Women’s March, Tucson
One day after Donald Trump became president of the United States the world saw the largest mass protest ever.
On January 21, 2017, the Women’s March on Washington drew more participants than Trump’s inauguration the day before, and “sister marches” were held in 600 locations around the world. If you are a long-time follower of my blogging, you know that I have attended and videotaped many protests, marches and rallies. This was by far the largest protest march I have seen in my 35 years in Tucson. It was impressive.
The Tucson marchers were a diverse group. Although the event was dubbed the Women’s March, everyone was invited, and everyone came. From children to seniors, all ages were represented. There was an impressive number of men who marched, and the LGBTQ, Latino, and African American communities were also well-represented. There were people in strollers and people who use wheelchairs. For more photos, go to my Facebook page. (Video after the jump.)
Posted in Abortion, Activism, Civil Rights, Community, Drug Policy, Economics, Elections, environment, Ethics, Gender Equality, Healthcare, Immigration, Justice, Pamela Powers Hannley, Tucson
Tagged ACA, Affordable Care Act, Equal Rights Amendment, ERA
I warned you about this months ago. The authoritarian Tea-Publcians intend to use the budget reconciliation process to complete the budget that the last Congress failed to pass as the vehicle for repealing the Affordable Care Act aka “ObamamCare” and to give their wealthy benefactors a massive tax cut. They have also now added defunding Planned Parenthood to the reconciliation bill.
The reason for this is that under the budget reconciliation process, it only requires a simple majority vote and there is no filibuster in the Senate. Eddie Munster’s Monstrous Plan for America (snippet):
POLITICO Tiger Beat on The Potomac, reports Ryan plans to steamroll Democrats with budget tool:
If Donald Trump is elected president and Republicans hold onto Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan is bluntly promising to ram a partisan agenda through Capitol Hill next year, with Obamacare repeal and trillion-dollar tax cuts likely at the top of the list. And Democrats would be utterly defenseless to stop them.
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Ryan peeled back the curtain on his strategy at a news conference last week after a reporter suggested he would struggle to implement his ambitious agenda next year. After all, it was noted, Republicans are certain to lack the 60 votes needed in the Senate to break Democratic filibusters on legislation. So Ryan gave a minitutorial on congressional rules and the bazooka in his pocket for the assembled reporters.
“This is our plan for 2017,” Ryan said, waving a copy of his “Better Way” policy agenda. “Much of this you can do through budget reconciliation.” He explained that key pieces are “fiscal in nature,” meaning they can be moved quickly through a budget maneuver that requires a simple majority in the Senate and House. “This is our game plan for 2017,” Ryan said again to the seemingly unconvinced press.
The New York Times has an explainer piece on The Parliamentary Tactic That Could Obliterate Obamacare.
Posted in Abortion, AZBlueMeanie, Budgets, Congress, Corruption, Economics, GOP War On..., Healthcare, Legislation, Party Politics, President, Scandals, Taxes
Tagged Budget Reconciliation, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, U.S. Senate, women's health, Women's Rights
Women’s reproductive rights are now in the cross-hairs of the Forced Birthers, and Roe v. Wade is threatened by the Trump administration. Empowered by Trump, Ohio legislature passes ‘heartbeat’ bill that would ban most abortions:
Ohio lawmakers passed a bill late Tuesday that would prohibit abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected — at around six weeks, before many women realize they are pregnant.
If Gov. John Kasich (R) signs the bill, it would pose a direct challenge to Supreme Court decisions that have found that women have a constitutional right to abortion until the point of viability, which is typically pegged around 24 weeks. Similar bills have been blocked by the courts. Because of this, even many antiabortion advocates have opposed such measures.
But some Ohio Republicans said they were empowered to support the bill because of President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion nationally.
There is one vacancy on the Supreme Court, left by Antonin Scalia, a conservative justice who died this year. Another conservative justice in his place would not likely change the dynamics of the court enough to alter the chances for such a bill. But that could change if Trump gets the opportunity during his term to appoint a replacement for one of the more liberal justices.
The vote is the latest sign that Trump’s election has energized conservatives on cultural matters, even as his campaign was built around an economic message. Social conservatives were heartened by his choice for vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), who shepherded some of the nation’s strictest abortion laws in his state. They have watched approvingly as his cabinet picks have almost uniformly been outspoken against abortion rights.
Posted in Abortion, AZBlueMeanie, Civil Rights, Constitution, Courts, GOP War On..., Healthcare, Legislation, Party Politics, President, Religion, Science
Tagged women's health, Women's Rights
Residents of Legislative District 9 have a clear choice for Arizona House. Two Democrats Rep. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley are running against Tea Party candidate Ana Henderson.
The Clean Elections debate revealed major differences between Henderson’s extreme Tea Party positions and the two Democrats’ views.
To simplify your voting decision, I revised my ven diagram comparing where I stand on the issues and where Henderson stands.
Posted in Abortion, Arizona State Legislature, Campaigns, Economics, Elections, GOP War On..., Gun Policies, Healthcare, IOKIYAR, Labor, Pamela Powers Hannley, Science, Tucson
Tagged 2016 election, Ana Henderson, minimum wage, pamela powers hannley, trickle down economics
The Arizona Clean Elections Commission recently hosted a debate between the three candidates vying for two seats in the Arizona House: Democrats Rep. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley (me) and Tea Party Republican Ana Henderson.
This debate was the first candidate forum that Henderson participated in with the two Democrats, and it’s likely the last. With 75 or more people from both parties, the debate was well-attended. The audience submitted many great questions. Some questions are asked of all candidates– like education funding, climate change, Prop 205 (marijuana legalization), and Prop 206 (raising the minimum wage).
Below is the video.
Posted in Abortion, Arizona State Legislature, Civil Rights, Debates, Drug Policy, Economics, Education, Elections, GOP War On..., IOKIYAR, Labor, Pamela Powers Hannley, Party Politics, Political Events, Tucson
Tagged Ana Henderson, marijuana legalization, minimum wage, pamela powers hannley, public education, Randy Friese