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Republicans have a big problem with women voters: Republican policies and candidates. Democrats have a different problem: getting women to vote, single women especially. Where married women may narrowly support Republicans, single women vote Democratic by large margins—the problem is, they don't always turn out to vote at all. So while Republicans launch PAC after PAC designed to get women to overlook Republican policies, Democrats are looking to boost turnout among single women by focusing on a broad range of issues:
The party is using advanced data-gathering techniques to identify unmarried women, especially those who have voted in presidential elections but skipped midterms. By mail, online, phone and personal contact, Democrats and their allies are spreading the word about Republicans’ opposition in Washington — and state capitals like Raleigh — to pay equity, minimum wage and college-affordability legislation, abortion and contraception rights, Planned Parenthood and education spending. [...]

Democrats’ model is last year’s victory in the off-year election for Virginia governor. Terry McAuliffe, bolstered by groups like Planned Parenthood, beat a conservative Republican officeholder after Mr. McAuliffe repeatedly informed women about his rival’s record against reproductive rights. In a race decided by just over two percentage points, Mr. McAuliffe won unmarried women voters by 42 points.

This year Democrats modified the McAuliffe model to emphasize pocketbook issues too. While single women generally are socially liberal, “the issues they really care about are economic,” Mr. Greenberg said.

Just about every time Republicans launch one of these ladies-outreach PACs, they say "women don't just care about abortion! that's how we're going to get them," which turns out to be code for "we're going to say we're talking about economic issues when really we just mean 'repeal Obamacare.'" Democrats, on the other hand, actually have more than one thing to talk about, as the plans cited above make clear. And the Supreme Court, as Markos noted Tuesday, helped those efforts with the Hobby Lobby decision, which spans a social issue and a pocketbook one—birth control can be expensive, but unplanned pregnancy is even more so. And both are especially hard to afford when Republicans are blocking a minimum wage increase. And that is why, if Democrats can get the word out about what Republicans are doing and motivate the base, they'll win.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:12 AM PDT.

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  •  Well I'm Really Glad to See Such a Methodical (19+ / 0-)

    and organized effort to motivate the dropoff female demographics. And I hope it's applied broadly across the states, with nearly half the nation coming under governance or at least veto power of the Kochtopus.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:17:17 AM PDT

  •  Important to post - Thank You (11+ / 0-)

    Cause you have this

        There are 53 million unmarried women in the U.S.
        One out of every two women in America is unmarried.

    But their electoral and policy involvement has not kept pace.

        Unmarried women made up 25.2 % of the voting-eligible population but only 23.6% percent of the electorate in 2010.
        39% of unmarried women were not registered to vote in 2010.

  •  Democrats should be making Republican talk (10+ / 0-)

    more, they always put their feet right in it

    "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

    by LaFeminista on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:52:45 AM PDT

  •  "Give Democrats back the House and (8+ / 0-)

    they will accomplish ___ to help the poor and working class."

    If someone could fill in that blank and make it believable I think you'd have a HUGE turnout of women and minority voters.

     "Look at how scary the  Republicans are" doesn't work quite as good as a campaign slogan, and it seems like that's the one the Democrats are running with.

    •  "Nothing." There is Always a Conservative Majority (2+ / 0-)
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      in the senate, regardless of party. That keeps a lid on major accomplishment other than in culture war.

      And until the filibuster is at minimum cut back to a limit of half a dozen or so per year, the Democrats will not positively accomplish anything for the working classes enticing enough for successful turnout motivation. They're limited to containing harm to the working classes.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:07:02 AM PDT

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    •  Reintroduce the ERA (4+ / 0-)
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      hawkseye, Medusa, whl, bull8807

      It is not the private interests of the individual that create lasting fellowship among men, but rather the goals of humanity. ~ The I Ching, 13th Hexagram

      by Blue Intrigue on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:13:59 AM PDT

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    •  we do have a fill in to that blank (3+ / 0-)
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      the higher minimum wage for one, health care access for two

      but you hit on something important when you said "make it believable"

      what the D party needs is spokespeople who will be considered credible and believable by the people we want to reach

      THAT is what we do not have

      all our mouthpieces have been discredited, so we cannot get our message through.

      we already have the facts to fill in your blank.  but who will tell them so they will listen???

