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Conservative Picks for the South Dakota Primary

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South Dakota has an at-large Congress race with three GOP hopefuls looking to secure an easy to hold seat in the House. The three hopefuls look to replace Kristie Noem. South Dakota is a small but solid red state, so this race presents a chance to either send a Conservative or a RINO to the House. Rep. Noem didn’t do a terrible job and in all likelihood, we won’t see an improvement.

Best Pick: Shantel Krebs
Worst Pick: Dusty Johnson

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The at large District is up for grabs with incumbent Kristie Noem not seeking reelection. This attracted three contenders battling for a solid red seat. The frontrunner is Dusty Johnson. Johnson is running as a Conservative should, and that includes an emphasis on fiscal responsibility. The biggest concern about Dusty Johnson is the likelihood of using the government to intervene unnecessarily into agriculture in the form or RFS and subsidies.

Next up is Shantel Krebs. Krebs is most certainly the Trumpist in the race, campaigning on Trump’s agenda. She’s endorsed by Steve King of Iowa. Then there’s the most controversial candidate Neal Tapio. Tapio has a very strong grasp on Islam and immigration. He is also the least known according to polling. Tapio also has a strong record in the South Dakota legislature. He is not the most viable candidate in this race.

Ultimately, Shantel Krebs is the most likely to be fiscally responsible in the House. The South Dakota GOP establishment has sent a lot of RINOs to DC and they want Johnson to win this race. He is also endorsed by the USA Today owned Argus Leader. Their endorsement basically because he is the most moderate. Read there endorsement:

You can’t effectively represent the entire state if you’re a one-trick pony like Tapio, who plays off ignorance and fear to advance a hateful anti-Muslim agenda. And Krebs has taken a sharp turn from her successful stint as Secretary of State, running hard to the right in an apparent attempt to lure Trump’s most steadfast supporters in South Dakota.

At times, the “extreme vetting” campaign pledges of Tapio and Krebs have played like a race to the bottom of the question, “Who can be the most xenophobic?”

Johnson stayed above that fray. That’s not to say he doesn’t have thoughts on immigration. It’s that his positions on border security are more nuanced and acknowledge the value of legal immigration while still looking for safeguards for abuse. His refusal to reach for a dog whistle enhances his status as a mature and moderate Republican voice.

This endorsement taints Dusty Johnson as a candidate, and on principle, the Conservative Pick should be his most viable opponent.

Conservative Pick: Shantel Krebs

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Pregnant Jewish woman and six others gunned down in Hanukkah terror attack

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Video of the attack showed a white car driving up to the post and slowing down as it passed a group of Jews standing at the stop. The travelers are seen scrambling away as they were sprayed with bullets, with the car immediately driving away.

 A young pregnant woman and six other travelers were injured in a Palestinian shooting attack at a bus stop outside the Jewish town of Ofra on Sunday night.

The woman, who was brought to Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, has had her condition upgraded to stable, but her son, delivered by emergency Caesarian section, has been downgraded to critical.

The wounded woman, Shira Yael Ish-Ran and her husband, Amichai Yishai Ish-Ran.

The wounded woman, Shira Yael Ish-Ran and her husband, Amichai Yishai Ish-Ran.

The attack took place on the eighth night of Hanukkah at a popular hitchhiking post and bus stop.

Video of the attack showed a white car driving up to the post and slowing down as it passed a group of Jews standing at the stop. The travelers are seen scrambling away as they were sprayed with bullets, with the car immediately driving away.

One pregnant 21-year-old woman, Shira Yael Ish-Ran, was shot in the lower abdomen and was said to be “fighting for her life,” though doctors managed to save the life of her first child, delivered at just 30 weeks gestation. The boy was immediately transferred to the neo-natal intensive care unit, but his condition worsened overnight, and he is now attached to a ventilator.

“A pregnant woman who loses so much blood cannot provide the oxygen necessary for the baby in her belly,” Dr. Alon Schwartz, a surgeon at the hospital told Army Radio on Monday. “This was apparently the harm to the baby that we discovered.”

