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4 States Hold Primaries on Tuesday and Ohio Is Sending 1 New Congressman to Washington

3yrs ago from The Week
On Tuesday, voters in Ohio's 12th congressional district will send either Republican Troy Balderson or Democrat Danny O’Connor to Congress in a special election, while Kansas, Michigan, Washington, and Missouri hold primaries. Ohio's 12th district has been in Republican hands for decades, most recently Rep. Pat Tiberi (R), but polls show a tight race. Tuesday's winner will have to run again for a full term in November. In Missouri, Republicans are expected to choose Attorney General Josh Hawley to challenge vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and voters will determine if Missouri becomes an anti-union "right to work" state. President Trump endorsed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Monday in his GOP primary challenge against acting Gov. Jeff Colyer (R), and three Democrats are running to challenge the victor of that primary. Democrats are selecting nominees they hope will flip two House seats in Kansas, at least two in Michigan, and one in Washington. Democratic Reps. William Lacy Clay (Mo.) and Adam Smith (Wash.) face primary challenges from their left. Michigan will also choose its nominees to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder (R) — four Democrats and three Republicans are running — and Republicans will select their nominee to go up against Sen. Debbie Strabenow (D); Trump has endorsed businessman John James over businessman Sandy Pensler. Democrats will choose the likely replacement for Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D) in the state's solidly blue 13th congressional district; Conyers resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations. Peter Weber
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'Christopher Robin' Has Been Banned in China, and It’s Reportedly Because Winnie the Pooh Memes Have Been Used to Criticize Its Leader Xi Jinping

3yrs ago from Business Insider
Disney's new film "Christopher Robin" isn't getting a China release because Winnie the Pooh has become a symbol of resistance against the ruling political party and its removal of term limits, and memes of the fictional bear have been used to criticize the country's leader.
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Some Scientists Are Calling Their Colleagues 'Insensitive' for Erasing Pluto from the Solar System

3yrs ago from The Week
The "insensitive" erasure of Pluto has caused a new rift in the scientific community. This week's issue of the Planetary Exploration Newsletter contained a strongly-worded open letter from a group of scientists defending Pluto's honor, reports LiveScience. The signatories argue that their colleagues should respect the former planet despite its fall from astronomical grace. Not everyone was on board when the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to "dwarf planet" status in 2006, so it's just pouring sodium chloride in the wound when scientists use terminology that make the demotion sound like incontrovertible fact, the scientists said. The latest offending phrase is "Planet 9," which some researchers use to refer to the outer limits of the solar system, which remains mysterious and unexplored. "We the undersigned believe the use of the term 'Planet 9' for objects beyond Pluto is insensitive to Professor Tombaugh's legacy," wrote the nearly three dozen scientists, referring to astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto's existence in 1930. "We further believe the use of this term should be discontinued in favor of culturally and taxonomically neutral terms for such planets, such as Planet X, Planet Next, or Giant Planet Five." The dwarf planet's defenders noted that the reclassification was — and remains — controversial, and they illuminated one very important point: that Pluto may be gone from our science textbooks, but it is never gone from our hearts. Summer Meza
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Here’s How Trump’s Sexism Is Destroying Women’s Lives

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Trump is a wrecking ball of male ego, who has rolled over women from his Manhattan playboy days to the presidency. Now in the Oval Office, his sexism is magnified by his need for the Religious Right as a base. He has weakened equal pay laws, restated the Gag Rule and lined up a Supreme Court nominee who wants to reverse Roe vs. Wade. The man is waging a war on women. His presidency is …
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Federal Judge Orders Wisconsin to Pay for Gender Reassignment Surgery for Two Medicaid Recipients

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Wisconsin must pay the gender reassignment surgery for two transgender Medicaid recipients, a federal judge in Madison has ruled. What happened? Cody Flack of Green Bay and Sara Ann Makenzie of Baraboo filed a lawsuit in April that claimed that Wisconsin's denial of coverage for transgender surgeries violated the Affordable Care Act and their "equal protection rights," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. A rule that excludes coverage of “undefined transsexual surgery" was adopted in 1996, the report said. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Conley granted a preliminary injunction to bar enforcement of the rule. Conley also suggested the injunction be expanded to include “any transgender Medicaid patient whose doctor recommends the surgery,” according to the report. “The likelihood of ongoing, irreparable harm facing these two individual plaintiffs outweighs any marginal impacts on the defendants' stated concerns regarding public health or limiting costs," Conley wrote in a 39-page order. Have they planned surgeries? Flack, 30, could get …
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Says Will Not Seek Second Term Under New Constitution

3yrs ago from Raw Story
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he would not seek a second term under a new constitution, countering suspicions he might seek to overturn the single-term limit which will not allow him to stay in office beyond 2022. A 22-member panel that is reviewing the 1987 constitution is expected to submit its draft to Duterte on Monday. Congress will begin debating the proposed constitution this month, aiming to put it to the public in …
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MI-Gov: Conservative State Sen. Patrick Colbeck Predicts He’ll Pull Off Major Upset in GOP Primary

3yrs ago from The Blaze
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck faces three challengers, but says that he'll pull off a major upset in August's GOP primary election for Michigan governor. What did he say? In a Tuesday interview with WZZM-TV, Colbeck said that he is set up to win the Aug. 7 Republican gubernatorial primary.  The Michigan gubernatorial election is set for Nov. 6. Two-term incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is term-limited. The Detroit Free Press has billed Colbeck as the most conservative candidate running for governor. "It's paying dividends and I think we're going to win this," Colbeck said. "I am not blowing smoke. I see it on the ground." According to WZZM, the latest statewide polling done by Michigan Information & Research Service shows Colbeck having less than 10 percent support. Colbeck admits that some state residents just don't know who he is — but that doesn't deter him. "It's about one-on-one relationships winning hearts and minds, and that's the way we are …
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Mexico Votes With Corruption, Violence, and Trump in Mind

