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Chairman’s Note: This month, the Supreme Court is going to decide the fate of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), legislation that bars federal benefits for legally married same sex couples. Join Democrats across the county in support of equality by sharing our profile picture on Facebook today.

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50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act →

Chairman’s Note: 50 years ago today President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act – landmark legislation to guarantee women equal pay for equal work. Yet today, women still earn only 80 cents for every dollar comparable men earn. We still have work to do. With Republicans like Congresswoman Kristi Noem obstructing efforts to close the pay gap, we have to step up. Please SHARE our “I support Equal Pay for Equal Work” graphic on Facebook today!

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Recommitting Ourselves on the 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act

Today the nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act – landmark legislation that served as a first step toward guaranteeing American women equal pay for equal work.

At the time, women earned 62 cents for every dollar men of comprable education and experience earned. Today, women make 80 cents for every dollar that men earn. We’ve come a long way since President Kennedy enshrined Equal Pay for Equal Work into law, but the numbers underline just how much further we have to go.

That’s why President Obama and Democrats across the country have been working to close the gap through legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act would make much-needed progress toward erasing that disparity by closing loopholes and imposing effective, strict penalties on employers who discriminate based on gender.

Our work, however, is cut out for us. Congresswoman Kristi Noem and her House Republicans refuse to even vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act and as a result, the pay gap between men and women remains.

We can change this. Please recommit yourself to Equal Pay for Equal Work, a fundamental value the South Dakota Democratic Party holds, by sharing this article with your friends today.

Thank you for joining the South Dakota Democratic Party in support of Equal Pay for Equal Work.

 

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Task Force Takes Aim At SD Sex Trafficking →

Chairman’s Note: Brendan Johnson has been doing incredible work as our US Attorney. In true Johnson fashion, he keeps his head down and does the job. This week he held a rare press conference to discuss his important work to put an end to human trafficking in South Dakota. I hope you’ll take a few moments to watch.

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Marriage Equality Makes a McGovern Day Appearance

Last week, our McGovern Day speaker, Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, announced her support for marriage equality. This week, our very own Senator Tim Johnson joined Senator Heitkamp, thousands of South Dakotans, and millions of Americans in advancing the cause of equality for all.

We have a lot to be proud of as Democrats at this year’s McGovern Day on Saturday, April 20. Join us in recognizing the hard work Democrats put in and the bold stances we make in red states to advance equality everywhere by supporting your South Dakota Democrats at McGovern Day.

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SDDP team

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Gay victim of domestic violence? Tough luck, says Republican legislator & police officer

If you’re gay, you don’t deserve protection against domestic abuse.

That’s what Rep. Dan Kaiser (R-Aberdeen) decided after amending a domestic abuse protection bill to include only people of the opposite sex. An Aberdeen area police offer, Kaiser evidently believes straight couples are worthy of his protection under the law and same sex couples are not.

Kaiser should know better. America holds its deepest roots in equality under the law and justice for all – no matter who you are. With a simple amendment, Kaiser has denied equal protection under the law for the LGBT community and justice for victims of domestic violence.

Help us hold Kaiser accountable to his constituents, the founding ideals of our great country, and our state’s better angels.

Ask your state senator to oppose Rep. Kaiser’s amendment today. They have one more chance to stop this amendment dead in its tracks.

Thank you for doing your part to root out injustice.

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Study: ID laws could trip up young minority voters →

Chairman’s Note: Across the country, Republican Governors and legislators are attempting to suppress the vote. Despite the fact that in person voter fraud happens less than once per election, the GOP is using it as an excuse to stop young voters from casting a ballot. Instead of winning voters over with their arguments, the GOP is trying to take away their right to participate.

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President Obama Endorses Gay Marriage →

Chairman’s Note: Yesterday, President Obama endorsed same sex marriage, giving the LGBT community more of the dignity they deserve. Make no mistake –  we just took one step closer to a more perfect union. I’m proud to be on President Obama’s team.

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Republican War on Women is Not a ‘Myth’ →

Chairman’s Note: Noem is on the defensive with an op-ed outlining why she thinks the Republican War on Women is a myth. Focus on the “real issues” says Noem. Here’s the thing: you see, the Democratic party believes women’s issues – such as access to family planning services, breast and cervical cancer screenings, nutritious food, contraception, and gender equity in schools – are real issues. And Democrats are going to keep holding Congresswoman Noem accountable for supporting policies that hurt women across America everyday.

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Republican War on Women is NOT a ‘Myth’

In a tweet earlier this week, Congresswoman Kristi Noem called the Republican War on Women a ‘myth.’ Aside from pointing out Noem’s obvious implication that women’s issues aren’t real issues , we thought we’d illuminate this so called “myth” for our Congresswoman.

So, let us count the ways in which the Washington Republican agenda is hurting women all over the country:

  • Slash $2.4 trillion from Medicaid, in which women make up 70% of adult beneficiaries, denying life-saving health care to over 12 million women.
  • Eliminate the Title X program, denying family planning services, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and other preventive health care to over 5 million low-income women.
  • Slash $747 million from the  Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), jeopardizing food, counseling, and other support for over two million women, nearly five million children, and over two million infants
  • Get rid of the Women’s Educational Equity program, which helps schools comply with Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs.
  • Cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens – over two-thirds of which include elderly poor women.
  • Allow employers to deny women access to contraception through their health insurance plans.
  • Gut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning for women in our country.
And that’s just the half of it. Congresswoman Noem – women’s issues are real issues, and pretending the Republican War on Women is a ‘myth’ doesn’t help the tens of millions of women who suffer because of Republican policies.

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