first_imgSpecificallyIowa HouseMichigan HouseMinnesota Senate (not set in stone yet but looks likely Dems netted only one seat here)North Carolina HouseNorth Carolina SenatePennsylvania House (also not set in stone but not looking great)Texas House So what happened?Did disaffected Republicans take their ire at Trump out at the top of their ballots and then ticket-split to support GOPers further down?Should Democrats have worked harder to tie down-ballot Republicans to Trump?Were resources allocated poorly?I could drop a hot take here, but I respect you too much for that.- Advertisement – Okay, fast forward to, like, now.Let’s talk about how the situation has changed… and no, it’s not good.We’re not even talking pre-election status quo here.Things definitely got worse for Democrats in the next round of redistricting.Which means winning a majority in the U.S. House is going to be even harder for Democrats over the course of the next decade.Tuesday saw the GOP’s redistricting edge expand from three- or four-to-one to potentially four- or five-to-one.Yes, Republicans may end up drawing five times as many districts as Democrats.Tuesday’s election results create a grave risk of another decade of minority rule by the GOP both in Congress and in statehouses nationwide.But there’s something else at play in the upcoming round of redistricting that wasn’t a factor in 2011.Back then, many new maps in southern states were subject to the preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act.… a requirement the U.S. Supreme Court killed in Shelby County v. Holder back in 2013.This ruling also paved the way for a new wave of voter suppression laws, the repercussions of which we’re still dealing with as I type, as votes are still being counted in places like Georgia and Arizona. North Carolina:Governor: Democratic hold (but super irrelevant in this context)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican holdBonus! Supreme Court: Democratic holdBattles over redistricting are set to continue after Republicans not only maintained their majorities, but also unexpectedly gained seats. And although Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper won reelection, it totally doesn’t matter: he’s unable to veto most key redistricting bills.Republicans ousted at least one Democratic incumbent on the state Supreme Court and lead in two uncalled races where absentee and provisional ballots will decide whether Democrats majority stays at 6-1 or narrows to 5-2 (or even 4-3).This matters because state courts curtailed the GOP’s gerrymanders last year.But while those rulings curbed the GOP’s worst map-drawing excesses, they didn’t entirely eliminate the problem. While results in some statehouses are still shaking out (yeah, I’m looking at you, Arizona), we already know that Republicans successfully defended their majorities in several key chambers.Campaign Action- Advertisement – But many of those majorities were extremely small.Dems held several chambers by just a couple of seats. If Democrats are able to flip a legislative chamber, the state’s divided government would sort out the aftermath of a ruling or GOP action against the IRC.Perhaps they’d reach a bipartisan compromise!… more likely, though, is that new maps would be drawn by the courts, which tend to favor nonpartisan districts. Minnesota:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Democratic holdSenate: Republican hold(?—uncalled as of this writing)Democrats appear to have fallen just short in their bid to win trifecta control in Minnesota, though final tallies have yet to be announced.The state currently has nonpartisan maps drawn by a court and is poised to again after 2020. Sigh.tl;dr— This round of redistricting might not be as bad for Democrats as the last round, but it’s not shaping up to be much better.And depending on SCOTUS interference, it could arguably be worse. The trust is that we just don’t know yet.All of these things could be true. None of them could be true.But here are two things that are 100% true:Democrats were vying to flip districts specifically gerrymandered to elect Republicans.While the disparity wasn’t as severe as in cycles past, Republicans out-raised Democrats and outspent them in several key chambers.- Advertisement – But then the party collectively seemed to forget that redistricting was going to be happening in 2011.Republicans, as we know, very much did not forget, and they outspent Democrats three-to-one to target a handful of flippable seats in key chambers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and more.Republicans flipped 21 chambers in 2010.In 2020, they flipped … three.Don’t get me wrong: A GOP trifecta in New Hampshire is a Bad Thing.And this means Republicans get to re-gerrymander that state Senate (and the House, but with 400 seats, that chamber is always a bit of a crapshoot, honestly).But federally, this gives the GOP complete control over drawing a whole two congressional districts.The bad news from Election 2020 isn’t what Republicans won.It’s what Republicans successfully defended.I wrote previously in this space about how the next round of redistricting could shake out for Democrats, depending on the level of success they had in flipping GOP-held chambers this week.Before Nov. 3, Republicans had complete control over the drawing of anywhere from 37% to 45% of all congressional districts nationwide.Democrats would control the drawing of just 10% to 11%.The remaining districts would be drawn via redistricting commissions (with varying degrees of independence), compromises reached in states with divided governments, and/or the courts (when some of those divided governments inevitably deadlock). Sure, this three- or four-to-one advantage would have been lousy—but not as bad as it was in 2011, when Republicans had a better than five-to-one advantage in drawing congressional districts. My talented Daily Kos Elections colleagues have assembled a super detailed breakdown of how Tuesday’s results impact the next round of redistricting, but here are the crucial toplines:Why we still care what happens in Arizona even though they have an