More women were elected to Congress than ever before on Tuesday

More women were elected to Congress on Election Day than in any previous year in the history of the United States.



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The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University produced data Thursday showing a steady gain in female congressional seats and a marked rise in Republican women running for House or Senate in 2020.

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Between Democrats and Republicans, 127 women were elected to Congress, a 17-person gain from 2016, with most of them being Democratic candidates. Of the 127 female victors, 105 were Democrats, and 22 were Republicans.

Although the Republican number pales in comparison to the Democratic haul, Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was excited about the prospect of more women running for Congress in the Republican Party after seeing a rise in female Republican candidates.

“We’ve been hearing for years now how Democrats are the party of women, but this election has proven that’s not true,” McCaul told the Hill on Thursday. “We’ve got at least 12 new Republican women headed to Washington next year, and we are hopeful to add even more once the final vote is tallied. I’m excited to have all of these talented and impressive women joining our conference and would love to have their diverse experiences and perspectives on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Some of the top female Republican incumbents won tough races to stay in Congress. Sens. Joni Ernst in Iowa and Susan Collins in Maine hung on to defeat surging challengers, and Cynthia Lummis picked up the vacated seat left by Wyoming Sen. Michael Enzi.

Not all Republicans held on to their seats.

Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally appears likely to lose to Democratic challenger and former astronaut Mark Kelly.

The number of women who ran for Congress in 2020 stood at 583, which represents a 20% uptick since 2016. Although the lion’s share of the record was set by Democratic women, more than 200 Republican women entered congressional races this year, nearly 75% more than ran in 2016, according to the CAWP.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar, two of the most progressive representatives in Congress, both claimed victory in their first reelection bids.

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2020 Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Campaign Launches In Cornelius

CORNELIUS, NC — The holidays are approaching and the Cornelius Police Department is launching its annual program aimed at making sure others less fortunate in the community have little cheer.

The Cornelius Police Department is seeking individuals to sponsor its holiday Adopt-A-Family gift program. The deadline for registering as a sponsor is Friday, Nov. 27.

Here’s what the Town of Cornelius says about the program:

“Cornelius PD will provide you with a wish list from a family in the coming weeks. We recommend 3 gifts per child, with a maximum dollar amount of $40.00 per item. We ask that you please follow this rule to keep it the same for all the families and sponsors. Please consider at least 1 clothing item and 2 items from the wish list.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 this year delivery to the families will be different. We ask that all sponsors please bring your gifts to the Police Department by Wednesday, December 16. All gifts MUST be wrapped and labeled with your family’s code before bringing them to the Police Department.

“If you would like additional information, please contact Corporal Graham Smith at (704)892-1363.”

This article originally appeared on the Cornelius Patch

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26 Best Retro Gaming Gifts: Mini Consoles, Arcade Cabinets, And More Gift Ideas

Though this holiday season will be led by the PS5 and Xbox Series X, there are plenty of gamers who also like to look backwards. Nostalgia for classic consoles and arcade hits has grown in recent years with the popularity of official mini consoles and affordable home arcade cabinets. There’s also a growing number of accessories that make gaming on retro consoles better than ever before. If you have a longtime gamer on your shopping list who loves retro games and arcades, we’ve rounded up all of the best gifts you can buy them this holiday season.

From retro consoles like the Sega Genesis Mini and the TurboGrafx-16 Mini to cool Arcade1Up cabinets and classic Nintendo merch, our gift guide for retro gamers has it all. Plus, see our complete guide to retro gaming in 2020 for more gift ideas and inspiration.

Keep in mind prices listed below indicate the products’ regular prices and don’t reflect any discounts you may find when you click through. With Black Friday coming up and retailers like Amazon and Best Buy discounting products regularly, it’s quite possible you can snag a great gift for a loved one for even cheaper.

For more gaming gift ideas, make sure to take a peek at our gift guides for Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. And don’t forget to visit our gift guides hub for even more ideas this holiday season.

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‘Ultra-luxury’ pet-accessories brand Pagerie debuts first collection

  • Pet wear brand Pagerie released its debut Sahara collection
  • The three-piece collection includes a $380 collar, a $520 leash, and a $720 harness. 
  • Every piece is made by hand, and the leather is handled by the same factory that famed fashion house Hermés works with. 
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A new line of “ultra-luxury” pet accessories is proving high fashion has gone to the dogs. 

On Thursday, a new pet wear brand, Pagerie, released its debut, three-piece Sahara collection, which features a $380 collar, a $520 leash, and a $720 harness.