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:15:49 AM PDT

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    •  We need a "Contract With America". (5+ / 0-)
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      Magster, bull8807, hbk, Eagles92, kevinbr38

      It worked for the Republicans in 1994.  They were able to take the House because of it.

      We need to pick 5 or 6 no-brainer, wildly popular policies and get huge numbers of our House candidates to sign off on them. They must promise to support them if we get a Majority.

      We would have a huge advantage over the 1994 Republicans because we have the White House as well.

      I would recommend:

      1) Pay equality for women
      2) Minimum wage hike ($14?)
      3) Net Neutrality
      4) Border Security
      5) A tax cut for working people
      6) A tax hike for hedge funds and CEOs
      Also, one of New Gingrich's best tricks was to promise an "up-or-down-vote" on more controversial  issues.  We should promise an up-or-down-vote on:
      7) Immigration Reform
      8) Filibuster reform
      9) Constitutional Amendment to repeal Corporate Personhood
      10) Constitutional "Right-To-Vote" Amendment
      Democrats that don't want to commit to the last four must at least promise not to block a fair vote on them.

      There will be a huge temptation to add to this list. We should resist it. The key is to have issues with broad support, not special interest stuff.

      •  Pelosi did something like that in 2007, upon (1+ / 0-)
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        retaking the majority, called the Hundred Hour Plan: (meaning hours of legislative business), a package of bills for popular reforms that were long overdue .

        Unfortunately the rush to pass the bills interfered with the more fundamental task of educating the public that the D's are for the common people while the R's are for the plutocracy, by communicating the importance of each individual bill.  Any big news item, however trivial, could pull the spotlight off that day's bills, so the D's didn't get the credit they deserved.

        Next time, we need a Hundred Day Plan, passing ONE BILL A WEEK, milking each one for all it is worth.  

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:18:15 AM PDT

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      •  "Contract with _______" (0+ / 0-)

        I like this as a baseline campaign strategy. A lot.

        It can be further personalized depending on the audience. Marketers know that effectively tailoring a message gets results. Dems can and should do this, too:

        "Contract with women"
        "Contract with the working class"
        "Contract with seniors"


        Each campaign has its own very specific talking points -- all of which tie back to the parent campaign of "Contract with YOU."

        You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it. -- M. Gustave

        by Eagles92 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:59:23 AM PDT

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        •  There should be three items under each of those (0+ / 0-)

          Contract with women

          a - era
          b - universal birth control
          c - equal wages

          Contract with the working class

          a - higher taxes on uber-rich directly to deficit reduction
          b - genuine jobs program (aka WPA 2.0)
          c - incentives for companies to create jobs here, tax penalties for companies who outsource at $50,000 per year per job outsourced with funds gathered going to incentives and unemployment

          Contract with seniors

          a - real cost of living increases annually, not the 1.5 % BS b - Medicare currently only covers 80% of costs, so why not raise SSA contribution  by 20% and fully cover medicare?
          c - removal of social security cap on earnings to fully fund social security for posterity.  If you make $1 million a year, you pay $75,000 into ssa fund. Period.

          You reap what you sow. The Republicans sowed the Tea Party. It's harvest time.

          by MarcKyle64 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 05:29:01 PM PDT

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  •  I hope that these efforts will (11+ / 0-)

    include massive registration of new female voters and education about voting by mail.  Single women who are parents have many impediments to getting to the polls on a working day.

    I'm wondering also about adding links to downloadable voter registration forms at websites that single women frequent.  Or links to online registration in states that permit it.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 09:55:20 AM PDT

  •  Democrats need to explicitly (6+ / 0-)

    tailor their message to women, explain why it matters if women vote, and start showing much stronger and clearer support for women's issues.

    It's there if you happen to research and follow politics, but the difference between the two parties is not immediately obvious if you don't - and it should be.

    I occasionally get annoyed at the Democratic Party for taking me and my vote for granted, but they are an order of magnitude better than the Republicans.

  •  Why do women vote republican? (6+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, a2nite, Gooserock, Yonit, whl, hbk

    When I think of women who vote Republican, the first
    Thing that comes to mind is the willful abuse wife who
    Stays in an abusive relationship hoping one day he will change.

