Denise Majette Makes History with US Senate Nomination
Denise Majette became the first woman and the first black candidate nominated to the US Senate in Georgia following her Democratic runoff victory Tuesday. Majette, a pro-choice first-term member of Congress who earned a 100 percent rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, easily defeated her opponent, businessman Cliff Oxford. Aside from its history-making aspects, Majette’s campaign was remarkable for its small budget and strong emphasis on grassroots organizing. Because of her limited spending capability, Majette ran no TV ads in her primary campaign, reports the Associated Press, instead relying on a grassroots effort that took her message to the streets to reach voters.
Majette will face a tough race against Republican Johnny Isakson in November in a race that many say has little chance of victory, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Isakson is well known in Georgia and, like Majette’s opponent in the primary, has much more money to spend. Majette, however, remains committed, telling the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “They called me a long shot before; now they call me congresswoman.” If elected, Majette will be the only black woman serving in the US Senate and the first since Illinois Senator Carol Moseley Braun, who left the Senate in 1999.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .