Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, one of about a half-dozen Republicans running in the Peach State’s open Senate contest, will hit the airwaves Monday with a new ad that prominently features former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The 30-second ad, which is narrated with audio from the April event where Palin endorsed Handel, will air statewide on cable and broadcast, according to Handel’s campaign.
“You know her background, you know her record, the conservative who has walked the walk cutting budgets,” Palin says of Handel in the ad.
Among the other top Republicans in the crowded field are three members of Congress and a businessman. They will all compete in a May 20 primary. If no candidate garners more than 50 percent of the vote, the race will head to a July 22 runoff.
Jamelle Bouie had a great piece at Slate last week explaining the long strange journey of Protestant Evangelicals from pressing for the expansion of abortion rights to vehement opposition to nearly every aspect of women’s reproductive choices. Bouie correctly identifies the trend, but he misses an important pivot point that calls the rest of his analysis into question.
Bouie correctly points out that political conservatives and Protestant evangelicals were relatively warm toward pro-choices causes until the ‘70’s. The nation’s most liberal abortion rights legislation prior to Roe v. Wade was signed into law by California Governor Ronald Reagan. Sen. Barry Goldwater was staunchly pro-choice across his entire career.
In 1971 the Southern Baptist Convention endorsed abortion rights for women in a remarkably bold statement for the time. The Baptists responded to Roe v Wade in 1974 by re-affirming their previous statement in favor of abortion rights.
Last November, a new law went into effect in Texas: abortion clinics would now be required to have an agreement with a local hospital so that patients needing treatment could be transferred.
Now that sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?
Perhaps, until you consider the fact that it caused one-third of health centers to stop providing abortions. Women in the Rio Grande Valley now have to travel hundreds of miles (if they’re lucky enough to have the transportation and resources) to get access to a safe, legal abortion.
The Texas legislature has become an extreme example of new restrictions on abortion continuing to sweep statehouses in 2014, and the particulars buried by all those Wendy Davis profiles showcase a slick new tactic of the pro-life movement: a requirement for admitting privileges. At first glance, that kind of rule appears designed to protect women’s health - to have an abortion provider make an arrangement with a local hospital in case of an emergency seems harmless, even helpful.
But this law, like so many others in the works, also imposes all kinds of obstacles to providers and clinics actually gaining these privileges. The end result: abortion clinics are shutting down all across the country. And because the (often Evangelical) bill-crafting language is so deceptively reasonable and so effective at defusing public outrage, we might not even have noticed that our constitutional right to safe and legal abortions is being steadily eroded.
Rather dry reading for non-lawyers, in many ways, but nonetheless quite valuable for understanding the state of 2nd Amendment law at this time. The argmuents presented in these commentaries have and will continue to shape legal decisions for the foreseeable future.
Commentaries: New Issues in Gun Rights
Joseph Blocher, Alan Gura, David B. Kopel, and Darrell A.H. Miller comment on Peruta and other recent cases
Good Cause Requirements for Carrying Guns in Public
Should any reason for wanting a gun be good enough?
By Joseph Blocher
The Second Amendment as a Normal Right
Ruling out ad hoc interest-balancing
By Alan Gura
Does the Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?
Defending the right to sell and trade arms
By David B. Kopel
Peruta, the Home-Bound Second Amendment, and Fractal Originalism
A critique of strictly originalist Second Amendment jurisprudence
By Darrell A.H. Miller
April 16, 2014
Across the United States, many local governments are responding to skyrocketing levels of inequality and the now decades-long crisis of homelessness among the very poor … by passing laws making it a crime to sleep in a parked car.
This happened most recently in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley, where new billionaires are seemingly minted every month - and where 92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind. Dozens of cities have passed similar anti-homeless laws. The largest of them is Los Angeles, the longtime unofficial “homeless capital of America”, where lawyers are currently defending a similar vehicle-sleeping law before a skeptical federal appellate court. Laws against sleeping on sidewalks or in cars are called “quality of life” laws. But they certainly don’t protect the quality of life of the poor.
“groomed” = BRAINWASHED
“Teen as Personal Sex Slave” = CHILD RAPE
let’s get it right folks … .
A leading advocate of the patriarchal Quiverfull movement groomed a teenage girl as his “personal sex object” and then used the purity culture to shame her into silence, according to a lawsuit filed by his victim.
Douglas Phillips resigned last year from Vision Forum and Vision Forum Ministries over what he described at the time as an extramarital affair.
But the lawsuit, reported by Right Wing Watch, revealed more details about this relationship and the ways that women are treated in the Quiverfull movement - which has been popularized by the prolific Duggar family and their TLC reality show, 19 Kids and Counting.
Attorneys claim Phillips, a close friend to the Duggar family and an associate of actor Kirk Cameron, “methodically groomed” Lourdes Torres since she was 15 years old and led her to believe they would be married.
Phillips told the girl this was possible because his wife, Beall Phillips, “was going to die soon.”
LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values.
The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion.
Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public opinion shifts in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The topics have become a political liability for the GOP, especially among younger voters.
Justin Trudeau has talked himself into a defamation lawsuit that is likely to leave his party quite a bit lighter in the wallet. The shoot-from-the-lip Liberal leader and his Ontario campaign co-chair David MacNaughton are named in a $1.5-million libel suit filed on behalf of Christine Innes, a candidate who was barred from running for the Liberal party.
Innes had wanted to contest the Liberal nomination for the pending by-election in Trinity-Spadina, the seat vacated when New Democrat MP Olivia Chow resigned to run for mayor of Toronto. Trinity-Spadina and Toronto Centre ridings will cease to exist in 2015 when redistribution comes into effect. As a result, three new Toronto ridings will be created from the two current ones.
Creationists who believe God created the entire universe in six days about 6,000 years ago have been aghast at the reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary “Cosmos” series.
Some creationists have demanded their views receive equal airtime on the show to provide balance. Others have complained that astrophysicist and host Neil deGrasse Tyson was promoting “blind faith” in science. Evangelist Ray Comfort was particularly upset that Tyson believed the theory of evolution was scientific, but the Bible was not.
“[The Bible] gives us the basis for all creation, and it passes the scientific method,” Comfort explained. “It’s observable - Genesis - and testable. Evolution is not. You can’t observe something 60 million years old, but you can observe what Genesis says.”
The comedy website Funny Or Die on Monday delivered what creationists have been asking for, a Bible-based alternative to “Cosmos.”
Alaska Republicans Propose a Law That Lets Alaska Republicans Tell Doctors What Counts as a Medical Emergency
Lawmakers in the Alaska state Legislature think they know better than doctors when it comes to defining a medical emergency, and have introduced a proposal that could tie doctors’ hands when it comes to determining what’s best for their patients in need of abortion care.
The measure would restrict state funding for abortion by restricting the definition of “medically necessary.” Low-income women can access abortion services through the state Medicaid program if the procedure is deemed medically necessary, and it’s these women that lawmakers are targeting with the proposal.
As Lisa Demer at the Anchorage Daily News reports, Republican state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, the sponsor of the House version of the bill, denies that the measure is aimed at limiting people’s access to abortion. “This bill has nothing to do with restricting a women’s right to an abortion,” she said.
When Democratic opponents of the measure raised concern that the medical necessity of other procedures is not determined by state lawmakers, LeDoux said that there wasn’t an issue with other procedures being performed when they weren’t medically necessary. (It does not appear she had anything else to say in support of that conclusion.)