Crom Carmichael on White Supremacy as America’s Greatest Threat and the Democrats’ Lust for Power at All Cost

Crom Carmichael on White Supremacy as America’s Greatest Threat and the Democrats’ Lust for Power at All Cost

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest host Ben Cunningham welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio who weighed in on Joe Biden’s claim that white supremacy is America’s greatest threat and a myriad of Democrat Party power plays.

Cunningham: And joining us in the studio this morning, Grant Henry with Americans for Prosperity. Grant, thank you again this morning for driving up from beautiful Spring Hill, where you kind of have a new battery plant down there? General Motors?

Henry: All kinds of things going on through there in the Columbia area. It’s the up-and-coming site in Galeton.

Cunningham: I drive every day. We’re talking about Facebook. I drive by the construction entrance to the billion-dollar Facebook data Center in Gallatin when I’m going to take my walks.

Christina Botteri, the Chief Technology Officer of Star Media in from California, to join us in the studio. Christina, thanks so much for coming in this morning so early. I appreciate it. And the original All-Star panelist, Mr. Crom Carmichael. And Crom, we have got the question of the day for you. Are you ready for the question of the day?

Carmichael: Okay.

Cunningham: Is white supremacy the major threat to the United States of America, above China, Russia, Al Qaeda, you name it. White supremacy is the greatest threat, our President just told us. Is that true Crom? (Laughs) Think about it.

Carmichael: Well, I’m having a hard time identifying the name of a white supremacy group that is burning down buildings and mostly peacefully protesting.

Cunningham: Yeah.

Carmichael: I’m having a hard time finding that.

Cunningham: Peacefully jumping on top of police cars.

Botteri: I think you’re talking about Antifa, right? (Chuckles)

Carmichael: That would be Antifa. And they are not a white supremacy group. Neither is Black Lives Matter. And that is another protesting group that’s mostly peaceful. The only thing that I can say is they generally need to have lots of fires going on around them.

Cunnigham: To warm them?

Carmichael: So they can see. They don’t want to be blinded by darkness.

Cunnigham: The illumination.

Carmichael: They illuminate the landscape by setting things on fire.

Cunningham: But really, seriously, how depressing is that our President of the United States just elected, recently and talked about unity and he takes every opportunity he can to split us apart and to create this Marxist class separation between the virtuous victims and the evil oppressors. It’s depressing.

Carmichael: There are so many other things that are similar that are going on in California. The House passed a bill called the Equity Act in California.

Cunningham: That sounds ominous.

Carmichael: The Senate has not passed it, but in California, they have passed it. And what they’re doing in California under the Equity Act is they are transferring transgender prisoners who are formerly men who now claim to be women.

They are now transferring them to women’s prisons even if they have not done anything to transform themselves, including even taking hormone pills. If the men simply claim to feel like a woman, they are being transferred.

Some of them are as tall as 6’5 and weigh 300 pounds. They’re being put in rooms with female prisoners with eight in a room. And they are confined in there together 24 hours a day.

Cunningham: How did we get this far? This insanity.

Carmichael: But they’re no feminists.

Cunningham: Grant was just making the where are the feminists defending the women? And what we now know is that the feminist organizations, the way old ones actually did care about women.

The newer ones in the last 10 to 15 years care only about liberal far-left policy. They don’t care about women at all. They just care about far-left policy.

Cunningham: How can you be a person and deal with that kind of cognitive distance within your own mind and believe two separate things at the same time.

Carmichael: It’s not difficult at all. If what you lust for is power, if that’s your primary objective, then whatever it takes to get power is what you should do. And that is the nature of the left.

I’ve said since Michael started having me on the show that the Democrat Party is the party of government. That’s all it is. Plain and simple. Anything that expands government is good.

Anything that shrinks government is bad, period. And anything that expands unions is good. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but unions now currently are taking 11 million dollars a year in dues and those are compulsory dues.

And under the ProAct, which is the Labor Union Expansion Act, which is also past the House, it would go up to 20 billion dollars a year. 20 billion dollars a year.

Cunningham: And most of that recycles back to Democrats.

Carmichael: 99 percent. 99 percent.

Cunningham: 99 percent.

Carmichael: 99 percent of all political contributions made by unions. There are many other contributions that unions make to the Democrat Party that are not financial, that are simply time.

In fact, that might even be stronger and more politically powerful is that they employ tens of thousands of people at the local, state and national level to advance the Democrat Party agenda.

And that’s why Nancy Pelosi can pick up the phone and call the heads of five unions. I call them the five families. And call them and say this particular Democrat in the House is getting out of line.

I want them primaried and beaten in the next election. And that’s why Nancy Pelosi can treat her Democrat Party members more or less as indentured servants. One might even call them slaves.

Cunningham: It’s like an on-call hitman ready to take out your enemies.

Carmichael: Or compliant. Whatever you want to call it. They’re just compliant.

Cunningham: And what’s scary to me is that the unions are getting even bolder in their far-left policy.

Carmichael: This is government unions. We need to separate because the private sector unions to the extent they still exist, and they’re not that many of them.

