Well That Didn’t Take Long

Memphians passed up an attempt to repeal Instant Runoff Voting on the November 6 ballot.

Oh, it sounded so good. It would save money and time and it would show our City Council, who backed it. Social Justice Warriors went to town on it and they got their wish.

Many warned that IRV takes away the one man, one vote principle and that it can end up electing someone that no one really wanted.

It looks like that is already happening in Maine. Rick Moran at American Thinker writes:

Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Me) has filed suit in federal court looking to stop the secretary of state from counting “ranked choice” ballots.

Polquin won a plurality of votes on election day. But Maine’s quirky federal electoral system forces the state to employ a system where a computer algorithm determines who gets votes from the minor candidates in order for one candidate to receive 50% of the vote.

Ballotpedia explains:

In a single-winner ranked-choice voting system, voters rank candidates by preference on their ballots. If a candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, he or she is declared the winner. If no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated. Votes cast for the eliminated candidate are transferred to second-preference choices (if a ballot lists only the eliminated candidate, the vote is considered exhausted and is removed from future tallies). A new tally is conducted to determine whether any remaining candidate has won a majority of the remaining votes. The process is repeated until a candidate wins an outright majority. This system is sometimes referred to as an instant-runoff system.

So Poliquin’s chances for victory have been reduced considerably, despite the fact that he won the most votes on and before election day.

Portland Press Herald:

Poliquin and three other plaintiffs are asking a federal judge in Bangor to block Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap from proceeding with the nation’s first ranked-choice voting run-off in a congressional race. Neither Poliquin nor Golden secured a majority of the vote in the first count of ballots in the Nov. 6 election, thereby pushing the tabulation to voters’ second-choice candidates – or perhaps third-choice – until one of the front-runners crests the 50 percent threshold.

U.S. District Judge Lance Walker scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. Wednesday on a request from Poliquin’s attorneys for a temporary restraining order that would force Dunlap to stop the process until the case is settled. Walker had scheduled an initial hearing in the case for Dec. 9, but the retabulation of votes could happen as soon as Wednesday unless the court intervenes.

Dunlap, a Democrat, said ballot processing will continue until he hears otherwise from the court. “If a judge tells us to stop, we’ll stop. … I think we have to obey the law, and the law says that we proceed,” Dunlap said Tuesday afternoon.

Voters have approved ranked-choice voting twice at the ballot box, making Maine the first state to use the process in statewide primary and federal elections.

Poliquin’s lawsuit claims the use of ranked-choice voting violates the U.S. Constitution because the document “sets a plurality vote as the qualification for election” to Congress. However, the U.S. Constitution does not mention plurality or ranked-choice voting, and several constitutional scholars said Tuesday that the lawsuit is not likely to prevent the state from moving forward with the run-off.

This is unnecessarily confusing, even if ranked choice voting is declared constitutional. The method was actually adopted in 2016 statewide, but the state supreme court ruled that the system violated the Maine Constitution.

But federal elections for senator and congressmen were exempt. Hence, Poliquin’s suit to stop the counting.

So, are Maine voters voting for the man or the office? By applying “second choice” ballots to another candidate’s totals, the idea that someone’s vote should count despite the fact the candidate they voted for was not their first preference is weird.

I fail to see a problem with a winner receiving only a plurality of votes instead of an outright majority. This is what representative democracy is all about; the winner represents all voters, not just their supporters. But I guess that concept is too difficult for some voters to grasp.

Agreed. But Memphians declined the option to have a plurality winner in local elections. We will be experiencing the same problem in the future. Then expect all the SJWs to howl and pontificate.

Then maybe this ridiculous IRV will be repealed.

Trouble Brewing in Mississippi

On election night I watched the Senate election in Mississippi with apprehension.

Tea Party darling Chris McDaniel entered the race to challenge Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde Smith. This proved to be a problem as McDaniel’s 16% kept her from winning the election. There will now be a runoff with Democrat Mike Espy, who trailed her by just one point.

The election is in two weeks and can anyone doubt that the Dems are drooling over the possibility of this pick up, so cheating, lying and stealing will be planned out now.

Here’s what Breitbart said:

Democrats in Mississippi are hoping to pull off an upset in the November 27 Senate runoff election between GOP nominee Sen. Cyndy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Democrat nominee former Rep. Mike Espy (D-MS).

This is precisely what they did in the Alabama special Senate election in December of last year when Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) narrowly defeated embattled GOP nominee Roy Moore.

