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Tagg Romney Invested in Ohio Electronic Voting Machines

Tagg Romney Invested in Ohio Electronic Voting Machines | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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If the Romney’s can’t win legally, they’ll take over Ohio’s electronic voting machines through investments, a direct conflict of interest in a contentious state in this election.


The new owners of Ohio’s voting machines under the brand name HART Intercivic is none other than Tagg Romney the son of one of the candidates Mitt Romney. In recent weeks Tagg has taken a more “active role in his father’s campaign management” but when you look further, he also has a major problem with that role.


By virtue of conflict of interest alone, this role should be investigated by the DOJ preferably involving the addition of the FBI, Homeland Security and the CIA to ensure this connection will not endanger the vote in Ohio and other states.


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McGovern ahead of his time - dies at age 90

McGovern ahead of his time - dies at age 90 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SCOTT LILLY,

CNN.com Opinion


George McGovern rode the swirling social and political currents of America in the late 1960s and early 1970s to lead a political movement that permanently changed the nation in ways that we still do not fully understand.


A mild-mannered Midwestern intellectual, World War II combat hero and son of a Methodist minister, he became the leading edge of a storm promising (or threatening, depending on your point of view) transformative change on a wide range of issues including foreign policy, the electoral process and the rights of women.


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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Politics News/Rolling Stone


How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs and stuck others with the bill...

 

"And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a "turnaround specialist," a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth."


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Herman Cain's Nationwide Worker Intimidation Tour

Herman Cain's Nationwide Worker Intimidation Tour | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by GEORGE ZORNICK, The Nation


Herman Cain Herman Cain addresses small business owners in Philadelphia on Friday, October 19. Photo by George Zornick.


“The problem,” former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told a ballroom of about thirty people in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, “is we have a president who does not believe in a free marketplace. This is why his whole campaign is about class warfare. Playing the race card. Divisiveness. And as some of us know, deception.”


These are boilerplate attacks from Cain, but this was not a typical Tea Party rally. This was yet another stop on Cain’s “Job Creators Truth Tour 2012,” the fifth this week and one of thirty that will happen before the election. The audience was “job creators” from the Philadelphia area—small-business owners who were there to learn how to influence their employees vote in November.


The tour is funded by the Job Creator Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) that doesn’t disclose donors. It was created after the GOP primary by Cain and Bernie Marcus, a billionaire co-founder of Home Depot and conservative activist. Hansen said all the materials had been cleared with Federal Election Commission and National Labor Relations Board Lawyers, and do not break the law. That may be true—the Citizens United decisionmade it legal for employers to subject employees to partisan, one-sided political speeches or information—though they are still barred from making implicit or explicit threats about voting for the “wrong” candidate, which some of these materials seem to flirt with doing.


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Paul Ryan: What War On Women?

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by LAURA BASSETT, Huffington Post

Paul Ryan Mocks 'War On Women' At Private Fundraiser


At a private fundraiser in Naples, Fla., on Thursday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan mocked the so-called "war on women."

“Now it’s a war on women; tomorrow it’s going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that,” Ryan told the crowd of donors, according to Shushanna Walshe of ABC News.


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Wage-gap debate questioner Katherine Fenton “absolutely not” a feminist

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by IRIN CARMON, Salon.com


It took roughly 30 seconds after she asked about the wage gap last night for the right to start calling Katherine Fenton a left-wing conspiracy, vainly trying to connect her to someone who worked for Code Pink, calling her a “feminazi,” and a “party girl.”Reached by Salon at her home in Floral Park, N.Y., today, Fenton confirmed that she’s no plant. She is, she says, a 24-year-old pre-K teacher and an undecided voter. Still undecided, in fact. And not a feminist.


Despite asking a question that raised the hackles of the anti-feminist brigade, Fenton was vehement when I asked her if she’s a feminist. “Absolutely not,” she said. “I’m a 24-year-old woman that lives in the United States and feels like I should be treated the same as anyone else. That makes me a normal human being.”


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OH Early Voting Permitted

OH Early Voting Permitted | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Yesterday the Supreme Court refused a request to hear an appeal that asked the High Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allows early voting for all Ohio residents.


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Quote that made my hair stand on end from Romney.

