The nation could see its third all female race for the United States Senate if Republican Linda Smith, known for her tough stance on campaign donations, sweeps the Sept. 15 GOP primaries in Washington state. Smith, who is favored in the primary election, has heavily criticized political action committees and says her term will be aimed at "cleaning up the system" of special interests so that the nation's deepest problems can be solved.
Smith's Democratic incumbent opponent is Patty Murray , who President Clinton has praised for her tireless work with children and the environment. Murry faces only token primary opposition in her race to be re-elected. Democrats, anxious to improve their 45 seat minority in the 100-seat Senate, are anxious to retain Murray's seat.
The last all-woman electoral race was in Maryland in 1986.
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. . . .
10/29/2014 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. . . .