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Governor Ralph Northam Has a Disposition for Destruction

Ryan Lau | @agorisms

On Wednesday, the abortion debate took a spin in a new direction. After talks of overturning Roe v. Wade, this new proposal made every pro-lifer’s head spin. In case you missed it, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam recently voiced support for a bill that would allow women to receive abortions up to the moment before birth. Ultimately, the bill failed.

What’s the catch? Well, the moment before birth, abortion is not remotely possible, as the mother is already dilating. So, Northam proposed a purely terrible solution: birth the babies and kill them after. Specifically, he stated the following:

“So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

If this wasn’t clear already, the “discussion” at hand pertains to whether or not to kill a live, birthed, innocent child.

I happen to fall on the side that believes a fetus is a human being from conception. The fetus, with genetically unique DNA, meets the biological requirements of life. I also believe that, given the fact that a fetus can feel pain early on, it checks an additional, philosophical box. But the semantics of when exactly life begins during pregnancy is relatively unimportant for this discussion. Similarly, the legal positions of pro-life and pro-choice matter little. I happen not to really agree with either, but the discussion at hand is one of morals. This bill shows a clear lack of them.

Ralph Northam, Father of Jonas?

Regardless of one’s beliefs about the fetus, we can all agree on one thing; once a mother gives birth to a baby, that child is very much alive. Suddenly, all of these questions go out the window, and we can recognize the sanctity of life. After all, who didn’t grow up reading The Giver? The antagonistic society is guilty of heartlessly killing babies after birth for not being desirable. Though without bad intentions, we can recognize that these actions were morally wrong. The novel was supposed to serve as a warning, not an instruction manual.

However, it appears that Ralph Northam and other legislators supporting this action missed the message. When a child is alive, there is no place, no room for discussion of killing it. You can slap a nice label on it, wrap it in a bow, and give a grand smile. But no masking job can hide the nature of murder. This is no longer a discussion of abortion: it’s a matter of infanticide.

Intent vs Result

Of course, I am in no way suggesting that Ralph Northam is a proud supporter of murder. In fact, he claimed quite the opposite on Twitter recently.

But the Virginia governor is missing the key difference between intent and result. Though the intent of an action is important, it certainly does not excuse a predictably poor result. In this case, the results are the loss of a child’s life. When this is a guaranteed future, can any intention truly justify such an act? I am inclined to believe that this is not the case, that life is sacred beyond all else.

In the face of these ideas, what can the average person do to safeguard lives? Most importantly, the answer lies in spreading awareness and knowledge in a peaceful, comforting way. The matter at hand really shouldn’t be all that controversial; thus, it should be a simple task to show others the consequences. Regardless of your beliefs on abortion, it is time to unite around common respect and love for infants. In doing so, renounce post-birth terminations for the heartless ending of a human life that they are.

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Election Night 2017: The Results


Welcome to Election Night 2017! On this page, we will be updating you with live coverage and results of the following Elections:

  • Virginia Gubernatorial Election (Called for Ralph Northam)
  • New Jersey Gubernatorial Election (Called for Phil Murphy)
  • New York City Mayoral Election (Called for Bill de Blasio)
  • Atlanta Mayoral Election (Runoff Election on Dec. 5th: Kiesha Bottoms vs. Mary Norwood)
  • Seattle Mayoral Election (Jenny Durkan)
  • Utah Congressional Special Election (Called for John Curtis)
  • Virginia Lt. Governor Election (Called for Justin Fairfax)
  • Virgina Attorney General Election (Called for Mark Herring)

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11:45 PM EST – Atlanta – As we are wrapping up our live coverage, the Atlanta mayoral election is too far away to be called. We will follow up on November 8th with the results of the election. Return to 71 Republic to get your results ASAP! -James Sweet III

11:30 PM EST – Seattle – 71 Republic will be calling the Seattle Election for Jenny Durkan as the preliminary results give her far beyond 50% of the vote. With the Durkan campaign spending twice as much money as the Cary camp, this win exemplifies financial influence in our democracy. – Gavin Sky

11:25 PM EST – With preliminary results in, Jenny Durkan takes the lead with 60.9% of the vote. – Gavin Sky

