By Jennifer De Pinto, Kabir Khanna, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus The battle for Senate control finds Democrats trying to mount upset challenges in a string of typically Republican states, and this round of Battleground Tracker polls shows them having at best mixed results so far. In the closely watched race in Texas, incumbent Republican Ted Cruz has a lead over Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, at six points among likely voters, 50-44. In Arizona — an open seat in a state that went for President Trump in 2016 — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has a slight edge over Republican Martha McSally, 47-44. Tennessee finds Republican Marsha Blackburn with an eight-point lead over Democrat Phil Bredesen, 50-42. Bredesen is a former governor who, having won statewide office before, has given Democrats hope of flipping a red state that Mr. Trump won easily. Typically blue New Jersey finds Republicans trying to mount an upset of their own against incumbent Democrat … [Read more...] about Senate races: GOP up in Texas, Tennessee; Dems up in Arizona, New Jersey — CBS News poll
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Michael B. Sauter 24/7 Wall Street Published 12:42 p.m. UTC Jul 20, 2018 State governments spent close to $39 billion, or about $120 per capita, on retirement funding in 2015. For decades, the funding and distribution of pension funds for state government employees has been a contentious issue. State pension liabilities can strain overall state finances, especially when the economy is already struggling, and even put funding of other programs at risk. Unlike the vast majority of private sector workers, most state government employees are guaranteed a steady income when they retire. Both the employee and the government contribute to a retirement plan, which is then invested in the market. When the employees retire, they receive a fixed amount over their remaining lifetime -- whether the contributions have been enough to cover this amount or not. Meanwhile, just 19 percent of private sector workers have a similar pension program. The responsibility of collecting funds and paying … [Read more...] about Is your public pension safe? States with the best retirement funding
opinion Alex Hubbard Nashville Tennessean Published 8:58 p.m. UTC Jul 15, 2018 Every now and then the idea to enlarge the U.S. Supreme Court comes around. Most recently, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn H. Reynolds made a case for appointing 50 new justices to the court, based on another proposal from Harvard’s Ian Samuel, who suggested adding six new justices if Democrats win power after 2020. Most of these schemes are nothing more than cynical power grabs all having to do with the failure of the court to rule in a way that pleases a political party. Yes, the court has political ties. It does not live in a vacuum or in a perfect world. But changing the rules of the game essentially because a political organization has not gotten its way opens the country to even worse partisan warfare in which no one will ultimately be well served. Samuel’s proposal to add six justices was based purely on political expediency, saying that Democrats had won the popular … [Read more...] about Supreme Court should not to represent the American people. Its job is to interpret laws.
Evan Comen and Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall Street Published 6:22 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 The Department of Health and Human Services sets the poverty threshold at $25,100 for a family of four in the contiguous United States. While the hardships associated with such financial strain are significant and pervasive, about 5.5 million Americans living in poverty face the additional strain that comes with living in an extremely poor neighborhood -- one with a poverty rate of 40 percent or greater. Despite near record-low unemployment, a booming stock market, and nearly the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history, conditions are not improving for all Americans. The share of Americans living in poverty climbed from 13.8 percent to 15.1 percent between 2010 and 2016. Encouragingly, the share of Americans living both below the poverty line and in a neighborhood with a poverty rate of at least 40 percent -- referred to as concentrated poverty or extreme poverty -- declined … [Read more...] about What city is hit hardest by extreme poverty in your state?
Jimmy Tosh's sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Yet his 15,000 acres two hours west of Nashville showcase the practical risks of President Donald Trump's trade policies and the political threat to red-state Republican Senate candidates such as Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn. Tosh, a third-generation farmer who almost always votes Republican, said he's voting this fall for Blackburn's Democratic opponent, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, in part because Trump's trade wars are hurting his family business — a sizable one with some 400 employees and 30,000 pigs. The cost of steel needed for new barns is up, Tosh said, and the expanding pork market stands to suffer under new tariffs. "This tariff situation has got me very, very, very concerned," Tosh told The Associated Press. "I just think Bredesen would be better on that situation." He said Blackburn has shifted "toward the center" on tariffs, "but in my opinion, … [Read more...] about In Tennessee, Trump’s tariffs become a political issue