2020 Election

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    Texting during coronavirus pandemic helps political campaigns

    David Drucker of the Washington Examiner details one political consequence of shutdowns linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology that enables campaigns to monitor text messaging conversations with voters in real time is generating more personalized data that candidates are using to craft targeted political appeals. Two weeks after…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    Biden’s low profile during pandemic

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online assesses what he calls Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s “disappearing act” during the coronavirus pandemic. Do they still put pictures on milk cartons? Has anybody seen Joe Biden? Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee (Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont from…
    Mitch Kokai, April 3, 2020
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    Ant-Trump coalition has $175 million bankroll

    Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon details the combined forces of two high-dollar anti-Trump groups. The super PAC supporting former vice president Joe Biden has joined forces with liberal operative David Brock’s opposition research group to form a $175 million network opposing President Donald Trump. Pro-Biden super…
    Mitch Kokai, April 2, 2020
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    Joe Biden’s pickle

    Andrew Malcolm‘s latest McClatchy column ponders Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s political predicament. Joe Biden is in a pickle, a serious one. He’s the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. But Bernie Sanders, his lone remaining primary opponent, won’t quit. All presidential candidates are pretty much confined…
    Mitch Kokai, April 1, 2020
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    After the love is gone, Elizabeth Warren’s still wrong

    Christine Rosen of Commentary reviews mainstream media outlets’ quixotic attempt to sell Sen. Elizabeth Warren to the voting public. So favorable was the coverage of Warren in the early months of her campaign that supporters of Bernie Sanders felt shortchanged. The progressive magazine In These Times was so…
    Mitch Kokai, March 30, 2020
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    Biden gets boost from LinkedIn boss

    Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a major backer of the former vice president’s presidential bid. A Silicon Valley billionaire who helped rehab the image of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is now pouring major cash into the super PAC supporting Joe Biden’s candidacy. The Unite the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has disrupted everyone’s life. Rick Henderson analyzes the likely impact on 2020 elections for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses the long-term effects of coronavirus-related school closings. N.C. State economist Michael Walden discusses potential short- and long-term impacts on…
    Mitch Kokai, March 27, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on North Carolina’s 11th District congressional runoff election. Amy Cooke’s Daily Journal explains why the pandemic represents an opportunity to advance freedom.
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2020