Independent Redistricting Commission: Governor: Republican (up in 2022)House: Republican? (uncalled)Senate: Republican? (uncalled)Arizona has had an independent redistricting commission in place since 2000, but with the U.S. Supreme Court’s newly conservative configuration, the IRC is at a big of risk of being struck down.Republicans in the legislature have repeatedly sought to undermine the commission, so ending the GOP’s control of state government would help insulate and preserve it. – Advertisement – Pennsylvania:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Republican (uncalled but likely) holdSenate: Republican (uncalled but likely) hold But let’s face it: Even if Democrats flip one or both chambers in Arizona, Election Day 2020 was a disappointment.Ya know what? I’ll take disappointment over a bloodbath.Here’s a little perspective.Election Day 2010 replaced Election Day 2000 as the most excruciating of my life, and even 2016 wasn’t savage enough to supplant it.And 2020 certainly wasn’t.It’s an oft-forgotten fact that Democrats appeared to be sitting pretty before the 2010 elections.They held majorities in 60 chambers.Republicans held just 36, and two were tied. Texas:Governor: Republican (up in 2022)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican holdI mentioned in this space last week that Republicans were pumping tons of late cash into these state House races, and WOW did that effort pay off.Texas is arguably the most important state for Republican congressional gerrymandering, and Democrats failed to make the big gains needed to flip the state House to break the GOP’s trifecta control of the state.But wait, it gets worse!Democrats also failed to lay the groundwork for striking down gerrymanders later this decade after Republicans swept all four seats up this year to maintain their 9-0 state Supreme Court majority. Why we care what happens in Michigan even though they have an independent redistricting commission:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican (up in 2022)In 2018, Michigan voters approved a ballot measure establishing a redistricting commission, stripping the legislature of its power to draw district maps for itself and for the U.S. House. Okay, one more piece of lousy news before I remind you (… and myself) that last night wasn’t a total disaster.But on to less terrible news!And while Republican legislators in many states will now have to deal with newly elected QAnon believers in their caucuses, Democrats celebrated a lot of positive firsts.This list is in no way exhaustive—feel free to hit me up with other cool Democratic state legislative first you know of! New Hampshire:Governor: Republican holdHouse: Republican flipSenate: Republican flipYeah, didn’t think I’d be talking about this one.last_img read more

first_img Wanyama’s 74th-minute red card for a needless challenge which led to his sending off was swiftly followed by Norwich’s winning goal, although the midfielder has since apologised for his “reckless and irresponsible” actions on social media. Wanyama is likely to escape any further internal sanction but Mane’s misdemeanor may not be forgiven so easily, with Koeman revealing in his post-match interviews that it is the second time the Senegal international has broken that particular club rule. Mane, whom the Sunday newspapers have once again reported is of interest to Manchester United following the player’s latest fall out with his manager, did come on as an 80th-minute substitute against Norwich. However, with the players having Sunday off, it remains to be seen whether his demotion to the bench is seen as punishment enough by Koeman. Meanwhile, Wanyama, whose future at Southampton has also been the subject of speculation, has taken to Instagram to say sorry for his red card. He said: “I would just like to apologise to the manager, fans and everyone at the club for my red card yesterday. “It was reckless and irresponsible and I should have used my experience to have not let it happen, especially when I was on a yellow card. “I now just want to focus on getting back on the pitch and helping the team as much as I can.” Southampton forward Sadio Mane will hope to avoid further punishment for turning up late for the team meeting which led to him being dropped at Norwich. Press Association Southampton had the lion’s share of control and chances at Carrow Road until being reduced to 10 men, but now find themselves just a point ahead of the newly-promoted Canaries after a sixth defeat from their last eight Barclays Premier League fixtures. James Ward-Prowse put Wanyama’s red card down to his fellow midfielder’s enthusiasm but felt the other Saints players battled well for the remainder of the match. “Victor is an aggressive player and he likes to get around the pitch. It was unfortunate for him that he got sent off,” Ward-Prowse told the club’s official website, saintsfc.co.uk. “It’s always difficult, but we coped well after the goal. It was just one of those moments and to be fair, the guy took the goal very well. “It was a real test of character out there and we can learn a lot from that. “We have to learn from it – it’s a new year and a new start, but it wasn’t the ideal start. It’s a test of character to come through the bad times.” Alex Tettey scored the goal against Southampton which saw Norwich earn successive wins for the first time this season, following Monday’s 2-0 home victory over Aston Villa. And the significance of another three points was not lost on the midfielder, who told the club’s official website, canaries.co.uk: “It’s massive because we knew we had to try and get back-to-back wins. “That’s happened, which means we’re very pleased. It’s something we hadn’t yet done this season so we’re really happy. “We have two clean sheets in a row now, and that’s pleasing as a team. It’s been a good month for us despite some difficult fixtures. “We have to continue picking up points now because that’s what it’s all about.” Mane was withdrawn from the starting line-up to face the Canaries on Saturday just a couple of hours before kick-off after arriving late for the gathering, as is club protocol under Saints boss Ronald Koeman. Koeman publicly blamed the 23-year-old winger and his team-mate Victor Wanyama after their indiscipline helped condemn Southampton to a 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road. last_img read more

