Category Archives: State Legislation

Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Good Cop/Bad Cop and Racism

Lead Story ♀ The women of New Horizons’ Pluto flyby Women make up 25 percent of the New Horizons flyby team. Science team leader Fran Bagenal said, “This isn’t remarkable – it’s just how it is.” Abortion & Reproductive Rights ♀ Who’s Behind the Planned Parenthood Sting Video? – Read the full article

A Contrast in Countries

Millions of Americans are congratulating Ireland on their forward-thinking stance on equality today. As the New York Times reported: Ireland became the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change. – Read the full article

Republicans: Working Hard to Screw America

They run every campaign, everywhere, every time, on “jobs and the economy”, but as Republicans’ proposed bills show, they’re really working hard to screw America. This is how folks who don’t know how to govern, govern. As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: A change to the minimum wage that would lead to a pay cut for thousands of tip workers passed the Republican-led Minnesota House… by a vote of 73-56. – Read the full article

Friday Feminism – Good Cop/Bad Cop, LGBTQ, War On The Poor

Lead Story The ASPCA’s (and the country’s) first horse ambulance, 1895. Via Ephemeral New York ♀ April 10, 1866: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Is Founded – The Nation reminds us of a proud anniversary today. – Read the full article

The Dumming-Down Of Arizona

Arizona’s RWNJ returds in elected office spent the weekend passing a budget forcing deep cuts in education that are sure to make businesses that are thinking about creating jobs in the state consider looking elsewhere. The cuts include nearly $100 million from state schools and community colleges and $123 million from K-12 education. – Read the full article

The New Nimbies

A brand new species of Nimby was discovered in Georgia last week. For those who don’t know, Nimby is an acronym for “Not in my back yard”; which the Oxford dictionary defines this way: “A person who objects to the siting of something perceived as unpleasant or potentially dangerous in their own neighborhood, such as a landfill or hazardous waste facility, especially while raising no such objections to similar developments elsewhere.” While Nimby sightings are common at protests against everything from toxic dumps to wind farms, the open carry Nimby is a new breed. – Read the full article

CNN Guest Roasts Va. Republican: ‘Are You Wrapping Your Homophobia Around the Bible?’

CNN guest roasts Va. Republican: ‘Are you wrapping your homophobia around the Bible?’ (via Raw Story ) CNN contributor LZ Granderson took failed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R) to task on Tuesday over his support of Arizona’s SB 1062, which would effectively legalize discrimination against the LGBT communities in the name of “… – Read the full article

Victory In Texas: Extreme Abortion Law Unconstitutional

An extreme anti-abortion law that was passed in a special session of the Texas Legislature in July has now (legally) been deemed unconstitutional – well, at least part of it has been. Women everywhere (and men with a brain in their head – or at least compassion and empathy) have known this bill was garbage all along.  – Read the full article

Another Page From the Book of Conservative Hypocrisy

Nebraska is one of the conservative states that has enacted a bogus “parental consent law” for minors seeking an abortion. I say bogus because anyone who believes that any conservative court would grant any minor judicial bypass is living in a fantasy world. – Read the full article

Rick Perry Publicly “Corrects” His Wife

In a recent post we told you about Anita Perry’s surprising, if not shocking statement about abortion: “I see it as a woman’s right… If they want to do that, that is their decision…” Well, it seems we all misunderstood what she said; in fact, according to her husband, even Mrs. – Read the full article

Bullet to the Head With That Cup of Coffee?

I have only one question for this guy: WHAT IS YOUR F***ING POINT? You own a gun? Big deal. You’re a moron? That’s obvious. You have a teensy little package? That’s your wife’s business, not ours. Seriously, folks – this is asinine by any measure. – Read the full article

Another Chapter in the Jindal Voucher Scam

The Justice Department has requested an injunction preventing the State of Louisiana from providing school vouchers for the 2014 school year to students residing in the thirty-four parishes currently under federal desegregation orders. This prompted Eric Cantor and Bobby Jindal to spend the last week putting the usual GOP spin on the issue while conveniently avoiding the facts. – Read the full article