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Thursday
Nov072013

Emily's List Membership Reaches 3 Million, a 6-Fold Increase Since The 2010 Tea Party Declaration To Put Women In Our Proper Place

We can’t resist politicizing this Fidan Martinovic editorial, lensed by Semih Kanmaz for Elle Turkey’s November issue. Stylist Irem Akalin chooses sophisticated retro elegance, a point of contrast against this boys club of all white guys. It really looks like today’s Republican Party establishment.

Republicans cay say that there is no war on women, but membership in Emily’s List, dedicated to electing pro-choice women to political office, has risen sixfold in three years, reports The Huffington Post. Not every Republican woman is running scared. But even the % of white married women voting Republican in Virginia dropped in half on Tuesday, compared to the Bob McDonald election four years ago.

A new milestone of 3 million members was hit recently by Emily’s List, compared to 500,000 when the Tea Party came to Washington and many state legislatures in 2010. Perhaps we all have spaghetti for brains, but Republicans have women running very, very scared. They can deny it all day long, but the facts speak for themselves.

Emily’s List played an influential role in the 2012 elections, one that elected a record — though still small — number of women to political office. The majority were Democrats.

Emily’s List is likely to be a key player in 2014 and already is involved in high-profile races that include Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. The group has also has thrown its weight behind Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator who garnered national attention for her marathon filibuster against a highly restrictive abortion bill.

Huff Po says that the pro-woman biggest single boost in members came in May, when “conservative radio host Pete Santilli declared Hillary Clinton should be shot in the vagina over Benghazi.” Emily’s List says those comments led a surge of 170,000 new members as a result of Santilli’s comments.

Power to all the Smart Sensuality women around the world!!! ~ Anne

 

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Wednesday
Nov062013

Koch Brothers Accused Of Bankrolling Republican War On Women, Based On Politico & RH Reality Check In-Depth Investigative Reporting

“The Koch brothers would have you believe that they have little interest in rolling back reproductive rights,” said Stan.  “But the proof is in their network’s spending patterns, which shows their willingness to deliberately harm women in pursuit of their goals.

In a close 48 to 46 election in Virginia, Kenneth Cuccinelli lost women voters 54-38!!!!! What does that say about the men voters???

As I predicted on Facebook yesterday morning, tens of thousands of Republican and Independent women in Virginia voted for Terry McAuliffe, creating a massive gender divide in Virginia  The Daily Beast reports: “The strategy helped McAuliffe rack up big numbers among women voters, winning them by a 54-38 margin even while narrowly losing among men. Linda Smith, an independent voter from Spotsylvania, told The Daily Beast that she voted for McAuliffe because she was turned off by Cuccinelli’s position on social issues. Jennifer Frederick, a Spotsylvania Democrat, put it more bluntly: “Cuccinelli scares the crap out of me,” she said.”

The gender-divide analysis needs clarification, however. It depends on whether voters are married or not.

Both female and male unmarried voters preferred McAuliffe by wide margins. He beat Cuccinelli by 25 points among unmarried men and 42 points among unmarried women, writes Huff Po. Polls indicated that unmarried voters made up about a third of Tuesday’s electorate.

Clearly some Cuccinelli voters didn’t share his views on limiting women’s abortion rights and access to birth control. Preliminary exit polls confirmed across a wide range of media that 60 percent of Virginia voters think abortion should be legal in all or almost every case where a woman seeks one.

In a late breaking story, The Raw Story reports that investigations by the website RH Reality Check and Politico found “that a network of organizations headed by billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch has spent tens of millions of dollars funding the anti-choice movement.”

Senior Washington correspondent Adele Stan wrote Tuesday that tax documents show Koch-directed “pro-business” groups threw their money and resources behind legislative initiatives designed to shut down women’s health clinics and deny women access to contraception, reproductive health services and abortions.

“There is little doubt that the rash of anti-choice measures that flooded the legislative dockets in state capitols in 2013 was a coordinated effort by anti-choice groups and major right-wing donors lurking anonymously behind the facades of the non-profit “social welfare” organizations unleashed to tear up the political landscape, thanks to the high court’s decision in Citizens United,” Stan wrote.

“Helping to drive the right-wing offensive in the states and in Congress is a network of deep-pocketed business titans convened by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, principals in Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held corporation in the United States,” she continued.

