Jul 16, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 450 words, a 2-minute read.

🚨 The NCAA warned that there might not be fall sports if the data doesn't turn around from the "wrong direction" on coronavirus infections. Go deeper.

1 big thing: LGBTQ people win office

Mondaire Jones, left, winner of the Democratic primary for the 17th Congressional District, addresses a Black Lives Matter protest in White Plains, New York. Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP

A sign of progress: There are 843 openly LGBTQ elected officials across all levels of government in the U.S., up from 417 in June 2016.

  • 850 LGBTQ people are running for office in 2020, including several candidates with strong chances of entering Congress, the AP reports, citing the LGBTQ Victory Institute’s Out For America.

Why it matters: 2020 has been a case study of why it's important to have a diverse set of voices in the room in all aspects of life, and LGBTQ Americans are underrepresented across all levels of government.

  • U.S. Senate: 2 of 100
  • U.S. House of Representatives: 7 of 435
  • Governors: 2 of 50
  • State legislators: 160 of 7,383

The big picture: As of 2018, there were 438 LGBTQ elected officials affiliated with the Democratic Party and only 16 Republicans, the AP notes.

  • The number of LGBTQ Black people and Hispanic people in office is up from 92 to 184 over the past three years.
  • The number of transgender elected officials is up to 26 from 6 over the same stretch.

Between the lines: Some of the surge in candidates seeking and winning office may be in response to Trump administration efforts to curtail or roll back the rights of LGBTQ people, especially transgender Americans.

2. Pic du jour
Photo: Bill Blair/Getty Images

A clear night in the New South Wales ski region has allowed visitors to view the Milky Way over consecutive nights in Charlotte Pass, Australia.

3. Catch up quick
  1. The Supreme Court declined to block Florida's rules that prevent some convicted felons from voting. Go deeper.
  2. The FBI is investigating yesterday's Twitter incident in which hackers took over prominent accounts to push a cryptocurrency scam. Go deeper.
  3. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Trump: "His historic COVID response speaks for itself." Video.
  4. Arkansas and Colorado are the latest states to mandate masks. Map.
  5. Hackers associated with Russian intelligence services are trying to steal information from researchers involved in coronavirus vaccine development, according to U.K., U.S. and Canadian authorities. Go deeper.
  6. 🎧 Today's "Axios Re:Cap" podcast takes you inside the NBA bubble in Florida. Listen here.
4. 1 fun thing
Photos: Sony Interactive Entertainment; Microsoft

"Microsoft has a chance to flip the script" on Sony with this holidays' dueling releases of the PS5 and XBox Series X, Bloomberg reports.

  • "Sony was the big winner last time, selling more than 110 million PlayStation 4s since its debut in 2013. At $400, it was $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, giving it momentum that Microsoft couldn’t match, even after it met the PS4 price in 2014."
  • "In 2016, an executive at publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Sony had sold 36 million PS4s, while the Xbox One hovered at about 19 million, a disparity that analysts estimate has grown over time."

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Mike Allen