Lindsey Graham Wins a Fourth Term in South Carolina, Beating Jaime Harrison

first_imgBut the close results suggested Mr. Graham’s standing had also taken a significant hit in the state since he last ran in 2014. Before his re-election this time, the senator had undertaken a considerable political makeover, casting aside a reputation as a dealmaking moderate who once called Mr. Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot” to present himself as a conservative warrior standing at the president’s right hand. The transformation appeared to have alienated some moderate Republicans turned off by the president, even as it failed to persuade some of his staunchest conservative supporters.Mr. Harrison tried to exploit those fissures, portraying Mr. Graham as a morally compromised politician willing to do whatever it took to win. Flush with more than $86 million in contributions — a record haul for a Senate race fueled by out-of-state liberals who loathed Mr. Graham — Mr. Harrison blanketed the state with advertising that not only reinforced his own candidacy, but also bolstered Bill Bledsoe, a Constitution Party candidate who he hoped might siphon conservative votes away from Mr. Graham. “To those who have been following this race from afar, I hope you got the message,” a triumphant Mr. Graham declared Tuesday night in Columbia. “Here’s the message I got: People like what I’m doing, and I’m going to keep doing it.”- Advertisement – Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, fended off the most difficult challenge of his career on Tuesday, turning back a Democrat backed by a record-setting onslaught of campaign cash to win a fourth term, according to The Associated Press.The victory reassured jittery Republicans, who were forced this fall to divert tens of millions of dollars from key battlegrounds to a deeply conservative state to save Mr. Graham. It also dashed the hopes of Democrats who believed a victory by their candidate, Jaime Harrison, would improve their chances of seizing the Senate majority.- Advertisement – He added, “When it comes to Lindsey Graham, and team Graham, the best is yet to come.”Mr. Graham, 65, has been a fixture in Washington since the 1990s, when he was first elected to the House, and is known as a wily and effective political messenger.He avoided making his fight against Mr. Harrison personal. Instead, he attacked his Democratic opponent as a generic liberal whose policy preferences on health care, spending and judges were simply out of line with a solidly conservative state.- Advertisement – Mr. Harrison, a Black Democrat whose upstart campaign electrified progressives across the country, would have been only the second African-American from the South elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.In the end, though, Mr. Graham, the chairman of the influential Judiciary Committee, leaned heavily on his stature in Washington to pull through. Just days before the election, he helped deliver a singular conservative victory, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, using the highly partisan fight in the Senate to bolster his campaign. He also benefited from a close relationship with President Trump, who easily carried the state on Tuesday. That did not prove to be enough. Mr. Harrison simply could not find enough South Carolinians willing to vote for a Democrat.“Tonight only slowed us down, but a New South with leaders who reflect the community and serve the interests of everyone will be here soon enough,” Mr. Harrison said Tuesday night in a concession speech. He urged Mr. Graham to cultivate his independent streak.If he had a chance of doing so, it almost certainly ended in the weeks after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in mid-September. In 2018, Mr. Graham’s fiery defense of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in the face of accusations of sexual assault briefly made him a conservative rock star.This time around, as chairman of the judiciary panel, he had a microphone and a spotlight in nationally televised hearings to present himself as an ally of conservative women and remind the party’s voters what was at stake. He could credibly claim to be a crucial force in cementing a conservative majority on the court that Republicans have long made a priority.Now, Mr. Graham will have six more years in Washington. In the weeks before Election Day, Mr. Graham had hinted that he might try to reclaim his independent streak if re-elected. And with the potential of Mr. Trump’s defeat, he would be positioned to have a major role in determining his party’s path forward. – Advertisement –last_img read more

What’s low level community transmission?

