8 Year Old Madyson Middleton Was Lured to 15 Year Old Suspect’s Apartment Where She Was Raped, Strangled and Murdered

Oh dear God, Why do things like this happen to our precious children?

As if this story could not get any worse and heartbreaking. It is being reported that 8 year old Madyson Middleton, who went missing on Sunday, July 26 in Santa Cruz, CA and whose body was found later that day was raped and strangled prior to her body being hid in a trash dumpster. According to police, the girl was lured into the teen’s apartment on Sunday night where investigators found evidence that the girl was murdered inside the upstairs apartment before her body was carried down into the first floor garage then placed into a recycling bin.

Madyson Middleton

Madyson Middleton, Rest in Peace

In a press conference on Monday Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said, ”It appears that she was lured to the suspect’s apartment willingly. Additionally, we’ve determined that Maddy was murdered inside of the suspect’s apartment. She was then carried downstairs to the recycle bin.” What is wrong with people, some crimes just are more heinous than others. And its not “IF” the teen who committed this vile act could be tried as an adult, it is “WHEN” this animal is tried as an adult for this sick crime. Sorry, this 15 year old has zero hope and deserves no second chances to prey upon innocent children.

Sources say that the 8-year-old girl who vanished from her Santa Cruz apartment complex Sunday night was raped and strangled before her body was found inside a recycling bin.

Madyson Middleton’s body was discovered inside of a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center by one of the department’s detectives Monday night. Police are not sure how long the body was inside the dumpster.

“At approximately 7:55 p.m., and this is extraordinarily heartbreaking news that I’m about to give to you, our detectives discovered the body of a young female inside of a dumpster at the complex located behind me,” said Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel on Monday night.

Teen arrested for murder in missing Santa Cruz girl’s death.

The mood turned hostile to outsiders as residents of the Tannery Arts Center, a unique artists’ community on the outskirts of this small beach town, came to grips with the fact that this may have been an inside job.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Police Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters that the little girl was probably dead even before she was reported missing Sunday evening.

“It appears that she was lured to the suspect’s apartment willingly,” said Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel. “Additionally, we’ve determined that Maddy was murdered inside of the suspect’s apartment. She was then carried downstairs to the recycle bin.”

Police believe all of this happened in less than an hour, right after she disappeared while riding her scooter and before police were called Sunday evening.

Read more comments, opinions and updated at Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Madyson Middleton.

Mullah Omar, Dead or Alive? The Afghan Government Says Dead

Mullah Omar, is he dead or alive? Preferably, the latter.  Omar was the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan who was wanted by the United States for sheltering  al Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden for years prior to the  9/11 attacks.  The Afghan government has confirmed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead since 2013; however, the Afghan president’s and prime minister’s offices offered no specifics as to how or when Omar died. However, final confirmation is needed.

The Afghan government confirmed Wednesday it was looking into reports that longtime Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died.

“We have also seen reports in the media on the death of Mullah Omar, we are assessing those reports,” President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesperson Zafar Hashemi told journalists during a press conference.

Rumors have swirled for years that the one-eyed leader of the militant group that ruled Afghanistan until being toppled by U.S.-backed forces 2001 had passed away. The State Department was offering a $10-million reward for information leading to him.

Earlier Wednesday, an Afghan intelligence official told NBC News the government had come to the conclusion Omar had died.

The source who spoke to NBC News on condition of anonymity said that the issue of Mullah Omar’s death was raised at a meeting with security ministers and members of the country’s high peace council, which is negotiating with the militants.

Radio Free Europe – Afghan Officials Says Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Dead.

Zafar Hashemi, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, told reporters in Kabul on July 29: “We have received reports about Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death. At this point, we can’t confirm or deny it. We are assessing the reports.”

There was no immediate reaction to the reports by Afghanistan’s Taliban.

The Taliban’s official spokesmen have repeatedly denied previous reports of Mullah Omar’s death.

