstine, now the NASA administrator, into Congress.

Overall, the primaries Tuesday saw few surprises – with the exception of Crowley’s stunning upset – and saw no clear trends emerging save for the continued popularity of President Trump among Republicans in Republican areas.


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Upset of Democratic House leader points to party divisions

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
This May 6, 2018 photo provided by the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campaign shows candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, right, during a Bengali community outreach in New York. Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political novice running on a low budget and an unabashedly liberal platform, upset longtime U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley on Tuesday in the Democratic congressional primary in New York. (Corey Torpie/Courtesy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campaign via AP)

Steve Peoples, Deepti Hajela And Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018 5:47AM EDT

NEW YORK -- As Donald Trump's party came together, a 28-year-old liberal activist ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the president's hometown Tuesday night, a stunning defeat that suddenly forced Democrats to confront their own internal divisions.

Crowley, the No. 4 House Democrat and until Tuesday considered a possible candidate to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader, becomes the first Democratic incumbent to fall this primary season. He was beaten by underfunded challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders organizer who caught fire with the party's left wing.

Crowley's loss echoed across the political world, sending the unmistakable message that divisions between the Democratic Party's pragmatic and more liberal wings may be widening heading into the high-stakes November midterm elections. It also exposed a generational divide among Democrats still struggling with their identity in the Trump era.

"The community is ready for a movement of economic and social justice. That is what we tried to deliver," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with The Associated Press. Born in the Bronx to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father who died in 2008, she said she knew she could connect with the district, which includes Queens and part of the Bronx.

"I live in this community. I organized in this community. I felt the absence of the incumbent. I knew he didn't have a strong presence."

Trump, on social media at least, seemed equally excited about Crowley's defeat.

"Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!" Trump tweeted, oddly taking credit for a victory by a candidate more liberal than Crowley. He added: "The Democrats are in Turmoil!"

All in all, Trump had reason to celebrate Tuesday night as all three of his endorsed candidates survived primary challenges that could have embarrassed him and the party.

Those included New York Rep. Dan Donovan, who defeated convicted felon Michael Grimm in New York City's only Republican stronghold, and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who once branded Trump "a fraud" but has warmed to the president in the past two years.

Yet none of the day's contests mattered more to Trump than the one in South Carolina.

Gov. Henry McMaster, one of the president's earliest and strongest supporters, survived an unusually tough challenge from a political newcomer, self-made Republican millionaire John Warren.

The White House went all-in for the governor in recent days, dispatching the president and the vice-president to the state in an effort to prevent a political debacle.

Trump's party did just that on Tuesday, though the president has a mixed track record when weighing in on party primaries: His preferred candidates have suffered stinging losses in Alabama and western Pennsylvania in recent months.

With the November general election a little more than four months away, more than half the states had selected their candidates after the day's final votes were counted across South Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Maryland, Colorado and Utah.

History suggests that Trump's Republican Party, like the parties of virtually every first-term president dating back to Ronald Reagan in 1982, will suffer losses this fall.

Yet Crowley's loss suggests that Democrats must overcome intraparty divisions if they hope to take control of Congress and key governors' offices nationwide.

In New York, Ocasio-Cortez cast Crowley as an elitist out of touch with the community.

"This race is about people versus money. We've got people, they've got money," Ocasio-Cortez said in biographical web ad that followed her through mundane New York life, dressing for work, walking, changing into high heels on the subway platform. "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office."

Trump got more good news elsewhere in New York City as Grimm failed in his political comeback attempt at the hands of the Trump-backed incumbent Donovan.

Grimm had held the Staten Island seat until 2015, when he pleaded guilty to knowingly hiring immigrants who were in the country illegally to work at his Manhattan restaurant and cooking the books to hide income and evade taxes.

More than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometres) away in deep-red Utah, former Massachusetts Gov. Romney defeated little-known state Rep. Mike Kennedy, who questioned Romney's conservative credentials and ability to work well with the president. Romney, too, was endorsed by Trump despite his aggressive criticism of the president before his election.

