In response to Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s bipartisan Senate confirmation soon, Movon executive director Rahna Epting issued the following statement:
“Ketanji Brown Jackson is a prominent lawyer who has a remarkable record who was outstanding during his confirmation hearing, and I am very excited to be able to refer to him as ‘Justice Jackson’ very soon.
“Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination for President Biden’s Supreme Court is a historic moment for our country and an ongoing battle to ensure that justice under the law is equal. We’ve been in the Supreme Court for over 230 years without a black woman, a clear exception that was finally corrected by today’s bipartisan Senate vote.
“Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, his hearing was also an ugly cesspool of attack from the right, at the root of the MAGA conspiracy theory. This is one of the reasons why the Supreme Court needs multiple nominees to strike a balance, hijacked by right-wing powers that have created a conservative majority to issue sweeping judgments against our rights and freedoms as Americans. ”
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After a year like 2020, it is normal to want to take a political breath. Most of us have a laid back attitude when it comes to painting a picture about politics, politics and candidates. Yet the cycle does not stop. Although federal elections do not take place during the year, city and state elections can take place depending on the election schedule or whether a representative has left office. Participating in off-year elections is just as important and arguably more influential because they affect anyone close to home. They have the power to influence the daily life of a voter and to set the course for the upcoming midterm and general election cycle.
With the exception of some special elections, the election of the year takes place on Tuesday after the first Monday in November, just like the general election cycle. This makes the election date for 2021, November 2nd. Although hundreds of local elections will be held across the country, 10 elections will be held across the state, including 2 governorates, and 1 for the US House of Representatives seats.
What a race to see
Virginia Governorate Elections
The Virginia race for governor replaces Ralph Northam, a high-profile, term-limited governor. Currently, the state is completely controlled by Democrats, and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is likely to remain so if he confirms the governorship. However, he is running against popular Republican candidate Glenn Yankin, who is known to support President Trump and is trying to keep appealing to more moderate voters in the state. According to a recent survey, this election could be very close and certainly worth a look.
Things that Virginia voters will consider
Since securing control of the State House of Delegates, Senate, and Governorship, the Virginia Democrats have made some progress in policy reform, primarily expanding voter access. In this race for governor, the issue of voter rights versus electoral integrity has become a contentious issue, with the state becoming the easiest to vote for. At the beginning of his campaign, Yunkin expressed concern for the integrity of the election and called for the creation of an “Election Integrity Commission”. McAuliffe’s campaign also addresses this issue, claiming that the current audit method is sufficient to ensure the integrity of the election.
Following the 2020 presidential election, a Politico poll found that 70% of Republicans believe the election was not free and fair. Since this has become a national conversation, Virginia voters are sure to consider this issue when going to the polls.
Ohio Special Election for the US House of Representatives
The race will be competitive for Ohio’s 15th district, as the district is rather divided by party lines. Although Ohio is generally a red state, the 15th District is known to be less conservative. Trump-backed candidate Mike Kerry will run against Democrat Allison Rousseau. Although winning this seat will not change House party control, it will indicate what to expect from Ohio in the mid-2022 term.
It’s a tough fight for Rousseau, but he and other Democrats are hoping for a 2018 victory for Democratic Senator Sherd Brown in the 15th District. Anything is possible and both sides see this competition as an opportunity to build momentum towards the ’22 midterm ‘.
Things that Ohio voters will consider
Republican Kerry’s platform highlights controversial issues such as critical race theory and abortion. Both the 2020 protests against police brutality and the recent abortion laws in the states are highly relevant. He also advertised his approval of Trump, citing it throughout his campaign and on his merchandise. These tactics prove that President Trump has influence over the Republicans, however, with the more moderate voters in the district can block him.
Pennsylvania Judicial Election
States across the country will elect state judges who will have the power to interpret the law. While these elections tend to get less media coverage, they have the potential to change the course of a state’s law. Judges either overturn or set a precedent for each case they face. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Superior Court, and the Commonwealth Court all have vacancies that will be filled on November 2.
Judicial races in Pennsylvania are high profile because their courts played an influential role after the 2020 presidential election. The Commonwealth court was the first to deal with Trump’s campaign case, contesting state elections. Seven Republican judges were in favor of President Trump, a decision confirming that the no-excuse vote-by-mail violated the state constitution. When the cases went to the state Supreme Court, they were overturned These decisions influenced the outcome of the presidential election, and demonstrated the immense power of the judiciary, even at the state level.
Things that Pennsylvania voters will consider
Pennsylvania courts have been controversial in recent years. Voters are keeping an eye on the future of the election, with decisions on garimandering, voter law and Trump campaign lawsuits.
