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Conservative picks for the Tennessee primary

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Conservative picks for the Tennessee primary

Tennessee breaks up the monotony of most of the Southern states that hopelessly elect RINOs to power. Conservatism has the potential to make gains in Tennessee particularly thanks to vacated seats courtesy of Marsha Blackburn running for Senate and Dianne Black running for Governor. Marsha Blackburn represents a particularly strong possibility of reinforcing outnumbered Conservatives in the Senate. She does, however have a strong Democratic candidate to eventually face in Phil Bredesen. Bredesen has a fairly strong reputation for a Democrat in Tennessee and will likely be a Joe Manchin in the Senate. Marsha Blackburn will have no easy task in keeping the seat red. Of course, all this assumes that both these candidates advance in their party primaries.

Best Picks: Marsha Blackburn, Todd McKinley
Worst Picks: Phil Roe, Chuck Fleischmann, John Rose
Best Race: TNSen, District 2
Worst Race: District 6

TNSen

On the GOP side, its a battle between Marsha Blackburn and Aaron Petigrew. All signs point to a smooth nomination for the Trump endorse Blackburn. Blackburn represents a shift for Trump. Donald Trump has endorsed RINOs in almost every Senate race he has wielded an endorsement in. See Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Utah, Pennsylvania, and Missouri for references. In contrast, in races where a solid Conservative is running, Trump’s endorsement is no where to be found. See West Virginia, MaineMontana, Virginia, and New Mexico for references. Marsha Blackburn is a step in a Conservative direction for Trump’s campaign. Her record in the House is well above average. She boasts a Liberty Score of 80 with a strong record of fiscal responsibility and a decent one at individual liberties.

Conservative Pick: Marsha Blackburn

District 1

Phil Roe is the incumbent. After a decade in DC, he has an F Liberty Score, and all signs of fiscal irresponsibility. His most serious challenger is Todd McKinley. McKinley is a strong conservative, particularly on life, 2nd Amendment, and spending. He is also a decent campaigner in comparison to most other challengers.

Conservative Pick Todd McKinley

District 2

This is a good field of candidates. The strongest of which are Jimmy MatlockJason Emert, and Tim Burchett. Jimmy Matlock has the support of the House Freedom Caucus. Meanwhile Jason Emert has Ted Cruz’s endorsements. Matlock has a very strong emphasis on fiscal responsibility which separates the Conservatives from the RINOs in the House. Emert ‘s stance on the issues also provides heavy emphasis on Conservative principles. These two candidates would both make decent Congressmen. Matlock is a slightly stronger Candidate with a more likable background. Burchett is the least upfront with regards to issues. But he does have a sense of humor.

Conservative Pick: Jimmy Matlock

District 3

Chuck Fleischmann is a RINO who’s been in for too long. His most serious opponent is Jeremy Massengale who is a decent Conservative by the looks.

Conservative Picks: Jeremy Massengale

District 4

Scott DesJarlais is the most Conservative Congressman out of Tennessee. His record is solid.

Conservative Pick: Scott DesJarlais

District 5

Jody Ball is the most serious contender. Confidence low on his Conservatism.

Conservative Pick: Jody Ball

District 6

This is another seat without an incumbent. The House Freedom Caucus is looking to advance Judd Matheny against the big money candidate in Bob Corlew. Corlew has a life time of service to the state while also boasting a Conservative platform. It appears he is not the villain in this race. That title belongs to the John Rose, an all around political insider for Tennessee politics. He has the backing of prominent local Democrats as well as a weaker record on Conservatism than the other two. Judd Matheny is likely the best candidate, but Bob Corlew might be the be most in position to keep John Rose out.

Conservative Pick: Toss Up

District 7

Mark Green is the only Republican in this race.

District 8

After one term David Kustoff has proven to be a RINO. David Kustoff advanced in a 13 candidate Republican primary two years ago to capture this West Tennessee seat, winning with only 27 percent of the vote. This primary will test whether Kustoff, has coalesced local Republicans behind him. This race is by no means in the bag for him as it often is for any other incumbents. Unfortunately for the district’s Conservatives, Trump has had this much to say on the race.

He has two challengers: Dr. George Flynn Jr. and Colleen Owens. Of the two, Owens is by far the more balanced conservative while Flynn is running on the single issue of healthcare, and not even from the most conservative standpoint, as he has mentioned opposition to a full repeal of Obamacare in one sitting.

Conservative Pick: Colleen Owens

District 9

Charlotte Bergmann is the only Republican in this race.

 

 

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Will Trump suspend the Constitution to build his wall?

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Will Trump suspend the Constitution to build his wall

What do martial law, illegal immigration, and using the military as a national police force have in common with Barack Obama and Donald Trump? Possibly more than you realize.

After years of failing to fix the illegal immigration problem and Obama’s abuse of executive orders, there were conspiracy theories being spread by people like Alex Jones at InfoWars.com that Obama was laying the groundwork to declare martial law and cancel the 2016 election.

