Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons Bars 2 Million from Voting in Key Swing States Virginia and Florida

By: Friday November 2, 2012 10:00 am

The above graphic comes from the Prison Policy Initiative, and it shows the impact of summary disenfranchisement of adult-age ex-convicts in our political system, unique around the world. No other country disenfranchises ex-felons to the degree we do here in America. Prisoners pay their debt to society but their ability to have a voice in [...]

Tens of Thousands of Federal Employees to Get Layoff Notices Right Before Election

By: Friday July 27, 2012 7:35 am

The fight over the automatic trigger cuts, which will take place at the end of the year without Congressional action, took an interesting turn this week. The Senate passed a bill that will force the Obama Administration to provide details on how they will implement the cuts. This bill has already passed the House with [...]

Backlash on the War on Women Growing in Strength, Power

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 9:46 am

If we’re seeing any renaissance in American politics at the moment, it comes from a backlash against an ever-advancing policy against the ability for women to think and make choices for themselves. This policy of female subjugation, which mostly but not entirely has focused on health care issues, has realized real gains on an almost [...]

Abortion Foes Turn to Restricting Access Through Regulatory Burdens

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 7:35 am

Before we went into Afghanistan, I remember reading about a law there ruling that women couldn’t become doctors, and couldn’t be treated by a male doctor. And I thought to myself, that’s some creative hatred. You have to get up early and actually think about hatred like that. This is what we’ve seen from our [...]

Revised Ultrasound Bill Passes In Virginia

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 6:15 am

While everyone was high-fiving the pullback by the Virginia legislature of their trans-vaginal ultrasound bill and happily discussing how conservatives had overreached on social issues, the GOP determinedly made their changes and passed a mandatory ultrasound bill. The final vote in the state Senate was 21-19, actually a closer vote than the 21-18 count on [...]

Alabama Backs Down on Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound, but Anti-Abortion Laws Elsewhere Persist

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 8:15 am

I guess the Republican Party has decided to run on a platform of sticking a speculum inside of women, but they’re not entirely secure in that desire. Every time people find out about it, they back off. In Virginia, the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill was changed to a trans-abdominal ultrasound. The State Senate passed over a [...]

Wave of Ultrasound Bills About Humiliating Abortion Seekers

By: Monday February 27, 2012 9:35 am

And now for something I didn’t think in January I would have reason to update: the abortion bills across the country which mandate that the women receive an ultrasound before getting the legal medical procedure. When we last left Virginia, the thinking was that the Senate sponsor of the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill would not accept [...]

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 [...]

Virginia’s McDonnell Backtracks on Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Bill

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 12:55 pm

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is now in full retreat mode on that bill mandating that women seeking an abortion in the state must get a trans-vaginal ultrasound (colloquially known as “state rape”) beforehand. We saw hints of this earlier today from a spokesman. But McDonnell has now put out his own statement, asking for amendments [...]

House Democrats To Hold Their Own Hearing With Woman Issa Denied From Testifying

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 6:15 am

After the all-male panel on birth control in the House Oversight Committee last week (wait, I’m supposed to be fair and say that the SECOND panel of the day had a couple women on it), plenty of people joked on Twitter about an all-female panel on Viagra. House Democrats aren’t doing that, but they are [...]

Protest of Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Bill in Virginia Leads to Delay

By: Monday February 20, 2012 11:38 am

The Virginia abortion bill, which would mandate that the women seeking an abortion get a trans-vaginal ultrasound – a forcible assault at the very least – before having the procedure, has received entirely too much notoriety for the tastes of conservative lawmakers in the state. I’m sure they were hoping to fly under the radar [...]

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