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EXCLUSIVE: Coffee with Paul Nehlen, talking establishment politics

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Editor’s note: Our own Jake Gambino was invited to coffee with Paul Nehlen, a Trump supporting GOP challenger to Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin. Nehlen lost in 2016, but far from going away, he’s building on his efforts for 2018. What follows below is purely Jake’s personal opinion. The Federalist Party has not issued any statement, in support of or opposition to, Nehlen’s candidacy. NOQReport stands by Jake’s reporting.

Early yesterday morning, I had the opportunity to get coffee with Paul Nehlen. For those who aren’t following the Wisconsin primaries, Paul Nehlen is challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District for the second time. In the 2016 primary, Nehlen didn’t do so well, to put it lightly. He lost by upwards of 60 points. The fact he is coming back for a second round says something.

Funnily enough, he reached out to me for coffee after I said he came off as a prick. Prior to this, I had never personally spoken with him.

He could have read my comment, taken offense, and blocked me. He could have also read it and went on offense to criticize me. Instead, he read it and asked about it. That is impressive in today’s political climate. Too many of us assume that anyone who voices criticism must be a blind partisan or ideologue (some are).

As we were setting up the meeting, I wanted to emphasize that I specifically said he “comes off as.” Without knowing someone, I can’t say for sure what kind of person they are. I can only speak to their public presentation.

He basically told me not to worry about it and then made an emphasis of his own:

“I’m a nice guy who cares deeply about this country. If that comes off as harsh, I need to work on it. I’ll never back down to criticism of defending American citizens, so that is startling to some.”

The only thing that startled me was the fact that he didn’t plaster this statement to everything around him. Instead, the message I got from his social media was “#MAGA #NoDACA #DrainTheSwamp #TrumpTrain.” This is a winning strategy when it is a field of 17 candidates, and also a winning message against the greatest D.C. swamp monster that ever ran, Hillary Clinton.

Unfortunately, it isn’t a winning message in a Wisconsin GOP primary. What I quoted above, however, is a winning message as long as he sticks to it and can communicate it to the voters in his district.

At our meeting, Nehlen was adamant about national reciprocity for CCW, his opposition to TPP, and his opposition to DACA. Although specific policies weren’t the focal point of our discussion, those three were often referenced. His website lists that information.

What impressed me about Nehlen was how receptive he was to criticism. I’m not someone to bite my tongue when I see something I don’t agree with. Throughout the entire discussion, I never felt like I needed to hold back. He agreed on some of my points and challenged me when he thought I was wrong.

Our discussion was very casual, but he left a great impression. He was polite, enthusiastic, and I have zero doubt that he is in it for the right reasons, even if we disagree about the best way to get there.

If a time comes where I must eat all the words I just wrote, I will. But until that time, I think he is a good candidate and someone I could support as an individual. What I cannot support is an establishment that doesn’t give someone a fair shake with the voters.

In the time between setting up the meeting and having the meeting, Nehlen shared a letter he received from a GOP event in his district.

While the letter is written to Nehlen, it represents a problem far bigger than one primary. It represents everything wrong with establishment politics and, to borrow a phrase from Ted Cruz, the two-party cartel.

Our nation’s government is reliant on open discourse, public debate, and We the People choosing who will represent us. This requires being able to hear from the candidates and hold them accountable to their promises. 

We have far too many D.C. politicians who care more about getting elected than keeping the promises they made or defending their positions. This seems to have become the rule rather than the exception.

If an idea or policy won’t stand up against dissent, then it isn’t an idea with a strong foundation. And when discussions are avoided, We the People can’t see how either of the candidates’ ideas stand up to a challenge. This is the real tragedy and why I am a Federalist.

The Federalist Party is doing their absolute best to hear ideas from everyone involved with it. It is very much a grassroots party of people who are #FedUp with the status quo. We are sick of political prescriptions from high. The Federalist Party is grounded to life, federalism, and the Constitution.

