A Pivotal Point For America

The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg


The Supreme Court Overturns Roe vs Wade

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to abortion.

In the leaked draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. presents what he sees as his most convincing arguments for permitting legislatures to ban abortion. He does so by repeatedly quoting Sir Matthew Hale, a judge who believed women could be witches, assumed women were liars and thought husbands owned their wives’ bodies. Echoes of Hale’s suspicion of women still reverberate in American law and culture, helping rapists avoid punishment.

The question is whether this decision, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor predicted, will produce a jurisprudential tsunami that could sweep away other precedents, too. The Courts’ reasoning was wrapped around the argument that ” a right to abortion cannot be found in the Constitution or inferred from its provisions.” The same could be said for contraception, gay intimacy and same-sex marriage, rights established by three Supreme Court decisions

The decision eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion after almost 50 years was met with celebration and anger across the country. It could lead to all but total bans on the procedure in about half of the states.

Few Americans support making abortions illegal.

The majority of Americans don’t want to overturn Roe. Americans’ feelings about abortion vary, though. Support for abortion in very Republican-leaning states, especially in the South, is low. Polls have found that support for abortion can change depending on the situation, too. Support for the right to abortion drops after the first trimester. In addition, there’s far more support for legal abortions in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

The Senate failed to advance bill to protect abortion rights. Democrats control 50 seats in the Senate.This will mark the second time the Senate has attempted to move legislation forward protecting abortion access nationwide. In February, the upper chamber took up the House-passed Women’s Health Protection Act, but failed to advance the measure in a 46 to 48 vote, well short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

Republican Senators have begun discussing federal legislation to ban abortion nationwide if they win Senate control in the midterms as they’ll be under intense pressure to end abortion even in blue states.

The overturn of Roe v Wade and its effect over key primary and general elections

Democrats, looking to hold on to their slim control of Congress, are hoping that abortion will galvanize their voters in an otherwise tough year for the party — one that has been characterized by low approval ratings for President Biden and frustrations over the economy and inflation.

Pro-life and Pro-choice language is now working its way into campaigns. Some believe the midterms biggest abortion battleground is Pennsylvania where the leading Republicans running for governor want to outlaw abortion. Across the nation abortion is starting to reshape notable midterm campaigns. The Pennsylvania Republican primary race for Governor and U.S. Senate, a Democratic rematch in Texas, and the Arizona Republican primary race for U.S Senate are now generating language and positions in what Arizona Senator Kelly has framed as a “generational fight for freedoms”.

The Midterm Primaries (Updated October 7)

The Trump Variable

The day after F.B.I. agents searched his home in Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald J. Trump yet again illustrated his electoral pull on the Republican Party.
In a series of primaries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont and Connecticut on Tuesday — and in a newly conceded race from last week’s election in Washington State — Mr. Trump’s candidates scored victories and his enemies drew defeats, with a notable exception.

10 U.S. Senate Races To Watch (Updated October 7)

A single state could shift power in the Senate, where Democrats maintain a tenuous advantage by virtue of having the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. Thirty-five Senate seats are at stake in 2022, but the list of races considered competitive is much smaller. Most are in states that President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump contested fiercely in 2020. I will update final results, and link campaign sites to the Democrats who prevail.

Ohio – Primary Results
Democrat Representative Tim Ryan will be running against Republican J.D. Vance (t)

Pennsylvania – Primary Results
Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be running against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz (t),

North Carolina – Primary Result
Democrat Cheri Beasley will be running against Republican Representative Ted Budd (t)

Georgia – Primary Results
Democrat Incumbent Senator Ralphael Warnock will be running against Republican Herschel Walker (t)

Nevada – Primary Results
Democrat Incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto will be running against Republican Adam Laxalt (t)

Arizona – Primary Results
Democrat Incumbent Senator Mark Kelly will be running against Republican Blake Masters (t)

Wisconsin – Primary Results
Democratic Mandela Barnes will be running against Republican Senator Ronald Johnson (t)

Alaska – Primary Results
Republican Incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski had the lead (45%) followed by Republican candidate Kelly Tshibaka (t) (38.6%) , Democrat Patricia Chesbro (6.8%) and Republican Buzz Kelley (2.1%). These top four vote-getters will compete on a ranked-choice ballot in November.

