Ortman votes against Women's Act days after blasting Franken for being anti-women

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Julianne Ortman
This afternoon, Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassan, joined 13 other senators in voting against Women's Economic Security Act. The bill passed by a 51-14 margin and now heads to conference committee.

We wouldn't single out Ortman's if it wasn't for the fact that just last week the U.S. Senate hopeful made a big deal out of a ridiculous, secretly recorded video of Al Franken where he presses traffic cones against his chest as though they're boobs.

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Ortman used the video to create a Facebook petition. She claimed the footage shows Franken "still doesn't take women seriously" and asked people to "sign the petition if you agree this isn't funny." (The Facebook page that hosted that petition now hosts a "repeal Obamacare" one.)

The Star Tribune summarizes some of the Women's Act key provisions as follows:
-- $1 million in grants awarded to organizations that help women land high-wage nontraditional jobs and to assist female entrepreneurs.
-- Requires businesses with more than 40 employees bidding on high-dollar state contracts to obtain an equal pay certificate of compliance to ensure they're in compliance with existing laws.
-- Bans punishment or retaliation against employees who discuss their how much they make.
-- Requires employers to provide a place other than a bathroom for nursing mothers to pump milk.
-- Extends unpaid maternity leave from six to 12 weeks, extends use of sick leave to caring for grandchildren.
-- Extends unemployment benefits to workers forced to quit their jobs as a result of sexual assault or stalking.
But in an op-ed she recently penned for the Chaska Herald, Ortman argues none of that is necessary since "It is already illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work."

"We should focus our efforts on the unacceptable fact that 4.7 million women are unemployed," Ortman writes. "The law is already on the side of protecting women against workplace discrimination; we have the power to sue for damages in federal or state court, or seek investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission."

Nuanced arguments aside, the DFL has already taken the opportunity to blast Ortman's Women's Act in a press release entitled, "Ortman turns her back on women."

"Extreme conservative Julianne Ortman strikes again, this time at the expense of women and working families in Minnesota," DFL Communications Director Ellen M. Perrault says. "Ortman's opposition to bipartisan, commonsense protections against gender discrimination in the workplace is disgraceful. She is beyond out of touch with Minnesota voters."

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GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

I am so sorry that you liberal women can't get your act together without the help of the government. I guess the sisters aren't doin' it for themselves anymore.  Thank You Democrats, for reminding us what stupid, fragile creatures we are.

_Joe_
_Joe_

There is not one adult male in the nation that has not done the same exact thing at least once in their lifetime.


The ol' 'fake boobs' gag is a classic.

Eric VonSchliesing
Eric VonSchliesing

cute how the man weeping about women's domestic abuse takes cones and acts like they are breasts. He's a good actor, but not a good Minnesotan. He's polluted with the thought that millons of dollars in the Entertainment Industry can create the ability to be an asshole. Pack your bags and go back to Manhattan.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

This is all moot. Ms Ortman is just another clown in the MN Regressive Party Senatorial short bus. I have a better chance of beating Al than she does.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Come on Aaron, if you're going to let others like the Star write the article for you, at least you could include a link to the actual bill.   

But wow, you mean she doesn't want to give something special to someone simply because of their gender.  Geese, how anti-sexist and fair can you be?  I bet she also hates "White Only" drinking fountains.  I bet you think that's crazy, right MB?

@MicheleBachmann

Ya, read the bill and look into the definitions of terms used within the bill.  Some shady figures in there. 

w4w19
w4w19

I have been yearning for a woman's mouth to suckle the juices from my wet pulsating pussy. Let's meet in a remote location and let me ride your face. Must be tonight and the thought of us getting caught is just even more of a turn on. Please be clean, hwp, woman, and ready to meet up tonight.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

What a scam!  These are duplicate laws!  They already exist aside from what is just new regulation.  It's  DFL Democrat concocted pandering to distract from their failure on the economy, huge new taxes, and an endless regulatory state.   It's also payback to extremely rich trial lawyers firms (who exclusively support Dumocrats) and Lobby, who can now have a hay day bringing bogus lawsuits against small companies for non-compliance.    There are clearly enough stupid people who think Democrats care for the "little guy."   But like everything they do, it hurts whom they purport to "help." 

These laws are useless in 2014, i know plenty of companies where women make the most and are CEO's.    You get paid what your worth!  

 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

The "Women's Act" IS against women. It will widen the gap between male-female achievement, create government waste, and open the door to many slippery slope scenarios. She was stupid to blast Franken for simple jokes though.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

Thanks for reminding us what a stupid fragile creature a brainwashed tea publican is.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Dream on. Al Franken will be a Senator for as long as he wants. The Minnesota Regressive party is filled with brain dead members like you who think Ortman and other inept Regressive Party candidates can beat Al and Amy. Turn off Rusbo and stop watching Fox.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@ron.fresquez  You are regressive as well, as is anybody who is only capable of thinking one way.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk  could you highlight a couple examples of the special treatment this bill provides? 

gynnady
gynnady

@w4w19  so far this seems the most coherent response to this article.

FUCKtheDFL
FUCKtheDFL

@kurt124  How To Create Slaves.Start by disarming the citizens. Drive the rich out of the country by over taxing them and confiscate wealth.. Open borders. Welfare for everyone. Vote Democrat.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  Considering you are a complete idiot who is always wrong can you please back up any of the stupid ridiculous claims you make in your post?  


People shouldn't listen to right wing idiots like you considering how wrong you have been about Obamacare.   

SosMpls
SosMpls

@Drewey

City Pages needs a 'thumbs down' vote for comments like yours.'

GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

@Drewey Maybe when you move out of your mommy's basement and learn to sign a check on the front you will stop being a liberal troll.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Drewey  Oh Drewey...You need to recognize the difference between "positives" and "negatives". In this instance, GrettavonOtto can very easily demonstrate how her statement is a positive, it can be proven by something that actually happened. You on the other hand, cite a negative, a point that is purely subjective, cannot be proven, and has no bearing in the instance discussed. Ego is killing your intelligence, making you regress as you age. Age is supposed to make you PROgress, you're doing it wrong.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Yes. Black people and Native Americans. I have never been wrong in any of our exchanges and continue to mop the floor with you in every way :)

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran @MicheleBachmann  So the answer is no then.  You can't prove it.  Are you going to count this as a win?   The way you said something insane and couldn't prove it?  That makes you the winner? 

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