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Blue Collar Voters Are Flocking To The Republican Party


In recent years, Democrats have embraced the radical left and there are consequences for this.

Blue collar, working class people are now flocking to the Republican party. Is there any wonder why?

As one of his first acts as president, Joe Biden wiped out thousands of jobs.

NBC News reports:

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The GOP is rapidly becoming the blue-collar party. Here’s what that means.

The exit of Donald Trump has brought back a more normal rhythm to politics in Washington, but outside the Beltway, deeper forces are reshaping the partisan landscape.

Data from the NBC News poll shows that the composition of the two major parties is changing, and one massive shift is coming in employment: the kinds of jobs Democrats and Republicans hold. There are signs across racial and ethnic demographic groups that Republicans are becoming the party of blue-collar Americans and the change is happening quickly.

If the movement continues it could have a large impact on the future of the GOP. Consider the scale of the change overall.

In the last decade, the percentage of blue-collar voters who call themselves Republicans has grown by 12 points. At the same time, the number in that group identifying as Democrats has declined by 8 points. Among white-collar voters, the numbers have remained stable, with Democrats seeing a tiny increase and Republicans seeing a tiny drop…

With those voters, the numbers mirror that large-scale shift — a 12-point gain for the GOP.

This is a major political shift and it includes minorities, too.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Blue-collar voters made a major shift from the Democratic Party to the GOP under former President Donald Trump, including those from Hispanic and black demographics.

The percentage of blue-collar voters who associate themselves with the Republican Party has grown 12 points over the last decade, an NBC News poll found. During that same time frame, the number of blue-collar voters calling themselves Democrats declined by 8 points.

The shift holds true across demographic lines, with more Hispanic and black blue-collar people identifying with the GOP.

This could have a major effect on the elections of 2022 and 2024.

Cross posted from American Lookout.





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Best Kemp can do to defend Georgia voters is ‘reserving judgment’ on plan to restrict voting by mail


“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There is no evidence or reason to believe our signature match system is insecure,” state Rep. Josh McLaurin told the AJC. He plans to introduce legislation to allow those convicted of felonies to vote before they’ve completed their sentences. “Being convicted of a crime doesn’t make you less of a citizen,” he said in a tweet Monday. “Let’s end felony disenfranchisement.”

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Meanwhile, Republicans have put forth legislation to end “no excuse” absentee voting, ban mailers with unrequested absentee ballot applications, and banish drop boxes, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “When you don’t have a secure chain of custody, particularly with drop boxes, there’s no reason for that to be in the process,” GOP Georgia Sen. Burt Jones told the newspaper. “You’ve got three weeks of early voting and Saturday voting. You’ve given ample time and opportunities for people to get the effort to go in to vote.”

He and state Sen. Brandon Beach lost their Senate appointments to lead committees as chairmen after they “aggressively pushed to overturn Georgia’s election results,” AJC reporter Greg Bluestein tweeted Tuesday. “[Others who also aggressively promoted Trump’s falsehoods have kept theirs,]” he added.

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Jones, Beach, and three other Republican Georgia senators signed a letter to Vice President Mike Pence pressuring him to push back congressional certification of electoral votes “to allow for further investigation of fraud, irregularities, and misconduct” in the state’s election, the AJC reported.

In the witch hunt of sore losers calculating their own political futures, the senators wrote: “We have identified a team of experts who are able to examine the ballots and the voting and counting equipment to determine whether or not the integrity of the vote was violated.”

Beach, Jones, Matt Brass, Greg Dolezal, and William Ligon signed the letter. Jones told the AJC he still has the original copy, which was never delivered to Pence because “we saw the writing on the wall.” Yet the push to suppress the vote in Georgia based on Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud lives on.

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Mike Pence ‘Welcomes’ GOP Efforts To Disrupt Voters’ Choice For President



Mike Pence’s chief of staff issued a statement Saturday saying that the vice president “welcomes” efforts by Republican House and Senate members to challenge voters’ choice for president.

Pence urged Republicans to “use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence” supporting baseless claims of “voter fraud and irregularities,” Axios reporter Jonathan Swan shared in a pair of tweets.

No evidence of voter fraud or “irregularities” have been presented. Nearly 60 court cases filed against November’s election results have failed.

The statement comes just days after the Department of Justice, on Pence’s behalf, demanded dismissal of a lawsuit calling on the vice president to arbitrarily call the election for Donald Trump over President-elect Joe Biden.

The suit, brought by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and 11 Trump electors from Arizona, claimed Pence had the power to name whichever president he chose simply by selectively counting the electoral votes he wanted, and replacing the rest.

