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September 5, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sandra Fluke on Wednesday offered a dire vision of the future if Mitt Romney is elected president, one where rape would be redefined, women would be forced to have ultrasounds against their wishes, and access to birth control would be controlled by men. Calling GOP positions “an offensive, obsolete relic of our past,” Fluke told delegates at the Democratic National Convention that “we know what this America would look like...
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February 5, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman's congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate. “I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke said late Tuesday night.
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NEWS
August 8, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Law student Sandra Fluke became a national figure last winter after she spoke publicly in favor of requiring insurance companies to cover contraception - and then was criticized by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for those remarks. The critique might not have been such a big deal if Limbaugh hadn't used the word “slut” to describe Fluke. He later apologized for his choice of words. But now Fluke is hoping to use the ensuing notoriety to help President Obama and other candidates she says are standing up for the rights of women around the country.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Wendy Greuel's congressional bid Tuesday, saying her background made her the best candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. “Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now,” Villaraigosa said in a written statement. “The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief.” Villaraigosa's backing of Greuel is notable because he declined to weigh in on the testy mayoral contest to elect his successor in 2013, a race that Greuel ultimately lost to Eric Garcetti.
NEWS
March 3, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Rush Limbaugh apologized on Saturday for calling a woman who had spoken out in support of expanding contraceptive coverage a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his show. His comments about Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown, drew rebukes from people on both ends of the political spectrum and caused sponsors to pull their ads from his show. President Obama weighed in on Friday with a phone call to Fluke in which he expressed support for her and thanked her for speaking out. “For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week," Limbaugh wrote in a statement posted to his website.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman's congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate. “I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke said late Tuesday night.
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By James Rainey
Much has been made of the gender gap that has President Obama favored by women but lagging among male voters. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Obama continues to hold a lead among women, particularly those without children. Childless working women, 25 to 45 years old, favor Obama over Romney by a broad 20 points, 46% to 26%. The president's  advantage among all women was less than 9 points, 41.6% to Romney's 33%. Obama has been campaigning furiously to widen his standing with women, including with a stop this week in Colorado, where he was introduced at one appearance by Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown University student who gained attention this year campaigning for contraceptive coverage.
NEWS
April 13, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
SACRAMENTO - Sandra Fluke, the law school graduate who became famous after Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" for demanding that health insurers be required to pay for contraception, made the rounds at the California Democratic Party on Saturday. The 31-year-old Los Angeles resident spoke to party delegates about federal student-loan reform and the California domestic workers' bill of rights, which would require overtime pay, meal breaks and other benefits for housekeepers, nannies and caregivers.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2012 | By David Horsey
George Will, one of the last lions of the right wing whose conservatism is a philosophy rather than a pathology, has heaped scorn on Republican leaders for their cowardly obeisance to Rush Limbaugh. Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week," Will said straight out that "Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. " Last week, Limbaugh infamously characterized Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old Georgetown University law student, as a "slut" and a "prostitute" who should provide the world with videos of herself having sex because she supports birth control coverage in employee insurance plans.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Wendy Greuel's congressional bid Tuesday, saying her background made her the best candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. “Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now,” Villaraigosa said in a written statement. “The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief.” Villaraigosa's backing of Greuel is notable because he declined to weigh in on the testy mayoral contest to elect his successor in 2013, a race that Greuel ultimately lost to Eric Garcetti.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Gloria Allred is back in the news and -- not that she gives a flying fig - but the haters are out in force. They call her “ambulance chaser” and “publicity hound.” They snicker that if a sex scandal is in the air, Allred will not be far behind. They say they're tired of seeing her face on the news, they roll their eyes at her rhetoric or her stunts. But guess what? When women feel they have been wronged, she is the person they turn to. “I don't reach out to women,” she told Politico last year.
