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Contributing Impressively to the GOP War On Women, Domestic Violence in Arkansas


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The great state of Arkansas. Most known politically perhaps for producing President Bill Clinton and Fvx Nation star and famed squirrel-hunter, Mike Huckabee.

Recently on MSNBC's NewsNation with Tamron Hall, it also became fully known for the depths of its domestic violence problem, did Arkansas.

Violence against women has been getting press for all the wrong reasons, both an uptick in incidence and a general defunding and denial of it as an epidemic by the Regressive Right. Civilian, military, southern and northern, all economic classes and ethnicities included. It's a nondiscriminatory epidemic.

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Even prior to the #YesAllWomen outcry, we had seen the media make efforts to report on both sexual and other violence against women, and girls, to spread awareness. It was heartening to see a politician tackle it head on, as Mike Ross has done in Arkansas.

A short time ago we saw the heroine Malala dedicate her birthday wish and the energies associated with acknowledging her own significance globally, to the Nigerian girls still kidnapped and ripped apart from their families. [Video below from Time Magazine.]



Now bring that awareness of Global Girlpower to Tamron's coverage of the inadequate attention to the plight of women and violence in the all too close to home great state of Arkansas.

Mike Ross' plan calls for boozing funding for the sort of shelter that Laura might have found sanctuary within, as opposed to being in the grave, one more victim of domestic violence in Arkansas that might have been saved were dangers better managed.

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Domestic violence is particularly difficult to reach. It certainly needs as much boosting in law enforcement and awareness in the state of Arkansas as can be raised to tackle it. Laura Aceves is one horribly tragic story.

There are daily cases across the country that parallel hers, a horrific modern reality that the GOP continually chooses to deny and defund.

The candidate for the Arkansas governor's mansion behind this plan, Mike Ross, is a Democrat who feels this is an under-discussed and under-funded issue, and not a partisan issue. He is running for office on a number of platforms, and this appears one of the strongest. Have a look, from MSNBC.

Arkansas has some of the worst domestic violence realities in the country. May this election cycle see some healing light and public funding come to helping the victims and treating the roots of this endemic problem.

Wife beaters maybe aren't just standard apparel in Arkansas? That term has always bothered me - but so does this story.


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It was but a few days ago that I posted about an alleged sexual harasser in Wisconsin: Top GOP WI lawmaker accused of sexual harassment. #FamilyValues. Again, it's about the hypocrisy. Both parties have had their share of scandals, but Republicans insist on crowing about how moral and upstanding they are, because, see, they're the party of squeaky clean values.

wrongAt the time of that writing, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his people claimed to be oblivious to the situation, doing their best collective Chris Christie/Sgt. Schultz "I know nothing" impressions. That takes talent, you know.

Flash forward a couple of days: Walker is now saying that Kramer the Alleged Groper shouldn't hold any elective office at all if the allegations are true. And Dems are turning it into a campaign issue. They're no fools:

"Allegations of a Republican leader sexually harassing multiple women while raising money for his caucus is yet another reprehensible example of Wisconsin Republicans' callous treatment of women in our state," said a statement from Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood), the assistant Assembly minority leader.

Additionally, Assembly Republicans have booted the creep from his leadership position. Please note that Kramer is not just any creep, he's a multi-faceted creep. Groper Bill is a single guy who has voted against women's reproductive rights, was in favor of Voter I.D. (read: suppression) laws, and in favor of a bill that "repeals punitive and compensatory damages for workplace discrimination." How outreachy of him.

He's also checked himself into a "treatment facility." I don't know about you, but I take that as a tacit admission of guilt.

Yes, this is who gets elected by Republicans in Wisconsin: A sexual harasser (allegedly) who is anti-women's rights (not allegedly) and anti-civil rights (not allegedly).

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Top GOP WI lawmaker accused of sexual harassment. #FamilyValues


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Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer, a Republican, a top lawmaker, a member of the so-called "family values" party, is submerging himself in sexual harassment hot water. Allegedly.

Here we go again, the very people on the right who profess to be fine, upstanding, virtuous citizens reveal themselves to be just the opposite. Yes, both parties have issues like these, but it's the GOP that loves to trumpet their moral superiority. It's the hypocrisy, stupid.

Let's see who this Kramer (apologies to the far more virtuous Seinfeld character) is: He is a single man who has voted against women's reproductive rights, was in favor of Voter I.D. (read: suppression) laws, and in favor of a bill that "repeals punitive and compensatory damages for workplace discrimination."

Oh those wacky, zany Republicans and their outreach efforts.

Apparently, Kramer is also in favor of sexual harassment involving a 33-year-old female lobbyist and at least one other woman. Allegedly.

JSOnline has the story:

Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer may resign from his leadership post as soon as Saturday after being accused of sexually harassing at least two women while in Washington, D.C., for a GOP fundraiser. [...]

Kramer is accused of groping at least one of the women and making lewd and inappropriate remarks to at least two women.

"Part of it is supposedly verbal and some of it is physical," said a source.

Do jerks like this actually believe that this kind of behavior will:

1. Attract women?

2. Be met with any kind of appreciation or approval whatsoever?

3. Not be reported and exposed for the disgusting, unwelcome, abusive conduct that it is?

As expected, Gov. Scott Walker's people said that they were unaware of the creepy allegations about one of their party's top guys. What a coincidence! Chris Christie said he was unaware of what was going on with his BFF's unscrupulous little Bridgegate antics, too. Allegedly.

GOP: The Glaringly Oblivious Party.

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