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Can Mike Braun beat Joe Donnelly in Indiana?

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Yes.

Mike Braun has been doing more than surging in the polls. He is bringing a message of hope to conservatives and right-leaning Independents in a state that should never have had Joe Donnelly (D-IN) as a Senator.

The latest polls show them neck-and-neck. While we don’t hold polls in the esteem that most news organizations do, it’s good to see a close race to unseat an incumbent Democrat.

This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about Braun:

Senate candidate Mike Braun on finding the real causes of gun violence

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/08/senate-candidate-mike-braun-finding-real-causes-gun-violence/One of the biggest reasons conservatives should be against gun control measures, even the ones labeled as “common sense,” is because any erosion of the 2nd Amendment will lead to further removal of our gun ownership rights in general. The old adage goes, “if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.” That has been demonstrated as the case with leftists who take the smallest cracks in a system and attempt to exploit them until they get their full wishes.

When there is gun violence, leftists tend to go straight after the 2nd Amendment rather than attempting to diagnose the real problem.

It also isn’t the first time we’ve talked about Donnelly:

Joe Donnelly’s strategy: Tout his ‘support’ of the President

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/09/joe-donnellys-strategy-tout-support-president/Donnelly, a first-term senator, is trying to stave off a challenge from Republican businessman Mike Braun, and in doing so, keep alive Democratic hopes of taking control of the U.S. Senate after the Nov 6. congressional elections.

Democrats need a net gain of two Senate seats to take a majority in the upper chamber, which would allow them to more effectively counter Trump’s agenda. But doing that not only means winning at least two seats now held by Republicans, but also holding onto seats in conservative states that Trump won, including Indiana, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

The good people of Indiana need to step up and put Mike Braun in the Senate. He has the right ideas and a unique perspective that brings hope to a country desperately needing it.

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Orange County didn’t turn blue because of Trump. It turned blue because of fiscal irresponsibility.

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Orange County didnt turn blue because of Trump It turned blue because of fiscal irresponsibility

The “angry suburban backlash” against President Trump is what many analysts and commentators blame for the reversal in control of the House of Representatives. It’s partially correct, but there’s a bigger challenge for the GOP: red-leaning population centers like Orange County that seem to be shifting blue as well.

The suburbs may have the voters the Republicans need, but heavily populated affluent areas like Orange County have the money Republicans need.

Orange County just went from mostly red to totally blue in the House of Representatives. It has as many or more congressional districts than over half the states in the country. And until this year, four of them could be counted as “leaning-” or “solid-Republican.”

Now, they are all blue.

Democrats Complete Sweep of Orange County, Once a GOP Haven

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/democrats-sweep-orange-county-once-a-gop-strongholdWith Democrat Gil Cisneros’ victory in California’s 39th District, Democrats have defeated all four Republicans in Orange County, an area former President Ronald Reagan once referred to as the place “where the good Republicans go before they die.”

Cisneros, a Navy veteran and lottery winner, defeated former GOP state Assemblywoman Young Kim in the increasingly diverse 39th District. He had garnered 50.8 percent of the vote compared to Kim’s 49.2 percent when the Associated Press called the race nearly two weeks after Election Day. He won by roughly 3,500 votes.

This is a bigger deal than most realize and has national implications. It demonstrates two things quite clearly. First, the organizational structures of the party in California and the local area are abysmal. They have been for a while, but Orange County survived their bumbling because the GOP held a favorable fiscal reputation here. Second, President Trump’s influence is limited in areas where higher education and income levels make up the bulk of voters.

Tax cuts weren’t the big winner in places like Orange County because they weren’t accompanied by spending cuts. Fiscal responsibility is more important in areas like Orange County than other Republican strongholds. Local publications lambasted Congress and the White House when they passed spending bills that would make President Obama blush.

In California, we live with a state government that spends incessantly. We don’t want a federal government that does the same.

If the GOP doesn’t start acting like the party that wants lower spending, they have no chance of regaining a foothold in areas that are less concerned about kneeling football players and more concerned about budget deficits and the national debt.

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Why Max Boot left the GOP

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Why Max Boot left the GOP

Conservative pundit Max Boot was part of the Republican tribe for years. That was before Donald Trump became the face of the party. Now, he’s spreading the message that President Trump is “morally and intellectually unfit” for the job.

It’s unpopular to say so on a site that is mostly populated by Republicans, but I have to agree with Boot. He pushed for Americans to vote for Democrats this past election, which I disagree with wholeheartedly. You can’t defeat evil with evil. However, I understand the sentiment. He believes the only way the Republican Party can come to its senses is if they suffer tremendous defeats at the ballot box.

I tend to believe they won’t come to their senses.

The GOP is solidly behind this President. Most have separated character from policy, which is their right. I agree with most of what Trump wants to do. I disagree with how he does it. Max Boot wants to reform the GOP. I’ve already let them go.

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Joni Ernst warns of challenges to push President Trump’s agenda after losing the House

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Joni Ernst warns of challenges to push President Trumps agenda after losing the House

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the newly elected Republican Senate Conference vice chairman, pointed out two things that are going to be big challenges over the next two years: border security and making the tax cuts permanent. Both centerpieces of President Trump’s agenda will be difficult to achieve now that Democrats control the House of Representatives.

Republicans were able to get the tax cuts they wanted, but without control of the House it will be nearly impossible to make them permanent in the next two years.

They were unable to get border security pushed forward in the first two years of the administration despite having control of the House and the Senate during that stretch. Most notably, they failed to make significant progress towards building a border wall between Mexico and the United States.

With Democrats controlling the House, getting it done now will be nearly impossible.

My Take

It’s indefensible that Republicans didn’t do more for border security when they had the chance. Two years is plenty of time to push through legislation, but their focus on three failed Obamacare repeals drew their attention away.

Don’t get me wrong. Obamacare repeal is extremely important and arguably the reason they were able to win in 2010-2016. But it’s failure is no excuse for delaying border security measures. Now, they’re delayed indefinitely.

In those rare periods when a party controls the House, Senate, and White House, they need to pack all the legislation they believe America needs. Republicans ignored the border and now Americans will pay the price.

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