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Republicans, Democrats compete for Senate majority

first_imgThirty-three seats are up for grabs in the United States Senate during this election, but Notre Dame professors are still not convinced the Republican challenge to the Democratic majority will be enough to earn GOP dominance in tight races around the country. The Democratic majority in the current Senate is slim, with just 51 seats to the Republican’s 47. Political science professor Geoffrey Layman predicted the fight for the Senate majority would be closer than originally anticipated this year. “I do expect the Republicans to challenge the Democratic majority, but I think it will be very close,” Layman said. “I think six months or a year ago, there was sort of an expectation that the Republicans would almost certainly gain the majority because of the big seat gains in 2010 in the House, less so in the Senate.” Compared to 2010, when Republican candidates – especially those from the Tea Party – enjoyed sweeping success in the House of Representatives, Layman said 2012 is more favorable for the Democratic Party. In the past two years, the nation has seen slow improvements in the economy and a more positive national attitude toward the Affordable Care Act than when it was first proposed. “I think it is certainly a better year than 2010, which was an awful year for Democrats,” he said. However, more of the seats up for reelection have traditionally been held by Democrats and, with only a few states to swing for a Senate majority, the GOP has been fighting hard in election season. Twenty-three Democratic seats are on the ballot, as opposed to 10 Republican. Layman cited Missouri, Virginia and Florida as examples of states where Democrats are trying to cling to a Senate seat despite tough opposition from Republican candidates. Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida are both Democratic incumbents trying to keep their jobs, while the Virginia seat is open to new challengers from both parties after the retirement of incumbent Sen. Jim Webb. “A lot of those seats that the Democrats have to defend, a fair number of them are in red states or at least states where the Republicans are very competitive,” Layman said. Political science professor Peri Arnold also pointed to close races in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Even Indiana, traditionally a Republican state, has become a more spirited battle this year. “The fact that Indiana is contentious is a signal that the Republicans are doing less well than they expected to do originally,” Arnold said. As they make their decisions, voters’ concerns in the Senate races mirror the most important issues in the presidential race, Arnold said. “They’re worried about the economy and economic growth and jobs … so that’s a major pitch, saying, ‘Vote for me, I’ll contribute to a better economy,’” he said. “It isn’t like elections are rifle shots, one issue, one concern. But certainly the economy creates a climate.” Layman also said the economy was the most important issue for voters in 2012. However, he said some states have seen other significant conversations come up in debate. “The feasibility of national health care and sort of the size and role of the federal government have been the big issues,” he said. “Then in a couple of key races like Missouri and Indiana, abortion has unexpectedly reared its ugly head.”last_img read more

Extension

first_imgFaith PeppersUniversity of Georgia As families tighten their economic belts and search for ways to cut household budgets, one of the expenses some are choosing to cut is landscape service. Keeping a home landscape healthy and vibrant isn’t easy, but it is vital to maintaining home values.Fear not. Help is available, and it’s free. “All Georgiana have access to free information on home landscape management, lawn care and better management of household funds through their local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office,” said Tony Tyson, director of county operations for UGA Extension. “We have offices in 157 of Georgia’s 159 counties, but we offer services and free advice to everyone.”Online, information is available at www.ugaextension.com. The site offers publications on a vast array of topics related to home landscaping. By calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1, Georgians can reach their county UGA Extension agent for advice, workshops, soil testing, water testing and a variety of other services. “One of the most valuable tools most counties have is our digital distance diagnostics service,” Tyson said. “You can take in a bug or a diseased plant sample and in short order the county agent can send digital images of it to specialists who can help diagnose the problem and suggest ways to treat it.”UGA Extension offers Master Gardener classes for those who really want to learn the ins and outs of home gardening. You can find out when the next class is available in your area by calling the county UGA Extension office. UGA Extension is the outreach division of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. They offer educational programs and materials related to agriculture, horticulture, families and consumer-related issues. They also offer education on youth development through the Georgia 4-H program. “Our mission is to take the educational information generated through research at the university and deliver it to the people of Georgia who need it most,” Tyson said. “We aim to help Georgians live healthier, wealthier, more productive lives.”last_img read more

Laborte returns to volleyball with Sta. Lucia

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sta. Lucia has slowly brought in a mixture of veterans and youngsters to compete in the PSL under head coach George Pascua.Laborte, who sat out 2017, will join Rubie De Leon, who was a three-time Best Setter and two-time Best Server in the PVL, as Sta. Lucia’s veteran guidance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlso with Sta. Lucia are Jonah Sabete, MJ Phillips, Rebecca Rivera, and Pam Lastimosa. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Guiao rues lack of support for Ravena in loss to Magnolia Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA veteran presence is set to take the center spot for Sta. Lucia in the Philippine Superliga with Micmic Laborte returning to volleyball for the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix.Laborte, a two-time Best Blocker for Ateneo back in the first four years of the Premier Volleyball League, then called Shakey’s V-League, was the latest addition to the Lady Realtors.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup trophy set for Kenyan tour

first_imgThe trophy will then be paraded for public viewing at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) the following day, February 27.“This is the most coveted, top prize in football. Every footballer’s dream is to have this trophy or even come close to it and the opportunity that Coca-cola is giving the Kenyan fan to see the trophy gives the young players hope that this is what every footballers dream is all about,” Coca-cola’s Ampher Apidi said during the tour launch on Wednesday.Coca-Cola Senior Franchise Brand Manager, Rodney Nzokia (From Left), in company of Harambee Stars Head Coach, Paul Put and Coca-Cola Country Manager Satya Ram, embrace their sportsmanship in a Kodak gestural moment during the Fifa World-Cup Trophy Tour media launch. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Trophy tour kicked off last September in Russia and will visit more than 50 countries across six continents, travelling 126,000 kilometers in the nine months leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.Within Russia, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 25 cities – the longest host country tour in history – with one out of every three Russians having the opportunity to experience the Trophy in person.“We are proud to welcome the World Cup trophy to Kenya for the third consecutive time. This recognition and honour attests to the country’s undying love for the game. The trophy is only visiting 10 countries in Africa and this attests to the great pride Coca-Cola has for Kenyan people,” Rodney Nzioka, Cocacola’s Senior Brand Manager in Kenya said.The heavily guarded piece of silverware is only touched by Heads of State and previous winners and fans will only be allowed to view and take photos with it from a well covered podium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coca-Cola Country Manager Satya Ram, addresses the media personalities and invited guests on the plans and logistics of the forthcoming Fifa World-Cup Trophy Tour in Kenya. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7- The 18-karat gold FIFA World Cup trophy that will be the centre of attention when the footballing world’s eyes turn to Russia in June will land in Kenya’s capital on February 26 on a two-day tour, its third ever in the country.The trophy which is on a world-wide tour of over 50 countries will land in Kenya on 26th at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before proceeding to State House, as is the norm, to be welcomed into the country by President Uhuru Kenyatta.last_img read more

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