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Federal Review Composite Poll

Launched in 2000, and copied by RealClearPolitics, Electoral-vote.com and Nate Silver, the Federal Review Composite Poll is a meta-poll weighted by type of sample, number in sample and time.  Accurate as hell, without all the fancy bells and whistles and overwrought forecasts or pretending to treat one poll as superior to another.  Closer to the election, I’ll run some monte carlo simulations to shake out the close races and get a realistic EV range, but right now, just the numbers.

Popular Vote
Clinton:  43.8
Trump: 41.9
(Dem-Rep Margin): 1.9 (2012: 3.9)
Undecided/Third Party: 14.2

Electoral Vote
Clinton:  323
Trump: 215
(Dem-Rep Margin): 108 (2012: 126)
Undecided/Third Party: 0

Notable States:
GA: Trump +3.4
MS: Trump +3.7
TX: Trump +4.8
CO: Trump +2.3
NC: Trump +0.2
PA: Clinton +5.0
OH: Clinton +2.3
FL: Clinton +3.4
NY: Clinton +20
CA: Clinton +15.1

Trump’s VP Option

And I think he’d consider this.  Arnold Schwarzeneggar.  Former Republican governor of California, clearly not too conservative for the owners of 20% of the electoral votes needed to be president.  But hold on, you say. Arnold was born an Austrian.  In Austria.  He can’t possibly be in line for president.

You are correct.  So that means Paul Ryan is second in line. Choosing Arnold means that Trump doesn’t need Paul Ryan’s endorsement, because if you Ryan’s endorsement was important to you, the voter, then you’ll be glad he’s now second in line.  And maybe he can even start the impeachment process on January 21.

Or Trump is poison to Republican candidates nationwide and Nancy Pelosi becomes speaker, while Hillary’s VP choice is sworn in on January 20 after Hillary gets indicted.

Yea. I got no clue.

That Time Donald Trump Saved the Republican Party and Saved America from Hillary

Donald Trump does not want to give up his business, his lifestyle, who he is – but he’ll have to if he becomes president.  So, he doesn’t want to be president.  But he also doesn’t want to be a loser, like Mitt Romney.

I’ve been noodling over this for quite a while.  Last summer, I was sure he was just burnishing his brand and having fun, never expecting to do more than influence the race and take some credit for whatever happens.  They’re talking about immigration only because of me, that I can tell you!

Now, there’s some evidence that he never expected to get the nomination, never intended to.  John Fund wonders in National Review if Trump is purposefully or subconsciously sabotaging his campaign. My hang up was that I couldn’t imagine that Trump or his staff was politically savvy enough to have planned this out.  But they didn’t.  They are just winging it.

I mentioned that Trump hates to lose.  Everyone he doesn’t like gets the ultimate label of Trump disrespect.  Loser.  Listen to Trump explain his business failures.  They were all, really, smart exits by Trump.  I sold my interest to the bank and made a good deal for myself.

Every poll says he’d lose to Hillary Clinton.  Taken in isolation from the general election competition, Hillary Clinton is the least electable Democrat since George McGovern in ‘72.  Democrats know this, or they wouldn’t be keeping an actual, card-carrying, publicly confessed and proud 74 year old Socialist on life support. In their heart of hearts, they hope Trump is the nominee and Hillary gets indicted, so they can realize their Marxist dream.  Trump’s dumb about a lot of things, but he’s smart about knowing when he’s winning and when he’s losing.  That’s why he gets out just in time.

And just in time for Trump is a contested convention.  And the only way that happens is if he falls short of a majority of delegates.  If he quits the race, even while whining that the GOP treated him badly, he still loses.  Because that means “the establishment” or Reince Preibus or the editors of The National Review beat him. And a beaten candidate is a loser.

I don’t know that’s he’s trying to sabotage his campaign, but he clearly isn’t trying to win right now. It seems it’s nearly impossible for him to get the delegates he needs unless he destroys the competition in Wisconsin next week – but he’s trailing in the polls and even left the campaign trail to alienate women and pro-life voters.

So, here’s the plan today.  Not what he envisioned a year ago, but he figured he’d be out by now, doing the talk show circuit, critiquing the candidates from afar, explaining he was never in it to win.

Get to the convention with the most votes.  He’ll always call this a win.  But instead of whining about GOP bigshots handing him his ass, he instead plays Kingmaker.  I could have been the nominee if I wanted.  But I care about the country. The party needed unity, so that’s why I made the deal with Kasich. It’s a good deal.  A very very good deal. LyinTed could never get elected, so I made Kasich president.  Who would leave Mar-a-lago to live in a 200 year old run down mansion in Washington? A bad part of Washington too. Like a prison. I don’t want a prison.  I want to do a lot of things. Good things. Important things. With my business. Amazing business.

So, he gets there without the votes, makes Kasich the nominee on the first vote. Says he won the primaries, but he’s the biggest patriot there is, so I did this great thing.  Let’s find a consensus candidate I told em. Do what’s best for America.  I’m the biggest statesmen there is.  I can be very very statesman.  Believe me.  I coulda been president. But, Kasich’s good.  He’ll be amazing, very, very nice guy, let me tell you. That’s why I put him in there. And the GOP wins the White House thanks solely to Donald J. Trump.  You’re welcome.

Oh, and he always thought that one guy’d be great with a little more seasoning, so he puts lil Marco on the ticket.  Kasich/Rubio.  And Trump can go back to being The Donald, claiming all credit for getting his apprentices elected.