But Fidai Mahaz, a splinter group of the Taliban that does not support peace talks with the Afghan government, announced last week earlier that Mullah Omar was dead and had been replaced by Taliban deputy leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur.

The reports of Mullah Omar’s death by authorities in Kabul comes at a critical time, with a second round of peace talks between Taliban representatives and Afghan government negotiators scheduled in Pakistan on July 31.

HYPOCRISY ALERT: Hillary Clinton Boarding Private Jet Just Hours After Launching Her Global-Warming Push and Stating It is One of the Most Urgent Threats of our Time

More from the liberal Democrat Hillary Clinton playbook of do what I say, not as I do, I am more important than you …

Hypocrisy Alert from the never transparent and untrustworthy Democrat presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. Not less than one hour after Hillary Clinton lectured Americans and put forth her vision to solve global warming through an aggressive carbon cutting plan in Iowa, she got on a private jet, with a carbon footprint the size of Iowa and flew off. You see, after Hillary told us what she was going to inflict upon all of us, her heiress got a an aircraft, a Dassault model Falcon 900B, burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour. Hmm, isn’t that exactly the thing that she just got through lecturing us that shouldn’t be done? But of course Hillary Clinton and her spin doctor minions would have you believe, she is just one of us little people and wants to represent you.

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What Difference Does It Make that I Continually Lie Through My Teeth?

Clinton said during her speech, that global warming  is one of the most urgent threats of our time, and we have no choice but to rise and meet it.” REALLY? Just curious Hillary, if its such an urgent threat of our time, what the hell are going doing boarding a private, jet fuel guzzling plane? Oh, there are different rules for you? One would think that if they are going to be so brazen and put forth such a myth as global warming is an urgent threat, they would at least walk the walk.

Just hours after Hillary Clinton unveiled her presidential campaign’s push to solve global warming through an aggressive carbon-cutting plan, she sauntered up the steps of a 19-seat private jet in Des Moines, Iowa.

The aircraft, a Dassault model Falcon 900B, burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour. And like all Dassault business jets, Hillary’s ride was made in France.

The Trump-esque transportation costs $5,850 per hour to rent, according to the website of Executive Fliteways, the company that owns it.

And she has used the same plane before, including on at least one trip for speeches that brought her $500,000 in fees.

On Monday the Democratic presidential front-runner announced the details of her initiative to tackle climate change, calling it ‘one of the most urgent threats of our time.’

But shortly afterward, a videographer working with the conservative America Rising PAC spotted her at the private air terminal in Des Moines.

8 Year Old Madyson “Maddy” Middleton Missing Since 7/26/15 in Santa Cruz, CA (Update: Found Dead in Dumpster)(Update: 15 Year Old Boy Arrested)

8 year old Madyson “Maddy” Middleton has been missing since Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California.  Maddy was last seen on video surveillance at the Tannery Arts Center at 1030 River St. at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. She has not been seen since. Police are asking for the public’s help to find the missing girl.

Madyson Middleton was last seen at Sunday afternoon playing outside the Tannery Arts Center at 1030 River St.

Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke says video surveillance at the complex showed Madyson there at 5:05 p.m. She hasn’t been seen since.

Middleton is 4 feet tall and 48 pounds and goes by Maddy, a dispatcher said.

Maddy has blue eyes and was wearing a purple knee high dress with black leggings and a helmet, the dispatcher said. She had her hair pulled back to the side in a braid and was on a white foot-propelled scooter, the dispatcher said.

Madyson Middleton

Madyson Middleton was last seen at Sunday afternoon playing outside the Tannery Arts Center at 1030 River St.

Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke says video surveillance at the complex showed Madyson there at 5:05 p.m. She hasn’t been seen since.

Middleton is 4 feet tall and 48 pounds and goes by Maddy, a dispatcher said.

Maddy has blue eyes and was wearing a purple knee high dress with black leggings and a helmet, the dispatcher said. She had her hair pulled back to the side in a braid and was on a white foot-propelled scooter, the dispatcher said.

UPDATE I: Body likely that of missing 8 year old Madyson Middleton found in dumpster.

