Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Have you heard.....

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Josh Mandel, is still more than 90 days late in filing his financial disclosure, as required by law.

* A new Public Policy Poll shows that U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH-Dem) has a substantial lead over all of the declared and undeclared Republican challengers.

* NJ Gov. Chris Christie is showing little respect for women, especially rape victims.

In March, the New Jersey State Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to prevent sexual assault survivors from being charged for the rape kits used to collect forensic evidence.  The Assembly passed the measure in June. Months later, however, the bill remains “under review” on Governor Chris Christie’s desk prompting many advocates to ask what is taking him so long and some to start a petition demanding he take action. 

Under federal law, health care providers must be reimbursed for the cost of these exams and the collection of evidence. They are supposed to look to government agencies for that coverage but bills are often sent to the assault survivor "due to administrative errors or attempts to get payment from a victim's insurance company.”

.....Though it’s clear from his record (which includes “using a line-item veto to block funding in the state budget for clinics that provide family-planning services”) that woman’s rights and reproductive health are not a high priority for the Governor, it really is hard to understand why he’s dragging his feet on this bill.

Chris Christie is nothing but a bully.

****  Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the Republican governor who called a police officer an idiot while giving a speech in front of several hundred state employees, is now begging public employees (teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers, state employees) to negotiate with him and pull Issue 2 off the ballot.  I'm hoping that no one will negotiate with him.  He disrespected all of us and has attempted to take away civil rights from working people in the state.  All at once, he wants to negotiate???? 

Vote NO on Issue 2.