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« Reply #175 on: September 22, 2022, 05:04:14 PM »

@President Stanton,
Mike Garcia running would not be a very smart move as both, Kim & Garcia come from almost the same Region, Garcia District lies in LA County, Kims in Orange County. They could be splitting the Vote too much so that they both get locked out of the Top 2 Primary.

The only reason Garcia is probably considering a Governor Run is because his Congressional Seat gets targetted every two years.
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« Reply #176 on: September 22, 2022, 05:18:52 PM »
« Edited: September 22, 2022, 07:47:36 PM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27 2025: DEMOCRATS APPEAR TO BE ENGAGED IN A CIVIL WAR OF SORTS. In the wake of President DeSantis speech to congress last night and a very tepid Democrat response from Maryland Governor Westley Moore, topped by today's testy press conference by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , who kept giving confusing and heated responses to inquiries by Fox News reporter's, Chad Pergram and Mike Emanuel, about his views on the southern border. And with DNC Chairman, Tim Ryan , panning both Moore and Schumer , "It has not been a good week for Democrats and especially when you have a new Attorney General called Barbara Lagoa taking over the DOJ, and she is recognized to be the star of the DeSantis administration", remarked Fox News Analyst, Britt Hume, "Surely they can't keep having bad weeks?" Continued Hume.

NEXT UP: THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP, UK PRIME MINISTER LIZ TRUSS GOES TO WASHINGTON,  AND HAS MEETINGS WITH DESANTIS AND MEMBERS OF HIS FOREIGN POLICY TEAM. THINGS HEAT UP BETWEEN USA & CHINA OVER TAIWAN
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« Reply #177 on: September 22, 2022, 05:28:48 PM »

@President Stanton,
Mike Garcia running would not be a very smart move as both, Kim & Garcia come from almost the same Region, Garcia District lies in LA County, Kims in Orange County. They could be splitting the Vote too much so that they both get locked out of the Top 2 Primary.

The only reason Garcia is probably considering a Governor Run is because his Congressional Seat gets targetted every two years.
@2016, have to make it interesting, besides if I were Kim or Garcia I'm not folding for the other guy. Besides it might possible that Garcia,  might be using a 2026 contest as a dry run for 2028, to take out Padilla , and you know, hope springs eternal, and some much needed exposure. The dynamics will likely manufacture themselves as time goes on. Who knows what Garcia or Kim have planned.
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« Reply #178 on: September 22, 2022, 08:34:40 PM »

The speech to Congress was gold, and certainly hit the high notes on such topics as Taiwan and Ukraine (but what about Hong Kong?), the ongoing border and immigration crises, the national debt, law enforcement and education with an aim towards career readiness, economic empowerment, school choice, a renaissance of civics, and teacher pay based on merit.

There are still unanswered questions remaining following the speech to the Congress:
  • What do to about the two Koreas? (Will Lil' Kim be willing to meet F2F with DeSantis? Will there be justice for Otto Warmbier?)
  • What about the future of Cuba? (Will having a Díaz-Balart for an ambassador make a difference on bringing Cuba closer to perestroika and glasnost?)
  • What about the Federal Reserve and the state of the dollar? (Certainly this has been a prime goal of a number of conservatives since the rise of the Tea Party movement)
  • What about the state of veterans' affairs in this country? (Especially after the latest in a long line of scandals involving VA hospitals and nursing homes following the scathing ABC News investigation during the Biden administration...and with a double amputee now taking command of the VA)
  • After border security, what to do about homeland security at the airports? (Remember that there are some of us who would like to keep the U.S. Marshals on planes, but otherwise would like the TSA to strike a better balance on safety and personal liberty...and there are some of us who do yearn for the days before 9/11 where we wished our folks well at the gate...)
  • What to make of the usual suspects in the whole talk of "starving the beast", particularly in Commerce and most of its spinoffs? (Imagine Blake Masters, Ben Sasse and even Jon Huntsman Jr. being the odd men out as "Daddy" Glenn Youngkin takes most of the cream of their usual "punching bag" departments...though it wouldn't shock me if Huntsman eventually found his way to Secretary of State should Robert O'Brien pull off an Alexander Haig or Rex Tillerson. To paraphrase what Eddie Valiant said in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Masters, Sasse and Huntsman "better start drinking it black", because eventually Daddy Youngkin will start taking the cream.)
  • Will there be a revival of "urban enterprise zones" under Tim Scott at HUD? (Certainly some would argue that DeSantis is the closest thing to Jack Kemp in addition to Reagan, as well as also being "Trump on decaf"...)
  • After the border saga concludes, where do John Ratcliffe and Chris Stewart go on the matter of Cold War 2.0 with Russia, China and North Korea? (and who fits in this edition of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy...)
  • Will some of Elon Musk and Richard Branson's wildest transportation horizons (looking at you, Hyperloop!) swing the pendulum on Secretary Nason's watch at DOT? (Not to mention what to do about the "OBiden"-era emissions standards and whether or not any company - if at all - wants to go back to ICE, and I don't mean the border...)
  • Will the GOP balance its conservation tradition with regards to the National Park Service with achieving economic goals particularly on energy concerns under Noem? Certainly, conservation is a bedrock priority of mostly younger Republicans, and especially with Eric Eikenberg at EPA...if you are a fan of Steve Hilton and have never heard of Benji Backer - SHAME ON YOU!
  • Will Ben Carson have the prescription for Obamacare reform or replacement? There are still some Republicans whose primary aim in politics is to dismantle Obamacare, but others have decided to live with it and find ways to improve quality while cutting costs and emphasizing "right to try" and advancing AMERICAN medical research.
  • Will the USDA under Ryan Quarles take out the waste in past farm bills and reorient focus to "family farmers"? Certainly, establishmentarians from both parties will grouse about it, not even knowing that the smokescreen about "family farmers being hurt" is mostly coming from Big Agribusiness and their donations that look worse than "pink slime"...
  • Will the GOP keep its commitments to deficit reduction, small business and "free and fair trade"? The Club for Growth, Matt Schlapp and the American Conservative Union, both the NFIB and even the more establishmentarian Chamber of Commerce, Charles Koch and yes even Donald Trump will be watching very closely to see which Republicans are waffling, as the left resorts to scare tactics whenever Republicans try to take up the mantle on the deficit and small business relief - looking for potential RINOs who vote to increase the deficit and stink up the Citizens Against Government Waste's annual Pig Book.
  • Will Ric Grenell find his groove at the UN and stand up to the "bullies" trying to get him to cave on Israel and China? (And how does he intend to approach Tedros and other "ultra-globalist" hardliners both in New York City and in Geneva?)
  • Will Lagoa restore faith in the Justice Department after the failures of Merrick Garland? Perhaps she could break the cycle of controversial Attorney Generals dating back to Janet Reno...
  • Lastly, who will lead the FBI? Expect an explosive hearing as Democrats bring up Charlottesville, J6 and even old FBI controversies like Waco. Fingers crossed there's not a mid-April surprise a la Oklahoma City or the Boston Marathon...

