Porn. Why Didn’t I Think of That.

And, the ACA apologists WEPT for the newly discovered common ground.

A hush fell over the porn industry last week when one of the actresses tested positive for HIV.

Think Progress reports:

“There’s no health insurance, there’s no union; there really isn’t a safety net,” said Aurora Snow, a recently retired adult film actress. “… I feel really bad for her. It’s got to be really tough to get that kind of news.”

What better way to finally get conservatives on board the ACA train.

Porn and Conservatives in the USA

Conservatives Love Porn

Who Buys Online Porn: Redlight States

Conservatives, Porn, and Community Standards

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Women’s Equality: Battle Continues, War Rages On.

WOMAN VOTING“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” -Amendment XIX

19th AmendmentThe observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York (NWHP)

Ninety-three years after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, and women are still fighting for equality.   Examples of the recent attacks have been spotlighted in  ATD’s War on Women Series. Make no mistake about it, the WAR on WOMEN is REAL, despite the GOP’s claim that it is merely trumped up media hype.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, RNC chairman Reince Priebus claimed the so-called “war on women” is a fiction created as the media is on par with claiming there is a “war on caterpillars.”

Liberty-Weeping-War-on-Women“Now if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars,” Priebus told Hunt, “then every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, so then we’d have a problem with caterpillars. I mean, the fact of the matter is it’s a fiction.” (Mediaite)

MoveOn complied the Top 10 MOST SHOCKING attacks from the GOP’s War on Women:

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. J.Locke

The battles continues as the war rages on.  The voices of WOMEN must be heard.

Speak out.

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Today’s Stupid Conservative Quotes

The radical right is busy pushing propaganda on the Affordable Care Act in an attempt to win public support for defunding the law, and cover their asses if they shut-down the government. Here’s the Tea Party’s favorite mouthpiece, Ted Cruz, in an interview with Candy Crowley at CNN:

Crowley: “But what about … you lost? This has been put into law. It’s already law. Why not just get on board and try it?”

tedcruzCruz: “Because it’s not working and it’s hurting Americans. And by the way, the people that it’s hurting the most are the most vulnerable among us are the more vulnerable among us. The people who are losing their jobs are young people, are Hispanics, are African-Americans, are single moms. I don’t think that’s fair, I don’t think that’s right.”

Cruz has no data to back up his claims, which is the very definition of propaganda. The “young people who are losing their jobs” claim is the same argument conservatives push to eliminate the minimum wage; if business is allowed to pay the lowest possible wage with no health insurance or benefits, they’ll be free to create more jobs (while they pocket the additional profits). These are threats made by the investor class against the working class. Even though they’re making record profits, if things don’t go their way, they’ll punish the working class. Working class conservatives can’t be falling for this bull (or can they?).

Limbaugh’s argument Rush Limbaugh 2against health care for all Americans is to tie it to tyranny in foreign lands:

Every despot in the world has had some version of nationalized health care.

I’m sure Canadians would be surprised to hear that they elected despots in order to receive national health care. And nearly every European nation has national health care, and democracy.

Here’s a tweet from one of the geniuses at Faux News:

marthamccallumtweetSorry Martha, but you should stop relying on Fox for your news because they only cover events that forward their radical agenda. The President has, in fact, taken the opportunity to speak to black men about responsible fatherhood.

Here’s the President speaking to young black men at Morehouse College, May 19, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of King’s march on Washington:

Keep setting an example for what it means to be a man. Be the best husband to your wife, or boyfriend to your partner, or father to your children that you can be. Because nothing is more important.

And here’s candidate Obama in a Father’s Day speech in Chicago on June 15, 2008:

If we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing — missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.

You and I know how true this is in the African-American community. We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children. We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.

View the Stupid Conservative Quotes series.

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A Reverberation In The Republican War On Public Restrooms

Readers may not recall the dark days of yore when Republicans waged an unsuccessful war upon public restrooms. This warfare was a battle of wills with Republicans seemingly intent upon ruining the already shaky faith of the American public in these stinky, germ ridden accommodations by conducting acts of extreme lewdness in front of God and everybody! There were several months during the heat of this war in which one could not swing a dead cat without hitting a headline (usually about Senator Larry Craig) about some Republican doing some pervy act in a public restroom.

At the time I wrote a post on my now defunct little blog entitled Republican Politicians Are RUINING Public Bathrooms. To quote:

Gonzo leaving is the big news of the day, so this must have seemed like a good time for the office of Senator Larry Craig (Reprobate, Id.) to release some bad news. Senator Craig, who is a noted “conservative” backer of George Bush and the “pro family” Republican agenda was busted in June for lewd conduct in a public restroom at a Minnesota airport. A spokesperson for the Senator said “this is a he said he said situation”. His wife must have been devastated when Senator Craig plead guilty to the charges.

