The Trump Referendum … Post Presidential Special Elections: GOP & Trump 5 – Democrats 0, Nada, Nil!!!

TRUMP 5 – DEMOCRATS 0 …

The MSM, the LEFT and the Democrats put all of their collective political eggs again in a special election race and came up snake eyes. Last night Republican Karen Handel won the most expensive House race in U.S. history and beat back the latest Democrat golden boy. In the end, Handel won the election and Distric by a greater amount than even Trump did back in November 2016. So what is next for the LEFT, except more tears following losses? According to the WAPO, Democrats are despondent and President Donald Trump is emboldened after GOP victory in Georgia special election. With 99% of the vote counted, Handel leads Ossoff 53% to 47% in a race that many expected to be much closer. Handel had 127,021 votes to the Democrat’s 114,390 ballots. Democrats billed this election as a referendum on Trump, and Trump won again. This made the Special election count 4-0 for the GOP. By the way, last night there was a special election in South Carolina too, the Republicans won that one as well. Make it 5-0 for Trump and the GOP over Democrats, the MSM and the Lefty-liberal moonbats.

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THE BIG IDEA: With all the ballots counted, Republican Karen Handel won the most expensive House race in U.S. history by 3.8 percentage points. That’s a larger margin of victory than the 1.5 points that Donald Trump carried Georgia’s 6th Congressional District by last November.

Handel even wound up winning by a greater margin than the GOP candidate in an unexpectedly close special election to replace OMB Director Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina that had not been on the national radar.

The suburban district north of Atlanta is ruby red and has been in GOP hands since Newt Gingrich won it in 1979, but that does not make Jon Ossoff’s defeat any less devastating for Democrats struggling to find their way in the Trump era.

– Last night was a wake-up call for Democrats that they still need to home in on an effective anti-Trump message.

– The results are already prompting Democratic recriminations, as the Bernie Sanders wing of the party pushes the establishment to get behind more liberal candidates. Initially, Ossoff’s mantra was “Make Trump Furious.” But he rarely talked about the president toward the end of the contest because he needed to win over moderate Republicans and didn’t want to motivate low-propensity Trump voters to turn out against him. He modulated his rhetoric, calling for fiscal conservatism in his ads and focusing on jobs. He avoided hot-button issues and called for civility.

The LEFT is about to lose their collective minds as they take loss after loss. Here is a piece of information to the far-LEFT, the MSM and the Democrat party, maybe, just maybe it is the will of the people that Donald Trump is president and they approve of what he is doing. Maybe, it is the resistance that the American people are against. Just a thought.

TRUMP WINS REFERENDUM!!! Republican Karen Handel Wins Georgia’s 6th Congressional District Over Democrat Ossoff

DONALD J. TRUMP WINS REFERENDUM ON HIS PRESIDENCY ACCORDING TO THE LIBERAL MSM, DEMOCRATS AND THE LEFT!!!

Republican Karen Handel as been declared the winner of the special election for the Georgia 6th Congressional district over Democrat Ossoff. In the run up to this special election, the MSM, Democrats and the LEFT have called the race between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel is largely seen as a referendum on the first months of Donald J. Trump’s presidency. The Democrats, Far-Left and Hollywood pumped millions and millions of dollars into the campaign to get their victory and call it a referendum against the Trump presidency. Instead, the Democrats lost again and the election turned out to be  a referendum for Donald Trump. In the end, Handel kicked his Ossoff.

Karen Handel, a Republican, defeated Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, in the most expensive U.S. House race in history. The election was largely seen as a referendum on the first months of Donald J. Trump’s presidency. Republicans maintain control of the seat, which was vacated by Tom Price, the new secretary of health and human services.

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New York Times

President Trump’s hopes of steadying his presidency and his agenda on Capitol Hill were given a lift Tuesday when a Republican won a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs.

Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, retaining a seat that has been in GOP hands since 1979 after a grueling, four-month campaign that earned the distinction of being the most expensive House race in history.

Handel’s win, projected by the Associated Press, will bring fresh attention to a beleaguered Democratic Party that has suffered a string of defeats in special elections this year despite an angry and engaged base of voters who dislike Trump.

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New York Times

In the end, after all of the effort and outside money spent by Democrats in this Georgia House seat and after all the LEFT and Democrat put on the winning of this seat to gibe Trump a loss, the race was not even close as Republican Karen Handel won by 5%. There was no nail biting as the New York Times wanted people to believe. It was only close in the minds of the LEFT. Democrats rallied nationwide against Handel in an attempt to defeat Trump and they lost. AGAIN!

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CNN: Republican Karen Handel wins Georgia House special election.

Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a high-stakes special election for a Georgia House seat on Tuesday, denying Democrats their first major victory of the Donald Trump era.

Handel led Ossoff by 4.8 percentage points with more than three-fourths of the 6th District’s precincts having reported their results at 10 p.m. ET, in the most expensive House race in US history.

But it wasn’t what Democrats who pumped $23 million into Ossoff’s campaign so desperately craved: A win.

