Larry O’Connor’s Radar Report 11.05.18

Curious about today’s topics on The Larry O’Connor Show? Below are a few stories on the radar. Be sure to listen to The Larry O’Connor Show Monday – Friday 3pm – 6pm on WMAL.

How Close Is the Battle for the House? This Close. (National Review)

Both parties have reason to sweat every competitive race.The nationwide generic ballot tells us almost nothing about which party is likely to win control of the House. If you really want to get a handle on how tomorrow’s elections will turn out, you need to go through all the competitive districts, one by one.If you do that, you find the balance of power in the House of Representatives is really close — probably within a handful of seats. [Read More]

Possible grand jury investigation into Damascus HS locker room rape allegations, officials say (FOX 5 DC)

Officials say there could be a possible grand jury investigation into the Damascus High School locker room rape allegations that surfaced over the weekend.

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Jack Smith and Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger spoke with FOX 5 on Monday. [Read More]

A Heartwrenching Story About Why Teachers Are Leaving DC in Droves (The Washingtonian)

For his first three years as a teacher in DC, Alejandro Diasgranados never had to wonder what to do for lunch. Every day at the ringing of the noon bell, he and his colleague Quay Dorsey would meet outside their classrooms at Aiton Elementary, descend the school’s muraled staircase, and head to Subway. Not that they liked the sub shop. In the food desert of the District’s Northeast corner, choices are limited. And no matter how often they’d promise to bring in something homemade, they’d show up instead with their bags full of lesson plans, running on the fumes of a few hours’ sleep, and share a look of understanding: Subway it is.On the walk there, the teachers would swap updates on the complicated lives of their third- and fourth-graders, most of whom live in the nearby Lincoln Heights public-housing project. Eight-year-olds hit by drunk drivers, eight-year-olds who saw somebody set on fire last night, eight-year-olds surging up to grade level despite a recent placement in foster care or a cutoff of electricity at home. [Read More]

Democrats poised to win governors races as ‘eight-year itch’ hits voters (Washington Examiner)

Eight years after Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, was first elected in a squeaker over incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland at the height of the Tea Party movement, and four years after he rallied from a devastating first-term misfire (when voters rejected a GOP-backed state Senate bill that would have taken away collective bargaining power for public employees) Kasich earned a broad landslide in 2014. Voters hadn’t given an Ohio incumbent so large a victory in decades , as Kasich cruised to victory over Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald by more than 30 percentage points.

Since then, the economy which was collapsing in 2010 has rebounded, so has job creation, and Donald Trump won this state big, really big in 2016 – so why isn’t Republican candidate Mike DeWine, the current state attorney general and former U.S. senator, lieutenant governor, congressman, and state senator cake-walking to the governor’s mansion over Democrat Richard Cordray? [Read More]

Veteran Dan Crenshaw appeals to comics to lay off politics after ‘SNL’ outrage: ‘Give the American people a break’ (FOX News)

Texas Republican congressional candidate and retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw, speaking Monday with Fox News, challenged comedians to “give the American people a break” and “separate humor from politics” — amid the outrage over “Saturday Night Live’s” swipe at his war injury.

SNL’s Pete Davidson is facing immense backlash after a bit on “Weekend Update” likening Crenshaw to a “hit man in a porno movie.” Through giggles, he added, “I’m sorry. I know, he lost his eye in war or whatever.”

Crenshaw, who wears an eye patch after losing his eye in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan, said he wouldn’t demand an apology. [Read More]

Desperate NY Times Publicizes Dem-Leaning Apps Allowing Users To Shame Others Into Voting (The Daily Wire)

On Monday, The New York Times, in a desperate attempt to get Democrats to the polls, published an article about two different apps that allow people to shame their friends into voting. The apps allow users to access other people’s voting records and their party affiliations, thus giving users the opportunity to shame others into voting.

It is no coincidence that both of the websites lean toward the Democratic Party; as Twitchy reports, one app, titled OutVote, lists its trusted partners as the DNC and MoveOn.org, among others; another, VoteWithMe, links to an ActBlue donation page. The Times acknowledged the possible use of the apps for shaming others, writing, “VoteWithMe and OutVote let you snoop on which of your friends voted in past elections and their party affiliations — and then prod them to go to the polls by sending them scripted messages like ‘You gonna vote?’” [Read More]

 

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