Welcome back to another version of OnPolitics. We are still focused on Virginia and its closely watched gubernatorial race.
The bellwether race for governor of Virginia is nearing the end of a campaign to check President Joe Biden’s shrinking approval numbers for the 2022 interim term.
Why Democrats Can Think: According to a University of Suffolk poll released Tuesday, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin hold roughly 45 percent of the vote. But roughly 5% of voters say that a week before the November 2 vote is still undecided.
The race is closer than Democrats had hoped since winning two straight Virginia governor races, including McAuliffe’s victory in 2013, and Biden carrying the state by 10 percentage points over Donald Trump last year.
Another thing the Democrats are thinking about: Infrastructure.
Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are struggling to make Sunday’s deadline to complete two large portions of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Set a new deadline Oct. 31 to approve a $ 1.2 trillion bilateral infrastructure bill for the House earlier this month, and consensus on a large budget bill that includes several liberal policies. Subsidizing child care and fighting climate change.
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One thing that unites liberals and conservatives? Instagram
Republicans and Democrats these days disagree with much, including climate change, government spending and how to fix health care. Their concerns over social media have also varied, with Republicans alleging that Big Tech is censoring conservative voices and criticizing Twitter, Facebook and other key platforms for misinformation about election fraud and the January 6 coup.
But Instagram’s potential damage to children has united the liberal Democrats (Sen. Richard Blumenthal) from the Northeast and the hard-right conservative Republicans from the South (Sen. Marsha Blackburn).
Why this is important: As a top Democrat and top Republican in the subcommittee on consumer protection, product security and data security, the two have joined forces to pursue one of the most ubiquitous forces on the planet. Any legislation that supports both of them will be taken seriously considering their committee leadership and diverse political backgrounds.
And Blumenthal and Blackburn are holding their fourth bilateral hearing on social media on Tuesday, entitled “Protecting Children Online: Snapchat, TickTalk and YouTube,” as officials from three companies are expected to testify.
Real quick: stories you want to read
- First Ladies Club: Robin Jackson, a prayer partner of First Lady Jill Biden, First Lady of Brookland Baptist Church, opens up about her supportive friendship.
- Rainbow Wave: According to a report to be released Tuesday, LGBTQ candidates are seeking office in record numbers this election year, leading to a sea change in the nation’s political landscape.
- We’re not talking about the 2020 presidential race yet: The Republican Secretary of State, who challenged former President Donald Trump’s false claims of electoral fraud in 2020, is at the forefront of the job as head of the Biden administration’s efforts to protect future elections.
Detection of cost drug
Law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced a long-running drug enforcement operation involving online pedaling of counterfeit pills with lethal drugs that has led to the arrest of at least 150 suspects worldwide, including 65 in the United States.
Wait, there’s still: The 10-month investigation uncovered an estimated $ 4 million in fatal fentanyl, including $ 32 million in cash, 45 firearms and 500 pounds of illicit drugs.
The so-called “Dark Hunter” campaign focused on the growing illicit drug market on the Dark Web, with coordinated enforcement actions in Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Read more about the investigation by forensic reporter Kevin Johnson.
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