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OH Early Voting Permitted

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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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Jessica English's comment, October 17, 2012 11:29 PM
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!
Jessica English's comment, October 17, 2012 12:53 AM
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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Arlen Specter's Obituary on Chicago Sun-Times

Arlen Specter's Obituary on Chicago Sun-Times | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Chicago Sun-Times


Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the outspoken Pennsylvania centrist whose switch from Republican to Democrat ended a 30-year career in which he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations, died Sunday. He was 82.


Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers.

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This Is Personal

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The National Women's Law Center


Decisions about your reproductive health are personal. Join the campaign and help keep them that way.

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“Your Women Are Oppressed, But Ours Are Awesome”: How Nicholas Kristof And Half The Sky Use Women Against Each Other

“Your Women Are Oppressed, But Ours Are Awesome”: How Nicholas Kristof And Half The Sky Use Women Against Each Other | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Guest Contributor

Sayantani DasGupta

Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture


I just saw the most problematic image on Facebook.


To me, this photo represents how blithely and blindly women from the Global North allow ourselves to be used as (actual and metaphorical) weapons of war against women from the Global South. In fact, that offensive caption isn’t significantly different from comments I’ve been hearing this week like, “These are countries where women have very little value."


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The new face of heroism and human rights.

The new face of heroism and human rights. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Original Graphic by Beware of Images

posted on Being Liberal page — with Dawn Martin.


Meet Malala Yousafzai a 14-year-old girl has become a global icon, for defending her right to an education. The Taliban gun that was fired at a schoolgirl to enforce a radical interpretation of Islam have clearly backfired!


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Tea Party Voter Suppression Group, True the Vote, Under Investigation For Possible ‘Criminal Conspiracy’

Tea Party Voter Suppression Group, True the Vote, Under Investigation For Possible ‘Criminal Conspiracy’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by AVIVA SHEN,

Think Progress


The Tea Party organization launching a multi-pronged voter suppression effort this election is under investigation by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for a possible “criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.”


Cummings sent a letter to True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht warning her that the Ohio branch of the group, in suing to throw thousands of students, trailer park residents, homeless people and African Americans off the voting rolls, may be violating the law:


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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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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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More women are killed by domestic violence each year than car accidents and cancer combined.

More women are killed by domestic violence each year than car accidents and cancer combined. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join with us in the national campaign “No More”—together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault. We are seeking local groups, organizations and individuals to participate with us in speaking out against domestic violence.

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BIG Government Hates the Vote – So VOTE

BIG Government Hates the Vote – So VOTE | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JKL, Pointed Postcards


If this republic’s democracy is a team sport, what is “the game” if it is to be won by disqualifying the players?


I’m afraid it has become more like a fairy tale. The wolf in sheep’s clothing, voter suppression costumed as anti-voter fraud, is the best example of the worst a Big Bad Gov has to offer: wasting tax payers’ money to fix something that isn’t  broken.


Here’s an idea: vote out the micro-managers (the trolls under the bridge). It’s like firing a bad boss!


VOTE. Vote with a buddy or in a group. Vote early. Use your phone to photo or video anyone who tries to stop you. Ask for names on camera. Call 866-OUR-VOTE for immediate help with state-specific details. (Be prepared by going towww.866ourvote.org now.)


Heck, yell to the crowd if you have to, “Can anyone help me vote?” and see if some hero comes to the rescue! If you hear someone yell out, at least yell back, “LET HER VOTE!”. (Let’s get this back to a team sport.) Don’t leave without voting, even if it is a provisional ballot. VOTE.


Do you think I’m crying wolf? I’m afraid this creepy story is just beginning.

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Lazy Writing In Hollywood Has HUGE Repercussions For Women's Rights

Lazy Writing In Hollywood Has HUGE Repercussions For Women's Rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Why some people are missing their calling as Hollywood writers.
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Thank Goodness

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by MARGARET REEVE PANAHI

 

Oct. 12, 2012 VP debates

 

Last night’s debate made me feel better. It was civil and respectful. I really appreciated the sense of respect that congressman Ryan had for the Vice President and vice versa. The debate showed Joe Biden’s courage and Paul Ryan’s stands on his beliefs.

 

Joe was a great ally of the president’s. Paul supported Romney, but mostly spoke about his ideas and the parties’ ideas, though they were pretty vaguely described. I wanted to see the fact checks because I wasn’t sure how much of what was being said, and what I didn’t know about regarding specifics, was accurate. That was helpful.

 

Joe is a hard fighter for the workers and Paul Ryan believes in top down economics. I appreciated the comments on faith and Mr. Biden’s assertion that the Catholic (and really core Christian) doctrines teachings that we must take care of those who cannot take care of themselves. This, for me, was a comment to the conservative position that has been eviscerating the social programs, and economic balance in our country. And it spoke to my values.

 

When I woke up today, I had the refrain from a sixties song in my head:

 

“Come on people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together, try to love one another. Right now.”

 

That seems corny now, but maybe that is what civility inspires in me.

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An Honest Look At Why The World Is In Debt

An Honest Look At Why The World Is In Debt | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
You know what always saved long-term problems? Short-term solutions. Who's with me?

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