Gender Gap Gives Bustamente Edge in Recall Election
A significant gender gap favors California's current lieutenant governor over leading Republican challenger Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming recall election in California. Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a Democrat, is ahead in a recent statewide poll by 5 points, but among women voters he is ahead of Schwarzenegger by 13 points. The recent withdrawal of Republican Peter Ueberroth did not impact the standing of the leading candidates in the California gubernatorial recall election, according to a Field Poll released today. Bustamante is also ahead of Schwarzenegger in most racial/ethnic categories, most significantly leading by 39 points among African-American voters.
Schwarzenegger has received much media attention recently over derogatory comments he's made over the years about women. A recent Salon article detailed his history of misogynistic behavior, from a 1997 interview in Oui magazine in which he claims to have participated in group sex with an African-American (whether it was consensual or not he doesn't say) to his recent comments in Entertainment Weekly that he enjoyed his role in the recent "Terminator" movie because "How many times do you get away with this - to take a woman, grab her upside down, and bury her face in a toilet bowl?"
Sharing the ballot with Schwarzenegger and Bustamante in the special election on Oct. 7 is Proposition 54, an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative that would eliminate collection of racial data by most state and local agencies. Opponents of the proposal insist that without racial data, the progress of minority or disadvantaged groups in fields such as academics, law enforcement, and medicine is impossible to track. Bustamante recently announced that he would spend $4 million to defeat the ballot initiative with commercials depicting himself denouncing the proposition, according to the LA Times. Ward Connerly, the lead proponent of Prop. 54 as well as the driving force behind Prop. 209, which eliminated race- and gender-based affirmative action in state public works projects and college admissions, virtually conceded defeat upon hearing Bustamante's plan. He told the Times that this money "probably dooms" the ballot initiative, adding, "I'm never throwing in the towel. But I've been around the block. There is no way we can match that."
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .