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May 18, 2024

MD-SEN: Hogan (R) still trying to explain his new position on abortion.

Republican Senate nominee Larry Hogan’s pivot on abortion landed with a thunderclap in Maryland this week, with Democrats incredulous, Republican leaders largely indifferent and some voters warily embracing him anew. In Hogan’s telling Friday, a day after publicly describing himself as “pro-choice” for the first time, “it really wasn’t a major transformation.”

The former two-term governor noted the conservative wing of the Republican Party had been calling him a RINO — Republican In Name Only — about his abortion position for years. Hogan, who embraced populist views over party orthodoxy, has long had tension with conservatives but also cross-party appeal in the deep-blue state — an asset he is counting on as he faces the Democratic nominee, Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks........

Democratic leaders scoffed at Hogan, who as governor in 2022 vetoed legislation to expand abortion access, and described his new viewpoint as nothing more than a calculated political ploy.

“When somebody has a lifetime of being antiabortion and then somebody listens to their pollster and listens to their consultants and changes their position two days after a primary, I think people say, ‘Come on, man.’ It’s just not believable,” Maryland Democratic Party Chair Ken Ulman said in an interview.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2024/05/17/hogan-abortion-senate-alsobrooks/

May 18, 2024

Minnesota House set to pass equal rights constitutional amendment with protections for abortion rights, LGBTQ Minnesotan

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After a delay earlier this week due prolonged debates on other legislation, the Minnesota House debated Friday and is poised to pass Saturday an amendment that would enshrine equal rights in the state constitution, including protections for LGTBQ Minnesotans and abortion rights.

The equal rights amendment states that "the state shall not discriminate against any person in intent or effect on account of" race, color, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity. It also protects "making and effectuating decisions about all matters relating to one's own pregnancy or decision whether to become or remain pregnant," which would bolster abortion rights.

Lawmakers debated the measure for a few hours Friday afternoon before pausing to discuss other legislation and they brought it up for discussion again Friday night. They tabled it until Saturday and are expected to pass it then as the legislature nears adjournment.

"We want to make sure that as Minnesotans, we're valuing each other by prohibiting discrimination. We must codify protections into the Constitution," Rep. Kaohly Vang Her, DFL-St. Paul, the proposal's author said. "Case law and statutes are subject to political winds and the makeup of the political leanings of judges. Right should not hinge on these changes."



https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/minnesota/news/minnesota-house-equal-rights-amendment/

May 18, 2024

Why the Equal Rights Amendment Is Again a Hot Topic in New York

The former congressman rocked back and forth, his face turning red as he jabbed his finger in the air. It had been 18 months since Lee Zeldin lost his bid to become governor of New York, and now he was back at a rally in Albany, with a new war to fight.

The enemy was a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the State Constitution. But instead of attacking the amendment’s signature purpose — safeguarding abortion protections — Mr. Zeldin, a Republican, railed against what he framed as the Democrats’ secret agenda: forcing sports teams to welcome transgender athletes.

“There has been no greater attack on women’s rights and girls’ rights in the State of New York throughout any of our lifetimes than Proposition 1 in November,” he said at the rally in the State Capitol earlier this month.

The amendment, he added, was an “attempt by New York Democrats to deceptively put abortion on the ballot, when in reality it was a full-fledged attack on women’s rights, free speech, girls’ sports, rule of law and much more.”



https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/18/nyregion/new-york-ballot-equal-rights.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

May 18, 2024

Why the Equal Rights Amendment Is Again a Hot Topic in New York

The former congressman rocked back and forth, his face turning red as he jabbed his finger in the air. It had been 18 months since Lee Zeldin lost his bid to become governor of New York, and now he was back at a rally in Albany, with a new war to fight.

The enemy was a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the State Constitution. But instead of attacking the amendment’s signature purpose — safeguarding abortion protections — Mr. Zeldin, a Republican, railed against what he framed as the Democrats’ secret agenda: forcing sports teams to welcome transgender athletes.

“There has been no greater attack on women’s rights and girls’ rights in the State of New York throughout any of our lifetimes than Proposition 1 in November,” he said at the rally in the State Capitol earlier this month.

