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August 15, 2018
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Primary results in 4 states bring many firsts
At primaries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont, the Democratic Party chose many firsts for its candidates, including a transgender woman for Vermont governor and a black woman for Connecticut's open seat in Congress. The Republican Party made gains at the polls by voting for candidates who could flip vulnerable congressional seats in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
USA Today (8/15),  Politico (8/15) 
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Potential increase in capital spending could boost US economy
Current economic confidence could encourage corporations to increase capital expenditures, helping the US economy retain momentum for the next few years, writes Sun Life Financial Chief Investment Officer Randy Brown. "We seem to be nearing a capex inflection point that could fortify the current expansion for a few more years," he writes.
Forbes (8/14) 
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Vt. governor's office sought by 14-year-old boy
Fourteen-year-old Ethan Sonneborn was on ballot as one of four candidates seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for governor of Vermont due to the state's constitution requires a candidate -- no age limit -- to have lived in Vermont for four years. While the teen ultimately lost to former energy executive Christine Hallquist, the first transgender woman to win a major party's nomination for governor, Sonneborn still earned 8.2% of the vote.
NBC News/The Associated Press (8/13),  Newsweek (8/15) 
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