Tuesday's HOT MIC
Favorable views of the Democratic Party have dropped to their lowest mark in more than a quarter century of polling, according to new numbers from a CNN poll conducted by SSRS.Only 37% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Democrats, down from 44% in March of this year. A majority, 54%, have an unfavorable view, matching their highest mark in polls from CNN and SSRS, CNN/ORC and CNN/USA Today/Gallup stretching back to 1992.The rating includes low favorable ratings from some core Democratic groups, including nonwhites (48%) and people under 35 years old (33%). The numbers come amid recent feuds and divisions in the Democratic Party, as former interim chair Donna Brazile's new book has unveiled new questions about infighting during the 2016 presidential campaign.
But the Republican Party isn't doing any better, with just 30% of Americans holding a favorable view. That's essentially the same as September, when the rating hit its lowest point in polling back to 1992, but down from 42% in March. A broad 6 in 10, 61%, have an unfavorable opinion.
Just returned from doing my civic duty here in my small village in rural New England. All the races were local, including electing our three selectmen, zoning board of appeals and a couple of other town officials. The GOP, which once dominated town politics, could barely be bothered to field a slate of candidates, and so what was once a town of Rockefeller Republicans has slid inexorably leftward to become a town of liberal Democrats.
Still, we're not so liberal here that we don't require a photo ID in order to vote. You're greeted by volunteers, who check your name and local address against the town's voter rolls, carefully cross-checking before you can receive your ballot, color in the little ovals with a special pen -- I used to love the old mechanical voting machines, but time has marched on -- and then feed them into the counting machine. Then you take your sticker and leave with a smile.
If we can require ID here in the cradle of American democracy, bluer than blue, why can't everybody else?
The El Paso police report warned that Kelley "was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms" onto the base, where he "was attempting to carry out death threats that (he) had made on his military chain of command."
El Paso police arrested Kelley without incident at a bus stop and turned him over to New Mexico police. The report notes he did not make any threatening statements during his arrest.
Kelley was sentenced about five months later, on November 7, 2012 for the assaults, and was ordered to serve a year in confinement. In 2014, Kelley received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force, which was supposed to notify the FBI of his domestic violence conviction. Kelley should have been barred from buying the weapons used in Sunday's shooting, according to Don Christensen, who at the time was the Air Force's top prosecutor.
THANK YOU, COLONEL:
More from AZCentral.com:
Congresswoman Martha McSally is planning to enter Arizona's 2018 Senate race, giving Republican Kelli Ward new competition in the GOP primary.
The lawmaker has told her Republican colleagues in Arizona's delegation that she intends to enter the Senate race, but didn't indicate when she would formally announce her bid, according to two people with knowledge of the conversations.
My many conservative friends in my native Arizona long ago grew weary of Jeff Flake's conversion to McCainism, so they were thrilled when he read the writing on the wall and bailed on 2018. However, most of them aren't big Kelli Ward fans. They view her as a definite improvement on Flake, but still a bit of a wild card as a candidate. Most were hoping McSally would jump in.
Personally, I think the first woman to command a fighter squadron is the kind of representative we all need in Washington, especially since she flew the greatest plane in combat history.