Trump Trounces Field in’s August Straw Poll

While August marked a new month for the 2016 campaign, it brought about the same result from readers of The Pulse 2016.  For the second straight month, Donald Trump soundly beat the rest of the Republican field in our monthly straw poll, racking up an astounding 49 percent of the vote. With over 27,000 participating, this was an impressive showing from Trump.  Following him in second place was Ben Carson with 19.3 percent support.  And rounding out the top three was our May straw poll winner Ted Cruz, who took in 12.7 percent. You can see the full results below:

Others are Noticing the Walker Slump—Finally

Two weeks ago, Frank Cannon talked about the remarkable Walker slump in the polls.  Others are finally noticing: Walker’s backers see a campaign discombobulated by Trump’s booming popularity and by his provocative language on immigration, China and other issues. They see in Walker a candidate who — in contrast to the discipline he showed in state races — continues to commit unforced errors, either out of lack of preparation or in an attempt to grab for part of the flamboyant businessman’s following. […] The newest Des Moines ­Register-Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll, released Saturday night, showed Walker’s support plummeting, underscoring the

Billionaire Donor Claims Walker Promised Not to Push “Social Agenda” as President

The Washington Post reports: Stanley S. Hubbard, a conservative billionaire who oversees a Minnesota broadcasting company and has donated to Walker’s campaign, said the candidate has promised he would not push a “social agenda” as president and is simply expressing his personal beliefs when asked. “If he’s smart, he will get back to basics and get back to what he did in Wisconsin [and] get off the social issues,” said Hubbard, who had lunch on Tuesday with Walker and other campaign supporters. “No one is asking him to change the morals of America.” Promises to donors like Hubbard may explain

The Common Core Report Card: Scott Walker Gets a D+

In our Common Core report card, we graded Scott Walker and all of the GOP candidates based on the three following criteria: fighting the Common Core, protecting state and local decision-making on education, and defending child and family privacy. Then we averaged the three grades together for one final grade. What does each grade mean? A … Champions the issue, e.g., offers legislation, makes it a centerpiece issue. B … Professes support, but has not provided leadership or otherwise championed it. C … Has neither helped nor hurt the cause. D … Has an overall negative record on the issue. F … Robustly and consistently works

ThePulse2016 Report Card: Common Core

Four years ago, Common Core was considered a “done deal,” uncontroversial and approved by Democrats and Republican leaders alike. It had been pushed into 45 states without notice to legislators and parents alike. Today, Common Core and related educational issues of local control of schools and family privacy have emerged as significant campaign issues for candidates and for a motivated network of grassroots citizens-turned activists. (a project of American Principles in Action) and New Hampshire’s Cornerstone Action are releasing our first formal report card to voters on how GOP candidates are doing in responding to the concerns of Common Core

Why Scott Walker Got a C+ on’s Gay Marriage Report Card

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, Scott Walker called the decision a “grave mistake” and pointed out that he personally had voted for a marriage amendment “to defend our constitution from exactly this type of judicial activism.” He proposed “the only alternative left of the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.”  He spoke at length about religious liberty, but only as embedded in the existing Constitution and in the Wisconsin Constitution.  His position on treating Christian florists, bakers, and photographers

Memo to GOP Governors: Nobody Cares About Your Experience

Half of the Republican presidential field is a current or former governor (9 of 17 candidates).  As you might expect, before the first Republican debate on August 2, a plurality of self-identified Republican poll respondents (39 percent) preferred one of those nine candidates (this is based on an average of three national surveys which were conducted both before and after the debate).  But after the debate, those nine governors are — collectively — pulling in only 30 percent of the vote, as opposed to 39 percent for the THREE “outsider” candidates taken together (Trump, Carson, Fiorina), and 23 percent for

Who’s Hot: Carly Fiorina, For Making It to the Show

Positive public reaction to Carly Fiorina’s performance at the Republican JV debate last week — most of which was previewed in her speech at the Reagan Library on July 28 — means, barring a dramatic change in fortunes, she will be joining the varsity squad at the next Republican debate, scheduled for September 16 at the Reagan Library.  Chris Christie appears to be the most likely to be demoted, and Jim Gilmore has not yet been invited to the Simi Valley shindig, owing to failure to meet a one percent threshold. Scott Walker gets the “Not Hot” designation because his pitch

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