11:20 PM EST – Seattle – Turnout is looking lower than expected with only an estimated 43% of of voters getting out to the polls today. – Gavin Sky

11:15 PM EST – Atlanta – Mary Norwood is catching up, now having 21.21% of the vote. Keisha L. Bottoms has 28.33% of the vote. 21% of precincts are reporting in.-James Sweet

11:05 PM EST – Atlanta – Keisha L. Bottoms is slowly losing percentage points. She currently has 32.91% of the vote, while Mary Norwood has 18.74% of this vote. With this increase in support of Mary Norwood and a decrease in support for Keisha Bottoms, there is a chance that this election will become closer and more heated as precincts report in. 17% of precincts are reporting in. Due to the slow release of results, as well as low amount of reports from precincts, we are not able to call the election at this time. – James Sweet

11:05 PM EST – Seattle – Turnout is looking lower than expected with only an estimated 43% of of voters getting out to the polls today. – Gavin Sky

11:00 PM EST – Seattle – Polls have closed, and preliminary results can be expected very shortly! The rest can be expected over a more extended period of time.  – Gavin Ganey

10:40 PM EST – Utah – After nearly 50% of the vote being counted, Republican John Curtis has 59% of the vote, compared to Democrat Kathie Allen’s 25%, and United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett’s 9%.  This only reassures our earlier prediction that John Curtis and the GOP will take a sweeping victory in the ruby red state of Utah. Meanwhile Libertarian Joe Buchman has won just 2.2% of the vote. – Ryan Andrew.

10:28 PM EST – Atlanta – Keisha L. Bottoms has 11,785 votes, giving her 35% of the vote. Mary Norwood has 5,422 votes, giving her 16% of the current vote. There are only two precincts reporting. – James Sweet

10:11 PM EST – Atlanta: Results have barely changed. Keisha L. Bottoms has 8,887 votes while Mary Norwood has 4,662. -James Sweet

10:00 PM EST – Utah: Polls in Utah have officially closed. 71 Republic has called Utah’s 3rd Congressional District for Republican John Curtis. – Ryan Andrew

9:56 PM EST – New Jersey: Although the New Jersey election is already decided, with 71 Republic already calling the race for Democrat Phil Murphy who has 55% percent of the vote compared to Republican Kim Guadagno who is sitting at 43%.  The Libertarian candidate for this election, former Marine Peter Rohrman has failed to reach 1% of the vote, with 63% of the vote in he has just over 5,000 votes. – Ryan Andrew

9:40 PM EST – New York City – Aaron Commey, the Libertarian candidate for NYC Mayor, has no chance of winning. He was polling at 0.2%, and all major news sources (including 71 Republic) have called the race for Incumbent Bill de Blasio – Jake Melkun

9:35 PM EST – Atlanta – Results are coming in now. Keisha L. Bottoms is in the lead with 32.54% of the vote. Mary Norwood has 16.91%. This is with 4.08% of the votes counted. -James Sweet

9:31 PM EST – New York City – 71 Republic is calling the New York City Mayoral Race for Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio – Jake Melkun

9:25 PM EST – Atlanta – A poll taken on November 1st shows that Keisha Lance Bottoms was in the lead with 25.4%. Mary Norwood had 23.4%. The margin of error for this poll was 3.6%. – James Sweet

9:24 PM EST – New York City
– At 46% reporting, there is little to no changes in percentages. – Jake Melkun

9:18 PM EST – New York City – At 12% reporting in New York City, de Blasio is holding 65.9% of the vote, with Malliotakis at 28.4%. Staten Island is the only borough to go red, which is also Malliotakis’ borough. – Jake Melkun

9:05 PM EST – Utah – With just under an hour until polls close for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District which was left vacant when Jason Chaffetz stepped down to become a Fox News commentator.  The Republican candidate, Provo Mayor John Curtis is largely considered the frontrunner. One poll puts him up by 30 points over Democratic candidate Kathie Allen. This is no surprise, as Utah as a whole is an extremely conservative state, to begin with. Additionally, any chances United Utah Party candidate, Jim Bennett had at winning were significantly diminished when he failed to qualify in the October 18th debate. This should be another strong win for the GOP. – Ryan Andrew

