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Governor flip-flops on cancer prevention, trades women’s health for political gain

Governor flip-flops on cancer prevention, trades women’s health for political gain | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LOGAN SMITH, Palmetto Public Record



South Carolina Gov.Nikki Haley took a page from the Michele Bachmann Book of Ill-Informed Health Policy on Tuesday by vetoing a bill that would offer an optional HPV vaccine to seventh-graders.


The sexually-transmitted virus is a leading cause of cervical cancer, a disease for which South Carolina ranks ninth in the country for related deaths. HPV is easily prevented by the vaccine, but health professionals say it should be administered before a girl starts having sex in order to be effective.


“This bill had bi-partisan support and gives optional education and preventative vaccines to adolescents in an effort to thwart cervical cancer,” said Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg), who introduced the bill. “This is a common sense approach to a very serious problem.”


But in vetoing the bill, Gov. Haley called Sellers’ plan “a precursor to another taxpayer-funded health care mandate” — even though the vaccine does not rely on taxpayer funding and is not mandatory.


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Pennsylvania Republican: Voter ID Laws Are ‘Gonna Allow Governor Romney To Win’

Pennsylvania Republican: Voter ID Laws Are ‘Gonna Allow Governor Romney To Win’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Annie-Rose Strasser, Think Progress


This weekend, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai (R-PA) finally admitted what so many have speculated: Voter identification efforts are meant to suppress Democratic votes in this year’s election.


At the Republican State Committee meeting, Turzai took the stage and let slip the truth about why Republicans are so insistent on voter identification efforts — it will win Romney the election, he said:
“We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we’ve talked about for years,” said Turzai in a speech to committee members Saturday. He mentioned the law among a laundry list of accomplishments made by the GOP-run legislature.


“Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.


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When news media becomes a distraction instead of a tool....

When news media becomes a distraction instead of a tool.... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by FORMIDABLE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION, Facebook

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Meet Alejandra and David. Facing Foreclosure

From Occupy Homes MN: Sign this petition from Alejandra to help her family save her home.

 

[For the families of America....jkl]

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11 facts about the Affordable Care Act

11 facts about the Affordable Care Act | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EZRA KLEIN, Washington Post


In the past week, both Alec MacGillis and Sabrina Tavernise have written articles touching on how little the uninsured actually know about the Affordable Care Act. Given that polling shows the law remains unpopular even as its component parts — with the notable exception of the individual mandate — are very popular, it seems they’re not alone. So here’s a refresher on some of the law’s most significant policies and consequences:


  1. By 2022, the Congressional Budget Office estimates (pdf) the Affordable Care Act will have extended coverage to 33 million Americans who would otherwise be uninsured.

  2. Families making less than 133 percent of the poverty line — that’s about $29,000 for a family of four — will be covered through Medicaid. Between 133 percent and 400 percent of the poverty line — $88,000 for a family of four – families will get tax credits on a sliding scale to help pay for private insurance.

  3. For families making less than 400 percent of the poverty line, premiums are capped. So, between 150% and 200% of the poverty line, for instance, families won’t have to pay more than 6.3 percent of their income in premiums. Between 300 percent and 400 percent, they won’t have to pay more than 9.5 percent. This calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation will let you see the subsidies and the caps for different families at different income levels.

  4. When the individual mandate is fully phased-in, those who can afford coverage — which is defined as insurance costing less than 8 percent of their annual income — but choose to forgo it will have to pay either $695 or 2.5 percent of the annual income, whichever is greater.

  5. Small businesses that have fewer than 10 employees, average wages beneath $25,000, and that provide insurance for their workers will get a 50 percent tax credit on their contribution. The tax credit reaches up to small businesses with up to 50 employees and average wages of $50,000, though it gets smaller as the business get bigger and richer. The credit lasts for two years, though many think Congress will be pressured to extend it, which would raise the long-term cost of the legislation. [MORE]

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We have words for racism and sexism, what about for wealth discrimination (oppression through corrupting our government)

We have words for racism and sexism, what about for wealth discrimination (oppression through corrupting our government) | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

I think that she is right, but it isn't really an article.  It is  thought about common good for the nation.

