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Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill

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March 30, 2020: Trump signed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. Biden and Sanders said they support a moratorium on rent payments for some tenants amid the outbreak. blank    blank


Ballotpedia is monitoring changes made to election dates and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the presidential primary updates you need to know:

  • New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) postponed the state’s presidential preference primary from April 23 to June 23.

  • OhioGov. Mike DeWine (R) signed HB 197 into law, rescheduling the state’s March 17 primary for April 28.

  • Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed legislation postponing the state’s primary from April 28 to June 2.


What is the highest number of rounds of balloting in presidential convention history?

Notable Quote of the Day

“If they decide to make a fourth sequel to Jaws, there are a few elected officials seemingly trying out for the part of the Amity Island mayor who wouldn’t close the island’s beaches on Fourth of July weekend, fearful of hurting those depending upon tourists from the mainland.

But anyone who loses a loved one because of a resurgence in the coronavirus this fall is not likely to accept excuses that economic activity was more important than a life lost.

These are decisions that I wouldn’t want to make.”

– Charlie Cook, The Cook Political Report

Democrats

  • Joe Biden participated in a CNN town hall Friday, where he discussed support for a three-month rent freeze, possibly with conditions, and for the government to cover all healthcare costs related to coronavirus. Dozens of Hawaii and Wisconsin Democrats endorsed Biden, including former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and Hawaii state Senate President Ron Kouchi. Biden’s campaign also responded to sexual assault allegations a former Senate staffer made. Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said, “Women have the right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims.” She said that “these accusations are false.”

  • Bernie Sanders tweeted that “we must place a moratorium on rent payments, especially in states hardest-hit by the coronavirus like New York.” He said he supports New York state Sen. Mike Gianaris’ bill to place a moratorium on rent payments for those whose paychecks have been reduced or eliminated amid the coronavirus. Sanders also co-signed a letter with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and 12 other representatives to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking what the company is doing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus.

Republicans

  • Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package and invoked the Defense Production Act in ordering General Motors to increase its production of ventilators. Trump also requested that the Centers for Disease Control issue a travel advisory urging residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut not to travel domestically for 14 days unless necessary due to the spread of coronavirus in these states. The CDC issued the advisory Saturday.

Flashback: March 30, 2016

The National Border Patrol Council endorsed Trump in the Republican presidential primary. The group said in a statement, “The NBPC has had a longstanding practice of not endorsing presidential candidates in the primaries. We will not, however, shy away from voicing our opinions as it pertains to border security and the men and women of the United States Border Patrol. As such, we are breaking with our past practice and giving our first-ever endorsement in a presidential primary.”

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2,737 major party candidates filed for 2020 Congress elections

As of March 30, 2,737 major party candidates have filed to run for the Senate and House of Representatives in 2020.

So far, 393 candidates are filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for U.S. Senate in 2020. Of those, 328—171 Democrats and 157 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 527 candidates filed with the FEC to run for U.S. Senate, including 137 Democrats and 240 Republicans.

For U.S. House, 2,677 candidates have filed with the FEC to run in 2020. Of those, 2,409—1,131 Democrats and 1,278 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 3,244 candidates filed with the FEC, including 1,566 Democrats and 1,155 Republicans.

Thirty-six members of the U.S. House are not seeking re-election in 2020. That includes 27 Republicans and nine Democrats. Four senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) are not running for re-election. In 2018, 55 total members of Congress—18 Democrats and 37 Republicans—did not seek re-election.

On November 3, 2020, 35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats are up for election. Of those Senate seats, 33 are regularly scheduled elections, while the other two are special elections in Arizona and Georgia. Twelve are Democratic-held seats and 23 are Republican-held seats. In the House, Democrats currently hold a majority with 232 seats.

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Sanders speaks on unemployment payments in coronavirus relief package

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March 26, 2020: Bernie Sanders spoke on the Senate floor against removing an additional $600 in unemployment payments from the coronavirus relief package. Joe Biden announced a newsletter and podcast. blank    blankblank   


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Notable Quote of the Day

“June 2 had been an afterthought on the Democratic primary calendar. Ever since Joseph R. Biden Jr. seized the mantle of front-runner, voters in New Jersey and a few other states scheduled to vote that day assumed the Democratic horse race would be over before their primaries rolled around.

But with numerous states pushing back voting to June 2 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the date has gained sudden prominence. It now confers a huge bounty of delegates, second only to Super Tuesday in early March, with Indiana, Pennsylvania and others moving to hold their primaries on the first Tuesday in June.