    How a women could vote for a party that consistently, pushes and
    Passes bills that are anti-women, it’s as if they have battered wives
    Syndrome, Stockholm syndrome, what has the Republican party
    Done to earn their vote, what can the Republican party promise them,
    Personhood amendment, no votes for equal pay, violence against women
    Act, ending roe wade. I can’t imagine why a women would vote Republican?

    •  Many are not aware of the issues, or their primary (6+ / 0-)
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      Radiowalla, ybruti, The Nose, arlene, whl, bull8807

      political identifier is race/culture.

      "Because I am a river to my people."

      by lordcopper on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:04:27 AM PDT

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      •  Or taxes and having the "unsuccessful," "lazy," (2+ / 0-)
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        etc get a "free ride."

        Or too many undocumented (or as they would say, illegal) immigrants and single moms (having too many children they can't afford to take care of) who they believe take advantage of the system and tax dollars for things like education, free medical care using ERs, food stamps, etc.

        I've seen this with supposedly educated women who are not low info voters.

        Then there are women who do not believe in abortion.

        There are many reasons. Some racially based others not so much.

        It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

        by auapplemac on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 02:04:04 PM PDT

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    •  2010 Because Obamacare Slashing Medicare and (3+ / 0-)
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      taking your doctor away, plus the tea party ran across the country on creating jobs and pulling us out of the recession.

      People do not vote against their interests. They always vote for them.

      If they seem to us to be voting against their interests, either we misunderstand what they think their interests are, or we misunderstand what they think the choices in front of them are.

      --Those, and our side's failure to offer them their perceived interests.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:10:06 AM PDT

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    •  women vote R for the same reasons men vote R (1+ / 0-)
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      some are small business owners who believe the  Rcon anti-regulation angle, or do not want to pay higher wages.

      some are broke and think voting R will reduce their tax burden

      some are single issue forced birth voters

      some vote as they are told by authority figures.

      women vote R for the same reasons men vote R unless someone reaches them with the message that the D party is really looking out for their wider interests

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:17:34 AM PDT

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    •  The Republican women I (6+ / 0-)

      know (I teach tons of them here in Texas) do not, at all, fit your description of "willful abuse." They either like fiscal policy that benefits the upper brackets and don't really care about social issues, or they are devout Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians who don't see policy positions on that side of the spectrum as being "anti-woman."

      You won't believe what this gay dolphin said to a homeless child. First you'll be angry, but then at the 1:34 mark your nose will bleed tears of joy.

      by cardinal on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:48:50 AM PDT

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      •  I am from Texas and I agree. They vote R for (2+ / 0-)
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        mostly economic issues.  They have bought the whole big government equals more taxes or feel they are under attack for being middle class.  

        I also agree to an extent about the "anti-woman" viewpoint but I don't also see it as a necessarily extreme religious view but rather that the most hard core anti choicers I have ever met are 30 to 40 year old married women who have babies and just see abortion as murder from the moment they first saw their first child on an ultrasound or felt them kick or simply because they are now a mother.  

        When they were younger and before having children, I am willing to bet most of them did not have these hard core views and were more willing to believe in the pro choice argument, if not embraced it totally.  So to them it might not be religion or it might be just the fact that as a new mother they change their view on when life starts.

         An argument could be made that maybe newer and better and more frequent ultrasounds (especially 3-d ones) feeds into this idea that fetuses are "little babies" at 12 weeks...just because the camera makes it appears so lifelike.  I mean people frame them and so everyone "their baby" when it is not even able to live on its own if it were born.  I read an article about this awhile back but can't find it now.  The article discussed how technology in prenatal care has made perceptions change in this regard.  

  •  Do they know who is running against Cantor? (2+ / 0-)
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    If now, VA Democrats, don't bother.

    VA dems are NOTORIOUSLY BAD with off-year elections and I have yet to see evidence of improvement.


  •  single woman (8+ / 0-)

    I'm a single woman, but of a certain age, so it's not me you're after.  I have never missed an election.

    Although I use email and the Internet and have many computer office skills, I don't use social media like Facebook, etc.

