The Nov. 3 general election is less than a month away and, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some voters in Howard County have already received their mail-in ballots.

This week, the Howard County Times/Columbia Flier is publishing the answers to a questionnaire sent to every Board of Education candidate in the five district races. Today’s answers are from Antonia Barkley Watts — one of the candidates running in District 2.

Watts, 39, handily won the District 2 primary with 56% of the vote, while Larry Pretlow II, 30, narrowly edged out James Cecil to advance to the general election.

In late September, Pretlow announced the suspension of his campaign in a social media post, although the deadline to remove his name from the ballot had passed. However, about a week later, Pretlow resumed his campaign with an announcement on his website.

“My supporters have spoken, and we are

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Joe Biden speaks during the presidential debate in Cleveland, Sept. 29.


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Regarding Jason Furman’s “Biden’s Tax Plan Would Spur Economic Growth” (op-ed, Oct. 6): What Mr. Furman fails to prove is the idea that state redistribution of resources grows the pool of real resources. Clearly the proposal increases GDP, which arbitrarily records government spending as growth.

The rich aren’t actually hoarding wads of dollars under their mattresses. Mr. Furman suggests that the Biden tax code would “increase the incentive for productive innovation instead of tax avoidance.” I think not. Either way, the common man understands that he must first ensure that his resources haven’t been seized by the IRS before he can productively invest them.

John Wilk

Racine, Wis.

Mr. Furman repeats one of the most misleading statements of the Biden campaign, i.e., only those making over $400,000 will see

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden have differing views when it comes to the minimum wage and other income-related issues.

With election day fast approaching, it’s helpful to understand the key issues that could be determined by the next president of the United States. In particular, you may be interested in how your income could be affected if President Donald Trump is re-elected or former Vice President Joe Biden takes office.

The president is unlikely to have have a direct effect on your wages. However, the policies that come from the Oval Office can affect the amount of money you take home. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Minimum wage policies

Biden has indicated his support for a $15 minimum wage, which has long been a priority among those on the left. This would be a significant increase compared with the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.


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Johnson & Johnson has initiated advanced, large-scale, multi-country trials on its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, being developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies.

The initiation of its Phase III ENSEMBLE trial follows positive interim results from J&J’s Phase 1/2a clinical study, which demonstrated safety and immunogenicity after a single vaccination, a note from J&J said. These results have been submitted and are due to be published in medRxiv.

Also read: Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine shows promise in hamsters

ENSEMBLE will enrol up to 60,000 volunteers across three continents and will study the safety and efficacy of a single vaccine dose versus placebo in preventing Covid-19. J&J has continued scaling-up its manufacturing capacity and remains on track to meet its goal of providing one billion doses of a vaccine each year, it said.

The company hoped to bring in an affordable vaccine on a not-for-profit basis for emergency pandemic use and

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Dear Stanford Community,

Over the past few weeks, the ASSU has been going through a significant transition period. Following Munira Alimire’s decision to step down from the ASSU executive president position, we have been focused on building our team to match the considerable need for institutional advocacy work at this time. During this change, we remain committed to advocating for your needs, especially around the Campus Compact, housing security, affordability issues, protections for sexual assault survivors on and off campus and support for international students. 

As the ASSU continues its work while carrying Munira’s vision, we’ve gotten the opportunity to interview incredible candidates to fill the ASSU vice president position and are in the final round of interviews with the following candidates: Mea Anderson, Christian Giadolor and Chris Middleton. Their bios are included below. We are excited to uplift their incredible organizing work and commitment to working towards a

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Joe Biden’s campaign has a total of $466 million to spend on advertising and other campaign needs, which is $141 million more than President Trump’s campaign. 

The Trump campaign has a total of $325 million in its war chest, spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

Meanwhile, Biden ended August with nearly $181 million on hand compared to Trump’s $121 million.

Biden is also spending more than Trump. In August, Biden outspent Trump $130 million to $61 million. The television and video streaming industry felt the shift when the Trump campaign went dark in several key states, Politico reported.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien defended his more reserved approach and said he’s carefully trying to manage the campaign budget. 

In August, the Trump campaign significantly reduced its video advertising and even went silent in key swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota. Biden ended up outspending Trump 3-to-1 on video ads 

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When Rob Flaherty began describing Joe Biden’s digital strategy as a “battle for the soul of the Internet” earlier this year, the Democratic primary had barely ended, the former vice president’s campaign was alarmingly low on money and President Donald Trump’s digital-centric campaign looked like a juggernaut.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie

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The upbeat phrase was quickly panned as a pollyannish view of the Internet.


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But six months later — after Biden raised $205 million online alone in August, just $5 million less than the Trump campaign’s entire monthly haul — Biden’s digital director and the rest of the campaign’s digital team feel a dash of vindication.

“There was a game plan from the beginning that we’ve been executing on,” Flaherty said. “So, it made it easier to sort of tune all that stuff out.”

That sense was heightened on Sunday when each campaign filed with the Federal

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  • The UK’s plan to create a $1 billion blue-skies innovation agency has been set back after the government’s top candidate to run it dropped out.
  • Renowned Australian computer scientist Michael Nielsen had been lined up to run the agency but dropped out in July or August, one source told Business Insider. Nielsen did not respond to requests for comment.
  • Nielsen, based in San Francisco, felt he would not have enough freedom to run the agency as he wished, the source said.
  • A government spokesman said: “The government continues to progress plans to establish the agency as soon as possible.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The UK’s efforts to establish a new $1 billion moonshots agency for cutting-edge research have been set back after the top candidate to lead it dropped out of the running.

Renowned Australian quantum physicist and programmer Michael Nielsen was the favored candidate, a source

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The Tampa Bay Rays entered Sunday with the American League’s best record, at 30-16, which is a half-game better than the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics, each of whom is 29-16. If the Rays are going to remain in the driver’s seat over the season’s final two weeks, then it appears they’ll have to do so without starting first baseman Ji-Man Choi.

That’s because Choi, who strained his hamstring during Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and could be sidelined into the playoffs, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. In 42 games this season, he’d hit .230/.331/.410 (105 OPS+) with three home runs and another 13 doubles.

During Choi’s absence, the Rays are expected to fill their first-base void by platooning Nate Lowe with Michael Brosseau.

Lowe had been an individual of note heading into

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Biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said that clinical trials on the AZ- Oxford coronavirus vaccine, AZD1222, have resumed in the United Kingdom following confirmation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) that it was safe to do so.

“On September 6, the standard review process triggered a voluntary pause to vaccination across all global trials to allow review of safety data by independent committees, and international regulators. The UK committee has concluded its investigations and recommended to the MHRA that trials in the UK are safe to resume”, a note from the company said.

AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, as the trial sponsor, cannot disclose further medical information, it added. This announcement would allow other countries including India to resume trials, once the respective regulatory authorities are updated.

In fact, Serum Institute in a statement said: “Once (the) DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) will give us the permission to restart

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