We’ll get to Paul Ryan’s weird and somewhat disturbing TwitPic in a bit on today’s political news roundup. But first:
Wendy Davis cemented her position as Democratic women’s new hero by appearing on three Sunday morning talk shows. She says Perry likes his government big and intrusive when it comes to women’s bodies.
Join the @MOMocrats in dissing Perry for trying to eliminate reproductive health care for all Texas women. Wendy Davis and repro rights activists handed Perry a big loss last week. Let’s smack them down again! Sign the MOMocrats petition and flood Governor Perry’s social media channels. Tell #TXlege: don’t mess with Texas women!
Maybe Texas women who value their reproductive rights should go all Lysistrata on their partners who support the conservative majority.
Other Fronts in the War on Women
Ohio’s new budget slashes funding for Planned Parenthood, but not bogus “crisis pregnancy centers. Slate’s Amanda Marcotte charges that it simultaneously makes it harder to prevent a pregnancy, harder to terminate one and harder for a single mother to keep her baby once it’s been born. And the new rules could wind up de-funding rape crisis centers, too.
If 20 years of sexist attacks don’t do the trick, try ageism instead: The playbook against a Hillary Clinton candidacy.
Former VP Al Gore liked President Obama’s recent climate/energy speech. MoJo points out key ways it could be even better.
Bread and Butter Issues
I don’t know about you, but I do not resent food stamp recipients using their allotment to buy a cake for a child’s birthday or the stuff for a Christmas dinner. But a lot of other people do.
If at first you can’t repeal a health care law, try to ensure the public never learns the law’s benefits. When HHS asked the nation’s sports leagues to participate in a public awareness campaign about the benefits of Obamacare, the Senate GOP sent them a letter telling them it would ruin their reputations. AND THE NFL HAS HEEDED THE GOP’s WARNING. No word yet on the NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA or NASCAR.
Why are some lefty immigration reform advocates angry about the latest version of the immigration bill? Is it because people waiting for years for family reunification reasons get their whole wait time wiped out under proposed new rules?
More Fall-out from SCOTUS
According to The Hill, the Democratic caucus isn’t wasting time on creating on a new formula for section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. They began work on it over the weekend and they’ve reached out to some interesting allies on the Republican side of the aisle: would you believe Eric Cantor?
While we were watching the news of happy couples getting married in San Francisco, the end of DOMA has also enabled a gay, married immigrant to obtain a green card.
In the meantime, Paul Ryan tweeted this:
Which prompted a whole lot of THIS:
(Please accept our apologies for the multiple images of Paul Ryan kissing that fish. It’s now burned in our brains…)
First gay marriage, then… — Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 1, 2013
Given the chance I vote for the fish. — lolaz (@lazlothebuzz) July 1, 2013
This must be the slippery slope they talk about that comes with legalizing gay marriage. — Bart Smith (@bart_smith) July 1, 2013
Tony Perkins warned us this would come next Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) July 1, 2013
Do u people see now what happens when u legalize gay marriage?!? — Troll Cat (@2p2TrollCat) July 1, 2013
More affectionate than Mitt. — Conor Yunits (@conoryunits) July 1, 2013
This is not the first time Paul Ryan has been associated with fishes, as you can see from this tweet from last year:
Give a Paul Ryan a fish and he’ll think he learned how to fish. Teach him to fish and he’ll call you socialist. — LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 28, 2012