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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is running for a third term. Unlike his two previous races, Abbott is facing several GOP challengers in the primary election.
Texas Republicans will have eight candidates to choose from when they vote in the March 1 primary.
Abbott’s received endorsements from former President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, both Republicans, more than 50 Texas sheriffs, the National Border Patrol Council, and several business associations, among others.
Of the accomplishments listed on his campaign website, one includes adding more than 500,000 new jobs since he took office.
“More Texans have jobs today than ever before in the history of our state,” his campaign website boasts.
During his tenure, Abbott has repealed $250 million worth of professional fees, delivered the largest tax relief package in nearly a decade of more than $4 billion, cut the business franchise tax by 25%, or $2.5 billion, and cut property taxes by more than $1 billion, his campaign website states.
Of his seven challengers, only two have been elected to public office. Former congressman and Ret. Lt. Col. Allen West has the greatest national name recognition; former state legislator and Dallas businessman Don Huffines has received the most money in campaign contributions.
West, the former chair of the Republican Party of Texas, has been a vocal critic of Abbott, claiming he’s failed to secure the southern border with Mexico, hasn’t implemented property tax reforms and banned vaccine mandates, or prioritized Texas GOP policy platforms.
West’s platform prioritizes the rule of law, border security, property tax relief, energy independence, education, medical freedom, election integrity, gun rights, and others.
He’s been endorsed by former Trump national security advisor General Michael Flynn and former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, rock start and staunch conservative Ted Nugent, several state lawmakers, sheriffs, mayors, business leaders and the president of the Convention of States Project.
Huffines, also a vocal critic of Abbott, argues that RINOs (Republican in name only) in Austin, including Abbott, are “watching Texas turn blue.” He’s criticized Abbott’s handling of the “invasion at the border,” stating that if he were governor, he’d close it and not ask the federal government’s permission.
“If we lose Texas to the left, we can kiss the free world goodbye,” Huffines argues. He’s running “because Texas is turning blue under our RINO leadership.
“Texans deserve a real leader who delivers actual results rather than lies. We will finish the wall, secure our elections, and ban vaccine mandates.”
Huffines’ platform prioritizes border security, property tax reform, election reform, the power grid, term limits, health freedom and gun rights, among others.
Within two weeks of announcing his candidacy last summer, Huffines received endorsements from over 500 grassroots leaders statewide. He’s also received endorsements from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, and his father Ron Paul, former Trump legal advisor Jenna Ellis, former Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson, several mayors and state legislators.
Chad Prather, a YouTube talk show host who refers to himself as the “modern day Will Rogers,” is also another vocal critic of Abbott. After West and Huffines, Prather has some statewide name recognition. He’s built a successful entertainment business, apparel company, pastored three churches, and been a former executive of a Fortune 300 company, according to his campaign website. He has 307,000 Youtube subscribers as of Jan. 12.
“For a guy that’s never done anything and has no experience … I’ve done a few things,” he adds, without listing any political experience.
His platform includes boosting election integrity, fighting human trafficking, promoting farming and ranching, border security, education, and others.
According to TransparencyUSA.org, Abbott has $30.3 million in total campaign donations. Huffines has $5.5 million; West has $1.1 million, and Prather received less than $50,000 in donations last year.
Other lesser-known Republican candidates who appear to have little to no campaign funds include a criminal defense attorney, business owner, philanthropist, and engineer/technician.
Paul Belew, a criminal defense attorney from Wise County, is running to make “Texas more Texas again.”
Texas is “losing the battle to Oklahoma and New Mexico on several issues,” he argues on his campaign website, and should “strive to be an industry leader in energy, health care, farming, border security, and education.”
His platform prioritizes education, health care, legalizing THC, expanding gambling and casinos, reducing property taxes and criminal justice reform, among others.
Danny Harrison, a north Texas Republican businessman, says he’s running because, “I am finished with all of the talk from political wonks and realize that it is time to get to work. It is time to find new revenue, expand the tax base and create a real solution to this problem that delivers more than just a few a year in property tax relief.”
His platform includes bringing in new revenue, lowering property taxes, protecting parental rights, expanding rural health-care access, legalizing cannabis and prison reform, among others.
Two candidates listed on the Secretary of State’s website don’t appear to have campaign websites or social media presence: Kandy Kaye Horn and Rick Lynn Perry.
Horn’s the founder of the Houston-based Baroness Kandy Kaye Horn Foundation, which was created to implement “positive changes for the hungry, the formerly incarcerated, and single mothers.”
Perry, of Springtown, reportedly works for Lockhead Martin. His name has caused some confusion because it’s the same as former Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who also served as Trump’s Energy secretary.
Whoever wins the primary will likely face off against the Democratic front runner and former congressman, Robert (Beto) O’Rourke, who is the favorite to defeat five challengers.
The general election is Nov. 8.
Three Republican AGs will investigate GoFundMe following removal of Canadian trucker fundraiser
Three Republican attorneys general pledged to investigate GoFundMe’s decision to take down a fundraiser for Canadian truckers protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the capital city of Ottawa.
