Presidential Primary Brief: 364 days until Election Day

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111 days until AL Presidential Primary
364 days until Election Day

Convention Dates: Republican July 18-21 2016, Democratic July 25-28 2016

Weekly Headlines:

Primary Brief_GOP Polls_9 Nov 2015 Primary Brief_Dem Polls_9 Nov 2015

Press Clips:

Donald Trump gets heckled by Larry David during SNL appearance (CBS News 11/6/15)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s monologue on “Saturday Night Live” was interrupted by a shout from offstage: “Trump’s a racist!” It was comedian Larry David, who was at the studio making his second appearance playing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.”I heard if I did that they’d give me $5,000,” David responded, a nod to the fact that a group called Deport Racism had offered $5,000 to any audience member who called Trump a racist because of his past remarks about Latinos. “As a businessman I can fully respect that,” Trump responded to David.

Marco Rubio asked Scott Walker to endorse him (Politico 11/6/15)

Marco Rubio, looking to capitalize on a wave of momentum, is pushing to win the support of a former rival: Scott Walker. After last week’s debate in Boulder, Colorado, Rubio tried to initiate a phone call with the Wisconsin governor, who dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination in September. A source close to Walker, who requested anonymity to discuss the outreach, said the two connected by phone late last week.

VIDEO: Clinton calls for looser marijuana regulations (Washington Post 11/8/15)

Speaking at a campaign event in Orangeburg, S.C., Hillary Clinton on called for looser federal regulations governing marijuana Saturday, Nov. 7, to boost scientific research on a drug that many tout for relieving pain, among other medical benefits.

Politics and Millennials: Will they vote? (AARP 11/3/15)

Come Election Day 2016, the country will elect a new president after an endless round of campaigning and debates. How will our adult children influence the selection of the new POTUS? A quick bit of political history: Millennials were a key factor in the election of Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama won 66 percent of the youth vote and in 2012, 60 percent of those younger than 30. The millennials were critical in helping him win the electoral vote in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Although Obama lost a majority of voters 30 and older in those states, he carried the deciding electoral vote there because of his significant win with younger voters.

New Rubio credit-card data show less spending (Politico 11/7/15)

Marco Rubio must have something to hide. There was a reason the presidential candidate wasn’t letting people see his long-secret Republican Party of Florida American Express bills. He spent too lavishly and frivolously, and used his party card for personal business. It was, Donald Trump said, a political “disaster” waiting to happen. That was the conventional wisdom and hype in Florida political circles for years.

Democrats use anti-Trump sentiment to win Latino votes in local elections (Washington Post 11/8/15)

Spanish-language political ads airing just before last week’s state and local elections in Virginia carried an urgent message about a candidate who wasn’t even on the ballot: Republican presidential contender Donald Trump. “Because Trump isn’t the only one,” a mother says to her daughter, in Spanish, urging her to vote for candidates who oppose Trump’s vitriol against undocumented immigrants. “The Republicans of Virginia have proposed to track immigrants as if they were packages and have compared us to rats.”

Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls bash Keystone rejection (Jamestown Sun 11/8/15)

Republican White House hopefuls on Friday slammed the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, saying the decision would hurt the U.S. economy. “The Obama admin’s politically motivated rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is a self- inflicted attack on the U.S. economy and jobs,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Twitter. President Barack Obama’s rejection of the proposed oil pipeline from Canada was a victory for environmentalists, who have lobbied against it for years. Supporters countered that the pipeline would boost America’s energy security and create construction jobs.

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