Equal pay advocate Wendy Davis won't pay summer workers

Wendy Davis, who would
rather not talk about late-
term abortions, thank you.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has been pushing hard to find an issue that will resonate with the state's voters, and believes she has found one on the issue of equal pay. Last year, she introduced an "equal pay" bill that would have given women the chance to sue in state court for wage discrimination, but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it. Despite Davis' call for equal pay for women, however, many women working for her campaign this summer won't be paid at all.

The Davis campaign is currently seeking individuals to work as "Summer Fellows," but fails to mention that it is basically an unpaid internship. While such unpaid positions are common in political campaigns, it seems disingenuous for a candidate with a political war chest of over $15 million not to pay their workers, especially while Davis herself campaigns for equal pay and a raise in the minimum wage.

Just last week, Davis added to her campaign bottom line with a large Hollywood fundraiser hosted by Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. The total amount raised was not announced, but donation levels started at $1,000 and ranged as high as $25,000 to be recognized as a "host."

The application to "volunteer" as
a Wendy Davis Summer Fellow
(click to see a larger version)
An application for their Summer Fellowship program has since been removed from their website (the link now points to a generic volunteer page), but it outlined the duties of the job, without actually mentioning the lack of pay. "This Fellowship involves long hours and a strong commitment to the goals and tasks at hand," the application stated. "We need Fellows who can delegate and prioritize multiple tasks so that the work can get completed." The application also asked what sort of time commitment a worker could offer, and if the worker had reliable transportation.

An email to the Davis campaign about the program and the question of pay received a response from Field Assistant Brynna Quillin. "Thank you for your email about the Wendy Davis Summer Fellowship," the email stated. "The Fellowship is unpaid, but high-performing Fellows may have the chance to be hired full-time as Organizers."

Government website posts positive bio of racist Planned Parenthood founder

For years, a government webpage has featured a positive biography of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, while failing to mention her racist beliefs, which included the use of birth control to “exterminate the Negro population.”

The webpage in question is featured on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) website, and was originally published during the Clinton administration in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It was published online on December 12, 1999.

The biography opens with the premise “sometimes social factors slow progress toward improving health more than lack of awareness or the absence of technology. No 20th century public health achievement demonstrates this more clearly than the struggle to provide women in the United States with safe and effective birth control. Margaret Sanger risked scandal, danger, and imprisonment to challenge the legal and cultural obstacles that made controlling fertility difficult and illegal.”

Did your child's school mark the communist holiday May Day?

While most parents are concerned with the effects on Common Core on their child’s education, a communist-inspired political lesson may have slipped into the classroom undetected. May Day, or International Workers Day, found its way into classrooms thanks to the late liberal historian Howard Zinn and his Zinn Education Project, a group which claims that over 30,000 junior high and high school teachers use its education materials.

Zinn is the author of A People’s History of the United States, which takes a condensed (and liberal) view of our nation’s history. A People’s History is used by a number of high school and college teachers, while students and parents are mostly unaware of the book’s lack of objectivity. This bias is obvious in Zinn’s push to make May Day an integral part of American history.