The Washington Times Weekly

INSIDE THE BELTWAY

- BY JENNIFER HARPER

NEW HAMPSHIRE TAKES ON NANCY PELOSI

Many Americans revere those precious few moments when New Hampshire voters step up in the midnight hour as “first in the nation” to file their primary votes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats apparently, are trying to remove that hallowed status for a variety of reasons, both political and cultural.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat, is quite familiar with this issue, having received a visit from Mrs. Pelosi once upon a time.

“Thirty-eight years ago in the month of October

1983, Nancy Pelosi came to the New Hampshire State House and the Secretary of State’s office on a mission to take the first-in-the-nation presidenti­al primary away from the people of New Hampshire. That visit was exactly 200 years to the month after the people of New Hampshire approved their constituti­on on October 31, 1783,” Mr. Gardner said in an official statement.

“Now, Speaker Pelosi is once again attacking our state by using federal authority through H.R. 1 by rendering articles of our own state constituti­on null and void. The U.S. Constituti­on, was created by the individual states, with New Hampshire being the ninth and deciding state to put our federal constituti­on into effect. In contrast, our state constituti­on was created almost five years earlier by direct ballot vote of N.H. voters, and can only be amended by the same direct ballot vote. It is older than the U.S. Constituti­on, and it is truly the people of New Hampshire’s document. That is why our state constituti­on is so important,” Mr. Gardner said.

“Speaker Pelosi wants to make New Hampshire and the rest of the country like her state of California. New Hampshire has had the third highest voter turnout in the country for each of the last four presidenti­al elections. Compared to our third-ranking in the country, California has ranked 46th, 49th 49th and 43rd for turnout in the last four presidenti­al elections,” Mr. Gardner declared.

“If we let Washington take away these and other articles in our constituti­on, they can do other damage to our state, and could put our presidenti­al primary in a perilous position,” he added.

THE MEDIA HERD

Looks like the drama of migrant caravans, unaccompan­ied children in crowded shelter facilities and the allure of petulant political scuffles over immigratio­n issues have lost their charm for the fickle press. They appear to be trudging along in another direction, poised to find another source of news, buzz and public attention.

“You can’t say that the national news media refused to cover the border crisis; they brought their cameras, the talking heads argued about whose fault it was, and the Biden administra­tion took its lumps. But as you’ve probably noticed in our modern era, after a few days, the media move like a herd on to the next story or controvers­y, whether or not the first story or controvers­y gets resolved,” writes Jim Geraghty, a National Review columnist.

“In the case of the border crisis, the coverage has waned, but the massive numbers of migrants, both adults and children, are still attempting to cross over each day. In the past week or so, the Georgia voting law, the scandals of Rep. Matt Gaetz, and the ‘60 Minutes’ hit piece on Gov. Ron DeSantis overtook the border in the news cycle,” Mr. Geraghty continued.

“All of those are legitimate news stories, but it worked out well for the Biden administra­tion that they fumbled this issue terribly, tried to gaslight people into believing nothing had changed, offered a series of unconvinci­ng excuses, and then most of the public’s attention moved on to other topics. Yes, the Biden administra­tion has lousy poll numbers on this issue. But it’s not worried yet,” the columnist added.

SOME HELP FROM THE NORTH

The great state of Maine is sending border patrol agents to assist with the surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border advises WABI, a CBS affiliate in Bangor, Maine.

“Agents from the Houlton Sector are being temporaril­y deployed to the southwest border area of operation, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The agency would not provide exact numbers or locations for where the agents are headed. A spokesman did say however that more than 300 agents will be deployed primarily from northern and coastal sectors,” the station reported Tuesday.

The Houlton Station, by the way, is one of six U.S. Border Patrol stations in Maine. The Houlton Station’s total area of responsibi­lity spans 5,509 square miles — 90% are forested, 10% are agricultur­al. The station also minds 98 miles of the internatio­nal border with the Canadian Province of New Brunswick — 39 miles are a land boundary, and 59 miles are a water boundary.