3yrs ago from The Week
Mexico goes to the polls Sunday to vote for a new president — the office is limited to a single, six-year term, so President Enrique Peña Nieto cannot run again — plus some 18,000 lower offices, including all congressional seats. Advance polling suggests left-wing populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (also known by his initials, AMLO) holds a strong lead for the presidency. More broadly, the election is focused on issues of corruption, drug-related violence, and President Trump's immigration policies, with candidates from across the political spectrum slamming Trump's approach. Mexico "will never be the piñata of any foreign government," López Obrador said on the campaign trail. "A door opens for opportunity with Andrés Manuel," Marcos Fastlicht, who has known AMLO for two decades, told Politico. "He's willing to speak with [Trump], willing to sit and negotiate, but part of this requires we wait and see." Bonnie Kristian
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China College Course Teaches Women to Practice Traditional Roles in President Xi’s ‘New Era’

3yrs ago from The Blaze
A university in southern China recently began offering a course that teaches women to become "wise," "sunny," and "perfect" in the name of President Xi Jinping's "New Era," The Washington Post reported. Zhen­jiang College and the All-China Women’s Federation launched the females-only etiquette course in March, shortly after China abolished presidential term limits. The course lessons include teaching women how to dress, pour tea, and sit properly. "You must sit on the front two-thirds of the chair — you cannot occupy the whole chair," Duan Fengyan, 21, explained to the newspaper while demonstrating. "Now, hold in your belly, relax your shoulders, legs together, shoulders up." Xi became the leader of the nation's Communist party in 2012. Is there a movement to traditional culture? The nation's economic growth has slowed, and its population is shrinking, which may be among the reasons for reestablishing a culture where men are the breadwinners and women are wives and …
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FL-Sen: Bill Nelson and Rick Scott Neck-And-Neck in All-Important Florida Race

3yrs ago from The Blaze
The Florida Senate race is looking to be a close one in November. A new poll showed sitting Sen. Bill Nelson (D) leading Gov. Rick Scott (R) by just 2 points, which is within the margin of error. What are the details? Because of laws governing term limits, Scott can no longer run for governor. So he decided to run for U.S. Senate instead, challenging incumbent Nelson. This latest poll by Public Policy Polling showed Nelson leading Scott 48 percent to 46 percent. The remaining 7 percent said that they were undecided (poll numbers add up to more than 100 percent due to rounding). The margin of error for this poll was +/- 4 percentage points. But this poll is not all bad news for Scott. In April, a poll conducted by the same company showed Nelson leading 50 percent to 44 percent. Another poll shows Scott with a slight lead. A poll released in …
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Marijuana Law Reform Supported by Fitzhugh, Dean at Forum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh expressed support Thursday for eliminating criminal punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana statewide if elected governor. The Democrats, along with Republicans Beth Harwell and Randy Boyd, attended a forum sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association and The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. The candidates seeking to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam answered questions on Confederate statues, the Memphis industrial megasite, immigration and legal topics such as cash bail reform. The issues could play roles in voters' decisions during the August primaries and the November general election.
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NV-Gov: After Primary Victories, Republican Adam Laxalt Will Face Democrat Steve Sisolak in Fall

3yrs ago from The Blaze
After their Nevada primary victories Tuesday, the state's Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt will battle Democratic Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak for the governor's seat in November, The Hill reported. Outgoing GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval is limited to two terms at the helm of the Silver State. The 39-year-old Laxalt positioned himself as an "archconservative," The Hill noted, when he won statewide office four years ago. And he blew away the competition in the Republican gubernatorial primary, winning every county in the state and handily beating treasurer Dan Schwartz with 71 percent of the vote to Schwartz’s 9 percent, the Nevada Independent reported. Not that he needed it, but Laxalt also got an endorsement from President Donald Trump — via tweet — on Tuesday: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1006619872367804416 What about the Democrats? The primary race on the Democratic side was closer, with Sisolak, 64, leading fellow Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani by a 51 to 38 percent margin …
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Trump Joins McConnell in Targeting Conservatives for Elimination

3yrs ago from Red State
========= ========= Promoted from the diaries by streiff. Promotion does not imply endorsement. ========= ========= Yesterday, Mitch McConnell became the latest example of the need for term limits when he became the longest-serving, anti-conservative leader in US Senate history, at eleven years, five months, and ten days. Mickey’s pro-establishment mentality during his tenure has successfully protected incumbency against “unelectable”—his word, not mine—conservative opponents who threaten | Read More »
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MI-Gov: Here Is What You Need to Know About the Candidates

3yrs ago from The Blaze
The Michigan gubernatorial election is set for Nov. 6. Two-term incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is term-limited. Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian Parties will choose their nominees in an Aug. 7 primary. Other parties will choose respective nominees at state party conventions. Who are the GOP candidates? ● Dr. Jim Hines, president of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations ● Lt. Gov. Brian Calley ● Attorney General Bill Schuette ● State Sen. Patrick Colbeck A May poll from Public Opinion Strategies has Schuette currently favored to win the party nomination at 42 percent. Trailing Schuette are Calley at 19 percent, Colbeck at 6 percent, and Hines at 1 percent. The Detroit Free Press bills Colbeck as the most conservative candidate of the four. Schuette is the Trump-endorsed candidate and the party's favored candidate. Calley, however, has been vocal in his support of the president, though he initially supported John Kasich in the 2016 presidential race. Hines has said that he has supported Trump …
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