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Primary Notes

A couple of congressional primary elections were held yesterday.

Alabama held a primary to fill the remaining two years of Jeff Sessions' Senate term.  Senator and former AG Luther Strange, appointed to fill the seat until the election, finished second with 32.8% of the vote.  Former Chief Justice Roy "We Don't Need No Stinking Establishment Clause" Moore finished first with 38.9%.  Alabama has runoffs for primaries, so they will go "heads up" on September 26.

How will the voters who voted for other candidates divide in the runoff, if they show up at all?  I'm inclined to think they will break for Senator Strange in a large enough proportion to make up for his 6-point lag.  I hope so.  We don't need any more loose cannons in the Senate.  The general election is December 12.  The Dems have chosen former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones as their candidate.

Utah held a primary in the race to fill the vacant seat of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz.  Provo Mayor John Curtis won the Republican nomination with 42% of the vote.  No runoffs in Utah.  Mayor Curtis was regarded as the more moderate candidate.  The district is overwhelmingly Republican, so the November general election is likely to be a blowout.


Former Chief Justice Roy "We Don't Need No Stinking Establishment Clause" Moore

With a disparagement like that, one wonders if you seek a crutch from the
Freedom From Religion Foundation before assuming a posture on the 1st Amendment, rather than perusing the creators of it.

President Jas. Madison:
"I have sometimes thought there could not be a stronger testimony in favor of religion or against temporal enjoyments, even the most rational and manly, than for men who occupy the most honorable and gainful departments and [who] are rising in reputation and wealth, publicly to declare their unsatisfactoriness by
becoming fervent advocates in the cause of Christ; and I wish you
may give in your evidence in this way."

President Jas. Q. Adams:
"[R]eligious service is usually performed on Sundays at the Treasury office
and at the Capitol. I went both forenoon and afternoon to the Treasury.
October 23, 1803."
"Attended public service at the Capitol, where Mr. Ratoon, an Episcopalian clergyman from Baltimore, preached a sermon. October 30, 1803."

If you pine for a place where the biblical religion can be practiced freely
-- so long as it is done privately -- look no further than N. Korea.
[Consider Cuba, if you prefer ropa vieja to kimchi.]


I'm pretty much middle of road on this topic. I think my views are closer to Madison's than the views of either extreme are, even though both quote him.

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