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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is the Democratic Hill committee for the United States Senate. It is the only organization dedicated to electing Democrats to the United States Senate; the DSCC's current Chair is Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, who succeeded Maryland‘s Chris Van Hollen after the 2018 Senate elections. DSCC's current Executive Director is Scott Fairchild. Patty Murray became the first female Chair of the DSCC in 2001, her team raised more than $143 million, beating the previous record by $40 million, but Democrats lost two seats. For the first time since 1914 a President's party had taken control of the Senate in a midterm election. Most observers, attributed the outcome to George W. Bush's post-9/11 popularity and the death of Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, favored to win. Chuck Schumer chaired the DSCC for the first of two consecutive cycles. Prior to the election, the Republican Party controlled 55 of the 100 Senate seats; the Senate elections were part of the Democratic sweep of the 2006 elections, in which Democrats made numerous gains and no Congressional or gubernatorial seat held by a Democrat was won by a Republican.

Six Republican incumbents were defeated by Democrats: Jim Talent lost to Claire McCaskill, Conrad Burns lost to Jon Tester, Mike DeWine lost to Sherrod Brown, Rick Santorum lost to Bob Casey Jr. Lincoln Chafee lost to Sheldon Whitehouse, George Allen lost to Jim Webb. Incumbent Democrat Joe Lieberman won reelection as an independent. Democrats kept their two open seats in Minnesota and Maryland, Republicans held onto their lone open seat in Tennessee. In Vermont, Bernie Sanders, an independent, was elected to the seat left open by Independent U. S. Senator Jim Jeffords. In the 2006 election, two new female Senators were elected to seats held by men; this brought the total number of female senators to an all-time high of 16. Following the elections, no party held a majority of seats for the first time since 1954. However, the party balance for the Senate stood at 51–49 in favor of the Democrats, because independents Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman caucused with the Democrats; the Democrats needed 51 seats to control the Senate because Vice President Dick Cheney would have broken any 50–50 tie in favor of the Republicans.

Chuck Schumer chaired the DSCC for the second of two consecutive cycles. Going into the 2008 election, the Senate consisted of 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans, two independents who caucused with the Democrats, giving the Democratic caucus a 51-49 majority. Of the seats up for election in 2008, 23 were held by 12 by Democrats; the Republicans, who conceded early on that they wouldn't be able to regain the majority in 2008, lost eight seats. This election was the second cycle in a row in which no seats switched from Democratic to Republican. In addition, this was the largest Democratic Senate gain since 1986, when they won eight seats. Democrats defeated five Republican incumbents: Ted Stevens of Alaska lost to Mark Begich, Norm Coleman of Minnesota lost to Al Franken, John Sununu of New Hampshire lost to Jeanne Shaheen, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina lost to Kay Hagan and Gordon Smith of Oregon lost to Jeff Merkley. Democrats picked up open seats in Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia; when the new Senate was first sworn in, the balance was 58–41 in favor of the Democrats, because of the unresolved Senate election in Minnesota.

The defection of Republican Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania in April 2009 and the swearing-in of Al Franken of Minnesota in July 2009 brought the balance to 60–40. In 2012, 23 Democratic Senate seats were available, as opposed to 10 Republican seats. An increase of four seats would have given the GOP a Senate majority. In the election, three GOP seats and one Democratic seat was lost, increasing the Democratic majority by two. DSCC executive director said their strategy was to "localize" elections – make them "a choice between the two people on the ballot...and not allow it to be a nationalized election". Because this is not easy to do in a presidential election year, the DSCC had gone much on the offensive, depicting Republican candidates and donors, the Tea Party, as extreme. During the Florida and Indiana primaries, they pushed that the Tea Party was working to move the GOP "so far to the right that candidates will say anything to get their party's nomination"; the GOP targeted four red states to pick up the seats.

They were looking at states that did not vote for President Obama in 2008: Missouri, Montana and North Dakota. They lost three of those four seats. In 2013, 21 Democrats were up for either election to complete the six-year term. In order to have a majority, the Republicans were required to attain at least 51 seats in the Senate; the Democrats would have been able to retain a majority with 48 seats because, in event of a tie vote, Vice President Joe Biden becomes the tie-breaker. Many of the incumbents were elected in the Democratic wave year of 2008 along with President Obama's first election. Although Democrats saw some opportunities for pickups, the combination of Democratic retirements and numerous Democratic seats up for election in swing states and red states gave Republicans hopes of taking control of the Senate. 7 of the 21 states with Democratic seats up for election in 2014 had voted for Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. Democrats faced the lower voter turnout that accompanies mid-term elections

Kinetic Securities

Kinetic Securities was an Australian financial services firm that facilitated the trading of shares, derivatives and FX on the Australian Securities Exchange & international markets. Headquartered at 23-25 O'Connell Street in the financial district of Sydney, the firm had developed strong relationships with many leading financial institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. Despite this, on 1 August 2011 Kinetic Securities entered into voluntary insolvency, no longer answered phone calls. Notice of this insolvency wasn't communicated to Kinetic's clients. Founded in 2006 by Paul Cheyney and Angus Knight, it was established as a boutique advisory firm. Kinetic Securities had subsequently grown through the addition of experienced analysts and brokers to provide advice across all major asset classes. In 2009, Kinetic Securities teamed up with leading accounting and audit firm Searle & Charlton, to offer a Self Managed Superannuation administration service. Official website KineticSec Australian Securities Commission Bloomberg Businessweek Firm Qualifies Leads with Online Meetings Kinetic Securities Company Profile on ETF Mate

Social Democratic Party (Rwanda)

The Social Democratic Party is a centre-left social democratic political party in Rwanda. The party was established on 1 July 1991 by Félicien Gatabazi and Frédéric Nzamurambaho, was nicknamed the "Party of Intellectuals", it formed a bloc opposing President Juvénal Habyarimana alongside the Liberal Party and the Republican Democratic Movement, but by the time of the Rwandan genocide, it was the only major party that Habyarimana had failed to split. The PSD's main leaders were killed in the morning of the first day of the genocide as Théoneste Bagosora sought to create a vacuum in order to seize power. At the end of the genocide the party joined the national unity government, it supported President Paul Kagame in the 2003 presidential elections, received 12% of the vote in the 2003 parliamentary elections, winning seven seats. The party's vote share rose to 13 % in the 2008 elections. In the 2010 presidential elections the party fielded Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo as its candidate. In the 2013 parliamentary elections the party again received 13 % of the vote.

It was reduced to five seats in the 2018 elections. Official website