A study on the efficacy of shutting down bars and restaurants to stop the spread of COVID-19 found that the restrictions were “not an efficient way” to decrease virus transmission, concluding that it “does not contribute to the suppression of SARS-CoV-2.” “Using a large-scale nationally representative longitudinal survey, we found that the early closure of restaurants and bars decreased the utilization rate among young persons and those who visited these places before the pandemic. However, symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 did not decrease in these active and high-risk subpopulations,” explains a summary of the research paper. The study – SARS-CoV-2 Suppression and
On February 23, The New York Times reported on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s reluctance to speak on social issues. It also notes Gov. Walker’s tendency to tailor his message to the group he’s speaking to, an example of this being the stark differences between his abortion messages while running for governor and while campaigning in Iowa. He doesn’t change his positions, but he reframes them based on time and place. The story notes that it may be difficult to win the social conservatives over, when he has a history of de-emphasizing social issues: A few weeks before the November election,
On February 22, Senator Ted Cruz made an appearance in Jacksonville, Fla. During his remarks, Sen. Cruz made it clear that he had “significant policy disagreements” with former Gov. Jeb Bush on Common Core. This was just the most recent in a series of jabs at Bush over Common Core from other GOP hopefuls. You can read the full story on Cruz here.
While campaigning in Florida on February 21, Rand Paul spoke to Breitbart‘s Matthew Boyle. In the interview, Paul raised concerns that Jeb Bush’s support of Common Core would cause major electability problems for Bush within the Republican base. Paul was quoted as saying, “I’d be very worried about his Common Core position because the one thing I noticed about the crowd this morning was the unity and enthusiasm in opposition to Jeb Bush’s position on Common Core.” You can read the full story here.
While speaking at a Missouri Republican Party event on February 21, former Senator Rick Santorum advocated for moving away from the GOP’s “tired message” on economics and instead adopted a more “caring” one. He stated, in particular, that Republicans should avoid exclusively touting efforts to “cut taxes for the rich to create growth” and instead support measures that connect with a struggling middle class, such as raising the minimum wage to $8.75 gradually over three years. “People don’t think we care,” Santorum said of the GOP. “Sometimes when someone is hurting, they want to know that one thing more than anything
The Wall Street Journal reports that after an event in New Hampshire last week, Chris Christie was asked about the state-mandated PARCC testing, which is affiliated with the Common Core standards. Despite his previously stated “grave concerns” with Common Core, Christie was in favor of continuing the PARCC tests. He said, “We need to have absolute standards and I believe in making sure that we test.” You can read the full story here.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was interviewed by Fox News’ Bret Baier on February 19 during a segment on presidential contenders. When Baier asked her about her views on abortion, she told Baier, “I am pro-life. And the majority of Americans are coming around.” She stated that she believes science is vindicating the pro-life position, stating, “when we can successfully perform surgery in utero at less than five months, it sounds like a life to me.” You can see the full interview below:
On February 19, Ohio Governor John Kasich appeared in South Carolina and stood by his support for Common Core. The Bucyrus (Ohio) Telegraph Forum reported he went so far as to refer to the anti-Common Core movement as a “runaway Internet campaign.” You can read the full story here.
On February 19, the Washington Times reported on an appearance former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee gave on Fox News’ The Kelly File the previous day. During the interview, Huckabee stated: “I also think … that my comments regarding the bottom 90 percent of American workers whose wages have been stagnant for 40 years — Republicans aren’t [talking] about that very much, and if we don’t talk about it, Hillary Clinton’s [going to] be the next president.” You can watch the full interview here.