GoFundMe canceled the fundraiser Friday evening, which had raised $10 million.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey all said they would look into the matter of the California-based company, citing potential deceptive practices affecting their state residents.
Morrisey began the trend, as he tweeted on Friday night, “#GoFundMe now won’t honor #FreedomConvoy donations and will instead redirect to other charities? In WV, organizations must not deceive donors and engage in deceptive advertising practices. If you’ve been victimized by a deceptive act or practice, let us know!”
In a reply tweet, Morrisey noted that, “According to their website, #GoFundMe is not automatically refunding the donations. Individuals interested in a refund can submit the form below if they do so by Feb 19, 2022. This will avoid the ‘redirecting’ of the donation.”
Donald Trump, Jr., retweeted Morrisey, saying, “All GOP Attorney Generals should be looking at this & helping to get people their $$$ back so it can be redirected to the truckers. Don’t let @gofundme scam you… call your AGs & let them know. GFM seems to have no problem finding [sic] BLM riots… peaceful truckers should be fine too.”
GoFundMe tweeted an update overnight, saying that it would instead automatically refund all donations to the Freedom Convoy 2022 fundraiser.
“The update we issued earlier enabled all donors to get a refund and outlined a plan to distribute remaining funds to verified charities selected by the Freedom Convoy organizers. However, due to donor feedback, we are simplifying the process and automatically refunding donations.”
The next morning, Morrisey tweeted a screenshot of GoFundMe’s Twitter update, saying, “As a result of YOU weighing in, #GoFundMe has CHANGED its policy for the #FreedomConvoy and will now be AUTOMATICALLY providing refunds to donors. Thanks to everyone who RT’d our message. Little ‘ol WV making a difference! We’re not done yet & will not tolerate shady practices.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted shortly after, likely before seeing the GoFundMe update, because he said, “It is a fraud for @gofundme to commandeer $9M in donations sent to support truckers and give it to causes of their own choosing. I will work with @AGAshleyMoody to investigate these deceptive practices — these donors should be given a refund.”
Landry then tweeted his agreement with Morrissey, writing, “I share the concerns of @WestVirginiaAG. My office will be looking into whether or not #GoFundMe violated our state law. If you are a Louisiana donor to the #FreedomConvoy, please contact my #ConsumerProtection Section! #lagov”
On Sunday, Moody blasted GoFundMe on “Fox and Friends”.
“Think about what occurred here. You have a business that essentially makes money off people, out of the goodness of their hearts, wanting to contribute to a cause that’s important to them. You have a big business that encourages that. They take a percentage,” Moody said, according to Florida Politics.
“They make money when folks raise money through their platform. And then, without any notice to anyone, and no donor knows this before they make a contribution, they’re going to make some political judgment that they think this isn’t a worthy cause anymore, and just shut down after raising millions of dollars,” she added.
“Folks wanted to help in this protest against heavy-handed government as people historically have done when government has tried to overreach and take away the freedoms of its people. People push back peacefully. And you have a business here that makes money off of people wanting to donate to that, and they just shut it down,” Moody continued.
Biden Makes Worst Foreign Policy Blunder Since Afghanistan – GOP Goes After Joe For Greenlighting Russia
Boy, are Democrats having a day! Joe Biden’s press conference last night was an unmitigated disaster. Critics are slamming just about everything he said. But perhaps worst were his comments on Russia.
It’s no secret that Russia is trying to harass the sovereign nation of Ukraine. They’ve even amassed troops along the border, preparing what some fear could be an invasion.
Anything an American president might say right now could end hostilities or trigger conflict. The issue of Ukraine came up during Biden’s presser. I’m sure his handlers thought his comments were supposed to show strength against Putin. Instead, Biden dropped a bomb that might end up being a green light to war.
From Daily Wire:
“IT’S ONE THING IF IT’S A MINOR INCURSION AND WE END UP HAVING TO FIGHT ABOUT WHAT TO DO AND NOT DO,” BIDEN TOLD REPORTERS REGARDING WHAT RUSSIA MIGHT DO…
WHEN ASKED LATER TO CLARIFY WHAT HE MEANT BY “MINOR INCURSION,” BIDEN SAID HE DREW THE LINE AT “RUSSIAN FORCES CROSSING THE BORDER, KILLING UKRAINIAN FIGHTERS,” CNN REPORTED.
Minor incurstion? This is pretty bad. It seems Biden is willing to let Putin do whatever he wants short of an full-on invasion. Republican leaders were not okay with this.
THE REMARKS WERE WIDELY SEEN AS UNDERCUTTING U.S. DIPLOMACY THAT HAS TRIED TO STAVE OFF ANY RUSSIAN INCURSION INTO UKRAINE — “MINOR” OR NOT…
SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), WHOSE BILL TO PUNISH PUTIN WITH SANCTIONS FAILED DUE TO DEMOCRAT OPPOSITION, SAID BIDEN’S ANSWERS ON UKRAINE WERE “INCOHERENT AND CATASTROPHIC.” […]
“MOST WORRYINGLY, HE DEFINED DOWN WHAT COUNTS AS AN ‘INVASION’ AND CALLED INTO QUESTION WHETHER WE’D FORCEFULLY RESPOND, WHICH WILL BE READ IN FAR TOO MANY PLACES AS GREENLIGHTING AN INVASION,” HE SAID.
