African-American Leaders on Capitol Hill Demand Speaker Ryan Censure Maxine Waters

Cortney O'Brien, July 12, 2018

A group of conservative African-American leaders informed House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday morning on Capitol Hill that they wanted him to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for her controversial speech last month encouraging supporters to harass Trump officials.

Maxine "is the unchallenged face of the Democratic Party," said Johms Gool of the Victory Christian Center, in Charlotte, NC. "She represents half of the U.S." 

As such, he "encourages her to respect our liberty and issue a retraction" to her call to followers to harass Trump supporters.

"Reverse, retract and call for an end to this activity now."

Since Waters's tirade, there has been a noticeable uptick in harassment incidents against Trump officials and family members. Katie shared a list of just some of the confrontations, which have occurred in restaurants, supermarkets, and policy events.

Star Parker, president of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education, matter-of-factly stated that Maxine Waters "is not the reflection of black America." She too insisted Speaker Ryan send a strong message and censor the congresswoman.

The leaders also commented on Waters and other Democratic officials' character assassination of President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Many progressives have shared their fear that Kavanaugh will be an originalist when it comes to constitutional interpretation. Gool wondered why that's a bad thing.

"Our founders put together a few simple pages dealing with human nature," he noted. "Human nature has no expiration date. They left a means for correcting imperfections. Some have already been corrected, allowing me to stand before you today."

Katie Pavlich

This administration "has been the strongest on record for protecting right to life" and for their contributions to the religious liberty debate, according to Johnathan Alexandre, Esq., Director of Public Policy, Liberty Counsel. 

The attacks have to stop and the attempt to destroy peoples’ lives is not what this country is about,” Parker said in a statement prior to the press conference. “It stops when Congress acts to rebuke and condemn the comments of Maxine Waters.”



The Democrats' Initial Salvo Against Trump's SCOTUS Nominee Blew Up In Their Faces

Matt Vespa, July 12, 2018

We all know Democrats are against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is everything under the sun: he’s anti-worker, anti-woman, and an extremist on Second Amendment rights. He’s not any of these things, by the way. Still, it’s an effective scare maneuver, as Election Day draws nearer. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has already said he’s going to fight Kavanaugh with everything that he’s got at his disposal. It’s not much and whatever attacks they have were flubbed in the opening salvo. They also didn’t use the right picture of Judge Kavanaugh in their initial attack. They used a photo of Judge Thomas Hardiman.

The Women’s March blasted an email, where Kavanaugh’s name isn’t even mentioned. Nominee “XX” is going to destroy the country. Also, we can’t get a press release right. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) came out against Trump’s nominee before he or she was even revealed at the time. This is very important in that voters were reminded that a) Casey is still a living senator; and b) he’ll pop flares in this fight, but then goes back into bunker—living off the political dividends of his last name (via ABC News):

In a nation with over 700 sitting federal judges, many of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, it is outrageous that President Trump will nominate from a list of just 25 dictated to him by the Heritage Foundation,” Casey said in a statement Monday. “This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind. Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp.”
Casey also took a hit at the Heritage Foundation, calling it an “extreme Right organization,” claiming the group strives to cut Medicaid and accused Heritage of calling labor unions "cartels."

Yeah, that’s another funny aspect with this fight: how Heritage and the Federalist Society have been smeared as facets of some secret consortium akin from the X-Files because they’ve vetted and picked a solid list of judicial candidates from which the Trump White House can make their own conclusions when vacancies such as these present themselves.

The fact is that Kavanaugh is a solid pick. He’s mainstream. He’s winning over the small, though powerful moderate GOP faction in the Senate; without Collins and Murkowski we could be sunk here. And his credentials are next to none. If the GOP remains united, the game is over, though I feel a couple red state Democrats will do the right thing and cross over on this nomination. For a side that’s vowed to fight to the bitter end, the opening salvo was a disaster. At least know the face of your enemy. Still, there’s a lot of time and more dirty tricks up the Left’s sleeve. This could get brutal fast. So, this isn’t the end game here with these failed opening shots at Kavanaugh, but it should give everyone confidence that their opening shots blew up in their faces.


Red State Democrats Really, REALLY Don't Want To Discuss SCOTUS Pick

Matt Vespa, July 12, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going to be a weeks-long torment for some on the Hill—and I’m talking about red state Democrats. Senate Republican moderates Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have been very receptive to Kavanaugh’s nomination, easing pressure from the right that they could sink this SCOTUS nominee if they defect. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and maybe Bill Nelson (D-FL). Nelson needs help. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is outworking him on Hispanic outreach, and he’s beating Nelson with older voters who are more likely to turnout in November. A vote for Trump’s nominee could boost his chances of eking out a win—and that goes for the rest of the bunch. The downside is that they’ll be persona non grata in the party. The national party could ostracize them, freezing them out on much needed help on voter outreach, grassroots work, etc. if they vote for Trump’s nominee, especially when they think Roe v. Wade is going to be overturned. Then again, in the nightmare scenario, the GOP could pick-up all of these seats. 

Yet, this breed of Democrat knows what’s at stake—and they know the pressure they’re going to face as we approach the hearings and final vote. Hence, why many are bolting from the press on the Hill (via The Hill):

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) kept her cellphone glued to her ear whenever she walked through public hallways, making it impossible for journalists to ask her about Kavanaugh’s record.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) pleaded that he was losing his voice and urged one reporter for The New York Times to “look at my statement.”
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) bolted from the Capitol out of the first floor exit instead of taking the Senate subway, where most reporters camp out.
Senate Democrats admitted it will be difficult to defeat Kavanaugh with only 49 seats in their caucus, but their goal is to inflict as much political damage on the GOP as possible ahead of the November midterm elections.
We have to lower the expectations of our base. We can’t defeat the nominee on our own,” said a Democratic senator who requested anonymity to discuss internal party deliberations.

 We’ll it’s the only thing they’ve got, but I’m confident that the damage will be minimal. Will the Left be energized? Yes, but so will Republicans, who turnout in greater numbers in off years. The notion that Democrats could destroy the agenda that’s created a booming economy, record low unemployment, and record high scores in consumer and small business confidence will get the GOP to the polls. The conservative appointments to the court will as well. Also, the pervasive criticism and overreactions from Democrats and their allies in the media have forced Trump skeptics Republicans within the GOP to defend him

As we draw closer to Election Day, it’s no secret why McConnell wants to have a final vote on Kavanaugh by early October. It does place the Democrats in a jam. Money spent against the GOP could be diverted towards their own members to remind them what’s at stake. There is no relief in this situation. They’re all backed into the corner. 

Editors Corner

This week we witnessed the opening of Pizza Hut and hopefully the completion on the new traffic signals at West Main and Browns Hill Rd. A new building is coming out of the ground in the new business park on East Main. New home construction continues in a number of locations in Locust, there are several commercial ventures planned for this fall in Locust. A number of projects to be yet announced are making their way across the drawing boards as I sit and write. We are witnessing Locust going through a metamorphose from a small crossroad village into a thriving city. With growth comes orange barrels, and aggravation this is not a bad thing it just a sign of a healthy growing city that can offer more amenities to its residents.