In 2004, historian Thomas Frank published What’s the Matter With Kansas?, in which he explained how previously sensible voters in agrarian Kansas opted to vote against their own interests by voting Republican.
Yesterday, in the first electoral response to SCOTUS’ highly impolite tubing of wimmins’ constitutional right to make their own decisions about reproductive rights, voters in the Sunflower State voted overwhelmingly to preserve their right to make their own health care decisions without rightwing Christians telling them what they can and cannot not do with their lives.
Kansas had enshrined in its Constitution the right to abortion, and yesterday voters there rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the Republican-controlled legislature to restrict or ban abortion in Kansas.
The No vote was overwhelming in a conspicuously red state, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/02/kansas-voters-block-effort-to-ban-abortion-in-state-constitutional-amendment-vote-00049442.
Our Chief Investigative Reporter, associate solitary reporter Susanna Sherman, has been closely following the conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court. Sherman texted us to tell us that Justice Samuel Alito, who infamously penned the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overruled Roe v. Wade, has reversed course after yesterday’s decisive vote in Kansas. “Stupidest decision I ever wrote,” Alito told Sherman. “Now I just have to figure out how to overrule myself, which I’ll do as soon as I can.”