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Newsom declares California will be a vote-by-mail state

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed an executive order to ensure every registered voter in the state is automatically mailed a ballot for the November presidential election. The executive order does not replace in-person voting, Newsom said during a press conference.

“Mail-in ballot is important but it’s not an exclusive substitute to physical locations,” Newsom said. He added that the state is still working to have “the appropriate number of physical sites for people to vote as well.”.


Supreme Court decision halts Georgia voting rights lawsuit


A federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s system of removing inactive voters from the registration rolls was formally withdrawn on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ohio’s similar voter “purge” policy did not violate federal law.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court held that Ohio is not violating the National Voter Registration Act by sending address-confirmation notices to registered voters when they fail to vote in a federal election — and then eliminating their names from the rolls if they don’t respond and fail to vote in the next two federal elections over a four-year period.



Why Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils Is a Waste of Your Vote

Although my personal political philosophy is libertarian, like most people, over the years I have surrendered to the binary choice our two-party system gives us when casting my vote in presidential elections. I almost always find myself settling for a “lesser of two evils,” but the “evil” is not so great as to prevent me from rationalizing what amounts to, by my vote, an endorsement or affirmation of the candidate.  Because at least rhetorically, the Republican party candidate promises a greater commitment to limited, constitutional government, entitlement reform, tackling the national debt, and a belief in the benefits of free trade, I have voted for the Republican candidate for president ever since Ronald Reagan. The Republicans repeatedly disappoint on matters of foreign policy, seeing the US as world policeman. But the Democrats fare little better on foreign policy—sometimes even worse. So foreign policy as a vote-determining factor between the two major parties tended to be a wash for me. I often profoundly disagree with the Republicans on many of the “culture war” and so-called social issues, but I have had confidence that our Constitution and judiciary will defend against any overreach by Republicans in that area.  read


Chaos in House after GOP votes down LGBT measure

he House floor devolved into chaos and shouting on Thursday as a measure to ensure protections for members of the LGBT community narrowly failed to pass, after Republican leaders urged their members to change their votes.   Initially, it appeared Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s (D-N.Y.) amendment had passed, as 217 “yes” votes piled up over 206 “no” votes when the clock ran out. The measure needed 213 votes to pass.  But it eventually failed, 212-213, after a number of Republican lawmakers changed their votes from “yes” to “no” after the clock had expired.  read

The Day After – What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here?

Trump fans are jumping for joy and Cruz supporters are angry and in a state of shock. After reviewing the pulse of conservatives on Facebook and Twitter last night and this morning, it is reminiscent of the day after the last presidential election. Some were giddy, while others felt the affects of a devastating defeat. How did we get here and where will it go from here?

The ‘how’ is easier because we can look back over the past eight or nine months and find the answers. Donald Trump is an outsider who focused on the one issue that resonated with the people, ‘Take America Back’! He zeroed in on immigration, building a wall and closing the borders, bringing jobs back from overseas, he made it clear he hates Political Correctness and the status quo in DC and he plans to restore our economy. In addition, his approach was relentless, he didn’t take crap from anyone (they hit him with a stick, he came back with a sledge hammer). Basically, he fought as a ‘junk yard dog’ and that’s exactly what the people wanted. He gained a very unlikely allie in the media who gave him much more coverage than any other candidate. No, at times he hasn’t been very articulate, has grossly misspoken and occasionally been silly and trite with his responses, but he stayed with his message and as a result, his followers continued to grow in numbers.

Ted Cruz is a man of great integrity and principle and he garnered a large following and support as he took his message across the land. Although a sitting U.S. Senator, he is certainly not regarded as an establishment good ol boy by his peers. He is a Christian with deep moral convictions and made that obvious throughout his campaign. He is a learned Constitutional scholar who understands the current Constitutional crisis facing the nation and his positions made it clear he would fight to restore the legal process and stifle the ongoing assault. His position on tax reform, Common Core, returning to Constitutional law, reforming Congress and the economy were his headliners. He conducted his campaign with integrity and mostly stayed above the negative, often nasty, name calling and belittling that more recently became a significant hallmark of the campaign season. Unfortunately, the press took the position of the Washington insiders and shoved him (like numerous other candidates) to the side, minimizing his opportunity for exposure and to get his message out.

Note: The attacks on both their families were brutal and totally uncalled for.

After all was said and done, it is obvious we had two very strong thoroughbreds in the race, but there could only be one winner and the people decided on Trump. Right or wrong for this country, no one can say, but the will of the people was proclaimed clearly and loudly. Will he go on to win the presidency, who knows.

Now it’s time to lick our wounds, tighten our boot straps and get behind the GOP candidate destined to do battle with Hillary/Bernie. The skirmish ended in Indiana last night and now the final battle begins and the stakes are incalculable! If a Democrat wins, we will surely see four to eight years of an even more liberal agenda, an agenda this country can ill afford or wants! What to do? Lick our wounds, buck up and support the GOP nominee or pick up our marbles and go home and not vote in November? It’s really that simple!

(Disclaimer: I tried to provide an unbiased assessment based on my observations.)

Agree/Disagree – tell me in the comments.

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