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Wisconsin GOP says hackers stole $2.3 million from its coffers just days before the election; FBI is investigating

Officials with the Wisconsin Republican Party told the Associated Press on Thursday that hackers broke into the party’s coffers and stole $2.3 million designated for promoting the re-election of President Donald Trump.

According to the AP, GOP officials discovered the hack on Oct. 22 and called the FBI on Friday.

Wisconsin Party Chairman Andrew Hitt told the outlet that the FBI has launched an investigation into the theft. The AP said the FBI has yet to respond to inquiries about the alleged theft.

The timing of the hack comes as the Trump campaign is attempting to ward off the efforts of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and repeat its surprise victory of 2016.

The Badger State has been seen during the entire 2020 election cycle as a key battleground state after Trump beat Hillary Clinton there in 2016 after she infamously took the state for granted and barely campaigned there. Trump took the state by only 23,000 votes.

How did this happen?

Hitt told the AP that the hackers were able to steal the funds by altering vendor invoices.

From the AP:

Hitt said the hackers manipulated invoices from four vendors who were being paid for direct mail for Trump’s reelection efforts as well as for pro-Trump material such as hats to be handed out to supporters. Invoices and other documents were altered so when the party paid them for the services rendered, the money went to the hackers instead of the vendors, Hitt said.

The hack was discovered after someone noticed that an invoice was generated that should not have been, he said.

How is the race going in Wisconsin?

Polls in the state have varied wildly over the last week.

For example, a Washington Post/ABC News poll reported Wednesday showed Biden with a 17-point lead over Trump, 57% to 40%. The poll was conducted Oct. 20-25.

However, a new Trafalgar Group poll conducted Oct. 24-25 showed Biden with lead of less than half a point, 47.5% to 47.1%

According to RealClearPolitics’ average of polls, Biden currently leads Trump by an average of 6.4 percentage points.

The RealClearPolitics site shows that on this date (Oct. 29) four years ago, Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump by an average of 6.2 points. She had a 6.5-point lead going into Election Day.

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GOP Sen. Murkowski reverses course, says she will support Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS confirmation

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced Saturday that she will vote for Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation after initially being opposed to voting on a nominee before Election Day.

“I have no doubt about her intellect. I have no doubt about Judge Barrett’s judicial temperament. I have no doubt about her capability to do the job,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor, The Hill reported.

“I have concluded that she is the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court,” she added.


Senators Meet With Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

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However, the Alaska Republican said she will vote against cloture on Barrett’s nomination, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, explaining that she believes Barrett’s confirmation vote should happen after Election Day.

“While I oppose the process that has led us to this point, I do not hold it against her as an individual who has navigated the gauntlet with grace, skill and humility. I will vote no on the procedural votes ahead of us, but yes to confirm Judge Barrett when the question before us is her qualification to be an associate justice,” Murkowski explained.

Murkowski was one of the final Republican Party votes that remained in limbo.

Murkowski, one of the Republican Party’s most moderate lawmakers, was the only Republican to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation in 2018.

According to The Hill, Murkowski’s “yes” vote means Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose Senate career is on life-support, will be the only Republican to oppose Barrett’s confirmation.

As TheBlaze reported, Murkowski initially opposed confirming a new Supreme Court justice prior to the election. However, she later backtracked, saying that she would, in fact, participate in such a vote.

The Senate is expected to vote on Barrett’s nomination sometime early next week. With the Republican majority, that means Barrett will become the newest Supreme Court justice within a matter of days.

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Trump excoriates GOP Sen. Ben Sasse over call with constituents during which he slammed Trump

President Donald Trump fired back at Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Saturday just days after private comments the Republican lawmaker made about Trump went public.

What did Trump say?

Trump called Sasse a “liability to the Republican Party” and an “embarrassment” to Nebraskans.

“The least effective of our 53 Republican Senators, and a person who truly doesn’t have what it takes to be great, is Little Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a State which I have gladly done so much to help. @SenSasse was as nice as a RINO can be until he recently won the Republican Nomination to run for a second term,” Trump began.

He added, “Then he went back to his rather stupid and obnoxious ways. Must feel he can’t lose to a Dem. Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska. Other than that, he’s just a wonderful guy!”

Trump later said:

Senator Little Ben Sasse of the Great State of Nebraska seems to be heading down the same inglorious path as former Senators Liddle’ Bob Corker, whose approval rating in Tennessee went from 55% to 4%, & Jeff “the Flake” Flake, whose approval rating in Arizona went from 56% to practically nothing. Both Senators became totally unelectable, couldn’t come even close to winning their primaries, and decided to drop out of politics and gracefully “RETIRE”. @SenSasse could be next, or perhaps the Republicans should find a new and more viable candidate

However, despite Trump’s claims, Sasse is not in danger of losing re-election.

What is the background?

During a call with constituents this week, Sasse bashed Trump when asked to explain why he often criticizes the president, saying Trump “kisses dictators’ butts,” secretly “mocks evangelicals,” and mistreats women.

“The way he kisses dictators’ butts. I mean, the way he ignores that the Uighurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang right now. He hasn’t lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong-Kongers,” Sasse said.

“The United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership, the way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor,” he continued. “The ways I criticize President Obama for that kind of spending; I’ve criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He’s flirted with white supremacists.”

Sasse also criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The reality is that he careened from curb to curb. First, he ignored COVID. And then he went into full economic shutdown mode. He was the one who said 10 to 14 days of shutdown would fix this. And that was always wrong. I mean, and so I don’t think the way he’s lead through COVID has been reasonable or responsible, or right,” Sasse said.

