COVID frustrations pass the San Francisco test: The Note
The TAKE with Rick Klein
It’s a story about COVID wrath — light on MAGA gear and anti-Fauci slogans — that’s nothing like anti-vax rallies or masses of Canadian truckers.
For all the noise and color coming from the right, COVID-weary parents in San Francisco could leave the first big political marks of 2022. It’s mostly liberals taking on fellow liberals — with a dose of cash outside and mixed national attention – on local education priorities and how best to get schools back to normal.
More relevant are the parents who face off with other parents in Tuesday’s recall election for the San Francisco school board president and two other board members. A campaign launched in a kitchen by two parents frustrated with the council’s priorities could send a powerful message far beyond the shared hometown of Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“They would spend the first seven hours talking about renaming the schools, or they would spend the first seminar wondering if a gay dad was diverse enough to be on the parent advisory council,” co-lead Autumn Looijen told ABC. Zohreen Shan in an interview for “Nightline” Monday night.
For their part, council members whose jobs are on the line say they were doing what they were elected to do: make tough choices and prioritize reopening schools during COVID while keeping safety in mind. and concerns of community members.
Reminders inspired by COVID started popping up with some regularity last year. Most – including, famously, the one targeting California Governor Gavin Newsom – ended up collapsing.
Whether or not those school board members are replaced, the feelings that led to Tuesday’s vote are powerful — and not in a way strictly consistent with party affiliation.
The RUNDOWN with Averi Harper
As President Joe Biden ponders his choice of a Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, the Commander-in-Chief is under pressure to select someone who can garner bipartisan Senate support.
White House officials remained tight-lipped about the selection process on Monday. White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden had not interviewed potential candidates, but said the president was continuing to review documents and have conversations with them. lawmakers and lawyers about “highly qualified” candidates.
“He is on track to select a SCOTUS candidate by the end of this month,” said Jean-Pierre.
Among the candidates Biden would consider is Justice J. Michelle Childs. South Carolina is supported by Rep. James Clyburn, DS.C., and Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C.
“I think she would get the most Republican votes,” Graham of Childs told ABC “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos. He later added, “It would be someone, I think, who could get the Senate together and probably get over 60 votes. Anyone else would be problematic.”
Still, others warn that some labor and progressive groups could “actively organize” against Childs if she were the choice, according to a report by ABC News’ Devin Dwyer, citing her record of defending corporate clients during her eight years of work and employment practice. law.
The COUNCIL with Alisa Wiersema
The start of voting in Texas ushers in a familiar partisan dynamic on the campaign trail after a weekend of mobilization efforts led by progressives.
At a “Get Out The Vote” event in Austin on Monday, incumbent Governor Greg Abbott seized on Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent rally supporting Greg Casar and Jessica Cisneros, two progressive congressional candidates. Although the New York congresswoman did not appear on the campaign trail with Abbott’s Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke, the governor took the opportunity to tie the two together by lambasting what he called a “extraordinarily dangerous” policies.
In the race for attorney general, Republican candidate and current lands commissioner George P. Bush, echoed Abbott’s sentiments during an interview on Fox News, issuing a political warning.
“I remind my fellow Republicans that if we don’t take this seriously, the state could turn bluer, especially in races where we don’t nominate the right candidates, including my race,” Bush said.
As ABC News reported, Democrats in Texas project it will take about a decade for the state to become “reliably democratic,” but that goal requires significant voter mobilization in the near term. Democrats must register and run 100,000 to 150,000 more Democrats per cycle at the polls than Republicans, according to the state’s Democratic Party post-2020 analysis.
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59. That’s the percentage of Americans polled who told the Pew Research Center in 2019 that the government should provide more — not less — help to those in need. Yet, as Alex Samuels and Neil Lewis Jr. write for FiveThirtyEight, efforts to expand the social safety net often fail. Democrats, in particular, have been reluctant to expand the social safety net despite campaign promises to strengthen it. Read more from Alex and Neil on why many Democrats are now against expanding America’s social safety net.
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