According to Schwartz, the young woman lost a lot of blood and arrived at the hospital in a state of shock. The hospital reported that she has regained consciousness and showed signs of movement, but that she remains in life-threatening danger. Her family requested continued prayers for Shira Yael bat Leora Sarah and for her son, Tinok ben Shira Yael.

Shira is the daughter of Chaim Silberstein, founder and president of Keep Jerusalem, an organization that advocates the unification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, and the president of the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund, an organization dedicated to reclaiming and strengthening the Jewish presence in Jerusalem and parts of Judea and Samaria.

The woman’s husband was also injured in the attack and underwent surgery at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. His condition was said to have improved from moderate to mild-to-moderate.

Two 16-year-old girls suffered light injuries and were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem.

“Praying for the recovery of those injured in the despicable terrorist attack, including the young mother who brought life to the world from this hellish scene,” wrote Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Twitter. “I  send my unreserved support to the security forces who are relentlessly pursuing the terrorists.”

IDF, border police and security services forces cooperated in a widespread manhunt for the terrorists in Palestinian enclaves near to the attack. Officials stated that the vehicle in which the attempted murder was committed is believed to have contained at least two occupants.

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5 reasons President Trump should consider Allen West for Chief of Staff

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5 reasons President Trump should consider Allen West for Chief of Staff

It’s not a secret I’m a fan of Lt. Gen. Allen West. From his time in Congress when I first started following his career to his post-DC days when he became even more influential through speeches and writing, I’ve seen West as a guy I’d love to see in the White House. There seems to be a spot coming open soon. West is the guy to insert into the position.

Here are five reasons he’s the perfect choice:

No-Nonsense leader

John Kelly is also a non-nonsense leader. It was his greatest strength in the position and the reason why many things were cleaned up in the White House within weeks after he took over the role. The President doesn’t need to completely change those things that were working. West will continue (and likely improve) the smooth running among White House staff.

Actual conservative credentials

There really isn’t a whole lot to add. West is a conservative. He values the strengths within our Republic and will honorably defend the Constitution until his final breath is taken. If the White House can use anything, it’s an infusion of conservatism.

Loyalty to a pro-American agenda

President Trump wants to make America great again. Lt. Col. West has worked most of his adult life to make that dream come true. He is a true patriot who wants the best for America and Americans.

He’ll challenge the President privately

If the President is looking for a “yes man,” he should probably skip West. He has never been one to simply go with the flow without voicing his opinion. This is one of the reasons he left DC in the first place. It’s also a trait that will serve the President well leading up to the 2020 election. If the President really wants someone who isn’t afraid to voice his opinions, he’ll find that in West.

He’ll support the President publicly

Unlike many who have passed through the White House in the last two years, West is not a gossip. He isn’t going to badmouth the President to journalists, pen anonymous articles for the New York Times, or tolerate leaks from anyone on the staff. Even if he disagrees with the President, you won’t find a hint of that in the press.

There are few people in the world who would serve the nation in the role of White House Chief of Staff better than Allen West. If President Trump wants an honorable and intelligent person by his side, he should get on the phone with West immediately.

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Trump continues to embarrass himself with Twitter idiocy, #SmockingGun edition

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Trump continues to embarrass himself with Twitter idiocy Smocking Gun edition

Multiple writers on this site have asked, begged, and even demanded the President of the United States assign someone literate to read his Tweets before he sends them out. This time, he can’t even blame autocorrect or mistyping. He misspelled a common word. Twice.

I support the President and I think many of the complaints about his lack of intelligence are unfounded. But when it comes to posting on Twitter, I’ve lost the will to defend him. He refuses to let anyone help him not sound like a complete illiterate fool.

Does he not realize that he can’t spell? Is he unaware that his grammatical skills are lacking? Why won’t he simply write his Tweets, then hand the phone to someone who knows how to spell and utilize proper grammar before pushing the send button? His son Barron is almost certainly better at basic English than his father. He would save his supporters a lot of grief if he just let an adult read his Tweets before they went out.

Seriously, Mr. President, for the sake of those of us who still support you, do us all a favor and let the nearest adult read your Tweets before sending them out. You’re making it so much harder for us to convince others that you’re not a imbecile.

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