“Not By Accident”: California Sheriff Blasts “Radical” Progressives For Explosive Crime Crisis

“Not By Accident”: California Sheriff Blasts “Radical” Progressives For Explosive Crime Crisis

“We are here today because California Public Safety is in crisis. Crime is steadily on the rise – and our public safety policy is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the nation,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said last week while joining lawmakers in Sacramento in support of several new bills dealing with public safety.

Bianco emphasized: I want to make this clear, and I want there to be no mistake in what I am saying … this is not by accident … the driving force in our crisis is a radical Progressive agenda fraudulently called Criminal Justice Reform. This is nothing short of a sick and twisted social experiment where law enforcement is the bad guy and criminals are somehow victims of society and not responsible for their actions.”

This radical “agenda began with the passage of AB 109, the so-called Public Safety Realignment Act. The state government failed to take responsibility for prison overcrowding or their failure to build more prisons and instead forced county jails to house state inmates while simultaneously releasing thousands of felons early. This has pushed our county jails to a near collapse and caused the early release of countless criminals thousands.” 

Bianco continued: “Thousands upon thousands of criminals are being released from custody early – crime is increasing, and our governor is closing prisons instead of building new ones. It defies common sense. In 2014, a complete fraud was perpetrated in California. The so-called Safe Streets and Safe Schools initiative, Prop 47, changed many felonies to misdemeanors, basically legalized drug use, and increased the amount of petty theft to nearly $1,000. In 2016, another lie was perpetrated on voters with the naming and wording of Prop 57, tricking voters into approving the release of thousands of violent criminals onto our streets and neighborhoods. This why we are here everyone knows Prop 47 and 57 are disasters – and yet Governor Newsom adamantly touts it as a success, and lawmakers continue to refuse to fix their mistake and the problems that they have created.” 

Once crimes are no longer crimes it allows Governor Nome and Attorney General Bon to cite completely flawed data points to support their failures. Californians are now suffering the consequences of a failed social agenda,” he said. 

The reality in California is that criminal justice reforms are an epic failure by Democrats. Now, more and more state leaders are pushing to overhaul these disastrous ballot measures that have transformed some cities in the state into third-world-like conditions. 

Here’s the sheriff’s entire speech, reminding voters to support public safety after a decade of chaos:

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Five Minutes To Sum Up A Century…

Five Minutes To Sum Up A Century…

Authored by Chris Bray via ‘Tell Me How This Ends’ Substack,

Give me five minutes to sum up a century, and to show where it leaves us.

Taylor Lorenz interviewing Chaya Raichik is an instant classic of anthropological fieldwork, and it tells us far more about the interviewer and the culture she represents than it tells us about the interviewee. I warn you that watching the whole thing rewards Taylor Lorenz with a click, but just look at the thumbnail to get started:

To get the whole flavor in condensed form, click here to watch an extraordinary five-minute excerpt.

They’re talking about graphic sexual materials in schools, and Chaya Raichik shows batshit cat lady some of the images that are at the center of the debate. Then she asks batshit if she thinks it’s reasonable to show those pictures — graphic pictures of anal sex — to young children.

Batshit’s answer, around the 4:22 mark, takes a century of cultural decline and neatly distills it into a few seconds of lunatic babbling:

I guess…I don’t know. I don’t know. Because — you know who I would defer to on that, just because neither of us are sex educators? I would defer that question to a qualified professional, a sex educator, and say hey, you’re an expert, you’ve treated tons, you know, you’ve educated tons of people, you’re a full-time sex educator, you’ve really studied this. What are the appropriate boundaries? I don’t think that myself, as a journalist, or a media personality, I don’t think I’m the right one to make that decision. And I guess I’m wondering why you….I’m wondering why you feel like you’re qualified to be a sex educator when you have no background in that.

Should we sodomize kittens? Should old men recruit toddlers for dildo play? Should you invite middle-schoolers you meet on the street to your golden showers party in Vegas? Look, who can even say, right? I mean, do you even have a graduate degree in the field? There are simply no questions about appropriateness or decency or propriety that you can even begin to think about until the committee approves your dissertation. Bend over and defer, because you don’t have the credentials to understand the question.