Just heartbreaking. According to Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel, the body was found around 7:55 p.m. in a dumpster behind the Tannery Arts Center at 1030 River St.

The search for a missing 8-year-old girl came to a tragic end after police found a body inside a dumpster at a complex in Northern California where she was last seen riding her scooter. A teenage boy, who also lives in the complex, was arrested in the case.

Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the body found by a detective Monday night at a Santa Cruz artist community and housing center is likely that of Madyson Middleton.

“We haven’t positively identified her yet but we believe she is probably Madyson Middleton,” Vogel said.

UPDATE II: 15 Year Old Suspect Arrested and being Questioned.

The 15-year-old suspect was arrested, and was being questioned by police.

Police say the teen lived in the complex, and was present at approximately the same time as the body was discovered, Vogel said, but the sole suspect’s relationship to the victim is not currently known.

When reporters asked if the clothing on the victim matched the clothing Madyson was wearing when last seen Sunday evening, Vogel stated that it’s too soon to be certain.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Says GOP Candidates Should Pledge Not to Make Third-Party Bids

JUST CURIOUS, WHERE IS THE ESTABLISHMENT GOP MAKING THIS SAME REQUEST WHEN ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATES RUN THIRD PARTY BIDS?

From The Politico, the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebushas stated that GOP candidates should go on record and pledge they will not run a a third-party candidate in the 2016 Presidential general election. Wow, really Reince? All Republican candidates, or just one, Donald Trump? It would appear that The Donald is giving the establishment GOP fits as he is not following their script, telling it like it is and leading in many of the polls. Now whether you like him or hate him, Donald Trump serves a purpose. He is only popular because he represents the anti-establishment government do-nothing politician. The point of the matter is, the establishment GOP had best treat all candidates fairly, including one’s that don’t toe the RINO GOP party line. The Republican party these days treats their base worse than they do the likes of Hillary Clinton and Democrats. Maybe, just maybe a third party run is in order to destroy onnace and for all this establishment GOP, Democrat-light power hold. If Trump does run as a 3rd party candidate, the GOP will only have itself to blame.

Republican candidates for president should pledge not to run as a third-party candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Monday.

Presidential election. The remarks come days after current GOP front-runner Donald Trump hinted that he might pursue a third-party bid if the national committee treats him poorly during the primary process. In subsequent interviews, Trump has said the party has treated him well.

“Certainly, I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third-party candidate. I don’t see that happening. I think everyone understands that if Hillary Clinton’s going to get beat, she’s going to get beat by a Republican. And most people that run for president run to win, and if our candidates want to win, then they’ll have to run as a Republican,” Priebus told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie in a Monday interview on “Today.”

“I don’t fear that, and I think you’ve even seen Donald Trump walk that back over the last few days as well,” he added, praising his party’s “varsity squad” of 16 candidates.

Just curious Renince … where were you calling for Lisa Murkowski not to run as an independent, write in candidate after she lost to the Tea Party candidate Joe Miller in the Alaska US Senate primary? Hmm? Oh that’s right, she was an establishment GOP shill.

SPEECHLESS: Its Now Illegal to Barbeque in Florida … UNREAL, Pinellas County, Florida Man Cited for Allowing Smoke from Grill to Go on Neighbor’s Property

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THIS COUNTRY … ITS NOW ILLEGAL TO GRILL IN AMERICA!!!

This country is truly lost its way when it is the governments business and its against the law to grill in your back yard on your own private property. WATCH the VIDEO below and you will be stunned that a Florida government official actually had the audacity to cite a resident for get this, allowing the smoke from his grill as he was barbequing to go onto his neighbors property. Yes, you read that correctly. It is actually illegal and a stupid Pinellas County, Florida code to allow the smoke from your grill to waft into the wind and flow over to your neighbors property. WTF!!! One would think that this was an episode of ‘Candid Camera’ or ‘Punked,’ but sadly this was not the case. The county official actually said with a straight face, “You’re allowed to have it smell on your property. So that doesn’t count but when I’m on the street that’s when it counts.”

The official says: ‘I’m only here because of the odour, I’m only here because of the smoke.’

The jobsworth then says he has taken pictures of the barbecue smoke: ‘I can smell it, I can smell it right now, but I’m on your property.

‘You’re allowed to have it smell on your property. So that doesn’t count but when I’m on the street that’s when it counts.’

I am starting a new movement, BLACK BARBEQUERS MATTER, sarcasm intended. Although this is not racism that has caused this ridiculous situation, it is the result of an over-intrusive, out of control government that thinks they have the right to pass BS ordinances like this and individuals in this country that are just nothing more than a pain in the ass that will find a reason to bitch, moan and complain about anything. What’s the matter, wasn’t there a 6 year old child selling lemonade from their driveway available to harass?

The Daily Mail:

‘I’m only here because of the odor, I’m only here because of the smoke,’ the official says the clip.

The resident tells the official that it’s only a barbecue and that most residents in the street ‘cook out’.

The official alludes to the fact one of the man’s neighbors had complained about the smell he was producing.

Then the official says: ‘Frankly, today, I can smell it, I can smell it again right now, but I’m on your property.

‘You’re allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesn’t count, but when I’m on the street, that’s when it counts.’

The official finishes up by saying that the barbecue smoke, by a rule in force in Pinellas County, cannot cross their property line, Opposing Views reported.

The Pinellas County website states in its environmental section: ‘Commercial barbecue cookers are not exempt from causing a nuisance odor. If a sufficient number of complaints, representing different households, are reported and an Inspector witnesses the problem, they can issue a Warning Letter.’

Our Founding Fathers were unavailable for comment.

MISSING AT SEA: 14 Year Old Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos Missing Since 7/24/15 While on Fishing Trip Off the Florida Coast (Update: Coast Guard Locates Capsized Boat, No One On Board) (VIDEO)

MISSING AT SEA …

14 year old Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen of Tequesta, Florida have been missing since Friday, July 24, 2015 off the Florida coast. The boys left the Jupiter Inlet about 1:30 p.m. after buying $110 worth of fuel for their 19-foot, white single-engine vessel. It is reported that they were headed east, toward the Bahamas on a fishing trip. After the Coast Guard had searched more than 7,100 miles of ocean waters from Jupiter to Melbourne, they still have not found the missing boys.

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Missing Boys: Perry Cohen (left) – Austin Stephanos (right)

UPDATE I: Teens’ missing boat found overturned, no one on board.

It is being reported that the Coast Guard has located the missing boys 19 foot boat capsized boat that was spotted by a C-130 aircraft at 11 a.m. The Coast Guard stated that the C-130 spotted the overturned vessel at the edge of the search pattern. A helicopter from Air Station Clearwater was dispatched and lowered a rescue swimmer, who was able to confirm the registration numbers of the boat. The capsized boat was found on Sunday, 67 miles off Daytona Beach.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the boat was found 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County.

The boat cover and one personal flotation device was missing.

The boat will be anchored in place while search and rescue efforts continue.

Coast Guard confirms that boat belonging to missing boys found

UPDATE II: Continued updates of the Coast Guard  search for the missing teens.

Missing Boys at sea

UPDATE III: Families hold out hope for Florida teens missing at sea.

Rescuers endured a fourth night of an anxious search for two young Floridians born and bred as boaters who vanished on the high seas.

The Coast Guard scoured an area the size of West Virginia with no sign of the boaters by early Tuesday. The 14-year-old boys’ vessel was found capsized two days earlier. But relatives and friends of the teens were clinging to hope that the expertise they acquired boating and fishing in their short lives was enough to keep them alive while apparently lost in the Atlantic.

“This isn’t something that he’s new at,” said Carly Black, the mother of Austin Stephanos, in an interview with television station WPBF. “I think they feel better on the boat than they do on land.”

