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Watching key races in Wisconsin and Minnesota
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On the roster: primaries in four States to test the limits of The surge – Time Out: – read-music – trump-employees, and reverse denials on a racial slur – Manafort closing arguments set for Wednesday – be Sure officers: ‘Marks, for the custody’
TO TEST PRIMARIES IN FOUR STATES-THE LIMITS OF THE SURGE
Wisconsin Dems face the crowded race to try to beat Walker – Politico: “Wisconsin Democrats on Tuesday will choose from a field that once swelled to more than a dozen candidates … to recognize their long-elusive target, the victory over the Republican Gov. , Scott Walker. But the clear frontrunner is state education superintendent Tony Evers, a 66-year-old white man, in a year when the Democrats put forward, did, the high numbers of women, young people, and for the first time, candidates for the office. What Evers missing, sizzle, Democrats in the hope he compensates with a record of clashes with Walker on education… After years of fighting with the unions, and pushing for conservative legislation, Walker may be the one Republican who gets Wisconsin Democrats as excited as a President Donald Trump does. And that, say some democratic officials in the state, that might be enough in a year like this. … During his speech, the Rollback has dominated Walker’s achievements in the Democratic primary, Republicans already have the reference to the campaign is trying to define. The Republican party of Wisconsin has already focused ads attack on four candidates: Evers, former Wisconsin Democratic party Chairman Matt Flynn, former state Rep. Kelda Roys, and professional fire fighters of Wisconsin President Mahlon Mitchell.”
The race to replace Paul Ryan in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “It’s a Packed race to replace Republican speaker of the house of representatives , Paul Ryan, who in his resignation. University of Wisconsin System Regent Bryan Steil is the frontrunner in the Republican primary, but he’ll face five other candidates on the ballot. They are: liberal Jeremy Ryan, US army veteran Nick Polce, psychologist Brad Boivin, business man Kevin Adam Steen and Paul Nehlen. In the Democratic primary, Janesville iron workers and union member Randy Bryce faces Janesville School Board member and former teacher Cathy Myers. … [In the] district 7, the U.S. Navy and the Minnesota Air National Guard veteran Margaret Engebretsonand Marshfield doctor Brian Ewert face, in next week’s primaries. The winners will be a major challenge for the incumbent Republican , Sean Duffy.”
Two trump loyalists to compete, to take on Baldwin – AP: “Former U.S. Marine , Kevin Nicholson, and state sen. Leah Vukmir in the Republican primary, with the winner advancing on to take on Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Nicholson, a former Democrat who is running as an outsider, while Vukmir, a 15-year veteran of the legislature, she argues, is the proven conservative. Vukmir, who won the endorsement of the Wisconsin Republican party, to help these apparatus, driving the turnout. It is unclear what Nicholson get-out-the-vote effort, but he benefited from millions of dollars in TV advertising by outside groups funded by Illinois businessman Richard Uihlein.”
Scandals over the heads of the Minnesota-voters – MinnPost: “allegations against two DFL candidates in contested primaries for major statewide offices — Keith Ellison and Lori Swansonhas been available to the public after thousands of Minnesotans had voted, during the state of the not-excuse absentee and the early voting period. And although Minnesota allows voters to “claw-back” – your ballot papers for the recast of them, the window for that has expired, a week before the election, last Tuesday, which means there may be some regret among the roughly 100,000 voters took advantage of the early voting process. The youngest of the allegations focused on U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison. … The Ellison charge in the public only as DFLers, the inclusion of a previous series of reports The Intercept, and then confirmed and expanded the Star Tribune, and others— that Attorney General Lori Swanson was first used in the website on a regular basis to your office and employees for political purposes. … The Republicans have been after the taking of pleasure in the allegations against some prominent DFLers, but especially those in front of Ellison.”
What do you know, in the Minnesota House primaries – the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune: “In a very rare occurrence, both of Minnesota, the U.S. senators are on the ballot this year. Sen. Amy Klobuchar themselves for re-election, while the resignation of sen. Al Franken is in the midst of the sexual misconduct allegations in January until November, a special election, and another, scheduled election to the Bundestag in the year 2020. Dayton appointed then-Lieutenant Gov. , Tina Smith, to replace Swiss francs, and she faces a primary challenge from the University of Minnesota law professor Richard painter, a former Republican White house ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration. On the Republican side, state Sen. Karin Housley won the party’s approval and is the clear frontrunner. No major surprises are expected to be race Klobuchar. State Rep.Jim Newberger is likely to get the GOP nomination for your challenge in the fall.”
Pawlenty hopes to be comeback kid – AP: “Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the hope of getting back his winning touch and restart his political career seven years after his presidential ambitions fizzled. And it is for a known position. Pawlenty is the biggest name in both parties are running in Tuesday’s primary for Minnesota Governor. Pawlenty faces 2014-nominated, and County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. The Democrats in the election for U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, state Rep. Erin Murphy , and Attorney General Lori Swanson. It is a high-stakes race in Minnesota. Democrats hope to maintain their blockade of a GOP legislator, while Republicans see a chance to have a full control of the government. Pawlenty has held a massive fundraising advantage over Johnson since entering the race in April, but he has struggled to the changed reintegration in a party that has dramatically since he left office in 2011.
