After Saying Women On Medicaid Should Be Sterilized, Russell Pearce Resigns From Arizona GOP
The Huffington Post | By Paige Lavender
Former Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce resigned as Arizona Republican Party’s first vice chair late Sunday after receiving criticism over recent comments he made about women on Medicaid.
Pearce made the controversial comments on his weekly radio show.
“You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations,” Pearce said, according to the Phoenix New Times. “Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”
Pearce said “people out there [who] need help” should get it from “family, church, and community,” not the government.
According to the Washington Post, Pearce said the comments were “written by someone else” and said he “failed to attribute them to the author.”
“This was a mistake,” Pearce said. “This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates.”
The Arizona Republic reports several Republicans in the state, including nominees for governor, secretary of state and attorney general, criticized Pearce for the remarks after Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director DJ Quinlan pushed for them to do so in a news release.
Read more on the controversy over Pearce’s comments at the Arizona Republic.
KLONDIKE KARDASHIAN UPDATE …
the word salad continues …
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said she owes America a “global apology” for the 2008 GOP presidential ticket’s loss to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Palin spoke about Obama’s long-term strategy for defeating the Islamic State — a militant group formerly known as ISIS or ISIL — that he laid out in a speech Wednesday night.
“As I watched the speech last night, Sean, the thought going through my mind is, ‘I owe America a global apology. Because John McCain, through all of this, John McCain should be our president,'” Palin said.
Palin went on to compare the Islamic State to Hitler and questioned how seriously Obama is taking the group.
“So when Barack Obama, like the rest of us, hear these bad guys, these terrorists, promising that they will raise the flag of Allah over our White House, for the life of me I don’t know why he does not take this serious, the threat. Because yes, it’s more than a vision,” Palin said. “They’re telling– just like Hitler did all those years ago, when a war could’ve been avoided, because Hitler, too, did not hide his intentions. Well ISIS, these guys aren’t hiding their intentions either.”
oh shit, and here I thought she was going to apologize for the douche rocket teabilly dustup at last weekend’s snowmobile tag-team wrestling match where she, toad and the critters took on all comers …
Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked Again By Senate GOP
Posted: 09/15/2014 6:01 pm EDT Updated: 10 minutes ago
Senate Republicans on Monday blocked for the fourth time a bill that would strengthen federal equal pay laws for women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would ban employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other, impose harsher penalties for pay discrimination and require employers to be able to show that wage gaps between men and women are based on factors other than gender.
The bill needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote on passage, but it fell short Monday by a vote of 52 to 40. Senate Democrats have brought the bill to the floor four times since 2011, and each time Republicans have rejected it.
they oppose the bill because they believe it would discourage employers from hiring women, out of a fear of lawsuits. The GOP has accused Democrats of staging a “show vote” on the bill in an election year, knowing it won’t pass.
“At a time when the Obama economy is already hurting women so much, this legislation would double down on job loss, all while lining the pockets of trial lawyers,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the last vote on the bill in April. “In other words, it’s just another Democratic idea that threatens to hurt the very people that it claims to help.”
Women working full-time in the U.S. earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the Census Bureau. A small portion of that gap, economists say, is due to employers paying women less than men for the same work.