Although Mr. Biden has built an all but insurmountable lead, June 2 — which is a long 10 weeks away — will be his first chance to clinch the presidential nomination. Only then would the former vice president have a definitive reason to press for the withdrawal of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has shown no inclination to leave a race that feels frozen in place.”

– Trip Gabriel, The New York Times

Democrats

  • Joe Biden announced Wednesday he would launch a podcast, which he described as “a program to share some more of [his] ideas and plans and to bring on some experts and people [he’s] worked with in the White House.” He also launched a newsletter.

  • Bernie Sanders spoke on the Senate floor against a proposal to remove a provision from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that would provide an additional $600 a week in unemployment payments for four months to workers who were laid off. The proposal to remove the provision was defeated, and the bill passed the chamber 96-0.

Republicans

  • Donald Trump tweeted, “The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success.” He also said of the coronavirus relief bill, “The Democrats have treated us fairly, and I really believe we‘ve had a very good back-and-forth and I say that with respect to [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer.”

Flashback: March 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders won the Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington Democratic caucuses.

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Delaware and Rhode Island change primary dates

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March 25, 2020: Governors of Delaware and Rhode Island have moved presidential primaries from April 28 to June 2. President Donald Trump said he hopes the country will be back to work by Easter. blank    blankblank   


Ballotpedia is monitoring changes made to election dates and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the presidential primary updates you need to know:

  • Delaware: Gov. John Carney (D) issued an order moving the state’s April 28 presidential primary to June 2.

  • Rhode Island: Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) announced she would sign an executive order postponing the state’s April 28 presidential primary to June 2.

Notable Quote of the Day

“Biden is positioning himself as a sort of shadow president — equipped with his own coronavirus plan, a coronavirus task force, and receipts of when he sounded the alarm on the anticipated impacts of the virus back in January.”

– Alexi McCammond, Axios

Democrats

  • Joe Biden appeared in interviews with CNN and The View from his home. He told CNN’s Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump should have enacted the Defense Production Act months ago. On The View, Biden discussed his daily schedule, the economy, and the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Bernie Sanders and several other members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling for the suspension of sanctions on Iran amid the coronavirus. Sanders also appeared on PBS Newshour, where he discussed the coronavirus economic stimulus bill being debated in Congress.

Republicans

  • Donald Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force participated in a Fox News virtual town hall, where Trump said he hoped to have people back to work by Easter. Also, Priorities USA Action began running an ad in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin criticizing Trump’s statements about the coronavirus.

Flashback: March 25, 2016

A group of tribal leaders across Washington endorsed Hillary Clinton the day before the state’s Democratic presidential caucuses.

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2,727 major party candidates filed for 2020 Congress elections

As of March 23, 2,727 major party candidates have filed to run for the Senate and House of Representatives in 2020.

So far, 389 candidates are filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for U.S. Senate in 2020. Of those, 324—168 Democrats and 156 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 527 candidates filed with the FEC to run for U.S. Senate, including 137 Democrats and 240 Republicans.

For U.S. House, 2,666 candidates have filed with the FEC to run in 2020. Of those, 2,403—1,128 Democrats and 1,275 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 3,244 candidates filed with the FEC, including 1,566 Democrats and 1,155 Republicans.

Thirty-six members of the U.S. House are not seeking re-election in 2020. That includes 27 Republicans and nine Democrats. Four senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) are not running for re-election. In 2018, 55 total members of Congress—18 Democrats and 37 Republicans—did not seek re-election.

On November 3, 2020, 35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats are up for election. Of those Senate seats, 33 are regularly scheduled elections, while the other two are special elections in Arizona and Georgia. Twelve are Democratic-held seats and 23 are Republican-held seats. In the House, Democrats currently hold a majority with 232 seats.

Additional Reading:
United States House of Representatives elections, 2020
List of U.S. Congress incumbents who are not running for re-election in 2020



Indiana moves primary election from May 5 to June 2

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March 23, 2020: Indiana moved its primary election from May 5 to June 2. President Donald Trump activated the U.S. National Guard in New York, California, and Washington. blank    blankblank   


Ballotpedia is monitoring changes made to election dates and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the presidential primary updates you need to know:

  • Indiana: Governor Eric Holcomb (R), Secretary of State Connie Lawson (R), Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer, and Democratic Party Chairman John Zody announced the postponement of Indiana’s primary election, originally scheduled for May 5, to June 2.


Which state has lost the most DNC delegates since the 2016 convention?

