Meyer says he’s centrist, Cattanach says he’s out of touch in Texas House rematch for key Dallas seat

One in a series about elections for the Texas House of Representatives.

State Rep. Morgan Meyer says the district he represents is centrist.

Because of that, the Republican lawmaker said he’s focused his five years in Austin on middle-of-the-road issues where he can work across the aisle with Democrats.

“We are not far to the left, we are not far to the right,” he said. “We are right in the middle.”

But his Democratic opponent Joanna Cattanach says that old line won’t work. House District 108 — which spans the Park Cities, Uptown, parts of downtown and Old East Dallas — has moved politically to the left and Meyer is “out of touch” with its needs on issues like access to abortion and preventing gun violence.

After coming within 220 votes of ousting Meyer two years ago, Cattanach said she’s back to finish the job in November.

“The issues that I fought for in 2018, did not change,” she said. “The district has become, frankly, even more socially liberal on many of these issues and they do want change.”

The political rematch is one of the most closely watched races in the November elections, partially because the district is one of the Democrats’ top targets this year.

The outcome could also have deeper implications for the battle for the Texas House, as Democrats try to take the chamber for the first time since 2001. Such a victory could dramatically alter the political landscape in Texas.

What’s the right fit for the district?

Meyer, a 46-year-old attorney, said the district’s politics remain the same as when he was elected. If voters need proof, just look at the last election.

In 2018, the district voted against Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Pete Sessions by more than 10 percentage points in their Senate and congressional races. Don Huffines, the Republican state senator that covered his district, was swept out of office.

But the district stuck with Meyer. Meyer said that’s because he’s worked well with other lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation like protecting special needs students in schools and criminalizing the unsolicited electronic sending of lewd pictures.

“I have the experience to do it and have shown over my entire career, the ability to work across the aisle with Democrats and Republicans to tackle the most serious issues of this state,” he said.

As a member of the public education committee last session, he said, he played a key role in the state’s marquee school finance bill, which increased school funding by $4.5 billion and put an additional $2 billion towards teacher pay raises.

“Those are the results my constituents want to see,” he said.

But Cattanach, a 39-year-old journalism professor and former reporter for The Dallas Morning News, said the voters she talks to are concerned about Meyer’s record on guns, access to abortion and other social issues.

In 2015, Meyer supported the “campus carry” bill which would allow people with a handgun license to conceal carry a weapon in most

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Fire safety key in the kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of many homes – and it is also where many fires start.October is Fire Safety Month. This year, the focus is on fire prevention measures in the kitchen, where many avoidable residential fires ignite.In Strathmore, 24 residential fires started in the kitchen between 2007 and 2016, according to provincial fire data. In 2011 and 2012, most Alberta home fires started in kitchens (15 and 20 per cent of home fires, respectively), according to the Alberta Fire Commissioner’s Statistical Report, 2011-2012.The most important step to prevent kitchen fires is to never leave the kitchen when using the stove or oven, explained Thomas Jukes, Wheatland County’s deputy regional fire chief. “That way, if something does start, you get that early notification,” he said.One of the simplest and most effective prevention tools is a pot lid, accessible nearby. “If there’s a grease fire, put the fire out by simply putting the lid on.”But residents can also prepare by getting an ABC-class fire extinguisher, if they are capable and comfortable enough to use one. These devices, available at any hardware store, can be invaluable in extinguishing a fire and stopping its spread.Smart approaches in the kitchen can also help prevent avoidable injuries. When cooking, the handles of pots and pans should be turned inwards, to stop children from reaching up and pulling them off the counter and potentially scalding themselves. Not wearing loose clothing, especially long, baggy sleeves, can also prevent clothing from inadvertently catching fire from exposure to a lit element, he explained.Setting the clocks back is a good reminder to change the batteries of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, noted Michael Bourgon, Wheatland County’s manager of emergency and fire services. It is recommended that at least one smoke alarm be installed on every level of a home, including basements.Outside the home, Bourgon advises homeowners to adhere to FireSmart recommendations (www.wildfire.alberta.ca/firesmart/), including keeping any burnable materials 100 feet from any structure, keeping lawns maintained and trimmed, and using spark arrestors when using a fire pit.There is currently a fire ban advisory in Wheatland County, but once it is lifted, residents must attain a burn permit to light fireworks or fires other than small recreational fire pits, incinerators, burning barrels and other exemptions.Wheatland FCSS is holding a smoke, fire and safety “lunch and learn” workshop at noon on Oct. 21. This session, held at the Wheatland County Municipal Operations Centre, is free to all Wheatland County residents.

