Midday News To Use: 10.26.2020

Stronger Than Ever
Thursday the US set a record for the most cases we had ever seen. Followed by even more on Friday, and Saturday. Over the past seven days, the country has reported an average of about 68,767 new cases every day. And now the average daily deaths from the virus is again regularly over 1000 a day. More than 226,000 Americans have died from the virus in 8 months. Meanwhile, At least five of Vice President Mike Pence’s aides have tested positive for Covid-19, including his chief of staff Marc Short. All of these people Vice President Pence has close contact with on a daily basis.

A Cold Day in…
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she hopes the House, the Senate and the White House can iron out some disagreements on a new stimulus bill and get things rolling this week. However, regardless of the Democrats wish for a stimulus package before the election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately told the White House a pre-election stimulus decision wouldn’t garner support from Senate Republicans. As many as 40 Republicans decented for the last bill and are not expected to support more assistance for Americans.

A Change is Goin’ Come
The Pope is breaking more barriers. Wilton Gregory has been appointed America’s first Black cardinal by Pope Fancis. Gregory is also the US’ first — and only — Black archbishop. By the way, if you want something delivered by Christmas this year? Order it as soon as possible. With all the reliance on online ordering, last-minute shopping may get you on the naughty list from the recipient.

More and More
More people have voted in early voting this year than did during all pre-election voting in 2016. New York’s early voting started Saturday with a record 94,000 followed by another record yesterday of more than 100,000. With eight days to go before the election, nearly 60 million ballots have been cast. Experts have been warning that many states do not start counting ballots until election day, so we may not know who wins for days or weeks after November 3rd. (Early voting deadlines and other important voting dates are coming up several states. Check them here.)

Eat Up and Vote for something different
The seventh annual Best of Largo contest, which will honor four local businesses owned and operated by most amazing entrepreneurs of Largo. This year, voting will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 and will end on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11:59 p.m. The four area up for voting are:

• “Retail”
• “Restaurant”
• Business/Service
• “Home-based Business”

Details on how you can vote for the Best of Largo contest are available here.