Helena’s News Roundup – Belated from 11/15 – Sorry folks!

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Poll: CA Dems in Trouble Over High Costs, Jobs, Taxes & Illegal Aliens
Interesting Poll! “CA Democratss could be in trouble in 2018, with the latest USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll finding registered voters’ top concerns are the traditionally Repub issues of high cost of living, jobs, taxes, and illegal immigrants.The USC poll found that the most important concerns for voters are the high cost of living, at 21.8%; followed by jobs, at 9.9%; taxes and fees, at 8.9%; and illegal immigration, at 6.9%…Women voters are more concerned than men regarding the high cost of living, at 22.6%; jobs at 10.1%; and illegal immigration at 7.7%…In what may be the political equivalent for Democrats of the dead canary in the mine shaft, women are more concerned that CA is headed in the wrong direction by 57.6%, versus 53.6% for men.”

Yes, Virginia, there is vote fraud

Concerning!! “If ever there were an election that proved the importance of accurate voter rolls, it was VA’s on Nov. 7.With control of the Gen Assembly hanging in the balance, at least 3 Democrat candidates demanded recounts of their Republican opponents’ razor-thin victory margins. One candidate led by 106 votes, another by 86, and a third led by only 10.Another five races were decided by fewer than 900 votes. The Democrats need to flip only 2 more seats to take control of the lower chamber. Every vote counts, and every name listed on a voter registration roll can be voted, legitimately or illegitimately…Nobody knows how many fraudulent votes are cast in any election, but we do know that literally thousands of ineligible voters are on VA’s voter rolls, including illegal immigrants and convicted felons.”

Let’s end the ‘Joe Biden for president’ delusion right now

So True! “America’s political establishment will not take a hint.The latest evidence is the growing buzz surrounding Biden’s potential presidential candidacy in 2020. Biden is now not ruling out a run for the White House. One question: Why is this anything other than a joke?It’s one thing to be depressed and disappointed about Trump’s victory, but have these people forgotten everything we learned from the 2016 election?Apparently.Not only did the ultimate outsider win the election, but the 2nd most formidable force throughout the contest was another consummate outsider in Sanders. And now Sanders’ achievement seems even more impressive as Brazile is insisting the Hillary campaign rigged the system to make it impossible for him to win…American voters on each side of the partisan aisle are shouting loudly and clearly that they’re tired of establishment politicians.”

Jeff Sessions continues to prove he’s Trump’s biggest mistake

Not good! “Sessions is a man in search of a banana peel. When he can’t find one to step on, he supplies his own.Sessions is not a bad man, but he is a bad AG, as he demonstrated again Tues.By writing to Republicans in Congress just hours before he was scheduled to testify that he was open to appointing a special prosecutor to examine Comey’s handling of Hillary’s e-mail case and the notorious Uranium One deal, Sessions primed the pump for a really big show. Democrats arrived furious and Republicans gleefully expected an ah-ha moment. Both came away unsatisfied and unhappy. Unfortunately for Sessions, the old conceit in journalism- that if both sides are angry at your story, you’ve done something right – doesn’t apply to being AG. When nobody’s happy, including your boss, you’re failing.”


The Sketchy Fusion GPS “Dossier” Links Clinton Campaign To Media Narrative Engineers…

So True! “Things could get a whole lot more interesting if Strassel is correct in her research of how the Clinton Campaign paid for the creation of the “Steele Dossier”, pushed it to the FBI, and then used their influence to generate media coverage of it…The basic outline is: Clinton paid for the sketchy dossier to be put together; then pushed it to the FBI (Sally Yates); who then used it to open a counter-intelligence investigation; which was then used to begin wiretaps etc. on Trump; while simultaneously reporters were fed information-from Fusion GPS- about the dossier and intelligence investigation; to start the Russian conspiracy narrative, using leaks within the intelligence investigation which were created by the dossier.. there are strong indications Fusion GPS paid journalists to promote the dossier narrative along with other stories.”

For The First Time In A Very Long Time, An American President Stared Down China & China Blinked

Finally! “Trump arrived at the APEC summit with a bit of swagger. Though already a naturally tall and broad-shouldered man, he stood bigger than life among his world leader contemporaries as a petulant Establishment Media did all it could to downplay the aura of strength that followed Trump everywhere he went. Gone was the rapid gun-chewing insecurity that marked Obama’s participation in such gatherings. There was no apologizing for America’s past. No remarking how the US owed others. No hiding from the fact that in an increasingly volatile and complicated world, America remains the one true superpower. And despite the media’s fake obsession with Russia these days, it is China that poses the single greatest challenge to US superiority throughout the world.”

Where Did All The Public School Money Go? Paper-Pushers

Revelation! “Some little-noticed provisions in the GOP tax plan could have a big impact on public schools. It’s a start. The education system in this country is overdue for shake-up because it has for years been grossly mismanaging taxpayer money.The Nat’l Education Association blasted the GOP tax reform plan saying that eliminating the state and local tax deduction for those who itemize taxes would be a severe blow to schools, putting 250,000 education jobs at risk.”It would,” says NEA president Garcia, “jeopardize the ability of state and local governments to fund public education… There are other provisions in the tax bill that might worry teachers’ unions, such as letting parents use 529 college savings plans to pay for elementary and secondary school costs. That would help make private schools more affordable – a small step toward encouraging school choice.”