How did Sasse respond?

James Wegmann, communications director for Sasse, said in a statement on Saturday, “Ben said the same thing to Nebraskans that he has repeatedly said to the President directly in the Oval Office. Ben is focused on defending the Republican Senate majority, and he’s not going to waste a single minute on tweets.”

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Biden is dominating Trump in the polls — but Trump’s campaign is making significant inroads where it matters: voter registration

With just weeks left before Election Day, Joe Biden holds a commanding lead over President Donald Trump in national polling, just as Hillary Clinton did in the run-up to the 2016 election.

But polling doesn’t tell the whole story.

In fact, according to Trump’s campaign, another important election metric suggests that Trump may not be trailing Biden as badly as polls show — or even at all.

What are the details?

According to the Washington Examiner, Republicans have made significant strides in their voter registration efforts, indicating that grassroots support for the president may be greater than what the polls depict.

Traditionally, voter registration is dominated by the Democratic Party.

However, Trump’s campaign has made significant inroads in battleground states that will be key to winning the election, even flipping one state completely.

From the Washington Examiner:

In Pennsylvania, the Republican Party has sliced the Democrats’ dominance with registered voters by nearly 200,000 since Election Day 2016. The Republicans also made up ground in North Carolina, reducing the Democrats’ superiority among registered voters by 243,000 compared to four years ago. In Florida, the GOP chopped the Democratic advantage by 154,000. In Iowa, the Republicans turned a nearly 15,000 voter registration deficit on March 1 into a 13,000 lead on Thursday.

The Trump campaign told the Examiner that the numbers indicate grassroots enthusiasm for Trump’s reelection.

“Part of voter registration is simply harnessing enthusiasm,” said Nick Trainer, the Trump campaign’s director of battleground strategy. “There is a knock-down, drag-out part of registering voters, and it’s time-consuming. But you can’t register them if they’re not enthused about your party or your candidate.”

Some of those newly registered Republican voters could be voters who were previously registered Democrats, but had long voted for Republican candidates.

But Charlie Gerow, a Republican operative, told the Examiner that such circumstances do not explain the significant shift in Pennsylvania, for example.

“Some of these registrations are, in fact, Democrat crossovers from people who have been voting Republican for a while,” Gerow explained. “Many are new registrants as well as a significant number who are registering Republican specifically because of Donald Trump voter registration.”

What did the Democratic Party say?

The Democratic National Committee dismissed the development, pointing to the fact that Democrats still lead voter registration in battleground states overall. DNC spokesman David Bergstein also told the Examiner, “We are beating them in voter participation.”

What do the polls show?

Currently, Biden leads Trump nationally by an average whopping 9-point margin, greater than any lead Clinton had on Trump in the weeks before the 2016 election.

Ultimately, the margin between Clinton and Trump shrunk to just a few points, which reflected the popular vote margin of 2.1% in Clinton’s favor.

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Google Trends show more people are searching ‘how to vote Republican’ than ‘how to vote Democrat’ — and have been for most of the year

Google Trends, which tracks what people around the world search on the internet, appears to be showing some encouraging news for Republicans.

Americans have been significantly
more likely to search for “how to vote Republican” than “how to vote Democrat.” And that trend has continued for pretty much for an entire year.

What’s this now?

According to Google Trends, since early October 2019, Americans, on average, have been about two-thirds more likely to search “how to vote Republican” than “how to vote Democrat.”

The most recent data show that just last week, the search favored Republicans by about 18%.

The data project that for this week the popularity of the search for “how to vote Republican” will far more than double that of the search for “how to vote Democrat.”

Google Trends also breaks down the data by state.

Here are the 10 states where “how to vote Republican” has had the biggest lead over “how to vote “Democrat” as a percentage of searches:

No. 1: Idaho
? How to vote Republican: 100%

? How to vote Democrat: 0%

No. 2: New Mexico
? How to vote Republican: 100%

? How to vote Democrat: 0%

No. 3: Mississippi
? How to vote Republican: 100%

? How to vote Democrat: 0%

No. 4: Alabama
? How to vote Republican: 72%

? How to vote Democrat: 28%

No. 5: Minnesota
? How to vote Republican: 70%

? How to vote Democrat: 30%

No. 6: Louisiana
? How to vote Republican: 69%

? How to vote Democrat: 31%

No. 7: Kentucky
? How to vote Republican: 65%

? How to vote Democrat: 35%

No. 8: Washington
? How to vote Republican: 62%

? How to vote Democrat: 38%

No. 9: Kansas
? How to vote Republican: 60%

? How to vote Democrat: 40%

No. 10: Nebraska
? How to vote Republican: 60%

? How to vote Democrat: 40%

Another positive note for the GOP from the data: Since mid-July, searching for “how to register Republican” has been 50% more popular than “how to register Democrat” among Americans.

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Record high share of Americans want government to do more to solve problems

A majority of Americans now believe the government should do more to solve the nation’s problems — a record high, according to Gallup.

The increased push for greater government involvement is coming from Democrats and independents, while Republicans’ view on government intervention in our problems has remained flat.

What’s the data?

With the coronavirus creating health concerns, the pandemic’s impacts on the economy, racial unrest, and growing concerns about the integrity of the next election, people are looking to the government for solutions more every day.

For the first time in Gallup’s polling history on the topic, more than half (54%) of Americans want the government to do more to solve the country’s problems. Just 41% of those surveyed said the government is doing too much, the polling outfit reported Monday.

