New Poll: You Won’t Be Allowed to Vote Republican Against Democrats in November

Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed with the Democrats to rewrite the rules, and now it seems clear you won’t be allowed to vote for any Republican for Senate or Governor in November.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is questioned by reporters as she leaves the Capitol following votes, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Schwarzenegger didn’t like it that conservatives kept winning Republican primaries. Imagine that. He only got in because he was able to bypass the Republican primary via the Gray Davis recall ballot.

So, he worked with Democrats to change the rules, and shut out conservatives by making every election work more like recall ballot. Partisan primaries are dead in California. And once again, no Republican will be allowed on the ballot in November against Senator Dianne Feinstein, or the top Democrats for Governor, per this new poll.

PPIC’s poll has it all Democrats on top. Senator Dianne Feinstein leads for Senate 46-17 over fellow Democrat and state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, and so those two are projected to be on the ballot in November. For Governor, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D) leads former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) 23-21, and so those two are projected to be on the ballot in November.

The best showing of any Republicans in the poll? Travis Allen and John Cox for Governor check in at 8% and 7% for 4th and 5th place. Unless one of them, or someone else, makes a run to pass Villaraigosa, you will not be allowed to vote for any of them for Governor in November.

And as for Senate, Republicans aren’t even a blip yet.

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New Polls: Pro-Trump Governor Behind in Florida Senate Race

Governor Rick Scott threw himself onto the Trump Train early, but as Donald Trump’s popularity is mixed in the state, can he win himself a Senate seat?

Gov. Rick Scott waves as he is introduced to the Senate on the first day of legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Scott won two terms as Governor of Florida, and cannot run for a third term. So instead he’s considering running to challenge Democrat Bill Nelson for Senate this year. In fact Donald Trump has encouraged Scott to run.

We can see why he’s not sure though. Despite winning two elections to serve as Governor, and despite Trump winning the state in the Presidential election, he’s starting off behind against Bill Nelson. Both University of North Florida and Mason Dixon came out with polls this week, and both have Scott behind, 48-42 and 45-44 respectively.

In fact since polling of this matchup began in April of 2017 (a few months after Trump urged Scott to run), only once has Scott managed to lead. That was when the Florida Chamber of Commerce commissioned a poll, and they’ve signaled a desire to see Scott win.

If Scott runs, he’s going to have to campaign from behind.

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How to Have a Parade That Honors the Troops Instead of Politicians

Donald Trump’s proposed military parade has been tainted by his own reputation. Here’s how to honor the troops and not politicians.

Soldiers of the allied coalition carry their national flags past the reviewing stand and President Bush in Washington on Saturday, June 8, 1991 during the National Victory Parade. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

A military parade done well honors the volunteers who put their lives on the line for freedom. A military parade done poorly morphs into our own version of the old Communist May Day parade at Red Square. It’s important we keep the focus on the right people.

As David French points out, the right people do deserve some recognition:

So how do we get this done in a respectful way? It’s very simple: Hold the event in a way that politicians are left silent and without the spotlight. Political figures like Donald Trump and Mike Pence must not speak before or after the parade. They must give way to veterans.

If anyone speaks at the event, it must be Secretary Jim Mattis. Mattis, of everyone in the administration, has a reputation for respecting those who served under him when he was a General. He would never turn this event into one that honors politicians.

We can do this. We can celebrate the people who have done so much around the world, without letting a toxic politician ruin it.

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Trump Administration Copies California With High Speed Rail Boondoggle

The Trump team loves to make fun of California, but the administration sure is copying California with this useless high speed rail they’re promoting.

Fred Gurney, chief executive officer for Maglev Inc., holds a model of a high-speed Maglev train in his Monroeville, Pa., office Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Why do we need an expensive Maglev rail project between Baltimore and Washington, DC? We don’t. Very few people make that commute, and those who do are already served by Maryland’s MARC train system. Other travelers are also served by the Amtrak’s Northeastern and Acela lines.

Yet the Maglev project lives on as the Federal Railroad Administration continues to push it.

Why do we continue to dump money into massive projects that help nobody except the union fatcats and wealthy land developers?

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New Poll: Michigan Rethinks the whole Republican Thing Post-Trump

Donald Trump triumphalism is running strong since the 2016 elections, but it looks like Michigan is having second thoughts about switching sides.

It doesn’t matter whether the Republicans nominate Sandy Pensler or John James for Senate, because the new polling shows that Michigan isn’t inclined to elect either of them to replace Democrat Debbie Stabenow.

Glengariff Group polled the state for WDIV-TV and The Detroit News, and the numbers are horrible for Republicans: Stabenow leads each Republican candidates by 19, coming in on top at 51-30 against each of them.

It’s early, but it appears that voters aren’t really looking to take out the incumbent here. They are happy with her votes in opposition to the President. Having second thoughts about 2016? Perhaps.

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House Republicans Scurry As This Indicator Threatens the Majority

Don’t trust the polls? Here’s the best way to predict the 2018 elections without looking at a single poll, and it’s grim for the Republicans.

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We’ve covered this indicator before, but let me give a quick reminder: Politicians don’t like to give up the power and money that come with elective office. When they ‘retire’ from the Congress, it’s usually to run for higher office. So when members of Congress just give up and quit in large numbers, not to run for higher office but just to go home, it’s a sign that things are about to go badly wrong for their party.

In 1994, 21 more Democrats than Republicans just quit, and the result was a 54 seat swing to the Republicans. In 2008, 20 more Republicans than Democrats gave up, and the Democrats netted 21 seats on top of the 37 seat majority they already had. These are the benchmarks we’re looking at as the 2018 elections come up: +20 net retirements.

When I first warned about this in September, that number was six. Six more Republicans than Democrats were quitting politics. That wasn’t much, but it was early. Well, flash forward to today, and that number is now 14. Republicans keep quitting, with Rodney Frelinghuysen the latest addition to the list. 20 in total, versus just 6 for the Democrats. That’s nearly 10% of the GOP caucus quitting politics rather than face the 2018 election.

It’s not over yet. Even if they hit R+20, it doesn’t mean Nancy Pelosi is guaranteed to be the next House Speaker. But when the politicians scurry like rats, you’d better believe something’s about to go down. Hard.

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White House Goes Full Venezuela On 5G Internet. Ajit Pai says Nope

The Trump White House floated a trial balloon to nationalize the Internet. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is having none of that.

After a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai smiles while listening to a question from a reporter, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Axios got the story of the White House’s far leftist plans for the Internet: The government pays for and builds a new network, with the stated reason that it’s the way China is going to do it. Don’t believe me? They’ve got the actual powerpoint.

They claim “We are losing,” and that the only way to win is for government to take over private industry. This is absurd of course. Socialism – state control of the industries – failed everywhere it was tried. If we emulate Venezuela on this, it’s sure to end in disaster.

But thank goodness for Ajit Pai. “I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network,” he said. There’s nothing good in this proposal, and I support Ajit Pai as he takes on big government plans from Republicans (5G nationalization) and Democrats (Title II Reclassification).

Pai is one of the best friends of liberty in Washington today.

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How Google’s Negligence is Going to Kill Online Publishers

Online publishers depend on ad revenue to continue to function. If Google’s ad business keeps blowing it, they’re going to put some publishers out of business.

President Barack Obama sits with Google Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, during a meeting with business leaders to discuss the economy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Targeted advertising is Google’s core business. They find out information about you, then use that information to sell ads at higher and higher rates. This is why they’ve been at war with ad blockers for years, going as far as to pay off ad blocker developers to let some Google-driven ads through.

But ad blockers are getting more popular as time goes on. Once the domain of a few highly technically inclined cranks, now millions of people use them. One big reason people (reasonably) want to use ad blockers, all moral arguments against them aside, is that ad blockers stop trojans and viruses. And Google just blew that point in a big way: Google allowed criminals to run Bitcoin scripts on your computer if you were viewing ads on YouTube.

Google claims the ads were “blocked in less than two hours”, but that’s probably “less than two hours after they caught the ads,” because the ads weren’t caught until it was too late. Imagine if the ads did something even worse? The only people protected were the ones running ad blockers.

Google needs to get better about this or the whole industry will suffer more and more ad blocking.

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The Government Shutdown is All Mitch McConnell’s Fault.

It’s true that Chuck Schumer and the Democrats voted to shut down the government, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the power to defeat the Democrat filibuster. He chose not to, and so this is his fault.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 27: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) listens to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (L) as they attend a press event on tax reform other congressional Republicans September 27, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, Republican leaders proposed cutting tax rates for the middle class, wealthy and businesses. Key questions remain on how they plan to offset the trillions of dollars in lost tax revenue. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Anyone who’s read the Senate rules knows that Mitch McConnell has far more power to stop filibusters than he likes to pretend. Contrary to myth, there’s nothing in the Senate rules that requires 60 votes to pass a bill!

But what about cloture, you ask? Well, no. The Senate rules are written far more intelligently than that. The filibuster is intended as a delaying tactic. In the UK they strictly limit filibusters in the House of Commons by implementing rules on speeches: You can’t get repetitive, you have to stay on topic, you have to remain standing, and you can’t read your speech. The US Senate isn’t as strict but it does have one important limitation on filibusters.

The Senate puts a hard cap on filibusters with Rule XIX 1 (a):

No Senator shall interrupt another Senator in debate without his consent, and to obtain such consent he shall first address the Presiding Officer, and no Senator shall speak more than twice upon any one question in debate on the same legislative day without leave of the Senate, which shall be determined without debate.

(Emphasis added) If the majority actually wants to pass a bill, then all they have to do is wait it out. Mitch McConnell can tell the Democrats that a filibuster is futile by stating that the daily session of the Senate will remain open – the Senate will not adjourn for the day – until the debate is concluded and the vote happens. What does that mean? It means the Democrats could talk, one by one, until they’re done, and then a vote happens. The bill can pass with a tie even, as long as the Vice President is available to break the tie.

Why don’t McConnell and the Republicans do this? Two reasons. First, they’re lazy. If the Democrats are in the building coordinating their filibuster, rotating through speakers for hours on end, then the Republicans must remain available to vote in greater numbers. Otherwise at any time the Democrats could end the filibuster, vote, and defeat the question.

Second, and more importantly, Mitch McConnell doesn’t want to beat the Democrats very much. As we’ve seen with issues like amnesty, Republican and Democrat leaders don’t disagree on very much. They all want DACA amnesty. They all want CHIP. They all want Obamacare. But they want to go through the motions in a way that lets them look like they’re fighting, so their voters will continue to turn out for them.

Just as McConnell caved on Obamacare, he wants to cave to the Democrats on other issues. So, he lets the filibuster threat win out. Weak, weak, weak. And honest, hard-working government contractors suffer the consequences, as they no longer get paid. Unionized government employees will be fine, but the contractors lose out big time.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Holds Democrat Lawsuit in North Carolina

Democrats have been in court for years trying to overturn the North Carolina Congressional map. The Supreme Court overwhelmingly put that on hold today.

North Carolina Democrats argue that the gerrymander in that state is illegal because it benefits Republicans too much.

The 2011 elections in North Carolina produced a 7-6 advantage for Democrats in the House of Representatives. After the Republicans concluded redistricting, the 2012 election turned that into a 9-4 advantage for Republicans, which became a 10-3 after David Rouzer won the 8th district in 2014.

Unfair, Democrats say. So they sued. The state supreme court ended that effort last year [Edit: two years ago!], and now the federal suit is going to the Supreme Court after a federal court ruled in favor of the Democrats.

Today, the Supreme Court by a 7-2 vote put a stay on that decision, presumably so that the Supreme Court can rule on a similar Wisconsin case and settle all family business, so to speak.

The 2018 elections in North Carolina will be held with the current map.

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