Inside a Democratic campaign—Hot takes?

first_imgThere are some truths that aren’t just hot takes.When someone comes to the table with actual math, data, or knowledge, that isn’t so much a hot take as it is information about what happened inside a campaign. So, for example, if members of a campaign staff or party apparatus were to come out and say: “Okay, we don’t know about the rest, but we know this one part really did go wrong, and here is what we think” that avoids just the blanket statements that make big assumptions. In many states, you are going to have races that can be quickly summarized: a candidate didn’t work. They didn’t raise any money. They didn’t have the prerequisite desire for the position. Those things can all be done in a way that leaves a path forward and says: okay, here is how we fix things.- Advertisement – I look at the Kansas map and one race that stands out to me is House District 70. Here, the same two candidates have faced off multiple years. They faced off in 2016, 2018, 2020. In the first two years this Republican district went, well, Republican. With the Republican representative receiving roughly ~5,400 votes. In 2020? There were 8,186 votes for the Republican—almost a three thousand vote bump this year. I’ve observed similar trends in a lot of red states where looking at the data, it was often Republicans who didn’t normally turn out who came to the ballot box. I have some theories on that—but until we start seeing better data, all we can do is say: wow, that is interesting and start listening.UGHIt is often easiest to blame everyone but the campaign itself. To say: hey, it was a vendor. It was a national trend. It was the environment. It was any other reason. All of those things have an impact. That, however, doesn’t mean that every campaign can’t learn a little bit every cycle. Campaigns can run in absolutely unwinnable districts and still come back to the table and say: okay, what went right? What went wrong? Be candid with yourself. Don’t start yelling and screaming and blaming, but start openly assessing the things that were under your control that you wish you had done differently.- Advertisement – When I talk to campaign staff and candidates, most will tell you they are open to a postmortem, a reconsideration, second-guessing, even some blame if it is due. If you are going to state your opinion though, keep it directed and specific items that you can address or are things that can be rectified. Saying: “We need a better long-term investment strategy into party infrastructure, and that may not pay off for years” is different than saying: “our party sucks.” There are, in fact, bad county and state organizations. Throwing bombs at them though has to come with a combination of truth and solution. Before you pronounce problems, see if you can find out solutions and talk to those who know if there was ever any attempt at solutions to problems you see, and how those worked out. Your criticism can help make organizations better if you do it productively—and if you decide yourself to take on that change, just do it, run for your own local party office, whether it is a county chair or a position on a state committee.Most precinct-level data isn’t available … yet.It will be some time before complete precinct-level data is back that can be matched with voter targets and ballot returns. Before we know how many of our voters actually came out and voted, or how successful our voter contact plan was, keep in mind we don’t know the entire universe of the election just yet.- Advertisement – Being willing to do that makes you better—every single cycle. Part of the growth you want to have as a volunteer, a campaign worker, or a candidate is to sit back and say: hmm, I liked this, and I didn’t like this item in our campaign. Hindsight is always 20/20. Even if it would have made no difference in the outcome of your race, looking back at those decisions can give you something to pass on to the next candidate to run or to yourself if you run again. Too many candidates say: “wipe it from your mind, just pick up and move on.” While you don’t want to dwell on a loss, taking some time to plot back through it is often comforting and can help you think about your race from a new perspective.If a take can be summed up in 140 characters or by people who don’t live by  you … it generally sucks.It takes a lot more time to develop a really informed situation. There are a lot of people who will want to make assessments about your county, campaign, state, or district who have absolutely no idea what your district looks like. Value those closer to the situation far more than people far away. They have a better understanding and they have institutional knowledge that just can’t be gained from a big board. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Talking about regeneration

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Wilder: Ruiz exciting than Joshua

