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Biden re-election poll shows dismal 22% support; Harris even worse at 12%

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Biden re-election poll shows dismal 22% support; Harris even worse at 12%

The numbers are cringeworthy — 22% and 12%.

That’s the support for President Biden and his VP Kamala Harris in an I&I/TIPP poll that asked who would you vote for in the 2024 election. Even if you doubt the veracity of all this polling, these are poor numbers.

The only good news for Biden, the survey adds, is “no favorite has emerged among the large field of potential challengers to run against Biden in the 2024 primaries.”

But the sinking survey results are not out of the norm. A Wall Street Journal poll out Tuesday pegged Biden’s approval rating at a dismal 41%. Rasmussen had it at 42%.

Congress, however, was at 22% in the Journal poll, but that’s another story.

“It’s undeniable. Joe Biden is hurting in the polls right now and it’s due to a number of factors,” said Erin O’Brien, associate professor of political science at UMass Boston.

Those factors, she said, include the nagging pandemic, soaring inflation, lingering doubts about Biden’s foreign policy chops after the botched pullout from Kabul and lingering legislation.

The Journal adds that with Biden flatlining in the polls, he won’t be in a position to help Democrats fighting to keep their jobs in the midterms.

This comes as Democrats hold a slim majority in the House, where the split is 221-213, and in the Senate, at 50-50, but with Harris as the tiebreaker.

Support for former President Donald Trump remains strong among those loyal to him, so that also could be reflected in the polling that shows Biden needs to rebound or it will be too late to get much done in the second half of his tenure.

Now Biden faces a new challenge.

He held a video conference Tuesday with Russia’s Vladimir Putin over Russian troops heading toward the Ukrainian border.

Just hours before the call got underway, the Associated Press reported that Ukrainian officials charged Russia was continuing to escalate the crisis by sending tanks and snipers to war-torn eastern Ukraine to “provoke return fire.”

Republicans are watching to see how Biden fares, considering how poorly his administration handled withdrawal from Afghanistan.

It’s all showing in the polls, with the Journal adding 63% of voters said the country had gone off-track, with just 27% saying the nation was on the right course. Some 61% said the economy was headed in the wrong direction.

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Two bodies found Friday morning in Douglas County residence

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Two Colorado corrections officers justified in shooting death of armed fugitive

Two people, a man and a woman, were found dead Friday inside a Douglas County home.

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Man faces first-degree murder charges for shootings at LoDo bar on New Year’s Day

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Two suspects arrested in death of 85-year-old man in Adams County

A man suspected of shooting two men to death on New Year’s Day in a Lower Downtown bar, and wounding two other people, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Levi Floyd Diecidue, 22, allegedly killed Devonte Phillips, 24, and Hiyaw Zewdie, 29, in a shooting at The Cabin Tap House, 1919 Blake Street. The bar’s license was suspended after the shooting.

Diecidue, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, faces charges felony charges of  murder after deliberation, murder with extreme indifference, attempted murder after deliberation, first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, attempted first-degree assault with extreme indifference, and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. He appeared in court on Friday morning and was advised of the charges against him.

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South Park Hill: Walkable neighborhood draws young families

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South Park Hill: Walkable neighborhood draws young families

South Park Hill offers homebuyers a walkable neighborhood tucked into a busy metro area. One of the oldest Denver neighborhoods, South Park Hill, borders City Park and offers residents quick access to the park, Denver Zoo, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“If you want to live in the city and get a great house with a great yard, that’s South Park Hill inside and out,” says Natalie Hengel, 8z real estate agent.

The neighborhood is conveniently located 5 miles from downtown and 5 miles from Cherry Creek, and it features a variety of restaurants, stores, and playgrounds.

“I use my car all week,” says Hengel, who has lived in the neighborhood since 2013. “On the weekends, you have everything you need here and can walk or bike to it.”

What’s available?

South Park Hill primarily offers single-family homes built in the 1900s to 1950s. It features a mix of classic Denver squares, bungalows, and Tudors.

The Denver Square, known as a foursquare home in other parts of the United States, was popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s. The two-story brick homes remain popular because they are easy to update and remodel.

There are a few scrapes and new builds but few duplexes in the neighborhood, Hengel says.

The average home price is $800,000, and houses stay on the market for about three days.

“For $750,000 to $850,000, you can get a good house that feels a bit more dated,” Hengel says. “If you want something that’s more updated, you’ll cross over the $1 million mark.”

Who’s moving in?

South Park Hill appeals to first-time homebuyers who are expecting a baby or want to start a family. The neighborhood also appeals to move-up buyers. But once people move into the neighborhood, they rarely want to leave, Hengel says.

The neighborhood also draws people who work at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “It’s especially popular with doctors who need to be on call,” Hengel says.

Get to know the neighborhood

“This is a really fun neighborhood,” Hengel says. “It’s a family-friendly, front-porch kind of neighborhood. It’s easy to make friends with your neighbors.”

Popular neighborhood area businesses include:

23rd Avenue and Kearney Street: Cake Crumbs Bakery and Cafe, Dardano’s School of Gymnastics, and Oblio’s Pizza.

23rd Avenue and Dexter Street: Honey Hill Cafe, Spinelli’s Market, and The Cherry Tomato.

29th Avenue and Fairfax Street: Long Table Brew House, Em’s Ice Cream, Sexy Pizza, Crock Spot, and Trellis Wine Bar.

The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.

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