Cunningham: No. It’s like eight percent now?

Carmichael: What I’m trying to get at is in the old days, the automobile unions ran the factories. They literally ran the factories. If management came up with a better way to build a car and if the union didn’t agree with it, it did not get implemented, period.

Well, once all of the car manufacturers went bankrupt, the unions gave up that privilege. They gave up running the factory floors. Now they still negotiate on behalf of all workers for the big three. The transplant companies are not unionized. For example, Nissan here in Smyrna is not unionized.

Cunningham: Right.

Carmichael: And so the private sector unions, they’re not terrible. In fact, many of them supported Trump or they support Republicans.

Cunningham: Absolutely.

Carmichael: Like the Teamsters, for example. They represent truckers. And then the Keystone Pipeline. Biden just snapped his finger in 11,000 union jobs disappeared. Those union jobs were worth over $80,000. each.

Henry: And that distinction is important there. It’s all about compulsory action. The ProAct you’re talking about. It would do away with right-to-work States and for listeners right now, a right-to-work state says if you want to join a union, fine.

But you can’t be compelled to do so at the condition of your employment. It’s a major distinction of the aspect of free choice, free will.

Cunningham: So this act would, in effect, nationalize the no right to work. You don’t have a right to refuse union membership.

Carmichael: That can only pass if 10 Republicans go along with it, and that’s not going to happen. And so there are certain acts in HR1 and S1 Senate bills. This is the one that they’ll essentially nationalize all election law and just ignore what the Constitution says. The Constitution is the document of convenience for the Democrats. That’s all it is.

Cunningham: If that.

Carmichael: They are perfectly happy to cite it when it’s convenient. When they don’t like it, then it’s inconvenient and they disregard it. But I don’t think the Democrats are going to be able to accomplish nearly as much as they would like to.

But this should be an eye-opener to everybody about what the Democrats would actually do if they had 51 senators. Here’s what they would do if they had the Senate and the House and the presidency. They would destroy the country as we know it.

Cunningham: That is their fervent wish to destroy the Republic.

Carmichael: And Republicans do a terrible job. I have to say this. Republicans do a terrible job of understanding the nature of the opposition and how to respond to it because they will not respond in kind. And I will tell you something. An armed Army facing an unarmed Army. I will go with the armed Army all the time.

Cunningham: Every time.

Carmichael: They will win.

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Craig Huey on The Georgiafication of Tennesssee and How the Democrats Plan to Do It

Craig Huey on The Georgiafication of Tennesssee and How the Democrats Plan to Do It

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, in-studio to outline the specific techniques used by the Democrats that will aid in their quest to turn red states blue.

Leahy: In studio is our good friend California refugee Craig Huey. He’s the founder and CEO of Creative Direct Marketing Group. He saw the light moved them from Southern California here to Nashville. Lives in Williamson County. Welcome, Craig.

Huey: Hey, Michael. It’s great to be here with you. And it’s great to be in Tennessee.

Leahy: Isn’t it great to be in Tennessee?

Huey: Awesome. (Chuckles)

Leahy: Now you are an expert on California and California politics. You lived there your whole life.

Huey: That’s right.

Leahy: You were a surfer kid. You ran for Congress here in 2011, and you saw something about how the Democrats were organizing. Now, I always want you to come in here because one of the main themes of this program is we want to prevent the Californication of Tennessee because a lot of Californians are fleeing that blue state.

That high tax heavy regulation blue state and moving to Tennessee because we have no state income tax. It’s a good environment. And we were talking about this off-air. What is it that we can do to prevent the Californication of Tennessee?

Huey: Well, you know what? There is no stopping Californians from fleeing. But the good news is, like in our neighborhood, the majority of the people moving in, and what I’m talking about not just a dozen, I’m talking about close to 40 to 50 people already and more coming all the time.

They are California refugees like me. They can’t stand the politics that has taken place and they’re fleeing. They’ve given up hope on being able to change anything. And so they have left. They have businesses like mine. I was forced to leave California just for one thing, that I couldn’t do business by hiring independent contractors.

Leahy: We were talking about that.

Huey: Regulations.

Leahy: But they won’t let you have independent contractors, which is stupid.

Huey: Absolutely. It hurts the workers. It hurts the businesses. It hurts the economy. They have an eight-point-five percent unemployment rate. Plus, you add in those others who are on welfare forever. You talk about the tax is 16.5 percent is what they’re going up to.

Right now it’s a 13.5 percent income tax. And when they hear Tennessee has no income tax, it’s so attractive. The Tax Foundation just came out with a report. Tennessee is the lowest taxed state in the nation for your lifetime of paying tax.

Leahy: I love it! That’s why you are living in Tennessee. I’m living in Tennessee.

Huey: But there is a problem other than California.

Leahy: I asked you to talk about how we prevent the Californication of Tennessee. But there’s another state, and that represents a bit of an issue in Tennessee.

Huey: The Georgia-fication of Tennessee.

Leahy: Elaborate on that if you would.

