State legislative special elections provide an interesting index of partisan sentiment these days. That wasn’t so in the late 20th century, when clever candidates and local notables often got voters to cross party lines. But in this century of increasing partisan polarization and straight-ticket voting, local special elections are a proxy for opinions on national issues.
Suicides among US Army active-duty forces have soared 46% compared to last year, says a recent Pentagon report. In addition, more American service members have taken their own lives in the second quarter than have died from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to the DoD. What’s behind the problem?