Boston mayoral election
Whatever the outcome, Boston’s mayoral race is sure to be historic. If both candidates win, they will be the first woman and the first person to be elected mayor of Boston. Although they are both Democrats, Michelle Woo and Anissa S.B. George have a lot to worry about. The race has become more competitive, with some calling it a “progressive-versus-moderate conflict.” Wu is currently the most advanced who has been identified as more progressive, while SIB George has claimed a moderate approach.
Things that Boston voters will consider
One of the biggest issues between U and SB George is police reform. SEB George has set himself apart from all other candidates by rejecting the idea of reducing police funding. Rather, he spoke in favor of recruiting more diverse teams of officers to address the problem of police brutality. Wu condemned the move, citing his support for defending the police force. They also discussed hot topics such as rent control, school and testing methods, climate change and public transport. Again, even though they belong to the same group, they have shown complete differences in their approach to solving each problem.
Things that voters across the country will consider
Although some races gained more traction, there were several hundred more races at the local level on November 2nd. Given Pew Research’s poll and national conversations with Google Trends data, it’s clear that voters have the following issues on their minds when it comes to this year’s election.
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Since February, MoveOn members across the country have donated more than 1 1.1 million to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, supported the pressure on diplomacy over militarism, and expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Thank you for taking action together in this difficult time. And yet, we know we have more to do.
Pictures of the war in Ukraine, including attacks on civilians, a few miles long Russian blockade and families fleeing for their lives are devastating.
Putin’s aggression — and the death and destruction it brings অবশ্যই must have serious consequences. That is why Movon members across the country have taken steps to support the diplomatic efforts of the Ukrainian people and the administration and to end the war.
Here is a snapshot of our collective support so far:
We have Has collected over $ 1.1 million World Central Kitchen and United Help for direct relief efforts from Ukraine to Ukraine.
Has over 160,000 members Signed a petition Solidarity with the Ukrainian people
More than 54,000 members have downloaded one “We are with Ukraine” sign Hanging in their community
We shared our stories about why diplomacy and peace are important to us, including These have been highlighted on Instagram And down.
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Republicans in the Senate did everything in their power to derail and weaken Justice Jackson’s nomination, with his confirmation hearing seen as an opportunity to spread racist, sexist bile and ridiculous conspiracy theories. But above all, Justice Jackson refused to bow to their level, even maintaining his restraint during some foreign attacks from Republicans.
And through that, Movon members like you were there to support Justice Jackson and to oppose Republicans’ efforts to stop his confirmation.
Since its confirmation hearing began:
Moveon members have made about 10,000 calls to Congress in support of his confirmation,
More than 80,000 members have signed a petition calling for his release,
Young Movon members took to the streets in front of the Supreme Court to show their immediate support on the day of his nomination, and
150,000 people have ordered these beautiful stickers designed by artist Amanda Mustard to show their support for her historic nomination.
You can join thousands of fellow MoveOn members today to celebrate Justice Jackson’s confirmation by ordering your free KBJ sticker, leaving it somewhere visible and sharing this message with your family and friends! Click here to order now.
Justice Jackson will be a voice for the people in court, as a public defender and has served on a sentencing commission. After Mitch McConnell and the Republicans pack it up with far-right conservatives, the work will have to continue to balance the court. We need at least three judges in court, Jackson, because we have human and civil rights on the line. So grab your sticker now as a reminder of what is at stake in our work to proudly demonstrate your support for this historic confirmation and to build an America where everyone can improve.
Thank you for everything you have done.
1. “Senate confirms Jackson, the first black woman to be promoted to the Supreme Court.” New York Times, April 7, 2022 https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/04/07/us/ketanji-brown-jackson-vote-scotus#the-senate-votes-to-move-forward-with-jacksons-confirmation
As 2021 draws to a close, the Senate is in disagreement with the Memorandum of Understanding. Tensions among lawmakers have risen as the Democrat-led Social Expenditure Bill, the Build Back Better Plan, has stalled. A promise to pass a federal voting rights bill has yet to be fulfilled. The pressure on Americans is mounting at a time when inflation is rising and there is a global epidemic. With all the legal impasse, President Biden and major Democrat players are considering tougher measures to pass the bills.
The biggest blocker law in the Senate is Philipbuster. Philibuster is a strategy that minority parties use to prolong the debate on a bill and prevent it from being passed. A bill can be passed by a simple majority vote of 51-50, but if it is a filibuster, it must have 60 votes to end the debate and then the bill must be passed by that simple majority vote. Basically, with today’s use of Philibuster, any law requires a maximum majority of 60 votes because that is what it will take to get the bill to the final vote. Filebuster was never written in the constitution, which is why its rules and usage have changed over time. Although the previous Senate majority changed the rules for the sake of their cause, Democrats in this term are keeping a close eye on whether they are discussing new rule changes or even rumors to repeal Philibuster.
How will that work?