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7 key interior trends to update your home in 2020

It doesn’t take much to lift your home interiors from the over-familiar to the warm and elegant, and Next’s Autumn/Winter range of home furnishings caters to comfort as much as to style

With autumn showing its colours, kids back at school and evenings drawing in, our focus naturally turns to the great indoors –  and after the year we’ve had, with lockdowns and working from home, it’s no wonder we’re casting a designer’s eye over our interiors, with a range of elegant cosy new furnishings and fixtures for the new season as we prepare to spend more time where our comfort zone is.

Next is welcoming the new season by launching Modern Country, giving tradition a contemporary twist, while Cocoon emphasises cosiness with statement teal blues and golds and warm neutral tones. With just a few well-placed selections from Modern Country and Cocoon – from colour schemes to accessories to chairs, sofas, beds and lights – you can embark on an effortless AW style-up in the place that matters most.

1: Country living

With a focus on heritage tones and traditional styles, the new season’s classic country look suits a townhouse as much as a farmhouse. Which is why Next’s Modern Country range hits so many buttons. You can imagine Heathcliffe himself taking to the The Sherlock II Armchair (£250) after a long day on the moors, while the Charlbury Large Sofa (£1,299) exudes the kind of traditional, all-enveloping deep-seated ultra-comfort that’s hard to extract yourself from. But have fun trying.

Modern Country: neutral tones meet luxurious textures

2: Retro fusion

In the kitchen, rustic meets clean minimalist elegance with the Adley Dining Table (£650) and Bench (£299) – think high-end rural gastro-pub – while the Dillon range of ceiling lights, the Globe, Droplet and Oval Pendant (£50), mix a retro feel with mood-setting elegance. They’ll light your dinner settings as if they were artworks. For the table, the Logan 12-piece Dinner Set (£40) from the new Cocoon range reflects the season’s trend for stoneware and simplicity, quietly setting off the artistry of your food like a picture frame.

Updated rustic: make a statement with ceiling lights

3: Refined lines

Small adjustments can make a big difference to any room. When it comes to storage, the clean simplicity of the Alma Large Sideboard (£725) or the vertical lines of the Alma Tall Cabinet (£475) are both roomy enough to accommodate all the stuff that otherwise turns into clutter. They’re also a great spot to display a Large Chrome Lantern (£40), perhaps, or a pair of Turned Candlesticks (£16-£22). To bring your favourite decorative objects out into the open, the Murphy Ladder Shelf (£399) is elegance personified.

Sleek lines: keeping things simple

4: Creature comforts

The Cocoon range oozes cosiness in muted shades that bring a refined sense of warmth and intimacy to your relaxation area, especially when it comes to the bedroom. The Linden Bed (£450-£599), a clean, comforting mix of blond wood and deep silver grey headboard, is

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Poll shows Biden leading Trump, tight House race in key Nebraska district

A new Democratic poll shows presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE with a hefty lead over President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, and Democrat Kara Eastman holding a slim advantage there over Rep. Don Bacon (R). 

A poll conducted for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) PAC and obtained exclusively by The Hill shows Biden getting the support of 53 percent of likely voters surveyed, compared with 42 percent for Trump. Another 5 percent are undecided, will vote for another candidate or refused to answer. Biden has a heftier 58 percent to 33 percent advantage among voters who have already cast ballots. 

In the House race, Eastman narrowly leads Bacon by a 47 percent-45 percent margin, while Libertarian candidate Tyler Schaeffer gets 6 percent. Eastman also grows her lead over Bacon among those who have already voted, holding a 59 percent-36 percent edge. 

“Kara Eastman has continued to earn the support of Nebraskans by running a grassroots campaign that puts the needs of working families in her district first,” said CPC PAC co-chairpersons Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanCongress fiddles while the US burns, floods, and ails Overnight Defense: Nearly 500 former national security officials formally back Biden | 40 groups call on House panel to investigate Pentagon’s use of coronavirus funds 40 groups call on House panel to investigate Pentagon’s use of coronavirus funds MORE (D-Wis.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse votes to condemn alleged hysterectomies on migrant women Trump proposes capping refugee admissions at 15,000 in historic low ‘One more serious try’ on COVID-19 relief yields progress but no deal MORE (D-Wash.) and Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinJewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Lawmakers urge IRS to get stimulus payments to domestic violence survivors OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  House passes sweeping clean energy bill | Pebble Mine CEO resigns over secretly recorded comments about government officials  | Corporations roll out climate goals amid growing pressure to deliver MORE (D-Md.). “She is in a strong position to win this election because voters know that Kara will fight to lower the cost of prescription drugs, make sure that workers have access to paid family leave and paid sick leave, and stand up to corporate special interests in Washington.” 

The district, which encompasses Omaha, is a top presidential and House battleground. The Cornhusker State is just one of two in the nation that splits up its electoral votes based on the presidential candidates’ performances both statewide and in each congressional district. 

In Nebraska, the statewide popular vote winner gets two electoral votes, and each of the state’s three congressional districts grants one electoral vote.

The state as a whole, and

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Kitchen safety, alarms key to fire prevention

Forty per cent of residential fires in Fort St. John over the past five years did not have working smoke alarms.

It’s an alarming statistic as firefighters mark Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 to 10, put on by the Office of the Fire Commissioner and this year focused on kitchen safety.

Fire Prevention Officer Capt. Marco D’Agostino says the theme is highly relevant, with residents staying home due to the ongoing pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many of us at home more often this year, so this year’s Fire Prevention Week of Serving Up Safety in the Kitchen is extremely relevant,” said D’Agostino, noting that smoke alarms are crucial for fire prevention.

The fire department has issued the following kitchen safety tips:

The department is celebrating Fire Prevention Week a little differently this year, serving up safety tips by producing their own video on kitchen safety. D’Agostino says the department has pushed their campaign to the digital sphere.

“This year is a little different with COVID, we didn’t do a kickoff, and we’re not going to the schools to do our talks. We still have publications and printed materials going out, but we did produce our own video,” he said. “It’s a way to get the message out there.”

The video can be found on the city’s website and YouTube page.

Email reporter Tom Summer at [email protected]

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Home Improvement Products Market In-Depth Analysis including key players Home Depot, LoweaEUR(TM)s, Inside Tweedy and Popp Hardware

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Sep 22, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —

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Dems in Key House Races Fear Loss of Critical Student Votes With College Campuses Empty

In a COVID-less world, Dylan Taylor would be in East Lansing now, spending his free time at a table outside the dorms at Michigan State University beckoning fellow Spartans to register to vote. Instead, the 19-year-old treasurer of the MSU Young Democrats is stuck living with his parents in the Detroit suburb of Madison Heights, attending classes via Zoom and trying to replicate election-year campus activism remotely with concepts like “Friend Banking.” “You text people you know and ask them, ‘Are you registered to vote?'” he says. “It is a skewed sample. Everyone says, ‘I’m already registered.’ And then I’m done. It is a lot less effective than being on campus.”



a group of people sitting at a park: Sparsely populated college campuses due to COVID limitations on in-person learning could prove problematic for some Democratic Congressional candidates who rely on student votes and campaign volunteers to help them get elected.


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Sparsely populated college campuses due to COVID limitations on in-person learning could prove problematic for some Democratic Congressional candidates who rely on student votes and campaign volunteers to help them get elected.

