Democrats Battle for Senate Control as They Push for an Expanded House Majority

first_imgThe race in Maine has been just as steady, with the Democrat, Sara Gideon, the speaker of the State Legislature, threatening to unseat Ms. Collins, a four-term Republican and one of the last centrists left in her party. After easily winning re-election in 2014, Ms. Collins struggled to stay afloat as her race became a national referendum on the Republican Party, and she was battling to win a majority to avoid activating the state’s newly enacted ranked-choice voting system, which could badly hurt her chances.“We’ve never given up, because that is what we Mainers do — we work hard, we show up for work every day and we get the job done,” Ms. Collins told her supporters, addressing them in a snowy parking lot in Bangor. “I wish that I could thank each of you by name, that would take all night — on the other hand, we may be here all night.” In Iowa, Republicans were more confident in recent days that Senator Joni Ernst would hold off an upset by Theresa Greenfield, a Democrat with roots in the state’s farming community, in the most expensive race in the state’s history.- Advertisement – How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. – Advertisement – If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Election 2020 ›- Advertisement – Republicans believed they were benefiting from wayward conservative voters returning to the fold after the confirmation of Justice Barrett, a long-sought priority.Democrats, though, had a late surge of optimism around the two races in Georgia, where Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old documentary filmmaker, had Senator David Perdue racing to shore up his conservative base, and the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock had taken a commanding lead in the special election to replace the retired Republican senator Johnny Isakson. With multiple Democratic and Republican candidates splitting the vote, Dr. Warnock’s race was almost certainly headed to a runoff. Mr. Ossoff and Mr. Perdue could end up there, too, but were both still jockeying to clear 50 percent on Election Day. Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate wins a majority.Both parties had other targets, but they were considered a stretch. For Republicans, the best option was Michigan, where John James, a Black Iraq war veteran who ran for the Senate unsuccessfully in 2018, was trying to unseat Senator Gary Peters. Democrats believed they had an outside shot of defeating Steve Daines in Montana and Dan Sullivan in Alaska. – Advertisement –last_img read more

BEIS Nods to Hornsea Two Onshore Works Site Tweaks

first_imgUK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has approved an increase in the total works area for the Hornsea Project Two onshore substation sites.Optimus Wind Limited and Breesea Limited, acting on behalf of Ørsted, applied for a non-material change to the Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm Order 2016, requesting an increase in the total works area for the onshore HVDC converter substation(s) and/or the HVAC substations(s) and associated landscaping on two permanently acquired plots from 35,672 square metres to 49,326 square metres.The Secretary of State has concluded that the proposed change will not have any new significant effects or materially different effects from those already assessed in the original Environmental Statement and that a new Environmental Impact Assessment is not needed, as well as any other assessments or new licences.The Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm Order 2016 has been amended to include the proposed changes, BEIS said.Back in February, Optimus Wind Limited and Breesea Limited also submitted an application to reduce the maximum number of offshore HVAC collector substations permitted under the Hornsea Project Two Development Consent Order (DCO) from six to three, as well as to increase the permitted maximum size and maximum area of the offshore HVAC collector substation platforms. A decision on this application is pending.In September 2017, the Hornsea Project Two received a Contract for Difference for 1,386MW. The wind farm will feature Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines installed some 89 kilometres from the Yorkshire coast.Once operational in 2022, it will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, leapfrogging the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One, also being developed by Ørsted.Similarly to the Hornsea Project One, the electricity generated on Hornsea Project Two will be collected and delivered to the grid via three offshore collector substations and one reactive compensation substation.last_img read more

Mason City council to consider grant for Music Man Square fundraising, loan for new sports bar

first_img=== The council will also consider a $30,000 Downtown Revitalization Loan to support the opening of a sports bar and grill in Southbridge Mall. The owners of Southbridge Mall have applied for the grant on behalf of The Sports Page to place the restaurant in the old Diamond Dave’s location at the south entrance of the mall, which has been empty since February 2001. Director of Development Services Steven Van Steenhuyse in a memo to city staff says the estimated total cost of the renovation is just under $114,500 and includes a complete renovation of the space, including a complete commercial kitchen, bar and lounge, restaurant setting, and virtual golf simulator. Funding from the Downtown Revitalization Loan program comes from tax increment financing revenues. The council meets at 7 o’clock tonight in the Mason City Room of the Public Library. MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider a financial request from the board that oversees Music Man Square as part of their fundraising efforts as well as a loan to help with a rehabilitation project that would result in a sports bar being placed in Southbridge Mall. === In a letter addressed to the council, the Mason City Foundation’s board of directors says delays in the River City Renaissance project have added to the financial challenges they face and threaten Music Man Square’s long-term sustainability. The board says they are in the early stages of a fundraising campaign to bridge the time between now and the opening of the new hotel and conference center that’s part of the downtown project. The main source of philanthropic support for Music Man Square has been and continues to be the Meredith Willson Foundation in California, which the Mason City Foundation says has long expressed a desire to see financial support from the city and the community. The Mason City Foundation is asking the city for a $50,000 grant to help kick off their fundraising efforts to show the support of the community, with a matching grant being provided by the Meredith Willson Foundation. City Administrator Aaron Burnett in a memo to the council says the city has a projected reserve of about $180,000 in funds from hotel/motel tax proceeds and the council can allocate the funding as they see fit. Burnett adds that revenues into that fund continue to be strong and a grant would not impact any other commitments. last_img read more