In closing, I am looking forward to DeSantis signing a REAL infrastructure bill, observe a NASA mission to the Moon if not Mars, renewed commitments on cancer research and the aforementioned "right to try" initiatives, and policies that encourage "points of light" and not continued government dependence with no path out of poverty in sight. That, and a budget surplus.

Lastly, what about the fate of "wokeness" initiatives that should be at least in the process of being dismantled by now? Also note that both Mike Garcia and Young Kim have fertile Republican benches where they are.
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« Reply #179 on: September 23, 2022, 01:08:38 AM »

CAMPAIGN NEWS 2025/2026
FIELD FOR FLORIDAS THREE CONGRESSIONAL SPECIAL ELECTIONS HAS BEEN SET
UPON LEARNING THE ENTRANCE OF MIAMI MAYOR FRANCIS SUAREZ STATE SENATOR ANA MARIA RODRIGUEZ DROPPED OUT OF THE RACE BEFORE TOMORROWS FILLING DEADLINE AND ENDORSED SUAREZ CITING "NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO DIVIDE THE CITIZENS OF THIS DISTRICT"
Mayor Suarez later in the Day also received the Endorsements of Floridas Senior Senator Marco Rubio & Governor Jeanette Nuñez.

FLORIDA-19 (Primary March 18/General: April 22)
Former U. S. Representative Rep. Curt Clawson
Businessman Casey Askar
Urologist William Figlesthaler
State Representative Mike Giallombardo
State Representative Jenna Persons

Cindy Banyai
FLORIDA-21 (Primary March 18/General April 22)
Former U. S. Representative Tom Rooney
Former State Representative MaryLynn Magar
Former State Senate President Joe Negron

Corinna Robinson
FLORIDA-22 (Primary March 18/General April 22)
Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez
Former U. S. Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
State Representative Robert Asencio
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne McGhee


NEBRASKA SENATE 2026
FORMER NEBRASKA GOVERNOR PETE RICKETTS INTENDS TO RUN FOR THE OPEN SENATE SEAT FORMERLY HEAD BY NEW EDUCATION SECRETARY BEN SASSE, WILL ANNOUNCE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS
Senate Republicans received some welcomed News this Thursday that former Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts intends to run for the Open Senate Seat formerly held by former Senator & now Education Secretary Ben Sasse the Lincoln-Journal Star & local News Station KMTV-3 in Omaha have learned. Ricketts will make an Official Announcement in a couple of months as he assembles a Campaign Team.

NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE 2026
GOVERNOR CHRIS SUNUNU PLANS TO CHALLENGE SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN IN 2026; ANNOUNCEMENT LIKELY TO COME AFTER THE 2025 NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGISLATURE SESSION CONCLUDES
Republicans received even bigger News out of the Granite State when the New Hampshire Union-Leader, the Concord Monitor and WMUR-9 in Manchester almost simultanously reported the BREAKING NEWS that Governor Chris Sununu is planning to challenge 79-year old Senator Jeanne Shaheen in 2026. A Spokesperson for Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte Chair Chris van Hollen did not take this News very well calling the New Hampshire Governor a "Phony" promping the Spokesperson for the Governor firing back "Senator Shaheen always claims to be an Independent and doing everything for her Citizens. Since when!"

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR
AS LONG ANTICIPATED AND EXPECTED NEW JERSEY LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SHEILA OLIVER & '2021 REPUBLICAN NOMINEE JACK CIATTARELLI LAUNCH BIDS TO SUCCEED TERMED-OUT GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY
Both, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver & '2021 Republican Nominee Jack Ciattarelli made it official today what was long expected. They are both running to succeed term-limited Governor Phil Murphy.

