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Tuesday
Jul242012

Republicans Reject Disclosure Due to Democratic 'Lies' About Facts | Personhood Fails in Montana | PA Voter ID Law

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Mitt Romney photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty ImagesSlate Magazine discourses on a topic very important to AOC readers: facts. It’s not only a dangerous time for lack of reasoned discourse in America; it’s a tough time for facts and transparency of any kind among our politicians.

Mitt Romney says that the reason he’s not releasing his tax returns is that the Obama team will “pick over it” and “distort and lie about them”.

Last week Senate Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE Act. “Republicans are in favor of disclosure,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said in 2000 on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

“I don’t like it when a large source of money is out there funding ads and is unaccountable,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said in 2010. “To the extent we can, I tend to favor disclosure,’ cited The Washington Post last week.

Today Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell refuses to consider full disclosure, calling it an “enemies list”.

“This amounts to nothing more than member and donor harassment and intimidation, and it’s all part of a broader government-led intimidation effort by this administration. There are parallel efforts at the FCC, SEC, IRS, DoJ, and the White House itself to silence its critics. The creation of a modern day Nixonian enemies list is currently in full swing and, frankly, the American people should not stand for it. As I’ve said before, no individual or group in this country should have to face harassment or intimidation, or incur crippling expenses defending themselves against their own government, simply because that government doesn’t like the message they’re advocating.”

Republicans, led by Mitt Romney, are telling all Americans that our nation should no longer have any information about campaign contributors, where they got their cash or anything about their agendas.

It’s important to note that even the ultra conservative Justice Scalia disagrees with Mitch McConnell. Slate cites his position on disclosure and transparency:

There are laws against threats and intimidation; and harsh criticism, short of unlawful action, is a price our people have traditionally been willing to pay for self-governance. Requiring people to stand up in public for their political acts fosters civic courage, without which democracy is doomed.

Someone needs to explain this civic virtues of transparency and information to Republicans. Is it not the foundation of a free society?

The Right To Vote

PA’s Voter ID Law Large

As the Justice Department prepares to look into the legality of Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law, lawyers for the state acting as defendants in the case, say they will offer no evidence that there is a problem with voter fraud in the state, past or future.

From the inception, voter fraud in Pennsylvania or any other state has been a miniscule number, even though its possibility as served as the ideological argument for new laws that disproportionately disenfranchise poor people and the elderly.

Huffington Post writes:

Pennsylvania GOP House Majority Leader Mike Turzai fueled the concerns of anti-voter ID activists earlier this year when he claimed that the recently enacted measure would “allow Gov. [Mitt] Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”

Estimates are that the new laws will impact more than 758,000 voters in PA, with a large number located in Philadelphia, a city that votes Democratic.

Personhood Fails in Montana

Supporters of a drive to put a personhood amendment on the ballot in Montana failed to muster up the 48,674 signatures needed to put the issue before voters in November.

“Personhood” for fertilized eggs has failed everywhere it has come to the voters — twice in Colorado by overwhelming margins and most recently in conservative Mississippi by 16 points.

In an interesting piece for the The Clarion Ledger, conservative writer, and Bible Belt believer Natalie Winningham makes the point that the fight against personhood bills is not only coming from progressive women.

The push back against personhood initiatives by conservative women represents a rebellion against the government assuming a role as morality police, with lawmakers openly wanting to participate in creating legislation that controls women’s bodies.

Many conservative women who are pro-life personally are also pro-choice, rejecting governmental control — and especially in the name of religion — over women’s beings.

One Third of US Births ‘Unintended’: CDC

In a number that has remained constant from 1982 to 2010, a new government report confirms again that 37 percent of US births are unintended. The only group that has made progress in declining the percent of unplanned pregnancies are married white women.

In 1982, white women accounted for 66% of all births. In 2006-2010 they accounted for 43%.

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Mitt Romney's Personal Tax-Saving Strategy | Feds Knock Down Indiana Aboriton Bill | Mick Jagger Rocks On

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Feds Reject Indiana Abortion Bill

A federal hearing officer has ruled that Indiana’s controversial abortion law that makes Planned Parenthood the least desirable health care provider for women has been ruled unacceptable “because it denies women the freedom to choose their health care providers”.

Ironically, the argument that Obamacare takes away that same right, is front and center for Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act. Working closely with the right-to-life movement, Republicans in many state legislatures including Texas have sought to eliminate abortions at Planned Parenthood centers by cutting off their total flow of Medicaid money.

Overseeing the appeal hearing on a similar decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in June 2011, Hearing Officer Benjamin Cohen said “that the law violated a federal requirement that individuals must have the liberty to obtain care from any qualified provider” reports CNN.