With this news coming on the heels of McCain’s Florida campaign manager being arrested for lewd conduct in a public restroom, I have had an epiphany. The Republicans, being against big government spending, have decided to smear the already troubled public perception of these restrooms with the hopes of ending all funding for public commodes. How fiendishly clever of them!

I could use this post to defend the need and justify the expense for public restrooms. But rather, let me appeal to the scheming Republicans who are on this dastardly drive to give public restrooms an even worse public perception, to please cease and desist from this atrocious behavior. It is bad enough when some parent has to stand in line with their little child doing the cross legged “I really have to go” dance, anticipating the urine splattered, germ infested, feces smelling horror to come… but to have that parent then have to shield their child from the local “drown government in a bathtub” Republican who is trying to ruin public restrooms for the rest of us by acting like a degenerate perv is really beyond the pale!

When Republicans started being frogged marched in shame for their degenerate war on public accommodations they (apparently) surrendered, resulting in a dramatic decline in the number of right wingers being accused of lewd behavior in public restrooms. However one last reverberation of the battle has just come back to haunt San Diego Republican Carl DeMaio who is running for mayor of San Diego. That echo of the Republican war on public restrooms was brought to my attention courtesy of the following… disturbing… headline: San Diego Republican accused of openly masturbating in men’s restroom.

Rex Dalton of VoiceofOC.org wrote, “[T]here never has been a public accounting of how during 2009 DeMaio allegedly would leave the San Diego City Council dais during meetings to masturbate in a men’s room — events known by elected officials and suspected by members of the media.”

“In the months before last November’s mayoral election, Ben Hueso, the City Council’s president in 2009, acknowledged to this reporter that he witnessed DeMaio engaging in the practice twice. Hueso, now a Democratic state senator, and others suspected DeMaio’s alleged inappropriate activity was more frequent,” Dalton continued. “Describing the scene that spring when he walked in on DeMaio, who was in front of a urinal with his pants down, Hueso said: ‘DeMaio was masturbating. He jumped, caught by surprise. He jumped to the sink … saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” about six times. Then washed his hands, darted out.’”

A spokesperson for DeMaio called the report “absurd and ludicrous,” although, according to other city employees, DeMaio’s habit of self-gratifying in public was common knowledge.

When asked who on the City Council knew of the incidents, City Councilwoman Marti Emerald told Dalton, “Everyone.”

It was Emerald who first encountered Hueso in the hall that afternoon in 2009. “Ben was in a state of shock, face red, eyes bulging,” she recounted. ““I said: ‘You look like you just saw the devil?’ He said: ‘DeMaio is masturbating in the middle of the room.’ ”

The reason this is an echo of the Republican war on restrooms is because the activity in question happened in 2009, just as Republicans had given up the battle. Reminiscent of the Battle of New Orleans, which was fought after the treaty ending the war of 1812 was finalized but word had yet to reach the front, the conservative war on bathrooms was already over in 2009, but someone forgot to alert DeMaio. He was just doing his part in a war that was already lost, and now DeMaio is facing the consequences.

The Consequence of War
Rubens prophetic painting The Consequence of War, showing his vision of the coming Republican war on public restrooms. Rubens painted the marauding conservative, holding his “sword”, while a desperate mother struggles to maintain her decency, her naked children clinging to her in horror. The door to the restroom is open, allowing any who wish to witness the debacle free and open access. Efforts by the enlightened to stop the Republican are shoved aside. Innocents and the sciences, signified by a text book, are trampled underfoot. A local priestess implores the heavens to stop the madness while the Cherubim contemplate the horror beneath them.

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Governor of South Carolina Losing Ahead of Re-Election Announcement

Nikki Haley, the Republican Governor from South Carolina, will be announcing her campaign for re-election in 2014 tomorrow. During her two years in office she has been responsible for thousands of lost jobs, wasting time trying to find “voter fraud” in her state, and student tuition being at its highest rate in the country. She is endorsed by the likes of Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Scott Walker. Luckily, there is a candidate for the Democrats already named Vincent Sheheen who is leading her 46-44, according to the latest poll taken of the potential race. We need to all be behind him to stop extremists like Haley from trying to bring us back to the 1950′s.

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Well Done, Mr. Allison

William Allison, 92, came to today’s march on Washington with the same sign he marched with in 1963.

bsc3uwcciaaarpdI salute you, Mr. Allison!  It is wonderful that you are still participating in the fight for rights – yet also sad that it is still needed.

