GOP angst over midterms grows

For some Republicans, it’s starting to feel like 2006 — a wave election year that swept Democrats back into power in the House and Senate. The retirement of two longtime California Republicans this week — just the latest in a string of House Republicans heading for the exits — has caused panic among some in […]

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Pa. special election is a toss-up: top election forecaster

A nonpartisan election handicapper moved its rating of a high-profile House special election in Pennsylvania toward Democrats on Tuesday, with the Cook Political Report declaring that the March race for a red seat currently held by Republicans is now a “toss-up.” Recent polling has shown state Rep. Rick Saccone (R) with a single-digit lead over Conor Lamb (D), even though […]

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Thomas, Laganiere make college commitments

Two more members of the Kasson-Mantorville wrestling team have committed to Division I schools. Senior standout and former state champion Nate Thomas gave his verbal commitment recently to the University of Minnesota. Defending state champion (138 pounds) Coltan Laganiere also made his commitment, with the senior headed to Division I South Dakota State. Continue reading […]

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60 Percent Drop in Fines Shows Corporate Polluters Have Little to Fear From Trump

An environmental watchdog group said Thursday that the Trump administration has so far shown little interest in holding companies accountable for polluting the environment, compared with President Donald Trump’s recent predecessors. In keeping with a pattern of lax enforcement Trump took office in January, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Justice Department have collected […]

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'Positively Evil': Immigrant Checkpoints to Remain Open as Harvey Forces Evacuations

As residents of Southeast Texas evacuate under strict orders in preparation for the rapidly-approaching Hurricane Harvey, members of the area’s immigrant community are being left with an impossible choice on Friday: face the potentially life-threatening storm or follow evacuation orders and risk being detained and even deported. Border Patrol officials said late Thursday they were […]

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As Storms Rage, Bold 100% Clean Energy Bill Aims to Avert 'Climate Chaos Still Ahead'

Amid devastating hurricanes, historic flooding, epic wildfires, and the Trump administration’s ongoing war on climate science, a newly introduced bill is receiving accolades for offering a bold blueprint to ditch fossil fuels and create an equitable transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act), […]

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'Wake-Up Call for Progressives' as Far Right Surges in Austrian Elections

Preliminary results from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Austria point towards a 31-year-old immigration hardliner becoming the country’s next leader and his conservative party forming a coalition with the neo-Nazi linked Freedom Party. Millennial Sebastian Kurz’s People’s Party (OVP)—which he’s moved further to the right—took in 31.6 percent of the vote, while the Social Democrats and […]

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