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Tony CornishYou can count on Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Good Thunder) to come up with the wrong solution to any problem. And often not just wrong, but jaw-dropping, bang-your-head-against-the-wall stupid as well. This time Cornish is aiming to solve violence against women. How stupid can he get?
 
Cornish has proposed bills to:

So this should come as no surprise:
 
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SDT-2013-05-breadwinner-moms-4-1If you’re reading this, you’re presumably enough of a denizen of the left blogosphere to have caught that a report came out, about how it’s women that are now bringing home at least the majority of the dough in about 40% of American households. However, the context in which it’s generally been presented, is how people at a certain “news” organization, run by and for atavistic fools, reacted. I’m looking at the report itself.
 

These “breadwinner moms” are made up of two very different groups: 5.1 million (37%) are married mothers who have a higher income than their husbands, and 8.6 million (63%) are single mothers.
 
The income gap between the two groups is quite large. The median total family income of married mothers who earn more than their husbands was nearly $80,000 in 2011, well above the national median of $57,100 for all families with children, and nearly four times the $23,000 median for families led by a single mother.
 
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Women’s Bill of Rights, and more

by Dan Burns on April 10, 2013 · 0 comments

538554_417321918296055_196601040368145_1516637_2083533339_nRep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced a resolution that could be termed that, though it’s not the official title, in the U.S. House in late February. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is a co-sponsor. This is from an email I got, from UltraViolet, a tremendously righteous advocacy organization.
 

The last two years have seen nothing but a constant assault on women’s rights–everything from blocking our access to abortions, to allowing our employers to make our health care decisions, to the insane idea that rape victims can’t get pregnant.
 
In fact, the last two years saw a record-breaking number of attacks on women’s access to health care.
 
Now, some leaders in Congress are finally showing what it means to be pro-woman. The Women’s Bill of Rights has been introduced in Congress by progressive champions Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Gwen Moore and Rep. Louise Slaughter. It covers everything from ensuring equal pay for equal work, paternal leave and paid sick days, and increasing access to reproductive health care and birth control.

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rightsConservaDems did what they could, but, thankfully, our majorities are just big enough.

 

The Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) is getting close to a governor’s signature. It has passed the House and is expected to pass in the Senate. With Governor Dayton’s signature, the health exchange will be law.

 

It is not a perfect bill, but a lot of things went right in the process.

 

First, the House had tacked on some abortion language via an amendment. That got stripped in committee and although there was an attempt to reissue the amendment in the House and send it back to committee, it was not successful. That was important.

 

(mnpACT!)

 

For those appalled and disgusted by the continued War on Women, this is very much tempered by what’s been going on across the northwest border.

 

Arkansas’s “heartbeat” ban was modified to begin at 12 weeks of pregnancy in order to force it through the legislature for approval. No such machinations were necessary in North Dakota, where anti-choice legislators eager to enact any restriction they could find chose to propose a straight ban that would make abortion illegal at the point that an embryonic heart beat can be detected. That would be around six weeks or even earlier via vaginal ultrasound, and less than two weeks after a woman has missed her period.

 

For any woman, trying to verify a pregnancy, set up an appointment, and jump through any of the hoops necessary to obtain an abortion in less than two weeks after a missed period would be a hardship. But for the women of North Dakota, where the sole clinic offering abortions is on the east end of the state, straddling the Minnesota border, it would be virtually impossible. And that’s just what politicians are hoping for. This session already involves, among other things, bills that would ban “abortion” at conception (even though you can’t have an abortion before you are pregnant), as well as some forms of birth control.

 

(RH Reality Check)

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This is from about a year ago. Presumably there will be a new study out soon. It’s unlikely that anything has changed much. If anything, probably for the worse, given rising food and energy costs.

 

Using the Elder Economic Security Standard Index, which defines the basic expenses facing retired adults over the age of 65, the organization’s researchers found that an older adult required from $19,100 to $29,000 a year, depending on the individual’s housing situation. Forty-nine percent of white women and 61 percent of older Asian women were unable to meet their monthly expenses for housing, food, health care and other necessities. Three out of four African-American and Hispanic women had insufficient funds…

 

The report found that the annual income of the typical older woman was $14,000, compared with $24,300 for men. Retirement income of women was less because they had worked in low-wage industries and were paid less (than) in male-dominated fields.

 

And what would conservatives do about not just this, but to women’s access to resources and opportunity in general?

 

The latest Ryan budget puts a tight cap on the area of the budget that funds vital supports for low-income girls and young adults, like nutrition assistance for expectant mothers and their children, child development, childcare, and education assistance. Adult women struggling to feed their families would see their food stamp (or SNAP) benefits cut. Changes to Medicaid would jeopardize women’s access to affordable health care and long-term care — making matters worse for women doing their best to care for themselves, their children, and their aging parents — and turning Medicare into a voucher program would shift costs onto senior women, jeopardizing their future economic security.

 

Shifting gears, I found this to be rather compelling.

 

In his profile my husband says he’s divorced, which is sort of true, but not really, because neither of us has even filed yet. We have been separated a few years though.

