By Carl GoldenIn a growing sign that traditional party identification and loyalty are weakening under the stress of internal ideological and strategic conflict, this year’s mid-term Congressional candidates are being advised to utilize opposition to their party leadership as a central campaign theme.The ties that have historically bound Republicans and Democrats to their respective parties have frayed badly and, in some cases, unraveled altogether, replaced by a strategy rooted in personality and style.The late House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s trenchant observation – “All politics is local” – has morphed into “All politics is personal.”Republicans are being counseled to avoid close association with President Donald Trump while Democrats see the benefit in distancing themselves from their House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.Democrats around the country took notice when one of their own, Conor Lamb, won a special election in a southwestern Pennsylvania congressional district carried by Trump by nearly 20 points by breaking with party orthodoxy on gun control and abortion rights, for instance, and promising he would not support Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats regain control of the House.The decision by more than 20 House Republicans to retire rather than seek re-election was interpreted as a warning that Trump had become serious – perhaps fatal – drag on their re-election hopes.Democrats are also preoccupied with a debilitating struggle over the party’s future, attempting to mollify its strident progressive wing who argue the party has lost its philosophical bearings while keeping its more centrist moderate faction calm and united.Pelosi stands between the jaws of this slowly closing ideological vise, absorbing criticism from both sides and fending off their demands by concentrating attention on Trump and the Republican Congress.Republicans confront their own demons as they attempt to chart a course between touting the federal tax cut legislation and an expanding economy and job market and explaining an Administration beset by turmoil and chaos.Trump and Pelosi have become evil twins, campaign flashpoints who arouse emotional responses blotting out efforts to drive a coherent, credible message to voters.Even in an occupation in which hyperbole and exaggeration have become the norm, Trump and Pelosi have raised the bar.The president has spent nearly his entire time in office tweeting demonstrably false, over-the-top commentary while Pelosi has delivered such cringe-worthy comments as warning that the tax reform/tax cut legislation would lead to Armageddon and the end of western civilization.She followed by cementing her reputation as out of touch by characterizing $1,000 bonuses awarded to millions of American workers as “crumbs.”Presumably, the condescension and hypocrisy of her remark never occurred to her.Her San Francisco style liberalism grates on Democrats running in suddenly competitive congressional districts and who rightly fear their association with her and her snobbery will sink their chances.The party was not helped, either, by the recent diatribe from Hillary Clinton who, on a trip to India, attributed her loss to Trump to the backward bigoted people who inhabit that swath of the country between the Northeast and the West Coast.Whether Pelosi shares Clinton’s rationale is irrelevant.Both represent the party leadership and are responsible for its tone, direction, and future.Insulting millions of voters they desperately need if their hopes of a Congressional majority are to be fulfilled is hardly a brilliant strategy.Republicans fear being singed by the flames of uproar and turbulence which have beset the White House from the outset.The executive office seems in need of revolving doors to deal with staff upheavals, resignations, and firings.The President routinely laces into members of his cabinet and advisers, tossing out hints of even more changes to come in an Administration which has established a dubious record for a turnover.Moreover, the special counsel investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents drags on, as does the soap opera of the President’s alleged dalliance with a porn film actress more than 10 years ago.It is small wonder that congressional candidates are ditching their party affiliations, breaking with leadership and establishing their own identities.It’s unlikely the current environment will reach a point at which the traditional two-party system dissolves, opening a path for new political forces or viable third-party candidates.It is, however, a clear indication that, at a time when the American people are fed up with posturing and frustrated at a lack of progress, neither party can continue to rely on unwavering loyalty.FOOTNOTE: This article was posted by the City-County Observer without opinion, bias nor editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
When people think of Georgia peanuts, they often think of the thousands of acres planted on the western half of the coastal plain. But the truth is that east Georgia boasts its share of peanuts as well. During the 2018 Georgia Peanut Tour, about 200 industry leaders and other peanut stakeholders learned about the eastern half of Georgia’s peanut belt — from the Bulloch County fields that produce more than $20 million worth of peanuts a year to the Port of Savannah, where Georgia’s peanut exports are sent overseas. The Georgia Peanut Tour is organized by the Georgia Peanut Commission with the help of industry leaders and peanut researchers at the University of Georgia. It’s designed to help peanut stakeholders, who are not familiar with Georgia agriculture, to learn more about the local impact of peanut farming and how commission-funded research impacts individual growers and farms.This year’s tour attracted attendees from more than 20 states and four countries outside of the U.S., according to Joy Crosby, communications director for the Georgia Peanut Commission. Over the course of the three-day tour, experts from the University of Georgia Peanut Team and peanut farmers from across the region explained the link between Georgia’s peanut industry and the research pioneered by agricultural scientists at UGA. “Georgia peanut farmers realize that research is what’s going to move them forward,” said Bob Kemerait, a peanut plant pathologist with UGA Cooperative Extension and a Georgia Peanut Tour committee member, explaining that farmers fund over $1 million in research each year through the peanut commission. One research success farmers pointed to repeatedly during the tour was UGA peanut experts’ work to control tomato spotted wilt virus in the state’s peanut fields. “When I first started seeing this (tomato spotted wilt virus) problem, I said, ‘This is going to put us out of the peanut business,” said peanut farmer Charlie Cromley during a harvest demonstration at one of his family’s peanut fields near Springfield, Georgia. “That’s a testament to the research at UGA, which has supported the peanut industry in this state. We were facing a big problem, and they found some cultural practices and other methods that we could use to control the problem before it became too widespread.” The tour also gave farmers the chance to demonstrate how they’ve put the latest research into action. At the Boddiford Farm in Sylvania, Georgia, father and son team Joe and Knapp Boddiford showcased how new precision agriculture technologies have reduced the amount of water they use to irrigate their crop and how it has resulted in more productive peanut plants.Today, peanut researchers are working to identify more insect- and disease-resistant peanut varieties, better weed control measures and more productive cultural practices to help solve emerging problems in Georgia’s peanut fields. For more information about the impact of the UGA Peanut Team, visit peanuts.caes.uga.edu. More photos from the 2018 Georgia Peanut Tour are available at www.flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications/albums/72157671678251397.