My predictions on the special election:
  • FL-19: Curt Clawson will have the backing of most conservative groups given that he had a strong conservative voting record during his three years in Congress. Before he made the surprising decision to retire to take care of his elderly and widowed father (who has since passed away during the Trump administration), Clawson was seen as a rising conservative star and a potential contender for the U.S. Senate when Marco Rubio was running for President (as his Senate seat was also up that year and he couldn't run for both, which explains why then-Rep. DeSantis ran for Rubio's seat...remember that race?). Casey Askar will be looking to pour in a good chunk of money in this race, and the two State Reps. running have experience working with DeSantis in Tallahassee, but will likely be limited because the current legislative session in Tallahassee is their primary focus now. William Figlesthaler is going to run a dirty campaign, just as he did in 2020 when he attempted to claim that then-State. Rep. Byron Donalds "was going to drop out of the race".
  • FL-21: The race that never was takes place as Tom Rooney attempts a return to Congress for the seat he first won in 2008, one that Joe Negron was forced to run under the auspices of the disgraced Mark Foley in 2006. MaryLynn Magar has experience working with DeSantis in his first two years in Tallahassee. Corinna Robinson has a decent background as an educator and combat veteran, but she is a sizable underdog in a district that has clearly shifted Republican since Donald Trump was first elected, having been previously held by former Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy for two terms in the 2010s.
  • FL-28: As expected, this is going to be the toughest fight of the three Florida specials, but Republicans have a favored candidate in Miami Mayor Francis Suarez who could very well win an outright majority in the district. The Democrats are essentially trying out for the role of "favorite" amongst the Democrats in the 2026 primary, with Debbie Mucarsel-Powell favored by the Dem establishment, with former State Rep. Robert Asencio and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Kionne McGhee battling for not only the progressive vote, but also reaching out to the "Yang Gang" which both view as "essential" to Democratic futures.
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« Reply #180 on: September 23, 2022, 01:55:01 AM »
« Edited: September 23, 2022, 02:57:40 AM by SaintStan86 »

Now just for the fun of it, here's where the Senators likely stand within their Democratic caucus/Republican conference...

CONSERVATIVES in the Republican Conference (These are the staunchest defenders of President DeSantis and the ones you'll be seeing the most often on Fox News and Newsmax):
Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
Don Bolduc, New Hampshire (Bolduc defeated Chuck Morse last week IRL)
Mike Braun, Indiana
Ted Budd, North Carolina
Daniel Cameron, Kentucky
Bill Hagerty, Tennessee
Josh Hawley, Missouri
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
Jim Jordan, Ohio
John Neely Kennedy, Louisiana
Adam Laxalt, Nevada
Mike Lee, Utah
Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming
Jerry Moran, Kansas
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Eric Schmitt, Missouri
Rick Scott, Florida
Catherine Templeton, South Carolina
Kelly Tshibaka, Alaska
Tommy Tuberville, Alabama
J.D. Vance, Ohio
Herschel Walker, Georgia

REGULAR Republicans (vote closely with the Senate leadership, but not necessarily squishes):
John Barrasso, Wyoming
John Boozman, Arkansas
Katie Britt, Alabama
John Cornyn, Texas
Kevin Cramer, North Dakota
Mike Crapo, Idaho
Steve Daines, Montana
Deb Fischer, Nebraska
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Dave Heineman, Nebraska
John Hoeven, North Dakota
Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mississippi
Roger Marshall, Kansas
Kevin McCarthy, California
Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia
Jim Risch, Idaho
Mike Rounds, South Dakota
Dan Sullivan, Alaska
John Thune, South Dakota
Jill Vogel, Virginia
Roger Wicker, Mississippi
Todd Young, Indiana

HAWKS in the Republican Conference (generally some combination of overtly pro-military, based socially conservative, fairly populist, pro-manufacturing, or anti-woke - but not distinctly conservative):
Sam Brown, Nevada
Tom Cotton, Arkansas
Dan Crenshaw, Texas
Joni Ernst, Iowa
Mike Gallagher, Wisconsin
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
John James, Michigan
James Lankford, Oklahoma
Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma
Mark Ronchetti, New Mexico
Matt Rosendale, Montana
Marco Rubio, Florida

ROCKEFELLER Republicans who generally are moderate by design or a combination of fiscally conservative and socially liberal:
Susan Collins, Maine
Ben DuPont, Delaware
Dr. Mehmet Öz, New Jersey
Mitt Romney, Utah

Republican MAVERICKS that are basically all over the place and are more aggravators to the party leadership than helpers:
Rick Bennett, Maine
Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
Michelle Tafoya, Minnesota
Thom Tillis, North Carolina

Hard-left LIBERALS in the Democratic Caucus (These are the ones who consistently vote against even the most popular Republican Cabinet and judicial nominations):
John Fetterman, Pennsylvania
Kirsten Gillibrand, New York
Kai Kahele, Hawaii
Ed Markey, Massachusetts
Alex Padilla, California
Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts
Ron Wyden, Oregon
David Zuckerman, Vermont (Vermont Progressive Party, caucuses with the Democrats)

Traditional liberal ESTABLISHMENT Democrats who are neither Blue Dogs nor Bernie Brats:
Michael Bennet, Colorado
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut
Chris Coons, Delaware
Dick Durbin, Illinois
Ben Ray Luján, New Mexico
Jeff Merkley, Oregon
John Sarbanes, Maryland
Brian Schatz, Hawaii
Chuck Schumer, New York
Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
Tina Smith, Minnesota
Peter Welch, Vermont
Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island

The "Soccer Mom" Caucus of "corporate Democrats", "pro-opportunity/pro-school choice" and more hawkish Democrats:
Cory Booker, New Jersey
Bob Casey Jr., Pennsylvania
Suzan DelBene, Washington
Tammy Duckworth, Illinois
Chris Murphy, Connecticut
Patty Murray, Washington
Jon Ossoff, Georgia
Gary Peters, Michigan
Jack Reed, Rhode Island
Chris Van Hollen, Maryland
Mark Warner, Virginia

BLUE DOG Democrats HATED by Alex Wagner fangirls:
John Hickenlooper, Colorado
Mark Kelly, Arizona
Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona

Three potential flashpoints in the Senate likely to come up:
  • Which establishment Republicans will attempt to cause a situation - as in six Republican objectors to such an amendment - where the Democrats push a filibuster on DeSantis's Balanced Budget Amendment proposal (one for which the Club for Growth, President DeSantis, former President Trump, the American Conservative Union and the Charles Koch network have threatened "retribution" on any dissidents)?
  • Will John Fetterman be in a situation where he ends up showing up in his usual mix of untucked button-down shirts, Carhartt gear or whatever on the Senate floor, thereby violating the unspoken Senate dress code and getting into a shouting match with Senate leadership over it?
  • Will Dan Crenshaw get carried away with a situation where he and/or his staff get busted eating some of the Texas-based candy at the "candy desk" he occupies in the Senate? (This apparently is not allowed as the rules state you can offer candy to other Senators but not eat the bulk of it yourself)
  • Lastly, which of the aged Senators up for election will hang it up in 2026, and if they retire whose true colors will come out (as in "I'm voting for this not-so-conservative piece of legislation because I'm retiring and it won't matter anyway" - think Pat Toomey's and Richard Burr's votes to convict Donald Trump after he announced his retirement, Lamar Alexander's vote against declaring a national emergency at the border, Olympia Snowe's vote for Obama's economic stimulus plan when the late Arlen Specter was still a Republican and Rob Portman's vote on Biden's infrastructure plan)
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« Reply #181 on: September 23, 2022, 03:25:17 AM »
« Edited: September 23, 2022, 04:34:48 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

@SaintStan86, an awful lot to digest here, but an awful lot to digest. But could work up a surprise for April in Florida on Election Day, but nothing to do with the election, a mass shooting or an act of terrorism! (connected with Boko Haram or some ultra right wing white supremacist group!) Upsets the "tranquility" so far descending on the body politic!
As for Robert O'Brien going rogue (AKA Al Haig or Rex Tillerson, that's a distinct possibility; especially with Dina Habib Powell McCormick running a strong NSC shop at the White House; also if Muslim terrorism raises its ugly head in April, could imagine the White House start to slow walk any progress on Middle East peace as Israel would likely get cold feet on doing any business with the Palestinians as a result! Looks like it's going be Jihadists doing the nasty! I can imagine that Glenn Youngkin proves to be better at Beltway politics than Masters etc., It's gonna be fun to see how this TL shakes out.
Plus there will a possible DeSantis-Kim Summit, but unlike Trump, DeSantis won't do things with a impromptu fashion. I could see Huntsman, because Nuclear is part of Energy, becoming a big player and becoming part of a trifecta made up of Powell-McCormick and John Ratcliffe (who I could see becoming more of a tinker, tailor spy figure in the Intel community due to his previous stint as DNI under Trump), this factor could be another source of frustration for O'Brien. I think Powell-McCormick will engineer the DeSantis-Kim Summit and O'Brien will have his Dan Coats moment, where he finds he's been left out of the loop. With regards to North Korea, DeSantis I reckon will want to see tangible progress on the removal of Nuclear weapons by Kim and have inspectors given access. He will have more of a transactional relationship with the North Koreans than Trump ever could have hoped to have.
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« Reply #182 on: September 23, 2022, 04:20:12 AM »
« Edited: September 24, 2022, 09:25:48 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28 2025, was dedicated to meetings between President DeSantis and UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and their advisors, Truss also had meetings at the State Department with Secretary of State, Robert O'Brien to discuss the ongoing sticking points on the Northern Ireland protocol. There were meetings with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill.

President Ron DeSantis and UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss in Oval Office, during her visit to White House; both leaders had discussions on a wide range of issues, such as the Northern Ireland protocol, the stalemated Russia-Ukraine war, Taiwan  and expanding NATO's role in future international conflicts. Despite some differences, both leader's developed a warm rapport. The president, who was joined by the Vice President, shared lunch in the President's dining room off the Oval office.
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« Reply #183 on: September 23, 2022, 06:06:14 AM »
« Edited: September 23, 2022, 11:04:14 AM by 2016 »

FAREWELL AND GODSPEED TO WOLF BLITZER

Wolf Blitzer, CNN anchor
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  • 1990-1992: Military Affairs Correspondent for CNN covering the 1st Gulf War
  • 1992-1999: CNN White House Correspondent
  • 1998-1999: Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer
  • 2005-2025: THE SITUATION ROOM
  • 2004-2024: Anchor of 6 consecutive Presidential Elections (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020 and 2024)

Friday February 28 2025
CNN STARTS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 2025 WITH A SOMBER TONE IN THEIR VOICE AS IT BIDS FAREWELL TO THEIR STALWART ANCHOR WOLF BLITZER
CNN „NEW DAWN FOR AMERICA“ Anchors Aliysn Camerota & John Berman started their Morning Show with a somber tone in their voice as the Network will bid farewell to its Stalwart News Anchor Wolf Blitzer.

STATEMENT BY CNN CEO CHRIS LICHT
„Dear Wolf
It has been an absolute honour & privilige to work with you over the last three years. You will leave an incredible void to fill for us all here at CNN. Your legacy will be long lasting beyond your time here at CNN.“

Licht took over for Jeff Zucker in 2021.

TRIBUTES ALREADY POORING FROM OTHER NEWS NETWORKS & ORGANIZATIONS
NBC's Andrea Mitchell says:„This feels remisent of 2008“ when NBC NEWS as a Network unexpectedly lost their stalwart MEET THE PRESS Anchor Tim Russert.

FOX NEWS Bill Hemmer calls when he met Blitzer for the first time „He wasn't just a News Anchor. This was a person destinated for greatness.“ Blitzer was already Chief Washington Correspondent when Hemmer worked at the Network.

FOX, NBC, CBS & ABC ANNOUNCE TRIBUTES TO BLITZER DURING THEIR PRIME TIME SHOWS ON FRIDAY
FOX NEWS, NBC NEWS, CBS NEWS & ABC NEWS announced that they would play 3-5 Minutes of Tributes to the longtime CNN Anchor during their Prime Time Shows Friday.

