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Veteran activist from Florida chosen as NOW’s new leader

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A long-time feminist activist whose campaign resume noted that she had an illegal abortion in 1968 has been elected as the new president of the National Organization for Women. Toni Van Pelt, 69, who has been active for decades in NOW’s Florida affiliates, was elected Saturday night at the organization’s national conference in Orlando, Florida. Elected as vice president was her running mate, Gilda Yazzie, a Navajo Indian from Durango, Colorado. They defeated a ticket headed by China Fortson-Washington, a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.28.16 – SCOTUS ruling on McDonnell case must delight compromised politicos across the land

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday unanimously overturned former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction on corruption charges. In case you’ve forgotten, McDonnell and his wife Maureen accepted more than $175,000 in nice gifts, such as $6,000 Rolex watches and $20,000 in designer clothing from a dude named Jonnie Williams, who was swarming around the couple in hopes that the governor would help some of his businesses, most prominently diet supplements. But apparently there was never a smoking gun. “There is no…

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Activists criticize Dana Young for her support of controversial abortion bill

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More than a month after after it was signed by Governor Rick Scott, abortion rights activists in Florida remain infuriated about the Legislature’s passage of HB 1411, which that denies public resources to women’s health clinics that provide abortion services. To express their anger about the bill, a group of activists gathered in front of Tampa House Republican Dana Young’s district office in South Tampa on Thursday, where they denounced her and Governor Scott for approving the bill. The measure doesn’t eliminate state funding…

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Susannah Randolph takes on Congressional run with deep knowledge

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Want the boss’ job? For Susannah Randolph, you run for it. Randolph, 41, an Orlando Democrat, has been the district director for Congressman Alan Grayson … both times. Now that Grayson, an Orlando Democrat, is running for the U.S. Senate, Randolph is running for his seat from Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Democrats actually have a congressional district in the 9th where they can have a crowded primary instead of the often one lone, unknown Democratic candidate taking a roll of…

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Abortion rights activists object to waiting period bill

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Abortion rights backers objected angrily to time limits on public comments as a bill requiring a 24 hour waiting period for an abortion got its first Senate committee approval Tuesday. The legislation, SB 724 sponsored by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, would require that a woman wait 24 hours after a legally required counseling session with a physician before having the procedure. Supporters say it’s intended to create a period for reflection before an important decision that a woman might come…

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