Second district House race heavily contested

first_imgAfter months of speeches, fundraisers, handshakes and kissed babies, voters in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District will decide whether Democrat Brendan Mullen or Republican Jackie Walorski will represent them on Capitol Hill. Notre Dame professor and former political reporter Jack Colwell said the race is still close with only four days remaining until Election Day. “At the start of the race, it was generally regarded as Jackie’s district,” Colwell said. “She unsuccessfully ran against [Sen.] Joe Donnelly in 2010, but came close. She also has a lot of name recognition, where Mullen is virtually unknown.” Colwell said the Republican-controlled state legislature redrew voting district lines in a way likely to incorporate more right-leaning voters in the district, favoring Walorski’s odds. “She began as a very heavy favorite, but Mullen came on in an impressive way,” Colwell said. “Whether he can actually catch up and win is far from certain, but he’s made a race of it that’s shown by some of the national groups spending heavily in this district now. Neither side would spend if they figured the race was over.” With voters looking for more bipartisanship, both candidates stress their willingness to reach across the aisle in Washington, Colwell said. “Jackie is saying she would be an independent voice and Mullen says he’d be a moderate, along the lines of Joe Donnelly, the Democrat who represents the district now,” he said. The spending includes funds from political consultant Karl Rove’s Super PAC, American Crossroads, which is backing Walorski. Mullen is getting support from Democratic PACs and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Name recognition has been difficult for Mullen in these new areas. To draw enough votes, Colwell said Mullen must win big in St. Joseph County, the most populous county of the 10 in the district, because his chances in the other nine are not good. Part of the headwinds Mullen will face throughout the district, Colwell said, comes from his opponent’s associating him with controversial figures and policies in Washington. “Walorski is trying to portray him as a Washington insider who was recruited by [House of Representatives minority leader] Nancy Pelosi to try and run in the district, and links him to President Obama and Obamacare,” Colwell said. “Mullen tries to link her to the Tea Party, which indeed did support her; Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican senatorial candidate who recently made controversial comments about abortion; and calls her a career politician.” The two candidates’ first and only television debate together occurred Tuesday at WSBT studios in Mishawaka. Mullen and Walorski also held a radio debate in Wabash, Ind., on Oct. 25. Colwell said Mullen came across as more assertive than Walorski in the debates because of the “prevent defense” Walorski has adopted to preserver her favorable poll numbers. “Mullen tried to get in all of his points and was critical of Walorski on the privatization of social security,” Colwell said. “Walorski seemed more intent on not making a mistake to preserve what’s assumed to be her lead.” Colwell attributed some of the contention in the race to the district’s residents’ moderate political leanings. “Both parties in seeking control of the House will zero in on this district as one that could be won,” Colwell said. “There are a lot of congressional districts across the country where it’s obvious that one party will win, but if it’s close, both sides will come in spending millions of dollars to make television stations happy.”last_img read more

Government treating discovery as national security threat

first_imgIllegal aircraftPresident David Granger has said Government is treating the discovery of the twin engine Beechcraft aircraft discovered in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) on Sunday as a matter of national security and would be determining the fate of the plane following the investigation.He said an investigation has been launched to determine whether the twin engineThe Beechcraft Kingair aircraftBeechcraft landed at the illegal airstrip as a sign of distress or for illegal reasons.“It is premature for me to what will happen to the plane. We don’t know if it is in distress or if it was involved in illegal activity but soon as that investigation is completed, the Minister of State will communicate that view. Right now, we are treating it as a public security issue rather than a question of distress. We know that people were running away and we know if they were wounded they would not have been running away, so let’s get to the facts first before we jump to conclusions,” the President said.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told this publication they are trying to verify the origin of the aircraft and whether any criminal records are associated with the identifying documents found on the aircraft.A history of the aircraft shows that it was owned by 11 companies in the past 27 years. The Beechcraft Kingair aircraft is currently registered to Banco Brandesco – one of Brazil’s third largest banks. However, an official from the Bank said thatThe aircraft’s registration historythey do not own any planes but it is registered to them since the owner may have acquired a loan to purchase it.A mining company named Riwa SA Incorporated Investments and participants operate the aircraft. No trace of narcotics were found on the plane but identification cards of Venezuelan and Brazilian origin were discovered on board.A multi-agency taskforce is still in the area conducting investigations. The aircraft is expected to be flown to the city following minor repairs.On Sunday, acting on information, a team from F Division (Interior locations) visited the area and discovered a 5400-foot long, 45-foot wide airstrip which appeared to have undergone recent repairs. This strip had been discovered and destroyed by the Guyana Defence Force only a few years ago. The aircraft landed while the ranks were making their way back to the airstrip. They reported that they saw some persons running into the bush.According the F Division Commander Ravindradat Budhram, having received information from an unnamed source that the airstrip was being used, investigating ranks visited the site and were leaving the area when they observed an aircraft circling some distance away. The aircraft landed while the ranks were making their way back to the airstrip. They reported that they saw some persons running from the aircraft. Following the discovery of the plane, an extensive search was mounted by a Joint Services team for the men and the search continues.Budhram noted that a search of the area unearthed three abandoned camps, in which canned food and other items were found. Additionally, 16 10-gallon containers, which are suspected to have contained aviation fuel, were also discovered. During the search of the aircraft, several pieces of communication equipment, including cellular phones, flashlights, a quantity of dried ration, medical supplies and an identification card were discovered.last_img read more

Video: Will Tottenham flop Roberto Soldado ever get back to his best?

first_imgTottenham flop Roberto Soldado is reportedly in talks with Villarreal about a possible move back to Spain.We can hear Spurs fans celebrating from here.The Spain forward has struggled to settle at White Hart Lane and has scored just 16 goals in 76 appearances for the north London club.To honour one of the worst Premier League signings in history, here’s a collection of his best goals…for former side Valencia.Watch the video above and leave your thoughts on Roberto Soldado below…last_img