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There’s no uniform consensus among Republican governors (who control the majority of governor’s mansions) over what to do about the coronavirus pandemic. In Missouri for instance, Governor Mike Parsons unveiled a new set of incentives for people to get vaccinated, following the example of other Republican governors like West Virginia’s Jim Justice or Ohio’s Mike DeWine.
But in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, who is up for reelection, is refusing to impose a statewide mask mandate even though cases are on the rise. Via the Texas Tribune:
But the Tribune also notes that as of Sunday, just 43 percent of Texans were vaccinated. That’s well behind other states in the region and across the country.
It’s a rare sign of the times and specific moment for Trump supporters: former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, the former Republican presidential nominee, who endorsed Donald Trump now says the 45th president lost fair and square to Joe Biden. Here’s the key line from the USA Today report:
Goodmorning, Daniel Strauss here. Let’s get started.Goodmorning, Daniel Strauss here. Let’s get started.
At the White House, officials are debating whether to urge Americans to wear masks more often to curb the spread of coronavirus. That’s according to a new report in The Washington Post detailing the still preliminary deliberations:At the White House, officials are debating whether to urge Americans to wear masks more often to curb the spread of coronavirus. That’s according to a new report in The Washington Post detailing the still preliminary deliberations:
Those discussions come as governors across the country offer increasingly creative means to incentivizing people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.Those discussions come as governors across the country offer increasingly creative means to incentivizing people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Some of the most high profile -and at times bombastic- Republican figures in recent days have begun urging Americans to get vaccinated as well, amidst the ongoing spread of deadlier coronavirus variants. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida made one such plea earlier this week.Some of the most high profile -and at times bombastic- Republican figures in recent days have begun urging Americans to get vaccinated as well, amidst the ongoing spread of deadlier coronavirus variants. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida made one such plea earlier this week.