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California Republicans facing ‘nightmare election’ if Trump heads 2020 ticket: report

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A battle is brewing among California Republicans over the state party chairmanship about whether or not it is beneficial for candidates to fully embrace President Donald Trump or to ignore him altogether and focus on the foundational values of the party.

The GOP experienced mass defeat in the midterm election, and nearly two-thirds of voters in California disapprove of the president, reported Politico.

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“Whomever California Republicans elect to succeed Jim Brulte, the former state senator who has led the party for six years, won’t be able to reverse the party’s fortunes anytime soon. But they might be able to halt the downward spiral,” Politico reported.

Candidate Jessica Patterson wants the GOP to “stay on message” and not involves itself with the drama that President Donald Trump carries.

“Some people have already given up on my party and they say it’s not salvageable,’’ Patterson told Politico. “I don’t accept that. I love my party too much.’’

However, her opponent, Travis Allen says that embracing Trump’s successes will help the party thrive.

“Clearly, the Republican party must stand for Republican values — and the Republican president,’’ Allen, an ex-state assemblyman said. “This is truly a Republican president who has delivered — and among the 4.5 million Republicans in California, I have yet to find a room that is not overwhelmingly in support of him.’’

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However, the division within the GOP has been happening for years, and the party has failed to present a unified message.

“It’s a nightmare election,’’ Lanhee Chen, a former adviser to presidential campaigns said. “It’s the same fight we’ve been having since [former Gov. Arnold] Schwarzenegger left office.’’

Robert Molnar, a GOP consultant says that the party has faced a “total failure.”

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“We have lost seats every cycle,” he said. “It’s been a total failure. They’re not even an opposition party at this point. Right now, the California Republican Party is as dead as you can imagine…it’s ashes.”

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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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Fox News poll spells doom for GOP in Arizona

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The GOP's chances in Arizona have not looked this bad in years.

This article first appeared in Salon.

A new Fox News poll of registered voters in the Grand Canyon State shows Democrat Mark Kelly miles ahead of Republican Sen. Martha McSally — 50% to 37% — with 8% undecided.

Further, McSally's problems appear to come from within her own party. While Kelly enjoys the support of nearly 90% of Democrats, only 73% of Arizona Republicans back McSally.

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Trump may come to regret his big celebration of a small dip in unemployment

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Though the unemployment rate remains in the double-digits, the official unemployment numbers are slightly lower than economists expected, prompting self-congratulations by President Donald Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

But experts say celebration is premature.

Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May as the economy added 2.5 million jobs. The high April number was the worst that the American workforce had seen since monthly record-keeping began in 1948, and almost certainly the worst since the Great Depression. White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicted last month that unemployment would rise above 20 percent, a view that was widely shared by economists.

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