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Anti-Trump movement: What happens next?

On Thursday, a group of conservatives aimed at keeping Donald Trump from becoming the Republican nominee for president, met in Washington D.C. to test the winds on a plan or plans to stop the New York billionaire’s run for the White House.

Organized by conservative activists Bill Wichterman and Bob Fischer along with right-wing radio host Erick Erickson, and  held at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, “Conservatives Against Trump” had some two dozen participants – most all of whom said they would not talk specifics on the record about what happened.

The only officiall response from the group came from a press release posted by Erickson on his website, the Resurgent. 

The Statement read:

“We are a group of grassroots conservative activists from all over the country and from various backgrounds, including supporters of many of the other campaigns. We are committed to ensuring a real conservative candidate is elected. We believe that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump, a Hillary Clinton donor, is that person.

"We believe that the issue of Donald Trump is greater than an issue of party. It is an issue of morals and character that all Americans, not just those of us in the conservative movement, must confront.

"We call for a unity ticket that unites the Republican Party. If that unity ticket is unable to get 1,237 delegates prior to the convention, we recognize that it took Abraham Lincoln three ballots at the Republican convention in 1860 to become the party’s nominee and if it is good enough for Lincoln, that process should be good enough for all the candidates without threats of riots.

"We encourage all former Republican candidates not currently supporting Trump to unite against him and encourage all candidates to hold their delegates on the first ballot.

"Lastly, we intend to keep our options open as to other avenues to oppose Donald Trump. Our multiple decades of work in the conservative movement for free markets, limited government, national defense, religious liberty, life, and marriage are about ideas, not necessarily parties.”

While most held their tongue about the meeting, some shared some general themes discussed there. Here are a few of the things discussed at the meeting on Thursday, according to some participants.

The suggestions

1. Getting a third party on the ballot. "It's certainly not too late," Rep. Trent Franks, (R-Ariz.) and a Ted Cruz supporter, who attended the session said.  "You could get another party on the ballot. A candidate could be picked as late as August. … It would have to be a movement conservative.  I was there to listen.  I am worried about the kind of damage that Trump could cause to our party. … As a conservative, I can’t trust Donald Trump to do the right thing,” Franks told The Washington Post. “However, I can trust Mrs. Clinton to do the exact wrong thing. Therefore, if it comes down to a one-on-one contest, I would vote for Trump."

2. Working prior to the convention to support Ted Cruz, thus eliminating the need for another candidate or a fight on the convention floor.

3. Probably not working so hard for Ohio Gov. John Kasich would need more than 100 percent of the delegates left to be allotted to get to the 1,237 number needed for the nomination.

>> How many delegates does Donald Trump have?  

4. According to Fox News, a plan was floated to possibly send a last-minute candidate to the convention in Cleveland if no candidate reaches the 1,237 delegate mark.

Also on Thursday

Trump has said that “riots would result” if his path to the nomination is blocked at a contested Republican convention this summer in Cleveland. Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, warned against talk of riots, and said he believes that a contested convention is now more likely to happen. It will be the first since 1976. Ryan, as Speaker, is in charge of running the convention.

>>What is a contested convention and will the Republicans have one?

What's coming?

What’s happened already

1. According to reporting by the New York Times, by the end of February,  at least two campaigns had  drafted plans to overtake Trump in a brokered convention.

2. Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, (R-Kty.), has a plan that would have lawmakers break with Trump explicitly before the general election.

3. Kasich advisers say the Ohio governor is shooting for a convention battle in which he believes he can win.

4. Tech CEOs and business billionaires traveled to an island off the Georgia coast two weeks ago to take part in the American Enterprise Institute World Forum, a meeting held annually. The main topic of the meeting, though not intended to be so to begin with, was how to stop the Trump candidacy. Those attending the meeting included: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he “cannot support Donald Trump.”  Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.),  Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).

5. Republican Party donors are debating whether or not to continue funding the dump-Trump effort. Some of those donors – New York hedge-fund manager Paul Singer and members of the Chicago Cubs-owning Ricketts family – are expressing  doubts over the effectiveness of their spending on anti-Trump advertising.

6. According to reporting from Politico, anti-Trump groups have outlined a state-by-state bid to keep Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the Republican nomination. That would force a contested convention this summer in Cleveland. 

Sources: The New York Times; The Washington Post; Politico; Fox News; The Resurgence; The Blaze

5 reasons to be jealous of Donald Trump’s plane

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or is it Superman? If you guessed plane, then you would be correct.

When Donald Trump came to the Dayton-Cincinnati area recently, he addressed the crowd in front of one of his most prized possessions – his plane.

It may be incredibly extravagant, but it also serves a purpose.

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“It can be an absolutely vital tool for business,” according to Trump.

