GOP issues their Position Questions for Candidates Wishing their Support

The GOP has identified the key positions the GOP Candidate for the Georgia 6th District must take to get the GOP endorsement.

  • “Do you support or oppose President Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court?”
  • “Do you support or oppose President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade agreement?”
  • “Do you support or oppose President Trump’s Executive Order to suspend the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of countries of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen?”
  • “Do you support or oppose the repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017?”
  • “Do you support or oppose the President’s intention to withhold foreign security assistance to Pakistan?” 
  • “Do you support or oppose President Trump’s Infrastructure Initiative, which calls for $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments with partners at the State, local, Tribal, and private level?”
  • “On January 30, 2018, President Trump released a framework with the following four proposals to reform our immigration system: 1. Establish a $25 billion trust fund for the border wall system, ports of entry and exit, and northern border improvements 2. Promote nuclear family migration by allowing immigration sponsorships of spouses and minor children only 3. End the visa lottery program 4. Provide legal status for DACA recipients and certain other DACA-eligible illegal immigrants. Do you support or oppose President Trump’s framework for immigration reform?”
  • “Do you support or oppose President Trump’s imposition of 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports?” 

Notice that all the positions are prefaced by demonstrating support for Trump.

This evidence comes from the candidates meeting with the White House in recent weeks and months.  Apparently they are leaving with an “Opinion Leader Questionnaire” from the Office of Political Affairs, with eight yes-or-no questions to fill out and space to elaborate on their reasoning.

The evidence reflects how the Trump hopes to use GOP primaries to move the GOP in his direction.

While former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s dream of a nationwide insurgency against incumbent Republicans has gone up in smoke, the White House is still looking to turn the GOP into a more fascist party.

“It’s necessary for the White House to want to make sure the candidates President Trump lines up behind share his views on issues like trade, immigration and an America first foreign policy,” said one former White House official.

So these are the question we need to ask the GOP Congressional Candidates for the Georgia 6th District.

The version was dated March 16 and requested answers by March 30.  So it is possible the criteria will change.

Of the eight questions, five divide at least some elements of the GOP. Economic conservatives and free-traders have revolted against Trump’s protectionist moves, including the tariffs and his decision to throw away the TPP, a 12-nation trade deal negotiated by the Obama administration.

Republicans who favor a robust American presence abroad are likely to question his desire to cut off aid to Pakistan. And conservatives are often unenthusiastic about Trump’s infrastructure plan.

The most controversial might be the question on Trump’s immigration principles, where border-state Republicans are often skeptical of the president’s proposed border wall and immigration hawks don’t like the decision to include permanent legal status for DACA recipients. When a proposal based on the framework came up for a vote in February, it received just 39 votes, with GOP senators opposing the proposal from both the center and the right.

While previous administrations hadn’t issued formal questionnaires to candidates, it was standard for them to gather intelligence on candidates and political leaders meeting with the president.

“The political office is trying to gather the information they need to inform the president,” said Scott Jennings, a GOP strategist who worked in the White House political office under the George W. Bush administration. “It’s absolutely their responsibility to know the political beliefs of the people the president meets with or endorses.”

The document isn’t just being given to candidates, and not every candidate running in a GOP primary has received one. The White House has also reportedly sent the document to state-level Republican committee members and other influential members of the party.

How Trump Will Fight Voter Fraud After Shutting Down Panel

After issuing an executive order late Wednesday closing his commission to investigate voter fraud, President Donald Trump now stresses the need for more voter identification and has tasked the Department of Homeland Security with ensuring the integrity of elections.

The White House so far is not saying that the president will call for a national voter ID system. But his tweets Thursday seemed to suggest so:

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t have a decisive answer Thursday on whether the president favored a national voter ID system.

“We are still going to continue to review the best way forward,” Sanders said in a response to a question from The Daily Signal during the press briefing.

“Just because the election commission is no longer in existence, we are going to send the preliminary findings from the commission to the Department of Homeland Security and make determinations on the best way forward,” she said.

Asked why the Department of Homeland Security instead of the Justice Department, which traditionally investigates voting irregularities, is taking up the matter, Sanders told The Daily Signal: “That was the agency that was best determined by the administration, and we are moving forward and letting them take over the process.”

Vice President Mike Pence was chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was vice chairman. The president appointed the bipartisan commission, also known as the Voter Fraud Commission, in May.

Kobach, a Republican, has been a longtime advocate of voter ID, but will not advise the Department of Homeland Security going forward, a spokesman said.

“At the president’s direction, the department continues to work in support of state governments who are responsible for administering elections, with efforts focused on securing elections against those who seek to undermine the election system or its integrity,” Tyler Houlton, the department’s acting press secretary, told The Daily Signal in an email. “Mr. Kobach is not advising the department on this matter.”

The commission’s work was besieged from the outset by lawsuits and uncooperative state officials, according to the White House and some commission members.

