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Pennsylvania Dispatch: Abortion, Gun Rights, and Election Procedures Feature Highly in Controversial State Primary – JURIST

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Lauren Ban is a rising 2L at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Chief of the US Office of JURIST. Pennsylvania is less than 24 hours away from the primary election, and there are some major issues at stake right here on JURIST’s doorstep that have drawn national and even international attention. The Pennsylvania primary is a complicated beast to explain to people in the state, let alone out of state or out of the country. To give a brief overview, the Pennsylvania primary is a limited turnout election, which means that only voters formally registered under the Democratic or Republican party can participate. When voters go to cast their ballot on Tuesday, May 17, they will only be able to select from candidates who are running for the various political positions within their own party (i.e. Democrat or Republican). After the primary election, all Pennsylvania voters may select a candidate of any party affiliation (including third parties) to fill political office in the November general election. On this year’s ballot, all eyes have turned to two races in particular: the gubernatorial race and the United States Senate race. That’s how it is. Tuesday’s election determines which Democratic and Republican candidates will face off in the November general election for the governorship of Pennsylvania and a seat in the US Senate. Neither the gubernatorial nor the US Senate race. have incumbent candidates (candidates who currently hold office) this election cycle. As a result, Pennsylvania voters face packed fields of newcomer candidates in both races. Each candidate claims to be the best solution for key issues such as abortion, the right to bear arms, and electoral procedures, among others. The US Senate race in Pennsylvania has drawn national attention due to how divided the US Senate is right now. Democrats and Republicans have the same number of seats, with Vice President Kamala Harris the Democratic tiebreaker on votes requiring a simple majority. The US Senate seat from Pennsylvania that will be contested on Tuesday was held by Republican Senator Pat Toomey. As a result, Senate Republicans are trying to defend that seat so that, combined with possible gains in other states, Republicans can regain a majority in the US Senate. Senate Democrats, on the other hand, are trying to win the United States Senate seat in Pennsylvania to try to gain a stronger majority. Keep in mind that key legislation like voting rights and abortion protections have been blocked by Senate Republicans, who refuse to give Democrats the extra ten votes needed to pass the 60-vote threshold to pass a bill. law. Meanwhile, at the state level, Pennsylvania Democrats hope to retain the governorship to prevent the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House and Senate from passing certain bills. Current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been in office since 2015. Since Wolf reached his term limit, Democrats hope to fill his seat with another Democrat to maintain veto power over state Republican legislation. However, if Republicans gain control of the governorship, Pennsylvanians could see new laws that expand gun rights, limit access to abortion and reduce voter turnout. Since the Pennsylvania primary is split between the two major parties, that seems to be the best way to present the candidates. and their positions on key issues. Starting with the seven Republicans in the US Senate race, there are: Kathy Barnette Jeff Bartos George Bochetto Sean Gale David McCormick Mehmet Oz Carla Sands There are nine Republicans running for Governor, including : Lou Barletta Jake Corman (dropped out of the race, but his name will still appear on the ballot) Joe Gale Charlie Gerow Melissa Hart Doug Mastriano Bill McSwain David White Nche Zama As is true of almost every election since 2016, former President Donald Trump has played a outsized role in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary race. Even candidates who have not been explicitly endorsed by Trump have used his name and Aurora to attract voters to their campaigns. Trump has even visited the state to rally for his chosen candidate for the US Senate, Mehmet Oz. Granted, Trumpism only gets candidates so far. For example, in light of the recently leaked Supreme Court decision on abortion rights, U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Barnette has recently been shot into the spotlight for her stance against abortion. abortion. The three current favorites include Oz, Barnette and David McCormick. The gubernatorial race has been a little clearer with Doug Mastriano leading in the polls. Like Oz, Mastriano has also received Trump’s blessing. Mastriano has been an ardent Trump supporter and has made alarming statements about election security. He even attended the Capitol riot on January 6. Still, the issue in the Republican camp seems to be one of curbing government overreach. If the Republicans win one or both seats, both the political landscape of Pennsylvania and the US Senate have the potential to change dramatically. As for the Democrats, there are only four candidates running for the US Senate. The candidates include: John Fetterman Malcolm Kenyatta Alexandria Khalil Connor Lamb There is only one Democrat running in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race: the Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Shapiro has built a strong reputation in Pennsylvania politics, starting at the local level and rising to become a top prosecutor. as state attorney general. Shapiro has represented the state in a variety of cases that also reflect his platform. Among these issues are protecting voter access, maintaining the right to abortion, and expanding gun regulation. As the only candidate, Shapiro is likely to receive the Democratic Party’s nomination for the gubernatorial race. However, the field of Democratic candidates for the US Senate is a bit more complicated. Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has led the field with his progressive positions and his experience in the Braddock, Pennsylvania Rust Belt. Behind him are US Congressman Connor Lamb, Pennsylvania Representative Malcolm Kenyatta and Jenkintown Councilmember Alexandria Khalil. The question for Democrats in the US Senate race is whether a more moderate candidate like Lamb would do better in the general election than progressives Fetterman or Kenyatta. Pennsylvania is what is known as a swing state. This is because state races can be won by a Democratic or Republican candidate, depending on the race and the year. With so many key issues at stake at both the state and national levels, Democrats are especially focused on whether a more moderate or progressive stance on key issues will fare better in the November general election. and the Republican parties heading into the November general election will be decided by Pennsylvania voters by the end of the day tomorrow. The polls are open tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17, from 7 am to 8 pm local time to vote in person.

