Poll: Voters Reject Democrats’ “Gender Identity” Agenda in This Swing State

Score another point for sanity.

A survey taken of voters in Arizona earlier this month shows that many Americans still have not bought into the idea that biology is completely irrelevant when it comes to bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other such public facilities.

According to the poll, just over half of respondents — 50.6 percent — said that individuals “should be required to use the restroom that matches their gender at birth.” Only 39.3 percent said that bathroom usage should be determined based off of how people “define their own gender.”

These results come amidst increasing opposition nationwide to the left’s radical “gender identity” agenda. Last week, a federal judge upheld a ruling against the Obama administration’s transgender school bathroom edict, preventing the president from enforcing a policy which would have forced schools across the country to allow students to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers and to participate on sports teams and in other sex-segregated activities based on their “internal sense of gender.”

We also reported here on The Pulse last week about recent developments in Massachusetts, where a number of churches have sued the state government over a law which would severely penalize houses of worship for failing to adhere to the new transgender ideology. Now, it’s possible that law could be voted down by statewide ballot in 2018.

And in North Carolina, ground-zero for the left’s bullying tactics, Gov. Pat McCrory’s odds of winning his race for reelection have greatly improved in the last couple weeks despite attempts by Democrats and the corporate-entertainment establishment to vilify him over his support for HB 2. Continue Reading

New Polls: Gov. McCrory Continues Comeback, Draws Even in N.C.

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Maggie noted last week that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory appeared to be on the comeback trail, against all odds and despite the powerful corporate/entertainment interests working against him. Now, two new polls released today confirm the race has indeed tightened.

Public Policy Polling shows Democrat Roy Cooper leading McCrory by just two points, 46 percent to 44 percent. That’s well within the margin of error and a five-point gain for McCrory since PPP’s poll last month. Monmouth, meanwhile, shows McCrory with a one-point lead over Cooper, a 10-point swing since its last poll two months ago.

RealClearPolitics’ average now shows a virtually tied race. But with two weeks left in the campaign, the momentum clearly belongs to McCrory.

Paul Dupont is the managing editor for ThePulse2016.com. Continue Reading

The Rise of the Big Business Democrats

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There was a time, not long ago, when Democrats commonly accused the Republican Party of being the “Party of Big Business.” Republicans, or so it was claimed, cared more about corporate interests than those of the average voter, while Democrats were supposedly looking out for the little guy.

During this election season, however, there has been a substantial — and yet barely noticed — change in Democratic rhetoric. Rather than vilifying big businesses, many Democratic leaders and candidates have started to openly trumpet their high regard for the priorities of the corporate world.

Why this sudden change? Because Big Business has finally gotten on the “Right Side of History”TM — in other words, the progressive side.

Just consider a few recent examples.

In Indiana earlier this week, John Gregg, the Democratic candidate for governor, was asked in an interview to discuss LGBT rights issues in light of the recent controversy over the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In defending his support for the LGBT agenda, Gregg framed it as “an economic issue” and went on to explain how high a priority it is for business:

It’s a top five issue in the Chamber of Commerce. I’ve heard it in Eli Lilly’s executive suite. I’ve heard it in Hillenbrand’s executive suite, who’s another one of our major corporate citizens. I’ve heard it in Salesforce’s executive suites. We have to do that….

Or consider the case in Louisiana, where the state’s attorney general announced yesterday he would be pursuing a legal challenge to Governor John Bel Edwards’ attempt to unilaterally change state anti-discrimination law, charging that the governor surpassed his constitutional authority. Continue Reading

WATCH: Trump, Clinton Spar over Abortion in Final Debate

Things got spirited early during last night’s final presidential debate when moderator Chris Wallace asked both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to discuss their views on abortion, the Supreme Court, and Roe v. Wade. Trump reiterated his campaign promise to appoint pro-life justices and attacked Clinton on her support for partial-birth abortion, while Clinton reaffirmed that she would defend Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood as president.

You can watch the full exchange and read the transcript below:

WALLACE: Well, let’s pick up on another issue which divides you and the justices that whoever ends up winning this election appoints could have a dramatic effect there, and that’s the issue of abortion.

