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Joe Donnelly releases first campaign ad

Indiana’s May primary is two weeks from today. However, while Republicans Luke Messer, Mike Braun and Todd Rokita are locked in a contentious race, not all candidates will be sweating it out the next 14 days.

Democrat Joe Donnelly, who has no primary challenger, is one of those candidates who has nothing to worry about – at least now, anyway. Despite this fact, that doesn’t mean Donnelly can’t get a jump of the general election.  In fact, the Donnelly campaign has been sending out campaign emails, mainly those seeking money, like crazy.  Now, the campaign has decided to release their first campaign ad.

It’s an extremely positive, get to know you ad. In an attempt to bring up memories of Mitch Daniels, Donnelly rides along in an RV. He proceeds to talk about cutting regulation, helping service members and “being the second most bipartisan senator.” Oh, he also mentions that he doesn’t work for either political party, but instead for the voters.

Anyway, Donnelly is sure to be locked in a very tight, contentious race, but he starts things off on a positive note.

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New Politico Poll Shows the Top 10 Senate Races for 2018

It’s a mid-term election year and several Senate seats are up for grabs. Politico released their latest Senate race rankings in order from most to least likely to flip in the November election.

The rankings:

1. Nevada
GOP Senator Dean Heller is running for reelection but so far his Democratic opponent has raised more money.

2. Indiana
Senator Joe Donnelly will likely lose his seat. Probably the ONLY reason he won last time is that he’s a fairly conservative Democrat and the Republican opponent in 2012 was a far right leaning Republican who didn’t appeal to moderates or independents. He also shot himself in the foot with his rape comments right before election day. Right now there are three Republicans running in the primary and Indiana GOP voters would be wise to pick a more moderate candidate that will fare well against Donnelly in the fall.

3. Missouri 
According to Politico, Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill has “nearly eight times as much cash on hand as her likely opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, the GOP’s top Senate recruit this cycle.” Hawley is doing very well and (sadly) beating former Libertarian candidate Austin Petersen in the GOP primary polls.

4. Arizona
Senator Jeff Flake is retiring and pondering a Presidential bid in 2020. Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema might win among voters but could be a toss up if she faces GOP Rep. Martha McSally. Also running in the GOP primary,  Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who brings with him lots of controversy.

5. North Dakota
Senator Heitkamp is running for reelection but this one might be easy to flip. The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a poll earlier this month showing him with a small lead over the incumbent Democrat.

6. West Virgina
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is running for reelection. From Politico: “While the ranking is the same, Manchin appears a bit safer than he was at the start of the year. Why? The emergence of Don Blankenship, the ex-con coal baron infamous for his role in the deaths of 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine, as a force in the GOP primary.”

7. Florida
Never rule out anything when it comes to ultimate swing state Florida. Senator Bill Nelson is running for reelection but Gov. Rick Scott is expected to jump in the race and is very popular with the public at the moment. Anything could happen here.

8. Wisconsin
Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin running for reelection and seems to have the most cash. But Trump won here in 2016, so it will be interesting to see if those blue collar, Reagan Democrats flip again and vote against their own party.

9. Montana
Democratic Senator Jon Tester is running for reelection in a state that overwhelmingly voted for Trump. From Politico, “Tester is far from safe — he’s ultimately running for reelection in a state Trump won by 21 percentage points. But Democrats feel better about him than some of their other incumbents: He’s had more than a dozen pieces of legislation signed into law by the president, and Montanans have a strong and recent history of ticket-splitting.”

10. Ohio
Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is running for reelection and has nearly 10 million in the bank. Politico doesn’t consider him safe and says it comes down to who fund-raises better on the GOP side and goes on to challenge him in the November election.

Hillary’s latest elitist, condescending comments shows she’s still not sure ‘what happened’

Hillary Clinton is not the President of the United States. She will never occupy the Oval Office, never be the Commander-in-Chief.  Never. Won’t happen.

But ever since her monumental, historic upset loss to Donald Trump, she has been a quest, a mission, if you will, in order to find the real reason why she lost. How could a woman who was First Lady of the United States, a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State lose to a billionaire businessman with a reality TV show and a penchant for saying whatever pops into his head? How could that happen?

Well, Hillary’s not sure, either. However,  in the time she doesn’t seem to have grasped the answer, yet. She’s blamed everything from her poorly run campaign, Bill and sexism. Whatever Hillary has to tell herself to get to sleep at night is her problem and frankly, her delusion.

And her latest condensing, snobby, elitist, smug comments in India proves the woman hasn’t got a clue.

The fact that anyone could think this way, let alone say it out loud is astounding. She literally blames “backwards” Middle America.

While Trump is in no way a perfect president. The more Hillary speaks, the more we should all be grateful she will never, ever be referred to as Madam President.

-BZ

Indiana Senator Donnelly heads to Texas with Schumer

Two to three times a week Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly’s campaign sends out frantic emails about the state of his race.  Generally, these frenzied emails start off quoting some poll showing the race leaning Republican. Continue reading and you soon spot the real reason for the mass mailing, it’s an ask to donate, generously, to the incumbent Democrat’s campaign.

Sure, campaign’s ask for money all the time. They need lots and lots of your money in order to continue…working for you?

