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Good news for Democrats in Florida 2018 Governor and Senate polling….

…from the  Orlando Political Observer…

Democrats have a chance to win the Gubernatorial race in Florida in 2018 for the first time since 1994. Adam Putnam currently edges out both Graham (32.5%-29.2%) and Gillum (30.4%-29.7%) in a two-person race.  Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran trails both Graham (32.8%-23.6%) and Gillum (31.6%-22.7%).  Democrats caught a break in January when personal injury attorney John Morgan publicly ruled out a run for Governor as either a Democrat or an Independent.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson still holds a lead over his likely opponent, incumbent Governor Rick Scott. Nelson’s lead shrunk a bit from the previous poll from 44.2%-38.9% to 43.7%-39.8%.  The closeness of this race likely depends heavily upon the political environment….

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Running against Pelosi probabaly won’t help GOPer’s…

I guess the Republicans want to run against another Democratic woman?

In 2016 it was Hillary Clinton….

Another chapter in the Republican crusde against women in politics?,,,,,

But picking on a leadership Democratic woman in the Democratic heaven of California simply isn’t a good look…

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Pelosi is the House minority leader at a time when Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. She is a public figure, certainly, but her role is not particularly high profile now, and she has little power on Capitol Hill. Trump, in contrast, dominates the political stage and occupies the most powerful position in the government. Given that, it will be challenging for Republican nominees around the country to make the midterm elections “about” Pelosi.

Trump’s ratings generally are no better than Pelosi’s. In the Jan. 13-17 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, only 36 percent of respondents said they had positive feelings for Trump, while 56 percent had negative feelings. (Obama’s ratings were 57 percent positive and 29 percent negative.)

Moreover, it’s surely the case that the voters with the strongest dislike for Pelosi are conservative Republicans, who have disagreed with her on politics and policy for decades and who are among the president’s strongest supporters. They are likely to turn out and vote Republican whether or not Republican campaigns feature Pelosi in TV spots.

Weaker partisans, swing voters and less ideological voters are less likely to be strongly anti-Pelosi, and it is difficult to believe that they will see the midterm election as a choice between Trump and Pelosi rather than as a referendum on the president and his party.

Who’s being judged?

History, after all, strongly suggests that midterms tend to be referenda on the man in the White House, not on House minority leaders….

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Yes…..

I added the side to this that the linked author did NOT….

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People in Florida do NOT agree with their Senator Rubio on Gun Control…

Not just Florida residents are unhappy with the Florida Senator….

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He called it “heartbreaking” and said he was devastated. Dozens killed or injured in a shooting rampage that shook Florida and the nation — and “deeply impacted” him as he considered his political future.

Twenty months passed. Then, it happened again. Another mass killing.

Now, Marco Rubio has become the face of congressional inaction on tougher gun restrictions, especially to the students who survived the deadly Valentine’s Day shooting at a Florida high school.

The 46-year-old senator drew special attention after declaring the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting to be a life-altering event that he followed with an about-face run for reelection. But since then, Rubio has largely adhered to orthodox GOP positions on guns, resisting several efforts to tighten laws.

In the hours after the Parkland, Fla., shooting, Rubio stood on the Senate floor and said that most of the tougher gun restrictions that others have proposed wouldn’t have prevented it. The state’s highest-profile Republican lawmaker has faced an intense backlash from Americans demanding new regulations on firearms….

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Mueller has his eye on Jared Kushner’s desperate search for money—and one very odd meeting

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

…by By Mark Sumner  @ Daily Kos

Donald Trump may be able to claim he has no relationship to the people in the indictments that Robert Mueller handed down last Friday. He’ll have a little more trouble should the paperwork turn in a new direction.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

Kushner put himself, his family, and his entire company over a barrel with a miserable deal on the property at 666 Fifth Ave. The deal extended Kushner’s borrowing power past the breaking point, and even his reluctant partners on the deal … are pretty much done with deal.

Kushner had bought the property in 2007 in a mostly debt deal valued at a record $1.8 billion. … The office tower shoulders more than $1.4 billion in debt, according to a report Vornado released in March.

Banks wanted money. Jared Kushner was desperate, and something really strange happened …

The White House and a Russian state-owned bank have very different explanations for why the bank’s chief executive and Jared Kushner held a secret meeting during the presidential transition in December.

It might be expected that the White House would disclaim any connection to the meeting. But that’s not what happened. Vnesheconombank said the meeting was about Kushner’s real estate company, but Trump claimed the meeting wasn’t personal at all. It was about ‘diplmatic outreach.’

