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GOP Women Are Re-branding Their Message And Asking All Women To Vote Democratic

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It's no secret that the Republican party is having a hard time connecting with women -- actually they're having a hard time connecting with women, college-educated men, immigrants, people of color, the poor, the unemployed, non-evangelicals, pro-lifers, the uninsured, and non-racist white folks. Bottom line-- they got troubles in more than just River City. But have no fear. They plan to do something about it.

According to HuffPo:

WASHINGTON -- A group of GOP Congress members led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) on Wednesday unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving women's economic situations and attracting women voters.

They call it their "War For Women." Yes, that's the ticket, Ms. Rogers. A "war for women." That sounds so cool. Don't hold back. What is it? Do tell.

The proposals include tax credits for childcare, a bill that prevents retaliation against employees who ask about equal pay and a bill that allows employees to trade overtime pay for paid family leave and sick leave. Some of the bills are ones that have already passed the House, while others are new proposals.

Wait a minute. Why do those proposals sound so familiar? Oh, that's because those are the Democratic proposals that the Republican-led House has voted down.

The GOP's new women's economic agenda comes more than a year after the House Democrats unveiled their own agenda -- called "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds" -- which Republicans have consistently opposed. Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act earlier this year, which would have banned employers from retaliating against women who talked about their salaries with their coworkers and would have allowed women a longer window to sue their employers for pay discrimination based on gender.

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What does all this mean? It's simple. Republicans are asking women to stand up for what's right, just and fair. The women of the GOP are asking women across the nation to cast off their "second class shackles" of Republicanism and vote Democratic. Yup, very simply that's what their plan is. And I like it.

Finally something that makes sense from the mouths of the "challenged" women of the Republican party. After all of these years of being led around by the nose rings of the old white men who run the GOP, the lemming females of the red party have finally seen the light. Hallelujah.

The Republican party, or what's left of it, now has a vision. And it's a solid one. If you're female and you want to vote your own best self-interest, vote Democratic this fall.

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GOP Rep. Forbes Seeks To Destroy His Party With Anti-Gay Actions

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How out of touch are the Republicans with the electorate? Very comes to mind. And how out of touch are some within their own party? More so. Especially if your name is Randy Forbes.

Who's he? He's the Virginia congressional representative and a senior House Republican. He's eyeing a powerful committee chairmanship, the House Armed Services Committee. At the moment, the route is becoming a bit more circuitous with his recent stand on the LGBT community and it's up and coming GOP candidates. Politico writes:

The issue is particularly acute because House Republicans have two promising openly gay candidates in 2014 vying for seats held by Democrats. Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost to Democratic Rep. John Tierney in 2012, is running again in northeastern Massachusetts. And in San Diego, Carl DeMaio, a former city councilman, is trying to knock off Democratic Rep. Scott Peters.

He's actually gone so far off the deep end that he's causing friction with some of his colleagues. He's been reported to be pushing the House GOP campaign arm to deny support for the party’s gay congressional candidates, especially Tisei who Speaker Boehner has campaigned for and DeMaio who stands a real shot at unseating his Democratic rival in a GOP leaning district.

Now when you consider that it's only recently that a few of the GOP have come out and supported LGBT rights, freedoms, even marriage (though they still won't touch the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House) the public persona is to become more tolerant. The LGBT community votes and they are strong contributors to campaigns, so to ignore that block is well, blockheaded. I guess that's what you could call Rep. Randy Forbes.

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How Sleazy Can Congress Be? A Dirty Deeds Chart

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Hypocrite Watch via Huffpo:

Here are some of the sleaziest things members of Congress have done since the shutdown:

Grandstand at the World War II Memorial

Members of congress, reacting to their shutdown of government and national parks, chose not to vote to open the government but rather turn their denial of a veterans group visit to the WW II monument into a photo op. The closure that they caused.

Berate a Park Ranger for the effects of the shutdown.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) found a Park Ranger doing her job --  including controlling the crowd at a closed memorial -- then the congressman blamed her for the closure he had voted for, finally telling her she should be ashamed of herself.

Put on lab coats and chastise Democrats for not funding cancer research.

Some House Republicans went to the National Institutes of Health, where they threw on lab coats and pleaded with Democrats to undo the damage the shutdown had done to services for children with cancer. This, after these very same House Republicans voted against funding the NIH.

Fund raise off the whole debacle.

Feeling no pain or remorse over their decision to shut down the government and furlough without pay nearly a million workers, a number of Republicans held fundraisers -- not for the out of work people -- for themselves.

Send soldiers off to war and then refuse to pay to bury them.

No explanation necessary. This is what the shutdown did and caused and uproar.

Tell furloughed employees they shouldn't get back pay while they're prohibited by law from working.

Despite voting for a measure to compensate government workers for the time they spent furloughed, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) then went on to tell a caller to his town hall meeting, "Well, when we voted on that, they [the furloughed workers] were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal. I agree 100 percent with you. If they're not working, they shouldn't get paid."

And finally,

Giving out asinine financial advice showing how ignorant of the situation they really are:

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Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)

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