There was no March Miracle: California's dry winter continues, Sierra snow survey shows
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — So much for the March Miracle.Despite a few March storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack remains well below average, California officials reported Wednesday, suggesting that water supplies will be tight this summer and fall.The Department of Water Resources said its monthly manual survey of a broad field near Echo Summit showed the snowpack was about one third less than normal for this time of year.The survey, conducted behind the site of a former stagecoach stop off Highway 50, showed 43.5 inches of snow and a “snow water equivalent” of 16.5 inches. That was 66% of the averag...
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South Carolina women sweep No. 1 spots to close season
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina women’s basketball won’t get the chance to claim the 2020 national championship on the court.But the Gamecocks will at least get to finish the season as the nation’s top team in the eyes of The Associated Press, which released its final Top-25 poll on Tuesday. Dawn Staley and South Carolina were No. 1 in the final poll of the season received 26 of 30 first-place votes and stretched their run at No. 1 to 10 weeks.That means the Gamecocks swept the No. 1 ranking in the two major polls’ final rankings. The Gamecocks also were No. 1 in Monday’s release of the USA To...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Trump with slight lead over Biden and Sanders in new Florida poll
MIAMI — Donald Trump has a slight lead over Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in Florida, a key battleground state that the president likely must win in November to be reelected, according to a new Univision poll released Monday.The poll indicated that 48% of Florida voters would vote for Trump in a match-up with the former vice president and 45% would vote for Biden. If Sanders were the Democratic nominee, Trump’s support increases slightly to 49%, compared to 42% for the Vermont senator. About 8% of Floridians remain undecided.On Tuesday’s Democratic primary race, 63% said they would vote for Bid...
When it comes to the homeless, the Bay Area's compassion has a limit
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bay Area residents have come to believe that homelessness is the region’s biggest problem — extending far beyond the borders of its major cities — and that it’s only getting worse. But their compassion toward their homeless neighbors only goes so far.In a new five-county poll of registered voters, conducted for this news organization and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, 89% of residents say homelessness is an extremely or very serious problem — up from 79% the year before. But while most voters support progressive solutions like tiny homes, a majority balk at certain pro...
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Trump looking stronger in Pa., new poll shows — but a double-whammy looms large
PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump has closed the gap in swing-state Pennsylvania with most of the Democrats seeking to defeat his bid for a second term, according to a new poll.But there’s a double-whammy hiding in plain sight among the good news for Trump.Voters give Trump his best marks — 58% approval — on the economy. But some of his worst numbers — 36% approval — are on health care.The Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll landed Thursday. That was just a day after Trump addressed the nation from the White House, seeking to downplay distress about COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus spr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Democrats are beating Trump in a key Pa. county he flipped from Obama, poll says
PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump trails his top Democratic opponents in a new poll of a key Pennsylvania swing county, though most voters surveyed have positive feelings about the economy, usually a predictor of reelection strength.Trump is running narrowly behind most of the Democratic contenders in Erie County, a longtime Democratic stronghold that swung dramatically his way in 2016. Erie was one of three Pennsylvania counties that voted for Barack Obama before swinging to Trump, helping put the state in the Republican column for the first time since 1988.An important question in the 20...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
SC poll shows Biden in stronger position days before First in the South primary
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A poll released Monday by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling gave former Vice President Joe Biden a more comfortable lead in South Carolina ahead of this week’s First in the South primary.While polls over the last month have placed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders — the front-runner nationwide — within striking distance of Biden in South Carolina, Public Policy Polling gave the former vice president a 15-percentage-point lead over the Vermont independent.“Plenty could happen to change things in the next five days, but for now it looks like Biden’s position might be shoring ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Minnesota poll: Klobuchar, Sanders lead Democratic pack ahead of primary
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll as the state’s March 3 presidential primary nears, with both well ahead of their nearest Democratic rivals.But many Minnesota Democrats say they are still undecided in a contest that has become increasingly muddled as it spreads to more U.S. states. Minnesota’s primary is on Super Tuesday, when 14 states will award a third of all the delegates in the race.Between them, Klobuchar and Sanders have the support of more than half the 500 likely Democratic primary voters who wer...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Trump breaks promise on safety net
Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security are among the most popular federal programs out there. A 2019 Pew Research poll showed majorities across all parties and demographics opposing cuts to Social Security. A Public Policy Polling survey that same year found broad opposition to slashing Medicaid or Medicare.The programs are so popular that Donald Trump himself, back in his 2016 campaign, promised to keep his hands off of them. And in his State of the Union address on Feb. 4, he reiterated what he called “an ironclad pledge to American families” to “always protect your Medicare and your Social ...
Tribune News Service
Biden is trailing Sanders by less than you might think, new California poll says
While recent surveys have consistently found Bernie Sanders winning in the Golden State, his lead may not be as big as some might think.A new poll released by Monmouth University on Thursday found 24% of likely California Democratic primary voters supporting Sanders, compared to 17% for former Vice President Joe Biden. The 7-point gap is far narrower than the 18-point lead the Public Policy Institute of California recorded Sanders having on Tuesday.The viability of Biden’s campaign has come into question after poor fourth and fifth place showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, though Californians ...
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