Friday, September 14, 2012 – 08:15 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom Friday morning.

First-time unemployment claims rise again

Initial first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose to 382,000 last week. The number was up 12,000 from the previous week.

The four-week moving average moved up to 375,000.

In an improving economy the number should be falling.


National tracking polls show Obama post-convention bounce receding

Both national tracking polls show President Barack Obama’s large post-convention bounce has started receding.

The Rasmussen Daily 3-day tracking poll of ‘likely’ voters had Obama leading Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by as many as 5-points last weekend.

Now Romney leads Obama, as of last nights polling, by 3-points.

The Gallup 7-day tracking poll of ‘registered’ voters had Obama up as many as 8-points last weekend.

Now that number as of Wednesday night’s update was down to 5-points.

The blow-up in the Middle East can’t be friendly to the President’s numbers.


Rutherford endorses Ramos over Derry in San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors race

Second District San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, at last report a Republican, has endorsed Democrat James Ramos over her colleague and republican Neil Derry in a November run-off.

Ramos secured 47% of the vote to Derry’s 32% in the June primary. Candidate Jim Bagley, also a republican, received 21%.

Maybe Rutherford, who has a tendency for political screw-ups, should have asked for some polling numbers, with Bagley out of the race.


Tight race in CD-31?

Things may be closer in the race between Congressman Gary Miller and State Senator Bob Dutton.

Both republicans seek to represent the 31st Congressional District.

A recent poll conducted Monday through Wednesday nights, conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research, covering the 3rd Supervisorial District portion (Eastern segment) of CD-31 shows Miller with just a 28%-24% lead over Dutton.

The area polled is a place where both candidates have little name identification due to redistricting.

Dutton should have more popularity in the Western segment, which he currently represents in the California State Senate.

This race will definitely come down to marshalling campaign money and messaging.