meet cory gardner, Republican ~~ running against Mark Udall, Democratic Party


As a national leader on energy policy, Cory has championed a bipartisan effort on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports that recently passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He also introduced two major pieces of legislation that passed the House with bipartisan support and would increase domestic production while creating thousands of jobs here at home. In addition to his work with traditional resources, Cory has promoted legislation to streamline the permitting process for renewable technologies on federal lands and supports a paid-for extension of the wind production tax credit (PTC). He also co-wrote the legislation that established Colorado’s Clean Energy Development Authority while serving in the Colorado General Assembly.

Cory is a leading voice on energy efficiency and co-founded a bipartisan caucus dedicated to promoting efficiency initiatives that are good for the environment and the taxpayer. More than fifty cosponsors from both sides of the aisle have signed on to Cory’s energy efficiency legislation and the Energy and Commerce Committee recently passed the bill unanimously.

Cory has a record that reflects his desire to rein in out-of-control spending and build consensus on issues where he can find common ground with his colleagues. Whether it is promoting agriculture or reforming telecommunications policy, Cory’s record is one of forging solutions to our nation’s greatest problems.

Throughout his time in Congress, Cory has voiced his strong opposition to Obamacare and the premium increases, thousands of pages in new regulations, and burdensome mandates it creates. Cory chose to reject federal health benefits when first elected to Congress, and his family was among the 335,000 Coloradans who received health care cancellation notices as a result of Obamacare. He supports legislation that repeals this misguided law and replaces it with a solution that allows the purchase of insurance across state lines, bolsters state high-risk pools to provide for those with pre-existing conditions, and enacts badly needed tort reform to reduce medical costs, among other ideas.

Cory is dedicated to fiscal responsibility and government reform. He introduced legislation that requires Congress to review programs targeted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as wasteful and duplicative. In an effort to make Congress work, he voted in favor of a bill that requires lawmakers to pass a budget or face having their pay withheld. He has also been a consistent voice for improving transparency through simplifying complicated government regulations and improving permit processes.

Cory believes that the next generation must be prepared to lead. He has supported efforts to entrust parents and educators with improving curriculum in their communities. Cory has also introduced legislation that helps students save more for college in a time of rising tuition costs. With two young children of his own, Cory knows that a quality education is invaluable to helping our youth meet the challenges of the future.

Resource: his website

We all know that the best way to find out about any candidate is to do your research. I went to gardner’s website and while he said some good things about birth control he is also in favour of repealing #ACA which would put reproductive rights at risk.  I also noticed that his website has a lot of information about what Mark Udall is for, but not a lot of his own solutions in my opinion and if elected he might say one thing and do another but I am cynical given how many Republicans in Congress continue to do so.  Cory might call himself an energy champion but he also believes the KeyStone pipeline is a must do … and I got the impression he is all for more deregulation … why are so many willing to forget the BP disaster the Massey Mining debacle and all the others before after and in between? ~~ Nativegrl77

a message from Rachel Maddow … a repost

Rachel Maddow just did a harrowing exposé on North Carolina Tea Partier Thom Tillis — whose race will be “the tipping point for the Senate battle,” according to Nate Silver.

Maddow reports that Tillis is the worst of the worst: “Tillis has helped cut off access to medical care for struggling families; he opposes gay rights; he’s helped impose ridiculous new voting restrictions; and he’s curtailed reproductive rights while expanding opportunities to carry loaded guns in bars.”

The scariest part? North Carolina is the GOP’s #1 target: the Kochs have spent more there than in every other race COMBINED, pulling Tillis into a 41-41 tie with Democrat Kay Hagan.

To stop Tillis and other extreme Republicans from winning and costing us the whole Senate, we must neutralize their air assault with our $60 million, 4,000 staff powered Grassroots Victory Project — our “largest and most data-driven ground game yet,” according to the New York Times.





fight to bring better members of Congress onto the Floor who support  vote for legislation that improves the lives of ALL Americans! Nativegrl77


#Women’s Health Protection Act


Click to share this image on Facebook and show Congress how many of us stand for women’s health.

 I Stand for women's health. #ActForWomen


After years of playing defense against extremist politicians who’ve been intent on attacking the health and rights of women and families, we’re going on the offense.

In just two days, nearly 100 providers, advocates, and Center staff will be on Capitol Hill to build a groundswell of support for the Women’s Health Protection Act—federal legislation that would prohibit states from passing laws that chip away at women’s access to abortion services.

You can join us by sharing this important image on Facebook to declare that you stand for women’s health.

Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve been fighting for our rights to safe and legal abortion in the courts—and we’ve been winning.

