The American interim elections this year were a candidate field that was characterized by great diversity. Especially on the Democratic side, a record number of women, persons or color and LGBT people were eligible. Which of them has won the booty?
Democrat Jared Polis: first male openly gay governor
The 43-year-old Democrat Polis from the state of Colorado becomes the first openly gay governor in American history. The entrepreneur has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2009. He is also known as one of the richest people in Congress, with a net wealth of almost $ 400 million (349 million euros).
The Republican Walker Stapleton must recognize his superior in Polis. The entrepreneur will succeed Democrat John Hickenlooper, whose terms as governor were on it. In his speech Polis said Tuesday evening (local time): “Tonight we have shown that we have an inclusive society in which the values of all people, with whatever sexual preference, count.”
Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland: first female Indian members Congress
The Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland become the first two female Indian members of Congress. Davids, born in 1980, will take place in the House on behalf of the State of Kansas. She won from Republican Kevin Yoder. Former MMA fighter Davids is also the first openly lesbian member of the House for Kansas.
The 57-year-old Haaland will take place in the House for the state of New Mexico. Her Democratic predecessor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, gave up her place to stand as a governor, and she also made a profit.
Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Lhan Omar: first Muslim women in Congress
Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) & Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) become the first female Islamic congressmen. Tlaib will take over the place of the Democrat John Conyers, who resigned last year for accusations of sexual misconduct.
The 37-year-old Omar, who is also the first Somali-American member of the Congress, fled in 1991 from Somalia because of the civil war. After having lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for 4 years, she emigrated to the US.
Omar takes over the place in the House of the Democrat Keith Ellison, who became the 1st Muslim in Congress with his election in 2006.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: youngest female congressman
The 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest female congressman ever in the US. She defeated her Republican opponent Anthony Pappas with a large majority of the votes.
Until recently, Ocasio-Cortez worked in a bar to financially support her family. After she was removed from the election list in 2016 in her New York state, she went to the campaign of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
“This is what is possible when ordinary people come to realize that all our actions, no matter how small, big or powerful, can change,” said Ocasio-Cortez after her victory. She thanked “every organizer, every donor, every working parent and dreamer” for their commitment. “This isn’t just a campaign or election, but a larger movement for social, economic & racial justice.”
Also in various states achieved historical victories
A record number of women has secured a seat in the House. A total of 96 women were elected, writes CNN on the basis of the preliminary results. The previous record stood at 85 women.
The 66-year-old Republican Marscha Blackburn will be Tennessee’s first female senator ever. She is closely associated with Trump and led a conservative campaign.
In Arizona, a female senator would be elected for the first time. The Republican Martha McSally won from her opponent Kyrsten Sinema. McSally was also the first female pilot to conduct combat flights for the US Air Force and the first woman to kick it into a squadron commander.
Republican Kristi In the future, Mrs. May calls herself the first female governor of South Dakota, and in Texas two ‘Hispanic’ women have been elected to sit in the House for the first time. Ayanna Pressley becomes the first African-American woman in Congress for the state of Massachusetts.
First female African American governor: not achieved
Stacey Abrams in the state of Georgia has failed to become the first female African-American governor ever, while in the polls she was well ahead of her Republican opponent Brian Kemp. He finally got 2 % more votes.
Abrams has made it known that she does not give up the battle and wants a recount of the votes. Kemp soon became discredited because he was also responsible for the supervision of the elections. Under his leadership, approximately 340,000 voters were removed from the register after tightening the identification obligation.
Minority groups, who are more inclined to vote for Democrats, were therefore disproportionately hit hard in the state.
Primeur first transgender governor: not achieved
The 62-year-old Christine Hallquist must take her loss. She lost the race to the governorship of Vermont from her Republican opponent Phil Scott. The Democratic Hallquist would have become the first transgender governor of the US. She stood out because of her pronounced left-wing election program.
Hallquist has a family with her wife Pat. She knew early on in their marriage that she felt that she was in a wrong body. In 2015 she let herself operate. Currently, thirteen transgenders work in elected government positions across the US.
How did other striking candidates go?
Trump-trailer, former model and actor Antonio Sabato jr. Has no place in the House to get hold of for the state of California. He lost the race of his Democratic opponent Julia Brownley. Sabato has been in his support for Trump for years.
He claimed, among other things, that the then President Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim. According to the actor, his conservative ideas have resulted in a ‘black list’ in Hollywood.
Andrew Gillum (39) would have become the first African-American governor of the state of Florida. The young talent of the Democrats, however, lost the race of the Republican Ron DeSantis.
The turbulent history of Fleetwood Mac
Long after the most popular years of Fleetwood Mac, history seems to repeat itself; guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has a fight with Stevie Nicks and therefore also with the other band members. The band has a turbulent history full of broken relationships and disagreements.
In April of this year it is known that guitarist Buckingham leaves the band. The reason for this is not disclosed. In October, the 69-year-old Buckingham talks about the issue in his music magazine Rolling Stone: his ex and lead singer Nicks would never want to stand on the stage with the guitarist again and he gives the band an ultimatum: “He looks like me or me.”
“What bothers me and breaks my heart is that for 43 years we have always found a way to rise above our personal differences and problems, to pursue a higher goal and to express it, that is our legacy. is what our songs are about, this is not the way you should shut down something like that “, says Buckingham in the fall of 2018 against Rolling Stone.
The creation of Fleetwood Mac
In 1975 the guitarist joins the band in California, which was founded in 1967 in London. Buckingham is then also the person who brings Nicks, his then girlfriend, to the band.