Huey: That is what the Democrats are talking about. That’s what the National Democrats are putting in nationwide $35 million. to transform, not their blue states but to go after a state like Tennessee. And Tennessee is one of the targets because they believe they can bring a mobilization of voters in Tennessee like they did in Georgia.

Leahy: The mobilization in Georgia and I don’t want to get off point of this. A lot of it was helped by, in essence, cheating and changing election rules unlawfully.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: That is going to have less success in Tennessee. But the digital marketing efforts, the organizational efforts that they’ve used to basically turn Georgia purplish. Right. Tell us about that. And there’s actually a specific instance right now going on. And you told me about it. And I said, oh yeah that makes sense.

Huey: (Chuckles) So listen, here’s the thing. They have determined how to win an election even in a red state. They have determined how to be able to transform politics. They can take five to 10 percent higher voter turnout, which could flip a Republican seat nonetheless, protect the Democrats.

Leahy: If it’s like, typically 53 to 47 D, they can change.

Huey: They can change that.

Leahy: How do they do that?

Huey: So here’s how they do it. I got a letter from the head of the Democrats National Committee. He explained, exactly what he was going to do.

Leahy: I’m guessing you do what I do.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: I get on their email list.

Huey: Absolutely.

Leahy: And they think I’m one of them. And they send me all their emails. So you’ve got that.

Huey: I got that. Let me just read the real quick part. This is from them to their Democrats, the top Democrat donors. This agreement we reached as a game-changer. And it’s the easiest commitment we’ve made to state parties and grassroots ever to fight the Republicans.

Leahy: What agreement?

Huey: The agreement is that they would spend $32 million to hire high school and college organizers here in Tennessee and other states.

Leahy: In Tennessee.

Huey: Just in the Republican states like Tennessee. They feel they can switch. So there are about 10 Republican states they’re dividing this money up with.

Leahy: And so they’re hiring high school and College organizers.

Huey: And they’re targeting churches and the black community.

Leahy: Churches, churches, churches.

Huey: They have organizers. Paid staff organizers. Here’s what they’re going to do. Number one, register to vote. Number two, do a digital campaign of petitions and polls to identify what issues. If issues of education, then somebody concerned about retirement and inflation.

What is it? And they do a profile of these people. And then from that, they go to that door and find out how to develop a relationship with them. It’s supported by a digital campaign. So if somebody’s really concerned about education, they’re going to get digital ads on Facebook and Google that are all about how bad the Republicans are about education and how good the Democrats are.

Then they’re going to take that data and have people knocking on the door. And they’re going to be saying, you’re for good education. So is our candidate. We got to stop this abuse of the kids. Can I count on you for support? And they say either they’re persuadable or in agreement.

And if they’re not, they won’t get any more contact. And if they are, can I give you a babysitter to get you to the poll? Can I give you a voter guide? They’re putting money into a voter guide that tells them how to vote from the school board all the way up to the top of the ticket.

And so it’s a complete mobilization and organization, of paid staff.  The Republicans act like it was 30 years ago. They don’t understand these techniques. The Democrats think they can wipe out marginal districts in red states.

And that’s what they plan to do. If you remember Michael in California in 2018 and then this last election, there was all this, wait a minute. I won on election day.

Leahy: But what happened!

Huey: And a week later…

Leahy: I lost!

Huey: But that’s not just voter fraud. And some of the areas where that change took place. It’s because they got in the vote by mail ballots. And they did an amazing job.

Leahy: The vote by mail is the key. The Zuckerberg money went there. And, of course, it is a lot easier to commit fraud with vote by mail.

Huey: Totally.

Leahy: And we’ve documented it. In Georgia, they did that. The fraud took place because we’ve done stories at The Georgia Star News. 600,000 of the vote by mail ballots were deposited in drop boxes. 700,000 went by regular mail.

The ones in dropboxes six months later still, the Secretary of State down there has not yet produced a chain of custody documents for 333,000 of them.

Huey: It’s corrupt. It’s wrong. And it happens. And that’s why voter integrity is so important. And part of this money is going to lawsuits in Tennessee. You are going to see lawsuits to weaken the voter laws.

Leahy: That’s what they did in Georgia. That’s exactly the plan. The Secretary of State caved there. The Republican Raffensberger caved and basically, they let the Democrats set the rules illegally. But with the approval of the Secretary of State under rulemaking authority that they usurped the legislative authority down there.

Now, what’s interesting about this and I’m going to tell you, the plan is diabolically evil and effective. And the reason I know that is because it’s like they’re working hand in hand with the teachers’ unions and with the left-wing administrators of school districts. Because, as you know, they’re all pushing critical race theory.

Huey: That’s right.

Leahy: And so the kids are going to be overwhelmed with this I hate America idea. And then the Democrats come in and they go and they hire some of these kids who are being taught I hate America. And so they’re going out and they’re promoting well, we have to fix that.

And so we’re going to go with a Fix America because I hate the America program. And it’s easy for them to recruit people and talk to them. But they’re paying high school kids to do this.

Huey: They are paying high school kids and college kids and College kids that’s exactly what they did in California. It was the training ground. And so much of what goes on in California spread nationwide and they’re just exporting that.

