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DL-DSM: Timewarp Again Edition

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This week in Alabama, two members of the Alabama Public Service Commission invoked prayer a means to stop proposed EPA regulations that aim to reduce power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent. PSC commissioner-elect Chip Beeker said coal was created in Alabama by God, and the federal government should not enact policy that runs counter to God's plan.

Meanwhile in other religious news, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material. They have setup a website where women wanting to claim a religious exemption to the laws can print out a letter for their doctor.

And in Virginia yet another anti-marriage equality law has been overturned. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Monday that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The 2-1 ruling upheld a previous decision issued earlier this year by a Virginia district court, which struck down the state's ban on gay marriages. "Virginia has failed to advance a compelling state interest justifying its definition of marriage as between only a man and a woman."

And finally in Iowa, the senate campaign of Joni Ernst has hit another pothole of her her own making. Ernst, a Republican, was caught espousing wishful thinking as policy in a September 2013 forum held by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, saying Congress should not pass laws "that the states would consider nullifying." "Tentherism" was one of the primary justifications used by pro-slavery advocate John Calhoun in the years leading up to the Civil War, and a hundred years later, by segregationists opposing civil rights.

Your making sure the date was not set back to 1850 co-hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: The Koch-Roach Edition

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This week, Senate and House Democrats are introducing legislation that will override the recent Supreme Court decision that allows employers to claim a religious exemption to deny their employee's federally mandated birth control coverage options. The bill would "override the Supreme Court's decision and state that no federal law, including RFRA, permits for-profit employers to refuse to comply with federal health coverage requirements". It is not expected to pass the Republican controlled House.

Meanwhile in Texas, Republican state representative Louie Gohmert (and Tea Party crazy person), has publicly stated that he believes the US should go to war with Mexico to stop the flood of immigration. He claimed that border patrol told him that the immigrants coming through Mexico and crossing over into the US were likely radical Muslim terrorists.

In scary local news, the notorious conservative "Koch Brothers" were targeting Iowa as a major base of political operations with "Americans for Prosperity", the main political branch of the Koch brothers' vast empire. Mark Lucas, an organizer and speaker for the group stated that "I want Iowa people, our people, to go out and change the world." He went on further to state that "We've got a long way to go, but it's great to know Mr. (David) Koch and our board are dedicated for the long term. We don't want to tear this thing down 10 or 15 years down the road." Charles and David Koch own the second-largest privately held company in the USA.

Your Koch-roach hating co-hosts,

Donni, Stephen, and Thresa
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DL-DSM: The Corporate Religious Freedom Edition

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This week, the majority of the country was horrified as the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided 5-4 that companies owned by people of religious convictions are not required under federal law to provide certain contraceptives. In spite of Justice Ginsberg's scathing dissent, SCOTUS decided that a corporations are able to decide what which healthcare is right for their employees.

Also this week it was revealed that the Pennsylvania Department of Health was involved in a cover-up to not respond to citizens' reports of health problems related to health issues created by the state's massive fracking in place.

In better news, in Kentucky a federal judge has struck down their ban on same-sex marriages, stating that "[A]s this Court has respectfully explained, in America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," he wrote. If only SCOTUS would have used the same logic in their vote of contraception. Currently while marriage equality moves forward across the nation, the ability to marry in KY is on a "stay" while a federal appeal is working its way through the courts.

Right here in Iowa, Governor Branstad ( R) has actually signed into law the medical use of cannabidiol (non-psychoactive form of cannabis) for the treatment of intractable epilepsy. He has so far refused the expansion of medical cannabis treatments for any other disorder. Meanwhile an interim legislative committee will oversee the implementation until the law is repealed in 2017.

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Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: The Take Care of Our Veterans! Edition

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Congratulations to last week’s winner of Justin Krebs' book “"538 Ways to Live, Work, and Play Like A Liberal”.

This week the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency- released its third letter and report on disturbing findings, including that thousands of veterans died waiting for care. The OSC became involved when the VA's own Office of the Medical Inspector acknowledged that the problems have existed, but consistently stated that patient care was never affected (called the “harmless error” approach). The OSC stated that this hides the severity and longstanding problems within the VA, essentially using the internal medical inspector to justify and cover up death and mistreatment of thousands of veterans at VA facilities across the nation. With probable mass scale renewed military involvement in Iraq, the question of how our government takes care of all of our veterans is a pressing one.

Read more about this unfolding story online here:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/investigations/2014/06/22/ph...

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DL-DSM: One War, Two War, Red War, Blue War Edition

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This week to celebrate reaching 300 likes on our Facebook page we will be giving away a copy of Drinking Liberally co-founder Justin Krebs' book "538 Ways to Live, Work, and Play Like a Liberal". You do not want to miss that.

It seems once again Iraq is all over the news. There have been major victories by Islamic militants in the past few weeks in northern Iraq. And now the voices that cried loudest for the second Bush war are saying we should listen to them again because they know how to fix Iraq.

The US Supreme Court overruled an appellate court allowing a lawsuit by an anti-abortion group to proceed with its challenge of an Ohio law. The law bans campaign statements deemed to be false. The law was heavily criticized by groups on the left and right.

The Obama administration announced Monday it will draft an executive order forbidding discrimination against LGBT employees of federal contractors because of sexual orientation and sexual identity. The administration has been forced to take this action as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been stonewalled by House Republicans after passing the Senate.

In local news, Joni Ernst the Republican candidate for Tom Harkin's Senate seat got into a little hot water last week, as reports surfaced about her husband's Facebook posts. Apparently, he had a long history of making inappropriate remarks about women. Ernst said she was appalled at what her husband had posted.

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Donni, Stephen, and Thresa
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