The recent uptick — from 47% in 2019 to 54% today — is also the first time those supporting increased government intervention outnumbered those opposing it since 2001 after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Broken down by party, it’s clear that Democrats and independents are responsible for the massive growth in the call for increased government involvement in our lives: 83% of Democrats (up from 70% in 2019) and 56% of independents (up from 46% in 2019) support the bigger-government position. Just 22% of Republicans (down from 24% in 2019) hold that same view.

Should government promote traditional values?

Gallup’s Monday report also showed that while the public’s desire for government involvement in solving problems has grown, backing for the government promoting traditional values has remained basically flat.

Just 47% of Americans said the U.S. government should promote traditional values, while 50% said the government should not favor any values.

The partisan breakdown shows that while Republicans’ calls for more government promotion of traditional values have grown since last year, that increase has been countered by a drop among independents and Democrats.

In 2019, 69% of Republicans wanted the government to push traditional values. Today, 74% of Republicans feel that way. For independents, the share dropped from 49% in 2019 to 42% today. And among Democrats, the number dropped from 31% last year to 29%.

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GOP Sen. Murkowski already backtracks after initially saying she won’t support SCOTUS confirmation

As President Donald Trump prepares to announce his nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Senate Republicans are shoring up their numbers to ensure the nominee is confirmed prior to the election.

Now, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who originally said she would not vote to confirm a new justice before the election on Nov. 3, is already seemingly backtracking.

What did Murkowski say before?

In a statement over the weekend, Murkowski explained that she did not support filling the high court vacancy in an election year four years ago — and she does not support doing so now.

For weeks, I have stated I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed. I did not support taking up a nomination before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia, we are now even closer to the 2020 election — less than two months out and I believe the same standard must apply.

Murkowski’s statement came one day after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is fighting to keep her Senate seat, said she believes the winner of the election should decide who fills the Supreme Court vacancy.

Murkowski and Collins are two of the most moderate Senate Republicans.

What is Murkowski saying now?

Despite her comments just two days prior, Murkowski suggested Tuesday that she may vote to confirm whomever Trump nominates.

“I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘Will you confirm the nominee?’ We don’t have a nominee yet. You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is,” she said, Alaska Public Media reported.

However, Murkowski reiterated her opposition to confirming a new Supreme Court justice so close to the election — but again implied the timetable will not make a difference in how she votes.

“I do not support this process moving forward,” she said. “Now, having said that, this process is moving forward with or without me.

“If I had felt that there was a rush to move this through because you’re up against a deadline that is hard and fast, like an election, and that a nominee had not been thoroughly and fairly evaluated through our process, then I’m going to have to look at that,” she added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Monday that he has enough support to confirm Trump’s nominee.

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Eggs allegedly thrown at children during rally supporting President Trump: ‘This is what the Democrat party represents’

Delaware State Police on Monday told TheBlaze that “during a Republican Political Rally” Sunday outside the Crossroads Restaurant in Wilmington, three males between the ages of 20 and 25 drove by and threw eggs at the crowd standing near the roadway.

Police said three children and three adults were struck, no injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made amid the active investigation.

‘I wanted to show you what these hateful liberals did to a little child’

Lauren Witzke, a Republican candidate from Delaware for U.S. Senate, hosted the event supporting President Donald Trump. Witzke
posted a video on her Twitter page that she said showed the aftermath, including a little girl with eggshells in her hair and a little boy with egg on his shirt.

“I wanted to show you what these hateful liberals did to a little child,” Witzke said in the clip as the video camera focused on top of the girl’s head. “They drove by, and they threw eggs at little children.”

Witzke added that the rally participants were waiting for police and had the license plate of the egg-throwers’ vehicle.

“This is a hate crime right here,” she said, adding that “little children [are] getting egged” “just for being conservative.”

Witzke also said, “This is what the Democrat Party represents, this is what the Democrat party allows” and that “we have to build something better for our children and their future, because the radical left will throw eggs at little children, the radical left will throw profanities at little children.”

Here are other images:

How did folks react?

Of course a number of folks were upset at the alleged egging incident, but others had different points of view:

  • “Stop putting kids in the line of fire,” one commenter wrote. “Children are not props. Your whole message is lost when you have these children in harm’s way. Now you use them as a prop. Manipulate peoples emotion to fit your view. You are a piece of s**t.”
  • “I’m pro-Trump, but using that poor wee girl to make a point is unacceptable,” another commenter said. “Instead of standing over her and sticking a phone in her face … she should have been held and comforted. Eggs hurt when you’re hit by one. And clearly her eye was bothering her. Shame on you.”
  • “Eggs are better than pepper spray,” another detractor noted.

But there was plenty of pushback on such perspectives, too, as one commenter
noted, “If this were the other way around, there would be a mic in every conservative congressman’s face asking whether or not they denounced it. NO Democrat in Congress or running for office is ever asked to comment on stuff like this.”

Haven’t we seen this movie before?

In late August, two women in Wilmington were
caught on video ripping up pro-Trump signs and stealing a red “Make America Great Again” hat while a 7-year-old boy cried and chased after them near the venue for the virtual Democratic National Convention.

And last week, Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy — both 21 and from Wilmington — were
indicted by a New Castle County grand jury on charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree assault, attempted third-degree assault, offensive touching, and felony hate crimes, Delaware Online reported.