Leahy: And it’s in the churches here too. One of the difficulties that you have is if you’re a Christian who believes in Orthodox Christianity, it is increasingly difficult to find a church in Tennessee that is not imbued with left-wing social justice warriors at the minister level. And it’s a consequence, I think, of decades of this kind of activism among Democrats recruiting church leaders.

Huey: It’s a great divide in the church community. It’s a great divide in America. And people have to stand up. They can’t go to a church that is teaching racism and bigotry.

Leahy: And the problem is finding a church right now like that. And there are some.

Huey: There are some.

Leahy: But it’s a diminishing number because the Democrats are very aggressively promoting social justice and equity and all those critical race theory-type things at schools and in churches.

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Craig Huey Breaks Down the Recall of Gavin Newsom and His Potential Challengers

Craig Huey Breaks Down the Recall of Gavin Newsom and His Potential Challengers

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report Craig Huey, in-studio to analyze the recall effort of Gavin Newsom and who his potential challengers might be in the fight for California governor.

Leahy: In studio with us, our good friend, Craig Huey. A California refugee, direct marketing expert, digital marketing expert. I love it when you’re on, Craig. I always learn something new. In this segment, we’re going to talk about the current status of the California recall.

Governor Gavin Newsom is being recalled. There will be an election. The last time they had one October of 2003, they did recall then-Governor Gray Davis. There are two questions on the ballot. The first question, should you recall the governor? Yes or no? 55 percent in 2003 said yes, recall Gray Davis.

Then the second question, if you vote to remove the governor, who do you pick? And last time, the highest vote getter is the governor. And in that case, it was 48 percent. It was Arnold Schwarzeneger. This time, Newsom, yes or no, that’s going to be very close to 50 percent. I think.

I want to hear what you think about that. And then about 30 people are on the list of opponents, one of whom is transgender Caitlyn Jenner. You were just out in California, what’s the word when this election is going to be and what’s it look like right now.

Huey: Michael, I just got back from California and I got to tell you, the buzz on what’s going on with this recall is huge. The media is covering it. Social media is covering it. People are wondering because so much money is already being spent, mostly from Gavin Newsom.

Leahy: Gavin Newsom.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: Raising money at the French Laundry exclusive restaurant, I guess. But now to me, I don’t know this, but Gray Davis was a very grey governor. There was nothing compelling about him. Gavin Newsom is not Gray. Gavin Newsom is a compelling personality.

Huey: He’s pretty dramatic.

Leahy: He’s dramatic. I would say he’s a left-wing authoritarian and a hypocrite, but he’s a compelling speaker. I think.

Huey: He is smooth, almost too smooth.

Leahy: Too smooth, too cool for school.

Huey: Remember, he was a left-wing pro-socialist commentator on MSNBC. He is great on TV. He’s great in speaking. He’s great in mobilizing. But here’s the thing, he already has about $35 million in the kitty. He’s expected to raise $100 million of money is coming in over the nation because they want to save Gavin Newsom.

Leahy: And you tell me his marketing campaign so far is pretty effective.

Huey: Powerful. He has developed incredibly effective and professional videos, TV commercials, and digital marketing to be able to do several things. One, he’s legally attacking the recall and trying to stop it. Second, he’s trying to get people to take their name off the recall and spending a bundle of money advertising take your name off.

And then the third thing is he’s doing this anti-demonizing of the opposition with the Democrats always do. And then finally, he’s got these incredible commercials about how he’s about ready to send you $600.

Leahy: Oh, yeah, he’s trying to buy the election.

Huey: He’s buying the election.

Leahy: Literally bribing people to vote for him with California money.

Huey: It’s terrible. 70 percent of the Californians are going to get a check from Gavin Newsom before the recall.

Leahy: Well, it’s legal, I guess.

Huey: It’s legal.

Leahy: Legal corruption. That’s what the Democrats do. There are what, 30 candidates running?

Huey: That’ll probably be closer to maybe 80 or 90.

Leahy: Okay, so you get to the first question. Let’s say you vote yes to recall or no. Even if you vote not recall, you get to vote for the next question. If Gavin Newsom is gone, who do I want as governor? 80 people running. Let’s say 50.1 percent of the voters in California say I want to recall Gavin Newsom. Then whoever has the most votes of those 80 or 90, then will be the winner. How many votes do they need to win?

Huey: Probably they need to have about 45, 48 percent just like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had.

Leahy: Who’s the leading contender now? Is it Caitlyn Jenner?

Huey: Well, yes, but let me tell you about several of the other candidates.

Leahy: We’ve got 30 seconds. I’ll tell you what we’re going to do with that. We’re going to hold on to that thought.

(Break)

Leahy: And now we want to talk a little bit back to what we’re talking about earlier Craig, this recall election in California. It will happen when? In November?

Huey: Probably in November. And it hasn’t been set yet because there are still legal challenges by Governor Newsom to stop it. But it will happen.

Leahy: I don’t think those challenges will go.

Huey: Probably not.