“Foes of election integrity lost their seat at the table,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation and another Republican commission member, said of the panel’s folding in a written statement Wednesday.

“Now the important work of improving the integrity of the election process will be done by people who believe in election integrity, not by those who seek to preserve vulnerabilities in the system,” Adams said.

Adams, a former Justice Department lawyer, continued:

Over the years, demonstrable and empirical data has been developed showing noncitizen voting, double voting, and defects in the election system that no credible observer could deny. Some news outlets and activists have decided to ignore those facts, as if they do not exist.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of well-funded groups, activist academics, and individuals who are not credible who sought to undermine and sabotage the commission’s work. They may delight today in the dissolution of the commission, but before long they’ll realize that advocates of election integrity have more stamina, support, and perseverance than they realize.

The White House commission was made up of seven Republicans and five Democrats. Among the Democrats was Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who sued the commission while he was a member, accusing it of not sharing information.

Despite dissolving the commission, Dunlap said, the Trump administration still will have to honor a federal court order to provide him with information.

“I didn’t want to go to court,” Dunlap told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “All I wanted, honest to God, was to participate and get an answer to all of my questions.”

Dunlap said he is concerned with the Department of Homeland Security’s role.

“How many driver’s license has Homeland Security issued?” he asked rhetorically. “None. How many elections has Homeland Security run? None.”

“I was alarmed when the Obama administration classified election administration as critical infrastructure, that gives the federal government so much leeway,” Dunlap said. “Part of the goal for some people has been a national voter ID law.”

The White House commission asked every top state election official for basic information on voting in his or her state, but at least 18 states and the District of Columbia refused to cooperate. Many of those states had particular problems with voter fraud in the past, as The Daily Signal has reported.

Numerous liberal groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice, sued to stop the commission from doing its work. One group, American Oversight, helped represent Dunlap in his lawsuit against the administration.

Commission member Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, said state officials blocked the panel from finding the truth.

“Unjustified refusal from some states to work with us and dozens of meritless lawsuits; those two things made it next to impossible for the commission to do its work,” von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal in a phone interview Thursday. “They don’t want the American people to find the truth about [voter] fraud and errors and double voting.”

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican who is chairwoman of the National Association of Secretaries of State, also was a commission member.

“We do not have a comment or anything further to add on the topic of the election commission,” Lawson spokeswoman Valerie Warycha said.

Source: How Trump Will Fight Voter Fraud After Shutting Down Panel

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Petition to recall Secretary of State Kemp collecting signatures at Kavarna on Thursday

The lack of respect for those not in the Trump Tribe is staggering.

Look at the way our representatives talk to us.  It is amazing that to the Trump Tribe wanting to ensure we have fair elections makes us, “radical, left-wing activists.”

When asked about the petition, a spokesperson for Kemp’s gubernatorial campaign said, “If these radical, left-wing activists – who want to impeach President Trump, stop Congresswoman Karen Handel, and recall Brian Kemp – need a safe space, they can camp out at Cal-Berkeley. If they want to manufacture fake news and try to remove Georgia Republicans from office, then get ready for a fight. Brian Kemp has a proven record of fighting – and winning – for Georgia. Kemp has a steel spine and is more than happy to add these hyper-sensitive activists to his growing list of defeated Democrats.”

Dear Politicians: Stop Using the Scorched Earth Approach to get my vote. Try Persuading Me with Ideas Instead!

Thriving is, and as always been, a team sport.  And, in the 21st Century Digital Information Age team work is even more important than ever.  Any reasonable person understands this and fully embraces the basic belief that a team that acts together is vastly more powerful than a bunch of people who have been forced together in mutual loathing and are looking to backstab each other at the first opportunity.

When I look at politics in America today, it appears that most politicians, particularly the GOP and Trump, are all pursuing strategies and arguments designed to avoid working together as a team.  (A report out of GeorgeTown University rated Congress on their bipartisanship.)

Instead they appear to be trying to force the voters to choose them by presenting only the worst possible view of their opponents.

A scorched earth policy is a military strategy that involves destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from an area.  It appears that all the candidates I know are pursuing this scorched earth approach.  The saddest part of this strategy is that it is at fundamental odds with the best interests of the voters.

If our politicians truly have the best interests of American voters at heart, they should abandon these efforts in favor of actually trying to persuade the voters that they are the best for the job.

And of course Trump is the master of using the scorched earth approach to politics.  His approach is clear;  Vote Me Now, Or there will be riots in the streets.

I heard the other day that Bush Senior believes he lost his chance for a second term because of the third party run of Ross Perot.  Just listening to Trump convinces me that Trump’s threat is real.  Trump is such a narcissist that he could easily simply take his campaign train and put it on the Third Party rail.  Clearly the GOP voter lives in fear of this potential development.

The bottom line is give us real discussion and real attempts to solve the 21st Century problems facing our already great nation.  Don’t give us scorched earth politics where the only ones to vote for are the last one standing.  I want the best candidate, not just the lone survivor.