The suit was tossed out Friday by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, who ruled that Gohmert doesn’t even have standing to sue.

Congressional republicans appear to be fracturing beneath an onslaught by Trump, who is determined to upend the democratic election to claim victory. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has already acknowledged Biden’s win, has urged GOP senators not to object to Congress’ formal certification of the president-elect’s victory.

But 11 GOP senators and senators-elect, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), on Saturday demanded a 10-day “emergency” audit of election returns. Without such an action, they, along with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), plan to reject electoral votes from battleground states that voted for Biden when they come up for certification at a joint congressional session Jan. 6.

Pence will preside over the certification, which is normally a pro forma event. Under the Constitution and by election law, Pence is to open the certifications of votes and announce them. Senators and House members can object to votes, and can debate the issue. But a majority of both chambers must agree before any votes can legally be jettisoned.

Pence was raked by critics for his last-minute support to dispute the election.





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New Poll Finds Majority Of Voters Hate Socialism And Don’t Like AOC Very Much Either


Judging by the way the media presents Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her socialist ideas, you would think that the vast majority of Americans just love them.

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

A new poll finds that most people strongly dislike socialism and they don’t care much for AOC.

Just the News reports:

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Poll: Majority of Americans hate socialism, don’t much like Ocasio-Cortez

Twitterers may love Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but a majority of Americans don’t much care for her or the socialist ideas she’s selling.

Nearly 60% of Americans said they didn’t like the New York Democrat, and 75% reject the socialism she preaches, according to a Heartland Institute/Rasmussen poll.

“When asked, ‘Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?,’ only 18% said ‘very favorable,’ while 19% said ‘somewhat favorable,’” analysts for the pro-market Heartland Institute reported. “On the other hand, 38% of likely voters said they have a ‘very unfavorable’ impression of AOC, and 20% said they have a ‘somewhat unfavorable’ impression of her. About 15% said they are not sure.”

“Taken together, these results show that a strong majority of likely voters believe the United States should reject socialism and instead adopt free-market economic principles,” analysts Christopher Talgo and Justin Haskins wrote.

What’s more, likely voters hate socialism.

When asked ‘Which is better – a free-market economic system or socialism?,’ 75% of respondents answered ‘free-market economic system,’ while just 11% answered ‘socialism,’” according to the authors.

This just goes to show that most journalists, who tend to live on Twitter, are not in touch with the majority of Americans.

The media pushes the ideas of the far left, but most of the public isn’t interested.

Cross posted from American Lookout.





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New voters in Georgia have GOP nervous voter suppression isn’t working


President-elect Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump by more than 11,000 votes in Georgia, flipping the state blue for the first time since 1992 when most Georgia voters backed former President Bill Clinton. Propelled by the coronavirus pandemic, many voters opted to cast absentee ballots in the presidential election. So Republicans, likely noticing the writing on the wall, are trying their hardest to restrict voting by mail.

GOP lawsuits aimed at tightening rules on using drop boxes to return absentee ballots will be heard today in Georgia, Politico reported.  Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are up against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the runoffs, said in a joint statement Politico obtained last week that their lawsuit is aimed at “reasonable and actionable steps we can take immediately to further ensure the integrity and accuracy of our January 5 elections.” 

“Georgia election officials, from the state level to the local level, have undertaken significant efforts to assure the integrity of the Georgia election process in the runoff,” attorneys said in the suit. “Those efforts should be commended, and this lawsuit is brought to augment and further improve them.” The suit also claims “there are constitutional flaws in the current process for checking absentee voter signatures that must be remedied before county clerks begin processing absentee ballots on December 21.”

Even though photo identification is required to obtain an absentee ballot in Georgia, Republicans maintain in the suit that the vote-by-mail process doesn’t go far enough to verify signatures. Attorneys stated in the suit:

“When votes are cast in person, Georgia requires photo identification to protect the integrity of the election process. O.C.G.A. 21-2-417. In contrast, absentee ballots are verified by signature comparison, not secure photo identification. By statute, a single election official compares the signature on the absentee ballot oath to the voters’ signature on file. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-386(B). If the signature is missing or rejected, then the ballot is segregated and the office contacts the voter to provide an opportunity to cure the invalid ballot. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-386(C). As explained in more detail below, many counties in Georgia in the November 3, 2020 general election accepted virtually all absentee ballot signatures, rejecting impossibly low numbers of mismatched signatures, and even failing to find any missing signatures. The lax signature validation process stands in conflict with any fair or consistent process for verifying signatures.”