VOTERS HAVE LONG MEMORIES

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, has a “very weak image with voters” according to a new Cygnet poll of 500 Alaska voters who are likely to vote in the 2022 midterm election, conducted March 29. The lawmaker garners a 63% unfavorabi­lity among all the voters, and 87% unfavorabi­lity among GOP voters.

“Among Republican­s, her vote to convict President Trump in the impeachmen­t trial, opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and ranking as the second most liberal Republican Senator are all particular­ly damaging,” the poll analysis said.

“Lisa Murkowski is in as weak of a position as an incumbent could possibly find themselves in. A strong Republican candidate is poised to defeat Murkowski. Kelly Tshibaka is that candidate,” the analysis noted.

The poll founde that in a hypothetic­al match-up , Ms. Tshibaka — age 26, and a former Alaska Department of Administra­tion commission­er — leads all candidates with 34% of the vote, followed Ms. Murkowski (18%), Democrat Al Gross (17%),independen­t John Howe (6%) and Democrat Edgar Blatchford (3%); the rest of the voters remain undecided (21%).

Ms. Tshibaka, who declared her run on March 29, has a favorabili­ty rating of 61% among Republican­s and is

intent on being ”a voice for forgotten Alaskans,”

BIDEN CATCHES BLAME

What? Could the honeymoon be over already? President Biden is catching noticeable blame for the non-stop woes along the southern U.S. border.

“A plurality of voters say the Biden administra­tion is more responsibl­e than the Trump administra­tion for the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border,” reports a new Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday.

It found that 44% of registered U.S. voters in the March 24-26 survey agreed that “President Biden bears responsibi­lity for the migrant surge at the border.”

Another 28% faulted Mr. Trump while 20 said both administra­tions are equally responsibl­e, and 7% said neither is responsibl­e.

From the partisan breakdown, 73% of Republican­s and 38% of independen­ts said the burden is on Mr. Biden and his administra­tion: 46 percent of Democrats said the onus is on the Trump administra­tion.

Regardless of whose fault it may be, the U.S. is on track to receive a record 2 million migrants or more this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30 — this according to a CNN estimate. The Hill-HarrisX poll of 1,882 registered U.S. voters was conducted March 24-26.

$2,200,000,000,000

Remember that President Biden’s $2.2 trillion “infrastruc­ture” plan actually looks like this: $2,200,000,000,000. Eagle-eyed Republican­s have examined all the available data about the plan and revealed that only 7% of this price tag is actually allocated to “infrastruc­ture” — were talking roads, bridges, waterways, ports and airports. So says Tommy Pigott, rapid response director for the Republican National Committee.

“That’s right — of Biden’s $2.25 trillion bill, only $115 billion is allocated for repairing roads and bridges, only $25 billion for airports, and only $17 billion is for waterways and ports,” Mr. Pigott explains.

“And to pay for his non-infrastruc­ture bill, Biden is proposing $1.8 trillion in tax hikes that would kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, and raise the combined tax rate on U.S. businesses to the highest of any country in the G7,” he says — which stands for Group of Seven, an intergover­nmental organizati­on which includes the U.S. ,Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Pigott also says the tax rate will also be higher than those found among the 37 nations which belong to the Organizati­on for Economic Cooperatio­n and Developmen­t — the OECD — a list which include Korea, Australia and Israel.

POLL DU JOUR

⦁ 32% of U.S. adults say the economy is “getting worse”; 51% of Republican­s, 38% of independen­ts and 13% of Democrats agree.

⦁ 28% of U.S. adults overall say the economy is “about the same”; 28% of Republican­s, 27% of independen­ts and 30% of Democrats agree.

⦁ 23% overall say the economy is “getting better”;

11% of Republican­s, 18% of independen­ts and 40% of Democrats agree.

⦁ 17% overall are “not sure” about the state of the economy; 9% of Republican­s, 16% of independen­ts and 17% of Democrats agree.

SOURCE: A ECONOMIST/YOUGOV POLL OF 1,500 U.S.

ADULTS CONDUCTED MARCH 27-30.

⦁ Helpful informatio­n to jharper@washington­times.com.

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