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

Why managing Arsenal ‘did not appeal’ to Jose Mourinho

first_imgWhy managing Arsenal ‘did not appeal’ to Jose Mourinho Advertisement Unai Emery is under pressure at Arsenal after a poor start (Reuters)Meanwhile, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged to Gunners to make a move for Pochettino.‘There’s no need to panic at Arsenal, we are getting close to panic by the way, because we’re not having the best of seasons, but the powers that be at the top of the club should be seriously considering Pochettino,’ said Keown.‘I have a lot of admiration for what he did at Tottenham, the way he nurtured those young players and he didn’t spend a great deal of money.‘I don’t think Tottenham spent enough.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I know the poor record he has recently, I know it all but I still would have given him another chance. I don’t like the way Tottenham have done it.‘There will be a lot of chairmen looking at him now.‘Manchester United wanted him this time last year. I think Arsenal would have to be interested if they want to take a step forward.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Jose Mourinho took charge of his first Spurs training session on Wednesday (Getty)Mourinho is understood to have impressed Sanllehi with his plans for Arsenal during their discussions.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut according to The Times, Mourinho was not fully convinced that Arsenal would be the best move for him.The report claims that the structure of Arsenal’s hierarchy ‘did not appeal’ to the Portuguese. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Nov 2019 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kSharescenter_img Comment Jose Mourinho reportedly held talks with Arsenal before his move to Tottenham (Getty Images)Jose Mourinho had major reservations about replacing Unai Emery as Arsenal manager, according to reports.The 56-year-old has been appointed as Tottenham’s new manager following their surprise decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino earlier this week.But before his move to Spurs, Mourinho reportedly held talks with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi about potentially replacing Unai Emery last month.Emery has been under pressure following a poor start to the campaign and Mourinho was reportedly under consideration to take charge as the Gunners were preparing for a change of management.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

UG Cup: Nkambi Coffee sturn Villa as Bul eliminate Mbarara

first_imgSC Villa reached the semi finals of the Cup last season (file photo)Stanbic Uganda Cup 2018/19-Round of 32Wednesday, 16-01-2019-Nkambi Coffee FC 2-0 Sports Club Villa-Free Stars FC 1-2 Bukedea Town Council FC-Bul Football Club-Jinja (5) 1-1 (4) Mbarara City Fc-U-Touch FC 0-4 Kitara Football Club Hoima-Calvary FC (3) 0-0 (4) Uganda Police Football ClubThere were five games played in the Stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 32 on Wednesday.As it is in the Cup, there was a major shock as Nkambi Coffee defeated SC Villa 2-0 at Masaka Recreational Grounds.After a goalless draw, the hosts took the lead on 65 minutes before ending Villa’s hopes of silverware this season with a second 9 minutes from time.After last season’s semi final defeat to Vipers SC, the 9 time winner SC Villa will feel they have underachieved in every sense of the word. However, this is not the first time they are eliminated by a lower division side after they befell the same fate two years ago, losing to Kiboga Young.At Nejru Technical Center, Bul FC fought from a goal down to eliminate Mbarara City 5-4 on penalties.On a day that heavy rains forced the game to be halted for several minutes at the start of the second half, South Sudanese striker Makwueth Wol gave the Ankole Lions the lead on 65 minutes.BUL, in typical fighting spirit scored a last minute equalizer through substitute James Otim, who shot from 25 yards to beat Mbarara goalkeeper Ssekeba.In the tense shoot out, Mucureezi, Bebe Swalik, Asuman Alishe and Ivan Eyam scored while Hilary Mukundane missed.BUL scored all their kicks through Daniel Shabena, Farouk Banga, James Otim, Deogracious Ojok and the winning penalty by Villa Oromchan.In Yumbwe, Davis Mutebi saved two penalties as Police survived lower league side Calvary’s scare.Following a goalless draw after 90 minutes, the goalie did a wounderful job to save the Cops from an early exit at the expense of a regional side, saving Thwalib Kassim and Anzuvuku Savior spot kicks.In the shootout, midfielder Samuel Kayongo sent his attempt wide but that didn’t matter as Mutebi saved twice.Police’s goals spot kicks were converted by team captain Sadat Kyambadde, Ibrahim Kibumba, Ronald Nyanzi and Yasin Mugume.The progress means Police have improved from last season’s performance after falling to Vipers 3-1 at this stage.In Abdallah Mubiru’s first season at the club, he guided the club to a quarter final finish losing to KCCA FC in extra time.Elsewhere, Big league side Bukedea Town Council took care of Free Stars FC while Kitara trounced U-Turn 4-0.Next Uganda Cup Fixtures:Thursday, 17th January 2019:–Water Vs Express – Muteesa II Wankulukuku Stadium (4 PM)Saturday, 19th January 2019:-Nyamityobora Vs Proline – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara (4 PM)-Nebbi Central Vs Admin – Nebbi Playground (4 PM)Tuesday, 22nd January 2019:–Kireka United Vs Wakiso Giants – Mandela National Stadium (4PM)-Kiboga Young Vs St Mary’s – Bamusuuta Ground, Kiboga (4 PM)-Tooro United Vs KCCA – Buhinga Stadium, Fort Portal (4 PM)Comments Tags: Bul FCMbarara CityNkambi Coffeepolice fcSC VillaUganda Cuplast_img read more