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JL
- 618 days ago - action.democraticgovernors.org
Ken Cuccinelli - currently serving as Virginia's top law enforcement officer - encouraged opponents of affordable contraception to "go to jail" rather than accept President Obama's common-sense requirement that employers offer contraception coverage to t



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JL A. (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:04 am
Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli thinks giving women access to affordable contraception is “tyranny.” That’s what he just told an Iowa radio host.

Cuccinelli – currently serving as Virginia’s top law enforcement officer – encouraged opponents of affordable contraception to “go to jail” rather than accept President Obama’s common-sense requirement that employers offer contraception coverage to their employees.

Cuccinelli’s comments are outrageous, but unfortunately they are par for the course from a Virginia Republican Party hell-bent on limiting women’s rights.

Take a stand with us right now and tell Ken Cuccinelli: keep your hands off of women’s reproductive rights.

If we let Republicans trample women’s rights in Virginia, you can bet they’re going to bring their playbook to other states across the country. We have to take a stand and let them know that we won’t tolerate these right-wing attacks. And we have to do it now, before this extremism spreads to other states.

If Cuccinelli gets elected governor this year, he’ll get to work on Day One implementing his far-right social agenda. That means he’ll do everything in his power to stop President Obama’s health care law, even if it means denying women common-sense protections like access to affordable contraception.

Join us in sending a message to Ken Cuccinelli: we won’t allow him to put his extreme social agenda ahead of what’s right.

Thanks for joining this fight with us. We can’t do it without you.

Sincerely,

Lis Smith
Democratic Governors Association
 

Sue H. (7)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:23 am
Noted and So Signed, thanks.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:28 am
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Joe R. (189)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:31 am
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:45 am
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Jim Phillips (3209)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:57 pm
Petition already signed.

Virginia must not allow this lunatic to become governor of the state of Virginia in their next state election.

Ty, JL.
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Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:58 pm
Thanks J.L. Signed. Think Mr. Cuccinelli spelled the 7 letter word ( though verbally) describing affordable contraception ("tyranny") wrong. The correct spelling is "Freedom"! Males who think and act as he does are terrified of freedoms for females. The potential loss of control and domination (tyranny) over females are changes that do terrify men - and some women. Out Mr. Cuccinelli, and all his cohorts, where ever they are.

 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:03 pm
Marvelous way of explaining the problem Lin! You cannot currently send a star to Lin because you have done so within the last week.
 

Lisa Neste (699)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:37 pm
Thank you for standing with the DGA against Ken Cuccinelli's extremism.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:43 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lisa because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 4:57 pm

Signed and shared. Texas just decided to pull all funding for Planned Parenthood. No this has nothing to do with abortions, this is about health care for the poor. No more Mammograms, Pap-smears, yearly wellness check ups. Nada - nothing. I really don't understand when one of the wealthiest states, pays the lowest incomes and will not support even basic health care.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:02 pm
Have Texas politicians consumed more mercury than most? You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Thomas P. (468)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:05 pm
Noted. As not only an officer of the court but a government employee, one could make the case for Ken Cuccinelli being disbarred and fired for encouraging people to break the law. He is nothing more than a political hack.
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:07 pm
Noted and signed.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:11 pm
In CA anyone affected by a lawyer's code of conduct can file a complaint with the bar association--but even lawyers believe action on complaints and sanctions take too long. Does anyone know about VA's system? Excellent thoughts Thomas. You cannot currently send a star to Thomas because you have done so within the last week.
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Terry V. (30)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:22 pm
S&N THANKS!
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:38 pm
You are welcome Terry! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
 

kathleen benbow (3)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:10 pm
Noted and signed. How does this jerk get off taking away a hard-earned right for a woman? Doesn't he realize that contraception reduces the number of children on public aid? And where does his wife/daughter/niece/sister/other woman in his life feel about this?
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:14 pm
Thank you for standing with the DGA against Ken Cuccinelli's extremism.
thanks J L
 

Christine Stewart (131)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 7:40 pm
signed.
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 9:04 pm
I signed and actually donated the 5 bucks even though I live in California. Virginia is a state that borders on an all Republican Government. I can afford to help a bit to at least give women contraception in their health plan.

That this is not covered in their health plan(women), but eredtile dysfunction(men) is, is absolutely ridiculous to begin with. Women shouldn't have to still be fighting for equal rights.
 