The suit, which is obviously nothing more than a shot at legal justification for Trump’s election loss, alleges things that Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger himself has repeatedly denied. “Let me be clear: Before an absentee ballot is ever cast, a signature match is confirmed twice,” he said. “Not once, twice. As in the signature is matched twice. I don’t know how much clearer I can make that for everyone to understand.” More than 378,000 voters have already cast vote-by-mail ballots in Georgia, and more than 846,000 absentee ballots have been sent to voters but not yet returned, Politico reported.

Sen. Rand Paul and his ilk apparently couldn’t care less about those who’ve already legally obtained absentee ballots actually being able to cast their votes. He flat out opposed Fox News solicitations encouraging Georgia voters to vote by mail, and admitted his concern is purely political. “I’m very, very concerned that if you solicit votes from typically non-voters, that you will affect and change the outcomes,” he said. “I’m very worried the Democrats will control all three branches of government, and they really truly will transform America but not for the better.”

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CNN Credits Democrats’ ‘Native Votes’ Effort That Bribed Voters for ‘Biden Victory’


CNN openly credited a “Native Votes” effort from Democrat organizers that bribed voters with gift cards, electronics, and even resort stays with Joe Biden’s alleged win.

As Gateway Pundit reported earlier on Sunday evening, these “giveaways” in exchange for votes took place in Arizona, Nevada, and a slew of other states.

Any monetary exchange for votes, whether partisan or not, is illegal.

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In Wisconsin, the Native Vote effort openly posted support for Joe Biden on their social media accounts — and donations were processed through and supported the Democrat fundraising operation Act Blue.

Among other “prizes” and giveaways, Native Vote gave away swag bags and held $50 Gift Card Raffles.

Native Organizers Alliance, another organization involved in these efforts, works directly with Act Blue. When you click to donate on their website, you are redirected to an ActBlue fundraising page. They are also fiscally sponsored by Alliance for a Just Society.

 

“You see those little blue dots in Arizona? Those are Native American community played a tremendous role…” Van Jones said on CNN before name dropping Native Vote, Native Organizers Alliance and other organizations that were providing gifts for votes. He credited them with Biden’s alleged victory.

This is part of an extensive series the Gateway Pundit is working on regarding the Nevada Native Vote Project scandal.





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Hispanic Voters In Florida Who Fled Dictatorships Think The Election Was Stolen From Trump


If you fled to America from a country with history that included communist revolutions, don’t you think you’d have a heightened sense of the things that led to such events?

In Florida, there are many Hispanic voters who came to America from places like Cuba and Venezuela, and they think the 2020 election is being stolen.

Why do you suppose they feel that way?

Townhall reports:

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Hispanic Voters in Florida Feel Election Was Stolen from Trump

In Florida, many Hispanic voters are worried this election was stolen from Donald Trump. They’ve seen this before, hence why they fled places like Cuba and Venezuela. They’re also not too keen on the media censorship and bias during this race, either. Some interviewed by USA Today also said that they never feared communism becoming entrenched on America’s shores until this election year.

Margarita De Castro, who fled Cuba two years after Fidel Castro took over, has voted Republican ever since she arrived in the United States, citing her persecution by Cuban communists as one of the main reasons.

They point to this article from USA Today:

Latino voters who fled dictatorships fear election was stolen from President Trump

For many Americans, the idea of a presidential election devolving into a months-long battle for control of the nation may be unprecedented, but for many Latino supporters of President Donald Trump – many of whom escaped authoritarian regimes themselves – it raises old ghosts. There is no evidence of election fraud, but many fear covert socialists are in cahoots with the media in an attempt to rob a sitting U.S. president of power.

“People used to say Communism can’t happen in Cuba, and look how that turned out,” De Castro said on a recent afternoon as she played with her great-granddaughter in her home in West Miami, a working-class Cuban American enclave in South Florida where the majority of votes were cast for Trump.

“When you have national Democratic leaders praising Fidel Castro’s indoctrination programs and hailing neo-Marxists as ‘the future of the party,’ it communicated to our community that the Democratic Party does not respect our values,” said Giancarlo Sopo, a Cuban American communication strategist on the Trump campaign. “We simply voted accordingly, as did many other Latinos – like Colombians and Peruvians – who want nothing to do with socialism and the progressive agenda.”

Do you think these people are just crazy conspiracy theorists?

They lived this. It’s documented history. They’re not just making it up.

