Jeff Flake blocks judicial nominees over tariffs

 

Jeff Flake has been threatening approval of judicial candidates over everything from Cuba travel to tariffs. Jeff has been a busy man, making is rounds dissing Trump every chance he can over just about everything and anything while we haven’t been paying attention. Apparently he can block nominees and the GOP are going to let him do it.

 

 

Sen. Jeff Flake has gone public with his threat to stall judicial nominations seeking action to rebuff President Donald Trump on tariffs.

It comes more than a week after the Arizona Republican first held up the nomination of Britt Grant to be a judge on the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals at the Judiciary Committee.

“We’ve approved a number of judges. That is important,” Flake said Sunday. “But, Article I — the Congress, Article II — the executive, are important as well.”

“I do think that unless we can actually do something other than just approving the president’s executive calendar, his nominees, judges, that we have no reason to be there,” Flake said. “So, I think myself and a number of senators, at least a few of us will stand up and say let’s not move any more judges until we get a vote for example on tariffs.”

Flake was asked about his procedural maneuvering  during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, during which he was more direct than he was with reporters last week. The senator had been particularly vague about the nature of his objections.

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The only other circuit seat on the agenda Thursday was the nomination of David Porter for the Philadelphia-based appeals court. Porter was appearing for the first time, and the nomination was being held over for the customary one week. Given Flake’s public statements on ABC, Porter will likely be stalled as well. H/T: Roll Call

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The 41 Republicans who killed the Goodlatte Immigration Reform Bill

 

In spite of the gnashing of teeth over the jacket our First Lady had on with the infamous statement: “I don’t really care do you?” which really sums up no doubt how she feels, the world did continue.

Look, as well, it is sad to lose Charles Krauthammer, but enough already Fox. Hours of non-stop tribute, I get it. He is your pal. I am sad too.

Now this morning we are back at the tribute as I thrash about trying to find something to post about that isn’t totally depressing.

OK.  Let’s look at the latest epic fail of GOP leadership as Ryan flails about doing his best to destroy the party on his way out the door. Paul, don’t let the door hit you whatever as you go out the door. You should have resigned as soon as you decided to hang it up to make the really big bucks.

So here voters can check their Rep to see if they were a “Nay” for further reference, and why not give him/her a jingle either way.

The House voted down an immigration reform bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Thursday that would have dramatically increased border security and provided a pathway to citizenship for roughly 700,000 of the 1.8 million so-called “Dreamers” living in the United States.

The bill — the more conservative option of two pieces of immigration legislation originally scheduled to be voted on this week — was defeated by a final vote of 193-231. No Democrats voted for the bill, and these 41 Republicans voted nay:

 House Vote #282
 Jun 21, 2018 2:11 p.m.
 Failed 193/231
On Passage of the Bill in the House
This bill would make sweeping changes to laws governing legal and illegal immigration. For legal immigration, it would end the diversity program and chain migration by eliminating the visa lottery green card program and green card programs for relatives other than spouses and minor children. And it would increase immigration …

Check out how your congressman voted Here

 

Following Thursday’s failure, leadership elected to postpone the vote on the second bill — authored by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other members of leadership — first until Friday and then again until next week. H/T: Washington Examiner

Connecticut becomes 11th State to give electoral votes to Presidential candidate with most popular votes

 

While we were looking the other way, the Progs have been busy little bees in changing who qualifies to vote and how our election outcomes are determined.

First the felons will soon have the right to vote if they have not already gotten it.

Then the push is on to make 16 year olds have the right to vote. Europe is well on the way to making it a reality. Good ole E.U.

Forget the 12th Amendment which demands the Electoral College. Instead form an interstate compact:

Additionally, the framers of the Constitution were attempting to prevent too much power from being directly put into the hands of the public. They were consistently wary of any one party having too much power, and there was no difference between a tyranny of one individual and a tyranny of the majority, in their opinion. The Electoral College system was designed so as to nullify some of the potential for the tyranny of the majority by making population less important in the whole of the Electoral College process. Keep Reading

Now the new wrinkle. Give the State’s electoral votes to the Presidential candidate who wins the popular vote thus insuring the demise of the electoral college and overriding the Constitution.

The Connecticut state Senate on Saturday voted in favor of a measure to give the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

 

The move puts the state in a position to become the 11th, in addition to Washington, D.C., to join an interstate compact to pool their electoral college votes for the candidate who wins the popular vote.

The state Senate voted 21-14 in favor of the bill, with the support of three GOP lawmakers, The Guardian reported. The measure passed the state House on a 77-73 vote last month. Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to sign the legislation, according to the report.

With the addition of Connecticut’s seven electoral votes, the compact would have 172 in total. For the compact to go into effect nationally, it would need 270 electoral votes – the number needed for a candidate to win the presidency. More at The Hill

A new map courtesy of the Cook Political Report 

Easy to see how a few States with major Democrat numbers could rule Fly-Over country.