9:00 PM EST – New York – Polls are now closed in New York. – Jake Melkun

8:58 PM EST – New York City – The polls in New York are about to close, and precincts are about to begin reporting on the results of the NYC Mayoral Race, State Assembly, and the Constitutional Convention referendum. -Jake Melkun

8:55 PM EST Seattle – With the release of results among Seattle voters coming out in just a few hours, Washington will see the change that they’re asking for. With Durkan coming in with a lead over Moon, the amount of spending is truly apparent in this election. Durkan has spent over double what Moon has in this campaign, truly boasting huge funding numbers. When this fact is seen, Durkan’s lead makes definite sense as we waltz into this election night. – Gavin Ganey

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8:50 PM EST – Atlanta – No precincts have reported to this point, fifty minutes after the polls closed. With the recent statements by Mary Norwood, it is expected for her to still be in second place. Keisha Bottoms will most likely be in first place, due to the fact that she is strong on African-American culture in Atlanta, as well as her less controversial statements. – James Sweet

8:40 PM EST – Virginia – Currently Libertarian Candidate for Virginia Governor, Cliff Hyra has a 1.2% polling rate from the 72% of reporting precincts. This number is very small compared to Chuck Northam and Ed Gillespie, who both have 52.5% and 46.3%, respectively. Hyra has virtually no chance of winning. – Jake Melkun

8:39 PM EST – Virginia – Despite early competitiveness, over 75% of the precincts can’t lie. There are not enough remaining precincts for Jill Vogel to take back the lead. Fairfax is currently winning by 2% and that lead should grow to 3 or 4% by the end of the night. 71 Republic is calling the Virginia Lieutenant Governor race in favor of Justin Fairfax. – Andrew Zirkle

8:29 PM EST – Virginia – With over ⅔ of precincts reporting, incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring has a currently insurmountable 3 point lead over John Adams (R). The yet to report Northern precincts will only grow his lead. 71 Republic is calling the Virginia Attorney General race in favor of Mark Herring. – Andrew Zirkle

8:00 PM EST – New Jersey – Phil Murphy will win the New Jersey Governor’s race. This election will essentially become a referendum on how much the Christie era has affected the Republicans in Jersey, who have controlled the state for the last 8 years. – Ryan Andrew

8:00 PM EST – Atlanta –  The polls in the City of Atlanta are now closing in a close mayoral race that can possibly end a historical trend of black mayors in the city. If a candidate does not win a majority in this election, there will be a runoff on December the 5th. – James Sweet

8:00 PM EST – Virginia – With 891 precincts reporting, the Democrats are holding strong, 51% to 47%. While this lead may not appear overwhelming, in a Republican win, Gillespie should expect to be leading. As the urban turnout continues to overwhelm the rural, Northam can expect a sizable win, well past a 5 point lead. This win will undoubtedly be a referendum on the Trump presidency, and shows the gubernatorial power of the grassroots Democrats. 71 Republic is now calling Virginia for Ralph Northam. – Gavin Ganey

7:45 PM EST – New York City– In New York City, there is a very high-stakes election for the NYC Mayor’s office. The Democratic Incumbent, Mayor Bill de Blasio is up against Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis for the office. de Blasio is favored to win, but if Malliotakis wins she would become the first female mayor of NYC.  – Jake Melkun

7:45 PM EST – New Jersey – Hey, I’m Ryan Andrew, and I’ll be bringing you the results for the New Jersey Governor’s race between Lt. Kim Guadagno (R) and former German Ambassador Phil Murphy (D).  Polls for this race close at 8pm (EST) and results will follow soon after. – Ryan Andrew

7:34 PM EST – Virginia – Early reporting is showing that across the board, Ralph Northam is outperforming Hillary Clinton’s 2016 numbers. The Eastern Shore and Northern Virginia are showing the greatest blue shift so far, however, the South Eastern precincts are also showing early improvement for Northam over Clinton. This could be an early indication of a strong performance by Northam. – Andrew Zirkle

7:30 EST PM – New Jersey – Hey, I’m Ryan Andrew, and I’ll be bringing you the results of the New Jersey Governor elections between Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (R) and Former German Ambassador Phil Murphy. – Ryan Andrew

