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Race ratings: New map erases Democrats’ edge in North Carolina
North Carolina continued its biennial tradition of redrawing its congressional map, and the latest iteration has a significant impact on the fight for the House majority. Empowered by a , Republicans in the North Carolina legislature redrew the congressional map to give the GOP a new and significant advantage in three Democrat-held districts and a fighting chance to take over a fourth seat currently held by a Democrat. Depending on the outcome of the races next November, the state’s delegation could shift from a post-2022 split between seven Republicans and seven Democrats to a delegation that includes 10 or 11 Republicans and just three or four Democrats. Overall, Democrats need a net gain of five seats across the country to regain the House majority, but the North Carolina map makes that task functionally harder. Republicans redrew seats represented by Democratic Reps. Kathy Manning (6th District), Wiley Nickel (13th) and Jeff Jackson (14th) from districts Joe Biden would have carried in 2020 to ones that President Donald Trump would have won with at least 57 percent. Inside elections rates the trio of races as . Jackson opted to rather than attempt to win in the newly configured district. Manning and Nickel have not announced their plans. A fourth Democrat, Don Davis, is also in electoral danger considering Biden would have won the redrawn 1st District by about 1 point. That race is initially rated as a Toss-up by Inside Elections. Three races are rated Solid Democratic: the 2nd (represented by Deborah K. Ross), 4th (Valerie P. Foushee) and 12th (Alma Adams). Seven districts are rated Solid Republican including the 3rd (Greg Murphy), 5th (Virginia Foxx), 7th (David Rouzer), 8th (Dan Bishop), 9th (Richard Hudson), 10th (Patrick T. McHenry) and 11th (Chuck Edwards). The 8th District is open because Bishop is running for state attorney general as well. Hudson is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is in charge of retaining Republicans’ majority. At the beginning of the cycle, Inside Elections did not rate races in North Carolina or Ohio with the expectation of new maps in both states. But a previous court decision that kept the Ohio lines in place and the new North Carolina map brings the House battleground into focus, and the initial outlook is good for Republicans. If the GOP wins all of the races the party is favored to win based on the ratings (all of the ones rated Solid, Likely, Lean and Tilt GOP), Republicans would be at 217 seats, just one seat shy of a majority. In other words, Republicans would need to win just one of the 12 Toss-up races to retain control of the House. Democrats, on the other hand, would need to win all of the races where they are favored (including the newly redrawn ) and all 12 of the Toss-ups to reach 218. But it’s not easy to factor in the volatility at the top of the ticket. There has been a strong correlation between the presidential race and House races in recent elections. In 2020, voters in 96 percent of House districts voted for the same party for president as they did for the House. So if Trump’s political support collapses, whether from legal issues or something else, that would jeopardize Republicans’ hold on the House. On the other hand, if Biden slips further in the polls, then Democrats would have a slim chance of winning the majority and might have to wait for a midterm wave election in 2026 with Trump in the White House once again. Recent Stories Does Speaker Johnson realize some of his best constituents are Black? Methadone access becomes flashpoint in fight over opioid crisis Race ratings: New map erases Democrats’ edge in North Carolina House passes Legislative Branch spending bill that cuts diversity office Rep. George Santos easily survives second attempt to expel him from Congress Rep. Rashida Tlaib avoids censure over Israel criticism
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
Jan 02, 2024
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
Jan 02, 2024 15:29
The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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