Short Takes For A Holiday Week
Last night the conservative fifth circuit ruled that that the FDA’s initial approval of mifepristone (abortion pill) could remain in effect. However, it did not allow mailing of the pill.
Thus, this case will likely end up at the Supreme Court.
This ruling will reduce coverage somewhat, but does not solve the GOP issue. They have to find a solution here or nothing else matters. It is issue number one with too many key voters.
“It’s time for @SenFeinstein to resign. We need to put the country ahead of personal loyalty. While she has had a lifetime of public service, it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties.” That was a fellow progressive Democrat in her home state of California. (Congressman Khanna)
Feinstein has been out since announcing she had shingles. There was pressure on her to announce she would not run again in 2024, and she has done that. Now new pressure.
In a 51-49 senate with two senators, Manchin and Sinema, not always toeing the party line and another, Fetterman, missing so much time, it is vital to have your party senators in the chamber.
Isn’t it amazing how Donald Trump keeps widening his lead in the Republican primary and falling further behind in the general election polls?
If the Republicans, as the minority party, continue down this track they are setting themselves up for a major defeat next year.
Here’s a report from Axios on the party that tells the story:
First, the 2018 House elections were a disaster for Republicans: Democrats had a net gain of 40 seats to take over the House — their largest gain since the post-Watergate election of 1974.
Then, Trump lost the presidency.
Next, Republicans blew two runoff elections in Georgia and lost control of the U.S. Senate. The runoffs took place a day before Trump backers stormed the Capitol.
Then, Republicans won the legal fight over abortion as Trump-appointed justices helped ensure the reversal of Roe v Wade. But the GOP lost a series of political battles over it afterward — a reflection of polls indicating that most Americans support abortion rights. GOP-led state legislatures have shown no signs of slowing their push to enact stricter abortion bans, suggesting continuing political backlash.
Republicans put high-profile election deniers on the 2022 midterm ballot in key state and federal races — only to see several lose winnable elections.
Republicans blew a chance to control the Senate by nominating too many hard-to-elect-in-a-swing-state Trump facsimiles. Their hopes of a big House majority were erased for the same reason, creating constant headaches for new Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Just this week, progressive Democrats triumphed in two of this year’s most consequential elections. Brandon Johnson, a teachers’ union organizer, was elected Chicago mayor. In swing state Wisconsin, Democrat-backed Janet Protasiewicz flipped the state Supreme Court to liberals in a landslide, after leaning into her support for abortion rights.
Senate Republicans have been gifted a historically favorable 2024 map — but hard-right candidates who appeal to the GOP base again threaten to inject uncertainty into at least five winnable races.
Trump is driving an agenda dominated by vengeance and victimhood, diverting Republicans from the inflation- and crime-centered messages that helped them in the midterms.
Lastly, today, how’s your mail service? Do you know the price of a stamp is going up again?
“The U.S. Postal Service is raising mail prices for most users, pushing the cost of a first-class stamp from 63 cents to 66 cents.”
The new rates, which also cover other mail items, including periodicals and advertising mailers, are poised to take effect July 9 unless overruled by the postal regulator.
“The 5.4 percent increase across all first-class mail products is the agency’s fourth rate hike in two years.
It also brings the price of a stamp, a baseline for postage products, up 32 percent since 2019, when a stamp ran 50 cents.”
Why it matters: If the 3-cent increase is approved, it’d be the shortest time between increases in the Postal Service’s history.
Rates have already gone up three times since 2021. Between 1970 and 2000, rates increased just three to four times a decade.
Here’s a thought. How about cancelling Saturday delivery and cutting costs. The world has moved to electronic delivery; how about instead of doing more of the same, you do less and cut costs?