NEWS
April 13, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
SACRAMENTO - Sandra Fluke, the law school graduate who became famous after Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" for demanding that health insurers be required to pay for contraception, made the rounds at the California Democratic Party on Saturday. The 31-year-old Los Angeles resident spoke to party delegates about federal student-loan reform and the California domestic workers' bill of rights, which would require overtime pay, meal breaks and other benefits for housekeepers, nannies and caregivers.
NEWS
October 7, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - Cable television heavyweights Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly faced off Saturday night in “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” with the ideological opponents, by turns blunt and vulgar, debating everything from the economy to entitlements. The event, hosted by George Washington University in Washington, D.C., presented a chance for the two politically charged talk show hosts to try to persuade each other to move to the opposite side of the spectrum. Not surprisingly, that part was a bust.
NATIONAL
September 7, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Where but the women's caucus of the Democratic National Convention would someone compare Mitt Romney to an expensive but unwearable shoe? On Thursday morning, party activist Jehmu Greene told hundreds of delegates that she had packed all kinds of fancy high heels for Charlotte, but had worn only one pair of shoes: her comfortable tennies. The "pretty shoes" she never wore, she said, reminded her of the Republican presidential nominee. "In Tampa, they tried to put a nice little package on him, tried to make him seem so yummy, so desirable.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The Democratic National Convention continues Wednesday with a rare event: a speech by a non-candidate that is more eagerly anticipated than the nominee's remarks. That would be the address by former President Clinton, a man who once worked every bit as hard as Republican Mitt Romney to keep Barack Obama out of the White House. They're BFFs now, or at least committed to the same goal. Look for Clinton to apply his keen political instincts to the challenge of convincing Americans that they're better off today than they would have been without President Obama.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sandra Fluke on Wednesday offered a dire vision of the future if Mitt Romney is elected president, one where rape would be redefined, women would be forced to have ultrasounds against their wishes, and access to birth control would be controlled by men. Calling GOP positions “an offensive, obsolete relic of our past,” Fluke told delegates at the Democratic National Convention that “we know what this America would look like...
NATIONAL
March 29, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
The Arizona state Senate has rejected a controversial bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to offer birth control coverage if it conflicted with their moral or religious beliefs. The proposal had become entangled in a rancorous national debate over women's healthcare and religious freedom. Under the bill, employers still would have been required to cover birth control used for purposes other than contraception, such as treating acne. Opponents said that would have required women who wanted birth control to tell their employers why, thereby violating their privacy, the Associated Press reported . Supporters of the bill maintained that women only would have to share such information with their insurers, but retooled the proposal before Wednesday's vote.
NATIONAL
September 7, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Where but the women's caucus of the Democratic National Convention would someone compare Mitt Romney to an expensive but unwearable shoe? On Thursday morning, party activist Jehmu Greene told hundreds of delegates that she had packed all kinds of fancy high heels for Charlotte, but had worn only one pair of shoes: her comfortable tennies. The "pretty shoes" she never wore, she said, reminded her of the Republican presidential nominee. "In Tampa, they tried to put a nice little package on him, tried to make him seem so yummy, so desirable.
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By James Rainey
Much has been made of the gender gap that has President Obama favored by women but lagging among male voters. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Obama continues to hold a lead among women, particularly those without children. Childless working women, 25 to 45 years old, favor Obama over Romney by a broad 20 points, 46% to 26%. The president's  advantage among all women was less than 9 points, 41.6% to Romney's 33%. Obama has been campaigning furiously to widen his standing with women, including with a stop this week in Colorado, where he was introduced at one appearance by Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown University student who gained attention this year campaigning for contraceptive coverage.
NATIONAL
August 9, 2012 | David Lauter
With the election still locked in a near-tie, the politics of gender and race have moved into the spotlight of the presidential campaign. For most of the summer, the debate has focused on two things: the state of the economy and Mitt Romney's background in business. But in recent days, the two campaigns have added new, sharp-edged issues to the mix. On Wednesday, President Obama flew to Colorado, a key battleground, where he pushed the issue of access to contraceptives, which is also the subject of a campaign ad in swing states featuring quotes from Romney attacking Planned Parenthood.
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