first_imgFOREST CITY — Winnebago Industries says they’re buying another motorhome manufacturer. The Forest City-based outdoor lifestyle product company announced this morning that it’s entered into an agreement to acquire Newmar Corporation for $344 million. Winnebago says Newmar, located in Nappanee Indiana, has been a leader in the recreational vehicle industry for over 50 years and makes the industry’s fastest growing brand of Class A motorhomes. Winnebago president and CEO Michael Happe says in a written statement that the acquisition aligns with the company’s strategy and re-energizes their motorized business by enhancing the company’s position in the motorhome market.This story will be updated with more information about the purchase later.last_img read more

first_imgThere has been no firm decision taken as yet to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.This was confirmed by Beverly Harper, the Chairperson of Atlantic Hotel Inc (AHI), which owns Marriott Guyana.The AHI chairperson was at the time debunking reports in sections of the local media to the effect that AHI has made a decision to go ahead with the outfitting of the Casino.Harper told Guyana Times that AHI would certainly like to have the Casino and Entertainment Complex outfitted before any sale of the property could be made since it would be the more economical option.The AHI chairperson further indicated to this newspaper that at present, the company is in receipt of proposals and is in fact open to receiving proposals to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex.However, she explained that any such proposal would have to meet the Marriott International’s requirement, adding that it certainly could not be any competing interests such as existing hoteliers.According to Harper, the shell/building for the Casino and Entertainment Complex is completed and is the building adjacent to the current hotel operations.She explained that the building had been constructed as part of Phase I of the construction of the facility—a project that had been undertaken by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime.Recent media reports have been fuelled by an advertisement appearing in the local dailies indicating that AHI was ready to embark on Phase II of the operation, which includes the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex but the advertisement being referred to is essentially for an available position of Accountant.Forensic Auditor, Anand Goolsarran had cautioned against proceeding with the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex.His recommendation had come in an audit he had undertaken of AHI, given the lack of market intelligence on the operations of casinos among other considerations.In the report, Goolsarran said: “The Entertainment Complex is too risky a venture for the Government to undertake.”He had also recommended that Government should proceed with haste to advertise for the sale of the hotel, bearing in mind that the Management Agreement with Marriott International is for 30 years, renewable for another 10 years.That Agreement, he observed, does provide for the sale of the hotel to a reputable individual or firm so that it can roll-over to the new owners.He suggested that Government alternatively retain majority interest in the hotel and offer 49% of shares to the public and institutional investors, such as banks and insurance companies.last_img read more

first_imgEverton are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals as they beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium.Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku were the goalscorers for Roberto Martinez’s side but they have Joel Robles to thank too after his early penalty save as he denied Charlie Daniels following James McCarthy’s handball.A fast-paced but sloppy encounter lacked quality in the opening stages with Tom Cleverley, Barkley wasting chances for the visitors, while Juan Iturbe and Junior Stanislas missed the target for the hosts.Bournemouth were keen to get behind the Toffees, who dominated possession, on the counter and attack the rusty Phil Jagielka but failed to quite get the measure of their passes forward.At the opposite end though, Lukaku made a fool of Tommy Elphick with his pace only to see Adam Federici’s outstretched leg deny him from scoring the opener.Bournemouth were then handed a huge opportunity to take the lead eight minutes before the break as James McCarthy’s handball earned the hosts a penalty.Charlie Daniels though, who has scored from the spot this season in the Premier League, saw his strike from 12 yards well saved by Joel Robles.While Bryan Oviedo’s flying header from the edge of was the perfect depiction of a game lacking in finesse.After the break a Shaun MacDonald volley swerved over Robles’ crossbar as the Cherries looked to break the deadlock but it was all in vain.Barkley had been the brightest player on the pitch in his role behind Lukaku and when given space on the edge of the box, with 55 minutes gone, his strike looped over Adam Federici and into the net after taking a deflection off ex-Everton star Gosling.It was nearly 2-0 moments later but Belgian forward Lukaku’s strike was ruled out for offside, much to Bournemouth’s relief.Stanislas’ deflected free-kick then had home supporters out of their seats but in the end it bobbled wide with Robles stranded.Gosling and substitute Matt Ritchie also went close as Howe’s side went for the equaliser before Eunan O’Kane denied Barkley a second goal.It only repelled the Toffees for a few seconds though as Lukaku swept home from a corner to double Everton’s tally for the evening.With Martinez satisfied, Oumar Niasse and Kevin Mirallas replaced Barkley and Lukaku for the last ten minutes and his men were able to see out the victory. Everton players celebrate Romelu Lukaku’s strike 1last_img read more