For Democrats in tough House races across the nation who were counting on students from nearby colleges to work as campaign volunteers and to vote, not having Dylan and people like him on campus is a looming political problem. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, nearly half of American college and universities are offering entirely or mostly virtual classes this fall according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, thereby scattering millions of students who might have been cajoled into voting for the first time and then motivated to support Democrats through peer pressure and appearances from big-name campaign surrogates. Polls consistently show college students skew Democratic by a 70-30 percent margin—the exact percentage, in fact, who said they planned to vote for Joe Biden in a poll of 4,000 students enrolled in four-year colleges by the Knight Foundation this August. So the absence of on-campus organizing is widely seen as an advantage for Republicans.

“That’s a really big deal for my

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Insights on the Kitchen Appliances Global Market to 2025 – Key Drivers and Restraints

The “Kitchen Appliances Market – Forecasts from 2020 to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The kitchen appliances market was estimated at US$103.067 billion in the year 2019.

The primary growth factors for the kitchen appliances market to surge throughout the forecast period include rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles of the people due to the rising disposable income which is amplifying the demand for numerous appliances, especially in the developing economies. Kitchen Appliances are those appliances that are designed to make cooking easy and smooth. The major applications of these appliances include cooking, storage, and cleaning among others. Furthermore, the growing innovations by key players in the kitchen appliances market for the development of new and advanced products with an aim to cater to the burgeoning consumer requirements is also one of the major factors that show the potential for the market growth during the next five years.

These appliances further allow smooth functioning in the kitchen activities along with offering numerous benefits to their use. In addition, the rising penetration of energy-efficient appliances coupled with the increasing focus of the market players towards their investments in the development of low energy consuming devices is also anticipated to positively impact the market growth throughout the forecast period and beyond. Also, the changing consumer lifestyle is adding further leading to increased adoption of convenient and hassle-free products as the hectic lifestyle is further promoting the use of various kitchen appliances for time-saving purposes is also projected to support the market growth in the coming years.

Urbanization plays an important role in driving the demand for various products as more and more people are moving towards urban areas is leading to change in their lifestyles and standards of living. This, in turn, is significantly driving the demand for kitchen appliances especially in the developing economies which include India, China, and Indonesia among others. A notable surge in the urban population is driving the market growth for kitchen appliances in the next five years. For instance, according to the World Bank Group, the percentage of the urban population out of the total population in India increased from 30.246% in 2008 to 34.03% by 2018. Similarly, in China the total Urban Population reached 823,827,650 by 2018 from 616,481,190 in 2008.

Booming residential construction will surge the market growth

The booming residential construction around the globe due to Impressive economic growth, rising disposable income, and improvement in the standard of living are driving the demand for these appliances throughout the globe. The construction of new housing units is further leading to an increase in the number of kitchens thereby anticipating the demand for these appliances over the next five years. According to the Ministry of Housing and Government Affairs, the number of construction of new residential houses increased from 1, 25,551 units in 2015-16 to 1, 82,861 units in 2018-19.

Online sales to show notable growth

On the basis of the distribution channel, the global kitchen appliances market has been classified

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Insights on the Kitchen Appliances Global Market to 2025 – Key Drivers and Restraints – ResearchAndMarkets.com – Press Release

DUBLIN–(Business Wire)–The “Kitchen Appliances Market – Forecasts from 2020 to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The kitchen appliances market was estimated at US$103.067 billion in the year 2019.

The primary growth factors for the kitchen appliances market to surge throughout the forecast period include rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles of the people due to the rising disposable income which is amplifying the demand for numerous appliances, especially in the developing economies. Kitchen Appliances are those appliances that are designed to make cooking easy and smooth. The major applications of these appliances include cooking, storage, and cleaning among others. Furthermore, the growing innovations by key players in the kitchen appliances market for the development of new and advanced products with an aim to cater to the burgeoning consumer requirements is also one of the major factors that show the potential for the market growth during the next five years.