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Uzbekistan: Protests in autonomous republic over proposed constitutional reform – JURIST

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Protests erupted in Nukus, the capital of Uzbekistan’s autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan, on Friday over a proposed constitutional reform. According to a statement from the government of the region: Despite the policy of openness and free expression of will followed by the Republic of Uzbekistan, on July 1, 2022 in Nukus, a criminal group of people organized illegal actions expressed in an attempt to take over the state. administrative bodies of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The demonstrators were protesting the planned removal of the section of the current constitution that allows Karakalpakstan the right to secede from Uzbekistan by referendum. This has caused outrage among the ethnic Karakalpak, who make up the majority of the population of Karakalpakstan. Karakalpaks from neighboring Kazakhstan held a round table discussion on the proposed change. One speaker, Rustem Matekov, stated that the day of the referendum on the new version of the constitution will be “the day of the funeral of the people of the Republic of Karakalpakstan”. However, the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has challenged this view, saying: We, two peoples, have become one, we are blood relatives. Previously, the regions did not know the streets of Karakalpakstan or Nukus, but now we work as one people, the youth of Karakalpakstan achieve great results. […] I respect the Karakalpak people with all my heart and I can proudly say that I am a son not only of the Uzbeks, but also of the Karakalpak people. Removal is not the only proposal on the table. Other proposals include strengthening civil rights and extending the presidential term from five to seven years, which would allow Mirziyoyev to run again despite having served two consecutive terms.

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US Supreme Court overturns lower court injunctions on state abortion laws – JURIST

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On Thursday, the US Supreme Court struck down three orders issued by lower courts in Arizona, Indiana and Arkansas that had invalidated abortion at the state level based on Roe v. Wade. This follows the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe last Friday. The now-overturned Arizona ruling had stopped a state law criminalizing abortions performed on fetuses with non-lethal genetic abnormalities, of which Down syndrome is one. The injunction targeted relevant portions of four clauses of Senate Bill 1457, which makes it a felony for a physician to perform an abortion “knowing that the abortion is sought solely because of a genetic abnormality of the child.” The law also requires the doctor to sign an affidavit stating that the abortion is not performed for this reason and to inform the patient of the illegality of abortions due to genetic abnormalities. Finally, it requires doctors to inform the State when a genetic abnormality has been detected. This law was challenged in Brnovich v. Isaacson in 2021, and the injunction was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Arkansas’s 2019 ruling in Little Rock Planning Services v. Rutledge passed three laws that prohibited abortion in various circumstances. Arkansas Code, Title 20, Chapter 26, Law 493 prohibits abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, with exceptions for medical emergencies and pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. Law 619 prohibits all abortions solely on the basis of having a reason to believe that the fetus has Down syndrome, with the same exceptions. Law 700 requires that the person performing an abortion be a doctor licensed in obstetrics and gynecology. The federal court order of these laws was upheld by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Indiana, a 2017 ruling in the case of Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky had mandated a law that prohibited abortions before 20 weeks in several cases. . The law, Indiana Code Chapter 16-34-4, prohibits abortions before 20 weeks if the abortion was for demographic, sexual, or fetal disability reasons. Specifically, abortion is prohibited if sought because of the possibility of a genetically inherited disease, defect, or disorder, whether or not it has been screened for or any risk is present. This includes, but is not limited to, Down syndrome and any mental, physical and intellectual disabilities. Abortions related to the sex of the fetus, or its race, color, national origin, or ancestry, are also prohibited. The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the injunction. The three laws imposed by the precautionary measures will take effect immediately. These cases will be sent back to the lower court for further proceedings.

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US Supreme Court denies Alaska Airlines request for exemption from state labor laws – JURIST

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The United States Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge from Alaska Airlines Inc. seeking a waiver of a California law requiring in-flight meals and rest, upending an earlier decision that sided with the United States. flight attendants in a battle for federal and state jobs. laws. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in its July 2021 decision Virgin America, Inc. v. Julia Bernstein, that the airline, which later merged with Alaska Airlines, had to comply with California state law in addition to federal regulations for flights within the state. Bernstein, a flight attendant, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of California workers, alleging violations of state labor laws. This included a law requiring workers to have a 30-minute off-duty meal and a break after working five hours. The federal Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 did not preempt state law requiring rest and meal breaks. The airline group argued that the state law had a “significant impact on airline prices, routes and services” as more attendants and staff would have to be hired to meet the state’s rest requirements. The rejection of the request of the airlines can have lasting consequences. for the aviation industry, as well as state and federal labor regulations. The court’s decision also follows the guidance of the Biden Administration, as the Justice Department filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the flight attendants and instructed the court not to review the case or send it back to the appeals court.

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