Poll: Clinton leads Sanders in New Jersey; Fox News reports Trump takes lead from Clinton
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Hillary Clinton is ahead of Bernie Sanders by double-digits in New Jersey, polling at 54 percent against Sanders’ 40 percent among likely Democratic primary voters. The poll, released Thursday, says six percent of Democrats report they are undecided and 15 percent say they could change their minds before the primary on June 7. Another poll, done by Fox News, found that likely Republican nominee Donald Trump has a slight lead over Hillary Clinton of 45 percent versus 42 percent among registered voters. The poll shows an improvement for Trump, who, according to an April Fox News poll, was trailing behind with 41 percent to Clinton’s 48 percent. The poll also found that in a general election between Sanders and Trump, Sanders leads trump 46 percent to 42 percent – although that is down from the April poll that had Sanders at 52 percent and Trump at 39 percent.
Dr. Luke stops Kesha from performing at Billboard Music Awards
Kemosabe Records, the record company owned by music producer Dr. Luke, has rescinded its initial approval for Kesha to perform at the Billboard Music Awards show, according to Billboard. Kesha had planned to perform Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” a tribute to one of her “favorite songwriters of all time.” Kesha has been trying to get released from her contract with Kemosabe Records based on accusations that Dr. Luke drugged, emotionally abused and sexually assaulted her. Dr. Luke has denied her allegations. “I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way,” Kesha wrote in an Instagram post. “I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to. thank u all for the continued support.”
Department of Justice sued over freedom of information request
According to the Washington Post, District of Columbia activist Denise Rucker Krepp is suing the Department of Justice to get information on arrests, prosecutions, plea deals and conviction rates for the city each year. Federal authorities previously denied Krepp’s Freedom of Information Act request, and told her that Washington prosecutors do “not track this information” and have “no means of searching for or retrieving” it, the Post reports. When Krepp appealed, prosecutors said they would try to get the information she requested but not in the format she sought.
Voter registration ahead of 2012 pace
Nearly 35 percent more Virginia residents registered to vote in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2012, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch and data from the Virginia Department of Elections. The data shows that, so far in 2016, about 40 percent of new voter registrations were done through the state’s online elections portal and more than 30 percent registered through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Noah’s Law to be signed by Gov. Hogan
Gov. Larry Hogan is preparing to sign Noah’s Law in Annapolis, one day after the man who hit and killed Montgomery County police officer Noah Leotta pleaded guilty to the crime. “It’s a good capstone that we have something positive from such a terrible tragedy,” said Leotta’s father, Rich Leotta. Luis Reluzco hit Leotta on Dec. 3, 2015, as Leotta was stopping another driver suspected of driving under the influence. Reluzco admitted to police he had been drinking that night and when tested later had a blood alcohol concentration at nearly three times the legal limit, along with drugs in his system. He pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter on Wednesday. After Leotta’s death, his family drafted Noah’s Law, which would require ignition interlock devices for anyone found driving drunk. Gov. Hogan has said he fully supports the law.
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