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Campaign Finance Could Threaten Impartiality of Elected Judges

Campaign Finance Could Threaten Impartiality of Elected Judges
A staggering 39 states elect at least some of their judges, typically for appellate positions. Since 2009, judicial campaigns have been flooded with donations from unregulated superPACs, many of which are funded by huge corporations.
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Texas Ways and Means Committee Considers Ridiculous Proposal from Big Tobacco Companies

Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco Company, three of America's largest tobacco companies, are pushing the Texas Legislature to raise taxes on small tobacco companies. Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco Company, three of America's largest tobacco companies, are pushing the Texas Legislature to raise taxes on small tobacco companies. The big companies complain that because they pay the state extra fees under a 1998 lawsuit settlement, their market share has been unduly reduced.
If the Legislature does pass the tax hike in the next session, the move would benefit the big tobacco companies and hurt Texas. The small companies would be put out of business and soon not pay any state taxes, resulting in a loss of revenue for the state as well as a loss of jobs.
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Ryan and Romney Agree on Personhood, Endorse Different Approaches

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are both apparently for personhood laws, belief that life begins when a sperm enters egg, which would ban some forms of birth control, as well as all abortion, even after rape or incest.
Paul Ryan co-sponsored federal personhood legislation that grants "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges" to fertilized eggs (or "zygotes").
Romney is also a supporter of personhood, but he has said he's against a federal personhood law, like the one Ryan co-sponsored.
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Meet the Candidate Who Wants to Ban Emergency Contraception

Meet anti-choice Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO). Rep. Akin recently won a tight Republican primary to challenge pro-choice Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri this November.
If you haven't heard of Rep. Akin before, you won't be able to forget him now. Days after his victory, he confirmed his extreme anti-contraception beliefs on a radio show.
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Birth Control Ban Critical Part of CO Personhood Amendment

Birth Control Ban Critical Part of CO Personhood Amendment
In this week's coverage of personhood, only The Denver Post and the Durango Herald reported the critical fact that the personhood measure would ban common forms of birth control. That's a big omission, because, among personhood's many and varied impacts, outlawing some common forms of birth control could be its most significant.
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Obama Seeks to Push Gender Gap

Single women and married women split over choice for president
US President Barack Obama aggravated a culture war battle over contraception as he wooed women voters Wednesday, warning that MittRomney’s Republicans would turn back the clock to the 1950s.
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Did You Receive Your Obamacare Insurance Rebate Yet?

As part of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies must put a certain amount of what they receive in premiums to actual medical care. If they have not met that threshold, they must provide rebates and the first one's are going out...
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The For-Profit Higher Education Industry, By the Numbers

The for-profit higher education industry was the target of a bruising report issued last week. Based on a two-year effort, the report detailed high rates of loan default, aggressive recruiting, higher than average tuition, low retention rates, and little job placement assistance.
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Absurdity Today with Julianna Forlano

This week's Absurdity Today covers Mitt and his travels, ALEC, and some sensitive topics too. Enjoy!
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TX State Senator Vows 2013 Push for Private-School Vouchers

State Senator Dan Patrick, the Houston Republican who anchors the rightmost wing of his party's caucus in the Senate, has vowed to make private-school voucher legislation a focal point of his efforts in the 2013 session of the state legislature.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Patrick said, "To me, school choice is the photo ID bill of this session...Our base has wanted us to pass photo voter ID for years, and we did it. They've been wanting us to pass school choice for years. This is the year to do it, in my view."
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