Partisan Fault Lines Deeply Divide Americans’ Pandemic Views: Survey
The poll urges leaders to "remove politics and partisanship from their messaging" and remind people that mitigation measures are "good for the people they love and will speed up the return to a strong economy and a normal life."
Poll: Democrats Nearly Twice As Likely As GOP To Call Pandemic 'Extremely Serious'
Nearly twice as many Democrats as Republicans describe the coronavirus as “extremely serious,” according to polling released Monday from the de Beaumont Foundation. Sixty-two percent of Democrats called the current state of the pandemic “extremely serious,” while 33 percent of Republicans said the same. Eighty-six percent of African Americans said the pandemic was "very serious" or "extremely serious," compared to 74 percent of adults overall. (Budryk, 11/30)
Lawmakers grapple with their own COVID cases —
Georgia GOP Lawmaker Tests Positive For COVID-19
Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to his office. Scott is the third Georgia GOP lawmaker to contract COVID-19 and the 26th House member to test positive for the coronavirus. Two other House members have tested positive for having antibodies, suggesting they had COVID-19 at one point. (Brufke, 11/30)
Maine Lawmaker To Miss Swearing In Because Of COVID-19
The Maine Legislature will be missing at least one member because of COVID-19 when lawmakers convene this week. Republican Sen.-elect Rick Bennett, of Oxford, announced Sunday on social media that he tested positive for the virus, and will be quarantining at least through Dec. 12. He said he’s experiencing mild symptoms including a sore throat, aches and fatigue. (Sharp and Whittle, 11/30)
GOP Aide Sent Home From Colorado Legislature Had COVID-19
As Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature convened Monday for a special session, a GOP staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 attended a morning House session and was sent home. In response to the incident, Colorado House Speaker KC Becker, a Democrat from Boulder, called it a “reckless breach” of the Capitol’s safety protocols. (Nieberg, 12/1)
Grassley Returns To Capitol After Having Coronavirus
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) returned to the Capitol on Monday after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. Grassley, 87, did not experience symptoms and was cleared by his doctor to return to the Capitol, according to a statement from his office. “While I continued working from home during my quarantine, I’m glad to be back in the office working for Iowans," Grassley said. (Carney, 11/30)
In other legislative news —
Why The Next Congress Is Unlikely To Legalize Marijuana
On Election Day, two staunchly conservative states legalized recreational marijuana. A third of Americans now live in a state where weed is legal for adult use. Fresh Gallup polling says 68 percent of the country favors having legal access to marijuana. But the Senate operates under a different reality. Many of the Senate’s older, conservative members are still resistant to any path to legalization for marijuana. (Fertig, 11/29)