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Colorado voters bring back wolves


Coloradoans Protecting Wildlife, a group that opposed the wolf measure, argued the close outcome showed the public remains divided on wolves — and the issue should never have been determined at the ballot box.

“[T]he forced introduction of wolves into Colorado is bad policy and should not have been decided by the voters,” the group said in a statement. “The election results demonstrate that nearly half of Coloradoans agree with us. We hope these election results show proponents, lawmakers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife that next steps must be taken in a measured, responsible way.”

The ballot measure instructs the state wildlife agency to come up with a plan to reintroduce wolves by 2023, after officials spent years blocking similar efforts. Backers of the measure say that wolves play an important role in the ecosystem, and state wildlife officials were too beholden to livestock and hunting interests to bring them back without a public mandate.

The vote was far from the landslide that some advocates projected, cutting into the narrative of widespread statewide support for the predators. Results showed a strong urban-rural divide — as predicted by wolf opponents — with counties that voted for President Trump mostly registering strong objection to wolf reintroduction.

Edward said the pandemic prevented wolf backers from running a traditional campaign and connecting with rural voters at county fairs and other venues. He also said the opponents outspent supporters 2 to 1 over the last six weeks of the campaign.

“There will always be work to do to help people coexist with wolves,” he said. “The fact is that we wouldn’t be having this conversation today if it weren’t for a significant portion of the people in Western Colorado voting in favor of wolves.”

Wolf reintroduction will face many more complications in the days ahead, as Endangered Species Act protections will probably be the subject of ongoing court battles and state lawmakers and officials work through various agreements needed to complete the plan.

Even before the vote, wildlife advocates said it was unlikely to start a trend. They said efforts would be better focused on reforming state wildlife agencies to focus on creating healthy ecosystems instead of serving consumptive industries. Many such agencies are led by commissions with heavy representation from livestock and hunting interests.

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Swing State Voters Look to the Future


“Across the country anxiety is growing …” “One the most contentious elections in history …” “… and pandemic that has transformed the way the nation votes…” “Here’s Pennsylvania, a must win for Trump, his lead. has been …” “Votes are being counted in the states that will decide this election …” “Let’s take a look at Arizona now …” “Is trying to undermine this election …” “We are at a tipping point … Vice President Joe Biden will win Pennsylvania …” “… shows no signs of conceding …” [overlapping sound] “I would say the mood and energy of this election would be very chaotic.” “Unfortunately, no one’s listening and everyone is talking.” “I think the biggest part is just the relief. All the political ads are over. Everybody I know is just done with that.” “Around here, it’s suburbia, so you have that split vote, people feeling disenfranchised one way or the other.” “There’s a lot of inequality in this country, huge, you know. We judge each other by how we look. We hide behind our social media.” “Something that we’ve moved away from is having open discussion of ideas. And I think that Pinellas is such a swing area, it’s because we do have those type of discussions, hash some things out, you know.” “And they were teaching people to hate our country …” “Will you shut up?” “… 47 years you’ve done nothing, they understand …” “You’re the worst president America has ever had.” “I’m a patriot. So no matter who is in office, I’ll respect that. But as it’s going right now, oh my God, it’s like a bunch of chickens fighting each other.” “The last four years have left me wanting more.” “It was a lot of anxiety leading up to this point.” “I want people to have more trust in government, have more trust in the political leaders and the people we elect.” “Politics are pretty divided and things seem really dark. But, you know, as a person of color, things have always kind of been dark.” “I don’t think we focus enough on environment. We certainly don’t focus enough on, you know, the downtrodden. We just don’t do enough to help people.” “Donald Trump has a death grip over the grass roots of the Republican Party …” ”… Democrat Party wants to turn us into a socialist nation …” “Donald Trump is running a hustle the most gullible voters in history.” “The silent majority.” “… against the truth …” “There’s a feeling as if middle America is just told to shut up and sit there and vote left.” “I did vote for Trump and I would again. There’s nothing that he doesn’t represent in who I am.” “We were not necessarily going to vote for Joe Biden until, you know, maybe May or June. And by then Covid was really pretty awful.” “I voted for Donald Trump despite the issues that I have with him. Just mainly for economic policy and for stances on international affairs.” “I mean, it’s difficult because neither party is really representative of a hyper-progressive stance that I would enjoy.” “I do not want to live in a socialist country. Not at all. That was my main focus. Secondly, right now, I think the economy is great. It’s making a huge comeback. And I think Trump was the man to do it and to keep it going.” “This country … it’s frightening how many states voted for Trump. I thought we would, he would, Biden would win in a landslide. And it’s shocking. I’m shocked.” “This has been a tough election for me, honestly. I’ve always voted Republican. I did not vote Republican this time. I voted Democrat because I do not like Donald Trump.” “There are downsides to both. And because of that, I personally, I didn’t do enough research to vote. Family-wise, I do have family that supports Trump. But I just … I couldn’t.” “Well, the one that stood out that he was for the little guy. Biden, because he’s down to earth.” “One side of a deeply divided country is celebrating this week.” “Biden-Harris campaign has the most radical platform …” “And Donald Trump has shown us time and time again, how he feels about our community.” “… completely sick of identity politics, it’s garbage …” “… a racist …” “When I was a younger woman, you know, we talked about the elections all the time. But we don’t anymore.” “I think Democrats are a little more open-minded, you know, fair to see the other side, thinking critically, and it just seems like the voters on the other side, just like, ‘This is how it is.’” “I would love to talk to my friends on the other side, but it gets too…heated.” “And that’s, that’s really bad. It stops the conversation that we need to be having, but we don’t do it. We don’t.” “A reshaped Republican Party, now grappling with what its future holds.” “… the president is now enveloping himself is this fantasy that the election is still ongoing.” “He is ignoring a pandemic, which actually is ongoing.” “… has been talking about unity, what they’re pushing for …” “… divided country … pay off all of this pain.” “Heck yeah, a united country matters. I mean, this is America. I hope my liberal friends are right. I still love them all the same.” “I do not think we will be unified at all.” “Honestly, it will probably get a little bit worse before it gets any better.” “I don’t feel any kind of way against anyone who chooses Trump. They have their reasons for doing what they do, like I have my reasons for voting for who I voted for.” “And I will respect the president, no matter who it is. And that’s unlike Trump. He got no respect from anybody that was against him. And I think that’s wrong.” “I don’t think we’ll ever get there. We’ve always been divided.” “America is America. But I look at the good side and there’s a lot of good people here. A lot.” “Yes, it matters that we are a united country. If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything.”