 

Bonus:

Here is a fun interactive map link that shows how America has voted in every election since 1824:

Presidential election results

Is changing the voting age to 16 a good idea?

Young voters support for Democrats waning, gap vanishes

 

Here is something for a feeling better moment for today. Enjoy the copy of the Frank Luntz tweet and go to Reuters for the details:  Reuters

The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.

Although nearly two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates.

That presents a potential problem for Democrats who have come to count on millennials as a core constituency – and will need all the loyalty they can get to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November. Details at Reuters

Facebook hearing – the dog and pony show and the donations that were behind it

 

I watched a good portion of the Zuckerberg hearing. I came away from it thinking it was a dog and pony show. Most of the Senators were poorly lacking in having any real understanding of technology. They no doubt had their staff produce questions that were basically sound, then Zuckerberg would simply act as if he didn’t understand their question with the blank star and ask them to clarify. This of course left the Senators looking stupid. “How many categories of information do you collect?” “I don’t understand the question.”  People decide what is out there by what they place on their page.” Then he goes to his talking points of script. I can’t imagine the House hearing today. Why have almost 50 Senators asking questions, why not a handful that understand technology. But then again, all should be happy. He was very happy to support government regulation and would work with the Senators on it. One thing we did learn is that FB is working with the Special Counsel. But of course. Yes, we indeed want the thought police. Just like we have with YouTube. A previous post:

Southern Poverty Law Center secretly policing content for YouTube

The Southern Poverty Law Center is assisting YouTube in policing content on their platform, The Daily Caller has learned.

The left-wing nonprofit — which has more recently come under fire for labeling legitimate conservative organizations as “hate groups” — is one of the more than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies in YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers” program, a source with knowledge of the arrangement told TheDC.

 

But let’s look at the money:

Facebook PAC donation to senators

Ahead of more testimony from Zuckerberg today, why not check out the contributions that senators on the Judiciary and Commerce, Science and Transportation committees have received for their campaigns from Facebook’s PAC since it started making political donations in the 2012 election cycle.

The totals are based on an NBC review of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Check out the full interactive here. (Scroll down a good way on the page)

Here is a bit of analysis:

A MapLight analysis of contributions found that the ubiquitous social network and its employees have given more than $3.1 million in campaign contributions to federal candidates during the last decade.

Facebook donors gave more than $265,000 to members of the Senate Commerce panel, while senators on the Judiciary committee reported $284,600 during the decade. House committee members received about $323,800 from the company and its employees. Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Silicon Valley Democrat whose district is adjacent to the sprawling Facebook headquarters, received $51,050 in Facebook-related donations.

Trump, received $4,815 from eight Facebook employees. (Brave souls- wonder if they are still working)

Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 GOP nomination and who currently is Trump’s housing secretary, ranked last among presidential candidates favored by Facebook donors, receiving only $250. H/T: Fast Company

Via Free Beacon:

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, has maxed out political donations to a number of Democratic candidates including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) this cycle, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

In addition to the donations, Sandberg appeared in the hacked emails of John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

A pdf file discovered by the Free Beacon that was attached to one of the emails  spoke of ‘discreet conversations’ about forming ‘working relationships’ between the Clinton campaign and the likes of Facebook and Apple. That memo referenced the work being done for the Clinton campaign by a group linked to Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Facebook told USA Today that it is important for the tech giant to “develop relationships with elected officials” when questioned on the company’s PAC contributions that have been given to members of the committees questioning Zuckerberg.

Net change in voter registration in key states since 2016

 

Feel good story of the day. Enjoy. For more details check out Big League Politics

DATA: Blue States Getting Redder and Red States Getting Redder

And the biggie:
*PA Rs net +109,101 Pennsylvania’s shocking march away from the Democrats is breathtaking: Democrats were down another 22,000 since last month and Republicans are surging. Once again, Pennsylvania’s numbers likely speak to Michigan. (Oct 2017)

And, a reminder that in my last report, NH was R net +6,511 and ME was R net +1,201.

Tax plan passes – here are the details

Precious few details have been reported in the media regarding the new tax bill. One of the most significant change would be the corporate tax hike. The Senate would prefer to give the Dems the House apparently.

Corporate rate delay

One of the most significant sections of the bill is the massive tax cut for corporations. Both bills would take the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. However, the Senate cut would happen in 2019, while the House bill would have the 20% rate kick in next year. From USA Today

Here is a tracker.

Last night the Senate approved the Tax cut bill.    had been tracking all of the options under discussion under the topic “How tax cuts help Americans. framework    site.  RPC.Senate.gov  will give your the details. Worth a visit.

Tax cuts will let Americans keep more of their hard-earned money and encourage businesses to invest in jobs. This paper outlines how reforms proposed in the framework drafted by the Senate, the House, and President Trump will help Americans.

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