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A look at Tennessee, the gubernatorial candidates
Businessman Bill Lee race under the former Nashville mayor Karl Dean, Tennessee Governor elections. Here is a look at the two candidates.
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On the roster: the voters snubbed members of the house to move up Trump’s views of midterms – Giuliani: interview decision within 10 days, But cheese, but…
VOTERS SNUBBED THE HOUSE MEMBERS LOOKING TO MOVE UP
Axios: “It is always more difficult to an ambitious house Republicans these days. So far in the year 2018,Diane Black is the fifth house GOP member to run for statewide office and lose. The last time, every single Republican house member who ran for other offices (Senate or Governor) in their primary was won in the year 2000. All six of the candidates were in the race, but all six lost the General election to a Democrat. President Donald Trump‘s confirmation is worth its weight in gold for the Republican candidate in 2018. The only problem for Black is that you don’t get it. Instead, she was supported by Vice President Mike Pence , and ran ads that featured clips of Trump praised her. … It may be to extend the year of the woman in year 2018, but this does not always mean, the Republican incumbent running for a higher office. Now, as cook Political report ‘s Dave Wasserman has pointed out — the nominees for the Black’s congressional seat in Tennessee 6. District and Rep. Blackburn seat in 7. The district is to be a man.”
Lee defies the odds and the 2018 trend to win – NYT: “Tennessee Republicans chose Bill Lee, a wealthy businessman who never served in office, as their candidate for Governor on Thursday, spurning a conservative candidate, the eagerly sought after — but only glancingly received the support of President Trump in the White house. Mr. Lee sat in a field of six candidates, The Associated Press reports, after a primary campaign that cost the Republicans together is worthy of about $46 million, and a preview of the fall of the political turmoil. He will be Karl Dean, a former Nashville mayor, who easily won the primaries in the race to succeed Gov.Bill Haslam, a term-limited Republican. “A look back, I never would have thought that the path would lead here,” Mr. Lee, to appear visibly surprised, after a victory, was followed by a late surge in the polls, said on Thursday evening.”
Dems tap on a moderateTennessean: “Karl Dean easily defeated Craig Fitzhugh in Thursday’s Tennessee democratic gubernatorial primary, setting up a November General election, where he’ll try to be the first Democrat to win a statewide race in the Volunteer State in a dozen years. In the case of a landslide, Dean, the former mayor of Nashville, won the democratic nomination with about 75 percent of the vote, crushing the almost 20 percent recorded Fitzhugh, the minority leader of the state House. … Dean is now against Republican candidate Bill Lee, Franklin business man. It had a resounding victory, to win with Dean, 89 of the 95 counties, including more than 87 percent of the vote from his “home turf” of Davidson County. He also won the state’s largest Democratic stronghold, Shelby County, where Fitzhugh, of Ripley in West Tennessee, had stronger geographical ties.”
Blackburn, Bredesen race shapes up to be doozy – The hill: “Republican rep Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen easily won their respective party primaries on Thursday the candidates that will battle it out for Tennessee’s open Senate seat. The two candidates will now battle in the November General election to replace Sen. Bob Corker (R), announced his resignation last year. Blackburn, who has served in the house since 2003, won the President Trump the support during their primary and defeated trucker Aaron Pettigrew. Bredesen, meanwhile, defeated two challengers, Gary Davis , and John Wolfe, who faced a tough battle against the former governor’s popularity. … A survey of the race in April showed Bredesen with a small projection on the Blackburn, despite Republican Corker broad re-election victory in 2012, with 64 percent of the vote.”
