The Election Outlook (Part 3 Of A Series—the Senate)

Republicans currently have a majority in the Senate, holding 53 of the 100 seats. Democrats only need to pick up three seats to gain the majority if Biden is elected President (because the Vice President breaks any tie in the Senate) or four seats if Trump is re-elected. Since Senate seats are six-year terms, roughly a third of them are up for election every two years and this year Republicans hold ten more of the seats up for election than Democrats. Republicans have also had more incumbents than normal not running for re-election and an additional seat being decided that was temporarily filled when John McCain (R-AZ) died of cancer. Similar to the House, the historically large number of incumbent Republicans not running again makes it harder for Republicans to hold onto their majority. Despite that, as recently as six months ago Republicans were confident that they would hold onto their majority and most of the incumbents seemed safe. That’s changed in recent months.

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Delaware Senator Says He Favors Changing Rules If Doesn’t Get What He Wants

This weekend, Sen. Chris Coons (Democrat from Delaware) said that he was open to adding more Supreme Court justices if Democrats take control of Congress in November’s election.

Coons said he was open to adding enough justices to the Supreme Court to ensure that Democrats could make sure they have the Court majority that they want.

Let’s be clear, what Coons is saying is that he is opposed to democracy. The laws of the land, in this case related to the size of the Supreme Court, shouldn’t be changed just to ensure one party always rules. That’s a dictatorship.

Coons has said that he is favor of changing the rules and laws of the land, if he doesn’t get his way. Not only is that childish, it’s dangerous to democracy.

The Election (Part 2 Of 3 In A Series-House of Representatives)

This is the second in a series on the upcoming Nov. 3 election, a look at the political landscape with weeks left before the nation goes to the polls. In this edition, we focus on the House of Representatives where the Democrats have a 35 seat majority.

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News Of The Weird, Out West

Pimps and communists: if you made this up people would say it was too bizarre.

Seattle Hires A Pimp

A former pimp, who was one of the subjects of a documentary “American Pimp”, has been hired by the city of Seattle to advise it on developing ‘alternatives to policing’.

Andre Thornton is being paid $150,000 to work as a ‘street czar’ to help the city with its problems with police and crime.

Also a self-described genius, when asked about his new job Thornton said, “Black people as a whole have not been in a place to be compensated for their genius or their work for a very, very long time.”

Antifa Candidate Ahead In Portland Polls

Ted Wheeler is the Mayor of Portland and is running for re-election in November.

A recent poll shows that a self-proclaimed Antifa, communist candidate is leading in the race for Portland’s mayor.  Wheeler was the top vote getter in the earlier primary but has been criticized for the way he has handled the rioting that shook Portland for over 100 straight nights this summer.

Sarah Innarone, who has proclaimed “I am Antifa”, is leading in the latest poll conducted by DHM research by over 10%. Innarone has been known to wear a skirt with pictures of Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and Che Guevara to campaign events.

Just when you think things can’t get more radical or out of control in Portland, it seems that could be wrong.

Pelosi Shows Why We Need Term Limits

Nancy Pelosi just showed us that we are in dire need of term limits on politicians. She demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has forgotten that she works for the people, and that the people she is supposed to serve are more important than anything else.

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The Election, One Month Out (Part 1 of 3)

Human nature is such that we tend to believe that what we want to happen, will actually happen. In politics, that isn’t always the case. And especially in this charged, partisan and personal environment that is even more true as people’s passions, on both sides, are high and they can’t imagine their ‘guy’ losing.

However this a look at ‘the race’, at the electoral politics . One month out from the election on Nov. 3, this is how Thinking Man handicaps where things stand with just under thirty days to go.

This is the first in a series of three articles on the outlook for the election, with discussion on where things are, how they got here and what might happen in the last month of the campaign. The first in this series, below, will take a look at the presidential race:  President Donald Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Surely We Are Better Than This, Aren’t We?

In January 2019, two political scientists, Dr. Nathan Kilmae from LSU and Dr. Lilliana Mason of the Univ. of Maryland, published a study they had done on attitudes toward politics in the US, highlighted by attitudes that people have toward those that have different political views than they have themselves. The responses were disturbing and maybe even more so a year and a half later.

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A Party Of Tolerance?

John DeBerry is a Democrat who represents a Memphis district in the Tennessee Legislature and has been re-elected 13 times.  Rep. DeBerry, who is black, has represented the majority black House District 90 for over 25 years.

He was removed from the House District 90 primary ballot last month by the Tennessee Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee. And in a calculated move, the Democratic Party removed him from the ballot AFTER the filing deadline, meaning that under current Tennessee law he will not be able to run in the election for another party or as an independent.

The primary reason for removing an incumbent legislator from their own Party from the ballot? Because DeBerry opposes abortion. (DeBerry also favors school choice, a stance that puts him at odds with most Democrats.) And that simply isn’t to be tolerated in today’s Democratic Party, it seems.

“My district has elected me 13 times,” DeBerry said after a House committee meeting. “Not just because I’m John DeBerry or because I’m a Democrat. But because they agree with what I fought for and what I stood for.”

Rising Evidence On Mail-In Balloting

The bias of the media is pretty obvious when talking about mail-in balloting. Somewhere in almost every article, they will add a statement something like ‘unfounded claims of voter fraud’ or something similar, trying to suggest that there is no evidence that voter fraud has or could happen more easily with mail-in balloting.

Yet, the data and evidence are somewhat overwhelming to any objective observer. Continue reading “Rising Evidence On Mail-In Balloting”

You Want Less Police? You Are Getting Your Wish

Amid the growing protests and riots across the country, some politicians have called to defund the police and reduce the size of police forces. The Black Lives Matter organization (or at least two of their national leaders) has called for the abolishment of the police (and prisons). Those people may be getting their wish. Continue reading “You Want Less Police? You Are Getting Your Wish”