The Next Trump Toxicity Test – Arizona Congressional District 8

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by Richard Cameron   Arizona Congressional District 8 Special Election The next in the series of temperature readings of the GOP’s national crisis of confidence with American voters, takes place in Arizona on April 24 – tomorrow.  Arizona Congressional District 8 (CD-8), will be the scene of a special election pitting the last (woman) standing from the recent Republican primary, against a non-politician – at least a non-career politician on the Democrat side of the ledger. The GOP candidate is Debbie Lesko – a former state legislator from Arizona’s House…

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Conor Lamb Wins 18th CD Pennsylvania – Trump And GOP Continue Losing Streak

by Richard Cameron   It is now official – barring the possibility that a recount of the election is granted and the result indicates other than the final tally – Conor Lamb, Democrat candidate in Pennsylvania’s special election in the 18th Congressional District, has been declared the winner over GOP opponent, Rick Saccone – a Trump acolyte. Election observers were keenly intrigued about what the overall effect of Donald Trump’s visit to Pennsylvania to stump for Saccone would be. The election was widely seen as the latest in a series of…

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Salvaging the Conservative Movement

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” –Will Rogers It goes without saying that the Republican Party has a credibility problem heading into the 2018 mid-terms. Even if Donald Trump is ultimately exonerated (fat chance) of all of the shady dealings and questionable collaborations with foreign powers, he’ll still already be responsible for reversing almost a decade of modest but steady economic gains, for polluting long standing foreign relationships, for what promises to be massive deficits coming in 2018, for an indefensible reversal on gun…

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The GOP: All-In on the Wild Card

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org If after ten minutes at the poker table you do not know who the patsy is—you are the patsy.” –Poker Proverb The last two years have been a political roller coaster for anyone still in the Republican Party, but, even given all the deep divisions revealed in the last two years, there’s clearly one thing that everyone can agree on. The political landscape is different than it was two years ago and will likely never be the same again. For better or worse, the Republican…

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Fallacies, Foolishness, Fails And Fictions Of Trump’s New York Times Interview

by Richard Cameron   The New York Times Michael Schmidt’s impromptu interview with President Donald Trump at his Trump International golf club in West Palm Beach was evidence that Trump has not developed any new habits of embracing facts, grasping reality or curbing his instinct to loiter around absurd and unfounded pretensions. The audience that the unscripted interview was intended for, as all of them are – is Trump’s continuously shrinking political base. Schmidt apparently was of the view that employing open ended questions colloquially known as “softballs”, would cause…

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The GOP’s Incredible Christmas Gift To Corporations

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GOP and President Trump play Santa to Corporations and One Percenters President Donald Trump called the recently-passed tax bill “an incredible Christmas gift” for middle-class Americans. In reality, the tax bill takes money from the pockets of middle-class Americans and gives it to corporations. Anyone who claims the tax bill primarily benefits the middle class is spreading falsehoods. With the new bill, the tax rate for corporations is reduced from 35 percent to 21 percent. That makes a total reduction of 40 percent from what they were paying earlier. Other…

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Alabama Voters Send Message To Washington And Trump And Democrat Doug Jones With It

by Richard Cameron WASHINGTON, D.C. Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night in the special election according to all major media projections. The final count, as of 11:30 Central had not all completely counted, but with 100% of voting precincts reporting, the vote count showed Doug Jones winning: Many things were remarkable about the outcome of this campaign, which between the two candidates spending a combined $40 million dollars, not the least of which seemed to be a repudiation by Alabama Republicans not only of Republican Roy…

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Don’t Say A Bad Word About Trump In Arizona – At Least Not Out Loud Anyway

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by Richard Cameron   I spend the equivalent of about a week and a half a month on average in Arizona, assisting my elderly mother (95) to remain self-sufficient in her home in Sun City.  In doing so, I get what I think is a fairly accurate look at the state from outside the fishbowl. I can’t really argue that when it comes to my views regarding Donald Trump, that I am anymore a fish out of water than I am in the community I live in back in California,…

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Donald Trump and Steve Bannon: Trophy Hunting The Republican Party

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by Tony Wyman How ironic that President Trump, the man who history may credit with the destruction of the Republican Party, has come out against trophy hunting elephants.  Isn’t that, in effect, what his presidential campaign and his presidency, itself, has been all about? It certainly is for his chief supporters, men like Steve Bannon, who told crowds at the Values Voter Summit in October, “Nobody can run and hide on this one. These folks are coming for you,” referring to rebel alt-right candidates targeting mainstream Republicans opposed to Mr. Bannon’s…

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Trump And Bannon Are Changing The Way We Think – Is It For The Better?

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by Tony Wyman Steve Bannon, one-time adviser to President Trump and current editor of Breitbart News – a far-right political website that mixes hard news with tabloid sensationalism, has perfected a method of dialogue that is changing the way people think. What Mr. Bannon does is he takes an extremist position and hopes his readers will follow him at least 75% of the way. Let’s look at immigration, as an example. Immigrants to this country are substantially less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. Legal immigrants, for example, are 69%…

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