While the Kochs and their satellite groups profess to be interested more in business policy and deregulation than social issues, their true agenda is an all-out “war on women,” said RH Reality Check.

Politico detailed how the Koch network uses the shell company Freedom Partners as a clearinghouse. A bloc of around 200 donors give an average of $100,000 per year to Freedom Partners.

RH Reality Check’s President and Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson weighed in, mincing no words:

Over the past ten years, so-called pro-life groups and legislators such as Congressman Paul Ryan have increasingly been involved in efforts to deny women their rights while simultaneously shredding the social safety net on which the most vulnerable in this society depend. It is a marriage of ‘church and commerce’ not previously seen in the United States. Now it is clear that the Koch brothers are pouring money into a policy agenda that recognizes both corporations and fertilized eggs as people, but not the personhood of women. Koch money is directly fueling anti-choice battles in states like Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Nebraska, and contributing significantly to a dangerous push for a national 20 week abortion ban at the federal level as well.”

Sunday
Jun302013

As A Dominionist, Rick Perry Seeks To Replace Constitution With Old Testament Law | Texas Abortion Battle Resumes

A Shifting Center?

Bloomberg reminds us that Texas isn’t the only state where women’s healthcare is under assault. There are 27 other states that have already passed bills like the one the Texas legislature will take up again tomorrow, in a second special session called expressly to pass last week’s defeated bill on procedural issues.

A “subterfuge” of legislation not undermine;s the constitutional guarantees of Roe v. Wade for more than 60 percent of American women of reproductive age.

Yet the two sides are not as unequally matched as it might seem.

“By the time Davis sat down, people opposed to the recent restrictions on abortion rights — represented not only by the noisy throngs in the Texas Capitol but also some 200,000 watching Davis’s filibuster on the Internet — staged their first big public backlash. They demonstrated that, when pressed, the reasonable American center can push back against the extreme elements opposed to abortion.”

Bloomberg’s editorial board predicts what we’ve been writing since 2007.

“Davis and other legislators in states dominated by social conservatives are right to keep up the fight to protect abortion rights. Even if they lose their battles this week or next, this year or next, they shouldn’t be discouraged. They won’t be standing alone for long.”

Tiana Angel agrees, weighing in for JewishJournal.com: Wendy Davis is good for women, while Rick Perry is bad for women.  Rick Perry is bad for America, while Wendy Davis is making America better.

Understanding ‘God’s War’

The Guardian’s Sarah Posner reminds progressive women and men that Texas is God’s Country. She’s not alone in writing that it doesn’t matter is Rick Perry is a true believer. He acts like one, and he has delivered big-time to the most conservative of social conservatives.

“The religious activists who call on him to ram anti-choice bills through the legislature view politics as a battle between good and evil. They believe they are on a mission from God to battle Satanic forces. In that same 2010 fundraiser speech, Perry described his mission as “bigger than any law or policy,” of being engaged in a struggle not of “flesh and blood,” but “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.

Rick Perry prepares for another 2016 presidential bid with promises to deliver a major piece of abortion-rights legislation this week, a bll that will leave only five clinics in the entire state as abortion providers.

“I feel like I am in the garrison of an army that has devoted itself to the defense of the unborn, here in this state and across the country,” Perry said in a 2010 speech at a fundraiser for a (Christian) crisis pregnancy center.

Rick Perry is very tight with John Hagee, the pastor repudiated by John McCain in 2008, after Hagee’s anto-Catholic remarks became widely-known. Both men are Dominionists, believing that certain Christians are destined to take ‘dominion’ over government. These beliefs are more politial than religious, seeking to replace the Constitution with strictures of the Old Testament.

Blow the Trumpet in Zion!

Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too AOC Women

Today, we learn more about a little-known movement of radical Christians who are determined to take over the US government, subordinating all Americans to their view of not only God’s grand plan for Texas. Schlueter and Long have proclaimed that Texas was ‘The Prophet State, ‘annointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government.

The Texas Observer writes that Perry is their man.

If you’re a Democrat, you’re dead meat. These prophets believe that Democrats are controlled by Jezebel and three lesser demons. You think I exaggerate. Last weekend the man who probably seeks to be our next president hugged Alice Patterson, a self-proclaimed apostle from San Antonio who believes the Democratic Party is controlled by ‘an invisible network of evil comprising an unholy structure’ released by the demon Jezebel.