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Your 2020 Election Secret Weapon: Down Ballot Races

Your 2020 Election Secret Weapon: Down Ballot Races

Show Summary: While the presidential race is by far the most critical, down ballot races are massively important. Here’s why.

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10a – 11a: KFIR 720AM (entire Willamette Valley) | Direct Link to KFIR Live Stream
11a – noon: KLBM 1450AM (Union County) | Direct Link to KLBM Live Stream
11a – noon: KBKR 1490AM (Baker County) | Direct Link to SuperTalk Live Stream
7p – 8p: KWRO 630AM (Oregon Coast & Southeastern Oregon) | Direct Link to KWRO Live Stream

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8a – 9a: KWVR 1340AM (Wallowa County) | Direct Link: KWVR Live Stream
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Air Dates: Oct 31 & Nov 1, 2020 | Jo Rae Perkins, Alek Skarlatos, Angelina Sanchez

The 2020 Election Secret Weapon: Down Ballot Races

Yes, the presidential race is incredibly important. (Vote Trump!) But that’s just the start of it. For too many voters, the down ballot races get overlooked. And, shockingly, a lot of them are left empty. The “down ballot” races are just that: races further down the ballot from the top spot.

Still undecided on president? Be sure to check out Promises Made, Promises Kept!

In most elections, the presidential race gets by far the most votes. Usually, there is a 20% drop off in participation from the number of votes for president to the number of votes for the next race—often a U.S. Senator. From there, the next down ballot race drops another 20% of participation. And on and on it goes until there’s only a trickle of participation for the lesser-known races, like judges, city/county races, and area races like water boards and school boards.

Why Down Ballot Races are So Critical

There are a couple reasons why down ballot races are so critical. First, because so many people don’t vote in the down ballots, your vote effectively has more weight. That means your vote has more weight. Because your neighbor is ignoring or forgetting to vote those down ballot races, you get to have more say.

Second, down ballot races are important because of the very nature of our system. Yes, the presidential race is critical. (Vote Trump!) As is the governor’s race when it happens. But while people at the top—the President or governor—control the agenda because they have the executive power, it’s the people down ballot races who control the people at the top. Or should.

Here in Oregon, it’s not that the legislature couldn’t have acted to take away Gov Brown’s emergency powers. It’s that the democrat-controlled legislature refused to take away her emergency dictator powers. Flip the house to Republican control. Flip the senate. And suddenly democrat dictator Kate has her endless powers taken away and reined in. 

Red vs Blue. Does it really matter?

People sometimes say, “It doesn’t matter who’s in charge. Both parties are equally bad.”

California's Newsome's Thanksgiving Mandates for a Socialist Thanksgiving
Newsome’s Thanksgiving Mandates

Really? Let’s look at red states vs blue states. Red states have unemployment 62% lower than blue states. In most red states they have lower covid cases than blue states. Lower hospitalization rates. more freedoms and more economic freedom. And on and on. (See more ways Red states are beating Blue states at Just the News.)

If they’re equally bad, why are Red states doing so much better? If they’re equally bad, why is there more freedom in Red states. And why do their people have so much more hope for the future?

If there’s no difference, why is it in California, the king of blue states, Democrat Gov Newsome is trying his best to make Thanksgiving — a day of joy and gratitude and giving thanks — into a day of misery by micromanaging it to death. No more than 3 households. Must be outdoors. Report who’s came. No singing.

So, yes! Yes, it really does matter. There is a tremendous difference between the parties. And right now it comes down to hope and joy and love and embrace of life on the Republican side. While on the Democrat side, it’s fear and doom and life horrible and there’s no point to it. 

Vote Red to Save America

Each election is about giving someone control over your life. At the end of it, somoene will have legal control over your life and business. You have a say. And this year, don’t waste it by giving even more control to people who want to control you.

Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, Independent, or unaffiliated, we urge you to vote Republican this year. Vote Red in every race, every down ballot race. Because the Democrat Party has made it clear they want socialism. And people who want more power over you, need to have it taken from them.