Fuck these people, and fuck the hole they’ve dug.

Chaya Raichik’s response:

“I don’t want to be a sex educator — I just don’t want to give kids porn in school.”

Of course. You know right and wrong, and the babbling idiot asking if you’re a credentialed sex educator knows it too. Leave children alone, scumbags, and stop pretending it’s complicated.

Remember that Christopher Lasch wrote about the displacement of family functions by the “helping professions,” starting with the Progressive Era, and remember what Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote about bread, discussed in the middle of this post. The long descent into rule by experts is a project of cultural disempowerment, in which you — you personally — are being gaslit into abandoning your own eyes and your own mind.

Q: Should we show graphic sexual pictures to very young children at school?

A: Well, I don’t know, what are your credentials?

No more of this. Not another second. No more.

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San Francisco Picks Up The Pieces After The Epic Failure Of Their Red State Boycott

San Francisco Picks Up The Pieces After The Epic Failure Of Their Red State Boycott

In late 2016 the city of San Francisco attempted a sweeping boycott program aimed at building their public image as a leftist “Utopia” while also giving a middle finger to red state economies.  The project was called “Chapter 12X” and was authored by California state Senator Scott Wiener (pictured below).


Even though progressive boycotts have been consistently unsuccessful over the years, this did not stop them from making yet another attempt at the height of the Trump vs Clinton election frenzy.  Perhaps they believed the tide was shifting even further to the political left and they were getting ahead of the game.

The goal of San Francisco’s effort was to ban all city employees from doing business with companies based in states with policies and laws contrary to progressive dictates.  Companies in states with abortion restrictions, states that prevented “trans identifying people” from using the bathroom or locker room of their choice, states that required identification proving citizenship before voting, states that don’t obey the tenets of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ideology, states that refused to implement climate change laws and companies that did not disclose carbon impact reports were not allowed to do contract business in San Francisco.  

For SF bureaucrats the assumption was that access to the city’s market was the prize and through a boycott they would teach red states a lesson.  In reality, SF was not the prize, efficient red state production was the prize.  Failure of the program became evident in 2023 after seven years of inflated costs from doing business with progressive friendly companies in blue states with high taxes and high operating overhead.  The city could have saved millions by simply outsourcing to red states. 

Another problem was the fact that many “blue” companies in blue states were not as “pure” as activists in SF wanted; most had associations with red state businesses, and this undermined the political message that the city wanted to send.

In the aftermath of a repeal on the boycott, San Francisco is trying to understand why their plan failed while also still trying to institute some kind of ideological filter on city business dealings.  Can SF find companies in red states that follow their progressive religion while also giving them low low prices?

The end of the contract ban is expected to decrease citywide expenditures by at least 20% in 2024 – In the midst of a stagflationary crisis every penny counts.  

The lesson to be learned here?  Democrats often argue that red states would collapse without blue state and blue city economies.  The truth is the exact opposite.  Without the production capabilities and lower costs of doing business in red states, progressive enclaves suffocate under the weight of their own taxes, legal restrictions and lack of self reliance.  They need conservatives far more than conservatives need them.  

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Beijing Needs A Second Act After Rebound In Stocks

Beijing Needs A Second Act After Rebound In Stocks

By John Liu and Zheng Wu, Bloomberg Markets Live reporters and analysts

Three things we learned last week:

1. China stocks continued to rally as Beijing escalated its efforts to stabilize the market, starting just before the Lunar New Year. The benchmark CSI 300 index has climbed for nine straight days in the longest run of gains since 2018, taking its advance from a February low to about 10%.

The sudden replacement of the nation’s chief securities regulator underscored the leadership’s determination to stem a rout that has erased some $4 trillion from the market value of equities and undermined confidence in the economy.

Wu Qing, the new chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, got down to work right away by cracking down on short sellers, and even froze the accounts of a major quantitative hedge fund after it dumped $360 million of shares within a minute. Wu also sat down with retail and institutional investors to gather their opinions.

But, there is no room for complacency despite Wu’s initial success. His predecessor Yi Huiman had tried repeatedly to end China’s stock meltdown since last summer but failed to deliver a sustained recovery. History suggests that the selloff will resume if investors find that policy support is underwhelming.

