By Scott Rasmussen Despite enormous media coverage and intense discussions in official Washington, the allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have had little impact on public opinion (so far). Before his confirmation hearings, a ScottRasmussen.com surveyfound that 48 percent of voters wanted their senator to confirm Kavanaugh. After the hearings, but before the accusations, 52 percent favored confirmation. Now, after the accusations, that number is 49 percent. Keep in mind that the poll has a 3-point margin of error. Prior to the allegations, 22 percent had a “Very Favorable” opinion of the judge and 18 percent had a “Very Unfavorable” opinion. Today, those figures are 23 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Confirming this sense that not much has changed is the Generic Congressional Ballot. Just before the accusations against Kavanaugh were made public, Democrats had an 8-point advantage (49 percent to 41 percent). In … [Read more...] about Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Fail to Move Public Opinion
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By Newell Arnerich | May 5, 2018 at 8:30 am The Bay Area once was an example of forward-thinking investment in transportation infrastructure but now it has fallen behind due to lack of investment. As a result, we suffer from gridlock and overcrowding of our public transportation networks. This is a regional problem that impacts us all. In fact, the Bay Area leads the nation in “supercommuters” — people who commute 90 minutes or more to work daily. Traffic doesn’t stop at city or county lines, and our jobs and lives don’t either. From our highways to crucial public transportation systems like BART, regional busses and ferries, to pedestrian and bike paths, we are relying on aging infrastructure that desperately needs improvement — and requires regional strategies to address. Regional Measure 3 on the June ballot is a nine-county package of comprehensive congestion-relief efforts, estimated to generate $4.5 billion over 25 years for transit … [Read more...] about Opinion: Regional Measure 3 improves Bay Area highways, transit
In a recent issue of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, I had a letter to the editor published in which I criticized the action of the Legislature for cutting funds for education and cheating our young people.With the exception of my family and friends, I received no “thumbs up” or “how dare you criticize” or even a “go to hell” comment from any politician.That goes to show how little the legislators pay attention to public opinion. I heard an expression once that states, “Talking to a politician with his mind made up is like talking to a brick”; and, by the way, we are going to need a lot of bricks to repair or rebuild the prison, not just stop-gap measures. … [Read more...] about Legislators pay very little attention to public opinion
THE BIG IDEA: The cold hand of justice finally caught up with Bill Cosby. The 80-year-old comedian could receive as many as 30 years for the three counts of sexual assault he was convicted of Thursday in Pennsylvania, which would be tantamount to a life sentence. This is a watershed moment that represents one of the biggest downfalls in entertainment history. The onetime Jell-O pitchman, who made Dr. Cliff Huxtable so endearing on “The Cosby Show,” was a pioneer to the last generation and became a villain to this one. It was a retrial. Last summer, the jury hung after six days of deliberations. This time, a jury of seven men and five women took less than two days to convict. In between then and now, revelations about producer Harvey Weinstein helped spark a cultural awakening. This makes Cosby the first star to face criminal consequences for sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, but several elements of his case also underscore the continuing challenges of holding … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed. It also shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable.