House GOP super PAC begins $2M TV campaign against Ron Kind

The group’s spot contrasts the military service of Kind’s opponent, Derrick Van Orden, with what it calls the congressman’s dereliction of duty. A narrator notes Kind missed 138 votes in the last 2.5 years. The ad will air in the La Crosse and Wausau markets.

The decision to go into Kind’s district is notable because new offensive targets have proved rare this cycle for Republicans, who face an increasingly narrow path back to the majority. And they have been pushed into a defensive crouch by Democrats, who have recently made buys targeting deep red seats in Montana, Michigan, Alaska and Colorado.

The GOP initially struggled to find a strong contender to take on Kind. Van Orden, a retired Navy SEAL-turned-author, did not file to run until mid-March of this year and said he decided to do so after Kind voted for the articles of impeachment against Trump.

“The concerted effort Republicans put into recruiting top-tier candidates has allowed us to push deeper into the offensive opportunities some thought might be out of reach this cycle,” CLF President Dan Conston said in a statement.

The group’s internal data from this summer found Trump is still leading Biden in the district, and that a majority of voters want their member of Congress to back the president’s agenda. The generic congressional ballot favors a Republican candidate

President Barack Obama won the seat, which spans the western and southwestern swaths of the state, by 11 points in 2012. Trump won it by nearly 5 points four years later. It is predominantly white and largely rural.

Van Orden is not well-known but has proved a solid fundraiser, and he outraised the incumbent by a 2 to 1 margin in the second quarter. He is already on TV with an ad that links Kind to Pelosi and warns that Kind supports giving stimulus checks to illegal immigrants.

Still, Kind has a formidable cash-on-hand advantage, having banked nearly $3.1 million by late July, compared to Van Orden’s $288,000. The congressman has booked nearly $1.8 million in the district. His opponent has reserved about $1 million, according to data from Advertising Analytics.

No other outside groups have booked air time in the district.

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Hydrofluorocarbons: Super Greenhouse Gas in Your Kitchen & Bathroom

Making changes to heal the hole in the ozone layer that developed over Antarctica in the 1980s is one of the great achievements of the past quarter-century. Humans paid attention to the growing threat of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), responded with global policy, and the ozone layer has partially recovered. But American household and commercial cleaning product companies have embraced another greenhouse gas as an aerosol propellant, hydrofluorocarbon 152A, which accelerates global warming.

A variety of products sold to consumers in the United States contain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) despite a recent global treaty to ban the substance. A “super greenhouse gas,” HFC 152A represents a growing threat to the planet’s climate.

Since the Montreal Protocol, a United Nations treaty that banned ozone-depleting CFCs and dozens of other ozone-depleting chemicals in 1987, the ozone hole — which is really an area of ozone centered over the south pole that becomes too thin to reflect the sun’s radiation — has stabilized. The depleted region of ozone reached its peak in 2006 at 27-million kilometers. Although CFCs are still detected, the Montreal Protocol has been largely effective at stopping the advance of ozone thinning.

By 2019, use of chemicals banned by the Montreal Protocol had been reduced by 98%, the United Nations reported. Treaties can be very effective climate policy.

NASA graph showing annual records of ozone hole area and the minimum density of ozone in the atmosphere

Annual records of ozone hole area and the minimum density of ozone in the atmosphere, measured in Dobson Units that represent 0.01 mm of thickness in the ozone layer. Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

In 2018, CFC levels spiked due to illegal activity and the ozone hole expanded to 85% of its 2006 size. There is still much work to be done to eliminate CFCs and close the ozone hole.

Then Came HFC 152A

Hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) were introduced as a safer alternative to CFCs in the 1990s. HFC 152A, a popular propellant, was believed to be better because it did not bond to and disrupt ozone stability. But that assumption has been proved wrong.

“HFCs are not as bad as CFCs,” Nathan Borgford-Powell, Scientific Advisory Panel and Science Affairs Coordinator at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, wrote in email to Earth911, “CFCs are both ozone depleting and super greenhouse gases. HFCs are just super greenhouse gases.” He pointed out that personal care companies were among the first to eliminate CFCs in the 1980s.

HFC 152A has replaced the CFC-based propellants in hair spray, antiperspirants, disinfectants, and cleaning products despite their long-lived impact on the environment. HFC 152 is frequently touted as an improvement because it does not have a large impact on the ozone layer. Instead, it contributes to poor air quality and atmospheric warming, remaining in the atmosphere for as long as two decades. As a result, HFC emissions increased by 23% between 2012 and 2016 alone, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2018 Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion.

