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Conservative Picks for the Oregon Primary

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Oregon Conservatives don’t have a whole lot of success. It’s a blue state and the Democrats don’t intend to lose ground. Similar to Maryland, Republican faces keep reoccurring despite losing previous races. However, there is no shortage of decent Conservatives in this state. The disappointment is that the states only Republican Congressman might as well be a Democrat. But the Conservative presence in the state isn’t weak, it is merely unsuccessful. This primary has a good chance of at least nominating Conservatives to run as Republicans which is better than most states thus far this season.

Best Pick: Preston Miller
Worst Pick: Greg Walden
Best Race: District 5
Worst Race: District 2

District 1

Three Republicans vie for the opportunity to unseat Suzanne Bonamici. First up is George Griffith. Griffith is against big money and makes this abundantly clear. But he also seems as he is opposed to the Citizens United ruling. He is for right to work and fiscal responsibility but lacks a certain conservative flare. He seems like a Bernie supporter turned Trump. Preston Miller is a decorated veteran. His platform is doing the opposite of Bonamici with an additional goal to end surveillance abuse by the FBI, CIA, and NSA. Miller is strong on immigration and specifically sanctuary cities. John Veerbeek is filed to run but isn’t a serious candidate. Though he may have a name recognition advantage.

Conservative Pick: Preston Miller

District 2

The only Republican Oregon sends to DC really sucks. Greg Walden is a RINO with an abysmal Liberty Score. He is being opposed by Randy Pollock and Paul Romero. Pollock has little online presence. Paul Romero seems like a decent pick. He will defend the 2nd Amendment and Social security. His platform is simple and Conservative. He’s looking for a rematch against Walden.

Conservative Pick: Paul Romero

District 3

No Republicans are running.

District 4

Five Republicans have entered this race. Court Boice is the first candidate running on a limited issues campaign, forestry laws, a bill which according to him the current Rep. Peter DeFazio voted against. The bill is lost in committee in the Senate, undermining the usefulness of Boice’s campaign. Jo Rae Perkins is no newcomer to running for this seat. She’s a decent Conservative candidate but has never gotten past Art Robinson. Robinson has a vague platform an a proven inability to win this District having lost four times. Michael Polen is a decent Conservative in this race, but its a mystery how he would perform. He is however very pro-life. Lastly the social media favorite, Stefan Strek. He’s young, not extremely articulate, but passionate about issues of homelessness, veterans, and guns. In a debate, Polen railed Boice over being soft on guns. Strek sounds like Edward Norton in American History X but without the racism. Polen is a new face with a greater ability to win.

Conservative Pick: Michael Polen

District 5

Mark Callahan is the first contender to unseat Kurt Schrader. He’s a familiar face to running a seemingly impossible campaign such as his Senate run in 2016. Callahan campaigns as fiscally responsible and may have a better chance at a district race than the others. Joey Nations is a newer face. He has a strong Conservative platform on guns, immigration, and corruption. He may also have less political baggage than Callahan. Rob Reynolds is another option who has a more vague platform than the others. He doesn’t come off as a RINO though.

Conservative Pick: Joey Nations

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

There are plenty of things about the Jussie Smollett scandal that should disgust us. The instant reaction by celebrities, politicians, and the media is right there at the top, especially when we consider how many are now saying, “let’s wait for the facts.” The notion that a successful gay black man thought it appropriate to make himself seem like a victim is also up there.

As One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler points out, we should also be disgusted that Smollett chose this victim status over being a strong leader and role model for less privileged black and gay people who could have looked up to him for his strength instead of now being scornful of his weakness.

What does that say about America when the left tries so hard to build the narrative that everything is wrong, they’re unwilling to recognize the real problems that are plaguing America. Why? Because they’re the biggest part of the problem.

 


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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as ‘sweetheart,’ prompting zero outrage

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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as sweetheart prompting zero outrage

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as “Sweetheart” as he addressed her during a speaking engagement on Sunday. He apparently caught his faux pas and immediately justified the remark, but at that point the moniker which many consider to be sexist or misogynistic had already been noted.

Nevertheless, it didn’t cause the stir one might expect. As a far-left progressive, Omar is known for being a feminist icon on Capitol Hill even though she hasn’t been in office for a full two months yet. As our EIC noted, the lack of a rebuke was because of the source, not because she now feels it’s okay to refer to her as “sweetheart.”

The statement came as Farrakhan was telling Omar she shouldn’t be sorry for the statements she made last week about Israel, AIPAC, and Jewish influence in Washington DC, particularly over Republicans.

In a world where consistency was still considered a virtue, followers of Omar would be wondering why she’s not expressing outrage over the belittling reference from a powerful man. But the world isn’t consistent and Farrakhan always gets a pass.

 


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