A Clarus Research Group poll; conducted 11/15-18; surveyed 501 RVs; margin of error +/- 4.4%. Subsample of 437 Dem primary RVs; margin of error +/- 4.7% (release, 11/24). Party ID breakdown of main sample: 73%D, 7%R, 20%I. Tested: Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), City Council Chair Vincent Gray (D) and Councilors Kwame Brown (D) and Michael Brown (D).
Primary Election Matchups (Dems)- All Men Wom Wht Blk A. Fenty 34% 42% 28% 55% 18% V. Gray 24 25 23 14 30 K. Brown 13 12 13 5 19 M. Brown 6 4 8 3 10 Undec 23 16 28 23 24 - All Men Wom Wht Blk V. Gray 41% 37% 44% 20% 57% A. Fenty 37 44 32 55 22 Undec 22 19 24 25 21
Re-Elect Fenty?- All Men Wom Wht Blk Re-elect him 34% 37% 31% 51% 22% Somebody new 53 46 59 32 71 Depends/undec 13 16 11 18 7
Fenty As MayorApprove 43% Disapprove 49
Gray As Council ChairApprove 46% Disapprove 16
Fenty Handling ___- Approve Disapprove Keeping streets/public places clean 68% 24% Protecting DC against crime/violence 54 36 Holding down DC taxes 44 37 Improving public education 43 40 Keeping in touch with average citizens 42 46 Working to bring new jobs to DC 41 37 Providing strong leadership 40 50 Managing city gov’t 39 51 Living up to high standards of ethics 35 50 Putting DC’s interest above politics 30 57 Handling city finances 28 58 Bringing people together/solve problems 27 57
Rhee As Educ. ChancellorApprove 47% Disapprove 39
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The House Intelligence Committee voted to release the November 14 testimony of Glenn Simpson, the man at Fusion GPS who oversaw the creation of the now infamous Trump-Russia dossier. Simpson's testimony includes a number of startling claims, including that Russia infiltrated conservative political groups prior to the election, and that Trump had "long time associations" with the Italian Mafia," and that he "gradually during the nineties became associated with Russian mafia figures." Simpson also testified that Trump called off a post-election meeting with Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank and a longtime member of the NRA, currently under investigation by the FBI for money laundering. Simpson said that the discoveries were so alarming that he felt compelled to go to the authorities. The full text of the transcript can be read here.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has the votes to pass a short-term spending bill tonight, but "Senate Democrats said they're confident they have the votes to block the stop-gap spending bill that the House is taking up, according to two Democratic senators and a senior party aide. And top Senate Republicans are openly worried about the situation as they struggle to keep their own members in the fold."
"The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency." Investigators have focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank "who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA." The solicitation or use of foreign funds is illegal in U.S. elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by either lobbying groups or political campaigns. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections.
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