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Georgia special election: Everything you need to know

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Today is election day in suburban Atlanta’s 6th congressional district. Actually, it’s the runoff of the special election to fill HHS Secretary Tom Price’s former seat. The general election was in April, and Democrat Jon Ossoff nearly won the whole thing, coming out of nowhere, playing on a district that voted heavily against Donald Trump in the November election.

Here’s everything you need to know today.

  • This is the most expensive Congressional race in history.

$50 million has been spent, most of it from outside groups on the Republican side, and from out-of-state donors (heavily Californian) on the Democrat side.

  • 140,000 early votes have already been received.

This could give Republicans a large advantage going in, with +20,000 ballots based on previous primary voted in.

“This is still a Republican-leaning district, and Republicans of all stripes have rallied around Karen,” Kent said. One national Democratic strategist added: “There’s been an effort to include and activate some of the Republican base that wasn’t around [in April], and we’ve seen evidence of that.”

  • The race was targeted by Democrats early because of Trump’s poor performance.

Democrats chose Ossoff very much because of his youthfulness, and his complete blank slate. They wanted to make the race about Trump. Handel, on the other hand, has great name recognition, having served as Georgia Secretary of State, and run for governor and senator in two failed bids.

It’s always been Handel’s race to lose, and she’s underperformed previous congressional races (Price won easily in November).

  • Polls are showing the race too close to call

  • The weather is bad.

Poor weather generally suppresses turnout. With thunderstorms called for this afternoon and evening, election day turnout may not yield enough ballots to outpace April’s total of 190,000 (including early voting). This could be good news for Handel, but again, it’s very close.

  • Decision Desk HQ will have the first results

Decision Desk HQ is covering this race wall-to-wall. I will be in Atlanta today to help bring the fastest results to you. Check back here for complete coverage.

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List of DIA products ordered from AATIP reads like a science fiction weapons list

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List of DIA products ordered from AATIP reads like a science fiction weapons list

If one were to bring up wormholes, invisibility cloaks, mind-controlled drones, or warp drives in casual conversation, it would be assumed they were talking about some science fiction or young adult fantasy novel. Of course, they could also be talking about the long list of products ordered by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AATIP).

The list of projects being at least discussed if not initiated is nothing short of astounding. It’s a dream for conspiracy theorists who believe the government was been working on ways to manipulate extra dimensions, which apparently they have. Sadly, this information doesn’t come as a result of a noble member of the government expressing concerns in their oversight of the projects or an intrepid scientist pulling a weapons technology version of the Edward Snowden technique. Instead, it comes from a Freedom of Information Act filing by the Federation for American Scientists.

AATIP List from FOIA to the… by on Scribd

As with anything that has to do with advancements in science and the United States government, at least some of this should be taken with a grain of salt. They often throw out quite advanced concepts to explore even though the chances of success are slim for now. Better to be prepared than to start something late.

This video by Truthstream Media alerts us once again to some of the strange things being done by our government. Are they out to protect us from the “Field Effects on Biological Tissues” or are they testing for… other reasons.

It all reminds me of this from The Onion:

 


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Videos show conservative beaten on UC Berkeley campus. Please help identify the assaulter.

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Videos show conservative beaten on UC Berkeley campus Please help identify the assaulter

Being conservative on college campuses in America can be challenging. It seems that conservatism is more than just a challenge at UC Berkeley. It can be downright dangerous.

Editor’s Note: The videos released publicly do not show all of the events that transpired before the alleged assault. Just as we called for judgment to be held when the initial Covington Catholic School videos were released, so too do we believe we shouldn’t jump to absolute conclusions until law enforcement releases official information. With that said, yes, these videos are pretty darn compelling against the perpetrator.

Brad Devlin, former President of Berkeley College Republicans, posted a series of Tweets that seem to detail the events surrounding the alleged assault as well as video of the assault itself. There’s also an image of the alleged perpetrator. Calls have been made by officials and those associated with the victim to help identify him.

Videos show conservative beaten on UC Berkeley campus Please help identify the assaulter

If this turns out to be an accurate depiction of events, one can easily see this as a hate crime.

The unhinged nature of extremists leads to the level of hatred that gives us incidents like these. While they happen from both sides of the political aisle, it seems as if the left has been growing increasingly violent in recent months.

Differences in political opinion shouldn’t lead to violence.

This story is developing. We will update as more information comes in. Campus Reform is also covering this closely as the victim was closely associated with them.

VIDEO: Conservative suffers blow to the face at Berkeley

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11898In other footage obtained by Campus Reform, another person, also unidentified, approached the students, claiming they were “encouraging violence.” Williams told Campus Reform that as the physical confrontations took place, a number of onlookers simply watched.“Some students nearby tabling were laughing, even one guy was smiling while I was being attacked and trying to hand me his flyer as a joke,” the alleged victim said. “The idea is free speech has consequences…. which include you getting assaulted if they find you promoting ideas others don’t agree with.”A student who asked to remain anonymous and was at the scene after the alleged victim got punched said someone also tore apart their signs.“As I approached the table I could see our TPUSA pins all over the floor, our signs were torn apart, Hayden’s eye was red, and his nose was bleeding,” the student told Campus Reform.Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs for UC-Berkeley told Campus Reform that while he has not seen confirmation of the assault, he condemns the behavior.

How do you trigger certain college students? Just be a conservative on campus and you may get attacked. Share the image of this guy and help find him before he assaults someone else.

 


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Justin Fairfax let off the hook by Virginia Democrats, but not accusers

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Justin Fairfax let off the hook by Virginia Democrats but not accusers

Democrats in Virginia’s House have ended calls for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax to resign following two accusations of sexual assault. But his accusers continue to speak out, saying they want to testify against Fairfax in an effort to both remove him from office and possibly bring him to justice.

The excuse Democrats are making for ending their calls for impeachment or for Fairfax to step down are because they want a criminal investigation to proceed unimpaired. This is a solid argument, but one that doesn’t echo the sentiment from the around the country or in Virginia itself.

Calls were relatively universal just a week ago following the second sexual assault accusation against Fairfax. The sad part is the calls for Governor Ralph Northam to step down over a photo on his yearbook page depicting one person in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit were also very heavy before the first Fairfax accusation. It’s as if Democrats were all gung ho about making an example out of Northam until they learned his successor had problems of his own.

If there is to be consistency within the #MeToo movement, the Democratic Party, and American politics in general, then there needs to be an understanding of what is considered sufficiently acceptable evidence in the court of public opinion to demand a resignation. This is impossible, of course, as each situation is different. Would Al Franken have been forced to leave the Senate if there weren’t pictures of him groping a sleeping reporter? Probably not. Is the presence of two credible accusations the tipping point, since following the first accusation the responses were muted? Perhaps.

If that’s the case, though, does that mean if someone commits a single sexual assault, that they’re still morally qualified to lead? Of course not.

These are the conundrums that face a society bent on finding the moral high ground but unable to come together on how that moral high ground actually manifests. Should Fairfax step down? That question may be asked for another three years if he doesn’t.

 


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