LOOP: Republican appears to eke out win in Ohio House race




SPECIAL ELECTION IN OHIO   The Republican candidate is claiming victory in the Ohio House special election. But with over 8,000 outstanding absentee and provisional ballots, the final results might not be known for weeks. That the race is this close should be a warning sign for Republicans. There are 71 Republican-held House districts that lean more Democratic than Ohio’s 12th District. Democrats need to win just 23 to win the House. READ
ORGANIZED LABOR WINS   In a big win for unions, voters in Missouri have rejected Right to Work. Republicans in the Legislature had passed a Right to Work law, which would have taken effect August 28. But unions were able to gather enough signatures to suspend its implementation pending the results of a statewide referendum.  READ
BAD SCIENCE  The FDA is acquiring “fresh” human fetal tissue from aborted children to make mice with a functioning “human immune system,” according to information published by the FDA.   READ
PROTECTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN  For years, Planned Parenthood has neglected to notify the proper authorities about cases of sexual abuse. But a new rule proposed by the Trump administration addresses this problem. “The proposed rule would require Title X grant recipients to comply with state and local reporting laws, require annual training for staff at Title X clinics, ensure that they have a site-specific protocol in place to protect victims, and provide counseling to minors on how to resist attempts to coerce them into sexual activity,” said Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-WI.  READ
McCARRICK SCANDAL  Bishop Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Missouri, slammed the “silence of so many bishops who knew” about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s scandalous activity. “It is almost unbearable. How could a brother bishop disrespect with such callousness the dignity of young boys, seminarians and priests over decades and no one called him on the carpet? It is inexplicable to me. This cannot continue, and I hope with God’s grace there will be a change of culture among the clergy,” said Bishop McKnight. READ
McCARRICK SCANDAL  The laity are demanding justice and action. “But will anyone hear our demands for contrition and justice?” asks Katrina Fernandez. READ
MIDEAST CHRISTIANS   The Knights of Columbus pledged their continued efforts to aid and rebuild persecuted religious communities in the Middle East. “It is clear that without the support of the Knights of Columbus, Christianity might have died in Iraq,” said Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, in a video message to the Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Dominic became aware that the preacher had to practice what he preached and connect with the people of God. He and a few Cistercians formed what was the beginning of the Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans. Living a life of simplicity, the Dominicans were committed to active contemplation, or contemplative action—whichever way it is said, it is the combination of two ways of life.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.” (Jer 31:10)  READ

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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