After The Weekend…

Interesting Tidbits From The Weekend

We closed out Friday talking about the likeliness of a Trump vs. Biden race and how much that didn’t excite us.
Then we see the WSJ poll released, and it showed remarkable numbers.
Trump led Biden 47-43%. We remind you this is before the massive ad campaign to come against the former President.
Then it showed with RFK in the race he would take far more from Trump than Biden.
When it was DeSantis vs Biden the race was tied at 45% for each. That was a surprise one.
Surprise two, and one Republican primary voters should look at, was Nikki Haley vs Biden. The margin there was 17%. 51-34 favoring Haley.
Winning a primary is one thing, winning a general election should be the goal.

How confident is President Biden of winning against Trump? I think this comment says it all:
“The other day he said, he would be a dictator only one day. Thank god. Only one day. … My guess is that he won’t show up at my next inauguration.”

You’ll probably see coverage of this unfolding in Georgia today. This from the Hill today:
WHILE COUNTING THE RESULTS of Georgia’s 2020 election, Fulton County poll worker Ruby Freeman passed her daughter, another poll worker named Shaye Moss, a ginger mint. But longtime Trump ally Rudy Giuliani claimed a video of that interaction showed evidence of election fraud against Trump — proof of the mother-daughter pair passing a USB drive between them to scan ballots hidden in suitcases under tables at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena. In the months that followed, the poll workers were subjected to a barrage of threats stemming from Giuliani’s baseless accusations.  “I’ve lost my sense of security, all because a group of people — starting with Number 45 and his ally Rudy Giuliani — decided to scapegoat me and my daughter, Shaye, to push their own lies about how the presidential election was stolen,” Freeman said in a deposition with the House Jan. 6 committee. Today, Freeman and Moss — who sued Giuliani in December 2021 — will come face-to-face in court with him, as a trial over his false claims against them gets underway in Washington, D.C., federal court. Giuliani could be fined up to $44 million in damages.

With all the news of Hunter’s indictment for failing to pay taxes, and remember the statute of limitations was allowed to pass on the two key years of Burisma, he has a reason for the charges:
He said that Republicans are trying to “kill” him. “They are trying to, in their most illegitimate … but in a rational way, they’re trying to destroy a presidency” he said. 
He explained it this way: 
“What they’re trying to do is, they’re trying to kill me knowing it will be a pain greater than my father could be able to handle. I realized that it’s not about me. And then the second thing that I realized is that these people are just sad. Very, very sick people that have most likely just faced traumas in their lives.”
I see. So while you were out doing all you did, taking money from China and Ukraine, courting your sister-in-law and sleeping with your niece, was it to promote your Dad’s health? 
We’ve charged Donald Trump on 91 counts, including the current trial where there is no victim or taxes lost, but it’s you who is mistreated? 

One down:
Liz Magillthe president of the University of Pennsylvania, resigned following her widely criticized congressional testimony on antisemitism. As Axios reported today:
She faced significant backlash for not explicitly stating that calling for the genocide of Jews would violate the university’s code of conduct. Shortly after Magill’s resignation, Scott Bok resigned as chairman of Penn’s board of trustees.
The pressure on the other two who testified (Harvard and MIT) remains.
Just amazing how they could not condemn genocide on Jews.

Here’s an interesting story that broke Friday – after the DeSantis and Newsom debate. Interesting isn’t it?
California is facing a $68 billion budget deficit next fiscal year—its largest ever—due to plunging revenues including a steep drop in personal income tax collections. According to estimates released by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office Thursday, projected state revenues through the 2024-2025 fiscal year are $58 billion lower than assumed in the $310 billion state budget passed by the Democratic- controlled legislature and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat, in June.
The magnitude of the revenue fall, comparable to drops during the 2007-09 recession and dot-com bust, only became apparent this fall after an extension of the deadline for filing state and federal taxes for most Californians due to storms last winter.
Newsom now faces the prospect of declaring a budget emergency to draw from the state’s rainy day fund and help close the gap. In a statement, Newsom said the state was in a good position to weather the shortfall in large part due to fiscal restraint in recent years.

And We’re Off To Another Week.

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