The band, which originally consisted of Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and Bob Brunning, has already fallen apart several times and started with new members. The American period of the band is breaking, with Buckingham, Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and so Nicks. In 1977 this formation releases the most famous album, Rumors. That delivers worldwide hits such as Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Songbird. At the same time it was also a record that shows a lot of grief; it clearly shows the relational tensions between Buckingham and Nicks.
In 1987 Buckingham, who is now seen as the creative brain behind many of the hits, leaves Fleetwood Mac because of the unrest in the group and his broken relationship with Nicks. In the late nineties, however, he returns again.
At the beginning of 2014, Christine McVie also returned – separated from John McVie, but still bearing a name. This means that the band is back in the occupation of its most popular time.
Judge is involved in new quarrels
Again this formation does not appear to be a happy marriage and the history of tensions seems to repeat itself many years later; Buckingham has to leave again, this time at the request of Nicks. He does not let it sit, steps to court and demands compensation for the missed earnings from a planned tour this year. According to his lawyers, it would be an amount of up to $ 14 million (12 million euros).
This again meets with misunderstanding of the other band members. Fleetwood Mac claims not to have been informed of the Buckingham accusation at first. “Something that should actually be done first, instead of going to the media,” said a spokesperson.
Fleetwood Mac has now seen the complaint and issued a statement. “We reject all the accusations in the Buckingham accusation, and we are confident about the lawsuit,” reports the band, now consisting of Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Fleetwood. It is not known when the lawsuit is due.
Night of Utrecht history for the very first time in the city
Historic association Oud-Utrecht organizes on October 13 the first ever Night of Utrecht history. This is in honor of the 95th anniversary of the association, which is celebrated throughout the year.
The association makes it a recurring feast for the annually recurring Month of History. The Utrecht Archive is the main location for the festival.
In addition, the Domkerk and Domunder are open to the public all evening, with an adapted program. The Gilde Utrecht guides take visitors on tours of the city.
The theme is Revolt. The speakers include journalist Ad van Liempt, junior curator Annabel Dijkema and city conservator René de Kam. Furthermore there are snacks and drinks in a historical theme and a quiz.
The doors will open at 19:00, the program is between 20:00 & 01:00.
History & stately city gates in Hanseatic cities | Discover the Netherlands
You do not have to cross the border to feel like a traveler. NU.nl tours past local attractions with travel guide Lonely Planet in hand. What, according to this famous travel Bible, should you have really seen and done in the Netherlands? Episode 7: the Hanseatic cities.
They are all characterized by stately city gates and a history you say to you. But also by exciting folktales about Blauwvingers, Kamper onions and ghost dog Kladdegat. They serve their own cake, candy or mustard and you can endlessly walk through streets with illustrious names such as Short Breathing alley or Hondegatstraat.
Immerse yourself in one of the most famous chapters of national history: the Hanseatic period. Because there is plenty to do in the monumental Hanseatic cities along the water.
Hanseatic towns, what are they?
But first a short explanation about those cities on the water. Most of these places lie along the river IJssel, such as Deventer, Zwolle and Hattem. But Harderwijk and Elburg on the former Zuiderzee also bear the name.
All these cities joined the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages, an international alliance with which the participating cities wanted to acquire a stronger trade position.
This cooperation not only made trade more efficient, but also safer; the ships could travel together and protect each other from piracy. This lasted until around the end of the sixteenth century, after which the Hanseatic League collapsed due to economic and political circumstances.
23 cities with ‘monumental character’
“In the Netherlands, a total of 23 cities were members of the Hanseatic League”, says Elisabeth Stoit of Hanzesteden Marketing. “The historic character is still very visible in Hasselt, Kampen, Zwolle, Hattem, Deventer, Zutphen, Doesburg, Elburg and Harderwijk.These cities share their common vision – centuries-old trading cities connected by water – and now work together actively. But then to maintain the monumental character for visitors. ”
In all Hanseatic cities you can fully find history in buildings, food and museums. What can you do there?
Climb the Sassenpoort in Zwolle
The rich cities were protected by a solid wall, with lookout towers and gates at various locations. Not everyone was just admitted to the city. Around the year 1400 Zwolle got the stately Sassenpoort, which later also served as a prison. On Wednesdays and Saturdays you can climb the gate and you will find an exhibition about Hanseatic city Zwolle.
Where: Sassenstraat 53, Zwolle
Price: 2.50 euros (only on Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Walk the old town of Harderwijk
The compact old town of Harderwijk lends itself well to a city walk. Tip: download the Hanseatic route, which takes you in an hour and a half through the old streets and along the Smeepoortenbrink and the Vischpoort.
Start: Markt 5, Harderwijk
Trial Deventer Cake
Deventer is known as the Koekstad and in the time of the Hanze this local delicacy was already heavily traded. Baking cake was a serious matter; the cake was baked according to strict guidelines and the city had its own guild of cake bakers. The famous Deventer cake from Jb. You can buy Bussink in the authentic Deventerkoekwinkel.
Where: Brink 84, Deventer
Open on Monday afternoon, Tuesday – Saturday from 9.00
Drink beer as a merchant in Doesburg
Merchants gathered in inns to weigh their wares and conclude contracts. A well-known meeting place was Stadsbierhuys De Waag in Doesburg. Beer has been served here since 1478 and De Waag is the oldest café in the Netherlands.
Where: Koepoortstraat 2-4, Doesburg
Open daily from 10.00
Visit the Koggewerf in Kampen
The Kamper Kogge is as authentic as possible of a trading ship from the fourteenth century. You can visit the Koggewerf seven days a week. On the Koggewerf you will find a carpentry workshop and a tavern next to the ship.
Where: Havenweg 7, Kampen
Daily free to visit
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