The Republican and Democratic Parties should take note. They need to encourage discourse among the ranks and quit playing favorites. Let the people see the candidates, get the information they need, and make their own decisions. These organizations should support We the People and our decisions, not the candidate they prescribe.

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Justice Democrats vs. DNC: Group behind AOC looks to shake up the Democratic Party

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Justice Democrats vs DNC Group behind AOC looks to shake up the Democratic Party

Are they unified or are they at odds? The Justice Democrats and the Establishment Democrats are still at odds despite being temporarily unified by President Trump’s “racist” Tweet recently. It doesn’t matter how much the Establishment Democrats like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi defends them. They don’t like here and will do everything they can to subvert her power.

But little is known about the Justice Democrats, not because the information isn’t out there but because legacy media refuses to give them much attention. In many ways, they’re worried that if too much attention is given to the radical progressives, it will harm the party as a whole in the upcoming 2020 election. So the media is stuck between a rock and a hard place – supporting the people they like without allowing those people to harm the party they like. It’s a conundrum all Democrats are going to have to face soon as establishment-backed candidates like Joe Biden take on hyper-leftists like Elizabeth Warren.

One America News did a nice job of talking about the Justice Democrats and the direction they’re headed within the party itself. They’re not just after the Republicans. They’re after the Democrats, Independents, and anyone who isn’t a card-carrying social justice warrior.

As in-fighting in the Democrat Party escalates, one organization says that was the plan all along.

With a voting demographic at odds with typical establishment politics, one group is looking to capitalize on the disarray in the Democrat Party. Justice Democrats is a group that looks to promote progressive causes by advocating for change within Congress itself.

It was founded in 2017 by Kyle Kolinsky of Secular Talk and Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks with the goal of redefining the direction of the Democrat Party.

“We’re going to try to save the soul of the Democratic Party by boarding the Democratic Party ship and taking it over,” Uygur said. “How are we gonna do that? We’re gonna run strong progressives so from now on there will be a new wing of the Democratic Party and it will be the Justice Democrats. We will seek social justice, economic justice, racial justice, and plain old justice justice.

Justice Democrats was successful in its first operation, elevating candidates like a Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocazio-Cortes to the House of Representatives after the 2018 midterms.

“We’re gonna run hundreds of candidates and we’re gonna primary all the establishment Democrats,” Uygur continued. “So we’re not gonna be like ‘is a Chuck Schumer maybe yes maybe no,’ right? No, it’s a hard no. But wait a minute, now, are you really going to primary vulnerable Democrats. Yeah that’s the whole point.”

The group doesn’t just support candidates, it recruits them, finding individuals that can act as a vessel for its progressive agenda, candidates who don’t only align with the values of the organization but can propel them into Congress.

“Back in 2016 we put out a call for nominations, trying to capture the diversity of background of experience of the American electorate, the people that aren’t currently represented, and we got over 10,000 nominations,” said Justice Democrats Executive Director Alexandra Rojas. “Out of those 10,000 nominations we found Alexandria.”

Much like Representative Ocasio-Cortez, candidates are recruited to run for office with justice Democrats fundraising, organizing, and creating the agenda for the individuals they put on the ballot with the goal of overtaking the party.

“We want to actually create that grassroots funded machine that can be a real opposition to the current institutional powers,” said Saikat Chakrabarti, AOC’s Chief of Staff and co-founder of the Justice Democrats. They’re the group behind the polarizing Green New Deal.

Chakrabarti recently told The Washington Post the green New Deal is not a climate change proposal. The statement corroborates claims made by Rojas, “But really I think a big anchor piece is the Green New Deal and talking about it in a frame of social, racial, and economic justice, and a mobilization of our economy in our society at the scale of what we did during World War II.”

This, of course, has been echoed by Ocasio-Cortez herself.

As dangerous as “The Squad” is, they’re the tip of the Justice Democrats’ iceberg. Perhaps a better way of putting it is they’re the tip of the spear. The Justice Democrats represent the greatest threat to America’s future we’ve seen since the Cold War.

