Republican Establishment Crawling Back to Todd Akin

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:13 pm

Here comes the calvary. I mentioned this morning that Todd Akin passed the deadline to take his name off the ballot in the Missouri Senate race. Claire McCaskill’s campaign immediately responded with a hard-hitting ad bringing up the “legitimate rape” comments, which they had held off from using previously, before Akin’s place on the ballot [...]

Republicans Bravely Run Away From Further Birth Control Votes

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 10:56 am

Remember the charge of the light brigade last week after the defeat on the Blunt amendment vote? Conservative lawmakers said they would not retreat, would not rest until all women had to get permission slips from their employers to access legal medical services, and possibly before protected having sex. The fact that health care is [...]

Murkowski Has Remorse Over Blunt Amendment

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 9:35 am

Apparently, Lisa Murkowski was unprepared for the impact of her voting for the rule to have employers dictate the health care choices of half the nation’s population. Back from Washington, D.C., for the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, the senator kept running into female voters who wrote in her name in the last [...]

Day After Blunt Amendment, Republicans Vow “Fight is Not Over”

By: Friday March 2, 2012 6:17 am

Like all middle-aged men, Senate Republicans imagine themselves experts on women’s health, and they plan to continue to fight to eliminate free preventive women’s health services like birth control, even after yesterday’s Blunt amendment vote narrowly failed. “This fight is not over,” said Senate GOP Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO), the author of the [...]

Blunt Amendment Tabled: Casey, Manchin, Nelson Cross Over

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 9:01 am

The Senate voted to table the Blunt amendment today, but several Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans and for an amendment that would give employers effective control over the medical procedures their employees could access. The final vote was 51-48. Sen. Roy Blunt proposed the legislation, which would let employers decide to block [...]

Blunt Amendment Getting Vote Today

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 8:15 am

At this hour, the Senate is voting on the Blunt amendment, a measure that would give employers the power to restrict any type of coverage of specific medical treatments to their employees, simply by raising moral objections to it. As I said earlier this week and as First Read says today, this is a rare [...]

Blunt Amendment Offers Clash of Ideologies

By: Monday February 27, 2012 7:35 am

We’re going to have that rare moment this week in Congress, a vote which both sides anticipate with a certain glee. The transportation bill is on the floor of the Senate this week, and Democrats can’t wait to have their rivals initiate a vote on the Blunt amendment, which responds to the President’s birth control [...]

Democrats Plan Vote on Blunt Amendment, to Trap Republicans in Their Birth Control Rhetoric

By: Friday February 24, 2012 9:35 am

Senate Democrats plan to allow a vote next week on an amendment to the surface transportation bill by Republican Roy Blunt, which would expand “conscience protections” in the Affordable Care Act. While Blunt views it as giving religiously affiliated employers the ability to opt out of coverage where they have a moral objection, which has [...]

Reid Will Allow Vote on Blunt Amendment, Extending Birth Control Access Debate

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 6:54 am

Happy to allow a debate on birth control in 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will give Republicans a vote on an amendment to the surface transportation bill authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), known as the “Freedom of Conscience” amendment. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), would let employers opt out of [...]

Gallup: Obama Approval with Catholics Mostly Unchanged After Birth Control Debate

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 12:13 pm

A Gallup poll out today shows virtually no ill effects to President Obama’s poll numbers among Catholics after a week of controversy about birth control access rules opposed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The poll shows that support for Obama has hovered between 45% and 51% over the past couple months, and after [...]

Catholic Bishops to Continue Fight Against Birth Control Access

By: Saturday February 11, 2012 9:14 am

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops have now either reversed field from their previous reaction to the Obama Administration’s birth control accommodation policy announced yesterday, or they’re in negotiation mode. That’s what we can make of their latest missive, laden with unnecessary bold-facing, on the birth control access issue. The bishops made it fairly clear [...]

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