It’s a festive Friday as Jim is back to finish out the week. He and Greg wonder just how far Hillary Clinton is removed from reality as she claims voter suppression cost her key states in 2016 and that Russia will run Tulsi Gabbard as a third party candidate this year to help President Trump get re-elected. They also cringe as new polling shows incumbent Colorado GOP Sen. Cory Gardner with just 42 percent and losing to Democrat John Hickenlooper by double digits. And they close the week out by celebrating nine fun years of the Three Martini Lunch and looking forward to many more!
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy a fun episode by discussing three presidential hopefuls who never had a chance. They start by applauding Washington Gov. Jay Inslee for recognizing he wasn’t going to win and getting out of the Democratic presidential race. They also sigh as former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper starts running for U.S. Senate just days after dropping out of the presidential field, and admit he’s got a pretty good chance of winning. And they wonder why one-term former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh is seriously considering a GOP primary challenge to President Trump.
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker who was punished by the government for refusing to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple based on his sincerely-held Christian beliefs. But Jack Phillips is headed back to court yet again after refusing to make a cake celebrating the coming out of a transgender person.
Alliance Defending Freedom is defending Phillips again. Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs says a single attorney is bound and determined to make Phillips suffer the legal consequences of not accommodating the LGBT agenda.
This time a transgendered person identifying as a woman named Autumn Scardina wanted Phillips to make a cake celebrating Scardina’s decision to go public with a change in gender identity. Scruggs says it’s just the latest attempt by Scardina and others to sue Phillips.
“It really has been a story of harassment. Jack has received all these different kinds of requests, particularly from this one lawyer but from other people too that are really meant to harass him – things like celebrating Satan’s birthday or other obscene requests that no person would want to create,” said Scruggs.
The Colorado Civil Right Commission was chastened by the Supreme Court for not treating Phillips in a neutral fashion based on his faith. The commission initially joined this latest lawsuit but backed away when the Alliance Defending Freedom presented additional evidence of the state officials treating Phillips in a biased fashion.
While Scruggs believes Phillips is on very strong legal ground, it’s still an extremely stressful time for him.
“The government didn’t want to touch this in the State of Colorado but now that attorney (Scardina), who didn’t like the result of that case, has filed suit against Jack and is seeking attorneys fees and damages that really could put Jack in a very difficult financial situation. Really, his livelihood is on the line,” said Scruggs.
Listen to the full podcast to hear how ADF forced the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to back away from the case, how Phillips approaches his job in the midst of this debate, and what Scruggs thinks of the Equality Act, which would remove the legal underpinning for people like Phillips to live out their faith.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that tax refunds are now slightly outpacing the amounts issued last year by the IRS. They also examine the record of the latest Democrat to run for president – former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper – and whether he has any path to victory. And they get a kick out of New York Sen. Gillbrand insisting she’s not a flip-flopper after running for Congress as a moderate Democrat and now running for president as a ardent progressive.
After winning the popular vote but losing the presidency twice in 16 years, Democrats are determined to make a majority of the Electoral College contingent on which candidate wins the popular vote, but one expert says we might want to remember why the founders set things up this way before we change them.
This week, Colorado became the twelfth state to enact legislation requiring it’s electoral votes to be awarded to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of the outcome in those states. Right now, those 12 states total 181 electoral votes.
So why did the founders create the Electoral College?
“The founders didn’t fully trust the idea of democracy yet also wanted to give some leeway to the states to have their own voting system. They wanted to protect the idea of federalism and leave to them how their elections would go,” said Jarrett Stepman, an editor and commentary writer at the Daily Signal, which is affiliated with the Heritage Foundation.
He says it also gives smaller states a slightly larger voice in the presidential election. Electoral votes are awarded to states based on the number of senators and representatives they have. Since all states have two senators, smaller states receive a bit more of a percentage of the electoral vote than their populations would indicate.
In the early decades of the United States, state affiliation often trumped national affiliation, prompting the founders to put a premium on state power.
“They all had this general concept that the concept of federalism really protects the idea of liberty and self-government, especially in a broad-based republic like ours,” said Stepman.
In addition to principle, says Stepman, is practicality. He says as ugly as the 2000 Florida recount was to determine whether George W. Bush or Al Gore would win the state and the presidency, imagine a nationwide recount to settle such a dilemma.
“It would have been a giant national nightmare, even beyond what it was. This would have looked like a mass national recount. It was so bad as it was in Florida itself, you can only imagine what this would be across the country,” said Stepman.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Stepman explain the legal hurdles awaiting this movement to circumvent the Electoral College, what Alexander Hamilton said about it in Federalist 68, and why we badly need to improve civics education.
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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take on three heavy topics, starting with Colorado baker Jack Phillips now having a powerful case of discrimination against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission after the commission ruled Phillips had violated the rights of a transgender lawyer for not customizing a cake for their gender transition or one depicting Satan engaged in a sex act. They also hammer the Catholic church in Pennsylvania over the new grand jury report that reveals more than 3oo priests horrifically abusing more than a thousand children over the decades and the despicable lengths officials in the church went to in order to silence accusers and keep the priests in active ministry. And they shred Chelsea Clinton’s absurd contention that abortion has been great for the economy because it allows more women to stay in the workforce.