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Sandra Fluke joins Amend 6 opposition

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 by Dara Kam

Sandra Fluke has joined a cadre of abortion advocates urging voters to shoot down Amendment 6, a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot dealing with abortion.

The measure, one of 11 proposed changes to the constitution put on the ballot by the GOP-dominated legislature, would bar the spending of state money for abortions, something already banned by state and federal law. And it would do away with privacy restrictions in the state constitution used to strike down abortion restrictions on other proposed Florida laws.

Fluke drew national attention when Republicans refused to allow her to testify at a congressional hearing earlier this year about whether Georgetown University, a Catholic school where she was a law student, should be required to provide contraception coverage in its insurance plan. Palm Beach resident Rush Limbaugh drew condemnation for bashing attacking Fluke on his radio show, calling her a “slut.” He later apologized.

Florida Republican women open new front in vote ‘war’

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 by John Kennedy

With Democrats fueling campaign talk of the Republican Party’s alleged war on women, a leading Florida GOP group Wednesday launched its own campaign to promote Republican women candidates and officeholders.

The Florida Federation of Republican Women announced its 2012 Women to Watch list, headed by Attorney General Pam Bondi and Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll, the first women elected to the posts in Florida.

 The goal of the campaign is to help women candidates find role models and campaign strategies based on the success of those Republican women already in office, said Cindy Graves, president of the federation.

“As in the case of the attorney general and lieutenant governor, each ran completely different campaigns as one was a political newcomer and the other a seasoned politician running as part of a ticket, but both campaigns were well organized, well funded and driven by confident women candidates who not only worked tirelessly but utilized every resource available and built huge consensus among Republicans and ultimately won,” Graves said.

The effort’s web site is here: 

 Florida Republicans are pushing back even as Obama campaigns in Colorado where in prepared remarks he is expected to criticize rival Mitt Romney for being out of touch with female voters and looking to “turn back the clock on decades of progress” with his policies.

Obama is scheduled to be introduced by Georgetown University Law School graduate and health care advocate Sandra Fluke, who gained national attention earlier this year after being ridiculed by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh in March called Fluke a “prostitute” and “slut” after she testified before Congress in support of full insurance coverage for birth control, even if a church-affiliated employer objects. He later apologized.

Obama is expected to emphasize Tuesday the role the Affordable Care Act will play in promoting women’s health. Polls show Obama heavily favored over Romney among women in key swing states including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.



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