The 2020 Election Candidates Who Made History

first_img– Advertisement – Election night victories by Representative Deb Haaland, Democrat of New Mexico, in the state’s First District, Yvette Herrell, a Republican, in its Second District, and Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat, in its Third District, mean that New Mexico’s entire House delegation will be made up of women of color. In the Senate Cori Bush, a progressive who toppled a member of the Democratic Party establishment during her primary, cruised to victory over Anthony Rogers, a Republican, and became the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress. “To the Black women, the Black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers — this is our moment,” Ms. Bush said in her victory speech.Ritchie Torres, a Democrat who is Afro-Latino, swept aside his Republican opponent and became the first openly gay Black man elected to Congress. He will replace Representative José Serrano in New York’s 15th Congressional District. (Mondaire Jones, another Democrat who is also Black and gay, is ahead in his race to fill the seat in New York’s 17th Congressional District that is being vacated by Representative Nita Lowey.) “I am hopeful that there’s a young person desperately in need of that message, who, just before going to bed, looked online and saw this result,” Ms. McBride said. “For that person, they know that change is possible and things can get better.” – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – The 2020 election saw a diverse set of candidates in races across the country, even though the presidential contest was between two septuagenarian white men. Votes are still being tallied, but barrier-breaking candidates have notched victories in some of the races that have been called.Here are some of the winners who have made history.In the House of Representatives Cynthia Lummis, a Republican former congresswoman, will become the first woman to serve in the Senate from Wyoming. She cruised to victory in the race to succeed Senator Michael B. Enzi, who is retiring.In Statehouseslast_img read more

Talk of the towns

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Agent claims strong Toure interest

first_imgYaya Toure’s agent has reportedly claimed offers have been made for the Manchester City midfielder and that the intention is to sit down with the Blues soon for discussions about the future. Reports are suggesting Toure could be set for a move away in the summer, with the likes of Paris St Germain and Inter Milan – managed by his former City boss Roberto Mancini – being mentioned in reports as possible destinations. Ivory Coast international Toure was quoted on Tuesday as saying he is open to ”new challenges” and that he will not stay at a club simply to collect wages. Those comments came two days after his agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying “two of the biggest clubs” had asked him about Toure’s availability, adding: “If City want Yaya to leave, they should come out and say so.” And, quoted by Sky Sports News on Wednesday, Seluk said: “We have had different offers for Yaya but we must speak to Manchester City. “People think he will stay because of money but we don’t care about money. If Man City don’t want him – no problem. “I want someone to say that they want Yaya to stay at Manchester City. Yaya is a legend at the club. All the supporters like him, he’s helped them make history.” City manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose side are set to finish this season trophyless, insisted at a pre-match press conference last Friday that Toure – winner of major silverware four times with the club – would ”continue playing here because he is a very important player”. Pellegrini also admitted he had been disappointed by the 31-year-old’s form this term, but backed Toure, who has two years left on his current contract and captained the side in Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Ham, to come good again. In the quotes on Tuesday, Toure said: “I owe it to the City fans to fight until the end of my career at this club. ”My decisions will not be affected by changes in management, but more by the challenges that will be offered to me.” There have been questions over Pellegrini’s future, and Seluk was quoted on Sunday calling the Chilean a ”weak manager”, as well as criticising City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain. When asked immediately after the West Ham win about that interview, Pellegrini said he did not want to comment. City, likewise, declined to comment on the latest quotes from Seluk when contacted by Press Association Sport on Wednesday. Press Associationlast_img read more

HPV vaccine debate heats up

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – The small vials filled with potentially life-saving vaccine sit in a refrigerator at the Cal State Northridge health center, available to some, unreachable for others. Ayu Nishikawa is debating whether she should get inoculated with Gardasil, which protects against certain strains of human papilloma virus, or HPV, that can cause cervical cancer. The disease kills 3,700 American women a year. “I don’t know how safe it is, or if it has side effects,” Nishikawa said of the $125-a-dose vaccine. “It’s about both cost and the questions. “It’s still a new thing and it seems lots of students don’t know about it all that well.” Most insurance plans cover the vaccine, and uninsured girls ages 9 to 18 years are able to get inoculated for free through the state’s Vaccines for Children program. But that leaves some younger women who have aged out of their parents’ health plans, or who can’t afford any insurance, out of the loop, including those who fall back on Family Pact. In fiscal 2004-05, nearly 1.6 million clients were served under Family Pact. Of those, 63 percent were ages 20-34, and 89 percent were women. State health officials said there are no plans to fund Gardasil through Family Pact because, they say, the vaccine is more effective in younger girls who are less likely to be sexually active and therefore have yet to contract any form of herpes. However, Merck, the company that makes Gardasil, said there has been some misinformation about who should and shouldn’t be vaccinated. Officials there say the vaccine can protect those 18 to 26, even those who have had one type of HPV. The vaccine protects against four strains. “We’ve tried to stress that the vaccine can be useful to women who already had one or more HPV types,” said Marc Boston, spokesman for Merck. “It’s important to know that if they have had HPV, this doesn’t mean they won’t benefit.” Current research is under way on a similar vaccine for boys and older women, Boston said. The company’s Web site,, has information on a patient assistance program for those 19 and older who can’t afford the vaccine. “The assistance is highly applicable to California to those who just don’t have the means to receive vaccines,” Boston said. Meanwhile, local clinics and hospitals are seeing an increase in interest in the vaccine, which is good news to providers, even as the state Assembly’s Health Committee will debate Tuesday whether to make the vaccine mandatory for girls entering the seventh grade beginning in 2009. “We had 170 doses (for girls) and went through that in four days,” said Debra Rosen, director of public health and health education for the Northeast Valley Health Corp. “Our providers are very excited about the prospect of this vaccine,” Rosen said. “It will make a significant impact in reducing cervical cancer and genital warts.” And the current debate may actually be increasing interest, said Dr. Charlene E.L. Huang, who specializes in adolescent and pediatric medicine at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. “Quite a few patients have brought the vaccine up,” Huang said. “I think it’s an indicator that the information is out there, that the population is becoming more aware of the issues.” However, Huang said, there is still some concern about inoculating girls as young as 9. “There’s more concern about its safety,” she said. “Some parents feel it’s too new. And those who take a more religious or moral standpoint express concern, because they feel their daughter would not be sexually active that soon.” (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nishikawa, a 24-year-old women’s studies major and assistant director of the Women’s Center at CSUN, has health insurance through Family Pact, a state-funded plan. But Family Pact doesn’t cover Gardasil, even though it does provide for condoms and birth control pills. “We’ve had a lot of inquiries, but only three patients so far have gotten it,” said Kristal Gordon, a pharmacist for CSUN’s Klotz Student Health Center. “It has to do with the cost.” The rising interest in Gardasil and questions about affordability couldn’t be more timely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report last month that found one in four U.S. women, ages 14 to 59, has some form of HPV. While the CDC recommends that girls ages 11 to 12 get inoculated, the study found the virus was most common in women ages 20 to 24. In Los Angeles County, an estimated 600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, with incidence among Latinas over two times higher than the national rate, according to a University of Southern California cancer surveillance research report. African-American and Korean women also have higher risk for the disease, the study found. last_img read more