What Labor Day means to America

September 5, 2016

Monday, September 5 will be Labor Day, the first Monday in September. It’s a day where schools are preparing to open back to school; beaches preparing the close, fall items and the start of college football.

What Labor Day should really mean is hardworking men and women having a day to reflect on their service to working and creating a good life for themselves and their families.

Moderate Republicans for Hillary: Can they deliver?

August 31, 2016

With the rise of populist Republican Donald Trump, who’s hard-line views on immigration, squishy views on conservative issues such as abortion, free trade and national security has caused some moderate Republicans–mostly Republican suburban voters in the Philadelphia, Pa. suburbs, the Atlanta suburbs, the Chicago suburbs, and swing states such as Ohio, Iowa, etc. disillusionment.

With that, some moderate Republicans have voiced their support for Hillary Clinton, which would have been seen as unlikely 15 months ago. Hillary Clinton had to move leftward politically on some issues, such as $15/hr minimum wage, opposition to free trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership by democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who transformed Democratic voting-millennials with their love of socialism.

With such prominent Republicans like Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman of California, retiring New York Rep. Richard Hanna, and others endorsing and fundraising for Clinton, the question remains whether they will deliver votes in these suburban areas for Clinton and Kaine. Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, is a centrist Democrat from Virginia who won his 2005 gubernatorial race and his 2012 Senate race by appealing to: moderate suburban Republicans who were worried about his conservative opponents: Jerry Kilgore and George Allen.

Those moderate Republicans-white collar, high income, educated, suburbanites could pull the lever for Clinton/Kaine in November and could cause Donald Trump to lose in a epic landslide.

If reliably red states like South Carolina and Georgia go blue, Trump is over

August 22, 2016

Right now, the Republican Party is at a crossroads. The conservative establishment led by Mitt Romney, Tom Ridge, former C.I.A. director Michael Hayden and others have been disgusted and perplexed by Donald Trump’s ascendant rise in what is seen as a nationalist, strongman, average everyday person campaign coming out of the woodwork.

With the GOP division deep after the Republican convention in July, which failed to show the “so-called unity” that Trump and his hard-right core wanted to see. That deep divisions inside the GOP has only caused problems for the Trump campaign-which some criticism is his fault-after all, this is the same candidate who attacked a Gold Star military family-who is Muslim. He has a outlandish personality.

Trump’s right wing campaign may actually damage the GOP in states like South Carolina and Georgia-yes those two states. Red states. Recent polls show this month Democrat Hillary Clinton closely trailing-or beating Trump in those two red states. If Trump loses those two  states to Clinton, who is hardly liked based on the polls after the FBI recommended no charges on her mishandling of a private email server–then the Trump Train will officially be over.

Despite the demographic advantage for Democrats (South Carolina and Georgia has a growing urban educated white population, along with African Americans who are part of the Democratic Party constituency), for the GOP to lose prominent Southern States–would be a disaster in the making. If Trump loses the Charleston suburbs in SC, and the Atlanta suburbs in Ga. (a lot of moderate suburban Republican women voters there), it would be a disaster in the making.

If Trump loses Georgia and South Carolina–he’s over.

Donald Trump 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R-N.Y.) attends his campaign rally in Dimondale, Mich. on Aug. 19, 2016.

Georgia is a swing state. Can the GOP lose it in November?

August 9, 2016

It looks like Georgia, a ruby red state, is on it’s way of turning into a purple state–a battleground state in 2016.

With Republican businessman Donald Trump tanking in the polls after the Republican National Convention, which was not attended by key top named Republicans due to Trump’s bombastic, tough language and rhetoric. He is tanking against Hillary Clinton, who had her own flawed campaign retool after the Democratic Nat’l Convention in Philadelphia.

A new poll released last week by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the city’s newspaper, showed Clinton beating Trump 44% to 40% and with third party candidates Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein Clinton leading 41% to Trump’s 38%, to Johnson’s 11% and Stein’s 2%. Questions remain whether Johnson or Stein would have ballot access. Most third party candidates have a hard time receiving ballot access, media recognition and money.

Another poll released by JMC enterprises on Monday showed Clinton leading Trump 44% to Trump’s 37%. It is clear: Georgia is a swing state. Why?

First, the demographic changes in Georgia. The black population in the state is growing rapidly and has been a key constituency for the Democratic Party. Hispanic voters are growing in the state and they have been moving to the Democrats, due to the Republicans’ language and rhetoric on immigration. Also, college educated white voters have replaced the rural, older conservative leaning voters that Democrats have been courting.

Before the 2000’s, Democrats had to rely on suburban conservative-leaning voters. They helped Zell Miller, and Roy Barnes win the governorship in their reigns. After 2002, however, those voters started to move to the Republican Party, especially on issues such as same sex marriage, abortion, and other culturally conservative issues.

Since then, Democrats have tried to win Georgia at the state and federal level. In 2014, Democrats tried to appeal to Georgia voters by selecting Jason Carter, the grandson of the former President Jimmy Carter, for governor, and Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former conservative Democrat Sen. Sam Nunn, who from 1984 to 2008 was a perennial vice presidential shortlist finalist.

Carter and Nunn lost, but they appealed to minority voters and educated voters-but not enough white rural voters to win.

If the GOP loses Georgia, it would be because of a presidential year, demographics, and even some suburban conservatives who fear Trump is too toxic for the party and the country.

If the GOP loses Georgia to Hillary Clinton, they would be absolutely doomed. 

Who will Donald Trump pick as his vice presidential running mate?

