Tag: Kansas

Judge Shows Mercy For Ex-Cop Who Terrorized Black Women For Decades

NewsOne Featured Video Source: screenshot / Edwardsville Police Department A federal judge in Kansas has granted a pre-trial release for an ex-Kansas City, Kansas detective who allegedly preyed on Black women and girls for decades.  Last week, former detective Roger Golubski was arrested and charged with six counts of civil rights violations, including sexual abuse, […]

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Is the Democratic Midterm Surge Overrated? Why Republicans Can Still Win the House and Senate.

Ross Douthat, a Times Opinion columnist, hosted an online conversation with Kristen Soltis Anderson, a Republican pollster, and the conservative writer and radio host Erick Erickson, to discuss whether Republicans are blowing the fall campaign — or whether a red wave is still possible. Ross Douthat: Kristen, Erick, thanks so much for joining me. Let’s […]

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Abortion and Trump Are Giving Democrats a Shot

Forget Hot Girl Summer. We just came off Hot Primary Summer, which featured fewer tequila shots than the Megan Thee Stallion-inspired original — unless, maybe, you were partying with Dr. Oz — but still packed way more drama than you’d expect in a midterm election cycle. Republican voters in Georgia stiff-arming Donald Trump? Democratic House […]

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How Red States Use Regressive Grocery Taxes to Feed the Rich

Advocates at Alabama Arise have pushed a cap on the FIT deduction as the way to raise the revenue needed to repeal the grocery tax. But it’s generally been difficult to sway conservatives to support any tax increase. Still, Gundlach said, this past session was the closest the campaign had gotten in more than a […]

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The Abortion Elections All Across America

In some states, abortion itself will be directly on the ballot. California voters will consider a constitutional amendment that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution. “This is absolutely a viable option for other states—and one that lawmakers and advocates elsewhere are also working on,” Timmaraju told me. In Michigan, to take one example, […]

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White House calls Indiana abortion ban post-Roe ‘devastating’

The White House on Saturday slammed an abortion ban in Indiana signed into law on Friday. In a press release, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the legislation “devastating” and argued it “put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.” “Yesterday’s vote, which institutes a near-total […]

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White House calls Indiana abortion ban post-Roe ‘devastating’

The White House on Saturday slammed an abortion ban in Indiana signed into law on Friday. In a press release, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the legislation “devastating” and argued it “put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.” “Yesterday’s vote, which institutes a near-total […]

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Republicans Should Pay a Political Price for Abortion Bans

The right to an abortion is protected in the Kansas State Constitution and on Tuesday, a decisive majority of voters kept it there. Fifty-nine percent of Kansans who went to the polls voted to reject a constitutional amendment that would have opened the door to full abortion bans of the kind that exist in neighboring […]

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The Democrats Suddenly, Unexpectedly, Have Some Momentum

The focus on Donald Trump and the GOP’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election has similarly soured many on the Republican Party, making a landslide election less likely. “If the headlines over the spring were about stalled progress in Washington, the headlines over the summer have been about the human consequences and the consequences of […]

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What’s the Matter With Arizona?

In The Washington Post, Dana Milbank marveled at the possibility that Ivana Trump’s burial at her ex-husband’s golf course was part of recasting it as a cemetery and avoiding taxes that way: “In his forced (and, he hopes, temporary) retirement, defeated former president Donald Trump has come up with a new undertaking. He’s undertaking.” (James […]

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How to Interpret the Kansas Referendum on Abortion

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Kansas Result Suggests 4 Out of 5 States Would Back Abortion Rights in Similar Vote

There was every reason to expect a close election. Instead, Tuesday’s resounding victory for abortion rights supporters in Kansas offered some of the most concrete evidence yet that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has shifted the political landscape. The victory, by a 59-41 margin in a Republican stronghold, suggests Democrats will […]

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How Democrats See Abortion Politics After Kansas: ‘Your Bedroom Is on the Ballot’

“The court practically dared women in this country to go to the ballot box to restore the right to choose,” President Biden said by video Wednesday, as he signed an executive order aimed at helping Americans cross state lines for abortions. “They don’t have a clue about the power of American women.” In interviews, Senator […]

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In Kansas, Support for Abortion Rights Didn’t Just Come From the Usual Places

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — DeAnn Hupe Seib is a fiscally conservative, churchgoing Republican from rural Kansas. When faced with a ballot question about whether abortion rights ought to be removed from her state’s constitution, she voted no. So did her home, Jefferson County, which favored Donald J. Trump by a 32-point margin in 2020. “I […]

