Today is August 3. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.
1.Arizona gubernatorial primary too close to call between Lake and Robson
DML NEWS – It’s too close to call Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial primary, with former TV news anchor and Trump-backed Kari Lake leading real estate developer and Arizona Board of Regents member Karrin Taylor Robson, who was endorsed by Mike Pence, by fewer than 12,000 votes.
As of Wednesday morning, Lake had 46.2% of the vote, and Taylor Robson had 44.5% in the Republican primary. The two women are seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican.
The race turned into a bit of a proxy war between former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.
DML: Lake will likely prevail. I will speak about the Tuesday primary today on The Dennis Michael Lynch Podcast.
2.Kansas Votes to Preserve Abortion Rights Protections in Its Constitution
NY Times – Kansas voters resoundingly decided against removing the right to abortion from the State Constitution, according to The Associated Press, a major victory for the abortion rights movement in one of America’s reliably conservative states.
The defeat of the ballot referendum was the most tangible demonstration yet of a political backlash against the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that had protected abortion rights throughout the country. The decisive margin — 59 to 41 percent, with about 95 percent of the votes counted — came as a surprise, and after frenzied campaigns with both sides pouring millions into advertising and knocking on doors throughout a sweltering final campaign stretch.
“The voters in Kansas have spoken loud and clear: We will not tolerate extreme bans on abortion,” said Rachel Sweet, the campaign manager for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, which led the effort to defeat the amendment.
DML: I will speak about this as well today on the podcast, this is a concern come November.
3.Pelosi departs Taiwan as furious China holds military drills
CNBC – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departed Taiwan on Wednesday after a whirlwind visit that captured global attention and further strained relations between the United States and China.
Before boarding a plane to leave the island at around 6 a.m. ET, Pelosi vowed solidarity with the self-ruling democracy that Beijing claims as its territory while China launched military drills, summoned the U.S. ambassador and halted some imports from Taiwan in a display of angry protest at her visit.
“Our delegation came here to send an unequivocal message: America stands with Taiwan,” Pelosi said at a news conference in Taipei after meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
DML: If the US officials in DC think China is going to let this one go, they are big time mistaken. I don’t know how the backlash unleashes, but it’s coming.
4.Biden will sign executive order TODAY making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states for the procedure
DailyMail – President Joe Biden on Wednesday will sign an executive order aimed in part at making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure.
More specifically, one of the directives Biden will issue will allow states that have not outlawed abortion to apply for specific Medicaid waivers that would, in effect, help them treat women who have traveled from out of state.
The order will also call on health care providers to comply with federal nondiscrimination laws and streamline the collection of key data and information on maternal health at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The details were described by senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the executive order ahead of a formal announcement.
DML: In other words, you will continue to fund abortions like it or not.
5.Vin Scully, legendary Dodgers broadcaster, dead at 94
Ny Post – Vin Scully, the beloved voice of the Dodgers for 67 years, both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles — whose lyrical descriptions of the games he shared with his legion of listeners often bordered on poetry — died at his home in the Hidden Hills section of Los Angeles Tuesday, the Dodgers announced. He was 94.
DML: He was great to listen to, may he RIP. A great tribute to him is in the video below.