Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box
SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education.Thousands of voters streamed to these impromptu drive-thrus. By June, more than 264,000 people had signed, more than double the number needed for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.But in the roughly four months since then, the campaign has moved mostly online. Those who favo...
The Seattle Times
Dozens of Notre Dame faculty members sign letter urging Barrett to pause confirmation process
Dozens of faculty members at the University of Notre Dame inked their names to an open letter urging Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a former law professor at the school, to halt her Supreme Court confirmation process until after Election Day.The letter carried 88 signatories from a range of disciplines at both the undergrad and graduate level, but no faculty members at Notre Dame Law School signed on.“The rushed nature of your nomination process, which you certainly recognize as an exercise in raw power politics, may effectively deprive the American people of a voice in selecting the next Supreme Co...
New York Daily News
President Trump, Joe Biden court Minnesota's Catholic vote
MINNEAPOLIS — Bill Moore opened his mailbox last week to find a survey from CatholicVote, a conservative group backing President Donald Trump, which proclaimed, “There is a war on Catholics and faith in God.”His St. Paul neighbors who watch a Catholic cable television channel soon will hear from Democratic challenger Joe Biden, whose campaign is launching TV spots here featuring Biden saying, “My father would say that the cardinal sin of all sins is the abuse of power.”The Catholic vote is being aggressively courted during these final weeks of the presidential campaign. Many Minnesota faithful...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Abortion pill now easier for women to get during pandemic, but not in some states
ST. LOUIS — A recent court ruling temporarily easing restrictions on medication abortions during the pandemic has some Missouri women traveling to Illinois, where they can take advantage of the state’s laws that allow telemedicine for abortion care.Right now, that means a Missouri woman can, if she wants, cross the state border, find a place to park and have a virtual visit with an Illinois doctor via her smartphone. If approved, she can pick up the package of abortion pills a couple of days later at a designated address in Illinois — perhaps at a friend’s or acquaintance’s home or a post offi...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The COVID-19 pandemic may make getting health insurance harder. Here's why
The high cost of treating COVID-19, its long-term health complications for those who recover, and the economic ramifications of the pandemic are driving home the value of the protections created under the Affordable Care Act — and how much trouble many Americans will find themselves in if the law is overturned.A week after the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in a lawsuit brought by Texas and a group of Republican attorneys general that seeks to get rid of the Obama-era health-care law. An opinion is expected to be handed down next year.If the court d...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Rural Pennsylvania voters don't hate Biden as much as they hated Clinton — and Trump may need them to
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Robert Pristas works part time at a library outside Johnstown and does well for himself investing on the side. He says Joe Biden is “probably a decent guy.” But Pristas, 61, is voting for President Donald Trump because he fears Democrats will raise taxes.Andy Szekeresh lives 20 miles north of Johnstown in Ebensburg, in the rolling hills of Cambria County. A retired maintenance worker, he supported Trump four years ago but now plans to vote for Biden. “The country wasn’t ready for a lady president like that,” Szekeresh, 71, said of Hillary Clinton.And Biden? “He’s OK,” Szekeres...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Catholic vote is up for grabs
Catholics are being told not to vote Democratic because the party supports abortion. But we’re also told to oust President Donald Trump because he violates a core Catholic teaching: respect for all life.Trump, throughout his term, has restored federal capital punishment, put immigrant children in cages and reversed protections for the environment. Oh, and he lies.So what’s a Catholic to do?The dilemma throws a light on deep divisions in the U.S. branch of the Catholic Church, which has experienced a virtual schism since the elevation of Pope Francis in 2013. One side, like Francis, emphasizes ...
Tribune News Service
Gloria Steinem asks what would RBG do, talks about biopic 'The Glorias'
The death last week of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left another icon of gender equality, Gloria Steinem, thinking about the big picture of the 2020 presidential race.“It’s yet another reason to win the next election and to vote,” says Steinem, the public face of the feminist movement for the last 50 years. “It’s just one more reason that this is the most important election in my lifetime ever.But the passing of Notorious RBG also leaves Steinem feeling, like so many other women, as if she’s lost a hero and a guide.“Day by day, I want to say to myself, ‘What would Ruth do?’,” ...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: Endorsement: Joe Biden is the anti-toxin America needs
Among the myriad lawn signs sprouting in anticipation of November’s presidential election, two are noteworthy for their seeming nonpartisanship:The first sign — “ANY FUNCTIONING ADULT 2020” — makes light of America’s current upheaval, tacitly confessing how little today’s disillusioned voters expect of their elected leaders.The second, beginning with the words “IN THIS HOUSE,” advertises the occupants’ allegiance to a list of cardinal virtues — kindness, respect for learning, compassion for those with disabilities, etc. — as timeless and anodyne as the Girl Scout Law.Neither sign mentions any ...
Detroit Free Press
Is Kamala Harris the Democrats' secret to stopping Trump's Supreme Court nominee?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — If it seemed like the most pivotal point in Kamala Harris’ quest to help Democrats win the White House was a looming debate with Vice President Mike Pence, that may all have changed Friday evening.Now Harris, 55, faces what are almost certainly the most challenging, consequential moments of her political career in the coming weeks as both a sitting U.S. senator and the Democratic vice presidential nominee deeply invested in the battle over the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death last week of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.How a woman famous — or infamous, among conserva...
The Mercury News