a message from Senator AL Franken


Al Franken - U.S. Senator, Minnesota

Dear Carmen,

There’s nothing worse than a verbose fundraising email, so I’ll get right to the point: We’re $12,342 away from our November fundraising goal — can you click here to contribute $5 or $10 and help us reach it?

Please?

Thanks,

Al

P.S.: Okay, in case you felt shortchanged by that fairly brusque email, let me reassure you that, in fact, your support really does mean an awful lot to me. Every time I ask my staff how we’re doing and hear about all the $25 contributions people are sending in and all the nice notes that come along with the contributions, it lifts my spirits and makes me even more committed to doing the good work you worked so hard to send me to the Senate to do. It’s just that, when I asked the team how we were doing today, they told me about being $12,342 short of our monthly goal. And I know there are only 13 hours left, but I really, really want to get there. Not just for the satisfaction of reaching a goal, but because we need that money to fund our grassroots, people-powered campaign. And it really does make a difference when you send in a few dollars — in fact, if everyone who read this email sent in a few dollars, we’d blow through that goal. Actually, if only the people who read all the way through to this ridiculously long P.S. sent in a few dollars, we’d be all set for the month. Anyway.

P.P.S.: Please click here to contribute.

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a message from Tarryl Clark


Dear SupporterGoal Thermometer

In Mississippi this month we fought back against the Tea Party’s War on Women and won! This crucial victory stopped a draconian bill that would have not only ended our basic rights and reproductive freedoms, but went so far as preventing doctors from saving a woman if her pregnancy endangered her life.

This was just the opening salvo of their renewed War on Women. With inaction on job creation and deficit reduction dominating the headlines, our Tea Party Congress has been quietly opening a new front in their assault on women’s rights.

Stand up with me, for your daughters, your granddaughters and all of the women you care about ! Give $10 or $15 today to send me to Washington to protect the progress women have made and continue to work toward protecting the health of all women.

Conservatives want all insurance companies to pay for a man’s Viagra, but at the same time to permit hospitals to refuse emergency abortion care to women who would die without it. These are the priorities of the Tea Party and if they get their way it will set the clock back on the progress we made in the last 40 years.

This is about life saving treatments that the Tea Party’s agenda seeks to destroy. Their agenda is far reaching including even preventive medicine. As women, we could be refused mammograms, and birth control could be denied because of a company’s religious beliefs. They’ve put our healthcare in their crosshairs, trying to put basic contraception out of reach for millions of women.

I spent years working in our communities, including developing pregnancy prevention programs, and I can tell you that increasing access to contraception is key to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions in this country.

I need your help to make sure that the progress women have made is not undone for millions. Contribute now to help me raise $2500 and hit my month end goal.

As a woman, I know our economic freedom depends on being able to prevent unplanned pregnancy and conservatives shouldn’t be taking this away from us. Access to free contraception has the promise of empowering millions more women across our country, but we must fight to protect this.

Please join me today in protecting the important advance we have made, and help send me to Congress where I will continue our strive towards true equality.

Sincerely,

Tarryl Clark

Paid for by Friends of Tarryl Clark 2012

…despite Teapublicans the employment numbers look good for NOV. -Let’s turn seasonal work into JOBs


Employers added 206,000 private-sector jobs in November

By msnbc.com news services

Private employers added 206,000 jobs in November, according to a new report released Wednesday from payrolls processor ADP.

The monthly number was better than expected. Analysts had expected a smaller gain in November. October’s monthly gain in private-sector hiring was revised up to 130,000 from a previously reported gain of 110,000.

Each month, ADP releases a report on whether private employers added any jobs in the prior month. The report is often used as a gauge heading into the government’s monthly employment report, which is due out Friday.

Earlier, consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported the number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms edged down marginally in November, though job cuts for the year have surpassed 2010’s total.

Employers announced 42,474 planned job cuts this month, down 0.7 percent from 42,759 in October, according to the report.

November’s job cuts were down 12.8 percent from the same time a year ago when 48,711 layoffs were announced. But with just one month left in the year, employers have announced 564,297 cuts for 2011, exceeding 2010’s total of 529,973.

Cuts in the government sector accounted for 44 percent of November’s layoffs, the eighth time this year the sector has led all others in monthly job cuts.

Of the 18,508 government job cuts announced this month, 13,500 were the result of civilian workforce cuts made by the United States Air Force.

“Over the past six months, we definitely have seen a shift away from the heavy government job cuts at the state and local level toward increased job cuts at the federal level,” John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a statement. “The worst may be yet to come, as cutbacks spread from the military to every other agency in Washington.”

Hiring plans fell sharply to 63,527 from 159,177 the month before. Most of November’s gains were from seasonal workers being hired by UPS.

The report comes two days ahead of the key U.S. jobs report, which is forecast to show the economy added 122,000 in November.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

President Obama All Women Need Affordable Birth Control …National Women’s Law Center


Original post 11/20

They’re at it again. Opponents of birth control are trying to put women’s health at risk.

Tell President Obama All Women Need Affordable Birth Control

Over the summer, we secured a big victory when we helped get all forms of FDA-approved contraceptives covered and without a co-pay. However, we were dismayed that the administration allowed some employers to deny this coverage to their employees. Now, some opponents of contraception are pressuring President Obama to deny this critical benefit to more than a million more women.

The reality is that nearly all of sexually active women in the U.S., regardless of their religious beliefs, use contraception at some point in their lives, and it is a preventive health service that should be covered regardless of where they work.

This summer over 60,000 of you joined our effort to say: birth control — we got you covered! We need your help again to ensure that ALL women have access to affordable contraception — tell President Obama to give ALL women access to contraception without co-pays.

WWW.NWLC.ORG

In signing the Affordable Care Act, President Obama championed leveling the health care playing field. The current exemption and certainly any expansion of it will re-open the door for women to be treated like a pre-existing condition.

All women should have affordable access to the contraceptives they need, regardless of where they work. Please give ALL women access to contraception without a co-pay.
Thank you for continuing to stand up for the health of women and their families.

Sincerely,

 Judy Waxman
Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
National Women’s Law Center   

 P.S. Your support allows us to continue to improve the health care of women and their families as well as work on many other critical issues. Please consider making a contribution today.   WWW.NWLC.ORG

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