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May 29, 2020

Disney World gets green light to reopen July 11

Walt Disney World received approval from the state of Florida to reopen its four Orlando-based theme parks starting July 11.

Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will open first on July 11. Then, Epcot and Hollywood Studios will follow on July 15.

Disney submitted its reopening plans on Wednesday to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force and received an endorsement from Orange County Mayor Jerry Dennings shortly after the meeting.

Upon reopening, visitors and employees will need to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks prior to entering the park. The parks will also require visitors to purchase their tickets in advance of arriving to the parks.

Additional hand washing stations will be added around the park and social distancing measures will be put in place at restaurants and in the lines for rides.

The company is suspending parades and other events that would cause crowds to gather. Contactless payments via Apple Pay, Google Pay and Disney Magic Bands will be encouraged.

All existing dining reservations, including Disney dining plans, have been canceled through the end of 2020. New ones can be purchased closer to when parks reopen and the booking window will shift from 180 days to 60 days.


May 29, 2020

Former Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project

The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican super PAC, announced Thursday that it is welcoming Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) 2012 presidential campaign, to its team.

"When The Lincoln Project launched, the founding members warned of the danger presented by Donald Trump, and now the worst has happened: today there are over 100,000 American deaths, many of them preventable and unnecessary had a competent, mentally stable president been leading America," Stevens said in a statement.

"It's an honor to join The Lincoln Project, and I hope in some small way I might make a contribution to their efforts to restore honor and dignity to the White House,” he added.

In addition to Romney, Stevens worked on the presidential campaigns of Bob Dole and former President George W. Bush. He’s also worked on Senate and congressional campaigns, such as that of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).


May 29, 2020

CA-53: Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California

The race between two progressive Democrats to occupy an open seat in California is turning abrasive and expensive, resurfacing pent-up frustrations by Hispanics about the challenges they face when running for office.

San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez is facing off against Sara Jacobs, an heiress to the Qualcomm fortune in the race in the 53rd District to replace retiring Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.).

Hispanics are rallying around Gómez amid growing frustration that Latino candidates face tougher odds in gaining statewide office, though Jacobs is avidly courting statewide support as she pitches herself as a young candidate for change.

While Hispanics comprise more than 17 percent of the U.S. population, only 43 members of the House of Representatives, just under 10 percent of the total membership, are Hispanic.

Meanwhile, California currently has elected 11 Latinos to the House out of 53 seats, in a state where around 40 percent of the population is Hispanic.


May 29, 2020

Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA

Democrats and Latino-focused outside groups are preparing to weaponize the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program against vulnerable Senate Republicans.

The high court is poised to rule any week now on whether President Trump’s termination of DACA was lawful. If the justices come down on his side, it would clear the path for the administration to strip protections for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” currently shielded by the Obama-era program.

The decision could impact races for a number of seats Democrats are hoping to flip, such as those of Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

If the Supreme Court rules in their favor, Latino groups say they will continue to engage voters around the issue of immigration, pointing to Trump’s broader hard-line stance on the issue.

"As we’ve seen in the last three years, Trump has even gone as far as to use the pain and the fear of DACA recipients as a leverage to get more money for his wall and more funding for the deportation force," said Cristina Jiménez, the executive director of United We Dream.


May 29, 2020

Klobuchar Says She 'Did Not Blow Off' Police Shootings

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) explained on MSNBC why she did not go after numerous police officers who shot civilians when she served as Hennepin County attorney in Minnesota.

Said Klobuchar: “When I was county attorney, cases we had involving officer-involved shootings went to a grand jury. I think that was wrong now. It would have been much better if I took responsibility and looked at cases and made a decision myself.”

She added: “We did not blow off these cases. We brought them to a grand jury, presented the evidence for a potential criminal prosecution, and the grand jury would come back with the decision.”


May 29, 2020

Joe Biden Addresses the Country


"The original sin of this country still stains our nation today ... We're a country with an open wound. None of us any longer can hear the words ‘I can’t breathe’ and do nothing,“ Joe Biden says in statement in which he says he’s spoken with George Floyd’s family.
May 29, 2020

Pennsylvania Republicans don't want to vote by mail: 'We're listening to Trump on this'

President Donald Trump has said voting by mail is “fraudulent” and will result in “rigged” elections.

In Pennsylvania, Republican voters appear to be listening — despite efforts by national and state party officials to encourage mail voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Thursday morning, about 1.3 million registered Democrats had requested and been approved for mail ballots for the June 2 primary election, compared with about 524,000 Republicans. Republicans made just 29% of the requests, even though they represent 38% of registered voters in the state and 45% of those registered with either major party.

“I must tell you that locally, in my county, we’re not advocating and we’re not pushing the mail-in voting,” said Lee Snover, chairwoman of the Northampton County GOP. “We’re concerned about fraud. We’re not happy with the process. Trump has sent the message out there that he’s concerned about it as well.

Northampton County, about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia, was one of three in the state that voted twice for Barack Obama before backing Trump.

“Our county kind of is a Trump county. We’re kind of listening to Trump on this,” Snover said. “He’s spoken about it. He’s tweeted about it. He doesn’t want us to do it.”

Snover said “more than one person” has told her that “Trump doesn’t want us mailing in, [so] I’m not mailing it in.”


May 29, 2020

Missouri governor on Tuesday's elections: if you don't feel safe, 'don't go out and vote'

Ahead of Tuesday’s local elections, Gov. Mike Parson said Missourians should prioritize their safety over voting.

“I hope people feel safe to go out and vote, but if they don’t, you know, the No. 1 thing — their safety should be No. 1,” Parson said during Thursday’s press briefing. “If they don’t, then don’t go out and vote.”

Most Missouri voters will be deciding on city council and school board races, or local ballot measures Tuesday. Parson signed an executive order March 18 to move elections planned for April 7 to June 2 because of concern caused by the rising number of Missourians infected with the novel coronavirus.

Unlike several states, Missouri does not offer “no-excuse” absentee voting, and most voters are only eligible to cast their ballot in-person.


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