UNRELATED TO BLITZER CNN HAS ALREADY MADE SOME INTERNAL MOVES ASSINGNING KAITLAN COLLINS TO THE TRAVELLING WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS AND CECILIA VEGA AS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR THE NETWORK
CNN Source: „Cecilia Vega is an incredibly gifted Individual. We're glad to have her. She knows her ways around the White House having been Chief White House Correspondent for ABC during both, the Trump and the Biden Administration.“
Vega announced her Departure at the end of ABC's Inauguration Coverage. Speculation surrounding her immediate future was that she would join CNN to replace disgraced former WH Correspondent John Harwood who left the Network in 2022.
CNN had been underrepresented in the WH during the 2022 & 2024 Campaigns with various Correspondents filling in for Harwood.

Vega was first seen in her new Role as CNN's Chief White House Correspondent during the Networks Coverage of President DeSantis Prime Time Speech to Congress on Wednesday.
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« Reply #184 on: September 23, 2022, 07:54:58 AM »
« Edited: September 23, 2022, 10:44:45 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

@SaintStan86 it's the end of an era at CNN, with Wolf Blitzer gone; big shoes to fill too.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 2025: CBS ANNOUNCES THAT ON THEIR ICONIC NEWS SHOW, "60 MINUTES", THAT KAMALA HARRIS WILL
BE ON THERE SLOT FOR THE WEEKEND AFTER THIS: IT WILL BE THE FIRST APPEARANCE FOR THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT SINCE HER APPEARANCE ON KIMMEL A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO: AMONGST THE TOPICS LIKELY DISCUSSED WILL CONCERN HER LOSS TO RON DESANTIS,  ANY FUTURE POLITICAL PLANS AND SOME MENTION ON HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY WHICH SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON. BEYOND THAT ANNOUNCEMENT, CBS, THE PARENT COMPANY OF "60 MINUTES" DECLINED TO OFFER ANY FURTHER DETAILS. MANY WILL RECALL, THAT IT WAS ON "60 MINUTES" THAT TED CRUZ'S DREAMS OF BECOMING ATTORNEY GENERAL IMPLODED: SPEAKING OF TED CRUZ. THERE ARE RUMORS THAT HE HAS ALSO SIGNED A BOOK DEAL.
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« Reply #185 on: September 23, 2022, 12:38:30 PM »

@SaintStan86,
Has President DeSantis signed anymore Executive Orders aside from the 3 you mentioned after the Inaugural Address?

I have no clue whom to nominate as FBI Director. Lagoa is on track to become one of the Stars of the Administration so I don't want her to get kneecapped! Probably the Reason DeSantis hasn't announced that Appointment.

As far as ELON MUSK & RICHARD BRANSON. They have competition as the Boing Starliner is probably operational by 2025.

Given the consistent DELAYS in the Artemis-1 Mission I am not sure when to schedule a Moon Mission. Probably during Q3 or Q4 of 2025 at the earliest.
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« Reply #186 on: September 23, 2022, 03:19:27 PM »
« Edited: September 23, 2022, 03:31:53 PM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

@SaintStan86, on the executive orders front, not sure, haven't been keeping track! Will look some possibilities for FBI Director, don't want them going rogue (e.g. James Comey & Christopher Wray). Don't think Wray is showing any inclination to get out of dodge. If I'm DeSantis, I'd keep my powder dry and wait for Wray to do something "dumb". He doesn't want an ex-FBI Director, doing, to borrow a LBJ colloquial, "Better to have him inside the tent, pi**ing out, rather than outside the tent, pi**ing in".

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« Reply #187 on: September 23, 2022, 07:16:39 PM »

@SaintStan86,
Has President DeSantis signed anymore Executive Orders aside from the 3 you mentioned after the Inaugural Address?

I have no clue whom to nominate as FBI Director. Lagoa is on track to become one of the Stars of the Administration so I don't want her to get kneecapped! Probably the Reason DeSantis hasn't announced that Appointment.

As far as ELON MUSK & RICHARD BRANSON. They have competition as the Boing Starliner is probably operational by 2025.

Given the consistent DELAYS in the Artemis-1 Mission I am not sure when to schedule a Moon Mission. Probably during Q3 or Q4 of 2025 at the earliest.
@SaintStan86, my perfect choice for Director of the F.B.I. should be David Bowdich; formerly Deputy Director of the F.B.I. under Trump.
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« Reply #188 on: September 23, 2022, 07:44:47 PM »

Did Truss win the election?
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« Reply #189 on: September 23, 2022, 07:53:14 PM »

@SaintStan86,
Has President DeSantis signed anymore Executive Orders aside from the 3 you mentioned after the Inaugural Address?

I have no clue whom to nominate as FBI Director. Lagoa is on track to become one of the Stars of the Administration so I don't want her to get kneecapped! Probably the Reason DeSantis hasn't announced that Appointment.

As far as ELON MUSK & RICHARD BRANSON. They have competition as the Boing Starliner is probably operational by 2025.

Given the consistent DELAYS in the Artemis-1 Mission I am not sure when to schedule a Moon Mission. Probably during Q3 or Q4 of 2025 at the earliest.
@SaintStan86, my perfect choice for Director of the F.B.I. should be David Bowdich; formerly Deputy Director of the F.B.I. under Trump.
That would be a bad choice. No more Trump Alums. It would also potentially undermine Lagoas work.
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« Reply #190 on: September 23, 2022, 08:00:53 PM »

In this TL she does, and she might! Perhaps not as large as Boris Johnson's 80 seat majority in 2019, maybe around the 40-50 range!
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« Reply #191 on: September 23, 2022, 08:09:16 PM »

@SaintStan86,
Has President DeSantis signed anymore Executive Orders aside from the 3 you mentioned after the Inaugural Address?

I have no clue whom to nominate as FBI Director. Lagoa is on track to become one of the Stars of the Administration so I don't want her to get kneecapped! Probably the Reason DeSantis hasn't announced that Appointment.

