Elections

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    CJ Commentary: Medicaid gambit won’t boost Cooper

    Recent polling on Gov. Roy Cooper’s approval ratings gives mixed signals, according to a recent commentary in Carolina Journal by syndicated columnist John Hood. Hood explains the results: [Public Policy Polling]  June 17-18 survey of 610 registered voters put the governor at 40 percent approval and 41 percent disapproval. In…
    Brenee Goforth, June 25, 2019
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    Biden and the segregationists

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist explores Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s history working with segregationist senators. … [T]he historic record shows Biden was far more than merely “civil” with segregationists. His early interactions can be more accurately described as obsequious. Biden hadn’t negotiated with political rivals to push…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Rebutting attacks on the Electoral College

    Trent England explains in the latest edition of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis why we should be concerned about efforts to dismantle the Electoral College. It is easy for Americans to forget that when we vote for president, we are really voting for electors who have pledged to support the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Public Policy Polling finds N.C. closely divided on Trump, Cooper re-election

    Public Policy Polling released a new poll centering around the 2020 elections, according to Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello. Lindsay writes: PPP, which has Democratic clients, surveyed 610 registered voters on June 17 and June 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 4%. The survey was a mixed…
    Brenee Goforth, June 21, 2019
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    Biden opponents pounce on segregationist issue

    Dan McLaughlin writes for National Review Online about a challenge linked to Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s past. The bedrock of Biden’s support is African-American voters, among whom he led Sanders 50–10 in mid June in a national Economist/YouGov poll, and 50–13 in an early-June battleground-state CBS/YouGov poll,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2019
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    Biden’s past comes back to bite him: Segregationist edition

    Toby Harnden of the Washington Examiner highlights another aspect of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s political history that might not play well with today’s Democratic primary voters. Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential front-runner, singled out two notorious segregationists who were his party colleagues in the Senate in the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Feds contacted after lefty group sought voter data

    Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon details an interesting development in the debate over access to voter data. A massive effort to obtain Michigan voter data spearheaded by powerhouse Democratic group Priorities USA was so “unusual” that top officials in the state contacted the Federal Bureau of…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Trump’s personality and his re-election

    Jonah Goldberg‘s latest column at National Review Online focuses on the role of President Trump’s personality in his re-election bid. When you talk to people who think Trump will be re-elected, they point to conventional rules about how a good economy makes voters want to stay the course.
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019