Presidential Candidate Voter Guide

Family Research Council published their 2016 Presidential Candidate Voter Guide. A snapshot of the “Values Voter Presidential Voter Guide” details both Republican and Democrat candidates’ positions on marriage, abortion, religious liberty, and other contemporary issues. A snapshot of the guide is provided below but the entire guide, with an exhaustive reference list, is available on the FRC website.

2016 FRC Presidential Candidate Voter GuideThe Presidential Voters Guide above was last updated by FRC on 7 March 2016. FRC updates their website and candidate information becomes known and as candidates drop out of the race.

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Vote Tuesday in Mississippi’s Primary

Tuesday, March 8th is Mississippi’s opportunity to choose who they want representing them in the November General Election. Both Republicans and Democrats hold their primaries on the same day and, since Mississippi is an “open” state, anyone can vote for either party.

While both the Democrat and Republican parties have had many contenders drop from their respective primary races, many will still be listed on the ballots.  For the Democrats, the ballot will have the following:

  • Hillary Clinton*
  • Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente
  • Martin O’Malley
  • Bernie Sanders*
  • Willie Wilson

The Republicans have reduced the number actively campaigning to four but the list of names on the Mississippi ballot also remains lengthy:

  • Jeb Bush
  • Ben Carson
  • Chris Christie
  • Ted Cruz*
  • Carly Fiorina
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Mike Huckabee
  • John R. Kasich*
  • George Pataki
  • Rand Paul
  • Marco Rubio*
  • Rick Santorum
  • Donald J. Trump*

Asterisks indicate those candidates with active campaigns.

In addition to the widely publicized Presidential Primaries, South Mississippi will also be selecting their choice to represent the respective parties for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District.  Incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo is running unopposed for the Republican ticket while Democrat Mark Gladney is running unopposed to challenge Palazzo in November.

To see a sample of your ballot and find your polling place, visit the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Locator.

Are rights from God. . . or man? Part II

After Chris Cuomo’s quarrel with Judge Roy Moore, another media-type has expressed her belief that rights come from man. In response to Sen. Ted Cruz invoking God as the grantor of rights, Yahoo News political reporter Meredith Shiner posted:

If rights are granted by men, they can be taken away by men.

The Declaration of Independence declared that humans are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” and the U.S. Constitution was created to prevent government from trampling them. In a 2001 interview, President Obama recognized the Constitution’s restraint on government: “It says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”

Rights granted by men are artificial or man-made but certainly not natural and unalienable! Shiner should thank God for all of her rights, including her 1st Amendment right to speak her mind–even if she doesn’t know Who granted them.

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Capitol Connection 2014 Video Report Teaser

Awake America is compiling a video report of the event and posted the following video trailer to promote the forthcoming video.  Don’t miss the clip of Sen. Tim Scott preaching!

Faith Baptist Church sent Bros. Dan & Caleb Carr to Washington, DC March 10-12 to join pastors from around the country at Capitol Connection.  The need to pray for our country and leaders is great and revival is our only hope.  Dr. Chuck Harding is among those leading the charge to change the course of our country.

The Fiscal Times: Meet Thad Cochran, An Endangered Senate Republican

Via Senator Thad Cochran is “one of the most endangered Senate Republicans up for reelection this year”

The Fiscal Times paints the stark contrast between the establishment Republican, Sen. Thad Cochran, and the Tea Party challenger, Chris McDaniel.  The following are pulled from The Fiscal Times:

There was a time when lawmakers boasted to their constituents about bringing home the bacon. . . Those times have changed, and now longtime pork-barrel specialists are more apt to have to apologize to their constituents for winning costly projects for their states than take a bow. . . The latest case in point is Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi — a powerful figure on the Senate Appropriations Committee who over the decades brought literally billions of dollars of largess to his home state.

Cochran’s opponent in a June 3 primary showdown, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, hopes to follow the lead of freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and go to Washington to rattle the china in Congress.

Leaving nothing to chance, Cochran has lined up endorsements from some of the biggest names in Mississippi politics — including former Gov. Haley Barbour and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.

McDaniel has made federal spending the centerpiece of his campaign. Last October, in announcing he was challenging Cochran, he declared that the “era of big spending is over.”  In that regard, he is trying to exploit a growing fissure within the GOP between the far right’s antipathy to spending and special interest projects and the more traditional go-along-to-get-along ethos of Cochran and other more traditional congressional appropriators.

Analysts agree it will be a hard-fought primary; but more recently, some have said the race is tilting in Cochran’s favor.  The reason for that? “Mainly because Mississippi voters, even the ones who participate in a GOP primary, understand the value of Cochran’s seniority to a small poor state,” said Larry J. Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist who is tracking the race. “And Cochran’s voting record is mainly quite conservative.”

The Cochran-McDaniel campaign is shaping up to be the old guard vs. the new guard.  The Tea Party’s challenge to establishment Republicans is alive and well in Mississippi.  In the end, this election will be about whether voters put country or self-interest first.

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The Republican Civil War

With conservative activists backing challengers to sitting Republican Senators in Mississippi (Chris McDaniel), Kansas (Milton Wolf), and Kentucky (Matt Bevin), establishment Republicans are feeling the pressure to maintain their power.  In an interview with the New York Times, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared war on the more conservative members of his party stating, “I think we are going to crush [the Tea Party] everywhere.”

In Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran currently has little to worry about.  He is comfortable with his record and lead over Chris McDaniel heading into the state’s June 3rd Primary according to a Roll Call report.  Tea Party groups, including those that support McDaniel, have targeted incumbents like Cochran who have used earmarks and their positions within the federal government to bring pork into their states while bolstering their own footholds in government.

Conservative organizations such as FreedomWorks, the Madison Project, Club for Growth, and the Senate Conservatives Fund are collectively but unofficially known as the “Tea Party.”  Among other things, such organizations have typically supported a return to constitutionally limited government, lower taxes (if not abolition of the IRS), and reducing the size and intrusiveness of the federal government.  In 2010 and 2012 such organizations were responsible for ousting Republican Party-backed candidates to elect Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

The Republican Party traditionally supports incumbents but has been criticized in recent years by its more conservative members like the Tea Party organizations for neglecting the U.S. Constitution, not fighting for limited government and lower taxes, and not aggressively opposing President Obama and Democrat Party policies.