Copeland, created in 1983, and its predecessor constituency Whitehaven have returned Labour MPs since 1935.
Mrs Harrison got 44.3% of the vote, increasing the Conservatives’ vote share by more than 8%. She overturned a Labour majority of more than 2,564 to take the seat by 2,147 votes – a swing of more than 6%.
Professor John Curtice, of Strathclyde University, said the Copeland result was the best by-election performance by a governing party in terms of the increase in its share of the vote since January 1966.
It will be taken by her supporters as a vindication of [Prime Minister Theresa May’s] hard-edged drive towards Brexit and her break with the more metropolitan politics of David Cameron.
A total of 214 people have been indicted so far on felony rioting charges in connection with the Inauguration Day protests in downtown Washington.
On Tuesday, a grand jury in DC charged five individuals. This was in addition to the 209 other defendants who’ve been indicted on rioting charges earlier this month. Felony rioting carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Good luck getting a job, “protesters.” Assuming y’all didn’t already give up on that with your tattoos and whatnot…
The president will be too busy partying to watch the Oscars. I hope Americans from all walks of life emulate his example.
And remember: When you spend money on Hollywood, Hollywood uses your money to attack you, your family, your church, your president, your country, and your way of life. Don’t give money to Hollywood!
Four days ago, President Trump’s strategy towards North Korea began to bear fruit, as the Chinese cut off coal imports, depriving the North Koreans of half their exports in foreign currency.
Now North Korea seems to be intent on alienating China, critiquing the country very publicly:
North Korea appeared to lash out at Beijing in a state-media commentary published on Thursday, in unusually pointed rhetoric from Pyongyang toward a powerful neighbor that it has long relied on for economic support.
The commentary, published by the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency, didn’t name China, but left little doubt about its target: “a neighboring country, which often claims itself to be a ‘friendly neighbor’.”
In particular, the article lambasted China for playing down North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, and for curbing foreign trade—an apparent reference to China’s statement over the weekend that it would suspend coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year.
In Thursday’s piece, North Korea even adopted a mocking tone, saying that the country is “styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the U.S.”
I’m sure that’ll win the Chinese over.
“Do not take the risk with your own life, or the life of your precious children, to make this very, very dangerous journey.”
While other indexes took a breather from notching record highs, the Dow kept on chugging Wednesday, climbing to its ninth straight new high–its longest winning streak since 1987.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 32.60 points, or 0.16%, to 20775.60. That’s the longest record streak since January 1987 when the market hit 12 consecutive records.
From the pattern of his decisions, it’s apparent that Kennedy wishes he could be Scalia, but he doesn’t want to subject himself to the unreasoning virulence of the Left.
Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed skepticism about reviving a lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010.
Among the concerns raised by justices was whether non-U.S. citizens injured by drone attacks overseas that are directed from the United States could file similar claims if the lawsuit was allowed to move forward.
In a closely watched case that could affect U.S. immigration actions under President Donald Trump’s administration, the court’s liberal justices expressed sympathy toward allowing the case to move forward, indicating the justices could be headed toward a 4-4 split. Such a ruling would leave in place a lower court’s decision to throw out the civil rights claims against the agent, Jesus Mesa, filed by the family of Sergio Hernandez.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sides with the liberal justices in close cases and whose vote could be pivotal in this one, voiced doubt about the family’s arguments during the court’s hour-long argument.
As Nate Silver notes, Trump’s recent approval ratings vary from a high of 55 percent (with 45 percent disapproval) in the aforementioned Rasmussen poll to a low of 39 percent (with 56 percent disapproval) in a survey from Pew Research. The differences are most likely the result of a combination of sampling and survey techniques. Trump consistently does better with narrower samples. Rasmussen claims to be measuring likely voters, even though we are more than a year and a half away from the next national election. Pew is sampling all adults, a significantly larger universe than those who will ultimately vote in that next election. Rasmussen is also famously a robo-pollster, which means he’s only reaching the half of the electorate that has land lines. Pew utilizes a traditional live-interview methodology, which is generally thought to be more accurate, but that some theorize can be misleading with respect to highly controversial politicians like Trump. (This is the “shy Trump voter” theory.)
While polls like Rasmussen’s have a poor reputation and polls like Pew’s are considered closer to the gold standard (FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings give Raz a C+ and Pew a B+), we are in a period of great uncertainty about polling quality. And as it happens, the final 2016 national poll from Rasmussen pretty much nailed Clinton’s popular-vote margin over Trump, while the final Pew poll (conducted two weeks out, to be fair) showed Clinton up by six points.
Because America needs more “refugees,” illegal aliens, campus snowflakes, and pussy hats!
The Trump administration plans to roll back protections for transgender students, reversing federal guidance that required the nation’s public schools to allow children to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identities.
In a letter to the nation’s schools, administration officials plan to say they are withdrawing guidance issued by the Obama administration that found that denying transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice violates federal prohibitions against sex discrimination, according to a draft of the letter obtained by The Washington Post.
“The memo contemplates a massive expansion of people being removed from the country without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom.”
40 percent of Democrats say that Republicans are an enemy to people like them. When you flip that question around, though, 56 percent of Republicans say the same about Democrats. Why the imbalance? One possibility: Trump is serving as a lightning rod for Democratic animosity right now whereas, because there’s no single standout Democratic Party leader, Republicans’ animosity towards Democrats is directed more broadly at the party itself.
I wonder how the ten Democrat senators from Trump states who’re up for re-election in 2018 feel about that. Will a majority of North Dakotans, Indianans, Missourians, Ohioans, and West Virginians vote for an “enemy?” And will the Democrats’ loathing of Trump make things even worse for these senators over the next two years?