UPDATE IV: Coast Guard Continues to Search for Missing Boys … Teen’s capsized boat found 70 miles off shore.

In the warm waters off the Florida coast this time of year, the Coast Guard says, someone can survive four, maybe five days.

Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have been missing since Friday — four days and counting.

“People can survive in the water,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District. “It’s relatively warm, but, again, it’s a dangerous environment, and there’s only so long you could stay in the water.”

The day-and-night search is focused 60 to 70 miles (97 to 113 kilometers) off Jacksonville, north of where the boys’ capsized boat was found Sunday. Fedor said search conditions were good, but the situation is dire.

The Coast Guard says five cutters, a Navy ship and multiple planes are involved in the search.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the Daughter of Late Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, Dead at Age 22

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN HAS PASSED AWAY …

22 year old Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday at the all-too young age of 22. You tragically sad. The family has confirmed that Bobbi Kristina has passed away Sunday at a hospice center in Atlanta. Brown has been in a coma for months after she was found unconscious in her bathtub back in January 2015 in her Roswell, Georgia home. Her family told NBC News in a statement, “She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

Brown, the daughter of late superstar Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday at the age of 22, a representative of the Houston family said in a statement.

“Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family,” the statement said. “She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

She was treated in a hospital and then a hospice facility in the nearly six months since she was found unresponsive and not breathing in the bathtub at her Roswell home on January 31 — nearly three years to the day after her mother accidentally drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, a victim of the vices she had fought for much of her career.

Bobbi Kristina Brown has died.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, has died.

“It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers,” the family announced. “As Bobbi Kristina would say: “The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.”

The family in June announced the decision to move her to hospice care after months of being hospitalized, saying she was “in God’s hands.”

UPDATE I: Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22.

Nearly two months later, she was moved to a rehabilitation center, where she remained until June 24, when she was moved to the hospice center.

“Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate,” Pat Houston told ET in a statement that day. “We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”

Born March 4, 1993, in Livingston, New Jersey, Bobbi Kristina was thrust into the spotlight at an early age, but the love her mother had for her was obvious early on.

“She brings me a lot of joy,” Houston told ET back in 1993. “She brings both Bobby and I a lot of joy. It’s a different thing when you become a mother. It changes your whole perspective on life. You really don’t live for you anymore. You’re living for your children.”

Former NFL Star & Soon to be Hall of Famer Charles Haley Tells SF 49ers Rookies … “Why Don’t You all Act Like the White Guys? You Never See Them in the Paper Getting High or Hitting People”

I GUESS THIS MEANS THAT HALEY WILL BE BANNED FROM THE NFL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME NOW …

WOW, former Defensive end for the San Fransisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys had some interesting comments and advice for the 2015 class of 49er rookies at a mentoring program. Haley, the soon to be DE who is to be enshrined in the NFL Football Hall of Fame later this summer in Canton, OH told the new crop of rookies, “Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper getting high or hitting people.” Oh I bet you could have heard a pin drop on that one. Haley said he did it for the shock value to get their attention. I bet he did just that. Of course all the  Van Gogh listeners and readers probably only saw or heard that blacks needed to act more like whites. Charles Haley, what a racist!!! Oh, he’s black … then what an uncle Tom.

Charles Haley

But you know what, Charles Haley has all the street cred in the world … he is a five-time Super Bowl champion, two with the 49ers and 3 with the Cowboys. If anyone bothered to actually listen to what Haley was trying to tell these newbies to the NFL, he was saying that young players need to have role models, much like he did growing up. Charles Haley was probably one of my favorite Cowboys in the 90′s as his no nonsense approach to the game was amazing. Personally, I would have rather have had him on my D-line than others like Bruce Smith and Reggie White, who garnered more praise. Thus what explains the 5 rings, count ‘em.

Said Haley: “As far as the rookies, and I know they probably got mad, but I said, ‘Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper getting high or hitting people. Why don’t you act like that?’ They all looked at me crazy.”

