Poll gives Democrats bad news in key Senate race

Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines, running for reelection, holds a 6-point lead against Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in a race that will help decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, according to a poll released Monday by Emerson College.

Daines received 50 percent support in the poll, while 44 percent said they would vote for Bullock. Five percent of those contacted said they were still undecided in the race.

Like other traditionally Republican strongholds, Montana is being looked at to see whether support for President Trump has softened, giving Democrats a better chance of retaking control of the Senate. To do that, they need to flip three seats in November and win the White House (or four seats if Trump is reelected), and Bullock, who mounted an unsuccessful campaign for president this year, is seen as a strong contender. Two weeks ago, a Public Policy Polling survey of the race found Bullock leading Daines by 2 points.

The Emerson poll showed Trump leading former Vice President Joe Biden by a margin of 11 points in Montana, 53 percent to 42 percent. In 2016, Trump beat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by 20.5 percent of the vote in the state.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock holds a microphoneReuters

Daines, who was elected to the Senate in 2014 and has voted in concert with Trump 86.1 percent of the time, according to the website FiveThirtyEight, has been following the president’s playbook by painting his opponent as bankrolled by “the liberal mob” who seek to defund the police.

Bullock, whose approval ratings have risen in recent months thanks to his response to the coronavirus pandemic, has been emphasizing his record on health care in the state, including signing the expansion of Medicaid into law for Montana in 2015.

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Is Whats Happening in NYC a Glimpse into Joe Bidens America

New York City is out of control. The plainclothes anti-crime unit is being disbanded. Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to cut one billion from the New York City Police Department. And of course, crime has spiked. It’s reverting back to the early 1990s, where the city witnessed over 2,000 homicides. 

At that time, New York City was not a place to see a show, or sightsee, and then grab some dinner at Il Cortile on Mulberry Street. Want to grab some nice Italian pastries as Ferrara? Well, you might get mugged on the way at the time as well. Starting in 1977 and for nearly the next two decades, NYC was a war zone. If you had business there, get in, get out, and hope you didn’t get robbed. 

Then, Mayor Rudy Giuliani was elected in 1993, he cleaned up the city, booted the porn theaters from Times Square and brought law and order to the Big Apple. That was continued by successor Mayor Mike Bloomberg. De Blasio is starting to derail it. Shootings are through the roof. As the New York Post noted, it’s August and the city has already seen more shootings in NYC than all of 2019. With Joe Biden now supporting a reallocation of resources from law enforcement (but don't call it defunding!), is this a glimpse into Joe Biden's America?

A 24-year-old man who walked bleeding into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx on Saturday night has pushed the city’s total number of shootings this year to 777 — topping the 776 recorded in all of last year, NYPD data compiled by The Post reveals.

And it’s only the first days of August, with five more months before the year is over.

“It only gets worse from here,” warned Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“As the shootings continue, so will retaliation. It’s a vicious cycle that the NYPD worked hard to mitigate, but that they are no longer able and in some cases willing to do.”

The year’s plague of gunplay has touched every borough, killing or injuring 942 victims and cutting down not just hardened gang members but innocent children.

New Yorker’s hearts were broken when stray bullets ended the life of teen Bronx hoops star Brandon Hendricks on June 28, and 1-year-old Brooklyn bo

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Watchdog calls for probe amid fears of voter suppression tactics through Postal Service

USPS coronavirus

A watchdog organization is calling for an investigation and hearings amid concerns about mail-in ballot “voter suppression tactics” by the Trump administration through the United States Postal Service.

“Recent actions” taken by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed by Donald Trump in May, “will delay prioritizing mail delivery,” which threatens voting by mail, warned a letter Thursday from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Johnson is the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The number of Americans voting by mail is expected to surge across the nation as voters seek to avoid the risk of catching COVID-19 at the polls. Yet DeJoy is slashing overtime for mail carriers and prohibiting employees from making late delivery trips, which will slow the mail, he revealed in an internal memo. DeJoy, who has no experience in the agency, is a prominent Trump donor and the former lead fundraiser for the Republican National Convention.

“We have an underfunded state and local election system and a deliberate slowdown in the Postal Service,” Wendy Fields, the executive director of the Democracy Initiative, told The New York Times. Trump is “deliberately orchestrating suppression and using the post office as a tool to do it,” she said.

Former Democratic leader of the Georgia House and Democratic vice presidential hopeful Stacy Abrams also accused Trump on Sunday of attempting to “steal” the election by manipulating the postal service along with his partisan postmaster general. 

After significant delays by the USPS in delivering absentee ballots to voters in Wisconsin’s April primary, a probe by the USPS Office of Inspector General determined that the agency needed to “strengthen adherence to procedures” and “improve communication and coordination” with election offices.

CREW’s letter, which was also signed by Common Cause Wisconsin, calls on Johnson&rs

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Trump doesnt think Cain caught virus at Tulsa rally

Herman Cain with Black Trump supporters

President Trump said Friday that he’s confident that his recent rally in Tulsa, Okla., isn’t the reason Herman Cain got sick. 

Cain, the entrepreneur, conservative commentator and 2012 presidential candidate, died on Thursday due to complications from COVID-19. The 74-year-old contracted the virus in late June, days after attending the Trump campaign rally there.

Yahoo News asked Trump on Friday if he believed that Cain was exposed to the virus at the rally. “No, I don’t think so,” Trump said.

Trump also expressed his remorse at Cain’s passing.  

“Herman Cain was a great man. He did a fantastic job. He was respected by everybody, he was loved by everybody and we will miss Herman Cain,” said Trump. 

Cain was photographed attending the June 20 rally, which drew about 6,000 attendees, sitting in the crowd close to other high-profile Trump supporters who were not wearing masks. 

Corrin Rankin, an advisory board member on the president’s African-American outreach team, also posted a photo on social media showing Cain indoors prior to the event with Trump supporters including Rankin, Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson, Republican Party communications adviser Paris Dennard and Rev. C.L. Bryan. In one of the pictures, Cain was wearing a cloth mask around his chin. It did not cover his face. Rankin has since deleted the photo. 

The event was the largest indoor event in the country since the coronavirus lockdowns began. Nevertheless, it suffered from poor attendance that was potentially due to fear of the pandemic. 

Public health officials in Tulsa subsequently suggested the rally may have contributed to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the area. And on the day of the rally, the Trump campaign announced that six of their advance staffers had tested positive for the virus. The staffers did not attend the rally. 

Earlier this month, Cain's team announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on June 29, nine days after the event. Experts say coronavirus symptoms often occur between one and 14 days after exposu

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