“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51
TIME-OUT: IDENTITY CRISIS
NYT: “for decades, the district South of downtown, and alongside San Francisco Bay here was either known as Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market. This spring, it was suddenly changed on Google Maps a couple of names had heard: of the Eastern section. … The swift rebranding of the approximately 170 year-old district is just one example of how Google Maps now has the place name to the primary decision-making body. With decisions that cartographers through a couple of Google, the identity of a city or neighborhood can be transformed, which is the oversized influence of the Silicon Valley, has more and more in the real world. … The neighbourhood of Detroit called regularly Fishkorn (pronounced: FISH-grain), but earlier than Fiskhorn (i.e. FISK-horn)? This was because of Google Maps. … But as Google comes by his name in the cards secret is often full. … Timothy Boscarino, Detroit city planner, followed Google’s use of this name on a map posted online, around 2002 by a few locals. Google copied almost identical, the map of neighborhoods and boundaries, he said — up on the typo. As a result, Google, the transpose, the k and h for the district known as Fiskhorn, so that it Fishkorn.”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 41.6 Percent
The average of the rejection: 53.6 percent
Net Result: -12 Points
Change from a week ago: -1.2 points
[Average, includes: Gallup: 40% approve, reject – 55%; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve, reject – 58%; NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist University: 39% approve – 51% oppose; NBC/WSJ: 45% approve, reject – 52%; Fox News: 46% approve, reject – 51%.]
Control of the house
Republican Average: 40 Percent
Democratic Means: 48.2 Percent
Advantage: Democrats plus 8.2 points
Change from a week ago: No change
[Average, includes: Quinnipiac University: Dems 51% GOP to 39%; NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist University: Dem 47% GOP 40%; Fox News: Dems 48% GOP 40%; Suffolk University/USA Today: Dems 45% GOP to 39%; CNN: Dems, 50% GOP and 42%.]
TRUMP’S VIEW ON MIDTERMS
Politico: “Officially, President Donald Trump’ s rally in Pennsylvania was intended to boost Republican Lou Barletta‘s long-shot Senate campaign. But Trump your own flabby, and the importance of the state to meet its 2020 in hopes of re-election were top of mind. … Even as some Republicans to shake off the race and to protect elsewhere in the Senate, their majority, the President remains closely engaged in the state. Trump wants to help, Barletta, an early and enthusiastic supporter of his presidential candidacy. But Trump’s own approval numbers are in the water, in the state he won by only 1.2 percentage points, and to keep his base motivated by the midterm elections is crucial to compete for the Foundation, it again in the year 2020. “It’s a 2020 effort, you are also getting some mileage for the year 2018,” said a former administration official, who requested anonymity to speak very openly and honestly. ‘Barletta ‘ s can’t find the campaign easy to find the right equipment. This is the kind of thing that can be a springboard for him? Sure, it might be able to.'”
The biggest names in Ohio in the special election? Trump and Pelosi – Politico: “The goal of just Tuesday’s special house election-here was not only a barometer of the national political environment heading into the midterm elections, but a referendum on the parties’ two top executives: Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi. The President’s decision this week to inject in a district split between rural voters who support him, and well-educated suburbanites, the Trend away from him, effectively, put him on the ballot in addition to GOP hopeful Troy Balderson. And the Republicans are, go all out, tie Democrat, Danny O’connor , Pelosi, your favorite liberal bogeywoman. … While Balderson tends to his base, O’connor has suburbs tried to win over the independents and Republicans needed to compete in solid red territory in the Columbus. He has rejected the popular liberal platforms, such as a single-payer health care system and the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. O’connor also repeats the lamb of promise, the tactic of promising to reject Pelosi as a leader, airing its first and closing TV advertising to the call for a” new generation of leadership.'”
O’rourke makes things interesting, in the fight against Cruz – the cook Political report: “This race in a state that usually are not competitive for Democrats in statewide races, has generated an unusual amount of attention. Most of it is thanks to them, U.S. Rep. Beto O’rourke, democratic candidate, running an unconventional, but successful campaign, aroused the interest of Democrats across the country against sen.Ted Cruz. … The result is a closer-than-expected armed, moves to the Lean Republican column. In many ways, O’rourke a very modern campaign has been running lives on social media. He visited all 254 counties in the state at least once, item, parts of its journey on Facebook, where he 354,000 followers. O’rourke has 255,000 followers on Twitter and a very active Instagram account. He has no pollster or a media consultant. … O’rourke has more than a very skillful donations. June 30, he had $23.8 million of revenue cycle … to say it is Sufficient that O’rourke has made incredible progress in a fairly red state, at least when it comes to running for statewide office. To Throw … if it ever gets remains to be seen.”
