Anti-choice conservatives are scrambling to place a positive spin on the failure of a Kansas ballot initiative on Tuesday that would have amended the state constitution to allow greater restrictions on abortion care. The red-state referendum going down in a landslide is the latest indication of the unpopularity the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “This vote makes clear what we know: the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health care decisions,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. Right-wing media, however, has spent the hours since the vote caught somewhere between trying to invent a bright side to the rebuke by Kansans, and attempting to cast pro-choice activists who opposed the bill as nefarious actors who mislead voters. The coalition behind the proposed amendment “Value Them Both,” released a statement blaming “an onslaught of misinformation from radical left … [Read more...] about Conservatives Are Pushing Absurd Excuses for Kansas Voting to Protect Abortion Access
Ashley All wasn’t sure she wanted her three young daughters — 12, 10 and seven years old — to come to Tuesday’s election night watch party. There was a chance it could be a deeply depressing night. For the last eight months, All had been working, as part of Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, to defeat an effort to strip the right to abortion from the state constitution. Hard-right lawmakers in the Kansas legislature passed the amendment back in January 2021, but in order to change the state’s constitution, it had to be ratified by Kansas voters. To stack the odds in their favor, the legislators put the measure on an August primary ballot, a time when only die-hard partisans typically turn out to vote. What limited polling there had been of the race indicated it would be close: pollsters forecasted about 47 percent of voters were in favor of amending the constitution to eliminate the right to abortion, 43 opposed, and 10 percent unsure. In the wake of the Dobbs decision, and … [Read more...] about Her Team Helped Beat Back Kansas’ Abortion Ban. Here’s What She Wants Other States to Know
John Oliver took his first major swipe at his new “business daddy” Warner Bros. Discovery. The host of HBO ’s Last Week Tonight reveled in the cancellation of DC film Batgirl during a segment on Monkeypox. While discussing how the U.S. government allowed Monkeypox vaccines to expire rather than help other countries in need, he likened it to the move this week by David Zaslav and co. to cancel the Leslie Grace-fronted feature. “We let the vaccine sit unused on a shelf in our reserves, like an expired Chobani or a $90 million movie on HBO Max,” he said. “Hi there, new business daddy seems like you’re doing a really great job. I do get the vague sense that you’re burning down my network for the insurance money, but I’m sure that that will all pass.” Oliver used to delight in slamming previous owners AT&T, regularly taunting his business daddy, by criticizing the company’s links to right wing cable network One America News (OAN), discussing its former status … [Read more...] about John Oliver Slams New “Business Daddy” Warner Bros. Discovery: “I Get The Sense You’re Burning Down My Network For The Insurance Money”
“This is the point in the interview when they ask if we’re gonna join the Squad.” Summer Lee , a Democratic congressional candidate running for a Pittsburgh-area seat, stirred the straw in her ice water as she let her remark hang in a basement bar in Washington’s Logan Circle neighborhood on the last Tuesday in July. She surveyed two fellow soon-to-be House progressives across our hightop: Greg Casar , running to serve a deep-blue gerrymandered strip between Austin and San Antonio, and Delia Ramirez , a candidate for a similarly safe western Chicago seat, who exchanged furtive looks as they clutched their whiskeys on ice. I had actually asked whether there were any current federal lawmakers who they might emulate when they enter the House next year. Only Casar ventured an answer: He’d just met Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and deemed her both “brave” and “brilliant.” Details like those answered the query Lee posed. Casar had even posted a photograph of the trio … [Read more...] about Meet the Young Progressives About to Join the Squad
On Monday, four centrist senators rolled out a bill that, if passed, promises to codify Roe, the long-standing Supreme Court precedent that protected women’s right to access abortion for almost five decades. “After the Supreme Court gutted a woman’s right to make personal health care decisions, Congress must restore that right,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), one of the bill’s chief sponsors, said in a statement. “That’s why I’ve worked with my colleagues to find common ground on this bipartisan compromise that would do just that.” The reaction from reproductive rights groups was swift and unambiguous: They hated it. “This bill has been written for a world that does not exist and would provide little solace in the nightmare we are living,” a coalition of 15 organizations, including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Center for Reproductive Rights declared in a joint statement. Why are the staunchest defenders of the right to abortion opposed to a … [Read more...] about Why Are Pro-Choice Groups Furious Over a Bill To Codify Roe?
Don’t Let This Flop is released Wednesdays on all audio streaming platforms, including Apple Podcasts , Spotify , Amazon Music , Stitcher and more . On June 26, Michael Edward Herman, a 35-year-old West Virginia resident, was charged with making “terroristic threats” on Twitter. According to a press release from the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security, the tweets included “intimidating language” aimed at Governor Jim Justice, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and Vice President Kamala Harris, “relating to the passage and enforcement of abortion bans.” Though the tweets have not been made publicly available, past posts on his socials show that he was vigorously pro-choice, and the timing indicates he would have sent the alleged messages as state officials attempted to implement an abortion ban. (He has not yet pleaded to the charges, and his public defender declined to comment at this time.) Yet shortly after his … [Read more...] about The Furry Community Is Struggling to Snuff Out Far-Right Agitators