Democrats have the opportunity to establish a “nuclear alternative.” It is a parliamentary process where the Senate majority can bypass a rule by a simple majority vote. For the majority, it is a last resort for minorities like Philibuster to overcome any obstacle. However, since it is a tough measure to take, it is difficult to gain even a simple majority support. Two current Democrat senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona, have agreed to ignore the Philibuster rule.
This is not the first time the nuclear option has been used. Both parties took advantage of this at one time or another, first used by Senate Democrats in 2013. This allows the party to appoint federal judges with a simple majority instead of the original super majority (not including the Supreme Court).
What was the real purpose of Philibuster?
In the first few years of the country’s democracy, laws can be passed by a simple majority vote. If it is received, a bill can be voted on regardless of the call for debate. This rule was later repealed and made it possible for senators to hold the floor for debate. With this, Philibuster was born. However, it was not until the late 1900s that Philipbuster was widely deployed. In fact, the technique was used only twice in the 1800s.
The founding fathers called for the process to give the debate a chance and prevent the majority party from becoming too strong. It is argued that it was not their intention to use it as a common political weapon.
How did it evolve?
The use of filibuster has increased over time. The Slate study shows that between 1991 and 2008, in a span of nearly 20 years, the Democrat minority had filibuster 63 times and the Republicans filibuster 89 times. This number has grown rapidly in modern times. Senate reports show that in just one year, 2019-2020, Senate Democrats performed a record-breaking 328 Philibuster.
To put it bluntly, this is more than a 4,000% increase in Philibuster usage in 40 years.
The future of Philibuster
So what would change if Democrats could successfully change Philibuster’s rules? Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, has put forward an election bill to argue for a change in Philibuster. He published a letter to his colleagues explaining that if the states were able to pass an electoral law by a simple majority vote, the US Senate would be able to do the same. It avoids the planned vote to remove the 60-vote filibuster barrier to electoral legislation.
Overriding any legislation can be a slippery slope. This sets a precedent that both sides can use when they are in the majority position, potentially giving too much power to the majority. On the other hand, these rule changes could allow fewer gridlocks and more action among lawmakers.
With a united minority and a divided majority, Schumer’s attempt to change Philibuster’s rules is likely to fail. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat President Conte’s government. Counting set January 17 as the symbolic date for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as a deadline to strengthen the vote. However, citing the current epidemic situation and a possible winter storm in DC, the vote was postponed to Wednesday the 19th.
What is Philibuster and why is everyone talking about it? Originally published in Voterly on Medium, where people continue the conversation by highlighting the story and reacting.
In response to the US Senate today failing to codify abortion rights, the executive director of MoveOn Political Action, Rahna Epting, issued the following statement:
Washington DC – “This vote is important because everyone in this country deserves to know where their elected leaders are in control of their own bodies. Every American should know that their elected officials believe that they are full citizens or second class citizens of this country. But it must be a first step, not a last step.
“We are not interested in show voting. We are not interested in empty words. Everything is in line. We need and we hope our elected officials will act quickly. To meet at this moment. No Senate rule is more important than our bodies. Our rights. We will not allow anyone – on either side – to hide behind the old Senate rules on this issue. Finish filibuster if you have to. But now support reproductive freedom.
“And for those who don’t, our message is clear: we’ll see you at the ballot box in November.”
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This weekend, more than a million people across the country joined the Ban of Our Bodies procession. And we should expect. Hope for a world where everyone has physical autonomy. A world where everyone is respected, valued and civil and human rights are fully protected. After countless attacks on abortion and reproductive rights, people have come together to declare abortion a health care and demand that our elected officials take action before it is too late.
From coast to coast, we are “forbidden from our bodies!” Watch and share this video from processions and news coverage across the country.
These incredible assemblies were driven by MoveOn members like you, Planned Parenthood, Ultraviolet, Women’s March, state and local fertility trial leaders, and hundreds of community abortion providers across the country. Despite the relentless onslaught on our rights, we have come together to show that we will not give up on this fight — and that we cannot afford it unless it is banned from our bodies, as well as affordable, quality and comprehensive healthcare for all.
Online and on the streets, MoveOn members across the country rallied to support abortion access and to demand that abortion be safe, legal, and accessible across all communities.
Together, in the last two weeks since the Supreme Court’s opinion was leaked, Movon members.
More than $ 150,000 has been raised for abortion providers
Has collected more than 300,000 signatures for abortion petition
More than one million people attended 450 Ban of Our Body events across the country.
We urgently need to keep up the pressure – because politicians are restricting our physical autonomy and access to vital health care, we must come together and show that we are not lagging behind.
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MoveOn will continue to fight for a country where everyone can improve. We will push back against the right-wing Supreme Court, and we will continue to expand the demands of those in power and protect our rights. Together, we can build a movement that cannot be ignored.