Leahy: Or will succeed, but they’ll be on the ballot. He’s got a lot of money. He is aggressively campaigning, and he’s got some good ads. He’s clever. He presents well even though he’s a left-wing, lunatic, authoritarian hypocrite. (Laughs) 

Huey: Yes, you’re right.

Leahy: But he presents well. But the way it works is two questions on the ballot, should the governor be recalled? Yes or no? And if it’s 50 percent plus one, he’s recalled.

Huey: That’s right.

Leahy: Then you have 80 or 90 people.

Huey: Correct.

Leahy: And whoever gets the most votes of those 80 or 90 people becomes governor.

Huey: That’s correct.

Leahy: Last time around in 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger got, like, 48 percent out of 10 candidates, and he was governor.

Huey: Out of 100 candidates.

Leahy: 100 candidates? Okay. So this time around, can you handicap how the top five or six candidates who want to be governor? And the only one that really people know is Caitlin ‘transgender’ Jenner, right. Caitlin Trans-Jenner I guess you might say. Caitlin is running for governor. And, well, high name recognition kind of odd combination of transgender rights activism and conservative policies.

Huey: It’s a weird blend.

Leahy: It’s a weird California blend. When you say a California blend, most people think of coffee, everything, other kind of stuff being blended. (Huey laughs) Then you have this John Cox guy. John Cox ran against Newsom in the last election, was wiped out.

Leahy: He wasn’t a good candidate.

Huey: He was a terrible candidate, terrible organization.

Leahy: Nothing says Let’s run again for governor like being a terrible candidate with a terrible organization.

Huey: He’s looking in the fact he just he had enough votes and he has some name recognition. To me, he’s not a really viable candidate.

Leahy: He’s got some what’s his theme about a bear?

Huey: Because California’s the bear state so he got this live bear walking with him through the forest, which created a lot of buzz.

Leahy: But it’s idiotic.

Huey: These commercials make no sense.

Leahy: It makes no sense. It’s like he’s branding himself as a guy that makes no sense in my view. It’s really sad.

Huey: And then you got the Liberal Republican Mayor of San Diego.

Leahy: Who’s that guy?

Huey: His name’s Faulkner. And Kevin Falkner will have about five to ten million dollars. John Cox will have of about $5 million.

Leahy: How about Caitlyn?

Huey: Caitlyn Jenner, we don’t know how much you’ll have. She’s got the Kardashian fortune. She’s got lots of money. She’s got money that she could put into this campaign. But remember this, Gavin Newsom right now has about $30,000,000. and he will have $100,000,000. from all over the United States that the Governors Association and others have already given him.

Leahy: Democratic Governors Association.

Huey: And so this is going to be the focus the Democrat Party nationwide.

Leahy: Just looking at these motley crew of candidates. Jenner, Cox, Faulkner, none of them seem compelling to me. Is there anybody who is either a current candidate or a potential candidate who might have a chance of being considered a credible alternative to Gavin Newsom?

Huey: There’s a libertarian conservative supervisor from Riverside County. There’s a pastor who is well known in certain areas, but no one else has announced at this point. And there might be some people coming in that we don’t know.

At this point, it’s going to be people without money. Then Caitlyn Jenner, and then you’re going to have Newsom. And Caitlyn Jenner has name identification. They’re running against porn stars (Leahy laughs) and unknown businessmen.

Leahy: It’s California, right?

Huey: Yes. They’re running against all kinds of weirdos.

Leahy: I mean, it wouldn’t be a California gubernatorial contest unless a porn star was a candidate.

Huey: Exactly. It is drama. And the TV commercials that Newsom is running right now are demonizing the recall supporters. He’s promoting the fact that he’s giving everybody $600. He’s reopened California. All this stuff.

He has distorted truth. He has destroyed the California economy. He has taken away individual liberties. People have had enough, but he’s bribing them with a check signed just before the election.

Leahy: Vote for me and you’ll keep getting these free checks. Now, if somebody were to wave a magic wand and say, Craig, here’s $50 million of legally available campaign funds and all you have to do is pick a candidate and then you have to put a campaign together to win.

Would you be able to find a candidate in California who would win? What would your strategy be with that $50 million? And who would you pick?

Huey: So great question. So first of all, think of this. The unions dominate California politics. The nurses union, the teachers union, and the SEIU. And they have a trained group of people to do ballot harvesting. The Republicans like here in Tennessee are behind the time.

They’re just now catching up with how to do ballot harvesting. I would have that money go to a candidate who wouldn’t just be running TV commercials the old-fashioned way or sending out direct mail the old-fashioned way.

They put together a marketing campaign to get people out to vote and to identify their voters. There is the ability it with $50 million to be able to defeat Newsom in California.

Leahy: So you think $50 million properly spent could beat him?

Huey: Oh, yeah. 100 percent. Now you don’t have to have more money than win. The falsehood that people live by is that if you have good policies, you’re going to win. No. The person who’s able to get the voters mobilized will win. And that could be a Republican.

Leahy: One guy comes to mind who hasn’t announced yet. Former Ambassador to Germany and the former Acting Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell. He’s a Californian.