Joe Biden’s comments on Russia’s hostility toward Ukraine are being called his worst foreign policy decision since his deadly Afghanistan withdrawal. His comments did not show the U.S. was ready to defend our ally against Russia. Instead, it appears as if he was giving Putin the green light, as long as he wasn’t going to send “soldiers” into the foreign land.
The phrase “minor incursion” was especially troubling. Russia has more options for attacking Ukraine than just soldiers. They can use cyberattacks, block roads, and disrupt trade moving into Ukraine. Just the fact that Biden suggested he’d tolerate an “incursion,” minor or otherwise, was slammed by critics.
His comments were so bad, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to do damage control. She released one of several statements hoping to clarify. Once again, she is trying to backtrack something Joe said.
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI ISSUED A STATEMENT WEDNESDAY EVENING IN AN ATTEMPT TO UNDO THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S WEAK STATEMENTS ON UKRAINE AND RUSSIA AT A PRESS CONFERENCE JUST MOMENTS BEFORE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
She tried to project the kind of strength Joe should have during his conference. But a quickly written statement does not carry the same weight as something that comes right out of Biden’s mouth. His handlers should have done a much better job of controlling what Sleepy Joe was going to say.
Biden came out later that day to say that the U.S. is ready to take strong action against any Russian activity, but it may be too little, too late. Putin is a master poker player, and he just got Biden to admit to the world that Joe will hesitate and let Russia do what it wants.
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‘Let The 25th Amendment Discussions Begin:’ Biden’s Press Conference a Total Failure as Reactions Roll in[VIDEO]
President Joe Biden seemed to confirm the dark suspicions of millions of Americans that he’s mentally unfit during his rambling, two-hour news conference on Thursday.
Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, who was the White House physician to former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, reiterated his grave concerns about Biden’s mental sharpness.
“He’s totally disconnected from reality,” Jackson tweeted Thursday during Biden’s first news conference in 10 months.
The blundering 79-year-old repeatedly lost his train of thought and slurred his words during the event to mark his first year as president.
“He has NO IDEA what’s going on,” the congressman tweeted. “It’s no surprise he’s been kept locked away in the basement. This is an EMBARRASSMENT.”
Jackson pointed out that Biden completely ignored a question from a White House correspondent about his flailing mental acuity.
“BIDEN JUST IGNORED A QUESTION ABOUT HIS COGNITIVE DECLINE! Something is WRONG with him,” he tweeted. “This man IS NOT qualified to be President!!”
The congressman added: “I am demanding he have a cognitive test NOW. There’s too much on the line, we need to know!”
Jackson was referencing a polite but direct question posed by James Rosen, the chief White House correspondent for Newsmax.
“A poll released this morning by Politico Morning Consult found 49 percent of registered voters disagreeing with the statement, ‘Joe Biden is mentally fit,’” Rosen said.
Biden derisively tried to brush off the question, but a persistent Rosen followed up, asking, “Why do you suppose such large segments of the American electorate have come to harbor such profound concerns about your cognitive fitness?”
The career politician awkwardly replied, “I have no idea.” Then he quickly called on another reporter.
Meanwhile, Biden was widely panned by numerous social media commentators, who said the news conference was an epic disaster.
Breitbart’s Joel Pollak tweeted six words that Biden surely didn’t want to hear: “Let the 25th Amendment discussions begin.” The amendment provides a process for the vice president to assume power if the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Conservative radio host Clay Travis slammed the “incredibly embarrassing press conference,” saying Biden underperformed despite responding to “a pre-approved list of questioners on a list given to him.”
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY EMBARRASSING PRESS CONFERENCE FOR JOE BIDEN. HE’S READING FROM A PRE-APPROVED LIST OF QUESTIONERS ON A LIST GIVEN TO HIM. IS HE INCAPABLE OF CALLING ON REPORTERS HIMSELF? BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY EXPLANATION MOST PEOPLE WATCHING, INCLUDING ME, TAKE FROM THIS.
— CLAY TRAVIS (@CLAYTRAVIS) JANUARY 19, 2022
Media strategist Caleb Hull noted that Biden dismissed his abysmal approval ratings as fake (“I don’t believe the polls”) and even suggested that the 2020 election and the forthcoming 2022 midterm elections could be rigged.
Reminder: The corporate media brutally attacked Trump for making similar remarks.
“Isn’t this everything that made Trump ‘literally Hitler’?” Hull tweeted.
Democrats and their corporate media lapdogs have screeched for the past year that questioning election results is “treason” and “terrorism.”
But if you’re a Democrat, you can call GOP election victories “illegitimate” with impunity.
Hypocritical Democrats and their media minions who disingenuously questioned Trump’s mental fitness for four years are now curiously silent about Biden’s bewildering babbling.
Although people laugh about it, Biden’s faltering mental fitness is not a joke. It is a pressing national security threat that will haunt him for the rest of his presidency.
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