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Conservative picks for the Tennessee primary

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Conservative picks for the Tennessee primary

Tennessee breaks up the monotony of most of the Southern states that hopelessly elect RINOs to power. Conservatism has the potential to make gains in Tennessee particularly thanks to vacated seats courtesy of Marsha Blackburn running for Senate and Dianne Black running for Governor. Marsha Blackburn represents a particularly strong possibility of reinforcing outnumbered Conservatives in the Senate. She does, however have a strong Democratic candidate to eventually face in Phil Bredesen. Bredesen has a fairly strong reputation for a Democrat in Tennessee and will likely be a Joe Manchin in the Senate. Marsha Blackburn will have no easy task in keeping the seat red. Of course, all this assumes that both these candidates advance in their party primaries.

Best Picks: Marsha Blackburn, Todd McKinley
Worst Picks: Phil Roe, Chuck Fleischmann, John Rose
Best Race: TNSen, District 2
Worst Race: District 6

TNSen

On the GOP side, its a battle between Marsha Blackburn and Aaron Petigrew. All signs point to a smooth nomination for the Trump endorse Blackburn. Blackburn represents a shift for Trump. Donald Trump has endorsed RINOs in almost every Senate race he has wielded an endorsement in. See Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Utah, Pennsylvania, and Missouri for references. In contrast, in races where a solid Conservative is running, Trump’s endorsement is no where to be found. See West Virginia, MaineMontana, Virginia, and New Mexico for references. Marsha Blackburn is a step in a Conservative direction for Trump’s campaign. Her record in the House is well above average. She boasts a Liberty Score of 80 with a strong record of fiscal responsibility and a decent one at individual liberties.

Conservative Pick: Marsha Blackburn

District 1

Phil Roe is the incumbent. After a decade in DC, he has an F Liberty Score, and all signs of fiscal irresponsibility. His most serious challenger is Todd McKinley. McKinley is a strong conservative, particularly on life, 2nd Amendment, and spending. He is also a decent campaigner in comparison to most other challengers.

Conservative Pick Todd McKinley

District 2

This is a good field of candidates. The strongest of which are Jimmy MatlockJason Emert, and Tim Burchett. Jimmy Matlock has the support of the House Freedom Caucus. Meanwhile Jason Emert has Ted Cruz’s endorsements. Matlock has a very strong emphasis on fiscal responsibility which separates the Conservatives from the RINOs in the House. Emert ‘s stance on the issues also provides heavy emphasis on Conservative principles. These two candidates would both make decent Congressmen. Matlock is a slightly stronger Candidate with a more likable background. Burchett is the least upfront with regards to issues. But he does have a sense of humor.

Conservative Pick: Jimmy Matlock

District 3

Chuck Fleischmann is a RINO who’s been in for too long. His most serious opponent is Jeremy Massengale who is a decent Conservative by the looks.

Conservative Picks: Jeremy Massengale

District 4

Scott DesJarlais is the most Conservative Congressman out of Tennessee. His record is solid.

Conservative Pick: Scott DesJarlais

District 5

Jody Ball is the most serious contender. Confidence low on his Conservatism.

Conservative Pick: Jody Ball

District 6

This is another seat without an incumbent. The House Freedom Caucus is looking to advance Judd Matheny against the big money candidate in Bob Corlew. Corlew has a life time of service to the state while also boasting a Conservative platform. It appears he is not the villain in this race. That title belongs to the John Rose, an all around political insider for Tennessee politics. He has the backing of prominent local Democrats as well as a weaker record on Conservatism than the other two. Judd Matheny is likely the best candidate, but Bob Corlew might be the be most in position to keep John Rose out.

Conservative Pick: Toss Up

District 7

Mark Green is the only Republican in this race.

District 8

After one term David Kustoff has proven to be a RINO. David Kustoff advanced in a 13 candidate Republican primary two years ago to capture this West Tennessee seat, winning with only 27 percent of the vote. This primary will test whether Kustoff, has coalesced local Republicans behind him. This race is by no means in the bag for him as it often is for any other incumbents. Unfortunately for the district’s Conservatives, Trump has had this much to say on the race.