Notable Quote of the Day

“America has a history of unifying in trying times and rallying around the president. But after years of deep division, in the earliest, head-spinning days of the pandemic, a fractured electorate largely viewed Trump’s performance through the lens they chose long ago. But the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been. The body count will rise; the economy will almost certainly crater. Trump’s political fate may be left up to the sliver of moderates in the middle, who will choose whether to blame him for the crisis spiraling on his watch.”

–  Claire Galofaro and Tamara Lush, Associated Press

Democrats

  • Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders made appearances at DJ D-Nice’s Instagram Live virtual dance party Saturday.

  • Biden‘s campaign released a video featuring Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator under Barack Obama, criticizing President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and praising Biden’s proposals. Also, the American Federation of Teachers and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsed Biden.

  • Sanders live-streamed a virtual roundtable on the coronavirus with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Sanders’ campaign also announced it had raised more than $2 million in two days for charities working on coronavirus relief.

Republicans

  • Donald Trump announced Sunday he would activate the U.S. National Guard for New York, Washington, and California—the states with the most coronavirus outbreaks.

Flashback: March 23, 2016

Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary. Bush dropped out of the running Feb. 20.blank

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Ives defeats Kinzler in IL-06 Republican primary

Jeanne Ives defeated Gordon “Jay” Kinzler in the Republican primary for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. Ives received 70.8% of the vote to Kinzler’s 29.2%. Ives will run in the district’s general election on November 3, 2020.

Incumbent Sean Casten (D) was unopposed in the March 17 Democratic primary. In the district’s 2018 general election, Casten won 54-47. All 435 House districts will be up for election on Nov. 3, 2020, and the results will determine the partisan balance of the U.S. House in the 117th Congress. As of March 2020, Democrats have a 232-197 advantage over Republicans. If Republicans win 18 Democratic-controlled districts, they will win control of the House. If Democrats hold as many districts, they will maintain their control of the chamber.



Mary Miller wins IL-15 Republican primary

Mary Miller won Illinois’ 15th Congressional District Republican primary Tuesday night. With 95% of precincts reporting, Miller received 57.6% of the vote. Darren Duncan was second with 21.6%. Four candidates ran.

Incumbent John Shimkus (R) is not running for re-election in 2020, leaving the seat open.

Both Miller and Duncan highlighted their support for President Donald Trump’s agenda. Miller highlighted the endorsements she received from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), and the House Freedom Fund. The House Freedom Fund and its affiliated super PAC, House Freedom Action, spent $489,000 to support Miller. In response to the satellite spending, Duncan said, “Mary Miller has sold out central and southern Illinois for hundreds of thousands of dollars from D.C. special interests.” U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) endorsed Duncan.

Three major race rating outlets view the 2020 general election as Safe/Solid Republican. All 435 House seats are up for election in November. Democrats currently hold a majority in the chamber with 232 seats to Republicans’ 197.



Kim Foxx wins Cook County state’s attorney Democratic primary

Incumbent Kim Foxx won the Cook County state’s attorney Democratic primary Tuesday. With 97% of precincts reporting, Foxx received 50.2% of the vote. Bill Conway followed with 31.3%. Four candidates ran.

In the 2016 state’s attorney election, Foxx defeated incumbent Anita Alvarez (D) in the primary and won the general election with 72% of the vote.

The election took place a year following national attention around the case of former Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who filed a police report January 2019 alleging he was attacked. Smollett was later charged with multiple counts related to filing a false police report. Foxx dropped the charges against Smollett in March 2019 in favor of an alternative prosecution program. Foxx’s 2020 Democratic primary challengers criticized her handling of the case, while she said it was treated the same as others of its kind.

Conway raised $11.4 million to Foxx’s $3.6 million as of March 7.

Cook County also held primary elections for clerk of the circuit court, county board of review commissioner, county water reclamation district board member, circuit court judgeships, and subcircuit court judgeships on Tuesday.

Additional Reading:
Municipal elections in Cook County, Illinois (2020)



Incumbent Danny Davis wins IL-07 Democratic primary

Incumbent Danny Davis won Illinois’ 7th Congressional District Democratic primary Tuesday night. With 75% of precincts reporting, Davis received 58.8% of the vote. Four candidates ran.

Davis was first elected in 1996. The Chicago Tribune, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton (D) endorsed Davis.

Major race rating outlets rate the general election as Solid Democratic or Safe Democratic. All 435 House seats are up for election in November. Democrats currently hold a majority in the chamber with 232 seats to Republicans’ 197.



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