L to R: Olivia Winslow, Camryn AmyImage source: Wilmington Police

Video of the incident shows two women harassing a mother and her young son. The women ripped pro-Trump signs and stole a MAGA hat sitting near the boy, whose mother recorded the altercation.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @TrumpStudents

At one point the boy sees another hat on the ground, and when he goes to retrieve it, one of the women actually appears to stomp her foot to prevent him from picking it up. The video doesn’t show whether she makes contact with the boy’s hand:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @TrumpStudents

But when a man the mother apparently knows attempts to intervene, the same woman appears to hit him in the face:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @TrumpStudents

Here’s the clip:

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Republican statement won’t appear in Oregon voter pamphlet because it arrived 29 seconds late

A statement from the Oregon Republican Party won’t appear in the state voters’ guide mailed out for November’s election because it arrived 29 seconds late to the online reporting system, officials told the Associated Press.

What are the details?

The statement was headlined “Had enough? Vote Republican!” and attacked Democratic leadership in Oregon over issues ranging from “Unrestrained rioting” in Portland to coronavirus mismanagement resulting in “catastrophic small business losses,” the AP said.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that Kevin Hoar, communications director for the state GOP, said his party did get the statement into an online filing system by 4:59 p.m. Aug. 25, the final day for filing, the outlet said.

Hoar also said state Republican chairman Bill Currier was locked out of the online filing system for several hours, which delayed the GOP’s ability to file its statement, the AP said.

But Laura Fosmire, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Bev Clarno, said deadlines apply equally to everyone, the outlet noted.

“Anyone wishing to submit information to the Voters’ Pamphlet has several weeks to do so, and we recommend avoiding waiting until the last minute for this reason,” she said in a statement, according to the AP.

But Currier told the outlet that not including the GOP’s statement in the voting guide “reeks of partisan discrimination.”

“If a bureaucrat in some decision-making role simply didn’t like what our statement said, this doesn’t give them the right to silence us,” he added to the AP.

However, Fosmire told the outlet there were “no problems or glitches” with the online reporting system: “[W]e simply received the statement after the filing deadline.”

Hoar added to the AP that a lawsuit was filed demanding the statement’s inclusion before the voters’ guide goes to print later this month.

“We can’t quite explain the interpretation and decision here” by state elections officials, Hoar told the outlet.

The Democratic Party of Oregon and six other political parties are included in the voters’ pamphlet for the Nov. 3 election, the AP said.

Oregon secretary of state is a Republican

As it turns out, Oregon Secretary of State Clarno is the only Republican in statewide office, the outlet said. Clarno, a former Oregon House speaker, was appointed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to serve the rest of the Dennis Richardson’s term after he died in 2019, the AP said.

How did Democrats react?

“That the GOP wasn’t able to follow the rules and is now crying foul is ridiculous,” the Oregon Democratic Party said in response to the Republican reaction, according to a news video from KGW-TV. “And their accusations of partisanship are laughable. … The Oregon GOP messed up. Instead of accepting the consequences that come with procrastinating until the absolute last minute, they’re throwing a fit.”

The Democrats also noted that “for a political party that touts ‘personal responsibility’ and following the the letter of the law, the Republicans are having an awfully hard time owning up to their own mistake,” the station added.

The curious case of Kanye West

In a similar matter, headline-grabbing hip-hop artist Kanye West won’t be on the ballot for November’s presidential election in Wisconsin after his election lawyer submitted signatures just a couple of minutes too late last month.

West’s legal team tried to argue that the signatures were turned in before 5:01 p.m., which means they technically met the 5 p.m. deadline — but the elections commission rejected that argument in a 5-1 vote. Milwaukee Republican Robert Spindell was the only commissioner to argue that West should still be on the ballot.

“Mr. West is an African American candidate,” Spindell said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And I think we should do all we can to — after the terrible treatment that the black population in Milwaukee received during the April election — that we give them a choice.” Spindell accused Democrats of attempting to suppress the black vote.

West is generally considered a candidate who could take votes — especially black votes — away from Democratic nominee Joe Biden. But polling indicates that even if he did get on ballots, his presence wouldn’t make much of a dent.

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Sheriff leaving Democrats after watching ‘idiots’ on ‘left-wing’ stoke ‘civil unrest’ in American cities

An Indiana sheriff announced he’s switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party — and it has everything to do with the “idiots” on the “left-wing” he’s observed stoking “civil unrest” this summer, WEVV-TV reported.

What are the details?

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding noted his political party switch at a press conference Thursday, the station said.

“It’s interesting that we see this glorious flag here,” he said, WEVV reported. “The Democrats want to burn that thing every day.”

Wedding continued, the station said: “That’s part of the reason why I said ‘I can’t tolerate that.’ Burning our flag, the symbol of our country and our freedom, the greatest country in the world.”

The sheriff added that “in the left-wing, you can’t say ‘God.’ They can’t say ‘God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance. … It’s ridiculous. And I sit and watch this, I think, ‘How can I even say or be a part of idiots like that,'” WEVV reported

Image source: WEVV-TV video screenshot

“I’m tired of seeing fires set in our streets,” Wedding also said, according to the station. “I’m tired of people defying God, our church, our police, our government, and everything we stand for. You hard-working people, that have worked from the time you’re young to now, you’ve become successful individuals — and they want to get on you for being successful. I don’t believe in that.”

He also brought up the talking point of defunding the police that “left-wing liberals” have been propagating amid protests and rioting since George Floyd died while in police custody in May, WEVV said.

“By not supporting the rule of law, we see chaos like in Chicago, Portland, Seattle,” the sheriff continued, according to the station, “and instead of defunding the police, they should support funding the police during this time of civil unrest.”

Wedding added that the GOP has “a lot of work to do — including winning the presidential election, because if not, we’re in trouble,” WEVV said.

Anything else?

After his announcement, Wedding told WFIE-TV the Democratic Party has lost its way.