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Deontay Wilder insists an undisputed fight with Andy Ruiz would be “even more exciting” than a long-awaited showdown with Anthony Joshua.Britain’s heavyweight star will attempt to regain the WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles from Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on December 7, after the Mexican’s stunning stoppage win in June.Wilder holds the last remaining WBC title and hopes for a repeat victory from Ruiz Jr, who is also guided by influential advisor Al Haymon, as the Alabama man believes it would be easier to agree a blockbuster battle for all the belts.“In my opinion, I think it’s an even bigger fight, here between the two [champions], especially how [Ruiz Jr] he won the first time,” said Wilder. “It’s all going to determine if he’s able to win the second time.“With Joshua, we tried many times to get that fight unfold and make a dream fight happen, you know for the fans to unify the division. To have one champion, one face, one name.“As you can see that was a long process, a process where we had different markers being stretched. Once we completed, we had to do something else, we had to do this, we had to do that. It was a lot.“This is a gladiator’s sport, this is a man’s sport and I’m a grown man and I don’t have time for games. Being that Ruiz is under the same stable as I, a much easier fight to make, and I think an even more exciting fight as well.”Wilder risks his status as WBC champion in a rematch with Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas on November 23, live on Sky Sports, with plans already in place for a second fight against Tyson Fury on February 22.But the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has questioned whether Fury will follow through the fight following the Brit’s recent appearance in WWE wrestling.“Fury, I don’t think he ever wanted the rematch,” said Wilder. “I can understand him running. He can run, run, run as far as he can.“But he’s got to remember, he signed the contract, and when you sign something. Anybody know that the pen is a silent warrior. You’re going to have to pay consequences of getting out of that.” Tags: Anthony Joshualast_img read more

Allardyce escapes FA censure

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association following his media comments after his side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United. After seeing his side take the lead twice against the Barclays Premier League leaders Allardyce questioned the level of officiating and feels more should be done to improve the overall standard of referees and their assistants. “I think it is a big decision that has possibly taken the famous victory away from us,” he said immediately after the match. “To play as well as we did today and score the types of goals we scored – when you see it is an offside goal that is bitterly disappointing. “This level of football has to be equalled by the level of the officials who are in charge of the game. “His [Lennard’s] coaches have to coach him properly and coach him into getting better – that is why they are professional these days. “They need coaching on the good decisions, with a pat on the back, but also they need coaching on when they haven’t made the right call. It is a major decision that has gone against us.” Allardyce has already landed himself in hot water with the FA this season, coincidentally after an FA Cup tie against United. The former Blackburn boss was fined £8,000 back in February for suggesting United had gained from home advantage after the Red Devils won their third-round replay against West Ham 1-0. Press Associationcenter_img Allardyce was upset that assistant referee Harry Lennard had failed to spot Robin van Persie was offside when he scored United’s second equaliser of the game and claimed it had cost the Hammers a “famous win”. There was a suggestion the 58-year-old may have had to explain his comments to the FA but the governing body has confirmed it will not be pursuing a disciplinary case. last_img read more

