Judge Snaps Slump With 34th HR, Yankees Top Tigers 7-3

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Not long after landing a big addition for their pitching staff, Aaron Judge and the Yankees got back to bashing the ball around the yard.Judge broke out of a slump with his 34th home run , regaining sole possession of the major league lead, and Chase Headley sparked New York at the plate Monday night in its 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.Luis Severino beat Michael Fulmer in a matchup of young All-Stars, though neither was at his best on the mound. Earlier in the day, the Yankees upgraded their rotation by acquiring Sonny Gray from Oakland for three prospects at the trade deadline.“We’re very appreciative,” Headley said. “Guys were fired up when they heard the news.”Headley got three hits as New York won for the ninth time in 11 games. He put the AL East leaders ahead with a two-run double in a four-run fourth inning aided by second baseman Ian Kinsler’s crucial error.Todd Frazier followed with a two-run single , and Judge hit a solo shot in the fifth to snap a tie with Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton atop the leaderboard.Judge also walked twice to help the Yankees score at least seven runs for the second time in 26 games during July. He entered batting .158 with 25 strikeouts since winning the Home Run Derby over the All-Star break.“It’s kind of what we’ve been used to seeing,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought his at-bats were pretty good.”Severino (8-4) needed a career-high 116 pitches — most by a Yankees pitcher this season — to get through five innings but still won his third consecutive start. He allowed one run and struck out eight, improving to 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his last four outings.The right-hander was checked by a trainer early after grabbing at his leg, but appeared to be fine the rest of the way.Aroldis Chapman entered with the bases loaded in the ninth and got two outs for his 13th save in 16 attempts. Detroit stranded 14 runners in the opener of a nine-game road trip.Fulmer (10-9) was touched up for seven runs, six earned, and seven hits over six-plus innings.“I thought my stuff was there,” he said. “First three innings I could throw the ball wherever I wanted to, and then just kind of lost command.”Last season’s AL Rookie of the Year has lost three straight starts after winning four in a row.“Sometimes one long inning can take its toll,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus saidJames McCann hit an RBI double and Jim Adduci had a run-scoring single for the fourth-place Tigers, who also made a trade Monday. Detroit sent reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila to the World Series champion Chicago Cubs for minor league infielders Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes and a player to be named or cash.Adduci made a leaping catch at the right-field wall in the sixth to steal a two-run homer from Frazier, who tipped his helmet in response.Clint Frazier hit an RBI triple in the seventh for New York and scored on Gary Sanchez’s sacrifice fly.CLOSE CALLMikie Mahtook was hit by a pitch twice — the second time in the helmet by a 98 mph fastball from Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle. The impact knocked Mahtook’s helmet off his head and sent him sprawling to the ground, but apparently it was a glancing blow. Mahtook popped right up and yelled twice in frustration, then walked to first base and virtually ignored a trainer who came out to check on him. The center fielder finished the game. “I guess it didn’t hit me as flush,” said Mahtook, who acknowledged it was scary. “I didn’t feel any head pain. There’s no dizziness. … I guess I got real lucky.”FIRST THOUGHTSHeadley is 4 for 8 with three extra-base hits and 12 RBIs with the bases loaded this season. He is hitting .417 since moving from third base to first on July 19 after the Yankees traded for Todd Frazier. “I think he just found himself again,” Girardi said.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: SS Jose Iglesias was removed in the sixth with a sprained right wrist. He was injured on a swing while striking out and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.Yankees: SS Didi Gregorius and OF Brett Gardner were rested. … Girardi said 2B Starlin Castro (strained right hamstring) is “a ways away” from returning to the lineup. … 1B Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) is scheduled to see the doctor Tuesday and have stitches removed. … Girardi said he thought backup catcher Austin Romine was OK after getting banged up in several spots Sunday and leaving the game.ROSTER MOVESIn addition to obtaining Gray, the Yankees recalled RHP Jonathan Holder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and traded minor league right-hander Yefry Ramírez to Baltimore for international signing bonus pool money. After the game, they optioned Holder and 1B Garrett Cooper back to Triple-A. New York has increased its international signing bonus pool from $4.75 million to $8 million for the current period that began July 2, tying Boston for the most among major league teams. The Yankees have already spent $3.8 million of that allotment.UP NEXTTigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 6.18 ERA) starts Tuesday night against Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.66), who is 21-13 with a 4.11 ERA in his career against Detroit.By MIKE FITZPATRICKTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arsenal vs Swansea City: Team news & TV