As far as ELON MUSK & RICHARD BRANSON. They have competition as the Boing Starliner is probably operational by 2025.

Given the consistent DELAYS in the Artemis-1 Mission I am not sure when to schedule a Moon Mission. Probably during Q3 or Q4 of 2025 at the earliest.
@SaintStan86, my perfect choice for Director of the F.B.I. should be David Bowdich; formerly Deputy Director of the F.B.I. under Trump.
That would be a bad choice. No more Trump Alums. It would also potentially undermine Lagoas work.
I doubt Bowdich would a Trump acolyte, a Republican yes, but F.B.I. through and through. Lagoa would like a career FBI figure to work with.  Remember the F.B.I. organization works better under someone who has worked within the Bureau themselves.
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« Reply #192 on: September 23, 2022, 08:15:37 PM »

@SaintStan86,
Has President DeSantis signed anymore Executive Orders aside from the 3 you mentioned after the Inaugural Address?

I have no clue whom to nominate as FBI Director. Lagoa is on track to become one of the Stars of the Administration so I don't want her to get kneecapped! Probably the Reason DeSantis hasn't announced that Appointment.

As far as ELON MUSK & RICHARD BRANSON. They have competition as the Boing Starliner is probably operational by 2025.

Given the consistent DELAYS in the Artemis-1 Mission I am not sure when to schedule a Moon Mission. Probably during Q3 or Q4 of 2025 at the earliest.
@SaintStan86, my perfect choice for Director of the F.B.I. should be David Bowdich; formerly Deputy Director of the F.B.I. under Trump.
That would be a bad choice. No more Trump Alums. It would also potentially undermine Lagoas work.

If anything, a state bureau of investigation head would be a good starting point. LINK HERE
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« Reply #193 on: September 24, 2022, 08:13:10 AM »
« Edited: September 24, 2022, 08:12:27 PM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

SATURDAY MARCH 1 2025, Fox News Alert: "Good afternoon, this is Bill Hemmer at our News desk, Attorney General, Barbara Lagoa,  has just been in office for less than a week, but she is making changes, apparently both she and Deputy Attorney General, Noel Francisco had a meeting with FBI Director,  Christopher Wray,  earlier last week, apparently according to DOJ sources, 'Director Wray was asked to consider his future...' by Francisco , these sources also informed Fox News, that in conversations with Wray , the Attorney General requested Wray's resignation, we are going over to the White House, to our correspondent, Jacqui Heinrich, Jacqui, what are you hearing?"
Heinrich,  not much Bill, it's a quiet day here at the White House, the First family departed for Camp David yesterday evening, after the President had meetings with UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss. As you know Bill it has been quiet a busy week for the President, but according to sources, the President had asked the Attorney General on Wednesday, to make arrangements to have Wray resign.
Hemmer: So Jacqui, any word on who are the names being considered to be FBI Director?
Heinrich: No confirmation as of yet, but Fox News has three possible replacements, and they would Sandy K. Karsten, the Director of Missouri's Department of Public Safety, Mark Glass, Director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement) and Kirk Thompson, Director of Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Mark Glass

Sandy Karsten

Kirk Thompson

It should be noted that one possible replacement for Wray was David Bowdich , he waa Deputy Director of the F.B.I. under Trump, but from what I'm hearing is that the administration is anxious to bring in someone from outside the bureau and turn the page, Bill?
Hemmer: So it seems that administration wants to avoid a repeat of what we saw when President Trump fired James Comey.
Heinrich: Correct Bill, it appears that the DeSantis administration  wants to turn the page, especially in light of the botched FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago in August, 2022 and it was inevitable that changes were bound to occur. Bill?
Hemmer: Thank you Jacqui.
That was Jacqui Heinrich at the White House, bringing us an update on likely changes at the FBI.
I am joined by Greg Jarrett, Fox News legal affairs Analyst, so Greg why so quick? With Barbara Lagoa with her feet barely under the desk,  we are learning that the FBI could be getting new leadership. Why now? And why the urgency?
Jarrett: Well, It was not likely that the President was going to wait too long and I think he wanted to get all his ducks lined up, so to speak, and actually there's never really a good time for what occurred. So both Lagoa and Francisco decided to move. Apparently Francisco who ran things at DOJ, until Lagoa was in place, was likely preparing the groundwork in anticipation what was to come, and
now that Wray is on the way out, they have possible replacements at the ready.
Hemmer: Was Bowdich even under consideration?
Jarrett: Possibly, but only briefly, but Francisco likely had a list of names, and very likely it's these three individuals that Jacqui had referred to earlier on.
Hemmer: When could we get an announcement from the DOJ?
Jarrett: Very likely not until Monday at the earliest, very likely not until after Christopher Wray formerly tenders his resignation, possibly not until Wednesday at the latest. I can imagine that the President doesn't want to have a repeat of what former President Trump did in the case of firing James Comey in 2017.
Hemmer: Thank you Greg, let us know if you hear of any possible developments.
Wow! There you have it, the breaking story of what maybe changes at the DOJ. Anything else we here at Fox, we let you know.
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« Reply #194 on: September 24, 2022, 07:30:41 PM »
« Edited: September 24, 2022, 07:37:08 PM by SaintStan86 »

Wouldn't be shocked if Mark Glass got the nod for the FBI post, which is certain to be a true outsider move and a sign that DeSantis is looking to "think outside the box" as far as the future of the FBI is concerned. Though Karsten and Thompson do have their qualities between the former being a woman (for which Karsten would be the first such FBI Director) and Thompson having played a hand in recent civil asset forfeiture reforms in Kansas, which plays well with a large segment of the GOP electorate between more libertarian ones who want an end to the War on Drugs, 2nd Amendment hardliners who have distrust with the FBI over "red flag" laws and general "small government" types who wish to be left alone and not clumped in with the super crazy fringe that was inspired by past FBI controversies at Waco and Ruby Ridge (and which ultimately inspired Oklahoma City, Columbine and the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line - for whom I personally know someone who was running towards that finish line when the pressure cookers blew up).