The veepstakes are on as presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has until Friday, July 15 to choose a vice presidential running mate. Usually, running mates balance a ticket in terms of geography, diversity, government experience, fundraising appeal, safety in terms of not overshadowing the ticket.

Most observers believe that the last time a vice presidential candidate made a real difference in a presidential election was 1960, when then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy picked Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson-a choice to appeal to Southerners who were resistant of Kennedy’s Catholic religion.

Let’s take a look at who Trump is seriously considering for vice president:

Mike Pence, Indiana governor

Pence, 57,  has been a darling of establishment and conservative Republicans for years. Pence, a Midwestern evangelical, was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and served there until 2012, when he went back home to Indiana to run for governor. Pence is a safe choice. Pence defeated former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg (D) in 2012, but ran points behind then GOP-nominee Mitt Romney in the state.Pence is a staunch conservative, who voted against some of George W. Bush’s big government conservative items and he was even a favorite of some conservatives to run for president in 2012 and 2016. Pence faced a tough two years in 2015 and early 2016 after signing a religious freedom restoration bill that many liberal critics and LGBT advocates say discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Pence is also running for reelection for governor, and could be dragged down by Trump or face low approval ratings.

Chris Christie, New Jersey governor

Christie, 53,  is what Trump likes the most: A true Trump loyalist, an attack dog who is ready to lace into the Democratic Party’s 8-year leadership. Christie dropped out of the presidential election in February after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary. Christie would reinforce Trump’s appeal-brash, bold, Northeastern. Christie would appeal to New Hampshire voters, potentially, and he could also assist Trump in executive experience. Christie understands foreign policy and national security more than Trump. However, Christie has a lot of downsides: the ongoing Bridgegate trial, in which his political aides and him are accused of closing a lane on the George Washington Bridge due to a local mayor refusing to endorse his reelection, when he had bipartisan crossover appeal after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Also, Christie is very unpopular in New Jersey. The economy in the state is in dire straits, with even Republicans disliking him and he is too brash for the country.

Newt Gingrich, former House speaker (Georgia and Washington D.C. resident) 

Gingrich would bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Trump ticket. Gingrich, 73, would help Trump understand rough and tumble Beltway politics like no other and he also reinforces the ticket. He reinforces Trump’s brash, no nonsense commentary and he brings intellectual firepower in ways that Trump cannot navigate. Gingrich is high profile–he has a noxious relationship with former President Bill Clinton. As some may remember, Gingrich and the Republican-led Congress in 1995 and 1996 shutdown the federal government after Clinton and the GOP failed to agree on governmental operations and the federal budget. Gingrich knows how to play rough politics. Gingrich does not bring any states with him to Trump’s ticket, but he could bring Southern appeal. However, in the GOP primaries, Trump did well in Southern states. Gingrich ran for president in 2012, but dropped out of the Republican presidential race after Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination in May 2012.

Thoughts about the Independence Day that just passed

July 5, 2016

Yesterday, the United States celebrated Independence Day (Fourth of July), celebrating America’s 240th birthday. On July 4, 1776, America declared independence from Great Britain. America has been about freedom, opportunity, and honor.

America has had ups and downs in it’s history. Slavery, racism, the Great Depression, etc; has put a blemish on the U.S.’s image over the past decades, however, America remains strong but faces challenges ahead.

 

Let’s make sure that America is strong–but continues to make repairs to the country in terms of jobs, infrastructure, etc.

Britain votes to leave the European Union. What impact will it have on America and the World?

June 24, 2016

On Thursday night, television networks projected that Britain would leave the European Union after years of infighting over immigration, the fear among white working class Britons that the European Union was overbearing and too imposing on the British people. The “Leave” campaign won with 52% and “Remain” received 48%. The results of this historic referendum has political and economic ramifications throughout Britain and the world, especially in the United States.

401ks in the United States and other retirement savings could potentially take a hit, due to investments abroad. The British pound has also dropped dramatically on Friday. Political ramifications have spread in Britain. Conservative prime minister David Cameron has announced his resignation Friday as prime minister and Tory leader starting in October. His frenemy Boris Johnson, the controversial and outspoken former London mayor, has been seen as the favorite to replace Cameron. President Barack Obama has supported Britain remaining in the EU for trade and other economic deals, but the people of Britain have spoken and they will be heard.

 

Now it remains to be seen whether Britain’s future will change for ever. It seems like June 23, 2016 will be a day that lots of people will remember.

 

 

 

National Security likely to dominate 2016 presidential election

June 13, 2016

With the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting on June 12, national security and gun control is likely to reenter as a critical centerpiece of the already volatile and unpredictable 2016 presidential election. Presumptive nominees Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) had dueling foreign policy speeches on Monday on how to protect the United States and discussing issues pertaining to guns and the Second Amendment. Whether the mass shooting, the worst mass shooting in American history will change the dynamic of the volatile presidential race remains to be seen.

50 killed in Florida club in worst mass shooting in American history

June 12, 2016

ORLANDO, FLA.- 50 people were killed early Sunday morning at a gay club in Orlando, Fla. in what is the worst mass shooting in American history. The suspected gunman is Omar Mateen, a 29 year old who lived in Florida. U.S. government officials believed that he could be a tool of radical Islam. 53 people are confirmed injured. More information will come throughout the day.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting-nightclub-idUSKCN0YY08B

Donald Trump easily wins NJ GOP primary

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been the projected winner of the New Jersey Republican primary, according to the Associated Press. Trump is heavily popular with the NJ Republican electorate. Trump won the Garden State with 81 of the vote. Trump was endorsed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a Texas press conference on Feb. 26, after Christie dropped out of the presidential race on Feb. 10.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/new-jersey?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news