At first glance, the odds in favor of a Democrat victory would appear improbable.

President Trump easily defeated Hillary Clinton in Mississippi in 2016 by 18 points, 58 percent to 40 percent.

It has been 36 years since the state last elected a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1982, when incumbent Sen. John Stennis (D-MS) was re-elected to his seventh and final term.

But some level of trouble is on the horizon for the GOP, and the Democrats are looking to capitalize on it.

In the three-way election to complete the remaining two years of Sen. Thad Cochran’s term last Tuesday, Hyde-Smith, who was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the seat in April after Cochran’s resignation, finished in first place with 41 percent, Espy finished in second place with 40 percent, and State Senator Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party favorite who narrowly lost the 2014 GOP runoff primary election to Cochran, finished in third with 16 percent.

Under Mississippi law, candidates must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to be declared the winner. If any candidate fails to win 50 percent in the general election, the top two finishers face each other in a runoff election three weeks later.

Though Hyde-Smith is favored to win the runoff, her campaign ran into turbulence late Sunday after a comment she made on the campaign trail was posted on Twitter and her opponent quickly jumped on it, as Politico reported:

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), running for election against an African-American man, joked in a video posted online that if she were invited by one of her supporters to a “public hanging,” she would be in “the front row.”

The clip was published on Twitter Sunday by a Mississippi blogger, who said Hyde-Smith was campaigning with a cattle rancher when she made the comment.

“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith said. There was no further context for the remark immediately available.

Lamar Smith Jr., a blogger who publishes The Bayou Brief and describes himself on his Twitter account as “the last man to argue with Andrew Breitbart,” posted the video on his Twitter account.

“In a Monday morning appearance on CNN’s New Day, Espy told co-host John Berman that Hyde-Smith made the comments ‘a campaign issue’ by telling the ‘joke’ in the first place,” the Daily Beast reported:

“This is 2018,” he continued. “We just should not have this. We need leaders who would try to unite us and not divide us.”

The comments, Espy added, “are hurtful to the millions of Mississippians who are people of good will, and they are harmful because they tend to reinforce the stereotypes that have held back our state for so long, that have cost us jobs and that have held back the economy.”

Late Sunday, Hyde-Smith issued this statement about her comments:

In a comment on Nov. 2, I referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement. In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.

On Monday, Gov. Phil Bryant commented on the controversy while at an event attended by Hyde-Smith, as Politico reported:

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, also a Republican, said at the event Monday that sometimes politicians say things they “could have phrased better,” but he said he believes that Hyde-Smith did not mean any offense by her remark.

“I know this woman, and I know her heart. I knew it when I appointed her, and I know it now,” he said. “There is nothing in her heart of ill will.”

“Absolutely we have been sensitive to race relations in this state,” he said, adding that when he invited President Donald Trump to the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, some African-American leaders refused to attend in protest.

With two weeks until the runoff election, it remains to be seen how much impact this controversy will have on the outcome of the race.

That was unbelievably stupid of her. You can bet that the coverage of her will try to convince everyone that she’s a racist. It works most of the time.

Control of the Senate – and all that entails – could be at stake with this one. Black voters will go 100% for Espy. Watch out for Jackson. The black mayor there is an outright Communist. There is a lot of potential for trouble there.

Explaining the Arizona Loss

You would think it would be easy to win the Senate seat in Arizona. After all, the citizens there rejected RINO Jeff Flake, who had an 18% approval. Surely if voters rejected liberal Flake, they would reject a liberal Democrat.

Besides, the state has had Republican governors running it for decades. That must mean something, right? They would keep an eye out on cheating, you would think.

Check the incorrect box on all of the above.

How did this happen?

A writer from Arizona explains:

I am torn on this one, not so much that the Dims cheated, and I am sure they did, but the fact that the mailers they sent out were meant to confuse the uneducated voters.

I admit that when I got the first one I was sure that McSally was a Dimacrat. The ad laid out a convincing argument that she was against all conservative issues. And to top it off there was no mention of either party, it just portrayed McSally as the Democratic candidate.

Then I got 3 to 4 a week with the same message until the election, If I wasn’t up to speed, I would not have voted for her.

The fact is that the Dims are upping their game, and using the ignorance of the average voter to their advantage.

And another adds: “No. How about this. Kick Kelli Ward and every other loser to the curb. Start trying to find some better candidates. My God, look at the two senators Arizona just had. Flake and McCain. Were there two worse in any state in the union? Look at the candidates in the election we’re talking about right now. A left-wing nut and a total dud that beat the other two Republicans in a primary. Candidates matter. How you run a race matters. The Arizona Republican party is a disgrace. How about the citizens of Arizona clean out the Arizona Republican Party, so we can get somebody who can identify some better candidates.”

