Politics: January 2007

We lost the battle

Filed by Bil Browning | January 31, 2007 | 10:41 PM | comments

It's taking me a while to write this post. I've started it half a dozen times by now. I even did a couple other posts, while I was trying to "settle in." Nothing that I have to say - and...Read More


"Read The Fine Print": SJR7 Unfolded -part 1

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 31, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

One thing can be said about SJR7, the proposed "Marriage Amendment" to the Indiana Consitution. It's BORING. The second paragraph, that is. The first, which defines marriage as the union of only one man and one woman, just sails by,...Read More


The Big Lie

Filed by Chris Douglas | January 30, 2007 | 9:22 PM | comments

It's important that the community... and the Press... be aware of Senate Republican strategy with regard to the amendment to the Constitution. Republican Senators are engaging in the Big Lie, taking refuge in an argument that the Amendment does not...Read More


Special Rights

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | January 30, 2007 | 9:30 AM | comments

One of my favorite blogs, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, has really hit the nail on the head in a discussion of that perennial favorite, "special rights." (You know--the rights everyone else has that gays have the nerve to want...Read More


Show me your poll!

Filed by Bil Browning | January 29, 2007 | 9:45 PM | comments

I based this week's poll on Don's post about Tony Dungy. If you're new to bilerico.com this week, leave us a comment and tell us where you're clicking us from - after you've voted, of course. *grins* Take Our Poll...Read More


Battling legislative hypocrisy

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 27, 2007 | 8:40 AM | comments

I have to admit that when I initially read Bil's first post indicating he'd had enough and was going to call Indiana legislative hypocrisy by its real name, letting the chips fall where they may, I got a bit squishy....Read More


Battling legislative hypocrisy

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 27, 2007 | 8:40 AM | comments

I have to admit that when I initially read Bil's first post indicating he'd had enough and was going to call Indiana legislative hypocrisy by its real name, letting the chips fall where they may, I got a bit squishy....Read More


Looking for specifics

Filed by Bil Browning | January 26, 2007 | 3:02 PM | comments

Okay - the tips have been flooding in and my e-mail is overflowing. But I'm a glutton for punishment, so I'm going to ask for more! Remember though, I don't want sued and you don't want sued. If you have...Read More


"What You People Should Do"

Filed by Chris Douglas | January 26, 2007 | 10:57 AM | comments

As long as we're contemplating the advice from the straight community about the strategy employed by various sectors of the gay community, I'll add my own beef. Ever since this assault on the Constitution was launched, I've spent time talking...Read More


You're mad too? Welcome to IAN.

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2007 | 10:20 PM | comments

So I see from all the comments and e-mails that you're just as mad as I am. You're tired of being second-class. You're fed up with hypocrites and bigots. You're sick of constantly playing defense while the media gives crapmasters...Read More


Touch a nerve?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 24, 2007 | 5:06 PM | comments

Wow. Did I touch a nerve? The responses have been almost overwhelming. I've been deluged with e-mails and the blogosphere has lit up like a signal fires on the mountainsides. I thought I'd share some highlights: I was asked to...Read More


Veep Calls Preg Mary Off-Limits

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2007 | 2:10 PM | comments

Dick and Lynne ensure that their daughter Mary is a public figure then get pissy when she's treated like one by the press. This time Dick got grumpy with Wolf Blitzer. Duck, Wolf, duck!...Read More


SOTU & Petraeus Synchronicity -- Can a One-sided Will To Win Prove Enough?

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2007 | 9:44 AM | comments

Two big but seemingly unrelated things happened on the Hill yesterday -- the State of the Union speech and the appearance of Lt. Gen. David Howell Petraeus at a hearing to confirm him as the new U.S. ground commander in...Read More


The dirty underbelly

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2007 | 4:33 PM | comments

Sometimes you've just had enough. I've hit that point. I'm angry. I don't want platitudes, promises or to be patted on the head and told "It will all work out in the end." I want to see a difference -...Read More


This week's poll

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2007 | 1:10 PM | comments

This week's poll is focused on the recent spate of LGBT-themed legislation at the Statehouse. You can only pick one answer (and hopefully you can only vote once!) The poll will close Saturday night at midnight. Take Our Poll from...Read More


This week's poll

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2007 | 1:10 PM | comments

This week's poll is focused on the recent spate of LGBT-themed legislation at the Statehouse. You can only pick one answer (and hopefully you can only vote once!) The poll will close Saturday night at midnight. Take Our Poll from...Read More


SJR-7 goes to committee!

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2007 | 10:28 AM | comments

The Indiana constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage has been assigned to a state senate committee (Judiciary) and will be heard on January 31st at 9am. It is vitally important that you show up to this hearing and demand your...Read More


In plain words?

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 22, 2007 | 9:07 AM | comments

Tucked into Article 4 of the Indiana Constitution, which deals with the Legislature, is Section 20, which says: "Every act and joint resolution shall be plainly worded, avoiding, as far as practicable, the use of technical terms." Hmmm....SJR7, the proposed...Read More


It's Not Gay Sex, It's ALL Sex

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | January 21, 2007 | 3:44 PM | comments

I'm not the first person to notice that Americans as a whole are profoundly uncomfortable with sex. Our Puritan heritage is alive and surprisingly well, and it crops up in all sorts of weird places. Michigan, for example. As Ed...Read More


A Chance for Change!