2. Chinese lenders announced a larger-than-expected quarter point reduction in the five-year loan prime rate. The move was clearly aimed at supporting the housing market as the bulk of the nation’s $5.3 trillion outstanding mortgage loans use the rate as a pricing benchmark. New funding support was also made available for property projects placed on the authorities’ “white list.” To be clear, some traders thought the People’s Bank of China could have done more earlier. Authorities held the key one-year policy rate at 2.5% this month even as the 10-year government bond yield dropped to a two-decade low and consumer-price deflation persisted.

The PBOC may have been mindful of the yuan’s weakness and the squeeze on banks’ margins when it decided not to ease more aggressively. Given the competing factors at play, the central bank was probably looking to deploy the most effective stimulus without abandoning its restrained approach to supporting growth. The overall picture remains subdued. China’s home prices declined again in January, and car sales probably dropped 15.7% in February. Banks’ margins narrowed to a record low last quarter. All this shows that while the stock market has staged a strong rebound, it will take much more to revive the economy.

3. HSBC took a $3 billion impairment charge on its holding in a Chinese bank. The lender’s Hong Kong-listed stock underperformed the Hang Seng Index last week even after CEO Noel Quinn described the charge as “a technical accounting issue.” The financial impact should be limited to HSBC although the case served as a reminder of the potential pitfalls of having an exposure to Chinese assets. But as Bloomberg Intelligence noted, the impairment reflected China’s deteriorating economic outlook and shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

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“Media Class Will Ignore” New Poll That Shows Black Voter Support For Trump Rising

“Media Class Will Ignore” New Poll That Shows Black Voter Support For Trump Rising

For years, radical leftists in legacy media and progressive think tanks have portrayed former President Trump as a racist unworthy of votes from black Americans.

However, as confidence in corporate media plummets to record lows, opinion polls indicate an increasing number of black folks are diverging from the Biden camp and considering backing the former president ahead of the elections this November. 

The latest poll by the Howard University Initiative on Public Opinion shows Biden’s support among black voters is tumbling, down to just 49%. At the same time, Trump’s support among black voters has surged to 26%, about three times the level compared with 2020 levels. 

“It’s African American men that are more likely to support the former president than their female counterparts,” Terri Adams-Fuller, director of the Howard University Initiative on Public Opinion, told media outlet WTOP

Adams-Fuller noted the largest concerns among black voters for Biden and Trump: 

“The top two concerns for Biden were age (38%) and then no concerns (17%). For Trump, it was morals/values (29%) and track record (28%).”

Nearly half of the respondents said their political leanings have shifted over the last five years. An overwhelming number of black voters said the economy/jobs and affordable housing income were some of the top issues for 2024. 

The Howard University poll comes as no surprise, considering we have documented several instances of the “rise of black support for Trump” and “Biden’s black support plummets from 2020.”

Journalist Paul D. Thacker commented on the poll on X. He said: “The media class will try hard to ignore this poll because they are up Biden’s ass and dismissive of voters.”

Musk chimed in, telling Thacker: “Among other things, Biden ushering in millions of illegals is disproportionately hurting Black communities.” 

Blacks are furious with Democrats for prioritizing illegals over their well-being. 

Radicals in the White House have sparked the greatest border invasion this nation has ever seen (count so far at 10 million), which is only hurting the poorest of citizens. 

Source: CBP

Democrats need some soul-searching, or they risk losing an even more significant percentage of the black vote. What a disaster. 

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Media Blackout Over Illegal Immigrant Who Murdered GA Student

Media Blackout Over Illegal Immigrant Who Murdered GA Student

By Blue Apples

With 7.3 million illegal immigrants entering into the country since Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, the national security threat of an unsecured border has become perhaps the biggest issue heading into the 2024 Presidential Election. The border crisis has even overshadowed a stagnant economy and foreign policy that has seen entangle itself in several theaters of war abroad. While the Biden administration brushes off this premise as a racist alt-right fever dream, the reality of that threat has come to affect everyday life for the average american. In its most recent whitewashing of the immigration crisis, the media establishment has all but entirely blacked out the murder Laken Riley, a 22-year old nursing student in Georgia. The lack of coverage about her murder is ostensibly because she was killed by an illegal immigrant who was able to enter the country due to the Biden administration’s open-border policy.

