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The Republican War on Women continues
Posted: Apr 6, 2012 7:52 PM
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WASHINGTON -- A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.

In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.

SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called Act 219.
Walker's office did not return repeated requests for comment.

State Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), the authors of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, criticized Walker on Thursday for not informing the public of his actions on SB 202.
┐We are finally starting to see progress here in Wisconsin, yet like their counterparts across the country, Legislative Republicans want to turn back the clock on women┐s rights in the workplace,┐ said Hansen.

Women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make. In Wisconsin, it's 75 cents, according to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women┐s Health (WAWH), which also estimates that families in the state "lose more than $4,000 per year due to unequal pay."

Business associations lobbied in support of SB 202, according to the state's Government Accountability Board. Groups like Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association all backed a repeal.

Sara Finger, executive director of WAWH, said that the repeal was a "demoralizing attack on women┐s rights, health, and wellbeing."
"Economic security is a women┐s health issue," she said. "The salary women are paid directly affects the type and frequency of health care services they are able to access. At a time when women┐s health services are becoming more expensive and harder to obtain, financial stability is essential to maintain steady access."

Walker is facing a recall election in June. The two frontrunners on the Democratic side who are competing to unseat him, former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, sharply criticized the governor for allowing the repeal bill to become law.
Falk said Walker has "turned back the clock for women across Wisconsin."

"As a woman and as a mother who worked full-time while raising my son, I know first-hand how important pay equity and health care are to women across Wisconsin," she said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

A spokesman for Barrett's campaign said that Walker's "ideological civil war includes a war on women, and repeal today of this protection against pay discrimination is a major step backwards for Wisconsin values and basic fairness."

"Tom Barrett knows equal pay for equal work is essential, and failing to stand up for Wisconsin women in the workplace is yet another reason he Walker must be defeated this summer," he said.

UPDATE: 2:17 p.m. -- The Plum Line reports that President Barack Obama's campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded to Walker's repeal, calling on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, to take a position on the issue.

"As he campaigned across Wisconsin, Mitt Romney repeatedly praised Governor Scott Walker's leadership, calling him a 'hero' and 'a man of courage,'" she said. "But with his signing yesterday of a bill make it harder for women to enforce in court their right to equal pay, Walker showed how far Republicans are willing to go to undermine not only women's health care, but also their economic security. Does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?"

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/04/06/scott-walker-wisconsin-equal-pay-law_n_1407329.html

Edited by: Gramps on Apr 6, 2012 5:53 PM
jwalker1166

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Re: The Republican War on Women continues
Posted: Apr 26, 2012 8:22 PM   in response to: Gramps in response to: Gramps
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Mitt is a Mormon drop one m and you got Scott Walker
He shames the family name. Ya he is a distant relative
The farther the better.
4Annie

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Re: The Republican War on Women continues
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:15 AM   in response to: jwalker1166 in response to: jwalker1166
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I am so sorry for you - ;) ;) - but congrats on your valor for admitting the relationship! Gives new meaning to (Johnny) Walker Red, and, perhaps, an explanation.

Note to Gramps, before Prohibition, was not Wisconsin the leading brewery state?

I, too, have distant relatives who are of the first category; they do have a great choir, enormous resources for genealogy searches and have spawned interesting shows - both on and off Broadway!
jwalker1166

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Posted: Apr 27, 2012 9:38 AM   in response to: 4Annie in response to: 4Annie
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I have Mormon relations too. Yep I have a redneck heritage and a black heart to boot.
I must be the only dimocrat {miss spelled on purpose} in the clan. I come from a family
of Mo. Republicans. All the political bickering is amusing and does not solve a thing.
The first rule of politics should bear no false witness. Second rule should be state your
case clearly and logically. Third rule the most important listen closely.
4Annie

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Posted: Apr 27, 2012 11:16 AM   in response to: jwalker1166 in response to: jwalker1166
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I'll drink to that! There are a few Democrats, but mostly lineage Republicans; I console myself believing they are remnants from the original philosophies. As an Independent, I think both sides are culpable. Had trouble with '96 candidates, so picked Nader; you know the results.

Guess you are espousing taking politics out of the elections...I drink again to that!!

Cheers.
Turtletoes2


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Re: The Republican War on Women continues
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 1:26 PM   in response to: 4Annie in response to: 4Annie
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Hey, I voted for Nader as well.{ Was he the Green Party then ?} Which is why I quit the Independence and went to Democrat. So, I could have a voice in the preliminaries.
4Annie

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Posted: Apr 27, 2012 3:15 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Yes! Gee, now I know two others...what a small world!

I'm too middle of the fence to vote in the primaries; didn't have to declare a "party line" when I registered, so I really get my money's worth by getting mailings from both (hey, wait, I'm paying for that...maybe I should reconsider! Nah.) I attended a Republican fund raiser and other affairs with an "old beau" of the richy-rich crowd, so I'm on their mailing list. The Democrats are more down to earth and respectful and email me. Listserves are wonderful.
Turtletoes2


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Re: The Republican War on Women continues
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:51 AM   in response to: Gramps in response to: Gramps
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I'm going to try to send this to all my Rep. reps. I know my Rep. is Republican and had to raise kids on her own. Should be some "sympatico" here.
4Annie

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Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:52 AM   in response to: Gramps in response to: Gramps
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Rep. Paul Ryan is also a Wisconsin-elected politico; kinda scary. Is this a mere coincidence? (Is there a move to keep females barefoot, pregnant, and on the farm?)

Makes me wonder how wide-spread the alleged 1993 Cryptosporidium contamination of Milwaukee's drinking water actually was (reportedly from dairy cows)! At the time, I was happy I decided not relocate back to my family roots since Wisconsin is "The Dairy State".

Seriously, anyone interested in pollution from livestock farms should check out National Resources Defense Council, nrcd.org.

It will be interesting to see which side of the waffle Mitt lands on.
Turtletoes2


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Re: The Republican War on Women continues
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 5:59 AM   in response to: 4Annie in response to: 4Annie
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My bet is there will be no answer or a bunch of words that's a non answer.
Gramps


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Re: The Republican War on Women continues
Posted: Apr 28, 2012 10:59 AM   in response to: Gramps in response to: Gramps
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The other day the Senate passed a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act 68-31. Who voted against the Act, you ask? All 31 were Republican male senators. The five Republican women senators voted with the Democrats to pass the bill. The bill is now slated to go to the House of Representatives which has no plans to have a vote on it.

The war continues.