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  •  Vinehout is far from (0+ / 0-)

    being more progressive than Burke. Not sure about the idea of nominating an anti-choice Dem when Walker's been such a big warrior against women

    •  Vinehout is not anti-choice. (5+ / 0-)

      Read her positions.

    •  You are misrepresenting Vinehout's position. I (7+ / 0-)

      researched her stance on the right to choose because of comments like yours.  This is the link to Vinehout's site:
      http://kathleenvinehout.org/...

      Vinehout did vote for a bill that allowed pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control based on religious or moral objections; she explains that vote as a matter of respect for the conscience clause in the state Constitution. I disagree with that vote because I see wider social issues involved with conscience clauses and the proverbial slippery slope; however, it is incorrect to say that because of that vote, Vinehout is "anti-choice."

      Before Senate Rebublicans cut off debate and Senate President Mile Ellis broke his gavel shouting down Democratic opposition as he forced a vote on a mandatory ultr-sound bill, Vinehout was the only Democrat who had a chance to speak.  Speaking in opposition to the bill, Vinehout shared that she had struggled with the results of being sexually assaulted as a teenager; she asked "...if we truly want to make abortion rare, Mr. President, why are we defunding Planned Parenthood?”

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 02:26:21 PM PST

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      •  This is true- Vinehout is good on choice (4+ / 0-)

          I encourage you to read this article that came out last week talking about Vinehout and reproductive rights. It shows that there's not really much difference between her and Burke on the issue, and Vinehout will be a lot more outspoken about being in favor of those rights. Don't fall for what seems to be a dishonest whisper campaign from operatives.

          I agree that Vinehout needs to get in NOW, because of articles like this one that imply Burke is the only one that'll be running against Walker, but let's also play fair, shall we? It does us no good to act like Baggers and slam our fellow Dems. Primaries are good, and debating what we stand for is good, but childish "win at all costs" tactics is not.

        •  Vinehout should be making a decision soon. (1+ / 0-)
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          I hope to write about this in the next couple of days. Kathleen's been laid up since her accident a month ago. Her arm is a real mess, required 8 hours of surgery, & she's been home-bound.

          I'm hearing that she should be announcing a decision soon on whether she thinks she can mount a successful campaign for governor.

      •  A crucial addition to your explanation (4+ / 0-)

        Kathleen Vinehout did support the conscience clause for pharmacists, but that applies only to individuals. The pharmacy (a business entity) is still required to fill any prescription presented by a customer. Thus the business has the legal obligation to make sure there is a qualified person available at all times to take care of dispensing birth control. I see nothing wrong with this compromise. Sen. Vinehout's position was that forcing individuals to go against conscience would violate the Wisconsin constitution's protection in that regard and conflict with prior court precedents from other states. Better to get women's right to birth control established immediately than to delay the law's effect because of legal challenges.

        As far as abortion, she has spoken about it from her personal perspective: how she helped friends seeking abortions get past clinic demonstrators and how her sister came close to dying from a botched abortion. Kathleen Vinehout is not anti-choice.

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