State of the Nation

*Any statements in this issue of the Watch which are not sourced are mine and identified by “WW”. And for the first time WW will start using the Real Clear Politics average now and then.

35.3% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction while 56.3 say it is on the wrong track. [Real Clear Politics, 1/28-3/1]

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“The worst kind of person is the one who wakes up on 3rd base thinking they hit a triple.”
[Provided by Erin Hohlfelder]

“My generation gets a lot of flak for being lazy and being addicted to our phones. Well, social media is powerful.” – Veronica Carbonell, age 17, is a senior at Cypress Bay High school in Weston, FL, not far from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school.
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About President Trump

The President seems to think he knows everything and therefore does not listen to those who truly do know. He clearly has no idea of the consequences. [WW]

Other than on his old television program is Trump able to fire anyone directly? Or does he find a way to make their role untenable for one reason or another so that they quit? [WW]
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State partisanship is shifting toward the Democrats as the 2018 election is on the horizon. The following is based on adults being asked for their party identification and if they say they are independent they are probed for the party leanings. (Solid states are those in which a party has a 10 point or greater advantage; leaning states are those in which a party has an advantage of 5-10 points; competitive states are those in which the advantage of either party is 5 points or less.)
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Restaurant: Passion Fish

Debbie and I have eaten dinner three times at Passion Fish. The first visit was with Florence and Peter, the second with Gail and the third with Peter and Florence and Bonnie and Lou.

The second visit did not diminish our positive feelings after the first visit and the third visit continued the positive pattern.
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