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In Ascendant Night for Congressional Republicans, Women Led the Way

first_imgAshley Hinson, a former state legislator and television reporter, ousted Representative Abby Finkenauer of Iowa; Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the Citadel, defeated Representative Joe Cunningham of South Carolina; and Yvette Herrell, a former state legislator and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, flipped Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s seat in New Mexico to become the first Native American Republican woman in Congress. Republicans were celebrating their success at chipping away at Democrats’ House majority and feeling increasingly confident of maintaining control of the Senate. By Wednesday evening, they had elected 22 women and were on track to have the highest number of them serving in their congressional ranks, surpassing the previous record of 25 women elected in 2004.Those wins came as Republicans fought to protect female incumbents in the Senate, where Joni Ernst of Iowa prevailed in her competitive race, Kelly Loeffler advanced to a runoff in Georgia, and Susan Collins won a decisive victory in her re-election race in Maine. Cynthia Lummis, a former House lawmaker, became the first Republican woman to represent Wyoming in the Senate, replacing the retiring incumbent, Senator Michael B. Enzi. The pickups were particularly remarkable in the House, where Democrats swept to power in 2018 by running a diverse class of contenders and sent a historic group of women into office. Just one new Republican woman, Representative Carol Miller of West Virginia, was elected to the chamber that year, raising alarms inside the party conference.That set off a scramble by Republican leaders to steal a page from the Democratic recruiting playbook, eschewing the kind of candidates they had previously turned to — white, male, often veterans of politics — in favor of newcomers with diverse backgrounds. “These are important gains. They need to be celebrated; they need to be acknowledged,” Ms. Walsh said. “But women are still very underrepresented on the Republican side.” – Advertisement – By Wednesday afternoon, Democrats had defeated only one Republican woman in the Senate, Martha McSally of Arizona, who had been expected to lose.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — Republican women delivered critical victories to their party in the election, signaling the success of their efforts to recruit and elect a more diverse slate of candidates as they sought to counter Democrats’ huge advantage in adding women to their ranks in Congress.Conservative women were nearing a historic level of representation in the House, more than doubling the number of female Republican incumbents in the chamber as they scored key upsets in battlegrounds across the country and beat back Democratic challengers flush with cash.- Advertisement – “The Republican Party vowed to make gains among G.O.P. women, and it did because it prioritized the problem,” said Olivia Perez-Cubas, a spokeswoman for WFW Action Fund, a super PAC to elect conservative women that pumped millions of dollars into Republican primary races and the general election. “We’re seeing that Republican women will win.”Republicans regained a number of seats they had lost in 2018, and partial returns showed women leading Democratic incumbents in other competitive districts, like in Staten Island, where Representative Max Rose of New York was fighting to hold off Nicole Malliotakis. Republican leaders said on Wednesday that they anticipated welcoming as many as 19 women to their ranks after a dozen candidates had notched decisive wins.A woman won in nearly every district that Republicans had flipped by Wednesday, a striking statistic that bolstered the argument that conservative women could win competitive seats if they were able to make it through a primary to a general election. Republicans were still lagging far behind Democrats, who have spent years and huge sums to recruit and elect women across the country. But the Republican gains reflected the success of an urgent effort they undertook two years ago to make up for their widening deficit in enlisting women to run.“In many ways, this cycle for the Republican women is a very simple story,” said Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “You can’t see numeric gains in officeholders unless you have increases in number of candidates.”But to reach gender parity in Congress, she cautioned, Republicans would have to continue prioritizing the recruitment of women in both chambers and not interpret their success on Tuesday as “a one and done.”- Advertisement – In Florida, Maria Elvira Salazar, a former broadcast journalist, stunned Democrats by defeating Representative Donna E. Shalala by a narrow margin in the state’s 27th Congressional District. And Michelle Fischbach, a former lieutenant governor, defeated Representative Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, ending the tenure of the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and a 30-year veteran of Congress.Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said in an interview on Wednesday that he and other party leaders had championed recruits like Ms. Hinson early in the cycle, recognizing that “women and minorities’ biggest challenge were primaries, not general election.” More than 200 Republican women ran for the House this cycle.“They’re not going to give up,” Mr. McCarthy said. “These are the type of people you see who are just natural leaders. They’re not being elected because they’re a woman, but they’re going to break barriers where they haven’t been able to get there before.”Republicans were also optimistic on Wednesday about the chance of victories by Young Kim, the first Korean-American Republican woman elected to the California Legislature, and Michelle Steel, a first-generation Korean-American and member of the Orange County board of supervisors, who were challenging Democratic incumbents in tight races in California.Democrats, for their part, added to the diversity of their ranks with victories by Cori Bush, the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress, and Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, both New York Democrats who became the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Mr. Torres is also the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ETlast_img read more