 

[Just a thought-Margaret]

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Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic at Risk as Law Nears

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic at Risk as Law Nears | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON, The NY Times


JACKSON, Miss. — It was only recently that Dr. Willie Parker began flying down here from Washington, heading to work at a vaultlike building that sits unassumingly on a busy thoroughfare. On his way in, he may pass Prof. Matt Friedeman, standing on the sidewalk with a Bible and a handful of pamphlets, having made the four-minute drive from his home as he has done once a week for years.


And once inside, Dr. Parker will begin seeing the young women who have made their way from all corners of the state to the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic.


All of these journeys may end soon after July 1, when a new Mississippi law goes into effect. The law, which was passed this spring by large margins in the State Legislature, requires all physicians associated with an abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.


It is no secret that the physicians who do the majority of the work at the J.W.H.O. do not currently meet this requirement; three out of four of them, including Dr. Parker, do not even live in Mississippi.


“If it closes that clinic,” Gov. Phil Bryant was quoted as saying during the bill-signing ceremony, “then so be it.” Mississippi would then be the only state with no abortion clinic. [MORE]

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Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs

Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

ThinkbyNumbers.org


About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006.


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Get the Facts on Federal Spending! Jeanene Louden hosts Jo Comerford of National Priorities Project

Get the Facts on Federal Spending! Jeanene Louden hosts Jo Comerford of National Priorities Project | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

 by JEANENE LOUDEN, Coffee Party USA


This chart shows how the $35,000 I paid in Federal Income Taxes was spent by our government in Fiscal Year 2011. Not a lot of room for a social safety net after $9,450 went to military spending! 


Jo Comerford, executive director of National Priorities Project, who created this interactive tool and many others, will be my guest on today's Coffee Party Radio Show (Thurs. June 21, 12 noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern).


I have trouble understanding the people who read these numbers and see no solution other than to take their money and run. That just does not seem American to me. Real Americans would be using their ingenuity to design a strategy that worked for everyone.  [MORE]


Join me and special guest Jo Comerford on Coffee Party Radio today at 3 PM ET (noon PT). Listen live: http://bit.ly/Ndmu7r  Call: (646) 929-2495

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There May Be No Female Democratic Governors Left After 2012 Elections

There May Be No Female Democratic Governors Left After 2012 Elections | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Amanda Terkel, The Huffington Post


WASHINGTON -- There are currently two Democratic female governors in the entire nation. After November, there may be zero.


While four Republican female governors are currently in office, the only two female Democrats -- Washington's Christine Gregoire and North Carolina's Bev Perdue -- are both stepping down after 2012.


"We might as well turn the clock back 50 years, because that's the last time we were without a sitting woman governor who supported reproductive choices and options, and that's what we're looking at again," said Sam Bennett, president and CEO and of the Women's Campaign Fund. [MORE]

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Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer to serve on U.S. State Department council to empower women through sports

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer to serve on U.S. State Department council to empower women through sports | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

 by DAVE HUTCHINSON,

The Star Ledger



Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer has been invited to serve on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports, it was announced today by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.


The Council, which is comprised of current and retired athletes, coaches, corporate executives, journalists, and trailblazers in women’s sport, will engage audiences in the United States and overseas to elevate the global conversation on sports as a means of empowerment.


The Council will support the broader goals of the Department’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, which mobilizes all of the Department’s international sports programming, from Sports Envoys traveling overseas to Sports Visitors traveling to the United States, to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports.


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Mich. lawmaker on silencing female colleague: It’s like giving a kid a timeout

Mich. lawmaker on silencing female colleague: It’s like giving a kid a timeout | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Eric W. Dolan, The Raw Story


Michigan state Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) recently compared prohibiting two Democratic women legislators from speaking to punishing a child.


“It’s like giving a kid a timeout for a day,” he told Lansing radio host Patrick Shiels. “You know, hey, timeout, you wanna comment too far, you spoke your piece. We’re gonna let these other people have their dissenting comments, and then we’ll get back to business.” [MORE]

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$100 Million In Food Stamps Used On Military Bases

$100 Million In Food Stamps Used On Military Bases | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL McCAULIFF,

The Huffington Post


Congress' push to cut food stamps could cause collateral damage in the military, hitting everyone from active-duty members to retirees, who together have used more than $100 million in federal food aid on military bases over the past year, a Huffington Post review of the data found.