He has two challengers: Dr. George Flynn Jr. and Colleen Owens. Of the two, Owens is by far the more balanced conservative while Flynn is running on the single issue of healthcare, and not even from the most conservative standpoint, as he has mentioned opposition to a full repeal of Obamacare in one sitting.

Conservative Pick: Colleen Owens

District 9

Charlotte Bergmann is the only Republican in this race.

 

 

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Saudi foreign minister does damage control on American press

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Saudi foreign minister does damage control on American press

The foreign relations mess stemming from Jamal Khashoggi’s murder continues to grow more chaotic despite Saudi Arabia’s attempt to cover it up with regularly changing stories. The latest attempt at damage control comes from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Fox News’ Bret Baier him, pressing multiple times about Mohammad bin Salman’s role in or knowledge of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. The blame is being placed on the individuals who carried out the operation; as much space is being created between the direct actors and Saudi leadership as possible.

One important note in the interview was when al-Jubier said they do not believe the entire 15-man “kill team” was at the consulate where when Khashoggi was killed there. He admitted he did not know whether Turkey really had a recording of what happened during the incident, nor whether the United States had intelligence that contradicted the Kingdom’s story.

The responses from the foreign minister were in stark contrast to the indignation exuding from the Kingdom for two weeks following the initial report of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

My Take

As I wrote last week, Saudi Arabia gravely underestimated the international response to this incident. They thought they could get rid of a dissident as they have done in the past and the response would be muted. They didn’t take into account his American ties and the desire of the Turks to expose them at every turn.

How is this going to end? It won’t, at least not for a while. Unlike other international news stories of similar magnitude, this one has multiple forces bent on keeping the story going until a satisfactory resolution is reached. It won’t be reached. The White House and the Kingdom will do whatever they can to sweep this under the rug and make people forget.

This stinks, but here’s the sad reality: “Justice” will not be delivered the way it should and the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States will return to the status quo in a few months.

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Pulling out of the INF treaty isn’t just about Russia

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Pulling out of the INF treaty has very little to do with Russia

Russia has broken the treaty already, according to this administration as well as its predecessor. That’s enough to prompt President Trump to put out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, famously signed by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev in 1987.

President Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45930206The US will withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, President Donald Trump has confirmed.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Trump said Russia had “violated” the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

My Take

This isn’t about Russia. Their actions are the excuse for pulling out, but the reason for doing so is because China has no such restrictions. They’re advancements in weaponry have prompted the United States and our allies to explore means of warfare that have been prohibited.

Until now.

This is a counter to China’s continued aggressive actions. Russia will keep doing what Presidents Obama and Trump already acknowledged. No we can step up our missile program as well.

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The cover up begins: 18 Saudis arrested in death of Jamal Khashoggi

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The cover up begins 18 Saudis arrested in death of Jamal Khashoggi

The cover up has begun. Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people in connection to the death of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. This is the first step in an alleged plan to separate the top levels of Saudi government, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from any involvement in the journalist’s murder.

Soon, we will hear that “rogue killers” were responsible for the death. It will be positioned as a simple argument that escalated until Khashoggi was “inadvertently” killed. Once dead, the people responsible reacted by trying to cover up the incident, choosing to dismember his body for easier transport from the consulate.

This has been the dominant story in the West and Middle East since his disappearance on October 2nd. He went to the consulate with his fiancee to finalize his divorce. He went in and hasn’t been seen since.

The Turkish government obtained a plethora of circumstantial evidence against the Saudis to the point that any flat denial was no longer tenable. This is the best course of action in their opinion, to cover up an obvious hit against a Saudi dissident and harsh critic of the Crown Prince. It will be interesting to see how those charged with the crime treat their situation.

The story doesn’t end here. America and the world must watch closely as this perversion of justice unfolds.

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