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

CUNA backs FCC action on re-assigned number database

first_img continue reading » CUNA supports the establishment of a centralized, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supervised database to which all voice providers should be required to report reassigned numbers, it told the FCC in a letter sent Monday. CUNA responded to the FCC’s notice of inquiry about robocalling and re-assigned phone numbers.“CUNA believes that a national database under the auspices of the Commission and operated by a Commission-designated and supervised entity would best guarantee accurate and timely information on reassigned numbers,” the letter reads. “CUNA concurs with the Commission’s assessment that such an approach would allow the agency to oversee quality, appropriately limit access and preserve and protect the data.This model has previously been used by the FCC and Federal Trade Commission in creating and maintaining the national “Do Not Call” registry. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Speaker Brother’: Loudspeakers teach Indian children after virus shutters schools

first_imgBut response to the program, called ‘Bolki Shaala’ or ‘Spoken School’ in the state language of Marathi, has been encouraging, Shringarpure added.It reaches children who are usually the first in their families to go to school, with content covering part of the school curriculum, as well as social skills and English language lessons.”These kids have no guidance from their family, they are on their own,” Shringarpure said.While many children in cities have been able to attend classes online, those in places like Dandwal, where telecom networks are poor and power supply is often erratic, have gone months without opening schoolbooks.Parents like Sangeeta Yele, who hope for better lives for their children, are pushing them to attend the mobile classes.”As the school is closed, my son used to wander in the forests,” said Yele.”‘Bolki Shaala’ has reached our village and now my son has started studying. I am happy. It gives me happiness that my son can now sing songs and narrate stories.”  The children sang rhymes and answered questions, with some of them speaking of the loudspeaker as ‘Speaker Brother’ or ‘Speaker Sister’.”I love studying with Speaker Brother,” said Jyoti, a gleeful 11-year-old girl who attended one session.Reuters followed the volunteers last week as they carried the loudspeaker through villages in the Indian state of Maharashtra where children awaiting its arrival had gathered at designated, socially-distanced spots.”We wondered if children and their parents would accept a loudspeaker as their teacher,” said Shraddha Shringarpure, head of the Diganta Swaraj Foundation, which has done development work for more than a decade among tribal villages in the region. One overcast morning in a farming village in hilly western India, a group of schoolchildren sat on the mud floor of a wooden shed for their first class in months.There was no teacher, just a voice from a loudspeaker.The recorded lessons form part of an initiative by an Indian non-profit spread over six villages that aims to reach 1,000 students denied formal classes since the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close four months ago.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar bags two-match ban Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Neymar ‘super happy’ to return to training with PSG Neymar could reportedly face a seven-match ban for punching Alvaro Gonzalez after he accused the Spaniard of racism.The Brazilian superstar was sent off for Paris Saint-Germain after VAR found that he had thrown a punch at Gonzalez, before the Brazilian insisted that the Marseille defender was racially abusive towards him. The governing body of professional football in France, the LFP, will now review the incident before handing out its suspension for the Brazilian, with the organization’s regulations stating that the Brazilian could be banned for as many as seven matches, according to French sports outlet RMC Sport.As cited by RMC Sport: “An aggressive action committed outside of a game set and without causing injury to the opponent can lead to the suspension of seven games.”However if the reason for the dismissal is an attempted assault, he could face a ban of up to six games.They are also investigating the claims made about Gonzalez, and if he is found guilty of racism he could face up to a 10-game ban.Marseille ran out 1-0 winners in a heated derby that saw five players sent off, while 12 others were given yellow cards after a mass brawl broke out during the game at the Parc des Princes. Neymar alleged that Gonzalez called him a “monkey motherf*****,” which infuriated the £208 million star and resulted in him throwing a punch at his rival.Television footage and a pitchside microphone appear to have caught Neymar pointing at the centre back in question and shouting: “Racism, no?”“VAR catching my ‘aggression’ is easy… now I want to see the image of the racist calling me a monkey motherf*****,” he tweeted after the game.Before uncovering what Gonzalez had allegedly called him on the field, Neymar also tweeted: “My only regret is not hitting that a****** in the face.”The Spaniard responded to the allegation on social media, labelling Neymar a “bad loser” before the Brazilian responded to Gonzalez’s denial of the allegation. “There is no place for racism… Sometimes you have to learn to lose and take it on the field. Incredible 3 points today. Allez l’OM. Thanks family,” Gonzalez tweeted alongside a picture of himself with his teammates.“You are not a man to assume your mistake, losing is part of the sport. Now insulting and bringing racism into our lives no, I don’t agree,” Neymar responded on Twitter.Tags: Alvaro GonzalezNeymarParis Saint-GermainRMC Sportlast_img read more