Filed by Carrie Wooten | January 20, 2007 | 5:24 PM | comments

Today, Hillary Clinton announced via video that she will be joining the race for the 2008 Presidential election! The Boston Globe Reports... My heart could burst, I am so happy! More to come on this announcement soon! (EDITOR'S NOTE: You...Read More


Habeas Corpus? We don't need no stinking habeas corpus..

Filed by Ellen Andersen | January 19, 2007 | 8:59 PM | comments

The right of habeas corpus (Latin for "produce the body") is the right to challenge the government's authority to detain you and require it to show just cause for your imprisonment. The right of habeas corpus is fundamental to American...Read More


What if you had a state funeral and no one came?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2007 | 6:33 PM | comments

(I was going to post about this when it was actually a current event, but didn't have the time. This new "You Gotta See This" category may end up being a good thing, eh? I'll clean out my "Blogworthy" folder...Read More


Indiana's Broad Test of Character

Filed by Chris Douglas | January 19, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

(The following is posted to the First Republicans Forum primarily as a message to those beyond the glbt community, especially Republicans, who may be acquainted with me or Kathy Sarris as Republicans. Its principle audience is not the glbt community,...Read More


Important legislation introduced

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2007 | 12:13 PM | comments

Important LGBT-focused legislation has been introduced in recent days in the General Assembly! Representative Jeb Bardon (D - Indianapolis) has filed HB 1716 - a bill to update the state's non-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. (The...Read More


More Mining Fatalities...

Filed by Bruce Parker | January 16, 2007 | 3:43 AM | comments

Last year, 47 miners - 24 of them from West Virginia - died in the nation's coal mines. The toll was the highest since 1995. The deaths included 12 men killed in an explosion at the Sago Mine in Upshur...Read More


BBC: US Forces Storm Iranian Consulate

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 11, 2007 | 6:06 AM | comments

The BBC reports: US forces storm Iranian consulate. This took place in an Iraqi Kurdish town less than two hours after President Dim Son finished saber rattling against Iran and Syria on US primetime telly. The US MSM is ignoring...Read More


The Quick or the Dead

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 10, 2007 | 10:07 AM | comments

Where are the 20,000 troops coming from? The obvious answer is force protection, the policy that gives lie to the logic behind Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, among other things. Scheduled to rotate home from Iraq? Think again. Not...Read More


Ok. Really.

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2007 | 1:17 PM | comments

Is this news? I mean, really. Thanks to People magazine, we can now all gaze lovingly at the bare chest of Barrack Obama. The snapshot of the Senator from Illinois enjoying New Years in Hawaii is next to Hugh Jackman...Read More


Now is the time for all good stamp lickers to come to the aid of their country!

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 05, 2007 | 4:56 AM | comments

Shrub wants to read our mail? -- Let him! Protect the Constitution, lower the unemployment rate in the nation's capitol, and reduce Shrub's paranoia levels all in one fell swoop. Mail the Prez your mail. It's your patriotic duty!Read More


Now is the time for all good stamp lickers to come to the aid of their country!

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 05, 2007 | 4:56 AM | comments

Shrub wants to read our mail? -- Let him! Protect the Constitution, lower the unemployment rate in the nation's capitol, and reduce Shrub's paranoia levels all in one fell swoop. Mail the Prez your mail. It's your patriotic duty!Read More


Notes and Errata

Filed by Bil Browning | January 04, 2007 | 4:17 PM | comments

Nancy Pelosi has officially been elected the first woman Speaker of the House. Good luck, Nancy. You're going to need it. Indianapolis Republican City-County Councilor Scott Keller has been approached by several groups to run for mayor of Indianapolis in...Read More


Musings in the new year

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 04, 2007 | 7:29 AM | comments

Well, the tree is down, the ornaments and lights packed away (never, ever again even remotely fitting back into the tight little boxes they occupied on the retailer's shelves), and the noisemakers swept from Times Square for another year. May...Read More


I Feel So Old........

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | January 03, 2007 | 3:37 PM | comments

Reading the articles about the life and death of former President Gerald Ford reminded me why I was once a staunch, active Republican--and why, after thirty-three years, I left the GOP. Ford, for those of you too young to remember,...Read More


Guiliani in drag

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2007 | 11:17 AM | comments

I'm sure by now you've all heard of the damage done to Rudy Guiliani's presidential bid when a staffer lost a 140 page document outlining Guiliani's campaign plans - including fundraising goals and staffers they wanted to woo. Hey,...Read More


The Marion County Republican Party and Race (and a Recommendation for Required Reading)

Filed by Chris Douglas | January 02, 2007 | 8:09 PM | comments

In a previous post on the Past and Future of the Republican Party in Central Indiana, I referred to the events of 1966 wherein a progressive leadership overhauled the local GOP, recruited young professionals, and set the stage for significant...Read More


What a way to start the New Year

Filed by Bil Browning | January 02, 2007 | 1:27 PM | comments

Imagine that. Hate has reared it's ugly head - again. Six gay men were shot in a Chicago home as they celebrated the New Year with friends. The Chicago Sun Times has a disturbing article up about the incident. While...Read More