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Dear Canada

13fd3115293047eb8ea934549922fc05Dear Canada,

You have so graciously shared your talented citizens with us.  We have truly enjoyed many of them, even proud   to claim them as our own. Educators, humanitarians, actors, musicians, and comedians.

Canada we salute you.

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And, Canada….

ONE LAST THING….

Please keep Ted Cruz for yourself.

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Here’s your receipt. ———>

 

 

Sincerely,

America

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BLOGGERS BEWARE: YOU ARE not JOURNALISTS

Democrats gone WILD. 

And, when a Democrat is WRONG, we WILL report it.

 FEINSTEINPersonal note: For the most part, I respect  Dianne Fienstein as a politician, although, I don’t always agree with her opinions, policies, or practices.  This is one of those times that I must publicly disagree with her.

 

Eric Boehm, www.watchdog.org reports:

In a proposed amendment to a media shield law being considered by Congress, Feinstein writes that only paid journalists should be given protections from prosecution for what they say or write.  The language in her proposal is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates because it seems to leave out bloggers and other nontraditional forms of journalism that have proliferated in recent years thanks to the Internet.

McClatchy reported:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wondered whether it could be used to provide protections to employees of WikiLeaks, an organization that allows anonymous sources to leak information to the public. “I’m concerned this would provide special privilege to those who are not reporters at all,” she said.

SchumerChuck Schumer :  “The world has changed. We’re very careful in this bill to distinguish journalists from those who shouldn’t be protected, WikiLeaks and all those, and we’ve ensured that,”  “But there are people who write and do real journalism, in different ways than we’re used to. They should not be excluded from this bill.”

 “The best kind of fiction is truer than any kind of journalism.”-Hunter S. Thompson

two centsThe internet has facilitated  a new age of journalism; Fact vs. Fallacy/Opinion vs. Truth.  Today, the writer has the ability to share information with a broader audience, with a clear  caveat : the burden of truth  has shifted to the reader.  A good journalist or blogger will cite their sources of information-and it is up to the reader to consider/validate the source. (I learned the importance of citing sources in High School, Undergrad studies, and the importance of citing scholarly sources in Grad school).   Information, news, blogs, journals, postings of any nature should be disregarded unless the sources are referenced; even then, it is imperative to verify the sources to distinguish between special interest groups posing as news machines, manufacturing propaganda.

I fear that Feinstein’s efforts are essentially throwing out the baby with the bathwater; GONZOAnd, although  countless instances of inaccurate reporting by unpaid bloggers AND paid journalists is a fact, the benefits of being able to responsibly disseminate information without recourse is my  constitutional right that I will defend with my life.

 

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References:

Hunter S. Thompson Quote via :‘Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’’ (1979)

 WatchDog

McClatchy

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Everything’s Bigger in Rick Perry’s Texas, Except Equal Pay for Women

texas war on women

Tomorrow, August 26th is Women’s Equality Day.  The day is a celebration of the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.  The 19thAmendment became law in 1920.  Almost 100 years later women are still fighting to be treated equally.  In honor of Women’s Equality Day, please see this video.

It was 1963, when I was only 6 years old, that the Equal Pay Act became the law.  At the time women made 59 cents for ever dollar a man made.  In the following fifty years that gender gap has only increased 18 cents, to 77 cents.  That means that we have moved at a rate of about 1 cent per every 2 ½ years towards gender equality in pay.    It also means that women in America, working in the same job as a man, doing the same quality of work as a man, work until April 9th for free.  On average, women earn $10,000 less per year than men.  Over a life-time that mean that a woman with a high school diploma will earn $700,000 less than a man with a high school degree.  Woman who graduate from college will earn less than men with a college degree by over One Million Dollars, and Professional Women will earn less than a similarly educated man  by roughly 2 Million Dollars.

The State of Texas is one of the bright hopes for the economy in America.  Texas ranks second in the country for economic growth, at 4.8%.  Texas GDP growth from 2009 to 2012 was 13%.    Texas job creation is far ahead of the national average.  Since 1995 the nation job growth has been 12% but Texas has been an impressive 31.5%.    Even more impressive is the increase of high paying jobs in Texas.  Texas has only 8% of the U.S. population but created 33% of the country’s highest paying jobs, while the rest of the country lost 174,000 jobs in that category.  Additionally the number of people moving to Texas is breathtaking.  Houston has become the country’s fifth largest metroplex, and the Dallas-Ft.Worth Metroplex was already the fourth-largest.  For the first time since keeping records, two of the top five cities in population in the country lay within the borders of a single state.  Add to that the fact thatAustin ranked as the fastest growing city with more than 1 million residents.

