Category: Thursdays on the Trail

Thursdays on the Trail: Primary offers no suprises

1900_New_York_polling_placeTuesday served as the “way too late” primary day for several states in the union, including the Midwestern states of Michigan and Kansas. Things played out as expected in Michigan – Rep. Justin Amash won his primary battle and Rep. Kerry Bentivolio lost his. Because of how the districts have been drawn up in the Great Lakes States, the vast majority of those who won their primaries on Tuesday will be victorious in November including Amash and Dave Trott (the man who just demolished Bentivolio at the polls). The big races in Michigan will be those that did not fall prey to the partisan redistricting, i.e. the U.S. Senate and Governors races, where Rep. Gary Peters is running against Terri Lynn Land to see who fills the seat left by retiring Sen. Carl Levin and Governor Rick Snyder aims to keep his seat from challenger Mark Schauer.

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Thursdays on the Trail: A message of moving foward

Elephas_maximus_(Bandipur)For quite some time I/we have stated here that the Republican Party in order to be successful moving forward needs a message about moving forward. And, in some ways, they have. It’s easy to see that in states like Indiana and Michigan, Ohio and Iowa. Republicans are leading their states forward, making them better places to work, live and raise a family. Somehow, it seems that Republicans inside the beltway haven’t gotten this message though. Congressional job approval is on par with death and eating dirt three times a day. So it’s interesting that the man who helped orchestrate the GOP reign in DC has something to say on the matter. Continue reading

Thursdays on the Trail: Top 2 gains support

Sycamore_trail_Hoosier_National_ForestEditor’s note: This is a day late – I am sorry

This week, New York Senator Charles Schumer (a Democrat), came out in favor of the “Top Two Primary” system (I will just refer to it as Top 2 going forward) such as the one used in California. Given the pairing of Schumer AND California you would think this would be something that gives Democrats a political edge….and you would be wrong. The fact is that a Top 2 is system that gives the people the political edge. You know, something that politics in this nation is supposed to do. Continue reading

Thursdays on the Trail: Remote campaigning

In looking through freelance opportunities, I noticed a distinct trend. When it comes to working remotely or telecommuting, it seems that the Democrats have an extreme edge. Now, it is possible that I am just looking in the wrong places and that Republican/Conservative telecommuting jobs are aplenty. Alas, that is likely not the case. It just seems that the Left seems to be more willing to open their ideas on the virtual workplace than the Right does.

How does this tie into campaigning? Simple. Campaign jobs – especially in today’s highly connected world – don’t necessitate that the staff all work in the same office. Phone calls can be made from anywhere thanks to pre-paid cell phones and VOIP systems. Letters to the editor can certainly be written from anywhere as well (you just need to have a nice local person attach their name to it). The only thing that cannot be done from afar is doorknocking. I’m afraid until we can figure out teleportation, that one stays local.

I know that some firms do these very things for candidates, yet they are still bound by brick and mortar. If I wanted to help out a candidate in Iowa or Michigan, the only way I could would be through donating money. That shouldn’t be the end of it though. By ignoring people who can’t donate money but can give their time, these campaigns could be even more successful.

While I love to think that the job of a Senator or Representative is only to represent their constituents, the reality is that the votes they cast and decisions they make affect all of us…regardless of where we live.

Thursdays on the Trail: Minnesota’s Brad Pitt

stewartmills_farmPOLITICO ran an article on Monday about “the Brad Pitt of the Republican Party”, a man named Stewart Mills who is running for Congress in Minnesota. Mills is trying to unseat Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN 08). Nolan served as a Congressman for Minnesota’s 6th District from 1976-1981 then beat GOP freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack in 2012. While Nolan is not technically a member of the national Democratic Party, he is part of Minnesota’s equivalent – the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and is part of the Democratic Caucus in the House.

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Thursdays on the Trail: Nebraska edition

nebraska-321291_640Things went as expected in Nebraska and Ben Sasse won the Republican Primary in the race to replace retiring Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE). Given Nebraska’s status as solid “red”, the primary was likely Sasse’s biggest hurdle on his way back to Washington. This is being touted as a victory for Conservatives or Tea Party folks (because somehow the national media now uses the terms interchangeably). The question is though…is it really? Or is it just a victory for Sasse? Continue reading

Thursdays on the Trail: Faces and local politics

This is what I was used to faces accompany the names on the larger signs

This is what I was used to seeing…now faces accompany the names on the larger signs

A few states have their primary elections coming up on May 6th, including Indiana. While there isn’t a headliner race in 2014 like there has been the last two cycles, there is something that has really caught my eye. Perhaps this is a local or regional tactic, but the number of faces I have seen on political signs is rather amazing.

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Thursdays on the Trail: Should we look for military service in 2016?

Many of the presidents in the last half of the 20th century served in WWII

Many of the presidents in the last half of the 20th century served in WWII

Much talk has centered around which Senator/Representative/Governor will emerge as the front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2016. They will tout their conservative credentials, fiscal agendas and their plan for limited government. However, one thing is missing – military service.

With Russia re-emerging as a threat to the United States and the Middle East remaining a powder keg that is on the verge of explosion, it would seem that the time is right for someone with a background in the military or national security to enter the fray (and no, John McCain, I am not suggesting you run again).

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