    Young single women do.  Isn't this the obvious answer? Why are we so worried about reaching them when they check their Facebook page every five minutes.

    Hi! Have you heard the latest Republican outrage? Your congressman, who you may never have heard of, just said.....................  You want a guy like that making laws?  Last date to register to vote is....... Please do it. It's important.  And it will get me off your back - at least until election day
    •  It's Necessary to Both Reach and to Motivate Them. (2+ / 0-)
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      Reaching them via facebook is mechanically easy. However even with that, I doubt the stats show that we're reaching a high fraction of them.

      Their presence on the couch election day proves we aren't motivating them.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:12:11 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly! Great post! (2+ / 0-)
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      The Nose, whl

      We need, all of us, to do a much better job of linking cause and effect.

      Every time there is an outrage against women, it isn't enough to bemoan it and mount a boycott or start a new Facebook page, we need to always link the outrage to empowerment at the polls.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:17:28 AM PDT

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  •  Dems need to launch a massive and coordinated (4+ / 0-)
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    branding campaign to firmly and permanently cement their historical reputation and image as the true party of the average man and woman, based on bread and butter Bryan economic populism and Wilsonian/New Deal progressivism, with a healthy dose of 21st century technological society thinking.

    Whether you're a waitress, factory worker, web designer, taxi driver, small business owner or flight attendant, the Democratic party should be your party. Leave the other one for the backwards-thinking bigots and selfish oligarchs.

    The idea is that regardless of the specific candidate and election year, average people should automatically associate the Democratic candidate with their own concerns and interests, and the Republican one with those of crazy extremists and out of touch elitists, and vote accordingly. Yes, even in the south.

    It's time for the country to come home again.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:11:38 AM PDT

  •  Hobby Lobby wants young women with Barbie bottoms (1+ / 0-)
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    Child forgotten in car? -- Use open source E-Z Baby Saver -- Andrew Pelham, 11yo inventor E-Z Baby Saver

    by 88kathy on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:12:39 AM PDT

  •  Don't overlook women of a 'certain age' (4+ / 0-)

    Many of us were kids before Roe and when contraceptive information was censored out.  We saw the angry dads and crying moms and somehow got the message that is was the fault of us kids.  The reality of the '50's was waaay different than what the politicians are nostalgic for.  We don't want to go back there.

    Many of us are divorced or widowed and don't have to answer to some wingnut husband or preacher.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:12:50 AM PDT

    •  The 50s were the pinnacle of the double standard. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sluts open their legs - Studs score a goal.

      Child forgotten in car? -- Use open source E-Z Baby Saver -- Andrew Pelham, 11yo inventor E-Z Baby Saver

      by 88kathy on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:16:42 AM PDT

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      •  When the goal turned into a kid (1+ / 0-)
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        He and the mom got married in their teens or she "went away" and gave the baby up for adoption.  There were very few teen single moms who didn't move away to escape the stigma.

        Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

        by arlene on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 01:54:23 PM PDT

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      •  Don't know whether that has really changed that (0+ / 0-)

        much. Still a stigma on women who are very sexually active with many men. And as the old saying goes, (some) guys will be guys. Just look at the rate of date rape and college rape.

        It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

        by auapplemac on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 02:13:00 PM PDT

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  •  I'm going to vote. (4+ / 0-)

    VT is very safe Dem country. But its very important that the "silent majority" speaks up. Very important, indeed.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:15:52 AM PDT

  •  I put this on another post... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...but this is the more appropriate location.  Please forgive the 2x post.  

    Please steal and share widely

  •  how do we really know how someone votes? (1+ / 0-)
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    I really do not believe that the majority of married women vote for republicans. Most of  the volunteers for Democrats  and Obama were women over 50.

    Why is it young voters do not get how important those who are elected to congress affect their lives?

  •  There are a dozen problems with the women's vote (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm going to focus on 3 of them, following, in my locale.

    1. Most of the "functionaries" of the county Democratic party are women (of widely varying ages), but most of the candidates, at all levels, are men. It's easy to see why this appears out of whack to potential women voters.

    2. The party apparatus is focused to work from the bottom up and, as Tip O'Neill put it, "All politics is local." At the very most local levels, polling indicates that women voters are not interested in the "popular" topics of Democratic politics. Democratic politicos blather about corporate tax rates and building stadiums, ignoring that the women who are not registered to vote want to know why their kids are in a class with 34 others.

