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Politics On The Fly ~ September 11, 2014

2016: Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will consider a presidential bid after the midterm elections. Rob Portman would be a strong candidate because he can win in the critical state of Ohio but he will struggle to gather the support of the Tea Party and others in a Republican Party that is trending more and more to the right. Will he stand out or will him and Governor Chris Christie split the moderate vote in the GOP primary?

NFL: 16 female U.S Senators sent an open letter to NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell that urges him to institute a zero-tolerance domestic violence policy. Below is the full text of the letter:

September 11, 2014
Mr. Roger Goodell
National Football League
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154

Dear Commissioner Goodell:

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, we call on the NFL to institute a real zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence that will ensure that this type of violence and abuse has no place in the NFL.

We were shocked and disgusted by the images we saw this week of one of your players violently assaulting his now-wife and knocking her unconscious, and at new reports that the NFL may have received this video months ago. Tragically, this is not the only case of an NFL player allegedly assaulting a woman even within the last year.

We are deeply concerned that the NFL’s new policy, announced last month, would allow a player to commit a violent act against a woman and return after a short suspension. If you violently assault a woman, you shouldn’t get a second chance to play football in the NFL.

The NFL’s current policy sends a terrible message to players, fans and all Americans that even after committing a horrific act of violence, you can quickly be back on the field.

It is long past time for the NFL to institute a real zero-tolerance policy and send a strong message that the league will not tolerate violence against women by its players, who are role models for children across America. We hope the NFL will seize this opportunity to lead by example and demonstrate its commitment to the safety of women and families.

GOV-PA: A new Quinnipiac Poll confirms that Wolf will win this race in a landslide. Tom Wolf (D) has a 24 point lead over incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett (R), 59% to 35%. Tom Corbett will be the first PA governor to ever be rejected for a second term.

SEN-IA: A new Public Policy Polling survey in Iowa has Joni Ernst (R) with a small lead over Bruce Braley (D) in the U.S Senate race, 45% to 43%.

SEN-KY: Magellan Strategies poll – Senator McConnell (R) 50%, Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 42%.

Canada – Toronto Mayor Race: Mayor Rob Ford has an abdominal tumor and has left the campaign to be admitted into hospital for tests. It is not known what kind of tumor Ford has. Ford had experienced pain the last three months but Wednesday morning it reached a fever pitch.