If Hernando is to thrive, it must invest in itself

Dan DeWitt, Hernando Times

Dan DeWitt

Hernando County is the mean old man on the block.

His house is neglected, dank and dingy. You don’t visit unless you have to, and you don’t hang around long. If a ball is hit in his yard, nobody retrieves it because he’s got a reputation for hating kids.

We could have changed this last week, put a little money into our place to make it more welcoming to investors and home buyers with children. We could have made it a place that the most talented and ambitious of these children are not so eager to leave.

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Can Republicans hold on to Senate majority in 2016?

Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan, Washington Post

Congratulations, Republicans! You won the Senate majority! Now, can you hold on to it for more than two years?

Looking at the 2016 Senate map, there’s reason for doubt. Republicans will have to defend 24 seats, compared with 10 for Democrats. And the raw numbers don’t even tell the whole story. Seven seats held by Republicans — Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — were carried by President Obama in 2008 and 2012. And there is chatter about potential Republican retirements in Arizona and Iowa. If either John McCain or Chuck Grassley decided to call it a career, each of those races would be major Democratic targets.

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How Much of a Difference Did New Voting Restrictions Make in Yesterday’s Close Races?

Wendy Weiser, Brennan Center for Justice

The Republican electoral sweep in yesterday’s elections has put an end to speculation over whether new laws making it harder to vote in 21 states would help determine control of the Senate this year. But while we can breathe a sigh of relief that the electoral outcomes won’t be mired in litigation, a quick look at the numbers shows that in several key races, the margin of victory came very close to the likely margin of disenfranchisement.

North Carolina

In the North Carolina Senate race, state house speaker Thom Tillis beat Senator Kay Hagen by a margin of 1.7 percent, or about 48,000 votes.

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Country on Wrong Track, Say People Who Did Not Vote

Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

Exchange Indoor Mall Future

The United States of America is on the wrong track and no one is taking action to fix it, says a broad majority of registered voters who did not vote last Tuesday.

According to a new survey, anger, frustration, and a pervasive view that the nation is moving in a fatal direction dominated the mood of those who were doing something other than voting on Election Day.
Exit polls involving election non-participants took place as they left malls, nail salons, gyms, and other locations where no voting occurred on Tuesday.

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Paul Krugman: The Real Reason Why the ‘Wrong About Everything’ Party Won

Janet Allon, Alternet

 Paul Krugman

“Politics determines who has power, not who has the truth,” Paul Krugman says in his Friday column. That is his summing up of the midterm election results this week which delivered a huge win to Republicans. “Still, it’s not often that a party that is so wrong about so much does as well as Republicans did on Tuesday.”

Just to review, the Republicans have been demonstrably wrong on the following issues, Krugman writes.

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