What is the matter with Kansas this time?

https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article263832087.html

Overwhelming vote to keep abortion constitutionally legal in Kansas. The vote to overturn the state amendment failed 59-41 or so. This despite a campaign to confuse the voters with a “Yes” vote to mean “choice”. Early interviews seemed to indicate a concern by voters seeing what some states are passing or proposing regarding abortion, medical emergencies, doctors liabilities, birth control, miscarriage medication…

Despite what the right is insisting, this is a huge issue for Americans.

1/6 attackers treated with leniency.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/01/jan-6-terrorism-sentencing-penalty-00048922?cid=apn

“Friedrich also said she worried that Reffitt not be unduly punished for deciding to go to trial, rather than enter into a plea bargain with prosecutors.” Hmmm, some young miscreants that have tried that locally got long sentences if they wanted a trial over plea bargaining.

This felon was armed with a gun and attacked the Capitol, engaging with police. He was a gang member. Both before and after the attack, he said he was going to drag legislators by ropes down the steps.

The judge decided to soften what prosecutors were demanding. A man who willingly participated in an effort to overturn the election should be relieved he lives in our country. Somehow I doubt he realizes or appreciates what we have here.

NY Post dumps Trump.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/22/trumps-jan-6-silence-renders-him-unworthy-for-2024-reelection/?utm_campaign=applenews&utm_medium=inline&utm_source=applenews

NY Post is an old paper, founded by Hamilton in 1801. It is part of the Murdoch empire as the working person’s paper that endorsed Trump. Total readership online approaches 80 million, mostly Republican and Trump followers.

“To his eternal shame, as appalled aides implored him to publicly call on his followers to go home, he instead further fanned the flames by tweeting: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”

“Trump has proven himself unworthy to be this country’s chief executive again.”

Trump fans may not watch, or care, about the 1/6 hearings, but they do read right wing media.

Russia’s Central Asian allies watching their backs, but not backing Putin

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-ukraine-kazakhstan-central-asia-11658439761

Even with help from Putin to quell protests in Kazakstan, its leader is looking to supply energy to Europe. It is also beefing up its military so it won’t be the next target for Putin’s ambitions.

The other countries in that area are also cool to the invasion of Ukraine. Belarus may be Putin’s only ally.

Texas legislators threaten Dallas law firm for providing assistance to employees to receive out of state abortions.

https://abovethelaw.com/2022/07/texas-legislators-threaten-sidley-over-abortion-care-travel-costs/

The entire letter from the legislators is in the link. A curious situation is if an employee takes sick leave for an abortion, is that considered illegal if the firm knows. So she should perhaps sign a document with a copy for the state to say she is visiting her mom.

Fascism in Texas. “Your papers. please”.

“To save life of the mother” for abortions removed from the GOP platform in Idaho.

“For the last 49 years we have essentially lost the argument in the culture because we have focused on abortion as the termination of a pregnancy and not the termination of a living human being,” Herdon told delegates.”

“He also said the oath a doctor takes to do no harm covers such situations, and if a doctor is treating a pregnant person and the unborn child, it is in line with standards of medical care to determine who can legitimately be saved. To add exceptions would be to give priority to one patient over the other, he said.”

Considering how powerful the GOP is in Idaho, this is kind of interesting. Now doctors are already wary of treating problem pregnancies, this should be the icing on the cake.

Interesting shift in polls for midterms.

What seemed like a slam dunk for Republicans has now morphed into a much tighter race. Of course all this could change by November. Other polls show Democrats want younger blood in 2024, particularly the under 30 voters. Abortion and shootings are rising to the top of issues for many. Still, Republicans have a large advantage in the Gerrymandering contests.

SCOTUS has been lobbied by the right for years.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/08/religious-right-supreme-court-00044739

“Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who headed the Faith and Action group headquartered near the Supreme Court from 1995 to 2018, said he arranged over the years for about 20 couples to fly to Washington to visit with and entertain Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and the late Antonin Scalia.”

Can we lobby judges that we know will hear our cases in future decisions? Evidently so. If there has been much doubt about whether the Court is above the political arena, it has been erased, in my opinion. Who needs to win elections if you have the judges in your pockets. Reminiscent of Vito Corleone in “The Godfather”.