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Dispatches From The War On Women: Mitt Romney To The Rescue!

Dispatches From The War On Women: Mitt Romney To The Rescue!

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

The war on women is more than just a war on reproductive choice. It’s a war on women’s ability to earn a living and be economically self-sufficient. And one that Republicans are desperately trying to spin in their favor. Just look at Mitt Romney who continues to enlist surrogates in defense of his anti-woman platform. This time Romney hopes to clear up his statements that he’s not so sure women should be paid as much as men and to clear up claims that women’s economic fortunes shrank under the Obama administration. Robin Marty unpacks all this economic hocus-pocus and explains that Romney is right, sort of. But not for the reasons he thinks.

As it turns out, food stamps help keep people out of poverty, which makes them a perfect target for Republican lawmakers.

Economic policy and reproductive health policy go hand-in-hand, as evidenced in Iowa where some Republicans plan to muck up the end of the legislative session with an abortion ban that will not pass and their colleagues are not happy about it.

Need help understanding the complexities of the various 20 week abortion bans sweeping the states? Here’s Robin Marty again to clear it all up.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has shown himself a frontline warrior in the war on women so it makes sense his communications flack would publicly admit to wanting to punch Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the face. Classy.

U.S. Senate Candidate Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), on the other hand, is proving to be a formidable Senate candidate in addition to a dedicated advocate for women. Wisconsin voters, your choices in terms of political parties and support of women’s issues could not be more clear.

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice thinks her party’s stance on immigration is dangerous and misguided which means she is definitely not interested in becoming a vice-presidential contender.

Right after Ashley Judd’s brilliant takedown of body snarking culture, Lada Gaga set off an internet firestorm after tweeting “Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger. #PopStarsDontEat #BornThisWay.”

After yesterdays good news concerning the drop in teen birth rates comes the inevitable disclosure that those states with the highest teen pregnancy rates are the same ones with abstinence-only policies.

The texts from Hillary just get better.

Finally, who needs feminism anyways? We all do.

We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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8:37AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Romney = phony! Is that really waht we want as a president?

4:22PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

I am afraid that I din't quite foloow this story --- too many differnet things mentioned.
What happeened with Ashley JUdd? Who cares what Lady Gaga eats? What does food stamps have to do with women's rights? ( They are so poor families will have enough to eat. ) Why is some nut wanting to punch Hillary Clinton? OH well--- guess I just can't really figure out what the heck some Republicans are thinking.

11:44AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

What about Our convictions are so firm they are in an etch a sketch! or something to that effect.

11:42AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

I have to disagree we don't need feminism we need humanism. I withdrew from the "feminist" movement when we started deciding that certain jobs demeaned women without asking THEM how they felt. A few women decided what was best for everyone. Which in my opinion defeats the purpose of the movement. Many women actually choose to become exotic dancers, prostitutes, centerfolds because it gives them financial rewards not available in other jobs. Homemakers also got lost in the shuffle because a few decided they weren't worthy...well I've worked both inside the home and outside the home and I can tell you working inside the home is much harder. We need to start watching what we say. ALL women deserve the right to choose their careers and all are valuable and needed. After all raising children is the foundation of the worlds future.

11:41AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

I have to disagree we don't need feminism we need humanism. I withdrew from the "feminist" movement when we started deciding that certain jobs demeaned women without asking THEM how they felt. A few women decided what was best for everyone. Which in my opinion defeats the purpose of the movement. any women actually choose to become exotic dancers, prostitutes, centerfolds because it gives them financial rewards not available in other jobs. Homemakers also got lost in the shuffle because a few decided they weren't worthy...well I've worked both inside the home and outside the home and I can tell you working inside the home is much harder. We need to start watching what we say. ALL women deserve the right to choose their careers and all are valuable and needed. After all raising children is the foundation of the worlds future.

11:39AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

I have to disagree we don't need feminism we need humanism. I withdrew from the "feminist" movement when we started deciding that certain jobs demeaned women without asking THEM how they felt. A few women decided what was best for everyone. Which in my opinion defeats the purpose of the movement. any women actually choose to become exotic dancers, prostitutes, centerfolds because it gives them financial rewards not available in other jobs. Homemakers also got lost in the shuffle because a few decided they weren't worthy...well I've worked both inside the home and outside the home and I can tell you working inside the home is much harder. We need to start watching what we say. ALL women deserve the right to choose their careers and all are valuable and needed. After all raising children is the foundation of the worlds future.

4:55AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Well, am not sure if the people have many real rights left. Had always liked the sound of smaller Govt, but it was only talk. Been so long since the left stood for anything, that I forget why I had mainly voted for them. But have regretted my vote for Obama, ever since he picked a good friend of the AIPAC as Chief of Staff.-And that ties into why I like Ron Paul's Foreign Policy.-which boils down to, leading by example.

1:46AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

I had to laugh when I saw the title of this piece and then thought of Mr Etch-a-Sketch himself at the NRA conference where he was suppose to talk. He came out and then called his wife out to speak.
Perhaps the title of the article: Dispatches From The War On Women: Mitt Romney To The Rescue! should read Dispatches From The War On Women: (Mitt - with a strikethrough) Ann Romney To The Rescue!

None the less, I hope it would take more than Ann Rmoney to pull Mr Flip-flop out of the fires of the war on women.

No Republican/Teabagger has the rights of women in view and high on their priority list.

5:10PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Thank you David. My opinion from what they say, and from people I know who are righties is they don't have an open mind. It is the strict Evangelical beliefs they have. They believe that only they know what everyone else should believe. and they must adhere to it or they will go to hell. And women can have no rights if the religious right are against it. So, it mostly boils down to religion.

You are right David, their strict ideology separates them from the rest of society. And they will never bend. We don't try and force our opinions on them, live and let live. We just ask that they keep their religion out of the State. And don't try to make us agree with them. It is hard to reason with someone who has a closed mind.

10:36AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

We can't let up on bringing out the truth and spreading it. The tea party Republicans are bringing out the big guns now. Karl Rove with his millionaire PAC. The Koch Brothers. Dick Armey and hi millionaire PAC. And many more millionaire and billionaire PAC's...those that don't want to pay a dime more in taxes even though they benefit more than most for the privilege to live in this great Country. They did not have their taxes raised to pay for Bush's war. Taxes were raised on the wealthy in every other war. Just the opposite, Bush lowered taxes on himself, his family, and his rich friends and donors. The wealthy did not send their kids to fight the war that they didn't even want to pay for. This is a disgusting scenario.

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Obama + Biden 2012!

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