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The Fight for Legalization of Marijuana Continues in Indiana

Garrett Summers | @g_summ300

In the summer of 2016, Ohio legalized medical marijuana, allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for a wide range of health issues. Michigan would go on to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018. Illinois will be the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana when new legislation takes effect on January 1st, 2020. This means that two of Indiana’s neighbors have legalized marijuana for recreational uses, with a third legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. In Indiana, bills were brought forward to decriminalize or legalize marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes. However, these bills only saw their first readings, with none being brought to the floor for an actual vote.

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Bill Weld Announces 2020 Presidential Run

John Keller | @keller4liberty

Former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld announced today he is running for president against Donald Trump, hoping to secure the Republican nomination.

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Just How Good Was Ronald Reagan as President?

Kevin Damato | United States

In the modern-day Republican Party, Ronald Reagan is akin to a god. Invoking the name of Reagan is assumed to add some sort of legitimacy. A quick conversation with any self-proclaimed conservative would leave you to believe Ronald Reagan was the epitome of what every President should be. But is the former Governor and President someone that we should be looking up to, or have our memories of the man himself been distorted with time?

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A Republican Needs to Challenge Trump

Juan Ayala | United States

Trumpism is a poison that has plagued the GOP and middle America. Someone needs to challenge Trump, to bring the Republican Party to its knees, to rebirth the party.

Current support

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has given him their support; “Never-Trump” Senators Rob Portman and Cory Gardner have backed his 2020 run. Senator Romney even wrote a scathing op-ed, while Reps Justin Amash and Will Hurd critique the president frequently.

Among Republicans, Trump has a very high approval rating. Yet, there is still yearning for another candidate amongst young conservatives. Trump is a source of constant agony, whether it’s from his idiotic tweets or policy flip-flops. In fact, 82% of young adults from 18-24 want Trump challenged in 2020.  There is a yearning for quality, moderate and intellectual opponent in the Republican primary. Young people want someone with wit, but also integrity.

Who can challenge Trump?

There are potential challengers on the horizon. Maryland governor Larry Hogan, John Kasich, and even Ann Coulter, to name a few. If the Reaganites and compassionate conservatives of the Bush-era want the Republican party to be the “party of Lincoln,” “party of family values and listening to the American people”, then they need to nominate someone that actually holds those beliefs.

Why Trump needs to go

Trump doesn’t exemplify either of those statements. His eloquence (or lack of) and treatment of women, with Megan Kelly as well as his first wife, have put the party in a bind. Is the grand old party really going to support a man just because he puts conservative judges on the bench and passed tax cuts?

“Isn’t the character argument getting old?” has become a popular defense of Trump. I respond with absolutely not. If a Democrat behaved the way Trump does, conservatives would vilify them. When he said he could “shoot someone” and his approval rating would not change, he wasn’t entirely wrong. And no; Trump doesn’t “appeal to the average American.” Thus, the case for a primary opponent becomes stronger.

Ideally, in the case of a primary opponent, the party itself would shift and those aligned with Trump may be at odds. Make the Republican Party great again. Obviously, this is healthy and this needs to happen.

What can we expect in 2020?

The 2016 election results were far from predictable, and 2020 will be also. Most mainstream news outlets had Clinton ahead by a wide margin. The Huffington Post literally put his chance at victory at less than 2%. If no one challenges Trump and he becomes the nominee in 2020, the best we can hope for is a more moderate vice president or an independent moderate. Either way, 2020 will be one of the most interesting years in politics and the country.


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Republican Nominees for 2020: Who Will Challenge Trump?

Sanders Jett-Folk | United States

The 2020 Presidential election season is rapidly approaching. Despite low approval ratings, President Donald Trump is running for re-election. Many Progressive Democrats are planning campaigns. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz may run as a centrist independent. On that note, will Trump stand alone in the race for the Republican nominee?

Potential Republican Nominees

No one has officially announced a bid to challenge Trump for the Republican nominee in 2020. However, a few notable party members seem to be toying with the idea.

Governor Larry Hogan is likely to challenge the sitting President. Hogan is a cancer survivor and known as the second most popular Governor in the country. He was re-elected by a heavy majority in the blue state of Maryland. Hogan is also vice chair of the National Governor’s Association.

Bill Kristol claims that Hogan has opened the door to a run for President with recent speeches that renounce divisive politics. Kristol is a well-known conservative political commentator and a fierce critic of Trump. However, Kristol has also stated that he is considering a run for the Presidency. As a commentator and former chief of staff to VP Dan Quayle, he may have the executive experience and base to pull off a primary run.

When asked about a run for the Presidency, former Tennessee Senator Bob Corker simply stated: “I haven’t ruled it out.” Corker is also a repetitive critique of  Trump, which is likely what lead to his decision not to run for Senate re-election in 2018.

Former 2016 Republican Nominees

John Kasich of Ohio and Chris Christie of New Jersey, have also touted the possibility of running for the GOP nomination. Both are have held governor office and ran against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Kasich recently joined CNN as a political commentator, energizing the belief that he stands firmly against Trump. He has stated that he could run either as a Republican or an independent. On Monday, Kasich’s staff team sent out a fundraising email. The email stated that Kasich is “keeping all options on the table” for a 2020 run. Kasich was one of the final three Republicans left in the 2016 Primary along with Senator Ted Cruz and obviously Trump.

Christie will soon release a book about his time in the White House, titled Let Me Finish: Trump, The Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics. He recently told a crowd in Indian Wells, California regarding a 2020 run, “Never say never.”

Even Bill Weld, the former Governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, has considered taking on Trump. Weld received an invitation to speak a “politics and eggs” event in New Hampshire. It is organized by the New England Council and Saint Anselm College. The event is regarded as a key event for Presidential hopefuls. Weld is supposedly open to running either for the Republican or Libertarian nomination.

Who Is Not Running?

Many of the key leaders in the GOP have outright denied the idea of a campaign, as well as endorsed the current president. This list includes some of 2016’s primary candidates.

Some Republicans, such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and many others, have endorsed Donald Trump. Rubio stated that “The president’s going to be the nominee for the Republican Party,”.

Rumors have risen that Vice President Mike Pence would replace Trump as the 2020 nominee. Both the Trump campaign and Pence have vehemently denied such claims. Pence responded to a report from The New York Times that entertained such speculation. He stated that the notion, as well as the report, were “disgraceful and offensive.”

Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake decided not to run for Senate re-election in 2018. He recently joined CBS News as a Contributor. He used the formal announcement of his new position to rule himself out as a challenger to the President.

“I do hope that there is a Republican who challenges the president in the primary,” he said. “I still hope that somebody does, but that somebody won’t be me.”

With no official challengers for the Republican nominee yet and a continuously growing list of diverse of Democrats who have announced their campaigns, the 2020 election season could be a rough one for the Republicans.


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