The Midwest Report – Friday, June 28, 2013

The Midwest Report is a news-roundup devoted exclusively to the American Midwest.

1)   Ohio

Ohio Democrat warns GOP: ‘Warrior women’ are coming for the unrelenting womb-regulators,” written by Eric. W. Dolan for The Raw Story, and published on 06/27/13.

“State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) warned Republicans on Thursday that ‘warrior women’ wouldn’t tolerate their attempts to control their bodies.

During a rally at the Ohio Statehouse in protest of new abortion restrictions, Turner noted that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) had staged an 11-hour filibuster to kill extreme anti-abortion legislation.

‘Thank God we have warrior women all over the country standing up for the cause,’ Turner said. ‘And speaking of warrior women, how about Sen. Wendy Davis? She is certainly one of my new sheroes… Women in Texas, all over the country, and right here in Ohio are fed up. This isn’t about one bill or one state, it is about the unrelenting obsession with regulating a woman’s womb. Over 700 bills in 42 states in just the last few months have been introduced to regulate a woman’s constitutionally-guaranteed right to choose.’”

2)   Indiana

Indiana lawmakers ready to debate same-sex marriage,” written for the Associated Press, and published on 06/28/13.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act doesn’t change law in Indiana, but state lawmakers are set to debate same-sex marriage next year, and may ban it with a constitutional amendment.

After the court’s ruling, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said the General Assembly would take up the ban next session, possibly putting the question to voters in 2014…

Right now, Indiana law bans same-sex marriage, and states that marriage is only between a man and a woman.  Some want it to go in the state constitution to make the law even stronger.”

3)   Iowa

Obama climate plan could remake energy landscape in Iowa,” written by Jason Noble for the Des Moines Register, and published on 06/26/13.

“President Barack Obama’s plan for addressing climate change could remake the landscape for power generation in Iowa and reignite the state’s alternative energy industry, experts said, although to what extent remains uncertain.

The ‘climate action plan’ unveiled by the president during a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., encompasses numerous new and expanded policies, all of which Obama said could be enacted by his administration without congressional action.

Most significant, Obama demanded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enact limits on carbon emissions from all U.S. power plants by June 2015, a move that will vastly expand regulation on the greenhouse gas considered most responsible for rising global temperatures.”

4)   Missouri

Challenges to gay marriage bans, including Missouri’s, likely,” written by Jacob Kirn for the St. Louis Business Journal, and published on 06/26/13.

“A pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday will allow legally married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits and will allow same-sex couples to marry in California. But the rulings may pave the way for legal challenges to state bans on gay marriage, including Missouri’s constitutional amendment passed in 2004.

Within hours of the Supreme Court’s ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union announced a $10 million fund that will be used to challenge bans across the country, state by state.

The group has hired Steve Schmidt, vice chairman of public affairs at PR giant Edelman and a former adviser to Republican John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, to lead the effort.”

5)   Kansas

Tim Huelskamp’s Gay Marriage Amendment Lacks Support With Kansas Politicians,” written by John Celock for the Huffington Post, and published on 06/27/13.

“A Kansas Republican congressman’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage has home state Democrats eager to attack, while state Republicans are keeping their distance.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp announced Wednesday he would propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage in response to U.S. Supreme Court rulings striking down a federal ban on benefits for gay married couples and upholding California’s gay marriage law. The idea, which would align federal law with 37 states that have banned gay marriage, including Kansas, has failed to garner support in Congress.

Even in Kansas, where Huelskamp has made a name for himself defending conservative causes, The Huffington Post found he’s not gaining supporters for his proposed constitutional amendment. Democrats in particular were quick to attack.”

 

Compiled by Corey McLaughlin for Common Culture and The Big Slice.

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