Dems run the risk of another New England seat in Conn. – Fox News: “In a deep blue Connecticut that went for Hillary Clinton by double-digit growth rates in the 2016 presidential campaign, Bridgeport mayor Joseph Ganim and wealthy businessman Ned Lamont apply to the nomination of the Democrats to succeed a deeply unpopular Gov. Dan Malloy. Malloy, who decided not to a third term, has been suffering through several surveys to be the least popular Governor in the nation, with critics citing the state’s high taxes and large budget. That’s left an opening for the Republicans, seeking to interfere with more General government in the traditionally liberal new England. The GOP currently holds the General government of four of the six States in the region, including Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. … Danbury mayor Mark Boughton, the former First Selectman Tim Herbst, businessman Steve Obsitnik, a former investment banker Bob Stefanowski, and former hedge-Fund manager David Stemerman are the candidates for the GOP nomination in the Connecticut Governor’s race, and it also cited another factor: the widespread dissatisfaction with the state of Democratic governance. … However, the Republican candidates do not agree on what to do with the state income tax. Stefanowski, and Boughton said they would like to eliminate it completely, during Stemerman and Obsitnik have me the idea.”
Is Phil Scott Vermont to keep his seat? – Burlington Free Press: “the vote is in progress, in Vermont ‘ s big party-primaries. … Gov. Phil Scott has encountered unexpected turbulence on the way to a second term of two years and faces a Challenger from his own party. In February, the arrest of an 18-year-old accused of gun from the planning of a high school shooting shook Scott in pity to his long-standing opposition to regulation. Scott’s decision, a package of gun restrictions has opened a new division in the Vermont Republican party already at odds with what President Donald Trump, immigration, law enforcement and health. The Governor’s primary opponent Keith Stern, wholesale grocer and political newcomer from North Springfield, benefited from an energized gun-rights Basis, accuses Scott of betrayal. … On the Democratic side, four Governor’s elections, people are vying for the nomination. None of the four Democrats has, so far, the country held wide office, forcing you to stress anyone, his or her business, or community leadership. The area includes a former utility executive, Christine Hallquist; a water-quality activist James Ehlers; a dance festival organiser, Brenda seal; and a rising high school freshman, Ethan Sonneborn. (Write-in-campaign supports a fifth candidate, John Rodgers, a sitting state senator from Essex-Orleans district.)”
THE RULES: EASY, PEASY
“It would be easy to show, if it is necessary, that no important power, delegated by the articles of Confederation, or was executed, by the Congress, without recurring more or less to the doctrine of construction and IMPLICATION.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 44
TIME-OUT: READING, MUSIC
The Atlantic: “Alfred Brendel, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Century, is also a great writer. You can often recognize a good-natured grin behind his words, but that is exactly where it is a real humane seriousness. His writing is always engaging, a middle way between solemn reflection and undeniable wit. A perfect example of this balance can be seen in his 1985 essay, “a Mozart player Gives Himself advice” where Brendel calls on the reader to reject the idea of Mozart as sugar-sweet and precious. He writes that “the cute Mozart, the perfumed Mozart, the permanently ecstatic Mozart, the “touch-me-not’ Mozart, the feeling bloated Mozart must all be avoided.’ Brendel don’t dawdle in getting to the point, and if he does, the point is sharp. Now retired from the concert platform, Brendel, 87… The essays and lectures of each of these books (plus a few previously uncollected works) are collected in music, sense and nonsense: Collected essays and lectures…”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 41.4 Percent
The average of the rejection: 52.6 percent
Net Rating: -11.2 Points
Change from a week ago: up 0.6 points
[On average contains: Quinnipiac University: 41% approve – 54% lean; Gallup: 39% approve – 56% lean; IBD: 41% approve – 50% refuse; NPR/PBS/Marist: 41% approve – 51% oppose; NBC/WSJ: 45% approve – 52% disapprove.]
Control of the house
Republican Average: 41.4 Percent
Democratic Average: 48 Percent
Advantage: Democrats plus 6.6 points
Change from a week ago: the democratic advantage of -1.2 points
[On average contains: IBD: 45% Dems, 45% of GOP; NPR/PBS/Marist: 47% Dems and 40% GOP; Quinnipiac University: 51% Dems, 39% of GOP; NBC/WSJ: 49% Dems 43% GOP; Fox News: 48% Dems and 40% GOP.]
TRUMP EMPLOYEES TO REVERSE DENIALS ON A RACIAL SLUR
WaPo: “The claim that a Band is present, the President Trump say the n-word began as an unproven allegation made by a former White House aide with credibility problems and a quite unquenchable fondness for notoriety. It is not so unfounded. A recording released by Omarosa Manigault Newman CBS News on Tuesday morning that allegedly features her and two other black Trump campaign staff to talk about the alleged existence of the tape. At one point, a person, you identified, as a press spokeswoman Katrina Pierson says clearly,” He said. He said it. He is embarrassed.” The alleged admission appears to confirm that the Trump-campaign-believed to employees, that the Band could give and, above all, that his black employees believed that Trump would actually use the word. Although the recording has not been authenticated, the employees seemed to confirm, it is Tuesday, and it contradicts completely the right to refuse-they offered in Trump’s defense in the last days.”
President calls Prosecutor a ‘lowlife’ and a ‘dog’ – Fox News: “President Trump blasted Omarosa Manigault-Newman as a “crazy, cry lowlife’ on Tuesday morning, and went so far as to call you a ‘dog’, quickly escalating the already heated battle between the President and the reality TV star, her name on his card. ‘If you are a crazy, crying lowlife a break and give her a job in the White house, I think it just didn’t work out. Good work by [White house chief of staff John Kelly] burn out quickly, dog!’ Trump tweeted.”
Campaign legal steps to silence – Bloomberg: “President Donald Trump’s campaign accused the former aide of Omarosa Manigault-Newman on Tuesday against a non-disclosure agreement after you published a new book about her time in the White house. The campaign pursued a claim against you, with a private referee for the violation of the agreement that cannot be identified according to a campaign official, asked. Non-disclosure agreements often allow the pursuit of damages by the arbitration of a lawsuit.”
Q-poll: 31 percent, like Trump, he disdains not the white, Quinnipiac University: “Only 31 percent of American voters, as President Donald Trump as a person, while 59 percent like him, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. … By a smaller 54 – to- 43 percent margin, American voters are not President Trump policy like that. … President Trump do not treat people of color with the same amount of respect that he offers, the white people, to say to the American voters 54 – 39 percent.”
MANAFORT Closing ARGUMENTS SET FOR WEDNESDAY
WSJ: “Paul Manafort‘s legal team said on Tuesday that it would not call witnesses or further information in the former-trump-campaign chairman’s defense, setting the stage for the closing arguments in the case Wednesday. Prosecutors to rest the government case against Mr. Manafort on Monday, after 10 days of testimony claiming that Mr. Manafort do not pay taxes on at least $16 million of income from political consulting in Ukraine, and later deceived U.S. banks, when he received millions of dollars in loans in the year 2016, including during his time in the execution of Donald Trump’s campaign.”
Survey: Müller rebounds in the electorate as a trump-escalates-attacks – CNN: “Two-thirds of Americans, including majorities across party lines want to see, special counsel Robert Müller are trying to stop the investigation in the Russian interference in the election of 2016 in front of the voters to the polls to choose a new Congress this November. The result of a new CNN poll, conducted by SSRS, rebounding approval rating for President Donald Trump and Müller for their handling of the investigation, and a growing proportion of voters who say the investigation of a role in their vote this fall.”
Strzok admirers donations bigly to dismiss anti-Trump-agent – USA Today: “Who says that the sending of anti-Trump texts to your girlfriend doesn’t pay? Sure, these texts cost Peter Strzok of his 22-year career with the FBI, but they also seem to have gained the disgraced former agent a lot of support, enough to raise more than 250,000 dollars for his attorney’s fees in a day on a GoFundMe page. The site was launched on Monday … the initial wanted to be as much as $150,000 in a trust dedicated to the lost, to cover Pete’s heavy and growing costs of legal defence and his income.’ But, the sum was reached so quickly, the target amount was later increased to $350,000.”
Maryland Gov. Hogan opens the General election campaign against Challenger Jealous with a big lead – Baltimore Sun
Nelson underwhelms in Democratic poll of Florida’s Latino voters – Orlando Sentinel
Trump ally MacArthur in tight re-election race for N. J. house seat – Monmouth University
AUDIBLE: SO LONG FOR NOW
“We have a lot of Don ‘T run this year, told women”.’ We have told them, ‘You’re a good candidate, if it would win in any other year.” We don’t want these women to lose this potential downward and get out of politics.” – Meghan Milloy, the co-founder of the Republican women for the progress, in an interview with the NYT about the Republican women for office in the trump era.
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SURE, OFFICERS: ‘MARKS, FOR THE CUSTODY’
The Smoking Gun: “Meet Willie Edwards. The 18-year-old appeared ready to pass all kinds of enemies, if you recently arrested for driving an unregistered vehicle. Before being booked into Manatee County jail, an incident report, the Florida man’s’ purse was searched and brought two cans of pepper spray and two cans of fart spray. The incident report does not indicate why Edwards needed all these harmful sprays (or why only a fart-spray would not be sufficient). The picture above, Edwards, a Bradenton resident, was relieved, as its range of sprays, which marks the police ‘for safekeeping.’ Free on $ 120 bond, Edwards is scheduled for August 22 court appearance on the misdemeanor charge.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“But the most formative, most important influence on the Person, not the government. It is the civil society, those elements of the collectivity that lie outside government: family, neighborhood, Church, Rotary club, PTA, the voluntary associations, [Alexis de] Tocqueville understood to be the genius of America and source of its energy and freedom.” – Charles Krauthammer writing in the “National Review”, July 20, 2012.
Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? Sign up here.
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