Along with 46 other Senators, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell support a bill to codify Roe into federal law. But that won’t be enough. David Ryder / GETTY
The United States Supreme Court is likely to overthrow Roe in June: To protect abortion for everyone in the country, the Senate would have to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would enshrine the right in federal law. Senate Democrats would also need to get rid of the filibuster to prevent Republicans from inevitably trying to obstruct the passage of the bill. First problem: According to NBC, Senate Democrats don’t have 50 votes to protect abortion.
Who are the holdouts? West Virginia Coal Baron Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Catholic Bob Casey. Manchin has not yet taken a position and Casey is “personally against abortion”. Senator Susan Collins supports a watered-down version of the bill. So if she plays ball, Schumer would have to get one of these two guys on board. But even if Schumer had managed that, he would have to abolish the filibuster that Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema oppose with their bought hearts.
Washington’s Senate delegation supports the bill, but would they blow up the filibuster for an abortion? In an email, Senator Cantwell said she would “support the codification of Roe v. Wade in any way possible.” Senator Murray said, “Nothing can be off the table.” Both said their main focus is now on “supporting” the WHPA within its own caucus. Thank you Democrats!
The Washington Supreme Court complied with its redistribution obligation: Today the judges of the Court of Justice unanimously decided to accept the “plan” voted for by the Washington Redistricting Commission in November despite the commissioners’ technical missed deadline and even though the “plan” was not a map or even a series of numbers rather, it was an oral handshake that few knew the details of, and although “the plan” arose out of a largely secret negotiating process that proponents say violates the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.
In a FAQ, The court argued that the commission missed its target by only 13 minutes, which was insufficient to invalidate all public relations that allegedly influenced the new borders the commissioners had approved, and so it was fine. If the court hadn’t accepted the plan, someone else would have had to stop it to draw political lines that would greatly affect the number of Democrats and Republicans we send to the legislature and to Congress, and they clearly did not want to soiling their robes with the mud of politics.
Statement by @RedistrictingWA on today’s Supreme Court decision. “The Commission welcomes the Supreme Court’s swift decision to allow the RCW redistribution process to continue.” #waleg #waelex #redistricting #drawyourwa
– Washington State Redistricting Commission (@RedistrictingWA) December 3, 2021
Although the court put the cards in order that a few days after the approval of the “plan” for drawing these maps, the commissioners specifically submitted that they “did not take into account whether the plan met constitutional or legal requirements other than topicality”, so that interested parties can still sue, If you believe the cards violate state or federal law. And, boy, you could really see what interested parties in a lawsuit could be.
The WA Supreme Court is rightly considered a liberal court, and most of its justices were appointed by Democratic governors, but by maintaining the @RedistrictingWA cards they brought the WA GOP one of the biggest gains the Rs in this state have had in a long time Time have scored time.
– Robert Cruickshank (@cruickshank) December 3, 2021
A UCLA election expert Believes the cards the court has just accepted violate the voting rights law by only allowing a nominal majority of voting age Latinos in the Yakima Valley. The commissioners – a non-voting chairman and four political activists who essentially worked to save as many incumbents as possible – disagree with this analysis, although Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, who negotiated on behalf of the Senate Democrats, expressed reservations. In addition, state law gives commissioners a set of guidelines to prevent gerrymandering, and someone could sue if they think the cards are unnecessarily splitting too many cities, counties and “interest groups” or if they are facing a party prefer someone else.
Whether the cards will be “good” or “bad” for the Democrats is hard to say at the moment: The commissioners used the 2020 treasurer’s race as a base to determine the partisan advantage in different legislative and congressional districts and I don’t have the document showing the estimated partisan columns in these new maps based on that baseline, but this base map, A composition of a number of nationwide races dating back to 2016 sure makes it look like the GOP trained the Dems in the Gerrymandering game, especially in a Red Wave year that saw 7-to-4 10 point vibrations could be coming in the direction of the Republicans. A spokesman for the state Democratic Party said: “Midterm elections are always a challenge for the party that controls the presidency. We don’t expect 2022 to be any different. But there is a democratic path to victory across Washington state, and we are committed to fighting for all. ”
Let’s check in with Rep. Kim Schrier, who must defend her sweeping seat against King County’s Republican Councilor Regan Dunn and see how she feels:
And almost all of these new voters live in rural Snohomish County. Not good!
And let’s see how Republican MP Paul Graves feels: He’s the guy who negotiated the new cards on behalf of the Washington State House Republicans, and I’d say he’s feeling pretty good about the court’s decision:
Help me decide which fleece to wear … # waelex #waleg pic.twitter.com/TXG0nIFpJT
– Paul Graves (@paulgraveswa) December 3, 2021
Nobody is happy with the homeless spending in the city’s budget: The Seattle Times reports on the fruits of courtesy and compromise.
Six shoots in just over a day: The Seattle Times writes down what the cops said.
Chase and Jas went on the radio: They discussed their Spotify Wrapped results, the price of concert tickets, and discussed the appropriate time to start listening to Christmas music.
PSA, ICYMI: In 2018, the city library installed two free phones in the city center. Calls are free and limited to 10 minutes, but phones cannot answer calls. Why am I bringing this up now? To confirm the truth of the graffiti on that plywood outside of Broadway’s new development projects:
Omicron spreads in the USA: The new version of the bug found its way to “New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Utah,” reports Reuters. Some of the infected were vaccinated, some were not, and none were hospitalized.
However, Delta is still all the rage: The dominant variant continues to tear Europe, which, according to Al Jazeera, now reports 75 million coronavirus cases.
Parents of the school shooter from Michigan now on the run: On Tuesday, a 15-year-old boy killed four of his classmates with a “semi-automatic 9-millimeter Sig-Sauer pistol” bought by his parents. After examining the evidence, the Oakland County Attorney decided to charge the parents with manslaughter, the New York Times reports. Now the parents are nowhere to be found.
11/26 – Parents buy gun for 15 year old son
Nov 29 – The teacher catches him looking for ammunition. “LOL … you have to learn not to get caught,” writes mom
11/30 – The school finds a violent note. The parents keep him at school.
Then the shooting.
“Don’t do it,” writes Mama.https: //t.co/fwtPifFGhz
– Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) December 3, 2021
The secret service believes that Russia could invade Ukraine: The Washington Post had “received a document” from which it emerged that “the Kremlin is planning a multi-front offensive with up to 175,000 soldiers as early as the beginning of next year.” Putin wants to make sure Ukraine does not join NATO and Biden will not give that guarantee and now there is all this tension.
If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, You only have four days to vote against the stupid recall.
I leave you with some of my favorite Christmas music: Some new Jamz from Idles.