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  • Competitive House Race Surfaces in Maine (ME-2 open?)

    07/01/2013 6:40:09 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 13 replies
    CQ Roll Call ^ | June 13, 2013 | Emily Cahn
    Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud’s Thursday announcement that he is exploring a run for governor in Maine could spark crowded primaries for his competitive 2nd District. Michaud has won that district with comfortable margins for six terms, but his seat could be competitive if he launches a gubernatorial bid. President Barack Obama won it with 53 percent last year. “This obviously becomes a nationally targeted race if Michaud runs for governor,” said Erik Potholm, a Republican consultant who has worked extensively in Maine politics. “For Republicans, it’s a tremendous opportunity to pick up a new seat, because the … rural...
  • The abortion ban Texas is debating? It already exists in 12 other states.

    07/01/2013 4:59:34 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2013 | By Sarah Kliff
    The Texas Senate will reconvene Monday afternoon to once again take up Senate Bill 5. The measure would, among other things, ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation. While the bill has received nationwide media attention, Texas would not be setting a precedent with its passage. Since 2010, a dozen states have passed similar legislation. You can see them below, in this map: Nebraska was the first state to pass such legislation in 2010, when it was aiming to push a late-term abortion clinic outside of its state borders. Eleven states have since followed in its footsteps and, if Senate Bill...
  • Abortion: An Inconvenient Truth

    11/06/2011 11:44:57 AM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/1/11 | Ken Connor
    For decades now, the "pro-choice" movement has successfully distorted the abortion debate by ignoring the essential question – is an unborn child a living human or isn't it? – in favor of their infamous "right to choose" canard. A recent op-ed in the Washington Post entitled "How an anti-abortion push to redefine 'person' could hurt women's rights" employs this tactic shamelessly: "The people who attack reproductive rights are turning a blind eye to the impossible choices families have to make together, instead callously insisting that it’s lawmakers who know what’s best for women, not women themselves. . . . The...
  • Wesley J. Smith: The "Duty to Die" Advances”

    10/20/2011 3:54:45 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Is there such a thing as a “duty to die?” Some notable voices in bioethics say, yes. They believe that as a matter of distributive justice, when people reach a certain advanced age, severe disability, or very poor health, they owe it to society, their families—and even themselves—to allow life to (or make it) end. Thus, in 1997, University of Tennessee bioethics professor, John Hardwig, wrote in the prestigious Hastings Center Report, “A duty to die is more likely when continuing to live will impose significant burdens—emotional burdens, extensive caregiving, destruction of life plans, and yes, financial hardship—on your family...