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Given this incredible rate of growth, it would be logical to conclude that Texas leads the country in favorable treatment of women in the work force.  Women currently make up 46.9% of the work force, and hold 51.5% of the management, professional and related positions in America.

Yet women are still underpaid in Texas relative to their male counterparts.  Thewage gap in Texas in 18.2%. 

How could that happen?  President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as his first bill after taking office in January 2008.  Four-and-one-half years later, women are still being paid less than men.  We were aware that reproductive rights in Texas were under attack.  However it could be argued that the reason for this conservative approach related to the general conservative, religious fervor of the Texas population.  However demanding equal pay for an equal performance of the same job can’t be attributed to a “conservative” or “religious” point of view.  Fundamental fairness would dictate that any person, male, female, black, white, or poka-dotted should receive the same payment upon performing the same job with the same degree of skill.  Evidently not in Texas.

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If you were thinking there is a misogynistic, discriminatory attitude in Texas, you would be right.  Rick Perry is the General in the War on Women.  In a recent legislative effort in the Texas Congress, both the Republican controlled House and Senate, legislators passed a law mirroring the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  Under current federal law a woman who had suffered discrimination in unfair pay can bring suit within 180 days of the employer’s decision to underpay her, whether she knows of the decision or not.  Under the new law in Texas a woman would have had 180 to bring suit after the receipt of payment that was unfair.  This new law would have allowed more time for a woman to bring suit and would improve the likelihood that she would know that she had a cause of action.  This new law would also have allowed the woman to bring suit in State Court, which would make suit easier for women around the state who live in rural towns, far away from a federal court.  Governor Rick Perry vetoed the law, passed by both Republican-dominated Houses of the Texas Legislature.   

The disparity in pay is particularly offensive given the fact that for more than 20 years women have outnumbered men  in college.

Even more troublesome is the fact that four in ten American households with children under age 18 have a mother who is the primary bread winner.  Since 1960 the number of women who work as the primary breadwinner in the family has quadrupled.  Thus, four times as many women are now the dominant, or primary breadwinner, but they are still making 18 cents less, per dollar, than men.  That means that on average, a male attorney in Texas making $100,000.00, who may have no children to support, is getting paid $12,000.00 per year more than his female counter-part, who may be responsible for the support of one or more children.  Rick Perry not only thinks that is alright, but he is so committed to this unequal system, that he vetoed a bill supported by his fellow Republicans in the Texas Congress.

rick perry scaredIf Texas is to continue to lead the country in economic growth and job creation, we must become a leader in the country and demand equal pay for equal work, for everyone.

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TRUMP SUED FOR GET RICH SCHEME

Michael Gormley of the Associated Press Reported:

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general sued Donald imagesCA4SSSQRTrump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships….The $40 million he seeks is mostly to pay restitution to consumers.

No, seriously, aspiring Gordon Gekko’s paid to sit at the Capitalist Guru’s feet to learn  “Art of the Deal” ,”How to Get Rich” and , “Think Like a Billionaire.” images Gormley continues:

 State Education Department officials had told Trump to change the name of his enterprise years ago, saying it lacked a license and didn’t meet the legal definitions of a university. In 2011 it was renamed the Trump Entrepreneur Institute, but it has been dogged since by complaints from consumers and a few isolated civil lawsuits claiming it didn’t fulfill its advertised claims.

Trump responds to allegations saying that the “Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman suit is politically motivated. Claiming that Schneiderman is angry that the Donald has been stingy with his political donations…

State Board of Elections records show Trump has spent  more than $136,000 on New York campaigns since 2010. He contributed $12,500 to  Schneiderman in October 2010, when Schneiderman was running for attorney  general, records show.

imagesCAOW0X3RMmkay. The Donald’s hair seems to be interfering with his brain activity, acting like a  tin foil conspiracy deflector.  He simply cannot wrap his brain (or hair) around the concept of justice.

 

 

According to WISE GEEK:

A state’s attorney general is responsible for enforcing the law in the state where he or she was elected.

It would appear, that Schneiderman is acting within his scope of authority…. investigating FRAUD COMPLAINTS. Wait for it…

Yellow Sticky Note

 

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A Report by The National Women’s Law Center Exposes Part Deux of the GOP’s War on Women’s Rights, A State-by-State Attack

Forget the law, denigrate women’s health and ignore a majority rule, the GOP spent the last year bulldozing through the states with their oppressive ‘War on Women’ to redact women’s reproductive rights.  “Legitimate rape” GOP candidate Todd Aiken epitomized the churlish conservative education on basic biology, with his stupid conclusion “ If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down“. YouTube Preview Image

Thank goodness Missouri voters heard this creep and voted to re-elect Claire McCaskilll to her Senate seat by handing a well-deserved defeat to this Tea-party poster boy.

