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Conservative Picks for the Wisconsin Primary

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Conservative Picks for the Wisconsin Primary

Wisconsin has on of the better organized Republican parties. It enabled Scott Walker to protect himself upon recall, a situation where most fail. Wisconsin is in for a big shakeup with the resignation of Paul Ryan. Ryan not seeking reelection opens up the critical first district. It also enables Paul Ryan to play a larger role in state politics. Ryan is a great example of being Conservative when not in power. But once given the scepter as Speaker of the House, he changed. And by the time a Republican was in the Whitehouse, he impeded the advancement of conservative agenda, particularly with budgeting and spending, his prior specialties. Wisconsin may be far from free of his influence, but in the meantime, Conservatism has opportunities to advance, particularly in the Senate race. Leah Vurkmir is an excellent candidate to flip the seat red in November.

Best Picks: Nick Polce, Leah Vurkmir
Worst Picks: Paul Nehlen, Jennifer Vipond
Best Race: US Senate
Worst Race: District 1

US Senate

This race is a classic Conservative vs the Establishment scenario, or so some would have you believe… The race comes down to Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vurkmir. Leah Vurkmir has the backing of the Wisconsin Republican machine. This sounds bad, except this machine is better functioning than most states. Leah Vurkmir is actually one of Wisconsin’s top conservatives in the state senate. Her record provides credibility to her ability to cut spending and repeal Obamacare. She has the backing of most local politicians, including the RINOs in the House. Kevin Nicholson fancies himself as an outsider. He has the endorsement of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Other Conservative organizations have also weighed in on his behalf. Kevin Nicholson was initially the choice of Steve Bannon. So an outsider he may be but a Conservative? That is the question. He stance on his website are solid but no more Conservative than Vurkmir’s. The biggest knock on Vurkmir is the endorsements she has from RINOs. With two solid Conservative candidates, the next level of vetting should focus more on the general election. By all means, Vurkmir has a greater chance in the general. The GOP is organized in Wisconsin and can more easily flip this seat with Vurkmir at the nomination.

Conservative Pick: Leah Vurkmir

District 1

With Paul Ryan leaving, this Conservative district can send an actua Conservative to DC. There are three notable candidates. The first is Paul Nehlen. Nehlen got crushed, multiple times, by Paul Ryan, before he went heretical Jew-hater that got him kicked off of Twitter. Hard pass. The second is Brian Steil. Steil has the GOP backing, and is most likely to win. Still, the support of a disgraced Paul Ryan doesn’t covey Conservatism. Steil’s listed positions are very blandNick Polce is the third candidate. He was running before Paul Ryan dropped out. Nick Polce delivers on articulating Conservative ideas. Among them are making Social Security voluntary; cutting Congressional pay and benefits; removing corporate subsidies.

Conservative Pick: Nick Polce

District 2

There are no Republicans in this race

District 3

Steve Toft is the only Republican running.

District 4

There are two Republicans in this race. The more serious candidate appears to be Cindy Werner. It’s a mystery how she would vote, but her campaign is a longshot.

Conservative Pick: Cindy Werner

District 5

Jim Sensenbrenner is a career politician, but he is a solid Conservative. His Liberty Score of 80 is the highest out of Wisconsin. But given his decades in DC, a younger Conservative would be the pick. Alas, his challenger is weak on protecting libertyJennifer Vipond is also likely to support funding for Planned Parenthood. Her position causes one to doubt her stated belief that abortion is a “tragedy”.

Conservative Pick: Jim Sensenbrenner

District 6

It’s hard to gauge whether Glenn Grothman is a RINO or a Conservative. His voting record is so inconsistent, it’s hard to tell. It’s rare for someone’s voting record to be this inconsistent. He is unopposed.

District 7

Sean Duffy is an unchallenged RINO.

District 8

Mike Galleger is an unchallenged RINO.

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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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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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