Christine Gregoire Only 42 Votes Away from Washington Governorship
With Christine Gregoire, the Democratic candidate for Governor in Washington, only 42 votes behind Republican candidate Dino Rossi, the state faces an unprecedented statewide hand recount of Washington's 2.9 million ballots. Rossi was certified the winner last week, but the Democratic Party agreed to pay more than $700,000 for a hand recount of the ballots that is not likely to finish until the week of Christmas, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Democrats have filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court to make counties reconsider previously rejected ballots, according to the Seattle Times.
The first vote count found the candidates 142 votes apart, and a machine recount brought that number to 42. Despite the fact that Rossi is less than two thousandths of 1 percent ahead of Washington state Attorney General Gregoire, he is accusing the candidate of “trying to overturn the legitimate result of this election by any means necessary, ethical or not,” according to Rossi spokeswoman Mary Lane, the Seattle Times reports. John Kerry has joined the fight in Washington, sending the Democratic Party there $200,000 leftover from his campaign funds to support the recount, AP reports.
Media Resources: Associated Press 12/5/04, 12/6/04; Seattle Times 12/4/04
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. . . .