Riley was a junior enrolled at the Augusta University, studying in its nursing school. University authorities’ worst nightmares were realized when her body was discovered early Thursday afternoon following reports she had gone missing after going for a jog around the intramural sports fields 2.5 miles from the nearby University Of Georgia’s main campus in Athens where she had been a student until 2023. Riley’s body was identified by the Athens-Clarke County Coroner’s office on Friday morning. The coroner assigned blunt force trauma as the cause of death, according to University Of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark during a statement made following the identification of Riley’s body. During that announcement, Clark also announced that 26 year-old Venezuelan national Jose Antonio Ibarra had been arrested in connection with Riley’s murder.

Ibarra’s brother Diego was also arrested on Friday, though for charges unrelated to Riley’s murder. Diego Ibarra was taken into state custody although charged federally for possession of a fraudulent green card, a crime that likely facilitated his brother’s illegal immigration from Venezuela into the US where he took residence in Athens, GA. Diego Ibarra was arrested for the fake green card when he presented it to police who asked to speak to him because he matched the description of the suspect in Riley’s murder police took from campus security footage from where she went missing.

Jose Antonio Ibarra

Friends, family, and the University Of Georgia mourned Riley’s death, lauding the young woman for her academic excellence and exceptional character. “She received her honorary white coat in August of 2023, symbolizing humanism, compassion, and the start of her nurse’s journey,” the university remarked. “Not only was she a bright and dedicated student, but she had the distinct honor of making the Fall 2023 Dean’s List.” A close connection to the Riley family released a statement regarding Laken’s death on their behalf which stated “Laken was an amazing daughter, sister, friend and overall person in general. Her love for the Lord was exemplified in every aspect of her life. She will be missed every day, but we promise to honor her life moving forward in a very big way,” the statement read, going on to say “During this most difficult time, we ask that you respect our privacy, and provide us the time and space necessary to grieve our daughter’s life that was tragically cut short.”

Subsequent to Ibarra’s arrest, campus police have recommended he be charged with felony murder, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and concealing the death of another. Despite the litany of charges being sought and the gruesome nature of Riley’s murder, police stated they believe that Ibarra’s crime was an isolated incident and that he was not a suspect in any other on-going investigations in the area. Police described the murder as a crime of opportunity and said there was no evidence that Ibarra had any underlying motive or that he knew Riley beforehand. “The evidence suggests that this was a solo act,” Clark stated, adding there were “no indications of a continuing threat to the community related to this case at this time.”

Although the tragedy of Riley’s murder is befitting of a true crime mystery series that Netflix would capitalize on in a heartbeat, her death has received little attention by their mainstream media cohorts. Despite the hours and hours of airtime dedicated to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others who died in 2020 as a means of launching the country onto the cusp of an all out race war, Riley’s death defies mainstream narratives about the threat the US’ open border with Mexico and is thus verboten from the same kind of coverage.

That media blackout obfuscates the reality that unfettered immigration into the US presents an innate threat to citizens. Since the 2021 fiscal year, Border Patrol has arrested 43,674 criminal non-citizens. US Customs And Border Protection defines the term criminal non-citizen as any individual who has been convicted of one or more crimes either in the US or abroad before behind interdicted by immigration officials. The metric also discounts criminal convictions abroad for crimes not illegal in the US. Of those 43,674 criminal non-citizens arrested, violent crimes accounted for over of their 8,000 preexisting convictions. Murder convictions related to 165 of those arrests, while sex crime convictions comprised nearly 10 times that amount with 1,210 having been documented by Border Patrol. Despite being on the books, these figures have received as little coverage by legacy media outlets as Riley’s murder has.

Although the media establishment remains silent about the murder of Laken Riley, it can do little to silence the uproar against the Biden administration’s manufactured immigration crisis. Even staunch supporters of the Democratic Party have come to express their disapproval of how the border is being handled amid approval ratings for Biden falling to all-time lows. What the coverage surrounding Riley’s murder reflects is that there are no lengths the mainstream media will go to in order to push the political agenda fueling the immigration crisis, proving that innocent American lives are little more than political capital when it comes to pushing that agenda.

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Koch Brothers Pull Out Of Haley After South Carolina Skewering

Koch Brothers Pull Out Of Haley After South Carolina Skewering

Less than a day after she was smashed by Donald Trump in her own state, and four weeks after billionaire Democrat Reid Hoffman said ‘no more,’ the Koch brothers’ pet advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) have pulled the plug on Nikki Haley.

In an email to staff obtained by Politico AFP CEO Emily Seidel announced on Sunday that the group’s political arm, AFP Action, had to “take stock” of its spending priorities in light of Haley’s South Carolina defeat.

The group, which is funded by the Kochs, will now pivot to competitive Senate and House races.

“She has made it clear that she will continue to fight and we wholeheartedly support her in this effort,” Seidel wrote. “But given the challenges in the primary states ahead, we don’t believe any outside group can make a material difference to widen her path to victory.”

AFP Action’s decision is the latest blow to Haley’s longshot presidential bid, which has sustained losses in four early nominating states and the Virgin Islands, including on Saturday, when former President Donald Trump beat Haley in her home state by 20 points. Haley declared she will continue on in her primary fight, but has only committed to running through Super Tuesday on March 5. -Politico

The never-Trump Koch/AFP campaign has focused on convincing Republicans to vote for anyone but the former president. In late November, when it was clear Ron DeSantis wasn’t going to go the distance, the political funding network tapped Haley as their choice to take on Trump. Yet, despite reaching out to more than 3 million voters in early nominating and Super Tuesday states – and tossing millions into a fire for advertising, it made no difference.

That said, while another anti-Trump conservative group, Club for Growth, made peace with Trump, AFP maintains that Trump on the ballot will spell disaster for the GOP.

“If Donald Trump is at the top of the Republican ticket, the risk of one-party rule by a Democratic Party captured by the Progressive Left is severe and would do irreparable damage to the country,” according to Seidel’s Sunday note. “The last three election cycles have painted a very clear picture of what we can expect from voters who consistently rejected Donald Trump and his impact on the Republican party brand.”

She also brought up Trump’s legal woes in the context of Republicans underperforming, writing “And we should expect this to increase further as the criminal trials progress.”

Haley spokeswomaan Olivia Perez-Cubas thanked AFP for supporting the campaign, which she says has “plenty of fuel to keep going” and a “country to save.”

“AFP is a great organization and ally in the fight for freedom and conservative government,” said Perez-Cubas. “We thank them for their tremendous help in this race.”

Sorry Nikki, they’re just not into you.

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Illinois Bill Wants Make It “Child Abuse” For Parents To Object To Gender-Transitioning Of Kids

Illinois Bill Wants Make It “Child Abuse” For Parents To Object To Gender-Transitioning Of Kids

Authored by Steve Watson via Modernity.news,

A bill introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives would legally define it as ‘child abuse’ for parents to object to gender transitioning of their children by way of puberty blocking, cross sex hormones or surgery.

The legislation, Bill 4876, introduced earlier this month, would also protect doctors from liability should they decide to prescribe those treatments to children who have not gotten parental consent.

The legislation would also allow for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to take children away from their parents for opposing such procedures.

The legislation also allows for minors to be afforded the same legal status as adults when it comes to abortion.

The text of the bill states “consent to the performance of abortion services and gender-affirming services executed by a minor is not voidable because of such minority.”

It further notes that “a health care professional rendering abortion services and gender-affirming services shall not incur civil or criminal liability for failure to obtain valid consent or professional discipline for failure to obtain valid consent if the health care professional relied in good faith on representations made by the minor.”

Activist group Awake Illinois has launched a campaign against the legislation, dubbing it “anti-parent” and “anti-child.” Founder Shannon Adcock urged action against the “incredibly radical” bill, noting “In Illinois, parents who are considered child abusers can lose custody of their children if in this case they do not affirm transgender drugs, surgical procedures such as penis and breast removal.”

“If a minor opts for this, and you as a parent deny that, that means that you are considered an abuser of a child,” Adcock further warned.

The maximum punishment for ‘child abuse’ in Illinois is $25,000 in fines and 15 years in prison.

Appearing on Joe Rogan’s podcast this week, Dr. Phil (McGraw)” slammed gender surgeries on children, pointing to a dearth of long-term studies.

“All the major medical associations have signed off on this, Joe,” McGraw said, adding

“I have never seen those organisations sign off on anything with less information as to whether or not it does long-term harm of anything in my life. And when I ask about that, when I bring that up, then they immediately label you as transphobic.”

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5 Takeaways From The South Carolina Republican Primary

5 Takeaways From The South Carolina Republican Primary

Authored by Lawrence Wilson via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

President Donald Trump takes the stage at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C., after defeating Nikki Haley in her home state on Feb. 24, 2024. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Former President Donald Trump notched another decisive win in the Republican presidential primary, defeating former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley in her home state of South Carolina, where she also served as governor.

Given the lopsided polling in this two-person race between President Trump and Ms. Haley, the outcome of the Feb. 24 contest was never in doubt.

Yet the margin of victory and the trajectory of the race after this fourth presidential primary provide insights into the future of the 2024 nominating contest.

Trump Notches Highest Percentage in Contested Race So Far

President Trump called the result of the contest decisive shortly after the polls closed, and major media outlets called the race in his favor the moment the polls closed. In a message to supporters, he declared the result a “complete and total victory.”

Indeed, at about 60 percent of the vote as of 9:35 p.m. ET on Feb. 24, his share of the total was the highest of the three primaries in which he has faced opposition.

President Trump won the Iowa caucuses with 51 percent of the vote, beating three principal challengers, including Ms. Haley. She earned 19 percent of the vote.

In New Hampshire, President Trump bested Ms. Haley by 54 to 43 percent.

In the Nevada caucuses, President Trump was unopposed, garnering 99 percent of the vote.

Given the growing momentum of the Trump campaign and Ms. Haley’s inability to achieve a breakout result, the former president appears set to claim the nomination within weeks.

Yet despite losing three times to President Trump, Ms. Haley maintains that her ability to claim about 40 percent of the vote in two head-to-head contests indicates that Republican voters are seeking a Trump alternative.

“There are huge numbers of voters in our Republican primaries who are saying they want an alternative,” Ms. Haley told supporters at an after-election party.

But Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), one of Ms. Haley’s top advocates, saw it differently.

The people spoke for Trump,” Mr. Norman told The Epoch Times after the results.

What she will have to do … is make a decision.

Asked about her future in the race after Super Tuesday, March 5, Mr. Norman said, “What she’ll do is count the delegates up.”

He added, “At the end of the day, everybody will come together, whether it’s [for] Nikki Haley or Donald Trump.”

Haley Loses Her Home State

Ms. Haley’s primary loss in her home state, where she was twice elected governor, is nearly unprecedented. Since the modern primary system began in 1972, no major-party candidate has claimed the nomination after losing his or her home state.

Ms. Haley’s defeat is partly attributable to President Trump’s overwhelming popularity in the state.

The former president handily won the 2016 primary in South Carolina and has remained popular. He garnered the lion’s share of endorsements from the state’s elected officials, including the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, both Republicans.

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) was the state’s only high-profile figure to endorse Ms. Haley.

Nikki Haley speaks to the press after casting her ballot in the GOP primary on Kiawah Island, S.C., on Feb. 24, 2024. (Ivan Pentchoukov/The Epoch Times)

Ms. Haley’s reputation as a governor is mixed among voters. To some, she is seen as a capable governor who provided outstanding crisis leadership.

She was our governor during some of the darkest times we had. She led us well,” Ashley Brown, 43, of Moncks Corner, told The Epoch Times.

The state endured significant flooding during Ms. Haley’s tenure, and a mass shooting that claimed nine lives at a historic Black church in Charleston.

Other Republican voters were less impressed with Ms. Haley’s governance.

“I didn’t care for her when she was governor,” Richard Hinson, 58, of Moncks Corner, told The Epoch Times. “She’s just a career politician.”

