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On top of everything else happening in 2020, it's also the year of the decennial census, when the government tries to collect basic information about every person living in the United States to make data-informed decisions for the future.

On top of financial stressors caused by the pandemic, public health has become a partisan issue. What are the implications of injecting politics into public health responses?

Bexar County saw voter turnout for Tuesday's runoff election that was so strong — even with the long shadow of COVID-19 cast over the election process — that even the experts were surprised.

This post was updated on Monday, June 29, at 6:05 p.m. 

Dennis Bonnen, a conservative Republican and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, is urging “so-called patriots” to wear facial coverings to prevent transmission of the highly contagious novel coronavirus and its disease COVID-19.

Courtesy of Tony Gonzales' Campaign

This post was updated on Thursday, June 25, at 5:55 p.m.

Hoping to succeed Will Hurd as U.S. Representative for the 23rd District of Texas are Republican runoff candidates Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes.

Courtesy of Rebecca Clay-Flores' campagin

This post was updated on Thursday, June 25, at 5:52 p.m.

Rebeca Clay-Flores will go up against longtime incumbent Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez in the Democratic runoff for the Precinct 1 seat on Bexar County Commissioners Court.

Attorney Xochil Peña Rodriguez will go up against State Rep. Roland Gutierrez in the July 14 Democratic primary runoff election for Texas' Senate District 19. The victor will face Republican incumbent Sen. Pete Flores in the November general election.

Incumbent Monica Alcántara will face off with challenger Grace Rose Gonzales in the July 14 primary runoff election for chair of a divided Bexar County Democratic Party.

In his latest book David Frum asks: Where will the U.S. stand post-Trump, and what can be done to reconcile the American people and prevent further fracturing of our democracy?

At first it seemed the global pandemic could be a unifying moment; a universal experience to bring us all together. But with each passing week, the virus is less of a common enemy and more of a magnifying glass for existing inequalities and partisan divides.