“Aerosol deoderants were almost entirely switched to pumps, sticks, and roll-ons [even before the Montreal Protocol existed],” Borgford-Powell said. “It strikes me

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Democratic super PAC to spend $6.2M on Texas House races

a man holding a sign: Voter Ed Martinez makes his way to Pflugerville school district’s Rock Gym to vote in the primary runoff on July 14. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Voter Ed Martinez makes his way to Pflugerville school district’s Rock Gym to vote in the primary runoff on July 14. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

A national Democratic super PAC, Forward Majority, plans to spend $6.2 million in 18 Texas House races, the group announced Tuesday.

Democrats need to pick up nine seats to gain a majority in the Texas House. In 2018, Republicans lost 12 House seats, including four GOP-held seats in the Austin area.

Forward Majority’s spending plan mostly targets GOP seats in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a Democratic majority ahead of redistricting and cement Texas’ status as the biggest battleground state in the country,” Forward Majority spokesman Ben Wexler-Waite said in a statement Tuesday.

There are no Austin-area seats being targeted by the super PAC, but Republicans are eyeing some seats that Democrats flipped in 2018.

READ MORE: With redistricting in the offing, battle for the Texas House heats up

Both parties are sinking large sums of money into Texas.

Forward Majority estimated that it has spent nearly $10 million to boost Democratic candidates for the Texas House, far more than the $2.2 million the group spent in 2018 to help 32 Democratic candidates days before the election.

In July, the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee said it raised more than $1.3 million from January to June, already surpassing its 2018 fundraising efforts.

GOP groups also have ramped up fundraising this year. The Republican State Leadership Committee partnered with the State Government Leadership Foundation to raise $10.5 million in the second quarter.

“Democrats are salivating over turning Texas blue and are spending alarming sums of money to make it happen. Every Texan – and Republicans everywhere – should be deeply concerned by the left’s investments. We’re going to fight like hell to keep Texas, Texas, but we make no bones about it: This will be a political fight unlike any other,” Austin Chambers, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said in a statement.

State Democratic officials praised Forward Majority’s Tuesday announcement.

“So much is at stake in November and national groups like Forward Majority understand that importance,” Abhi Rahman, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement. “Together, we will take back the Texas House.”

Forward Majority also targeted races in Florida, North Carolina and Arizona in hopes of flipping GOP-controlled chambers in those state legislatures, CNN reported Tuesday. The group will spend $15 million in the four states ahead of the November election.

The group launched in 2017 to help Democrats win control of state legislatures ahead of the 2021 redistricting process.

“Flipping the state House will stop Republicans from being able to gerrymander dozens of congressional seats and put an end to the right’s dangerous voter suppression agenda that has systematically sought to turn millions of Texans away from the polls,” Wexler-Waite said.

Forward Majority will spend the $6.2 million in Texas on television, mail and digital ads, according to

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Top 5 Super Cute Nursery Decor Ideas You Must Know

Whenever you are up for decorating the nursery, you should know that there are few ideas that never grow old. In this article, I have made a list of five super cute ideas that you can use in the decoration of your home nursery. Have a look:

  • Let’s Get Back to Pastels

There is nothing cuter than pastel colors so the first tip for today would be to set a theme of pastel colors for your home nursery. You can choose all mild tones of pink, green, blue, yellow and more. From the furniture to accessories, try to keep everything light in color. Keep in mind that the nursery should be soothing for the eyes of the baby so avoid any sharp colors.

  • Wooden Accessories are Always a Good Idea

When we talk about decorating the nursery, we can’t forget about using wooden accessories. Try to choose the crib with a solid wood frame that can also be turned into a child’s bed as your baby grows up. You should also invest in some good wooden rocking chair for yourself such as a glider chair. A glider style rocking chair will make the nursery look simple and cute. The glider will also provide comfort to the parents for the long feeding sessions.

  • Floral Designs are Super Cute

Yes, floral designs are super cute. Flowers are not meant for girls only; they can be used in the nursery for a boy as well. You can paint the walls with some nice floral print, or use the floral wall stickers as they will cost you less than paint. You can also use artificial flowers to decorate the nursery. They will make the nursery look perfect and the artificial flowers will stay the same even if the baby grabs them or plays with them.

  • Try to Personalize the Nursery

Making your baby’s room more personalized is always a great idea. You can use funny bedsheets and glider slipcovers with cute prints to give a room more personality. Also, you can go for some funky curtains or get personalized curtains based on what you’d like your nursery to look. Other than the bedsheets and curtains, you can customize accessories like lamps. You can cover the lamps with some cool textured pieces of fabric so that it looks customized.

  • Wall Art

Wall art is again a great idea. You can use different wall hangings or paintings that make the room look cute overall. If you don’t want to spend money on paintings or wall hangings, you can use large stickers too or fun pictures and paste them on the wall of the nursery.…

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