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Conservatism suffers losses in Ohio, Indiana but gains in West Virginia, North Carolina

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As part of the Conservative Picks movement I have started, I am searching each Congressional race for the best Conservative candidate to send to DC. There are a shortage of Conservatives and an abundance of campaign conservatives. Right now I am evaluating the four primaries on Tuesday and the effects they could have on the Conservative shortage in DC.

Ohio

It is so unfortunate that Josh Mandel had to drop out of the Senate race. This paved the way for the RINO Jim Renacci to receive the nomination in a seat widely believed to flip in November. We can expect no fiscal responsibility from him if he wins in November. In Ohio, every incumbent swiftly won their nomination. There were a couple of feeding frenzies in which Conservatives had a chance. In District 12, the top nominees were Conservatives. The winner, Troy Balderson, had an outstanding record in the Ohio Senate. He will join Jim Jordan in being a conservative representative in the House. In District 16, the RINOs came out in full force for Anthony Ganzales to win and he gets to replace Renacci. To call Ohio was brutal is an understatement

Indiana

In Indiana things were a little better. Mike Braun won the Senate nomination. Conservative Pick is about predicting who will be a RINO and who will be the next Ben Sasse or Mike Lee. Braun will most certainly be a RINO given his record. But at least Luke Messer is soon to be out of a job with Greg Pence replacing him. This is for sure an upgrade, but now Todd Rokita is out of a seat with Jim Briard replacing him. This guy is a RINO who won because of a split vote. Richard Moss gave an above average showing but still lost. Indiana, overall had some lateral steps but Mike Braun receiving the Senate nomination is a missed opportunity because the GOP nominated a bunch of scrub candidates.

North Carolina

RINOs, Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry, get to live off the backs of their constituents another two years. But Robert Pittenger got voted out in favor of Mark Meadows. This makes him the first Conservative to unseat an establishment RINO this election cycle. I noted prior to the election, that a quality campaign should land him victor since he lost by triple digits in a three way race two years ago. Without a split Conservative vote, he got just enough votes. Harris should be a good Congressman.

West Virginia

With Evan Jenkins losing, he gets to find a new job next year! One RINO out, Carol Miller in to replace him. Miller is a Trumpist, but this is likely an upgrade at the very least. However, the talk of the week should be how Joe Manchin will have to face off against Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey was one of the strongest and most viable picks so far this season. His record is phenomenal. Out of the three Senate hopefuls for the Republicans, Morrisey is the one we should put the most stock in. Him winning is more valuable than the other two combined because reinforcing the few Conservatives in the Senate is a greater priority than reaching 60 Republicans. West Virginia was indeed the biggest highlight of Tuesday that Conservatives would want to repeat elsewhere.

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Sometimes it’s the little wrongs that stick

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Sometimes its the little wrongs that stick

I was a pretty cocky kid.

It’s something that I get to hear a lot lately, especially when connecting with old friends from high school and college. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t be that guy, the one who looks back while on the second half of a standard life and calls himself stupid, but that’s exactly what I’ve started doing. I was a cocky, stupid kid.

There are several instances that I can recall that had an effect on the way that I grew and would eventually point me to dedicate my life to Christ. One of those events was very small, so small that the person I “wronged” likely doesn’t even remember the incident.

I was managing a steak house in Oklahoma City. I was the youngest of the managers of what was supposed to be a summer job and ended up supporting my young family for three years. I was cocky (and did I mention I was stupid as well?) and took pride in my ability to diffuse situations. It wasn’t a fancy steak house. In fact, it was a two-story, 550-seat monster that served hundreds of steaks every night.

One particular evening I was helping one of the servers by taking the order. It was a special day for the patriarch of the family and they were celebrating – what exactly I don’t recall or perhaps never knew. The special day man had one important request – no Texas toast. His wife (or daughter, couldn’t tell for sure) said that he was extremely allergic to anything that had bread and I assured her that no bread would touch his plate. I plugged in the order, put the special instructions in all caps (NO BREAD NO BREAD NO BREAD) and went on to see to the hundreds of other guests as well as the staff.

I was walking by the table, just checking in, when the food came. Time went into slow-motion mode as the plate was put down in front of him with a big, buttery piece of Texas toast right smack dab on his 14 oz. ribeye. The look on the wife/daughter’s face has always stuck with me. It was pure disappointment, shock, and even a little bit of fear all flashing before me in technicolor slow motion.

