2018 Midterm Election Results

By: Daniela Fernandez

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This year, on November 6th, Midterm elections were held. This year,s election was very crucial to both the Republican and Democratic parties as their fate in who would hold the Senate and House of Representatives in D.C. was at stake.

Now with this year’s election over, the democrats have the majority in the House of Representatives. In this election, the democrats gained 27 seats according to Time Magazine, which gave them the majority of 14 seats

The Senate has 100 seats. This year 35 of the 100 seats were up for election. In the Senate, the Republicans kept control of it. They gained 4 seats, but lost 2 which the democrats took according to CNN. Republicans flipped North Dakota, with Cramer winning, Indiana who had Braun win, and Missouri who saw Hawley win. Also, Florida, after recounts, had Scott win. Democrats flipped Nevada with Rosen winning, and Arizona, who had Sinema winning.

Democrats now hold 47 seats in the Senate, and republicans hold 52 seats. Republicans have had control of the Senate since 2015, when they held 54 seats, and democrats held 44 seats according to the United States Senate website.

In the House of Representatives, democrats hold 232 seats out of 435, and republicans hold 200 seats. This year, all 435 of the House of Representatives seats were up for election. Democrats now have a majority of 14 seats because in order to have majority they need 218 seats. They needed to flip 24 seats in order to gain majority. Democrats previously had 195 seats, and republicans had 236, and there were 4 seats that were empty according to the U.S. House of Representatives Press Gallery.

Republicans lost 36 districts, and democrats flipped 37 districts. With this, now they hold the majority, which they haven’t held since before President Obama’s second year in office which they lost to the republicans. They held 257, and republicans held 178 according to the United States House of Representatives Archives.

How to improve your second quarter

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There’s always room for improvement! Here are three ways to help you do better in the second quarter of the school year!

Get Organized

Just a folder or two can drastically improve how you organize things if you normally just shove things in your bag without looking. Organizing has proven to help increase productivity, and it decreases stress and unhappiness.

Not organizing often means you forget assignments, and study less. So try to get more organized if you need to be!

Designate Time For Homework 

I’m sure everyone reading this has gone home after school, intending to do homework, but first you want to watch a YouTube video or Netflix. Then you’re no longer in the mood, or you’ve forgotten. Maybe designate an hour to two of your day specially for homework. That way you won’t forget, and you’ll actually do it.

Self Care 

Taking care of yourself is the most important thing. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, and keeping up your hygiene. If you need a small break for mental or physical health, that’s always alright. You can’t do well in school, if you’re not well yourself.

Have a good quarter two!

How to end writer’s block

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It happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your thoughts have turned to mush, you don’t have a creative bone left in your body, and you have nothing to do about it.

Read this article if you need ways to overcome writer’s block!

Go for a walk

Going for a walk will help your brain to take a break from thinking, and it will relax you. Going for a walk will also help with your creatively, for nature is so complex and will help you think about things to write about by simply looking at the world around you.

Change your environment

Maybe move from a closed room to a more open room, it really will change your mood. By moving somewhere else to write it could give you different ideas from looking at the things around you.

Brainstorm ideas with bullet points

This will help you to get rid of the mad ideas, by crossing them off. This will also help you to really think and hopefully give you something good to write about.

Create a routine

Many famous writers have daily routines to summon the Muse. This will help your train of thoughts flow.

Call an old friend

Calling an old friend could bring back so many memories, that you’ve lost, that could be things to write something about.

Listen to music

Listening to music is really effective because its so creative. This could get your mind flowing and you could maybe even write about a certain song.