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Joe Selvaggi talks with Harvard Business School Professor Vincent Pons about his recently released NBER paper on the effects of strict voter ID laws on voter behavior and fraud across the United States over 10 years, examining the results of the 1.6 billion observation dataset by age, race, gender, and party affiliation.
Jim is back! He and Greg get a kick out of Democrats already blaming voting reforms in red states for their forthcoming losses in 2022. They also groan as American optimism for the next year plummets over the past three months and President Biden seems poorly positioned to address the many concerns. And they throw up their hands as the Biden administration continues to hold the door open for COVID-positive illegal immigrants but refuses to allow vaccinated Europeans into the U.S.
Join Jim and Greg as they enjoying watching the Texas Senate pass a voting reform bill despite the publicity stunt from Democrats. They also unload on President Biden for absurdly calling state elections legislation the worst threat to our democracy since the Civil War. And they shake their heads as Senate Democrats start pushing a $3.5 trillion spending bill to accomplish many more horrible policy goals once the infrastructure deal is done.
Last Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the California Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced that the recall petition against Governor Newsom had the requisite number of valid signatures and was thus certified. This sets the stage for a recall election within the next six months. For those unaware of California recall procedures, the recall election will involve two questions on the same ballot, first, should the governor be recalled, yes or no, and the second vote for one candidate from a list of candidates to replace the governor. If 50% plus one vote to recall the governor, then the candidate who receives the most votes on the second question will be the new governor; otherwise, Governor Newsom will remain governor until the end of his term.
I live in California and will vote to recall Newsom. As to the second question, who to replace him with, that remains an open question. However, the candidate most likely to get my vote will need to espouse conservative principles (hopefully with a record to back up those principles) and I hope will take positions like the following;
Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Sen. Joe Manchin definitively opposing the Democrats’ sweeping elections bill and get a kick out of the left losing its mind over it. They also shudder as Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm publicly admits that ransomware hackers are capable of shutting down our power grids. And they laugh as CNN’s Brian Stelter starts his interview of White Press Secretary Jen Psaki with the softest of possible softball questions.
Members of the Public Policy Committee of Greater Phoenix Leadership recently endorsed an editorial titled “Disenfranchising Voters is Not Election Reform.”
“As an organization of CEOs at the helm of hundreds of thousands of employees in Arizona,” they felt it their public duty to warn of efforts in the legislature not only “undermining our carefully crafted voting system” but also “actually attempting to suppress the votes of Arizonans.”
They were especially incensed by the “stringent new identification requirements for those voting by mail” and the “purge of voters from the Early Voting List.” They grouped these bills with other less important measures, then claimed that all of them had “one thing in common: making it more difficult for Arizonans to vote.”
Like every other state, Illinois is in the process of drawing new legislative boundaries as is required every 10 years after the taking of the census. This year is unique because (like everything else) COVID interrupted the process. The Illinois Constitution provides that the legislature has until June 30th to draw a new legislative map. […]
From Dinesh Podcasts, in case you were wondering whether Sydney is going away. Part 1/4. Preview Open
The “For the People Act” (FTP), designated HR 1, is by far the most comprehensive federal voting rights act ever proposed. The bill was introduced into the House of Representatives on January 4 and passed there along strict party lines two months later—220 for and 210 against. This divisive legislation represents a concerted effort by the House Democratic majority to consolidate and build on its gains from the 2020 election cycle. Its unabashed supporters, such as New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, hail the legislation as “a roadmap to an inclusive, diverse, and equitable democracy.”
While there is much to criticize about the act’s hamhanded efforts to expand the regulation of campaign finance and disclosure requirements, I will concentrate on the FTP’s effort to organize a federal takeover of the electoral process as it applies to members of Congress and the president via the Electoral College. Its proposed changes are manifold. The FTP would mandate an expansion of automatic registration and same-day voting. It would create a two-week early-voting period and extend the franchise in federal elections to all former convicts. Finally, it would allow those citizens who lack any appropriate photo ID to gain access to the polls with sworn affidavits to their identity.
For all its ambition, FTP is vulnerable to both constitutional and administrative challenges. On the former, the new legislation appears to treat states as extensions of the federal government. By dictating the kinds of rules and regulations that states must adopt in order to comply with federal law, FTP may intrude on state authority to conduct elections. In addition, the act raises a host of practical problems, including the need for dual administration of state and federal requirements of the same election.
The verdict is in on the integrity of the 2020 election, and it’s not pretty. According to a Rasmussen poll from early December, nearly half of Americans believe the 2020 presidential election involved widespread vote fraud (at least in battleground states), including stolen voters and/or destroyed pro-Trump votes. That’s despite 57% of Americans generally believing that mail-in […]
Join Jim and Greg as they discuss a new Georgia investigation into efforts to register the dead and other ineligible voters for the January Senate runoffs. They also react to attorney Lin Wood telling Republicans not to vote in the runoffs unless the two GOP senators publicly demand a special session of the legislature to address issues in the presidential race. And they roll their eyes as Los Angeles tells people not to interact with anyone outside their own homes and two more mayors prove themselves to be massive hypocrites on COVID restrictions.
Join Host Joe Selvaggi as he discusses with Harvard Professor Bob Blendon his New England Journal of Medicine Special Report, “Implications of the 2020 Election for U.S. Health Policy,” which covers broad differences in both parties’ view of the role of government in healthcare and what the election results will mean for Americans.
Among the many “outrages” of the 2016 presidential campaign was the comparison of Trump by some Evangelical leaders to David, an imperfect man guilty of adultery who devised the death of Bathsheba’s husband, and was, yet, capable of repentance and was used by God. I didn’t agree, but neither did I invest much thought into […]
His name was Victor Gower. He was 27 years old on December 17, 1944, when the German Ardenne offensive pushed through to his unit. A staff sergeant, he was providing covering fire for his men when a German sniper shot him once, in the chest. His blood spilled onto the snow-covered ground, and he died doing his duty to secure the freedom of all mankind.
That’s who I thought of today when I went to vote for my President. I thought about my Uncle Vic, who wanted to be a fighter pilot, but whose eyes put him in the infantry. He made it safely through North Africa, Sicily and most of eastern Europe before he fell in freedom’s service. He died to secure my right to vote, my right to speak my mind, and my right to defend myself with firearms.
Ep. 260 – David Bossie, Trump-Pence 2020 Senior Advisor, President of Citizens United and New York Times Bestselling Author (latest book – Trump: America First – The President Succeeds Against All Odds with co-author Corey Lewandowski.) David debates why he thinks Trump’s first debate was a win, discusses voter fraud, SCOTUS and Amy Coney Barrett, Spygate and ‘the Soft Coup’, and whether any Durham Report would impact the election.
Last night’s presidential debate was a reminder that both major party nominees are…less than ideal. Conservatives understand that humans are flawed, and that that fallibility will carry through to the state. David D’Amato: Government is not capable, as an empirical matter, of serving the ends ideal theorists would have it serve. Because laws are executed […]
Recently I came across an article titled The Tragedy of Voting for the “Lesser of Two Evils” by Austin Rogers, via the Libertarian Christian Institute. I was intrigued by the title because I have been thinking lately about the Christian’s relation to the ballot box. I believe there are many good reasons why Christians ought to […]
This is what a losing campaign looks like. The Democrat party, who never took a full accounting of their 2016 disastrous election, who have been mollycoddled by echo chamber blue check marked journactivists™, who spent the last four years digging for phantom truffles Adam Schiff swore he saw in fake Russian dirt, who enabled rioters, arsonists and violent looters to burn down our businesses and cities while diminishing our heroes — have awoken the usually disinterested moderate middle.
If the current trajectory continues, November 3 may be the Democrats’ day of infamy. What only a couple of months ago would have been unthinkable may actually be happening; the Left is taking the path to ruin.
Much of November and December will then be filled with post-mortems of Election 2020 (assuming we are not awaiting corrupt mail-in ballots). If the Oberlin graduates who will pen these hindsight pieces wish to actually write something relevant beyond the redundant “deplorables, racists, and misogynists, oh my!”, they may want to understand why (if the election were to be held today) the Orange Man bad fad will continue another four glorious years.
Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Dr. Fauci insisting that people can safely vote in person. They also wade into the leftist hysteria over President Trump allegedly crippling the U.S. Postal Service in advance of the election. And they discuss the speculation that Trump is weighing a possible pardon for NSA leaker Edward Snowden.