Southern states, all of which happen to be “red states” at the moment, are about to be hit by the “second wave” of coronavirus cases as these states rushed to reopen before it was safe to do so. These new infections will likely dwarf what we’ve seen in these areas so far, and the hyper-partisan nature of these areas is the leading culprit. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what’s happening from inside a red state.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced