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Cuccinelli-Jackson Ticket Won’t Fight for Equal Pay
 
6/07/2013 
 
The idea is simple: Equal work deserves equal pay regardless of gender.It was simple for Terry McAuliffe yesterday when he rolled out a proposal to make sure that Virginia is a place where women who work just as hard as their male counterparts earn an equal salary, and not 78 cents on the dollar as is currently the case in Virginia. 
 
It should be simple for any candidate who recognizes the fundamental importance of treating men and women equally in the work place.But it’s not so simple for the Republican ticket this year.
 
Yesterday, when asked to respond to McAuliffe’s proposal to increase penalties for employers who pay male workers more than females who do equal work, Cuccinelli’s campaign “did not indicate whether the attorney general supports McAuliffe's plan,” and sought to change the subject instead.
 
Cuccinelli’s refusal to support equal pay is bad enough, but he is also running hand-in-hand with a candidate for Lieutenant Governor who has been openly hostile to the idea. E.W. Jackson has attacked the idea viciously, calling it "subtle sexism" and saying paying women equally for equal work would “add nothing to the dignity and equality of women.”DPVA Executive Director Lauren Harmon responded to the Republican ticket’s stance on pay equity saying, “There are many issues on which people of different political persuasions can have honest disagreements.
 
Paying women equally for equal work should not be one of them.“Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson have built careers on the idea that they know what’s better for Virginia women than we do. Fighting constitutional health care rights, attempting to block access to birth control and refusing to support equal pay for equal work may satisfy their extreme ideological agenda, but would take women's rights in the Commonwealth backward.” 
 
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Cuccinelli Refused to Support Equal Pay Proposal"The campaign for Ken Cuccinelli, McAuliffe's Republican opponent, did not indicate whether the attorney general supports McAuliffe's plan. Spokeswoman Anna Nix said Cuccinelli has put out his own economic plan to strengthen the state's economy." [Daily Press, 6/6/13
 
E.W. Jackson: Equal Pay Measures “Add Nothing to the Dignity and Equality of Women” In May 2013, the Daily Press reported E.W. Jackson opposed the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2012. “Equal pay measures add nothing to the dignity and equality of women,” Jackson said. “In fact it may make some businesses leery of hiring women for fear of the litigation that may eventually result.” [Daily Press, 5/23/13
 
Jackson: Paycheck Fairness Act Is “Subtle Sexism” And Sets Up A “Women Versus Business” ScenarioIn May 2012, the Virginian-Pilot reported: “Jackson said the legislation would set up a ‘women versus business’ scenario, calling it ‘subtle sexism that refuses to acknowledge women as strong individuals, capable of negotiating and making the choices that best further their dreams.’” [Virginian-Pilot, 5/30/12
 
E.W. Jackson on Equal Pay Measure: “Bad Legislation Based on a False Premise Specifically Designed to Further a Divisive Political Agenda” and “Will Ultimately Hurt Women” In May 2012, E.W. Jackson stated, “I would not support the Paycheck Fairness Act under any circumstances. It is bad legislation based on a false premise specifically designed to further a divisive political agenda. Tim Kaine should be ashamed to be associated with a piece of legislation that will ultimately hurt women, hurt small business and only benefit politicians and trial lawyers.” [Peninsula Tea Party Press Release, 5/30/12
 
E.W. Jackson on Tim Kaine’s Support for Equal Pay Measure: “Liberals Like Tim Kaine See Women as a Victim Group to Be Manipulated and Used” In May 2012, E.W. Jackson said, “As usual, liberals like Tim Kaine see women as a victim group to be manipulated and used. We see women as competent, strong and capable. Conservatives can be proud of our support of the free market and smaller government and a strong economy. This is what allows women to thrive and grow. Therefore, I do not hesitate to speak boldly to what is truly in women's interests because the same will be in the interest of all Americans. I will continue to do so throughout the fall campaign and if elected I will do so as a U.S. Senator.” [Peninsula Tea Party Press Release, 5/30/12]
New Cuccinelli Conspiracy Theory: Planned Parenthood Views Sex Ed as Pathway to ‘Abortion on Demand’
5/31/2013 
 
It turns out Ken Cuccinelli’s suggestion that women’s health provider Planned Parenthood is a racist organization seeking to do harm to the African American community isn’t his only bizarre conspiracy theory about the organization, which provides low cost women’s health measures to thousands of Virginia women. 
 
In a 2008 letter to the editor Cuccinelli alleged that Planned Parenthood, which provides many tests and treatments including birth control and cancer screenings, is “all about abortion,” and that the organization’s interest in sexual education in schools is “what a marketing executive might call a ‘loss leader,’ used to introduce their organization and all it has to offer, e.g., abortion on demand, to our children.” 
 
“Ken Cuccinelli’s bizarre preoccupation with attacking Planned Parenthood, an organization that helps keep women healthy all over Virginia, is just the latest example of the damage his extreme agenda could do if he is elected Governor,” said DPVA Executive Director Lauren Harmon. “Virginians need a Governor who will put jobs, education and transportation first, not more of Ken Cuccinelli’s dangerous and bizarre efforts to take health care access away from women and their families." 
 
Below is the full-text of Cuccinelli’s 2008 attack on Planned Parenthood:
 
 For Planned Parenthood, it's all about abortion0
 
7 MARCH 2008 | 10:27 AM  
 
I WANTED TO RESPOND to a March 2 letter ["Breeding ignorance"] about a budget amendment defunding Planned Parenthood. The letter contains factual errors, and it called into question my motives in introducing a budget amendment to remove state funding from Planned Parenthood. It should be noted that Gov. Kaine stripped abstinence program funding from the budget, which is targeted at the same audience as the Planned Parenthood funding, and the writer seemed to have no problem with that. The governor’s action was in spite of data from his own Department of Health showing positive results here in Virginia, demonstrating that abstinence education is contributing to a decline in teen pregnancy rates. No such data exist for the sex education programs Planned Parenthood is conducting in our public schools. The writer stated that the funding is for "STD treatment, cancer screening and a host of other medically proven treatments that affect the sexual health of all women and men in Virginia." This is wrong on several counts. Most importantly, not one penny of this money goes for any such medical treatment. It all goes to sex education in the classroom. It would surprise no one that Planned Parenthood’s view of what is appropriate in sex ed (aka family life education) differs radically from ordinary Virginia families and deviates dramatically from Virginia’s guidelines of emphasizing abstinence. While Planned Parenthood’s version of sex ed often does not enjoy widespread support in the community, the abstinence programs targeted by the governor have met with overwhelming support by parents in the communities where they are being presented. There is a disconnect here between what Virginia’s government is funding and what Virginia’s families want their children taught. The governor is attempting to remove very popular family life education programs from the schools while funding Planned Parenthood to provide its own version of sex ed to our children. Finally, let’s dispense with the outrageous notion that Planned Parenthood is reducing teenage pregnancy on some mythical altruistic basis. Planned Parenthood reduces teen pregnancy by providing abortions, which both makes Planned Parenthood a lot of money and ends a pregnancy. Planned Parenthood’s sex-ed programs in our schools are what a marketing executive might call a "loss leader," used to introduce their organization and all it has to offer, e.g., abortion on demand, to our children. I believe most Virginians agree with me that such an organization should not receive the hard-earned tax dollars of Virginia’s citizens.  Ken Cuccinelli  Virginia State Senate 37th District, R-Centreville Richmond Link: http://hamptonroads.com/2008/03/planned-parenthood-its-all-about-abortion
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