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Looking Towards 2016

2016 election

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the upcoming Presidential election in 2016. While it is still early, potential candidates on both sides have announced their intentions. Other potential candidates are being coy about whether they will run for President. The Iowa Caucus is set for February 1, 2016, followed by the New Hampshire primary election on February 9, 2016.  Let’s take a look at who has thrown his or her hat in the ring while speculating on who has not.

Democrat Candidates

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Formed an Exploratory Committee

Jim Webb – Former US Senator from Virginia and former Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan

Likely to Run

Hillary Clinton – Former First Lady, former US Senator from New York and former Secretary of State under President Obama

Possible Candidates

Joe Biden – US Vice President and former US Senator from Delaware

Jerry Brown – Governor of California

Andrew Cuomo – Governor of New York

Martin O’Malley – Former Governor of Maryland

Bernie Sanders – US Senator from Vermont

Note: Senator Sanders is an Independent but if he were to run for President he would run as a Democrat.

Mark Warner – US Senator from Virginia

Elizabeth Warren – US Senator from Massachusetts

Potential Vice Presidential Candidates

Julian Castro – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Republican Candidates

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Formed an Exploratory Committee

Jeb Bush – Former Governor of Florida

Lindsey Graham – US Senator from South Carolina

Marco Rubio – US Senator from Florida

Scott Walker – Governor of Wisconsin

Likely to Run

Ben Carson – Head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Chris Christie – Governor of New Jersey

Carly Fiorina – Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Mike Huckabee – Former Governor of Arkansas

Rick Perry – Former Governor of Texas

Mitt Romney – Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican nominee for President

Rick Santorum – Former US Senator from Pennsylvania

Possible Candidates

Ted Cruz – US Senator from Texas

Bobby Jindal – Governor of Louisiana

John Kasich – Governor of Ohio

Sarah Palin – Former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican nominee for Vice President

Rand Paul – US Senator from Kentucky

Donald Trump – Real estate magnate

Who do you like? Who do you dislike? Which candidates on both sides do you think will actually run? If Hillary Clinton does become the Democrat nominee who do you think would be able to beat her? Who on the Republican side should not run? Discuss your opinions and predictions here.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Primary: Kentucky US Senate Tuesday, May 20

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Kentuckians will be voting in several primary elections, including those for Congress. We will focus on the US Senate primary.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection this year.

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Here is a list of Republicans running for this seat, along with their respective websites:

Matt Bevin http://www.mattbevin.com/

Brad Copas http://copasforsenate.com/

Senator Mitch McConnell http://www.teammitch.com/pledge?splash=1

Chris Payne https://www.facebook.com/SenatorChrisPayne

Shawna Sterling http://www.kentuckyisnotforsale.com/

Here is a list of Democrats running for this seat, along with their respective websites:

Alison Lundergan Grimes http://alisonforkentucky.com/

Greg Leichty https://www.facebook.com/greg.leichty2

Tom Recktenwald http://www.trforsenate.com/

The Libertarian running for this seat is:

David Patterson http://david4senate.com/

The Independent running for this seat is:

Ed Marksberry http://marksberry2014.com/

On the Republican side, this will be an interesting primary to watch because it has magnified the schism between establishment Republicans, led by Senator McConnell, and constitutional conservatives, led by Matt Bevin.

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Some believe that this race will define the political landscape for years to come. If Senator McConnell were to win this primary election, then it has been argued that the Republican party will move further to the left, becoming more and more Democrat-lite. If Bevin were to win, then the message that the people want to go back to conservative principles would send the establishment Republicans into a tailspin. Please see this excellent analysis on this race: http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/04/14/5-weeks-to-may-20th-2014-the-day-to-determine-the-republic/

If Senator McConnell survives this primary, he would battle Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes for his seat. McConnell and Grimes are currently in a dead heat, with Grimes leading by 45 percent.  http://www.courier-journal.com/story/politics-blog/2014/05/12/mitch-mcconnell-has-wide-primary-lead-but-general-election-is-close/9002133/

What do you think the outcome of this election will be?

Kentuckians, please remember to vote in this primary on Tuesday, May 20, 2014!

If You Don’t Vote, Then You Can’t Complain

This bears repeating: If you don’t vote, then you can’t complain.

What happens when people do not vote in elections? New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio happens. Only 24% of registered New York voters voted in the 2013 Mayoral election. Why didn’t Republicans vote for his opponent, Joe Lhota? Because they thought a DeBlasio landslide was inevitable. That’s pathetic.

In New Jersey, only 24% of registered New Jersey voters voted in the 2013 Senate special election, in which Cory Booker defeated Steve Lonegan.

Are you really not going to vote because you think a landslide is inevitable? A radical progressive, to the left of Fidel Castro, is now the Mayor of New York City and the former Mayor of Newark, one of the most crime ridden and corrupt cities in America, is now a Senator because of that thought process. This needs to change.

This brings me to a similar point. I often hear fellow conservatives say that they will not vote for a candidate who is not conservative enough and would rather stay home than vote for a RINO (Republican In Name Only). Let’s think about this. I admire people for standing up for their principles and I do think the country would be better off if we had more principled conservatives in Congress. However, a non vote is a vote for a Democrat. A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for a Democrat. Before you all yell at me and call me a RINO lover, hear me out.

The strategy of purging RINOs in the primary elections is an admirable one. I do think that we should all fight for the candidates we want at the primary level. But, if your conservative candidate loses the primary to a RINO, do not stay home in November. You may not be crazy about the McConnells, McCains and Grahams of the Congressional world, but you should still vote for them in the general election. Why, you ask? Two words: Harry Reid. Do you really want Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader again? This is the same person who called people who were adversely affected by Obamacare liars. On the House side, I have two more words for you: Nancy Pelosi. Are you going to stay home and hand the Speakership to a person who pushed Obamacare through and continues to defend it to this day? I certainly hope not.

If neither Harry Reid nor Nancy Pelosi are reason enough for you to vote for a less than ideal candidate, then remember that Democrats and Democrats only brought us Obamacare. Democrats only are celebrating the fact that more Americans have become unemployed as a result of this disastrous law. Democrats only want to tax us into oblivion while spending money we don’t have, leaving our children and grandchildren saddled with mountains of debt. Democrats only are using political correctness as a weapon against our First Amendment rights. Democrats only are defending the IRS’ abusive actions against Tea Party organizations. Democrats only are clamoring for the expansion of government power and the welfare state. Democrats only believe that minorities are too stupid to be able to get an ID so that they may vote. Democrats only have repeatedly lied to us and told us that if we liked our health care plan and our doctors that we could keep them. Democrats only have given President Obama a pat on the back for intervening militarily in Libya without Congressional approval. Democrats only are trying to take away your Second Amendment rights. Democrats only celebrated voter fraud by embracing Melowese Richardson.

If you still think that Democrat victories aren’t so bad, I urge you to take a trip to Detroit, a city that has been under Democrat control since 1962.

If you still decide to stay home and not vote because either you live in a blue state and think a Democrat victory is inevitable or because the Republican candidate isn’t conservative enough, and you don’t like the direction in which our country is headed, then you can’t complain. Most states are more conservative then you might think. If you would still prefer to not vote and to remain perpetually aggrieved, then consider joining the Democrat party.  There is no such thing as a perfect candidate, but there is such a thing as sitting back and refusing to participate in the voting process and allowing Democrats to further destroy our country. That is unforgivable.