Civil Rights & Social Justice

McCaskill Pulls Out All the Stops: Three New Ads Featuring Rape Victims

Claire McCaskill's campaign released three ads today going after Todd Akins' "Legitimate Rape" comments very directly:
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MO 'Traditional Marriage' Mailer in Support of Todd Akin

A mailing arrived today on behalf of Todd Akin (R-MO) from CitizenLink, an entity associated with the James Dobson founded right wingnut group Focus on the Family.
Stock wedding photo. Hey, wait a minute, that wedding dress seems a little risque for a right wingnut "family values" campaign mail piece.
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OH Voter Suppression Efforts of Tea Party Group Under Investigation

First off, a panel of federal judges dealt a blow to Ohio GOP vote suppression efforts. They ruled early voting couldn't be limited. It was unanimous. They differed on what aspect of the constitution this vote restriction violated.
Secondly, an Ohio tea party group is in trouble for suing to kick a wide swath of Democratic-leaning voters off the voter rolls.
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A George H.W. Bush Appointee Rules in Favor of Birth Control Mandate

In another legal victory for the Obama Administration, the birth control mandate has been ruled on and found that it does not violate religious freedom.
Justice Carol Jackson, Missouri, was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 has ruled on this issue brought to court by Frank O'Brien, the owner of O'Brien Industrial Holdings. He filed a lawsuit in March claiming that the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare violated his, first amendment right, freedom of religion by mandating that the health insurance company his company goes through cover employees' contraceptive use, according to Courthouse News Service.
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Is Religious Extremism Behind Recent OK State Health Decisions?

The war on women continues here in Oklahoma.
On Thursday, the Tulsa World reported that the Oklahoma Department of Health will no longer allow three Planned Parenthood facilities in Tulsa to participate in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
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Debate: MN Voter Restriction Amendment-Full Video

MN Voter Restriction Constitutional Amendment Debate-Full Video from The UpTake.  
Minnesota is considering a constitutional amendment that would put in place the most restrictive voter restriction laws in the country. Minnesota Majority?s Dan McGrath arguing for the amendment and Doran Schrantz of ISAIAH arguing on behalf of Our Vote Our Future against the amendment. Debate Minnesota organized the event that happened at Metro State University i...
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Republicans Have to Rely on Voter Suppression to Win

There is a reason Republicans have been pushing for vote restrictions nationwide. Its the same reason Republican are doing everything to suppress the vote in states they control. When fewer people vote, Republicans win.
In Minnesota, Republicans have known for a long time that they can't win a statewide vote. Tim Pawlenty won the Governor's seat twice with 44.37% in 2002 and
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Kountze High Cheerleaders Win The Right To Pray Another Day

Today a Governor Perry appointed District Judge in Hardin County extended a temporary restraining order allowing Kountze cheerleaders to display religious banners in their official capacity during football games, at least until Oct. 14th.
The controversy started a few weeks ago after a complaint was filed with KISD officials about the signs. After consultation with the districts attorney, backed by Texas Association of School Boards, the district ban...
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CO Governor Hickenlooper Joined Planned Parenthood's 'Ask Mitt' Rally on Eve of Debate

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, never one to identify himself too closely with controversial or partisan causes, gave a short speech defending a woman's right to choose Tuesday afternoon at a rally organized by Planned Parenthood ahead of Wednesday night's first presidential debate here.
A late addition to the slate of speakers at the group's "Ask Mitt" rally on the Auraria Campus, Hickenlooper criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who stated earlier this year that he wanted to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood.
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Study in DOMA Constitutionality Defense Shown to be Influenced by Conservative Funders

When University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus released a study this summer portraying gay parents in a negative light, he insisted that the conservative funders who backed the research had no involvement in how it was designed, implemented, or interpreted.
But recently emerging evidence shows that a scholar affiliated at the time with the Witherspoon Institute — the socially conservative think tank that supplied the bulk of Regnerus’ funding — did indeed play a role carrying out and analyzing the study.
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