Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 9/18/14…Why you shouldn’t freak out about Quinnipiac’s new polls

• CO-Gov, IA-Sen: Well, you can have one of two reactions to Quinnipiac’s new polls of Colorado and Iowa. One is to panic and assume the sky is falling on Democrats. The other response is to say, “Hmm. These polls don’t look like any others we’ve seen lately. That means they’re probably off-base.”

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Big Money chase…Common Core ‘flimflams’…Bill Gates…Microsoft…Pearson…

Since the standards were first introduced, Common Core supporters have created amorphous platitudes and spin to market it. Even as more Americans like me “wise up,” do not expect the Common Core-ites to give up. Think tanks have received millions from Gates to support it and education companies are making millions on new Core-aligned materials. There is big money being spent — and big money to be made — in the Common Core.

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Political Roundup for September 18, 2014…Red Racing Horses

Campaign Themes: As Congress wraps up work before heading to the campaign trail, Republicans and Democrats are honing in on what issues are important to them on the campaign trail. Republicans are working on a number of jobs bills that the Senate has stalled while Democrats seem focused on pushing a minimum wage hike and a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United….

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The Hill features email from disgruntled Lefties….

The Hill reviewed hundreds of emails from a progressive members only Google group called the “Gamechanger Salon,” a forum where nearly 1,500 activists, strategists and journalists debate issues and craft messaging campaigns.

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Nate Silver on the 2014 Senate races…More states become competitive…9/18/14

After a streak of strong polling days for Democrats, Wednesday marked a turnaround of sorts for Republicans. Their chance of taking back the Senate increased slightly, to about 54 percent. But here’s the bigger story: The picture has been muddied. The latest data makes more states more competitive.

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Sabato still goes for 5 to 8 possible GOP Senate seats…9/18/14

Another week is down the drain in the race for the Senate, and while our overall outlook is unchanged — a five to eight seat gain for the GOP — some of our ratings are in need of adjustments.

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Karl Rove worries the Democrats could keep the Senate…

With 47 days before the election, Republican candidates must do two things……

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Sept. 17, 2014 Polling stuff…US Senate 50/50?

With so many new election forecasts this year, Vox just averages them and finds they predict an evenly divided U.S. Senate.

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Officer Who Shot Michael Brown in Ferguson goes before the Grand Jury…

A spokesman for the prosecution would not comment on which witnesses have testified before the grand jury. Prosecutors will present evidence, and the jury will decide whether to charge Wilson….

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House votes to back President Obama on arming and training the Syrian Rebels…

The majority of the Democratic caucus, 114 members total, joined 159 Republicans to pass the amendment. But an unusual coalition of nearly an equal number of Democrats (85) and Republicans (71) opposed President Obama’s proposal, which was voted on as an amendment to a stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

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It’s ON!…Nate Silver and Sam Wang Battle out the 2014 Senate Polling Projections!

Sam Wang: “If Wang’s prediction of this year’s Senate race turns out to be more accurate than Silver’s, I almost hate to think what might happen. Silver’s head is going to explode or something. In any case, this is far more fun than you normally get from a couple of geeky poll aggregators.”

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Healthcare Insurers are paying for abortions with tax dollars….

The report’s release is likely to elicit new election-year attacks on congressional Democrats from anti-abortion groups and Republicans who warned that Obamacare would allow for taxpayer subsidized abortions.

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 9/17/14… Pat Roberts is trailing big-time in Kansas

That won’t last, because the GOP has yet to train its biggest guns on Orman, and they most certainly will. But Roberts, despite a peppy debate performance 10 days ago, still hasn’t managed to stanch the bleeding. It’s hard to get over what’s happening in Kansas, which last sent a Democrat to the Senate in 1932, but yeah, it’s happening….

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Political Roundup for September 17th, 2014…Democrats outspending Republicans across the board for 2014 races…Red Racing Horses

Money: Democrats are outspending Republicans in almost every competitive Congressional and Senate race lately. The map in the link does a pretty good job showing the extent of the gap, with Republicans only up in New Hampshire and some of the states the Democrats have all but conceded.

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First of Many iPhone 6 Reviews …..

If I had to choose based on in-hand feel alone, I’d pick the 6 over the Plus. I can still wrap my fingers around the 6 just as easily as I could with the 5s (and its curved sides don’t cut as sharply as the edges on the 5s), but the large-screened 6 Plus is… well, it’s manageable.

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Support for staying In the United Kingdom leads in Scotland…..

Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed……

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