Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Poll Finds Democratic Race For Governor "Wide Open"

RadioOnFire.com - A new poll finds the Democratic race for Governor is wide open.
The Goucher College poll of 324 likely Democratic primary voters finds no clear front runner.
Poll Director Mileah Kromer says 44 percent of those Democrats don't know who they will support.

 “We have had a summer full of campaigning, but I think our poll certainly reflects that.”
Eight candidates have either announced their campaigns or filed to get on the ballot.
Of the announced candidates, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker gets the most support at 13-percent. 
In second place, at 11 percent, former Attorney General Doug Gansler.  He ran for Governor in 2014, but last week said he would not run next year. 
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz received 8 percent, and is tied for third with Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the wife of Congressman Elijah Cummings.
She is considering a run for governor, but has not announced her candidacy.
Five other candidates who have launched campaigns are further back in the poll.
Former NAACP President Ben Jealous received 6 percent in the poll, while Montgomery County State Senator Rich Madaleno and attorney Jim Shea each received 2 percent.
Entrepreneur and former Hillary Clinton aide Alec Ross and former Michelle Obama advisor Krish Vignarajah each received 1 percent.
Two percent said they would choose another candidate. One percent said they would not vote while, another one percent refused to answer.
Educator and activist Ralph Jaffe is the only Democrat to formally file to get on the Democratic Primary ballot.
Among a list of nine candidates, the poll found 28 percent of Democrats said they would consider voting for Gansler, compared to 21 percent for Baker, 17 percent for Kamenetz and 14 percent for Jealous. 
As for the type of candidate Democrats hope to nominate to challenge Republican Governor Larry Hogan, 55 percent said they hopes to nominate a more progressive candidate.  That’s compared to 34 percent who hope to nominate a more moderate candidate, and 8 percent hope for a more conservative candidate.
The poll found 26 percent said education was the most important issue when considering a candidate for governor, while 21 percent said the economy and jobs was the most important issue.  Racial and social justice issues was the most important issue for 16 percent of the Democrats surveyed while health care was the most important issue for 15 percent.
The environment was the most important issue for 7 percent of Democrats.  Taxes were most important for 6 percent while transportation was most important for 5 percent.
The poll was conducted by telephone over a five day period ending September 18.  The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.4 percent.
The primary is on June 26.

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At Least 6 White House Advisers Used Private Email Account

WASHINGTON — At least six of President Trump’s closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, current and former officials said on Monday.

The disclosures came a day after news surfaced that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, used a private email account to send or receive about 100 work-related emails during the administration’s first seven months. But Mr. Kushner was not alone. Stephen K. Bannon, the former chief White House strategist, and Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff, also occasionally used private email addresses. Other advisers, including Gary D. Cohn and Stephen Miller, sent or received at least a few emails on personal accounts, officials said.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter, who is married to Mr. Kushner, used a private account when she acted as an unpaid adviser in the first months of the administration, Newsweek reported Monday. Administration officials acknowledged that she also occasionally did so when she formally became a White House adviser. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.

Officials are supposed to use government emails for their official duties so their conversations are available to the public and those conducting oversight. But it is not illegal for White House officials to use private email accounts as long as they forward work-related messages to their work accounts so they can be preserved.

WATCH LIVE: Senate Leaders Discuss the Failure Health Care Reform

RadioOnFire.com - Senate GOP leaders, including Mitch McConnell, and Democratic leaders, including Chuck Schumer, are expected to discuss health care reform after their respective party luncheons.

Fox News Forgives Bill O’Reilly Welcomes Him Back With Open Arms.

RadioOnFire.com - What is the appropriate banishment for alleged sexual harassment? According to Fox News, it’s five months off air, apparently. Bill O’Reilly will return to Fox News on Tuesday as a guest on Sean Hannity’s cable news show, alongside Breitbart’s Steve Bannon and House Speaker Paul Ryan. This return comes just more than five months since O’Reilly lost his longtime hosting gig at The O’Reilly Factor. 

