The energy behind a fundamentalist g-force in Kansas politics is being supplied by the Koch brothers, the Chamber of Commerce and, of course, the ever present influence and drive of the anti-choice groups within the state.
Kansas Democrat Jan Pauls and her “religious freedom” campaign have earned her a Democratic primary opponent in the 2012 election cycle and that primary opponent is gay.
An anti-choice Democrat running for the Kansas House of Representatives isn’t really “news” in Kansas, but a Democratic candidate who speaks at local Tea Party rallies, is openly hostile to President Obama, and acts as a community leader in propagating the extreme anti-choice myth of black genocide?? Kansas, meet your Democratic Party candidate for Wichita’s 89th House District…Peggy Elliott.
The power to preserve and expand reproductive rights is inextricably tied the right to vote. But what is power if your ability to leverage it is stripped away?
In the first half of 2012, states enacted 95 new provisions related to reproductive health and rights. As was the case in 2011, issues related to abortion, family planning funding and sex education once again were significant flashpoints in many legislatures .
“Crawl before you can walk?” Really?
The vicious attacks on women’s health to which we’ve grown so accustomed on the national and state stages are trickling down to the local level, as municipal and county governments get in on the action. But recent successes in responding to attacks on women’s health programs underscore that we need to be vigilant in our own backyards.
North Carolina polls are open for early voting in the primary election, and the rights of unmarried couples are being put to a public referendum.
When people think of social justice in Richmond, it’s hard not to think of Delegate Jennifer McClellan.
With their new power in Richmond, anti-choice politicians thought 2012 was their premier opportunity to railroad these policies into law with little resistance. These lawmakers grossly underestimated the outrage their insidious attacks on women’s health would provoke in Virginia and across the nation. With this spring awakening will come retribution at the polls this fall and in fall 2013.