Parker upset by Upton Park boo-boys

first_imgTottenham midfielder Scott Parker admits he was surprised and upset at being booed by West Ham fans on his return to Upton Park on Monday night. Parker joined Tottenham last season in a £6million deal after four seasons with the east London club. The England midfielder, who gave away a penalty in Tottenham’s 3-2 win, admits he was taken aback by the jeers from the home crowd. “I didn’t expect the West Ham fans to boo me and obviously it was a little bit upsetting,” said Parker, who played 113 times for West Ham. “I don’t know why (they did it). I don’t know if it’s because I went to their local rivals… I’m not sure, but I just would have liked to think that maybe I would have got a better reception after what I did in my time here.” During his time at Upton Park, Parker was named ‘Hammer of the year’ three times, and was also named footballer of the year by the Football Writers’ Association in his final season even though the Hammers were relegated from the top flight. The 32-year-old put in some lionhearted performances for the Hammers during his time at the club, but he was booed throughout his first appearance at Upton Park since departing for West Ham’s local rivals Spurs. He added: “I loved (Upton Park), the fans, and I loved the club. I had four fantastic years here and it will always be a club with a massive place in my heart. I was looking forward to coming back and I couldn’t wait to go out there and play so I was disappointed (to be booed).” Spurs moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League following the win, which came courtesy of a last-minute wonder-strike from Gareth Bale. Parker thinks the come-from-behind victory will have served as a warning to Arsenal, against whom they play in the north London derby on Sunday. When asked what he thought Arsenal’s players would make of seeing Bale’s killer goal fly in, Parker said: “It’s deflating isn’t it? I’ve been in that position where you’re watching the scores come up (on television) and it goes ‘last minute goal at wherever’ and you’re praying it’s the other team – and it isn’t, it’s the team that you don’t want to score. “So it is deflating as a player on the opposite end, and I’m sure the Arsenal players are like that.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin won’t discuss free agency

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> With a mid-range jump shot 30 seconds into Saturday’s 115-104 victory over the Lakers, Blake Griffin became the first Clippers player to reach 10,000 points with the franchise.For an organization with a barren collection of history, the scoring milestone was representative of all Griffin has meant to the Clippers. Across the court were the Lakers, with 10 players in team history to score 10,000 points in the purple and gold.The Clippers have Griffin.At least for now. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe five-time All-Star can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, as can Chris Paul, a fact adding to the possible long-term ramifications of another early playoff exit this spring.After his 36 points carried the Clippers on Saturday, Griffin would not say whether he hopes to stay with the Clippers.“I’ve loved my time here, absolutely,” Griffin said. “But my main focus right now is the season. I said this before the season, I’m not doing the whole free agency talk. I’m not talking about any decision I can’t make right now. Like I said my main focus is getting this team right and moving forward and being right heading into the playoffs.”A former first overall pick, Griffin is the first Clippers player to deliver on the high expectations that greeted him when he arrived. He is the symbol of the franchise’s turnaround.The Clippers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference since 2011, although they are yet to advance beyond the second round.center_img “Obviously with free agency coming up,” Rivers said, “I don’t know if the results matter more or not. I think that will be up to the individual players, to be honest.”Although Randy Smith scored 12,735 points with the Buffalo Braves and Clippers from 1971-79, Griffin is the franchise’s leading scorer since the franchise left harsh winters behind and moved to San Diego and rebranded the franchise after a boat.By comparison, Elton Brand scored 9,336 points in seven seasons with the Clippers.“Man, that’s impressive,” Chris Paul said. “To think the games and the time he’s missed, it should be more. He’s got a lot more ahead of him.”“That’s a lot of points,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “I know that and he’s still really young, which is amazing as well. Blake is an amazing player and yet he’s still going to get better which is what’s scary for everybody else.”Not overconfidentWith his team struggling in the middle of the 1999-00 season, Rivers, the first-year head coach of the Orlando Magic, tried something bold.“I scrapped the entire offense,” Rivers said.The veteran coaches on Rivers’ staff advised him that it was a bad idea. “You don’t do that in this league,” they insisted.“And I kept saying, ‘Well why not?” Rivers said. “Our offense sucks and I think it’s the wrong offense for this team.”The Clippers win Saturday was the 800th of Rivers’ career, making him the 15th coach in league history to reach the mark.Rivers said he still has the game ball from his first victory, Nov. 3, 1999, against the Detroit Pistons. In those days, Rivers would “probably overreact to everything early on in my career and I’ve learned everything is a big deal but you don’t have to sweat it all.”If there’s one thing Rivers believes he has been good at as the coach of the Magic, Celtics and Clippers, it’s staying even throughout adversity.“Keep your team targeted on the next game,” he said. “Marching on to the next goal.”last_img read more

O’Rourke supports refinancing, lowering interest rates on student loans

first_imgMASON CITY — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has been in Iowa the last few days holding town hall meetings, including late Wednesday morning in Mason City.O’Rourke is calling for letting Americans refinance their student loans “at much lower rates.” “We have a 10 percent default rate. Let’s get that default rate down to zero by making sure that your payments are affordable,” O’Rourke says. “Something is better than nothing and right now we are getting nothing from far too many of those who took out those loans.”O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, supported President Obama’s “College Promise” proposal that would have made community college tuition free for students who kept their grades up and made steady progress toward completing their two-year degree. He supports erasing student loan debt for college graduates who work in certain occupations. “If you’re willing to work at the VA in one of those unfilled positions, let’s wipe clean in total the debt that you owe so that you can focus on taking care of those who stood up for us,” O’Rourke said. “If you’re willing to teach or become a public school educator in an underserved community, come back to your hometown, perhaps – a decision you could not afford if you had to pay back all those student loan debts, let’s wipe those debts clean.”He emphasized not only the importance of training beyond high school, but of universal preschool. “Starting that education not at four or five, but at three or four, we move the starting line back so everybody has an even chance at success in their lives,” O’Rourke says.O’Rourke stopped in Charles City on Tuesday where he was the guest of Iowa House Minority Leader Todd Prichard. He also made an appearance at Fat Hill Brewing Company this morning.last_img read more