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
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, Maine, Montana, 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
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
This is a good field of candidates. The strongest of which are Jimmy Matlock, Jason 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.
You can have my straw when you pry it from my cold dead fingers. pic.twitter.com/XRCryF7w4Q
— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) July 27, 2018
Conservative Pick: Jimmy Matlock
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
Scott DesJarlais is the most Conservative Congressman out of Tennessee. His record is solid.
Conservative Pick: Scott DesJarlais
Jody Ball is the most serious contender. Confidence low on his Conservatism.
Conservative Pick: Jody Ball
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
Mark Green is the only Republican in this race.
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.
Congressman David Kustoff has been a champion for the Trump Agenda – I greatly appreciate his support. David is strong on crime and borders, loves our Military, Vets and Second Amendment. Get out and vote for David on Thursday, August 2nd. He has my full and total Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2018
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
Charlotte Bergmann is the only Republican in this race.
Shafeeq Sheikh, doctor convicted of rape, should be in jail. He got probation instead.
Shafeeq Sheikh raped a heavily sedated patient while working at the Baylor College of Medicine. After a rape kit matched his DNA, the jury convicted him of 2nd degree sexual assault with a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. For whatever reason, the jury decided to give him 10 years probation instead.
Sheikh will have to register as a sex offender. Unlike most states and the federal government, Texas grants juries the power to set criminal punishments.
The punishment has surprised defense attorneys, disappointed law enforcement and raised concerns from a victims advocacy group, according to media reports.
The jurors had recommended the sentencing, to which visiting Senior District Judge Terry L Flenniken was required to follow by law, according to local media report.
Generally, I like the way Texas handles criminal sentencing. Every now and then, justice is not served and this is clearly one of those cases. Here is a victim who has been permanently changed, having been raped by someone she should have been able to trust in a place where she should have felt safe. He is a predator who the victim believes has committed similar crimes before.
Violent criminals must be punished. While the maximum term may have been too much, to not serve at least a decade in jail after what he did is sickening.
ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant
It’s the type of story the media craves. An illegal immigrant, Joel Arrona-Lara, who “hasn’t done anything wrong” was detained by ICE agents while transporting his pregnant wife to the hospital. She ended up having to drive herself the rest of the way before delivering their son.
The spin is predictable. They skim over the fact that he has an arrest warrant in Mexico for homicide while putting all the focus on his wife’s dilemma. They even attempt to cast doubt on the warrant because the lawyer for the family says he couldn’t find a record of the warrant. This last part is most peculiar because it would be simple for a major media outlet to confirm the existence of the warrant. They did, of course, but they won’t report that when they have a better quote from the lawyer denying its existence.
Eventually details will emerge about the warrant, but not until the media inflicts as much damage as possible on ICE and anyone in favor of legal immigration being the proper way to enter the country.
Here’s the story. If you click through, you’ll even get a link at the bottom to the family’s new GoFundMe page:
Her husband Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday afternoon when they had to stop to get gas. That’s when their car was approached by two SUVs. Maria said they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The mother of five was then asked to show her identification and complied. When the agents asked Arrona-Lara, the couple said he didn’t have the ID on him, but that they lived nearby and could go get it for them. The agents then asked Arrona-Lara to exit the vehicle, searched the car for weapons, and put Arrona into custody, leaving Maria alone at the gas station.
There’s no doubt the circumstances surrounding all of this are unfortunate. Pregnant wives should not have to drive themselves to the hospital for a scheduled C-section. On the other hand, suspected murderers shouldn’t be entering the country in the first place. That point won’t be mentioned by mainstream media.
ICE has a responsibility to take people like Arrona-Lara into custody so it can be determined whether or not they should be deported. There may have even been a certain degree of leeway given had there been no records other than his status as an illegal immigrant, but being a suspected murderer with an arrest warrant took away any chance at leeway. The ICE agents did the right thing.
As a legal immigrant, I have no sympathy for those who cheat the system and break our laws. Blaming the ICE agents for doing their job correctly in order to keep us safe is the type of insanity mainstream media loves to sell us.
The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press
For at least the second time, reporters were barred from covering an event featuring Socialist Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The campaign’s reason: we want attendees to feel comfortable since there’s so much national press covering her.
This is an absolutely ridiculous excuse, of course. Nobody goes to a campaign event without knowing the press will (should) be there. It doesn’t make them less comfortable and may actually give some a sense of security knowing the answers to their questions will be judged by more than the audience at hand. That’s one of the reasons for the press in the first place, to give information about an event to people who cannot attend.
Instead, the press is getting another roadblock:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week.
The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.
It’s conspicuous that a local publication was barred because it runs contrary to the narrative the campaign is trying to sell. So why is she being hidden from reporters at these types of events?
It’s clear that her exposure is her best friend and worst enemy. Being talked about is a politician’s best friend on the campaign trail, but it also offers a risk of failure. This is most common in events like the town hall meetings she is holding because she’ll be forced to think on her feet.
What if she can’t think on her feet? What if her answers when placed in an unscripted situation the type of answers many would expect from an inexperienced socialist?
Until she’s ready to handle the pressure of having press cover these events, she won’t be ready to hold public office at this level. The House of Representatives isn’t for people who need to be protected from their own answers.