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  • Syllabus for Republican “Sensitivity” Training

    (Note:  This is satire.  Sort of.)

    With last week’s news that Republicans are going to start holding seminars on how to talk with (and about) women, we at the Democratic National Committee were able to get our hands on a draft syllabus and reading list for the expanded sensitivity training sessions Republicans are going to be holding.

    Syllabus for Republican “Sensitivity” Training

    “Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn.” – Republican Aide to Politico

    “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be.” – Speaker Boehner

    Dear fellow Republicans —

    Welcome to GOP Sensitivity School, where our goal is to help you show your friendlier, more inclusive side!

    DAY ONE

    HOW TO TALK TO AND ABOUT WOMEN 101:

    Reading List
    Headline: “Bill Cassidy Staffer Tweets Mary Landrieu-Mussolini Picture” [POLITICO, 11/22/13]

    Headline: “NRSC Tweets Sexualized Attack Against Alison Lundergan Grimes” [Huffington Post, 11/19/13]

    DAY TWO

    HOW TO CELEBRATE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 101:

    Reading List
    Headline: “The G.O.P.’s Racism Tweet” [New York Times, 12/2/13]

    Headline: RNC reflects on ‘ending racism’ [MSNBC.com, 12/2/13]

    DAY THREE

    HOW TO HONOR RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY & TOLERANCE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON 101

    Reading List

    Headline: “GOP Draws Fire For Selling 'Happy Holidays Is What Liberals Say' Merchandise” [Birmingham News, 12/4/13]

    Pants on Fire: “Jeb Bush Says Obama Is Closing The Embassy To The Vatican” [Politifact, 12/4/13]

    Headline: “GOP Group Attacks Obama As ‘Anti-Religion’ For Moving U.S. Embassy In Vatican” [Mediaite, 11/27/13]

    Headline: “GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter: 'It Is Part Of The Middle Eastern Culture' To Lie (VIDEO)” [Huffington Post, 12/4/13]

    Headline: “Pryor Gets Gop Flak Over Bible Ad” [Arkansas Online, 12/4/13]

    Headline: “Republicans Had Better Get Comfortable With 'Happy Holidays'” [Business Insider, 12/2/13]


    DAY FOUR

    HOW TO OPEN OUR BIG TENT UP TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY 101

    Reading List
    Headline: “Rep. Randy Forbes: Deny Money To Gay Candidates” [POLITICO, 12/4/13]

    Headline: “Boehner Sees ‘No Basis Or No Need’ For ENDA” [Washington Blade, 11/14/13]

    DAY FIVE

    PROVING WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT LATINO OUTREACH 101

    Reading List
    Op-ed: “Gov. Christie Making Weak Excuses For Opposing The NJ DREAM Act” [PolitickerNJ, 12/5/13]

    Headline: “No Immigration Reform Vote In The House This Year” [Washington Post, 11/8/13]

    Headline: “McCarthy: No House Immigration Deal In '13” [The Hill, 11/8/13]

    DAY SIX

    HOW TO PUT A BAND-AID ON A MAJOR PROBLEM 101

    Reading List
    Headline: “GOP Men Tutored In Running Against Women” [POLITICO, 12/5/13]

    Headline: “Boehner’s Rx For GOP’s Women Woes: Be More Sensitive” [ABC News, 12/5/13]

    DAY SEVEN

    LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES 101

    Reading List

    Headline: “No soul-searching for Virginia GOP after losses” [Politico, 12/8/13]

    From the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza on the path forward for the GOP following their losses in Virginia: “But, no matter what, Republicans have a problem… But knowing it and knowing how to solve it are two very different things.” [Washington Post, 12/8/13]

  • “Top Ten Political Leaders We Need Right Now”

    Today on Morning Joe, there was a discussion of the "top ten political leaders we need right now."

    Here are their lists-- they reflect some great leaders but it left out some great women who have made America what it is today.



    Here is my list with some others that should be added:

    This list represents only a few of the countless female leaders who deserve our respect and admiration, and who have shown time after time that women can also help to get the job done.

