After months of prognosticating and tons of built-up anticipation, the day is finally upon us: President Biden has announced that he’s seeking a second term in 2024.
Then we discuss:
So it’s looking like a 2020 rematch between Biden and former President Donald Trump. Analysts say Biden’s run will likely keep major Democratic challengers from entering the race, though Marianne Willamison and Robert F. Kennedy Jr are running.
A number of GOP candidates have declared thus far: Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Asa Hutchinson and Larry Edler. There is also speculation that Ron DeSantic, Mike Pence and Tim Scott will also throw their name in the hat. Current polling shows Trump far ahead of the Republican primary field, including against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has not yet formally declared his candidacy.
With the field as it looks today, do you know who you will vote for?
In its first major ruling on abortion since overturning Roe v. Wade, last Friday the Supreme Court handed down a 7–2 decision allowing mifepristone to remain widely available while the legal battle over the FDA’s two-decade-old approval of the abortion medication rages. In other words, they did something sane: blocked the nonsense restrictions that lower courts wanted to impose on the pill while the case proceeds. So the drug mifepristone remains legally available in the states that haven’t banned abortion and on a gray market in states that have.
To be clear, the justices should have dismissed this case entirely but did not. And the bigger picture is that we shouldn’t even be here; this lawsuit was totally bogus. The plaintiffs challenging the decades-old FDA approval of a safe drug only brought the suit only after Roe v. Wade was overturned and filed it in a federal district where there’s only one judge, Matthew Kacsmaryk, an anti-abortion activist who used to work at a right-wing Christian legal firm. Plus, judges can’t even tell the FDA to revoke medications. None of this was on the level. So, as for the people who will applaud the court, actually no, you do not, under any circumstances, gotta hand it to them.
Friday’s ruling doesn’t mean abortion pills are safe in the long run—only that the challenge didn’t work this time. This very case could end up back at the Supreme Court.
Our Senior Senator, Ron Johnson, spent an hour answering questions for the Milwaukee Press Club for the first time since being reelected. One of his talking points: a referendum to decide the legality of abortion in Wisconsin. He said he’d leave it to the voters to decide “at what point does society have the responsibility to protect life. “He said voters could choose a range of options on when to protect life and could put down three choices.
He included, “I have a hard time believing people would allow abortion past about 12 weeks,” showing once again that he is out of touch with what polling says on the issue. Read Bill Glauber’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel piece for some other takeaways from RoJo from climate change, the Biden’s corruption, to running for another term.
Vacant homes across Milwaukee will be renovated and turned into affordable housing, through a new city program called Homes MKE. The new initiative of the Department of City Development will support the renovation of up to 150 vacant, foreclosed homes across 23 Milwaukee neighborhoods.
Read more about it in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: City of Milwaukee will renovate and sell vacant, foreclosed homes.
Wisconsin in the wild: Bayfield, population 590, was just named the 4th Best Coastal Small Town in America by USA Today:
“Fit for a postcard, the picturesque town of Bayfield is a gateway to the stunning Apostle Islands, boasting numerous lighthouses and some truly impressive caves and cliffs. When not cruising the islands, other points of interest include the Bayfield Maritime Museum, Bayfield Artists Guild, Bayfield Apple Company and Howl Adventure Center.”