Record-setting numbers of women are running for political office across the United States. Before you go declaring another “Year of the Woman” mantra, understand that this is very different than past election cycles.
Historically, we have praised women in politics for beating the odds to enter the white male bastion of government. These women often took the men on at their own game, rolling up their sleeves and talking like their counterparts to win enough votes from men, as well as discerning women.
The women running this year are different. This wave of candidates is not running with the belief they can do what has been a man’s job. They are running because they believe women can and will do that job better.
Women running for office offer change
Priorities and the overall tone of these candidates are different. In a time when more citizens than ever are dissatisfied with how government works, newcomers offer a fresh and discernibly different option to voters.
Last year’s Women’s March event around the country is cited as an impetus for women to challenge incumbents. Emily’s List, a Democratic non-profit aimed at helping women run for office says their seminars are packed, prompting them to add webinars to their offerings.
Whereas being a woman or a minority has long been considered a handicap for candidates, there are many who predict it will be an advantage in 2018 and 2020 races.
To that point, a transgender woman will be on the ballot for governor of Vermont this year. A Muslim woman just won a Senate primary in Minnesota. Connecticut could elect its first African-American woman to Congress this fall. Multiple openly gay candidates are on ballots, ready to join others already in office.
It’s not all about Washington… yet
Approaching elections won’t shift the power to women in Washington just yet. Despite record numbers, there are still more men than women running for the House and Senate.
However, the source for future federal elections generally comes from within state ranks, whose source of candidates largely comes from local government officials.
That is where the future shift of power will come from. Local and state elections boast record numbers of women candidates. If the historical winning percentage of women in those races holds up, the number of women in non-federal government positions could almost double to 40 percent next year.
In Michigan, there will be a woman on the ballot for governor, attorney general, and secretary of state. If every other woman running for office in Michigan wins in November, they will also comprise two-thirds of the Senate and House.
How will women candidates affect government?
Since most women running for state offices are Democrats, this could shift power in many states. That would put Democrats in charge of voter redistricting slated to occur after the 2020 census.
Women are not a minority in the country, as many in Washington seem to treat them. If the US Congress was truly representational, slightly more than half the US senators and representatives would be women.
Anecdotal evidence suggests women are more likely to cross party lines and entertain ideas from outside their sphere of interests to solve problems.
They are less likely than male peers to see even the most important issues as win-lose propositions. Women are more hesitant to re-start an argument once the matter is settled.
Those tendencies could prompt a massive change in the US political climate in the not-too-distant future.
NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Ravens vs Titans
NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Ravens (3-2) at Titans (3-2)
Their records indicate an even matchup, but when the Titans face the Ravens Sunday, they will have the advantage of being a team without a definitive identity playing a squad with a proven game plan.
Tennessee put themselves on top of the AFC South with creativity, as much as skill. They’ve survived an overtime thriller and a defensive slog. But, they lost an opening day shootout and come off a bitter last-second loss in another defensive gem.
What kind of team are the Titans? They are a running team that is not running well. They have a franchise quarterback who can’t carry them. Scrappy is the term that comes to mind when we see the manner in which they play. Never out of it, but never quite in control, either.
Meanwhile, Baltimore tries to exert authority behind a powerful defense and a veteran offense. Sometimes it works… and sometimes they lose a field goal battle to the Browns like they did in Week 5.
Both teams will try to rebound from unexpected losses to boost their 2018 playoff aspirations. But can the Baltimore defense keep the scrappy Titans under control? Can the scrappy Titans defense give Joe Flacco and company another week of disappointment?
Injuries and roster moves
Baltimore has three cornerbacks among five defensive players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Brandon Carr missed practice Wednesday and appears to be at risk for the game against the Titans.
Tennesse has a similar issue at linebacker. Wesley Woodyard, Robert Spillane, and Will Compton are all listed as questionable.
Safety Kenny Vaccaro is already ruled out for Week 6.
Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is questionable with a foot injury.
The Ravens 3-2 start has lessened discussions about John Harbaugh’s future after his 11th season in charge. Harbaugh followed up five straight years of playoff appearances with a Super Bowl Championship in 2012, but that was six years and only two winning records ago.
With long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome already announcing his retirement at the end of this season and a quarterback change imminent, Harbaugh’s departure would make a new regime truly complete.
Mike Vrabel’s first coaching experience hasn’t been easy, but he is getting the most out of a flawed team. Already, he’s adeptly worked around injuries to his quarterback and lead rusher, as well as a malcontent in the receiving corps to keep his team’s playoff aspirations in play.
How to watch the Ravens-Titans game
CBS will provide this late-game broadcast to fans in and around Tennessee and the greater Baltimore area. Many fans will watch the CBS Sports broadcast on Sling TV without the need for expensive cable or satellite providers.
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Who will win the Ravens-Titans game?
