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Ellison confronts King on planned Muslim investigations

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By Andy Birkey | 12.21.10

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York says he wants to hold investigations into the “radicalization” of American Muslims in his new position as chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, but Rep. Keith Ellison said on Monday that targeting one community would hamper homeland security efforts.

Bachmann’s payroll jumped 16 percent in 2009

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By Andy Birkey | 12.20.10

Rep. Michele Bachmann has been outspoken in her assertion that federal employees make double the salary of those in the private sector, but the Associated Press noted on Monday that Bachmann has increased her own payroll 16 percent between 2007 and 2009. She has called for a freeze on federal employee salaries, but the Minnesota Independent took a look at her own office and found that her employees enjoy frequent raises. But despite those increases, Bachmann has the lowest congressional payroll in the Minnesota delegation after freshman Rep. Erik Paulsen.

Anti-gay bullying continues to be a contentious issue in Anoka-Hennepin School District

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By Andy Birkey | 12.16.10

Monday night’s meeting of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board was a contentious one as the issue of bullying and suicide in the district again came up. The state’s largest school district opened an investigation into the suicides of nine students over the past year — some by students who were allegedly bullied for their sexual orientation — and said that it found no evidence that any of the nine were bullied. Students and parents criticized the district for its statement — at times the conversation devolved to shouting — while district officials said there’s not much they can do if students and parents don’t report incidents to the schools.

Reproductive rights groups anticipate tough legislative session

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By Andy Birkey | 12.16.10

Advocates for reproductive rights are concerned that new socially conservative leadership in the Minnesota Legislature could curtail those rights in the upcoming biennium. While Republicans, who’ll control both houses, say that jobs and the economy will come first, there’s little doubt that they’ll also press for restrictions on abortion within the next two years — especially with Sen. Michele Fischbach as President of the Senate. Fischbach’s husband, Scott, is the executive director of Minnesota’s largest anti-abortion group, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.


Bachmann, Peterson and Oberstar in thick of debate over abortion, healthcare reform

By Andy Birkey | 07.22.09 | 2:16 pm

oberstarbachmannpetersonHealth reform could be hijacked by anti-abortion politics despite efforts at compromise — and some of Minnesota’s congressional delegates are in the thick of the debate. Reps. James Oberstar, Collin Peterson and Michele Bachmann have all been working to gut reproductive health funding from the health reform package moving through the House.

Democrats Peterson and Oberstar, who is chairman of the House Pro-life Caucus, have made known their opposition to any inclusion of funding for abortion services in the health care package rolled out by the House this month. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi they wrote that they’d vote against health reform that included such funding.

“As the debate on health care reform continues and legislation is produced, it is imperative that the issue of abortion not be overlooked,” they wrote. “Plans to mandate coverage for abortions, either directly or indirectly is unacceptable.”

Sixth District Republican Bachmann also spoke out against reproductive health funding in the health reform bill at a gathering of anti-abortion Republican women last week.

“The Obama adminstration is radical on the issue of abortion. President Obama has said the reproductive care is essential health care,” said Bachmann. “Will this now mean that we mandate that new abortion clinics would have to be built all across America?”

But Congress and Obama are looking for compromise on the issue. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, along with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is putting forward the “Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act,” which would increase funding for teen pregnancy prevention, create an adoption tax credit, bolster after-school programs and increase medical, nutritional and financial support for low-income pregnant women.

The bill contains many of the policies championed by Obama for helping reduce the need for abortion.

“[W]e are increasingly concerned about potential roadblocks around the issue of abortion,” Ryan wrote in a letter to Pelosi. “With 45 million uninsured Americans, we want to make sure that disagreements over this often-contentious issue don’t threaten the success of the final health care reform package.”

But the anti-abortion crowd remains unswayed.

For his efforts at compromise, Ryan was “booted” from Democrats for Life of America (DFLA), an anti-abortion advocacy group for Democrats. (Oberstar is on the group’s federal advisory board, and both Oberstar and Peterson are on the board of the Minnesota chapter.)

Kristen Day of the DFLA wrote that the organization “gave Congressman Ryan ample opportunities to prove he’s committed to protecting life but he has turned his back on the community at every turn… For now, pro-life Democrats have lost a promising, rising star to the pro-choice movement.”

Ryan got into hot water with the group in 2006 for introducing a similar bill. Oberstar, one of many moderates that the bill was designed to win over, said at the time he would not support Ryan’s bill.

And the religious right aren’t giving the bill consideration.

“This misbegotten measure contains no funding for abstinence programs nor anything to encourage teens and young adults to refrain from risky sexual behavior,” said Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. “Nothing in the bill would strengthen parental involvement in the decision of minors to have abortion, which is a bipartisan way to reduce abortion among teens. No pro-life groups support this legislation, which seems designed to give some Democrats in politically challenging congressional districts the cover they need against charges they support abortion-on-demand.”


Comment posted July 22, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

Jesus Christ, I hate Michelle Bachmann:

“Will this now mean that we mandate that new abortion clinics would have to be built all across America?”

WTF? Did anyone actually say that, you fucking nitwit? Or is a bullshit strawman argument the best you can manage? I have to keep reminding myself that it’s good to have wingnuts like her in congress — just to keep the worst of the GOP on full display for the country to see.

Comment posted July 22, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

I have yet to hear the oft “anti-public funding/no new taxes” republicans state how they will insure that the “saved” lives won’t end up on the welfare rosters. Until they can tackle that pertinent little tidbit, it’s tough to listen to their rhetoric.

Comment posted July 22, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

Abortion is a legal procedure in the United States. People who want to obstruct abortion choices of others (any of Oberstar, Bachmann, or Kline up for an abortion themselves) are interfering with other peoples’ rights under our law. They ought to quit it immediately

Comment posted July 22, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

Abortion this year, birth control next year.

Brix Smith
Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 8:20 am

Right on, MNO. I’d add that it would be worth checking to see if vasectomies and viagra are included in this bill. Y’know, GUY stuff.

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Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 9:24 am

Sorry, but as socialist health “care” is being shoved down my throat, against my will, with my tax dollars, I really don’t want to be an accessory to murder by unwillingly paying for abortions.

By the way, I also don’t want to pay for Viagra or high-cost treatments for AIDS brought on by the willful high-risk behavior of homosexuals.


Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 10:08 am

Abortion is an elective procedure which shouldn’t be available in government insurance programs.

Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 10:20 am

You have Kline’s name in the headline instead of Peterson’s

Paul Schmelzer
Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 10:22 am

Thanks windgrievedghost. Corrected!

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Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

Its obvious who keeps dumbasses like bachmann in after you read arties comment. I am sick of this homophobic and misogynistic and racist comments come from people that wrap themselves up in the flag and carry a bible. They are not patriots and the are not christians, they are nothing but hate-mongers and should be treated as such. I feel sorry for you Artie, you are a small minded and hateful person and it must be a miserable existence. With all the information available I am surprised at people’s willful ignorance. Artie and the other “christian” right wingers need to either rid themselves of their hatred or leave this country and make their lily white Shangri-La somewhere else. They can have uphold the sanctity of marriage with there heroes like Ensign and Sanford and keep homosexuality in the closet and bathrooms under the leadership of Craig. How can anyone take these people serious anymore.

Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

I have mixed feelings on this issue. To throw all reproductive health care out the window or to act like abortion is the same thing as reproductive health care makes me sad. Abortion is one small component – one I happen to morally object to but which I believe will probably remain legal in this country forever. I do not believe, however, that it should be publicly funded unless it is medically necessary, just like most procedures that are typically elective. They won’t cover my tummy tuck! (a little stretched out after two nearly 10 pound babies!)
I am also disappointed in the pro-life democrats that they think a bill to lower the number of abortions isn’t pro-life enough! What? Its what irritates me with the organized pro-life, they don’t actually want the number of abortions to go down, because they’d have less of an issue!
Lastly, Artie really needs to read or do something other than watch Fox News! AIDS is not a gay disease. It can effect ANY one of us! It has higher rates of infection amongst the poor and the uneducated, because they are less likely to have the means or the knowledge to protect themselves. Rates are also much higher in places where women do not have sexual freedom to be able to say no or to insist upon fidelity from their husbands or to ask their husbands to wear a condom! (i.e. parts of Africa). Therefore, if we don’t want to pay for really expensive drugs maybe we should negotiate better prices and have more regulations on pharma companies, not tell sick and dying people that we won’t treat them!!!

Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated on April 22, describing the stance of the Obama administration, “We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health—and reproductive health includes access to abortion.”

She was speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and answering questions about the administration’s support for international family planning. Why on earth would we have a domestic policy that does not support women’s reproductive health?

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M. Bianchi
Comment posted July 24, 2009 @ 7:04 am

For those who are screaming the health care bill is socialized medicine. If this is the case, it STARTED with the Vetran’s Medical program where 3 years in the military gets you FREE medical care for the rest of your life, a FREE bed in a VA nursing home, and a free place to bury you when you die. Guess which GOP President started these SOCIALIZED PROGRAMS programs?

As far as abortion, I’ve asked this question of Priest, TV Ministers and baptsit denominational leaders and they NEVER give me an answer…perhaps some of Michele Bachman’s christian supports can. My wife and I are ONE in the sight of GOD and MAN. If I commit a crime my WIFE IS NOT accountable for my crime…according to MAN’S LAW and GOD’S LAW. However, Per MAN’S LAW, we are responsible for each others DEBTS. If GOD doesn’t hold my wife accountable for my SINS, or me hers sins for breaking HIS LAW’S or MAN’S LAW…why is it, according to the chrisitain right and GOP, I AM accountable and responsible for those who choose to have an abortion or perform an abortion? If I am accountable for the abortion acts of OTHERS, then I am accountable for the DRUNK DRIVE who killed an innocent family of 5 on I 65 last fall…or the others hundreds of thousands injured as a result of alcohol realted accidents, domestic VIOLANCE and broken familes…all a result of alcohol. According to the US DEPT of Education 599,000 alcohol related insodents (some reporting deaths) were reported ON US college campuses in 2008.

It isn’t GOD’s will to LEGISLATE AWAY SIN…othewise how do you know who is a TRUE christian…otherwise we are not better than the Middle East Religious nations. Abortion is a wedge socail issues used by the GOP to keep wicked men in power with the votes of blind sheep christians and so-called christiains, who do not understand the TRUE will of God…blindly accepting what they preachers say…

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mary ann lajoie-sandroff
Comment posted November 15, 2009 @ 10:37 am

In this age of Hiv aids, who will adopt all those Hiv babies or the babies born because of a one time mistake???? Remember when you take women’s rights away concerning pregnancy or health issues, you take a man’s too. It took two to make a pregnancy and usually two decide what to do about it. So, you guys, think about that when you want to deprive women of their family planning. You are part of it , right? Are all you guys ready to adopt all those babies that will be born????????Hey guys, Get out your diaper bags, you might be wearing them to the office.

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