first_imgArsenal Arsenal vs Swansea City: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 14:45 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League The Gunners hammered Everton last time out and could do with another confidence-boosting win ahead of next weekend’s trip to Manchester City Arsenal will hope to build on their 5-2 thrashing of Everton last time out when they take on Swansea City on Saturday.The front three of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette combined to superb effect to put the Toffees to the sword in a match that cost Ronald Koeman his job.Now up to fifth, the Gunners will expect a win again before next weekend’s trip to Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Arsenal vs Swansea City Date Saturday, October 28 Time 15:00 BST / 10:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Alexandre Lacazette ArsenalIn the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television due to the blackout between 14:45 and 17:15. UK TV channel Online stream None None In the US, the match will not be available to watch live on television but can be streamed via NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass. US TV channel Online stream None NBC Sports Gold SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Cech, Macey Defenders Kolasinac, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Bellerin Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Coquelin, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Reine-Adelaide Forwards Alexis, Giroud, Walcott, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nelson, Nketiah Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck may miss out again as they have not fully returned to training.Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee and Calum Chambers is also out but will be back in full training on Monday. David Ospina could feature against Red Star in the Champions League in midweek but will not be involved here.Potential starting XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Lacazette, Alexis. Position Swansea City players Goalkeepers Mulder, Fabianski, Nordfeldt Defenders Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Rangel, Naughton, Bartley, Fernandez Midfielders Ki, Britton, Fer, Dyer, Routledge, Narsingh, Carroll, Fulton, Mesa, Clucas, King Forwards Ayew, Abraham, McBurnie Swansea will be without a natural left-back after Martin Olsson was hurt against Manchester United, so Kyle Naughton, Sam Clucas or Angel Rangel will fill in.Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony remain sidelined but are nearing returns.Potential starting XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Clucas; Fer, Britton, Carroll; Narsingh, Abraham, Ayew.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Tammy Abraham Swansea 2017Arsenal are 2/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Swansea priced at 12/1 and the draw available at 11/2.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Jack Wilshere Arsenal 2017Is it time for Arsenal to bring Jack Wilshere back into the fray in the Premier League?The England midfielder got through 114 minutes against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup, which means he is unlikely to start against Swansea City due to his problematic injury record.But a stint on the pitch for that long combined with regular outings in the cup competitions and a cameo against Everton last time out in the league mean that Wilshere must now be closing in on full fitness.The 25-year-old’s class remains evident, but the more difficult question is how he fits into Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup.The most natural position for Wilshere would be the left-sided central-midfield role currently occupied by Granit Xhaka, whose form has been spotty at best, but whether he would offer the necessary defensive protection is questionable.He is capable of being deployed further up the field, but Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will surely take the bulk of the minutes there now they are fit.The best chance Wilshere might have was if Wenger ditched his three-man defence and added an extra body to midfield, in which case Wilshere could slot in nicely alongside Aaron Ramsey with Xhaka or Francis Coquelin behind them.But for now one of the Gunners’ most gifted players may have to continue to bide his time as he looks to get back into form ahead of next summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

