Slotkin has no answers on inflation

Source: US National Republican Congressional Committee

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Today Elissa Slotkin was asked if she has a plan to combat rising inflation in response to the NRCC’s new Fourth of July ads.

Slotkin said her plan is to ask voters how they feel about their economic security, but she may not like the answer she gets.

Democrats’ own private polling shows that 50% of Michigan voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy and jobs compared to just 45% who approve.

NRCC Comment: “Elissa Slotkin has no plan to combat the rising costs of goods and services. Slotkin’s efforts to raise taxes to pay for more wasteful spending will harm Michigan’s economy, not help it.”   NRCC Spokesman Mike Berg

NRCC Statement on SCOTUS ruling in Brnovich v DNC

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WASHINGTON – NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer released the following statement after SCOTUS ruled to uphold the state of Arizona’s election integrity protections:

“The NRCC was proud to partner with the Arizona GOP to combat the Democrats’ efforts to ‘sue until blue.’ Ensuring our elections are safe and secure is of the utmost importance. Today’s ruling confirms that states are best positioned to make their own election laws to protect against Democrats’ efforts to subvert the Democratic process.”

CPSC Announces $2 Million in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments; Application Date Extended to August 16, 2021-Apply Now

Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Note: Grants deadline extended to August 16, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for a Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP or grant program) offered to state and local governments.  CPSC will award up to a total of $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas.  The PSGP is a part of CPSC’s national campaign to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority.
The grant program is made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), legislation authored and advanced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida).  The VGB Act seeks to provide state and local governments with assistance for education, training and enforcement of pool safety requirements.
“These grants can make a real difference and potentially save lives as communities work to reopen pools following the pandemic.  These grants can help educate consumers about drowning and entrapment dangers and provide assistance to states and municipalities for their enforcement of pool safety laws,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler.  “State and local programs can receive funding to continue this lifesaving work to reduce the risk of drowning.”
Applicants must be a state or local government or U S. Territory that has an enacted or amended a state and/or local law(s) that meet the requirements of the VGB Act (15 U.S.C. 8001), sections 1405 and 1406.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the solicitation on Grants.gov, under grant opportunity CPSC-21-001.  Applications will be accepted through August 16, 2021.
CPSC’s website: www.PoolSafely.gov, has more information about the Pool Safely Grant Program and the VGB Act. Poolsafely.gov  has free, downloadable information for the general public, state and local officials, the swimming pool and spa community and the media.
The requirements of this child safety law have helped reduce the risk of drowning.  The requirements, include installing new safety drain covers and physical barriers, such as a fence completely surrounding the pool, with self-closing, self-latching gates, and, if the house forms a side of the barrier, using alarms on doors leading to the pool area and/or a power safety cover over the pool.  See additional pool safety tips at: www.poolsafely.gov

Quarterly Coal Report (QCR)—First-Quarter 2021

Source: US Energy Information Administration

(Thu, 01 Jul 2021) U.S. coal production during the first quarter of 2021 totaled 140.3 million short tons (MMst), which was 4.5% higher than the previous quarter and 5.9% lower than the first quarter of 2020. First-quarter 2021 U.S. coal exports (20.7 MMst) increased 8.6% from the fourth-quarter 2020 level and increased 3.6% from the first-quarter 2020 level. U.S. coal imports in the first quarter of 2021 totaled 1.1 MMst.
All data for 2019 and previous years are final. All data for 2020 and 2021 are preliminary.

NIH data challenge seeks innovative methods for identifying complication risks in first-time pregnancies

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services – 2

News Release

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The National Institutes of Health will award up to $400,000 to individuals or groups who design an effective method for analyzing a large data set of first-time pregnancies and identifying risk factors for adverse outcomes, such as hypertensive disorders, diabetes and infection. A total of $50,000 will be awarded to each of seven winners designing the most effective means to analyze the data. An additional $10,000 will be awarded to the top five winners whose methods identify risk factors in disadvantaged populations.

The Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge will be administered by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Using computational analysis, data mining, artificial intelligence and other methods, winning entrants will need to devise ways for analyzing the vast store of participant data from the Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-Be (nuMoM2b), a racially, ethnically and geographically diverse sample of people beginning in the sixth week of pregnancy and continuing through delivery. NuMoM2b was established in 2010 and has compiled data on more than 10,000 pregnant women. The data were collected from interviews, questionnaires, clinical measurements, patient charts and biological specimens. NuMoM2b aims to identify pregnancy risks for women who have not given birth previously.

“Without a prior pregnancy for comparison, it is difficult to identify risks for adverse pregnancy outcomes,” said Maurice Davis, D.H.A., of the NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, who is overseeing the challenge. “NuMoM2b has provided important information on the health needs of this unique population, and we look to the Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge to identify even more effective ways to harness these powerful data.”

Pregnancy complications, or morbidity, may result from conditions women have before pregnancy or develop during pregnancy. It is difficult to estimate the effects of pregnancy complications on maternal and newborn outcomes because they encompass a broad range of conditions that vary in severity. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, severe maternal morbidity includes unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health.

The Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge seeks to address maternal mortality and morbidity by focusing on its underlying causes, such as obesity, mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. Limited access to health insurance and health care are also contributing factors.

Because maternal mortality and morbidity affect Black and Indigenous/Alaskan Native women at a much higher rate than other groups, applicants are encouraged to develop methods addressing the needs of these communities.

NICHD partnered with the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation to award a contract to Freelancer.com, in partnership with Adiona, for support in the design and management of this challenge.

For more information on entry and rules of the challenge, visit: https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/decoding-maternal-morbidity-data-challenge.

About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD leads research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. For more information, visit https://www.nichd.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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WaPo: Swing voters are flashing warning signs to Democrats

Source: US National Republican Congressional Committee

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Washington Post columnist Henry Olsen is out with a new piece on Democrat polling showing President Biden’s job approval tanking in swing congressional districts.

“The bottom line is clear: Democrats are in a hole when it comes to the voters they need to retain control of Congress in 2022. If they can’t control the border or inflation, they probably won’t dig themselves out of it.”

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Swing voters are flashing warning signs to Democrats

Washington Post

Henry Olsen

June 30, 2021

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/30/swing-state-voter-polling-democrats/

National polls have thus far provided comforting news for Democrats. A recent set of polls taken in swing states and congressional districts, however, paint a much less rosy picture.

The polls show that President Biden and Democrats are starting the summer on much rockier ground in key states and seats than many suspect. Conducted by Future Majority, a Democratic advocacy group, they assess Biden’s job approval and voter preferences on a host of issues in the 37 congressional districts where the 2020 presidential election results fell within a five percentage point margin and in the swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Democrats will probably be surprised to learn that Biden’s popularity is poor in key states and among independent voters. His approval rating exceeds his disapprovals in these places only on his handling of the pandemic. On every other issue tested — such as the economy and jobs, racial justice, and environmental and climate policy — more people disapprove of his performance than approve. His worst rating comes on his handling of the southern border with Mexico: roughly 60 percent of voters in Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania and the swing districts disapprove of Biden’s performance thus far.

The numbers don’t get any better when it comes to independents. These voters overwhelmingly say they would vote for someone else if they hear a candidate saying they support progressive staples such as defunding the police, socialism, reparations for slavery or abolishing ICE. Majorities of independents in these key locales also would vote against a candidate backing the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all and a $15 minimum wage. These swing state independents even oppose taking down statues of Confederate generals and enslavers, something that should concern every vulnerable House Democrat who backed Tuesday’s vote to remove statues of Confederate leaders from the Capitol.

Swing state and district voters also don’t trust Democrats generally to do a better job than Republicans on a host of important issues. Republicans are trusted more by these people to handle jobs and the economy, protecting both personal and American freedoms, and getting tough with China. Democrats’ strengths center on issues important to the party’s base, such as combating climate change, racial justice and the cost of higher education. At least in these swing regions, Democrats seem positioned to motivate their loyal voters and not many others.

The poll also has bad news for Democrats when it comes to the undecided voters, who will likely determine the outcome of the midterms. Twenty-five percent of independents say they are undecided for the 2022 election, compared with only 4 percent of Democrats and 6 percent of Republicans. These voters backed Biden over Donald Trump by a 44-to-38 margin, with 11 percent going to Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen. They strongly dislike both major parties and Trump, but also hold unfavorable views of Biden and Vice President Harris. Among this group, Biden’s job approval rating is only 45 percent, with 51 percent disapproving of his performance. These voters also overwhelmingly say that the federal government is not working well for them and believe their incomes are falling behind the cost of living.

This latter point is important given the recent rise in inflation. Fifty-four percent of all voters in the swing congressional seats believe their incomes are not keeping up with prices. This includes a plurality of Democrats and majorities of both independents and Republicans. If they feel this way now, imagine how they will feel by early next year if inflation continues to persist. Democrats who think voters will give them credit for overcoming the pandemic despite inflation ignore history. Inflation skyrocketed in 1946 after wartime price controls were ended. Voters did not overlook that and give credit to Democrats for winning World War II; instead, Republicans gained 55 House and 12 Senate seats in that year’s midterms, taking control of both houses of Congress.

The Future Majority poll does have some good news for Democrats. It finds that many provisions of Biden’s America Jobs Plan and H.R. 1 are popular. The challenge, however, is that swing voters will see these provisions through lenses that are already unfavorable for Biden and his party. There’s no assurance that they will view the Jobs Plan as “investment,” the word Future Majority wants the party to use, rather than inflationary spending, which will clearly be the Republicans’ framing. Nor is it clear that they will place greater weight on issues that Democrats poll better on than on the bread-and-butter issues that Republicans do.

The bottom line is clear: Democrats are in a hole when it comes to the voters they need to retain control of Congress in 2022. If they can’t control the border or inflation, they probably won’t dig themselves out of it.

#BidenBorderCrisis: Vol. 62

Source: US National Republican Congressional Committee

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#BidenBorderCrisis: Vol. 62

During Fiscal Year 2021, border patrol has so far found 41 pounds of fentanyl compared to nine pounds in 2020.

The dramatic rise isn’t happening at ports of entry, but in the desert where cartels are sneaking across and border patrol is already overwhelmed with a record influx of illegal migrant crossings.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is in Wisconsin eating ice cream.

So, it’s no surprise the American people believe the Biden Administration isn’t taking the border crisis seriously.

NRCC Comment: “Democrats created this border crisis and now cartels are using it as an opportunity to illegally smuggle a record amount of fentanyl across the Southern border. The American people will hold Democrats accountable for their inability to fix the crisis they created.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair

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On This Day in 1984: Women’s Suffrage in Liechtenstein

Source: US Global Legal Monitor

On July 1, 1984, women’s suffrage was introduced in Liechtenstein— making it the last European country to do so. Liechtenstein is situated between Switzerland and Austria and has a total of 38,557 inhabitants. In the 1984 national referendum, a slim majority of 2,370 (male) voters (51.3%) approved the right of Liechtenstein women to vote and stand for election. Article 29, paragraph 2 of the Constitution was amended to read:

All Liechtenstein citizens who have completed their 20th year, have their normal residence in Liechtenstein, and whose right to vote has not been suspended shall be entitled to all political rights in national matters.

In the first elections in which women were allowed to participate, held in 1986, one woman (Emma Eigenmann) was elected to the parliament (Landtag). At that time, the parliament consisted of 15 representatives. The parliament in Liechtenstein has consisted of 25 representatives since 1988. (Constitution, art. 46.) The number of female representatives has fluctuated over time. (Marxer (2013), at 20.) In the last elections held in February 2021, seven women were elected to the parliament, a new record, raising the percentage of female representation to 28%. The new government that was sworn in in March 2021 has a female majority: three women and two men.

