Re-Election Uncertain for Boxer, Murray, Moseley-Braun
1992, the year of the woman, saw democrats Barbara Boxer, Carol Moseley-Braun, and Patty Murray elected to the Senate. Six years later, all three women are up for re-election and running in very tight races.
The press has been flooded with stories on the Clinton scandal, leaving little room to cover candidates and their issues in this fall's election. "This campaign in many ways is a very surreal campaign. Nobody, or almost nobody, is focusing on the issues. . .so I've got to do it myself," Boxer commented.
Moseley-Braun and Murray will also face difficult races in November. Murray still holds a small margin over conservative Republican opponent, Rep. Linda Smith in Washington state. However, she has had unfavorable job ratings recently, and a fifth of area voters remain undecided.
In Illinois, Mosely-Braun lost 10 points in the latest polls, attributed to negative allegations. Another setback came Sunday when the Chicago Tribune endorsed her Republican opponent, State Sen. Peter Fizgerald.
Boxer continues to run a close race in California against Republican Matt Fong. Currently polls show Fong leading 48 percent to 44 percent with 8 percent left undecided.
Boxer, Murray, and Moseley-Braun need the support of women in order to beat out their popular opponents next month.
As it stands, Republicans need just five more seats to form a stonewall majority in the Senate. The loss of Boxer, Murray, and Moseley-Braun would provide three.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .