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Results of second USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll released

first_imgThe second of six public opinion polls conducted by the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Times found large shifts in attitudes among California voters regarding immigration policy and the economy, according to results released Monday.According to Ann Crigler, chair and professor of political science, a number of students were involved in formulating questions and doing research for the poll. She said getting students involved with the project was crucial for them to understand how to do research.“It gives them a much better understanding of how to analyze the polls they read in their daily lives, and they also think about politics in general and how to get people interested in it,” she said.Still, the project would like to have more students involved in formulating questions and analyzing results, according to Dan Schnur, director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, who said there will be a series of upcoming events for students interested in getting involved in the project.“Our goal is to gradually get students more involved,” he said. “We think this will be a very unique learning experience for students interested in learning about politics and public opinion.”The newly released poll, which surveyed 1,515 registered California voters on public policy issues such as health care and immigration reform and the 2010 gubernatorial and senate races, found that 47 percent of voters said they opposed denying illegal immigrants social services funded by taxpayer money, while 45 percent supported it.Schnur said these results show a significant shift in voter opinion.“Historically, California voters have opposed services to illegal immigrants and their families,” Schnur said. “We’ve seen a much higher level of support in this poll.”Though only 10 percent of voters surveyed said the nation is headed in the right direction, many are pleased with the health care reform bill, with 52 percent saying the country will be better off now that President Barack Obama has signed the bill.In the race for governor, one of the key points stressed was Republican candidate Meg Whitman’s business background and her fundraising ability, which representatives from USC and the Los Angeles Times agreed have led to her three-point lead over democratic candidate Jerry Brown. Whitman currently has the support of 44 percent of voters, while Brown has 41 percent. “The biggest weakness of a female candidate running for president or governor is being perceived as not being able to take on CEO positions and her advertising has tackled this head on,” said Linda DiVall, a republican pollster from the Los Angeles Times.Lauren Korbatov, public relations director of the USC College Republicans, said she feels that Meg Whitman’s business background, in particular, makers her a better candidate for governor.“I think she has a very strong chance of winning the election,” Korbatov said. “Her business experience is a huge asset because California is facing a lot of economic problems right now.”The poll also found that voters are more confident in the nation’s economy than in California’s.Bobby Almeida, president of the USC College Democrats, said that the pessimism in California about the economy stems from the lack of confidence in the current Republican leadership.“That’s why we need to elect Jerry Brown,” he said. “When he was governor, California created 1.9 million new jobs, and that’s what we need in this economy.”One of the unique features of this poll, according to Jane Junn, research director and professor of political science, is its emphasis on understanding the dynamics of swing voters — those voters registered as ‘declined to state.’“We know that elections are won or lost based on swing voters, and to understand their dynamics we designed this poll to understand the preferences of candidates among swing voters,” Junn said.Schnur echoed the importance of swing voters, saying that future polls will likely continue to place emphasis on them.“We hope to continue this in other polls,” he said. “‘Declined to state’ voters are one of the fastest growing groups in California. By looking in greater detail at [these] voters, you not only get a better sense for the electorate in this year’s elections, but you get a sense of what the electorate of the future will look like.”The College and Los Angeles Times plan to release another poll in June and three more polls before the 2010 elections for governor and Senate in November.last_img read more

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Clippers looks to ride momentum against rested Rockets

