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As we sit back and enjoy the results of tonight’s Ohio GOP primary, we wanted to take a look at how the long primary process has affected Mitt Romney’s polling in Ohio and how it compares to President Obama. And we’re looking at two key demographic groups, women and independents, two voting blocks that will be essential for the ultimate winner. We looked at Quinnipiac polls dating back to January, 2011. All polls are available here.

First, how are the two candidates doing in a head to head match-up? Among women, Obama has been winning against Romney since […]

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Given his surging poll numbers and corresponding media attention, I was sure that GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was alienating women at a furious pace, with his out of the mainstream proclamations that contraception is “bad for women” and against insurance coverage for prenatal testing. These are not Democratic or Republican issues, so surely even GOP women would be alarmed that a candidate for President was talking about returning us to an era when women would not benefit from science that can detect fetal illness or abnormality or allow a woman to choose when and how often to […]

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The War on Women: Ohio Edition

On February 26, 2012 By

It’s been a crazy month if you’re a woman in America.

In January, our presidential candidates were talking about moon colonies and how they liked to fire people. In Ohio, all the talk was about earthquakes caused by injecting toxic fracking waste deep underground.

Then something strange happened. Susan G. Komen announced it was defunding Planned Parenthood, launching a national debate about contraception and women’s health (and ending in a PR disaster for Komen).

Next, religious-affiliated employers complained about an Obama administration rule (implementing a provision of health care reform) requiring employee health plans to cover contraception.

By the end […]

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This morning, GOP Presidential front-runner Rick Santorum expanded the right’s war on women into a war on families. On Face the Nation, Santorum announced that he opposes paying for prenatal testing during pregnancy because, in his words, “the customary procedure is to encourage abortions” among fetuses found to be “disabled.”

Holy cow, where should we even start with that?

I’ve personally had two high-risk pregnancies thanks to what is affectionately referred to as my “advanced maternal age.” I underwent screening (not testing, I’ll explain the difference later) for genetic problems. Before you can even get the screening you […]

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This week, without any public testimony, Republicans on the Ohio House Health and Aging Committee voted along party lines to prohibit Ohio physician assistants from fitting, inserting or removing a device “designed in such a manner that it functions either solely or in combination with other functions by preventing or hindering an embryo from implanting within the uterus or from growing if implantation occurs.” According to Chairman Lynn Wachtmann, fertilization is the point at which life begins, and preventing pregnancy through the use of an IUD is, effectively, terminating a […]

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Rick Davis on Palin’s speech tonight:

Not anticipating that McCain would choose a woman as his running mate, the speech that was prepared in advance was “very masculine,” according to campaign manager Rick Davis, and “we had to start from scratch.”

What? A woman can’t do a man’s job? Let me guess. The speech will follow this syntax: A noun, a verb, and Hillary’s glass ceiling? LOL. How much more insulting can this camp be to women?

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Emily’s List has a new poll posted that consisted of 800 women voters. The news is devastating to the McCain/Palin surprise estrogenic ticket. Women aren’t buying what Sarah Palin is selling. That’s the short of it.

Full poll results (pdf)

First, they see the pick as overtly political and gimmicky:

First, this selection puts John McCain squarely in the realm of politics over principle in women voters’ eyes. Women voters see the choice of Governor Palin as being driven by politics rather than by any sense of conviction on Senator McCain’s part that she has the experience and […]

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Nice. This should help get the Hillary vote:

Lyda Green is a Republican member of the Alaska Senate, representing the G District since 1995. She is currently the Senate President.

Earlier in January 2008, Palin had been involved in a mild controversy in an appearance on the KWHL radio program “The Bob and Mark Show.” During the show, Palin and host Bob Lester repeatedly criticized Green, accused her of being jealous of Palin’s success, and mocked Green’s weight. Lester went on to call Green a “cancer” and a “bitch,” to which Palin laughed several times.[3][4] Green is a cancer […]

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