All true, but there was cheating as this Arizona relates:

I just talked to a friend about it…we have lived in Az for over 25 years and he didn’t know about it!
Maricopa County is 60% of the State population. Mail in ballots are 75% of the voting here according to articles. Mail in ballots had to be sent no later than Nov. 2 (Fri).

“The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office offered “emergency voting” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday for voters who could not make it to the polls on Election Day. The Recorder’s Office said it allowed VOTERS to determine what constitutes an emergency.” So, mail in ballot are stopped on Friday–so they claimed Emergency Voting for Maricopa County for whoever came in–no questions asked—there was no “Emergency” last weekend!

Then the ” Washington Free Beacon reported that the Arizona Republican Party filed a lawsuit on Wednesday targeting a rule in two counties, Maricopa and Pima, that allows voters to “fix issues with the ballots ” up to five days after the election.
John Kyl is speaking out about it. “And voting laws in our state should be applied uniformly across the map. Unfortunately, the Democrats legal strategy sounds an awful like an effort to disenfranchise voters from 11 counties from rural parts of our state and that’s troubling”.
Then the comment about Fontes (Recorder) –who mixed the ballots that had “irregularities” and the inconsistent method” to rehabilitate ballots”.

Talk about a mess! Did the Dems steal it–looks like it to me! And yup, I live in one of those 11 counties that didn’t get special emergency voting!

Do we get to just say—Arizona is now officially a Banana Republic.

When will our people act offensively and pre-emptively on these elections? We let them cheat, we let them introduce third party stealers and we let them define our candidates and voters.

I still think it was possible that a red wave occurred. It just got stopped by cheating.

Was There a Red Wave?

Given the hijinks going on almost a week after the polls closed – with votes still being found – the integrity of the election has to be in doubt.

We were told there was going to be a blue wave of Democrats voting. Was there? Before election day we were told that many states saw a record Republican early vote. This trend should have carried over on Tuesday.

Florida appeared to be a GOP win in the Senate and governor races. It seemed we were doing well until the Western states started showing tallies. That’s when Fox News jumped the gun and declared Dems had won the House.

In Montana, where Matt Rosendale had been leading incumbent Democrat (and much loathed) Senator Jon Tester, the last bit of ballots swung the race to Tester. That was a surprise.

In Nevada, polls had put incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller ahead of his rival, “Wacky Jackie.” Then we find out that in the cities, people are still standing in line to vote at 11 p.m. – long after they should have closed. Who brought busloads of “voters” to the polls that late? Want to make any bets?

A bunch of California Republican House seats looked safe – a few were even declared winners – until later when new votes, again, magically threatened the seats. They are still outstanding seats to be determined!

In New Mexico, 8,000 ballots were just found in a warehouse. Of course, they swung the election to the Democrat.

In Georgia, the governor candidate loser Stacey Abrams decided she’d do everything to see the final vote recounted. She may get her way. I believe she and the Dems claim votes are still out there, too.

Then Florida has defied every bit of integrity with the governor and Senate recounts in two counties. Supervisors of election in both Palm Beach and Broward have flat out defied the law. Will they get by with it?

If there had been a blue wave, none of this would have been necessary. It makes you wonder if there was a red wave and it’s being suppressed.

You wonder, too, if the blue wave narrative by the media, which began more than a year ago, was to set the stage for fraud. They wanted a self fulfilling prophecy. If anyone doubted the validity of the seats gained, media/Dems could point to the blue wave plan.

The Dems are much more cunning than we are. They planned this “win” right after the 2016 election, just as the DOJ/FBI gang had a backup “insurance” plan if Trump won. You can bet that they have a plan for the next two years that has been in progress since then, too.

Our side should have checked for fraud. We were naive to trust the states and areas where Dems are in control.

Will the DOJ take a look? How can we ever have faith that votes will be fairly tallied?

How can we assure that we can win again?

Warring Angels

I don’t know much about Bill Still except that he is described as a former newspaper editor and publisher who has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. He has a website called The Still Report.

On November 4 he posted this video. For those who believe that God has a hand in our affairs and sometimes manifests to people, you will credit this. If not, you will dismiss it. I offer it as a very interesting perspective.

