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  • Tuesday was a big win for liberal issues and conservative politicians. If you need to read that sentence again, feel free to; it can take a while to sink in. The GOP maintained its control of the House, gained the majority in the Senate, and will soon be picking out drapes to hang in numerous governor mansions around the country, but the GOP lost big on a wide range of subjects. 1.
  • For the 2014 midterm elections, the GOP has some truly scary candidates with extreme views on women's rights, the climate, and how our government should function. Some of them proudly tout their extreme beliefs while others hide behind them, but all of them would take us a step backward should they be elected.
  • What will it take to oust Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the upcoming mid-term election? In short, female voter turnout. Because, you see, there's a gender divide on the two running candidates when it comes to the polling, and its significant.
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  • The Republican Leadership in Congress needs an intervention. There's just no other way to put it. How can a party who proclaims they want to open up their tent and be more welcoming to people who aren't old, white men not foresee the terrible optics of ignoring the 50th Anniversary of one of the worst racial injustices in modern history? I get it.
  • We have seen this story play out in countless midterm elections before. Members of the party the President belongs to run as far away from him as possible and members of the opposition try to tie members of the President's party to him at every turn.
  • What is it about a United States citizen exercising their greatest Constitutionally mandated right that scares so many Republicans? It's a question that should bother everyone on both sides of the aisle because voting is not a Republican or Democratic right, but is a right for every legal citizen in this country.
  • Six million disenfranchised citizens; voter identification laws that disproportionally affect minorities and the poor; moving polling stations, reducing early voting days, and canceling Sunday voting altogether. Welcome to the Jim Crow of the 21st Century. It's less sexy than the racist laws of the 20th Century, but it's just as dangerous.
  • Quick question, and answer with your gut, which political party in this country is the party of liberty? The Republicans, or the Democrats? Which is the party of freedom? The party of equality? Which is the party of compassion, or common sense? Now hold those answers in head, and let me ask a few more and see if by the time you read all of this, you still feel the same: What have
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  • Oklahoma state Senator Joseph Silk authored a bill that says a person commits first degree murder when that person performs an abortion. Senate leadership told silk that his bill goes too far.
  • Senator David Vitter's former mistress has publicly accused him of pressuring her to get an abortion after he found out she was carrying his child. Wendy Ellis, the anti-abortion Senator's former mistress, said in a recent interview that the sitting Senator first denied that he was the child's father, but then pressured her to get an abortion after she convinced him that the baby was in fact his. Ms. Ellis passed a polygraph exam when the story of Vitter's alleged affair first broke back in 2007 and the polygraph expert confirmed her story appears to be legit. Senator Vitter refused to take the polygraph exam, but later admitted to committing a “serious sin” back in 2007. The baby was put up for adoption immediately after birth and Ms.
  • Children in Albuquerque, New Mexico were thrust into a heated abortion debate after someone attached anti-choice cards to the candy they passed out. The cards read “I am not a clump of cells,” “I am a human being,” and “53 million killed.” No one has claimed responsibility for the ads, but the timing of the ads are suspect because the city is holding a vote on November 19th to become the first city to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
  • After silencing State Senator Wendy Davis for breaking strict filibuster rules, Texas Republicans claimed they passed their restrictive abortion bill before its midnight deadline. The only problem is that the official clock in the gallery showed that it was clearly passed midnight. After a few hours of confusion, it was eventually ruled that the vote was taken past midnight and was invalidated.
  • Akin is a longtime pro-life activist and former member of the board of Missouri Right to Life. He was arrested for trespass at least eight times between 1985 and 1988 while demonstrating against abortion in front of abortion clinics in Illinois and Missouri. He has said the protests were peaceful and he would not apologize for standing up for his beliefs. At the time of the arrests, he was using the name "William Akin"; after that period, when he ran for political office, it was as "Todd Akin".

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