first_imgHOUSTON >> When the Houston Rockets open their second-round Western Conference playoff series against the Clippers tonight, it will have been six days since they last played.The Clippers are in a much different situation after clawing their way out of the first round with a gritty performance in downing the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday night. “It’s been good to have our rest — (Monday’s) going to be a big game for us, especially with our energy,” Houston’s James Harden said. “They’re coming off a really tough Game 7. So we just have to do a really good job of coming out here with energy, making sure we’re playing well on both ends of the floor.”The Rockets are in the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2009 and 13th overall. The Clippers have advanced to the second round for the fourth time and second straight year. “I’m going to get with our training staff and … I know my grandmother back in North Carolina is praying right now,” Paul said. “She’s praying, and she’ll let my mom pray over it and all that too, and it will be all right.”The Rockets know they’ll have their hands full with the Clippers even if Paul isn’t able to play early in the series. “He’s a great player, obviously he’s their leader,” Harden said. “But they’ve got a really good team and Blake Griffin has been playing extremely well, also.”Some things to know about the Clippers-Rockets series:to HACK or not to hack >> In a series with some of the league’s worst free throw shooters, it’s natural to wonder if the Hack-A-Shaq technique of intentionally fouling will play a major role. Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan has made just 38.4 percent of his free throws in the postseason and Houston’s Dwight Howard (46.3 percent) and Josh Smith (43.5 percent) have also struggled.“We haven’t done it a lot,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “We’ve done it occasionally. I’m not opposed to doing it, but I’d be shocked if we were depending on it. But I’m not saying we won’t do occasionally.”BACKUP POINT GUARDS >> With Paul’s status for the series in question, the spotlight could be on the Clippers’ backup point guards, Austin Rivers and Lester Hudson. Hudson was signed on April 11 after playing 50 games in the Chinese Basketball Association this season. Rivers started the season with the Pelicans before he was traded to his father’s team in January. Rivers has averaged 5.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in the postseason and Hudson scored five points and had two assists in one playoff appearance. Doc Rivers is glad the Clippers signed Hudson.“It’s funny how coaches think,” the coach said. “With three minutes left, I’m thinking: ‘OK, If we win this game thank God I signed Lester because we have two guards left.’ We almost went big, and then we would … have no other guards left. That was the first thing I thought.” THE OLD GUYS >> When Patrick Beverley had season-ending wrist surgery in late March, the Rockets were left with a pair of point guards in Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni who, at 37, are among the oldest players in the NBA. Prigioni’s a few months older than Terry and will turn 38 on May 17. But their advanced age hasn’t kept them from producing for Houston.“The grandpas have done a great job all year,” Harden said. “They’ve done a great job seriously of doing everything right, defensive schemes, knocking down shots, being vocal leaders, going out there and being ready every single night and it’s carried us.” SEASON SERIES >> These teams split the season series 2-2, but Howard didn’t play in any of those games. That’s one of many reasons why McHale doesn’t put too much stock in what happened in the regular season.“You can only put so much on the regular season,” McHale said. “We’ve got to play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Along with the possible fatigue of starting a series about 48 hours after finishing the last one, the Clippers are also dealing with an injury to eight-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Paul strained his left hamstring in the first quarter on Saturday night. He returned soon after departing and hit the game-winning shot with a second left, but it was clear he was struggling with the injury. Coach Doc Rivers said he was very concerned about Paul’s injury after the game and discussed his chances of playing in Game 1 against Houston. “My guess right now if I had to guess, I would say no,” Rivers said. “But I’m not sure.”Paul tried to be positive about the situation and hopes he’ll be helped by some divine intervention.last_img read more

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Plate fight is over Saskatchewan ends ban on Alberta plates at its

