Scot Bertram, general manager of 101.7 FM Radio Free Hillsdale, is in for Jim today. Scot and Greg discuss the dramatic lurch leftward in Michigan during the midterm elections and how things somehow got even worse in Scot’s home state of Illinois. They also groan over Michigan’s full embrace of abortion and Montana voters rejecting a law requiring doctors to care for all babies born alive. They end on the lighter side as reports suggest some writers at Saturday Night Live are refusing to work this week in protest of host Dave Chappelle.
Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the Supreme Court marshal urging state officials in Virginia and Maryland to protect Supreme Court justices and stop protests outside their private homes. But they do wonder why it took her almost two months to do this. They also get a kick out of California Gov. Gavin Newsom trying to claim there is more freedom in California than in Florida in his laughable attempt to troll Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. And they fume as yet another mass shooter littered the internet with his fascination with other mass killings.
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The presidential race promises to take up much of the political oxygen in 2020 but a Republican congressional candidate says electing her and a GOP House majority will help restore some sanity to the nation’s capital.
Former Illinois State Rep. Jeanne Ives is seeking the Republican nomination in her state’s sixth congressional district. The seat is currently held up Democratic Rep. Sean Casten, who defeated longtime GOP incumbent Peter Roskam in 2018.
Ives says Casten needs to go because instead to going to Washington to seek solutions to problems impacting his constituents, he’s become a cheerleader for impeachment. She also says Casten has practically become a member of “The Squad,” the name given to progressive lawmakers such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar.
“People need to understand: this is the most unreasonable, unserious Congress we’ve ever elected. Look, if they’re not trying to ban your red meat, they want to take away your red hat. I mean that’s where they are,” said Ives, in an interview with Radio America’s Greg Corombos.
Ives points to the push for a Green New Deal as another example of House Democrats, including Casten, losing touch with reality.
“Really? You think the world is coming to an end in ten or maybe it’s twelve years? And now you want to rearrange the entire economic engine of not only the State of Illinois but the entire United States because you don’t believe in fossil fuels? These people are crazy,” said Ives.
Listen to the full podcast to learn what issues matter most to Ives and how she would chart a different course in Washington. She also explains how her ability to get things done while vastly outnumbered by Democrats in the Illinois legislature proves she can get things done in Congress as well.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America marvel at the civic illiteracy in the gun debate, as Fox Business Network host Trish Regan asserts that President Trump could simply issue an executive order to ban assault weapons. They also discuss Trump’s bizarre fascination with possibly commuting the prison sentence of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And they have a lot of fun with Bernie Sanders and Joe Rogan discussing whether a President Sanders would reveal everything the government knows about aliens and UFO’s.
Illinois now has perhaps the most permissive abortion laws in the nation after Democrats pushed an expansive new bill through the legislature and Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed it into law on Wednesday.
Democrats billed the proposal as shoring up existing law over concern that the U.S. Supreme Court could soon reverse Roe v. Wade, but Republican State Rep. Tom Morrison says the legislation was far more sweeping than that, starting with how lawmakers view abortion.
“The most important thing it does is that it says that abortion is a fundamental right of women – actually not just women. The sponsor of the bill said anyone with a uterus and ovaries, so I guess that’s not just women today as they would define it,” said Morrison.
When it comes to specifics, Morrison says the expansion of abortion access is obvious.
“This bill was 126 pages long and expanded [permissiveness of abortion]. It removed clinic regulations. It removed provisions to have two doctors involved in a late-term abortion. There’s a provision for non-physicians to do abortions up to a certain point,” said Morrison.
According to Morrison, the bill also changes the definition of a viable unborn baby.
“It’s now left up to what the doctor determines at the moment, rather than having two doctors agree on a case by case basis,” said Morrison, who adds that the lone doctor can be the abortion provider and a late-term pregnancy can be considered non-viable simply because the baby would need to be flown to another facility for care in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.
In addition, Morrison fears the legislation will be very dangerous for mothers who suffer complications from an abortion. He says the new law does not require a coroner to investigate the deaths of women who were patients at abortion clinics, essentially allowing those deaths to vanish into the wind.
Among the most controversial provisions is the provision to allow abortions at any stage of pregnancy, even when the child could survive outside of the mother. While supporters frequently refer to parents making the decision after discovering their child is severely deformed, Morrison says there’s no mention of that issue in the bill.
In fact, Morrison says reasons like “familial health” are cited as reasons for an abortion at any stage.
“It could mean anything. It could mean financial health. It could mean mental health. It could mean a mother doesn’t like stretch marks and that would impact her perception of her body image.
“It’s totally up to interpretation. Maybe it it’s that a family already has a boy and they want a girl, so they abort the child because the child isn’t the sex that the couple wants. Maybe it’s that sleep would be interrupted for someone in the family,” said Morrison.
Morrison does believe the recent string of pro-life legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected played a role in the pro-abortion legislation advancing in Illinois. He says momentum for aborting viable babies was pretty tepid before that.
“Even some of of the pro-choice legislators were reluctant to support those bills. Those southern states, as they moved forward on their bills and signed them into law, then the proponents in Illinois figured they had the green light to offer a counter to what was happening in those other states,” said Morrison.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Morrison also explain how the new Illinois law could soon lead to the overturning of parental notification and consent laws for minors seeking abortions, how Illinois abortion providers are circumventing the ban on partial birth abortions and much more.
Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards for making good on his promise to sign pro-life “heartbeat” legislation that was also sponsored by a Democrat. They also shudder as a pro-life lawmaker in Illinois explains just how expansive pro-choice lawmakers there want to make their abortion laws. And they groan as President Trump threatens to address the very real and very serious problem at the border by imposing tariffs on Mexican imports.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America toast the conservative upset in the Australian elections. They also note Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg keeps taking far left positions on issues, disproving the media myth of him being a moderate. And they react to Illinois conservatives wanting to separate Chicago from the rest of the state.
Lawmakers in New York and Vermont passed sweeping legislation removing abortion restrictions and are trying to do the same in Illinois, Rhode Island, and New Mexico. Similar efforts failed in Virginia. Even an infanticide ban failed to advance in the U.S. Senate.
But why is this push happening now and do conservatives see a win coming anywhere? We ask Patrina Mosley of the Family Research Council. Listen to the full podcast as Mosley explains the urgency on the left to get this done, what efforts are still underway to ban infanticide on Capitol Hill, and why there is strong evidence Democrats are vastly overreaching on this issue.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss rapidly dropping rates in illegal immigration across the southern border. They also reproach Illinois state representatives – especially Republicans – for agreeing to tax hikes instead of dealing with major fiscal problems. And they question CNN’s decision to intimidate an anonymous Reddit user over the controversial GIF President Trump re-tweeted on Sunday. To finish off the day, they criticize the History Channel for concluding what happened to Amelia Earhart based largely on one photograph.
Ian Tuttle of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America celebrate the House passing “Kate’s Law” and agreeing to further crackdowns on sanctuary cities. They also discuss the dismal financial prospects of Illinois, which has racked up massive amounts of debt and that additional tax increases cannot solve despite the insistence of Democrats. And they contemplate the partisan fallout if Twitter releases a “fake news” button for its site. Finally, they extol the genius of America as they prepare to celebrate Independence Day and the Three Martini Lunch pauses until July 5.