All Clear for Turks and Caicos

first_imgOne thing we ought remember, is that although the tropical storm warning was discontinued for the TCI since 2pm, the DDME still has to do its checks to ensure that conditions are indeed safe, hence the all clear coming two hours later.    A Tropical Storm warning at 2pm today was discontinued for the Turks and Caicos Islands by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology.  Two hours earlier, at noon, the airports were reopened by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority.  That was approximately the time that tropical storm force winds were predicted to dissipate, and they did.  Nearly all of Florida is under some kind of watch or warning and keeping to its peculiarity, Hurricane Matthew is, in at least two forecast models, expected to move up the south east coast, then make a turn or perhaps I should say a U-turn in the Atlantic and hit Miami.    If the storm does this, it will be much weaker forecasts are saying.    Currently, Hurricane Matthew is moving through The Bahamas chain of islands, expected to slam right into New Providence and Grand Bahama.  Those islands are as ready as can be and will experience Matthew by tonight.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 5, 2016 – Minutes to 4pm (Wednesday October 5, 2016) the ALL CLEAR was given for The Turks and Caicos and life as usual in these islands are officially resumed.  If you were looking for an epic encounter with dangerous, killer Hurricane Matthew then you are disappointed.  More sensible heads are grateful though for an uneventful encounter with the storm which has killed and destroyed and proven hard to chart, hard to read and uncommonly far reaching; nearly every country in the Atlantic & Caribbean had some brush with now Category three, Hurricane Matthew.   No damages were reported for the Turks and Caicos and the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies kept its command center and storm shelters opened from Monday into today.  Again, Turks and Caicos is no longer under Tropical Storm Warning and the ALL CLEAR is issued by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.    Related Items:all clear given for tci, tropical storm warning discontinued for turks and caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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USPS Reports Further Losses in Q3 2016

first_imgAnother quarter, another grim earnings statement from the Postal Service. As of now, savings afforded to publishers by the removal of the exigency surcharge have not translated to an increase in shipping. While overall volume remained stable, the periodicals class dipped 3.8 percent decline in the number of pieces shipped, to 1.43 billion, mirroring recent quarterly declines. Despite “encouraging numbers,” postmaster general Megan J. Brennan cautioned that the agency’s fiscal situation remains bleak. Regardless, renewed calls for a financial life preserver, perhaps in the form of a new surcharge or rate hike, will surely draw the attention of the publishing industry. The USPS argues that it needs around $12 billion in relief in order to return to solvency. Given the scope of the agency’s losses — $5.1 billion last year, and $5.5 billion the year before — those figures are difficult to dispute. Operating revenue saw another slight increase, to $16.64 billion (up 0.7 percent over last year), but the bump wasn’t nearly enough to offset a 12.4 percent increase in operating expenses and the termination of the exigency surcharge — a 4.3 percent premium which had applied to all classes of mail before expiring in April. The loss of the surcharge is expected to hurt USPS revenues by nearly $2 billion each year, according to the agency. “Net losses continue to mount,” Brennan said in a prepared statement. “Our results in the quarter further underscore the need for legislative reform that provides the organization with greater financial stability.” It’s the 41st consecutive quarter in which less periodicals were shipped than in the corresponding period the year before, and overall volume in the periodicals class has fallen 37.8 percent from a quarterly high of 2.3 billion in the third quarter of 2006. USPS chief finanical officer Joseph Corbett blamed lackluster revenue growth in the face of mounting losses on the termination of the exigency surcharge, which he termed a “mandated price reduction” in a statement. The Postal Service itself estimates that it lost $450 million during the quarter as a result of the surcharge’s expiration, still not nearly enough to approach profitability. “They have to understand that it’s a different age,” Cregan told Folio: in April, at the time the exigency surcharge was rolled back. “They’re not the only game in town anymore, and they have to improve their customer relations and understand that we — that is, the MPA — are their customers.” The agency posted a net loss of $1.57 billion for the third quarter of its fiscal year (April 1 to June 30), more than double the $586 million loss recorded over the same period in 2015. But representatives for the publishing industry, like the MPA’s EVP of government affairs, James Cregan, argue that the Postal Service needs to retain its clients more than it needs legislative assistance.last_img read more

