- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 11, 2000

Go left, young man

Feminist activists, pointing to polls that show Vice President Al Gore lagging among female voters, have urged him to embrace more forcibly the agenda of left-wing women's groups.

Leaders of the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority, the American Association of University Women and other feminist groups met for nearly two hours with the vice president Tuesday at his office in the Old Executive Office Building, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Also present were Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile, Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman and Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala, reporter Edwin Chen wrote.

"There is no question in the minds of all these huge women's organizations that a [Texas Gov. George W.]Bush presidency would be a disaster for women, and our message was that the distinctions [between Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush] were not being distinctly drawn," said Kim Gandy, executive vice president of NOW, who attended the session. "We said: 'Let us help you reach the women of this country.' "

Bush ahead by 8 points

Texas Gov. George W. Bush leads Vice President Al Gore by eight percentage points in the race for president, according to a nationwide Los Angeles Times poll published yesterday
Mr. Bush, the presumed Republican nominee, now leads the vice president, the presumed Democratic nominee, among registered voters by 51 percent to Mr. Gore's 43 percent, the poll showed. Five percent of respondents said they didn't know whom to vote for.
The Times poll surveyed 1,211 registered voters between May 4 and May 7. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
The figures changed little when participants were polled on Ralph Nader, the Green Party nominee, and Patrick J. Buchanan, the likely Reform Party nominee.
In the four-way matchup, Mr. Bush drew 47 percent to Mr. Gore's 39 percent, with 4 percent for Mr. Nader and 3 percent for Mr. Buchanan.
Several polls recently have shown Mr. Bush with a slight lead in the race, but polling evidence has been mixed.
Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush were tied in a poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Mr. Bush had 46 percent and Mr. Gore had 45 percent in the poll of 940 registered voters taken May 2 to 6. It had an error margin of plus or minus four percentage points.
In the Times poll, Mr. Bush, the Texas governor, drew 48 percent of female voters to Mr. Gore's 46 percent.
Among men, Mr. Bush leads Mr. Gore by 55 percent to 39 percent, and is even attracting about one-fifth of Democratic men.
Mr. Bush also has solidified a broad base of support among Republicans, while support for Mr. Gore among Democrats has weakened. Mr. Bush is winning about nine in 10 Republican partisans, while Mr. Gore is winning only five of every six Democrats, the poll said.

Corzine takes lead

Wall Street millionaire Jon Corzine, who is making his first bid for public office with a run for the U.S. Senate, has eclipsed former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio in their race for the state's Democratic nomination, a poll released yesterday shows.
With less than a month to go before the June primary, Mr. Corzine led Mr. Florio 48 percent to 33 percent among registered Democratic voters surveyed May 1 to 8 by the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute of Hamden, Conn. The margin of error was 5.3 percent.
The results, coming on the eve of the first Florio-Corzine debate, marked a dramatic turnaround for Mr. Corzine, who stepped down as co-chairman of Goldman Sachs investment firm last year. Tonight's debate in Trenton will be the first in a series between the Democratic hopefuls.
Earlier Quinnipiac surveys had shown Mr. Florio leading Mr. Corzine by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in March, while six months ago the former investment banker had only single-digit support.
The two men are vying for the Democratic Party nod in hopes of replacing Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, who is retiring.
Pollsters said the latest poll suggests that an $8 million television ad campaign by Mr. Corzine was persuading Democrats that his lack of experience should not keep him out of government.
In recent weeks, Mr. Corzine's ads have turned negative on Mr. Florio by reminding TV viewers about the former governor's role in an unpopular tax increase that set the stage for a Republican Party takeover of New Jersey government during the early 1990s, Reuters reports.
Yesterday's survey showed the Republican Senate primary to be largely up for grabs, with Rep. Bob Franks ahead at 18 percent, followed by state Sen. William Gormley at 14 percent, Essex County Executive James Treffinger at 8 percent and college professor Murray Sabrin at 5 percent.
But 46 percent of Republican voters had yet to decide on a candidate.
The survey's Republican results had a 5.6 percent margin of error.

Signature game

Despite predictions that Republicans might not have a Senate nominee in Massachusetts this year, Republican hopeful Jack E. Robinson said yesterday he has collected enough signatures to challenge Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in November.
"We feel highly confident that we will get on the ballot and we will have a Senate campaign here in Massachusetts," Mr. Robinson said.
Mr. Robinson said he submitted 13,000 signatures to local town clerks before the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline. Senate candidates need 10,000 certified signatures to get their name on the ballot.
Of those 13,000, only 5,800 have been certified so far, according to Secretary of State William Galvin. He has said Mr. Robinson faces a battle. Signatures can be challenged for a variety of reasons and candidates often try to collect at least twice as many as needed.
If Mr. Robinson fails to get on the ballot, it would mark the first time since 1916, the year United States senators began being popularly elected, that a Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate ran without Republican opposition.
Whatever happens, Mr. Kennedy may not be alone on the November ballot. Carla Howell, a candidate for the Libertarian Party, and Philip Lawler, a candidate for the Constitution Party, are running.

Coordinated effort

"Look out, New York. Here come the Friends of Hillary. Again," the New York Post says.
"The latest target: the City University of New York," the newspaper said in an editorial.
"It seems that the U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights suspects that CUNY's new admissions reforms discriminate against minorities.
"The new policy is intended to raise academic performance at the university's senior colleges by requiring incoming students to take entrance exams," but the feds are upset because it might have a "disparate impact" on minorities.
"So what else is new?" the newspaper asked.
"Whether it's Bobby Kennedy Jr.'s incitement of the Environmental Protection Agency over the city watershed, or Andrew Cuomo of HUD yanking city housing grants or the U.S. Civil Rights Commission's bird-dogging of the NYPD, the pattern is clear.
"There appears to be a coordinated effort to damage the U.S. Senate candidacy of Rudy Giuliani."

My name is Tom

Name recognition is not a problem for Tom Osborne, the former Nebraska football coach who on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for a House seat from that state.
Nevertheless, as a reporter from an Omaha TV station noted, Mr. Osborne sported a "Hello, my name is Tom Osborne" sticker on the front of his jacket at the victory celebration a sign of either humor or humility.

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