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House Democrats appear poised to keep the House but fall drastically behind expectations

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Instead, several Democratic incumbents the party believed were secure found themselves suddenly out of a job. And many GOP districts that Democratic leaders had been eyeing for months landed solidly in Republican control.

Those results come despite the party raising more than $300 million due to the vast energy on the left. Many political handicappers had predicted that the Democrats would pick up three to 15 seats, growing their 232-to-197 majority. By Wednesday morning, that prediction proved faulty, with Democrats down about a half-dozen incumbents and many of their top candidates trailing GOP opponents.

The lackluster performance — at least compared with expectations — could have consequences for the presidency: If neither President Trump nor former vice president Joe Biden wins 270 electoral college votes, the House has the ability under the Constitution to pick the next president when it convenes in January. Each state delegation is awarded one vote,

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Fall Garden Cleanup in St. Johns, Arizona

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 Chilies NOT going to ripen before frost

Chilies NOT going to ripen before frost.

I recently ran across a Facebook post that suggested people should leave leaves on the lawn all winter to increase fertility and reduce fall clean-up work.  I wasn’t surprised when multiple gardeners from all over the world jumped right in and said all the things I was thinking: Mow them first or they will created dead patches on the lawn, pick them up and compost them before adding them so bad critters don’t overwinter in them, they will rot and make a stinky mess…

…and then I remembered that we don’t have big deciduous leaves where I am. Nor do we get enough moisture in the winter to either rot or compost leaves, chopped or not. I don’t have much of a lawn, because it is too expensive and environmentally irresponsible to grow big swaths of grass in such an arid climate, using

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Gardening: Fall is the best time to work in the garden | Columnists

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It is official, with the cooler weather and the shorter days, that fall is here.

And with the advent of fall, now is the best time to get started in the garden.

Whether starting from scratch or just fixing up and adding to a preexisting landscape, the cooler weather is the ideal time to begin.

Planting now as the weather cools down will allow trees and shrubs to establish before the heat of the summer.

Gardening can be daunting at first, but there are so many benefits from both the act of gardening and the garden itself, it can be truly rewarding.

There some steps to follow to ensure success and achieve the desired goals for the garden. And with these steps, the two most important are planning and soil preparation.

There are many different aspects to take into account in terms of starting a garden. You must recognize the

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Garden Mastery: Chrysanthemums fill our region with brilliant fall colors

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Our gardening neighbors in the Midwestern, Eastern and Northern states welcome their fall season in predictable ways. The sun rises later in the morning, setting a bit earlier in the evening. Nighttime temperatures begin to dip. Bird species begin their southward migration to warmer climates. The real fall showstopper in these parts of our country is the dazzling display of leaves beginning to change color, from gold to reddish-orange, from crimson to brown.

The Southern California fall season is shorter in duration. Changes to our landscape and gardens arrive slowly, are more subtle and are too soon gone. While we don’t have the display of leaves changing color all around us, we do begin to notice that our garden plants are now beyond their peak, and bloomers have finished flowering.

It’s at this time of year that I wish for just a little something to brighten up my garden landscape.

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Happening today at the Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show

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TODAY AT THE SHOW

Don’t miss “This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor’s virtual appearance today. He will offer advice and answer questions, plus you can also enter to win a private personal online conversation with him.

Be sure to check out all that this year’s show has to offer.

Location: DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com

Admission: free

Hours: Show opens at 8 a.m.; chats are open through 8 p.m. Today is the last day for live virtual presentations and to chat with companies. Highlights from the show will remain online through Oct. 31.

Special attractions: The Backyard Garden Award winners will be announced at 4 p.m. 

Today’s workshops

Chat with presenters and get your specific questions answered; check online for additional workshops.

10 a.m.: SimpleBath/SimpleKitchen presentation

11 a.m: Kevin O’Connor, host of “This Old House”

Noon: How do you improve

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What’s happening today at the online Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show

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The fall show is online for everyone’s safety, so here is your chance to leisurely enjoy what the show has to offer. The event re-creates an expo hall with booths and an auditorium, and each participating company has resources and representatives you can talk with online. 

Location: DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com

Admission: free

Hours: The show opens at 8 a.m.; chats available through 8 p.m.

Special attractions: At noon, Home 214 Design’s Melinda McCoy will present simple autumn decorating tips for any home, any budget and any decorating ability. 

Today’s workshops

Chat with presenters and get your specific questions answered; check online for additional workshops.

4 p.m.: six signs your chimney is fine (or not!), presented by The Chimney Guys

• 5 p.m.: Discover key facts, types, well-known lilacs and even public collections and festivals to visit

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White House to host ‘Fall Garden Tours’ this year, despite issues with health and safety

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The White House is set to host “Fall Garden Tours” for lawmakers and the public this season to show off the newly renovated Rose Garden. 

The tours will be hosted Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, even after more than 20 staffers, journalists, allies of the administration and GOP lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus following contact with the White House. 

The tours are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Visitors will be able to tour the South Lawn, First Ladies Garden, White House Kitchen Garden and Rose Garden.

Guest capacity is limited, and visitors are required to wear a face mask. Tickets will be offered to all congressional offices. 

President Trump and first lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but White House physician Dr. Sean Conley announced the president will be able to return to public engagements this weekend. 

MCCONNELL HASN’T BEEN TO WHITE HOUSE

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Thursday at online Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show

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TODAY AT THE SHOW

For everyone’s safety, the Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show will take place online this year.

That means you can get comfy at home and leisurely peruse the many events the show has to offer. The virtual event re-creates an expo hall with booths and an auditorium, each participating company is offering resources, and representatives will be available to talk with you online. Come and go as often as you like.

Location: DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com

Admission: free

Hours: show opens today at 8 a.m. and “chats” are available through 8 p.m.

Special attractions: wholesale pricing on spring flowering bulbs, see Dutch Mill Greenhouse and get answers to your gardening questions from master gardeners.

Today’s workshops

Presenters will answer your questions through chat; check online for additional workshops.

11 a.m.: How much does a furnace/air conditioning system cost? Presented by Fire & Ice Heating and

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Nothing says it’s fall garden time like classic chrysanthemums, which come in many hues |

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If you would like to add some color to welcome the fall season, you can’t beat chrysanthemums.

It seems that everywhere you look in October you see chrysanthemums blooming. Widely available and relatively inexpensive, they are almost indispensable for providing quick color to the fall landscape. Whether you plant them into beds or feature them in containers, these cheerful plants covered in yellow, gold, bronze, purple, lavender, white, pink or burgundy flowers are a delight in the landscape.

Chrysanthemums, also called mums, are hardy, long-lived perennials that bloom in the fall. Chrysanthemums are triggered to bloom only when the nights are long enough. During the summer, when days are long and nights are short, chrysanthemums in the garden grow vegetatively. As the period of nighttime darkness increases in late summer and early fall, flower bud initiation occurs. This takes place here in August and September, with flowers of chrysanthemums growing

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Warm fall dishes bring son to the kitchen, table

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Friends warned me. People who, before me, had sons. They told me that my son would suddenly and abruptly not want to spend time with me. He would, they said, leave my camp. They said he would first leave me and then leave my husband. At the time it was hard to believe. He was so joyful, so fun, so very excited about the world and all of its gifts.

And then, of course, he did. He found his own interests, his own people, his independence. That was many years ago and I did my best to let him go. It’s good, it’s fine, it’s the way parenting is supposed to be. They grow and push you away and hopefully, if everything is right, they come back.

I’m working on Elliot coming back. He’s 16 now and a pretty laid-back guy. He does what we ask of him. Mow the

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