The big surprise in New York on Tuesday wasn’t Trump’s victory. It was the magnitude. The Donald beat expectations. He won 90 delegates (at this writing), giving him a shot at a first ballot nomination. Shot, that is, because Trump securing 1,237 delegates is still a tall order. A first ballot victory means Trump catching a lot of breaks in the remaining contests. An “undecided” convention is more a probability. Unless Trump can make a deal before the Republican convention starts at Cleveland on July 18.

For Trump, a deal should start with Ted Cruz. Right. Cruz ain’t buying. He’s trying to cut deals with the establishment to end-run Trump. That’s today, but tomorrow… that’s a different animal. In politics, the world can change dramatically in a matter of weeks. A Trump-Cruz ticket makes eminent good sense. 

What’s riveting the media now is the prospect of an open convention. The preconvention period isn’t sexy. But the June 8 to July 18 window is critical. (June 7 is the last of the primaries, including California.) Deals made or not during that time could boost the GOP’s chances in November or doom them.     

Of Trump’s route to the nomination, Jim Ellis, an elections analyst, writes:

Now Trump will need 57 percent of the outstanding delegates in the 15 Republican states yet to vote to score a first ballot win without needing any unbound delegates. He must earn another major victory in the eastern regional primary next Tuesday (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island) to offset what should be strong Cruz performances in Indiana (May 3), Nebraska (May 10), and South Dakota (June 7). Both Nebraska and South Dakota are Winner-Take-All, while Indiana is Winner-Take-All by congressional district.

Coming out of the June 7 contests, Trump should be close to the magic number, 1,237. The vital question is: What does Trump need to do to secure the nomination before the gavel falls in Cleveland? 

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It would be best if the two would unite against the Demon-crats.  But I'm afraid there has been way to many sabers cast at each other for any meaningful relationship to exist.  EVER......just sayin'

I would love to see this happen. They would be unbeatable IMHO. 

Cruz is also ineligible for vice-president under Article 2.  Trump knows this.

spot on, j klein...  I'm a huge trump supporter (because I like somebody who says what he means & means what he says...   BUT, IF trump were to have cruz on the ticket w/ him as his VP, then it would show me he wasn't that serious...   trump DOES know the CANADIAN is ineligible for POTUS; which also means he's ineligible for VPOTUS...   and, if cruz shows up on the ticket; I won't vote for trump...   I can't...

I've been against barry soetoro's ineligibility since 2008; and I sure as hell am against Rafael cruz's too!

Maybe, but doubtful, Ted the Fake will hate to play second fiddle.  Unless.......he is planning to eliminate Trump.

NO, Cruz is not eligible to be VP.

spot on!   debra...   since Rafael is NOT a natural born citizen, he's ineligible to be POTUS; and since he's ineligible for POTUS, that also make's him ineligible to be VPOTUS! 

Cruz is a  Establishment Globalist Free Trader and his wife is the alter ego of Hillary. She promoted the North American Union with Canada and eventually Mexico. History is not ready for things like this. The North American Union is similar in fashion with the European Union which promotes open borders, fluid  populations and a one size fits all world government. And Cruz being born in Canada will still be a big question mark for many

I know there are many like myself will wonder about Trump's motivation if  he picks Cruz.  I would like to see someone like Congressman Duncan Hunter from California be his running mate. 

I have voted for the Constitution Party presidential candidate since 1992, and most likely go back to where I came from if someone like Cruz is chosen. I suspect there are many other new comers who do t he same and go back to where they came from. 

YES, YES, YES, ray...   everything about your 1st paragraph is spot on!  I don't know enough about Duncan Hunter to know if he'd be good as a VP (I like his stance on the military & illegal immigration).  and, didn't he also work on getting Andrew tahmoorheesi released (as did trump).  I agree that I too would question trump's motivation, if he picked cruz...   and, I figured that IF trump has to run 3rd party; so be it...  and, if I have to write him in; so be it...   IF neither happens; I too will look towards the constitution party....   gotta go somewhere; I'm DONE w/ the GOP!

I hope not. Certainly there is more to choose from than this stateless man, who is a liar and a fraud.

'Can Trump and Cruz Make a Match?'

SURE !! ...after He's Disqualified by those 'rotten' Democrats as Not Eligible for the VP spot... All his followers will fall in behind Trump.

Love the idea :)

Go Trump !

Donald is upbeat. optimistic, cheerful, and inspiring.  Ted Cruz is dark, mean, and petty, a side of him, only revealed after he began to run for President.  Some things bring out the best in people, some things bring out the worst.    Possibly Establishment  and Outsider cannot work, together..  The Outsider, Trump must be elected, or else we're playing the "Insanity Game" again.

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Breaking — West Virginia Lawmakers Invite Persecuted Pro-Second Amendment Counties In Virginia To Join Their State

West Virginia lawmakers introduced legislation to invite persecuted pro Second Amendment Counties to join their state.

The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution to remind Virginia residents from Frederick County that they have a standing invite — from 1862 — to become part of West Virginia.

