Danielle Deaver Denied Abortion Even as Uterus Crushed Fetus

By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES

March 14, 2010

Danielle Deaver was 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke and doctors gave her a devastating prognosis: With undeveloped lungs, the baby likely would never survive outside the womb, and because all the amniotic fluid had drained, the tiny growing fetus slowly would be crushed by the uterus walls.

“What we learned from the perinatologist was that because there was no cushion, she couldn’t move her arms and legs because of contractures,” said Deaver, a 34-year-old nurse from Grand Isle, Neb. “And her face and head would be deformed because the uterus pushed down so hard.”

Just one month earlier, Nebraska had enacted the nation’s first fetal pain legislation, banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation. So the Deavers had to wait more than a week to deliver baby Elizabeth, who died after just 15 minutes.

“They could do nothing to make it better but tell us to wait, which made it worse,” Danielle Deaver said. “Every time I felt movement, I was terrified she was hurting and trying to push the uterus away from her.”

To see the video of Mrs. Deavor see the full article on ABC News.

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ALEC and the Infamous Stand Your Ground law

That Florida law “lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy — and it is” writes Paul Krugman in the New York Times.

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Photo: Paul Krugman, New York Times

Krugman points out that such laws are written, not by elected representatives, but large corporations. The American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC) a corporate-backed organization that has managed to keep a low profile even as it exerts vast influence (only recently, thanks to yeoman pr watch logowork by the Center for Media and Democracy, has a clear picture of ALEC’s activities emerged) Krugman points out. [See also ALEC Exposed]

Krugman also points out that the Trayvon Martin killing places a spotlight on what ALEC is doing to our society and democracy.

The general public doesn’t seem to be aware of what ALEC is, does, and its impact on each of us. Perhaps this blog post will help.

alecALEC is a movement-a conservative organization, funded by the usual suspects: the Kochs, Exxon Mobil, and so on. Unlike other such groups, however, it doesn’t just influence laws, it literally writes them, supplying fully drafted bills to state legislators. In Virginia, for example, more than 50 ALEC-written bills have been introduced, many almost word for word. And these bills often become law.

So you thought your elected state representatives you voted for actually write proposed legislation? Not necessarily. Some of those “conservative” selectees obtain their legislative ideas from ALEC. Don’t believe it? Then check out the Fatcow Reviewer site which tracks laws passed in the various states of our country which were written by ALEC. Continue reading

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How is President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act doing?

Today I received an e-mail from The White House. I want to pass it on to those who may not have received it. It reads, in part:

We met Nathan and his son, Thomas, in 2009. Thomas was born with hemophilia, and he hit lifetime limits on his health coverage with two different insurance companies before he turned seven years old. Two years ago, Nathan was hopeful about what the Affordable Care Act would mean.

Last week we spoke with Thomas’s family again and they made it clear: Health reform has improved their quality of life. It means they can focus on making sure Thomas has the best possible care. It’s changing their lives for the better.

Thomas is not alone. He’s just one of the 105 million Americans who no longer has lifetime dollar limits on his coverage.

The Affordable Care Act gives hard working, middle class families the security they deserve. Because of health reform, 54 million Americans with private insurance have been able to access more preventive services. In the 2011 tax year, two million workers will benefit from the small business health insurance tax credit. And 2.5 million young people under age 26 have gained coverage on their parents’ plan.

Behind each of those numbers is a person like Thomas. Two years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, life is a little better for millions of Americans from all over the country. You can find stories from more people who are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act with our map that shows the impact of reform, state by state.

Learn more about how the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans:

If you are keeping up with the political news you will know that the GOP wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget seeks to abolish President Obama’s health care act.

It is important that each of us vote for President Obama during the 2012 election. You should be aware the GOP is intending to abolish most of President Obama’s improvements to government.

[Source: The White House]

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Gingrich 2010 Tax Return reported $3,162,424 total income


GingrichThe headline number was 31.45%.

That’s the percentage of the couple’s total income — $3,162,424 — they owed in federal income taxes. Their total tax bill was $994,708.

Gingrich’s opponent Mitt Romney said this week that he estimates his effective federal tax rate is about 15% — a number driven down by Romney’s millions in investment income, which is typically taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income such as a salary.

By contrast, the vast majority of Gingrich’s income — more than $2.5 million — came from money he earned from his businesses, the biggest of which is Gingrich Productions. And at least a portion of that income was likely taxed at ordinary income tax rates, which run as high as 35%.

That would appear Gingrich is a member of the 1%.