Liechtenstein Parliament. June 9, 2019. Photo by Flickr user crash71100. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Historical Development

A first referendum on women’s suffrage, held on February 28, 1971, was rejected by a narrow majority of 51.09% of voters; only 81 more votes were needed to amend the Constitution. A second referendum held just two years later on February 11, 1973, again resulted in a rejection of the proposal, this time by 55.9% of voters. (BuA No. 47/1983, at 10 et seq.) One of the main reasons why women were denied the right to vote was a fear that foreign women who married a Liechtenstein citizen would “take over.” (Marxer (2004), at 6.) At the time, foreign women gained Liechtenstein citizenship by marrying a man from Liechtenstein, whereas a woman who married a foreigner lost her Liechtenstein citizenship. This situation was remedied in 1974 when an amendment to the Citizenship Act was passed that allowed women who had lost their citizenship through marriage to a foreigner to apply to regain their citizenship within five years.

In 1976, a constitutional amendment authorized municipalities to grant women the right to vote in municipal elections by adopting a communal assembly resolution. Vaduz became the first municipality to introduce women’s suffrage on September 19, 1976. Other municipalities soon followed suit, with the exception of the municipality of Schaan, where women’s suffrage was rejected. (BuA No. 47/1983, at 14.)

In 1982, the Liechtenstein Constitutional Court (Staatsgerichtshof, StGH) had to rule on whether not granting women the right to vote was unconstitutional. (StGH 1982/12, in: LES 1983, at 69.) The suit, filed by 24 women, was based on article 31 of the Constitution which states that “[a]ll Liechtenstein citizens shall be equal before the law.” Citizens is understood to mean “all persons holding Liechtenstein national citizenship without distinction of sex.” However, the Constitutional Court held that this article only applied to general rights and not to political rights (i.e., the rights to vote and stand for election). In addition, the Court quoted the New Testament, stating that “[y]our women, let them be silent in the assemblies” as a factor that might have influenced women’s suffrage in Europe. The Constitutional Court concluded that the question of introducing female suffrage was a political question and had to be decided by amending the Constitution.

However, pressure to introduce women’s suffrage was mounting, in particular because Liechtenstein joined the Council of Europe in 1978 and ratified the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in 1982. In September 1983, in reaction to the Constitutional Court ruling, 12 members of the women’s activist organization “Aktion Dornröschen” (Operation Sleeping Beauty) travelled to Strasbourg to make the Council of Europe aware of the situation of women in Liechtenstein. Some criticized this move as “counterproductive.” Nonetheless, the following year, a new referendum was scheduled, which resulted in the introduction of women’s suffrage. (Marxer (2004), at 9.)

Shall women vote? Ehrhart, Samuel D.,1862-1937. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.26363.

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Air Pollution from Wildfires Impacts Ability to Observe Birds

Source: US National Institute of Food and Agriculture News

Smoke from the fires in Washington State in the summer of 2015, courtesy of Getty Images.

As smoky air becomes more common during Washington’s wildfire season, many wildlife enthusiasts wonder: What happens to the birds? Researchers provide a first look at the probability of observing common birds as air pollution worsens during wildfire seasons. They found that smoke affected the ability to detect more than a third of the bird species studied in Washington state over a four-year period. Sometimes smoke made it harder to observe birds, while other species were easier to detect when smoke was present. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, read the University of Washington article.

Behind the Scenes of a Historic Day for IAM Airline Workers

Source: US GOIAM Union

Take a look inside United Airlines’ historic announcement that the carrier will hire 25,000 workers, many of them Machinists Union members, and add 200 IAM-built 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet. This day was made possible by the dedication of IAM air transport members and our union’s success in passing historic airline relief during the pandemic.

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