Now as far as a "bloody April surprise", I shall mention April 15th. Wouldn't be shocked if it has to do with the IRS. As much as we hate to deal with the IRS and the TSA, we shall also remind ourselves that most if not all of these government bureaucrats do have lives outside of work that are not much different from our own everyday lives. The victim who died in that infamous plane crash in Northwest Austin some ten or so years ago caused by a despondent man targeting the IRS (one who even set his own house on fire) was a manager for the IRS who was a long-serving Army veteran, who (like most Texans) wore a trademark cowboy hat, watched football and enjoyed barbecue from Rudy's (of which I remember going there to eat ribs before it became mainstream and therefore too ubiquitous to qualify as a unique experience), and who was buried with full military honors and Patriot Guard riders to boot.

Getting somewhat back to point, I shall mention that while the situation may look perilous for Democrats right now, not all is lost for Tim Ryan, whose blue-collar background (nevermind his liberal voting record especially lately) and his being a former star high school quarterback is likely to be a strength of sorts for him as far as attracting "Reagan/Trump/DeSantis Democrats" in much the same way Bill Clinton and to a lesser extent Barack Obama did. Think Dan Conner, Al Bundy or a less-offensive Archie Bunker on O'Doul's, for instance. Yes, I do imagine that Ryan's strategy will play with some of the suburban swingers, but the main goal is reestablishing the Democratic Party in middle-sized American metros and rural areas. The gubernatorial victories by Tom McDermott in Indiana and Jason Kander in Missouri, not to mention Bob Casey Jr.'s reelection in Pennsylvania which also brought Matt Cartwright back to Congress in Scranton, are a starting point.

There's also a goal to reestablish the party with middle-class Black voters in places like South Carolina where they tend to be socially conservative and find the Democratic Party as it stands to be "too elitist" and "too patronizing" to them (as in "Seriously, can you approach us like normal Americans and not just because we're Black?"), as well as with union voters who feel lost in the wake of Richard Trumka's passing. Not to mention the enormous opportunity to reach out to those who voted for Andrew Yang and are drawn to such ideas as a "universal basic income" for the chronically unemployed and disabled, ranked-choice primaries, independent redistricting commissions, cryptocurrency, "Democracy Dollars" and various other concepts that were the hallmark of Yang's candidacy.

From an article I read in Slate:
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Ryan, who describes himself as “feisty,” has turned more aggressive in recent days. Though Ryan has criticized the party for prioritizing appeals to “subgroups” over a central economic message, his volleys against Pelosi veer close to an identity politics of his own—Make the Democrats Great Again—that relies on hackneyed imagery such as the beer drinker on Steel Street. “This election’s not going to be won at fundraisers on the coasts,” he told the Wall Street Journal, “it’s going to be won in union halls in the industrial Midwest and fish fries in the Midwest and the South.” Ryan also told me that his relative youth would serve the party well with millennials. (Ryan, 43, is not a millennial.)

If the Democrats do not take these words seriously and start getting used to eating some good fish and chips with malt vinegar over some good craft beer with various flavors of rock and country music in the background, and learn to gracefully use a motorcycle the way Ann Richards did in Texas, they will experience a repeat of 2022/2024. Remember that there was once upon a time in Texas where being down 40 points in rural Texas was unacceptable for Texas Democrats compared to 15 to 20 percent elsewhere.
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« Reply #195 on: September 24, 2022, 08:06:59 PM »

@President Stanton
Lagoa has actually been in Office less than a week. Inaugurated February 25, Wray likely to resign Monday.

Looking foward to your Sunday Show Recap.

BIG WEEK ahead for Nikki Haley, Carlos Gimenez and Barbara Lagoa as they visit the border this upcoming week, likely Texas.
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« Reply #196 on: September 24, 2022, 08:08:43 PM »
« Edited: September 25, 2022, 12:48:00 PM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

@SaintStan86, as for FBI Director, Glass has his appeal, some background in Homeland security and  intelligence, so there are possibilities for him in the future, for example if Gimenez decided in the future to leave Homeland Security, then Glass could be a replacement; or if Ratcliffe got tired at being at Langley, then again Glass could be an ideal replacement. Karsten is equally appealing, for obvious reasons, being a woman is one, but appointing her for her gender, is nothing I could imagine that DeSantis would do, especially when he rails against "Wokeism" and only selecting people on merit. Also Lagoa fulfils the gender quota in that regard. I'm thinking it's going to between Thompson or Glass, the latter would have the edge, because DeSantis has appointed him as Director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 2022. Also it would suggest that DeSantis wants to shake things up and yes "Thinking outside the book". Wait till you get a load of the transcript of Kamala Harris's interview on "60 minutes".

