Mr. Kelly, who built a national profile as a gun safety advocate after the shooting of his wife, former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, ran as a pragmatic outsider. At the center of his campaign was the bet that he could appeal to voters in the rapidly changing state — especially the crucial voting blocs Ms. McSally had alienated, including women, younger voters and Latinos, who have become increasingly powerful parts of the electorate in recent years.His victory, predicted for months in statewide polls, was crucial for Democrats in their bid to take back the Senate. The contest, one of the most expensive and closely watched in the nation, was the first time Arizonans had voted to send two Democrats to represent the Senate since the 1950s, underscoring the shifting demographics and politics of a state once known as a conservative stronghold. Though she clung tightly to the president, the feeling was not always mutual. Mr. Trump had repeatedly asked his advisers if her candidacy was adversely affecting his own prospects in Arizona, and at his campaign rallies in the state, instead of bolstering Ms. McSally, he sometimes treated her with disdain. In the final days of the race, during a rally in Goodyear, Mr. Trump told the senator that she had one minute to speak, urging her to be “quick, quick, quick, quick!” Mr. Kelly leaned hard into his biography on the campaign trail, playing up his work as a NASA space shuttle pilot and retired Navy captain and presenting himself as an independent-minded moderate. He often sidestepped questions about more liberal policies favored by progressives in Congress, keeping a laserlike focus on health care and bludgeoning Ms. McSally over her handling of the pandemic.- Advertisement – Ms. McSally had a compelling story of her own to tell. The first woman to pilot an American warplane in combat, she sued the Bush administration for making her wear an abaya while on duty in Saudi Arabia, and last year spoke out powerfully about how she had been raped by a male superior officer.But she came into the contest weakened, having lost her first run for Senate in 2018 and prompting Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint her to the seat left vacant by the death of Senator John McCain earlier that year.In that race, Ms. McSally abandoned the centrist reputation she had cultivated as a congresswoman to prevail in a crowded Republican primary and enthusiastically embraced Mr. Trump, a strategy she maintained in the contest against Mr. Kelly in the special election to serve out the remainder of Mr. McCain’s term.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “They don’t want to hear this, Martha,” he said as she rushed to the stage.There were unforced errors on her part, too. Ms. McSally came under fire in August after jokingly suggesting that supporters “fast a meal” to donate to her campaign. The comment underscored the enormous fund-raising disparity between her campaign and Mr. Kelly’s. He became a fund-raising juggernaut, tapping a web of donors from his time leading a gun control foundation and a swell of online enthusiasm.But perhaps the most insurmountable chasm Ms. McSally faced was between Arizona’s ruby-red activist base and an increasingly powerful coalition made up of moderates in the suburbs and ethnically diverse voters who chafed at the president’s divisive talk and handling of the pandemic. In a debate with Mr. Kelly in the closing weeks of the race, she declined to say whether she was proud of her support for Mr. Trump.The extent of the suburban revolt against Mr. Trump was underscored on Tuesday night as Representative David Schweikert, a Republican representing a district on the outskirts of Phoenix, tried to fend off a Democratic challenger in an area long considered safely Republican. Mark Kelly, an astronaut and retired Navy captain, toppled Senator Martha McSally, Republican of Arizona, early Wednesday, flipping a seat vital to Democrats’ effort to wrest control of the Senate.It was the second time that voters in the traditionally conservative state rejected Ms. McSally, who attached herself to President Trump to buoy her Senate prospects in 2018 and never let go, as they delivered a wholesale rebuke of the president and his allies.- Advertisement –
DONEGAL is getting battered by Storm Erich – but we’ve escaped the worst of it so far.Munster has been lashed with thunderstorms, with hurricane-force winds cutting power to 20,000 homes.Part of a roof at Cork University Hospital has been ripped off during overnight severe gales. Irish Weather Online reports: “Winds are likely to drop of a little over the northwest over the next few hours but will pick up again by morning. Elsewhere, remaining stormy throughout the night.”Gardaí here and the PSNI in the North have both urged motorists not to drive at all overnight.The storm is expected to subside by 3pm. STORM UPDATE: CHAOS AS STORM ERICH BATTERS THE COUNTRY was last modified: December 27th, 2013 by John2Share 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)
