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Ted Cruz says vote for the Democrat

Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz urged residents of a Chicago-area congressional district to vote for a Democrat if they must, to avoid giving even one vote to an avowed Nazi who won the GOP nomination.

Cruz’s comments, made on Twitter, came after a POLITICO story detailed the Illinois Republican Party’s failed efforts to oust Holocaust denier Arthur Jones from the ballot or offer up an alternative for Republican voters.

This is horrific. An avowed Nazi running for Congress,” tweeted Cruz. “To the good people of Illinois, you have two reasonable choices: write in another candidate, or vote for the Democrat. This bigoted fool should receive ZERO votes.”

The tweet generated nearly 12,000 likes and 4,900 retweets by Friday evening.

Jones is running against Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski in a heavily Democratic district that includes portions of Chicago and the south suburbs.

This week, state Republicans let a deadline pass that would have allowed them to run someone as a third-party candidate to provide Republican voters with an alternative candidate to vote for. The GOP said the ballot requirements, including having to collect more than 14,000 signatures, was too burdensome and costly in a district Democrats dominate.

Instead, the party said it will seek to draft a write-in candidate for the general election.

House of Reps tells Trump: "No"


The Goodlatte bill was defeated 121-301.

The Political Parties In Our Heads

Members of the major American political parties don’t know each other that well. For example, when surveyed, Democrats estimated that 44 percent of Republicans were 65 and older (the true number is 21 percent). Republicans estimated that 46 percent of Democrats were black (the true number is 24 percent). This is based on a study in the Journal of Politics
"Misperceptions about Party Composition and Their Consequences"

Abstract: We document a large and consequential bias in how Americans perceive the major political parties: people tend to considerably overestimate the extent to which party supporters belong to party-stereotypical groups. For instance, people think that 32% of Democrats are LGBT (vs. 6% in reality) and 38% of Republicans earn over $250,000 per year (vs. 2% in reality). Experimental data suggest that these misperceptions are genuine and party specific, not artifacts of expressive responding, innumeracy, or ignorance of base rates. These misperceptions are widely shared, though bias in out-party perceptions is larger. Using observational and experimental data, we document the consequences of this perceptual bias. Misperceptions about out-party composition are associated with partisan affect, beliefs about out-party extremity, and allegiance to one’s own party. When provided information about the out-party’s actual composition, partisans come to see its supporters as less extreme and feel less socially distant from them.

Birth tourism

Wealthy Russians are renting President Trump’s condos in Florida so that they can give birth to children with American citizenship. One “birth-tourism” company offers an $84,700 package that includes a Trump Tower II apartment complete with gold bathtub and chauffeured Cadillac.

Predominately Muslim nations not covered by the travel ban

1 Indonesia
2 Pakistan
3 Bangladesh
4 Nigeria
5 Egypt
6 Turkey
7 Sudan
8 Algeria
9 Afghanistan
10 Morocco
11 Iraq
12 Malaysia
13 Saudi Arabia
14 Uzbekistan
15 Kazakhstan
16 Niger
17 Burkina Faso
18 Mali
19 Senegal
20 Tunisia
21 Guinea
22 Azerbaijan
23 Tajikistan
24 Sierra Leone
25 Jordan
26 United Arab Emirates
27 Kyrgyzstan
28 Turkmenistan
29 Chad
30 Lebanon
31 Kuwait
32 Albania
33 Mauritania
34 Oman
35 Kosovo
36 The Gambia
37 Bahrain
38 Comoros
39 Qatar
40 Djibouti
41 Brunei
42 Maldives
43 Bosnia-Herzegovnia
44 Palestinian Territories
45. Western Sahara

Politics by the numbers

In the 2016 General Election 136,669,237 people gave enough of a damn to vote.
62,984,825 of those people voted for Donald Trump.
65,853,516 people voted for Hillary Clinton.
7,830,986 people voted for someone other than either Trump or Clinton.
73,684,502 people voted for someone other than Donald Trump. That was 54% of the electrate.

Should Farenthold pay for his replacement?

"Texas officials are fuming over the tab for the upcoming special election to replace former Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold.

The cost of the June 30 election to replace Farenthold, who resigned in April amid reports he had used $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit, is expected to be at least $157,000 in total — and many of the 13 largely rural counties holding the election say they can’t afford their share of the bill.

Worse, they argue, the special election is a pointless and needlessly costly exercise since the contest is likely to go to a September runoff — meaning the eventual winner will likely serve in Washington for less than 90 days.

“We’re all not happy,” said Wharton County Elections Administrator Cynthia Richter. “It is what it is, it’s just crazy.”

After announcing the special election date, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wrote the millionaire former congressman to request that Farenthold pay for the special election costs himself. Farenthold had originally said he would pay back the $84,000 he used to settle the harassment claim; the governor asked that he apply that money to the local counties to cover the costs of the special election.

Farenthold’s response? No.

“In my opinion, as well as many other county officials I have heard from, a special election was not warranted and should not have been called,” wrote Farenthold in a letter addressed to Abbott. “However, that was your decision based upon the advice you were given. Since I didn’t call it and don’t think it’s necessary, I shouldn’t be asked to pay for it.”

Farenthold also told ABC News that he has been instructed by his attorneys not to pay the $84,000.

That has left the burden on the financially strapped counties that make up the 27th Congressional District."

Trump Job Approval Slips Back to 41%

Down from personal-best 45% the prior week
Still slightly above term-to-date average of 39%
All party groups' approval lower
President Donald Trump's job approval rating fell back slightly last week, to 41%, after he tied a personal best of 45% the prior week.
The latest results are based on June 18-24 Gallup polling.

Trump's 45% job approval rating during the week of June 11-17 was likely aided by his historic June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While the more positive feelings toward Trump coming out of the event would probably have faded in time, that process was likely hastened by the controversy over the administration's immigration policy. As part of a crackdown that treated all illegal U.S.-Mexico border crossings as criminal offenses, children were separated from parents while their parents were held in custody, awaiting hearings.

If illegal immigrants are violent

Why is border city San Diego among the least crime ridden cities in America? There were only 34 homicides in San Diego last year.
In 2015 San Diego's homicide rate was 3.54 per 100,000. The murder capital of America was St. Louis with a homicide rate of 59.78 per 100,000 residents.
Another border city, El Paso, Texas had a homicide rate of 2.47 and Laredo, Texas, also on the border was at 4.63 while Baltimore was at 51.42 and New Orleans was at 43.81.
Even closer (5 miles) to the border than San Diego, Chula Vista, California had the nation's lowest homicide rate for large (more than 250,000 residents) cities, 0.37 murders per 100,000 residents.

I wonder how many undocumented workers

Are preparing food for members of the Trump adminstration in restaurants around the Washington D.C. metro area and I wonder what special ingredients are being added to spice up those meals.
I say "Let them eat cake!"
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