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Florida Gubernatorial Race Descends into Clamor

On Tuesday, the primary voters in Florida nominated Iraq veteran and U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democrat, for the state's governorship. DeSantis' victory was expected, for he was the frontrunner in the polls and he had been endorsed by President Donald Trump, but Gillum, who was behind U.S. Representative Gwen Graham in the surveys, pulled off an upset.

Both candidates at their respective parties' ideological extremes: DeSantis is a staunch conservative who proposed cutting off funding for the special counsel's investigation last year; Gillum is a democratic socialist who supports universal healthcare and a $15 minimum wage. The contest has parallels with the gubernatorial race in neighboring Georgia, where Republican Secretary of State and Democratic former state Representative Stacey Abrams are ideological polar opposites.

The Florida contest kicked off with a bang on Wednesday when DeSantis said that "we’v…

How the GOP Could Win Senate Supermajority in 2018

While Republicans remain hesitant about their chances of keeping the House of Representatives, it is becoming clearer and clearer that their Senate opportunities are endless.

There is almost no question that they will maintain their majority, and there are 13 races that I rate as being competitive for the GOP, meaning that there is a possibility that they could end up with a Senate supermajority. There are another four races that will be difficult pickup opportunities, but are still within the realm of possibility.

The Senate is crucial. It currently has a bigger role to play than the House in our republic, with it being responsible for sending President Donald Trump's nominees to the courts, confirming Executive Branch appointments, and determining whether the president should be convicted on Democratic impeachment charges.

Even without control of the House, the Republicans can keep the machinery moving (and preserve the Trump presidency) if they hold the Senate.

The Democrats ha…

President Trump Didn't Obstruct Justice

On Saturday, it was revealed that Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor in the probe of Team Trump-Russia communications, extensively interviewed Don McGahn, the White House counsel, on matters related to obstruction of justice. This occurred with the support of the president, who said that he "allowed [McGahn] and all others to testify" even though he "didn’t have to."

The New York Times reported that McGahn "provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president’s most intimate moments with his lawyer," making it clear that the Mueller is weaning off of his investigation into foreign ties and instead focusing on nailing President Trump with obstruction-of-justice charges.

The issue with this, of course, is the evidence shows that Trump didn't obstruct justice, and the arguments that form this case are easily refuted.

For example, the Times cited the ouster of FBI Director James Comey, the president…