Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 74. Sunrise is 6:27 AM and sunset 7:26 PM, for 12h 58m 49s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 38.6% of its visible disk illuminated.
The Whitewater Unified School District’s board meets via audiovisual conferencing at 7 PM.
On this day in 1792, President Washington exercises, for the first time in American history, the constitutional authority to veto a bill.
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Isaac Stanley-Becker reports Inside a stealth ‘persuasion machine’ promising Republican victories in 2022:
A Facebook page shows a child scampering down a school corridor, alerting Ohio families to a scholarship program.
Chatter fills the same page with news ranging from a state anti-corruption bill to the vibrant local real estate market. “It’s a great time to be selling a home in Columbus,” one post celebrates.
Titled Arise Ohio, the Facebook page is the creation of the American Culture Project — a nonprofit whose website says its mission is to “empower Americans with the tools and information necessary to make their voices heard in their local communities, statehouses and beyond.”
Undisclosed on the Facebook page is the nonprofit’s partisan goal. Arise Ohio and similar sites aimed at other politically pivotal states are part of a novel strategy by a little-known, Republican-aligned group to make today’s GOP more palatable to moderate voters ahead of the 2022 midterms by reshaping the “cultural narrative” on hot-button issues.
That goal, laid out in a private fundraising appeal sent last month to a Republican donor and reviewed by The Washington Post, relies on building new online communities that can be tapped at election time, with a focus on winning back Congress in 2022.
“We’ve created a persuasion machine that allows conservatives to reach, engage and move people to action like never before,” the solicitation states. “Now is the time to expand and capitalize on this machine, setting the political playing field in advance of the 2022 election.”
Steve Elbow reports Parents’ hesitancy could impede efforts to vaccinate school kids:
Vaccines could be available for children as early as this summer, but hesitancy among parents could be an obstacle to making schools COVID-free.
Pfizer announced this week that its COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in children ages 12 to 15, and the company plans to seek emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for that age group “in the coming weeks.”
The company launched a vaccine trial last week for children between 6 months and 11 years old.
But a survey this week by Indiana University researchers found that more than a quarter of U.S. parents don’t intend to get their kids vaccinated. Opposition is especially pronounced among Republican or Republican-leaning women, 54% of whom said they plan to have their kids skip the vaccine.
UW epidemiologist Ajay Sethi calls the potential eligibility of 12- to 15-year-olds “a very important step to increase immunity to the virus in our community.”