Trump does do a lot of traveling these days, being the leading presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

But he didn’t get just any old plane, he bought and accessorized a 757 and took its value to an estimated $100 million.

PHOTOS: Inside Donald Trump's Palm Beach home Mar-a-Lago

Here are five things you need to know about this Ferrari of airplanes, according to a virtual tour posted on Trump’s YouTube page. (Scroll down to watch the video.)

1. This is not his first plane, not even close. Trump owns a corporate jet, two helicopters, and once even had his own airline called Trump Shuttles. Before his current 757, he had a 727 which seemed to not be doing the trick for him. In 2011, he sold his 727 and upgraded to the 757. The plane previously belonged to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

2. This plane is big - YUGE even. Before Trump altered the interior, this plane could seat 228 passengers. Now, 43 people can fly with the utmost luxury and style.

3. There is 24k gold at almost every turn. The seatbelts, the light fixtures, the knobs on the cabinets, even the bathroom sink.

4. If you want to see this plane, you may have to go to one of his rallies to catch a glimpse. Trump had made the request to not let the public track his plane. It has been taken off of real-time, online tracking. Security seems to be the most obvious reason.

5. Trump is very proud of this last fact: This plane was made in the United States by Boeing, which is the world’s largest aerospace company. It’s good to buy domestically.

If you’d like the tour guided by his assistant Amanda Miller, here’s where you can find the video.

Or watch here:

Georgia woman campaigns for sheriff who shot her

A Georgia sheriff has received an unusual endorsement in his bid for re-election.

Victor Hill, who is running for sheriff against four other competitors, accidentally shot Gwenevere McCord last year, yet she threw her support behind him in a 12-second robocall to county voters late last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported

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“Hi! This is Gwenevere McCord and on May 24 I will be voting for Sheriff Victor Hill because he’s the most effective sheriff this county has ever had. Please join my family and I and vote Sheriff Victor Hill,” the Jonesboro resident said in the recording.

It is believed to be the first time McCord, who was critically injured in the shooting, has publicly made any statement about Hill, who is seeking a third term as sheriff.

McCord was shot May 3 while Hill was demonstrating police maneuvers to her at a Gwinnett County model home where McCord worked as a real estate broker at the time.

McCord and Hill were the only two people inside the home at the time of the shooting. McCord was shot in the abdomen and had numerous surgeries and other procedures. She lost a kidney, spleen and part of her large intestine as a result of the shooting, her father Ernest McCord said previously.

Hill was charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.

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The head of the county Democratic party said McCord’s endorsement seems to show there’s no bad feelings between the two.

“She said it was an accident and now she’s proving that by endorsing him,” said Pat Pullar, chairwoman of the Clayton County Democratic Party and a political consultant.

Nonetheless, another political observer called the endorsement “unusual” in a political career marked by setbacks and comebacks.

“It’s unusual that a sheriff would have shot someone other than carrying out his responsibility as sheriff,” said Charles Bullock, professor of political science at The University of Georgia. “And it is unusual that the victim would turn around and say ‘although he shot me, he’s a great person to return to office’.

With four other challengers in the race, the crowded field may “suggest that a number of people view Sheriff Hill as vulnerable,” Bullock said.

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Whole Foods recalls cheese because of listeria risk

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Whole Foods is doing a voluntary recall of Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese due to a possible listeria contamination, FDA officials said Monday.No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall, officials said, although the potential contamination was discovered after testing in Iowa. Customers who have bought the cheese are encouraged to throw it away and bring their receipt into a Whole Foods store for a full refund, officials said.

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The listeria monocytogenes organism can cause serious infections in young children, elderly people and others with low immune systems.

super-tuesday-highlights

A look at who won and who lost on Super Tuesday. Staff video by Anthony Shoemaker.

Steelers’ Harrison on board cruise that rescues stranded rafters in Gulf of Mexico

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison has spent the past few days on social media sharing images from the Legends of Pittsburgh cruise. 

However, the images he took Saturday went viral when the cruise ship he and other Pittsburgh athletes are aboard stopped to help rescue 16 people stranded on a raft in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We just stopped for this boat with 16 people in the middle of the ocean. Waiting for coast guard now,” Harrison wrote in one post.

We just stopped for this boat with 16 people in the middle of the ocean. Waiting for coast guard now.Posted by James Harrison on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Carnival Cruise Line spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said the Carnival Sensation found the migrants, 15 men and one woman, about 50 miles north of Cuba and brought them aboard.

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Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said they would be turned over to Mexican immigration officials at the ship's next stop, Cozumel.

16ppl, wild!!!Posted by James Harrison on Saturday, February 27, 2016

According to the cruise’s website, the ship set sail Thursday and is to have guests including current and former Steelers Harrison, Antonio Brown and Rocky Bleier, as well as former Pirates player Manny Sanguillen and several former Penguins.

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