In a weekend op-ed published in The Salt Lake Tribune, Romney wrote that the Trump administration's policies have exceeded his expectations, but he pledged to "continue to speak out when the president says or does something which is divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions."

Trump cheered Romney's win on social media: "I look forward to working together - there is so much good to do. A great and loving family will be coming to D.C."

Not to be forgotten: races to determine gubernatorial candidates in Maryland, Colorado and Oklahoma.

In Maryland, former NAACP President Ben Jealous seized the Democratic governor's nomination. He would become the state's first African-American governor if he beats Republican incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan this fall.

In Colorado, five-term Democratic congressman Jared Polis won the Democratic nomination in the race to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. And in Oklahoma, former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson beat former state Sen. Connie Johnson to win the Democratic nomination in the race to be the state's next governor.

Oklahoma voters also backed the medicinal use of marijuana despite opposition from law enforcement and business, faith and political leaders.

But Crowley's defeat overshadowed much of the day's developments.

He becomes the first congressional leader to fall in a party primary since former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was stunned by unknown conservative Dave Brat in 2014's midterm election.

That loss, and perhaps this one, cemented the GOP's sharp shift away from the political centre and foreshadowed the anti-establishment fervour that fueled Trump's election in 2016.

And while Trump cheered Crowley's downfall, so did liberal leaders who backed Ocasio-Cortez.

"These results are also a shot across the bow of the Democratic establishment in Washington: a young, diverse, and boldly progressive Resistance Movement isn't waiting to be anointed by the powers that be," said Matt Blizek, of MoveOn.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say the Democratic coalition is in free-fall right now. Look how fast things are changing. When the Democrats are running against "the Wall" and for Moslem rights, you know they have lost their mojo.

They are going into the midterms in the same way the sagging Republicans were when McCain led them. They were in a fight with insurgents from the Tea Party, and Sarah Palin had to be muzzled even though she was effective.

This is a breakthrough for the gang who thought Bernie was the answer.

The Democrats have no good issue to run on -- Moslem rights? open borders? -- except Donald Trump himself, and he is getting more and more popular. He is actively holding rallies all over the country.

My prediction: after the midterms, Trump will be the boss.

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( the republican easily won a special election in texas , although turnout and media interest was rather low compared to some of the others )

Cloud Wins Texas Congressional Race To Succeed Farenthold

July 2, 2018 at 6:08 am

AUSTIN (AP) — Former Republican Party county chairman Michael Cloud topped a crowded, bipartisan special election field Saturday to succeed disgraced ex-Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold.

Farenthold, a Republican, abruptly resigned in April amid allegations of sexual harassment, and word that he used $84,000 from a special House fund to settle a 2014 lawsuit stemming from them.

It was the district’s third election of the year following Texas’ March 6 primary and May 22 runoff, and proceeds November’s general election. At least Cloud managed to capture a majority of the votes cast — meaning a fourth election, a runoff between Saturday’s top-two finishers, won’t be necessary.

Cloud now heads to Washington, but may only get to stay for a few months. Here’s a look at how we got here and what to expect next:



Cloud, the former head of the Republican Party in Victoria County near the Gulf Coast, will only serve the remainder of Farenthold’s term expiring Jan. 3. That means a lot of his time on Capitol Hill could be as part of a lame duck Congress after November.

It could have been worse, though. Overcoming the two other Republicans, three Democrats, two independents and a Libertarian all competing in the special election meant avoiding a runoff that would have come in September — further shortening his potential term.

And voters will still again see Cloud’s name on the ballot soon. He won the primary runoff last month to capture the Republican nomination for the general election and is favored against Democrat Eric Holguin, who won his party’s runoff. Cloud now gets to enter that race as the incumbent.



Farenthold’s district is anchored in conservative Corpus Christi and spreads northwest to rural communities near Austin. Farenthold captured almost two-thirds of its 2016 votes.

