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Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Full-time women workers’ earnings are only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. Decades of research shows that no matter how you evaluate the data, there remains a pay gap — even after factoring in the kind of work people do, or qualifications such as education and experience — and there is good evidence that discrimination contributes to the persistent pay disparity between men and women. In other words, pay discrimination is a real and persistent problem that continues to shortchange American women and their families.

Know Your Rights!

Voter Fraud Vigilantes

What better way to eliminate the infinitesimal amount of voter fraud in the United States than by disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of people? That is basically what the Republican craze of “voter ID” laws will do. These laws will overwhelmingly impact students, minorities and the poor— interestingly-enough, all reliable Democratic voters.

There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is no actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens. –Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Republican Cuts Kill

‘Republican Cuts Kill,’ which was produced by the Agenda Project Action Fund, mixes disturbing footage of the Ebola outbreak—including images of body bags, hazmat suits, and corpses—with clips of Mitch McConnell, Pat Roberts, Rand Paul, and Republicans in some of the most competitive races around the country demanding more spending cuts. The demand for cuts is juxtaposed against testimony from top CDC and NIH officials detailing how budget cuts substantially hampered their ability to address the crisis..

The reality is that Republican budget cuts have halved the CDC’s emergency preparedness budget since 2006.

The reality is that Republican budget cuts have halved the CDC’s emergency preparedness budget since 2006.

Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health remarked that, “NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here.”

“Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” said Collins. “We would have been a year or two ahead of where we are, which would have made all the difference.”

Protect Your Vote!

via VA 8th Congressional District Democratic Committee

Voter Info Hotline

The Democratic Party of Virginia is dedicated to ensuring that all Virginians can exercise their rights to register, vote, and have their votes counted. More resources and info at:

Gaughan Campaign Signs Available

The Fifth Congressional District Democratic campaign for Lawrence Gaughan for Congress is in full swing.  Large (4′ x 4′) yard signs, small yard signs, and bumper stickers are now available. If you would like to put up a sign or a bumper sticker, contact your County or City Democratic Chair.  Check out the Gaughan for Congress website at

Suzanne Long of Madison displays a large Gaughan for Congress sign.
Suzanne Long of Madison displays a large Gaughan for Congress sign.

What Would Happen Under a Republican Senate?

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