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Fact Check of GOP Presidential Debate in South Carolina

Facts were sometimes used as blunt instruments as the four remaining GOP presidential candidates hammered away at each other in the last debate before Saturday’s South Carolina primary.

  • Santorum and Romney tangled on the Massachusetts health care law. Santorum wrongly claimed it was a “government-run” program. Romney erred when he said everybody was covered by private insurance, ignoring Medicare and his own expansion of Medicaid.
  • Santorum also fouled up when he claimed the state has “the highest health insurance premiums of any state in the country.” Seven states and Washington, D.C., were higher in 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available.
  • Gingrich claimed Romney appointees “funded” an abortion clinic. The truth is that an autonomous state agency approved a tax-exempt loan — not direct taxpayer funding — and Romney said he wasn’t aware until after he left office.
  • Gingrich, slamming Jimmy Carter, said “unemployment went to 10.8 percent.” It did — nearly two years after Ronald Reagan took office. But it never exceeded 7.8 percent under Carter.
  • Gingrich claimed that “none” of the ideas on the website of his Center for Health Transformation resemble Obama’s program. Actually, we found a call there for an individual mandate, which Gingrich himself repeated as recently as last May.
  • Romney slammed Gingrich’s claim to have “helped” Reagan create jobs, saying Reagan mentioned Gingrich only once in his published diaries. That’s true. Reagan wrote that the young congressman’s 1983 suggestion to freeze spending “would cripple our defense program,” and he rejected it.
  • Ron Paul, a physician, claimed medicine “worked rather well” in the early 1960′s. That was before Medicare, when in fact rising health care costs were forcing many of the elderly onto public assistance or charity care.

Note: This is a summary only. The full article with analysis, images and citations may be viewed on the FactCheck Web site.

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Super PACS


Super PAC s are changing the political landscape of the United States. The impact of ordinary voters on who will represent them in the federal government is rapidly declining. The impact of “elite” voters on will represent them is rapidly increasing.

In other words, the 1% is beating the 99%. The rich are growing more powerful than the rest of us. Money largely determines who is elected to congress or the presidency. The rich have the money to spend, the rest of us do not.

The determination of who will be the Republican Party’s nominee for President is being made by the wealthiest of America. It is being done with Super PACs.

“This election season is the first presidential race to feel the influence of Super PACs, political action committees that can receive unlimited money from individuals, corporations and unions.  Some of these Super PACs have morphed into powerful outside organizations working solely on electing a presidential candidate of their choosing.  While a campaign supporter can only donate $2500 directly to a presidential candidate, he or she can donate unlimited amounts of money to a Super PAC supporting the same candidate,” reports Jessica Hopper of Rock Center with Brian Williams.

“Every major GOP presidential candidate has a Super PAC supporting their campaign.  Super PACs are supposed to operate independently of the candidates, meaning they can’t communicate directly with the politicians and their campaign staff.  Super PACs have been effective even with the communication barrier, because they are often run by people who already know how the candidates think.  A look at whose running the Super PACs reveals a roster of former staffers and advisers to the presidential candidates.”

Restore Our Future, a Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney’s campaign, will have raised between $300 and $350 million by the end of January, said one of its key strategists, Carl Forti.  Forti, a former political director for Romney, helped launch the ‘Restore Our Future’ Super PAC in 2010. Do you, as an ordinary mortal, want to donate your $25 contribution to Mitt Romney directly or send it to the Restore Our Future Super PAC? Better yet, if you really want to improve your chances of having Mitt Romney take your telephone call then send $25,000 to the Super PAC. You can via their website.

That is the modern way this Republic now operates. It is the way the 1% control the United States government. Restore Our Future, will have raised between $300 and $350 million by the end of January it is reported. In 2010 Citizens United against the Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that the government could not limit political spending by corporations. Romney’s Restore our Future Super PAC blasted Newt Gingrich with negative ads dropping him from the lead in Iowa to 4th place in the Iowa caucus.

Stephen Colbert, comedian, formed his own Super PAC , and told reporter Ted Koppel “It would be stupid to be in the 2012 campaign or want your voice heard in the 2012 campaign and not have a Super PAC,” Colbert said. “I mean, the RNC, the DNC, those organizations really don’t mean much anymore.  Karl Rove has more money than the RNC.”

And, you, a member of the 1% won’t know who donated to the Super PACs until after you vote.

Also, as a member of the 99%, you don’t really count for much in the 2012 election. You aren’t worth as much as a member of the 1%. The 1% will decide for you who your next President, Senator, or Congressman/woman will be.