  • Despite the tremendous impact of the Violence Against Women Act, the truth is that far too many women in this country still face the violent reality of domestic abuse and rape, and far too many die every day because of violence in their communities and their own homes. We can and must do more. As Democrats, we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent violence against all Americans. – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • We’re not going to let them win

    Republicans in Texas went against the will of the people and passed an extreme anti-choice bill. Our National Director of Women's Outreach sent the following email in response.

    Friend,

    Across the country, anti-choice activists are paying attention to what you're going to do right now.

    Late last night, the Texas legislature passed an extraordinarily restrictive law that will make it illegal for a woman to receive an abortion after 20 weeks, and may shutter all but five of the 42 abortion clinics in the state.

    The impact of this law will be felt by women and families far outside of Texas, because its passage will embolden the forces all around the country who want to roll back the right of a woman to make her own health decisions, one state at a time.

    Stopping them will require both resources and political will.

    Show them you're not going to let them win -- add your name to the petition now.

    Thousands of people -- men and women alike -- joined together to protest this bill. And those people are committed to fighting back over the long haul and turning the great state of Texas blue.

    But across the country, anti-choice activists are watching us, and any hint of resignation will be an encouragement for them to keep their campaign going into more and more states.

    We need everyone on board. Say you're in:

    http://my.democrats.org/Womens-Health

    Thanks,

    Simone

    Simone Ward
    National Director of Women's Outreach
    Democratic National Committee

  • Same Old Party

    While Republicans continue to talk about a rebrand, their actions prove that the Grand Old Party is still the Same Old Party. Watch this video then chip in so we have the resources to defeat them and their extreme agenda.

    While Republicans continue to talk about a rebrand, their actions prove that the Grand Old Party is still the Same Old Party. Watch this video, then chip in so we have the resources to defeat them and their extreme agenda.

    Donate

  • My wife and the Congressional Women’s Softball Game

    My wife Kate works for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. One of her many responsibilities is planning the Congressional Women’s Softball game, which she's done annually since its creation five years ago. The game raises money for the Young Survival Coalition— an organization that helps young women with breast cancer —and Kate loves every minute of planning it.  (She pretends it's hard – but nothing means more to her than to raise money for an awesome cause.)

    I’ve been to all of the games since the first, usually watching Kate fluttering around the field, making sure the games run smoothly. But last year was different. I had to attend the game alone.

    Last year we received the worst news of our lives: Kate had been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. When game day came around, she was in the hospital, sicker than she'd ever been before.

    It’s hard to put into words how awful those days were. But despite the painful treatments and hospitalization, Kate never forgot about the softball game. From her hospital bed, she was emailing updates to the other game organizers and Rep. Wasserman Schultz — and of course, she made sure that I could attend in her place (I wore a shirt embroidered with the name “Mr. Kate”).

    The outpouring of support from the players was overwhelming. During the game, one Congresswoman from the Congressional team found me, asked me to call Kate, and then passed the phone around to all the players in the dugout so that they could wish her a fast recovery.

    Thankfully, Kate has now been in remission for over a year. She's always loved working for the Democrats, but it never hit home as much as it did when she realized what it meant when President Obama did away with lifetimecaps (her medical costs would have put her halfway to her cap at only 27 years old). As someone who racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills in just a few months, Kate knows a thing or two about how important it is to have affordable insurance coverage — how without it our family would have gone into financial ruin. With Obamacare no family ever has to worry about going bankrupt due to an illness.

    Life is still intense — but these days it's mostly because Kate's set a goal to double the amount they raise this year for the Young Survival Coalition (and she’s almost there!).

    The game is just a few days away, now. I’ll be there again. But this year, I’ll be there with Kate

    For more information about the game or to support the cause— or buy tickets if you're in DC— visit http://cwsoftballgame.eventbrite.com/

  • More anti-women, anti-gay GOP candidates

    While the Republicans continue to talk about a rebrand, here's who they chose for the Governor's race in Virginia. These guys make Todd Akin look liberal. Watch the video to learn more about their warped policies and then donate so we have the resources to defeat them and their extreme agenda.

    While the Republicans continue to talk about a rebrand, here's who they chose for the Governor's race in Virginia. These guys make Todd Akin look liberal. Watch the video to learn more about their warped policies and then donate so we have the resources to defeat them and their extreme agenda.

    Donate

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