Handel’s victory showed that even with Republicans in power, the GOP’s message in recent election cycles — focused largely urging voters to reject House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi — remains potent.

Aside from all of the excuses from the LEFT, maybe, just maybe Handel and the GOP won the Georgia 6th Congressional election because she was the only candidate who could close the campaign by voting. Jon Ossoff could not. Democrats, don’t you think maybe, just maybe you could actually find a candidate who lived in the district? Seriously, don’t you think that might actually mean something to the people this guy presumed to one day represent?

“I bet [Jon Ossoff] wishes he could vote like me, since I live in the district,” Handel said when she arrived at the polls, in reference to the fact that Ossoff lives just over three miles outside of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.

Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Shot in Virginia During Morning Congressional Basebal Practice

LAWMAKER SHOT IN VA …

As reported at FOX News, Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot early this morning in Alexandria, Virginia while practicing baseball.  According to Alabama Representative Mo Brooks, shots were first reported on East Monroe Street in Alexandria. at about 7:10 am ET. Louisiana Congressman Scalise was standing near second base when he was shot. Scalise was hit in the hip. Others have also been wounded. The suspect is reported to have been shot and in custody.

Thankfully, Majority Whip Steve Scalise was traveling with a security detail of Capitol police, otherwise this would have been much worse and a massacre.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and at least one other aide was also hit in the chest by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed.

Police tweeted they “believed” the gunman was in custody. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead. He said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding.

UPDATE I: Rep. Steve Scalise was shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, VA.

According to both congressional and law enforcement sources, the shooting appears to be a “deliberate attack.” Alexandria police said earlier Wednesday they were responding to a “multiple shooting” in the city. The tweet also said the suspect is in custody “and not a threat.” CNN has reached out to Capitol Hill police for details.

Brooks said there were a number of congressmen and congressional staffers lying on the ground, and at least one of them was wounded. The Alabama Republican said he used his belt as a tourniquet to help one of the victims.

He said the shooter appeared to be a white male but added that “I saw him for a second or two.” He said the shooter was behind the third base dugout and didn’t say anything.

“The gun was a semiautomatic,” Brooks said. “It continued to fire at different people. You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter.”

UPDATE II: Paul said about 50-60 rifle shots rang out from a distance and “no one on the field had a chance”.

Alexandria police said the suspect was in custody and was “not a threat.”

Scalise was with 15-20 lawmakers who were practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game, according to HLN. Fox said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding.

Sen. Rand Paul told MSNBC said he was in a batting cage when it happened. Paul said about 50-60 rifle shots rang out from a distance and “no one on the field had a chance.” He said two Capital Hill police return fire.

UPDATE III: Virginia shooting: House majority whip shot at congressional baseball practice – live.

4m ago 13:44 David Taylor

Rand Paul, the Republican senator for Kentucky, told MSNBC he was practicing in a batting cage just outside the fence to the baseball field when the shots started.

He heard a succession of five or 10 shots and then realized the Republican majority whip senator Steve Scalise was hit on the baseball field and was “trying to drag himself through the dirt towards the dugout”.

Two Congressional staffers were also on the ground, with shots kicking up dirt all around them, he said.

Paul, who hid behind a tree with a staffer who leapt over a high fence, described shots landing in the dirt in the outfield and around them.

He said at one point the gunman, who he thought was armed with a rifle must have reloaded and then there were 50 or 60 shots.

“Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that the Capitol Hill police were there,” he said.

The Republicans have been having regular morning practice at the field for about two months in advance of Thursday’s charity congressional baseball game at Nationals Park.

Armed police were there because Senator Scalise, a member of the leadership is on their team, Paul said.

“The Capitol Hill police, incredibly brave, probably saved the lives of everybody there. Had they not been there it would have been a massacre because there’s no escape, a guy, if he has got 100 bullets, we had no weapons and no place to hide.”

So if he had advanced on the rest of us, there would have been no chance … shots were returned by the Capitol Hill police. From what I understand, they both were shot, I hope they are OK. One still protected the scene after being shot.”

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Congressman Mo Brooks said that Scalise “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood”.

“We started giving him the liquids; I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Brooks said.

FINALLY … House Republicans Pass Obamacare Repeal, 217-213

HOUSE FINALLY REPEALS OBAMACARE …

After campaigning on the issue for nearly seven years, House Republicans have finally passed a health care bill to repeal and replace the failed disaster known as Obamacare. The legislation passed 217 to 213 with no Democrats joining Republicans to repeal the failed Obamacare law. There were 20 Republicans voted no on the legislation. President Donald Trump praised House Speaker Paul Ryan and said he’s confident in Senate passage and predicted an “unbelievable victory.” “Trump went on to say, “As far as I’m concerned, your premiums are going to come down.”

Make no mistake about it America, Obamacare was a lie fed to you by Barack Obama and Democrats. Do I think this legislation is perfect, not a chance, but Obamacare was a failing disaster.