The Right Prescription Maine, Medicaid, and the Gruber Principle

Lesson Learned? “Well, Maine experimented with Medicaid expansion 15 years ago, and it took the state a decade to recover from the hangover. Nonetheless, a majority of Maine’s voters approved another Medicaid expansion Tues. And it is no exaggeration to say that it took Maine 10 years to recover from its last Medicaid expansion. That debacle, initiated in 2002 by former Governor King – who has since fled to D.C. where he now “serves” as a US Senator-damaged Maine’s finances so badly that there was no money to pay hospitals for services rendered to Medicaid patients. It wasn’t until 2013 that the state was able to pay off that debt, whereupon Obamacare advocates began pimping expansion again.”

Ruth: Women accusing Latvala of harassment should come forward

“It’s been a rough few days for Sen. Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who is also (for the moment, at least) a candidate for governor. A week or so ago, Latvala was a gruff-talking curmudgeon of the Fl Legislature, attempting to parlay his “tell it like it is” persona into the Governor’s Mansion. And then it all came crashing down around his Falstaffian shoulders, beginning with the release of a photograph of the senator kissing a lobbyist in the parking lot of an Italian restaurant. Latvala attempted to dismiss the photo by arguing the lobbyist was a dear old platonic friend, as if it is quite normal for a married man to plant a buss on another woman. Perhaps it is an old Clearwater custom. Within days of the photo’s release, Latvala had to contend with allegations by six unidentified women to Politico that the senator had sexually harassed them with unwanted advances involving inappropriate touching or making demeaning remarks about their bodies.”

A Pro-Growth Tax Bill Is On The Way

Good! “As the House and Senate work their way through the tax cut and reform effort, let me make one thing clear: Both plans are pro-growth, with the economic power coming from the business side. And where it comes from the personal side, there will be very little growth. That was always been the bet. During the spring and summer of 2016, Steve Moore and I, working with Trump campaign officials Steven Mnuchin and Stephen Miller, saw major tax reductions for large and small businesses as the centerpiece of the candidate’s tax policy. Whatever Congress came up with on the personal side, so be it. So, one way or another – even with the glitches and differences between the House and Senate tax plans – Congress will come up with a significant pro-growth bill because business tax cuts are still the centerpiece. And they should do it this year.”

Tab Mounts to Clean up Irma Water Debris

Ouch! “Fl continues to spend about $2.4 million a week to clean up debris strewn across state waters during Hurricane Irma two months ago.The state money could soon run dry, even as the weekly costs grow with the cleanup moving deeper into counties more heavily damaged by the storm.

Dept of Environ Protection Deputy Secretary David Clark told members of the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness on Mon that by early next year the state may use up the $36 million allocated to the agency for storm-debris cleanup.“At the current pace, we’re spending about $2.4 million a week to do the waterway cleanup,” Clark said. “At that pace, we’re going to run out of money by the time we get into session at the beginning of Jan or sooner.”

Psychologists say more and more young people are entitled

Not surprised! “Research has discovered that large #s of young people are developing an entitlement complex.The psychological trend comes from the belief that you are superior to others and are more deserving of certain things.This form of narcissism has some significant consequences such as disappointment and a tendency to lash out. Psychology Today reports that some examples of entitlement range from the disregard of rules, freeloading, causing inconveniences and like to assume the role of leader when working in groups.So called millennials, who were born roughly between 1988 and 1994, tend to have this characteristic as a 2016 study found.The University of Hampshire found that youngsters who were studied on issues of entitlement scored 25% higher than people aged 40 to 60 and 50% higher than those over that age bracket.”

Former Asst. FBI Director: Clinton Crimes 20 Times Bigger than Watergate

Wow!Revealing!”Former Asst FBI Dir Kallstrom unloaded on Comey, Mueller, Hillary, and Obama Thurs, charging that major crimes “20X bigger than Watergate” are being swept under the rug while AG Sessions “is in a coma.”Appearing on Fox, Kallstrom said that it “was obvious to anybody that knows anything” that Obama was not going to let Comey indict Clinton.”It turns out he was a political hack,” Kallstrom said flatly…”Kallstrom blamed the Clintons for Comey’s descent into hackery.”The dogs are always going to bite your heels when you’re dealing with the Clintons,” he explained. “Look how long the public, the American people have been dealing with the crime syndicate known as the Clinton Foundation… “Back in ’95, ’96 — Bill Clinton let our guidance technology for our ICBM missiles go to China. Things like this that are very devastating,” he pointed out.”
FEMA to Airlift Hurricane Maria Victims from Puerto Rico to Florida

Wow! “Puerto Ricans, reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, are heading to Fl in droves and the numbers prove it — more than 143,000 people from Puerto Rico have arrived in FL since the Cat 4 storm struck the island in Sept, and even more are expected to come to the Sunshine State in the coming months. FL, the U.S. territory’s closest American neighbor, has seen a large increase of Puerto Ricans since the storm, which left many people on the island either without power or totally homeless.Those numbers are likely to rise, too — on Thurs, FEMA announced it planned to offer short-term relocation for displaced Puerto Ricans to shelters in FL and NY. The plan to airlift thousands of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. comes after a request from Gov. Ricardo Rossello and is the first in the agency’s history.

Trump Nominees Languish in GOP-Controlled Senate

Outrageous! “Fewer than half of Trump’s executive branch and judicial nominees have been confirmed by the Senate—the lowest number of confirmations in the past 4 administrations at comparable points in their presidencies.The dismal numbers-a total of 223 confirmations of 519 nominees-were circulated by the White House amid complaints of unprecedented Democrat obstruction and the Senate’s lax schedule…Trump has 175 pending nominees awaiting action from Senate committees and another 101 on the Senate calendar awaiting a confirmation vote, In delaying the confirmation of Trump’s appointees, the Senate is directly limiting the president’s effectiveness,” the Conservative Action Project argued. Schumer has used delaying tactics, such as the maximum of 30 hours of debate on nominees, to slow down the confirmation process of Trump picks.”