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Congressman Darrell Issa is out, Diane Harkey is in

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News broke earlier today and then followed up by an official statement by Congressman Darrell Issa, that he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. Issa was first elected to Congress in 2001. He has won re-election easily for most of his years in Congress. With re-districting and changes in demographics, his seat has become one of the most vulnerable seats in Congress.

He barely won re-election in 2016. He only won re-election because his district after re-districting incorporated parts of South Orange County, a wealthy Republican stronghold.

Orange County is the last vestige of Republican control in a large population center in California, and some believe that Orange County will soon turn blue.

In 2016, Orange County voted Democrat for the first time since the Great Depression.

Many see this as a move the Orange County could be going blue especially since Issa’s announcement comes on the heels of another Republican Congressman, Ed Royce, from Orange County announcing he will not seek re-election.

Analysis

There is no doubt in my mind that Democrats are energized to go after Trump. Orange County did go for Hillary in 2016 but Orange County Republican Congress members, for the most part, won pretty easily in 2016.

Orange County Republicans did vote for Trump overwhelmingly in the 2016 primary because for the most part; the election was over. All the candidates, including the last two, Cruz and Kasich were out.  Yet, Cruz and Kasich were still on the ballot. Who received more votes between them? It was Kasich, not Cruz.

Orange County Republicans are more traditional business/establishment, middle of the road Republicans. Cruz brand of Republicanism wasn’t as popular in this area as it was in other parts of the country. Where Kasich’s brand of Republicanism wasn’t very popular among Republicans throughout the country.

Republicanism in Orange County is more moderate and more focused on economic instead of cultural and social issues.

So has Orange County turned more blue. Yes, primarily in North Orange County but South Orange County is still a strong Republican stronghold.

So the question is, will Trump bring down Republicans that should have won re-election because voters don’t feel energized to come out and vote especially those Republicans that see the GOP tax plan, which limited SALT deductions, as a tax increase on them simply because they live in high-taxed California.

Prediction

So will Trump bring down Republicans in Republican-controlled areas of Orange County? I’m not sure it is to early to tell but with Issa not running for re-election, it might be a much harder task for Republicans to hold onto the seat.

The already declared Republican candidate seeking to replace Issa is Diane Harkey. She is the highest elected Republican in the State. She represents all of Issa’s district and much more as the Chair of the Board of Equalization. She currently represents approximately 9.5 million people in Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego County.


EXCLUSIVE: Republican Diane Harkey to Run for Darrell Issa’s Seat – Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2018/01/10/exclusive-diane-harkey-running-for-darrell-issas-congressional-seat/Breitbart News can confirm that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called Harkey on Wednesday to discuss her running for the seat. A source told Breitbart News that Harkey has the support of McCarthy and the support of outgoing Congressman Issa.


 

If she makes it to the general election, which I anticipate that she will, she might be the only candidate capable of keeping the seat in GOP hands.


Konstantinos Roditis is an Orange County resident and the Republican candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at cacontroller.com, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook as well.

Mr. Roditis a candidate for California State Controller. He is an entrepreneur and owns several companies. He graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations. He's a former City Commissioner with the City of Anaheim, CA. He's a Conservative Constitutional Federalist. Follow him on Twitter @KonRoditis

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Utah GOP establishment working hard to make Romney next U.S. Senator

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The Utah Republican Party convention was held this past weekend. Despite Mitt Romney’s failure to secure 60 percent of the vote to avoid a primary run-off, an ongoing disagreement about a new rule that allows candidates to bypass the convention to get on the primary ballot by gathering signatures instead—as Mitt Romney did—helped the party establishment pave the way for Massachusetts Mitt to replace Orrin Hatch as the next US Senator from the Beehive State.

Even though Romney didn’t need to worry about the convention, he attended in an attempt to garner the support of grassroots Republicans concerned about his obvious carpetbagger status and others who see Romney’s run as little more than an attempt to redeem his lost political glory. In that regard, Romney did not disappoint.

True to his reputation, Romney became all things to all people as he worked to appease both Republicrats and Trumplicans while playing the “severely conservative” card when necessary as we witnessed in a Q & A with delegates.

“Here’s the difference between me and a lot of other people that are running: and that is, I know how to get a group of people together. I’ve campaigned with some 40 different Republican Senators—I’ve campaigned for them, with them.

“I can get a group of them together to stand together to fight against the excessive spending that we’re seeing in Washington. I can also get Obamacare repealed.”

Repeal Obamacare? Seems to me I’ve heard something like that from a Republican before. Still, listening to Romney blather on about how awesome he is and how he’s going to bring everybody together almost makes you want to gather around the campfire, make s’mores, and sing Kumbaya, doesn’t it?

