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DNC: Women take center stage

There is no question that this is a choice election.  Almost every speech whether delivered by the First Lady or the president of Planned Parenthood has received a raucous reception from delegates and supporters here in Charlotte particularly on issues impacting women. The Democratic party will emerge from this week’s convention as the party solidly on the side of women, in stark contrast to the other side, and the message is clear: Trust women.

I was surprised by the willingness with which the convention has stood firm and the issue of choice not only in rhetoric but with who is given coveted prime time speaking slots.  The president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the president of Planned Parenthood, and of course women’s ...

There is no question that this is a choice election.  Almost every speech whether delivered by the First Lady or the president of Planned Parenthood has received a raucous reception from delegates and supporters here in Charlotte ...

Chris Matthews goes HAM on Preibus. Heads explode.

If you haven’t seen Chris Matthews go, (what I and others affectionately like to refer to as) H.A.M. (Hard as a Mutha@&$) on GOP Chairman Reince Preibus yesterday on Morning Joe, this is for you:

Shorter Chris Matthews: We see you. This is as good as Soledad’s recent smackdowns, yo. Matthews stumbles a bit, but you know something… I ain’t mad. Not one bit. I really, really, really appreciate that the responsibility of calling the GOP in their signaling and race talk strategy is not solely on the shoulders of a person of color or woman. The language is divisive and sometimes, we really need other people (white folks) to speak up when they see it. It means that ...

If you haven’t seen Chris Matthews go, (what I and others affectionately like to refer to as) H.A.M. (Hard as a Mutha@&$) on GOP Chairman Reince Preibus yesterday on Morning Joe, this is for you:

Shorter Chris ...

Did Akin “legitimate rape” doctor meet with Romney?

This is certainly interesting.  It appears that Dr. John Wilke and Mitt Romney have a history.  Even though the Romney camp is claiming a Romney administration would not ban abortion in all cases with no exceptions, Romney might have some explaining to do in terms of just how connected he is to the “doctor” that told Rep. Todd Akin that women can’t get pregnant from rape.

During the 2008 presidential election cycle, Wilke was an official surrogate for Romney.  Here is the official press release welcoming to the Romney campaign back in 2007 as an “important surrogate.”  Wilke also claims that just last year he met with Romney who said, “we agree on almost everything.”  Now whether Romney ...

This is certainly interesting.  It appears that Dr. John Wilke and Mitt Romney have a history.  Even though the Romney camp is claiming a Romney administration would not ban abortion in all cases with no exceptions, ...

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Mitt Romney has no African American support

A new NBC/WSJ poll released yesterday shows that Mitt Romney has 0 support among African American voters.

Quel surprise. To be fair, however, Republicans have fared poorly with African American voters for decades and while the GOP in previous national electoral contests made modest efforts to reach out across the divide to African American voters in the last decade, the current language in this campaign does not. By defining American (see: Anglo Saxon gaffe) and with state GOP efforts pushing for voter ID laws that disproportionately affects communities of color, it seems the GOP has abandoned any meaningful effort to connect with African American voters.

Meanwhile, on the voter suppression front, Ohio GOP Election Official Doug Priesse, in response to the ...

A new NBC/WSJ poll released yesterday shows that Mitt Romney has 0 support among African American voters.

Quel surprise. To be fair, however, Republicans have fared poorly with African American voters for decades and while the GOP ...

Hey girl, Have you heard! It's not just me who wants you to have your rapists baby, it's all of the GOP. Hooyah!! xoxo Paul Ryan

Romney, the GOP platform and why this isn’t about Todd Akin

Image via Choose Ryan Lose Choice.

As Todd Akin released a really terrible video apology this morning about his “legitimate rape” remarks and Republicans (including Romney) try to distance themselves from the Missouri senatorial candidate, other striking facts have come to light that reminds us what this issue is really about. Just yesterday, the GOP platform committee drafted a revision of the Republican Party platform supporting a “human life amendment” that does not specify exceptions for rape or incest:

Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support ...

Image via Choose Ryan Lose Choice.

As Todd Akin released a really terrible video apology this morning about his “legitimate rape” remarks and Republicans (including Romney) try to distance themselves from the Missouri ...

Planned Parenthood foe likely loser in Florida primary

Florida Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) will likely lose his primary election to tea partier Ted Yoho.  Stearns was a consistent and vocal opponent of Planned Parenthood launching the congressional investigation into their funding which lead to the Komen Foundation fiasco earlier this year.  Stearns had a  significant fundraising advantage over Yoho but still looks primed to lose a close race after 12 terms in the House.

Florida Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) will likely lose his primary election to tea partier Ted Yoho.  Stearns was a consistent and vocal opponent of Planned Parenthood launching the congressional investigation into their funding which lead ...

Breaking: PA court upholds controversial voter ID law

Crap.  A Pennsylvania court has upheld the state’s controversial voter ID law which could disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters.  Elderly voters and people of color are disproportionately impacted by the law and the failure to block the law could impact the outcome in the key battleground state in November.  Via Talking Points Memo:

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson’s 70-page order ruled that opponents of the law failed to establish “that disenfranchisement was immediate or inevitable.”

Crap.  A Pennsylvania court has upheld the state’s controversial voter ID law which could disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters.  Elderly voters and people of color are disproportionately impacted by the law and the failure to block ...

Quick hit: 90 Days, 90 Reasons

You know it’s getting really mcreally real out there in this election season when writers I know and love get to organizing websites and breaking down policy points on why Obama is good for women (and all of us).

Here’s George Saunders:

Think about that for a second: Obama is saying that a gay woman who gets abused, raped, or assaulted is as worthy of help as a straight woman; that a woman of American Indian descent who gets abused, raped, or assaulted is as worthy of help as a white woman; that a woman who happens to be a student and is abused is as worthy of help as a woman who is not a student; that a woman who ...

You know it’s getting really mcreally real out there in this election season when writers I know and love get to organizing websites and breaking down policy points on why Obama is good for women (and all ...

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