State Rep Banned from Speaking after Use of the "V Word"

Monday, June 18, 2012

“I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." That's what Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown told her fellow lawmakers on the floor of the State House during a debate on abortion rights. Use of the "V word" apparently made a few nervous enough to ban Ms. Brown from speaking on on the floor of the house.

In response, at least nine female legislators will join actresses from around Michigan to read the play "The Vagina Monologues" on the steps of the Michigan Capitol building tonight. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Senate Democratic Leader, will be one of these readers.


Gretchen Whitmer

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The real history behind both parties having declined to recognize speakers from the floor in the Michigan House of Representatives:

Not that you'd ever expect to get both sides of a story from The Takeaway.

Jun. 18 2012 03:53 PM

Let's compare two incidents in the Michigan state House of Representatives.

Two weeks ago, after having repeatedly threatened physical confrontations with (ironically) his fellow Democrats, Rep. Jorge Santana (D-Detroit) was stripped of his committee assignments upon the recommendation of his own party leadership.

The story of Rep. Santana got no national coverage. No one had any interest.

Now, with a manufactured (and in part phony) story about the use of the word "vagina," the story races through international news coverage as fast as the speed of light. It is about sex, and titillation, and about the liberal media's urge to bash Republicans, and to promote the notion of a "war on women."

Say what you like about public radio; just please don't pretend that The Takeaway represents some grand notion of an elevated discussion of important issues. You are "liberal talk radio."

Jun. 18 2012 09:03 AM

You're not even trying, are you?

Just one guest -- State Senator (who works in a different part of the Michigan legislature) Gretchen Whitmer to espouse the Democrat party line. No Republican, no conservative response or reply. Hell, the Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives gave more a of a voice to Democrats last week, than The Takeaway gives to Republicans on a regular basis.

Total, complete ignorance of the fact that Rep. Lisa Brown alluded to rape in a joking way in the course of a floor debate, saying " means no." JUST IMAGINE a Republican uttering words like that in an abortion debate -- joking about date-rape -- and how the left-leaning media typified by The Takeaway would respond.

I see that The Takeaway is all for the First Amendment when it comes to women Democrats. When was the last time that "the First Amendment" came up when you were discussing Citizens United v. FEC?

Finally, we are now about six weeks into the "Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee" controversy. And not one story about that subject from The Takeaway in all that time.

And you wonder about why so many conservative critics complain about left-wing bias?

Jun. 18 2012 08:53 AM

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