It should be noted that fullback Bruce Miller, who is white, had been charged days earlier by Santa Clara County prosecutors with misdemeanor vandalism for throwing his then-fiancee’s phone in an argument; Miller later resolved the case by pleading no contest to disturbing the peace.

“I just did it for the shock value of it,” Haley said of his May speech. “… The hardest thing is these guys, they have an attention span of a 5-year-old. I’m not the most gentle and kind person to sit there and deal with that crap. I’m a little more confrontational. I think I got my point across.”

This year, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The family of Junior Seau was recetly told that they will not be able to speak live in Canton because Seau is being honored posthumously. However, after Haley’s comments and the BS nature of the NFL and political correctness these days, what them take away Charles speaking privileges as well. The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can’t fine Haley or ban him from any games, maybe instead he will disconnect his microphone on induction day.

Gallup Poll – Democrat 2016 Presidential Candidates: Hillary Clinton’s Favorability Continues to Fall as Socialist Bernie Sanders Rises

DRIP, DRIP, DRIP … HILLARY CLINTON’S FAVORABILITY RATINGS KEEP FALLING …

According to a recent Gallup poll, the presumptive nominee for the Democrat party Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings continue to fall. In contract, the self-proclaims socialist Senator from Vermont and Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders continues to rise in the polls. Hillary Clinton’s rating has slipped to 43% from 48% in April, while her unfavorable rating has climbed to 46%, worst since December 2007. Maybe it is only taking some time for individuals to remember what a lying, dishonest, untrustworthy, non-transparent shrew this woman truly is? Between Benghazi and her insincerity when it comes to her emails on her personal server when she was Secretary of State under Obama, Hillary is losing favor with the American people. In some cases, other polls even have Hillary now losing in battleground states to her GOP rivals.

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What difference does my unfavoability make?

However on the other hand, socialist Bernie Sanders has doubled his favorability rating in the Gallup poll since his initial reading in March, rising to 24% from 12%. What does that tell us of what the Democrat party has become … the rise of the socialist. Sanders also has a way to go on the upside as he is still not known to many. However, Hillary is a household name where the only people who don’t know who Hillary is may not know their own name. There is a reason why Clinton makes herself scarce to the media and the minions, the more people get to know her, the more they hate her. Take for instance her condescending tone the other day and scratching of the chalkboard with your fingernails like voice yesterday when she blamed the heat on inaccuracies with her email scandal. Watch the VIDEO and listen to her voice if you dare. Really Hillary, you mean it wasn’t a right-wing conspiracy?

Honesty, if Hillary Clinton has any kind of issue in the Democrat primary running against the likes of current US Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, what does that say about Hillary? Also, shame on the Democrat party for not having another viable candidate to vote for. Or does this party really have no prospects? Its Hillary or bust.

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Chart – Gallup

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ favorable rating among Americans has doubled since Gallup’s initial reading in March, rising to 24% from 12% as he has become better known. Hillary Clinton’s rating has slipped to 43% from 48% in April. At the same time, Clinton’s unfavorable rating increased to 46%, tilting her image negative and producing her worst net favorable score since December 2007.

Sanders’ increased favorability reflects the broader increase in the public’s familiarity with him since March. Overall, 44% of Americans are able to rate him today, up from 24% in March. Not only has the percentage viewing him favorably increased, but also the percentage viewing him unfavorably has risen, up eight percentage points to 20%.

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Clinton’s Inauspicious Rivals

Clinton maintains a higher absolute favorable rating from Americans than any of her official rivals for the 2016 Democratic nomination. In contrast to the relative prominence of numerous candidates on the Republican side, she remains the only Democratic candidate known well enough by a majority of Americans for them to rate her, which helps Clinton maintain a higher overall favorable score.

Sanders is still an unknown to a majority of Americans, with just 44% able to rate him compared with Clinton’s 89%. Total familiarity drops still further among the other three announced Democratic candidates: to 23% for former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at 22% and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee at 17%. With slightly more Americans viewing each of these candidates unfavorably than favorably, their favorable scores reach no more than 11%.

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