Hima! I know the Girl: Olympic Champion Yohan Blake

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: It was a unique experience. The place is 34th floor of Hotel Trident, Mumbai. Two-time Olympic champion Yohan Blake was sitting in front of us. The room is crowded with the visiting journalists came from across the country and all were busy to shoot questions one after another.Once the turn came for The Sentinel and asked him what suggestion he would like to give the young athletes of India. As a reference I also took the name of our promising star Hima Das who won gold in 400mts during U-20 World Athletic Championship in 2018.Once Blake heard the name of Hima he turned neck towards me and said: Hima! I know the girl. Yes, I know her.’It was a rare occasion when an international star openly acknowledged a promising athlete from Assam and that too in an open forum.Yohan Blake is in Mumbai today to promote the Road Safety World Series T20 tournament. Several legends including Sachin Tandulkar and Brain Lara will be the part of this competition to be organized in Mumbai and Pune to spread campaign on road safety. As per the statics every year more than 150,000 people lose their in India.Yohan Blake, who is now preparing himself for the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics, today admitted that it will be his last international race.Revisualising his meeting with Hima the sprinter from Jamaika today said, “I know that girl. I met her during 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and also exchanged a few words. She is a good sprinter.”Later he added: “My suggestion to her and other promising athletes of India is that they should work hard. If necessary they must work for three sessions in a day as there is no other alternative of success.”Blake, the youngest to win the 100m at the 2011 World Athletics Championships, also announced one good news for Hima and other promising Indian athletes. He is very much eager to work with them.Addressing the gathering in the function the ace athlete said, “I believe India can produce world class athlete. After the Tokyo Games I am seriously thinking to visit India again to search talent and also to work with them. I assured you it could be possible.Commenting on his preparation of the forthcoming Olympics sprinter said. ” It is going to be my last Olympics and definitely I am going for the gold.”Blake also considers himself favourite to bag gold in the 100m sprint at Tokyo. “I’m always the favourite because I am the second fastest man in the universe,” added the ace athleteCommenting on his association with the World Road Safety Series Blake said, “I am sad to learn that more than 150,000 people lose their life every year in India due to road accidents. That is a very big number. We can’t afford to lose so many precious lives just like that. I think the Road Safety World Series is a very good platform to spread the message across because I know that India loves cricket and they will watch this Series with lot of interest.”The function was also attended by former captain of Team India Md Azharuddin and Ravi Gaikwad, RTO Chief of Thane (Konkan Range).Supporting the road safety campaign Azharuddin, who lost his son in a road accident, said, “It’s a very good cause. Everyone should come forward to support.”Also Read: Assam’s Pride Hima Das Touched Hearts of Audience in KBC 11Also Watch: Deer Calf Rescued by Local people at Laharighat in Morigaonlast_img read more

AAG releases final team for South American Junior Championships

first_imgTHE Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) yesterday released the names of the athletes on the 50-man team that will be representing Guyana at this weekend’s South American Junior Championships to be held at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.Chantoba BrightNot surprisingly the team is led by CARIFTA Games gold medallists Compton Caesar, Claudrice McKoy, Chantoba Bright, and silver medallist Anfernee Headecker, as well as South American Youth Championships multiple silver medallist Daniel Williams.All of the other athletes who represented Guyana at this year’s CARIFTA Games are also on the team. Overall, the list contains almost all of Guyana’s top, seasoned junior athletes, and then some, as the local side looks to maximise participation, with 21 females and 29 males.“This will be the biggest team that will represent Guyana at any meet. We’ve never before had a team of 50 athletes represent Guyana on any occasion,” team manager Cornel Rose boasted yesterday, during a press conference held by the local organising committee.The athletes have intermittently been training together over the last four weekends, under a pool of coaches from across Guyana’s top athletics clubs, and from all reports spirits and expectations are high among the team, with just a few days to go.“We expect our fair share of medals being that we’re on home turf and this team has been prepared like no other before that I can recall, and I’ve been around for a while.“We’ve had four weekends of camps and the sessions were great. The athletes are all in high spirit, and based on the times that they’ve been doing we can expect medals, not just silver and bronze but our fair share of gold,” coach Julian Edmonds said.Claudrice McKoyMeanwhile, when questioned about athletes being housed at the National Gymnasium during their training stints, after a photo of the athletes sleeping on the facilities bleachers circulated on social media, AAG president Aubrey Hutson said while the situation left much to be desired, it was the best that could be had under current circumstances.“Yes the ideal thing may have been to put them up at the Marriott (Hotel), but we have to understand that it’s one financial pie that we have to share, and how we distribute those finances is that in some areas we’re going to have to make cutbacks, in some areas we will be able to do better than what was previously done,” Hutson stated.“I have never had complaints about the Gymnasium being not suitable. Matter of fact I’ve never heard the athletes complain that it was too hot. We try to do the best that we can under the present circumstances for the development of this sport and hence the Gymnasium was chosen. It wasn’t the ideal place of choice, but based on the prevailing circumstances I think it was the best that we could have done.”Compton CaesarGuyana will be competing in all of the events with the exception of the female hurdles, steeplechase, heptathlon and hammer throw, which are events that Guyana does not conventionally participate in. However, the Land of Many Waters was able to source athletes to represent in the male steeplechase, hurdles, decathlon and hammer throw.The full team is as follows:GIRLS:Kenisha Phillips (100m, 200m, 4x 100m), Onasha Rogers (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Avon Samuels (400m, 4x400m, 4x100m), Collia Rowe (400m, 4x400m), Joanna Archer (800m), Claudrice McKoy (1500m), Serena Williams (1500m), Leyanna Charles (3000m), Kezra Murray (3000m), Delecia Harper (5000m), Tatyana Blair (high jump), Shontel Browne (high jump), Chantoba Bight (long jump, triple jump), Ruth Sanmoogan (long jump, triple jump), Mian McPherson (shot put, discus), Kimbily Hilliman (javelin), Jamecia Scott (discus), Cassie Small (relay), Tonya Rawlins, Tiffauna Garnett, Tandika Haynes (relay)BOYS:Compton Caesar (100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Tyrell Peters (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Anfernee Headecker (800m, 1500m, 4x400m), Daniel Williams (400m, 4x400m, high jump), Laurindo Prince (400m, 4x400m), Terrence Fraser (400m hurdles), Hosea Glen (400m hurdles), Samuel Lynch (800m, 4x400m), Ruel Chester (1500m), Ronaldo Wishart (3000m, steeplechase), Nigel Gonsalves (3000m, steeplechase), Matthew McKenzie (5000m), Rondell Newton (5000m), Rickie Williams (10000m), Joshua Williams (10000m), Tortque Boyce (high jump), Tremaine Browne (long jump, triple jump), Anthony Williams (long jump, triple jump), Ronaldo Greene (triple jump), Jermaine Simmons (shot put, discus), Timothy Sealey (shot put, javelin), Tremaine Beckles (javelin, discus), Jonathan Garnett (relay), Jermaine King (relay), Ryan Bramble (relay), Stayon Wilson (relay), Denise Roberts (decathlon), Tevin Nicholson (race walk), Jonathan Copeland (hammer throw).last_img read more

