Today’s roundup is all about the politicians and the
things they do in their attempts to keep supporters happy.
First up, in an unexpected move Senator Arlen Specter
has said he will vote to ratify Dawn Johnsen,
nominee for head of the Office of Legal Counsel. This would provide the 60th
vote in the Senate and potentially break the logjam holding up her nomination.
"After voting ‘pass’ [which means no position] in the
Judiciary Committee, I had a second extensive meeting with Ms. Johnsen and have
been prepared to support her nomination when it reaches the Senate floor,"
Specter said in a statement circulated by his office.
Since last year Republicans have been blocking
Johnsen’s nomination from coming to a full Senate vote partially on the idea
that some of her past work as legal
director for NARAL made her too controversial.
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During her Senate Judiciary hearing last February
Sen. Specter questioned Johnsen’s position on abortion bans. But Specter, a brand-new
"Democrat" since April, may be feeling the heat from Rep. Joe Sestak, his Democratic primary challenger, which
could explain why he changed his mind.
Meanwhile another politician that is trying to shore
up his support among women voters is Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate
Scott Brown. Martha
Coakley, the democratic candidate, issued a new television ad that highlights a
2005 amendment Brown sponsored in the state Senate that would have allowed
medical staff at hospitals to deny
rape victims a emergency contraception if it "conflicts with a sincerely
held religious belief.”
The amendment, which did not pass, was
attached to a bill that he ultimately voted for, which required emergency rooms
to provide the contraceptives to rape victims…
Brown and his supporters have declined
to discuss the underpinnings of his amendment, instead trying to focus on the
fact that he supported the overall legislation. He also voted to override a
veto by Governor Mitt Romney.
Brown has also declined to discuss his
"It’s irrelevant; it’s a red
herring,” he told reporters after Monday night’s debate, as an aide cut off
While Brown isn’t speaking up about this amendment
his daughters are willing to come forward to vouch
B. Anthony List, the anti-choice counterpoint to Emily’s List, had
supporters gather outside Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s office in Toledo, Ohio. The
group wanted to urge Rep. Kaptur to continue her support for keeping the Stupak
Amendment in the final health care reform package. Kaptur was one of only two
Democratic women representatives that voted for the Stupak amendment.
item: Jury selection in the Scott Roeder trial is set to
begin today, just after the Kansas Supreme Court ordered Sedgwick County Judge
Warren Wilbert to reconsider
his decision to keep jury selection secret.
Why Do Scott Brown And The GOP Hate
Rape Victims? Air America (press
Abortion takes stage in Senate race
Are we inciting unlawful sex?
Malta Independent Online
Supporter sparked by Brown’s stand
Team 4: Bob Casey Heckled By Anti-Abortion Protesters ThePittsburghChannel.com
Judge to rethink jury selection in abortion murder Washington
Kaptur lauded for anti-abortion vote Toledo Blade
More attention needed on health
Franken & Snowe Introduce
Military EC Bill Ms. Magazine
the Massachusetts election: a pro-life dilemma Catholic
Judge recuses herself from trial of
Notre Dame pro-life protesters Catholic News Agency
Gillibrand is running scared
New York Daily News
Pro-choice activist adds lobbying
Feminists for Choice
Don’t use tax money to subsidize abortions
Asbury Park Press