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Democrats Desperately Need ONE Swing Vote – They Just Learned Their Fate



In the thick of the Brett Kavanagh whirlwind of reporting and commentary, Young Conservatives’ Nick Arama contributes some information of which you may not be aware; something that hasn’t gotten as much attention as it probably deserves:

“There are swing Republican votes in the Kavanaugh debate, but there are also swing Democratic votes.”

Possible iffy GOP holdouts have garnered the lion’s share of focus – Merkowsky, Collins, Flake – but at least a smattering of Dem Senators have given the impression they might support Kavanaugh’s nomination in the crunch.

“And”, writes Arama, “one of those potential swing Democrats just gave a very revealing statement.”

Then, from the Daily Wire:

“Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), another potential swing vote in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, strongly signaled a “Yes” vote on Wednesday … .”

“According to Manchin, he will base his vote on Kavanaugh’s life from age 22-53, not his life in high school, which Democrats have increasingly scrutinized … .”

“ ‘I am looking at the gentleman as an adult from 22 to 53, thirty-one years of professional service,” Manchin told Al-Jazeera. “I am looking at him as a father. As a person in a community, how he interacts with his community. I am trying to put the human side to it.’ ”

Well, that’s a knee-knockingly sensible way to see things. (Haven’t seen boatloads of that from the Democratic caucus for quite a while now, have we?) Good for the Senator from West Virginia!

“Now, while that’s not a definitive,” cautions Arama, “… it does suggest he’s not going to be influenced by things before then.”

News is Manchin was “politely” flooded with input from his home state constituents urging him to pull the “Yes” lever on President Trump’s Supreme Court pick.

“They would not be happy with him if he voted “no” as Kavanaugh is supported in West Virginia by 58%.”

“Prior to the sexual allegations, Manchin had been looking like a “yes.” Manchin was one of three Democrats who voted to confirm Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.”

Imagine that! “We the People” letting their elected Honorable know their feelings about an important public matter. Letting him know in big numbers. Doing it respectfully. And having an impact.

I recall a prominent former politician from up in the New England area saying on a radio talk show that when an official hears personally from those who hold the power to keep him in or shoo him out? It does get his attention. She particularly stressed hand-written – or typed out –  and mailed letters (as opposed to email) strike home. Just a few of them would serve the attention-getting purpose, she insisted. If memory serves, she used the term “freak out” to describe the politicians’ reactions. And I’d imagine a face-to-face, firm but civil interaction would be even more compelling for most pols who have an interest in keeping their post.

“Manchin has made previous statements saying he would not allow Ford’s allegations to exclude Kavanaugh if they remained unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.”

Well, after completion of this SEVENTH FBI inquiry into the misty long-ago of the fifty-three-year-old Appeals Court judge, corroboration remains blindingly lacking for the most scurrilous accusations levelled against him. So, I guess we should count on a thumbs-up for Brett Kavanaugh from the Mountain State’s second term Senator and former governor?

And the good news keeps comin’: “And now”, adds Arama,   “more indication [Arizona’s Senator Jeff] Flake may be a yes.”

I’m assuming Flake has been hearing cascadingly from pro-Kavanaugh Americans so, if that last statement about him proves trustworthy we’ll have seen a demonstration of a heartening dynamic: Wild and tumultuous opposition from the Left rattling a Senator (Flake looked like he might throw in with the Dem opposition after a pair of progressive anti-Kavanaugh firebrands cornered him in an elevator) only to be neutralized by clear-thinking, fair-minded folk making known their minds to their wobbling Senator.

Once more: notwithstanding the hopelessness too often stoked by cut-throat Leftists and woe-is-me Republicans, when God-and-Country-Loving people get involved in the civic churn? It can make a practical and meaningful difference.

It’s in that spirit that Arama admonishes, “The GOP has 51 senators, Democrats have 49. But they may be missing [a] GOP Senator if the vote goes on Saturday because Steve Daines of Montana has his daughter’s wedding on that date and can’t be there. So keep contacting Manchin and all the swing senators to encourage them to vote to confirm.”

