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Another Texas Republican Retires from Congress

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Republican Congressman Marchant announced his retirement from the U.S. House on August 5, 2019.

His Dallas-area district leaves an opening for Democrats to exploit in 2020.

Marchant’s announcement comes days after RINO Congressman Will Hurd announced that he would not seek re-election in his border district. Pete Olson also retired and will not run for re-election in his district in the Houston suburbs.

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Curiously, The Washington Post reports that “All three men won reelection in 2018 by five percentage points or less — in Hurd’s case, by only a few hundred votes.”

In statement thanking his family, staff, and constituents, Marchant said “I am looking forward to finishing out my term and then returning to Texas to start a new chapter.”

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Democrats have declared that a “Texodus” is taking place as the three Republicans leave office. Three other incumbents— John Carter, Michael McCaul and Chip Roy — will be in competitive races during 2020.

The Post provides an interesting overview of the growing changes in Marchant’s 24th district:

Marchant’s district, centered on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and comprising affluent suburbs between the two cities, is one of several Texas districts that has become steadily more diverse over the past decade. In 2012, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the 24th District by 22 points; four year later, Trump won it by only six points.

In 2018, Marchant beat his Democratic opponent by only three points after winning by 17 points in 2016. Given this shift, Democrats have put this district at the top of their target list.

There may be some validity in the reports about the changing demographics of the U.S. and its impact on the GOP’s electoral prospect in the next few decades.

It’s no secret that Third World mass migration trends benefit Democrats.

For the sake of maintaining a cohesive social order and political relevancy, the GOP will need to start getting serious on immigration reform—which entails restricting pathways to citizenship, ending birthright citizenship, and ending chain migration.

If not, the Lone Star State will likely transform into a solid blue state within the next few decades.

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As Coronavirus Panic Reaches All-Time High, More Americans Plan Cruise Ship Vacations

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More Americans are planning on going on cruise vacations in 2021, hoping that the coronavirus pandemic will just be a forgotten memory by then, and they can once again go about their lives.

Analysts at UBS have reported that booking volume has “gone up 9 percent in the last 30 days versus the same time last year” for cruise ships in 2021. This is occurring in spite of the fact that the vast majority of cruise ships are quarantined during the panic.

“That includes people applying their future cruise credits from sailings that were cancelled this year, but still shows a surprising resilience in desire to book a cruise,” UBS equity analysts wrote in their March 31 release regarding cruise lines.

The report shows that most of the cruise goers hope to leave for Asia and Alaska. The individuals are signing up despite the fact that current cruise ships are still roaming at sea due to potential spread of the coronavirus.

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Cruise ship attendees are now begging states to let them come onto their shores even though individuals arriving on shore could spread the coronavirus:

When Andrea Anderson and her husband boarded the MS Zaandam cruise ship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, more than three weeks ago, they didn’t know that their trip of a lifetime would disastrously coincide with a global pandemic that would leave them shut out and stranded at sea.

Unable to find a port willing to accept it, the ship has been stuck in a holding pattern for nearly two weeks as it desperately goes from country to country.

So far it has been rejected by Chile, Peru and Argentina, which all sealed their ports because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It is now charting a hope-filled course for the United States, namely Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I don’t know if they are going to accept us. I hope they do,” said Anderson, 63, a fiber artist from Maineville, Ohio. “We need to get off this ship.”

Anderson and more than 1,200 other passengers are pleading with Florida to let them in, but officials, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, say the state simply doesn’t have the resources to take on an extra burden amid a growing health crisis.

“We cannot afford to have people who are not even Floridians dumped into South Florida using up those valuable resources,” DeSantis said Monday on Fox News.

Four people have died on the ship, at least two of them from the coronavirus, while nine others have tested positive and 179 more have flu-like symptoms.

“People are getting sick, and they need proper medical attention in a hospital. They cannot be treated onboard,” Anderson said. “The people on this boat, we are all someone’s parent, grandparent, aunt and uncle. The governor should think, ‘What if my mother was on that boat?'”

While DeSantis has expressed staunch disapproval of the passengers’ disembarking, the final say lies in the hands of the Broward County Commission, which wasn’t able to come to a decision Tuesday. The commission is waiting for clear and proper protocols for disembarkation by the cruise line.

Commissioners still have a lot of conditions to consider, a spokesperson said.

The public hopes that the pandemic conditions are remedied in the near future, but if they are wrong, they will put themselves in serious danger with their cruise plans in 2021.

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