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Needs Minority Rule

One side effect of Roe v. Wade was that it allowed the anti-abortion movement to pretend to be on the side of democracy. True, the decision was popular, and majorities since the 1970s have wanted to see abortion legal in at least some circumstances. But Roe prevented duly elected state governments from passing abortion restrictions […]

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On Abortion, Kansas Voters Held the Line

Kansas has a history of relative reproductive freedom, too, and related turmoil. The Wichita clinic of George Tiller, one of the nation’s few physicians who performed rare third-trimester abortions, was pipe-bombed in 1986. Anti-abortion zealots from across the country descended on Dr. Tiller’s clinic with disruptive mass protests during the summer of 1991. He survived […]

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The Massive Kansas Vote Is Just the Beginning of the Post-Roe Abortion Battle

Supporters Alie Utley and Joe Moyer (R) react to the failed constitutional amendment proposal at the Kansas Constitutional Freedom Primary Election Watch Party in Overland Park, Kansas on August 2, 2022. (Photo by DAVE KAUP / AFP via Getty Images) Andy Speck spent the last month canvassing in support of abortion rights in Kansas. On […]

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Election Victories by Trump Allies Showcase His Grip on the G.O.P. Base

PHOENIX — Primary victories in Arizona and Michigan for allies of Donald J. Trump on Tuesday reaffirmed his continued influence over the Republican Party, as the former president has sought to cleanse the party of his critics, install loyalists in key swing-state offices and scare off potential 2024 rivals with a show of brute political force. […]

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Kansas Votes to Preserve Abortion Rights Protections in Its Constitution

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas voters resoundingly decided against removing the right to abortion from the State Constitution, according to The Associated Press, a major victory for the abortion rights movement in one of America’s reliably conservative states. The defeat of the ballot referendum was the most tangible demonstration yet of a political backlash against […]

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Five Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary Elections

A remarkable victory for abortion rights in Kansas, coupled with the defeats of some of the candidates most cut from the mold of Donald J. Trump, sent a clear signal on Tuesday that this year’s midterms are a trickier environment for uncompromising conservatives than Republicans once believed. But there is a twist: In places where […]

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Who Won and Who Lost in Tuesday’s Primary Elections

Voters in five states with major primary contests went to the polls on Tuesday. Here’s a rundown of some of the most important wins and losses so far. Arizona Kansas Voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed lawmakers to restrict or ban abortion; it was the first referendum on the issue since the […]

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How Abortion Rights Supporters Won in Conservative Kansas

Supporters of abortion rights won a huge and surprising victory on Tuesday in one of the most conservative states in the country, with Kansas voters resoundingly rejecting a constitutional amendment that would have let state legislators ban or significantly restrict abortion. Results were still coming in as the night wore on, but with more than […]

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Kansas Voters Just Rewrote the Script for the Midterm Elections

The Dobbs decision and the Kansas referendum result will continue to fuel an ongoing debate within the Democratic Party. Some Democratic strategists have argued that the Dobbs ruling would activate voters in an otherwise impossible way for a party with a president whose approval numbers are under water in a cycle where the historical precedent […]

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When We Might Know Results in Today’s Primaries

Results from Tuesday’s elections are some of the most hotly anticipated of the midterm season, with two battleground states among the five hosting major primary contests, a spate of Trump-backed election deniers seeking their party’s nominations and the first post-Roe vote on abortion happening in Kansas. So pour a cup of coffee if you need […]

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Kansas Abortion Vote Tests Political Energy in Post-Roe America

OLATHE, Kan. — In the final days before Kansans decide whether to remove abortion rights protections from their State Constitution, the politically competitive Kansas City suburbs have become hotbeds of activism. In neighborhoods where yard signs often tout high school sports teams, dueling abortion-related messages now also dot front lawns. A cafe known for its […]

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Kansas Will Be the First State to Vote on Abortion Since the Fall of Roe

The anti-abortion amendment on the ballot next week—pushed by the Republican-controlled legislature—would overturn the state Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion. Supporters of the amendment insist that the ballot measure would not immediately lead to an outright ban on abortion but reinforce the restrictions passed before the Kansas Supreme Court decision. “At this historically important time, […]

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Kansans Fiercely Debate the First Post-Roe Vote on Abortion

A number of other organizations on each side of the issue have separately campaigned and raised money on the amendment. After the Supreme Court decision, a lot more people suddenly became aware of the amendment, said Melinda Lavon, a midwife who has been helping organize a vote-no campaign, including text-messaging blitzes and events in rural […]

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