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Press not welcome at Ocasio-Cortez town halls

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on a “listening tour” that’s taking her to town halls all over the congressional districts in which she is seeking a seat. Ocasio-Cortez says they are “intended for lively, compassionate discourse with a diversity of viewpoints.”

However, after recent events where the rising socialist superstar in the Democratic party was quote “mobbed,” her campaign has decided to ban press from future townhall events.

From the Queens Chronicle:

According to Ramos Rios and campaign spokesman Corbin Trent, that unwanted attention led to a press ban both for last Wednesday’s listening tour stop in the Bronx and Sunday’s in Corona.

“We wanted to help create a space where community members felt comfortable and open to express themselves without the distraction of cameras and press. These were the first set of events where the press has been excluded,” Trent said. “This is an outlier and will not be the norm. We’re still adjusting our logistics to fit Alexandria’s national profile.”

So that means, no one outside that room will have any idea what kinds of ideas were discussed or how Ocasio-Cortez plans to address issues affecting her community if she wins her seat.

Maybe the campaign is trying to keep any more embarrassing interviews from happening?

Or perhaps the socialist doesn’t want to be forthcoming about how much money she’s planning to steal from the American people.

 

Ben Shapiro offers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez $10,000 to debate

Believe it or not the midterm elections are right around the corner. Believe me Hoosiers are well aware of this fact. Since the primary, we’ve been inundated with ads and ads telling us “Millionaire” Mike Braun isn’t looking out for “real” Hoosiers, whatever that’s supposed to mean.

Anyway, the one candidate, who has been getting the most national attention, without a doubt is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat running in New York’s 14th Congressional District.

She’s become the darling of the left and the national media, with the chair of Democratic National Committee referring to her as “the future of the party.”

Ok, fine sure. But her um her answers or lack thereof have left up to harsh ridicule, most deservedly so.  For instance, there’s this gem, this one and this one. Needless to say, if this woman is the future of the Democratic Party, the future looks rather bleak.

However, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief, Ben Shapiro, has challenged the left’s current darling to a substantive debate offering to discuss issues in a civilized manner in order to find out what this Democratic-Socialist really believes.

To sweeten the pot, in order to entice Ms. Oscaio-Cortez, he has offered to donate $10,000 to her campaign. 

Will the woman show? Seriously? Don’t hold your breath.

 

Michelle Obama Launches “When We All Vote” Initiative

Michelle Obama, along with Tom Hanks, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw, are launching a new bi-partisan effort to get people registered to vote in the mid-term elections.

 

The newly designed website for the initiative helps people register online and connects them to volunteer opportunities and special events in their communities.

A recent Pew study found that 21% of all eligible voters in America are not registered to vote, yet 43 percent of the unregistered and 59 percent of rare or nonvoters say they care a good deal who wins the presidential election.

Voter turnout is also an issue – in fact only a little more than half of registered voters turned out for the 2016 election.

We’ve had other voter initiatives before – like “Get Out the Vote” and “Rock the Vote.” Joss Whedon even made a PSA for Save the Day with the Avengers (and some other celebrities) to try to drive people to the polls in 2016.

So what makes Michelle Obama’s any different than the aforementioned campaigns? Will it really work? It seems like people aren’t all that motivated to go to the polls when celebrities tell them they need to vote, yet celebrities keep on trying.

What seems to be missing though is a campaign to educate voters – it’s very important to also know why you are voting a certain way and to be informed about the issues.Many voters simply aren’t and trying to encourage uninformed people to register is kind of irresponsible.

So kudos to people for trying, but maybe take it a bit further than registration and start advocating for informed voting as well.

 

VP Pence Votes Absentee but Lists Governor’s Mansion as his Address

Former Indiana governor and current Vice President Mike Pence voted absentee in Tuesday’s primary. However, WIBC reports that the VP listed his address on the ballot as the Governor’s Mansion.

That must have come as a surprise to current governor Eric Holcomb, who moved in last year.

From WIBC:

John Zody, the chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, released a statement about the vote.

“We agree with the Vice President’s rhetoric – we should be working to strengthen Hoosiers’ confidence in our electoral system,” Zody said. “Asking for more information about how he cast his vote in this primary election will go a long way toward that.”

Zody noted that according to Indiana law, a person’s has intention to return to their residence, meaning Pence would eventually live at the Governor’s Residence again.

“If the Vice President intends to return to the Governor’s Residence, I’m betting that’s news to Governor Holcomb and to Hoosiers,” Zody said. “We are requesting an explanation.”

This continues to be an issue with candidates in the state of Indiana. For some reason, they have a very hard time keeping an address in their home state and it’s cost several of them their elections.

Senator Richard Lugar was registered to vote at an address he hadn’t lived at for thirty years and it likely cost him his senate seat back in 2012. He still owns a family farm  in the state and after the residency issue,  switched his voter registration over to that address instead.

When he was running for Senate back in 2016, Evan Bayh also gave an incorrect address for his Indianapolis residence.

And most recently, Congressman Luke Messer who was vying for the Indiana GOP Senate nomination was attacked by his primary opponents for moving his family to DC instead of keeping a home in his congressional district.

This is such a simple problem to solve. Don’t sell your home and if you do, don’t list your address someplace you don’t live! I think voters would prefer a politician who is honest about where he lives rather than finding out during the campaign cycle that they are trying to fool their voters into thinking they still live in the state where they are running for office.

As for Mike Pence, well, that was a REALLY dumb thing to do and I’m not sure his vote should even count.

Millennials Unenthused By Democratic Party

Reuters released an interesting poll yesterday that yielded some surprising results: the Democrats seem to be losing millennials.

The news site conducted an online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34. What they found was that millennial support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. Survey participants also told Reuters that they believe the Republican Party is a “better steward of the economy.”

President Donald Trump is still viewed unfavorably by millennials though – 32% who responded to the survey said they do not like him but their frustration with the current President doesn’t necessarily mean they dislike all other Republican candidates.

From the article:

The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed young voters during the first three months of this year and the same period in 2016.

Only 28 percent of those polled expressed overt support for Republicans in the 2018 poll – about the same percentage as two years earlier.

But that does not mean the rest will turn out to back Democrats, the survey showed. A growing share of voters between ages 18 and 34 years old said they were undecided, would support a third-party candidate or not vote at all.

The shift away from Democrats was more pronounced among white millennials – who accounted for two-thirds of all votes cast in that age group in 2016.

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So what does that mean for the supposed coming “blue wave”?

Many liberal sites have been touting the fact that soon, all millennials (people born between 1982 and 2004) will be eligible to vote. They hope the younger generation will help pass gun control laws (although data suggests otherwise – they are no more liberal on gun control than older generations), make abortion regulations less strict and vote for more socialist driven policies.

However there’s one huge problem: millennials aren’t voting. In 2019, they’ll outnumber baby boomers as the biggest voting block in America, yet their voter turnout is the lowest and they’re not registering to vote, either. 

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Obama was a hit with millennials but was he an anomaly?

Until both parties can tap into what drives the younger generation to the polls or millennials get enthused about their civil duty to head to the polls, the data suggests that the older generations will keep steering American elections for the foreseeable future.

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