These appliances further allow smooth functioning in the kitchen activities along with offering numerous benefits to their use. In addition, the rising penetration of energy-efficient appliances coupled with the increasing focus of the market players towards their investments in the development of low energy consuming devices is also anticipated to positively impact the market growth throughout the forecast period and beyond. Also, the changing consumer lifestyle is adding further leading to increased adoption of convenient and hassle-free products as the hectic lifestyle is further promoting the use of various kitchen appliances for time-saving purposes is also projected to support the market growth in the coming years.

Urbanization plays an important role in driving the demand for various products as more and more people are moving towards urban areas is leading to change in their lifestyles and standards of living. This, in turn, is significantly driving the demand for kitchen appliances especially in the developing economies which include India, China, and Indonesia among others. A notable surge in the urban population is driving the market growth for kitchen appliances in the next five years. For instance, according to the World Bank Group, the percentage of the urban population out of the total population in India increased from 30.246% in 2008 to 34.03% by 2018. Similarly, in China the total Urban Population reached 823,827,650 by 2018 from 616,481,190 in 2008.

Booming residential construction will surge the market growth

The booming residential construction around the globe due to Impressive economic growth, rising disposable income, and improvement in the standard of living are driving the demand for these appliances throughout the globe. The construction of new housing units is further leading to an increase in the number of kitchens thereby anticipating the demand for these appliances over the next five years. According to the Ministry of Housing and Government Affairs, the number of construction of new residential houses increased from 1, 25,551 units in 2015-16 to 1, 82,861 units in 2018-19.

Online sales to show notable growth

On the basis of the distribution channel, the global kitchen appliances market has been classified into

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Olive Garden parent takes a COVID-related hit in key markets but here’s why analysts are upbeat

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Olive Garden and other pieces of the Darden Restaurants Inc. business have taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, but upbeat analyst groups are raising their price targets after the company took measures, like simplifying menus, in order to adjust.

Darden (DRI) reported fiscal first-quarter sales of $1.53 billion, down from $2.13 billion last year and just below the FactSet consensus for $1.56 billion. Olive Garden same-restaurant sales were down 21.1%. Sales at Olive Garden were down 27.7% to $788.2 million, sales at Longhorn Steakhouse fell 16.3% to $376.8 million, and fine dining sales sank 38.9% to $83.1 million.

“Overall, capacity restrictions continue to limit their top-line sales, particularly in key high-volume markets like California and New Jersey where dining rooms were closed for the majority of the quarter,” said Chief Executive Eugene Lee on the earnings call, according to FactSet.

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Lee notes that Olive Garden has 100 restaurants in California alone. Overall, what’s going to make a difference to same-restaurant sales in the near future will be increased capacity.

“We need to get California back,” Lee said. “We need some other areas to increase their capacity from 25% to 50%. Once you get past 50%, as long as the six-foot rule is in place, you’re still not going to really be able to max out your dining rooms.”

Even getting the bar area back in certain area is an improvement, he said.

The “best” Olive Garden in the company’s lineup, the Times Square location in New York City, is a $15 million location, Lee said. Now that restaurant is only pulling in $2,500 per day.

On Sept. 30, indoor restaurant capacity up to 25% will be allowed.

“[T]his is going to probably be hard for you to believe but we have one restaurant that cost us 50 basis points in comps. That’s the Times Square Olive Garden,” said Lee. “You wake up every day and you’re $300,000 short just in that one restaurant.”

Still, Darden shares closed up 8.1% on Thursday. The stock is down 11.3% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index (SPX) has edged up 0.8% for the period.

“Like many restaurant companies, Darden has used the pandemic as an opportunity to reset its cost structure, streamline operational processes, and eliminate unpopular items from the menu,” writes KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts led by Eric Gonzalez.

See: Kraft Heinz stock upgraded twice with analysts upbeat about ongoing business transformation

“While capacity limitations might mean Olive Garden’s sales recovery lags the industry, Darden’s cost-cutting measures continue to outperform expectations, and we see a more favorable margin structure in the future.”

KeyBanc rates Darden stock overweight with a price target of $108, up from $102.

Darden’s Chief Financial Officer Ricardo Cardenas said on the call that streamlining the menu “more than offset” the cost of additional to-go packaging.

A number of research groups raised Darden’s price target, including

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