Lighting Motorcycles Strike has struck but is it the bike we wanted

first_img 0 Lightning Motorcycles’ Strike is getting us all charged up 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel More From Roadshow 8 Photos Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Motorcycles Electric Cars Post a comment Enlarge ImageLightning’s Strike electric motorcycle packs 180 pound-feet of torque into a slightly more relaxed sportbike-like chassis. Lightning Motorcycle After months of teasing, the Lightning Motorcycles’ Strike is making its debut, and it looks promising, if not all that we hoped it would be.The base model Strike still comes in at the $13,000 price point that Lightning has been teasing, but its 70-to-100 mile range at that price point leaves something to be desired. That being said, the base model’s 10-kilowatt-hour battery can still be Level 2 charged in around two hours. If you want DC fast-charge capability on anything but the top-tier model, that will cost you an additional $1,500.The base Lightning’s performance — range notwithstanding — should be pretty decent though, with 90 horsepower on tap and a full 180 pound-feet of torque available at zero RPM. Stepping up to the top-of-the-line 20kWh model gets you an additional 30 horsepower. The base model bike weighs 455 pounds, while the Carbon Strike tips the scales at 485 pounds.Details on the suspension and brake components for the two lower-power models are a little scarce, but if you shell out nearly 20 large for the Carbon Strike edition, your bike will come with brakes by Brembo and suspension by Öhlins. You’ll also get an AIM dash with lap-timing abilities, and you’ll get your bike as early as July.Previous press releases from Lightning left us with a few questions about where the bike would be manufactured, since $13,000 is a relatively low price point for an electric motorcycle. Well, it happens that the answer isn’t as straightforward as “Made in America.” It’s more like “Made in America, sort of.”The bike undergoes final assembly at Lightning’s new facility in San Jose, California, but its components come from all over the world. Lightning isn’t giving us specifics on that, but it’s not uncommon for a vehicle’s various parts to come from many vendors around the world, and frankly, as long as the quality control from Lightning is good, we’re OK with that.So, in the end, was our excitement for the Strike justified? Kind of. Is it the world-beating, revolutionary, affordable electric motorcycle we were hoping for? At its entry-level price point, not really. The lack of standard DC fast charging across the range and the limited range of the base model aren’t ideal. The pricing structure that Lightning has going reminds us a lot of the one used by Zero.From a performance standpoint, we expect that the Strike will be a blast to ride. It’s not exactly a featherweight, but its combination of adequate power and stellar torque should be fun, and the slightly relaxed sportbike-like form factor should mean that it will do an excellent job of straightening out your favorite canyon road.The real test will come when we get to throw a leg over it. Tagslast_img read more

Russian rocket explosion kills five at military site radiation levels increases

first_img Russia tests nuclear-capable ballistic missiles IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:47Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:46?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The S-300 air defence system launches a missile during the International Army Games 2016 at the Ashuluk military polygon outside Astrakhan, Russia, August 7, 2016.ReutersAt least five people were killed and three injured after a rocket exploded during tests at a military site in northern Russia, the state nuclear energy company Rosatom said on Saturday.Rosatom said the accident occurred during tests on a liquid propellant rocket engine on Thursday, RIA reported. Officials said the three injured staff members suffered serious burns in the accident. and were receiving the necessary medical treatment.It was previously reported that two people were killed in the accident and a nearby city reported a rise in radiation levels when the incident took place at the testing site in Nyonoksa. Rosatom’s engineering and technical division had been working on “isotope power source” for a propulsion system, the company told Russian media.The Russian Defence authorities had initially said that no harmful chemicals were released into the atmosphere and that radiation levels were unchanged.However, the radiation levels rose 20 times higher than normal, 2 microsieverts per hour, for about 40 minutes before returning to normal 0.11 microsieverts, Severodvinsk administration said. Both levels are too small to cause radiation poisoning. The city is located 47 km away from the explosion site in Nyonoksa.The Reuters reported that the statement by Severodvinsk administration was taken down from the Internet on Friday without explanation. Officials responded to media inquiries on the statement said that it was taken down “because this incident comes under the authority of the defence ministry,” reported the BBC.The incident resulted in high demand for iodine in pharmacies which was reported to be running out in the nearby Arkhangelsk and Severodvinsk cities. “Yesterday it was all sold out,” said a pharmacist in Arkhangelsk told Russia’s Interfax news agency on Friday.”The excitement started at about five o’clock, and they bought all of it before we closed. At the checkout, people were discussing the news about radiation in Severodvinsk, the explosion at the military site.”Iodine is said to block the thyroid’s glands from absorbing radioactive iodine and help protect the gland from radiation injury. The pills can also cause adverse medical issues. While the details of the weapons system remained uncertain, media reported that the Nyonoksa naval site is known to carry out tests for its missile systems including intercontinental ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and anti-aircraft missiles. The site also includes nuclear-powered submarines.center_img Closelast_img read more

