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Congratulations, Senate Republicans—whether it was from election year fear, or a solid commitment to women’s rights (I’ll believe it when I see it), enough of you sucked it up and helped the Violence Against Women Act pass through your chamber.

The VAWA, has provided resources since 1994 to develop improved domestic violence and sexual assault response and prevention programs. This year’s Democratically-sponsored incarnation of the bill added three important provisions.

Ohio: Next for Gay Marriage?

No, Ohio is not going to exchange rings with California.

On Thursday, the Ohio Ballot Board approved language on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow same sex marriage. Now, Ohio’s Freedom to Marry Coalition just has to get the 385,253 signatures needed to get the amendment on the ballot. They are shooting for November 2013.

A Republican Autocracy in Michigan

Elected officials removed and replaced with a non-elected official. Laws passed illegally by ignoring one party’s votes. Autocracy meets Michigan.

Ohio Primary Endorsements

We all know how important primaries are, they give us the opportunity to choose strong progressives as our candidates for November.  Progressive Majority is excited to announce our  first endorsements of 2012.  Each of these candidates is in a highly competitive primary in the critical battleground state of Ohio.  We need these candidates to win their primary on March 6 and their election in November so we can take back control of Ohio and move forward with progressive values.

We've got to beat this guy

Are you kidding me?  Women and women’s health have been under vicious attack lately and it isn’t stopping anytime soon.  Anti-choice zealots are coming out of the woodwork to run for office and it seems like the ones in office are putting up crazy anti-women’s health bills by the day.  Take Bob Gray in Michigan for example.    Bob Gray is a right-wing, anti-choice conservative who wants to prohibit women from making their own health choices.  His website says, “Does God approve of what will take place at 1625 N. Opdyke Road and what Planned Parenthood will be doing if we don’t put a stop to their madness?”

Let's be fair

Women’s health is under attack by conservatives. Whether it’s Congressman Darrell Issa blocking women from testifying on women’s health in front of his committee or the Virginia House of Delegates passing a law forcing a woman to have an ultrasound before she is allowed an abortion, women’s health is under relentless attack.

Well, women legislators are fighting back.

Gov. Kasich blinks in Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich just blinked and everyone saw it.  On Wednesday, Gov. Kasich said he wanted to come to a deal with public sector unions on his anti-worker bill SB 5, or as it’s now known, Issue 2 on the November ballot.  It certainly looks like the governor and his anti-worker allies are getting nervous and they should be.  The people of Ohio spoke loud and clear when they turned in 1.3 million signatures, more than four times they needed, for a repeal referendum on this bill.

Weekly dose of state legislation 8/11/11

There's some interesting state legislation floating around this week that pertains to elections, voting, and political parties. Make sure you know what's going on!

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 8/5/11

It may be August recess, but politics never rest! Here's what's happening in Progressive Majority's 9 target states this week:

What are the states trying to pass this week? 8/4/11

This week brings lots of environmental legislation and lots of reproductive rights legislation. It just goes to show that states are like lemmings; where one goes, others will soon follow.

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