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Roy Moore wins Alabama primary runoff

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Roy Moore wins Alabama primary runoff

In any other primary, having 5 times the spend as your opponent should be enough to sail through to victory. Add on top of that the endorsement of the Senate Majority Leader, NRA, Right to Life, and the President of the United States and this is a no-brainer. Include the advantage of (technically) being an incumbent and one would have to be an idiot to bet against you.

That’s the situation that Luther Strange finds himself in, but Alabama dared to bet… and vote… against him. Roy Moore, the controversial former Chief Justice and constitutional originalist has defeated Strange in the Alabama primary runoff.

This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill primary runoff. As noted before, this race had national implications. Now, Moore will go on to face Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney in Alabama.

Perspectives

Moore Wins Alabama GOP Senate Primary | The Daily Caller

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/26/roy-moore-defeats-trump-backed-senator-to-win-alabama-gop-senate-primary/?utm_medium=push&utm_source=daily_caller&utm_campaign=push“They’re going to say, ‘Donald Trump, the President of the United States, was unable to pull his candidate across the line. It is a terrible, terrible moment for Trump,’” the president said while imitating news anchors at a Friday rally in Alabama in support of Strange.

Moore wins Republican Senate primary, dealing blow to GOP establishment – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/moore-vs-strange-polling-opens-in-alabama-republican-primary/2017/09/25/9c7192f8-a253-11e7-b14f-f41773cd5a14_story.html?utm_term=.6b35de7abbf5Moore is now the front-runner to win the seat in a Dec. 12 general election. He will face Democratic candidate Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney in Alabama.

BREAKING: MOORE WINS ALABAMA PRIMARY

https://www.redstate.com/joesquire/2017/09/26/breaking-moore-wins-alabama-primary/Strange’s loss is a big loss for Mitch McConnell, who backed him heavily, and it is also a loss for Donald Trump, who went all in for Strange in the weeks leading up tonight.

BREAKING: Roy Moore Wins Alabama Senate Primary Run-Off | The Resurgent

http://theresurgent.com/breaking-roy-moore-wins-alabama-senate-primary-run-off/Moore and Strange were the two top vote getters in the initial primary election back on August 15.  Since neither got over 50%, they went to a run-off.  The GOP establishment went all-in for Strange, pouring millions into the race on his behalf.  Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, and other liberal Republicans slandered Moore with millions of dollars in false attacks.  Donald Trump even endorsed Luther Strange and campaigned for him.  Despite all this, Roy Moore consistently led in polling throughout the run-off campaign, so tonight’s result is not a surprise.

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Final Thoughts

The left will try to pin this on President Trump as a major blow to his power within the GOP and they won’t be entirely wrong. Here’s the reality: he endorsed the guy who was loyal to him and probably didn’t give any other factors much thought. He heard “incumbent” and “big money from McConnell’s superPAC” and thought, why not? In business, holding loyalty as more valuable than ideology can work. In politics, that’s not always the case. It’s actually a good thing for Trump long-term that his swampy endorsement failed.

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Vice says women shouldn’t have guns

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On Friday, Vice’s Twitter account tweeted out a previous Vice article from June 14, 2016, entitled, “A Very Incomplete List of People Gun Rights Activists Think Should Be Armed.”

The brief article is a lamentation of the belief of Second Amendment advocates, specifically “the NRA and other right-wing groups,” that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

The tweet (below) reads, “The NRA wants to put guns in the hands of: Schoolteachers, Preachers, Anyone who goes into a nightclub, Women …just to name a few.”

According to author Harry Cheadle – who evidently believes that women shouldn’t be afforded Constitutional protections or exercise our God-given human rights – “the goal [of 2A advocates] is to make sure everyone is prepared to engage in a shootout at all times.”

“And by everyone, I mean everyone,” he emphasized.

So, just who, exactly, does Vice believe should be considered prohibited from exercising his/her Second Amendment rights?

“Here is a surely incomplete list of people that gun rights activists believe should be packing heat. Once all of these categories of Americans are all carrying guns on them at all times, presumably we will finally be safe…”

The listed include (as worded the article), but are not limited to:

-Women

-Gay people

-Jews

-Holocaust victims

-Some people who commit domestic violence

-Firefighters

-Every black person in America

-Pilots on planes

-People on the terrorist watch list

Yes, ladies, you read that right. A gun in the hand of a woman is as great a risk as possible terrorists. I can imagine Mr. Cheadle must be petrified at the sight of a woman behind the wheel of a car!