first_imgEDMONTON – Saskatchewan — facing a free trade probe and potential multimillion-dollar fines for banning Alberta licence plates — reversed course Monday, labelling its about-face a triumph.Saskatchewan Trade Minister Steven Bonk said the province is immediately ending a policy it imposed in December that banned vehicles with Alberta licence plates on government construction projects.Bonk said they were doing so because Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous told reporters last week his province would abide by a pending panel ruling on a separate free-trade issue surrounding support for Alberta micro-brewers.“Since they’ve backed down, we’ve decided to completely back down,” Bonk said in Regina.“It’s absolutely a victory for Saskatchewan.”Alberta officials have never said publicly they would not abide by the upcoming appeal ruling on the Agreement on Internal Trade over whether recent tax changes and subsidies for Alberta craft brewers violate interprovincial free-trade rules.Bonk said they believed Alberta wouldn’t abide by it.“That was definitely inferred,” he said. “We’ve heard them say that they will not back down.”Speaking to reporters in Edmonton, Bilous dismissed Bonk’s accusations that Alberta wouldn’t abide by any ruling on beer, which is expected as early as February“Is Bonk making this up to save face?” Bilous was asked.“Absolutely,” he replied.Bilous said the real reason Bonk reversed course was because Monday was the deadline to walk back the policy or face an arbitration panel investigation, and potentially $5 million in fines, for contravening free-trade rules under the New West Partnership trade agreement.“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” said Bilous.“(Saskatchewan Premier) Brad Wall waited until the 11th hour to do the right thing.”When Saskatchewan imposed the ban Dec. 6, it was not about beer but workplace fairness.Saskatchewan officials at that time said the licence plate ban was in response to similar restrictions facing Saskatchewan workers on Alberta job sites. Alberta said that was not true and Bonk has never provided evidence to back up the claim.As the war of words escalated, Wall stepped in and said the plate ban was in response to anti-free-trade initiatives by Alberta, including the beer dispute.Alberta then filed a legal challenge under the New West deal, leading to Monday’s deadline.Carla Beck, the Saskatchewan opposition NDP deputy house leader, said it’s been clear from the beginning that the governing Saskatchewan Party had no justification.“Now, even after backing down, they’re still playing games. We should be able to expect better from our government,” Beck said.Both sides also agreed in December to meet in Lloydminster — on the boundary between the two provinces — to hash out trade concerns.The two sides still want to meet and have set a date of Jan. 31. But Saskatchewan wants to hold it in Medicine Hat, Alta., which is closer to Regina, while Alberta insists on Lloydminster.It’s the second time in 10 months that Wall’s government has walked back on free-trade incursions into Alberta.Last March, Wall sent letters to oil companies in Calgary. He offered incentives such as relocation costs and help finding office space if firms would move to Saskatchewan.After Alberta Premier Rachel Notley threatened to take the issue to arbitration as a violation of free-trade rules — and hinted at retaliatory measures — Wall’s government sent followup letters to the oil companies stressing the province couldn’t violate trade agreements.The ongoing spat underscores the bad blood between Notley and Wall, particularly as it relates to rehabilitating their non-renewable, resource-based economies.As late as last week, Wall and Notley were publicly sniping at each other. Wall has criticized Notley’s decision to rack up debt and deficits to help revive Alberta’s finances, while Notley says Wall’s austerity budgets have made a bad situation worse in his province.Wall is leaving politics, however, and Saskatchewan Party members are to pick a new leader — and premier — on Saturday.last_img read more

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Foreign affairs minister lay on floor of PMs office after USMCA was

first_imgTORONTO – After more than a year of leading intense trade negotiations with the United States and Mexico, the first thing Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland did when the new agreement was reached was lay on the floor of the prime minister’s office.“I did. That is true,” she said Tuesday during a talk at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.Freeland agreed that her reaction was due to exhaustion and just the thrill of the tumultuous 14-month process finally being over.The new trilateral pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, commonly referred to as USMCA, was reached at the 11th hour on Sept. 30 and sets to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement.The negotiations were tense, with U.S. President Donald Trump threatening on a number of occasions that his country would withdraw from NAFTA altogether.Freeland told a room of Canadian and foreign business leaders that the talks between the three countries had many “moments of drama,” which she had anticipated from the start.“Trade negotiations are this odd thing. On the one hand, they can be incredibly technical about really, really specific technical issues,” she said. “And on the other hand, they’re punctuated by these very dramatic moments … drama is par for the course.”When asked about Trump’s personal attack on her during the process, and dealing with his negotiation strategy, she and her team responded in the Canadian way.“For us, our approach was to always be polite. We tried to always be friendly. That is always our national way. We believe strongly in using fact-based arguments and we did that, but to know what your bottom lines are and to stand firm in defence of the national interest,” said Freeland.“We were absolutely clear about that and ultimately that was understood.”Despite efforts from U.S. negotiators, Canada fought hard to keep Chapter 19 — a key provision that gives independent panels the ability to resolve disputes involving companies and governments, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism.She said Canada did not waver during the talks, and that she felt supported by Canadians for staying steadfast.Freeland recalled being stopped and hugged by a stranger at the grocery store and how at another time a fellow passenger tried give her a business seat during a flight back from Washington.“People were just so nice,” she said. “But what I would call Canadian nice: resolute and nice. And that was really important.”Although it’s been reached, the USMCA deal still faces a number of hurdles before it’s officially finalized.On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg News that U.S. Congress won’t approve the renegotiated deal this year.“There’s no question this will be on the top of the agenda” next year, he told the news agency.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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The Gators Bite Back