According to Pagerie’s website, the brand designs “innovative accessories that will stand the test of time. Imbued with artful craftsmanship, exquisite attention to detail, and conscious functionality.”

Founder Mandy Madden Kelley told lifestyle website Dezeen that she felt “other pet accessories tend to be too sporty, masculine or they tend to cover the pet’s entire body. What I was looking for was something more sensual. I wanted to create designs that highlight the gracefulness and elegance that pets have.”

Pagerie says it works with the same French factory that also treats and tans leather for Hermés, the famed luxury fashion brand. Hermés Birkin bags are the most expensive bags in the world, retailing for between $40,000 to $500,000.  

In a blog post on Pagerie’s website, Kelley said she wanted to create a sustainable option for pet owners with “a more elevated point of view.”

“Everything has become fast fashion and things are becoming easier to make,” she said. “At the same time, I felt like we’ve lost this level of quality that we had back in the day. I wanted to bring that back and celebrate it.”

According to Dezeen, Pagerie “makes each piece by hand using sandy-hued, full-grain French leather and marine-grade stainless steel normally reserved for making yachts.”

Pagerie’s founder Kelley is a former lawyer-turned-influencer with over 100,000 followers on Instagram. Her profile consists of mainly neutral tones, and the Pagerie brand is an extension of that. 

“I’m a lover of neutrals and a relaxed mood. Pagerie has a darker, more sinister and badass point of view. I hope to add this level of mystery and sophistication that I have not been able to do throughout my own personal brand,” Kelley told Dezeen. 

It’s not clear if the brand will expand to make products for cats or other pets.

Take a look at the Sahara line:

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31 Best Things To Buy At Everlane 2020 | The Strategist

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Anyone who has shopped at a retailer with few physical storefronts to browse knows it can be hard to figure out where to begin. There are dozens upon dozens of options that all seem as worthy as the next, but the reality is that products from any given brand are not all created equal. When you shop as regularly as we do, you learn that many brands just do some things better than they do other things. Everlane, we’ve found, is one of those brands — with its various fabrications (Clean Silk! Washable Silk! GoWeave!), its inventory of subdued and just-stretchy-enough basics needs to be carefully combed to find standouts like (actually) butt-flattering jeans, loafers that won’t cut your feet, and crewneck T-shirts worth buying in bulk. To help you narrow down which staples to add to your cart, below, we’ve rounded up all the Everlane stuff our writers and editors — as well as novelists, fashion designers, and new moms — have recommended on the Strategist.

According to Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst, Everlane’s fabric face masks “feel like I’m covering my face in an ultrasoft T-shirt.” She adds that “the ear loops are made from cloth too, which makes for a comfortable fit even after hours of wear.” The fit is so comfortable, she promises, “I forget I’m wearing this mask sometimes, which is a testament to its breathability.” Connay Bratton, a special-education music teacher in Queens, is another fan of these masks, telling us she planned to keep them in her kit of PPE for school. “I like how it fits my entire mouth and chin area and doesn’t slip,” she says.

“The shirt flatters all bodies I’ve seen it on,” according to contributor Lindsay Weber, who told us that people always ask her where she bought this when she wears it. “I get compliments. Almost always,” Weber adds of what she calls the Perfect Shirt. (Caps hers.) It has another fan in contributor Robin Reetz, one of three “Everlaneologists” — or folks who’ve shopped the brand for at least three years — whom we spoke to about the best things to buy (and what to skip). She bought hers in 2016 and, three years later, told us, “The silk shirt has held up great. Silk is probably what Everlane does best.”

We’ve been calling this V-neck Everlane tee the best white T-shirt to wear with a necklace ever since one cool woman told us it’s exactly that: “I wear a lot of necklaces, and the depth of this V on this one shows them off.” Made from lightweight Supima cotton, the tee hits just at the hip with a fit that we’ve described as “not cropped, but not too long.”

The Air Cami is another standout from Everlane, according to Reetz, who promises the neckline is “super flattering” on all body types. “I’ve got a smaller frame with a larger bust, but I’ve

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Soccer notebook: Top-ranked UNC women bolstered by freshman from Austin – Sports – Austin American-Statesman

Abby Allen wasn’t sure what to expect in July when she arrived in Chapel Hill, N.C. A fall season was no certainty, and she hadn’t played a competitive match since a March tournament with the U.S. under-19 national team in Spain.

Nine matches into her North Carolina career, the Austin product is already irreplaceable. Allen is part of a back line that has only conceded three goals in 2020. The No. 1-ranked Tar Heels are a perfect 9-0 heading to the ACC Tournament next week.

