McCrory May Have Lost in North Carolina, But HB 2 Didn’t

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Frank argued quite persuasively last week that it wasn’t House Bill 2 itself that doomed North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory in his reelection bid, but rather the overwhelming negative publicity dumped on the state by the left-leaning media and corporate-entertainment-sports complex.

But while Democrats and their allies were busy outspending McCrory in the governor’s race by nearly $8 million, Republicans continued to rack up victories in the state legislature. In fact, of the 89 GOP state legislators running for reelection who voted for HB 2, only two lost their seats to Democrats. And the Republican Party as a whole maintained its super-majority control in both chambers, making it very unlikely that HB 2 will be repealed despite Roy Cooper’s victory.

So, to recap: after spending millions of dollars and creating a fake economic crisis in North Carolina, the Left was able — just barely — to unseat Gov. McCrory while still losing seats overall in the state legislature, all but guaranteeing that the object of their hatred, HB 2, won’t be going anywhere. That doesn’t seem like much of a win to me.

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McCrory Didn’t Lose Because HB 2 Was a “Social Issue”

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Today, North Carolina’s Republican Gov. Pat McCrory announced he would be conceding the state’s gubernatorial race to Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper, bringing an end to several weeks of recounts and investigations into alleged cases of voter fraud.

Despite his defeat, conservatives should applaud Gov. Pat McCrory for standing up for what is right. He refused to back down from corporate bullies and progressive lynch mobs, and because of his steadfastness, he became Public Enemy Number Two this election cycle for the Left. Ultimately, they got their scalp only by the narrowest of margins.

While McCrory’s defeat is disappointing, there are several positives to take away from the North Carolina governor’s race for conservatives:

1.) McCrory came very close to winning despite being outspent by nearly $8 million. He was less than 10,000 votes away from withstanding an outright blitzkrieg of hate from corporate America, the sports-entertainment complex, and Hollywood celebrities.

2.) Make no mistake, the Left recognized that they couldn’t defend Charlotte’s radical ordinance on its merits. Instead, they turned HB 2 into an economic issue by convincing elite corporations, sports leagues, and celebrities to punish the state of North Carolina for protecting the privacy of young girls. This branding effort, which focused on the consequences of keeping HB 2 amidst blackmail from corporate and entertainment elites, created a phenomenon where HB 2 became toxic to a majority of voters, while voters still supported the substance of HB 2. Continue Reading

The Rise of the Big Business Democrats

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There was a time, not long ago, when Democrats commonly accused the Republican Party of being the “Party of Big Business.” Republicans, or so it was claimed, cared more about corporate interests than those of the average voter, while Democrats were supposedly looking out for the little guy.

During this election season, however, there has been a substantial — and yet barely noticed — change in Democratic rhetoric. Rather than vilifying big businesses, many Democratic leaders and candidates have started to openly trumpet their high regard for the priorities of the corporate world.

Why this sudden change? Because Big Business has finally gotten on the “Right Side of History”TM — in other words, the progressive side.

Just consider a few recent examples.

In Indiana earlier this week, John Gregg, the Democratic candidate for governor, was asked in an interview to discuss LGBT rights issues in light of the recent controversy over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In defending his support for the LGBT agenda, Gregg framed it as “an economic issue” and went on to explain how high a priority it is for business:

It’s a top five issue in the Chamber of Commerce. I’ve heard it in Eli Lilly’s executive suite. I’ve heard it in Hillenbrand’s executive suite, who’s another one of our major corporate citizens. I’ve heard it in Salesforce’s executive suites. We have to do that….

Or consider the case in Louisiana, where the state’s attorney general announced yesterday he would be pursuing a legal challenge to Governor John Bel Edwards’ attempt to unilaterally change state anti-discrimination law, charging that the governor surpassed his constitutional authority. Continue Reading

WATCH: New Ad Defends N.C. “Bathroom Bill” Protecting Women’s Privacy

Heard about HB 2 in North Carolina? You know, the law the media’s been calling the “bathroom bill”? Then you’re probably aware of all the big corporations, musical artists and sports leagues crying “bigotry.”