A young girl who slipped and fell while trying to get on a water slide at a leisure centre has been awarded €45,000.The girl, who was aged 5 at the time of the accident on August 4th, 2013, was at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how the child was climbing steps up to a water slide when she slipped and banged her face.The court was told that the child was unaccompanied at the time of the accident and out of sight of adults.She was knocked out and bleeding heavily and was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.She received treatment for a wound to her upper lip and also lost three teeth as a result of the fall.Medical evidence was given that a scar on the girl’s upper lip has healed well and will continue to do so.Orthodontist Dr Jeremy Worth carried out treatment on the little girl in the months after her fall.He said that the child’s adult teeth have since erupted and appear to be normal.However, he warned that some of the roots of these teeth have been bent and may cause problems in later years.He said they may need future treatment and may have to be replaced.Barrister Ciara Fitzerald, instructed by Seamus Gunne, said the girl’s family were happy with the offer of €45,000.Judge John Aylmer asked to speak with the little girl and her parents in his chambers and then said he was happy to recommend the offer.He also agreed to an application for a release of €500 for a trip to Disneyland, Paris.Girl, 5, who slipped in Aura Leisure Centre awarded €45,000 was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:Aura Lesiure CentreawardCostscourtdonegalfallhospitalletterkenny
NORWALK – Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Norwalk, invites the public to a holiday open house toy drive from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 12501 E. Imperial Highway, Suite 210. The public can discuss the services and programs the district office provides, along with recently enacted legislation regarding improving air quality and helping to make streets safer from gang violence. Donations of a safe, new unwrapped toy are encouraged. All toys will be distributed to deserving boys and girls by the Southern California LEAD Foundation. Blood pressure screenings are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. today and Dec. 18 by Pioneer Medical Group. Additional blood pressure screenings, hosted by Coast Plaza Doctor’s Hospital, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 and 26. A dental screening will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday by Glasband Dental Center. A massage therapy screening hosted by Pioneer Medical Group is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 13. All screenings are on a first-come, first-served basis and offered to individuals ages 50 and older. For information, call (562) 929-5580. Christmas show to feature choirs WHITTIER – The Whittier Choralaires Barbershop Chorus presents its annual Christmas Show at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Whittier Center Theatre, 7630 Washington Ave. Guest performers include the Long Beach Chorus, the “Young at Heart” Sweet Adeline Quartet, the Sunny Hills High School Vocal Assembly, and the La Habra High School Chamber Singers. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for students and children under age 13. For information, call (562) 923-5951. Lions Club plans Christmas party EAST WHITTIER – The East Whittier Lions Club is hosting its annual Christmas party from 7 to 9 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Whittier Masonic Lodge, at the corner of Greenleaf Avenue and Mar Vista Street. Admission is $12, which covers breakfast, a puppet show and, for children, a gift from Santa. For information, call (714) 571-1899. Sign up now for trip to Rose Parade LA MIRADA – On Jan. 1, the city of La Mirada will be hosting an excursion to the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Families and friends will get a firsthand look at the tradition of floral floats, marching bands and pageantry. This year’s parade, with the theme “Passport to the World’s Celebrations,” will feature designs from all over the world. Participants are asked to meet at the La Mirada Resource Center no later than 6:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The trip will last until 1 p.m. A $75 fee includes bus transportation and grandstand seating on Colorado Boulevard. Participants may bring a sack lunch or purchase snacks from vendors on site. Space is limited. For information, call the La Mirada Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277. Theatre to hold auditions for play WHITTIER – The Whittier Community Theatre will hold auditions for its third production of the year at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at the Historical Whittier Depot, 7333 Greenleaf Ave. The play, “Noises Off,” by Michael Fryman, will be directed by Susan Marx and open Feb. 15 at the Whittier Center Theatre, 7630 S. Washington Ave. Rehearsals will start Jan. 7 with Regan Hunter and John Francis producing the play. All parts are open and those auditioning must be prepared to read from the script and do an English accent. For information, visit the theater’s Web site at www.whittiercommunitytheatre.org. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFood, refreshments, door prizes and entertainment will be provided. For information, call (562) 864-5600 or visit www.assembly.ca.gov/56. Health screenings offered to seniors NORWALK – The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, is hosting a variety of health screenings throughout the month.