Oct 10, 2017

Trump disapproval has soared in every state

Since January, President Trump's disapproval rating has jumped in every state, with the increases ranging from 9.6% (Alabama) to 18.8% (Illinois).

Among states that Trump won, he is now above 50% disapproval in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Data: Morning Consult; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios

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Bloomberg argues that early focus on Iowa and New Hampshire benefits Trump

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Mike Bloomberg wrote Monday in a CNN op-ed that Democrats are benefiting President Trump with their focus on Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote for president, arguing they do not represent the party's electorate.

Why it matters: Bloomberg wrote that, if elected, he would work with state party leaders to "re-order the primary calendar in ways that better reflect our diverse electorate and channel more resources into the states we actually need to win in November."

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Illinois rakes in $3.2 million on first day of legal marijuana sales

A food truck sits outside the Sunnyside Cannabis Dispensary as customers wait in line to buy marijuana, on Jan. 1. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

Illinois' first day of legalized marijuana sales resulted in more than 77,000 transactions, adding up to about $3.2 million, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said Thursday, per NBC's Chicago affiliate.

The big picture: According Chicago's mayor, the city alone is expected to take in nearly $3.5 million in pot tax revenue this year. That figure represents four months worth of revenue because tax collections do not start until September under state law. Illinois is the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis, with more planning to put the issue on the ballot in 2020.

Go deeper: Illinois governor pardons 11,000 pot convictions ahead of Jan. 1 legalization

Inside Bloomberg's 3-state tour to court Trump voters

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Michael Bloomberg's stops yesterday in Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio were packaged as jobs-and-economy appeal to Americans shortchanged by President Trump — but they provided broader insights into his unorthodox candidacy.

Why it matters: It was the first time the Bloomberg campaign offered the national press corps the opportunity to fly with him, allowing journalists to interact with him and observe his style with voters and staff.

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