Joe E. Collins III grew up in South-Central Los Angeles in a neighborhood where crime literally struck home the day a drive-by shooting left bullet holes in both the windows and the family sofa. Inner city life did not faze the young man, who later joined the Navy, became a fighter-jet mechanic, saw combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom, served as a Navy recruiter, and was certified as both a financial planner and a mental health counselor.
Following the 2016 election, Mr. Collins became acutely aware of the huge populations of disenfranchised Americans, a news media which promoted outrage and politicians who were failing their constituents.
So he decided to run for Congress, and is now opposing Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters in California’s 43rd District — determined, he says — to bring “integrity and opportunity” back to his community. He has endorsements from both the California and Los Angeles County GOP organizations, and currently operates a free food pantry from his campaign headquarters.
“There is no secret that the policies of the Democratic Party have destroyed the very fabric of minority communities. No economic development, lack of quality jobs, poor education and Joe Biden’s 1994 crime bill have directly contributed to the demise of our communities,” Mr. Collins tells Inside the Beltway.
He notes that Mr. Biden’s legislation “introduced mass incarceration of men of color because he thinks that Black people are super predators.” The candidate is determined to take care of his district.
“There has never been a Democratic leader, including former President Obama and Maxine Waters, who has taken productive steps towards improving or reversing the decades of destruction the members of their party have caused. Maxine Waters and other so called leaders of the Democratic Party are pathetic and they prove it daily. We don’t need anymore pandering. We need action and opportunity,” he says.
Find his campaign here.
TURNING THE CORNER
A faithful sector of the U.S. economy appears to be on the rebound.
“While small-business owners remain less optimistic about their current and future business situations than they were pre-pandemic, the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey highlights improvement in sentiment since early April. Two-thirds (67%) of small-business owners are more optimistic than pessimistic about their business, up from 47% in early April but still off from the 80% in January, before the weight of the pandemic hit,” Gallup reports.
“In addition to their generalized optimism about their business, small-business owners express increased positivity about their financial situation, revenue and cash flow over the next 12 months,” the pollster says.
The source is a poll of 1,478 small-business owners, conducted May 29-June 5 and released Tuesday.
STILL UP TO THEIR OLD TRICKS
The public’s distrust of the news media continues. Almost two-thirds of likely U.S. voters — 63% — believe major news organizations have their own political agendas according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted July 15-16. Only 27% say these large-scale news operations are impartial.
“Democrats (42%), however, are far less likely than Republicans (87%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (63%) to believe most news organizations are politically biased,” the poll analysis said.
Another 58% of voters agree that the public still pines for news that is accurate and balanced — and that “once-great journalistic institutions” have violated such traditional standards. There’s a revealing partisan divide: 79% of Republicans, 55% of independents and 42% of Democrats also say news consumers want a quality product and believe the news organizations have dropped their standards.
Meanwhile, just 30% of voters trust the political news they get, while 44% believe most reporters are trying to block President Trump’s agenda. By contrast, 48% thought reporters were trying to help President Obama pass his agenda in 2010, according to a similar poll conducted that year. Even then, two-thirds of the respondents were “angry” at the media.
Conservative talk show host and columnist Dennis Prager’s online “Prager U” — which offers free scholarly videos reflecting Judeo-Christian values — has a new outreach.
The “Back the Blue” social media campaign is centered on hashtags #BackTheBlue” and #DefendThePolice — and touts the motto “we need to defend the police not defund the police.”
Mr. Prager invites one and all to start blanketing Twitter with the hashtags on Monday. Find the complete “toolkit” here.
“Our brave police men and women are under attack by the mainstream media and radical Leftist groups who want people to believe that most law enforcement officers are racist,” said Marissa Streit, CEO of PragerU. “But they aren’t all bad cops. They put their lives on the line for us every day, and they need to know that we value them.”
WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP ALERT
Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2021 White House Internship Program, a three-month experience which starts Jan. 27. Hopefuls must be at least 18, a U.S. citizen and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university, or have recently completed the degree. U.S. military veterans with a high school diploma or equivalent are also welcome as long as they have served on active duty for any length of time in the past two years.
“Applicants are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment to the Trump administration,” the organizers advise.
The online application process will be open until Aug. 28. Consult Whitehouse.gov/get-involved/internships.
POLL DU JOUR
• 65% of U.S. adults say there are cases of COVID-19 in their community; 60% of Republicans, 64% of independents and 71% of Democrats agree.
• 47% say the pandemic in the U.S. overall is going to get worse; 26% of Republicans, 46% of independents and 67% of Democrats agree.
• 21% say their community is in the “worst part” of the pandemic; 26% of Republicans, 19% of independents and 19% of Democrats agree.
• 16% say the worst part of the pandemic is behind them; 33% of Republicans, 14% of independents and 5% of Democrats agree.
• 15% are not sure; 15% of Republicans, 21% of independents and 9% of Democrats agree.
Source: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted July 12-14, with an error margin of 3.3 percentage points.
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