News / World by Press Association 07/11/2018, 1:48 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The outrage of the Democratic resistance is facing off against the brute strength of president Donald Trump’s Republican party in a fight for control of Congress and statehouses across the nation. Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president’s side. But two years after an election that proved polls and prognosticators wrong, an air of uncertainty — and stormy weather across parts of the country — clouded the outcome of high-stakes elections from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between. Democrats seized early victories in contested House races in Florida and also in Virginia, where political newcomer Jennifer Wexton defeated two-term representative Barbara Comstock. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara “Trumpstock” by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump’s … [Read more...] about Votes counted after United States goes to the polls in crucial midterm elections
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There are less than 600 known lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer elected officials in the U.S. — just 0.1 percent of all elected officials across the country — according to a recent report by the Victory Institute, a nonprofit that trains and promotes LGBTQ political hopefuls. But this election cycle, a record number of LGBTQ Americans, who make up an estimated 4.5 percent of the U.S. population, are seeking office. Can these candidates help the LGBTQ community reach more proportionate representation? In a new NBC Out special series, “The 0.1 Percent,” NBC News profiles a handful of the hundreds of LGBTQ Americans who are on the ballot this November. Drive into Vermont on any cold day and your nose will be greeted by the earthy sweet smell of wood-burning stoves wafting through the state's valleys and forests. Nearly 40 percent of all homes in the state use wood for at least part of their heating, and that’s in part because about 60 percent of … [Read more...] about The 0.1 Percent: Can Christine Hallquist win over Vermont’s rural voters?
Although a cold beer after a hard day’s work seems like an American tradition, the U.S. is a comparatively dry country compared to the rest of the world. In a recent study by the World Health Organization, the U.S. ranked 48th in the world in terms of volume of alcohol drunk.But the amount consumed at a state level varies, with each place having clear habits when it comes to picking their poison.Data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism shows that New Hampshire chugs the most beer per capita. The average citizen of the Granite State consumes 1.87 gallons of alcohol each year through beer alone.This fits in with the wider trend of rural states drinking more beer than the national average. However, it’s not the whole story—New Hampshire’s neighbors may be drawn to the state on their beer-buying missions as it has no sales tax, thereby making local beer consumption seem artificially high. This may also be why New Hampshire also seems to … [Read more...] about Ranked: The US States That Drink the Most (and Least) Alcohol
Megan Durisin, Lydia Mulvany and Mario Parker, Bloomberg Published 7:46 am PDT, Thursday, September 20, 2018 North Dakota -- home to the fourth-smallest U.S. population -- is suddenly finding itself at the center of the escalating trade war between the world's largest economies. Historically a wheat-growing region, the state's growers have been upping their soybean output at breakneck speed in recent decades. Positioned closer to western U.S. ports than most areas of the soy belt, farmers were in a unique position to capitalize on China's skyrocketing demand for the oilseed that's used to make animal feed and cooking oil. Now that the crop has been caught in the crossfire of the U.S.-China trade spat, that demand is disappearing. "It's been built up, built up, built up -- and now, it's like the faucet has been turned off," said Nancy Johnson of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association. China imposed a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans in July, and its purchases … [Read more...] about Soy boom state finds itself in eye of trade storm
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByStephanie Saul Sept. 18, 2018 PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. — Senator Claire McCaskill had rolled through miles of cotton and soybean fields, heading deep into enemy territory — Missouri’s Bootheel, Trump Country. As her S.U.V. pulled up amid a scrum of pickups, the man Republican Party leaders handpicked to unseat her — Josh Hawley — was already inside shaking hands, a Stanford- and Yale-educated constitutional law scholar nevertheless looking very much at home in jeans and cowboy boots. Fully aware that Mr. Hawley, a conservative Republican who serves as Missouri’s attorney general, was the favorite among the gathering of farmers, Ms. McCaskill acknowledged to the crowd, “Sometimes this job is all about showing up,’’ even if “not … [Read more...] about McCaskill Battles Charges That She Is a Stranger in Her Own State