Political animal: California governor hopeful greets voters with 1,000lb bear
The businessman John Cox lost California’s last governor’s race to Gavin Newsom by 24 points. Now he’s back, and this time, he’s got a bear.
As Newsom faces a recall election, the Republican has launched a new campaign against him, attempting to portray the well-groomed governor as a “beauty” and himself as a “beast”. To drive home this message, he has employed some nonhuman staff, including an enormous bear – an apparent homage to the California flag.
The bear appeared at a press event on Tuesday in Sacramento. The campaign had hyped the moment by promising the 1,000lb creature as a “special guest”. As part of his Meet the Beast Bus Tour, Cox appeared at a podium in front of a vehicle emblazoned with his face next to that of a ferocious-looking bear. In reality, however, the animal appeared fairly uninterested in politics, lumbering around a few feet behind Cox before flopping on to the ground, panting heavily. It did not offer an endorsement, unless not eating the candidate counts as support.
LA reports no Covid deaths for two days in a row in major pandemic milestone
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The US is currently administering first doses of coronavirus vaccine at a rate of about 965,000 per day.
That is half the rate of three weeks ago, but nearly twice as fast as needed to meet Joe Biden’s target that he’ll be officially discussing at the White House moments from now of vaccinating 70% of adults in the US by Fourth of July.
Biden’s new move to shift vaccine supply from states where demand is falling short of supply to other states where demand is high and unfulfilled is now a key priority.
Governors were informed of the chance by the White House this morning, and the adjustment was first reported by the Washington Post.