The amendment, he added, was an “attempt by New York Democrats to deceptively put abortion on the ballot, when in reality it was a full-fledged attack on women’s rights, free speech, girls’ sports, rule of law and much more.”



https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/18/nyregion/new-york-ballot-equal-rights.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

May 18, 2024

BJP election campaign in India revolves around cult of Modi

With a six-kilometre parade under a shower of flower petals, a religious ceremony in a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and a dip in the Ganges, Narendra Modi is pulling out all the stops to demonstrate that he is not only the most popular candidate, but also the most devout of Hindus.

On Monday, May 13, India's prime minister concluded the fourth phase of voting in the country's six-phase parliamentary elections in the holy city of Varanasi, his constituency. The electoral marathon is due to end on June 1, with results expected on June 4.

The 73-year-old, who is hoping to win a third consecutive term in office, has personalized these elections to the extreme. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has all but disappeared from the campaign landscape. All that remains is a single figure, who monopolizes podiums and media attention. He holds rallies in contested constituencies every evening. Two symbolic figures of the far right, Interior Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a fundamentalist monk, barely appear in the background. Even the BJP's manifesto bears his name: "Modi's guarantees."





https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2024/05/18/bjp-election-campaign-in-india-revolves-around-cult-of-modi_6671805_4.html

May 18, 2024

India: Bullied And Shunned At School, Himachal Trans Woman Is Now An 'Election Icon'

"I was born as a male but identified myself as a woman. My identity is that of a transgender woman, we are unisex and not eunuchs", she told Press Trust of India, adding that they are not accepted in society as people consider them eunuchs and maintain distance.

Abuse by students and reluctance on the part of teachers to take action compelled her to drop out of school after class IX, says Maya Thakur, the transgender icon of Himachal Pradesh State Election Commission.

Hailing from the Kothi village in Kunihar area of the Solan district under Shimla parliamentary constituency, Ms Thakur said that the situation had become so grim that villagers started pressuring her family to "throw her out".

She was perhaps the only transgender among 35 belonging to the third gender in the state, who gathered the courage to speak up.





https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/bullied-and-shunned-at-school-himachal-transgender-woman-is-now-an-election-icon-5689753

May 18, 2024

UK: Labour eyes gains in suburban London as general election looms

A string of Tory-dominated seats in outer London is being eyed by Labour for the majority it hopes to win at the general election.

Ten months on from the Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election, which cast some doubt over Labour’s ability to capture the Conservatives’ suburban strongholds, the party has been encouraged by Sadiq Khan’s victory in the mayoral election.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “We saw swings to Sadiq both in inner London and outer London - and I think that’s really important.

“But a mayoral election, a local election, a by-election, is different from a general election.





https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/labour-outer-london-general-election-chipping-barnet-ed-miliband-tory-conservative-b1158590.html

May 18, 2024

Japan's female foreign minister queries women's worth without birth in election speech

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa on Saturday asked central Japan constituents how "we women can call ourselves women without giving birth," equating the importance of childbirth to electing a new governor in a speech ahead of a gubernatorial election.

Kamikawa made the remarks during a visit to her native Shizuoka Prefecture in an attempt to garner support for a candidate backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

While known for her efforts to further gender equality, the comments are expected to garner criticism for their lack of sensitivity.



https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20240518/p2g/00m/0na/033000c

May 18, 2024

NY: Acting Supreme Court Justice Adam Perlmutter running for elected Supreme Court Justice seat in Kings County

Democrat Adam Perlmutter, an acting Supreme Court Justice of the NYS Unified Court System, is running for elected supreme court justice in Kings County.

Judge Perlmutter’s 35-year legal career has been defined by fighting for underdogs and the underrepresented. His platform focuses on his career-long fight for social justice, reform, restorative justice, environmental justice, and defending the underrepresented and underserved people and communities across Brooklyn.

At a recent meeting of community volunteers he said, “My legal career has been largely shaped by my role as a defender of those accused of wrongdoing, especially when they have been wrongfully accused or have no power or resources to fight. Advocating for the underdog, whether an individual or an entire community, has always been at the center of my legal work, because everyone deserves equal justice, regardless of their background or circumstances.”

As an attorney Judge Perlmutter fought to exonerate four different men wrongfully convicted of murders in the court system.


https://politicsny.com/2024/05/17/supreme-court-justice-adam-perlmutter-running-for-elected-supreme-court-justice-in-kings-county/

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