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The next time you find yourself doubting whether it makes a difference to speak up and call out ignorant, and/or reactionary statements and actions by elected officials and and other prominent voices in the public policy arena, consider the following two public statements by New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis (as reported by the Wilmington Star News):

March 12 –  Chairman Ted Davis said he thought it was a sad day when “taxpayers are asked to pay money to buy for contraceptives” for women having sex without planning responsibly.

“If these young women were responsible people and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” Davis said.

April 2 – “I now realize that a woman is being responsible when she seeks contraception from the health department.”

The task is huge but we can make a difference. Time to redouble our efforts.

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As Adam Linker discussed here yesterday, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has gone all Rush Limbaugh in recent days.

The ACLU of North Carolina issued the following statement yesterday afternoon in response:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 13, 2012

ACLU-NC Criticizes New Hanover Commissioners for Rejecting Reproductive Health Grant for Women

ACLU-NC Executive Director Calls Vote by All-Male Board to Reject Funds “Shameful” Read More

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It appears that at least eight corporate sponsors have now dropped the Big Gas Bag. Hooray for them — though one might ask the question: what in the heck took you so long?

Now there’s a movement afoot in North Carolina to extend the effort. As noted on Blue NC this morning, signatures are being gathered by activists to get UNC Tar Heels athletic program to drop its affiliation with Limbaugh stations. Here in the Triangle, for instance, UNC football and basketball games are broadcast on 106.1 FM “Rush Radio.”

You can sign the petition to support this latest “dump Rush” effort by clicking here.

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The hole that this man and the other anti-contraception nuts are digging just gets deeper and deeper. Check out this morning’s post at Think Progress on Santorum’s latest utterly amazing statements. In case you missed it previously, Santorum has said the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong nearly half a century ago when it struck down state laws that sought to make contraceptives unlawful.

Am sure it’s just a matter of time until the “libertarian” think tanks to weigh in against Big Brother Rick.