Of course, that never happened, although I sometimes wish it had (just kidding, no letters please). But with the obvious assault on our Constitutionally protected, God-given rights increasing with every passing day, and with Trump’s ignorance of the Constitution, we need to ask ourselves if something like that could still happen.

Trump convinced America to vote for him in 2016 based on his promise to build a “big beautiful wall” on our southern border and have Mexico pay for it. Yet, after two years, no such wall exists, and Mexico has let Trump know in no uncertain terms they have no intention of financing one.

As a result, all of the problems associated with illegal immigration not only still exist, but they’ve gotten worse. On top of that, Trump is busy gearing up for another four years as president … or more.

Trump has often joked about being president beyond the Constitutionally allowed eight years, but recent comments about his border wall would seem to indicate that he’s not all that concerned about any limitations placed on him by the Constitution he once called “archaic.”

On Tuesday, Trump bragged about the success he was having with the wall even though it doesn’t exist while issuing this threat. “If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build … the Wall.”

In essence, Trump is saying that he will play the role of dictator by ignoring Congress and using the military to force his will, a threat he also made earlier this year.

Such an action would turn the military into a national police force, but it would also require some manipulation of the Constitution. Trump can’t simply shift Border Security funds from the Department of Homeland Security to the military without Congress, unless he declares a national emergency.

Such a declaration would suspend the limits placed on the president by the Constitution and allow him to use the military as he sees fit without Congressional approval such as he did when he sent thousands of troops to the border to deal with the migrant caravan in October.

In a survey released in the summer of 2017, a majority (52%) of respondents supported the idea of postponing the 2020 election if Trump needed to declare a national emergency to deal with the immigration problem.

It looks like Trump might just take them up on the offer.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Shooting near West Bank settlement kills at least 2 Israelis

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Shooting near West Bank settlement kills at least 2 Israelis

JERUSALEM (AP) — A shooting attack near a West Bank settlement on Thursday killed at least two Israelis and critically wounded another two, Israel’s rescue service said.

The deaths extend a violent week that began with a shooting outside a West Bank settlement on Sunday, resulting in the death of a baby who was delivered prematurely following the weekend attack, and continued with the killing of two Palestinians wanted in that and another attack on Israelis in the West Bank.

Eli Bin, the head of Israel’s Magen David Adom service, told Israeli Army Radio that two people were killed in the shooting, which occurred at a location about a ten-minute drive south from the place of Sunday’s attack. Their identities were not immediately known.

A later statement from the service said paramedics arrived at a bus stop to find four “youngsters” with gunshot wounds.

Israeli media reported that a passing car opened fire outside the settlement, but it was not clear if the gunmen had fled the scene or were stopped. The Israeli military had no additional information.

While the West Bank experiences occasional deadly violence, often between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters, much of the Israeli-Palestinian violence in recent months has been limited to the Gaza Strip, where some 175 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in border protests.

“In recent days, we definitely feel like the situation (in the West Bank) is getting worse,” Shalom Galil, a paramedic who assisted at the scene of the shooting, told Israeli Army Radio.

The shooting comes hours after Israeli security forces tracked down and killed a Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis.

Israeli police said Ashraf Naalweh was found armed near the West Bank city of Nablus and was killed during an arrest raid.

Israel accuses Naalweh of shooting to death two Israelis and wounding another at an attack on a West Bank industrial zone in October. He fled the scene and Israeli forces have been searching for him since.

“Israel’s long arm will reach anyone who harms Israeli citizens,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Police said it had made a number of arrests in its attempt to hunt down Naalweh and suspected he was planning on carrying out another attack.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces killed Salah Barghouti, a Palestinian suspect wanted in the drive-by shooting earlier this week at a West Bank bus stop.

In Sunday night’s attack, assailants in a Palestinian vehicle opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement, wounding seven people, including a 21-year-old pregnant woman, before speeding away.

The militant Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip said that both Barghouti and Naalweh were its members but stopped short of claiming responsibility for the attacks the two carried out.

“The flame of resistance in the (West) Bank will remain alive until the occupation is defeated on all our land,” Hamas said.

Also Thursday, police said an assailant stabbed two officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, wounding them lightly. The officers opened fire on the attacker and he was killed, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Police identified the man as a 26-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank. It released security camera footage that shows the man lunging toward the officers and appearing to stab them.

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The administrative state is far too powerful

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The administrative state is far too powerful

The administrative state is essentially a loophole in government that gives citizens no recourse. We don’t elect them. We can’t expect Congress to do its job. What are we supposed to do?

Philip Hamburger took to PragerU to deliver one of the most important talks the channel has had in a while. The dangers inherent to unelected bureaucrats and their fiefdoms is real and must be addressed now.

We can’t vote them out. Capitol Hill has abdicated. The founding fathers would be ashamed of the administrative state that holds too much control. Philip Hamburger and PragerU have made a must-watch video. The question is, how do we fix this?

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