Gov. Scott Walker's signing of several bills that critics say amount to an assault on women caught the attention of a lot of people, and not all of them from Wisconsin.

The Daily Beast weighed in with a story about the repeal of the state's 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed women and minorities to seek damages for workplace discrimination in state courts.

The story makes copious use of the invariably quotable state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, the author of the bill to repeal the act.

Grothman, who says women earn less in part because they have different goals in life, maintains that companies are being hammered by false accusations of discrimination.

"You could argue that money is more important for men," Grothman tells the Beast. "I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”

Walker also signed bills prohibiting abortion coverage through health insurance exchanges, requiring physicians to ask women seeking abortions if they've been coerced, and making sex education classes stress abstinence.

But the repeal of the anti-discrimination law -- which most states have on the books -- garnered the most attention, even getting a condemnatin from the president.

The Daily Beast took a look at the discrimination law as it pertains to pay equity issues. And it highlighted some colorful quotes from Grothman, who rejects academic research into pay equity issues in favor of work done by conservative political commentator Ann Coulter.

“What you’ve got to look at, and Ann Coulter has looked at this, is you have to break it down by married and unmarried," Grothman tells the Beast. "Once you break it down by married and unmarried, the differential disappears.”

"In fact," counters the story's author, Michelle Goldberg, "despite Coulter’s well-known expertise in the field, this is incorrect."

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Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.