Thing is, right now it looks like those who revere the Constitution and America’s founding principles are gaining the edge in this Kavanaugh clash. Of course, it’s still possible to get smug, get distracted, lose that edge, let our efforts falter – and days from now find ourselves stunned, scratching our noggins and wondering bewilderingly, “Howcum Manchin and Flake ended up dropping the ball on Kavanaugh?”

Sometimes our elected leaders blow it, because those they are allegedly representing blow it themselves.


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Yuma Mayor Declares Emergency Over Migrant Crisis – City Overrun



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Sounds like a humanitarian and a national security crisis to me and I’m not the only one who sees it that way. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls just declared an emergency in his city due to what he said was the strain caused by the incoming flow of migrants. The agents and authorities are simply being overwhelmed and swarmed by these invaders.

1,800 came over the border in one day… one day! Half of those detained on Tuesday crossing over from Mexico were found in the El Paso, Texas area, according to officials. Border patrol said more than 980 were apprehended before 5 am after crossing in three large groups. Yuma is having just as rough a time of it.

Mayor Nicholls went public with this on Facebook. He explained that he “proclaimed a local emergency” in the city “due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system.” And it’s not just the sheer numbers of illegal immigrants… it’s the economic burden, the crime, the drugs, the danger to children and disease that is playing into this massive emergency state.

Nicholls is begging the government to step in and do something here. I don’t blame him in the least. They need help and fast. “I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid,” the post said. Here’s a thought – ship all of them to sanctuary cities just as Trump proposed. Works for me. Better yet, don’t let them in at all unless they come here legally.

From Fox News:

“Nicholls, in a video, laid out his reasoning behind the declaration, saying that he ultimately feels that its what’s best for both Yuma and the incoming migrants.

“So it’s with a heavy heart that I declare that we’re at this point but it is something that I believe we need to do to make sure that our community is maintained and that the human rights of all the migrants are also maintained and that we have a path forward that respects both,” he said.

“The city of Yuma, Ariz., also tweeted about the proclamation, citing Nicholls, claiming that released migrants were coming into the area faster than they were leaving.

“The move by the local official comes after President Trump declared a national emergency at the nation’s southern border earlier this year.”

“The transportation network is just insufficient to keep up with demand,” Nicholls said. “And the backlog of people staying at the shelter has created this capacity issue.” The media and the left are playing it up that the poor illegal immigrants don’t have money for bus fare to go to relatives while they await their court date. But the issue here is that they should not be here in the first place.

Now, the city is hoping for a FEMA response. In signing the declaration, Nicholls said he hopes to draw national attention to the plight of local communities struggling with a federal issue, adding that he’s talking to officials in other border cities and calling on them to issue similar emergency declarations. The mayor stated that he had spoken to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who signaled his support for the declaration.

Today I proclaimed a local emergency in Yuma, due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system. I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid. I signed the proclamation of emergency and soon after spoke with media at approximately 3:15 pm (MST). You can view via the video below:

Posted by Douglas Nicholls, Yuma Mayor on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

“We will review any declaration once we receive it,” according to a statement Tuesday night from Patrick Ptak, a Ducey spokesman. “Ultimately, this humanitarian crisis is the result of Congress’ failure to act. It will only be solved by Congress actually doing something, and the governor has vocally urged Congress to quit playing politics and take action. If only they would.

“In the wake of their inaction, our office is working with local governments, non-profits and our federal partners to maximize available resources and ensure proper coordination between ICE officials and groups providing temporary services to migrants.”

Nicholls fears hungry migrants roaming the streets. He should fear much worse than that. “This isn’t a natural disaster,” Nicholls said. “But it is a disaster.”

“… the local emergency exceeds control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the City of Yuma and requires the combined efforts, cooperation, and resources of the Yuma community including local and non-profit agencies such as the Red Cross, Catholic Community Services, The Salvation Army, Yuma Community Food Bank, churches, the County of Yuma, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America,” the statement said.

It’s long past time for the wall to be built and We Build The Wall should start their project this month. Meanwhile, President Trump is still scratching and fighting for every mile of barrier put up. Put the blame of all this where it belongs… squarely on the left. #WeBuildTheWall


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