Press Association Brian O’Driscoll is the greatest Irish sportsman of all time, according to team-mate Fergus McFadden. Long-serving centre O’Driscoll will retire at the end of the season, and McFadden said: “We’ve got to cherish these last few months, big time. It’s been a pleasure playing with him and obviously hopefully I’ll play with him plenty for the rest of the season. “I don’t know what he’s going to do next year; he keeps his cards pretty close to his chest with everyone, not just with the public. “But it’s been a pleasure, playing with him for both Leinster and Ireland. “In my opinion he’s the greatest Irish sportsman of all time.” Former captain O’Driscoll has been clear on his desire to help Ireland claim a first-ever win against New Zealand before he retires. The Leinster centre will have one more crack, on November 24. McFadden believes that however O’Driscoll fares this term, his legendary status is already confirmed. “Regardless of what he does this year I think he is already at the top of the list for Irish sportsmen,” he added. Leinster wing McFadden admits he would rate O’Driscoll above every other Irish sporting legend. From Willie John McBride to Barry McGuigan, even racing trainer Vincent O’Brien to champion jockey Tony McCoy, McFadden is adamant O’Driscoll has the edge. “So it’s been amazing to play alongside someone of that level, and long may it continue for the rest of the season. “It would be great to have some silverware to back it up as well.” McFadden bagged a try in Ireland’s 40-9 victory over Samoa on Saturday, where Leinster loosehead prop Jack McGrath impressed on debut. McGrath helped Ireland demolish the Samoa scrum but was quick to deflect any praise. The 24-year-old humbly explained: “It didn’t feel like a dominant scrum. “It felt like we were just hanging on in there to be honest. “I’d never like to disrespect a scrum such as the Samoans because they are quality players. “I thought we fought well as a pack. “Seemingly it went well, but I didn’t think it went that well personally. “It’s a great honour to be able to put on the jersey. “It’s something you dream of, a very emotional day doing it for your family and your friends. “So you would well up and feel it building in the throat, you’d have a heart of stone if you didn’t. “I’ll probably have to pinch myself about all this at some point.”
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The India Vs South Africa Test in Ranchi witnessed a very peculiar sight just before the toss. Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper and Faf du Plessis, the South Africa skipper came out for the toss as always. However, accompanying the South Africa captain was Temba Bavuma, the team’s vice-captain and the designated ‘proxy captain’ for the toss. Bavuma was given the chance to call the toss as Faf du Plessis had a horrible record with tosses in Asia, losing nine consecutive times before the Ranchi Test. However, Bavuma had no luck as South Africa lost the toss and India chose to bat on a pitch that would assist the spinners. Du Plessis, in the pre-match press conference, had stated that he might send someone else for the toss in Ranchi. “Probably we will change… send someone else to the toss tomorrow. I can give you that… because my records so far has not been great.” After losing the toss, du Plessis admitted that there was nothing else he could do. “It shows that it isn’t meant to be (about using Bavuma as a proxy skipper for luck). Important toss as this looks the driest surface of the series,” du Plessis rued. However, this was not the first time that a special ‘proxy captain’ was appointed for the toss in a cricket match. During the recent Women’s Twenty20 International series between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney, Australia skipper Meg Lanning appointed Alyssa Healy as a “specialist coin tosser.” The move came after Lanning’s poor toss record in the previous series against the West Indies, winning just one toss. The move worked and Australia won the toss and chose to bat against Sri Lanka. For Du Plessis, this was the second instance when he had appointed someone else for the toss. In October 2018, during South Africa’s game against Zimbabwe, du Plessis sent out JP Duminy for the toss. Duminy was not playing but he was appointed as du Plessis had a similar horror losing streak of six consecutive tosses. Duminy won the toss and South Africa dominated Zimbabwe.Also Read | Shahbaz Nadeem To Make Test Debut For India In Ranchi Test Vs South AfricaThe ICC’s playing regulations mandate time of the coin toss. It adds that it has to be done on the field of play and under the supervision of the ICC Match Referee, but they also allow for a deputy to act for the captain if they are “not available”.
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