Congressman comes to campus to talk policy, inspire civic engagement

first_imgCRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Twitter Facebook Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ printNext year’s midterm elections are still more than a year away, but the candidate who wants to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is already stumping for votes. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, stopped by campus Wednesday in an effort to appeal to those who have never voted. He talked with 30 people in the chambers of the Brown-Lupton University Union. “I’m making a bet for those who haven’t voted before,” O’Rourke said. “If we take a chance on them, they’re going to take a chance on us. Everyone deserves to be heard.” O’Rourke is mounting an underdog campaign. The last Democrat to win a senate seat in Texas was the late Senator Lloyd Bentsen who left office in 1993 to become Secretary of the Treasury. Add in that Cruz is an incumbent and the competition gets even harder. In 2016, 87 percent of senators won re-election and it was 82 percent in 2014, according to OpenSecrets.org. The congressman is taking this all in stride, launching a campaign that he said is focusing on the people instead of relying on money from special interests. O’Rourke said that money has a “corrosive” effect on elections so he is choosing not to take any money from Political Action Committees or Super PACs. O’Rourke is instead relying on the people of Texas and their individual donations to his campaign – the average of which is $44, he said. “We’re going to walk the walk, but run it in a different way,” O’Rourke said. “That’s why I’m here right now instead of following a Super PAC.” Anthony Deininger, the President of Young Democratic Leaders which co-sponsored the event, said O’Rourke was important to bring to campus because he is helping to fight the notion that Democrats can’t win in Texas.   “He faces some of the same challenges we do on campus with the state kind of thinking that everything is red,” Deininger said. “I think he is a great model to bring on campus to show the kind of fight that we’re fighting for.” Part of O’Rourke’s underdog candidate model focuses on appealing directly to voters instead of listening to campaign consultants. This is part of the reason he isn’t commissioning any polls. “What would the poll add to what we’re doing?” O’Rourke said. “I’m going to continue to talk about things I think are important. The best way for me to get a sense of what we’re doing is to keep traveling across the state.”O’Rourke said these in-person conversations he’s had on the campaign trail and at his monthly town halls have helped him learn more about his constituents and made him a “much better” representative. His in-person conversations Wednesday took him across a variety of policy issues, including a focus on immigration. O’Rourke talked about the decrease in apprehensions at the border between the year 2000, when there were around 1.6 million apprehensions, and 2016, when there were 400,000 apprehensions. O’Rourke argued that despite the documented increase in border security, members of congress still fixate on talking about border security instead of reforming the immigration system as a whole. Number of Nationwide ApprehensionsInfogram“The rhetoric connected to this versus the facts I am showing you right now is preventing us from going forward,” O’Rourke said. O’Rourke would also like to move forward on green energy, arguing that Texas’s high potential for solar energy brings the conversation to him. “Texas of all places in the world should take the lead on that,” O’Rourke said. “We need aggressive leadership to get us started.” This aggressive leadership is something O’Rourke promised to deliver on if elected, adding that he would never forget the Texans who got him there. O’Rourke said one of Cruz’s weaknesses is he started campaigning for president almost as soon as he was elected senator. O’Rourke took another swipe at his competition when answering a question about Twitter by alluding to when Cruz’s Twitter account liked a tweet which linked to a pornographic video. “I don’t want anyone to tweet for me or like anything for me,” O’Rourke said. “It’s run 100 percent by me.” This direct appeal to voters resonated well with many of those in attendance Wednesday. Graduate Student Joe Love, a registered Texas voter, said he was pleased by the congressman’s conversation.“I was super impressed,” Love said. “He talks about things I am super passionate in. He’s an all around a great candidate from my brief time with him here.” Several other students stopped O’Rourke after the scheduled talking time to go into more detail on a specific issue or to pose for a photo. One supporter questioned the congressman about the size of his bumper stickers, complaining that they were too small to be read from far away. O’Rourke’s campaign manager chimed in to say that new ones were in production and should be out next week.   O’Rourke used the opportunity to encourage everyone in the room interested in politics to get involved in a campaign, adding that he learned so much about politics from his time working on one as a freshly graduated college student.  Getting volunteers involved in politics is one of the main focuses of the other student organizations that co-sponsored the event, Women in Politics / Ignite, a non-partisan group. Women in Politics / Ignite Vice President Rachel Herrera said she hopes by bringing political speakers from both sides of the aisle she is able to convince more people to think critically and get involved in politics. “We like to open up that conversation to everyone because it does create such an important dialogue when you’re able to talk to people from both parties,” Herrera, said. “I’m really proud of how the event went today, we had really good questions from the audience.” O’Rourke ended up offering to be an unofficial campaign advisor to one of the Women in Politics / Ignite members if she decided to run for office. He said the key to a good campaign is getting to know the voters. “Folks just want to know you’re a good person and that they can trust you,” O’Rourke said. “Nothing can replace going and knocking on someone’s door.” Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Linkedin ReddIt Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell Facebook + posts Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Twitter Previous articleTCU Police are being ‘extra vigilant’ following attack of woman on Trinity TrailsNext articleVolleyball falls in Big 12 opener at West Virginia Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars ReddIt Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. 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PSNI investigate death of man in Derry’s John Street

