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Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel, of Komen Foundation scandal fame, does not support the Paycheck Fairness Act. She really doesn't support it—and in making clear just how strongly she rejects the idea that the government should promote equal pay, she implies that she'd throw a whole lot of existing laws out the window, too.
LEBER: I wanted to get your views on the Paycheck Fairness Act that Congress has considered and whether it is necessary or an important priority for the government to be involved in?

HANDEL: The federal government has absolutely no business being involved in mandating salary and wages in the private sector. None whatsoever.​

"None whatsoever." That's a sweeping statement that opens up a lot of new questions. As Rebecca Leber points out at ThinkProgress, the minimum wage is the federal government mandating salary and wages in the private sector, so Handel's "none whatsoever" suggests she'd get rid of the minimum wage altogether. And not just that. The Paycheck Fairness Act is intended to update and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963, yet another federal law that mandates something about salary and wages in the private sector—specifically, that employers can't discriminate on the basis of sex.

Since Handel's reasoning for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act would apply to these existing laws, she should be forced to go on the record about them. She's on the record opposing a minimum wage increase, but does she think it should be abolished altogether? Does she think it should be legal for employers to discriminate against women? If she doesn't think the minimum wage and Equal Pay Act of 1963 should be abolished, then her reason for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act isn't really that she thinks the federal government has "absolutely no business being involved in mandating salary and wages in the private sector," now is it? So Georgia voters really deserve to know which it is: Does Karen Handel think two popular laws (54 percent of Georgia voters support a $10 minimum wage) should be repealed? And if not, what's her real reason for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act?

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue May 13, 2014 at 08:14 AM PDT.

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  •  Karen Handel has opposed women's equal (1+ / 0-)
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    treatment under the law for as long as I have known about her.

    She's another Phyllis Schlafly, for whatever reason.

    That is why Ari Fleischer recommended her to the Susan G Komen Foundation when that board wanted to stop funding Planned Parenthood. Handel was the perfect person to spin it for them.

    Her ideology meshed exactly with what theirs had been for years - make lots of money by pretending to espouse a popular cause,and push RW politics and policies in the back room, thus gaining political power and the resulting political donations and support of any who think only of themselves.

    None of those players have changed in any way.

  •  Well, it's Georgia (1+ / 0-)
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    HANDEL: The federal government has absolutely no business being involved in mandating salary and wages in the private sector. None whatsoever.​
    What about no wages.... does no wages work?

    We've been there before.  Slavery was not just chattel slavery, but also indentured servitude and debt bondage. If you remove the federal government from any regulation of the relationship between employer or employee, what's to stop the return of these practices?  

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Tue May 13, 2014 at 11:29:44 AM PDT

  •  Democrat or Republican? (3+ / 0-)
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    drmah, commonmass, cai

    Have primaries in Georgia been held yet? When?

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:33:40 PM PDT

    •  Primaries..... (2+ / 0-)
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      There has not been 1 televised debate between the 5 or 6 repubs running for the senate seat.  Most run TV ads and the election is 5/20/14.  I suspect there will be a runoff election between the top 2 vote getters and the winner will face Nunn.

  •  better headline: (2+ / 0-)
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    artmartin, commonmass

    No Surprise, Karen Handel Opposes Minimum Wage and Equal Pay Act.

    see, it's easy.

    every adult is responsible for every child

    by ridemybike on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:36:31 PM PDT

  •  Do you even need to ask the question? (5+ / 0-)
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    artmartin, commonmass, cai, SherriG, hoof32

    Of course she opposes the Minimum Wage and Equal Pay Act.  She's a Republican.

    She was responsible for leaving the Susan G. Koman foundation and the Race for the Cure in shambles.  That brand will never be the same again after she trashed it.

    God knows what she would do, if elected to public office where she could do some serious damage.

  •  Back to slavery!! nt (3+ / 0-)
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    drmah, commonmass, cai
  •  And here she is running for a job where her (5+ / 0-)
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    artmartin, drmah, commonmass, Zwenkau, SherriG

    salary will be equal to her male counterparts.  Interesting.  The hypocrite.  When are the other 50% of us going to realize republicans really are selfish, cruel, liars, worthless to everyone but the 1% and themselves?  What a freaking joke they've become; and unfortunately at our expense.

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:39:00 PM PDT

  •  I can't believe anyone is backing her. She ruined (4+ / 0-)
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    a brand, lost the last time she ran (and I believe spent most of her funding bringing in Palin to speak) and she is the poster child of women beating up on other women.  It's breathtaking to watch.

  •  Handel really seems to be (3+ / 0-)
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    a despicable person.  What she did with the Susan G Komen foundation was just horrific and a window to her soul.  Nothing in this article surprises me.  

  •  Technically, her statement also means that it (4+ / 0-)
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    would be OK with her for a business to pay minority workers less than white workers.

    Also, her statement means no overtime pay, either.

    Yet the majority of Republicans will still vote for her, even though many of them would be hurt if her ideas were put into effect.  No doubt they'd believe it was the fault of Obamacare and Benghazi.

  •  Another ding-a-ling from the Twilight Zone (2+ / 0-)
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    drmah, commonmass

    Fox News should hire her when she fails to get elected.

  •  I wonder why people like her are even interested (0+ / 0-)

    in serving in government, because they hate it so much.

    People like her should put their Koch money where their mouths are, take off her shoes, and stay barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.


    by commonmass on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:54:53 PM PDT

  •  Wow! Pro-slavery. (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm sure that's popular with Repiblicans in Georgia.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard

    by illinifan17 on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:57:11 PM PDT

  •  Handel polls the worst against Nunn . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, The Geogre

    . . . and neutralizes the 'I'll never vote for a woman' vote.  Shouldn't we be propping her up?

    If you don't stop lying about me, I'm going to have to start telling the truth about you. Barack Obama

    by dbratl on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:58:19 PM PDT

  •  No overtime laws, too. (Why she has support-> (0+ / 0-)

    Handel's ground support comes from two places: the North Georgia Republican machine that goes through the Georgia State House, and the Southern Baptist Churches.

    When it comes to the evangelical and SBC vote, all of the GOP candidates can claim it -- it has been the deciding factor for Jack Kingston in the past, and it's the base for Broun, who was featured on the cover of The Christian Index under the headline of "model Christian statesman" in 2009 or so. Gingrey pulls evangelical voters, too, but he lost out to Broun for the extreme side.

    This leaves two old political machines running against one another. The South Georgia machine was formerly Democratic, and, if you go back a bit, it was the structure of agriculture and defense that kept the Talmadges going. It nearly disappeared but reemerged as Kingston's ground operation. State politics are generally dominated by a 1980's era North Georgia machine that runs its business through the state capitol and the state speaker.

    That machine is very, very, very wealthy, and it is very nasty and dumb. In this race, Handel has it behind her, and she has well trodden pathways to the mailboxes of ground soldiers in the north. She came up through state offices, and there is a lot of organization there.

    Thus, it's Perdue, and then it's N. GA vs. S. GA GOP ground machines.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Thu May 15, 2014 at 07:45:36 PM PDT

  •  I think she's already shown her true colors (2+ / 0-)
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    and inability to govern, based on how hard she trashed the Komen Foundation.

    America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

    by dagnome on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:19:46 PM PDT

  •  Make this pay off in voting numbers. Handel should (0+ / 0-)

    get 2/3 less votes than her male opponent.

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