The Trump campaign and the Republican National state and national committees late Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Nevada over expanded mail-in voting. The lawsuit states in the bill, which would allow ballots to be mailed to all registered voters in the state, is unreliable with a failure rate of 1-2%. Gov. Steve Sisolak signed the Assembly Bill 4 on Monday after it passed the state legislature.
Presumptive Democratic Nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden will not be heading to Milwaukee to accept the nomination, citing concerns over surges in coronavirus cases. Instead, Biden plans to accept the nomination virtually from his home state in Delaware.
As both sides grind through a bevy of differences to strike to a agreement on the COVID-19 relief deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expects to back whatever aid agreement they reach. The Senate is scheduled to leave for Aug recess at the end of the week. However, GOP senators running for reelection are pressing for the chamber to stay in session until some agreement is reached.
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of NYC announced that checkpoints at ’key entry points’ in the city will be added by officials in order to ensure compliance with coronavirus quarantine requirements for travelers coming from other states. The checkpoints will be put up at major bridge and tunnel crossings that lead into the city. Travelers coming from high risk states will have to quarantine for 2 weeks.
Sally Yates, the former Deputy Attorney General testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and said that neither former President Obama nor former Vice President Joe Biden had attempted to influence the investigation of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn, by the FBI. This counters allegations by President Trump, who has repeatedly maintained the opposite.
The Associated Press reported that Rep. Rashida Tlaib has gained a large lead in a Democratic primary over Brenda Jones, the President of the Detroit City Council. With a large number of absentee ballots, the final results might take some time to declare. AP reported that while Rep. Tlaib had garnered 66 percent of the total vote, Ms. Jones had 34 percent of the vote.
Congressman Roger Marshall fended off challengers, including Kris Kobach, to win the Republican Senate primary in Kansas. Marshall will now face state Sen. Barbara Bollier, who won the Democratic contest on Tuesday, in the general election. While President Trump had not endorsed Kobach in this race, he backed him in his 2018 gubernatorial race.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign unveiled a $280mn ad target saying it will keep the presumptive Dem. nominee ’on offense’ in 15 states, including Republican-leaning states where Dem. have not seriously competed in decades. The ad budget consists of $220mn in television ads and $60mn in digital ads. In comparable Trump’s planned $145mn target is smaller as well as limited to fewer states.
President Trump continued to push for schools to physically reopen in the fall, asserting that COVID-19 is ’going away’. ’It will go away like things go away and my view is that schools should be open’, Trump said in a phone interview. Trump added that children are ’almost immune’ from COVID-19, stressing ’I have watched some doctors say they’re totally immune’.
Cori Bush, a nurse and Black Lives Matter activist, has ousted longtime Missouri U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay in a Democratic primary. Bush defeated Clay, who has held the seat for nearly two decades, with 49 percent of the votes. Bush was endorsed by Bernie Sanders; Justice Democrats, a group closely aligned with Ocasio-Cortez; and Jamaal Bowman.
Colorado State football players and staff have accused the athletic administration of a Covid-19 testing cover-up. The allegations include threats of loss of playing time, telling players not to report symptoms, and claiming that school is altering contact tracing reports to keep positive testing nos. down. As of CSU’s last practice on July 29th, there were 27 players missing due to COVID-19.