Ahhh!

Yes, Mr. Cheadle is apparently quite fearful of women, Holocaust victims, and black Americans, among others.

Well, as you might expect, this didn’t go over too well on Twitter. Here are just a few of the (often snark-filled) reactions.



And, in case you are wondering about my own response to Vice’s tweet… I joined the NRA.

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Scott Israel: SRO avoided confronting Cruz

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The latest breaking news on the Parkland Shooting reveals yet another failure in preventing or mitigating the shooting rampage. According to Sheriff Scott Israel, the school SRO positioned himself outside and never went in. This took place for about four minutes during the shooting that lasted about six minutes. The deputy’s name is Scot Peterson, and he resigned upon being suspended without pay while being investigated.

Cautious Take

There are a lot of perspectives on this development. We shouldn’t rush to judgement as this story is still developing. Was Scot Peterson a coward? Absolutely. He had a weapon and training. No doubt some of the colossal failure rests on him. But not all. Scott Israel is in charge of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, meaning Peterson reports to him. This could be the higher ups scapegoating an underling so that their contribution to the incident, such as the slow response time and failures prior to the shooting go unnoticed. Furthermore, are we to assume, as Scott Israel would have us, that during these four minutes Peterson did absolutely nothing? What if he was ordered to wait? Too many questions remain, so lets wait.

What’s also concerning about the situation is that Scott Israel has been going after the NRA. Many leftists are using this story as fuel against the idea of allowing teachers to have concealed carry. Perhaps that was Sheriff Israel’s purpose in throwing his guy under the bus. Remember this as the government and elected officials play the blame game: Aaron Feis did more to protect students with less.

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Blue wave looking weak in Pennsylvania special election

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Comparable to the Arizona Special Election that is to take next week, the Pennsylvania 18th district is in a special election situation because of unacceptable behavior of Rep. Tim Murphy who during an extramarital affair reportedly asked his mistress to get an abortion. The Republicans have handily controlled PA18 for years and don’t want Murphy’s buffoonery to mess things up. The Republican champion in this race is Rick Saccone.  An open seat in a northern state presents a great opportunity for Democrats to cash in on the Blue Wave they keep boasting. The victory of Doug Jones provides a road win Democrats have so far lacked since 2016. Looking to be PA18’s Doug Jones is Conor Lamb. Lamb is an assistant US attorney who served in the Marine Corps. His platform emphasizes healthcare related issues as well as student debt and energy.

Who is Rick Saccone?

The House of Representatives would be a promotion for the current State Rep. However, Rick Saccone hardly has an active record in the PA legislature. For the most part, Saccone has a record of sponsoring lighthearted, if not outright nonsensical bills, such as a resolution appreciating Heinz Ward and Juneteenth. In the legislature, he has a record of voting in favor of guns and unborn. However, Rick Saccone is not a limited government conservative on a local level. In the past he has voted for tax increases.

State of the Race

As of now, all of the recent polling has the 18th district reliably in the GOP’s hands. However, polling in 2018 will likely continue its downward trend of effectiveness. So take it with a grain of salt. The endorsements are piling high for Rick Saccone. He has the thumbs up from both Trump and Pence, along with several conservative organizations. The recent polling is perhaps responsible for what seems like the Democrats capping their support for Lamb. The GOP, on the contrary, is throwing heavy cash on keeping a seat where Tim Murphy ran unopposed in 2016.

Rating: Likely Republican

My Take

Rick Saccone will in my mind comes away as the winner on March 13th. However, he is not nearly suitable for the job as he should be. He legislative record is one of recognizing days of the year as special for a person or group. He does not have a record of sponsoring serious conservative legislation. Though he does have a record of voting conservative, he isn’t a leader on the issues he is campaigning on. The GOP is right to break the bank for his campaign as they aren’t short on cash in this moment. Saccone isn’t a strong candidate in my opinion, but, with some bankroll, he is.

Conor Lamb isn’t a weak candidate but doesn’t have the resources. As for the Democrats, this investment looks like its going sour. Special elections present a time for more eggs to be placed in a single basket. But the Democrats seem to know they are unlikely to win. The Senate races of 2018 looks bleak for them, so the Blue Wave is supposed to take or come close to securing the House of Representatives. In order to do that, they need road wins. Just like the Arizona 8th, this will not be that road win. The crest of the Blue Wave is getting shorter and shorter.

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