Huey: He’s seriously considering it. He has a lot of support among Conservatives in California. He’s articulate, and he’s able to persuade people.

Leahy: How much could he raise?

Huey: I think he could raise more than any of the other candidates other than Caitlyn Jenner. I think he probably could raise about 10 to 15 million.

Leahy: Could he win with 10 to 15 million.

Huey: If he did the right strategies of getting out the vote. I should call up, Ric. I know, Ric. I should call him up and say, here’s, Craig Huey’s phone number. He can help you win.

Huey: That’s right.

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IWF’s Senior Policy Analyst Patrice Onwuka Outlines Biden’s Efforts to Unionize Independent Contractors and Gig Workers

IWF’s Senior Policy Analyst Patrice Onwuka Outlines Biden’s Efforts to Unionize Independent Contractors and Gig Workers

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the Independent Women’s Forum Senior Policy Analyst Patrice Onwuka to the newsmakers line to explains the consequences of the Biden administration’s PRO Act that would ultimately destroy independent contractors and gig workers.

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by a good friend, Patrice Onwuka with the Independent Women’s Forum. Patrice, there you go again, (Onwuka chuckles) using logic to dispute what the Biden administration is doing. You have a piece about the gig economy and how Biden wants to ruin that.

Onwuka: I do. Actually, I’ve been writing quite a lot about what’s happening. We’ve got 57 million Americans who are employed on their own terms. They are freelancers. They are independent contractors. Maybe they’ve left an industry but have a ton of knowledge, and they contract their services and their work out to different companies.

Well, the Biden administration has a problem with that. They don’t like independent contractors because they cannot unionize those workers. Those workers are not employees and they don’t want to be employees. They want the flexibility to create their own schedules.

They want to have their own client roster. They want to carve out the work that is important to them. Unfortunately, the Bite administration is doing everything they can through the regulatory process as well as through the legislative process, to make it difficult to continue to be an independent contractor across the country.

Leahy: Well, it works so well in California, though. (Laughter)

Onwuka: All the best ideas come out of California right? (Chuckles) Wrong. What happened is California passed the bill called AB5 which changed the standard to determine whether a worker as an employee or an independent contractor.

Overnight we had stories of translators, florists, and small business owners saying they lost income by upwards of 30 to 50 percent. All of their clients dropped them because they were worried about this new law that made it difficult for someone to be an independent contractor and to be classified that way.

The way the law works is that you would have to hire that person as a full employee, give them all the benefits, all of the overtime pay, or the minimum wage pay. And that’s an increase in cost for businesses. There’s a reason why businesses choose independent contracting rather than employees.

And so lots of California workers were hit terribly. They lost a lot of income and contracts. And this is even before the pandemic. And of course, the pandemic just made things worse. So obviously, the Biden administration would want to take a bad model and make it nationwide.

And that is what’s going on. You’ve got a federal bill called the PRO Act that could be passed that would make this federal law. And we see the Department of Labor also instituting some regulatory changes in a similar vein.

Leahy: Who in the Biden administration or the Bike maladministration, as I call it, is pushing this stupid idea?

Onwuka: The Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh. He is a huge union guy. He spent decades and unions back in Massachusetts. I’m very familiar with him. I grew up there and he is parroting everything President Biden is saying in wanting to push forward these changes.

The Department of Labor, as I mentioned, it upended a Trump our rule that was actually really good for independent contractors. And so the Biden administration is saying, no. They’re working with Congress to push forward on this agenda. Michael, let me just underscore what’s going on here.

There are serious politics driving this. Unions are behind this push. They pretty much wrote the legislation in California. And they are now pushing for the PRO Act at the federal level because it would expand the number of union workers.

It would take away our rights to choose whether or not we want to pay union dues. We call that right to work. And it would make it very difficult to be an independent contractor. And just so that folks know, independent contractors are not just building your houses.

These are small business owners across the country and people who translate from Spanish to English in courtrooms for example. People who are advertisers and maybe their graphic designers. They play mall Santas at Christmas time.

At IWF, we have talked to these workers in California, regular folks who suddenly saw their livelihood’s cut because of bad policy at the state level. Imagine what that would do across the country.

Leahy: What’s the likelihood that this very bad, very stupid bill will pass in the House? It’s passed the House, hasn’t it? It’s in the Senate now?

Onwuka: Yes, it passed the House by a very close vote. Unfortunately, a few conservatives did support it.

Leahy: Who supported it?

Onwuka: I don’t have the list in front of me.

Leahy: But there were some Republicans that voted for this?

Onwuka: There were a few union-friendly states.

Leahy: Oh, my goodness.

Onwuka: And then in the Senate, we are leaning on just a couple of handful of senators. Senator Sinema and as well as Manchin of West Virginia. I believe he might have come out in support of it.

Leahy: Well, he’s a big union guy, though, right? He’s a big union guy.

Onwuka: Yes.

Leahy: Typically the usual suspects to stop the idiocy of the Democrats are Senator Sinema from Arizona and Senator Manchin from West Virginia. On this one, Manchin is all unioned up. So he’s not going to do it. But Sinema might.