Baltimore is hoping division rival Pittsburgh the best this week as a Steelers victory could let the Ravens pull into a first-place tie with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFC North if Baltimore can take care of the Titans.
Tennessee owns the AFC South tiebreaker with 3-2 Jacksonville, with another head-to-head battle still pending. They need a win to hold onto first place in the meantime.
The home fans in Nashville are anxious to see their Titans crack the tough Baltimore defense, but the odds seem to favor Baltimore holding serve.
Final score: Baltimore 17, Titans 12
NFL Week 5: Falcons vs Steelers Game Preview
Pittsburgh has their first game out of the national spotlight in three weeks, facing the Falcons at home in the early set Sunday.
Baltimore shut down the Steelers for the most part last week, allowing 14 points in a short stretch of the first half, before clamping down in their 26-14 victory.
Pittsburgh doesn’t anticipate a repeat performance against a Falcons defense that just gave up 80 points over two weeks to the Saints and Bengals.
Atlanta lost both of those games despite scoring 74 points of their own. Their defense is struggling after the loss of three starters since opening day. They could not make late-game stops that could have provided a win in either of the two contests.
Ben Roethlisberger has to be anxious to put last week’s struggles behind him against the Falcons secondary. Pittsburgh’s diminished running attack in the absence of Le’Veon Bell shouldn’t matter much in this game.
Matt Ryan undoubtedly looks forward to facing the Steelers secondary, too. Atlanta’s passing game has new life with the addition of rookie Calvin Ridley. Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones find themselves more open. Even tight end Austin Hooper is seeing a few passes.
Running back Devonta Freeman will also return to the Falcons lineup after missing a few weeks with a knee injury. Freeman and Tevin Coleman are no liability in the pass game, either.
This could come down to which front line can put the most pressure on the opposing passer. Neither team can hold coverage very long in a normal game, but with the plethora of passing targets on the field, the defensive secondaries could be exhausted by halftime.
If you like offense, this could be a fun game to watch.
How to watch the Steelers vs Falcons game:
Fox Sports will produce this early game and broadcast it in much of the Southeast and up into the Pittsburgh market for cable and satellite television viewers.
Millions of savvy NFL fans will follow the live stream of Pittsburgh-Atlanta on Sling TV or DirecTV Now. Fubo TV also offers live stream NFL action in most US markets.
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Check out the providers’ websites to see what they offer in your neighborhood.
Who will win the Steelers vs Falcons game?
Atlanta is desperate for a win after their two consecutive heartbreakers left them 1-3 and at the bottom of the NFC South standings. They face division rival Tampa Bay next week before the Giants send them on their bye.
Pittsburgh already has a loss and a tie in their division and don’t the 3-1 Bengals or Ravens to extend their lead. With rumors of a Le’Veon bell return coming soon, they want to stay close enough for it to matter.
Atlanta’s passing attack was ramped up when Freeman was injured. How the Falcon offense approaches this game could make a difference. With the problem their defense has stopping the ball, we expect them to keep the pedal down and chase points.
Roethlisberger is at home, which means the “good” Ben should show up. There is a little concern about the beating he took the past two weeks and the letdown of a “normal” game.
But that will prove to be unfounded. Pittsburgh’s defense will come through one more time than the Falcons’. But it will be fun. Final score: Steelers 44, Falcons 38
Watch Joshua vs Povetkin live stream – What TV channel will it be online UK
Anthony Joshua “one of the big fighter of all time” continues his defense of three heavyweight belts when he faces Alexander Povetkin at Wembley tonight. Watch Povetkin vs Joshua live stream Wembley tonight on sky sports Box Office. Joshua is the most famous fighter of the current time, especially in young fans. he is the IBF, WBA and IBO title holder but he is now only 21-0 . last time he did defeat Joseph Parker Joseph Parker in Cardiff last March.
joshua Povetkin fight will be more then just a fight but all eyes will be on this bout because it’s a huge rumorous if Joshua wins today he will fight next with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury among the names mentioned.
What TV channel will it be on?
The fight Joshua vs Povetkin is being shown on Sky Box Office in the UK, which is on channel 491 for standard definition and channel 492 for high definition.
How much will it cost to watch Joshua vs Povetkin?
joshua vs Povetkin will be £19.95, with a £5 increase for telephone bookings made tomorrow, on the day of the fight.
How to watch the fight in the UK?
For those with Sky:
Subscribers can purchase the fight online here, through their box or online the telephone – 03442 410 888. If you’re calling from the Republic of Ireland, it’s: 0818 220 225.
How can I live stream the fight?
With Sky Sports Box Office you can watch the fights live via your PC/Desktop/MAC, NOW TV box, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet.
It’s simple to sign up, pay and watch – create an account and pay at www.skysports.com/boxofficelive.