Thankfully, the Institute for Faith and Family is giving voice to the other side. A new commercial uses the testimony of a Greenville, N.C., high school junior named Chloe who makes a simple yet impassioned plea for the safety and privacy of the sons and daughters of the Tar Heel State. Check it out for yourself below:

“It’s not just about privacy. It’s about safety too.” This is clearly Chloe’s strongest argument. Women and children in bathrooms and locker rooms shouldn’t be forced to change and shower with grown men. The alternatives proposed by Democrats in North Carolina are unsupervised, constant use of showers and bathrooms by anyone who chooses.

Chris Sgro, a Democratic state representative, called HB 2 an “economic disaster that discriminates against LGBT North Carolinians.” It’s only an economic disaster because big business interests have been buying what the totalitarian left is selling. When a state legislative body has come to a policy decision, it would be bad practice to reverse their decision because business interests are trying to hold the electorate ransom. Instead, opponents of HB 2 could propose a legislative alternative that finds a compromise for both sides of the argument. Perhaps there is a possibility that transgender protections could be extended without withdrawing protections from supporters of HB 2.

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“Honoring” Planned Parenthood on Its 100th Anniversary

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According to the Washington Examiner, 19 Senate Democrats have introduced a resolution recognizing Planned Parenthood for the 100th anniversary of its founding, which took place on October 16, 1916:

“The resolution, spearheaded by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praises the women’s health and abortion provider for leading significant changes in women’s health and civil rights, being at the forefront of social change and playing a major role in increasing access to abortion, contraception and sex education.

“It also calls for an end of efforts to strip federal funds from the group, which Republicans in Congress tried hard to do last year before being blocked by Senate Democrats.”

This resolution isn’t likely to pass the Senate, of course, thanks to those rascally pro-life Republicans. Instead, let’s take a moment to “honor” Planned Parenthood here at The Pulse 2016.

(You’ve heard of trigger warnings? Okay. This is a sarcasm warning. You’ve been warned.)

Since Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood has performed more than seven million abortions. And during the Obama administration, they have only increased their proficiency. In 2015 alone, they aborted 324,999 babies — near record volume. Most government programs are famously inefficient, but Planned Parenthood gets the job done!

Of course, we can’t honor Planned Parenthood without giving kudos to Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, who frequently advocated for eugenics and eliminating the “unfit” “undesirables” with “bad genes” from society. What a hero!

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What’s Left? Trump Against Clinton Echoes Capitalism Against Communism

From left: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton is not a communist.

That said, she is certainly running to the left.

What’s left?

That’s actually an interesting question. People throw around the terms “left” and “right” with an instinctive, imprecise, sense of their meanings. It’s good to get back to first principles.

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There are many gradations of leftist sentiment, from outright communism to socialism to social democracy to progressivism. That said, they know their own. The Communist Party USA recently, to little notice by the mainstream media, expressed its enthusiasm for Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton (h/t to WorldNetDaily) in the CPUSA’s official propaganda organ, People’s World:

Clinton has to provide a vision for a new America, tying together the Democratic platform planks — called the most progressive ever — among them, $15 an hour minimum wage, debt-free and tuition-free college and universal health care, with a compelling narrative that inspires people to think big and do big-hearted things.

People need to vote FOR a candidate, otherwise voters are more likely to stay at home. Voting for the first woman president can also be a strong motivator.

The union movement, communities of color, students, women, progressives and the newborn “political revolution” can help generate voter enthusiasm by talking and tweeting about Clinton and the issues. Challenging sexism is a must as well as racism, which has been a coded (and overt) staple of presidential elections for decades.

However, there are many weeks until Election Day.

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The Gary Johnson Effect Revisited: Is the Libertarian Hurting Hillary?

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Back in May, I speculated that the conventional wisdom that Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson would disproportionately impact Donald Trump was wrong, and that Johnson was instead pulling support from both Trump and Hillary Clinton in almost equal measure.

Fast-forward roughly four months, and it would appear the major candidates are realizing this as well — especially Clinton, whose campaign is now reportedly worried about the effect Johnson may have in a handful of important swing states:

…[A]s national and battleground polls tighten and Democrats’ hand-wringing grows more urgent, operatives both within and allied with Clinton’s political operation who are looking around to explain Trump’s new polling strength are growing increasingly wary of the former New Mexico governor. His appeal with young and libertarian-leaning liberals, they worry, could create a growing headache for them in western states like Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona — if not yet reason to believe he could hand the states to Trump.