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Previous articleSenior officer says retention a huge issue for Defence ForcesNext articleGAA Programme – Fermanagh’s Finest Local Legends News Highland center_img John Street in Derry has been closed by police as officers attend the scene of the sudden death of a man.The PSNI says enquiries are at an early stage to determine the cause of death and there are no further details at present. By News Highland – May 30, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Google+ PSNI investigate death of man in Derry’s John Street Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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Wenger returns to Arsenal to add to FIFA specialist team

first_imgFormer Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has returned to his club to add to his staff as FIFA’s head of global football development. Arteta and Wenger rubbing minds The Frenchman has landed a long time lieutenant from the Emirates. Wenger has poached Jaeson Rosenfeld, the club’s data and analytics chief, to join him at FIFA. According to the Athletic, Rosenfeld was a ‘revolutionary’ figure in north London during the last decade, and was both popular and influential at the club.Advertisement Loading… Rosenfeld oversaw StatDNA, Arsenal’s internal analytics company, which began working with the club in 2011 on a consultancy basis before the Gunners purchased the company in 2012. StatDNA was rebranded to Arsenal Data Analytics last year. Read Also:Wenger questions Man City defensive quality Rosenfeld was a key conduit of Wenger’s during his reign at the club, and was involved in the recruitment process in 2018 which saw Wenger replaced by Unai Emery. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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Critical BCB elections on today

first_img– Foster expected to be Somwaru’s rivalTHE long-overdue presidential elections of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) will be held today at the Classic hotel in Corriverton.Dhierandranauth SomwaruThe election for the top post is creating widespread interest around the cricketing fraternity against the background that the administration of the game in the Ancient County has been thrown into turmoil, ever since the board’s 2014 elections.The BCB’s elections have been scheduled following a ruling delivered by Justice Navindra Singh on September 8 last, which mandated same for the purpose of electing officer-bearers of the board.The county’s previous elections were held in 2014, with Anil Beharry taking over from Keith Foster, but his tenure was significantly hindered a few months after the December 2014 elections, after applicants Godwyn Allicock of the Port Mourant Cricket Club and David Black of the West Berbice Cricket Association sought and were granted a court injunction against the BCB, leaving the game in limbo thereafter.Beharry’s one-year term expired in December 2015, according to what is stipulated in the Cricket Administration Bill, and following his resignation from the post in January this year, that injunction was subsequently withdrawn, allowing the then vice-president, Dhierandranauth Somwaru, to assume the responsibility of acting-president.Additionally, a reliable source informed this publication that Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC) Hilbert Foster, is expected to run for the top post.While the source hasn’t confirmed Foster’s participation, it was revealed by the source that Rabindranauth Saywack, former national coach Albert Smith, Region Six RegionalHealth Director Jevon Stevens, Dr. Cecil Beharry, and former BCB secretary Angela Haniff, could be on Foster’s slate once he confirms his decision to run.Should he confirm his decision, Foster and president of the Guyana Cricket Umpires Council, Somwaru will be the two presidential candidates.Meanwhile, Somwaru indicated that while he has already identified his team, he informed Chronicle Sport that he was advised by his lawyer not to divulge any information pertaining to his team.According to what is stipulated in the Cricket Administration Bill, three sub-associations, along with eleven first division clubs have voting rights during the elections process.The sub-associations are: West Berbice, Berbice River and Upper Corentyne, while the first division clubs are Blairmont, Police, Mt Sinai, Fort Canje, Guymine, Rose Hall Estate, Chesney, Albion, Port Mourant, Whim and Kildonan.Each sub-association is entitled to four voting delegates while the clubs have two voting delegates each.last_img read more

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McAnuff eyes good result in Costa Rica

first_imgAttack-minded midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, who missed an easy scoring chance for the Reggae Boyz in their 1-1 draw with Costa Rica at the National Stadium on Friday night, says he wants to make amends in their return CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifier in San Jose on Tuesday.The England-based McAnuff, one of the most influential players for Jamaica, especially in the first 45 minutes of Friday’s game, collected a fine defence-splitting pass, but sent his shot high and failed to trouble the Costa Rica goalkeeper.little disappointed”Yeah, I just probably tried to put a little bit too much power into it rather than placing it and I am a little disappointed that I did not put that into the back of goal,” he told journalists after the game.McAnuff, however, stressed that everyone gave 100 per cent during the game and the Reggae Boyz had chances to win the game.”We played them (Costa Rica) in the Gold Cup and we should have won that as well. We need to turn the ‘should haves’ into wins, and we believe we can do that,” he said.Historically, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have it all to do in San Jose as they have never beaten Costa Rica at home, but McAnuff said they will fight to win on Tuesday.”The group is getting stronger and we responded well to the goal on Friday. Maybe, in years gone by, we would have gone under and lost the game, but we held on and really made sure we were playing up in their half towards the end.”We are going to be right there to the end and get the points we need,” he stressed.Jamaica are third in the four-team group with four points. Costa Rica lead with seven while Panama, also on four points, are ahead of Jamaica on goal difference. Haiti are at the bottom of the group on a point. Only the top two teams will advance to the final round.last_img read more

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Reds prospect signs new Liverpool contract

first_img1 Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has signed a new contract with the club.The Reds did not reveal the length of the deal when announcing it on Tuesday, but it is reported to take Stewart through to the summer of 2020, with the option of a further year.The 22-year-old has been with Liverpool since leaving Tottenham in 2014, although he only made his first-team debut for the Merseyside outfit in January.That came with a start in the FA Cup, and three other run-outs in that competition – each time as part of the first XI – have followed, as well as one appearance as a substitute in the Barclays Premier League.Stewart, currently nursing an ankle injury, told liverpoolfc.com: “It gives me more confidence, it shows (the club) believe in me and believe that I could go on to become a good player for them.“It has just given me confidence in myself and the security (gives me) time to prove myself and get better with good coaches and good players.”Prior to making his Liverpool bow, London-born Stewart had spent time on loan with Cheltenham, Burton and, earlier this season, Swindon.He never made a first-team appearance for Tottenham, but did play his maiden senior game while on loan from Spurs at Crewe. Kevin Stewart made his first-team debut in January last_img read more

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