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Checkout the 11/29 episode of “the daily” podcast. Turns out abortions have increased nationwide since the overturning of Roe. Another example of fuck you we win!

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Thanks, Jessica. I actually find shorter emails a bit easier to handle so I like this new approach.

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I am watching this, doc about Romania's Decree 770 which banned abortion and contraception. Other docs have been focused on the orphanages, this is about the women. Some of it is reminiscent of the USA now. 'When is an abortion needed to save a woman's life, a Dr has to have approval from a militia man or policeman to perform it' https://youtu.be/rNP-ybp0AYo?si=mgTdnGzoaVcvBs5W

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Those anti choice folks saying that people don't get to vote because they made their choice by electing their representatives are spouting a faulty argument since Ohio allows citizens to submit amendments. This is in line with the funding fathers who always saw the people as the final protection against a corrupt government.

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How can the Catholic Church keep its tax exempt status when they’re literally stealing money from parishioners to make women 2nd class citizens? It’s a travesty. Tax the churches now.

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One other thing, separate from the other comment, is I do still think our side should be more careful about how we talk about gerrymandering. Wherever Republicans win statewide elections, you would expect them to win the legislatures, regardless of the maps. Maps can give them more seats than what's fair, but it's less common to flip control. For an example of that you need something like my home state of Wisconsin, where Democrats often get narrow statewide victories but the legislature is rock solid Republican. Our supreme court is looking at those maps right now btw. In the past it's been an issue in Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they have maps that are supposed to be neutral now, and it's just that geography gives Republicans an edge because the Democratic vote is so concentrated in a few cities. North Carolina is a problem but that's because the voters elected a Republican supreme court (among other statewide races). If Democrats ever start winning state races in Georgia, then that could be a situation like WI, MI, PA. But Texas, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and all the other southern and western states with horrific bans, have solidly Republican legislatures not because of gerrymandering, but because these are red states, full of voters who don't like Democrats and elect people like Mike DeWine, Ron DeSantis, and Greg Abbott, by double digits. If we tell Democratic voters they don't win because 'gerrymandering', that's not an accurate representation of the facts, and holding misinformation tends to make it harder for people to address the problems that do exist.

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If Republicans win next year's election we won't have to worry about democracy anymore anyway. People here understand, but every citizen needs to know that a Republican win would give them complete control of all branches of the federal government, putting them in a stronger position than any party since at least the Democrats in 1965. I'd be very surprised if they didn't very quickly become very unpopular, and that's when they have to decide if they really want to risk losing their power in free and fair elections in '26 and '28. My guess is not, and they push the limits of what's within the bounds of democracy, with 'national security' laws to stifle dissent and such. This newsletter is the type of publication that wouldn't be allowed by the end of 2025, or maybe it would be technically legal but Jessica wouldn't be allowed to publish it. Anyhow happy holidays.

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