A two-man race in the Sunshine State.7:45 AM, Jun 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Both Florida Republicans running for president are tied for first among registered voters in their party, according to a new poll of the Sunshine State from Quinnipiac.
Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, leads the field of presidential candidates among registered Republicans with 20 percent support, while Bush's political protege, U.S. senator Marco Rubio, is a close second with 18 percent support. The next closest contenders in Florida are Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, at nine percent, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, at seven percent.
The high regard both Bush and Rubio have among Florida Republicans is evidenced by the poll's next question, asking which candidates are a voter's second choice. Twenty-one percent choose Rubio and 16 percent choose Bush, with the remainder of the field earning single-digit support as a second choice. Rubio has a slightly better favorability rating among Florida Republicans, with 75 percent saying they have a favorable opinion of the first-term senator and 9 percent saying they have an unfavorable rating. Bush's ratings aren't much different, with a 69 percent/18 percent favorable/unfavorable rating.
When combining precentages for first and second choice, it becomes even clearer the race in Florida is currently between its two favorite sons, with Bush receiving a combined 33 percent and Rubio a combined 36 percent. Walker, meanwhile earns a combined 15 percent, Carson a combined 11 percent, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee a combined 10 percent. The 2016 Florida primary is scheduled for March 15.
Quinnipiac's poll finds a more open Republican race in two other swing states. In Ohio, governor John Kasich (who is reportedly considering a run for president) holds a favorite son status with 19 percent support from registered Republicans in that state. The other candidates poll in the single digits, with Bush leading the non-Kasich candidates with nine percent support. The Buckeye State will hold its primary on March 15 as well.
And in Pennsylvania there's even more parity in the field, despite having the state's former senator Rick Santorum in the mix. Rubio leads there with 12 percent support, with Kentucky senator Rand Paul close behind with 11 percent. Bush and Carson have 10 percent support in the Keystone State. The rest of the field polls in single digits, including Santorum at seven percent. Pennsylvania's primary will be April 26.
3:02 PM, Aug 5, 2013 • By CHRISTINE FLOWERS
A visitor to Richmond can’t leave without a trip to John Marshall’s house, a living shrine to the greatest chief justice in the history of the United States. Passing through the halls of his former home, it is as if the spirit of the great man is present in the articles he used and the rooms he inhabited. The courtly tour guide will narr
The taxpayer-funded Obamacare temperance league. Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
When Prohibition ended in 1933, Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot promised to make purchasing alcohol “as inconvenient and expensive as possible.” To this day, Pennsylvania has some of the most stringent—and absurd—liquor laws in the country. Beer and wine can’t be sold in grocery stores, and you can only purchase six-packs of beer at delis or under the counter at bars and taverns, and no more than two six-packs can be purchased at a time.
8:00 AM, May 3, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Allyson Schwartz, the Democratic suburban Philadelphia congresswoman running for governor, was the director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood, from 1975 to 1988. Her time there coincided with the formative years of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s infamous career.
2:02 PM, Apr 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The problem with Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist on trial for killing a mother and at least seven infants born alive after botched abortions, is that the government has too many anti-abortion regulations and not enough public funds for providing abortions to poor women. That’s according to the participants on a conference call hosted by RH Reality Check, a news and commentary website focused on “reproductive & sexual health and justice.”
3:51 PM, Apr 3, 2013 • By GARY BAUER
One of the most sinister characters on TV appears in AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead and is known as the Governor. Initially presented as a selfless leader, the Governor is soon exposed as a deranged tyrant who demands absolute loyalty from everyone around him and worships death to the point of preserving human heads in aquarium tanks. In this season’s finale, he even slaughters his own people in a frenzy of bloodlust.
The politics of liquor stores in Pennsylvania. Mar 25, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 27 • By FRED BARNES
The legacy of Gifford Pinchot rests heavily on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pinchot is known nationally as a great conservationist. In Pennsylvania, however, he’s remembered as a great Prohibitionist. Pinchot was governor when Prohibition ended in 1933 and he regretted its demise. He vowed to “discourage the purchase of alcoholic beverages by making it as inconvenient and expensive as possible.” His success is felt to this day.
9:19 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News projects Barack Obama will win Pennsylvania. Mitt Romney's campaign gave a late push there, but it appears not to have paid off.
9:10 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Bob Casey has held on to his Senate seat in Pennsylvania, Fox News projects. Casey, whose significant lead in the polls dropped in the final weeks of the campaign, has held off a challenge from Republican Tom Smith, a businessman from Western Pennsylvania.
The former president pitches Obama in Pennsylvania.7:26 PM, Nov 5, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Blue Bell, Pa.
Bill Clinton was the star at a reelection rally here for Barack Obama, in suburban Philadelphia the day before the election. The former president addressed a crowd in the cold on the campus of Montgomery County Community College Monday afternoon. It was one one of four appearances Clinton made across Pennsylvania today.
10:26 AM, Nov 5, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Reuters writes the following about Mitt Romney’s Sunday night rally on the outskirts of Philadelphia: “The rally drew a huge crowd, but Romney arrived some 90 minutes after he was expected and hundreds of people streamed out of the rally as he spoke, angry and c
6:00 AM, Nov 4, 2012 • By JAY COST
The Romney campaign seems to have committed to a late push into Pennsylvania, to the derision of Team Obama. The latter sees this as a desperation ploy by a foundering campaign, similar to John McCain’s late entrance into the Keystone State in 2008. Is that right?
11:20 AM, Oct 31, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith of Pennsylvania features a personal testimonial from Smith's daughter, Allison.
"If he's as good a senator as he is a father and neighbor, Pennsylvania will be in great hands," she says. Watch the ad below:
3:18 PM, Oct 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mitt Romney's campaign has a new television ad directed at voters in Pennsylvania. The ad juxtaposes Barack Obama's record and rhetoric on the coal industry with Romney's plan.