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Fed up Dems are actually-- wait for it-- fighting back against something: The War on Women.


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A big sloppy-kiss thank you to Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, my Senator, Barbara Boxer of California, Reps. Judy Chu of California, Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, and Lois Frankel of Florida-- for having spines. They are clearly as fed up as many of us are about the forced-birth laws that so many Republican-run states have rammed through.

The availability of abortion services in these states has diminished greatly, often to the point of making it nearly impossible for a woman to have access to the care she needs, requiring traveling hundreds of miles to find help, even into neighboring states.

As we speak, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham filed legislation that would prohibit abortions past 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Two words: Non. Starter.

The GOP hypocrisy is staggering: Small government? Not so much. Outreach to women? Non-existent. If it weren't for all those redistricting dirty tricks, Dems would be feeling awfully cocky about 2014 right about now.

Roll Call:

A group of Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate, led by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on the Senate side, are calling an afternoon news conference to roll out a new measure that would effectively pre-empt state laws requiring medically unnecessary tests before receiving reproductive health services, including the morning-after pill and abortions.

“This kind of measure seems to provide a clear and certain response to these regulations and [state] laws that impose unnecessary tests, procedures … and other kinds of restrictions on these reproductive services,” Blumenthal said, calling the influx of new state laws a “cascading wave of restrictions.”

More like this, please.


Conservative women's group: More Democratic women in Senate = "less freedom"


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Video via ABC News.

One might think that a record number of women in the U.S. Senate would mean more diversity, fresh viewpoints and attitudes, and an important milestone. One might. If one were not a member of a conservative women's group who see this as a negative development, one that is harmful to government.

But only because the historic number of female Senators includes mostly Democrats.

So much for supporting ...

girl powerVia The Hill, Independent Women's Forum Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer:

"While a lot is being made about the record number of women joining the Senate, the reality is the majority of these women are Democrats – 16 of the 20 – and as a result we are likely to see higher taxes, bigger government, and less freedom... [P]rogressive policies fail women and their families."

Damn French gay Kenyan Marxist Big Guvmint commie Alinksy-loving hippie fascist female libs!


Poll-itics: Views of Pres. Obama, Democrats improve after election. Obama has best favorables in over 3 years.


Another useless Gallup poll, but what the heck, it still made me happy. To quote one of my least favorite people, Grover Norquist, America kinda thinks Republicans are a bunch of poopy heads.

And for good reason *coughMcCaincough*.

...Americans continue to look more negatively than positively on the Republican Party, presenting a challenge for the party in terms of getting the public to back its priorities and to vote for it in elections, particularly when Americans view the Democratic Party much more positively.


Seven reasons why 2012 was the year of the women


Via UltraViolet.

Ignore the woman at the top of the post. We Dems REALLY love you, women!


Chart-- Private sector job growth: Dem administrations beat Republican, 42 million to 24 million


The wonderful Maddow Blog had a splendid tweet for their post... "Chart-o-licious" indeed:

And here is why it's so chart-o-licious... After five Republican presidents and five Democratic presidents, the Dem administrations win, with a total of 42 million to 24 million private sector jobs:

Maddow Blog chart based on Bloomberg data

Democrats can argue that almost two-thirds of private-sector job growth in the past five decades came with them in the White House.

As Steve Benen also points out, "Democratic presidents have done far better than Republican presidents when it comes to stock market performance and economic growth." More details here.

And just to drive the private sector jobs point home, let's not forget the famous Bikini Graphs, not to mention all private sector jobs lost in Bush recession have been recovered.

Blame Obama.


Georgia Dems respond: Female legislators propose bill that would ban men from seeking vasectomies


What happened in that video is making a difference, albeit not as much as many of us would like: Gov. Bob McDonnell: Ultrasound rape is now being replaced by forced external ultrasounds.

Add to that one, a different kind of protest, this time from Georgia female Democratic legislators who are proposing a bill that would ban men from seeking vasectomies. Turn about is fair play, right?

Via HuffPo:

"Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies," said bill author Yasmin Neal in a statement. "It is patently unfair that men can avoid unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly, while women's ability to decide is constantly up for debate throughout the United States."

They are responding to a Republican bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, replacing the current law that sets the limit at about 24 weeks.  House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams said, "We believe it is the obligation of the General Assembly to assert an equally invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men and substitute the will of the government over the will of men."

Women and their doctors are perfectly capable of making decisions together, but Republican men can't seem to understand that, nor do they want to. They have no qualms about government intruding into the privacy of women and their reproductive systems, yet they complain incessantly about "Big Government" under President Obama, who is fine with leaving women to decide for themselves what is right for their own bodies.

Meanwhile, all this abortion talk is diverting our attention from things like Big Banks raising gas prices on speculation, the urgency of creating jobs and raising taxes on the very wealthy, corporate influence over our elections, crumbling infrastructure, voter suppression, poverty, education, and so on.

But hey, it's all they GOP has. With the economy and unemployment numbers improving (at least for now), and with President Obama surprising them with his foreign policy successes, all they have left is "Squirrel!"


Rick Santorum: Liberals "border on disdain for the common man."


Walter Shapiro writes about Ricky Santorum's It Takes a Family, including this quote from that very book:

...Santorum goes all fire and brimstone as he writes: "Conservatives trust families and the ordinary Americans that are formed by them. Liberals don't. They border on disdain for the common man."

Liberals "border on disdain for the common man"? Really, Ricky? Is that right?

The 2012 Democratic Platform

We will pass new tax laws that spread the tax burden fairly across the economic spectrum, with those benefiting most from our society contributing commensurately.

We will pass law to protect the right of workers to organize and have a voice in the operation of US businesses. This will include raising the minimum wage to $20.00 per hour to ensure a reasonable standard of living for all working families and to stimulate our sluggish economy.

We will pass law to provide Medicare for All so no American is denied care or has to suffer financial hardship because of health problems, and no American businesses are saddled with health costs that keep them from competing fairly with foreign competitors. This plan will include a “safety net” to guarantee every citizen is provided the food and shelter necessary to survive difficult challenges in their lives.[...]

We will order the Secretary of Education to present new plans to guarantee all Americans have access to our public schools, from pre-kindergarten through advanced degrees. [...]

And finally, we are asking you, the People, to help with the most critical problem facing our Democracy today. We’re asking you, the People, to pass a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting political spending by corporations or any other entity or individual not qualifying as a person with citizenship in this great country.

These and other policies we will put in place will cause a sea-change in how our country serves the citizens - We the People - rather than a tiny handful of super-wealthy who would subvert our democracy and plunder our wealth while denying even the most basic services for our citizens. Thank you for your support and thank you for standing up for the rights of all citizens.