Montgomery County Public Safety and other government functions located outside of the government center will continue to operate, Harris said. Water and sewer services, trash pickup and some animal will continue. But others inside the center — the local voter registrar, treasurer and commissioner of the revenue among them — will be shut down. … [Read more...] about Death toll at Virginia long-term care center now at 20
The second term
While the VP selection is always a critical choice -- less in terms of its impact on the Electoral College than what it says about how a potential president sees his strengths and weaknesses -- that's especially true in the case of Biden's pick due to the fact that he is 77 years old. (Biden would be the oldest person ever elected to a first term as president if he wins this fall; he turns 78 on November 20.) … [Read more...] about Can Donald Trump wait out the coronavirus?
"To Have the Job vs. To Want the Job" – After some initial stumbles and downright boneheaded statements about the coronavirus threat, President Trump has done a lot to right the ship, and perhaps, instill more public confidence in his handling of the situation. His Oval Office address and many of his daily White House briefings have been far more sober and focused, that his often bombastic and inflammatory tweets. Many times, he has come across as far more "presidential" and diplomatic, than the often-confrontational nature of his first three years. And he has become far more deferential to the experts, such as Dr. Tony Fauci. How Trump continues to manage this crisis could well determine whether voters give him a second term. … [Read more...] about “Does Anyone Care About Politics Right Now?”
"The Long-Haul" – There are a variety of forecasts for coronavirus in the United Nations. The most optimistic scenario is that it peaks by early May, and then fades away. But another model has a fade soon, but then a reflash in fall, and perhaps a third wave in early 2021. Obviously, the best scenario for President Trump is the first one. If the disease is defeated and the death toll is relatively low, he's going to get a bounce. But if the disease has peaks and valleys, with a relapse in the fall, he's probably toast in November. It's all about winning, and of you aren't winning the war on the disease, you probably aren't going win an election. … [Read more...] about “The Politics of Coronavirus: Chapter Two”
Despite his overwhelming dollar advantage, O'Rourke emphasized a digital outreach effort that relied less on major television advertising than a real-time, Facebook-centered travelogue of his campaign. He also mounted a frenetic ground game that took him into some of the more rural, conservative corners of the state – a departure from past Democratic campaigns in Texas that focused their resources on the state's more liberal urban centers like Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz edges out Beto O’Rourke in an epic Texas race that goes down to the wire