Chris Field


If you consume only the mainstream media and follow only the social media posts Facebook and Twitter let you see, you probably think the sole issue impacting the 2020 presidential election is the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The networks, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and nearly every other liberal-leaning outlet want Americans to believe that the only things that matter in this election are that President Donald Trump refuses to wear a mask, Vice President Mike Pence failed in his leadership of the White House Coronavirus Task Force (not to mention his reported opposition to having plexiglass at the vice presidential debate Wednesday night), and the White House is a COVID-19 cesspool.

But it turns out the issues American voters consider most important in the election are the issues they’ve long considered the most important, a new Gallup poll revealed. And the No. 1 issue for voters hasn’t changed: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

That’s not to say the coronavirus response isn’t important to voters — it is — but it sure doesn’t rank where one might expect considering the level of coverage it has received.

What are the top 5 issues?
Of 16 issues Americans said were either “extremely important” or “very important” to their vote for president, the economy came in as the clear top issue at 89% (44% “extremely”; 45% “very). It was followed by terrorism and national security (83%), education (82%), health care (80%), and crime (79%).

Top 5 most important issues for 2020 election

No. 1: Economy — 89%
No. 2: Terrorism and National Security — 83%
No. 3: Education — 82%
No. 4: Health Care — 80%
No. 5: Crime — 79%

Where did the COVID response rank?
Don’t let the fact that the coronavirus response’s ranking is seemingly incongruous with the media coverage it has received fool you.

The fact that other topics were considered more important does not mean the coronavirus is not a concern for voters. In fact, more than three-quarters of Americans say it’s an issue important to their vote.

The response to the coronavirus came in sixth place on the most-important-issues ranking (77%), followed closely by race relations (76%).

Partisan breakdown
When broken down by political party, the results are not terribly surprising.

For Democrats, the five most important issues are health care (95%), coronavirus response (93%), relations (89%), climate change (88%), and the economy (85%)

Among Republicans, the top five issues are the economy (93%), terrorism and national security (93%), crime (85%), education (79%), and gun policy (76%).

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: COVID response doesn’t even rank in top 5 most important issues to voters. Economy stays No. 1: poll

If you’re a voter in Massachusetts who went through the effort to vote early this year but then you died before Election Day, don’t worry: The state is still going to count your vote thanks to a new law passed by the state legislature this year.

Never mind that counting the votes of the dead could lead to problems: This is just a “temporary law,” WBZ-TV reported.

Why do it? COVID-19, of course.

Wait. What’s this now?
Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin announced Monday that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, anyone who voted early but dies before Election Day (Nov. 3) this year will still have their vote counted. Also, the window for early voting has been expanded.

“It’s pandemic-era time,” Galvin said at a news conference, WBZ reported. “So we had to expand the time for voting.”

Before now, early voting in the Bay State was 10 days before an election, and if a person voted early and was discovered to have died prior to Election Day, that voter’s ballot would not be counted.

“These are people who are alive and competent when they voted, but they may have died unexpectedly after they voted,” the attorney general said. “In past times, if the local officials knew they were dead — had died — even though they had legally voted when they cast the ballot, they would have discarded the ballot, not counted it.”

But apparently that did not sit well with the state’s leaders.

According to the Boston Globe, the “temporary pandemic-era law passed this summer” by the legislature is a notable shift in the state’s voting rules.

This year early voting in Massachusetts has been extended by an additional 20 days, giving voters essentially a month to cast their votes.

And not only has the window expended, apparently the definition of what constitutes a legitimate vote has been changed, too.

Now Massachusetts voters who die after casting their early ballot but before Election Day will have their ballots included in the final tally.

The new provision that allows the votes of the dead to suddenly count comes thanks to language slipped into the state’s early voting expansion bill. The law bars election officials from rejecting an early or absentee ballot this year “solely because the voter became ineligible to vote by reason by death after casting the ballot,” the Globe reported.

How many votes will that impact? Galvin guessed not many, calling it “extremely rare” and saying, “It’s not a significant number of ballots.”

“It’s certainly not going to affect the outcome of the election,” he added. “And if it were to — I speculate here — but if it were to, obviously there’d probably be some followup litigation. But since I’m already reaching my quota of being sued this year, I’m not going to go there.”

Massachusetts is not the first state to have such a provision. The Globe said at least 11 states have similar laws, including Florida and Hawaii.

As of two years ago, at least 17 state states had explicitly rejected counting ballots of people who died before the election, the Globe noted.

