Commentary

David Davenport: What’s at Stake in the 2018 Elections


435 House and 33 Senate seats.  36 governorships.  6,665 state offices and tens of thousands of local ones.  And you ask what’s at stake in the 2018 elections?

There’s more: important ballot measures like the gas tax in California, carbon emissions in Washington, Medicaid expansion and voting rights.

Beyond the direct effects of your vote lie other questions.  If we split the House and Senate, will anything be passed in the next two years?  Even though Donald Trump is not on the ballot, this election will largely be a referendum on his performance.

It’s embarrassing but, according to the Pew Research Center, voter turnout in the U.S. is only 26th out of 32 democratic countries.

Isn’t there enough at stake for you to vote?  Believe me, this is not a year to be disengaged.  Turn out and do your part.

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Dan Proft: Democrats Clarify Their Sense of Justice


Something emerged from the recent Kavanaugh hearings which makes conservatives grateful. The conduct of the Democrats added clarity to voters.

For example: We now know the Left’s definition of “being mean.” It’s not mean to berate conservatives in restaurants, in front of elevators and in other public places. And it’s not mean to call a conservative judge a rapist without basis and to lampoon his pre-adolescent child in a political cartoon.

On the other hand, it is very mean to have questions about the credibility of a woman who has made a charge without corroboration.

We now also know the Left’s definition of justice: A conservative, male judge may not defend himself against unprovable allegations that will ruin his career, family and reputation.

And: Only liberal justices may make partisan statements and maintain their impartiality.

 

Americans have been given an eye-opener as the November 6th election approaches.

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An Advocate for Religious Liberty for Missouri

Voters in Missouri have a critical choice before them this November when they consider who to send to the United States Senate.

On the one hand, there’s incumbent liberal Senator Claire McCaskill.  She’s obstructed President Trump’s agenda by voting against tax cuts, against the judges he’s nominated and against efforts to make health care more affordable by repealing Obamacare.

And then there’s the GOP challenger: Missouri’s Attorney General, Josh Hawley. He’s fought for religious liberty and constitutional conservatism.  He supports pro-growth economic policies that will create jobs in Missouri.  And he wants to bring down health care costs while ensuring that the vulnerable have access to the care they need. Hawley is the right man for the job.

In Missouri and across the country, voters face important choices that will profoundly impact our future success.  On November 6, don’t forget to make your voice heard.

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Katie Pavlich: The Big Issues Surrounding the 2018 Election


The first big electoral test for President Donald Trump will take place on November 6.

A quick look at history would indicate Republicans should lose seats in the House and possibly in the Senate. But—just as President Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office has bucked the status quo—independent and conservative voters must do the same in the 2018-midterm elections.

This election isn’t simply about Republicans vs. Democrats. It’s much bigger than that: It really is about right and wrong. It’s about free markets vs. socialism; due process vs. mob rule; civility vs. violence.

As election day inches closer, Democrats have proven time and again that their vicious behavior should not be rewarded with power. Not with a single seat.

Independent and conservative voters must hold the line on Election Day in order to ensure a safe and prosperous future.

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Losing Her Million Dollar Bet


Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to affirm her Native American identity and to collect a million dollars in the process: President Trump in a rally promised to pay that much if DNA tests could prove that she’s an Indian.

She cites tests indicating her genetic Indian ancestry is as much as 1 in 64, or as little as 1 in 1,024. No: no recognized tribe in America would accept a single great-great-great-great grandfather as proof.

Worst of all, Warren’s insistence on the “one drop of blood” standard is inherently racist; what does DNA mean without history of cultural affinity or communal participation?

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Jerry Bowyer: The Kavanaugh Effect on the Upcoming Midterms


The long national nightmare surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is over.

Democrats in the Senate, the media and protesters were unable to stop Kavanaugh—despite throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him.

The media narrative—initially—was that this catastrophe would energize Democrats in the mid-terms.

The problem with that narrative is that the data shows that the Republicans are even more energized than their Democratic counterparts.

Before Kavanaugh was confirmed, the political betting market PredictIt gave Republicans a 68 percent chance of keeping the Senate. Now they’re at 85 percent. In the House, GOP numbers went from 34 percent, up slightly to 36 percent.

The GOP may well gain seats in the Senate and could even possibly hold onto the House.

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Lanhee Chen: It’s Not Easy Being Mitch McConnell


It’s not easy being Mitch McConnell. As Senate Majority leader, he has one of the toughest—and most underappreciated—jobs in Washington.
But does he ever do that job well. Senator Mitch McConnell is the boldest and most skillful Senate Republican leader that I have seen in my lifetime. His leadership has helped to confirm two Supreme Court justices, dozens of appeals courts judges, and many more appointees to key positions in the Executive Branch and across government. And he’s a big part of the reason why many Americans have enjoyed tax cuts this year.
Over the next month, Leader McConnell faces another huge challenge—ensuring Republicans hang on to the majority in the Senate after the November elections. Here’s to hoping he handles that task with the same skill that’s led him to so many victories before.

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