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Inadequate medical care

The death of a 51-year-old man denied medical treatment for diabetes in an Aberdeen, WA, jail has brought renewed attention to the state’s inadequate and negligent care of incarcerated individuals.

[Clifford] Farrar, a 51-year-old with type 1 diabetes, had been insulin dependent since age 15. On the day he died, his medical records show, his blood sugar was dangerously low. When staff gave him glucagon to raise his levels, the records say, his blood sugar shot up, at which point he had a seizure and heart attack and died. The coroner said Farrar’s cause of death was “natural”, due to heart disease and diabetes.

Farrar requested an insulin pump during his first months in Stafford Creek corrections center last year. After suffering a seizure from low blood sugar, a doctor allowed his family to send a pump for his use while incarcerated.

The pump arrived at the facility and Farrar used it until he ran out of insulin supplies, writing on 11 October: “My supplies were paid for by my insurance company that I don’t have anymore. Is there any way the facility/department can pay for my needed supplies? Thank you.”

Staff responded a week later: “We are not able to pay for your pump supplies because the pump is personal property.”

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7 days ago
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The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)—representing four Texas doctors and four anti-abortion groups—sued the FDA on Friday seeking to reverse the agency’s approval of mifepristone, the drug used in medication abortions.

Mifepristone

Mifepristone was first approved for early nonsurgical abortion by the FDA in 2000. Currently, it is commonly used for abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy in combination with a second medicine called misoprostol. The mifepristone stops the pregnancy from progressing and the misoprostol causes cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus.

Over half of all abortions performed in the U.S. are done with mifepristone, reflecting the evidence-based confidence that physicians have in the drug. The rate of major complications with mifepristone for medication abortion was 0.31 per 100 abortionslower than the hospitalization rate for Tyenol and Viagra.

Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom is a conservative legal advocacy group that advocates for a Christian national identity, primarily through curtailing LGBTQ+ rights and women’s rights. The group brought the 2014 Supreme Case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores in which the majority ruled that privately-held companies are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to cover birth control for female employees. More recently, ADF claimed responsibility for the Mississippi ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, ultimately leading to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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10 days ago

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Rep. Clay Higgins

Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) turned a House Homeland Security hearing into a circus on Tuesday by questioning Secretary Mayorkas but refusing to let him answer (video).

Higgins: A major threat to the Homeland is clearly an arterial bleed at our Southern border and the disintegration of our sovereignty down there. And the top threat to individual rights and freedoms of Americans from sea to shining sea, Mr. Wray, is the weaponization of the FBI against the American citizens that you have sworn to serve. Secretary Mayorkas, for the record, are you aware or have you authorized CBP agents to release illegal aliens into America without identifying, screening, or vetting them properly or harvesting even basic biometric data like fingerprints?

Mayorkas: Congressman, our nation's sovereignty stands strong and our brave men and women in the border patrol and throughout U.S. customs requests—

Higgins: Are you aware of or have you authorized CBP agents to release illegal aliens into America without having properly vetted, identified them, or collected at least basic biometric data like fingerprints?

Mayorkas: Congressman—

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12 days ago

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LGBTQ+ protections

A Trump-appointed judge ruled last week that healthcare providers are allowed to deny care to LGBTQ+ individuals, throwing out the Biden administration’s interpretation of a key section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Background

The Supreme Court decided in Bostock v. Clayton County (2020) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a federal law that bans discrimination “because of…sex,” prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, too.

  • Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch joined liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan in the majority, angering some conservatives. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh dissented.

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13 days ago
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Justice Thomas is upset the Court didn't deprive death row inmate of due process

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Thomas’s angry dissent

Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from a juror bias case that the Supreme Court declined to address.

Jeronique Cunningham was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting and killing three people in a drug-related robbery in 2002. It wasn’t until after his sentencing, during appeal, that Cunningham uncovered evidence that the jury foreperson, Nichole Mikesell, received information about Cunningham from colleagues at the county’s children-services agency. After the trial ended, Mikesell told an investigator that social workers who worked with Cunningham were afraid of him. She further allegedly told two other jurors that she had a relationship with the victims’ families because of her job. Miskell did not disclose any personal connection to the case during voir dire.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Cunningham “raised a colorable claim of juror bias,” and ordered the district court to hold a hearing to determine whether the foreperson’s presence on the jury deprived Cunningham of due process.

Ohio appealed to the Supreme Court, asking the justices to reverse the Sixth Circuit’s order. The majority declined to reverse, with Thomas writing a fuming dissent castigating the appeals court for—in his view—ordering an “indefensible” hearing:

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17 days ago

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Uncalled race statistics valid as of Thursday evening.

ARIZONA

Uncalled races:

  • Maricopa County (Phoenix) Prosecutor: Republican nominee Rachel Mitchell is leading Democratic nominee Julie Gunnigle by four points, or roughly 46,000 votes, with hundreds of thousands of ballots left to tally. Mitchell has said she would enforce a ban on abortion, whereas Gunnigle promised to “ never prosecute a patient, a provider, or a family for choosing to have an abortion or any other reproductive decision.”

CALIFORNIA

Uncalled races:

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871
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21 days ago

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Every election season, politicians and major media outlets become obsessed with crime. Specifically, that there feels like there is more of it and someone must be to blame. Yet, despite running candidates who supported the January 6th insurrection and who fail to condemn extremist violence (like the attack on Paul Pelosi just a week ago), the Republican party manages to control the messaging on crime. They know exactly who is to blame for the apparent spike in crime: Democrats.

The crime rate

You may notice that I said “apparent spike in crime.” That’s because there is no evidence that the national crime rate has actually increased in a meaningful way.

Annual government surveys from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show no recent increase in the U.S. violent crime rate. In 2021, the most recent year with available data, there were 16.5 violent crimes for every 1,000 Americans ages 12 and older. That was statistically unchanged from the year before, below pre-pandemic levels and far below the rates recorded in the 1990s…

The FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System also found no rise in the national violent crime rate between 2020 and 2021. But national trends aren’t very helpful because crime is local. Zooming into state-level data, the most crime-ridden places in the country over the past few years have been governed by Republicans. Eight out of 10 of the states with the worst violent crime problems are solidly red; just one (New Mexico) is blue and one (Michigan) is considered purple.

This is an inconvenient fact for Republican candidates. Take Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), for example. During a debate with his Democratic challenger, Joy Hofmeister, the governor accused his opponent of lying about the state’s high homicide rate:

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