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Jo Rae Perkins for U.S. Senate

Alek Skarlatos

Angelita Sanchez

Hope in Darkness – Hidden Election Victories and Veterans Day

Hope in Darkness – Hidden Election Victories and Veterans Day

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Show Summary: So Oregon’s Midterm Elections didn’t go the way we wanted but there were some overlooked victories that give some hope for the next one. Yes, even here in solid blue Oregon. Election wrap-up coverage plus some hope for recovering veterans on Veterans Day.

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Five Different Times, Six Different Stations. Listen anywhere! All stations stream live!

Saturdays
10a – 11a: KFIR 720AM (entire Willamette Valley) | Direct Link to KFIR Live Stream
11a – noon: KLBM 1450AM (Union County) | Direct Link to KLBM Live Stream
11a – noon: KBKR 1490AM (Baker County) | Direct Link to SuperTalk Live Stream
7p – 8p: KWRO 630AM (Oregon Coast & Southeastern Oregon) | Direct Link to KWRO Live Stream

Sundays
8a – 9a: KWVR 1340AM (Wallowa County) | Direct Link: KWVR Live Stream
7p – 8p: KAJO 1270AM (Grants Pass/Medford) | Direct Link: KAJO Live Stream

Air Dates: November 10 & 11, 2018 | Rob Taylor & Scott McEwen

Okay, so things didn’t go quite as well as we would have liked to see in Oregon politics. Knute, kept shooting himself in the foot as the Republican candidate, who seemed to not like Republicans. His opponent was not a well–liked Democrat candidate—and had Knute not attacked Republicans and their policies he may have a had a chance. But we’ll get into that next week. For this show we’re going to focus on the positive of what did happen Tuesday.

Hidden Victories in Oregon’s Midterm Elections

There was a little-discussed win in Oregon’s midterm elections, victories which happened in eight Oregon counties. Eight. Wins that were led by Rob Taylor, who saw eight counties pass ordinances to protect our 2nd Amendment rights as these counties voted to become “Gun Rights Sanctuary Counties.” Rob will explain how they used, of all things, the Constitution and the 10th Amendment. (What a novel idea.) Don’t miss out on hearing about some good news and where these activists will be going next to keep fighting for our 2nd Amendment rights.

Scott McEwen on the Midterms

Then we welcome back to our show Scott McEwen, who co-authored the huge hit, American Sniper. Of course, there’s never a show with Scott that we don’t talk about what’s going on in the world of politics. So naturally, we get his thoughts on the national midterms, Oregon’s midterm elections, and on the firing of Jeff Sessions.

Scott is also back to talk about his amazing new book City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul that he co-authored with Ephraim Mattos. Little has been discussed about the efforts our soldiers have made to fight back ISIS. Author and US Navy Seal, Ephraim Mattos not only fought against ISIS alongside his fellow soldiers, but after he left the SEALs he flew back to Iraq to join a small group of volunteer humanitarians known as the Free Burma Rangers. With Veterans Day upon us this is a great book to read that will give you a look inside the work of these humanitarians and the courage and sacrifice they’ve witnessed and endured.

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That Threat on our Southern Border

That Threat on our Southern Border

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Show Summary: No. Not that southern border. We’re talking about Oregon’s southern border. That bastion of Liberal lunacy: California. Tune in to hear the strategies at play. Will the Left come up with a winning strategy? Or are they committing suicide? With James Hirsen and Steve Cortes.

I Spy Radio Show broadcast areas, as of May 2018
I Spy Radio Show broadcast areas, as of May 2018. Click for full-size map.

Listen anywhere! All stations stream live!

Saturdays
10a – 11a: KFIR 720AM (entire Willamette Valley) | Direct Link to KFIR Live Stream
11a – noon: KLBM 1450AM (Union County) | Direct Link to KLBM Live Stream
11a – noon: KBKR 1490AM (Baker County) | Direct Link to SuperTalk Live Stream
7p – 8p: KWRO 630AM (Oregon Coast & Southeastern Oregon) | Direct Link to KWRO Live Stream

Sundays
8a – 9a: KWVR 1340AM (Wallowa County) | Direct Link: KWVR Live Stream
7p – 8p: KAJO 1270AM (Grants Pass/Medford) | Direct Link: KAJO Live Stream

Air Dates: June 9 & 10, 2018 | James Hirsen & Steve Cortes

Republican victories in California. So much for that Blue Wave
So much for that “Blue Wave”

Be sure to tune in this week as we look ahead at the November 2018 races by looking at what happened in the 2018 California primaries. Is there hope for California?

