At the end of the last semester, I wrote that I was preparing for an eventful summer this year. For four months after class, the word “eventful” seemed like an understatement.
As we head back to school, we’ve created a list of four notable things that happened this summer. It was hard to pick just four, and it was still word count. Here are four things to watch out for this summer.
Roe vs. Wade flipped
On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that majority opinion overturned Law vs Wadea decision that has stood for nearly 50 years to ensure access to abortion for all Americans.
In the majority opinion, Deputy Judge Samuel Alito wrote: egg When Casey should be dismissed. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and such rights are not implicitly protected by constitutional provisions. egg When Casey It now relies primarily on the 14th Amendment’s due process clause. “
Alito also wrote:egg Wrong wrong from the beginning. Its reasoning was so weak that its decisions had detrimental consequences. “
Alito wrote, “It’s time to heed the constitution and bring the issue of abortion back to the elected representatives of the people,” and the judges agreed.
This was followed by numerous demonstrations on American streets on both sides of the issue. Dozens of protests were scheduled for the next day. According to a July poll by the Pew Research Center62% of Americans dissented from the Supreme Court ruling.
In many states, so-called “trigger laws” went into effect as soon as the Supreme Court delivered its opinion. Kentucky and Tennessee were her two of these 13 states. Tennessee’s abortion ban went into effect on August 25th. In Kentucky, a lawsuit extended the legality of access to abortion in the state, but the law went into effect on Aug. 2.
Roe’s reversal was unprecedented for a decision upheld through many challenges over the past 50 years. It left many Americans with many questions. “Is there gay marriage rights next?”
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January 6 Committee hearing
At the end the price of politics Identified a House Select Committee hearing investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 last semester.
Since then, the Commission has held eight hearings, with more hearings scheduled for the fall. The committee members are mostly Democrats, with two Republicans holding seats. Through the hearings, members put questions to members of the Capitol Police Department, the mob itself, and members of the Trump administration.
Eyewitnesses called in have revealed a startling fact. One of the most startling testimonies given was from Cassidy Hutchinson, former White House aide and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Hutchinson said Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told her, “We’re going to the Capitol. …the president is going there. He’s going to look powerful.” I told her that things could get really bad on May 6th.
Hutchinson also described President Trump’s actions on January 6, both what she witnessed and what she heard after the fact. In her testimony, Hutchinson said: They are not here to hurt me. Take away the f-ing mags. They can march to the Capitol from here. let people in Remove f-ing mags.
The former White House aide also described an incident in which he tried to grab the steering wheel from a Secret Service agent driving a car when the president was informed he was not going to the Capitol after his speech.
Following Hutchinson’s testimony, the former president posted on his social media platform, Truth Social, attacking the aide.he I have written“Lyin’ Cassidy Hutchinson, who the Fake News Media refuses to disclose properly, recently called the Non-Selected Committee ‘BS’ Gee on 6th January, which was not reported by LameStream. Hmm!”
Through eight hearings, Trump and his allies continually accused the commission of investigating where there was nothing to investigate.
The full impact of the commission hearings on American voters is yet to be seen.Released by Monmouth University “The Jan. 6 hearing will not affect opinion.” A poll showed that “38% of the public believe Trump is directly responsible for what happened on January 6th.”
Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Poll Research Institute, said: “The sensational revelations at the hearings do not appear to have moved the needle on Trump’s responsibility for the riots or his bogus election fraud allegations. ‘ said.
With the midterm elections approaching in November, it remains to be seen how American support for Trump and the Republican Party has changed.
This summer, President Joe Biden found himself in a good position. Despite a split Congress, the president has won several legislative victories in recent weeks.
On July 11th, the President speech commemorating the passage Bipartisan Safer Community Law. This bill is the most comprehensive gun control law passed in recent history. The bill would require anyone under the age of 21 to undergo a background check before purchasing a firearm. It also states “the first ever federal law to make gun trafficking and straw buying a distinct federal crime” and “Register as a federally licensed gun dealer and perform background checks before selling a single weapon.” It also includes clarifying who needs it.
On August 9, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law. the white house said “The CHIPS and Science Act will advance America’s semiconductor research, development and production and secure America’s leadership in the technologies that form the basis of everything from automobiles to consumer electronics to defense systems.”
The CHIPS and Science Act encourages further technological advances through this additional funding and “ensures that the United States maintains and advances its scientific and technological superiority.”
On August 10, the President signed into law the Comprehensive Toxic Commitment (PACT) Act. White House Fact Sheet on Bill Signing “In order to ensure that veterans receive high-quality medical screening and services related to possible exposure to toxic substances, the PACT Act provides access to VA medical services for veterans exposed during military service. to expand access to
With these and other congressional wins, the Biden administration has improved the chances of the Democrats doing well in the upcoming midterm elections. With each of these actions, Biden’s approval ratings also rose. Reuters/Ipsos poll released Aug. 23 The president’s approval rating was 41%, the highest of the summer.
Kentucky’s midterm primary was held on May 19th, followed by Tennessee’s state and federal primaries on August 4th.Paul is the favorite to win races Politico predicts ‘likely Republican’ victory.
In the spring I wrote about Charles Booker having a chance of winning in NovemberAt the annual Fancy Farm Picnic hosted by St. Jerome Catholic Church in Graves County, Kentucky, Booker was among the Democrats. gave the best speech. Booker used the time he was given to throw thorns at Sen. Paul and other Republicans, whether they were present or not. Due to his Senate duties in Washington, Paul was unable to attend.
Booker’s addressing as one of three Democrats helped spread his platform, but giving 11 Republican speakers the chance to mount their own attacks was enough to undermine him. hurt. Coming into November, Booker struggles, but he won’t go down without a fight.
Following Supreme Court rejection Law vs Wadethe midterm elections became a kind of referendum on abortion rights and other rights of women, members of the BIPOC community and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We are fighting to win an election that will allow us to codify access nationally.
Republicans run for control of the House and Senate, controlling which bills are passed and sent to President Biden’s desk. The Jan. 6 commission hearings, the recent FBI raid on former President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago, Florida mansion, and the former president’s continued rhetoric and stance on the matter have left the Republican Party’s possible sex has decreased.
Data compiled by Real Clear Politics Republicans were 1.8% more likely than Democrats to win the general congressional vote in January. In April, those odds reached her 4.8%. On August 28th, the Democrats closed the gap, with the Republicans winning just 0.8% in November.
It’s unclear what will happen on election night in November. With just over nine weeks until the polls begin, he’s still in turmoil in the Houses of Congress. Washington’s balance of power won’t change much, but at least small shifts are likely. The Biden-Harris administration has continually had to compromise on legislative priorities, even in the Democratic-dominated House and evenly divided Senate. You’ll find out how much power the Democrats have, how much power former President Trump has in the Republican Party, and how many Americans want something new.
It’s going to be an eventful fall, so be prepared.
Commentary writer Price Wilbourne can be reached at: [email protected]Follow him on Twitter @pricewilborn.