Quader thanks Fakhrul

first_imgObaidul Quader and Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday thanked his counterpart in opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader thanked the BNP leader for “keeping mum over Supreme Court’s observation that BNP’s founder Ziaur Rahman grabbed power illegally”.“Maintaining silence is a sign of consent. It has been said in the observation of the 16th amendment annulment verdict that Ziaur Rahman grabbed power illegally. He [Fakhrul] registered no protests at it and gave no reactions to it. I thank him for this,” said Quader while addressing a road-side rally on the sidelines of distribution of succours among flood-hit people in Syedpur of Nilphamari.The road transport minister claimed, “I’ve not come here to visit flood-affected areas for a photo-session. Sheikh Hasina’s government will rehabilitate all of those who are really affected by the flood.”The AL leader said he has not come to the flood-affected areas empty-handed.“I’ve come here with relief goods. I’ve come here to stand by flood-hit people. We will remain beside the flood-affected people until they are rehabilitated.”The minister said the “unprecedented flood” has caused huge damages to houses, road networks, and crops of a vast track of land.In an oblique reference to Fakhrul’s visit to the flood-hit areas, Quader said, “Many have visited the flood-ravaged area, but they had nothing in their hands. They came here just to get applause. The flood-affected people got nothing from them.”last_img read more

Most irregularities in Khulna polls on police initiative

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday alleged that most of the irregularities in Khulna civic polls took place on the police initiative.“This [AL] government has pitted the police against the opposition political parties. In most of the cases, the police took the initiative. These [irregularities] happened on their initiative which is ominous for the nation,” Mirza Fakhrul told a media briefing after the Khulna polls.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek was unofficially declared elected in the Khulna mayoral elections marred by rigging, ballot-stuffing, capture of polling station and intimidation of voters on Tuesday.Briefing the media at the Gulshan office of the BNP chairperson, the BNP secretary general said, “It seems that the CEC is working against the BNP. The country’s election has emerged to be a complete farce.”He pointed out that the Khulna polls would not be held in farcical manner, had the military troops been deployed in the local government polls.“Rivals will not be able to do electioneering and their agents will be driven out of the polling centres – this can’t be called elections.”Alleging that the authorities have strictly controlled the media, Fakhrul said, “The authorities have all along said everything is okay.“They controlled all of the elections but a very few held in the past five years. They forced the election commission. They destroyed the election system. None is keeping trust in the election system,” he added.He alleged that voters were intimidated and barred from visiting the polling stations by the ruling Awami League activists.“The BNP activists as well as polling agents were driven out. They (AL men) stamped seal on election symbol boat. A fair election can’t be held under these circumstances. This election commission is inept. It must be reconstituted,” said Fakhrul.last_img read more