TRUMP: Right.

WALLACE: Mr. Trump, you’re pro-life. But I want to ask you specifically: Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade, which includes — in fact, states — a woman’s right to abortion?

TRUMP: Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states.

WALLACE: But I’m asking you specifically. Would you like to…

TRUMP: If they overturned it, it will go back to the states.

WALLACE: But what I’m asking you, sir, is, do you want to see the court overturn — you just said you want to see the court protect the Second Amendment. Do you want to see the court overturn Roe v. Wade?

TRUMP: Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justice on, that’s really what’s going to be — that will happen.

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Clinton Calls Common Core “Laudable Effort,” Repeats False Talking Points

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Hillary Clinton has once again sounded off on Common Core, and this time, we don’t need any leaked emails to determine where she stands.

Last week, The Washington Post published a bevy of detailed answers provided by the Clinton campaign in response to a number of education policy-related questions. One question concerned the Democratic nominee’s stance on Common Core:

The Common Core State Standards is not a federal program, but the Obama administration and a bipartisan group of governors have backed its development and implementation in numerous states. Do you support the Common Core initiative? Please explain why or why not. What should the federal role be in relation to Common Core?

The question itself betrays a flawed understanding of Common Core by WaPo, given that the standards — while not technically developed by the federal government — would likely not have been implemented in most states at all without the coercive methods used by the Obama administration. And calling the National Governors Association a “bipartisan group of governors” is also highly misleading — the NGA is a private trade group operating largely independent of any oversight and which has taken tens of millions of dollars from the Gates Foundation in recent years.

But leaving those issues aside for now, let’s take a look at the first paragraph of Clinton’s response:

For many years – going back to my work to improve education in Arkansas – I’ve believed that states should voluntarily adopt a set of rigorous academic standards. 

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Mass. Churches Take State Government to Court over Controversial Transgender Law

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Last month, I wrote on a growing controversy in Massachusetts over new rules published by a state commission which seemed to suggest that churches would be punished if they did not conform to a recently passed transgender rights law:

As [the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination]’s guidance notes, all Massachusetts places of public accommodation will be prohibited, as of October 1, from “restrict[ing] a person from services because of that person’s gender identity”:

This means that a movie theater that has restrooms designated as “Men’s Restroom” and “Women’s Restroom” must allow its patrons to use the restroom which is consistent with their gender identity. A health club with locker rooms designated as male and female must grant all persons full enjoyment of the locker room consistent with their gender identity. A public swimming pool with changing rooms designated male and female must allow the public to use the changing room consistent with their gender identity.

And, most controversially, MCAD’s guidance asserts that “[e]ven a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public.”

How will MCAD determine what constitutes a “secular event”? The guidance doesn’t say. But the fact that a Massachusetts governmental agency has appropriated to itself the power to determine what activities are and are not “religious” should give every American chills.

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Clinton Tweets on Planned Parenthood’s 100th Birthday: “That’s Worth Celebrating”

Yesterday was Planned Parenthood’s 100th birthday, and unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton and her campaign were eager to celebrate with the abortion giant:

Clinton also tweeted out an ad slamming Donald Trump and Mike Pence for pledging to defund Planned Parenthood:

One statistic the ad neglected to mention: 323,999. That was the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood in 2014, the most recent year for which records are available — more than one abortion every two minutes.

Since the legalization of abortion after Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood has proven to be very efficient at ending unborn lives — nearly 7 million in all. Perhaps the Clinton campaign simply forgot to include those numbers?

In any case, for more reasons to “celebrate” Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary — including the interesting background of its eugenicist founder, Margaret Sanger, whom Hillary Clinton said she admires “enormously” — be sure to read Jon Schweppe’s recent piece “honoring” the abortion giant here.

Paul Dupont is the managing editor for ThePulse2016.com. Continue Reading

House Leaders Concerned by Obama Rule Forcing Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery and Abortions

Amidst this tumultuous election season, it has been easy to lose sight of the shockingly radical policies being quietly enacted by the Obama administration as the president approaches the end of his term.