 

Decrying the surge in food stamp costs since the start of the recession, politicians increasingly have been calling for a crackdown on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The program has expanded from covering 26 million Americans in 2007 to more than 44 million in 2011.

 

Suggesting that growth is evidence of fraud and abuse, House Republicans passed a budget resolution for 2013 that would cut the program by $134 billion over 10 years. In its version of the farm bill, the House Agriculture Committee has proposed $33 billion in cuts. [MORE]


[The compelling video at the end of the article begins: AS A MOTHER I cannot imagine not being able to feed my children. jkl]

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Investors plot hedges for healthcare law ruling

Investors plot hedges for healthcare law ruling | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LEWIS KRAUSKOPF, Reuters


Aside from an educated guess, little real analysis can predict a ruling that has at least a half-dozen possible results for a law that affects wide swathes of the healthcare industry.


That has led some on Wall Street to devise complex strategies for profiting from the ruling expected by the end of the month - or at least to hedge their portfolios against significant losses.


They include spreading bets between healthcare sectors whose shares will respond in opposite directions based on a given ruling.


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[Who cares what happens to millions of Americans? "It's not personal, it's just business." - jkl]

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Women's Health Care Under Attack in Texas: 50 Votes in 10 Years

Women's Health Care Under Attack in Texas: 50 Votes in 10 Years | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Phillip Martin, Progress Texas


Over the last 10 years, Texas conservatives in the State House of Representatives have cast at least 50 record votes against women's health care. Original research by Progress Texas shows that the more Republicans there are elected to the Texas House of Representative, the more record votes there are that attack women's health care. Research shows that in 2003 and 2011, when Republicans had their largest margins in the Texas House, were the years when women's health was decimated the most. Meanwhile, in 2007 and 2009 - when there was balanced partisanship in the Texas House - most all the anti-woman's legislation was kept from coming to the floor. A full accounting of our research can be found by clicking here.


Some of the most outrageous votes conservatives cast include:

  • Requiring doctors to lie to women and tell them an induced abortion can lead to breast cancer (2003)
  • Rejecting an amendment to ensure that any standard health benefit plan that provides coverage for medication to treat male erectile dysfunction to also include coverage for contraceptives (2003)
  • Refusing to ensure that contractors comply with basic federal family planning regulations when administering health care (2005)
  • Denying an increase in funding to family planning services (2007)
  • Requiring women to take a sonogram before receiving an abortion (2011)
  • Decimating funding for family planning services in Texas (2011)
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Three Lessons on Religious Freedom from North Dakota

Three Lessons on Religious Freedom from North Dakota | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LON NEWMAN, RH Reaality Check


June 12th, in North Dakota, voters rejected a constitutional amendment (Measure 3) that, in the name of religious freedom, would in reality have empowered institutional discrimination. [MORE]

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As a North Dakotan, I am glad we at least got something right... Not a lot, but at least something ;)
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Huge crowds in Lake View cheer for Pride Parade - Chicago Sun-Times

Huge crowds in Lake View cheer for Pride Parade - Chicago Sun-Times | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Throngs of parade-watchers turned out this afternoon to watch everyone from the governor to sequined disco dancers march in the Pride Parade.



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“Corrupt practices” win again

“Corrupt practices” win again | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it


The Supreme Court doubled down on Citizens United Monday morning, summarily reversing a decision by Montana’s Supreme Court that would have allowed the state to limit political spending by corporations. 


The Supreme Court's defense of Citizens United is another victory for corporations over workers.


On Friday, Business Insider published three charts, based on data provided by the St. Louis Fed, that offer a stark reminder of the contrasting trajectories demonstrated by corporations and workers in the United States over the past 40 years.


This kind of thing doesn’t happen by accident. It requires sustained pressure over time; changes in the tax code and labor laws, decisions by courts. It is the result of billion of dollars worth of lobbying. It represents one of the greatest capitalist success stories of the modern age — the near complete subversion of a democracy to serve corporate interests. And it’s getting worse all the time — a process exacerbated by Citizens United.

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Don't Believe In The War On Women? Would A Body Count Change Your Mind?

