JD Supra: The Brown Act Finally Meets Social Media

JD Supra: The Brown Act Finally Meets Social Media. “On Sept.18, 2020, Governor Newson signed Assembly Bill (AB) 992 into law. AB 992 modernizes the Brown Act’s provisions concerning serial meetings by addressing, for the first time, the use of social media by members of a legislative body. While it does not change the basic understanding of the Brown Act, AB 992 provides helpful clarification for public officials who use social media platforms yet need to avoid participating in a serial meeting.”

Reno Gazette Journal: When COVID testing was scarce, CDC director pulled strings to get Adam Laxalt tested

Reno Gazette Journal: When COVID testing was scarce, CDC director pulled strings to get Adam Laxalt tested. “Dr. Robert Redfield called Nevada’s chief medical officer on a Saturday night in early March with an extraordinary request. Adam Laxalt, the former attorney general of Nevada until 2019 and booster for President Donald Trump, believed he was exposed to the coronavirus while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. But Laxalt was not showing symptoms and could not get approved for a test through a local hospital back home. On the phone call, Redfield asked the medical officer, Dr. Ihsan Azzam, to get it done, according to interviews and internal communications USA TODAY received through records requests. ”

Bloomberg: Biden Team Crafts Vaccine Plan With Eye on Politics of Trump Bid

Bloomberg: Biden Team Crafts Vaccine Plan With Eye on Politics of Trump Bid. “Joe Biden’s advisers are developing plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine if he were to win the election as the Democratic nominee’s campaign monitors the Trump administration’s effort to deliver a drug for signs of political interference, according to two Biden advisers.”

TechCrunch: Twitter tightens account security for political candidates ahead of US election

TechCrunch: Twitter tightens account security for political candidates ahead of US election. “Twitter is taking steps to tighten account security for a range of users ahead of the US presidential election, including by requiring the use of strong passwords.”

Phys .org: Database of parliamentarians’ tweets opens new research opportunities

Phys .org: Database of parliamentarians’ tweets opens new research opportunities. “Researchers have compiled a new database of tweets from parliament members from 26 European countries and illustrated how this resource could help address challenges in the burgeoning field of Twitter research. Livia van Vliet of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues present the new database and findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on September 16, 2020.”

ABC News: Trump heads into flu season amid pandemic mocking masks, holding packed campaign rallies

ABC News: Trump heads into flu season amid pandemic mocking masks, holding packed campaign rallies. “Fighting for reelection amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Trump enters the final stretch of the election increasingly ridiculing and ignoring coronavirus-related restrictions while holding packed campaign rallies across the country. Health experts, meanwhile, warn a bad flu season colliding with the coronavirus could be a devastating double threat to the country.”

Politico: Pelosi says House will return to Washington if Covid deal reached

Politico: Pelosi says House will return to Washington if Covid deal reached. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House would return to Washington if a long-stalled coronavirus deal can be reached, although a growing number of her members say they shouldn’t leave town at all without an agreement.”

‘Keep back!’: How the Biden campaign obsesses over Covid (Politico)

Politico: ‘Keep back!’: How the Biden campaign obsesses over Covid. “With more than 6 million people infected and nearly 200,000 dead from the coronavirus, the former vice president is taking no chances with his safety. He operates in a sanitizer-saturated bubble within the traditional presidential campaign bubble, an environment designed and obsessively cultivated by staff in an attempt to protect him from a possible encounter with the virus.”

Washington Post: The latest dumb Republican talking point on covid-19

Washington Post: The latest dumb Republican talking point on covid-19. “Short of money, back on the defense for disparaging the military, responsible for bollixing up the response to the pandemic that has killed 186,000 people and desperate to use racial unrest to its advantage, the Trump camp now throws out one mindless talking point after another. The latest: Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) is going anti-vax on a covid-19 vaccine.”

Washington Post: California’s GOP Senate leader was under quarantine. She spoke with no mask at a huge prayer event anyway.

Washington Post: California’s GOP Senate leader was under quarantine. She spoke with no mask at a huge prayer event anyway.. “In front of thousands of worshipers packed shoulder-to-shoulder outside the Capitol, California Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove (R) grabbed the microphone on Sunday and promised the huge church event would have a real impact…. But state leaders are warning the event’s impact could actually be a mass coronavirus outbreak. Although Grove’s permit allowed 1,000 people and required social distancing, the California Highway Patrol said three times as many showed up; videos showed virtually no social distancing or masks in the crowd.”

Politico: Trump pivots to narrow coronavirus testing strategy as election looms

Politico: Trump pivots to narrow coronavirus testing strategy as election looms. “Just eight weeks from election day, the White House has stopped trying to contain the coronavirus — shifting instead to shielding the nation’s most vulnerable groups and restoring a sense of normalcy. The change is part of a concerted effort by the White House to increase public approval of President Donald Trump’s pandemic response — and bolster his reelection chances — by sharply reducing Covid-19 case counts and the number of deaths and hospitalizations attributed to virus, according to five people familiar with the strategy.”

The Hill: Herman Cain account tweets coronavirus ‘not as deadly’ as claimed after his death from COVID-19

The Hill: Herman Cain account tweets coronavirus ‘not as deadly’ as claimed after his death from COVID-19. “The tweet was later deleted, but the account tweeted other messages questioning the risk of the coronavirus which has infected more than 6 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 182,000, including Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate.”

Washington Post: Trump and allies ratchet up disinformation efforts in late stage of campaign

Washington Post: Trump and allies ratchet up disinformation efforts in late stage of campaign. “On Aug. 30, the president retweeted footage of a Black man violently pushing a White woman on a subway platform under the caption, ‘Black Lives Matter/Antifa’ — but the man was not affiliated with either group, and the video was shot in October. White House social media director Dan Scavino shared a manipulated video that falsely showed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden seeming to fall asleep during a television interview, complete with a fake TV headline. And Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the second-ranking House Republican, released a video splicing together quotes from activist Ady Barkan — who has Lou Gehrig’s disease and uses computer voice assistance — to falsely make it sound as if he had persuaded Biden to defund police departments.”

Cleveland .com: Articles of impeachment drawn up against Gov. Mike DeWine over coronavirus orders

Cleveland .com: Articles of impeachment drawn up against Gov. Mike DeWine over coronavirus orders. “Three Ohio House Republicans have drafted articles of impeachment against Gov. Mike DeWine, claiming many of his administration’s coronavirus orders are unconstitutional and violate Ohioans’ civil liberties.”

Washington Post: ‘So, what do you do?’ What, indeed. With office life dormant, white-collar Washington is adrift.

Washington Post: ‘So, what do you do?’ What, indeed. With office life dormant, white-collar Washington is adrift.. “Greg Crist is a D.C. lobbyist who used to wear suits, and go to lunch, and spend his days taking meetings on the Hill, or in his nicely appointed office at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. Now that his office is closed because of the pandemic, Crist is a man who commutes a few hundred feet from his Alexandria, Va., home to his silver Audi, where he spends much of the day taking calls in the only place where the important people on the other end of the line cannot hear his toddler son scream.”