Yesterday was President's Day but the news didn't take the day off (and I'm pretty sure the President didn't either!). What do you need to know this morning? Here it is.
- The Asian-American actress who starred in Rep Pete Hoekstra's racist "Debbie Spend It Now" campaign ad has apologized on Facebook.
- A fellow Hoosier is trying to redefine "Romney" now to mean "to defecate in terror" as a nod to Romney's dog that got tied to the roof of his car on a family vacation. The dog crapped all over himself and the car.
- Alvin McEwan wonders who's pulling the strings behind GOProud.
- One of Indiana's most vociferous rightwing rabble rousers is trying to get the state legislature to yank permission for a specialty license plate that honors a LGBT youth group. Surprisingly, House Republicans are balking at the idea.
- Maryland Delegate Sam Arora's senior adviser has quit over his vote against marriage equality. The supposedly "progressive" Democrat ran on a platform that included support for same-sex marriage, but changed his vote to "no" when push came to shove.
- Gender non-conforming kids are more likely to experience physical, psychological and sexual abuse and experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Parents and adults are most likely to be the abusers.
- Pina County Sheriff Paul Babue's outing makes Arizona the state with the most openly gay or bi Congressional candidates. Four out of nine districts have a gay or bi candidate running for office. The percentage has never been higher in any other state.