Beyond the scurrilous attacks upon a women’s right to abortion, is the imposition that unfettered access should be predicated upon crimes of rape or incest. Intuitively, the anti-choice foes have conjoined criminality to this medical procedure when none exists. Increasingly egregious to all women are additional state limitations and restrictions that serve to humiliate and potentially persecute women. The National Women’s Law Center, NWLC, released an impressive state-by-state report by appropriating Aiken’s ignorant statements by enlightening the folly of conservative ideals in Shut That Whole Thing Down: A Survey of Abortion Restrictions Even in Cases of Rape.  Bullet pointed below is a summary of legislation from across the country that Republicans have sought to pass on abortion for instances of rape:

• 86 percent (235 provisions) of the 273 provisions that were introduced in state legislatures to restrict a woman’s access to abortion apply to a woman whose pregnancy resulted from rape.

• 71 percent (27 provisions) of the 38 state provisions restricting women’s access to abortion enacted by the states apply to a woman whose pregnancy resulted from rape.

• 72 percent (18 bills) of the 25 bills introduced in the United States Congress to restrict a woman’s access to abortion apply to a woman whose pregnancy resulted from rape.

Additionally, the report encompasses the first six months of 2013, further highlighting state and Congressional potential bills from Republicans designed to categorically ban, restrict, or discourage a woman from having an abortion:

• Outlawing abortion (these included bills establishing “fetal personhood” that would result in a ban on abortion, bans on pre-viability abortion after an arbitrary number of weeks, and bans based on a woman’s personal reason for abortion);

• Prohibiting women from purchasing a comprehensive insurance plan that includes coverage for abortion;

• Requiring women to undergo medically unnecessary and physically invasive procedures or delays or to receive inaccurate information before obtaining an abortion;

• Restricting women’s access to non-surgical (medication) abortion;

• Interfering with a woman’s personal decision-making about whether to end a pregnancy by allowing entities (such as hospitals) and individuals to refuse to provide these necessary health services; and

• Other bills that directly restrict access to abortion including in cases where pregnancy is the result of rape.

Tactics such as forced ultrasounds, or denial of insurance coverage are meant to discourage women’s access to abortion regardless of the circumstances or situation leading to their decision. The pretense of protection muffled in denying personal choices insults everyone’s intelligence and threatens a woman’s right to determine her destiny.

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Illinois Congressional Candidates – Part One

This is the first in a series of reporting on Congressional, Senatorial, and Gubernatorial Democratic Candidates running in 2013 and 2014.

Mike Quigley is serving his third term in Illinois’ 5th district upon winning a special election in 2009 to replace Rahm Emanuel. He has served as a member of the Committee’s on Oversight, Judiciary, Government Reform, and Appropriations. He sponsored an amendment to the Patriot Act that would stop suspected terrorists from buying firearms, but it was defeated by the GOP Majority in Congress. He has defended the Clean Air Act, and believes that we need innovative environmental and energy policies to combat carbon emissions. He believes in women’s right to choose, and is a strong advocate for LGBT rights with his co-sponsoring of the Respect for Marriage Act. He is also a big supporter of Obamacare, and believes affordable healthcare is vital to the prosperity of our nation.

Danny K. Davis has served 8 terms in Illinois’ 7th district, and is a member of Congressional Black Caucus, Progressive Caucus, and the Democratic Socialists of America. Before entering the House, he was a former high school teacher, community organizer, and government clerk. He grew up in Chicago, and has since spread hope through the poorest neighborhoods and shared his own success story to inspire those in poverty. The issues he cares most strongly about besides poverty are healthcare, education, and youth and criminal reform. He believes the key to being successful in politics is to build connections with your communities and the constituents you represent. He is known for being very energetic and unique during his tenure in the House of Representatives.

Tammy Duckworth is serving her first term in the House of Representatives in Illinois’ 8th district as the first woman ever elected to Congress from the state. She served in the Iraq war as a helicopter pilot, and became the war’s first double amputee who was a woman after losing both her legs in a firefight. She is a huge supporter of our nation’s veterans and improving healthcare for them, stemming from her own service in the war, being a member of the Air Force, and receiving a Purple Heart. She is the current Director of the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and sits on the Committees of Armed Services, Oversight, and Government Reform in Congress. She was very critical of the Bush Administration’s handling on veteran’s care, and wants to cut back on wasteful defense spending like the kind we had during the Bush years.  She supports the LGBT community by fighting for full equality, and believes in stricter gun control laws.

Research by Jacob Immel.

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