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Rashida Tlaib says $15/hr minimum wage is too low. She wants $20/hr.

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Rashida Tlaib says 15hr minimum wage is too low She wants 20hr

There is nothing more progressive than taking something radical and destructive and doubling down on the spirit of the proposal. That’s what Representative Rashida Tlaib did today when she said the movement that’s pushing for $15 per hour nationwide may be behind on the times. $15 per hour is what whey needed before, but since the costs of milk and eggs have gone up, the new minimum wage should be $20 per hour.

It has already been established by the non-partisan CBO that $15 per hour would kill off 1.3 million jobs. While most Democrats balked at the number and said it was too high, the radical progressives saw it as an opportunity – there’s plenty of room to kill off even more jobs, from their reckoning.

Costs of many items are going up, but as the Washington Free Beacon pointed out, eggs and milk are actually lower than their peaks in 2015 and 2014, respectively, around the time when the “fight for $15” started ramping up. As usual, Tlaib is making things up to support her points.

The real minimum wage is zero, as anyone unemployed knows. But jobs have been rising across the board since the President took office. The economy is humming. In many industries, there is a shortage of workers able to fill positions, forcing many companies to raise wages organically. That’s how it should be. We don’t need Washington DC placing a blanket minimum on the country, especially considering the economic norms in West Virginia are very different from the economic norms in California. Leave it to the states to regulate the economies properly.

This is just further evidence that Rashida Tlaib and “The Squad” aren’t interested in helping America. They want to tear it down and rebuild it in the Justice Democrats’ image. This is no longer a secret, but it’s an under-reported fact.

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#TX21 is a congressional race the entire nation will be watching

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TX21 is a congressional race the entire nation will be watching

When two powerhouse representatives of their respective political ideologies clash, there’s always national attention. But as Wendy Davis announces her intention to take on Representative Chip Roy in the 21st Congressional District of Texas, there’s more at stake than just a seat on Capitol Hill. This race represents a battle for the soul of our nation.

If you’re wondering how a single Congressional seat could have so much importance, we have to look at the two candidates. Roy is a freshman who has already been making an impact with is push for fiscal conservatism. His demands on his fellow representatives are simple, all centering around the notion that Republicans must do as they promised. That means securing the border, cutting spending, and other important promises that, thus far, have not been fulfilled.

Davis was a rising star in the Democratic Party before losing a high-profile gubernatorial race. Now, she’s starting her comeback campaign by going after Roy’s congressional seat. Her pro-abortion and big government stances are stark contrasts to Roy’s conservatism, but they have one thing in common. Both are willing to go to the ideological edges even if it means bucking their own party. Roy made news in May when he single-handedly blocked a disaster relief bill, not over he merits of the big spending bill itself but because he does not believe Congress should sit back and let $19 billion get dished out without talking about it on the floor and having a proper vote.

There’s even a movie about Davis that’s potentially in the works, according to Fox News.

Davis became an overnight Democratic sensation in 2013 after her filibuster over an anti-abortion bill. She told Texas Monthly in March that she recently met with actress Sandra Bullock to discuss the Oscar winner portraying her in a movie about the filibuster, which Davis said could be released next year.

Texas was once considered to be a deep-red state, but in recent years has shifted to the point that many strategists on both sides of the aisle consider it a 2020 battleground. Beto O’Rourke confirmed this by coming within 3-points of taking down Senator Ted Cruz. For a hyper-leftist like O’Rourke to even be a consideration in the state is telling of the shift that’s happening there. This is why Davis’s entry into the race is so significant. If Republicans sit back and assume the seat is safe, they could lose it.

If a strong conservative like Chip Roy can hold onto the seat, it bodes well for the nation that Texas is staying true to its values. If Wendy Davis flips it, we can take it as a sign that progressives are making a bigger impact than expected.

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