New Jersey’s Senate race has been tighter than expected. Although recent polls by CBS and Quinnipiac show Menendez with a comfortable lead, other outlier polls like one by Stockton University have the race within the margin of error. Now Bob Hugin is using a new tactic: bringing up Menendez’s severe ethical issues.
Senator Bob Menendez just finished an ethics trial with a hung jury over charges that he was taking bribes and traveling to other countries to hire underage prostitutes. Menendez voted against Brett Kavanaugh, saying Christine Ford was “not only to be believed” but was “a hero”. Hugin is now using his own words against him attacking Menendez for hiring underage prostitutes. Menendez’s lawyers argued that the underage prostitution in another country “would hardly be a Federal crime”.
Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill is in trouble after a hidden camera caught her and her staff supporting a ban on all semi-automatic rifles and impeachment. According to her staff, they have to lie about their support in order to get moderate votes in red leaning Louisiana. They also said they would lie to voters after she was elected saying that national security issues prevented them from saying they would support impeachment.
“It’s like we have to lie to get elected”
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Bill Nelson is another Democrat Senator in trouble. Nelson sent out an email calling for donations to help Hurricane Michael victims. But the link in his email goes to Actblue, a liberal Political Action Committee. Actblue also donates funds to Super PACs which are not legally permitted to coordinate with campaigns or candidates.
Actblue has sent money to several high level Democrats including Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi. They have also funded violent Leftist protest groups. While the funds donated for hurricane relief will likely go to that cause, Nelson’s use of a political PAC to raise funds guarantees that he will get access to their personal information and can solicit further donations or have directed marketing campaigns towards hurricane relief donors. Nelson did not disclose in his email that Actblue was a political PAC. He made it sound like they were a charitable relief organization.
Yesterday we wrote about a California politician saying the state needs to regulate every aspect of our lives. Today it’s Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy applauding the removal of Alex Jones from the internet. I’m not an Alex Jones fan, I think half the stuff he puts out is fake news and the other half is sensationalized news. He’s on par with CNN. But Murphy went on to say something scary. Murphy tweeted that the censorship of internet sites by the major corporations like Facebook and Youtube is what our democracy depends on.
Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.
I’m going to disagree with Murphy and suggest that freedom of speech, political expression, and freedom of association are what our democracy depends on. Our founders seemed to agree when they wrote the bill of rights. Companies can do whatever they want with their own internet platforms. But it’s scary to see a US Senator cheer on big corporate censorship of political views.
It’s always fun to go back and read the climate change predictions from the past and see how they have failed to materialize. On the first Earth Day, everyone figured climate change would wipe out the planet by 2000. Obviously that didn’t happen, but the predictions went on. Climate change predictions have become a great way for one side to use fear mongering to pass their agenda. Republicans have been wrongly accused of wanting dirty air and dirty water. Here’s a link to an article highlighting some of the failed predictions since 2000.
We are back to not accepting a nuclear Iran. After canceling the Iranian nuke deal made by Obama, without congressional approval, Trump gave Iran months to come to the table and renegotiate. After Iran’s refusal, Trump is now reinstating the Obama era sanctions in two stages. the first stage went into effect yesterday, the second is coming in November. Trump has also issued an ultimatum to our trading partners that the US will not deal with countries who deal with Iran. The pressure is back on for Iran to abandon their nuclear ambitions, although they now have billions more to work with thanks to Obama’s attempt at a legacy.
Several states go to the polls today for the midterm primaries. Media outlets like CNN have chosen a special election in Ohio to focus on as their indication of how the blue wave is doing. The special election is for a state senate seat and will be re-decided in November, so frankly we don’t care. I’m looking more closely at the Missouri primary. This will be an indication of any strides made by the Libertarian party in influencing the future of conservative politics. Libertarian-turned-Republican Austin Petersen chose to run within the Republican primary rather than as a third party candidate. A long shot win by the champion of liberty could set the tone for future incursions into the GOP by Libertarian hopefuls. The Freedom Caucus has shown it can be done, and many Libertarians have grown wary of their own party that nominated perpetually high Gary Johnson and old school RINO Bill Weld in the 2016 Presidential race.