100 Years Ago, Still Relevant

Otto Horn
Otto Horn

This morning on Fox & Friends Weekend, anchor Pete Hedgespeth narrateddes as European leaders and President Trump were gathered at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

It had been a terrible, bloody war. Hedgespeth said that today no one really had ties with anyone involved in that war so long ago.

He’s wrong.

I still think of my grandfather, Otto Horn, who was a Marine in that war. It’s all real to me – in fact, his Marine uniform hangs in the armoire of my bedroom, along with his helmet, a pair of binoculars and Iron Cross he took from a dead German, plus his letters and army booklets. (The binoculars work just fine, by the way.)

It doesn’t get more tangible than that.

Then there were his stories that he liked to tell us grandkids. He spoke of the trenches, so muddy that when you got up from them, your body outline remained. There was an officer in one group so mean that his soldiers all shot him in the back. Of the endless rain that pelted the soldiers and how American soldiers drank so much wine their tongues turned black.

He spared us some of the gory details except to describe seeing bodies stacked up against the walls inside a chateau because it was too cold to bury them.

In the basement of his St. Louis home he had a pair of boots sticking out of the crawl space gravel. He titillated grandkids by telling us there was a dead German soldier in there. We all knew it wasn’t true, but had to satisfy our curiosity with a look from time to time.

There are his letters and military books which describe his arrival for basic training in July of 1917 and arrival in France on Christmas Day 1917. He writes to my grandmother (they weren’t married yet) about the conditions in France, how much he misses her and his appreciation for the gifts and letters she sent. The letters were censored, which disturbed him, but he managed to talk some about the heavy burden Woodrow Wilson carried and said that he wouldn’t want to be him. He also expressed happiness that women were given the vote. Having lived with his grandmother some as a teenager he always thought women should vote as his grandmother was intelligent, had property to be concerned about and paid attention to politics.

People from that era would be shocked at how little attention has been paid to the “war to end all wars.” This 100th anniversary of such a pivotal moment in our and world history has been overlooked by TV or news specials. There haven’t been any.
Nor is there a national monument remembering the war. Funds are being collected for one, but why has it taken 100 years?

No wonder there is so little patriotism anymore. Days like today – with the holiday celebrated tomorrow – just pass as a day off work or a day to go shopping.

How sad.

Grief at Murderer’s Vote

On November 6 Florida voted to allow 1.5 million felons to vote.

Did Floridians think through the effects of this? Evidently not.

On Valentine’s Day Nicholas Cruz went to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland (Broward County) murdered 17 people and injured 17. Guess what? He would have been allowed to vote in Tuesday’s election!

Andrew Pollack, father of a young girl murdered by Cruz, was outraged. He tweeted, “This election would have been my beautiful Meadow’s 1st election, but she wasn’t able to vote because 18-1958 murdered her during the Parkland shooting. If she can’t vote because of that monster, why should he be allowed to register to vote? Shame on Sheriff Israel & SOE Snipes!”
And, “I’m sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote. The Despicable Democrats have no shame. Can’t let them steal this election.”

Imagine how other victims feel when these criminals are allowed to have a say over Americans’ lives. Floridians ignored their rights in voting for this.

Meet Broward’s Election Official

Dr. Brenda Snipes is a busy woman. Especially in the past few election cycles. She is the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County, Florida. You remember it from the 2000 Florida recount fiasco when votes for Gore magically surfaced after his defeat by George W. Bush. That was a month of pure hell for the country, courtesy of the same county that just experienced the Parkland High school massacre under the direction of another corrupt official, Sheriff Steve Israel.

Broward was an epicenter as was Palm Beach County, which is also finding new ballots.

Ms. Snipes was busy in 2016 also as Supervisor of Elections. Peoples Pundit Daily reported on Nov. 4, 2016:

According to multiple sources and witnesses, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and employees are engaging in mass voter fraud in multiple forms. While People’s Pundit Daily has uncovered instances of election fraud in other counties around the state–including Pasco and Lee–Broward is large enough that it could potentially swing the state.

It has been widely reported that black turnout in the state–and in other battleground states such as North Carolina and Ohio–is way down from 2012 levels. In the past few days, the Clinton campaign and their Democratic surrogates have been touting “a surge” in turnout among black voters in Broward County, which is overseen by Snipes.

But according to our multiple sources, there has been no real improvement in enthusiasm on the ground, but rather bold voter fraud schemes carried out by employees at the Supervisor of Elections. The election fraud scheme is multi-pronged and includes destroying ballots selectively and what is traditionally known as ballot-stuffing, or filling in absentee ballots.