Gloria picchetti (291)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:57 am
Signed.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 7:02 am
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Kathleen R. (138)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:20 pm
signed & noted
 

Hugo L. (267)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 1:57 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks J.L.!
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:56 pm
Gladly signed & noted. Thanks, J.L. Cuccinelli must have mush for brains....contraception is what lowers the abortion rate. Seems like those crazy old GOP Christian Taliban wants to take women back to the 19th century!
 

Esther Z. (101)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:58 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Sheila D. (25)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:05 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks J.L.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:29 pm
Green stars given where I could, but unfortunately: You cannot currently send a star to Esther because you have done so within the last week.
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:17 pm
Thank you for standing with the DGA against Ken Cuccinelli's extremism.

Gladly signed. Thanks so much!
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:19 pm
You are welcome Robert. You cannot currently send a star to Robert because you have done so within the last week.
 

tiffany t. (148)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:48 pm
signed
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 7:32 pm
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Edith B. (141)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 9:52 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 11:10 pm
Noted and signed thanks
 

Ludger W. (72)
Monday January 14, 2013, 1:07 am
done
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (274)
Monday January 14, 2013, 3:03 am
Signed JLA THNANKS
 

Mike M. (53)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:55 am
N&S Ken Cuccinelli needs to be dealt with publicly and then sent back to the " I am a little wiener school"
 

Cheriann P. (17)
Monday January 14, 2013, 8:40 am
Noted, can't sign. L♥ve ☮ Peace.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday January 14, 2013, 9:42 am
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Thanks for trying Cheriann.
 

Jim Phillips (3209)
Monday January 14, 2013, 12:40 pm
Just how bad this "lunatic" is, read the latest story from Alternet: LINK:

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/virginias-attorney-general-says-its-okay-break-law-jesus

News & Politics
Daily Kos / By Kalli Joy Gray
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Virginia's Attorney General Says It's Okay to Break the Law for Jesus
Jesus-endorsed crimes?
January 13, 2013 |


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Let's say, just hypothetically, you are the attorney general for the commonwealth of Virginia. So it's sort of your job to uphold and enforce the law, even the laws you don't like, because that's part of the job. You know what isn't part of the job? Advising people to break the law you've sworn to uphold.

While that might seem obvious, apparently it isn't so obvious to a certain attorney general and wannabe governor whose name is Ken Cuccinelli. (As is so often necessary when discussing Republicans, please note this is not from The Onion.)

Cuccinelli recounted an exchange with his own bishop in which he counseled the cleric to embrace civil disobedience: “My local bishop said, ‘Well, you know I told a group I’m ready to go to jail.’ And I said, ‘Bishop, don’t take this personally: You need to go to jail.’”

Lest you think Cuccinelli and his bishop were casually discussing breaking the law in a righteous battle for some greater good, you can stop that right now. Because the greater good for which these two fine Catholics think law-breaking is worthwhile is, of course, the fight to stop women from having access to basic health care because Abraham Lincoln had some good quotes about stuff and also religious liberty:

“You know, Abraham Lincoln has many good quotes, but one of them is ‘the best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it vigorously.’ And here we’re going to have an example of what tyranny means when it’s played to its logical conclusion,” Cuccinelli said. “Because forcing business owners and businesses to do this is not consistent with our history of preserving religious liberty, one of the most important protections we have in this country.”

If you're scratching your head trying to figure out how encouraging civil disobedience is actually a form of "vigorously" enforcing the law, don't bother. It doesn't make sense, and it isn't supposed to. We're talking about Republicans, after all, and they never let a little thing, like not making a goddamned bit of sense, stop them.

For almost a year, wingnuts and Catholic bishops (and yes, in the Venn diagram, that's basically just one big circle) have been whining and stamping their feet and reciting their favorite old timey quotes because it makes them super sad to think about women having basic health care. This has not actually persuaded anyone that women having health care is a bad thing. Quite the opposite, as demonstrated by about a bazillion polls on the issue. Not like that ever stops them.

So Cuccinelli, in his run for governor, is definitely doing his best to appeal to the wingnuttiest wingnuts in his base, and damnit, he'll even advise breaking the law—contrary to, you know, his current job description—to prove that he's just the guy for them.

You can listen to the audio here. You know, if you can stomach it.

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JL A. (275)
Monday January 14, 2013, 12:55 pm
Thanks Jim. It is especially frightening and sad when AGs do not honor their oaths of office and encourage people to ignore and violate the law. Seems it should be grounds for removal from office (it is per CA's constitution). You cannot currently send a star to Jim because you have done so within the last week.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 7:49 am
Signed
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 9:18 am
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