“The Democrats represented hard-working individuals,” he added to the station. “People who were just working-class America and they believed in values, family, and that you’ve got to work to achieve. I think we’ve lost that in the Democratic Party. I was one of the people who had nothing growing up, and I’ve worked to achieve. I’m proud of where I was and where I am today.”

What did local Democrats have to say?

The Democratic Party of Vanderburgh County released the following statement to WFIE regarding Wedding’s party switch:

While we are disappointed with Dave Wedding’s decision to leave the Democratic Party, we are more disappointed with the reasoning he provided the community for his choice. We are aware that there are many conversations regarding police reform on a national level. However, Sheriff Wedding knows that the Democratic majorities on the County Commissioners and City Council have been strongly and consistently supportive of local law enforcement. In contrast, he has always pointed out the Republican-controlled Vanderburgh County Council and Indiana State Legislature were responsible for the creation of budgetary restraints that made his job more difficult. His move to the Republican Party after benefiting from years of Democratic support make his political opportunism all the more distasteful. Nevertheless, we as a party look forward to building on last year’s success and welcoming a new wave of fresh leadership this fall and re-electing proven leadership including County Councilman Mike Goebel, State Representative Ryan Hatfield, County Coroner Steve Lockyear, and County Commissioner Ben Shoulders; among many others.

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The GOP’s ‘token’ black man? Sen. Tim Scott responds perfectly to insulting question about his race

Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate, was asked by NBC News host Craig Melvin whether the Republicans are using him as a token as they deal with the intense racial conflict resulting from the police killing of George Floyd.

“You have faced a fair amount of criticism, especially over the past few days, because you are the only black Republican senator. Some have said that your party is using you, they’ve even thrown around the word ‘token,’ as well. Your response to that criticism?” Melvin asked Scott during an interview.

Despite the insulting implication of the question, Scott laughed it off and clearly explained how his experience as a black man uniquely qualifies him above his Republican colleagues to take the lead on race matters:

Well, I am also the only person in my conference who has been racially profiled driving while black. I’m the only one in my conference that’s been stopped seven times in one year as an elected official, perhaps the only one in my conference wearing this Senate pin that was stopped from coming into the building. So if there’s someone in the conference who understands discrimination and profiling, it’s me. It’s the reason why I asked to lead this charge, because it is a personal issue, it is the right issue. And frankly, I think it helps to have someone who’s been a victim of this situation and who still has a tremendous respect for where our country can go together.

So I shrug those comments and criticisms off. But you’ve got to know, when you’re a black Republican, you’re like a unicorn. People are going to criticize you when you wake up, when you go to sleep, if you say you like apple pie and football, there’s a lot of critics for that, too. So God bless their souls.

Scott is leading Republican efforts to draft police reform legislation. He will lead a working group that also includes Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and James Lankford of Oklahoma.

“None of us have had the experience of being an African American in this country and dealing with this discrimination which persists here some 50 years after the 1964 civil rights bill and the 1965 civil rights bill,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of his decision to have Scott lead the police reform effort, according to Politico. “We’re still wrestling with America’s original sin. … And I think the best way for Senate Republicans to go forward on this is to listen to one of our own.”

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Allen West injured in serious motorcycle crash, airlifted to central Texas hospital

Allen West, the former Republican congressman, was injured in a serious motorcycle crash on Saturday in Texas.

“Please pray for Allen West. He is in Emergency and his motorcycle has been hit outside of WACO. On my way to hospital now,” West’s wife, Angela Graham West,
posted on Facebook.

According
to the Austin American-Statesman, West was involved in a crash near Waco after speaking at the Texas Freedom Rally in Austin. The incident happened around 5 p.m.

West was transported via helicopter to a hospital in Waco, KWTX-TV reported. He reportedly has non-life threatening injuries.

The former congressman’s team posted an update to social media late Saturday. They said that West was cut-off by another car, resulting in a collision between two motorcycles, one of which was his.

“According to law enforcement on the scene, a car cut LTC West off, resulting in two motorcycles colliding, one of which was his. He was transported by helicopter to the hospital, where he is currently in stable condition and undergoing assessment,” West’s team said.

“Family and members of Team West are at the hospital, and we will continue to provide updates. We appreciate the support and kind notes and solicit your continued prayers,” they added.

West served one term in the U.S. House as a representative from Florida. He is currently running to become the next chairman of the Texas Republican Party.

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Joe Biden’s racism creates a huge opportunity for the GOP to win black voters. But will they take advantage?

During an interview on a popular radio station with a black host and a large number of black listeners Friday morning, Joe Biden did what Joe Biden does — said something stupid and kind of racist.

“If you’re having a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told host Charlamagne tha God, after the host told Biden he had some more questions for him.

I can’t think of a clearer example of Democrats taking the black vote for granted. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee telling a black man that if he’s not sure he wants to vote Democrat, then he’s not black.

Many black voters won’t appreciate that kind of rhetoric, even if they consider themselves Democrats. You don’t get to define someone’s racial identity based on whether they agree with your politics. And if you think black people are going to vote for you just because of their skin color, you’re not going to be motivated to pursue policies that help them.

What an opportunity here for the Grand Old Party heading into the 2020 election. Black Democrats are already more moderate than other demographics within the party. Pew Research found that 68% of black Democrats consider themselves either moderate or conservative. Now you’ve got Joe Biden openly telling black people they should be voting for him because they’re black.

But will the Republican Party take advantage? Neither the moderate leanings of black Democrats nor the lazy approach to black voters by the Democratic Party are new, and yet a recent poll showed Biden beating Trump with black voters by a margin of 81% to 3%. What can be done to improve that?