But now we’re adding a new strategy: proactive legislation from the federal government that will prevent dangerous and unnecessary restrictions from passing in the first place.

Help us show Congress that you stand behind the Women’s Health Protection Act and share this image on Facebook:

Thanks, as always, for all you do,

Nancy Northup
Nancy Northup
Nancy Northup
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PS – Already, we have 146 co-sponsors of the Women’s Health Protection Act in the House and the Senate. After Advocacy Day, we expect to have many more. Show that you’re with us by sharing this important image on Facebook right now.

#WhatWomenNeed ~~ a repost


A List Of Policy Priorities For Women and Families

Every mother values the personal touch of a hand-written card or a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day that reminds them they are appreciated. (We at the Progress Report wouldn’t dream of committing this dangerous oversight.) But from economic security to health and reproductive rights to expanding opportunities for leadership and career advancement, millions of women and their families are at a disadvantage. With that in mind, here is a list of some essential policies to show the moms out there we appreciate them not just on Mother’s Day, but all year round. It’s time women and families have a fair shot at getting ahead, not just getting by.

1. Raise The Federal Minimum Wage To $10.10 Per Hour.

Women make up approximately two-thirds of all minimum wage workers. Raising the wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would put over $4,000 in the pockets of a full-time minimum wage worker, and it would boost wages for about 4.7 million mothers. What’s more, families benefit from a wage increase: sixty percent of women are the primary or co-bread winners in their households. More money in their paychecks means more for their families.


2. Ensure Equal Pay For Equal Work.

Women are consistently paid less than their male counterparts and make up a disproportionate share of low-wage workers. Raising the minimum wage is certainly a step in helping hardworking women support their families. Enacting stronger equal pay protections is another — it will hold employers more accountable for their practices, ensure vigorous enforcement, and empower women to uncover discrimination and negotiate for salaries they deserve. Last month, President Obama took executive action to combat discriminatory pay practices among federal contractors. But unfortunately, most Republicans in Congress continue to oppose a similar measure for workers nationwide and in some cases hold extremely backward or insensitive views on the issue.

3. Expand Access To Paid Sick And Family Leave.

Times have changed since the Mad Men era, but our workplace policies have failed to keep up. Too many women face an impossible choice between fulfilling their family or work responsibilities. Today, less than one in three children have a stay-at-home parent compared to about 55 percent a century ago, but only 11 percent of workers have access to paid family leave through their employer.. Paid family leave legislation would provide workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or seriously ill family member, or to recover from their own serious illness. Nearly two-thirds of voters support this plan.

4. Expand Access To Affordable, High-Quality Pre-School.

The lack of quality, affordable pre-school or child care options has an enormous economic impact on families. In fact, only 69 percent of 4-year-olds in America are enrolled in early childhood education, which leaves the U.S. ranked 28th among developed countries. Expanding access to high-quality preschool and child care fulfills the dual purposes of enabling mothers (and fathers) to find and maintain jobs and helping children prepare for and achieve the best outcomes in school. For every dollar invested in early childhood education, program participants and society as a whole receive $7 in benefits.

5. Ensure Reproductive Rights For All Women.

The Affordable Care Act has already represented a major victory for millions of women, including by prohibiting insurers from charging women more than men, and requiring insurers to cover maternity care, birth control, and preventative services like mammograms. But when it comes to reproductive health, mothers–and women who deserve the freedom to choose if or when they become mothers–are seeing their rights taken away. Over the past three years, states have enacted 205 abortion restrictions — more than during the entire previous decade. And this is in spite of the fact that the national abortion rate is at an historic low, not because of these laws, but more likely because more women have access to birth control.


BOTTOM LINE: It’s time we support policies that make women and their families more secure. Our country would be better off if we give women the same opportunities men have to get ahead in their jobs, get access to education, and have control over their health decisions. That is would be a truly special — and very popular — Mother’s Day gift.

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Understanding The Culture Of Violence Towards Women

In the wake of the mass shooting at UC Santa Barbara, the hashtag #YesAllWomen (a response to the “not all men” meme) became a venue on Twitter and beyond for women to share personal stories and experiences about misogyny, domestic violence, and violence toward women. One quote from Margaret Atwood that reverberated throughout the conversation summed up women’s worst fear: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

Our colleagues at Think Progress put together this infographic that paints a grim picture:

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CREDIT: Adam Peck/ThinkProgress

BOTTOM LINE: More than one in three women will experience rape, violence, and/or stalking at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetimes. #YesAllWomen has started a serious and vital conversation about misogyny and violence against women, issues that too often are either ignored or treated unseriously in our society.