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Democrats see realistic path to victories in Florida

The Hill via Yahoo News

Democrats are eyeing what they believe is an increasingly realistic path to victory in Florida’s marquee midterm races after months of hesitation over just how aggressively to contest the state this year.

The Sunshine State has proven elusive to Democrats in recent years; former President Trump carried it in both 2016 and 2020, Republicans have outpaced Democrats in voter registrations and the party has struggled with mounting losses among Latinos, a key constituency that Democrats once saw as a reliable voting bloc.

But recent polling has reignited Democratic interest in Florida, fueling hope among party operatives and officials that they just might be able to oust Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio (R) this year and reassert Florida’s reputation as a swing state.

“I don’t want to sound overly optimistic. We still have a lot of work to do,” said one Democratic consultant involved in key races in Florida. “But things are trending in the right direction.”
Posted by In It to Win It | Mon Sep 12, 2022, 12:31 PM (0 replies)

Democrats see realistic path to victories in Florida

The Hill via Yahoo News

Democrats are eyeing what they believe is an increasingly realistic path to victory in Florida’s marquee midterm races after months of hesitation over just how aggressively to contest the state this year.

The Sunshine State has proven elusive to Democrats in recent years; former President Trump carried it in both 2016 and 2020, Republicans have outpaced Democrats in voter registrations and the party has struggled with mounting losses among Latinos, a key constituency that Democrats once saw as a reliable voting bloc.

But recent polling has reignited Democratic interest in Florida, fueling hope among party operatives and officials that they just might be able to oust Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio (R) this year and reassert Florida’s reputation as a swing state.

“I don’t want to sound overly optimistic. We still have a lot of work to do,” said one Democratic consultant involved in key races in Florida. “But things are trending in the right direction.”
Posted by In It to Win It | Mon Sep 12, 2022, 12:31 PM (2 replies)

Lawyer quits job to crisscross state translating Tennessee's bewildering abortion ban for doctors

Chloe Akers considers herself a grizzled criminal defense attorney. Until a few months ago, she didn't spend much time thinking about abortion — for all her 39 years, abortion was not a crime, so she'd never imagined having to defend someone accused of performing one.

That changed in June when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Akers sat down in her law office and pulled up Tennessee's new criminal abortion statute.

She didn't read it through a political lens; it doesn't matter whether she likes a law — there are a lot of them she doesn't like. Instead, she read it like she would any other statute: What does it make illegal? How would it be enforced?

She was shocked. She read it maybe 10 times more. Surely, she was missing something.

Tennessee's law is one of the strictest in the country. It makes performing an abortion a Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. There are no exceptions. This is the part that Akers has since found herself having to repeat, often eliciting raised eyebrows and deeply drawn breaths: Unlike many states' abortions bans, including the one in Texas, this law does not explicitly exempt abortions performed to save a mother's life.


https://www.yahoo.com/news/lawyer-quits-job-crisscross-state-193511360.html
Posted by In It to Win It | Sat Sep 10, 2022, 09:54 AM (3 replies)

Obamacare is under attack by Republican judges again. Here's what's at stake.

Vox

Judge Reed O’Connor, a former Republican Capitol Hill staffer who now sits on a federal district court in Texas, is one of the most notorious names in US health policy circles. He’s best known for a 2018 decision that attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety — before O’Connor was smacked down 7-2 by the Supreme Court.

So when a new attack on Obamacare arrived in O’Connor’s courtroom, this time on the part of the law requiring health insurers to fully cover certain preventive medical treatments, it appeared inevitable that O’Connor would deal yet another blow to the 2010 law. On Wednesday, that blow came. O’Connor’s order in Braidwood Management v. Becerra, effectively neutralizes part — but not all — of this requirement on insurers.

Yet O’Connor’s Braidwood decision is also more nuanced than his previous work suggested it would be. Though O’Connor makes a significant cut at the law, he does not go nearly as far as the conservative plaintiffs in this case urged him to go, conceding that a binding appeals court precedent prevents him from doing so.

The ACA empowers three different entities to determine which forms of preventive medical care must be covered by insurers at no additional cost to patients. O’Connor ruled that the members of one of those entities are not constitutionally permitted to wield such authority, but his opinion leaves the other two groups’ authority intact.

So, for the time being, some preventive care, like vaccines and free contraceptive care, will remain covered by insurers.

At the same time, O’Connor’s decision is likely to lead to needless health complications and preventable deaths. For one, O’Connor explicitly says that employers with religious objections may offer health plans that do not cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), drugs that are very effective in preventing the transmission of HIV.


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Posted by In It to Win It | Fri Sep 9, 2022, 10:03 PM (4 replies)

She was a 'quintessential pro-life Texan' until she needed to flee her home to get an abortion

Michael J. Stern
@MichaelJStern1

She was a "pro-life" Republican.

When she needed an abortion in her home state of Texas because of medical dangers, she could not get one. She had to flee to New Mexico.

Now she supports abortion rights.

She was a 'quintessential pro-life Texan' until she needed to flee her home to get an abortion




https://twitter.com/MichaelJStern1/status/1568291154357272577

https://twitter.com/BetoORourke/status/1552298528336134149
Posted by In It to Win It | Fri Sep 9, 2022, 06:55 PM (7 replies)

Indiana's new abortion law runs afoul of Religious Freedom Restoration Act, lawsuit claims

Five Hoosier women and a religious abortion-rights group filed a new lawsuit in Marion County on Thursday challenging Indiana's near-total abortion ban on the grounds of religious freedom.