Donations to the liberal fundraiser tops $1 billion for the year 2018, the cycle – USA Today: “The online fundraising platform ActBlue this week stormed past the $1 billion mark in contributions to democratic candidates and causes in this election cycle. The fundraising milestone, announced at first with USA TODAY, offers a sign that the liberals fomented activism by the President of Trump’s choice is not slowing down. The group predicts donations top $ 1.5 billion by the end of the year, double the amount of the fundraising clearing house processed the 2016 election cycle. In comparison, ActBlue, it took almost 12 years to increase from its founding in June 2004 until March of 2016, its first $1 billion. The average donation of this cycle: $34. … ‘Small-dollar donors to Finance the resistance,’ Erin Hill, ActBlue’s executive director, said in an interview. “People first, said: ‘This can not be sustainable”, but it is very much.'”
GIULIANI: INTERVIEW DECISION WITHIN 10 DAYS
Politico: “President Donald Trump and his legal team are likely to be, in order to decide whether to provide special counsel Robert Müller interview with Trump within a week to 10 days,’ Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Thursday. The former New York City mayor said Trump’s legal team will spend the weekend, intending to have a new set of parameters proposed by Müller for an interview with the President, then make a decision shortly thereafter. … He added that the team still consider declining the interview overall, despite what he described as Trump, the constant demand a meeting with Müller. The two sides remain bogged down in the question of whether Müller will hinder ask Trump about the possible efforts that the FBI investigation of the Russian contacts with the trump campaign. Giuliani said he and Trump’s other lawyers are studying the latest proposal by Müller, offered to narrow the set of disability-related issues, would the special counsel’s team questions the President. This proposal, per Giuliani, would also Trump the written answers to some questions allow.”
Bookkeper testifies Manafort kept her in the dark about the offshore accounts – WaPo: “Paul Manafort‘s book, holder described how Manafort Finance hits a rough patch around the year 2015, with unpaid bills — he and partner Rick Gates tried to fill out income, a loan to get. … Heather Washkuhn, managing Director of California-based Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno said, you had access to Manafort the personal and business accounts, manages its expenditures, and also supervised some of its properties…”, He was very knowledgeable,’ Washkuhn said the jury. “He was very detail-oriented. He agreed that every penny of what we paid for.’ The testimony is important because Manafort’s defense team hopes to refute claims of Manafort financial misconduct by portraying him as the victim of his partner in his political consulting firm. A Manafort’s lawyers, argued in his opening statement, Richard Gates controlled Manafort business finances and manipulated his head to line his own pockets. He portrays Manafort, how so busy with his political consultant in the Ukraine and elsewhere, he had no time for the management of his business Affairs.”
In Manafort trial, the judge cuts lawyers, the size – AP: “I’m not in the theatre business,’ judge T. S. Ellis, to assert, during the jury selection in Paul Manafort financial-fraud-trial version. “You have to look better.” Objection, Your Honor. The attempt of President Donald Trump’s former Chairman campaign has a lot of drama and it comes from the judge. Easily angered and with a sharp wit, the US district judge, lawyers called on both sides this week, as he heard, you had to roll your eyes, obviously, on him. The judge evaluated, the meaning of their expressions, ‘Why do we have to put up with this idiot judge?’ Private lawyers who appeared before you to say that to him, Thomas Selby Ellis, III like to be seen as the smartest person in the courtroom is not a big leap for a judge. With his Princeton-Harvard-Oxford-education and experience from follow-on damages cases in an era of war and terrorism — “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh‘s among them — Ellis is known to lawyers as to size, sometimes subtly, sometimes not so much.”
Stone associate ordered to testify for Müller – WaPo: “A former assistant many years President of the Trump confidant Roger stone has to testify before the special counsel’s grand jury, a Federal judge in Washington ruled on Thursday. The judge dismissed a challenge from Andrew Miller, a former assistant of stone, trying to block subpoenas from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, in his study in the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. The redacted opinion by U.S. chief District judge Beryl Howell affirmation of the legal legitimacy of the special counsel’s appointment does not identify Miller by name, but his lawyer confirmed that the decision is a response to Miller’s request. Howell judgment orders Miller “to appear before the grand jury testimony to the earliest date available” and invited entries.”
A hoax or not a hoax? – NBC News: “Only a few hours after the nation’s top intelligence officers warned that Moscow’s efforts to disrupt the second time in American elections, Trump said at a campaign event here Thursday night, in his diplomatic efforts with President Vladimir Putin “mainly from the Russian hoax.’ The two events created a split-screen effect: America’s intelligence experts warning the voters that Russia is trying to undermine democracy, while Trump tells you that it’s all political chicanery. … Trump, the operation of which according to the Federal investigation for possible collusion with Russia, and obstruction of justice, quickly refuted his advisers’ statements in the middle of thousands of exuberant Fans here. “In Helsinki, I have a big meeting with Putin,” he said. “We have discussed everything together — I had a good session. We got along really well. By the way, this is not a good thing, a bad thing. This is a really good thing. Now we are disability through the Russian wrong message. It’s a joke, OK? I’ll tell you what, Russia is very unhappy that Trump won, I can tell you.'”
Campaigns on their own to defend, the Russian cyber threat – AP: “Kamala Harris has been the target of social media misinformation, as it was a US senator. Every month for the last 18 months, her office has discovered, on average, between three to five fake Facebook profiles pretending to be her, according to a Harris help. It is unclear who created the pages, which are often designed to mislead American voters about the ambitious democratic senator’s policies and positions. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity, as more than half a dozen campaign officials contacted for this story, for fear of attracting unwanted attention from opponents, or check on the office of the Senate in the evolving Cyber protocols. … One thing is clear: With the midterm elections only three months away, campaigns are largely on their own in the increasingly difficult task of the confidential information to protect, and combating false or misleading content on social media.”
Trump confused Stivers for Balderson that he is in favour of – Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cohen sat down for nuclear energy loan to the donor promised $ 10 million – WSJ
RNC donors to avoid the chef – Politically
Maryland GOP Governor Hogan, is considering a 2020 run for President – Politico
Ivanka faces criticism after her father-in policy, rhetoric – WaPo
As the economy rises, so increases the deficit – NPR
AUDBILE: HOOP DREAMS
“He didn’t want any more, the overthrow of the government of Turkey, as I could be in the NBA.” – Sen Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., the Family Research Council, on the detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey.
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BUT CHEESE, THO…
WJZ-13: “free samples Costco warehouse club turned into a fight club for two seniors. The state newspaper Columbia South Carolina, cited a July 26 Greenville police report says it started as a 72-year-old man cut in front of a 70-year-old man, was waiting for a free piece of cheese. It happened again, as the 70-year-old was expected that a cheeseburger tasting. First there were angry words and then a punch. Police say the cheeseburger 72 are workers confirmed the Hawaiian-shirt-clad-year-old and then 70-year-old clapped to fly his hat and glasses. The 72-year-old said he felt the other man was aggressive and hit him. Police spokesman Donald Porter says authorities-to sort search for footage from surveillance cameras, and no one was arrested.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“When your time comes, you should refrain from moral preening. You will have by then have invented abominations of their own. People always do that.” – Charles Krauthammerwriting in National Review, may 8, 2015.
Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Dave Sweet contributed to this report.
Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in July 2010, and serves as politics editor in Washington, DC