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America Votes President Joan Fitz-Gerald was a guest on the Mario Solis Marich Show last night to talk about the Wisconsin recall elections and her latest piece in the Huffington Post.
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After primaries for the recall election in Wisconsin were held yesterday, the six true Democrats all prevailed over the "fake" candidates
The Republican Party organized the plan of running "fake Democrats" to push back the general election another month, which will now take place for these six spots on August 9th. There are still three current Democrats who are up for recall under the excuse of them fleeing the state to stop the vote on Gov. Walker's collective bargaining law.
On Monday, the 11th day of the Minnesota government shutdown, the Minneapolis Star Tribune released a list of 138 legislatures who are still being paid while over 22,000 state workers are furloughed. Governor Mark Dayton along with 62 other legislatures have declined their pay until the budget talks are settled and the rest of the government gets back to work. Unfortunately, despite Dayton's efforts to push a compromise, the GOP in Minnesota is not budging from their plans for the budget. Dayton is now instead embarking on a road trip across the state to take "his case for the budget plan directly to the voters."
Yet another state has taken action to impede Planned Parenthood from helping women obtain contraception and education on reproductive matters. In New Hampshire, the state's executive council rejected renewing a contract with Planned Parenthood with a 3-2 vote that will cut $1.8 million in funding.
These cuts have forced Planned Parenthood to start turning away women who can't afford contraception anywhere else, affecting an average of 120 low-income women every day. Cuts like these are just another push in a stream of anti-abortion attacks against the organization which by federal law would not use any government money to fund abortions.
"The Planned Parenthood contract, which accounts for about 20 percent of its annual New Hampshire budget, would have paid for education, distributing contraception, and the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. The organization's abortion practice is paid for by private donations, Trombley said, with audits ensuring no public money is used."
Last year alone in New Hampshire, Planned Parenthood provided contraception for 13,242 patients, performed 6,112 breast exams and 18,858 tests for sexually transmitted diseases. The organization also employs about 80 people in the state of New Hampshire, and with these cuts their jobs may be on the line along with patient care.
After five days of the shutdown in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton is ready to sit down with the GOP in the state legislature to come to a compromise on the budget. During the shutdown, government workers have been furloughed and many programs have come to a halt. In the pending compromise Dayton speaks of, Politico reports that he "sounded resigned to an income tax hike for millionaires not being in the final package, but he said that both sides will need to find ways to increase state revenue."
Meanwhile, while public employees are out of work, Former Minnesota governor and Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty released an ad where he uses the shutdown of the government as a positive event, highlighting "his record of holding the line on spending in a liberal state, contrasting that with the approach of his successor."
Pawlenty appears in the ad to be proud of the $5 billion deficit the state is now struggling with, which will hopefully be remedied soon when more talks on the budget resume.
For the second time in six years, the Minnesota
Government is shutting down due to the inability for Governor Dayton and the
Republican legislature to agree on a budget to deal with the state’s $5 billion
deficit. Public employees will be out of work while the shut down continues,
and have instead flocked to the capitol to hold vigils until there is an
agreement reached. “I will continue — tonight, tomorrow, and however long it takes — to find a fair and
balance compromise,” Dayton said at the end of his speech at last night’s
vigil. “I welcome Republicans to join with me – my door is always open.
On Tuesday this week, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a package of anti-choice bills that, if passed through the Senate, will further infringe on women's rights in Ohio. The most controversial of the three bills is the one referred to as the "Heartbeat Bill," which would make it illegal to have an abortion after there is a detectable heartbeat from the fetus, which can be found as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
One of the other bills instead draws the line for abortions at around 20 weeks or when the fetus is deemed viable outside of the womb. The last bill "excludes abortion coverage from the state insurance exchange created by the federal health care law."
All three of these bills will encroach upon women's rights, but pro-life organizations saw them as a huge victory. However, the "Heartbeat bill" may be considered unconstitutional if enacted and will most likely be taken to court since it likely violates the previous decision of Roe vs. Wade.
Today is the day that Wisconsin's collective bargaining law goes into effect. Right before public employees lose their rights to negotiate benefits and other terms of their employment, Gov. Scott Walker commented in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel saying he should have prepared the public for this law sooner to help ease some of the tensions that have erupted over it.
Walker says, however, that people should have been aware this was coming based on his campaign for governor in 2010. He doesn't see the elimination of collective bargaining rights as a rights issue at all, instead it's just "an expensive entitlement." Walker also doesn't see haw he ever attacked teachers, a group that has come out strong to protest the collective bargaining law, blaming it on them receiving misinformation from union leaders. Now that the law is enacted, recall elections are in motion to replace some of the legislators who voted for it. Read more of Walker's comments in the Journal Sentinel's article.