I’ve been a lifelong Democrat. In fact, I’m on a dozen “most influential” lists in politics, business and the such, and my twitter following is in the tens of thousands. I will be most likely this year voting for a democrat in every single race except one: a small race here in Nevada for State Senate District 9, where I live.
Tiffany Jones is a small business owner with an amazing bakery in the area. When she ran in 2016, I actually trolled her social media accounts – and joked about some of her photos and that she “needed to stick to baking.” I was not happy about Trump running, and since she was GOP, I assumed she was fully into the whole #maga agenda.
Instead of attacking me, after the election she actually reached out to me and invited me to meet her, and learn her positions.
She explained to me what she stands for: helping small businesses in Nevada and how she really wants to work with both democrats and republicans in Nevada to grow our economy and help our local community. We both have kids, so things like safety in the area, events and the parks being clean and repaired were both extremely important.
What I found most interesting about her was her honesty: She made it clear she wasn’t getting support of some traditionally Republican organizations because even though she supported some of their causes, she had her own opinions and solutions. She wasn’t knee-jerk about anything.
That interested me, because I’m one of the people who are very much aware that national solutions don’t always work locally.
Her honesty really caught me off guard, especially since I was really nasty to her. She didn’t take it personally, and since then has engaged me over and over again despite us being different politically on some issues.
I don’t know Melanie Scheible, the young lady running against her. However, I need to be honest that am deeply disturbed that she graduated college two years ago, then had her first job at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office – and with less than one year working for the People of Las Vegas, decided to run for a seat. That doesn’t sit well with me, and while I am sure she’s an awesome person personally – I wish she would have worked for more than 2 years total in life before trying to run for office.
Additionally, Melanie’s attack ads have been strange: in one case she attacked Tiffany Jones for being in “the pockets” of big pharma, while taking money from the largest Pharma PAC in Nevada. With opioid additions being a serious issue in Nevada, this should concern everyone why she is saying one thing, and doing another.
In another mailing, her ads attack Tiffany Jones for positions she is not taking – including a BLATANT LIE, saying Tiffany Jones has a A+ with the NRA. In fact, despite being a gun owner, and a competitive shooter, Jones has a D with the NRA because she isn’t a knee jerk politician. She really does think for herself and doesn’t follow the party line when it isn’t what is better for her community.
I’ll be honest, if I didn’t get to know Tiffany Jones personally, I might have never cared to find more about her. I probably wouldn’t even vote for this seat.
Tiffany Jones has a business in our area, she has a family she is raising in the area, and has a stake in the game to make our community better. She is also a proud Filipino, and would be the first Filipina in State Office, representing a growing part of our community.
Melanie Scheible is a tourist with no business, no family, no connections to our areas and schools — and just following the party line. She seems like a nice person, but honestly, I know nothing about her: all her ads seem to be about how she doesn’t like Tiffany Jones, and hasn’t really presented any single concrete ideas how to help the families in Mountain’s Edge. She’s also never reached out to me, despite almost every other Democratic politician in the area sending me invites to their events. That’s kinda strange since I’ve lived here for years and very, very involved in my community. Most small business owners here know me personally.
This is why I am personally endorsing Tiffany Jones.
Oliver North Resigns: NRA Civil War Goes Public
Wayne LaPierre, who has been the public face of the NRA for decades, claims that the NRA is in serious trouble and may shut down after the latest public battle. The civil war between NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and now-departing NRA president Oliver North exploded into the open Friday night with yelling, threats and screaming.
In a statement read to members of the group Saturday, North said he believes a committee should be set up to review the NRA’s finances. He said there is a “clear crisis” and “it needs to be dealt with” if the NRA is to survive.
He also then said he is resigning, and will not seek re-election.
Making this weirder, NRA is currently suing their public relations firm, Ackerman McQueen, over access to documents detailing how the firm spent the NRA’s money.