Quote that made my hair stand on end from Romney. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DEBILYN MOLINEAUX,

Co-Host, LUNCH WITH LOUDEN


"And so, in terms of bringing down deductions, one way of doing that would be say everybody gets - I'll pick a number - $25,000 of deductions and credits, and you can decide which ones to use. Your home mortgage interest deduction, charity, child tax credit, and so forth, you can use those as part of filling that bucket, if you will, of deductions.


(Note from Debilyn: we have this already, currently called itemized deductions!)


But your (tax) rate comes down and the burden also comes down on you for one more reason, and that is every middle-income taxpayer no longer will pay any tax on interest, dividends or capital gains. No tax on your savings. That makes life a lot easier."


(Question from Debilyn: Do you have much income from interest, dividends or capital gains? Me neither.)

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LOL! So true... when was the last time I had a dividend and a bank was paying interest keeping up with inflation??? Is this guy still in the 80's???
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Koch Social Media Policy May Be Unlawful; Employers Still Have Broad Leeway to Limit Employee Speech

Koch Social Media Policy May Be Unlawful; Employers Still Have Broad Leeway to Limit Employee Speech | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
As a private employer the Kochs can even limit their employees' speech, since the First Amendment only protects against government infringement on free speech and expression.


Kochs, Other Employers Retain Broad Latitude to Impose Views


Koch Industries' lawyers can likely rewrite the social media policy to pass muster under the National Labor Relations Act. And under the broad definition of corporate political speech in Citizens United, the Kochs and other employers can use their position of economic power to engage in various other forms of political intimidation or coercion.


This includes mailers like those sent by the Kochs or Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel, as well as mandatory political meetings where workers must listen to their employer's political views under the threat of termination. It also includes events like the Romney campaign rally in Ohio last August, where miners employed by Murray Energy were required to attend without pay. Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray is a major Republican benefactor who has also reportedly compelled employees to contribute to his favored political candidates.


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One Single Mother's 5 Point Plan For Romney

One Single Mother's 5 Point Plan For Romney | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA ENGLISH

 

Opening disclaimer: Tonight, I expected a much better performance from Barack Obama, even though, earlier this week, I was hugged by Michelle Obama, and she thanked me for all my hard work, while I thanked her and her husband for helping me get an education. I don’t know if it was her hugs and encouragement, but Barack Obama got it together, tonight. Yet, I still wish Joe Biden had been there when Romney, a war supporter, blamed America's culture of violence and guns on single parents, like me.

 

So, while the pundits talk about the extra 4 minutes and Lybia, I’ve got some pointers for Romney, a man who’s path to citizenship is to become a soldier. Poor kids do more than tote guns, sell drugs and kill one another. They also babysit so their single moms can work more for his one percenter poverty wages. Poor kids make good grades to get scholarships and make their parents proud. Some poor kids are like I was, going to high school and working three jobs. Others have given up because they’re going hungry, suffering from untreated illness – mental illness for one, and yes, they are missing out on the benefits of good parenting. Why are they poor, Romney? Because of hardworking poverty wage earning, single women? Or the assholes, who turn a blind eye when filling out our paychecks?

 

I’ve got a 5 point plan for Romney if he and his war mongering oil friends want to blame a culture of violence on me! Think Lucy in Charlie Brown and count to five! My response is just my first piece of evidence proving that the policies and ideals Romney stands for are what lead to violence. Supporting policies and CEO’s of companies who starve people who work forty hours per week by not paying a living wage; making it harder for people to get good paying jobs here in America by, not only supporting moving US jobs overseas, but actually doing it; perpetuating the idea of white entitlement; and allowing insurance companies to deny children with pre-existing conditions (in order to benefit rich people) is what is creating a culture that devalues the citizens of this country and leads to violence. If you don’t want violence, don’t you DARE BLAME ME OR MY KIDS for culture of violence or war, so you’re white huntin’ buddies will vote for you!

 

Yes!  I admit that my kids have suffered negative consequences of poverty, both while I was single AND married! My question after this debate: Whatchya’ gonna do about the negative effects of poverty Governor? Let me be the first to tell you that providing flexible schedules for a few successful, educated women in Massachusetts isn’t making up for the thousands of young women in China, working 7 days a week to make you richer! Glad you can recognize the importance of parenting when it comes to your friends, but wake up! Maybe if more moms were paid equitable wages (something Obama advocates) instead of the 72 cents for every dollar men make, we’d at least be able to put food in our children’s bellies at the same rate as single dads.

