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My husband is watching college football right now, flipping between several games. During the past half hour I’ve seen two different Democratic candidates for Virginia state office running ads on how they will protect abortion rights and calling out their GOP opponents for criminalizing women. I’ve never seen anything like these ads before with candidates, one a man, openly & proudly supporting reproductive healthcare rights, in a southern state, during football no less. I don’t know how widely these ads are running, perhaps only in the DC suburbs, but it feels significant.

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The Yost analysis is actually a good thing, because its publication will make it much more difficult for Republicans to argue in court that the amendment should be read narrowly. It is another example of Republicans shooting themselves in the foot.

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Passing the ballot measures in Ohio, Missouri, and Florida - and let's get some other red states where it's possible on this list - is only the beginning. Because here's what's next: Dave Yost is saying one thing about the amendment now, but when it passes, he will switch 180 degrees to saying that (for some absurd reason) the amendment doesn't actually affect Ohio's abortion laws at all. Republican attorneys general and administrations are going to argue that the abortion laws which Republican legislators in these states passed are still constitutional, and they'll be making those arguments to Republican judges. There's no particular reason to think they won't try to create an alternate reality, one very different from what the voters want and put into place. Postulating nonsensical realities is what they do. It's ALL they do.

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I needed that end bit, with the good news about those women running for office in Tennessee and Louisiana.

And, Mike Lee is a despicable creep. Let's not forget; he was also up to his eyeballs in Trump's slow-motion coup after the 11/2020 election.

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Excellent as always, thanks Jessica!

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"These Doors Stay Open" = a powerful message

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