Haley’s Chances Dim Further

Ms. Haley’s chances of winning the nomination, slim even before this contest, are now minuscule.

The Palmetto State has been something of a bellwether in the Republican nominating system, correctly forecasting the eventual nominee in every contest since 1980 with just one exception. The state went for Newt Gingrich in 2012.

More telling is the rate at which President Trump has collected committed delegates to the Republican National Committee’s July nominating convention.

To win the party’s nomination, a candidate must secure a commitment from 1,215 of the 2,429 delegates from the 50 states and various territories. After winning South Carolina, President Trump now has more than 130 delegates, more than six times the number held by Ms. Haley.

Another 1,215 delegates will be awarded on Super Tuesday, March 5, when 15 states hold primary elections or caucuses. If Ms. Haley is unable to gain a healthy share of those delegates, the race will effectively be over.

The latter half of March is when Ms. Haley is likely to acknowledge her campaign is over, according to Josh Putnam, a political science professor at the University of Georgia.

“Haley seems to suggest that she’s going to hang around at least through Super Tuesday, so if she dropped out after that, then it’s going to probably happen just before Trump passes the 50-percent mark and unofficially clinches the nomination,” Mr. Putnam said.

Nikki Haley supporters await her arrival at a campaign rally in Moncks Corner, S.C., on Feb. 23, 2024. (Ivan Pentchoukov/Epoch Times)

Crossover Voters Opt for Haley

Voter registration by party is not required in South Carolina, so any voter may choose to participate in either the Republican or Democratic primary, but not both.

Exit polls showed that 69 percent of voters identified themselves as Republicans, 21 percent as independents, 6 percent as something else, and 4 percent as Democrats.

Some crossover voters were apparently motivated by a desire to oppose President Trump. Others were simply pro-Haley.

I’ve already voted for Nikki,” Kurt Kehelbeck, 64, of Charleston, told The Epoch Times, having cast his ballot during the early voting period. “I’m a Democrat. Anything’s better than Trump.” Mr. Kehelenbeck said he intends to vote for President Joe Biden in the general election.

Democratic leaders were aware that a number of their constituents intended to oppose President Trump by voting for Ms. Haley.

I do know a significant amount of people … who are going to go with what they feel, and they have this feeling that they have to vote against Donald Trump,” Marcurius Byrd told The Epoch Times. Mr. Byrd of Columbia is the senior adviser to the Central Midlands chapter of South Carolina Young Democrats.

That number, 4 percent of the vote at most, was not a factor in deciding the race.

What does not appear to have materialized is a large crossover vote in support of President Trump as was predicted by South Carolina GOP Chair Drew McKissick.

“You will see a huge number, if not a majority, of self-identified Democrats who say that they voted for Donald Trump in this primary,” Mr. McKissick told The Epoch Times on Feb. 24.

Given the slight increase in Ms. Haley’s support versus polling predictions, it appears that she gained whatever benefit was to be had from crossover voting.

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley attend a campaign event at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., on Feb. 20, 2024. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)

Spotlight Expands to Down-Ballot Races

With President Biden now unopposed for the Democratic nomination and President Trump all but certain to gain the Republican nod, attention will shift down the ballot to races for Congress and state legislatures.

On Super Tuesday, California, Texas, North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas will hold general primaries and presidential polls.

Voters across the four Southern states will nominate candidates for 63 House districts, including 42 held by Republicans.

In California, seven of the 10 most hotly contested congressional races are for GOP-held seats. President Biden carried five of those districts in 2020. Four of them are rated as toss-ups by Cook Political Report.

In all, voters will select candidates for 115 congressional districts, representing more than a quarter of the House of Representatives, on March 5.

In the coming months, primaries will also be held for 34 Senate seats, 20 of which are held by Democrats, 11 by Republicans, and three by independents. Primaries will also be held for 11 gubernatorial elections, with eight of those seats currently held by Republicans.

Among the most watched congressional races will be the one for California’s 22nd district, held by Republican David Valadao, which the Democratic National Committee hopes to flip in 2024. Some 42 percent of registered voters in the 22nd district are Democrats, and just under 27 percent are Republicans.