7:15 PM – Washington State – Hey, I’m Gavin Ganey, and I’ll be reporting on the upcoming elections throughout Washington State. Both the mayoral election of Seattle and a State Senate seat being contested tonight. Being that Washington is one of the rare states that doesn’t have an absolute partisan majority, this state representative will be very important. Going into Seattle’s election, we have 2 democrats that are technically “unaffiliated” due to Washington election laws. Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan are the 2 contenders in that race and have made it extraordinarily competitive. Rolling into election night, Durkan has a definite lead, with polls giving her anywhere from 36% to 51% of the vote. The undecided voters will almost undoubtedly decide Seattle’s election tonight. – Gavin Ganey

7:00 PM – Virginia – Hi! I’m Chad Leo, the HR guy here at 71R, and I will be covering the ever important Virginia gubernatorial election tonight! The polls have closed. – Chad Leo

6:30 PM – Welcome to Election Night 2017! On this page, we will be updating you with live coverage and results of the following Elections:

    • Virginia Gubernatorial Election (Called for Ralph Northam)
    • New Jersey Gubernatorial Election (Called for Phil Murphy)
    • New York City Mayoral Election (Called for Bill de Blasio)
    • Atlanta Mayoral Election (Runoff Election on Dec. 5th: Kiesha Bottoms vs. Mary Norwood)
    • Seattle Mayoral Election (Jenny Durkan)
    • Utah Congressional Special Election (Called for John Curtis)
    • Virginia Lt. Governor Election (Called for Justin Fairfax)
    • Virgina Attorney General Election (Called for Mark Herring)


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Election Day 2017: The Races to Watch

By Jake Melkun | USA

This Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, it is Election Day all across America. While it is an odd year, there are still some crucial elections that should be in your spotlight.

Congressional Races


Jason Chaffetz’s old House of Representatives seat is now up for a special election, as he resigned to start working for Fox News. The Utah Republican’s 3rd District has John Curtis running under the GOP ticket, Democrat Kathie Allen, and Libertarian Joe Buchman. There is also someone from the new United Utah Party, Jim Bennett running for the seat.

Gubernatorial Races:

New Jersey:

One of the most unpopular and controversial governors in recent history, Chris Christie, is not able to run for Governor again due to consecutive term limits, but the Republican Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, and Democrat Phil Murphy are polling pretty close in the race. Libertarian Nominee Peter Rohrman is also running, but not likely to win.


This race is one of the most coveted as it is very close. As many outlets are saying that this is a referendum on Trump, it still can be crucial for both sides to win this governor’s seat left open by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe. The Lt. Governor of Virginia, Ralph S. Northam will be running against Republican Ed Gillespie. Cliff Hyra is the Libertarian Nominee, but he is currently polling at only 2% so there is little chance that he will win.



In the largest city in Georgia, there are nearly a dozen candidates for mayor. The current Mayor, Kasim Reed, has reached his term-limit and is now has to hand over the reigns to someone else. Keisha Lance Bottoms is leading the polls to gain the majority, but as there are twelve candidates running, it may end up in a runoff between the highest two if no-one reaches 50%. The candidate polling in second is also a woman by the name of Mary Norwood. Atlanta is a has a non-partisan government, so all twelve candidates do not have a political affiliation.

New York City:

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is favored to win his office back against Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in the NYC Mayoral office. The race should end up being an easy stronghold for the NY Democrats. There is not a Libertarian Nominee, but Bo Dietl is running as an independent and Reform Party candidate Sal Albanese (which was the party that Donald Trump ran for President under in 2000), but they are both polling at 3% and 2%, respectively.


The two front-runners for the Seattle Mayoral race are both Democratic (officially Nonpartisan) women Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon. While there are 21 candidates, the Republican and Libertarian candidates have virtually no chance of winning.

While today isn’t really going to be an exciting day like Election Day last year, it still will be interesting to see all of the election results unfold.

71 Republic will be doing a live blog on all of the major races today, where we will be showing the polling, preliminary results, and more! Results from each race will be updated throughout 7pm-11pm in that respective time-zone.