Weekly Newsletter – 05/31/2015
Here’s a quick overview of the week’s major political events:
- Matt Bevin officially WINS in Kentucky!
Last week we reported that Matt Bevin – Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund’s choice for the GOP primary in the Kentucky gubernatorial race – won with an 83-vote margin (that’s less than one vote for each of Kentucky’s 120 counties – don’t ever doubt that every vote counts!). James Comer, the state’s Agriculture Commissioner who came in second place, challenged the results and asked for a re-canvass, which is simply a review of the vote tallies in each county. On Thursday, as per state law, the state held that official re-canvass. After all of the votes were reviewed, Matt Bevin still held an 83-vote lead, and Comer – acting in the better of interests of his state and party unity – decided not to pursue a recount. Bevin advances to the general election in November, where he’ll have a tough race – Democrats have held the governor’s mansion in Kentucky for 40 of the last 44 years. Congratulations again to Matt Bevin, and buckle your chinstraps, Kentucky Patriots! For more: http://www.theblaze.com/
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- Hillary Clinton fakes a southern accent.
Speaking before an audience in South Carolina on Thursday, Miss Hill’ry Clinton lurched into fake southern mode, even going so far as to fake a southern drawl, bless her heart. The inauthentic accent was so noticeable that even The New York Timescommented on it. As MRC observed, this is not the first time Hillary has faked a southern accent to get votes. http://www.mrctv.org/blog/
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- Rick Santorum will give it another try.
Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucuses and 10 other primaries and caucuses in his race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, announced this week he will again seek the GOP nomination for President. His message this time around is a bit different than last time. He has promised the emphasis of this campaign will be working class, “blue collar” voters. This message was also the subject of his 2014 book Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America that Works. Read more here:http://www.foxnews.com/
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- George Pataki joins crowded GOP primary.
George Pataki also announced on Thursday his presidential bid. The three-term Governor of New York who served from 1995 to 2007 is considered by many to be a “centrist,” and holds many views that will likely be problematic for conservative voters – he is pro-choice on abortion, and supports same-sex marriage. And as Governor of New York, Pataki supported and signed into law some of the country’s strictest gun laws. Despite the fact that his views on these social issues will put him at odds with a majority of Republican primary voters, he believes his stewardship of the nation’s third-largest state in the days and weeks following the 9/11 attacks gives him the gravitas needed to compete for the GOP nomination. Of course, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani thought almost exactly the same thing eight years ago … and we know how that turned out. Read more here: http://abcnews.go.com/
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Correct response to last week’s trivia question:
Q: In what year did the Iowa Caucuses establish themselves as the nation’s first presidential nominating state?
A: Following the tumult of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the Iowa Democratic Party made significant changes to its delegate selection process for 1972. Maine Senator Edmund Muskie was the first choice of Democrats showing up at the 1972 Iowa caucuses. But because Republican Richard Nixon was running for reelection in 1972, Republicans in Iowa did not caucus. Consequently, it was 1976 before both parties ran full-bore caucus campaigns in Iowa: Jimmy Carter led the Democratic field in 1976, and Gerald Ford barely defeated Ronald Reagan on the Republican side.