HEALTH CARE // As many as 25 governors could be on board with a new Obamacare repeal bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC), Bill Cassidy (LA), and Dean Heller (NV). The bill would use block grants to hand out more money and control to the states. “If I can get a group of governors with President Trump supporting the Graham-Cassidy-Heller block grant approach, I believe it would be impossible for the Republican leadership not to take this idea up,” said Graham, who wants hearings to discuss and debate the bill when the Senate returns in September. http://cvote.it/2x6ePpC
VIOLENT LEFT //The Atlantic published an exposé on “The Rise of the Violent Left.” The article details the rise of the “antifa” movement and how the far left has become radicalized, especially after the surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton. The article notes that the local Republicans have been marching in Portland’s annual Rose Festival since 2013. But the parade was canceled this year after radical leftists warned: “Nazis will not march through Portland unopposed.” http://cvote.it/2w3MB2a
POLITICS // A city in Michigan indoctrinates children in left-wing protest tactics. But this same city won’t let a Catholic sell any vegetables at the farmer’s market because he won’t allow same-sex marriages at his orchard. http://cvote.it/2w3p6WX
EDUCATION // Teacher unions and the left-wing educational establishment are freaking out over the Secretary of Education. Why? As The Hill newspaper notes: “DeVos has been pushing school choice every chance she gets.” http://cvote.it/2w3iI1W
MEDIA // Liberals dominate newspapers and the national television networks. Conservatives have made in-roads in cable tv, radio, and local television. Now, Trump’s big move to cut regulation has enabled the conservative Sinclair Group to expand their reach in local tv stations. The New York Times isn’t happy about any of this. http://cvote.it/2w3DNcg
CULTURE // You know about the “Peanuts” football trick where Lucy yanks the football and Charlie Brown falls to the ground? Hans Fiene explains why this explains conservative silence over Charlottesville. “Why, for example, does Charlie Evangelical hesitate to condemn Westboro Baptist Church when Lucy von Episcopalian urges him to? Because he’s afraid that, as soon as he condemns Westboro’s hatred and cruelty, she’s going to shout, ‘Well, you still oppose same-sex marriage, so I guess you don’t really reject them after all.'” http://cvote.it/2vJRkmV
Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.