The district once included Brownsville on the U.S.-Mexico border and was heavily Democratic, but Farenthold upset 14-term U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz during 2010’s tea party wave. Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature then drew new boundaries that were safe for Farenthold — and probably for Cloud going forward.



Republican Gov. Greg Abbott declared that replacing Farenthold required an “emergency” special election, allowing him to suspend electoral law when setting its date. He argued that Farenthold’s replacement is critical because the district needs a voice in Congress to fight for federal storm relief funding after Hurricane Harvey hammered the area last August.
The governor said Farenthold should reimburse the $84,000 he got in taxpayer funding to settle the sexual harassment claim to pay for the special election — even though that wasn’t enough to cover its full cost, which has instead fallen to the counties.

Farenthold once promised to pay back taxpayers. But the former congressman has since accepted a $160,000 annual salary to lobby for a port in his former district and now says he won’t keep that pledge, citing the advice of his lawyers.

The candidates Cloud beat Saturday without a runoff included Holguin and Dallas paramedic Chris Suprun. He’s familiar to Texas political junkies because, as a Republican state elector in December 2016, Suprun shunned Donald Trump and cast one of the state’s Electoral College votes for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.


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Upset of Democratic House leader points to party divisions

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
This May 6, 2018 photo provided by the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campaign shows candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, right, during a Bengali community outreach in New York. Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political novice running on a low budget and an unabashedly liberal platform, upset longtime U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley on Tuesday in the Democratic congressional primary in New York. (Corey Torpie/Courtesy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campaign via AP)


"These results are also a shot across the bow of the Democratic establishment in Washington: a young, diverse, and boldly progressive Resistance Movement isn't waiting to be anointed by the powers that be," said Matt Blizek, of MoveOn.


The Democrat and Democrat internal struggle is going to prove interesting.

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Don't see the Bue Wave showing up either ... do you?

This video has wet oiver a million views in a week or so.


There's also Candace Owens ...

We are witnessing a realizngment of American politics that will last another 80 years. It's not going to go back to Fonzy's world.

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I am never one to rule out anything definitively till the only poll that matters closes;

However I think the way the Democrats have approached the President hasn't quite worked in their favor to the extent they would have hoped and the internal issues of the party are further risking any gains they may have made in November.

Winning Alabama was a gift;
It made them able to split the balance of the Senate and make Susan Collins the "swing" with only a victory in Nevada and Arizona rather than both.

The challenge they now have is trying to have their Senators in more Conservative States attempt to block the appointment of a Conservative Justice just before Midterms.

Its going to be interesting.

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This is a "thing" ...



This is growing, and it isn't only the Democrats that are vulnerable.

If you just watch these for two or three moments ... the second video, if you start about the 3-minute point, for a couple of minutes, you get the appeal of the "Walk away" movement for white millennials. This is 'the Democrat Party dissolving as it comes into contact with the current generation of university graduates.

And, in Canada, it is worse! This is a reaction of "social justice" at the campus level, but it is the welfare state structurally. A lot of the difference is we have a more stifling news media. We don't even know how we feel because (literally) we can't talk about so much of social 'reality' in 'polite company' -- fundamentally, for fear of upsetting the women in our presence!

That's what 50-year old Conservatives don't understand -- what the world the welfare state created is turning into a horror for the young, particularly the cis-gendered white men!

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Conrad Black on the midterms ...


... If the Democrats want to win, instead of just continuing on suicide watch, they will have to do it the old-fashioned way with real issues and a serious leader. The only such leader who is now visible is Michael Bloomberg. He gambled on being Jeb Bush’s and then Hillary Clinton’s secretary of state, and now he is taking the only route open: placing his own money ($80 million), on the Democrats’ candidates this year, to put himself in position for a presidential race in 2020, when he will be 78. He is the best the Democrats have, and would be a competent president. A race between two flamboyant New York billionaires would be interesting, but evicting Trump from the White House will not be like falling off a log.
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