On Friday, I noted that the Florida Gators had seen a decline in their chances of winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament despite beating Albany in their opening game. What hurt the Gators’ prospects? They defeated No. 16 Albany by an underwhelming 12 points, and they drew a tough Round of 32 matchup against Pittsburgh and a looming regional final matchup against either Kansas or Syracuse.But the Gators had a terrific weekend. They thrashed Pittsburgh by 16 points. And they were helped by upsets in the other half of the South region, with No. 3 Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas both losing to opponents with double-digit seeds.The Gators’ game against UCLA on Thursday is no gimme — they have a 72 percent chance of winning it, according to our model.  But conditional upon winning that game, they have an 83 percent chance of winning the regional final against either No. 10 Stanford or No. 11 Dayton and advancing to the Final Four.All in all, the Gators benefited more than any other team from the opening week of the tournament. Their chances of winning the national title are 18.4 percent, up from 14.5 percent before the tournament began. read more

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Football Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes exits the game with apparent

Senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes (11) waits in between plays during the 2017 season opener vs. Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes was forced to leave with an apparent injury with 6:11 remaining in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska Saturday night. At the time, Ohio State led 49-7.Holmes was able to walk off the field and into the locker room with his arms draped over members of the training staff. Holmes has been listed as a co-starter at defensive end all season, and has also helped fill in at defensive tackle following the injury to redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones that caused Jones to miss the Rutgers and Maryland games. read more

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Dortmund chief rules out Pulisic Weigl January exits

first_imgBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc announced that Christian Pulisic will remain at the club after January, while also hinting the same for Julian WeiglThe young duo have both been linked with winter moves away from Dortmund amid struggles to gain regular game time under coach Lucien Favre.Weigl, who was previously linked with a switch to Manchester City earlier this year, has fallen behind summer recruit Axel Witsel in the Dortmund midfield pecking order.Meanwhile, ex-USA star Alexi Lalas has urged Pulisic to leave Dortmund in favour of a transfer to a bigger European club.Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Pulisic recently, but Dortmund insists the American is going nowhere.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We won’t let any important players, who are indispensable for achieving our sporting goals, leave this winter,” Zorc told Bild.“I’m strongly assuming that Christian (Pulisic) will still be wearing the BVB jersey in February.”Although former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is being tipped to make a January exit after being left out of Dortmund’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Monaco.The Japan international recently expressed a desire to try his luck at La Liga football before the end of his playing career.last_img read more

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Paul Pogba determined to erase Man Utd defeatshame with Tottenham

first_imgManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is determined to erase Red Devils 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last year August by putting up an impressive performance in their Sunday match against the same club.Pogba missed the win over Reading FC in the Emirates FA Cup third round was a result of an injury he picked up after Newcastle United during their last Premier League outing.“I remember the first game [against Spurs] when we lost 3-0 at home,” he told official Man Utd website.”I’ve still got it in my mind. We don’t want to let this happen again.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s Tottenham, you know. They’re a very good team, they’re in the top four, so it’s going to be a big game. It’s going to be a tough one. We need points and they need them as well. We’ll see – it’s going to be a tough one.”Pogba is confident they have more glass ceiling to break even though they added five successive victories in all competitions in their cart making other clubs looking over shine.”We’re still far [away] but it’s good that people forget about us a bit,” he said.“We’re just coming our way, staying focused and trying to do our things – that’s what we need to do.”last_img read more

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