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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Patty Murray, Kim Schrier release new ads in wake of Alito court’s Dobbs decision

Excerpt: In the spots, Murray and Schrier speak directly to voters in a single take, emphasizing that they are unequivocally committed to reproductive rights, while noting that their opponents are not.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Alito court overturns Roe v. Wade, allowing states to criminalize reproductive rights

Excerpt: In an extreme decision, the United States Supreme Court has gutted almost fifty years of precedent and removed recognition of an important right supported by a majority of Americans.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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After decades of inaction, U.S. Senate passes modest bipartisan gun safety package

Excerpt: "This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans. Kids in schools and communities will be safer because of it. The House of Representatives should promptly vote on this bipartisan bill and send it to my desk," said President Joe Biden.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announces deal to advance modest gun safety package

Excerpt: Considering that the Senate has done pretty much nothing to protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence for decades, this is indeed a breakthrough. It is far from enough, but it is a start... and we have to start somewhere.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Patty Murray urges Republicans to stop blocking gun safety bills in the U.S. Senate

Excerpt: Washington State has shown what can be accomplished even in the face of strident opposition from the gun lobby, but Congress has not, because Senate Republicans have sadly blocked any and all progress to date.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Most Washington voters strongly support a ban on military-style assault weapons

Excerpt: A majority of likely 2022 voters in Washington State support a ban on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle, with over fifty percent expressing strong support, NPI's most recent statewide survey has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offers new legislation to prevent gun violence

Excerpt: While the U.S. Senate once more strives to come up with a watered down gun safety bill, the government of Canada is preparing decisive action to cap gun culture and get military-style assault weapons out of Canadians’ hands.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Republicans lament slaughter of kids and teachers in Uvalde, but make it clear they’ll do nothing to stop it from happening again

Excerpt: Republicans cannot go against the NRA and the groups aligned with it, not even after the slaughter of schoolchildren and their teachers in a Republican-run state.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Fifteen slaughtered in Uvalde, Texas by gunman who targeted elementary school

Excerpt: The shooting is the country's deadliest so far this year, and horrifically similar to a shooting from almost ten years ago, in which a gunman attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Reagan Dunn votes against reproductive rights as Democrats vow to make abortion care an issue in the 2022 midterms

Excerpt: If you missed the movie “Twister,” watch what Dunn, who is challenging Representative Kim Schrier, says and does on reproductive rights. His mother, the late United States Representative Jennifer Dunn, who retired in 2004, was a Reagan Republican, but pro-choice.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Joe Manchin joins Republicans to defeat Women’s Health Protection Act in U.S. Senate

Excerpt: The bill, known as the Women's Health Protection Act, had been expected to get filibustered. Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer staged the vote anyway to put Republicans on record as opposed to reproductive rights
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Distract and distort: Republicans declare Alito Court the victim after anti-Roe draft leaks

Excerpt: The extreme right wing has moved quickly to distract and distort in the wake of Politico's publication of Samuel Alito's draft opinion holding that the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was egregiously wrong.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts admits that leaked Alito draft is authentic

Excerpt: A draft of a majority opinion overturning the United States Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 and leaked to Politico is authentic, Chief Justice John Roberts has admitted in a statement released by the Court.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Draft of opinion overturning Roe v. Wade leaks out of the United States Supreme Court

Excerpt: Authored by Samuel Alito, one of George W. Bush's two Supreme Court appointees, the draft declares that "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start" and "the decision has had damaging consequences."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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