Don't Believe In The War On Women? Would A Body Count Change Your Mind? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
We send troops to Afghanistan but ignore this?
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2012 On Track To Be A Milestone Election For Women House Candidates

2012 On Track To Be A Milestone Election For Women House Candidates | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Amanda Terkel, The Huffington Post


The 2012 election cycle is on track to break the record for the highest number of female candidates running for House seats in the general election, according to calculations by the 2012 Project, a campaign of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.


With the primary voting season at the halfway mark, there are 97 women in 26 states who have won their party's nomination and will be on the ballot in the November general elections.


"If the same voting patterns continue in the remaining 24 states, where 115 women are slated to run, as many as 60 additional women would advance to the general election, putting the total well above the current record of 141 women candidates set in 2004," according to the 2012 Project.


Women currently hold 73 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Four states -- Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi and Vermont -- have never had a woman serving in their congressional delegation.


"Research shows that women leaders introduce more bills, bring more resources home to their districts and advocate for new issues on the legislative agenda," said Mary Hughes, founder of the 2012 Project, in a statement. [MORE]

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While We Were Waiting...Someone Was Spinning

While We Were Waiting...Someone Was Spinning | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"According to analysts, the Democrats have done a poor job in selling the law. About $235 million has been spent on ads attacking the law since its passage in March 2010, according to a recent survey by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group. Only $69 million has been spent on advertising supporting it, and just $700,000 of that comes from the Obama campaign."

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What Paul Ryan's Budget Would Mean for American Families

What Paul Ryan's Budget Would Mean for American Families | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The definition of patriotism is more than "love of country."  It is also love of the PEOPLE who live in this country.  The facts on the chart are so sad. - Jessica


[I have been saying "democracy is a team sport". From this point forward I am saying "America is a team sport". jkl]

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The dark side of Barbie and Ken's marriage

The dark side of Barbie and Ken's marriage | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
A new photo series titled In The Dollhouse, created by Vancouver-based photographer Dina Goldstein, depicts the world's most famous doll living a miserable life with her partner Ken.

 

[OK, sometimes girls just want to have fun... jkl]


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My Personal Federal Income Tax Chart

My Personal Federal Income Tax Chart | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

 National Priorities Project


This chart shows how the US Government spent the $35,000.00 I paid in Federal Income Taxes in Fiscal Year 2011. Not a lot of room for a social safety net after the $9500 of military spending! (Click on the chart to see where your tax dollars went this year.) I think this is something worth talking about. 


Jo Comerford, executive director of National Priorities Project (which just released A People's Guide to the Federal Budget) will be Thursday's guest on my Coffee Talk Radio Show, LUNCH WITH LOUDEN, noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern. Call in at 646-929-2495 or click HERE to listen live or pod cast later. Let's get to the bottom of what happened and what can be done.


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Middle class could face higher taxes under Republican plan, analysis finds

Middle class could face higher taxes under Republican plan, analysis finds | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LORI MONTGOMERY, The Washington Post


The tax reform plan that House Republicans have advanced would sharply cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and could leave middle-class households facing much larger tax bills, according to a new analysis set to be released Wednesday.


The report, prepared by Senate Democrats and reviewed by nonpartisan tax experts, marks the first attempt to quantify the trade-offs inherent in the GOP tax package, which would replace the current tax structure with two brackets — 25 percent and 10 percent — and cut the top rate from 35 percent.


“According to this report, while millionaires will receive a huge tax break, earners making under $200,000 will see their taxes rise significantly,” said Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), who chairs the Joint Economic Committee.


“Ryan seems to want to have his cake and eat it, too, and this report shows that you can’t,” added Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who requested the analysis. “If you want to cut taxes on the rich and not raise the deficit, you’re going to have to basically clobber the middle class.”


House Republicans called the report premature and unfair. For example, it assumes that Republicans would maintain lower rates for capital gains and dividends — which disproportionately benefit the very wealthy — a long-standing part of GOP tax orthodoxy....


Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, reviewed the Joint Economic Committee report. Although the numbers are rough, he said, the conclusions are largely accurate.


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[NOTE TO SELF: If I care about all Americans, and not just the ones who keep asking for more while millions of others fall into economic despiration, would I vote for anyone who would support this kind of thinking? jkl]

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