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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.

How we got screwed

Thank you, Big Mike.

 

What ever happened to the glory days of organized labor?

A new study by sociology professors at Harvard and the University of Washington has recently been published, detailing the correlation between the decline of union power/union membership and the rise in income inequality. The study finds that "between 1973 and 2007, when inequality in hourly wages spiked by 40%... union membership for private-sector male workers fell from 34% to 8%."

Spy training for abortion seekers?

Once a week flights to the middle of prairie lands. Rigourous psychology tests and counseling. A 72 hour holding period.

Are you training to be a clandestine operative? Are you Indiana Jones?

No, you're a young woman waiting to exercise her right to choose.

Increasingly, states like South Dakota are making it harder than ever before to get an abortion. In South Dakota's case, there is only one abortion doctor for the 77,000 square feet of the state. And that doctor has to be flown in from Minnesota once a week to Sioux Falls, SD.

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/29/11

Space colonization, second-language debates, and free weed bribes? The headlines in our 9 target states are always interesting!

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