There Are Three Hispanic Republicans In The Texas Legislature Only One Is

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Bob DaemmrichState Reps. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas; Jose Manuel Lozano, R-Kingsville; and Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, are the GOP’s three Hispanic incumbents in the state House. Only Lozano will return to the Legislature in January.And then there was one.After Tuesday’s primary elections, the only Hispanic Republican incumbent who will return to the Texas Legislature in January is state Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville. That’s after three Hispanic GOP lawmakers served during the 2017 legislative session. On Tuesday, Dallas Republican state Rep. Jason Villalba lost his re-election bid to Lisa Luby Ryan, a primary opponent who flanked him on the right. His departure from the Legislature follows Round Rock Republican state Rep. Larry Gonzales’ previous decision to not seek re-election.Though it’s possible Republicans could make up for one of those losses in November, the prospect that Lozano might be the only Hispanic Republican in the GOP-dominated Legislature offers a grim outlook for those who want the party to increase its standing among Hispanics in a state that is becoming less and less white. “It’s not frustration. It’s serious concern,” said Artemio “Temo” Muniz, Texas chairman of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans.Hispanic Republicans have long been underrepresented in the Legislature, but the GOP had made some diversity gains in the last decade. During the 2009 legislative session, there were no Hispanic Republican legislators. Just ahead of the 2016 election cycle, that count had climbed to six.But the 2016 elections ultimately dealt setbacks to the GOP’s modest legislative diversity when half of the Hispanic Republicans in the Legislature — three out of six — lost their re-election bids. They lost their seats even though Republican Gov. Greg Abbott had worked on their behalf. Texas Republicans’ dearth of diversity among their legislative ranks stands in stark contrast to the Democrats. During the last legislative cycle, 41 of the 66 Democrats in the Legislature were Hispanic, while 17 were black. Only six were white and two were Asian.Meanwhile, there were only five people of color — the three Hispanics, one Asian representative and one black representative — among the 115 Republicans elected to the state House and Senate. Party leaders, including Abbott, have long rejected the notion that the Texas GOP struggles with diversity.“We continue our efforts to reach out to the diverse communities here in the state of Texas,” Abbott said after the 2016 election, “and that’s something that I championed during my campaign last time and will again this next time.”When the count of Hispanic Republicans in the Texas Legislature was cut in half in one fell swoop in 2016, Abbott — whose campaign did not respond to a request for comment — pointed to the re-elections of Lozano, Villalba and Gonzales as evidence that “the diversity continues in the Republican Party.”Of note, Lozano, the only Hispanic Republican who is returning to the Legislature, is a former Democrat who switched parties in 2012 after his district near the Coastal Bend was redrawn to be less favorable to Democrats.This year, Republicans looking to boost their diversity will set their hopes on two legislative races that are far from certain wins. In Williamson County-based House District 52, social services case manager Cynthia Flores handily won the Republican nomination on Tuesday, setting her up to face Democrat James Talarico in the general election. She’s picked up endorsements from Gonzales, the outgoing Hispanic Republican who currently represents the district, and Abbott.Flores on Wednesday recognized her election could help boost diversity among the GOP’s ranks and described the prospect of serving as the only Hispanic Republican woman in the Legislature as a honor.“It’s all about making sure that we have the right people at the right time who are willing to serve and are true to themselves,” Flores said. But she acknowledged it was too soon to claim that distinction.The district, which President Donald Trump won by 1.4 points, is a big target for Democrats in November. The area was represented by a Democrat before Gonzales won it in the 2010 Republican wave.Some Republicans are also eyeing San Antonio-based House District 117, which switched party hands briefly in 2014 as part of a Republican wave but switched back to Democratic control in 2016. Though the Democratic margin of victory wasn’t wide in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won it by almost 11 points.Though the outcomes of those races are uncertain, it’s clear that the Republican Party needs to work harder to elect Hispanics who aren’t left to ride Republican waves into office, Muniz added.In managing the 2014 campaign of former state Rep. Gilbert Peña — who flipped a Pasadena-based district that was held by a Democrat by 152 votes — Muniz said their strategy depended on their ability to ride the “Greg Abbott wave.”Peña, who didn’t have much legislative experience, lost his seat in 2016 when the Democrat who formerly held it won it back with a 20-point margin of victory. This year, the Texas GOP is dealing with the ramifications of the party’s shift away form Bush-era politics to Trump’s, said Victoria De Francesco Soto, a political science lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.“There was growth of Hispanic Republicans prompted by Bush’s pragmatic politics. It was a pillar of his politics,” De Francesco Soto said, referencing former President George W. Bush, who also served as governor of Texas. “Those ideas have been purged from the Republican Party and Hispanics are not getting the same deference or respect they had when the Bush politics was the major force in Texas.”In a state where Hispanic voters tend to vote Democratic, those politics — and the related lack of Hispanic representation among Republican elected officials — could complicate the party’s efforts to turn out even conservative Hispanics, she added.“There is dwindling space for Latino Republicans at the table in elected office,” De Francesco Soto said. “And that is going to trickle down to the electorate as well.”The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more