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Biden leads in Arizona as suburban women abandon Trump

Biden leads in Arizona as suburban women abandon Trump

Call it their fail-safe option.

If Joe Biden were to lose a critical Midwest battleground like Michigan or Wisconsin, Democrats are counting on Arizona to bail him out, acting as a potential replacement state with enough electoral power to prevent President Donald Trump’s re-election.

After Trump carried this emerging swing state by just over 91,000 votes four years ago, some Republicans are now already bracing for a defeat that could “cut deeply down the ballot,” as one GOP aide in state government put it.

With early voting now underway and Democrats consistently tracking Biden with a 3-to-4 point lead, the Trump campaign is planning additional visits here from the ticket as soon as this week, attempting to salvage a reliably red bastion as suburban women are turning away from the GOP in droves.

“It’s fairly close. If anybody has a slight polling advantage it would be Biden,” said Constantin Querard, a conservative political consultant in Phoenix, “but the Trump campaign is much stronger on the ground.”

While the Trump operation has maintained a vigorous door-knocking presence throughout most of the pandemic, a battery of Democratic groups have been working online to mobilize the two constituencies most crucial to their success: Latinos — which now make up 24 percent of eligible voters here — and moderate Republican women.

Bettina Nava, a former state director for Sen. John McCain, falls into both groups. The lifelong Republican welled up in tears during a recent zoom call with the Arizona Democratic Party as she spoke about her decision to endorse Biden due to Trump’s divisiveness.

“I’m following my conscience,” she said. “Under a Biden-Harris ticket, we can return to those civil conversations about the great debates of our time. That’s what we need to be doing. You notice I didn’t say agreement over

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Indoor Valley music venues struggle during pandemic, but event organizers get creative | Coronavirus in Arizona

Indoor Valley music venues struggle during pandemic, but event organizers get creative | Coronavirus in Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — October was supposed to be one of the busiest months for local music venues, but the music has stopped for most venues here in the Valley. Some are struggling to keep their doors open as others are getting creative with bringing concerts to the Phoenix area. 

Like most music venues, The Rebel Lounge is quiet and closed. There’s been no live music since March. “In the light of COVID, I don’t know how to do a concert safely, you know. Until there’s a vaccine, I don’t know how you can do the concert,” said Rebel Lounge owner and vice president of National Independent Venue Association, Stephen Chilton. Chilton said last year, he had 600 concerts. This year, he had only 75. “I don’t think there’s an industry harder hit, we are at zero percent revenue for six months,” said Chilton. 

Meanwhile, some event planners are getting into the music scene. “We are a reaction to COVID,” said Bob Bentley with Thompson Event Center and Digital Drive-In. They turned their drive-in movie lot into a drive-in concert.



Beach Boys among 'car concert' series offered by Arizona State Fair

Think of it as a live concert meets a drive-in movie.

Bentley hopes to do a concert on Halloween after their summertime shows were marred by the heat. “I think for us, we want to stay CDC-compliant. We want everyone to be healthy, so lets social distance, lets bring your cars and lets go old school,” said Bentley. 

Meanwhile, indoor venues like The Rebel Lounge don’t have the capabilities for drive-in concerts. “We produce mass gatherings and that’s the least safe thing right now,” said Chilton. Now, NIVA has a Save Our Stages campaign, urging lawmakers to give financial assistance to venues in the next coronavirus relief package. “There’s no way all of these venues are going

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Winless New York Jets Host the Struggling Arizona Cardinals

Winless New York Jets Host the Struggling Arizona Cardinals

Now that the New York Jets know that Sunday’s Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals is still on, the matchup still represents an uphill climb back to respectability.

The Cardinals delayed their trip to the east coast for the game when they heard the report that a Jets player had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. That turned out to be a false positive, and the Cardinals boarded their flight, albeit later than originally planned.

“As now, it’s business as usual,” coach Kliff Kingsbury told Arizona media Friday after practice. “We’re heading out today and getting ready to play on Sunday until told otherwise.”

The Cardinals come into the game looking to snap a two-game losing streak. They started the season with two impressive victories, and the proverbial thought was that they were turning the corner in their own rebuilding process. 

“Whatever happens, happens,” Cardinals tackle D.J. Humphries told Arizona reporters Friday. “We still have to play a game, so we’re preparing for the game to go on Sunday. If it changes, it changes. But if not, we’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”

The Cardinals echo the Jets in the last few weeks in their players’ own criticism of practices. After the Jets lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, Bradley McDougald and Avery Williamson criticized the Jets practice techniques, although they both said they were focused on the intensity of their teammates.

Arizona had similar complaints after they lost their last two games to the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.

“Some of it has to do with focus throughout the week during practice,” tight end Dan Arnold said this week. “I think all of us know it, it’s been addressed. I think if we have a little bit more focus during the week in practice, really dive

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Arizona Cardinals vs. New Yok Jets NFL Week 5 game still on

Arizona Cardinals vs. New Yok Jets NFL Week 5 game still on

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The Cardinals travel to New York to take on the winless Jets, azcentral’s Bob McManaman, Katherine Fitzgerald and Kent Somers break down the Cardinals game plan and share who they think will win on Sunday.

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The Arizona Cardinals are on the East Coast and still prepared to play Sunday against the New York Jets as planned, following some brief uncertainty Friday. 

The Jets had a presumptive positive COVID-19 test Friday morning. Jets players and coaches were sent home to prepare virtually for the game, as the team followed league protocols for isolation, repeat testing and contact tracing. 

“This evening, we received negative PCR COVID-19 test results for all players, coaches and personnel,” the Jets said in a statement Friday. “…We look forward to our game this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.”

Well before the Jets got back the results from the follow-up round of testing, the Cardinals were operating as if their game would not be affected. 

“As now, it’s business as usual,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday after practice. “We’re heading out today and getting ready to play on Sunday until told otherwise.”

Kingsbury said practice went well, and tackle D.J. Humphries said Friday that the news had not affected players or their preparation. They recognized that any changes would be outside their control. 

“Whatever happens, happens,” Humphries said. “We still have to play a game, so we’re preparing for the game to go on Sunday. If it changes, it changes. But if not, we’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”

Still, players and coaches surely saw the news pop up on phone screens and on television tickers around the facility in the hours before practice. Even if it did not

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University of Arizona choirs get creative to make music during COVID-19 pandemic | Caliente

University of Arizona choirs get creative to make music during COVID-19 pandemic | Caliente

Field, 21, has been in the Symphonic Choir going on four years. She said that singing with a mask is difficult because it’s harder to breathe, to project and to open your jaw wide enough to make the correct vowel sounds. But the singer’s lungs seem to be adapting, even though it feels as if they are singing at a higher altitude, she said.

“Honestly, I feel like the choirs that come out of this COVID-era are going to be next level, because they’ll have lung stamina for days,” Field said.

Alyssa Cossey, the community choir director, created the University Community Chorus Virtual Webinar Series that meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month throughout the fall semester. The sessions are free and open to the public and include live, interactive events, singalongs and choral lectures both on Zoom and the UCC Facebook page.

Cossey wanted to start the webinars as a way to bring into conversation certain themes about inclusion and diversity in the choral field that aren’t usually accessible during a normal, time-crunched semester.

“In addition to the global pandemic, we are also dealing with this racial inequity that as a country we’re really trying to reckon with right now,” she said. “UCC’s slogan is: ‘Putting the community back in chorus,’ so this gives us a chance to examine music that we don’t normally do.”

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