Oct 13, 2020
Heading into the highest-stakes election of our lifetimes, The Appeal launched a newsletter called Our Future on the Ballot covering insurgent candidates across the country, their elections, and what’s at stake.
In today’s issue, we’ll cover:
Maricopa County, Arizona, voters want a county prosecutor who will pledge not to prosecute women for seeking an abortion. Challenger Julie Gunnigle made that pledge. The incumbent, Allister Adel, refused to do the same.
Plus: Flipping the Arizona legislature from Red to Blue; marijuana legalization on the ballot in four states; TX Congressional candidate Julie Oliver whips out the whiteboard to breakdown healthcare costs; and more news from around the country.
A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE IS ON THE BALLOT IN ARIZONA.
A STARK CHOICE — In Maricopa County, Arizona, which has a population of 4.5 million people and includes Phoenix, America’s 6th most populous city, the race for County Attorney pits an incumbent prosecutor, Allister Adel, who has said she has an “ethical and legal obligation to enforce” laws criminalizing abortion, against a challenger, Julie Gunnigle, who has said she would not prosecute a woman’s healthcare decisions.
ROE V. WADE IN THE BALANCE — As confirmation hearings continue for Amy Coney Barrett, it is all but certain that there will soon be a 6-3 conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. The composition of the Court strongly suggests that Roe v Wade, the landmark case protecting a woman’s right to choose, is at risk of being overturned. That’s particularly frightening in Arizona, which still has extreme laws on the books that criminalize abortion and restrict access to contraceptives.
NEW POLL — A new polling memo from The Justice Collaborative Institute and Data for Progress, finds that a bipartisan majority of Maricopa County voters — 71% of Democrats and 51% of Republicans — would be more likely to vote for a prosecutor who pledges not to prosecute women for seeking an abortion: