Here are five things that caught my attention!
Farm Workers: Last weekend, I had a truly moving experience marching through the Central Valley with United Farm Workers in support of AB2183, which would amend the Agricultural Labor Relations Act to expand voting options for farmworkers in union elections and strengthen access to a secret ballot to protect workers from employer intimidation. We walked 35 miles in the 102 degree heat, and every step we were reminded of the importance of the cause -- empowering and giving voice to our farmworkers. Also, if you are ever in need of a blister doctor, I’ve got skills.
Presidential Level Trolling: One of my biggest complaints with prominent Republicans these days is the lack of any intellectual honesty or consistency. As if on cue they slammed Joe Biden for his student loan forgiveness program claiming it was morally wrong for people who took out a loan to not pay it back themselves. Alright. But wait. The same Members of Congress joyfully accepted forgiveness of their PPP loans. Thankfully the White House twitter account was there with receipts.
Unintended Consequences: Two months have passed since the Dobbs ruling overturned Roe and stripped away the constitutional protections guaranteeing women access to abortions. A dozen states had “trigger bans” in place that immediately banned abortions after the Dobbs ruling was made official. Five more states have abortions bans tied up in legal proceedings. In total, almost 21 million women have lost access to abortions, and this week Tennessee, Texas, Idaho, and North Dakota are set to join the list of states banning abortions. Watch this video of South Carolina Republican state Representative Neal Collins come to terms with the fact that votes like his forced a teenager to carry a nonviable pregnancy risking sepsis, loss of her uterus, and loss of her life. Hear the regret in his voice. Totally avoidable. Absolutely tragic.
Closing the Gap: 68% of Republicans and 66% of Democrats have a “high interest” in the November elections. That’s what’s called the “enthusiasm gap” and it helps predict which side will have the turnout advantage in November. That same gap was 17 points in favor of Republicans back in March. In important bellwether races across the country we’re starting to see how the Dobbs decision is impacting the political landscape and activating voters in a cycle that was supposed to favor Republicans. Even Republican elected officials are coming to the realization that there’s just too much at stake this cycle to have Republicans in charge.
Hard Knocks: Unless you are new here, you know how much I look forward each year to a new season of HBO’s Hard Knocks. Each year they follow a different NFL team through training camp. If you are skeptical or don’t even like football, at least watch this clip of a regular right of passage–rookies have to sing a song to the entire team. It made me laugh. And yes, I’ll be rooting for the Lions a little bit more this year.