FOX NEWS SUNDAY LINE-UP,  SUNDAY MARCH 2 2025, Will be hosted by Shannon Bream. Guests include Britt Hume, Fox News Analyst; Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today; Mara Liasson, NPR CCorrespondent and Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent Washington Examiner. Topics include, Lagoa takes over at DOJ, President's message to congress and Liz Truss comes to Washington.
NBC MEET THE PRESS LINE-UP,  Will be hosted by Chuck Todd and guests  will include Hakeem Jeffries,  the House Minority Leader along with Deputy Attorney General Noel Francisco . Topics will include, the President's message to congress. Barbara Lagoa, and what is expected at DOJ, The ongoing Border situation. Roundtable discussion table guests will include, Scott Jennings, analyst; Meghan McCain, Asma Khalid, NPR Correspondent and Symone Sanders-Townsend, former chief spokesman for V.P. Harris.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY, the news program hosted by Shannon Bream, while it did represent a normal Sunday morning news show, at least until a breaking news alert interrupted the topic of conversation regarding the President's speech to Congress earlier in the week. Bream interrupted the conversation, with the News Alert, bringing a live news feed that embattled FBI Director, Christopher Wray released a tweet, announcing his resignation as F.B.I. Director with immediate effect I'm hereby tendering my resignation as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, with immediate effect, I informed the President earlier of my intention. It has been the honor of my life, to have led this extraordinary agency for the past eight years,  through the most challenging of times. At a future time and date, I will outline reasons for making this difficult decision.
The remainder of Fox News Sunday on Wray's  tenure at the agency and while there was some speculation on whom DeSantis,  would nominate.
Hume: I wouldn't be surprised if the president  went with Mark Glass, he is after all one of the names that is circulating. The president, while he was Governor of Florida named Glass to be Director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; it wouldn't be entirely strange if we heard that Glass, another member of the growing Florida alumni joining the President in Washington.
Bream , Yes Byron your thoughts.
York, We now can see why the President held off on making any changes at the agency until the top leadership spots were established at the DOJ, but I disagree with Britt, on might be Wray's replacement, there's a good possibility that Sandy Karsten might be the new director, if not for the fact she's a woman, but she's not part of the Florida alumni and those two reasons alone may give her the edge.
Bream: Mara Liasson, you spoke to me, before we went on air, suggesting that Wray being given his walking paper's was inevitable.
Liasson: Yes, we have to remember after  Trump fired Comey back in 2017, I think Christopher Wray had an awful lot on his plate, especially when it came to injecting the agency with renewed purpose and especially with the Russia investigation becoming a big part of his inbox, which I'm sure didn't endear to him, within Trumpworld, and then you had the FBI's role in the raid on Mar-A-Lago in August, 2022 increased the chances that Wray wouldn't last should a Republican win last year and now this.
Bream: Susan Page, you like Maggie Haberman, are students of presidencies, what is your take on the DeSantis style?
Page: He certainly is shaking up Washington and it was expected, but the impulsiveness we got with Trump isn't there, but he has a tendency to be less nuanced, but still he is the most skilled politician I have seen in quire a long time.
Hume: It is patently obvious, that this President knows time is on his hands and is taking full advantage of that fact, and I believe when this period in our history, is studied, it might be said of  Ron DeSantis is becoming a transformational president, especially as how he has seized the initiatives on various fronts. Byron
I still think it will be Mark Glass!
(Laughter).
Bream: Thank you everyone for being here, and to all our viewer's, have a good Sunday.
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« Reply #197 on: September 25, 2022, 06:55:15 AM »

@President Stanton,
Kamala Harris though is probably the only Candidate who at this moment in time could safe the California Governorship for the Democrats, the only Candidate who could beat Young Kim and Mike Garcia. The other CA DEM Statewide Officeholders can easily be tied to the bad Leadership of Governor Newsom.

Young Kim was considered a rising Republican Superstar even before DeSantis made any moves to run for POTUS given that she only lost to Cisneros by a couple of Points in 2018 in a D-Wave Year. If Young Kim is the Republican Nominee for CA Governor in 2026, Democrats will have a tough time regardless of the Overall Political Environment in 2026.
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« Reply #198 on: September 25, 2022, 08:12:40 AM »
« Edited: September 25, 2022, 08:22:07 AM by PRESIDENT STANTON »

@President Stanton,
Kamala Harris though is probably the only Candidate who at this moment in time could safe the California Governorship for the Democrats, the only Candidate who could beat Young Kim and Mike Garcia. The other CA DEM Statewide Officeholders can easily be tied to the bad Leadership of Governor Newsom.

Young Kim was considered a rising Republican Superstar even before DeSantis made any moves to run for POTUS given that she only lost to Cisneros by a couple of Points in 2018 in a D-Wave Year. If Young Kim is the Republican Nominee for CA Governor in 2026, Democrats will have a tough time regardless of the Overall Political Environment in 2026.
@2016, I can see your point, and I have researched Kim's performances in her district, compared to Garcia, pretty checkered for both of them in more competitive election year's. However one thing for sure, Kim could wear better with voters than Harris , who is a known quantity and she could very well be vulnerable on the Border, plus her past record both as State Attorney General and S.F. District Attorney could come under scrutiny. Also the fact that California whatever the outcome, would have as their Governor, a woman holding the position. I might have Garcia run for either Lieutenant Governor or State Attorney General instead; haven't decided the scenario on how he changes. Since the Republican Governor's Association winter meeting  will be held in Los Angeles, from March 7-9; which I can imagine DeSantis will be attending and so it's possible that Garcia and those other Republican's will meet with the President, and ergo, the party will have their nominee so Kim can focus on fundraising and fleshing out issues for her campaign. As for Democrats,  their might be more difficulties for Harris to emerge as the party's standard bearer, questions will arise over her loss to DeSantis and her past record in public office; also Kim could do to Harris, what Pat Brown did to Nixon in the 1962 Governor's race, and claim that Harris will be using the Governorship as a stepping stone to another presidential run in 2028; it was an effective cudgel that Brown used against Nixon ; also Harris will need to defend her role as Biden's Border "Czar" and why she statee everything was fine at the Border, when it wasn't. But if I'm  DeSantis and I see that Kim might be the party's best shot at regaining the Governorship, then all other Republican's will be "encouraged" to step aside.
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« Reply #199 on: September 25, 2022, 08:28:21 AM »

@President Stanton,
I think we should put a Virginia Constitutional Amendment on the Ballot this November. Every State in the Country can have a Governor with 2 Terms except Virginia. Let the Voters decide if they want to let their Governors to serve 2-Terms in the future. I am thinking about this a lot.

If such an Amendment passes then Winsome Sears could actually run again 2029.
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