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North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2/S.L. 2016-3)

A lot of excitement about North Carolina lately, and not just the Tar Heels heading to the Final Four (I’m sure Governor Cuomo wishes he could force Syracuse to boycott the game, just as he surely has banned all official travel to the Middle East).  Everyone’s talking about the “Anti-LGBT” law (if anything, it’s anti-T ).  Anyway, I read it so you wouldn’t have to. Here’s a summary.

A summary of North Carolina House Bill #2 (2016) enacted into law in March 2016.

PART I: SINGLE-SEX MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY BATHROOM AND CHANGING FACILITIES

  1. NC State Govt Agencies, including public universities and community colleges (NCGS 143-76) Public Schools (local school systems) (NCGS 115C-521.2).
    1. Multiple occupancy bathrooms in public schools must be limited by biological sex. Therefore, the limitation is objective, not based on someone’s subjective identification with a sex other than the biological sex.
    2. Accommodations for others to use other bathrooms, single occupancy bathrooms and faculty bathrooms is specifically permitted.

PART II: STATEWIDE CONSISTENCY IN LAWS RELATED TO EMPLOYMENT AND CONTRACTING

NCGS 99-25 is the States rules governing employment, including the setting of a minimum wage, limitations on youth employment, overtime obligations, withholding of wages, recording keeping requirements.  It’s amended to add that its provisions supersede those of local ordinances restricting an “employer pertaining to compensation of employees, such as the wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, benefits, leave, or well-being of minors in the workforce. . . .”  There are a few exceptions.

Sections 153A-449(a) and 160A-20.1(a) prohibit local government from using a backdoor to do change the legislature’s requirements.  It already was in the law, but was amended to clarify that the backdoor can’t be used in a manner inconsistent with State Law, which would prohibit additions to protected classes.

PART III: PROTECTION OF RIGHTS IN EMPLOYMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS

Section 143-422.2 is NC’s general nondiscrimination law.  It previously announced the policy to protect rights related to employment and public accommodation from discrimination “on account of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.”  The legislature added “biological” before sex, which cannot be considered a change to the original intent of the law, as sex is a biological term (gender isn’t).

It also makes supreme the State law of the state by preempting any similar laws from any subdivisions of the State. This is reflective of long term trend in the law to make uniform the laws within and among states so that individuals and businesses will not have cope with inconsistent laws.

What may be lost on commentators who worry that there is no longer any enforcement mechanism for non-discrimination laws are confused by amendments to Section 143-422.3.  Prior to amendment, it permits (but does not obligate) the Dept. of Administration to take referrals from the federal EEOC. The amendment clarifies that Article 49A of Section 143 alone does not support a right to bring a civil suit under its terms.  This is because the Article is an expression of intent, or policy – not the operative provisions implementing the policy.  Those terms are found, among other places, in the Sections described above.

Section 143-422.13 is a substantially similar statement of policy and preemption with respect to public accommodations as the employment provisions in 422.1-3 above.

And, that’s about it.

You’ll notice there seems to be nothing in the law requiring businesses to ban the transgendered from choosing their preferred bathroom. It remains the choice of the business to allow them or not.

How Donald Trump Answers A Question – YouTube

Here’s a fascinating dissection of Trump’s language.  While acknowledging his proclivity for, shall we say, controversial statements, this is really about his sentence structure.  How he uses and places words. I’d love to see a similar breakdown of Hillary Clinton or Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz.

https://youtu.be/_aFo_BV-UzI

The Rules:  You have to have a majority of delegates to win. Period.

While some alleged conservatives like Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter have proven their conservative “principles” to be mere marketing calculations as they fall in behind the liberal authoritarian populist millionaire Donald Trump, it’s no surprise to find Trump’s supporters whining about having the GOP nomination “stolen” from Trump if he doesn’t win enough delegates before they get their credentials stamped in Cleveland this summer.

Not that rules or facts matter to Trump.  After all, he beats Hillary in all the polls, he tells us.  And if the GOP is the conservative and constitutionalist party, then it should continue to adhere to its rules to deny an anti-conservative, never-heard-of-the-constitution candidate its nomination.  After all, the GOP rules that Trump fears mirror those of the U.S. Constitution.

You see, in the general election, you can win the popular vote and lose the election (see, Harrison, Benjamin, 1888; Bush, George W., 2000), and if you only have a plurality, and not a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives gets to decide who’s president.  Really, that’s in the Constitution. (see, Twelfth Amendment).

And why is a mere plurality of the delegates or electors just not enough for the GOP nominee?  Well, simply, so the nominee is not someone most of the delegates hate.  At least half plus one must be OK with the nominee. Not a high bar.  And a common one.  A bare majority.  If you can’t get half the delegates to like you, you’re in the wrong party. Here’s a lucid and readable discussion.

Here are the hard facts: As of today, 32 states have cast votes in the Republican presidential race through primaries, caucuses or conventions. In every single one of them, the anti-Trump forces have won a majority. In 22 of those states, more than 60 percent of Republican voters have rejected the Donald; in nine of those states, more than 70 percent rejected Trump.

Source: Donald Trump’s Giant Convention Con – POLITICO Magazine

Donald Trump’s Simple Solutions to Tough Problems: They Don’t Exist

“I alone can solve.” That’s what Donald Trump says. He’s been pressed for details about what that means in the context of the federal deficit, and his answer was ludicrous, unworthy of a high-school debater. He should be pressed for details on what that means in the context of Islamic radicalism. But who really thinks that Donald Trump could locate Yemen on a map?

Source: Donald Trump’s Simple Solutions to Tough Problems: They Don’t Exist