 

I’m barely on Match.com. I keep getting emails with photos of possible matches, and encouragement to complete my profile so others can find me. Out of curiosity I sometimes click on the photos in the emails and read the profiles, but I haven’t contacted anyone. They all seem nice enough, but I think it might be because I can’t tell who’s nice enough and who’s not.

 

From my husband’s photos and info, he seems like a great guy.

 

I’d never be able to tell he’s the kind of guy who’d kick a woman a week after she’s had a baby, or drag her around by her hair, or hit her or spit on her or swing a chair at her or choke her or scream at her about how deformed she is.

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I’ve expressed concern, before, on this site, that Conservadems would screw everything up, once the GOP was, deservedly, rendered essentially powerless in state governance. The primary basis for that was of course experience of how Conservadems screwed us all, at the national level, in 2009-10. Sure ’nuff:

 

One (amendment) that did pass was introduced by Faribault DFL Rep. Patti Fritz, which said no health plans sold on the exchange could provide coverage for abortion unless the procedure was needed to prevent the death of the mother or in cases of rape or incest…

 

If the abortion restrictions make it into the final version of the legislation, they might draw a veto from Dayton. An administration spokeswoman said that, “The governor has a long record of supporting a woman’s right to choose. We look forward to seeing the final version of the exchange bill.”

 

The federal health care law permit states to prohibit plans on the exchange from providing abortion coverage and at least 17 states have enacted legislation to restrict abortion coverage.

 

(MPR)

 

Some Democrats are proving very problematic on rational gun laws, too, despite overwhelming public support for common-sense measures.

 

I’m fairly certain that we’ll get a little bump in tax rates on the rich, this session, but quite possibly not much else of the change that’s needed. A**holes. Hopefully I’m wrong.

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Real VAWA passes U.S. House

by Dan Burns on February 28, 2013 · 3 comments

On Thursday, by a vote of 286 to 138, the House passed the bipartisan Senate-approved version of the bill — one that includes added protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence. All 138 votes against the bill were Republicans.

 

A watered down Republican version of the bill, which was offered as a substitute amendment, failed to garner enough votes to slow the process. It was struck down by a vote of 257 to 166. Sixty Republicans voted against their own party’s replacement measure.

 

Think Progress

 

Once again, the somewhat-less-insane minority of the GOP caucus in the House broke from the numerically dominant crazies, and teamed with Democrats to pass key legislation. (They did the same thing with the debt ceiling tax cliff and Hurricane Sandy relief.) Part of the calculation is certainly political, though I like to think that there still are some Republicans that are motivated, at least on occasion, not only by some degree of rationality, but even empathy and other normal human feelings. In any case, it will be interesting to see whether this repeats as a way of dealing with the sequester.

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War on Women builds in the Upper Midwest

by Dan Burns on February 25, 2013 · 0 comments

The War on Women proceeds, vehemently and shamelessly. It’s at least as bad as it was before the election. It seems that the crazies know, or rather crudely sense at some level below conscious comprehension, the way bugs do, that the current socio-political environment in the U.S. may be their last chance. Here’s a sampling, just from states in the Upper Midwest:

 

– The North Dakota Senate has passed a 20-week ban.

 

– The South Dakota House passed an extended waiting period; weekends and holidays would no longer count toward the current three-day delay.

 

– You may not have known that, last year, Wisconsin law making medication abortions harder to access went into effect. Planned Parenthood’s court challenge is pending.

 

– Michigan has a raft of brutal new assaults on choice, thanks to its infamous lame-duck session.

 

– After all that, this might lighten your mood, maybe just a little.

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Violence Against Women Act passes Senate

by Dan Burns on February 13, 2013 · 1 comment

I follow politics, and in the contemporary U.S., that unfortunately means that I have no choice but to follow conservative politics.  Which means that I see a lot of pathetic, despicable stuff.  But rarely as, and never more, pathetic and despicable than this.

The conservative grassroots is pushing lawmakers to vote against the Senate’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which has 62 cosponsors and is slated for a final vote early this week.

Heritage Action and FreedomWorks, two well-financed right wing activist groups, are lobbying to scuttle the reauthorization. In short, they lament the expanded provisions, which beefs up funding for local law enforcement to prosecute domestic abusers while expanding coverage to gays, illegal immigrants and Native Americans. They claim VAWA hasn’t proved to be effective and argue that federal funding for law enforcement is both redundant and unconstitutional…

“Under VAWA, men effectively lose their constitutional rights to due process, presumption of innocence, equal treatment under the law, the right to a fair trial and to confront one’s accusers, the right to bear arms, and all custody/visitation rights,” the group wrote. “It is unprecedented, unnecessary and dangerous.”

It so happens that the VAWA passed the U.S. Senate today.  The linked article has a little photo group of the 22 Senators that voted against.  Note the ignorance reflected in those vile faces, the narcissism, the fear, the greed…

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McCollum pushes for VAWA

by Dan Burns on January 30, 2013 · 1 comment

From last week:

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) joined Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) in introducing the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization (H.R. 11). This bill reauthorizes protections and services that have been responsible for a 50 percent reduction in domestic violence. H.R. 11 also provides better assistance to abuse victims…

(from McCollum’s statement)”Now is the time for House Republicans to stop obstructing and support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.”

The atrocious behavior of House Republicans in this matter is well known.  It’s unclear, whether that will change for the better.

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