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​DEATH AND VIOLENCE

[An Essay by George] It is time that we honestly faced up to the basic issues concerning gun violence. For too long people on both sides have skirted around the core of the issue with worn out platitudes, specious arguments, and canned sound-bite justifications. The latest shootings in El Paso and Dayton raised our unbelievable tally of mass shootings to 251 in the last 216 days. They are commonplace in the US; a daily occurrence. Why is this so? Some say that it is caused by guns in the hands of criminals.… Read more ​DEATH AND VIOLENCE

Latest Polls on Dem Primary Voters

Support Among All Potential Primary Voters in Democratic Primaries The Democratic candidates seems to line up as a 4 plus a few.  For all likely Dem primary voters, Biden holds at 33%; Sanders receives 19%; Warren and Harris receive 14% and 13%, respectively. The next tier of candidates are Buttigieg (5%), O’Rourke (3%), Booker (2%), and Yang (2%).  After those eight, it is l% or less for all others. Support Among All Potential Primary Voters in Early Democratic Primaries For early primary voters (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada),… Read more Latest Polls on Dem Primary Voters

BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEW! MY ASS!

I watch MSNBC with great frequency. Okay, it can get a bit repetitious with all the anchors chewing on the same story. But I am sick of their anchors’ near fetish for “BREAKING NEWS!” That news may be just another minor twist in the seemingly endless story of Deadbeat Donald’s, his family’s, and his friends’ perfidity.  While their anchors so often use a microscope on their BREAKING NEWS, the real story of the effects of the Trump administration on Americans, especially vulnerable populations, slips along as unseen as a venomous snake in… Read more BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEW! MY ASS!

Latest Polls on Dem Primary Voters

Support Among All Potential Primary Voters in Democratic Primaries The Democratic candidates seems to line up as a 4 plus a few list.  For all likely Dem primary voters, Biden holds at 33%; Sanders receives 19%; Warren and Harris receive 14% and 13%, respectively. The next tier of candidates are Buttigieg (5%), O’Rourke (3%), Booker (2%), and Yang (2%).  After those eight, it is l% or less for all others. Support Among All Potential Primary Voters in Early Democratic Primaries For early primary voters (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and… Read more Latest Polls on Dem Primary Voters

THE WHITE HOUSE ISN’T ENOUGH

  POST FROM GEORGE All Democratic eyes are focused on the presidential primaries and on which of the twenty-some-odd candidates is their favorite. They focus on one policy promise after the next looking for those they like best. Tax reform that helps the lower and middle classes, closes the wealth gap, and reduces our soaring national debt. Medicare for All that makes health care a right and affordable. Tuition-free college education. Forgiveness of the massive burden of education debt. Investment in infrastructure. Legislation that puts an end to gerrymandering. And… Read more THE WHITE HOUSE ISN’T ENOUGH

Likely Dem Primary Voters, Women’s Issues, and Elizabeth Warren

Consult’s 5/27-6/2 weighted online poll of almost 17,000 registered voters who are likely to vote in the Democratic Primary remains much like their earlier polls.1 Among all likely Dem primary voters: Biden                   38% Sanders              19% Warren               10% (was 9%, first time in double digits) Harris                  7% Buttigieg             7% O’Rourke            4% Booker                3% Every other announced candidate was at or below 1% But another option did stand out:  2% wanted Someone Else, whom I know well and like a good bit. The results are basically the same for potential primary… Read more Likely Dem Primary Voters, Women’s Issues, and Elizabeth Warren

Business as Nasty as Usual for Florida Nursing Home Industry

Nursing Homes, Medicaid Rates, and Campaign Contributions As part of its investigative series on nursing home care in Florida, Naples Daily News (part of the USA Today Network) reports that the new Medicaid reimbursement system for Florida’s nursing homes, scheduled for full implementation in 2023, will increase reimbursement for some of the state’s most poorly performing facilities by millions of dollars while simultaneously reducing reimbursement for some of the state’s best performing facilities by millions of dollars.  It reports that the nursing home industry made large campaign contributions to state legislators to support… Read more Business as Nasty as Usual for Florida Nursing Home Industry

Trump approval 46% (?) and 2020 Tidbits

The latest polls on presidential approval has DJT at high of 46% in Gallup’s late April poll.  What does that mean?  It is unclear.  A look at the historical data from Gallup may be helpful.  In the last half of 2018, his rating showed little variation, ranging from 39-42%.  All of this with samples with error rates of +/-4%. 2019* April (17-30)   46% April (1-9)       45% March              39% February          44% January            37% 2018* December       39% November       39% October           40% September       40%… Read more Trump approval 46% (?) and 2020 Tidbits