- The Washington Times - Monday, May 20, 2019

A clash of the titans in the Wolverine State? Rep. Justin Amash is getting serious political pushback after he called for President Trump to be impeached. The Michigan Republican now has a challenge for his seat from state Rep. Jim Lower, who announced his intentions to run for the office 24 hours ago, explaining that he is a ” pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-Second Amendment, pro-family values Republican.”

And he is ready to rumble.

“It is never easy to defeat an incumbent, but we are going to do it. I have been quietly been meeting with grassroots activists, party leaders, voters, donors, and elected officials in the 3rd Congressional District and the response has been humbling and gratifying,” says Mr. Lower.

“I have also already hired my political team, which I will be announcing later this week. It will take at least $1 million to beat Amash and we believe we can raise that amount and more,” he adds.

He could prove a very determined opponent.

Mr. Lower, a married father of two and an avid outdoorsman, was first elected to the Ionia County board of Commissioners in 2010 at age 21, where he became vice chairman. He also served as village manager for the town of Edmore, then state representative in 2016 — handily winning with 63% of the vote against Democratic and Green Party opponents.

“Justin Amash was elected to Congress nearly 10 years ago. In that time the only bill he’s had signed into law renamed a post office in Lake Odessa. His voting record shows how out of touch he is with his constituents,” notes Mr. Lower. “West Michigan deserves a congressman who will actually represent the values of our community, and who will work with President Trump and other members of Congress to get things done. I will be that Congressman.”


The aforementioned Rep. Justin Amash has public support from the Rule of Law Republicans, a nonprofit that has organized Republicans across the country “who believe law enforcement investigations should be completed without political interference, the laws apply equally to everyone, and the Constitution needs to be followed,” according to their mission statement. It is also a project of Defending Democracy Together, an advocacy group that counts William Kristol, Mona Charen, Linda Chavez and Christine Todd Whitman among its leadership.

“Justin Amash demonstrated two rare qualities in politicians: bravery and honesty. After carefully reviewing the Mueller report and consulting with his staff, he issued a statement that should make every Republican and conservative proud,” said Chris Truax, the group’s spokesman and legal adviser.


It is surely a sign that the public wants a few answers about the news media and its entrenched bad habits. “Unfreedom of the Press,” by Fox News host and talk radio kingpin Mark Levin, is now No. 1 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The author’s premise is that news organizations are destroying freedom of the press from within — “not by government oppression or suppression but through self-censorship, group-think, bias by omission, and passing off opinion, propaganda, pseudo-events, and outright lies as news,” this according to publisher Threshold Editions.

Mr. Levin makes a case for his ideas, even returning to the days of the early American “patriot press” — which he says was proud to uphold principles from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Pubic opinion poll routinely report that the vast majority of Americans are either dissatisfied with the press or simply don’t trust it. So it is no wonder that Mr. Levin’s book is at the top of the charts.

Threshold Editions, by the way, is the conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster and counts President Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham among its authors.


Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden has issued a “strategy survey” to his followers to bolster his five-day-old campaign — perhaps borrowing a page from the playbook of President Trump, who has sent out compelling, personal polls to voters about policy and media issues since to his own campaign for the White House.

Mr. Biden’s team says his poll “will help us build a winning strategy.”

Among other things, they want to know if Democratic voters favor public rallies, digital outreach or community organizing. There’s an inquiry about volunteering for a “rapid response team,” and another probing which states Mr. Biden should campaign in. The poll also asks a multiple choice question: “Where do you get your news from?”

And the last question: “If you answered yes above, we need your help. Our campaign is doing everything we can to elect Joe Biden and defeat Donald Trump. But we will be powerless if we can’t keep up with Trump’s major fundraising haul. So can we count on you to make a donation to elect Joe Biden?”


Some 300 members of the National Cannabis Industry Associates will be on Capitol Hill for three days beginning Tuesday for their annual visit with lawmakers “to advocate for our industry and forge a unified front with the industry’s most politically engaged leaders — and advocate for federal reforms needed for our industry to reach its full potential.”

The hippies of yore would be amazed at this phenomenon, given that marijuana was very illegal in their youth. This is the ninth year, however, that the organization will participate in lobbying by the emerging cannabis industry.

“Now more than ever, it is important for lawmakers to see that our outdated federal policies are having a negative impact on real people, many of whom are carefully and conscientiously trying to replace the illicit market with regulated, responsible businesses,” says Aaron Smith, executive director of the Colorado-based group, which also maintains an office in Washington.

Their focus includes legislative briefings on the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, which would protect financial institution who work with cannabis businesses who are in compliance with state laws. The organization already has issued multiple policy guides, including “The New Politics of Marijuana: A Winning Opportunity for Either Party.”


57% of Americans predict that “most nations of the world” will have a democratic government in the next 50 years.

29% predict those governments will be socialist, 8% have no opinion, 6% say the governments will be communist.

51% say socialism is a “bad thing” for the U.S. as a whole.

43% say socialism would be a “good thing.”

6% have no opinion.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,024 U.S. adults conducted April 17-19 and released Monday.

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