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Republicans Tighten Hold on Senate, but Control Could Be Decided in Runoffs

first_imgDemocrats still remained hopeful about the races in Georgia. The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, was headed for a January runoff against Senator Kelly Loeffler, the appointed Republican, in a special election to replace Senator Johnny Isakson, who retired in late 2019 citing health problems. Jon Ossoff, 33, a documentary filmmaker, was in a tight race to unseat Mr. Perdue, which could also end up in a runoff if neither cleared the 50 percent threshold required under Georgia law to win outright.Both parties had other outstanding targets, but they were considered stretches. For Republicans, the best option was Michigan, where John James, a Black Iraq war veteran who ran for the Senate unsuccessfully in 2018, was trying to unseat Senator Gary Peters. Democrats still believed they had an outside shot of defeating Senator Dan Sullivan in Alaska.Catie Edmondson contributed reporting.- Advertisement – Among all the victories for Senate Republicans, Ms. Collins’s stood out as the most remarkable. Facing an onslaught of liberal outrage over her 2018 vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid accusations of sexual assault, she trailed the Democrat, Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, in the race’s closing weeks. She also faced a potential revolt by the state’s most conservative voters unhappy with her frequent criticism of Mr. Trump.In the end, she proved she was one of the only senators in the country still able to significantly outrun the top of the ticket, winning her fifth term even as Mr. Trump lost badly in Maine to Mr. Biden.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Still, already eying a 2022 Senate election on more difficult turf for Republicans, Mr. McConnell suggested there were reasons for the party to worry, as well.Speaking to reporters after his own commanding victory in Kentucky, he said Republicans had pressing work to do to win back the support of women and college-educated voters, as well as to bolster their fund-raising apparatus, which has trailed Democrats’ juggernaut, ActBlue.“I am disturbed by the loss of support in the suburbs nationwide,” Mr. McConnell said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Yelich, Puig, Astudillo: Ranking the five coolest things from Monday’s MLB action

first_imgWe wrote about what came next, and what it meant in the context of his career, but you can also watch what happened below.Yasiel Puig with perhaps the moment of the season so far.pic.twitter.com/87hg6CZVq6— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 16, 20191. Christian Yelich hits three home runsYelich took his ownership of the Cardinals to new heights, almost single-handedly defeating St. Louis with his three home run, seven-RBI onslaught.It’s clear last season was not a fluke. It’s also clear the Cardinals should pitch around him for the rest of this series.THREE HOME RUNS FOR YELICH.pic.twitter.com/hAwlfqmew3— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 16, 2019 Hours before the contest, Yelich helped a young fan puppy receive a new puppy. He had good karma coming his way.While Yelich’s outburst was certainly the highlight of the night, there were many notable moments in an action-packed set of games.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNLet’s rank the best things we saw on Monday, April 15.5. Clayton Kershaw is back — and looking goodThe Dodgers’ ace made his first start of the season, and after allowing a first-inning home run settled in to go seven innings with six strikeouts. That was a welcome sight for Los Angeles, which has had plenty of offense to start the season but could use its top arm delivering quality starts on a regular basis.Kershaw’s fastball topped out at a tick over 91 mph, and he stayed around 90 mph for most of his outing. The velocity will be something to watch as he settles into the campaign. He was also removed after 84 pitches, presumably to avoid overworking him in his regular-season debut.4. MLB fielders have a rough night …There were two atrocious throws Monday, and each of them led to runs.The first came in St. Louis, when Tyler O’Neill split the difference between third base and home.OH NO.pic.twitter.com/MilJF5gsqH— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 16, 2019Later, Cesar Hernandez had some trouble handling the ball as the Mets scored the go-ahead run in extra innings.Add this throw to the collection.pic.twitter.com/tQK1mSTht1— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 16, 20193. … except for Willians AstudilloEveryone’s favorite Twins player — who is built like a bowling ball but agile like a fox — made a ranging play at third base against the Blue Jays.With Bartolo Colon out of the league, we may have a new Big Sexy.Willians Astudillo is our favorite.Most graceful infielder in the game.pic.twitter.com/HgCvy3juv6— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 16, 20192. Yasiel Puig launches first-inning home run against DodgersIn the most dramatic moment of the night, Puig lifted his helmet to the crowd to acknowledge an ovation before his first at-bat. It was, after all, his first appearance in Los Angeles since being traded to the Reds. At this point, the Cardinals have no business pitching to Christian Yelich, the reigning MVP who looks even better to start the 2019 season.He entered Monday with four home runs in four matchups against St. Louis this season. He added three more long balls and seven RBIs against his rival in a 10-7 Brewers victory.last_img read more

CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa dismissed over financial issues

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Iowa has been fired after the organization discovered financial irregularities during an internal audit, according to the charity’s board chairman.Jennifer Woodley has been dismissed, board chairman Joshua Norton said a statement late last week. Rachel Reams, a vice president with the organization, will serve as the interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a new leader, he said.Norton declined to give details on the nature of the financial irregularities. Woodley was named CEO of the group less than a year ago, in August 2019. A publicly listed telephone number for Woodley could not be found Monday.The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps fulfill the wishes of terminally ill children.last_img