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Tennessee lawmakers send governor 'trigger[]' abortion ban
"When Roe v. Wade is overturned, we'll be able to determine abortion policies in place in Tennessee," said Rep. Susan Lynn, a Republican from Old Hickory and one of the bill's sponsors. "We will return [?] to a pro-life policy in this state."
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The so-called trigger ban would take effect within 30 days if the high court overturns Roe v. Wade. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies only, not for rape or incest. Doctors who violate the law would face a felony charge under the ban.
General Assembly
House: 26 (D), 73 (R); Fun Fact: $19,009/year salary
Senate: 5 (D), 1 (I), 27 (R)
Tennessee's legislature needs more women
20, of which 1 "working mother"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 02:51:59 PM EST
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Florida Man arms
"a proposed expansion of a 'guardian program'"
Florida Man bans
"fervid opposition from Democrats and hours of emotional debate"

The Legislature
House: 71 (R), 46 (D), 3 (VACANT); Fun Fact: $18,000/year salary
Senate: 23 (R), 17 (D)

48 chamber slaves of the patriarchy: 29 (D), 19 (R)
wut: Of the 43 women who won seats in the state legislature in November, only 16 were Republican"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 02:23:11 AM EST
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Florida Man adds
"barrier to voting rights restoration"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 05:38:43 AM EST
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Pulp non sequitur: Biden's notorious maltreatment of Anita Hill in Thomas' confirmation hearing equals criticism of Thomas' fitness for office. So pulp expert testimony entails a liturgy of Thomas' curriculum vitae by a political scientist, recently published.
AP | Justice Clarence Thomas' moment may finally have arrived
Just this term, Thomas called on the court to reconsider a landmark 1964 First Amendment case, describing it and later decisions extending it as "policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law ." He also criticized a 1963 Supreme Court decision that guarantees a lawyer for anyone too poor to hire one. And he equated [sic] the court's Roe v. Wade [?] abortion decision with its Dred Scott [?] decision , which said African Americans weren't citizens, labeling Both "notoriously incorrect."
Like Gorsuch Thomas concurred with a long annotation about Anglo-american jurisprudence respecting the 8th Amd. (bail, fines, cruel and unusual punishment).

Limbs va. Indiana (Feb 2019), Ginsburg for the majority, Held: "The Eighth  Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause [narrow!] is an  incorporated protection applicable to the States under the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause [narrow!]." Thomas' objects to qualification by "due process"; citizenship unequivocally merits protection.

The 39th Congress focused on these abuses  during its debates over the Fourteenth Amendment, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and the Freedmen's Bureau Act. During those well-publicized debates, Members of Congress consistently highlighted and lamented the "severe penalties" inflicted by the Black Codes and similar measures, Cong.Globe, 39th Cong., 1st Sess., 474 (1866)(Sen. Trumbull), suggesting that the prohibition on excessive fines was understood to be a basic right of citizenship. [...] Similar examples abound. One congressman noted that Alabama's "aristocratic and anti-republican laws, almost reenacting slavery, among other harsh inflictions impose...a fine of fifty dollars and six months' imprisonment on any servant or laborer (white or black) who loiters away his time or is stubborn or refractory." Id., at 1621 (Rep.Myers). He also noted that Florida punished vagrants with "a fine not exceeding $500 and imprison[ment] for a term not exceeding twelve months, or by being sold for a term not exceeding twelve months, at the discretion of the court." Ibid. At the time, such fines would have been  ruinous for laborers. Cf. id., at 443 (Sen. Howe) ("A thou-sand dollars! That sells a negro for his life"). These and other examples of excessive fines from the  historical record informed the Nation's  consideration of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Placing pulp non sequitur: The constitutional issue and relevant error is FL ex-post facto punishment, indenture, fine on citizenship of felons (above). Thomas again reviews derivative applications of Sullivan but does not comment on Roe v. Wade (implied right to "privacy" rather than explicit security in one's person) extruded by SCOTUS from the 4th Amd. Who today cannot understand the error in relying on US fed gov to protect any "privacy"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 12:00:54 AM EST
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South Carolina state House approves 'heartbeat' abortion ban
"A rapist is not a father"
wut: "just seven working days left in the 2019 legislative session"

General Assembly
House: 44 (D), 80 (R); Fun Fact: $10,400/year salary
Senate: 18 (D), 27 (R), 1 (VACANT)

27 chamber slaves of the patriarchy: 14 (D), 13 (R)
wut: "they represent a little over half of the population in South Carolina"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 09:43:49 PM EST
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NH Students Seek Democrats' Help on Voting Rights
looking for help from their party's presidential candidates in overturning a [2018 NH state] law that will make it harder for some college students to vote.
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It subjects college students who come from other states to residency requirements such as getting a New Hampshire driver's license if they study and vote in the state.
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The 2020 candidates have offered a range of solutions that span from the difficult and unlikely path of amending the [US] Constitution to reviving voting rights measures filed and left for dead in Congress.

The General Court
House: 233 (D),  167 (R); Fun Fact: $200.00/term salary
Senate: 14 (D), 10 (R)

144 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
115 (D), 29 (R)

wut: "New Hampshire GOP Tries to Block Some College Kids From Voting in 2020"
wut: "Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate have voted through a bill to exempt college students and members of the military from having to register their cars in New Hampshire if they vote here. "

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 10:33:12 PM EST
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North Carolina teachers to protest for 2nd year in row, SOS
"Every mind matters"

General Assembly
House: 55 (D), 65 (R); Fun Fact: $13,951/year salary
Senate: 21 (D), 30 (R)
wut: "Six freshmen Republicans and seven freshmen Democrats were sworn into the Senate, which now includes 10 African-Americans, 10 women, two Indian-Americans, and 11 veterans."

33 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
28 (D), 15 (R)
wut: "We tried to make it about women and not politics which is why we chose white."
wut: "lawmakers must pass the proposed consent bill in at least one chamber by May 9 or the bill will become ineligible to be voted on for the rest of the legislative session"
wut: "Raleigh Women's March is Independent of Women's March, Inc."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 04:45:25 PM EST
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archived: Some good news from the US , Nov 2017
The other most-noted story was Philadelphia District Attorney's race, in which the Unelectable Larry Krasner, a career defense attorney and critic of mass incarceration who supports Black Lives Matter and the ACLU, beat the Republican candidate by 40 percentage points.
Krasner fights new Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal, 25 Jan 2019
"He declined to comment on the decision." Pwnd shake fists of fury.
Break in Mumia case opens road for appeal, April 2019
[Common Pleas* Court Judge Leon] Tucker shattered Krasner's argument, explaining that former DA Castille gave the appearance of bias not only because of his prior role as district attorney but also because of his pro-death penalty statements, ties to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and lobbying for speedy death penalties in capital cases involving the murder of police officers.
DA Krasner Drops Challenge, 2 May, A/V (EN), transcript
features Michael Schiffmann, University of Heidelberg

General Assembly
House: 93 (D), 1 (VACANT), 109 (R); Fun Fact: $86,478/year salary
Senate: 21 (D), 3 (VACANT), 26 (R)
MarchonHarrisburg: Ending corruption in Pennsylvania, one issue at a time.
63 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
36 (D), 28 (R)
wut: On 1st day, Pa. House's only Muslim woman deals with 'blatant Islamophobia'
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* A Pennsyltucky specialty, not to be confused with, say, NY Court of Claims

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 10:35:19 PM EST
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