RNC scales back convention, reduces on-site delegates from 2,500 to 336

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June 11, 2020: The Republican National Committee voted to downsize its presidential nominating convention. Joe Biden called for $300 million in funding for community policing programs. blank    blankblank   

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Notable Quote of the Day

“The registration of new voters dropped dramatically in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic, challenging efforts of both major political parties to enlist new supporters in battleground states ahead of the 2020 election.

The number of new voters registered across 11 states in April 2020 decreased by 70% compared with April 2016, according to a report from the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation & Research released Thursday. …

‘This is not something that’s Democratic or Republican,’ [David] Becker said. ‘Both sides rely on the months leading up to a presidential election to engage with potential new voters and get them registered and hopefully voting. And it’s really hard to engage with a voter if you can’t get them registered.’”

– Joey Garrison, USA Today

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden is holding a roundtable on Thursday in Philadelphia on reopening the economy.
  • Biden discussed law enforcement funding in an op-ed in USA Today on Wednesday. He said he opposed defunding the police. He proposed increasing funding by $300 million to improve community policing programs, adopt a national use of force standard, purchase body cameras, and recruit a more diverse force.

  • In a virtual interview on The Daily Show on Wednesday night, Biden said, “It’s my greatest concern, my single greatest concern. This president is going to try to steal this election.”

  • The Republican Majority Fund, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)’s leadership PAC, will run digital ads in swing states and on The New York Times website criticizing Biden. The ad attacks Biden for his position on China and the Green New Deal and calls him “too confused to lead.”

  • The Republican National Committee voted on Wednesday night to downsize its convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and move Donald Trump’s acceptance speech to a different city. Typically, almost 2,500 delegates would attend the convention. The committee voted to reduce that number to 336. The Hill also reported that the party’s 2016 platform will be adopted again since the Platform Committee is not meeting.

  • Trump is meeting with faith leaders, law enforcement officials, and small business owners in Dallas on Thursday to discuss race relations and policing. Later, he is resuming his in-person fundraisers with a small event at a private home in Dallas.

  • Trump announced that he will hold his first rally since the coronavirus pandemic began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Jun. 19. He said additional events were planned in Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

  • The Trump campaign questioned the methodology of a CNN national poll that showed Biden leading by 14 percentage points and demanded the network retract it. A spokesman for CNN said, “We stand by our poll.”

Flashback: June 11, 2016

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) called on Democrats to sign a petition to end the party’s use of superdelegates

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