Instantly, I reached down and grabbed the plate, but the man grabbed my arm. His fury was clear. I told him that I would get him a new steak, but refused to let go. He wanted to keep that steak hostage to make certain that we didn’t just take it to the back, pull of the bread, and serve him the same steak. I assured him that we wouldn’t do that but he was firm. He didn’t believe me and that made me mad.

In the same situation today, I wouldn’t have tried to take the steak back. In fact, I would have left one more instruction on the ticket – “Page ME for delivery”. I would have made certain that the bread didn’t go on his plate. Instead, I allowed myself to get angry. I took it out on the staff that couldn’t read instructions. I took it out on the table that had a special occasion ruined. I didn’t even comp the meal because of my petty, stupid, cocky anger.

For all I know, they never thought about it again. For all I know, the man was emotionally unstable and hurt someone that night due to my mistakes. His grip was very strong, the type of grip that one can’t get by working out. It only comes from working through life with your hands.

It’s the fear in the wife/daughter’s eyes that I’ve never been able to shake for two decades. Mad – understandable. Disappointed – who wouldn’t be? Fear – that’s something that was distinct. She wasn’t looking at me. She was looking at him. She was waiting for his response. I don’t recall if I truly saw it out of the corner of my eye or if it has emerged through my imagination over the years, but I think she even looked up at me with a subtle, desperate shake of her head as I tried to pry the plate from his grip as if she was warning me that this many might kill me over the mistake.

We never know the effects of our actions. We don’t know what little thing we might do that causes someone to snap, something bad to happen, or something life-changing that could have been avoided by being a little less stupid, a little less cocky, and a lot more like a believer in Jesus Christ should act.

I never had the chance to apologize properly to the family. Maybe that’s why it stuck with me for all of these years. The slow motion look of mixed, terrible emotions – I pray that my little act of defiance didn’t cause pain to anyone.

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

Former Congressman Trey Gowdy took to Fox News to talk to Martha MacCallum about the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference from 2016. His interview was arguably the most impressive take on the release so far.

As MacCallum notes, the divide really started with the Bill Clinton impeachment. Lawmakers ran to their respective political party corners and one can argue they never returned to the middle to become a single Congress again.

As for Gowdy, he pointed out the unfortunate reality that the American people are going to have to suffer (and pay for) more investigations from Congress and other entities who are not and will never be satisfied with how the Mueller probe concluded.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gowdy is his belief that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok should and will be investigated in the wake of the Mueller report. This is important because Gowdy has never been one who shied away from the Mueller investigation, nor did he believe it should be made public.

Watch this video. Gowdy is in rare form by giving the cold, hard truth while not playing partisan games. Best take of the investigation so far.

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Dear DC, media: Put the Mueller distraction behind us and focus on actual problems

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Dear DC media Put the Mueller distraction behind us and focus on actual problems

Today has been loaded with heated social media exchanges. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on one of the edges supporting or denouncing the President after the release of the Mueller report or if you’re in the middle. If you have an opinion that anyone hears, there’s a good chance you’ll get an earful.

Earlier, I wrote about my initial reaction to the Mueller report, how it will only loosely sway the minds of a percentage of people in the middle but how both supporters and opponents of the President will continue to feel how they felt before the report. I also said I’d be reading the report tonight. I’ve changed my mind. Now that it’s clear the President will not be impeached, the endless debate over whether or not he obstructed will begin and continue indefinitely. But it shouldn’t. This is done. Draw your conclusions. Get your feelings out on social media. Say a prayer, light a candle, drink a beer – do whatever it takes to bring yourself closure to this whole debacle.

This is all politics. It’s time to put all efforts into solving the multitude of problems facing us.

  • We have a growing crisis at the southern border with no end in sight and very little movement happening in DC to address the issue.
  • The abortion industry is becoming more powerful despite strides being made by pro-life activists and politicians.
  • North Korea just got a lot more aggressive as they continue to pursue their nuclear ambitions.
  • A Middle East peace deal is about to be unveiled in less than a month, yet neither side seems to be close to even approaching the negotiating table.
  • Our national debt continues to skyrocket, along with our budget deficit and spending.

I could list about a hundred other issues that are exponentially more important to the well-being of the American people and the defense of the Constitution than the dumpster fire surrounding the Mueller report. People on both sides of the aisle may enjoy debating the importance or irrelevance of the findings in the report, but nothing will change even if either side wins, which they won’t.

It’s time to move on. There are serious issues that must be addressed and debating the Mueller report will do absolutely nothing to address them. This distraction should end and lawmakers should get back to work.

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