Innovation over Misinformation: Trusting in Science to Combat COVID-19

Over the last seven months, we have seen an alarming amount of misinformation spread online and worst by our elected officials as we battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Online, we see conspiracy videos like Plandemic. The original post received millions of views and was shared over 140,000 times. In total, it is estimated that the video through various outlets and reposts received over eight million views. The Plandemic is a misleading short film full of schemes about people profiting from the virus and misinformation about how individuals can protect themselves.

The political death of Dan Forest

As Dan Forest's polling numbers continue to collapse, the stink of desperation is setting in. Cooper leads Forest 52% to 39%, with the gap increasing every time a new poll comes out. It ain't over till it's over and anything can still happen, but I'm cautiously optimistic that our great governor will come out on top.

Trump campaign is really worried about North Carolina

Because huge voter turnout is frightening, apparently:

Internally, the Trump campaign is increasingly worried that the president's chances of winning North Carolina, a state the team has heavily invested in and views as essential for Trump's path to victory, has all but evaporated. The campaign had viewed the state as "super safe" as recently as just a few weeks ago, sources told ABC News.

Advisers now fear that, because the state counts and reports both day-of and mail-in votes together on election night, losing North Carolina could be a clear white flag.

In other words, counting all the votes is a bad sign for them. As the stink of desperation settles over the Trump family, they are showing up in NC daily. Donald Jr today, Ivanka tomorrow, and the Orange Satan himself on Wednesday:

Monday News: Three thousand, nine hundred thirty four

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NORTH CAROLINA APPROACHES A QUARTER OF A MILLION INFECTIONS: At least 246,028 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,934 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 2,303 new COVID-19 cases, up from 2,102 the day before. Five coronavirus-related deaths were reported Sunday. At least 1,129 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, down 11 people compared to Saturday. Phase 3 of reopening is set to expire on Oct. 23, but Gov. Roy Cooper has not yet said whether he plans to extend the phase or if he will tighten rules to restrict the spread of the virus.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article246544113.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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MEDIOCRITY IS NOTHING TO CHEER ABOUT: Rather than begging for undeserved praise while demeaning those who don’t agree, it is time for a legislature that seeks to meet the needs for the entire state and is committed to excellence. How about having legislative leaders whose priorities are about: Helping workers who have lost their jobs by upgrading the state’s unemployment system so benefits match those enjoyed by workers in most other states. Helping families who need health coverage and don’t have it by expanding Medicaid to the 650,000 citizens who are now denied it. Helping ALL North Carolina students have access to a quality education – as guaranteed by the State Constitution – by adopting and funding the Leandro settlement as approved by Judge David Lee. The choices are clear: Keeping legislative leaders who demand praise but don’t earn it, OR electing a legislature that does the hard work to support the state’s fundamental needs and aim for excellence.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-mediocrity-is-nothing-to-cheer-about/19335034/

Saturday News: Here comes Joe!

BIDEN SCHEDULED TO VISIT DURHAM TOMORROW AFTERNOON: More than one million North Carolina voters have already cast their ballots, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is hoping to increase those numbers. Biden will visit Durham on Sunday for a 1 p.m. event aimed at getting out the vote, his campaign announced Friday. No other details were released Friday afternoon. Election Day is Nov. 3. But North Carolinians have been voting since early September via absentee by-mail ballots and, since Thursday, by in-person early voting. More than 556,000 people have voted by mail and more than 468,000 have voted in-person as of Friday afternoon. North Carolina has 7.2 million registered voters. More than 4.7 million voters cast ballots in the 2016 presidential contest in North Carolina.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article246508225.html

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