When American voters go to the polls tomorrow, they will not only be voting on candidates but also on many ballot measures put forward to address policy and regulatory issues at the state level. And in three particular states, these measures involve an especially critical issue: abortion. On Tuesday, voters in Oregon, West Virginia, and Alabama will be asked to decide whether or not to amend their states’ constitutions regarding the issue of abortion. The proposed amendments in Oregon and West Virginia are similar in that they both address the use of public funds to pay for abortion, while Alabama’s
Several Democrat senators running for re-election in red states voted to continue taxpayer funding for the abortion giant Planned Parenthood on Thursday. An amendment proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to a massive bill to fund the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services would have stripped Planned Parenthood of nearly half a billion dollars in federal taxpayer money that they receive each year. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 48 against to 45 in favor. All Senate Democrats voted against the amendment. (Two Republicans, pro-abortion Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, also voted
Late last month, the Missouri Democratic Party announced a new platform, containing an amendment that has since raised a great deal of controversy within the party. At their quarterly meeting, the Missouri Democratic Party approved updates to their ten-year-old platform and included an unexpectedly welcoming caveat for pro-life party members: We respect the conscience of each Missourian and recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, such as abortion. We recognize the diversity of views as a source of strength, and welcome into our ranks all Missourians who may hold
Sometimes, you don’t even need to be a politics whiz in order to win at PredictIt. You just have to read the rules. This week, I have a rules interpretation that could nearly double the smart reader’s investment. LOCK: Secretary John Kelly First to “Leave” Trump’s Cabinet Market: Will John F. Kelly (DHS) Be The First Person on Trump’s Cabinet List to Leave? Expiration Date: Soon The market for who will be first to leave President Trump’s cabinet is still open, despite Reince Priebus leaving last week and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly taking over as Chief of
This is Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). According to Axios, the pro-Planned Parenthood picture on the right was taken less than a month ago. The anti-Planned Parenthood picture on the left? That was taken last week. Manchin is a Democratic politician in a deep red state trying to, as Axios delicately puts it, “walk a tightrope” on abortion — i.e. he talks pro-life at home and votes pro-abortion in Washington, D.C. Manchin previously identified as pro-life, and he even voted to defund Planned Parenthood in 2015. But as Frank Cannon wrote for The National Pulse on Monday, Democratic Party leadership is now demanding complete
By now, you have probably heard that a Senate bill which would have stripped Planned Parenthood of over $500 million in federal funds annually has failed in the Senate by a vote of 53-46. But this isn’t the full story. Here are a few facts about last night’s vote that may surprise you: 1. Two Democrats voted for the bill. Democrats are generally indistinguishable on the subject of abortion. It is a sacred cow, the Law of the Land which should never be debated or changed. There are still a few holdouts, however, who have managed to survive Democratic crackdowns on heterodoxy.