Flashpoint: Impact of Kavanaugh hearings on midterms, school board's youngest members, and Montco women

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September 30, 2018 - 9:48 am
Cherri Gregg (left) discusses the Kavanaugh hearings with Christa Hayburn (center), Larry Ceisler (right), and Linda Dale Hoffa via the phone.

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the impact of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party during their high school years — a claim he flat our denies.  

Kavanaugh called the hearing a "circus" and argued it was a liberal hit job. Meanwhile, Democrats demanded more evidence, including interviews with other possible witnesses.  

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to move Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor — followed by Sen. Jeff Flake asking the committee to recommend a brief FBI investigation. 

The Senate, President Donald Trump and the committee agreed that the FBI would probe the allegations for one week, but the optics of this confirmation hearing have left America stunned. What will be the impact of the hearing on the midterm elections? What about politics? Will it leave a stain on the nation's highest court?  

Linda Dale Hoffa, a former federal prosecutor who spent two years serving as counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, joins the Flashpoint discussion with Larry Ceisler, political strategist and principal of Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy, as well as Christa Hayburn, a sexual assault survivor and spokesperson for Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR).

Christa Hayburn and Larry Ceisler
Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

The Newsmakers of the week are the School District of Philadelphia's youngest new board members: Julia Frank and Alfredo Praticò. The non-voting members will be the voice for the district's 200,000 students. The Northeast High and Masterman seniors — who can be reached at studentboardrep@sdphila.org — have big plans for the job and for their future. 

Julia Frank and Alfredo Praticò
Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

Finally, the Changemaker of the week is Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families (MCCWF). Vice Chair and spokesperson Teresa Harris discusses the organization's effort to empower and support organizations that advocate for women. The focus this year is ending discrimination against women. 

MCCWF will honor Women's Law Project at its annual event on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. The theme is "Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women."

Teresa Harris
Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

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