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An Unexpected Religious Group That May Decide Trump’s Fate



An Unexpected Religious Group That May Decide Trump's Fate

“I don’t understand how a LDS member can support someone who is immoral and has demonstrated their immorality from the moment they came to our attention,” said former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat and church member. … – he said in an interview.

Trump’s campaign hopes more Mormons have followed the path of Lee and right-wing radio host Glenn Beck, former critics who came to support Trump.

In 2016, Democrats did not seem to convert many of the Mormons who voted against Trump. Some stayed at home, while many others voted against conservative LDS side candidate Evan McMullin, who received 21 percent of the Utah vote. McMullin also got about 7 percent in neighboring Idaho, but his support in Arizona was negligible because he was not on the ballot and was only a registered candidate.

Without McMullin in the race and with a turnout expected to exceed 2016, both parties see a rare group of potentially convincing voters at a very flimsy time.

“Not having a third party ticket with Evan McMullin will help us get some of these voters into the Trump camp,” said McDaniel, Romney’s niece.

McMullin, who still opposes Trump, said he believed some of his supporters would vote for the president, but that “the majority of the people who voted for the third party in 2016 will support Biden in this election.” He claimed that some Republicans voted for Trump “out of habit,” but have since resented him.

A Biden spokesman acknowledged that Trump is likely to improve his Mormon performance in 2016, but the Democrat’s goal is to significantly limit those gains. Some longtime Democratic LDS organizers said Biden had already improved on Hillary Clinton’s efforts, which they said were too focused on Utah.

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“The Biden campaign seems to be much more aware of the Latter-day Saint diaspora in the mountainous west and South Atlantic,” said Rob Taber, national co-chair of America’s Latter-day Saint movement.

“It won’t be shocking that Trump wins the Mormon vote, but if it’s 10-15 points below normal in Nevada and Arizona, that’s a big deal,” said Quinn Monson, a partner at Utah-based research firm Y2 Analytics. and professor of political science at Church-funded Brigham Young University. “This is tantamount to Republicans suddenly getting a quarter of the African American vote, and I really think it’s quite possible. They have not yet fully agreed with Donald Trump. “

So far, Trump’s campaign seems to be devoting more time to its candidates courting Mormon voters. While Pence is visiting Arizona, Biden or his partner Kamala Harris are not planning to participate in the Mormon-focused event. Biden’s advisers believe his Catholicism may also appeal to LDS voters, but the campaign does not broadcast advertisements in Arizona about his religion.

Trump is roughly 5 points behind Biden in Arizona, according to average polls, and SPD voters could be pivotal if the race gets tighter. In 2018, Kirsten Cinema won the major Maricopa county, which includes the historically Mormon suburb of Mesa, becoming the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Arizona since the 1980s.

Trump campaign advisers say they don’t see Maricopa in County obligatory victory; instead, they want to increase the president’s profitability in rural Arizona. The LDS enclaves in the White Mountains will be key to this effort.

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Trump’s public embrace by some LDS members has created rifts in a community that was once largely monolithic in politics. Former Arizona Senator Bob Worsley, a Republican and founder of SkyMall, recently started public organizing for Biden after he sensed the Trump LDS group that hosted Pence last month implied that Church leadership was supporting the president.

“I’ve never voted for Democrats in my life, but we think this man is an abomination,” Worsley said. He believes there will be more Mormons voting for Biden than in 2016, because “some thought Hillary Bill’s husband had a similar lack of an example of a good moral person.”

Church leaders, whose members closely monitor political signals, are trying to remain neutral in the race, even as they continue to resist Trump on immigration issues. In 2018, the church protested the administration’s policies that resulted in family separation at the border.

“We are deeply concerned about the aggressive and insensitive treatment of these families,” it said at the time.

Biden’s campaign hopes Trump’s reputation for immigration will push LDS voters, including many Hispanics who have joined the Church in recent years, to Democrats. The campaign is building an LDS volunteer program that engages church members who support Biden to connect with Mormon friends and neighbors.

“In the end, President Trump is more reflective of the political values ​​of most Mormons than Joe Biden,” said Mike Noble, partner and head of research at OH Predictive Insights, a Phoenix-based research firm. But Trump will be “wrong” if he thinks he has control over SPD voters, he added.

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“Whether they can digest his erratic behavior,” Noble said, “will probably be the deciding factor for many Mormons.”

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.



Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese; Sporting wins too



Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese;  Sporting wins too

Evanilson scored four goals in eight matches in the 2022/23 Portuguese Liga (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP)

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After the draw in the last round Portuguese Championship, Porto won again. This Friday, the defending champions thrashed Braga 4-1 at the Dragau Stadium. Goals came from Evanilson, Eustaquio, Pepe and Galeno. Defender Pepe, against, got to the opponent.

Ex-Fluminense Evanilson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the opening stage. Eustaquio tried to make a cross and the Brazilian forward appeared on the second post to prop up his chest. Two minutes later, Pepe filed Eustaquio, who sent the ball into an empty net.

In the final stage, the Portuguese-Brazilian defender Pepe tried to cut off a low cross, but sent him into his own net. Pepe, the former Gremio who assisted, got it from Taremi after a beautiful move that extended the game in the 18th minute. In addition, the Brazilian Galeno closed the account in the north of Portugal.

– I am very happy to score again and, above all, for this victory. A match we knew would be difficult, against a strong opponent who was in good sequence, but in which we managed to impose our rhythm and win three points in front of our fans. Now it’s time to rest and get back to work, already thinking about the next challenge, which is also very important for us, – said Evanilson after the match.


Another great player to take the field this Friday is Sporting CP. In Lisbon, on José de Alvalade, the Lions beat Gil Vicente 3-1. For Rubén Amorim’s side, Morita, Pote Gonçalves and Rocinha scored. Fran Navarro scored in stoppage time.

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

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Portuguese tennis player Gonçalo Oliveira in the doubles final of the Lisbon Belém Open



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Oliveira and Kolar defeated France’s Manuel Guinard and Venezuela’s Luis David Martínez in the semi-finals for first place in the series, in straight sets with partial scores of 6-1 and 6-2 after 58 minutes of play.

In the title match, they will take on the Ukrainian duo of Vladislav Manafov and Oleg Prikhodko, who eliminated Jivan Nedunchezhyan of India and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia 6-4 and 6-2 in the semi-finals.

For the 27-year-old Portuguese tennis player, this will be his 31st doubles final at the ATP Challenger Tour and third at the Lisboa Belém Open after reaching the final in 2017 with compatriot Frederico Gil and champion in 2020 with Dominican Roberto Cid Subervi.

In singles, Italian Marco Cecchinato, semi-finalist of Roland Garros in 2018, beat Spaniard Carlos Taberner 7-6 (7-2) and 6-4, scheduling a meeting in the semi-final with the “Reserve” Kazakh Timofey Skatov, responsible for eliminating Frenchman Benoit Pera, in three matches, with a score of 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5.

The other semi-final of the Lisbon tournament will be discussed between Austrian Filip Mizolich, who defeated Giulio Zeppieri 6-4 today, and Frenchman Luca van Assche, the executioner of compatriot Alexander Müller, who finished seventh. parts 6-4 and 7-5.

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