Don’t replicate Democrats’ mistake. Meaning, don’t take the stance of “Look how bad they are, so you should just come join our side.” Negative arguments aren’t winning arguments in this case. Biden’s racism may be offensive enough to cause a black Democratic voter to be turned off from voting for Biden, but it probably isn’t enough, on its own, to turn that voter into a Republican voter. Make a positive case for voting for conservative candidates.

Don’t try to be color-blind. The opposite of racism isn’t color-blindness. I’m black. I like being black. I care about things that affect black people in a unique way, because I’m black. Black voters care about black issues, and are looking for leaders who will fight for solutions to those issues. Show them how conservative policies and values, applied equally and appropriately, create those solutions to issues that impact the black community. Bonus tip: Crime isn’t the only issue in the black community.

Charlamagne’s response to Biden during that interview is important.

“It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact that I want something for my community,” he replied.

Choose your ambassadors wisely. The public faces of black conservatism, the ones sent to advocate on behalf of the Republican Party, should be connected to the black community. They must care about the black community. They must respect the black community, and have the ability to earn respect in return.

If you can’t empathize with someone’s perspective and demonstrate real, personal respect, you’re unlikely to be able to convince them of your own perspective. Winning an argument is not the same thing as effective outreach. This quote from the 2012 Republican “autopsy” applies here: “You can’t call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you.”

The opportunity is there for the Republican Party to gain ground with black voters. The understanding of what to do is there (on paper). Will the Republican Party take advantage this time around? We’ll see.

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Mind-reading MSNBC panel: ‘Overwhelmingly white’ protesters demanding reopening of economy actually want ‘more black and brown people to die’

Far-left MSNBC panelists tried their collective hand at mind reading during an “AM Joy” segment Sunday, insisting that the “overwhelmingly white” protesters showing up to state capitals to demand the reopening of the economy amid the coronavirus shutdown are throwing a “temper tantrum” — and even worse “want more black and brown people to die” in the process.

What are the details?

“They are the Fox News, Nazi, confederate death cult rump of the Republican Party,” Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation, offered during the panel discussion before going on a virtue-signaling rant:

“And their very existence is a slap in the face not only to the health care workers on the front lines risking their lives every single day, but it’s also a slap in the face to the people who are actually dying from this virus in disproportionate numbers, black and brown people. These aren’t economically disenfranchised folks; these are small business owners, these are retirees. These are people who want their workers to be sent back to work, not themselves.”

Zirin called their protesting an “astroturf farce” and “racist” before insisting the media shouldn’t cover them.

“They frankly don’t deserve the sweat off our brow,” he concluded before firing off a little side-to-side head bob as if he just won a poetry slam.

Renee Graham — an opinion columnist for the Boston Globe — said the only reason the protests began is because white people conducting them felt inconvenienced given reports that COVID-19 has been disproportionately affecting people of color.

“One thing I think is really interesting is how these protests have started after all the headlines the last week or so about the disproportionate effect the virus is having in communities of color,” Graham said. “And so when I look at these protests, what I see are a bunch of white people essentially saying, ‘Oh, it’s affecting those people, so why do I have to change my life for them?'”

She also said the “overwhelmingly white” protesters simply “don’t care” about anyone but themselves.

“They’re out there waving American flags. They don’t care about America,” Graham added. “What they care about is [President] Donald Trump and what Donald Trump has created. They don’t care about the people risking their lives to keep this country moving … all they want is another battle waged for their lost cause. This isn’t a protest; this is a temper tantrum.”

Michael Harriot, senior writer for The Root, put it bluntly: “If you want the government to open up, then you want more black and brown people to die.”

(H/T: Townhall)

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State official’s chief of staff: Protesters against stay-at-home orders should be lured into ‘MAGA’ warehouse, locked in — ‘then let Darwin work his magic’

Len Foxwell — chief of staff for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot — last Monday on Facebook shared a link to an article about a group called “The Patriot Movement,” which called on people to defy coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders,
WJZ-TV reported.

The station said Foxwell wrote the following on his post, which has since been taken down:

Let’s lure them into a big, big warehouse (we’ll call it something real classy to suit their refined sensibilities, like “America MAGA Platinum Palace”) with the promise of all the unfiltered Camels they can smoke, all the Salisbury steak and banana moonpies they can eat, washed down by all the Old Crow and Icehouse they can drink.

Plus, autographs from Scott Baio and pics with Tawny Kitean [sic], posing all sexy and everything on a sportscar, just like in that old Whitesnake video! Get them in, bar the door, and then let Darwin work his magic.

Backlash

Maryland Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire got wind of Foxwell’s post and called on Franchot to fire his chief of staff, WJZ reported.

“I hope you agree with me that Mr. Foxwell’s statements suggesting the genocide of President Trump’s supporters are extraordinarily inappropriate and representative of a base and destructive mindset,” Haire wrote, the station said. “A review of Mr. Foxwell’s Facebook page shows many similar posts by Mr. Foxwell.”

Haire also said Franchot — a Democrat — should keep his future in mind, the Baltimore Sun reported.

“As an announced candidate for governor of Maryland in 2022, I expect you to do the right thing and terminate Mr. Foxwell’s employment as your chief of staff,” Haire wrote to Franchot, the paper said. “If you do not, you can be certain that Mr. Foxwell’s views, and your refusal to repudiate such views, will be made aware to every voter in Maryland during the 2022 campaign by the Maryland Republican Party.”