In reality, Mitt’s track record of attacking conservatives who buck the GOP establishment proves that he has more in common with Orrin Hatch than Mike Lee—despite his repeated mention of Lee’s name at the convention.

Throughout his campaign, Romney has continued to claim that he’s more conservative than Trump and Congress—a very low bar—on issues like immigration and the budget, but once again, his record tells a different story. As recently as 2014, Romney supported amnesty for illegals and making DACA permanent. And even though he now says he would support a government shutdown to get spending under control, Romney has opposed using shutdowns as leverage on important issues in the past.

As a chameleon candidate lacking any core conservative convictions, Romney will be a perfect fit in Mitch McConnell’s GOP establishment swamp we know as the US Senate. And it looks like Utah Republicans are working hard to make sure Romney gets the job.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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Attempt to make tax cuts permanent just more politics of distraction by GOP

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When Trump and the GOP passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the bill only provided temporary tax relief for individuals—they expire or “sunset” in 2025 in compliance with Senate rules—while making the corporate tax cuts permanent.

Putting Senate rules aside for a moment, the GOP intentionally structured their so-called tax-reform bill as they did to provide political cover for their otherwise unproductive job performance. Republicans were able to claim they kept at least one promise while using the Senate rules as a crutch to pass temporary tax relief for individuals with a promise to vote later on making it permanent.

According to GOP leadership, under Senate rules the tax cuts couldn’t be made permanent in the original bill because it added so much to the deficit that it would require sixty votes to avoid a filibuster—a fact that would still apply on any future votes to make the cuts permanent.

Why would the GOP promise to vote on making tax cuts permanent when getting sixty votes is still out of the question? As I said above, they need political cover.

Knowing they face an uphill slog as November approaches, Trump, McConnell, and Ryan planned to use a second vote to make individual tax cuts permanent not because it’s the right thing for taxpayers but because it allows them to use the politics of distraction to camouflage their ineptitude and hopefully avoid the Blue Tsunami.

By holding this vote, the GOP hopes to get Democrats on record as opposing the tax cuts, making it possible for Republicans to use that as a campaign issue in some of the tighter races. This is probably what motivated Sen. Ted Cruz to introduce a plan to make the cuts permanent. Cruz’s re-election race against Democrat Beto O’Rourke is essentially tied and within the margin of error, so he needs a distraction to avoid defeat.

Interestingly, many within the GOP are now having second thoughts about another vote on tax cuts because they are taking heat for recent projections that show how their tax cuts and budget treachery will add trillions of dollars to the deficit.

But don’t be fooled. This is simply another round of the GOP’s politics of distraction. By suddenly appearing like the deficit is now an issue, Trump and Company are hoping that their faux outrage will appease conservatives concerned about out-of-control spending. We witnessed an example of this strategy recently in the failed attempt by the House to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Regardless of what the GOP decides on the tax cuts issue, know this . . . they’ll do only what’s best for party preservation, not what’s best for America.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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The Founding Fathers warned us about Neil Gorsuch and judicial tyranny

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When Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created when Antonin Scalia passed away, he told America that the nomination was the fulfillment of his campaign promise to nominate “the very best judge in the country”—a judge who “respects our laws and is a representative of our Constitution.”

In an article I wrote at the time, I shared how the former Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals judge enjoyed the support of many on the right as well as the left, and how he was considered the second coming of Scalia.

I also expressed my personal concerns about how Gorsuch might actually be more in the mold of the Justice he once worked for, Anthony Kennedy, a person Gorsuch credits as a major influence in his understanding of the law. From abortion to the Second Amendment, there were too many gray areas in Gorsuch’s past for me to trust that he would help return the court to its proper role under the Constitution.

Yesterday, those concerns were somewhat validated when Gorsuch sided with the four progressive justices on the court and overturned a law that allowed for the deportation of immigrants convicted of violent crimes.

While there are some who support Gorsuch’s decision as the epitome of Scalia-inspired justice, Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review not only disagrees, but in a podcast we featured last October, he warned that Gorsuch would rule this way based on his history with immigration issues.

When we witness Gorsuch made this ruling consistent with his judicial history, shouldn’t we also be concerned on issues like abortion, religious freedom, and the Second Amendment based on that same history?

The un-answerability of this question is further evidence of how the Constitutional design for the courts envisioned by the Founding Fathers no longer exists. Instead of justice, we get judicial activism based on aggressive interpretations of the law from judges who believe in an “organic Constitution” that evolves and changes over time.

When Trump recently tweeted about how we need more Republicans to “hold the Supreme Court,” he confirmed the words of James Madison when he warned about tyrannical government:

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

The salvation of America doesn’t rest with the courts or any political party. It rests with the people, and we must fight for our rights or risk losing them forever. Some of the projects I endorse for the fight are Convention of States and Daniel Horowitz’s Citizens’ Task Forces. Check ‘em out!


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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