Waiting for SCOTUS to Rule on Texas’ HB2

Waiting for decision on Whole Womens Health v Hellerstedt

Every year in June, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reveals its ruling on all the cases it heard since its last break. There is always a calendar posted on the SCOTUS website that shows what days the Justices will be releasing decisions. There is absolutely no way to know, for certain, what day the outcome of a particular case will be given.

As such, people like me who are interested in a specific court case (or more than one court case) end up in a cycle of hope and frustration as we wait to hear what the Justices decided about those important cases. This year, we had to wait until the very last day of June decision days to find out the ruling on Texas’ HB2 abortion restrictions case. The case is called Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt.


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Zubik v Burwell – Just the Facts

Supreme Court of the United States by Ted Eytan on Flickr

On March 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard a case called Zubik v Burwell. By the time it reached SCOTUS, the case had become one that was a consolidation of seven separate, but similar, cases (from four different federal appeals courts).

In short, Zubik v Burwell is yet another case that attacks “Obamacare” (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the Affordable Care Act, or the ACA). More specifically, it focuses on the portion of “Obamacare” that is often referred to as the contraception coverage mandate.

The plaintiffs in the case do not want to provide birth control coverage in their employee’s health plans because they feel doing so goes against their religious beliefs.  That may remind you of the case commonly referred to as the Hobby Lobby case.

The plaintiffs also object to having to either fill out a form, or sign a letter, that states that contraception coverage goes against their religious beliefs.  In this blog, I have all the facts about the Zubik v Burwell case.

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Results of the New Jersey Primary – 2016

Map of New Jersey by Norman B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

New Jersey held its Democratic primary, and its Republican primary, on June 7, 2016. The state voted on the same day as California, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota, and the Democratic portion of North Dakota’s caucus. Most people were paying attention to the New Jersey and the California primaries that day (because those two states has the most delegates to allocate.)

In this blog, I have the results of the Republican New Jersey primary and the Democratic New Jersey primary (including the number of delegates that each candidate got). I also have information about voting in New Jersey, tweets about the New Jersey primary, and tweets from people who did not get an “I Voted” sticker.

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Results of the Montana Primary – 2016

Map of Montana by Normal B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

Montana held its Democratic primary, and its Republican primary, on June 7, 2016. Montana voted on the same day as California, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, and the Democratic portion of North Dakota’s caucus. Many people were paying attention to only the California and New Jersey primaries because they had the most delegates to allocate.

In this blog, I have the results of the Montana Republican primary, and the Montana Democratic primary (including how many delegates each candidate got). I also have some tweets about the Montana primary, information about voting in Montana, and more.

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Results of the New Mexico Primary – 2016

Map of New Mexico Norman B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

New Mexico held its Democratic primary, and its Republican primary, on June 7, 2016. New Mexico voted on the same day as California, South Dakota, Montana, New Jersey and the Democratic caucus of North Dakota.

Long before June 7, 2016, Donald Trump had been declared the presumptive Republican nominee. Shortly before June 7, 2016, Hillary Clinton had been declared the presumptive Democratic nominee. But, neither of them was officially declared yet. Most people who were paying attention to the elections were focusing on New Jersey and California (because those two states had the biggest number of delegates to allocate).

In this blog, I have the results of the New Mexico Republican primary and the New Mexico Democratic primary (including the number of delegates each candidate got). I also have a little information about the New Mexico primary, voting rules, and some tweets about the New Mexico primary.

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Results of the South Dakota Primary – 2016

Map of South Dakota by Normal B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

South Dakota held its Democratic primary, and its Republican primary, on July 7, 2016. Not much attention was paid to the results of the South Dakota primary while it was happening because the state was voting on the same day as California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, and the Democratic portion of North Dakota’s caucus.

In this blog, I have the results of the South Dakota Republican primary, and the South Dakota Democratic primary, (including the number of delegates each candidate got). I also have information on voting rules in South Dakota, and some details about the low voter turnout.


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Results of North Dakota Caucus – 2016

Map of North Dakota by Norman B Leventhal Map Center on Flickr

North Dakota held its Republican Caucus on April 1, 2016. It held its Democratic caucus on June 7, 2016.

The most interesting thing about the North Dakota Caucus is that the North Dakota Republican party chose not to have one at all. Instead, for reasons I will explain in this blog, the 25 North Dakota Republican delegates were chosen by a small group of Republican party insiders.

In this blog, I have the results of the North Dakota Democratic Caucus (including the delegates each candidate got). I also have an explanation of what happened with the Republican delegates, and some tweets about the caucuses.

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Flight Rising: Sapling Speaker

Sapling Speaker

Flight Rising is a game where players get to control a Lair filled with dragons.  There are many things that you can do with your dragons, including breeding them, leveling them up by having them fight in the coliseum, and dressing them up with fun and interesting pieces of apparel.

Every month, there is a special Festival that honors one of the Dragon Flights.  The 2016 Greenskeeper Gathering took place during the last week of May of 2016. This festival honors the Nature Flight. All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

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As I Wait for the California Primary Results

Ballot stub 2016 primary Jen Thorpe

The California primary is going on while I am writing this blog. It is a significant primary because the state offers a lot of delegates. I happen to live in California, so its primary is personally significant to me.

Several other states are holding their primary today, too. Sometime tomorrow, after all the votes have been counted, the 2016 primary/caucus season will be over. American has a ridiculously long election cycle, so part of me will be happy to see this portion of it come to an end. The polls close in about two hours, and I find myself experiencing anxiety about how the election will turn out.

One way to conquer anxiety is to spill all my thoughts out of my head and into a blog.

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Instagram Photo Project: End of the Line

The question was: What is something I've never seen before?

I started my Instagram Photo Project on my 42nd birthday. Realizing that 42 was “the answer to life, the universe, and everything“, I looked for answers. I posted a comment that revealed the question that went with it.

Along the way, I learned how to take photos on my iPhone 6 and how to post them on Instagram. In addition, I learned what kind of photos I enjoy taking.

The Instagram Photo Project reached the end of the line (on the day that I turned 43). In this blog, I have the photos I posted on Instagram during May 2016 (the last month of the project). A total of 42 photos from the whole project have been put into a photo book that will be revealed soon!

When I star...

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