Trump Victory Transitions to Virtual Events as Americans Practice Social Distancing

As Americans around the country practice social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus, Trump Victory’s army of volunteers is still working to get Republicans elected up and down the ballot. 

Upon President Trump’s announcement to abide by social distancing measures, Trump Victory has transitioned to 100% digital/virtual events using Zoom, Google Hangouts, and other platforms. The transition took only 24 hours and we haven’t missed a beat since going virtual. 

In March, Trump Victory held a Virtual National Week of Training from the 13th-19th. During the National Week of Training, our team held hundreds of Trump Victory Leadership Initiative (TVLI) trainings in virtual settings to train volunteers on in home call applications and ways to continue to engage with voters virtually.  

The Virtual National Week of Training culminated in a National Day of Action (NDOA) on Saturday, March 21st, where the team made 1.4 million total voter contacts in a single day. The National Day of Action was 100% virtual, meaning that this is the first time we’ve had 100% of calls come from the comfort of supporters’ own homes using the application Trump Talk.  These calls not only highlighted the important work President Trump and his administration are doing to combat the coronavirus, but also encouraged voters to visit the CDC website to follow their guidance and stay safe.   

This NDOA brought the total voter contacts cycle to date to almost 9 million – lightyears ahead of where we were in 2016 or 2018.  For perspective, the number of calls made on Saturday’s NDOA alone was higher than any total week’s calls in 2018 until mid-September of 2018! This highlights the immense energy supporters have for President Trump. 

Trump Victory Virtual Trainings in California and CA-25 

Our Trump Victory team is going strong in California, as we have hired staff in targeted congressional districts that are leading dozens of virtual trainings with hundreds of participants – and we aren’t stopping there. 

With the upcoming special election in California’s 25th Congressional District on Tuesday, May 12th, our Trump Victory team in California will be turning all their volunteer GOTV efforts to the special election. 

In CA-25, we are encouraging our supporters to utilize, which has a variety of ways to get involved, including virtual trainings and events taking place in California, and to register for Trump Talk, which allows voters to make calls from the comfort of their own home. 

Trump Talk has been a key component in our successful shift to virtual events as it allows supporters to make calls from the comfort of their own home at a time when it is convenient to them, with nearly 50,000 signups on Trump Talk during the National Week of Training alone. 

Our army of volunteers in CA-25 will continue to use Trump Talk to contact voters in the district with the aim of re-electing President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot.  

Samantha Zager is Regional Communications Director for Trump Victory.

Coronavirus: Orange County has 56 newly confirmed cases, with three more deaths

Orange County added 56 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, April 2, increasing the region’s reported total to 656.

The rate of increase slowed for much of this week, with the number of cases doubling every six days or so. In previous weeks, the number of cases had doubled every three days. There was a spike on Wednesday.

Officials have said the number of cases is expected to continue to rise as more people get tested. As of Thursday, 7,791 people have been tested, an increase of 520 from the day before.

Asked in a press conference whether the stay-at-home order is beginning to have a noticeable impact on the spread of COVID-19, county Public Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick cautioned not to infer too much from a small amount of data. …

Click here to read the full article from the Orange County Register.

State prisons to release 3,500 inmates early because of coronavirus threat

California’s prison system will release an estimated 3,500 inmates early to keep the novel coronavirus from spreading behind bars, state officials announced Tuesday.

The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the first batch of nonviolent prisoners will be released to parole up to 30 days early, while the next group will be released up to 60 days early. Ineligible for early release are violent offenders, sex offenders and those serving time for domestic violence.

“We do not take these new measures lightly. Our first commitment at CDCR is ensuring safety — of our staff, of the incarcerated population, of others inside our institutions, and of the community at large,” said Ralph Diaz, secretary of the corrections agency. “However, in the face of a global pandemic, we must consider the risk of COVID-19 infection as a grave threat to safety, too.”

State officials assured all victim notification requirements will be met. …

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Crime Rate Falls Amid Coronavirus Shutdown

Crime in Los Angeles fell sharply in March as the city imposed strict new rules on residents and businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Violent offenses in the city dropped 14% and property crime declined 12% through March 25 compared with the same period last year, according to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department. The department had reported single-digit reductions before this month.