California’s 27th congressional district, held by Republican Mike Garcia, is also on the Democratic National Committee’s hit list. Democrat George Whitesides is the strongest challenger. He is a former chief of staff at NASA and is CEO of Virgin Galactic.

California’s senatorial primary will also be closely watched. Primaries in the state are nonpartisan, meaning that all candidates compete on a single ballot, with the top two vote-getters advancing to the general election.

The leading candidates in this heavily Democratic state appear to be Democrats Adam Schiff and Katie Porter, both of whom currently represent House districts. Former professional baseball player Steve Garvey is the leading Republican candidate.

John Haughey, Janice Hisle, and Nathan Worcester contributed to this report.

Tyler Durden
Sun, 02/25/2024 – 17:30

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Fani Scrambles: Fulton DA Demands Judge Reject Cellphone Evidence

Fani Scrambles: Fulton DA Demands Judge Reject Cellphone Evidence

Fulton County DA Fani Willis is reeling after evidence was submitted to the court suggesting that she and special prosecutor Nathan Wade lied about when their romantic relationship began.

To recap, Wade and Willis claimed that their relationship began sometime in early 2022 – after Willis hired Wade to help her go after Trump in the Georgia election interference case.

Wade’s cell phone records disprove their official story, however. As The Reactionary notes,

Trump’s attorneys were able to obtain, by subpoena to AT&T, Wade’s cell phone records from 1/1/2021 through 11/30/2021. Wade’s location data was analyzed by an investigator hired by the attorneys – an analytical tool which generated geolocation data that pinpointed Wade’s presence at DA Willis’s South Fulton Condo during that time period.

Here are the highlights:

  • Wade and Willis exchanged “over 2000 voice calls and just under 12,000 texts messages” from January 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021.

  • Geolocation data indicates Wade was at DA Willis’s condo “at least 35 occasions”. The data revealed he was “stationary” at the condo “and not in transit.”

  • Wade’s visits to DA Willis’s condo were corroborated by texts and phone calls. According to the report: On November 29, 2021, “following a call from Ms. Willis at 11:32 PM, while the call continued, [Wade’s] phone left the East Cobb area just after midnight and arrived within the geofence located on the Dogwood address [the condo] at 12:43 AM on November 30, 2021. The phone remained there until 4:55 AM.”

  • On September 11, 2021, Wade arrived at the condo address at approximately 10:45 PM. He left the address at 3:28 AM and arrived at his Marietta residence at 4:05 AM. He then texted DA Willis at 4:20 AM.

Now, Fani wants the evidence tossed – claiming that some of the data is inadmissible for technical or procedural reasons. Willis argued in a response that the cell phone data fails to “prove anything relevant,” and should be tossed because it contains “both telephone records that have not been admitted into evidence and an affidavit and other documents containing unqualified opinion evidence.”

Because of this, Willis argues that the court should exclude the new information, or at least consider her “rebuttal evidence that demonstrates the unreliability of the unqualified opinion evidence improperly introduced by Defendant Trump.”

She also claims that the new evidence is inadmissible because the defense counsel provided no written notice of its introduction, no summary of the expert’s testimony, and no information as to the expert’s qualifications. And even if he’s legit, the phone records don’t prove anything.

“The records do nothing more than demonstrate that Special Prosecutor Wade’s telephone was located somewhere within a densely populated multiple-mile radius where various residences, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other businesses are located,” she wrote, adding that the records may have even been obtained illegally.

Trump smacks Fani

In a Saturday post to Truth Social, Trump argued that the new evidence shows that Willis is full of shit and should be disqualified.

“Based on the fact that District Attorney Fani Willis and her Lover were together long prior to the filing date of their Fake Lawsuit against me and many other innocent people, despite their sworn testimony to the contrary, this case must be determined as OVER and, of no further force or effect,” he wrote.

“Among other things, in close coordination and conjunction with the DOJ and White House (numerous 8-hour meetings between the Biden people and them in D.C.!), this case was all about stealing close to $1 Million Dollars for Lover Wade, and Election Interference, whereby a vicious and heinous attack is made on Crooked Joe Biden’s Political Opponent.”

Tyler Durden
Sun, 02/25/2024 – 16:55

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