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Clinton has maintained a steady lead in both New Mexico and Colorado throughout the year, but her strategists in Colorado — once considered a core swing state — have been warning that Johnson could pull from her support there for months. While that hasn’t happened, recent polling shows that Nevada is still a neck-and-neck race: Clinton leads by less than a point there according to the RealClearPolitics average.

“My understanding is that Trump has remained fairly steady and the transition recently has been the Clinton campaign slipping in some of the polls, and where that happens it seems like [Johnson] or ‘none of the above’ is on the rise,” said [former Gov.

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Democrats Obstruct Zika Funding Bill, Blame GOP for Obstructionism

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For nearly three months now, Congress has been unable to pass a bill funding the fight against the Zika epidemic. This is not because no such bill exists; the House passed one in June which would provide $1.1 billion in funding to combat the virus’ spread. Senate Democrats have blocked the bill, however, for the simple reason that none of the funds would go to Profamilias, the Puerto Rican wing of Planned Parenthood.

That’s all. The bill does not remove any funding from the group. In fact, it doesn’t do anything to impact their bottom line at all, which seems to be the reason that Senate Democrats have blocked its passage twice. Apparently, the fact that Planned Parenthood doesn’t get a cut of the money is enough to stall the emergency funding for the entire summer.

Even more bizarre is the fact that funding Profamilias wouldn’t strengthen the fight against the disease in the slightest. PolitiFact noted in June that the bill already includes funding for clinics in every area where Profamilias lists a facility. (Loyal partisans that they are, PolitiFact somehow still managed to rate the Democrats’ contradictory claim as “half true.”) The New York Times, of all places, notes in addition that the group “provides medical services almost entirely out of its two clinics in San Juan,” where it “served about 7,000 patients in 2015 […] not a particularly large number, given that about 390,000 people” live there. According to a program director at Profamilias, the clinics don’t even offer Zika testing. Continue Reading

LEAKED Email: Colin Powell Admits Clinton’s Health “Doesn’t Look Good”

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We learned a lot about former Secretary of State Colin Powell this week after his emails were hacked and distributed to members of the media. We also learned a lot about Hillary Clinton.

While the media focuses on Powell’s unsurprising comments about Donald Trump, calling him a “racist” and a “national disgrace” — Powell endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012 — the real takeaway from the leaked emails was about Hillary’s health concerns.

Via the Washington Times:

According to the leaked emails, Mr. Powell and Democratic mega-donor Jeffrey Leeds chatted about Mrs. Clinton’s health in March 2015.

“Not sure, but she has launched a story line that will be picked up. I think there’s something to it,” Mr. Powell wrote about Mrs. Clinton’s well-being at the time. “On HD tv she doesn’t look good. She is working herself to death. After speaking at the UN and doing the crummy press conference she flew to SF to go do a paid gig for EBay and then went to Marc’s house to get ready for a money dinner for the Clinton Foundation. I was in Marc’s second house behind it and ducked her so we didn’t turn loose another email story by being seen together. She then flew back east the next morning. She will turn 70 her first year in office.”

Mr Leeds, responding minutes later, said Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also had concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s well-being.

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Good News for Trump: GOP Adds Droves of New Voters in Key States

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Donald Trump may be losing in the polls, but he is winning in an area that could tip the scales in November — new voters.

According to Politico, Republicans are picking up steam among voters in key battleground states, specifically Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Iowa. In Pennsylvania, for example, more than 85,000 voters have switched their registration from Democratic to Republican. And while Trump deserves some of the credit for this development, Charlie Gerow, a Pennsylvania GOP strategist, remarked, “My view is that a lot more of it is motivated by disgust that many Democrats have for the administration.”

The GOP also received good news from all-important Florida, where the Democratic Party’s lead in registered voters is less than half of what it was during the 2012 election. While voters don’t necessarily vote along the lines of their party registration, this is being rightly called a ray of hope for Trump. In 2012, President Obama won Florida by less than 100,000 votes. Now in 2016, Republicans have added about 70,000 more voters to their registration rolls than the Democrats have.

However, the Politico story was not all good news for Trump. According to Joe Henry, a representative of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Republican candidate has helped drive up Democratic voter registration in many areas as well. Says Henry: “We’ve probably had a 20 percent increase [in voter registration] just because of concerns about the hate.”

Still, this surge in new voters should help buoy a Trump campaign trying to find new momentum heading into the fall. Continue Reading