A Promising Victory in Ohio - The Wednesday AM Quickie 8/9/23

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Ohio Voters Turn Out for Abortion Rights

Republicans evidently see winning blue states as key to gaining control of Congress in 2024. But their extremism is going to make that pretty hard to pull off. Ohio voters yesterday rejected Issue 1, a Republican measure to make constitutional amendments more difficult and seen, as Politico reports, as a way to thwart a November measure to enshrine abortion rights in the state's constitution.

Opponents of Issue 1 view the victory as the first battle on abortion in the coming cycle, when the issue will be a factor in competitive Senate and House races that could help determine who controls Congress — as well as a number of direct ballot measures in swing states in the works. ...
Tuesday's election proved that the state-by-state battle over abortion rights is still a serious motivator to get voters to the polls — even when abortion isn’t directly on the ballot.

Per the Columbus Dispatch, the defeat of the Republican measure was resounding, with the no vote was leading 57 percent to 43 percent last night with 80 percent of the votes counted.

In a statement, President Joe Biden called Issue 1 "a blatant attempt to weaken voters' voices and further erode the freedom of women to make their own health care decisions. Ohioans spoke loud and clear, and tonight democracy won."


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  • Supreme Court Allows Biden to Regulate Ghost Guns By a 5-4 vote, the court "put on hold a July 5 ruling by a federal judge in Texas that blocked the regulations nationwide." via NBC News.
  • LA City Workers Strike Gives Union Momentum in Contract Talks "The days of disrespecting city workers is over," SEIU Local 721 president David Green said. "And you're seeing it with solidarity summer." via the Los Angeles Times.



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8/9: It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Moe Tkacik, investigations editor at The American Prospect, to discuss her recent suite of pieces in this month's issue on the U.S. healthcare system. Then, they're joined by Nicole Cyrille, member of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee, to discuss the recent developments in the strike and what to expect going forward.  


Mitch McConnell Booed By Angry Kentucky Crowd Chanting 'Retire!'

Poor manners on display at the Fancy Farm Picnic!

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Surely a new campaign manager will make him less of a loser.


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