Tag: American Politics

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My friend, Dr. Bill Hamilton, pens a column for newspapers in our shared home state (Oklahoma) and elsewhere called “Central View.” Dr. Hamilton is a military historian, former Army infantry officer, Vietnam veteran, pilot, noted author, and was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. He has a good amount of political campaign […]

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My wife and I had the honor and pleasure on Election Day as serving as poll watchers at our local precinct (Edgmont Township, 1st Precinct, Delaware County, PA). I’m happy to share our experience.

We took the last shift, 5-8 p.m., and stayed around to watch the process after the polls closed.

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Seven observations about the ongoing election.
1) Democrats may win the presidency when all is said and done (remains to be seen), but they have to very disappointed at their failure to run the table, and in fact losing down-ballot races, especially here in PA

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OK, this is where I am at this moment with the Nov. 3rd election. Yes, very close, and here are 10 observations and explanations. In summary, Trump should win with a 275 vote Electoral College win despite losing, again, the national popular vote. But watch North Carolina, Michigan, and Arizona. 1) If it’s not close, […]

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Ep. 264 – How will the Left react to a Donald Trump victory? Award-winning Filmmaker and NY Times Bestselling Author Dinesh D’Souza discusses how to ‘Beat the Socialism, Corruption and the Gangsterization that Defines the Democrat Party’, why children have not been taught about failures of communism, his latest film Trump Card, Election 2020, AOC, Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders and much more in this long-form interview. Watch the film VOD on your big screen at TrumpCardTheMovie.com.

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I am not an attorney. I don’t play one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn last night. But I do pay some attention to election law. Experience in 35 congressional campaigns (House and Senate) over 25 years will focus the mind. I was even nominated by President Clinton to a GOP […]

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Allow me to introduce you to a cute little website: Donald Trump Watch.

It’s a website designed to name, shame, intimidate, and target those who have made reportable contributions to the official Trump-Pence campaign account.
I’m on that website.
As a federal campaign election veteran, I knew full well when I made my two contributions that they would be publicly disclosed. I knew the risk that I was taking in doing so. I was also smart enough to list a Post Office Box as my address.
There are no known such sites designed to name, shame, and target Biden supporters, nor should there be. But please disclose it to me if you find one. I am not interested in targeting Biden supporters. This is a free country (for now, at least), and the Supreme Court has long determined that political contributions are speech protected by the First Amendment.

It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to realize the intent. We have seen reports from Kansas City and New Hampshire of warning letters being left on homes of people who have been identified as Trump supporters and warned to make sure their home insurance policies protect them against fire damage.

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This may be a story worth paying attention to after the elections. Maybe even now. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, is not just the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee but also on the ballot for reelection. His opponent, Jaime Harrison, has raised a whopping $57 million in campaign contributions, dwarfing Graham’s fundraising. The same is […]

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Hi, kids! Yesterday, during our class on political corruption, we discussed “pay to play.” Today, we’re going to talk about the four ways to respond to accusations of wrong-doing, especially in politics or legal circles (they often overlap). And we’ll use the initial story about Hunter Biden’s “pay to play” foreign influence scandal as our […]

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If you had the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates framing the issue that voters may well take with them into the voting booth on November 3 (or before) on your 2020 election bingo card, congratulations. Who thought an obscure, 33-year-old nonprofit organization might provide the potential galvanizing moment just weeks before Election Day?

As former GOP presidential nominee and ex-Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole has confirmed, the Commission is in the tank for Joe Biden, or at least against President Trump.

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Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. was the grandson of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. His namesake was a confidant of President Theodore Roosevelt, and the bête noire of Roosevelt successor Woodrow Wilson. His grandson became at least as prominent a Republican politician during the mid-twentieth century.

“The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and the Making of the Cold War,” by Luke A. Nichter, is a fresh biography of Lodge’s life.

Nichter examines every aspect of Lodge’s life, from his youth through Lodge’s retirement. In between Lodge served many roles: as newspaperman, elected politician, soldier, a political kingmaker, permanent representative to the United Nations for the United States, ambassador, and the President’s envoy to the Vatican.

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 U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, running for reelection and a Ph.D. historian, has proposed something I’ve been supporting for awhile now – repealing the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment, which provided for the direct election of US Senators, was one of several “progressive era” Constitutional amendments, adopted in short order, a […]

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The usual suspects are outraged over the President’s off-the-cuff suggestion in North Carolina this week that “vote by mail” voters also show up at their polling place on Election Day to make sure their vote is actually counted. Of course, the usual suspects are yelling (literally) that Trump is encouraging people to “vote twice,” which […]

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The debate over voter fraud, or the potential for it from increasing reliance on “vote by mail” (where you’re mailed a ballot you didn’t ask for) and “absentee ballots” (where you requested a ballot to be mailed to your home, work, or elsewhere), is highly relevant for the Nov. 3rd election. A couple of reasons […]

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I haven’t encountered much violence in my life. But, I have seen it up close twice. As a news editor in Henryetta, Oklahoma (The Daily Free-Lance) in the mid-1970s, I used to ride along with Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers on my day off (Monday). Quite the experience. The speed traps were always fun, but that’s […]

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I have seen only one survey on the topic, but the increasing politicization of professional sports is apparently turning off a lot of fans. Players with multi-million dollar contracts are using their sports platforms to advance “social justice” agendas.   That survey, conducted in 2018 by pollster and friend John McLaughlin for the Media Research […]

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An interesting perspective from an editorial in the New York Sun about the prospect of a . . . wait for it. . Preview Open

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One of the most amazing aspects of the “Vote By Mail” debate, other than its polarization, is the sudden, dramatic, if not bizarre love for the US Postal Service. At least by many on The Left Preview Open

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Debates are one of the great traditions of American elections. Having been involved in some 35 congressional elections in 25 states over my 43-year career, I’ve been involved in dozens of them. I negotiated debate formats with opposing campaigns and media organizations. I prepped and peppered candidates with issues and questions. And I even played […]

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