Daily Archives: Nov. 5, 2012

100 years of women’s voting rights in Kansas

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Kansas granting women full voting rights – just a day before a national election in which the political parties have been scrambling to win over women. Kansas voters – all of them men – approved a state constitutional amendment on Nov. 5, 1912, eight years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote nationwide, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. The Kansas amendment passed 175,246 to 159,197. Two earlier attempts to pass a voting rights amendment had failed in Kansas in 1867 and 1894. However, Kansas women were allowed to vote in school elections from the start of statehood in 1861, and they were allowed to vote in municipal elections in 1887. In fact, Susanna Salter was elected mayor of Argonia in 1887, becoming the first female mayor in the nation.

Listen to CEOs on reducing deficit

Republican members of Congress should listen to leaders of some of our country’s largest businesses on what’s needed to reduce the federal deficit. CEOs from more than 80 major U.S. companies – including Microsoft, AT&T, General Electric and Dow Chemical Co. – are urging Congress to raise taxes and cut spending, including entitlements. The group supports the proposal by the federal deficit-reduction commission that called for about $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. But nearly every Republican member of Congress has pledged to never, ever raise taxes, no matter what. According to Grover Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform, every member of Kansas’ congressional delegation except Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, has pledged to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income-tax rates for individuals and/or businesses.”

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

The following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:
Nation’s Lower Class Still Waiting for First Mention by Either Presidential Candidate
Romney Says He Favors Abortion in Cases Where It Makes People Vote for Him
Obama Takes Out Romney With Mid-Debate Drone Attack
Hot New App From the GOP Modernizes Minority Voter Suppression
Ben Roethlisberger Admits Wearing Steelers Throwback Jersey Lowest Point in His Life