Florida – Primary Results
Democrat Representative Val B. Demmings will be running against Republican Incumbent Senator Marco Rubio (t)

New Hampshire– Sept 13
Democrat Incumbent Senator Maggie Hassan will be running against Republican Donald Bolduc

9 Critical House Races To Watch (Updated October 7)

Only a handful of races in November will determine if Democrats hold onto their slim majority over Republicans in the House of Representatives — an outcome that is critical to the political fate of President Biden.

Ohio’s 13th District – Primary Results
Democrat Emilia Strong Sykes will be running against Republican Madison Gesiotto Gilbert (t)

North Carolina’s 13th District – Primary Results
Democrat State Senator Wiley Nickel will be running against Republican Representative Bo Hines (t)

Texas’s 15th District – Primary Results
Democrat Michelle Vallejo, will be running against Republican Monica De La Cruz(t)

Texas’s 28th District – Primary Results
Democrat Incumbent Representative Henry Cuellar will be running against Republican Candidate Cassy Garcia

California’s 45 District – Primary Results
Democrat Primary Candidate Jay Chen will be running against Republican Michele Steel

New Jersey’s 7th District – Primary Results
Democrat Incumbent Tom Malinowski will be running against Republican Thomas Kean

Colorado’s 8th District – Primary Results
Democrat Dr. Yadira Caraveo will be running against Republican Barb Kirkmeyer

Michigan’s 7th District – Primary Results
Democrat Incumbent Representative Elissa Slotkin will be running against Republican Tom Barrett

Michigan’s 8th District – Primary Results
Democrat Incumbent Representative Dan Kildee is facing Republican Paul Junge

4 Critical New York House Races To Watch (Updated Oct 7)

New York – Primary Results

New York 3rd District
Democrat Candidates include Robert Zimmerman will be running against Republican George Devolder-Santos

New York 18th District
Democrat Candidates Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will be running against Republican Colin J. Schmitt

New York 19th District
Democrat Candidate Jaime Cheney will be running against Republican Marcus Molinaro

New York 22nd District
Democrat Candidate Francis Conole will be running against Republican Candidate Brandon Williams

The Cook Political Report 2022

What races are worth supporting? The “toss up” races are the most competitive; so either party has a good chance of winning in either the 2022 House Races or the 2022 Senate Races. The new ratings on this site will be issued on a rolling basis as states finalize new redistricting maps. I’ll focus on these races in the posts ahead.


The overturning of Roe v Wade and its fallout across the nation.

Support, Donate & Rally

Donations go beyond funding abortions, helping patients in other ways
Naral Pro Choice America
The Abortion Care Network
Planned Parenthood
Here are 19 more funds to consider donating to.

Find a local rally location in your state and join.

Midterm Elections: Confirm where your candidate stands in regard to the right to an abortion as established in Roe v. Wade.

Critical Senate and House Races

Volunteer, Donate & Support

Get to know the candidates running in the primaries and decide who you would support. I’ve linked campaign websites to leading Democratic candidates and will continue to do so as the primary results pour in. Attend virtual and public town halls, street fairs, and fundraisers. Ask questions. Find out how you can help. Set up a free account with Act Blue which coordinates donations for candidates and causes throughout the nation.

There are multiple voter registration drives, in addition to Get Out The Vote initiatives to become involved in:

League of Women Voters

Rock The Vote

Here are more top rated organizations protecting voting rights in America.

Helping nationwide.

Many organizations are asking for support in preparation for the midterm elections, with postcard & letter writing, phone banking, texting and canvassing.

Vote Forward

Postcard to Voters

Postcards to Swing States


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The Power of Statehouse Elections

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