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Some people have pointed this out several times.

I now believe that having a massive field with people still jumping in is hurting focus on the democratic primary race from voters.

The DNC maybe should have tightened up entry races, for example, only polls from closed primary or caucus states count in the polling requirement, and each candidate in debates must raise $4 million dollars and have 200,000 unique donors. Something to quickly knock some people off the debate state and let the frontrunners debate.

I believe that all the complaining (untrue) about the DNC "fixing" the 2016 race lead DNC leaders to implement a format that would blunt that criticism, but which has led to crowded debates so far, with some people who shouldn't be there on stage.

Assuming the Nationals hold on and win.

Would this be the first World Serie where each team lost all of it's homestand games?

To those worried about Congresswoman Katie Hill's district.

The registration in the district in 2016 was 34.7% repugh, 34.6% Dem, ~ 25% Indy, the rest other parties.

In 2016, a repugh defeated the Dem for an assembly seat by around 5%. In 2018, the Dem won a rematch by around 5%. The district has trended blue in registration, it used to be strong republican.

The Democratic Assemblywoman who won the seat is a woman named Christy Smith. She will be running to replace Congresswoman Hill. Smith so far is the only Dem in the race, there are 2-3 repughs in the jungle primary race. So there is a good chance that Smith moves on to a general, where her chances should be good. Smith was a school board member for 8 years before moving on to the California assembly, she is pretty well known in the district. I looked at her bio, she seems to be pretty solid, sort of a political mother type who got into politics because of kids.

Last night we had a scarily violent thunderstorm.

It was vicious, several huge lightning strikes low. Tonight thunder is starting up and getting louder.

Maybe my memory is failing, but I am surprised to see such a thing in what is now essentially November.

I looked at the forecast through the middle of November and several thunderstorms are forecast, along with lots of rain.

Did I miss something and violent lightning is not uncommon for this time of year in Florida?

The Yankees are leaving a lot of runners on base.

Houston is winning by the long all, against the team with the second highest number of regular season home runs in history (if I remember what I read about that). Just goes to show, in the postseason, good pitching beats good hitting.

Help Democratic Party House of Delegates candidates in the Shenandoah Valley of


The candidate that pundits believe has the best chance to win in Christian Worth, she lost a special election as an unknown, winning 40% in a district that Trump won 69% in and Gillepsie won 65% in. She believes that healthcare and economic development are foremost in voter's minds in her district. The ten democrats running in the region can use donations, they are pooling resources by doing things like sharing the same strategist. They can use a money boost in the homestretch. The NRA is heavily funding their republican opponents.

The other democrats running in that red region are:

Beverly Harrison
April Moore
Jennifer Woofer
David Zilles (running for an open seat)
Jennifer Kitchen (open seat, three way race)
Brent Finnegan
Elizabeth Alcorn
Tim Hickey
Virginia Smith

I know that many on DU have looked toward Virginia and have contributed, but helping the rural democrats may help one or two spring an upset.

Bend over Boris.

UK business construction contracted the fastest in 10 years per a report out yesterday. Brexit uncertainty is the culprit. UK Businesses can't do any long term planning.

I listened to Jo Swinson's speech to the Liberal Democrats.

I understand why Labor MPs are jumping ship to join the LD. Swinson is an impressive leader, she has a clear and concise message that is achievable and she is not apologizing or giving mixed signals like Corbyn. This Yank believes that after Boris pipes you guys, Ms Swinson will be the PM that brings Great Britain back to world prominence.

2019 NFL penalties.

I read an article where Troy Aikman indicated that there were too many penalties being called in games so far this season. The statistic for this season did appear to be the highest recorded.

What I see is officials get the calls right most of the time once video review is checked, so I question Aikman's complaint, but he is a Hall of Fame player (and maybe some day, Announcer) who knows what he is seeing.

In thinking about the issue, my guess is that two things can be done. Holding penalties should be reviewed, as well as blocking from behind. I see calls for both penalties where a player is a little off on the angle, but made a clean block. The second thing would be making officials full time employees and paying them enough so that no other job appeals to them. Since they get assigned to games, their travel, reasonable meals and lodging SHOULD already be being paid for by the NFL. What officials working year around does, IMO, would be to give them time to become highly familiar with new rules and evaluate every penalty and wrong non-call from the past season, the idea is that they should become more uniform in their calls and increase their accuracy rate.

I thought about penalizing coaches that throw jackass challenge flags, but doing that may have an unintended negative effect on the game.

Do you think there are too many penalties being called? If so, what would be your solution.

English, Scotish, Wales, Northern Ireland DU members.

How many companies have left your locations for the European continent? What type of effects are happening in your economies? It seems Britain is weak and adrift at this point.
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