 

Also, giving me access to lower taxes on my capital gains is offensive, Governor. Not only is your idea an insult to me, it is the perfect example of how ignorant you are of the economic facts of American families. Afterall, Romney, Americans have a very low savings rate. Mostly, because what we used to have left over to invest and save, the wealthy have taken, by our lowering wages and shipping jobs overseas.

 

I’d love to comment on more aspects of this debate, but all I can do after Romney’s performance, is come to the defense of FAMILIES EXACTLYY LIKE MINE! Romney, at least when Obama loses a debate, he does it on his own merits, not by defaming the hardest working, poorest, most disadvantaged women in the country! It is becoming more and more obvious during this campaign that you, Romney, are incapable of representing a large portion of this country, starting with the 1 in 5 Americans, who are earning poverty level wages!

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's comment, October 17, 2012 12:22 AM
Say it, Jess!
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Thanks, J'nene!
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Candy Crowley, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: Hosts with the most

Candy Crowley, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: Hosts with the most | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, Salon.com


News of these three women moderating several high-profile events couldn't have come at a better time.


On the heels of Raddatz’s smooth, steely performance last week, there’s genuine excitement about what Crowley will do as the first female presidential debate moderator in 20 years. And after two debates in which women’s issues have barely even been mentioned, there’s a palpable sense of anticipation over what the veteran newswoman, who said just days ago that the moderator “needs to take control” of the conversation, will do. And she’s said, with pride, that she’d like Tuesday’s event to “add to our collective resume as female journalists.” Crowley understands that this is a huge milestone for women in journalism, and she’s OK with that. Better than OK. She’s going to make it count.


And the inclusion of the openly feminist, deeply political Fey and Poehler as Globes hosts likewise means the show will not go gently into bland, Bruce Vilanch territory. It’ll be, God willing, one of the best retorts to the old line that feminists aren’t funny we could hope for.


This has been a year when women’s issues have been so crushingly ignored, so spitefully dismissed, that our health and welfare have literally been called “shiny objects to distract people’s attention.” We’ve needed a voice so badly, that’s why it’s downright thrilling to hear echoes of that finally happening. It’s huge that the Crowley and Fey and Poehler are taking control of these major events — and with that, offering the promise they’ll say some of the things that need to get heard. Because right now more than ever, a woman’s place is behind the microphone.


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Increasing Dollars for Domestic Violence: How Companies Can Do Right for Women and Girls

Increasing Dollars for Domestic Violence: How Companies Can Do Right for Women and Girls | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LORIBETH WEINSTEIN,

Jewish Women International (JWI)

RH Reality Check


As corporations expand their philanthropic giving, an epidemic that affects millions of American women is being pushed further out of sight.


The numbers are staggering: One in four women in the U.S. experiences domestic violence in her lifetime; young women ages 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk. And nearly 75 percent of all Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim. Domestic violence advocates and lawmakers have partnered for decades to boost both education and federal funding to combat abuse—most notably through the Violence Against Women Act—but public resources alone are not enough. Company-sponsored foundations, with the capacity to give millions of dollars annually, are conspicuously absent.

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Cable News Channels Widen the Divide?

Cable News Channels Widen the Divide? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigate Tagg Romney owning voting machines in OHIO

Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigate Tagg Romney owning voting machines in OHIO | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Change.org


Citizen Jacqueline Morris of Everett, Washington, is petitioning the Department of Justice to investigate the fact that Tagg Romney, son of presidential candidate Romney, has aquired an ownership position in the company that provides voting machines in Ohio. Click the headline to go to the petition signing site.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  ― Nelson Mandela | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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The Bottom Line | The Middle Class

The Bottom Line | The Middle Class | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Dr. Peggy Wireman, author of Connecting the Dots: Government, Community and Family, and an ebook, Connecting the Dots: A Community Action Guide is our guest.  I invite you to check out her blog Connecting the Dots because she is joining us for a dynamic discussion on the new economy and what it means for families.  What opportunities does the new economy offer you and your family?  Give us a call (646) 929-2495. 


We have distinct choices in this election, when it comes to economic policy, and not just in the race for the presidency.  Did you grow up in the middle class, and go to college only to find yourself working for poverty wages?  So many of the jobs that have been created over the last 30 years are poverty level jobs.  Check out Dr. Wireman's job list !  1 in 5 Americans work for wages that do not provide enough of an income to support a family.  What are some of the consequences of those low incomes and how should our government and society respond?  Let's talk!  Do you agree with her assessments?  What are your ideas and are you voting for candidates who will support your thoughts?  

 

The Bottom Line | The Middle Class
Sunday Oct 21, 5pm ET
(646) 929-2495

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Dear Employees, I gladly impart my wisdom: pay attention!

Dear Employees, I gladly impart my wisdom: pay attention! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JKL, Pointed Postcards


Dear Employees:


In this country of ours it is important to vote for the candidate of your choice. But today, more than ever, your future employment with this company depends upon how you vote.


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A qualified woman is hard to find?

A qualified woman is hard to find? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The politically charged atmosphere of this campaign season brought out an interesting issue, one that took the forefront in last night’s Presidential Debate. Governor Romney talked about having a “binder of information” on women who were qualified for appointment. What the public now knows is that the binder, or binders, he mentioned were produced as the effort of a coalition of women’s organizations led by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. We commend our local and state Caucuses who, like Massachusetts, regularly offer leadership and participate in bringing to light the gaps in representation.


“The National Women’s Political Caucus has historically supported political candidates who support equality and equity for women, and we have traditionally participated in encouraging women to seek appointed office as well,” said Linda Young, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus. “As an early partner in the feminist movement, our multipartisan grassroots organization has fought for women’s health, personal and economic rights for years. We challenge both Presidential Candidates to include a discussion around women’s equality in the final debate. This will show who is committed and who is not.” But needing to seek out “binders” of qualified women? Are they hiding?


It is time more women have a place at the decision-making table. We invite both Presidential Candidates to call on NWPC, one of the oldest organizations that support and spotlight women’s rights and issues for recommendations.


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Where are gay rights in this election?

Where are gay rights in this election? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ALEX PAREENE, Salon.com

(Photo Credit: Reuters/Jim Young)


Lots of people made lists, after the first two debates this month, of the topics that had been oddly ignored by moderators and candidates. And, thanks to Candy Crowley and a bunch of supposedly uncommitted Long Island residents, many of these issues were at least given lip service at last night’s debate, and some — immigration, yay! — got actual discussion, but it’s a bit weird that so far we’ve heard nothing about gay marriage, or LGBT rights in general.


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Five Ways Romney Alienated Women In The Second Presidential Debate

Five Ways Romney Alienated Women In The Second Presidential Debate | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by TARA CULT-RESSIER, ThinkProgress


Last night’s presidential debate marked the second time that President Obama and Mitt Romney faced off against each other, but the first time that the topics covered focused on issues that pertain to women, who did not get a single mention in the first debate in Denver. Obama has traditionally led female voters, particularly on his policies on contraception and abortion. Last night’s debate seemed to follow that pattern, as Romney made several blunders that served to alienate himself from women and women’s issues:


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Women's Issues Addressed in Debate, Decision Clearer than Ever

Women's Issues Addressed in Debate, Decision Clearer than Ever | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill


Last night's presidential debate finally got around to tackling women's rights issues, and the candidates' answers were telling. But first, NOW applauds moderator Candy Crowley for "going rogue" by daring to ask President Obama and Mitt Romney clarifying questions, trying to keep them on point and even doing some real-time fact checking. Crowley was a genuine role model up there, for both women and men. And she presided over a debate with plenty of substance on which voters can chew.


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Code Pink!

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We will remember in November...and AFTER

We will remember in November...and AFTER | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Thanks to Being Feminist via Cuéntame

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Know Your November Ballot: Civil Rights

Know Your November Ballot: Civil Rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by RACHEL KASSENBROCK, Ms. Magazine Blog


This election, four civil rights-related issues of note will be on ballots in Alabama and California.


In Alabama, citizens will have the power to remove the grossly outdated presence of racial segregation in the Alabama constitution.

California could join Illinois, New York and many othersas the next state to ban capital punishment, taking the U.S. one step closer to eliminating the death penaltynationwide.

The California ballot will also feature a couple of measures that establish rights for victims of sex trafficking and adjust a draconian criminal provision.


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Take a Stand for the Citizen Vote

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