The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Mississippi’s 2012 law unconstitutional that would have required doctors that perform abortions in the state to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
While the same court upheld a law in Texas that had a similar provision, the court determined that, because the law would shutdown Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, it would create an undue burden on women by forcing them to travel outside the state to exercise “the established federal constitutional right.”
Gov. Phil Bryant says the state will appeal the ruling.
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In February, National Journal released its Ratings for the U.S. House of Representatives. The ratings were based on economic, social, and foreign policy issues and Mississippi’s 4th District Congressman, Steven Palazzo, was rated as the most conservative from Mississippi and the 21st most conservative out of all 435 House members. Palazzo is more conservative than 76% of the House of Representatives on Economic issues, 87% on Social issues, and 95% on Foreign Policy issues.
The following organizations offer ratings of elected officials based on their priorities (Economy, Religious Freedom, Foreign Policy, etc.) and points of view. Many of these organizations’ websites can be searched to find ratings for previous years so that former representatives (such as Travis Childers and Gene Taylor) can be researched as well:
Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) provides an extensive listing of groups that provide Congressional ratings. Their list can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Incumbent Republicans have been emphasizing their Tea Party challenger’s dependence on “out-of-state” cash leading up to the 2014 Primaries. But the Tea Party has no corner on such contributions to the Republican Primaries. After being caught by surprise in 2010 and 2012, establishment Republicans are equally cashing-in on Political Action Committees’ donations as incumbents attempt to thwart more Tea Party upsets. The National Journal published the following chart to illustrate the influx of cash into just 3 races in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi:
Featured in the National Journal’s report “Outside Money Pours Into GOP Senate Primaries”
On the heels of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s announcement that he intends to crush opponents back in March, the establishment has not only relied upon endorsements but upon massive amounts of money. The GOP is also being much more aggressive at exposing any and all weaknesses of their upstart challengers.
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