first_imgDOH-6’s classification of Western Visayas’ COVID-19 community transmission as “low”, according to Regional Director Marlyn Convocar, was based on the following: That was Mayor Jerry Treñas expressing bewilderment over the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s classification of Western Visayas’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) community transmission as “low level”. “If we have low grade transmission, perhaps Manila has high grade and Cebu has a passing grade,” said Treñas. It cited the World Health Organization’s definition of the term: “Community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples.” * low mortality rate at 2.8 percent * limited number of clustering of cases not interlinked or related to each other “Whatever the level of community transmission, we should always take care of ourselves,” stressed Treñas. DOH EXPLAINS It further invoked the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “signals” of community transmission such as the detection of confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no epidemiologic link to known cases. He pointed out suspected COVID-19 community transmission cases at St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo (11 persons) and Alimodian, Iloilo (13 persons). DOH-6 also urged local government units to intensify contact tracing and disease surveillance, targeted confirmatory testing for prioritized groups, isolation and quarantine of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as persons coming from highly endemic areas such as returning overseas Filipinos, locally stranded individuals and authorized persons outside residence. ILOILO City – “I’m very frank. I do not understand what they mean.” But just to be safe, said the mayor, people should continuously wear facemask, observe physical distancing and wash hands with soap and water. To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, said Convovar, people should observe respiratory and cough etiquette aside from hand hygiene, wearing of facemask and observing physical distancing. * critical care utilization is still within at the safe zone at 24.4 percent In a statement, DOH Region 6 explained what low level community transmission meant in the context of Western Visayas’ COVID-19 cases. “I really do not know. DOH is a partner but sometimes, like a wife, it is very difficult to understand,” said Treñas. * doubling time of 12.4 days which is still within the 7-30 days for the number of positive cases to double “Dapat magkooperar ang tanan para indi kita makaabot sa sitwasyon nga very high and very fast ang ila community transmission,” he said./PN For his part, DOH-6 epidemiologist Dr. Glen Alonsabe said the low level of COVID-19 community transmission should not make the public complacent. * average of 14 confirmed cases per day for the past 14 days comprising mostly of returning overseas Filipinos and locally stranded individualslast_img read more


first_imgGlenties Community Action Group will hold its AGM on Monday February 16th @ 8pm in the Market Hall.As always this is an important meeting and a chance for new faces to come on board and have their say and an input into how we can make Glenties a better place.With that in mind the Action Group is looking to see what matters the people of Glenties want us to pursue, as you know we are already involved in Mullantyboyle Bridge but there are many other matters we could also address. We want to hear your views and opinions on what we do, or what we could do.Have you an opinion on the festivals we organise? are there infrastructural matters such as roads, footpaths, street lighting that you want us to highlight? are there any ideas about how to boost tourism in Glenties? We want to hear any views or ideas you think the Action Group should take responsibility for and we will shortly have 3 suggestion boxes in the Co-Op, the Paper Stop and the Post Office where you can drop in your ideas or thoughts, just write them on a piece of paper and drop into one of the boxes or of course you can leave any suggestions on our Facebook page or email me at [email protected] This is your opportunity to have your say, don’t let it slip by all comments, ideas or thoughts will be raised at our meeting and discussed. COMMUNITY NOTICE: GLENTIES COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP WILL HOLD ITS AGM NEXT MONDAY NIGHT was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AGMFeaturesGlentiesNoticeslast_img read more

Ganguly, Thakur pay their last tributes to Dalmiya

first_imgThe mortal remains of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya who died Sunday evening has now reached Eden Gardens for people to pay their last respects. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur paid their last tribute to the veteran cricket administrator.Saurav Ganguly and BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur pay tribute to late Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata; ANI (@ANI_news) September 21, 2015 Dalmiya, who was admitted to a hospital three days ago after complaining of chest pain, died on Sunday evening, triggering shock and sorrow among the fraternity who termed it a great loss to the game.The veteran cricket administrator, 75, was admitted to the BM Birla Hospital on Thursday night and shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He also underwent a coronary angiography with his condition remaining stable for close to three days.Credited with turning the gentleman’s game into a global sport of big money and a reach well beyond its traditional bastions, Dalmiya’s death was widely mourned.Kolkata: Jagmohan Dalmiya’s mortal remains being taken to Eden Gardens for people to pay their last respects.; ANI (@ANI_news) September 21, 2015last_img read more