“I didn’t ever think that I would actually be starting and playing the whole game,” said Allen, who made her first start on Oct. 1 against Clemson and hasn’t looked back.

She took over the role vacated by senior Lotte Wubben-Moy, who opted to stay in her native country of England due to the uncertainty of the season and turned pro with Arsenal in September.

Allen, part of a freshman-sophomore center back pairing with Maycee Bell, hasn’t missed a minute since she cracked the lineup. Bell and Allen, along with Emily Fox and Julia Dorsey, have proven to be a near impenetrable force.

“I’m very, very pleased with the way this defense is playing. That back four and the goalkeeper, these are very elite players,” UNC coach Anson Dorrance said following a 2-0 win over Notre Dame on Sunday to close the fall regular season.

Allen, 18, is one of three elite soccer-playing sisters from Lake Travis High School. Her older sister, Carlee, has started every match in the midfield for Texas this season as a junior, and younger sister Mallory, a junior at Lake Travis, is committed to Colorado. The trio sharpened each other’s games this spring and summer during lockdown with guidance from parents Chad and Michele, who were both four-year starters in basketball for SMU.

Soccer, particularly the competition offered by Lonestar Soccer Club, was no small part of the Allens’ decision to move to Austin in 2012, and now the city can claim one of the nation’s rising stars. It’s clear Abby is right at home in the program that’s produced dozens of U.S. national team stars — from Mia Hamm to Tobin Heath — who all played under Dorrance.

“Coming in, it was a little bit intimidating,” said Allen, who’s been a regular pick for U.S. youth national teams since she was 13. “But getting to know everyone and playing with everyone, it’s a lot more chill than you would expect. We have no rules, but I think Anson is able to do that just because of the people that are here. Everybody wants to do their best, and that’s why the culture here is so great.”

Soccer train: Austin soccer fans were especially interested in one election result on Tuesday, and the result means there will be another transportation option at McKalla Place. Included in Proposition A, Austin’s multi-billion rail line mass transit plan, was a rail stop at the 20,500-seat MLS venue.

“Austin FC looks forward to being

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New Mexico Makes History, Becomes First State to Elect All Women of Color to the House

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New Mexico is now the first state with a House delegation comprised entirely of women of color.

Pueblo tribe member Deb Haaland won reelection to her House seat, while Latina Teresa Leger Fernandez was elected to the state’s 3rd Congressional District. Both of the women are Democrats.

Republican Yvette Herrell, a member of the Cherokee nation who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, won her race in the state’s 2nd Congressional District.

All of the six major party candidates who ran in New Mexico’s House races were women.

Haaland was one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress in 2018, and will now serve her second term. Leger Fernandez, who will serve her first term, will be the first woman to fill her district’s seat since 1983. After beating the incumbent of her district, Herrell will also serve her first term.

Upon learning of her win, Leger Fernandez posted on Twitter thanking supporters for her victory.

“The people of New Mexico have chosen to protect what we love – our democracy, our planet, our families and communities, our health care and our future,” Leger Fernandez wrote. “With this victory, I promise you I will take the courageous action that this historic moment demands. Muchísimas gracias!”

Haaland also thanked supporters on Twitter, writing, “Tonight the people of New Mexico have chosen hope over fear, love over hate, community over division, and I am so honored that New Mexicans have chosen me to serve in our nation’s 117th Congress.”

Herrell called the election “the honor of her life,” echoing Trump’s campaign slogan by writing that she would work to “rebuild our economy and protect the values that make America great!”

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A number of states saw historic firsts on Election Day 2020. In Oklahoma, Mauree Turner made history as the first Muslim to be elected in the state. Turner will also be the first nonbinary state legislator in U.S. history.

Delaware’s Sarah McBride became the first openly transgender state senator, while Cori Bush was elected the first Black congresswoman in the state of Missouri. 

Democrats Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones also earned themselves a place in the history books as the first openly gay Black men elected to Congress on Tuesday night. 

In Hawaii, state Senator Kaialiʻi Kahele became only the second native Hawaiian to represent the state in Congress when he was elected to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.

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Tarek El Moussa & Heather Rae Young Hint at Mystery Destination Wedding Location

It’s been over a year since Tarek El Moussa got engaged to Selling Sunset‘s Heather Rae Young and wedding plans are in full force. With the pandemic still raging, the couple has made a few changes to the big day.

“We don’t want to have a super big wedding, but our small wedding is probably gonna be someone else’s big wedding, so we’ll see how things go,” he told People. “But we’re planning on doing it far enough out to where hopefully the pandemic settles down a little.” So it’s a small wedding for them, but not a small wedding to others. Let’s call it a medium-sized wedding.

