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Women can promote peace

Women can promote peaceToday, we celebrate 92 years of women’s suffrage. The 2012 Summer Olympics showcased the accomplishments of our fabulous U.S. women athletes. Women have access to higher education, corporate careers, the military and countless other opportunities unheard of a few decades ago. We still have a long way to go in many areas.

On Aug. 26, 1920, women were granted the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed. Thanks to the late Congresswoman Bella Abzug and her 1971 U.S. congressional resolution, we celebrate “Women’s Equality Day” on Aug. 26 each year to commemorate this achievement and call attention to the continuing efforts toward full women’s equality.

Abzug was a formidable champion, promoting both women’s empowerment and peace. She had her start in 1961 helping lead Women Strike for Peace, calling for an end to the atmospheric nuclear tests. She would have been first in line to sponsor the Women, Peace and Security Act of 2012 that has recently been introduced in Congress.

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Ky Tea Party Rally: Obama - Go Back To Kenya

Rep. Darryl Owens blasts Sen. Damon Thayer

Rep. Darryl OwensFrom: Courier-Journal

State Rep. Darryl Owens has sent a letter to state Sen. Damon Thayer criticizing him for appearing to agree with people at this week’s tea party rally in Frankfort who said they wanted to send President Barack Obama to Kenya.

You had an opportunity to portray your sense of civility and decorum and you blew it,” Owens said in the letter.

At the rally, Thayer told the crowd, “We need you to help send Barack Obama back to Chicago, or Hawaii, or wherever he wants to go.”

When he was interrupted by people in the crowd who shouted “Kenya,” Thayer replied “I’m not going to say that, but I appreciate your sentiments.”

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House Republicans want Beshear to halt 2014 Medicaid expansion

House Republicans want Beshear to halt 2014 Medicaid expansion

FRANKFORT — The top Republican in the Kentucky House wants Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to halt an expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

The expansion of Medicaid is a central plank in President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which says the federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs to add certain people to the program in 2014. After three years, the states must pick up some of the costs of the expansion, which Kentucky can't afford, House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover said.

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