Hoosier Jews for Choice and the five women — who are residents of Marion, Monroe and Allen counties — claim that the ban violates the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act from 2015, also known as RFRA. The act, which was signed into effect by then-Gov. Mike Pence, prevents the government from impeding someone's religious exercise unless there's a strong argument in favor of the state's interest.

The defendants in the case include members of the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana and prosecutors in five counties, including Marion County. IndyStar has reached out to the licensing board and the Indiana Attorney General's Office for comment.

The lawsuit states the belief that life begins at conception, which is widely shared by Christian anti-abortion advocates, "is not a theological opinion shared by all religions or all religious persons."

"For example, under Jewish law, a fetus attains the status of a living person only at birth," the lawsuit states. "Jewish law recognizes that abortions may occur, and should occur as a religious matter, under circumstances not allowed by (the near-total abortion ban) or existing Indiana law." That would include when an abortion could prevent a "mother's mental anguish" from severe physical or mental health issues.


https://www.yahoo.com/news/indianas-abortion-law-runs-afoul-194549110.html
Posted by In It to Win It | Fri Sep 9, 2022, 09:37 AM (3 replies)

'Banking while Black': Woman wins casino jackpot, but Michigan bank won't cash check

At 71, Lizzie Pugh thought the days of Jim Crow and getting bullied for being the only Black kid in school in 1960s Alabama were far behind her – until she wound up in a bank with a fat check in her hand.

The Detroit public schools retiree had won a five-figure slot machine jackpot during a church outing at a casino, and went to the bank to deposit it.

But three white bank employees told her the check was fraudulent, Pugh said, and refused to give it back to her.

"I couldn’t really believe they did that to me," Pugh said in a recent interview. "I was devastated. I kept asking, 'How do you know the check is not real?' ... And they just insisted that it was fraudulent ... I was just terrified."

Pugh still gets emotional when she talks about that April day, only now she is armed with a federal lawsuit that she hopes will shed light on what she alleges was blatant racism by employees at Fifth Third Bank in Livonia, Michigan.

According to her lawsuit filed Aug. 29 in U.S. District Court, Pugh's check was good: She got it back after much persistence that day, drove to a nearby Chase bank and deposited it there.


https://www.yahoo.com/news/banking-while-black-woman-wins-171806532.html
Posted by In It to Win It | Wed Sep 7, 2022, 11:16 PM (14 replies)

@POTUS: Barack and Michelle, welcome back.

President Biden
@POTUS
United States government official

Barack and Michelle, welcome back.





https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1567586398504370179
Posted by In It to Win It | Wed Sep 7, 2022, 05:33 PM (7 replies)

Michigan's 90-year-old abortion ban is unconstitutional, judge rules

Rewire News Group
@RewireNewsGroup

UPDATE: A judge ruled that Michigan's 1931 abortion ban violated the state's constitution, striking down the law that had previously been blocked.


https://twitter.com/RewireNewsGroup/status/1567577000969109506


https://news.yahoo.com/michigans-90-old-abortion-ban-193912610.html

(Reuters) - A 1931 Michigan law banning abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest violates the state's constitution, a state court judge ruled Wednesday, barring any prosecutors from enforcing it.

Judge Elizabeth Gleicher of the Michigan Court of Claims found that Michigan's constitution guarantees a right to bodily autonomy including abortion. The ruling is a victory for providers including a Planned Parenthood affiliate, which had sued to block the law.

"A law denying safe, routine medical care not only denies women of their ability to control their bodies and their lives - it denies them of their dignity," Gleicher wrote.

Leaders of the state's Republican-controlled legislature, which defended the law, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The ruling came as Michigan's Supreme Court was facing a Friday deadline to decide whether an amendment to legalize abortion statewide will appear on ballots in November.
Posted by In It to Win It | Wed Sep 7, 2022, 05:10 PM (0 replies)

UPDATE: A judge ruled that Michigan's 1931 abortion ban violated the state's constitution, striking

Rewire News Group
@RewireNewsGroup

UPDATE: A judge ruled that Michigan's 1931 abortion ban violated the state's constitution, striking down the law that had previously been blocked.


https://twitter.com/RewireNewsGroup/status/1567577000969109506


https://news.yahoo.com/michigans-90-old-abortion-ban-193912610.html

(Reuters) - A 1931 Michigan law banning abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest violates the state's constitution, a state court judge ruled Wednesday, barring any prosecutors from enforcing it.

Judge Elizabeth Gleicher of the Michigan Court of Claims found that Michigan's constitution guarantees a right to bodily autonomy including abortion. The ruling is a victory for providers including a Planned Parenthood affiliate, which had sued to block the law.

"A law denying safe, routine medical care not only denies women of their ability to control their bodies and their lives - it denies them of their dignity," Gleicher wrote.

Leaders of the state's Republican-controlled legislature, which defended the law, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The ruling came as Michigan's Supreme Court was facing a Friday deadline to decide whether an amendment to legalize abortion statewide will appear on ballots in November.
Posted by In It to Win It | Wed Sep 7, 2022, 05:08 PM (2 replies)
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