Why would the Trump White House want to claim a meeting with a bank deeply connected to the Kremlin and Putin? That’s a really, really good question. One that also seems to interest special counsel Robert Mueller…..

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Hundreds of companies face prospective fines for violating Obamacare’s employer mandate

Seems that Trump and the Republicans haven’t gotten rid of the regulation….

BTW?

If the Republicans in the House, or Trump  stop the IRSfrom collecting the fines?

They will havr to find another $146 Billion to replace the fines revenue to the government over the next decede

The enforcement actions cover potential violations in 2015, the first year the mandate was supposed to be applied, after the Obama administration suspended fines in 2014. The Obama administration never tried to collect fines for 2015 before it left office in early 2017. Thanks in part to the time lag in tax filings, the first penalty notices just started to roll out in November, enforcing an unpopular requirement heading into the midterm election. Trump’s IRS has similarly enforced the health law’s requirement that most individuals carry insurance.

The covered firms argue the process is critically flawed, in large part because they never received legally required warnings from Obamacare exchanges at that time. As a result, companies say the government didn’t follow the law and they shouldn’t face the fines….

“This is a 2015 problem, but guess what? This is also a 2017 problem because no notifications have gone out for 2017,”….

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Trump asks his Atty Gen to draw up plans to stop the sale of ‘bump stocks’….

Ok lets get a grip on the above….

Donald Trump didn’t say he’d ban the auto rifle firing devices….

He merely asked for a write up for banning the devices….

Let me remind people out there…

Donald Trump changes his mind on MOST major issues….

He’s the guy who said he’d sign anything on immigration and was the guy to deep six any kind of a deal last week…….

Having Jeff Sessions do the writing assure Trump that he has a guy who isn’t gonna produce ANYTHING that will cause Trump heartburn….

Of course if the whole gun control thing dies out in a month or two?

Who thinks Sessions isn’t gonna put Trump’s request in an in an  inactive file in the basement of the Justice building filed under ‘do something…but make sure it’s NOTHING?’……

President Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that he has signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban “bump stocks” and other devices that turn semiautomatic firearms into “machine guns.”

The device was used by the shooter who opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas in October, killing dozens and immediately prompting calls for lawmakers or the administration to ban such devices through legislation or regulations. At the time, the White House and the National Rifle Association made clear that they were open to the idea. The Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced in December that they had begun the process to possibly change federal regulations and outlaw bump stocks, which involves posting a public notice and soliciting comments from those with an interest. As gun-control issues are once again being discussed nationally, following a mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week, Trump was pushed to act.

“I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized … very soon,” the president said during a medal ceremony at the White House on Tuesday afternoon….

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Under pressure to actually produce?

Look for a finished product that has enough holes in it to drive cement truck thru…

Major league Baseball want’s to speed things up…

With Baseball players starting Spring training.?…

The League is workimng to bring down the time it takes for a game….

That’s Good Thing for players and fans….

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…..the league announced rule changes for the 2018 season intended to increase the speed of play and shorten games.

The most drastic revision will be a limit on the number of visits to the pitcher’s mound per game. Until this season, coaches, managers and other players could confer with their pitcher as much as they wanted. They’ll now be limited to just six visits per nine-inning game. Teams will be allotted one additional mound visit for each extra inning.

There are some exceptions to what qualifies as a mound visit, according to MLB’s new rules, including:

A. Discussions between pitchers and position player(s) that (i) occur between batters in the normal course of play and do not require either the position player(s) or the pitcher to relocate;
B. Visits by position players to the mound to clean spikes in rainy conditions;
C. Visits to the mound due to an injury or potential injury of the pitcher; and
D. Visits to the mound after the announcement of an offensive substitution.

The MLB also said it plans to set two-minute limits on breaks between innings and at pitching changes….

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Trump helps Putin gain popularity with American Republicans….

Overall he isn’t popular among Americans…

But the Russian leader does better with Trump people…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorability among Americans is at its highest point since 2003, with Republicans behind his gains, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Twenty-one percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Russian president in the survey — up from 13 percent in 2015 — while 72 percent have an unfavorable view.

Putin’s favorability is up 20 percentage points among Republicans, with 32 percent holding a favorable view of him today, compared to 12 percent in 2015.

Ten percent of Democrats have a favorable view of Putin today, compared to 15 percent in 2015. The Russian leader’s favorability among independents is up 11 percentage points, with 23 percent having a favorable view of him today compared to 12 percent two years ago.

Some 28 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Russia itself, while 70 percent hold an unfavorable view of the country….

