Lauren Boebert, a Glock-wearing conservative firebrand, won the race for Colorado’s sprawling Third Congressional District on Wednesday, holding the seat for Republicans as they tried to limit their House losses.According to The Associated Press, Ms. Boebert, 33, defeated Diane Mitsch Bush, a former state legislator, in the race for the seat held by Representative Scott Tipton, a Republican toppled by Ms. Boebert in the party primary, the first time a challenger defeated a sitting House member in the state in decades. She did so by portraying Mr. Tipton as insufficiently supportive of President Trump.- Advertisement – Though Colorado is trending more Democratic, the Third Congressional District covers a huge expanse of the state’s more conservative Western Slope, where progressive upscale ski towns, such as Aspen and Steamboat Springs, are interspersed with conservative ranching and working-class communities such as Pueblo and Grand Junction.Ms. Boebert, the owner of a restaurant in Rifle, Colo., where the waitresses openly carry handguns, gained attention for expressing some interest in QAnon, but has since disavowed the baseless conspiracy theory, which maintains that the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles plotting against Mr. Trump. Instead, Ms. Boebert has positioned herself as the antidote to what she has called socialist ideology spreading through Washington, represented by lawmakers such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York. She said she decided to take on Mr. Tipton, a low-profile, conservative congressman, after his office declined to aid a ballot measure preventing Colorado from awarding its electoral votes to the overall national popular vote winner. He did not appear to take the primary challenge seriously and lost.Ms. Mitsch Bush is a former Routt County commissioner and state lawmaker who stressed her bipartisan record and expertise on water issues, always a major concern in Colorado. She said Ms. Boebert was more interested in achieving political celebrity than working on the issues most important to Coloradans. She also attacked Ms. Boebert for backing the Republican drive to overturn the Affordable Care Act.Ms. Boebert was dogged in her campaign by the disclosure of a series of run-ins she had with local police over traffic charges and other conduct, including being arrested on warrants for failure to appear in court.- Advertisement – The congresswoman-elect gained national attention in 2019 when she confronted Beto O’Rourke, then a Democratic candidate for president, at a televised town hall outside Denver over his pledge to confiscate weapons such as semiautomatic assault rifles. “I am here to say, ‘Hell no, you’re not,’” she told Mr. O’Rourke.- Advertisement – A group opposed to her paid for billboards featuring her mug shot at various locations in the district. But many voters in the district were apparently willing to overlook those transgressions and back Ms. Boebert for her pledge to be an aggressive conservative combatant in Congress. – Advertisement –
Messy housemates are a common complaint in share houses.When it comes time to move out of home or change rental accommodation, one of the biggest considerations is to whether to live alone or to share with housemates. Strong arguments can be made for both and it comes down to the lifestyle you want to have. Here are some points to keep in mind:RELATED:>>What you should know before buying a Strata property>>Market wrap: How Townsville property is performing>>Market insight with Townsville REIQ Zone Chair Damien KeyesPrivacy or companyIn a share-house, the only privacy you will get is your own room. The kitchen, bathroom, dining and backyard are for everyone. If a chat while making dinner sounds enjoyable and sharing a clothesline isn’t a concern, having housemates might be a good option. On the other hand, if hosting your own dinner parties and having a private bathroom sounds more appealing, renting a property on your own might be more suitable.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Saving or spendingIf saving money is the goal, a share house generally presents as the better option. Usually rent per room is cheaper than rent for a one bedroom or even a studio apartment. Savings also filter down to bills because three people don’t use three times as much electricity as one person and unlimited internet costs the same for one person as it does for four people. Also keep in mind that moving into an established share house usually means that items such as a fridge, washing machine and couch are already there. This can be great if you have just shifted out of home and don’t have any furniture. However, this can be a problem for you if you already own these items because there won’t be anywhere to put them.CLICK here for the latest Townsville property newsLong term or short term If moving interstate or overseas is on the cards, a share house would be the simpler option. Subleasing a room can be a fantastic shorter-term alternative to signing a one-year lease. Obviously giving notice is still required but it is typically easier to come and go from a sublease situation in a share house than it is to break a lease. If you are looking at setting up for the long term, a secure lease through a real estate agency may be the preferred option.Early bird or night owlIf going to bed at 3am and sleeping in until 12pm is your weekend schedule, that may be hard to keep up if other housemates wake up at 7am and use a blender for their pre-workout protein shake. It might not sound significant but if schedules between housemates vary significantly, it can lead to issues on both sides. Make sure to ask any potential housemates if they are party animals or shift workers!
USC has hired hall of famer and former Woman of Troy great Cynthia Cooper-Dyke as it new women’s basketball head coach, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden announced Thursday.Cooper-Dyke, who as a player helped lead USC to a pair of NCAA championships before winning an Olympic gold medal and four WNBA titles, looks to restore the winning tradition of the USC women’s basketball program.“In Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, we have a proven winning coach who happens to be a USC basketball icon,” Haden said in a statement. “She was a part of the best basketball ever played here at USC, and she seen success at so many levels of the game. As a coach she has turned around several programs. We believe she can lead USC back to successful women’s basketball, and we welcome her back to the USC campus.”Cooper-Dyke, 49, has an eight-year collegiate head coaching record of 150-106 (.586), with seven postseason appearances and three league coach-of-the-year awards.“If you were to ask me what my dream job was at any point in my coaching career, I would always have said my dream is to come back and lead the USC women’s basketball team,” Cooper-Dyke said in a statement. “I’m literally living the dream coming back to California and being named the new women’s basketball coach at USC.”She takes over a squad that went 11-20 overall and finished seventh in the Pac-12 under fourth-year head coach Michael Cooper, who resigned last month (the two coaches are not related).“I’m very excited to coach every one of these USC players,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I’m excited about the talent we have. I’m excited to teach and learn and motivate and really see them blossom into the players they can truly become.”Prior to coming to USC, Cooper-Dyke was head coach at Texas Southern University and resurrected the Lady Tigers’ program, taking a 5-26 team and leading them in her first year to a 16-2 league mark and their first-ever Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season title.Before the stint at Texas Southern, she spent two seasons as the head coach at UNC Wilmington, where her team not only set a school record for victories with a 24-9 mark, but made its first ever post-season appearance.Cooper-Dyke began her college coaching career at Prairie View A&M, where she posted an 86-72 record with four postseason appearances during her five-year (2006-10) tenure there.“I want to thank my coaching staffs and all the players I’ve coached,” Cooper-Dyke said. “The players are always in the forefront of everything we do. It’s about helping these women grow and succeed in this world. As a coach, you can’t be successful without your players believing in you and performing to the best of their abilities. I wouldn’t be here without them.”Cooper-Dyke is one of the most decorated players to ever play women’s basketball. She won the 1981 L.A. city player of the year award at Locke High in Los Angeles, was named an All-Conference first teamer and made the NCAA All-tournament team as the Women of Troy advanced to the NCAA Final. At the professional level, she led the WNBA’s Houston Comets to a record four consecutive WNBA championships (1997-2000), being named WNBA Finals MVP each time.She was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, in the latter becoming the first WNBA player to do so. At USC, she currently ranks ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,559 points), eighth in assists (381) and third in steals (256).“I want to thank Pat Haden and Donna Heinel and the entire Trojan Family for giving me this awesome opportunity,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I don’t take it lightly. I feel like the different programs I’ve been a part of…have prepared me in many ways for the Pac-12 and USC…I can’t promise it will happen in a year like it did at these other programs, but I promise we will put forth our best effort as a staff to create a program that embraces the work ethic and mentality that will help us be successful.”