Serie A: Napoli Consolidate with 2-0 Win at Verona

first_imgArkadiusz Milik and Hirving Lozano both scored headers as Napoli followed their Italian Cup triumph with a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona in their return to Serie A on Tuesday.Napoli beat Juventus on penalties in the Italian Cup final last week after eliminating Inter Milan in the semifinals, but this was their first league match since beating Torino on February 29 before the coronavirus lockdown.Almost four months later, they extended their Serie A winning streak to four games against one of their rivals for a European place, while keeping their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive by moving to within nine points of fourth-placed Atalanta. Gennaro Gattuso’s side remain sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Roma, who play Sampdoria on Wednesday, and four points ahead of eighth-placed Verona.“We can’t relax, we don’t even have to think about the Champions League,” said Gattuso, whose side face struggling SPAL on Sunday.“We must continue on this path, believe that work gives us important things, as happened in the Cup.“I don’t know if these 11 games will be enough for us to get into the Champions League, we must already think about the challenge against SPAL.”Polish forward Milik opened the scoring on 36 minutes, nodding in Matteo Politano’s corner.Davide Faraoni thought he had equalised for the hosts after an hour, but his goal was ruled out for a Mattia Zaccagni handball in the build-up.Lorenzo Insigne missed a chance for a second for the visitors with 10 minutes remaining by curling a shot over.But Mexican international Lozano, on as an 84th-minute substitute, rose high to head home a Faouzi Ghoulam cross six minutes later.Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina denied Samuel Di Carmine and Miguel Veloso as Verona suffered their first defeat since the league returned to action.Gattuso’s side honoured club record goal scorer Dries Mertens with a special badge on their jersey: “Dries Mertens, Napoli’s All-Time Top Scorer.”The Belgian, who has scored 122 goals for the southerners, came on for the last 20 minutes.Cagliari, meanwhile, earned their first league win since December 2 with Giovanni Simeone scoring three minutes into injury time for a 1-0 win over SPAL.The Sardinian side move up to 10th place with SPAL second from bottom and facing relegation to Serie B next season.Torino and Udinese play later on Tuesday in a match between two sides fighting the drop and struggling Genoa host Parma.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kyle Connor’s hat trick lifts Jets over Avs 7-4

