Paul Ryan’s Last Stand

Maintaining Republicans’ House majority was outgoing-Speaker Paul Ryan’s final mission, even before President Trump dumped responsibility for holding the majority on the Wisconsin Republican. The task was Herculean from the outset: Defy modern history by being the first House leader not to lose a significant number of seats in a midterm when an unpopular president of the same party is in his first term.  Ryan’s decision to tell the world that he will retire seven months before Election Day was a tactical error, pundits said. A lame-duck speaker cannot keep his troops in line, and a retiring congressman cannot raise the huge sums of cash the GOP needs to keep the House, conventional wisdom held.

But despite what Trump will say if Democrats win control of the House (that Ryan’s lame-duck status is to blame), Ryan can take much credit for Republicans having a chance, albeit a slim one, of keeping their House majority. He has continued raising money hand over fist since his April 11 retirement announcement; he’s stumped incessantly for vulnerable incumbents and challengers across the country; and a super PAC closely affiliated with him, the Congressional Leadership Fund, has emerged as a game-changing force in this election cycle. Continue reading “Paul Ryan’s Last Stand”

Promising Trends Emerge for the Internet of Things

The internet of things is on the rise, with billions of additional devices, machines and sensors ready to connect to the web around the globe soon. But the pace of growth hinges on how fast the technology industry can overcome some major road blocks.

Security challenges are perhaps the biggest problem, with hackable products flooding the market and giving a bad rep to the potential of connected gear. Reliable wireless connectivity is another issue since businesses won’t enter the fray unless they know critical data can be transmitted without interruption, and at a reasonable price. Continue reading “Promising Trends Emerge for the Internet of Things”