But, this past weekend the Indiana Senator, whose campaign openly admits  – several times a week- that the race is leaning Republican, wasn’t in Indiana. Well, was he in Washington D.C.? Nah. But where was he then?

Well, Donnelly was in Texas…raising money...with New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

If you’re wondering what connection Donnelly has to Texas, so are we. Must’ve been that Schumer said “money” and then Donnelly likely sent his RSVP in moments in later.

The optics of this are absolutely terrible. Donnelly likes to position himself as a blue dog, conservative Democrat, but palling around with the liberal Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer is not a good look.

Regardless, Donnelly knows his time in office is coming to a close.

Savor it, Senator!

-BZ

 

Senators Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

Democrat senators just introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, a bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of “military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation Wednesday and is supported by 22 other Democrats, including Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Al Franken and Kamala Harris, among others.

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Read the full text of the bill here.

-K

 

Indiana US Senate race gets another candidate and….a truly awful slogan

As has long been suspected, 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Rokita made it official Wednesday morning at the Indiana Statehouse.

Rokita, will be aiming to replace Indiana’s current senator, Democrat Joe Donnelly. However, prior to squaring off against Donnelly, Rokita will have to defeat his other fellow declared Republican candidates, most notably 6th District Congressman Luke Messer. In all likelihood Indiana’s next senator will be whomever survives between Messer and Rokita.

Look we get it, the campaigns of Messer and Rokita will exchange harsh words and both will run negative ads against one another, while claiming “it’s not negative, it’s highlighting his weak record.” Nevertheless, one will win and despite the overwhelming negative, likely petty nature of the forthcoming campaign and everything that’ll be said, the other will come out and endorse the other.  That winner will then go on to defeat Democrat Donnelly because…well, this is Indiana.

Sharp words, negative ads and highlighting weaknesses in your opponent’s record are all part of the game, it’s politics.

Another important aspect of politics/running for office is defining oneself, one’s campaign. This type of political branding is most noticeable in a candidate’s and a campaign’s slogan. Whether it’s Hope, Change, I’m with Her or Make America Great Again, the slogan gives supporters and potential supporters an idea about what the candidate and the campaign is all about.

In the case of Rokita’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, his campaign’s slogan is the absurdly ridiculous “Defeat the Elite.”

First of all, what exactly does that even mean? Is his campaign trying to say he’s a political outsider who is going to take on the entrenched politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C.?  If so, might I remind them he’s a congressman and has been….since 2010. Before Congress, he served as Indiana’s secretary of state for eight years. Outsider, he is not.

It could also mean and, I hope this isn’t the case, that why be superior when you can be average? That isn’t to say that Donnelly is the greatest statesman that’s ever lived, he’s not. But why have a slogan that essentially translates to “shoot for the middle?”

For the record I’m not backing anyone at this point. I’m merely an objective observer. I’m not partial to any of the declared Republican candidates in the race for senate. It’s entirely way too early. There’s way too many articles to read that haven’t yet been written, too many ads to view that haven’t yet been produced and way too many speeches to listen to that haven’t been given yet. However, as the old saying goes, first impressions are important and monumentally influential at cementing likes, dislikes and beliefs. That’s especially true of a political campaign.

And “defeat the elite?” Really? Sure, it rhymes, but c’mon, that’s the best you could come up with? Just leave it blank if you don’t know the answer.

Republican Luke Messer officially announces Senate campaign

As expected, 6th District Congressman Luke Messer is running for U.S. Senate.

This really isn’t much of a surprised for anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes in the state of Indiana. Likely, the bigger surprise was how long it took his campaign to make it official

However, with a simple tweet, Messer announced his intentions Wednesday afternoon.

Now, Messer isn’t the only member of Indiana’s U.S. House delegation expected to throw their hat in the ring.

Very similar to Messer, 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita, is also to challenge for the Republican nomination.

Again, much like Messer, it’s more a question of when, not if Rokita will get in the race.

Now, when Messer and Rokita are both officially in the race, they’ll be battling one another for the chance to go up against Indiana’s senior senator, Democrat Joe Donnelly.

While theoretically the race to become Indiana’s next U.S. senator will come down to a race between whatever Republican survives the primary and Donnelly, that won’t really be the case.

The winner of the Republican primary will essentially be the Indiana’s next senator. Donnelly, while a pretty conservative Democrat, just has too much against him.

In 2012, when Donnelly was elected to the Senate, he ran against an extremely weak Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock. Additionally, just weeks before the election, Mourdock said “pregnancy from rape is something God intended.”

As you can imagine this comment got plenty of attention, not only in Indiana, but nationally.

Even with Mourdock being a perennial candidate, running for nearly every office imaginable in Indiana at one time or another, his comment getting national attention, Donnelly still only managed to win election by 4-5 percent.

This isn’t likely to be the case this time.

Indiana is a traditionally red state, Donnelly is a Democrat. Anyone who did not think the Republicans would sink a ton of money to take back this seat, which belonged to Richard Lugar for nearly four decades, is kidding themselves.

On top of all of this, the biggest hurdle to Donnelly’s reelection to the Senate will be the discovery that he profited from shipping American jobs overseas. This is a bad revelation in and off itself, but given the fact that Sen. Donnelly rails against companies for doing the very same thing and well, you’ve got a problem.

Republicans take back Indiana Democrats only statewide seat fairly easy next year.

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