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This poll is a year old…There are NO current polls on this question that I could find….

 

Trump is now a Conventional Republican…Forget the draining the swamp stuff…

With firebrand Steve Bannon gone and his buddy Stephen Miller under the thumb of John Kelly?

Donald Trump has had to slow his roll….

Added to that is the realization that Trump HAS TO work WITH his parties conservative wing to get anything done….

And what do you get?

You get a typical Conservative guy in the nations White House…

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Whatever middle to left leanings that Donald Trump displayed before he got his new job (or even that slip out from time to time) have been erased….

The same guy who ran against the Republican Establishment now lies in bed with them…..They are one….

If they squint hard enough, Republicans looking at President Trump can almost see George W. Bush.

Government spending and the debt are soaring, provoking grumblings about fiscal recklessness. Taxes were slashed at the expense of balanced budgets. Thousands of additional troops have been deployed into war zones half a world away. And with the exception of some highly specific tariffs, international trade remains free and unfettered.

For all the ways Mr. Trump has defied and flouted the norms of his office, many policies that he has approved are downright ordinary by the standards of modern Republican administrations. It is a far cry from the mold-shattering approach he talked about before he became president, insisting he would punish China for “ripping us off,” pull out of Afghanistan because “we waste billions there” and slash the debt because it was “bad for the country.”

Many Republicans say that what has unfolded so far is not the Trump administration they were expecting.

“The biggest metaphor for this is that in Trump World, Steve Bannon is a smoldering ruin while the president has a good working relationship with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan,” said Rich Lowry, editor of National Review. “A year ago, I think very few people would have thought that.”….

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Mueller’s office charges Gates lawyer with lying to them…

Ya gotta tell them the truth went they ask ya questions…

They are serious about that…

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have filed a new charge against a man they say lied to federal investigators in the Russia probe.

A charging document filed in federal court in Washington on Tuesday accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan of one charge of making false statements. The information was filed ahead of a plea hearing scheduled for later Tuesday.

The court filing says Van Der Zwaan lied to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates. Gates, a former Trump campaign aide, was indicted last year on charges of conspiracy to launder money and acting as an unregistered foreign agent….

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Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney for the Utah Senate seat…

Well?

If ya can’t beat’m?

Join’m….

Donald Trump hasn’t been doing good at all in backing people…

This time I guess he wanted his name on a probable winner…

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President Trump endorsed Mitt Romney as he runs for US Senate in Utah, sending a tweet Monday night in which Trump said Romney “will make a great Senator and worthy successor” to Orrin Hatch.

Romney announced Friday that he was running for Senate, confirming expectations. Hatch had previously said he would not seek an eighth term and had personally recruited Romney to run for his seat.

How Romney would regard Trump has been a question, and he has previously been critical of the president….

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In the end?…The NRA gets it’s way….

Politico is out witha piece which explains why the National Roiflle Association has been able to keep American l;awmakers from limiting the sale and purchase of handguns, rifles and assault rifles even as people with those guns have been killing people , adults and children  regularly….

It all comes down to something that is known to lawmakers across the nation….

Gun owners tend to be single issue voters….

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Why does the NRA always win, despite the repeated national traumas, and despite poll after poll showing a majority in favor of stronger gun control measures? It’s not the money. It’s because the NRA has built a movement that has convinced its followers that gun ownership is a way of life, central to one’s freedom and safety, that must be defended on a daily basis.

The gun control majority gets worked up only in the days after public mass shootings, even though such events accounted for only 71 of the 38,658annual gun fatalities in 2016. Then the news coverage shifts, political prospects for action diminish, and the majority gravitates to other political matters while guns continue to take lives in suicides, domestic violence incidents, other crimes and accidents every day.

Since the progressive political prism views campaign cash as the scourge of democracy, gun control proponents are quick to blame NRA donations for why Congress seems immune to public opinion. In a powerful speech last week in Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez excoriated “politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this” and added, “To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you.”

But it’s a mistake to attribute the NRA’s success entirely to its campaign spending. The dollar amount was considerable in 2016: $54.4 million. But that money was not spent on the entire Congress. Thirty million went to Donald Trump, the rest mainly to six Republican Senate candidates in competitive races, five of whom won. For most members of Congress, the amount of money they get from the NRA is a tiny percentage of their overall hauls. If money were the only reason for their gun rights stances, Michael Bloomberg could offer to double whatever the NRA gives them and flip their votes.

To beat the NRA at its own game, the gun control movement needs to better understand how the NRA has built an army of single-issue voters…..

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