‘My deep, searing distaste for the President’s politics’

Foxwell on Saturday responded that his comments were made “in a typical spirit of sarcasm and jest” and were not directed at Trump supporters but rather at the leaders and members of the group, WJZ said:

Again, this had nothing to do with rank-and-file Trump supporters — notwithstanding my deep, searing distaste for the President’s politics and his catastrophic mismanagement of this crisis. Nor, obviously, did I ever express hope that someone would die. Any suggestions to the contrary are simply, absolutely false. By now, it’s fairly obvious that, like so many other social media brush fires that revolve around this President, a handful of provocateurs twisted unrelated content to suit their narrative of victimization and government persecution.

‘I remain 100 percent supportive of Len Foxwell’

Franchot on Saturday night wrote the following on Facebook about the controversy:

Over the past few hours, I’ve fielded a few angry messages and texts from people who are demanding that my Chief of Staff, Len Foxwell, resign or be fired. This, in response to satirical comments that he made on his personal social media feed about the Patriot Movement and their willingness to violate “Stay at Home” orders imposed by the Governor of Idaho.

It has never been my policy to comment on social media content posted by members of my staff, so long as it is done on their own time. I won’t start now. Suffice to say, however, that I remain 100 percent supportive of Len Foxwell and the exceptional work he continues to do for me and for the people of Maryland. He is an exceptional public servant, a dear family friend, and I look forward to his continued service as my Chief of Staff for years to come.

Enjoy your evening and the rest of this weekend. Stay safe, everyone!

How did folks react to the comptroller’s defense of his chief of staff?

Franchot’s Facebook post drew about 2,000 comments — and as you can imagine, more than a few were angry at his support for Foxwell:

  • “You just lost my vote …”
  • “MD gov’t is becoming a huge joke. This statement and Mr. Foxwell’s are a disgrace coming from people CLAIMING to work for the best interest of the public. Just disgusting. Supporting people that are this partisan will ruin our society.”
  • “But these stay at home nuts are about saving so many lives. Now they are making excuses for having Naziesque fantasies. Shame on you Peter Franchot for supporting someone who fantasizes of murdering people he doesn’t agree with.”
  • “So because he is a family friend you condone his actions above the Marylander’s you serve. You are just as crooked as he. Time for you to go too. Wake up people of Maryland!!!”
  • “Peter Franchot lest you forget, you both serve at the behest of the voters of Maryland. They have long memories and will remember Len Foxwell’s nasty assessment of how he sees the people of Maryland. Reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’ comment that may have cost her the election.”

Anything else?

Haire on Sunday responded to Franchot’s statement by emailing the following to party supporters, the Sun said: “The Maryland Republican Party will be ready to deploy significant amounts of advertising and communications dollars in the 2022 Governor’s race to make sure every Maryland voter is aware of Comptroller Franchot’s views.”

Foxwell earned $181,000 last year, the paper reported, citing a state salary database.

Oh yeah, remember Foxwell’s mention of conservative actor Scott Baio in his controversial Facebook post? Well, Baio has something for Foxwell:

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CNN host can barely conceal enthusiasm over daughter who refused to talk to her mom after she voted for Trump in 2016, or mom’s decision to vote Biden in 2020

In a recent segment on CNN, host Brooke Baldwin interviewed a mother and daughter from North Carolina who suffered a family rift in 2016 after both parents voted for Donald Trump. But now that the mother is considering casting a vote for former Vice President Joe Biden should he be the Democratic nominee this fall, the daughter feels that the family has been restored.

Scarlett Murphy, who is in New York for school, says she wasn’t as surprised by her father’s vote, since he is “part of a demographic that almost lives in an entirely different world in terms of what they think [and] what media information is presented to them.”

“He works in the construction industry; he listens to a local AM radio station that’s very conservative,” she added.

But she couldn’t believe that her mother would vote for Trump.

“I thought of my mom as someone who is, you know, like really involved with, like, social justice work, and is an advocate for so many people Trump disparaged,” Murphy said.

But now, almost four years later, the mother, Patricia Murphy, says that she will vote for Biden if he is an option in the general election.

Judging by Baldwin’s reaction when the words fell off Patricia Murphy’s tongue, you would have thought that the admission was the breaking news of the day.

Baldwin cut in, saying, “hang on, hang on, hang, on … so you’re telling me, if Joe Biden were to become the nominee, you would vote for him over Donald Trump?”

“Yes, if that is the case this time around, that’s what I would do,” Patricia Murphy confirmed as Baldwin looked over to the daughter and nodded her head in affirmation.

Patricia Murphy reluctantly admitted that she voted for Trump in 2016 because she liked that he promised to “bring manufacturing back to America” and negotiate “trade agreements that were more favorable to America,” but said that if Biden had been the Democratic nominee in 2016 she would have voted for him instead.

She was careful to note that she is not ready to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over Trump, as she is uncertain about his brand of socialism. If Sanders were to become the nominee, there is still a chance that she would vote Republican, she acknowledged.

At the end of the interview, Baldwin gave Scarlett Murphy the last word.

“Final words to mom … what’s your advice?” Baldwin asked.

“I think you should vote for Joe Biden, mom,” Scarlett Murphy said.

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Donna Brazile says Fox News’ Juan Williams ‘gave me the fist bump’ after her ‘go to hell’ tirade against Republican chairwoman

Fox News contributor Donna Brazile said Juan Williams, a longtime analyst for the cable network, “gave me the fist bump” after her on-air tirade Tuesday in which she told Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to “go to hell.”

What are the details?

Later in the day during a Super Tuesday panel, Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Brazile about her comments to McDaniel.