first_imgLast Updated: 1st January, 2020 10:58 IST Kyle Connor’s Hat Trick Lifts Jets Over Avs 7-4  Kyle Connor had three goals for his first regular season hat trick to lead the Winnipeg Jets over the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 Tuesday night. COMMENT LIVE TV Associated Press Television News  Kyle Connor had three goals for his first regular season hat trick to lead the Winnipeg Jets over the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 Tuesday night.Blake Wheeler scored twice and Mark Sheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers had empty-net goals for Winnipeg. Scheifele had three assists and Ehlers had two. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 39 shots.Connor’s second goal broke a 3-all tie and came just seven seconds into Winnipeg’s only power play of the game. He got his 20th of the season and his hat trick when he roofed a backhander at 16:31 of the third.Connor’s only other hat trick came in the playoffs last spring.Wheeler has 19 goals and 50 points in 36 career games against Colorado. Scheifele has 27 points in 26 games.Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri scored for the Avalanche. Colorado is 1-4-1 in its last six games despite outshooting the Jets 43-26. Philipp Grubauer stopped 19 of 24 shots he faced.Wheeler’s first of the game at 6:25 of the first made it 1-0 and MacKinnon scored at 9:43 of period.Connor tipped his own rebound over Grubauer midway through the second and MacKinnon’s one-timer at 13:47 made it 2-2. Winnipeg took a 3-2 lead into the intermission when Scheifele beat Grubauer with a slap shot.The Avalanche again tied it when Landeskog scored his 10th of the season on a power play at 7:15 of the third.NOTES: Sam Girard and Erik Johnson had two assists each for Colorado. … The Jets are 5-3 on New Year’s Eve since relocating to Winnipeg in 2011. The Avalanche are 4-3-2 in Dec. 31 games since moving to Colorado in 1995. … Avalanche D Cale Makar is the team’s Last Men In candidate to be part of the Central Division team in the All-Star Game. Voting starts Wednesday and goes through Jan. 10.UP NEXTJets: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.Avalanche: Host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Written Bycenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st January, 2020 10:58 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

PandaScore and PA Media: Putting esports on the map

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Growth hungry PandaScore nets back-to-back client wins  July 20, 2020 Submit Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Speaking at the recent Betting on Sports conference in September, Rich Duncan, Head of Business Development Racing & Sports Betting at PA Media, and Flavien Guillocheau, CEO at PandaScore, explained that esports has secured its place within the betting industry, and that digital platforms can’t afford to ignore its potential. In September, UK-based multimedia news agency PA Media announced its strategic partnership with esports data provider PandaScore which was aimed at sportsbooks across Europe and the United States.Explaining the importance of the strategic partnership, Duncan said: “From PA’s perspective, esports is different to traditional sports in the way that esports audiences consume content is very different as well. We recognised early on that in order to do esports right and to do it justice, we needed to partner with someone who really understood it  and was really doing it well. “At PA Media, we have 40 different sports, mostly ‘traditional sports’ at the moment, that we collect masses of live content for.  “Esports is ubiquitous now, if you look at it anywhere in the last two years, you will have heard something about esports, you may have heard stories in the news about prize pools on Fortnite etc. “Punters have begun to accumulate this idea tacitly that esports is something that is taking place, and that something is there which has huge potential. But when you begin to delve into that, you begin to see what the potential is, and some of the numbers are quite staggering. As a digital platform, we can’t ignore that, and obviously we want to be a part of it.”Meanwhile Guillocheau pointed out that the strategic alliance with PA Media has ‘put esports on the map.’ He added: The betting industry is an industry that relies very heavily on trust and integrity, and for us, partnering with a company is definitely a step forward in the right direction. It’s also allowed us to gain access to a large distribution network. “This type of partnership allows us to put esports on the map, and giving us a greater level of credibility and access to a more diverse network of customers. Esports is going to be around for a while, and so we have to distribute an esports product as much as possible.”last_img read more