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: Massachusetts’ new voting rules will allow the state to count dead people’s votes this year

When the New York Police Department union endorsed President Donald Trump’s re-election late last week, the Black Lives Matter movement was not happy about it. So dozens of BLM protesters decided to protest at the home of the union’s president, and they were met there by a slew of New York City cops and their barricades to protect the block.

On Friday, New York City Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch announced the union’s endorsement of Trump, the New York Post reported.

As the city faces riots, looting, shootings, and other crimes, as well as public clashes with police, the union decided the president’s increased push for law and order is something it needed to get behind.

“I cannot remember when we’ve ever endorsed for the president of the United States until now — that’s how important this is,” Lynch told the president at an event Friday evening, the Post said. “We need your strong voice across the country.”

The union’s proclamation upset the BLM movement, which attempted to march to Lynch’s house in Queens Wednesday evening, the Post said.

As protesters worked to get to Lynch’s home, a swarm of NYPD officers set up barricades blocking off the neighborhood.

Multiple videos from the protests and the police’s response show dozens of cops and supervisors standing in the street to keep demonstrators from marching all over Lynch’s community.

Protesters can be heard chanting “all cops are bastards” and “NYPD, suck my d**k.”

Despite the protests, Lynch was undeterred in his and his union’s support for President Trump.

“New York City police officers will protect your right to protest wherever it can be done safely and legally, including in front of my house,” Lynch said in a statement, NY1 reported. “But these protestors should realize they are wasting their time. Their campaign of harassment and intimidation might have the politicians running scared, but it will have zero impact on the PBA.”

NY1 reported that Lynch’s neighbors said the protest, which they characterized as mostly peaceful, caught them by surprise and involved vulgar language.

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: VIDEO: BLM protesters march to NYPD union president’s house to protest union’s Trump endorsement. They’re met by a swarm of cops.

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels made it clear this week that he and his officers will not put up anyone who would bring their lawlessness to his Florida community.

In a video YouTube statement posted Tuesday, Daniels, who is black and a Republican, stood with about 20 deputies to declare to civil rights protesters who might consider getting violent that they are not only not welcome in Clay County, but also that he would not hesitate to dole out the pain and use legal gun owners to help keep the peace.

Standing by their oath

Daniels began by letting citizens know that he and his officers are aware of the debate going on nationwide about police reform and sought to reassure them that the men and women in his office will stand by their oath to protect and defend the Constitution and protect the public.

“Look folks, don’t fall victim to subjecting yourself to this conversation that law enforcement is bad, that law enforcement is the enemy of the citizens that we’re sworn to protect and serve,” Daniels said, noting that it’s an oath that ends with “so help me God.”

“God is absent from the media’s message or Black Lives Matter or any other group out there that’s making themselves a spectacle, disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country,” he continued. “In Clay County, we have a great quality of life, we have a great relationship with our community.”

Lawlessness won’t prevail

He went on to explain how he and his officers view the lawlessness that has spread in many other cities and counties across the U.S.

“Lawlessness — that’s unacceptable in this country. Lawlessness — that’s unacceptable in Clay County,” Daniels said. “If you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second we’ll bend our backs for you, you’re sadly mistaken.”

“I know what happens when lawlessness prevails,” he continued, adding, “God is raising up men and women, just like the folks you see standing behind me, who will have strong backbones and will stand in the gap between lawlessness and the good citizenry that we’re sworn to protect and serve.”

Gun owners as backup

With that said, he offered a very clear warning to those who would bring riots to Clay County.

“You can threaten all you want,” Daniels said, but promised there would be a response: “You’ll have something waiting on you that you don’t want.”

“Yes, we’ll protect your constitutional rights as long as you remain under the umbrella of peaceful protest or peaceful march, but the second that you out from up under the protection of the Constitution, we’ll be waiting on you,” he warned. “And we’ll give you everything you want — all the publicity, all the pain, all the glamor and glory for all that five minutes will give you.”

Daniels said his speech was not a threat, but rather what people with courage who are tired of the violence need to do: “Somebody has to step up in front of the camera and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ Tearing up Clay County — that’s not going to be acceptable.”

And yes, he did say that he would bring in legal gun owners as back up.

“If we can’t handle you, you know what I’ll do? I will exercise the power and authority as the sheriff, and I will make special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county,” he said. “And I’ll deputize them for this one purpose: to stand in the gap between lawlessness and civility. That’s what we’re sworn to do, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

“You’ve been warned,” he concluded.

Author: Chris Field

Source: The Blaze: Black Florida sheriff has a message for would-be rioters: I will deputize gun owners if you think you can bring your lawlessness here

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