House Republicans on Thursday narrowly approved their sweeping health care bill aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to upend ObamaCare, after resuscitating legislation that had flatlined on the floor not six weeks earlier.

The revised American Health Care Act passed on a 217-213 vote.

“We’re going to get this finished,” President Trump declared in a celebratory Rose Garden event, surrounded by Republican congressional allies shortly after the vote. He vowed premiums and deductibles will be “coming down” and the Affordable Care Act is “essentially dead.”

The passage marked Republicans’ biggest step yet toward replacing the Obama administration’s signature domestic policy law. The bill heads next to the Senate, however, where it faces an uncertain fate.

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NYT: Vote Count

I can only hope that this is the beginning of really providing affordable and fair insurance coverage to Americans who want insurance. not forced to purchase government sponsored and unaffordable insurance. My person opinion having been in the healthcare field for nearly 30 years is that the fix should have been more market driven, not a spoon fed insurance plan. Individuals are going to have to start taking responsibility for their lives and stop depending on government, that goes for Republicans too.

Full White House Press Conference following House Repeal of Obamacare

From CNN:

Democrats were unable to stop the GOP vote aimed at President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement. But after the final vote was cast, they chanted “nah nah nah nah hey hey hey goodbye” to their Republican colleagues, with a few members waving, as they believe the vote will lead to many GOP lawmakers losing their seats in the November 2018 midterms.

Thursday marks a political milestone — one that has painfully eluded Trump and House leaders for months. The controversial health care bill delivered Trump the biggest political defeat of his short presidency in March, when the legislation had to be yanked from the House floor because it simply didn’t have enough support.

Under pressure from an antsy Trump looking to score a big political victory, Republican leaders tried again last week, hoping to to get to 216 votes ahead of the President’s symbolically important 100-day mark in office. That effort, too, failed.

Obama’s Post Presidency $400,000 Speech Could Prompt Congress to Go after His Pension

MY PERSONAL BELIEF IS THAT ALL GOVERNMENT PENSIONS EXCEPT THOSE IN MILITARY SHOULD BE DONE AWAY WITH, INCLUDING CONGRESS …

Following Barack Obama’s $400,000 speech, Congress may pass legislation to cap presidential pensions. A bill like this had been previously introduced in 2016 in the House by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and in the Senate by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. However, with no opposition last year in the Senate or House or threat of presidential veto, at the last minute Obama vetoed the bill. Imagine that. Talk about self-serving. Why would Obama have vetoed such a bill? Hopefully this will pass the Congress once again and President Trump will sign it. If not, the American tax payers will be providing a pension to a billionaire by law.

Of course Congress should pass a similar bill on themselves as well.

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And I am still bleeding the tax payer …

Last year, then-president Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would have curbed the pensions of former presidents if they took outside income of $400,000 or more.

So now that former president Barack Obama has decided to accept $400,000 for an upcoming Wall Street speech, the sponsors of that bill say they’ll reintroduce that bill in hopes that President Trump will sign it.

“The Obama hypocrisy on this issue is revealing,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and sponsor of the 2016 bill. “His veto was very self-serving.”

Chaffetz and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, the sponsor of the companion Senate bill, say they will re-introduce the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act this month. The bill would cap presidential pensions at $200,000, with another $200,000 for expenses. But those payments would be reduced dollar-for-dollar once their outside income exceeds $400,000.

The issue isn’t a partisan one — or at least, it wasn’t last year. The bill passed both the House and Senate with no opposition, and no veto threat had come from the White House.

So when Obama’s veto came one Friday night last July — on the last day for him to sign or veto the legislation — it took lawmakers by surprise. It was the 11th of Obama’s 12 vetoes.

My personal belief is that all pensions should be done away with, except for the men and woman of our military. It is a means of payment that is long since obsolete. If presidents want to go on the speaking tour and some company is ignorant enough to pay $400K, so be it. However, the American people should never have to foot the bill of a pension of millionaires. That goes for Congress also. These positions were never intended to be a full time job forever. That is never what The Founders envisioned.

“The basic premise here is, if they want to go fishing in Utah for the rest of their lives, they can do that. They will be well compensated for the rest of their lives,” Chaffetz said. “If they’re going to make millions of dollars, the taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize them.”

Why are the American people paying pensions to millionaires? Who honestly thinks this makes any sense, no matter what political party the former president belongs to. Who thinks the Bush’s are hurting for money? How about the Clinton’s?

Under the Former Presidents Act, the nation’s five living former presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama — get a pension equal to the salary of a current cabinet secretary: $207,800 in 2017. They also get $150,000 to pay staff, and “suitable office space, appropriately furnished and equipped.”

In 2015, the entire benefit package ranged from $430,000 for Carter to $1.1 million for George W. Bush.

With Obama joining the club as of Jan. 20, the 2017 spending bill approved by the House Wednesday contained nearly $3.9 million for all the former presidents through Sept. 30 — a $588,000 annual increase.

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