One of the most extreme of these policies was covered by The Pulse back in May: a new rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which forces hospitals and doctors who accept Medicare and Medicaid — so, in other words, nearly all of them — to perform “gender transition procedures” on both adults and children. The rule also goes even further, suggesting that health professionals who do not refer to a patient by the patient’s preferred pronoun are guilty of “illegal sex discrimination” since refusing to do so might constitute “creat[ing] a hostile environment.” And to cap it off, the rule suggests that sex discrimination might be expanded to include discrimination “on the basis of…termination of pregnancy,” implying that hospitals or doctors who do not perform abortion might be penalized as well.

The administration is already facing a lawsuit filed by five states and a number of Christian healthcare providers in August who argue the rule could force doctors to violate both their conscience rights as well as their medical judgment. And last week, 45 congressional leaders wrote HHS to express their “significant concerns” with the rule:

…[T]his rule, for the first time in history requires doctors to perform gender transition procedures or treatments on patients including children even if the doctor believes the procedures could be harmful.

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Report: Eight Reasons Why Catholic Schools Should Not Adopt Common Core

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The Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project teamed up today to release “After the Fall: Catholic Education Beyond the Common Core,” a white paper exploring how the Common Core standards have infiltrated Catholic schools across the country and why Catholic educators should reject them and opt instead for the sturdier foundation to be found in the rich Catholic educational tradition.

The paper’s authors, all of whom work in the area of Catholic education, specifically address the eight most common myths used to argue for the implementation of Common Core in Catholic schools and refute each of them one by one:

Myth #1: “[The Common Core standards] are high-quality standards that will keep test scores high and enable Catholic schools to compete with public schools.”

Reality: “Catholic schools have been outperforming public schools by double-digit margins for the last 20 years on federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and math tests (often referred to as “the nation’s report card”). Catholic-school college preparation is outstanding, with over 99 percent of students graduating from high school and 84 percent going on to four-year colleges (almost double the public-school rate). Once they get to college, Catholic-school graduates are twice as likely as those from public schools to graduate from college within eight years of high-school graduation (62 percent vs. 31 percent). These statistics establish that in adopting the Common Core, Catholic schools were attempting to fix what was not broken.”

Myth #2: “Catholic schools need to adopt the Common Core standards because some states require Catholic-school students to take state tests aligned to them.”

Reality: “Roughly 90 percent of states either leave Catholic schools entirely alone on testing issues or only require them to take a nationally normed test (i.e., a test that ranks test-takers in comparison to each other) of their own choice. Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Launches $30 Million Campaign to Defeat Trump

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Planned Parenthood is certainly going all in on 2016 — and Donald Trump is the abortion lobby’s clear enemy number one.

Fresh off of their most recent victory in Congress, where they successfully forced Republicans to back down yet again from opposition to federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the pro-abortion behemoth is now finalizing plans on an extensive campaign to derail any chances of a GOP victory in November:

In all, the group plans to spend $30 million to sway the 2016 election, double its spending in 2012. It’s working to reach 3 million voters to tip races to Democrats in North Carolina and five other battlegrounds: New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The group has 800 paid staffers and another 3,500 volunteers on the ground, with the goal of talking to 2 million voters through door-to-door canvassing, said Deirdre Schifeling, the group’s executive director. The budget and activist force make Planned Parenthood’s push one of the biggest door-to-door operations undertaken by an outside political group this cycle.

Schifeling said activists already have knocked on about 800,000 doors and found that about 30% of the voters they talk to are undecided in the presidential contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

In addition to their ground game, Planned Parenthood is also spending big on advertising to influence the race, with two new ads being released this week alone.

The first, which Planned Parenthood’s super PAC is airing in three key swing states in conjunction with the pro-Hillary Clinton Priorities USA Action super PAC, pushes the message that Donald Trump is “too dangerous for women”:

Following Tuesday night’s debate, Planned Parenthood also released an ad touting Tim Kaine’s remarks in support of abortion, preceded by the message “We couldn’t have said this better ourselves”:

During the first presidential debate, neither Trump nor Clinton were asked to expound upon their abortion views. Continue Reading