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Voting-rights advocates have long wanted Democrats to embrace the fight over ballot access as an urgent civil-rights issue. This was the week when it happened.
GOP Opponents of Equal Pay: Greg Abbott
Abbott’s Salary Increased By 62% As Attorney General. According to WFAA, “State Sen. Wendy Davis pushed equal pay for a third day on Wednesday in a continuing effort she hopes rallies women to her side. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate appeared outside Houston City Hall, where she criticized Republican opponent Greg Abbott for accepting a 62 percent pay raise since taking office and then arguing against equal pay in a case as the state’s attorney general. ‘The point here is that it’s hypocritical for Gen. Abbott to take pay raises and then argue in court that hardworking Texans don’t deserve pay for that hard work,’ Davis told reporters. The attorney general does not set his own salary; legislators do, as part of the overall budget appropriations bill. Abbott got the raises in 2005 and 2007. Davis was elected to the Senate in 2008.” [WFAA, 3/12/14]
Abbott Pledged To Veto Bill That Would Make It Easier For Women To Initiate Pay Discrimination Lawsuits In State Courts. According to the Associated Press, “A campaign spokesman says Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott would veto a measure to make it easier for women to bring pay discrimination lawsuits in state court. It is an issue that dogged Abbott, the state’s current attorney general, who had previously refused to take a position on the issue. Abbott’s spokesman Matt Hirsch says discrimination against women over wages is already against the law, so the candidate would not support additional measures. Hirsch earlier stopped short of saying Abbott would have vetoed the act but later clarified that he would. Current Gov. Rick Perry did that last year when Abbott’s Democratic rival in the governor’s race, Fort Worth state Sen. Wendy Davis, shepherded a state version through the Republican-controlled Legislature.” [Associated Press, 3/19/14]
Female Assistant Attorneys General In Abbott’s Office Earned Lower Salaries Than Male Counterparts. According to the San Antonio Express-News, “Equal pay for women is in the spotlight of the Texas governor’s race, and figures from Attorney General Greg Abbott’s state agency show most female assistant attorneys general make less on average than do men in the same job classification. Abbott’s office said the difference is explained by the amount of time that the men have been licensed as lawyers and have served at the agency. But drilling down into different classifications of assistant attorney general, the figures provided by Abbott’s office show there isn’t always a direct correlation between such experience and pay. And of the top 20 highest-paid employees at the agency, just three are women, February salary figures provided to the San Antonio Express-News show. Of the 100 top positions, 37 are held by women.” [San Antonio Express-News, 3/18/14]
Marco Rubio on Equal Pay: “A Waste of Time”
Three public polls have come out in Kansas and all three polls show Paul Davis beating Sam Brownback. Today, a new PPP poll shows Davis beating Brownback 45-41. And this poll was conducted BEFORE Brownback’s far-right legislators attacked Kansas teachers and showed their true colors on public education.
It’s hard to believe that, in 2014, women still have to fight to be paid as much as men for doing the same work. Here in Kentucky, women make up nearly half the workforce but bring home just 76 cents for every dollar a man does.
This is wrong. On Equal Pay Day, I’m asking you to join me in calling on Congress to act. Add your name: http://bit.ly/1hcrjB9
Today Rep. Lynn Jenkins called Democrats push for equal pay for equal work “condescending.” We have a different word for equal pay: “fair.”
Tell Greg Abbott that the education of a Texas child is NOT a waste. Join Wendy Davis in fighting for access to pre-K for every child in Texas.
Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/NotAWaste