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E-Blast: April Hot Takes: SCOTUS, Reproductive Justice, & Mobilizing Voters Ahead of the Midterms



April Hot Takes: SCOTUS, Reproductive Justice, & Mobilizing Voters Ahead of the Midterms

Last month was an especially busy one for the HIT Strategies team. We issued new research, polling, and focus groups touching on America’s political landscape topics. As always, we highlighted what we think should be the top priorities for Democrats while sticking to our mission to center our research on the communities underrepresented in public opinion research.

Founding partner Roshni Nedungadi joined Clay Cane on SiriusXM Urban View’s The Clay Cane Show to discuss the Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearings and the imperative for Democrats to show their fight by protecting and defending Judge Jackson against Republican attacks.  
HIT Strategies CEO Terrance Woodbury reiterated the need for the Biden administration to reach out to the Black community and inform Black voters of what they have accomplished.  
In addition to Roshni’s interview with Clay Cane, HIT Strategies spokesperson Jermaine House spoke with The Hill about how the Democratic Party must do more to defend and affirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson against the GOP’s attacks. 
POLITICO Playbook featured HIT Strategies focus groups of Democratic voters, examining issues such as the economy, the Biden administration, and current events. Voters expressed their concern over the increase in the cost of living and inflation as well as frustration with President Biden and the Democratic Party. 

POLITICO Playbook’s Eugene Daniels presented the same HIT Strategies data on focus groups of Democratic voters on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Watch here.

Terrance joined Mark McKinnon on Showtime’s The Circus to also discuss HIT’s findings in focus groups and what the Democrats need to do ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. He stressed that the Democratic Party needs to address racism and discrimination head-on and fight the Republican culture wars with a forward vision for a multi-racial America, not playing defense. 
Watch a clip of Terrance’s appearance on The Circus here: 
Additionally, Terrance reemphasized the need for the Democratic Party to shift its midterm strategy on MSNBC’s The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross. He stated that the party needs to tell their story of legislative success directly to the Democratic base and put Trump back on the ballot, explaining to voters what will happen if Republicans are able to win back the House and Senate.

Another pressing issue this midterm election will be Roe v. Wade and the danger of losing reproductive rights. Roshni spoke with POLITICO about the imminent threat to Roe and how voters are largely unaware that it could be overturned, with those living in “blue” states believing they will still be safe. 
Roshni further sounded the alarm about the threat to Roe v. Wade in an op-ed in Newsweek. The feature discussed the need for Democratic candidates to make reproductive justice a leading issue in their campaigns and mobilize the Democratic base to elect pro-choice Democrats up and down the ballot in the midterm elections. That threat became real this week when we learned of the SCOTUS attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade.  
Terrance raised the issue of young voters’ participation in the midterm elections with POLITICO. Like the engagement needed with Black voters, the Democratic Party will have to do more to reach out to young voters and demonstrate that they will fight for issues that matter to them. 
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