Minnesota House DFL crushing GOP in 2014 fundraising

The Minnesota House is again one of the nation's top legislative battlegrounds this year, but House Democrats are out-raising Republicans by nearly 3-to-1 in 2014, according to the Star Tribune's analysis of recent campaign finance filings:

DFLers outraised or have more in the bank than Republicans in nearly every instance, whether it is a direct party matchup or the fight for the House...

The House DFL caucus held a commanding lead in fundraising. It has raised $596,907 so far this year, with more than $1 million in the bank.


— #WOTW Memorializes Some of the Most Bigoted, Sexist, Homophobic, Most Calloused Voices that Comprise the Republican Party’s Future in Easy-to-Use Database —

Washington, D.C. (April 16, 2014)—To highlight the GOP’s failed promises to be more inclusive, promote the middle class, reach out to communities of color and support women, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) launches its Worst of the Worst (#WOTW) catalogue. 

Compiled with input from legislative leaders, caucus directors and labor partners who work with the DLCC, the catalogue is designed to memorialize examples of the extremist rhetoric that consistently emanates from Republican lawmakers and candidates in state legislatures across the U.S.

Legislators designated Worst of the Worst will be listed at www.dlcc.org/WorstOfTheWorst.  The inaugural Worst of the Worst catalogue recaps 25 of the most outrageous incidents since the start of the GOP’s 2013 Autopsy project.

TN Legislators Concerned Mop Sink in State Capitol Bathroom is Part of Muslim Prayer Ritual

From April 14, 2014:

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that two state legislators expressed concerns about a mop sink in a recently renovated restroom of the Tennessee State Capitol, fearing the sink was actually a "Muslim foot bath." Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey confirmed he had been approached by a House and Senate member regarding the sink's intended usage.

According to the Times Free Press:

Republican Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, confirmed that he had spoken to Humphrey about whether there were religious reasons for the new sink after the issue was raised by Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma.

Montana Republican Sends Ominous Warning Letter to Rental Tenants, Mocks Single Mothers

From April 14, 2014:

Montana state Rep. Dave Hagstrom (R) sent a pointed warning letter to the low-income tenants of one of his eleven rental properties in South Billings, cryptically telling them they should "accept that not everyone, including yourself, needs to live as long as they currently do, or as ‘comfortably’ as they currently do.”

Hagstrom also rails against a host of government services, saying the nation's financial problems stem from “free healthcare services at Riverstone Health, more money for food in schools for the kids, more money to help pregnant single moms stop smoking, more money to help elderly people get out of nursing homes and get individualized care in their own homes, etc." He also accuses his tenants, and all Americans, of "living in a bit of a fairytale lifestyle."

From Montana Street Figher blog:

If that weren’t enough, the Representative from Billings goes on to mock single mothers.  The government “creates a mindset that if I have kids and their dads are dead-beats, the government should buy my groceries and help me get a job while they provide day-care for my kids and send me to school to educate me so I can get a better job.”

DLCC Honors Republican Glenn Grothman (WI) as Model for GOP Diversity Push

From April 1, 2014:

Washington, D.C. — Today, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Michael Sargeant released the following statement applauding the efforts of Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman to showcase the Republican Party’s true values for women and minority voters.

“Senator Grothman is the most accurate messenger Republicans could ask for as they seek to broaden their appeal to women and minority voters,” said Sargeant. “Grothman has single-handedly made it his mission to show every non-white-male voter in America how the Republican Party’s values and policies impact them every day.”

“Whether he’s educating women about why ‘money is more important to men’ or restricting access to birth control on the basis that ‘unwanted or mistimed’ pregnancies are ‘the choice of the women, Sen. Grothman demonstrates the Republican Party’s responsiveness to the needs of women voters.  Specifically, their supposed need to ask Republican politicians like Grothman for permission to earn money and make health care choices,” Sargeant continued.

“Senator Grothman is also leading the way in Republican outreach to African Americans,” Sargeant noted.

VIDEO: AK Republican proposes free pregnancy tests in bars; calls birth control "social engineering"

From March 25, 2014:

For more evidence of Republicans' jarring inconsistencies on women's health issues, look no further than Alaska state Senator Pete Kelly, who is proposing a state-funded plan to put free pregnancy tests in bars and restaurants, while at the same time opposing access to forms of contraception because it "is for people who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly."

DLCC Statement Responding to SD Sen. Phil Jensen's Comments Condoning Discrimination Against African American, LGBT Customers

From March 20, 2014: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of South Dakota Senator Phil Jensen’s comments to the Rapid City Journal, the South Dakota Democratic Party and Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) demand a response from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and South Dakota State Senators.

Senator Jensen’s comments, made in an interview that appeared on March 16, 2014, explain his is belief that his recently-killed bill (SB 128) that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against Lesbian and gay customers should also have allowed business owners in the Ku Klux Klan to refuse service to African-Americans. 

Senator Jensen explains that his bill would have protected “the constitutional right to free association, the right to free speech and private property rights."  The South Dakota Democratic Party and DLCC have issued the following statements:

Missouri GOPer Wants Morning After Pill Restricted, Blames Raped Pregnant Women For Not Taking It

From March 14, 2014: 

Following in the footsteps of failed Senate candidate Todd Akin, yet another Missouri Republican has made indefensible statements about rape while at the same time sponsoring legislation aimed at restricting a woman's right to choose.

Missouri state Sen. David Sater (R) is sponsoring Senate Bill 519, which would amend the current waiting period to have an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. Left out of that bill is an emergency exception for cases of rape.

“If a woman decides not to go to the hospital and not get the ‘Plan B’, they’re making a decision to keep that child if they get pregnant,” Sater said, according to PoliticMo. “If the woman found out she was pregnant three or four weeks down the line, they had made the decision not to do some preventative things like Plan B.”

GA Republican Proposes Dangerous Bill Protecting Sex Offenders

From March 5, 2014:

State Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia) was sworn into the Georgia legislature just last week and already has proposed an alarming bill that puts residents in danger -- and according to him, there are more bills to come.

Barely a week into his tenure, Moore proposed HB 1033 in an attempt to undo the state's loitering laws, which help protect Georgia schools and day care centers from sex offenders. His bill would strip authority from police officers who believe a loiterer is posing a danger to children in a public setting. In defending the law, Moore claimed it should be school's responsibility to protect the children, not the legislature's. State Democrats were quick to condemn his proposal.

“This is what the Georgia Republican Party has come to,” said Democratic Chairman DuBose Porter. “And this is why they’re in trouble.”

One Democratic operative joked on Twitter that as of Friday, her party had garnered all of the attack footage it would need for all of the fall campaigns.

VA Republican Refers to Pregnant Women as "Hosts"

From February 28, 2014:

Virginia state Senator Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield) posted an angry Facebook rant referring to pregnant women as a "child's host" after receiving a Valentine from a pro-choice group asking him to reconsider his position on issues relating to women's health. In the post, he attacked the group, saying their position was "nonsense" and he would "never" support them.

Formerly the chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, Martin has a lengthy history of supporting efforts to restrict women's access to reproductive health care. He was a proponent of Virginia's mandatory ultrasound bill, and he also supports the fetal personhood bill that would make all abortions illegal and jeopardize many forms of contraception. Yet, thanks to the two special elections that put the chamber back in Democratic hands, Martin no longer chairs the Committee.


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