Homicides have dropped slightly so far this month from 15 to 12, department figures show. Robberies were down 22% along with an 11% decrease in aggravated assaults. Meanwhile, thefts fell 18% and burglaries were down 7%. The only categories to see increases were vehicle theft, up 10%, and rape, which ticked up 2% during that time. …

Click here to read the full article from the L.A. Times

Coronavirus: The state had 21 million N95 masks stockpiled. All are expired.

As the coronavirus pandemic slammed into California and doctors and nurses sounded the alarm on a dire shortage of masks, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the release of the state’s emergency stockpile of 21 million N95 respirators.

What he didn’t mention then: They are all expired.

Every one of the masks stored in the state’s climate-controlled warehouse in a secret location has surpassed its wear-by date. A California Department of Public Health news release this month indicated that only “some” masks are expired, but after repeated inquiries from The Chronicle, the agency acknowledged that the whole supply is outdated. …

Click here to read the full article from the San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area Coronavirus Cases Climb as Testing Grows: 26% Test Positive

More than a quarter of the people tested for coronavirus at a Hayward site that opened this week turned up positive, city officials said Thursday, as confirmed cases climbed in the Bay Area, topping 1,400, with at least 32 deaths.

At the city-run site, 26% — 54 out of 207 tested Monday, its first day — were positive, as new sites open daily in the Bay Area and confirmed cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus rise.

Increased testing reveals more cases. But providers are still having trouble keeping up with the need.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week the state needs more tests, “smarter and more targeted testing, and more community surveillance,” noting that the state’s testing capacity is still not good enough. …

Click here to read the full article by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Relief coming for Californians with lost paychecks, looming mortgage bills

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that four of the nation’s five largest banks have agreed to suspend mortgage payments for 90 days for California homeowners affected by the coronavirus.

Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and U.S. Bank, along with about 200 state-chartered banks and credit unions, agreed to the 90-day grace period, he said.

Congress, meanwhile, was struggling to pass a stimulus bill that would provide most Americans with direct payments of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child younger than 17. The bill also would provide expanded unemployment benefits, even to those who are not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits because they are self-employed, haven’t worked long enough or ran out of benefits. …

Click here to read the full article from the San Francisco Chronicle

Coronavirus Restart: Trump Wants Return-to-Normal by April, but Gavin Newsom Sees California Danger

President Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom have been mutually complimentary during the coronavirus crisis, but they are on a collision course when it comes to how long to keep social distancing measures in place to blunt the pandemic.

Californians could find themselves caught in the middle as Trump’s stated desire to start returning to normal by mid-April conflicts with what they hear from Newsom. The governor issued a stay-at-home order last week and said he wouldn’t back off before seeing evidence that the state has begun to “bend the curve” of the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Newsom said an April restart “would be sooner than any of the experts that I talk to believe is possible.”

“It’s going to confuse people,” said Lee Riley, a professor of infectious disease and vaccinology at UC Berkeley. “The only way to make it clear to people is to have a more uniform message.” …

Click here to read the full article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Trump, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The urgently needed pandemic response measure is the largest economic rescue measure in history and is intended as a weeks- or months-long patch for an economy spiraling into recession and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll.

Top White House aide Eric Ueland announced the agreement in a Capitol hallway shortly after midnight, capping days of often intense haggling and mounting pressure. It still needs to be finalized in detailed legislative language. …

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Deadline to File Taxes Extended Until July 15

Tax forms and payments won’t be due to the Internal Revenue Service until July 15 this year, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said Friday as the government looks for ways to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” Mnuchin said in a tweet. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.”

California made a similar move Wednesday regarding state tax returns and payments, which are now also due July 15.

Mnuchin’s announcement follows a decision earlier this week to delay the payment deadline, but not the filing deadline, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tax professionals and lawmakers from both parties have said it could confuse taxpayers to have forms and payments due on separate days. …

Click here to read the full article from the L.A. Times.