Friday, June 12, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, upheld some of the toughest provisions of a Texas abortion law, ruling that Texas can require all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same building, equipment and staffing standards that hospital-style surgical centers must meet.  This ruling, could force numerous clinics to close putting about half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics at risk of permanently shutting their doors and leaving the nation’s second-most populous state with fewer than a dozen clinics across its more than 267,000 square miles. There were 41 when the law was passed.  Joining me today to discuss the ruling and the impact it will have on the women of Texas is Yvonne Gutierrez the Executive Director for Planned Parenthood Texas Votes the policy and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood in Texas.

Last year The Republican National Committee struck a deal to share voter information with the Koch brothers’ rapidly expanding political empire, and at the time Party leaders, including the current chief digital officer for the RNC, hailed the deal as an important step forward in the GOP’s attempt to modernize itself.  But after the fall midterm elections, the deal was allowed to expire without being renewed, and according to Jon Ward the Senior Political Correspondent for Yahoo News, since then, relations between the two sides have soured, turning into what one Republican operative described as “all-out war.”  Jon joins me today to talk all about the fight between the RNC and the political operatives affiliated with Charles and David Koch. 

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