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Men (Old and Young) Will Not Tell Women What To Do With Their Bodies

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Yesterday in Butte, former Governor Schweitzer asked a question that has stuck with me. He asked a group of supporters at an event with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards if they believed that Jeanette Rankin “would let a bunch of old white men tell her what to do with her life?”

The answer, of course, is hell no. Despite the threat to women’s reproductive rights across the country, Montanans have a Democratic candidate for the Senate whose anti-choice record rivals the radicals of the Republican Party. There simply is no other candidate who better fits Schweitzer’s description of an old man who wants to control women’s bodies than John Bohlinger. I’ve detailed his anti-choice record here a number of times. Continue Reading →

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Montana Cannot Afford Senator Rehberg: 40 Reasons He’d Be A Disaster

A little less than a year ago, I put together a list of the best reasons Montana voters should reject Dennis Rehberg as he challenges Senator Tester. In the intervening year, little has changed—except that Representative Rehberg has become worse, authoring legislation and writing budgets that would do serious damage to Montana. The list of reasons Rehberg doesn’t deserve to win another election in Montana is certainly reason enough reason to vote for his opponent Jon Tester, but one other piece of information bears repeating. All of these reasons to reject Rehberg are balanced by a record of no achievement. In over a decade as our Representative, Rehberg has no legislative achievement to speak of. Continue Reading →

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Montana, meet Krayton Kerns (and then tell him what you think)

No doubt everyone reading this post is all too familiar with Rush Limbaugh’s unforgivable slur directed at Sandra Fluke. Well, meet Representative Krayton Kerns of Laurel, MT.  Representative (and it makes me sick that he holds that title) Kerns is taking well deserved flak from Planned Parenthood for drawing a connection between Sandra Fluke and a stud bulldog used at a veterinary school. You can read about this in greater detail here. It’s truly stomach-churning stuff. Continue Reading →

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Senator Tester Stands for Women’s Health

Good for Senator Tester, better for women: For the past five years, grants to local affiliates of Planned Parenthood have been an important part of Planned Parenthood’s work to protect women from breast cancer. Komen funding for Planned Parenthood has provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and resulted in 6,400 referrals for mammograms. In 2011 alone, grants from Komen provided Planned Parenthood with roughly $650,000 in funding for breast cancer prevention, screening, and education. According to a recent statement by Komen, “In some areas of the U.S., our affiliates have determined a Planned Parenthood clinic to be the best or only local place where women can receive breast health care.” It would be tragic if any woman —let alone thousands of women — lost access to these potentially life-saving screenings because of a politically motivated attack. We earnestly hope that you will put women’s health before partisan politics and reconsider this decision for the sake of the women who depend on both your organizations for access to the health care they need. The letter is signed by Senators Lautenberg, Murray, Mikulski, Boxer, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Menendez, Wyden, Blumenthal, Shaheen, Begich, merkley, Tester, Akaka, Sanders, (Sherrod) Brown, Leahy, Baucus, Cardin, Feinstein, Franken, and Kerry. Continue Reading →

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Rehberg’s Late, Secretive Appropriations Bill Would Hurt Montanans

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It’s hard to overlook the hypocrisy of Representative Rehberg, a man who has refused to vote for bills because of a lack of “public input” and “adequate Congressional oversight,” when he’s dropped a massive spending bill, weeks late, without even meeting with the members of his committee or scheduling a public hearing to discuss the proposal. The truth is that Representative Rehberg certainly had good reason for hiding his appropriations bill from both public scrutiny and the committee entrusted with writing it: it’s an absolute disaster for Montana. Some of the specifics should provide a very clear sense of just how far out of touch with Montana values Representative Rehberg is. Even leaving out Rehberg’s pointless and purely partisan propaganda about the Affordable Care Act, the bill is dead on arrival—and should be, as it represents the worst of the current GOP war on social services. Here’s just a sampling of what Rehberg’s agenda would do to Montanans. Continue Reading →

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