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Arizona Voters Approve Tax On Wealthy To Fund Public Schools


Arizonans voted to boost taxes on high earners in order to steer more money to public schools, marking a major win for the Red for Ed movement that began with a wave of teacher strikes in several states two years ago.

Proposition 208, dubbed Invest in Ed, will go into effect next year to fund salaries and training programs for teachers and support staff at public schools and public charters.

The Associated Press called the race late Thursday, with “yes” votes leading “no” 52% to 48%.

The additional 3.5% tax on income will apply to earnings above $250,000 for single filers and $500,000 for joint filers. It would be added to Arizona’s current top tax rate of 4.54%.

Backers of the measure estimate it will put an additional $940 million annually into the state’s public K-12 school system.

Arizona teachers were part of the historic series of strikes that hit public schools around the country, starting in early 2018. The educators were protesting years of disinvestment in public schools that led to staff shortages and underfunded classrooms. Even though the strikes temporarily shut down schools, the public by and large supported teachers’ efforts to boost funding for the education system.

The results of Tuesday’s vote show Arizonans still like the idea of pumping more money into schools even if it means higher taxes for some residents. Polling ahead of the vote showed broad public support for the proposal crossing party lines, with two-thirds of respondents saying they approved of the tax. But the result ended up much closer.



Public school teacher Taylor Dutro participates in a protest in May 2018. A ballot measure passed in this week’s election by Arizona voters was an outgrowth of the teacher strikes there and in other states that began two years ago.

Teachers and their unions pushed for a tax increase on high earners in 2018, but the Arizona Supreme Court ordered that the initiative be removed from that year’s ballot due to the language used in the petition. This year’s ballot initiative did not run into the same problem.

Teacher unions helped fund the Arizona initiative, saying school districts pay staff too little to attract and retain talent. The average teacher salary in Arizona was $50,353 during the 2018-19 school year, giving it a rank of 43 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the country.

Under Prop. 208, half the money raised would go toward salaries for classroom staff, a quarter toward salaries for school support staff, and the rest toward retention and training programs. According to The Arizona Daily Star, only around 90,000 Arizona residents earn enough money to be hit by the tax surcharge.

The ballot measure drew opposition from state Republican leaders including Gov. Doug Ducey, who said it would hurt small business owners whose earnings top the $250,000 mark.

Business lobbies lined up in opposition to the proposal as well, with the state Chamber of Commerce pouring more than $8 million to fight it in the final stretch. But initiative supporters still outspent the opposition by a healthy margin, according to Ballotpedia.





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