As it becomes clearer that Donald Trump, Jr. is not the brightest of the President’s children and everyone starts wondering if other elements of the Russia hysteria are true, it is time for today’s roundup:
Last night, Democrats continued their streak of strong performances in Oklahoma special elections as the Democrats picked up 2 legislative seats from the sex scandal / unpopular school budget cut plagued Republicans. Michael Brooks (D) won SD-44 and Karen Gaddis (D) won HD-75. In the HD-46 primary, Darin Chambers (R) and Jacob Rosencrants (D) will move on; The general is scheduled for September 12 in HD-46.
Sanders: Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist Property Magnet) is stumping in Trump territory trying to drive support for Obamacare. Sanders made stops in West Virginia and Kentucky to push the agenda of the Democratic Party being the true champion of working class voters.
Trump-Progressive Anger: One of my favorite authors, Victor Davis Hanson looks at how President Trump has earned such a robust and borderline unhinged reaction from the left with his agenda.
August Recess: The Senate has cancelled its August recess in a prelude to potential deals happening on several fronts including healthcare and judicial nominations. Being stuck in DC in August has to be one of the worst things imaginable.
More August Recess: Senator Ted Cruz (R) does not want the Senate to recess until a healthcare bill is passed. It sounds like Cruz wants to stay in DC for awhile.
Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign plans to made a $26 million push in 2018. The pro-sexual orientation equality group will focus on Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada and supporting candidates who support the group’s ideals. Just another drop in the bucket of endless financing.
IN-Sen: Real Clear Politics looks at Senator Joe Donnelly’s (D) reelection odds. RCP provides some good insight that Donnelly’s win was not just tied to running against a Republican who said stupid stuff about abortion.
Obamacare: Making promises to destroy Obamacare for 6 years and failing to do so can have some grave consequences for Republicans. Something has to be done or the consequences will be dire for inaction.
PA-16: Christina Hartman (D) will make a second run against Representative Lloyd Smucker (R) in 2018. Smucker defeated Hartman by almost 11 points in 2016.
Pennsylvania: In a state where corruption ebbs and flows in the news, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill creating an independent Office of Inspector General to root out various forms of fraud and waste. Whether the Office takes this form or not will depend on whether Governor Tom Wolf (D-Just Lets Bills Pass) will veto it or not. Wolf has raised his ire regarding the bill, but has not said whether he will veto or not. The bill received enough votes initially for a override to be possible.
Brooks-Upper Middle Class: For the fodder of our occasional discussions on socio-economic factors impact elections, David Brooks (Burkian Liberal) wrote a very interesting piece on how the upper-middle class is essentially ruining America. As someone who is upper-middle class, but came from a lower-middle class background, I do sympathize with points he makes on a number of fronts.