Hello Loyal Readers,
Happy Fourth of July! I’m just finishing up this post before heading to Blaine to march in the 4th of July parade. Side note: in light of the recent Hobby Lobby decision, I hope I see this truck there. Now, on with the Odds and Ends.
First, the new comment policy. Previously, my policy here at The Political Junkie was simple – don’t insult other readers. You could insult me or public officials but not each other. Unfortunately, I’ve had to spend far too much of my time moderating the comments sections, weeding out people who break the rules. Or making judgement calls about whether something did or did not cross the line.
Previously, I have written about my unabashed love of diagrams, therefore I have created a diagram of the things that I enjoy about running this blog and the things I don’t.
Therefore, effective immediately, I will be deleting any comments that don’t have a real name attached to them. If you worry that your comment might be accidentally deleted because I don’t know you – simply fill in an email address and I’ll double check. We will see how this works for a while.
But what about the First Amendment? Simple – I am not abridging your right to speak freely. You are welcome to do that on the rest of the internet, and if you start a local blog, I would be thrilled to put it on my blogroll, but here on my little space of digital land you have to sign your name. Consider it my digital property rights.
Enough of that, let’s move on to happier subjects. Like the fallout from the Hobby Lobby decision. Already hundreds of companies are petitioning for their ability to use the religious exemption to discriminate against LGBT employees or refuse to cover any sort of birth control at all.
A silver lining is that this may drive home the importance of electing more women into government, since all the justices who voted to limit women’s access to a full slate of health insurance options were men who prioritized the religious beliefs of a corporation over the actual beliefs of female employees.
Much digital ink has been spilled about how the Democrats may capitalize on this for the midterm elections. I think that is short-sighted and narrow. I would hope this does more than just motivate women to vote. I hope it moves them to become fully engaged in the political process – to run for office, manage campaigns and fight for justice. Women face different barriers than men when it comes to entering the political sphere and hopefully this ruling, and ensuing fallout, will help motivate everyone involved to change that.
Finally, I am looking for an intern for the summer. I’ve taken on interns as part of this blog before and I am eager to do so again. I have a great project that needs to be completed by mid September. If you know of someone who would be a good fit, send me an email here and I will take a look.
That’s it for now. This next week look for another guest post from the Legislative Junkie, a tour of one of the first retail marijuana stores in Bellingham and an article profiling candidates for the 4th Superior Court Judge position.