ALEC Retreats on Non-Economic Legislation

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 8:53 am

In what at first glance looks like a major concession, ALEC, the embattled right-wing legislation factory for state and local government, announced they would refocus their efforts solely on economic issues.  The claim they’ll eliminate a task force they had devoted to social and cultural issues, like guns and voter ID laws and abortion. Here’s [...]

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Doomed After Senator Strikes It

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 8:15 am

The bill in Virginia requiring all abortion seekers get a mandatory ultrasound is now in peril, after the right-wing Senator who introduced the trans-vaginal ultrasound requirement rebelled against changes asked for by Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell backtracked on the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill yesterday, asking the House of Delegates to amend the bill to a trans-abdominal [...]

Gingrich Decides the Real Victim is Gingrich

By: Friday January 20, 2012 7:34 am

Newt Gingrich’s symphony of resentment at the media last night for daring to bring up the question of his marital infidelity was utterly predictable. And yet, mostly because of CNN debate moderator John King’s inability to follow up in any way, it was wildly successful at neutralizing the issue, and will propel Gingrich to victory [...]

Social Issues Front and Center in Elections in Mississippi, Iowa Tomorrow

By: Monday November 7, 2011 10:57 am

In last week’s survey of Election Day 2011, I neglected to mention two very important races in Iowa and Mississippi, both of which turn on social issues. In Iowa, there’s a special election for a state Senate seat that will determine which party controls that chamber of the legislature. Republican Governor Terry Branstad got a [...]

Feds Say Indiana Cannot Block Planned Parenthood Funding

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 7:40 am

The Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, have told the state of Indiana that they cannot block Planned Parenthood, a qualified provider under Medicaid, from funding, and that they would risk all of their Medicaid funding if they followed through with the policy. Indiana passed a [...]

Surge in Hispanic Population Changing Electoral Coalitions in US

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 1:50 pm

My response to this San Stein story about the fast-growing Hispanic demographic reality that will imperil the GOP is that it’s a story, but maybe not as big as this makes it out to be. On May 26, the Census released what an official at the bureau described as “the latest, most up to date [...]

Republicans Could Force Anti-Abortion Bill Into Debt Limit Compromise

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 11:53 am

Today, the House will likely pass HR 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” Any rumors you heard that House Republicans have a jobs agenda are greatly diminished by this spectacle. So too with the fact that the President already threatened a veto. But there may be a method to this madness. Earlier this [...]

Mitch Daniels Breaks Truce, Will Sign Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill in Indiana

By: Friday April 29, 2011 3:11 pm

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who suggested that conservatives should engage in a truce on social issues and focus on deficits, will sign legislation that will ban state funding for Planned Parenthood. Here’s his statement: “I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now. I supported this bill from [...]

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