“I just want to say that your tone has changed a little bit,” he told Brazile. “You came in here a little bit hot and bothered … and you were spicy today, and you had a little dust-up with Ronna McDaniel early on. Can you just explain that?”

After noting that “I’m a forgiving kind of person,” Brazile broke things down.

“I want to thank Chris Wallace and Brit Hume and Juan Williams. Yes, all three men,” she told Baier and the panel. “Juan gave me the fist bump, Chris gave me the talk, and Brit reminded me that, you know, sometimes … you shouldn’t call people outright. But let me just say this: As long as I’m alive, I’m gonna speak truth to power.”

Brazile — who briefly served as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee — also said McDaniel needs to “respect” how the Democrats go about their business.

“And I wanna make sure that the chairwoman, I know what her job is like, but I want her to understand, to respect the process on the Democratic side,” she said, adding, “Democracy is messy, but do not tell the world that the Democratic Party is trying to rig it for one candidate. We’re trying to make sure everybody gets a delegate. That’s why I said, ‘Put down that one for [Democratic presidential candidate] Tulsi [Gabbard].'”



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What’s the background?

On Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” McDaniel weighed in on the Democratic presidential primary, saying, “It does depend on how big the lead that [Bernie] Sanders takes out of California is, if he picks up a huge proportion of delegates, but I don’t see anybody getting out soon, and it’s leading toward potentially a brokered [DNC] convention, which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way on that second vote.”

Brazile — who infamously shared debate questions with Hillary Clinton ahead of time during the Democratic primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016 — reacted to McDaniel’s suggestion to co-hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith.

“First of all, I want to talk to my Republicans,” Brazile began. “First of all, stay the hell out of our race. Stay the hell out of our race. I get sick and tired, Ed and Sandra, of listening to Republicans tell me and the Democrats about our process. First of all, they don’t have a process. They’re canceling primaries. They have winner take all. They don’t have the kind of democracy that we see on the Democratic side. And for people to use Russian talking points to sow division among Americans — that is stupid.”

Then she lowered the boom: “So, Ronna, go to hell! This is not about — no, go to hell, I’m tired of it, Ed. … We are not trying to prevent anyone from becoming the nominee.”

How did McDaniel respond?

McDaniel responded to Brazile’s “go to hell” rant on Twitter:

“It’s ok, @donnabrazile,” she wrote. “I’d be having a bad day too if my party was still hopelessly divided. Talk of a brokered convention and the DNC trying to stop Bernie obviously hit a little close to home.”

McDaniel added more reactions later on.

“It’s never fun to have your teenagers come home from school and say, ‘Hey mom, you’re trending on social media because some woman said you should go to heck.’ But that being said, politics is a contact sport, and you know, I think Donna was out of line with her response,” McDaniel said, according to the Washington Examiner. “Of course, we all recognize that the Democrats did put the thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton in 2016 because of Donna, because of the book that she wrote, she exposed that.”

McDaniel also said she “felt very in my lane saying that this is happening. I don’t think it’s something that we can’t discuss, and I think her response was a little out of line and disproportionate to my comments earlier today,” the paper noted.

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Denver Democrat Tweets Solidarity With Spreading The Coronavirus At Trump Rallies

A city councilwoman, who is also a democrat, in Denver said Tuesday she was being “sarcastic” with a retweet appearing to call for “solidarity” with anyone who has the coronavirus to attend rallies for President Trump. Her office has dismissed calls from the Colorado Republican Party to resign over the “sarcastic” tweet.

Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca last week responded to a tweet that said, “For the record, if I do get the coronavirus I’m attending every MAGA rally I can.” She responded: “#solidarity Yaaaas!!” with laughing emojis.

The original tweet that CdeBaca responded to has since been deleted but was preserved by multiple screenshots, these ones are courtesy of The Hill:

CdeBaca’s office called it a “sarcastic tweet” in a statement released Tuesday. “Councilwoman CdeBaca made a sarcastic tweet on Twitter to call attention to the Trump administration’s downplaying of the coronavirus as a ‘hoax,’ no more dangerous than the common flu,” the statement said, according to ABC affiliate Denver 7.

But that’s not how her tweet came across to anyone.  And her office then turned it around on republicans who apparently aren’t doing enough to stop the outbreak’s spread. (After she “sarcastically” joked about spreading the virus.) “Rather than conservative outlets making a four-day-old tweet their focus on Super Tuesday, they should focus their energy on demanding a competent federal response to this public health crisis instead,” her office added. She also dismissed the backlash as “mostly out-of-state conservative media who have targeted her since even before her election to office,” according to Denver 7.

“There can be no room in our politics for wishing harm on Americans who have different political beliefs,” Colorado Republican Party Executive Director Lx Fangonil said in a statement. “Democrats in Colorado and across the country need to condemn this evil statement.”

This happens as the Surgeon General demands that the public stop buying face masks so that healthcare workers can use them instead. Something is wrong with politics when it comes to the outbreak, and enough people are noticing.  It almost feels like the government wants us to get sick.

Surgeon General DEMANDS: “Stop Buying Face Masks!”

This is why we always stress the need to be prepared. Some of the statements coming out of the world’s governments are alluding to not only spreading this virus but making sure you aren’t in any capacity to fight it off. Don’t fear the coronavirus, make plans to prevent it and overcome it if you do get sick.  Keep your immune system running well and make sure you have some hand sanitizer with you.  You should also improve handwashing techniques and get a properly fitted face mask.  A surgical mask will help keep you from spreading the virus to others, but if you don’t want to get sick, choose and N95 or higher rated mask.

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