Here is a summary of the top 5 moderate/conservative headlines making news today.
1. Democrats look to perennial blue mirage in Texas
With less than a week until election day Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden is being begged to divert some of his waning campaign stops to a state that some Democrats believe could win him the White House. This particular state isn’t Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or states typically considered “must-wins” but the “Lone Star” state of Texas.
Despite being won by Donald Trump in 2016 by roughly 9 points, Texas Democrats feel as though that the state is ripe for the taking for Mr. Biden. Former Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke famously came within striking distance of unseating Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms. Although, that close race could probably be chalked up to the strong unlikability of Cruz rather than Democrats growing stronger.
Texas hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976 but demographics could be tipping the state to “swing state” status.
Republicans and some Democrats don’t buy it.
Stricter voting regulations and long-standing conservative cultural values will likely keep Texas in the GOP column on election night. Add on the fact that Republicans are campaigning on a message that Biden’s energy plan will be bad for the state which will likely throw water on Democratic hopes.
If Mr. Biden was wise, he would focus the final days on states that he could actually win over and not waste time on a “blue mirage” in Texas.
a. Democrats wont turn Texas blue – Norfolk Daily News
2. Politically undefeated Senator Rick Scott seeks to buoy Trump in Florida
Donald Trump’s election hopes are pinned to his adopted home state of Florida and thus far the polls are showing him neck and neck with his challenger. It is safe to say that in these final days of the election he could use all the help he can get to win the sunshine state.
Enter Florida Senator Rick Scott.
The current senator and former governor of Florida has a reputation for one thing in Florida, winning (albeit by the closest of margins). In two gubernatorial races and one senate race Scott has won election by less than half of a percentage point, all thanks to his seemingly unlimited financial resources.
The independently wealthy senator is making a “six figure ad buy” for Trump in Florida that will air in the final days of the campaign. The ads will reportedly try to paint Biden as too liberal for the state and claim that he is in favor of socialized medicine. This aid from Senator Scott could prove the difference in a state that typically is won on the slimmest of margins.
It is no secret that Scott harbors presidential ambitions for himself, with an eye on 2024. If he were to self-finance such a campaign it would not be without precedent. Between his gubernatorial races and senate race Scott has spent a combined $150 million of his own money on his political career.
a. Scott opens wallet for Trump in Florida – Politico
3. Tech leaders face hard questions about censorship during Senate hearings
American conservatives have felt as though California based tech companies that control the world’s largest social media platforms tend to elevate liberal voices while censoring conservative ones. As a result, the Senate Commerce Committee questioned the leaders of Twitter, Google and Facebook in an effort to see if they are trying to swing the upcoming elections toward Democrats.
In an effort to limit the misinformation that was rampant on social media during the 2016 cycle, social media platforms have tried to limit such speech this year in an effort to provide voters with the most accurate information possible. Republicans on the Commerce Committee, however, see this as blatant censorship of speech and stories that could harm Democratic candidates.
To say that the questioning at the committee meeting today was tense would be an understatement.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, long a boogeyman to the political right, claimed that his platform was not blocking conservative news outlets or stories in an effort to seem impartial. Texas Senator Ted Cruz took issue with his statement.
“Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear and why do you persist in behaving in a Democratic Super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?” Cruz asked.
One thing is clear, no matter how this election turns out this issue will continue to be debated in the halls of power.
4. Anonymous Trump critic comes forward
In 2018, an official within the Trump administration published an op-ed in the left leaning New York Times titled I am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration in which the anonymous author attacked Donald Trump’s character and ability to lead. Today, that author has stepped out of the shadows and identified themselves to the public.
Miles Taylor, former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Homeland Security, had penned the op-ed because he felt that duty compelled him to speak out against the corruption and ineptitude of the Trump White House.
He now assists the Biden campaign.
The lifelong Republican followed his op-ed with a book in 2019 titled A Warning. When the op-ed was published in 2018 Donald Trump simply tweeted out “TREASON”.
5. More than a third of registered American voters have already voted
More than 35% of registered American voters have already voted with just six days until election day. The large influx of early voters, due to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, is quite extraordinary compared to recent U.S. elections.
As a result many political pundits are anticipating a “blue shift” late election night as these early and mail in ballots, many for Democrats, start to be counted and shatter any Republican in person voting gains.
That is all assuming that Republicans won’t set in person voting records in their own right.
Despite how Americans have voted or plan to vote, it is safe to say that this could be the most drawn-out election in U.S. history.