Elections

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    Obama on Biden’s White House bid

    Matt Margolis of PJMedia.com highlights a recent report on former President Obama’s lukewarm support for his No. 2. According to the New York Times, while Joe Biden was seeking counsel on whether to run for president, Barack Obama tried to talk his former vice president out of running.
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    Democrats and the middle

    A.B. Stoddard asks at Real Clear Politics which Democratic presidential candidate other than Joe Biden can appeal to middle-of-the-road voters. As Biden creates doubts about his viability, there is no one else positioned to wrest support from the center of the electorate with a broad enough coalition to…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2019
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    Exploring Biden’s claim about assault weapons

    John McCormack writes for National Review Online about what he describes as “Democratic dishonesty” dealing with assault-weapon bans. “The 1994 assault weapons and high-capacity magazines bans worked. And if I am elected president, we’re going to pass them again — and this time, we’ll make them even stronger,”…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2019
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    CJ’s Rick Henderson Discusses Voting Machine Controversy on NC SPIN with Tom Campbell

    On last week’s episode of NC SPIN, Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson discussed the voting machine controversy with host Tom Campbell. When Campbell asked Henderson what all the indecision is about, Henderson responded: Technology has gotten a lot better over the years. It was the scanning technology of 20 years ago…
    Brenee Goforth, August 16, 2019
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    Biden’s past comes back to bite him: Tough-on-crime edition

    Alana Goodman of the Washington Examiner highlights another piece of Joe Biden’s past that could threaten his status as Democratic Party presidential front-runner. Joe Biden claimed in a 1976 speech that the role of the criminal justice system was to punish rather than rehabilitate criminals, arguing that “you…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2019
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    AOC lacks monetary support from her own constituents

    Andrew Kerr of the Daily Caller notes an interesting element of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fundraising record. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has outraised all other freshmen representatives so far in 2019, but nearly all of her reported contributors to her reelection campaign live outside her congressional district, a Daily…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2019
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    The real collusion in 2016

    Andrew McCarthy writes for National Review Online about an actual case of nefarious collusion tied to the 2016 presidential election. There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2019
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    Biden’s gaffes in the age of Trump

    It’s clear that Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden is prone to verbal gaffes on the campaign trail. Jonathan Tobin asks at National Review Online whether those flubs matter when Biden is seeking to challenge Donald Trump. To those Democrats who hope he possesses the magic formula for beating…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2019