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From Nevada to California

All things must come to an end. My wife and I are in the process of moving from Pahrump, Nevada back to Paradise, California from whence we originally came. This blog’s focus will switch its political views to our new venue. I’ll be making some necessary changes in the makeup of the blog as time progresses. I’ll leave the url alone, at least for the moment.

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Votes of Nevada’s Congressional Delegation


 

December 12, 2011

In this MegaVote for Nevada’s 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Cloture on the Nomination of Richard Cordray to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Temporary Tax Holiday and Government Reduction Act
  • House: Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011
  • House: Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • House: Payroll tax cut extension
  • House: Defense authorization
  • House: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Consolidated Appropriations Act, FY2012

Recent Senate Votes

 

Cloture on the Nomination of Richard Cordray to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection – Vote Rejected (53-45, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)
The Senate failed to reach the sixty votes needed to move forward on the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB, which was created by the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul, is responsible for overseeing financial products like home loans and credit cards.
Sen. Harry Reid voted YES……bio
Sen. Dean Heller voted NO……bio
Sen. Dean Heller voted NO……


Motion to Proceed; Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011 – Vote Rejected (50-48, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate rejected a motion to move forward on this Democratic proposal to reduce the employee share of the payroll tax from 4.2 to 3.1 percent for 2012. The employer share would stay at 6.2 percent. The payroll tax funds the Social Security trust fund. A law passed in December 2010 is set to expire at the end of 2011 that reduced the employee share from 6.2 to 4.2 percent.


Motion to Proceed; Temporary Tax Holiday and Government Reduction Act – Vote Rejected (22-76, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate rejected a motion to move forward on this Republican proposal to freeze the employee share of the payroll tax at 4.2 percent. The proposal offsets the cost by freezing federal pay and reducing the federal workforce by attrition.
Sen. Harry Reid voted NO……
Sen. Dean Heller voted YES……
Sen. Dean Heller voted YES……


 

Recent House Votes

 

Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (241-184, 8 Not Voting)
This bill would require congressional approval of federal regulations that are expected to cost the economy $100 million or more or have a significant effect on consumer prices. Currently, regulations take effect unless both Congress and the president approve a resolution disapproving of them. The White House opposes the bill.
Rep. Shelley Berkley voted NO……


Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (268-150, 15 Not Voting)
This House-passed bill would prevent the EPA from revising air standards concerning dust from farm operations for one year. The Senate is unlikely to take up the bill. The White House has also issued a veto threat.
Rep. Shelley Berkley voted NO……


 

Upcoming Votes

 

Payroll tax cut extension – H.R.3630
The House is expected to take up a payroll tax bill this week.


Defense authorization – H.R.1540
Congress may wrap up work on the conference report for the 2012 fiscal year defense authorization bill.


Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Consolidated Appropriations Act, FY2012 – H.R.2055
Congress may also wrap up work on this $900 billion omnibus spending package that combines the nine remaining annual appropriations bills. The current stopgap spending bill runs out December 16.


 

Recent House Votes

Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (241-184, 8 Not Voting)
This bill would require congressional approval of federal regulations that are expected to cost the economy $100 million or more or have a significant effect on consumer prices. Currently, regulations take effect unless both Congress and the president approve a resolution disapproving of them. The White House opposes the bill.
Rep. Mark Amodei voted YES……


Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (268-150, 15 Not Voting)
This House-passed bill would prevent the EPA from revising air standards concerning dust from farm operations for one year. The Senate is unlikely to take up the bill. The White House has also issued a veto threat.
Rep. Mark Amodei voted YES……


Recent House Votes

 

Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (241-184, 8 Not Voting)
This bill would require congressional approval of federal regulations that are expected to cost the economy $100 million or more or have a significant effect on consumer prices. Currently, regulations take effect unless both Congress and the president approve a resolution disapproving of them. The White House opposes the bill.
Rep. Joe Heck voted YES……


Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (268-150, 15 Not Voting)
This House-passed bill would prevent the EPA from revising air standards concerning dust from farm operations for one year. The Senate is unlikely to take up the bill. The White House has also issued a veto threat.
Rep. Joe Heck voted YES……


 

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Nevada Congressional Delegation Votes


Recent Senate Votes

National Defense Authorization Act, FY2012 – Vote Passed (93-7)
The Senate passed this bill authorizing $662 billion in defense spending for the current fiscal year. The bill contains provisions requiring suspected terrorists to be held in military custody and places sanctions on Iran. The House passed its version of the bill in May. A conference committee will meet to work out a compromise bill.
Sen. Harry Reid voted YES……
Sen. Dean Heller voted YES……
Sen. Dean Heller voted YES……


Recent House Votes

Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would build in a waiting period between the time workers file petitions to unionize and the time the vote occurs. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.
Rep. Shelley Berkley voted NO……


To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission – Vote Passed (235-190, 8 Not Voting)
This House bill would terminate taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns and conventions. Public funding began in 1976. The bill would also eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which was established in 2002 to help states to update their voting machines. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.
Rep. Shelley Berkley voted NO……


Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (263-159, 11 Not Voting)
This bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in the regulatory process when small businesses are affected. The Senate is unlikely to act on the measure, which is also opposed by the White House.
Rep. Shelley Berkley voted NO……


Regulatory Accountability Act – Vote Passed (253-167, 13 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would require federal agencies to choose the “least costly” option when writing new federal regulations. Agencies would also be required to provide indirect cost estimates and predictions of job gains or losses. The White House opposes the bill.
Rep. Shelley Berkley voted NO……


Recent House Votes

Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would build in a waiting period between the time workers file petitions to unionize and the time the vote occurs. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.
Rep. Mark Amodei voted YES……


To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission – Vote Passed (235-190, 8 Not Voting)
This House bill would terminate taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns and conventions. Public funding began in 1976. The bill would also eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which was established in 2002 to help states to update their voting machines. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.
Rep. Mark Amodei voted YES……


Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (263-159, 11 Not Voting)
This bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in the regulatory process when small businesses are affected. The Senate is unlikely to act on the measure, which is also opposed by the White House.
Rep. Mark Amodei voted YES……


Regulatory Accountability Act – Vote Passed (253-167, 13 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would require federal agencies to choose the “least costly” option when writing new federal regulations. Agencies would also be required to provide indirect cost estimates and predictions of job gains or losses. The White House opposes the bill.
Rep. Mark Amodei voted YES……


Recent House Votes

Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act – Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would build in a waiting period between the time workers file petitions to unionize and the time the vote occurs. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.
Rep. Joe Heck voted YES……


To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission – Vote Passed (235-190, 8 Not Voting)
This House bill would terminate taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns and conventions. Public funding began in 1976. The bill would also eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which was established in 2002 to help states to update their voting machines. The Senate is unlikely to take up the measure.
Rep. Joe Heck voted YES……


Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 – Vote Passed (263-159, 11 Not Voting)
This bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in the regulatory process when small businesses are affected. The Senate is unlikely to act on the measure, which is also opposed by the White House.
Rep. Joe Heck voted YES……


Regulatory Accountability Act – Vote Passed (253-167, 13 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill that would require federal agencies to choose the “least costly” option when writing new federal regulations. Agencies would also be required to provide indirect cost estimates and predictions of job gains or losses. The White House opposes the bill.
Rep. Joe Heck voted YES……


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Danny Tarkanian entering Nevada CD#4 Race for House

Danny Tarkanian

Danny Tarkanian is gearing up to enter the race in Nevada’s new 4th district (which includes Nye County). He released polling this week that showed him ahead in the GOP primary and in a test of the general election.

The poll of likely GOP primary voters conducted by Public Opinion Strategies showed Republican Tarkanian ahead of Republican state Sen. Barbara Cegavske 73 percent to 9 percent. The poll’s margin of error among GOP primary voters was 5.4 points.

Tarkanian also led a hypothetical matchup with Democratic state Sen. Steven Horsford (D) 47 percent to 36 percent. The margin of error among likely voters polled was 4.9 points.

Democrats hold a 13-point voter-registration edge in the new district, which was added as a result of reapportionment. President Barack Obama would have won it in 2008 with 56 percent, and it has 23 percent Latino and 14 percent African-American voting-age populations.

I’ve lived in Nevada for the past eight years. Danny Tarkanian is a perpetual Republican candidate. He has never won an election in those eight years. Even so, the Nevada Republican Party should not be under estimated. Since the creation of Nevada’s Congression District #4 following the 2010 Census Democrats have a slight margin advantage over the Republican Party. But that is no reason for Nye County Democrats to breathe a sigh of relief. If you are keeping up with political events you can readily realize that the Republican Party is resourceful. So, unless you want more of the same here in Nye County you must get resolute and resourceful yourself. If you don’t you have no one to blame but yourself. Get with it and do what you can to ensure no more Republicans get elected in Nye County. Check out the and get involved.

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