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Supreme Court rules there is no constitutional right to abortion; overturns Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, in which it held there is no right to abortion under the U.S. Constitution. The court’s decision explicitly overturned its previous rulings in Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey (1992). The decision in Dobbs came nearly eight weeks after a draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion was leaked on May 2.
MISSISSIPPI STATE

ICYMI: Top stories of the week

Another look at Texas’ 34th Congressional District special election. On June 14, Mayra Flores (R) defeated Dan Sanchez (D), Rene Coronado (D), and Juana Cantu-Cabrera (R), claiming for the GOP Filemon Vela’s (D) previous district. Vela resigned on March 31. Flores will serve the remainder of Vela’s term, which ends in January 2023.
TEXAS STATE

Union Station: Public-sector labor policy litigation four years post-Janus

Note: The next edition of Union Station will be on July 8. In the meantime, have a happy Fourth of July!. Public-sector labor policy litigation four years post-Janus. June 27 marks the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision. The court held that public-sector unions may not require non-member employees to pay agency fees covering the costs of non-political union activities, overturning precedent established in 1977.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE

Election Legislation Weekly Digest: June 24, 2022

Here is our weekly round-up on election-related legislation. In it, you’ll find the following information:. Noteworthy bills: Here, we identify and report on the contents and legislative status of noteworthy bills. Recent activity: Here, we report on the number of bills acted on within the past week. The big...
ELECTIONS

Decade-high rate of state legislative open seats

Welcome to the Friday, June 24, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day:. The percentage of state legislative open seats is at a decade-high. Election preview—Illinois’ Republican gubernatorial primary. The percentage of state legislative open seats is at a decade-high. A...
ILLINOIS STATE

Incumbent O’Connor faces challenger Drummond in Republican primary for Oklahoma attorney general

Incumbent John O’Connor and Gentner Drummond are running in the Republican primary for attorney general of Oklahoma on June 28. Libertarian candidate Lynda Steele is running in the general election, but no Democratic candidate filed to run, meaning that the winner of the Republican primary will be heavily favored in November. Republicans have held the office of Oklahoma attorney general continuously since voters elected Scott Pruitt (R) to the position in 2010.
OKLAHOMA STATE

Heart of the Primaries 2022, Republicans-Issue 28

Welcome to The Heart of the Primaries, Republican Edition. In this issue: This week’s marquee primary results and responses to Eric Greitens’ new ad. Here are recent results from marquee elections we’ve been following. Alabama U.S. Senate primary runoff: Katie Britt defeated Mo Brooks 63% to 37%...
ELECTIONS

Heart of the Primaries 2022, Democrats-Issue 28

Welcome to The Heart of the Primaries, Democratic Edition. In this issue: Updates on Alaska’s special House primary and SEIU switches candidates in FL-20 Here are recent results from marquee elections we’ve been following. Alaska’s special U.S. House primary: Sarah Palin (R), Nick Begich III (R), Al Gross...
ELECTIONS

Across 10 states, attorneys general have collectively raised $48.4 million this election cycle

In the current election cycle across 10 states, attorneys general have collectively raised $48.4 million. Nearly half of that number has come from Josh Shapiro (D-Pa.), who has raised $20.5 million running for governor rather than for re-election. Two other attorneys general—Rob Bonta of California ($8.7 million) and Ken Paxton of Texas ($5.9 million)— have raised $5 million or more for re-election campaigns.
TEXAS STATE

Cuellar wins TX-28 Democratic runoff following recount

On June 21, the Texas Democratic Party shared unofficial results from a recount of the primary runoff in Texas’ 28th Congressional District indicating that U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) had defeated challenger Jessica Cisneros. Cuellar defeated Cisneros by 289 votes. Initial results from the May 24 primary runoff showed Cuellar winning by 187 votes.
TEXAS STATE