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“Most Americans would support imposing a term limit on the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices, who now serve for life, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has found in the aftermath of major rulings by the court on Obamacare and gay marriage…Support for the 10-year term limit proposed by the poll was bipartisan, with 66 percent saying they favored such a change while 17 percent supported life tenure…The two big rulings in June were widely welcomed by liberals. Nevertheless, 66 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of independents said they favored the 10-year term limit idea, according to the poll.”
Bush leads Rubio on home turf by double digits, according to a new poll by Bendixen & Amandi International — even among Cuban-Americans, reports Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald.
At fivethirtyeight.com Harry Enten explains why Gov. Chris “Bridgegate” Christie may not even qualify for the first televised GOP debate.
For some salient insights about progressive blogger takes on the 2016 campaign thus far, check out MSNBC’s “10 things to know from Netroots Nation 2015” by Nisha Chittal and Yasmin Aslam.
Lisa Neff reports at the Wisconsin Gazette that “The “land of the free and the brave” ranks No. 31 among 34 democratic countries in an analysis of voter turnout by the Pew Research Center.”
“…About two-thirds of the states allow in-person early voting, but the early voting periods range anywhere from four to 45 days. About two-thirds of states currently require voters to present identification of some kind at the polls, but they vary greatly in what kind of documents they require and what they do if a person doesn’t provide it…Three states — Colorado, Oregon and Washington — conduct all elections by mail, where a ballot is automatically mailed to every registered voter. At least 19 other states allowed some elections to be conducted by mail…Early voting periods range from four days to 45 days in length, and the average across the 33 states is 19 days, the National Conference of State Legislators said.” notes Meghann Evans of the Winston-Salem Journal.
Major squirmage for GOP expected when Pope Francis visits congress in September. Jennifer Steinhauer has the skinny at NYT.
OR Democratic Governor and self-described “people-person” Kate Brown pioneering a new, warmer style of retail politics, reports Kirk Johnson at The Times.
One Florida Republican state representative, Carlos Curbelo says Trump is part of a Democratic conspiracy to discredit the GOP. To which Paul Begala has jokingly responded, “I am a person of faith – and the Donald’s entry into this race can only be attributed to the fact that the good Lord is a Democrat with a sense of humor.” But the Republican’s Frankenstein needs a milieu in which to thrive, and Democrats should repeatedly point out that the GOP provides the perfect environment to nurture his brand of bellowing bigotry.

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