The New York Times reported in early April that Fox News settled five sexual harassment and verbal abuse lawsuits against O’Reilly within his 21 years at the network, spending up to $13 million. Since that initial report, two more women have come forward to claim O’Reilly harassed them. One of the cases reported by the Timeswas from a producer on The O’Reilly Factor, Andrea Mackris, who said O’Reilly told her to buy a vibrator and had once called her on the phone while it sounded like he was masturbating. On April 19, it was announced that O’Reilly would be leaving Fox News.

Fifteen years ago, such a scandal involving a public figure would be considered a pretty hard fall from grace. Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic remarks in 2006 rightly earned the director a spot in “Hollywood jail” for nearly a decade—though he too was seemingly forgiven just last year, with his Oscar-nominated film Hacksaw Ridge. So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that in an era of daily scandalous tweets from the president of the United States, O’Reilly is making his comeback just five months after his firing.

Last week, the former Fox News host spoke to Matt Lauer on the Today show—not to apologize but to defend himself and maintain his innocence.

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SMH Trump Brags About the Federal Response to Puerto Rico

RadioOnFire.com - President Donald Trump bragged about the federal response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico while also citing geographical inaccuracies to excuse government failures.

The U.S. territory is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last week, and Trump spent the weekend complaining about NFL players instead of directing relief efforts.

“The mayor of San Juan was very nice this morning, thanking us for the great job we’ve done with FEMA,” Trump said Tuesday during a news conference. “We really have — we’ve worked very, very hard in Puerto Rico. It’s very tough because it’s an island. In Texas, we can ship the trucks right out there and we can do — we’ve gotten A-pluses on Texas and on Florida, and we will on Puerto Rico. But the difference is it’s an island, sitting in the middle of an ocean.”

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Fire Chief Calls Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin a ‘no-good n*gger’ Over NFL Protests

RadioOnFire.com - A fire chief from Pennsylvania has apologized for calling Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a “no-good n*gger” after his team did not come out onto the field for the national anthem during this Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

CBS Pittsburgh reports that Paul Smith, the chief of the volunteer fire department in Cecil Township, Pennsylvania, posted on Facebook that Tomlin “just added himself to the list of no-good n*ggers” for his decision to note take the field during the anthem.

“Yes, I said it,” Smith added afterward.

Many people in the town reacted angrily to Smith’s post, and said it was inappropriate for a town official to spout racism.

“I’m completely upset, especially for a town like this, coming from the fire chief, that’s disrespectful in my eyes,” said Cecil Township resident Dylan Pareso. “I don’t agree with it one bit.”

Smith apparently realized that he’d made a big mistake, as he quickly sent a message to CBS Pittsburgh apologizing for his racist rant.

“I am embarrassed at this,” he said. “I want to apologize. I was frustrated and angry at the Steelers not standing the anthem. This had nothing to do with my Fire Department. I regret what I said.”

Watch CBS Pittsburgh’s report on the incident HERE

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Police Say Man Killed Rosedale Woman To Avoid Paying Debt

RadioOnFire.com - A Jarrettsville man has been charged after Baltimore County police say a missing woman was found dead, with the body hidden in her own home.
Police homicide detectives say Athena Dardamanis, 63, was found dead in her home in the 8600 block of Trumps Mill in Rosedale during the execution of a search warrant after friends reported her missing Thursday. Homicide detectives were called in after police found the disappearance was suspicious.

Police say an autopsy carried out Friday ruled the death a homicide caused by multiple traumatic injuries to the upper body. Police did not say how or where in the home the body was discovered.
Police say Kenneth Kyle Quick Jr. of the 1300 block of Knopp Road is responsible. Quick, 44, had stayed in her home on several recent occasions and was known to owe her a large amount of money. Police say she told friends she planned to collect just before she went missing.
Quick is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at Baltimore County Detention Center.

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Poll Finds Democratic Race For Governor "Wide Open"

RadioOnFire.com - A new poll finds the Democratic race for Governor is wide open. The Goucher College poll of 324 likely Democratic ...