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The general election begins today.

Majority favors November mail-in ballots if coronavirus not contained: poll

A majority of Americans said they think the government should allow mail-in ballots in the presidential election if the coronavirus pandemic has not abated by November, according to the results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll published Wednesday.

The poll had bipartisan support as 72 percent of respondents, including 79 percent that identified as Democrats and 65 percent that identified as Republicans, said they would support such a move if necessary to protect voters from the risk of the virus.

The same survey found that 89 percent of adults nationwide said they were concerned about the virus and 36 percent believe they will personally be infected over the course of the year.

The poll also found a decline in approval of President Trump’s handling of the pandemic, with 42 percent approving of the president's measures, down six points from last week.


Democrats text over 1 million Georgia voters to boost mail voting efforts

The Georgia Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are teaming up to text over 1 million Georgians and encourage them to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Georgia, which postponed its primary from March 24 to May 19 over health concerns, is mailing absentee ballot request forms to all of its nearly 7 million voters to try to maintain turnout in its presidential and down-ballot primaries. Democrats said in a statement the concept may be “unfamiliar” to many voters and that hundreds of volunteers are texting residents to inform them of the process.

“Our team is putting in the work to make sure every Georgian can make their voice heard, and innovating to reach Georgians right where they are. This program means that Georgia Democrats will reach more voters than ever before — and we know that when every eligible Georgian is able to cast their ballot, Democrats will win in November,” said Scott Hogan, the executive director of the state Democratic Party.

The texting campaign is part of a broader effort by state and national Democrats to reach voters in Georgia. The DNC in late January purchased tens of millions of cell phone numbers across the country, including in Georgia, to improve voter contact, work the party says is “paying dividends” as campaigns try to reach self-quarantining and socially isolating voters.


The latest California peak projections from the University of Washington (April 8, 2020)

Estimated Peak: April 13, 2020

Beds Available: 26,654
Beds Needed: 4,906
ICU Beds Available: 1,993
ICU Beds Needed: 791



CNN Poll: Majority of Americans now say the federal government has done a poor job of preventing cor

(CNN)A majority of Americans -- 55% -- now say the federal government has done a poor job preventing the spread of coronavirus in the United States, up eight points in about a week, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS as the nationwide death toll from the virus rose above 12,000.

Eighty percent feel the worst of the outbreak is yet to come, most (55%) feel President Donald Trump could be doing more to fight the outbreak, and 37% say they have grown more concerned about coronavirus in the last few days, far outpacing the 5% who say their fears have eased recently.

About 1 in 5 (22%) say they personally know someone who has been diagnosed with the virus, a figure that is double the share who said so in a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted just two weeks ago.

Just under half (46%) say it is at least somewhat likely that they or someone in their family will contract the coronavirus, and there are deep disparities by socio-economic status and partisanship in Americans' level of confidence that they will be able to get treatment should they become ill with the virus.


IA-SEN: Democrats target Ernst in bid to expand Senate map

Democrats are pouring resources into efforts to flip Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-Iowa) seat and expand their electoral map in November, believing that Iowa has the potential to help decide the fate of the Senate majority.

For now, the Senate race in Iowa remains less competitive than the contests in states like Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina and Maine. But Democrats say there are signs that Ernst’s reelection chances aren’t as rock solid as they once appeared to be.

A Des Moines Register–Mediacom Iowa poll released last month showed Ernst’s approval rating at 47 percent, down 10 points from where it was a year ago.

Her top Democratic rival, Theresa Greenfield, has largely kept pace with Ernst in fundraising and narrowly surpassed her in the second half of 2019.


California inks nearly $1B deal to buy 200 million masks each month

OAKLAND — Saying “enough is enough” with states competing for critical medical equipment in the coronavirus crisis, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that he has inked deals with a consortium of nonprofits and acquired technology that will provide 200 million medical masks a month for his state and possibly others in the U.S.

“We've been competing against other states, against other nations, against our own federal government for PPE — coveralls, masks, shields, N95 masks — and we're not waiting around any longer,’’ Newsom told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night.

“We decided enough is enough: let's use the power of the purchasing power of the state of California as a nation-state," he added.

The state plans to spend $990 million in state funds on protective gear, according to a letter Newsom's Department of Finance sent to lawmakers late Tuesday. California must make a down payment of half that amount — $495 million — within the next 48 hours, Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler wrote.


Bonus Tweet of the Day


Wisconsin Democrats showed the fuck up.


Biden: Trump bears 'responsibility' for not using his powers to protect health care workers

In a short virtual address to a network of Pennsylvania’s labor unions on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden said that although Donald Trump should not be blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic, the president “does bear responsibility” for not using his powers to get health care workers the protective equipment they need.

Mr. Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, alleged that Mr. Trump didn’t move quickly enough to respond to the coronavirus — a delay that he says has caused “real pain for so many Americans” and for workers who are on the frontlines without adequate supplies.

“Trump likes to say he’s a wartime president,” said Mr. Biden, appearing by video chat during the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s virtual 44th Constitutional Convention. “Well, he needs to step up and act like it.”

Specifically, Mr. Biden pointed to the Trump administration’s lack of action on imposing official occupational standards to protect workers from infectious diseases — standards that the Obama administration were working to adopt, but that were moved to a less urgent agenda by Mr. Trump’s administration and ultimately stalled, according to reporting in The Washington Post.

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