With 20 days left until the U.S. Presidential election, the U.S. Government has apparently arranged to cut Internet access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
USA Today Study
While hailing what they dub as the “Trump Effect” for a “marked increase” in Hispanic voter registrations, the facts indicate that Democratic and Hispanic groups just have not surged the numbers beyond the growth of the Hispanic population in general, according to a USA Today report, shared by NewsMax.
Voter registration is up 3.8 percent from 2012, which, can be explained by 2.9 percent population growth since 2012 and 10-percent growth among the Hispanic population since 2010, according to USA Today’s analysis among the 50 counties with the largest Hispanic populations in 10 swing states.
Hispanics now comprise 12 percent of the electorate, an increase from 10 percent in 2012, according to the study.
“Republicans are ignoring this growing electorate, and these numbers show that Democrats are leaving a lot of votes on the table too,” Al Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum told USA Today.
But the pro-Clinton L. A. Times daily tracking poll suggests that the Trump campaign may be doing better with Hispanics than is generally reported. Even with the LA Times subtly or directly attempting to influence their own poll with their coverage and graphics, their poll has nevertheless consistently shown Trump close, ahead and able to bounce back.
The details of their polling indicates a surprisingly strong support for the Trump/Pence campaign among Hispanics, as is reflected in the second tracking poll below.
Over 1 Million to lose ObamaCare Coverage
People around the U.S. are finding out that their health insurance plans will disappear from ObamaCare next year. This will force many to find new coverage at a time when a number of insurers are looking to exit the program, thus shrinking options.
According to Newsmax, At least 1.4 million people in 32 states will lose the Obamacare plan they have.
Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and some state or regional insurers quitting the law’s markets for individual coverage largely cause this issue.
Sign-ups for Obamacare coverage begin next month. Fallout from the quitting insurers has emerged as the latest threat to the law, which is also a focal point in the U.S. presidential election. Minnesota’s Democratic governor and former president Bill Clinton are among those who have recently blasted the failures of the program.
According to Bloomberg’s interviews with regulators and insurance customers, plans will be fewer and more expensive, and may not include the same doctors and hospitals. That is the opposite of the results promised in ‘selling’ the program in Congress. The Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. ObamaCare – has consistently been under-water in public polls, and was a rallying cry in mid-term election years that resulted in Republican control of first the House, and then the U.S. Senate.
Instead of growing in 2017, Obamacare could shrink, according the research by NewsMax. As of March 31, the law covered 11.1 million people; an Oct. 13 S&P Global Ratings report predicted that enrollment next year will range from an 8 percent decline to a 4 percent gain.
Bloomberg contacted officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and the 1.4 million-person estimate includes 32 states and only plans sold on the individual “exchange” markets.
In Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Missouri, insurers have pulled out, but regulators couldn’t or wouldn’t say how many people are affected. Three states didn’t provide sufficient data.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Thursday that it will contact people losing their coverage and encourage them to sign up with new plans.
The law requires all Americans to have insurance or pay a fine.
As is true for the nation at large, anecdotal evidence indicates that most manufactured housing professionals are unhappy with the law’s negative impact on business, the rising costs and shrinking coverage of healthcare.
Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Clinton +4, But There’s More…
The poll, released on Sunday, shows Clinton up 47% to 43% in a four-way race, which is within the margin of error. Independent NewsMax sees this is a clear sign that Trump may be regaining his momentum, with 20 days remaining until Election Day.
Highlights From Sunday’s Report
The Daily Business News published a media first – the exclusive revelation of how Apple was using an update in their iPhone’s iOS10 update – a widget that was promoting anti-Trump news headlines, or pro-Clinton headlines.
Revelations by WikiLeaks, Including Those Impacting or with Implications for the MH Industry
What was widely under-reported last week was the release by WikiLeaks of what Bernie Sanders and his followers asked for repeatedly during his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Namely, the transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs and others on Wall Street, for which Secretary Clinton was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech.
The full transcript of those three leaked speeches are found at the end of this report.
Tyler Durden, writing for Zero Hedge, provided one of the more in-depth looks at what the three leaked speeches, and what those documents reveal about Clinton’s true positions.
As MH industry professionals know, Dodd-Frank has been wildly unpopular with retailers, community operators – indeed virtual all who directly or indirectly benefit from the sale of more manufactured homes.
Some of the bullets from the thousands of emails released are shown in the blue graphics = produced by Fox News – found on this page.
One of the many adverse consequences of the Dodd-Frank act has been the closure of hundreds of community banks and lenders. MHLivingNews reported a number of MH industry operations that stopped lending, due to regulatory risks, one of those reports is linked here.
What WikiLeaks has spotlighted are a series of vulnerabilities in the Clinton Campaign. MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach has noted that, “Too big to fail” and “too big to jail” are becoming the new normal in U.S. politics in recent years, as opposed to the historic American rule-of-law. The full election update from Sunday is linked here.
Kovach notes that public polling shows that most view the political and economic playing field in America has tilted toward the largest companies and rich donors, both of which can afford the high cost of political access. That leaves the vast majority of Americans and small-to-medium sized businesses out in the cold.
Editorially, without claiming to speak for any of our sponsors, MHProNews has taken the position that builder Trump’s policies are better for manufactured housing and better for the nation. MH industry associations are unlikely to formally support a candidate, because they will have to work with whomever the eventual winner is.
Before and After the Final POTUS Debate, the Wild Card of WikiLeaks
The third and final presidential debate will be carried by the major news networks live, and is this Wednesday starting at 9 PM ET. Before and after the debate, the impact on the race of the steady drip, drip, drip of thousands of leaked Clinton Campaign emails is hard to predict.
Republican strategist Karl Rove notes that polling suggests that some of the swing away from the Trump campaign could be recaptured, if the GOP candidate “stops talking about the sexual allegations against him” – as many of those have already been discredited, and instead “focus on the policy issues” that make Trump/Pence the clearly superior choice for minorities, men and women, indeed the nation as a whole.
The following are a partial list of reasons why Kovach observes the campaign positions publicly held by Hillary Clinton are worse for America, worse for home ownership in general – and in the view of MHProNews editorially – worse for manufactured housing in particular.
- Clinton promises she will keep Dodd-Frank, while Trump promises to repeal Dodd-Frank, which he says is harming business and job creation.
- Clinton promises to raise taxes and increase regulations, while Trump favors reduction of job-killing taxes and regulations.
- Clinton will keep ObamaCare or perhaps go to a Canadian-style single payer system, while Trump is for repealing and replacing ObamaCare, which is failing before the nation’s eyes, and which even Bill Clinton has called “a crazy system.“
- Clinton has said she favors open-borders and free trade, while Trump proposes defending borders, U.S. workers and businesses.
Trump has now set a record for having the most small-donors in GOP history. His rallies and polling demonstrate more enthusiasm for his America First movement than Clinton has in her smear Trump effort.
In a change election year, her policies would only continue what has already proven to be a failure for the nation.
Manufactured home residents are some 7% of the U.S. population. In a tight election, the balance of power could lie with the industry’s professionals and our homeowners.
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