Onwuka: Mike Kelly I believe of Arizona is well, could also be one of those is voting.

Leahy: Because he’s up for reelection for a full six-year term in 2022. That is very, very interesting. Well, for self-protection, (Onwuka laughs) if this thing passes first, will there be litigation to stop it immediately?

Onwuka: Absolutely. I absolutely think so. I think there are some public interest law firms that are thinking through legal strategies right now to challenge the law. I think what we saw in California was also a valid initiative that was funded by a lot of the gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft.

They have a very big dog in this fight. Not surprising because all those drivers are independent contractors. The people who deliver your Uber Eats are independent contractors. So you’ve got the gig economy. I think they would be mobilized in a legal fight as well.

Leahy: In California did that initiative make it on the ballot or is it in the process?

Onwuka: It did and it passed by over a margin of 60 percent. Voters said, no, we do not want these gig workers to be classified as employees. That was a win for the gig workers.

Leahy: When did that happen? And where does the law stand there now in California?

Onwuka: It happened in November. Last November it was on the ballot. It was a great win there. And so the law still stands. What happened is that the law became so sweeping and it was meant just to hit the Ubers in the list.

But it was written so broadly that every single occupation, you’re talking about hundreds of occupations and millions of workers in California got swept up. Some different groups are able to get exemptions from the law.

And then another law was passed with hundreds of more exemptions. But there are still many people in California who still are under the impact of AB5.

Leahy: Why didn’t that referendum throw that law out?

Onwuka: It was narrowly written to focus specifically on the gig economy. It wasn’t just broad for everyone. At IWF we liked the spirit of the ballot initiative but we also were worried about all of those other people who were not exempted.

And you know what, Michael? You shouldn’t have to use money to lobby to get some sort of exemption. If the law was smart on its own, if it was good policy, you wouldn’t need an exemption.

Leahy: I totally agree with that.

Onwuka: From a principled standpoint, we need to be fighting for more opportunity, more work, and more flexible work for the moms, for the dads, and for the people taking care of aging parents who really want that flexible environment.

Leahy: You obviously will never get a job in the Biden administration, Patrice, because you have common sense!

Onwuka: Well, I don’t want to be there. And yes, I’ve got common sense. And that’s what we’re pushing for. Just common sense solutions for what’s going on in the workforce.

Leahy: If this passes, there will be massive resistance to it around the country I would think. Don’t you?

Onwuka: There would be. It’s scary to wait until after the law passes to find out what’s in it. We saw what happened with Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act.

Leahy: You’ve got to pass it to learn what’s in it. Pelosi’s famous words.

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Craig Huey Reflects on a Recent Trip to California Where Fear and Oppression Are in the Air

Craig Huey Reflects on a Recent Trip to California Where Fear and Oppression Are in the Air

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, in-studio to discuss what he saw in California on a recent trip citing limited amounts of liberty and freedom and an environment of fear.

Leahy: We welcome to our studios our good friend, a California refugee, a smart man who’s come to Nashville, Tennessee. Has a business in Nashville and lives in Williamson County now, Craig Huey. Good morning, Craig.

Huey: Michael, it’s great to be with you.

Leahy: Did we send you off on a reconnaissance mission back to your home state of California recently?

Huey: Yeah. I snuck back into California, and I got to tell you, it is pretty oppressive.

Leahy: It’s gotten worse in the years since you left.

Huey: Oh, my gosh. Over 12 months, I officially left in June. I bought a place out here back in March of last year. And so I’ve been back and forth. And the devastation is unbelievable. So back in California, I was there just when they started opening up the restaurants after 12 months.

Leahy: You went back to Los Angeles or Orange County.

Huey: The Los Angeles area in San Bernadino area. That area.

Leahy: Did they require that you show an ID before you got on the plane?

Huey: They did require it. How about that?

Leahy: Was it Delta or some other airline?

Huey: This one was Delta.

Leahy: So let me just be clear.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: Delta Airlines, which is a virtue-signaling opposition to the Georgia law election law that requires an ID to get an absentee ballot.

Huey: That’s right.

Leahy: The same people that cheered on Major League Baseball, moving the All-Star game from 50 percent Black Atlanta.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: To 10 percent Black Denver, where they have the same election laws.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: This company, Delta Airlines, would not allow you to get on the plane unless you show them your ID.

Huey: Michael, the hypocrisy is so clear and so damning. But you know what? The hypocrisy extends throughout California. You take a look here in Tennessee. I see a booming economy. I see people in restaurants. I see people in churches. I see people going about their lives. I see more and more people being free from the fear that has happened over the last 12 months. And in California, the fear is real.

Leahy: So let’s track your journey. So you show your ID.

Huey: Yes.

Leahy: You get on Delta Airlines. They don’t allow you to get on unless you show that ID.

Huey: That’s right.

Leahy: You wear your mask the whole time.

Huey: Oh, I have to.

Leahy: Got to wear the mask. You land in California, at LAX, probably.

Huey: LAX.

