He said: "For far too long we have buried our heads in the sand in this country. We have ignored the reality of crisis pregnancy and this resulted in at least nine women every single day having to leave this jurisdiction to access healthcare abroad. … [Read more...] about Health minister heckled by anti-abortion activist at Yes campaign event
Yes campaigners need to fight harder or face a towelling
Labour MP for Rotherham, Ms Champion said: “The earliest years of a child’s life are the best opportunity to improve social mobility but, in 2016/17, almost a third of five-year-olds in Rotherham weren’t ready to make the most of the classroom when they started school. This rises to over 40 per cent for children from poorer backgrounds, and levels of school-readiness have fallen for this group of children in the last year. Many won’t catch up without extra support, yet spending on children’s centres and other services which provide help has fallen by over 50 per cent since 2010. We know only too well what this means in communities like ours in Rotherham, where the council is looking at the future of early help to see how savings can be made.” … [Read more...] about MP backs campaign to fight to keep ‘vital’ children’s centres
“There were options to pick someone that the base would have been mobilized to support because of who they were and what they represented for the court,” said Heidi Hess, a co-director of the progressive group Credo Action. “Garland felt like a pick to play chess with Republicans, and it didn’t work because they don’t play respectability and civility — ‘Obviously this man is qualified, so we’re not going to block him.’ That was never going to happen.” … [Read more...] about Democrats Regret Not Fighting Harder For Obama’s Supreme Court Pick
“I will stand up to the NRA and other outside groups who have put their interests above those of Americans who want common sense gun safety regulations,” Eastman said in a statement Tuesday. “The residents of Nebraska’s second deserve this kind of leadership.” … [Read more...] about Gabrielle Giffords endorses Brad Ashford as a ‘gun safety champion’; Eastman argues she would fight harder
But in her book “From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting,” Judith Brett, an emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, argues that voters are increasingly disenchanted with the major political parties. … [Read more...] about The U.S. Will Take 1,194 Days to Elect Its Next Leader. Australia Needs 38. Here’s Why.