Archive for July 19, 2012
I’ve written before about a Republican Congressional focus on women’s health issues instead of on jobs. After that article was written, a number of well-publicized incidents turned that ill-conceived (!) focus on women’s reproductive issues into a full-fledged Republican War on Women meme.
A CBS/New York Times poll released yesterday showed Mitt Romney with an eight point lead among men and a five point deficit among women. (I would give you the raw numbers but the press release does not include crosstabs.)
A July Purple Strategies poll of swing state voters — their “swing states” are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin — has President Obama leading Governor Romney 47–45 percent. Among women in those states, Obama leads Romney 52–42 while among men, he trails 41–50. This “gender gap” is a consistent 12-point advantage among females in Colorado, Ohio and Virginia (50–38, 51–39, 52–40, respectively), while the advantage among women is “only” seven points in Florida, at 51–44. Even though the so-called War on Women was hot back in February and March 2012, the gender gap has stayed consistently high for four months, indicating that the meme has taken hold on public consciousness.
Republicans charged that the Obama Administration was forcing religious institutions to cover contraceptive services against their will. (As I’ve written before, this is actually an updating of laws passed by Congress in 1964 and 1978, and reaffirmed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2000. Federal employees were merely putting the old existing rule into the context of brand-new Obamacare.)
In February, seven states’ Attorneys General sued the Obama Administration (the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor). Led by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, it also included the states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Individual plaintiffs were also included, who claimed they were harmed by the proposed rule.
A Federal District Court ruling in Omaha, Nebraska, released Tuesday, smacked the plaintiffs pretty hard. (more…)