NRA board members grew increasingly concerned about whether they were getting their money’s worth from their long time advertising and PR firm; according to financial documents cited in The New Yorker, the NRA paid Ackerman McQueen just under $41 million in 2017 for ads that often just involved a logo. North is also an employee of Ackerman McQueen.
NRA board members have grown increasingly concerned about whether they were getting their money’s worth from their long time advertising and PR firm; according to financial documents cited in The New Yorker, the NRA paid Ackerman McQueen just under $41 million in 2017 for ads that often just involved a logo. North is also an employee of Ackerman McQueen.
North had sent a letter to the NRA board contending that the NRA had paid for, through a vendor, more than $200,000 of clothing purchases by LaPierre, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Additionally, there is an issue that the NRA has been delving into topics that have nothing to do with gun education and rights. Some members claim the NRA has compromised its values and is more aligned with politicians and enamored of power than its membership.
As a non-profit, they could be in trouble, if its found they are ignoring their primary mission and working in politics.
New York State could close down the NRA entirely by moving for dissolution if found that they are not following the law. As a nonprofit chartered in New York, the NRA falls under New York law and the purview of the NRA-hating NY Attorney General. She has frequently expressed her desire to tear down the organization, and has been signaling a pending investigation into NRA finances.
Hannity Wants to Leave FoxNews to Work for TrumpTV
The timing of Sean Hannity’s potential departure from Fox News matches up with Trump’s possible exit from the White House if he loses in 2020. Trump TV was an idea that was kicked around by the Trumps when they expected to lose the 2016 election, so it is almost too perfect that Trump TV could put into action if Trump gets booted out of the White House next year.
As Fox News continues to lose key members of its team, all eyes are now on Sean Hannity, who remains one of the last stars standing from the network’s primetime lineup. Hannity a few months ago tweeted an article denying reports that he was working on his exit strategy — but now seems to be confirming he no longer wants to be there.
According to sources, Hannity is still angry over the Murdochs’ firing of Fox News C.E.O. Roger Ailes and co-president Bill Shine, Hannity’s close friend and former producer. Hannity believes the Murdochs are out to get Trump. “Hannity told Trump last year that the Murdochs hate Trump, and Hannity is the only one holding Fox together,” a source who heard the conversation told me. Hannity has told friends that he intends to leave Fox when his contract expires in early 2021, two people who’ve spoken with him said.
A Fox News staffer told Vanity Fair, “Sean doesn’t feel supported. He has no relationship with Lachlan [Murdoch]. According to HillReporter: Sean thinks, Wait a second, I was hired to get ratings and I get ratings, but now people are embarrassed about me? He feels Fox spends a lot of time supporting Shepard Smith but his show makes no money. That’s annoying to him.”
Trump’s own TV network was dreamed of as a challenger to Fox News. There could be no better way to challenge Fox for their own viewers than to poach their highest rated host. The Fox News dominance of conservative media is close to splintering. Fox can’t afford to lose many more advertisers, and if their pro-Trump hosts bolt, Fox News as we know it could be dead and gone.
Trump death touch is killing everything on the right, potentially including Fox News.
Trump Blames Dead McCain for Healthcare Failures
In a Thursday interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Trump attacked late Senator John McCain (R-AZ). He said McCain “did the nation a tremendous disservice” when he voted against a GOP bill that would repeal and replace ObamaCare in 2017.
“He did the Republican Party a tremendous disservice and he did the nation a tremendous disservice, tremendous, and it’s unfortunate,” Trump said, according to The Hill.
“He went thumbs-down at the very last moment and I thought it was a disgraceful thing to do and very, very bad for our country and bad for health care,” Trump continued. “It was done and then John McCain, at the very last moment, late in the evening, went thumbs-down and everybody said, ‘What was that?'”
Trump also criticized McCain for being connected to a dossier of claims about Trump and Russia. Trump also complained about not being thanked for giving McCain the “kind of funeral that he wanted” after the senator died of brain cancer in August 2018.
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you. That’s OK,” Trump said.