Leahy: Los Angeles International Airport. You get out. Describe what you see after you land.

Huey: I get out. And as soon as I walk through the airport, it’s so much different than the Nashville airport. You feel a feeling of fear and oppression just on the people themselves. In Nashville, I can kind of have the mask down and not have it fully on. In LA people will turn you in.

Leahy: They’ll turn you in? Where’s that? Were there people out there looking for Craig Huey to see if he wasn’t wearing that mask ready to turn you in?

Huey: There were people looking to see and make sure they had it over their noses. And so I get into the car and the car is taking me to my place there.

Leahy: Okay. You’ve got a driver.

Huey: I have a driver. Super nice guy. And let me tell you what this driver goes. I say, in Tennessee, I go to the market and we go to a store and people aren’t really wearing masks. People are at concerts. People are doing different things. But out here, they’re not. And he goes, I can’t believe that. He had no clue that people weren’t living in fear and in a lockdown-type society.

He had not been to a restaurant in 12 months. He doesn’t go outside his home without a mask. And even if he’s walking the street alone, even if he’s in the car alone, he’s got the mask on in fear. Because, first of all, Dr. Fauci told him and President Biden told him to do so. And second, he doesn’t want to have the neighbors turn him in.

Leahy: He doesn’t want to have the neighbors turn him in.

Huey: That’s right.

Leahy: Another good reason to leave California. Your neighbors are crazy.

Huey: Crazy. Well, I went down to the place called Manhattan Beach. Absolutely beautiful.

Leahy: It’s in Southern Los Angeles County, almost into Orange County, right on the beach.

Huey: That’s where I grew up. In that area. I was surfing in that ocean throughout junior high.

Leahy: And by the way, just for our listeners, Craig Huey is the ultimate California kid. Craig Huey was a surfer boy.

Huey: Love it.

Leahy: When the Beach Boys got started, you were part of that crowd.

Huey: I was part of that crowd. That was my music. So I go down to Manhattan Beach and I’m not wearing a mask. And somebody on what’s called the Strand which is a walkway along the beach comes up to me, says, you can’t do this. You don’t have a mask on. I said, what are you talking about? They’re going to give you a ticket.

They’re giving thousands of tickets to people who don’t have the mask on or properly. $500 tickets. They have an army of people out there making sure everybody’s regulated when they’re out in the fresh air when they’re maybe by themselves, and they may have nobody around them, they have to be obedient.

Leahy: And there’s no science that backs up any of that stuff. And by the way, so I looked at the latest COVID stats from free states like Texas. No masks. And Florida, no masks. You’re free to roam about the state. They have lower cases of COVID.

Huey: Yes. Lower cases, hospitalizations, and death.

Leahy: In those free states. Unlike California, New York, Michigan, all of the blue authoritarian control you’ve got to wear a mass state.

Huey: Yes. It’s the principle of freedom and personal responsibility versus collectivism statism where the government’s telling you what to do. And there’s not individual freedom being respected in a state like California or New York or Connecticut. But in Florida, in Texas, and here in Tennessee, we have liberty. We have choices to make. And our choices are something where you see it in unemployment. In Florida, the unemployment rate is around three percent. In California, it’s close to 10 percent.

In California, half the restaurants are closed forever. In Florida, I was down there with my wife in Florida at a conference, a full-on conference mind you, with people there in the conference. I was down there in Florida about a week ago, and the restaurants are expanding. They’re booming. They’re full. People are back. And that’s freedom and in action. That’s freedom working. And in California, it’s like, I don’t know if I can go to a restaurant. I’m afraid.

Leahy: It’s kind of crazy. By the way, this is new information for you, but it fits our theme here. So I was down in Tallahassee and about a week and a half ago and cooking up a little expansion of the Star News Network. As you know, I’m the majority owner of Star News Digital Media. We operate the Star News Network. We currently have six conservative, state-based news sites. The Tennessee Star, The Georgia Star News, The Virginia Star, The Ohio Star, The Michigan Star, and The Minnesota Sun. And on April 21 we are opening The Florida Capital Star. How about that?

Huey: Congratulations. That’s awesome.

Leahy: Then then wait for it. Wait for it. In May, we’re gonna open up The Texas Lone Star. Do you like that?

Huey: I love it.

Leahy: And what is our theme here? Our theme is liberty. Yes, we are featuring state, state-based pushback to federal usurpations. Right now ironically, Craig, if you look at our new sites, we get a lot of traffic from California.

Huey: I’m not surprised. Let me tell you, the exodus out of California is huge. Where I live, in my community, out in Williamson County I would say the neighbors are from California. I was at church. A car pulls up next to me and a family gets out. I look at the license plate. It’s like mine. (Leahy chuckles) It’s from California. They had just moved out just a couple of weeks ago. And we’re seeing Californians making a decision to leave family, friends, work, and places they were born to venture out in freedom and get away from the oppression of California.

Leahy: Famously, in 1876, a newspaper publisher and presidential candidate who did not succeed, Horus Greely famously said, Go West Young Man. I think now, go away from the West of California is the theme.

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