Wading Into the Water

© Ruth Tomlinson/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis (beach); by Justin Sullivan/Getty images (inset).The August issue of Vanity Fair magazine delves into the offshore finances of Mitt Romney, for an in-depth look at the many loopholes in America’s tax code that help America’s wealthiest reduce their US taxes.

From the first paragraph in which a former Bain employee reflects on Romney’s style of getting competitive information by “pretending”, the inference is that as a smart guy, Mitt is presented as a hear no evil, see no evil kind of guy.

Jagger Rocks On At Age 68

Two new books about Mick Jagger — one devoted to celebrating 50 years of the Rolling Stones — give us a deep glimpse into the rock star’s life. Reading the lengthy excerpts of Christopher Andersen’s ‘Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger’ published in the New York Daily News, we get a refresher course on seventies life at Max’s Kansas City.

The love affairs are endless in Jagger’s life — from Carla Bruni to David Bowie, writes Andersen. Read Rock On: The Life and Times of Mick Jagger.

L Wren Scott & Mick Jagger

For the last 10 years, Mick Jagger has lived with designer L Wren Scott, jetting between England, the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan and the Left Bank of Paris. For all his glittering on and off stage antics, Mick Jagger appreciates tall, chic women. Granted, some women are more chic than others, and we’re sure the French would agree.

Scott the designer shares images of her Left Bank apartment in two Vogue articles about her life and career. Read on L Wren Scott & MIck Jagger Cosy Up in Left Bank Parisian Apartment.

Wednesday
Apr182012

Republicans Move To Shut Down Planned Parenthood in Ohio | Romney Gender Gap Shrinks

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Secret Service and military personnel allegedly brought prostitutes to this hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, while on a mission.Now we all agree that women can shoot straight. Doesn’t Kiri Blakeley raise a valid point when she asks why a a group of women secret service agents weren’t sent ahead of US President Barack Obama, knowing that they would keep their pants on in Cartagena.

“Seriously, can you imagine a bunch of Secret Service gals going on a trip to Colombia, where they are scheduled to secure the environment for their boss, who happens to be, oh, the most powerful man in the world, and then hiring a bunch of call guys?” she asks.

CNN continued their look at women’s roles in Secret Service scandal raises question of macho culture, women agents.

New Presidential Polling

A new CBS News/New York Times poll out tonight shows a shrinking gender gap among women. With Santorum out of the race, Romney now leads Obama 49 to 42 percent among MARRIED women. The reverse is true among SINGLE women where Obama maintains a huge lead, 62 to 34 percent.

On the subject of Romney’s vice presidential pick, CNN reports a new poll in which Stanford professor and former George Bush ex-Secretary of State Condi Rice came in first in a poll that included Independent voters and Republicans. The San Francisco Chronicle pokes a hole in the result with three words: Iraq … Afghanistan … Bush. The fact that Rice is prochoice is another major roadblock for social conservatives.

Senate Democrats

Three female Democratic senators held a news conference today, denouncing Republican opposition to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a measure to counter domestic violence. The New York Times reports that the bill has more than enough official sponsors — including Republicans — to be reauthorized.

Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Mr. Romney, said in an e-mail, “Gov. Romney supports the Violence Against Women Act and hopes it can be reauthorized without turning it into a political football.”

Senate Democrats are planning to bring a bill to the floor — a reintroduction of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which got not a single Republican vote in 2010.

More DFR

State University two Planned Parenthood Ohio Advocates, Ashley and MadelinePlanned Parenthood Slashed in Ohio

Ohio Republicans moved aggressively today in the mid-biennium review to significantly cut or eliminate federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

By implementing a new priority system for how federal family planning dollars are spent, with a strategy similar to the one enacted in Texas, “abortion rights opponents say the proposal may not completely end money for Planned Parenthood in Ohio, but would at least largely defund the group,” reports The Columbus Dispatch.

Joan Walsh writes in Salon that she will be speaking at Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ annual gala tomorrow evening. Reflecting on the Tea Party - Komen “double-barrel assault” on Planned Parenthood, Walsh echoes a view that many women watching this unrelenting attack on reproductive health embrace.

In the ’70s, the right grabbed the language of morality, love and family as its own. We’re taking it back. The assault on Planned Parenthood, and the spontaneous public backlash, reminded a lot of feminists that we’re the mainstream — the Tea Party radicals are not.

TIME magazine weighs in with some of the first statistics we’ve seen on participation in Komen’s annual Race for the Cure walks, sharing a sampling from USA Today.

-In Indianapolis, 26,000 people are expected to register for the annual Race for the Cure walk on April 21st. Sounds great until you contrast it to last year’s numbers at 37,500. That’s a 30 percent drop in participation and Indiana’s Komen Center executive director said that fundraising was also down by 30 percent.

-In Southern Arizona, 7,200 marched in this year’s walk, down from last year’s 10,000. Fundraising had also dipped 30 percent.

-In southwest Florida, donations and registrations were down 15 percent.