And should those of us in deep blue states like Oregon take some hope?

Is there a “Blue Wave” coming?

Will the hate-filled rhetoric from the Left fire up their base?

Will the Democrats defense of MS-13 and embrace of illegal immigration win the Latino vote? This and a lot more on this week’s I Spy Radio Show.

At the end of all this, who’s going to need that other southern border? Oregon? Or California? If California can turn things around and drive the Democrats from office, we may not need that wall on Oregon’s Southern border after all.

But Calif might want one — to keep out Oregonians if we can’t get our act together.

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Links Mentioned

James Hirsen (Segments 1–3)

  • James Hirsen’s site is www.jameshirsen.com.
  • James Hirsen: ‘Roseanne’ without Roseanne Barr (JamesHirsen.com, June 2018)
  • Kathy Griffin Defends Calling First Daughter ‘C*nt’: ‘I’m Putting TBS on Notice’ (Breitbart, June 6, 2018)
  • Trump says primary was ‘great night for Republicans’ (Daily Mail, June 6, 2018)
  • California Primary: Democrats Narrowly Avoid Shutout in Key House Races (Breitbart, June 6, 2016)
  • California Primary: Voters Recall Democrat Josh Newman over Gas Tax Vote (Breitbart, June 6, 2018)
    • “Election results showed Newman being recalled by a margin of 59.5% to 40.5%, despite the fact that saving his seat was the top priority of California Democrats on Tuesday.”
    • “Republicans have likely managed to place a repeal of the gas tax on the November ballot, hoping to tap into a statewide majority that favors repealing the tax, and to motivate conservative voters to turn out — a task that has been made even easier by the somewhat unexpected second-place finish of Republican businessman John Cox in the primary for governor.”

Steve Cortes (Segments 4–6)

  • MS-13 Has Found Its Greatest Defender: The Democratic Party–Video (Daily Caller, June 6, 2018)
  • ‘People here live in fear’: MS-13 menaces a community seven miles from the White House (Washington Post, DeKc 20, 2017)
  • Portland Police Declare Tracking Gang Affiliation Is Racist (Daily Wire, Sep 21, 2017)
    • “On October 15 [2017], police officers in Portland, Oregon will no longer have the means to tag known gang members with an official ‘gang designation.’ The Portland Police Department has decided to stop identifying gang members and purge the gang member database it has developed over the last 20 years.”
      Because it discriminates against minorities since they make up a disproportionate percentage of gangs.
    • “This is like saying, after a terrorist attack, that it’s not appropriate to speculate as to whether the perpetrators are associated with ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban or Hamas. It’s pure politically correct stupidity.”
  • MS-13 gang member nabbed at border had been [previously] deported (Fox News, Aug 1, 2017)
    • “An illegal immigrant nabbed at the Mexican border over the weekend is an MS-13 gang member who was deported for [multiple felony convictions, including] burglarizing an Oregon home as a scared 12-year-old girl hid under a blanket.”
  • Roughly 80% of all voters say U.S. needs secure borders, including 68% of Democrats: Harvard poll (Washington Times, Jan 23, 2018)
  • May Arrests of Illegal Border Crossers Up 160 Percent (Breitbart, June 7, 2018)
  • Federal judge rules against Trump in Philadelphia sanctuary city case (The Hill, June 6, 2018)
  • Border Patrol Agents see increase in MS-13 gang members crossing RGV Border (CBS 4 News, April 16, 2018)
  • Nearly 100 recently arrested MS-13 gang members arrived in the United States by crossing through the U.S.-Mexico border as “unaccompanied minors” (YourNews, Mar 31, 2018)
    • “Of the 99 MS-13 gang members who entered the country as unaccompanied minors, 64 of them were granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ), which acts as a quasi-amnesty program for young illegal aliens who cross the southern border.”