So where is the location for their nuptials? Well, that has also changed several times during the planning stages. Their original engagement spot on Catalina Island is officially off the list. “I can’t confirm where, but it was going to possibly be Catalina Island and it’s no longer gonna be Catalina Island, so stay tuned,” he teased.

El Moussa hints at a possible destination wedding outside of the U.S. saying, “What if it’s not in America?” Cabo had been an option back when the couple was planning a Summer 2021 wedding. It’s the perfect location for the ocean-loving duo.

Young recently shared on her Instagram page that everything is official — from the date and location. “YES!!!!!! Legit just locked in a wedding date and location,” she wrote. We will have to keep guessing the wedding details since their lips are sealed.

One thing certain about their wedding plans is that the celebration will be an ex-free zone. El Moussa’s ex-wife, Christina Anstead, who is in the middle of her divorce from Ant Anstead, will not be present. “No, no exes at the wedding,” Tarek told Entertainment Tonight. “Small, less distractions, more intimate, better conversations with the people around us. You know, we just think smaller is better.”

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST UK/Ireland Tour to Launch May 25; New Changes Announced

The production will launch May 25, 2021 at Curve Leicester.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST UK/Ireland Tour to Launch May 25; New Changes Announced

Disney Theatricals new production of Beauty and the Beast which will tour the UK and Ireland in 2021, is set to launch May 25, 2021 at Curve Leicester, where it will run for five weeks.

The tour will then move on to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre where it will begin performances June 8. Performances at the Bristol Hippodrome will begin August 12, followed by Liverpool Empire on September 23, and Edinburgh Playhouse beginning October 21.

The original creative team from the Broadway production is currently at work updating their staging including new tap dance routine for the number, “Be Our Guest” and an update to Belle’s iconic costume! According to new reports, the princess will no longer sport an apron as part of her look.

Audiences can also expect a trimmed down runtime as well as new sets!

Reports of the tour surfaced in 2019, along with the news that the production will feature new designs and dance arrangements. Casting is currently underway.

Tickets available at beautyandthebeastmusical.co.uk beginning 6 AM this Friday.

Beauty and the Beast was the inaugural production of Disney Theatrical Productions. It played a remarkable 13 year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide.

Adapted from Walt Disney Pictures’ Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.

It tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late.

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E-Commerce Sales Expected To Skyrocket This Holiday Season

Santa’s going to need a bigger digital shopping cart.

Even as e-commerce made significant gains during the height of the store shutdowns in the early stages of the pandemic, they could be nothing compared to the amount of business online will do over the next 60 days.

A new study just released from Deloitte presents the incredible statistic that U.S. shoppers plan to spend nearly two-thirds of their holiday budget online. Given that e-commerce is currently somewhere around 15% of total retail sales — give or take a few clicks depending on the product category — that is an astonishing forecast.

What’s more it says Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend, will be the single biggest shopping day of the year, besting Black Friday, Prime Day and every other day on the conspicuous consumption calendar.

Deloitte’s not the only one saying this. McKinsey & Co. sees a 15% to 30% growth in the number of consumers who make most of their purchases online. Categories like groceries and household staples are the fastest growing in e-commerce purchasing patterns, it said, but increases run the gamut of the consumer products spectrum.

These are bold forecasts, but make no mistake about it, they clearly indicate what Christmas 2020 will be all about. The American consumer does not want to go into crowded, merchandise-jammed stores this season because of one simple reason: They are scared.

“Nobody wants to go into stores, particularly those who live in areas where there are spikes in Covid-19,” Gabriella Santaniello, chief executive of research company A Line Partners, told Vogue Business. She said the days of last-minute shopping crunches are over…at least for this year.

While retail traffic numbers continued to increase over the summer and into fall as Americans returned to more regular activities, we’re likely to see a reversal for the balance of the year with Covid cases spiking once again to record numbers across most of the country.

American consumers have also become increasingly comfortable with the idea of shopping online. In groceries, a category that resisted the online onslaught for years, the swing to virtual ordering took hold in the first stages of the pandemic and retailers in the space are likely to be able to hold on to much of that business.

Likewise, omnichannel capabilities like BOPIS, curbside pick-up and same day deliveries have encouraged shoppers to buy online and we know once new habits are established they are hard to reverse.

Finally, the late fall wave of shopping events and festivals like Prime Day, Walmart’s
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Deal Days and all the other similar events that popped up last month further embedded the idea of e-commerce in shopping patterns. Those big retailers’ current expanded Black Friday promotions are just more of the same.

It’s impossible to say how long lasting what we see this Christmas

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