“There is no authentic surge,” a source at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections told People’s Pundit Daily. “They’ve been at this [filling out absentee ballots] for days, working 4 to 5 employees some 16 hours a day each. There’s no telling how many ballots we are talking about. As many as they can each write in 16 hours a piece.”

A review of the early and absentee voting statistics in the state–which People’s Pundit Daily does on a daily basis–does reveal a suspicious increase in Democratic returns juxtaposed to the rest of the state, which has not experienced the same turnout increase. If enthusiasm and turnout for Mrs. Clinton was organic and legitimate, then we would expect to see those gains in similar percentages in regions of the state expected to back the Democrat.

But that’s not the case.

Sources confirm Snipes was breaking the law and opened more than 153,000 ballots cast by mail in private, claiming employees were tearing up and disposing of those that were votes in support of Donald J. Trump. The law prohibits the opening of ballots without the supervision of a canvassing board appointed to oversee and certify elections precisely because of this possibility.

The Republican Party of Florida earlier in the week caught wind of this and accused Broward County election officials of voter fraud when they received a letter Wednesday afternoon from Republican state party chairman Blaise Ingoglia.

“These illegal actions must stop immediately,” he wrote. “The Republican Party of Florida is prepared to take all necessary legal actions to ensure that Broward County conducts its election in compliance with the law.”

Within hours of receiving Ingoglia’s letter, a judge on Broward’s canvassing board offered a two-step compromise that ended the charge by Republicans. But Snipes admitted no wrongdoing and, until now, was able to maintain the story that the employees didn’t open the ballots.

“The canvassing board has never opened the ballots,” Snipes said. “We have procedures we follow that are approved in our security manual sent to state. We don’t feel like we are doing anything illegal — this is the process we have always used.”

But it was only because David Shestokas, a Florida Bar-certified attorney, was sent by the Republican National Lawyers Association from Chicago to watch the election in Broward that these activities were made known.

Yet another allegation involves Voter Services and Registration Director Mary Hall, one of four employees a volunteer identified in a signed affidavit. The volunteer confirms the allegations made by a source claiming Hall and others were locked in a room filling in scores of absentee ballots for Mrs. Clinton and other Democratic candidates.

The volunteer, who was terminated abruptly after witnessing the mass voter fraud operation in what employees called “The Pitney Bowes Room,” stated in their affidavit that they clearly saw these four individuals filling in “stacks” of ballots with the same pen given by the Supervisor of Elections to voters.

“Once in the room, I could see the four SEO employees sitting at the same table actively filling out election ballots,” the affidavit reads. “Each had a stack of blank ballots to the right of them (about an inch high) and a stack of completed ballots to their left… I could see that the bubbles on the right stack had not been filled in, while the bubbles on the left stack had been blackened in.”

“I could see that the SEO employees were using the same black pens (white body with a black cap) that the SOE supplies to voters at the polling sites. I was then told to leave the room by one of the employees.”

When the volunteer returned the next day, they were met by uniformed security guards and told they had been terminated.

The Trump campaign is allegely preparing a lawsuit against Snipes.

It appears that she is using the same tactics in 2018. At least Governor Scott is taking action. He and the National Republican Senatorial Committee are filing a public records lawsuit against Snipes for failing to provide them with information about outstanding ballots that have yet to be tabulated.

I received this email today from Scott’s campaign, asking for donations.
“Florida voted on Tuesday night, and they spoke loud and clear. Rick Scott was elected Florida’s next Senator.

“One person who refused to hear that is Bill Nelson. He is refusing to give up power and is demanding a recount. He even brought in the lawyer who represents Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi to lead this effort. This is a last ditch attempt by Washington Democrats to try to obstruct President Trump’s agenda by stealing the Senate seat won by Governor Scott.

“If they pull this scheme off, our Senate majority will be significantly weakened. With Nancy Pelosi now Speaker of the House, this would be a crushing blow to all the momentum our nation has built in the last two years under President Trump.

“Recounts are expensive, and we need to make sure we’re doing everything possible to keep Nelson and Schumer from stealing this election from the people. Our team is working around the clock, but we need your help.
“If you can, please donate to our recount effort so we can make sure every vote is counted (again).”

Here’s the link: https://secure.anedot.com/rick-scott-for-florida/17345

It’s obvious that Florida is a critical state for the Dems. So they will do anything and everything they can to secure it.
It’s going to be tough to get through this, but there is nothing else to do but to prevail.