The closer we get to the presidential election, the more we are going to hear about a particular group of voters: moderate, independent women. That’s not good news for Republicans. Their relentless assault on working families has taken its toll. These voters describe themselves as “too busy” to pay attention to the day-to-day of politics and are entering this election angry about attacks on contraception, a failure to support equal pay, and an insistence on cutting domestic spending under the Ryan plan to support tax cuts for the rich. As they should be. Because these are issues that impact every family in America, which reinforces the point that economic issues are women’s issues and women’s issues are economic issues.
Also, as the election nears expect the crazy, paranoid and depressed messaging to amplify.
Since Eric Holder took over at the Department of Justice, prosecution of FACE Act crimes has increased significantly and the division of civil rights enforcement is finally functioning again. So naturally conservatives hate him.
Michigan’s horrible omnibus anti-abortion bill appears to have a life of its own.
Producers of the Tomb Raider video game decided to reboot the game to include a scene where heroine Lara Croft gets sexually assaulted and Sarah Vrba offers this really smart take on it all.
This is just tragic: people shouldn’t be denied lifesaving care because they have a disability.
This edition is heavier on the good news than most, and given the stories above a trend I can get behind. For starters, Ron Barber, former aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) handily won the race to replace Giffords Tuesday.
Then, a hearty congratulations to Ms. Magazine on 40 successful years in print. Thank you for your existence. Now more than ever feminist print is a necessity.
Here’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marking pride month.
Finally, there might be nothing cooler than Sister Simone Campbell, one of the sisters going on tour to protest the Vatican’s anti-woman agenda, on the Colbert Report.
Photo from david_shankbone via flickr.