    3. We have a "vaginasaurus" in the House of Representatives and apolitical or non-political women seem to believe that she's OK--even though her work and votes are pure lockstep GOoPer politics, totally opposed to women's issues. This is abetted because the media do not report how politicians vote and hardly anyone ever looks that up.

    We're all just working for Pharaoh.

    by whl on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:04:47 AM PDT

  •  Is the better strategy (1+ / 0-)
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    To attempt to raise the turnout rate of single women relative to other groups or to raise the turnout rate of everyone, with single women not improving more than other groups?

  •  i have little (0+ / 0-)

    to no confidence that all those that need to vote in this years elections will actually participate, maybe if their rights are completely eradicated they might take the time to keep the nation moving forward but that's not likely.

  •  I think, most times it's a Republican belief (1+ / 0-)
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    that women are not meant to enjoy sex just for the sake of sex. It is foreign to their thinking. Any comment section, no matter where the news feed comes from, will contain hundreds of responses that "the ladies just want to have their fun with no consequences" and multiple thumbs-ups. I don't believe they think that consciously, it's just inbred. Kind of like the gay marriage issue - they can claim until the cows come home that it's against god's law, but it is always ALWAYS the ick factor.

    I don't know if Ghandi actually said "I love your Christ, but I don't like your Christians", but I'm gonna keep attributing it to him. If he didn't actually say it, he was probably thinking it.

    by pearlsarefuzzy on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:16:12 AM PDT

  •  I was thinking of voting twice this November (0+ / 0-)

    until I realized that can only happen inside the right wing bubble. It's almost futile here in outstate Michigan though. The Democrats don't even bother mailing campaign literature because it's a losing cause. Once in a great while they may put up a lawn sign. I reside within Dave Camp's district and he always wins with a large plurality.

    I don't know if Ghandi actually said "I love your Christ, but I don't like your Christians", but I'm gonna keep attributing it to him. If he didn't actually say it, he was probably thinking it.

    by pearlsarefuzzy on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:23:44 AM PDT

  •  Run Ads about Birth Control (1+ / 0-)
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    The Democrats should be running ads that say that there is a simple choice this year: Should your boss control your access to birth control, or should you? If Republicans win control of the Senate more judges like Roberts and Alito could be appointed.

  •  Married women need BC just as much as single. (1+ / 0-)
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    Even republican women use BC.  Without BC, most of all the women would have 7 to 12 kids like my 95y mother's time.  The rest are the sterile.
    BC allows a woman of modern times immersed in population pressure and scarce resources to control her reproduction as she attempts to optimize and secure her own survival first and then build surplus for offspring.
    A married woman has to work as much as her spouse to afford security and resources even combining her resources with her spouse. Wages are too depressed for a single and even a double income to support modern families.  
    Although, a higher number of married women are brainwashed to vote against their own interests, on this particular matter of access to BC, almost all married women uses it to time her reproduction.
    The women's power and numbers that require recruitment are the uneducated, unconscious uterine churning slaves that comprise most of the women in the world.  This control and stunting of women is so prevalent worldwide that there is constant pressure even in secular societies to undermine women at every turn.  Women undermine themselves and each other.
    Marital status is at the mercy of fate and whim and even though married women feel entitled and self-satisfied by virtue of their status, the wise women know that BC plays an important role in keeping her family healthy and prosperous.
    We need to have a cultural passing of reproductive knowledge from older to younger women or our daughters will be fated to slavery and stunting.

    •  I agree.... (1+ / 0-)
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      The culture of sin and enslavement to having babies is so ingrained women are many times their own 2nd worst enemy.
      That said, I think even those women may be getting nervous about lack of economic opportunity in their daughter's lives.

      ANYONE who doesn't vote in this mid-term may find themselves in an irrevocable theocratic,corporate police state.
      I believe this election will make or break our society.

      I understand the drama of the presidential elections, but by the time a candidate ahs been vetted by the PTB, they really are just puppets now

      Libera Nos A Malo

      by Medusa on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 03:42:19 PM PDT

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