West Virginia freedom fighters broke away from Virginia Democrat slave owners during the Civil War.

This week West Virginia has once again invited persecuted Virginia pro 2-A counties to come join their state.

Sounds like a winning plan!

Resolution 8 reads as follows:

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8

(By Delegates Howell, Summers, Shott, Householder, C. Martin, Hott, Graves, Cadle, Barnhart, J. Jeffries, Maynard, Phillips, Foster, Hamrick, Steele, D. Jeffries, Wilson, Waxman, Bartlett, Paynter, Linville, Sypolt, Bibby, Hill, Ellington, Higginbotham, J. Kelly, Mandt, Pack, Dean and P. Martin)

[Introduced January 14, 2020]

Providing for an election to be had, pending approval of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a majority of qualified citizens voting upon the proposition prior to August 1, 2020, for the admission of certain counties and independent cities of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the State of West Virginia as constituent counties, under the provisions of Article VI, Section 11 of the Constitution of West Virginia

Whereas, The Legislature of West Virginia finds that in 1863, due to longstanding perceived attitudes of neglect for the interests of the citizens of Western Virginia, and a studied failure to address the differences which had grown between the counties of Western Virginia and the government at Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia was irretrievably divided, and the new State of West Virginia was formed; and

Whereas, Such division occurred as the Trans-Allegheny portions of Virginia perceived that they suffered under an inequitable measure of taxation by which they bore a disproportionate share of the tax burden; and

Whereas, That this perception was further compounded by the effects of a scheme of representation by which Trans-Allegheny Virginia was not allowed to have its proper and equitable share of representation in the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, That this arrangement arguably resulted in the tax dollars of Trans-Allegheny Virginia being used to enrich the Tidewater through internal improvements which did not benefit the people of Western Virginia, while the people of the Trans-Allegheny had little to no say in how their tax dollars were allocated; and

Whereas, Though this course led to an irreconcilable division, and the subsequent formation of West Virginia, yet, the longstanding peaceful cooperation between this State and the Commonwealth of Virginia is a sign that such separation, undertaken even under the most challenging and onerous of circumstances, can, with the passage of time, yield lasting results which are beneficial to both sides; and

Whereas, In the intervening years, the same neglect for the interests of many of the remaining counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia has allegedly been evidenced by the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, Particularly, many citizens of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont contend that an inequitable measure of taxation exists by which they bear a disproportionate share of the present tax burden of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont also believe that, currently, a scheme of representation exists by which the citizens of Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont do not have a proper share of representation in the government at Richmond; and, consequently

Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont believe that their tax dollars are used to enrich the Tidewater and Northern Virginia through internal improvements which do not benefit the people of these other parts of Virginia, while the people of these other parts of Virginia have little to no say in how their tax dollars are allocated; and

Whereas, In recent days, these tensions have been compounded by a perception of contempt on the part of the government at Richmond for the differences in certain fundamental political and societal principles which prevail between the varied counties and cities of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, In the latest, and most evident, in this string of grievances, the government at Richmond now seeks to place intolerable restraints upon the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution to the citizens of that Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The Legislative body of West Virginia believes that this latest action defies the wise counsel which has come down to us in the august words of our common Virginia Founders: as the government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that tribune of liberty, Patrick Henry-who stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 that “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of a Signer of the Declaration and premier advocate of American independence, Richard Henry Lee-who stated in The Federal Farmer that “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that zealous guardian of our inherent rights, George Mason-who stated that “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them”; and

Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of the declaimer of our independence and theoretician of our freedoms, Thomas Jefferson-who stated in his first draft of the Virginia Constitution, that “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”; and

Whereas, The Boards of Supervisors of many Virginia counties and the Councils of many Virginia cities have recognized this dangerous departure from the doctrine of the Founders on the part of the government at Richmond; and

Whereas, These Boards of Supervisors and Councils have passed resolutions refusing to countenance what they affirm are unwarranted and unconstitutional measures by that government to infringe the firearm rights of Virginians; and

Whereas, The actions of the government at Richmond undertaken since the recent general election have, regrettably, resulted in unproductive contention and escalating a lamentable state of civic tension; and

Whereas, That, as has been proven in numerous instances, such as have been observed internationally in more recent times with the peaceful dissolutions of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and the creation of South Sudan, or, earlier in Virginia’s own history, with the formation of Kentucky, the peaceful partition of neighboring peoples can occur, and, is often very beneficial to both sides in reducing tensions and improving the tenor of discourse over ongoing political and societal differences; and

Whereas, Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters of the state; and

Whereas, In a spirit of conciliation, the Legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia, under the conditions set forth in our state Constitution, specifically, with the consent of a majority of the voters of such county or city voting upon such proposition; and we hereby covenant that their many grievances shall be addressed, and, we further covenant with them that their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under our Federal and State Constitutions; and

Whereas, Providing that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall give its assent to any county or independent city presently part of the Commonwealth of Virginia having the opportunity and ability to do so, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia.

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