Politics: April 2007

Breaking: Bush Administration official is a hypocrite

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 30, 2007 | 3:24 PM | comments

Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias resigned Friday after being accused by DC madam Jeane Palfrey for using her call girl service. You might remember Tobias as being Mr. Abstinence when it came to AIDS policy abroad. Yeah, well, apparently...Read More


Welcome to Dobson

Filed by Storm Bear | April 30, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

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A Personal Farewell

Filed by Chris Douglas | April 28, 2007 | 7:45 PM | comments

This spring marks the 10 year anniversary of the day that I was fired from the position for which I had long prepared myself, managing exports of Indiana manufactured goods to Asia. That manufacturer fired me because I had taken...Read More


From the WFT files

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2007 | 12:49 PM | comments

It's bad enough when this piece of trash peddles medical anomalies, Armageddon prophesies and untrue sex scandals involving the celebrity de jour... This, however, is simply horrendous. A big hat tip to Commonplacebook.com for the picture of the Globe's front...Read More


The wrath of God?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2007 | 3:41 PM | comments

Did anyone else notice yesterday's clip in the Indy Star's business section about SJR-7? Emphasis mine... An attempt to revive Senate Joint Resolution 7, the so-called Defense of Marriage amendment, failed again this week. You'll recall the proposal faltered after...Read More


The wrath of God?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2007 | 3:41 PM | comments

Did anyone else notice yesterday's clip in the Indy Star's business section about SJR-7? Emphasis mine... An attempt to revive Senate Joint Resolution 7, the so-called Defense of Marriage amendment, failed again this week. You'll recall the proposal faltered after...Read More


Another Indiana hate crime?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2007 | 2:09 PM | comments

While Indiana's legislature decided to deep-six possible hate crimes legislation this year rather than fight off a non-germane anti-abortion amendment, Hoosiers continue to suffer and die without protections offered in almost every other state in the nation. This time the...Read More


Giuliani changes mind on civil unions

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2007 | 11:23 AM | comments

Presidential hopeful Rudy Guiliani has reversed course. The candidate, who had previously endorsed civil unions while opposing marriage, issued a statement yesterday after the New Hampshire Senate passed a civil unions bill. "Mayor Giuliani believes marriage is between one man...Read More


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Drumroll, please...

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2007 | 8:29 AM | comments

A couple of announcements before everyone takes off for the weekend about some changes you'll see here at bilerico.com next week. 1) We're going to stop posting a daily political cartoon from the major syndicates. There have been a few...Read More


On the Occasion of Passage of the Iraq Funding Bill

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | April 26, 2007 | 8:03 PM | comments

As you wait for the veto, please remember what is at stake and plan your TDA accordingly: There are twenty-two in the VideoVets series. All of them have something to make them worth the time to watch....Read More


On the Occasion of Passage of the Iraq Funding Bill

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | April 26, 2007 | 8:03 PM | comments

As you wait for the veto, please remember what is at stake and plan your TDA accordingly: There are twenty-two in the VideoVets series. All of them have something to make them worth the time to watch....Read More


You're Just A Tranny... And You Always Will Be

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 26, 2007 | 2:59 PM | comments

So we've got a trans-inclusive ENDA, time to celebrate! Or so I thought, till I actually looked at the language. Section 8(a)(3) CERTAIN SHARED FACILITIES- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to establish an unlawful employment practice based...Read More


You're Just A Tranny... And You Always Will Be

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 26, 2007 | 2:59 PM | comments

So we've got a trans-inclusive ENDA, time to celebrate! Or so I thought, till I actually looked at the language. Section 8(a)(3) CERTAIN SHARED FACILITIES- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to establish an unlawful employment practice based...Read More


ENDA will help GLBT people

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 26, 2007 | 2:04 PM | comments

(Ed. note: The following is a guest post from HRC Regional Field Director Stuart Rosenberg in response to Marla Stevens' post on the ENDA. Enjoy.) In light of recent posts on this blog regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which...Read More


Developments around the Nation

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 26, 2007 | 1:25 PM | comments

Earlier today, the New Hampshire Senate passed a civil unions bill by a vote of 14-10. The bill, which has already passed the House, now goes to the Governor, who has already vowed to sign it. Yesterday, the Iowa legislature...Read More


SJR-7: The sore losers just won't go away.

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 26, 2007 | 9:08 AM | comments

Advance Indiana has reported a last minute attempt earlier this week by State Representative Ralph Foley (R-Martinsville) to blast SJR-7 out of the House Rules and Legislative Policy Committee and under a suspension of the rules get it to the...Read More


Out of Oregon

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 25, 2007 | 6:23 PM | comments

In the great state of Oregon, a state rep. denounced that state's attempt to pass civil rights legislation this year as the equivalent of the Virginia Tech shooting. From Loaded Orygun:A Tragic Week in Review This past week has been...Read More


It's Just a Matter of Time

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 24, 2007 | 7:53 PM | comments

Now that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been introduced in the House, watch for Christian fundamentalists to reintroduce their tired rhetoric. I'd like to dispel some of their arguments right out of the box: rhetoric: ENDA will turn groups...Read More


ENDA introduced in House

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2007 | 5:06 PM | comments

365gay reports:Legislation to bar discrimination based on sexuality the workplace was introduced in Congress Tuesday afternoon. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on the person's sexual...Read More


Changing minds one WORD at a time

Filed by Jen Jorczak | April 24, 2007 | 11:33 AM | comments

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the latest issue of The Word. Full disclosure: I'm not a regular reader and know it mainly from discussions about it posted to the GayIndy listserv, which, because I'm not a regular...Read More


ENDA to be introduced tomorrow

Filed by Bil Browning | April 23, 2007 | 11:13 PM | comments

From Representative Barney Frank's (D-MA) office comes word that there will be a press conference tomorrow afternoon to celebrate the re-introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Frank will be joined at the media event by co-sponsors Deborah Pryce (R-OH),...Read More


ENDA to be introduced tomorrow

Filed by Bil Browning | April 23, 2007 | 11:13 PM | comments

From Representative Barney Frank's (D-MA) office comes word that there will be a press conference tomorrow afternoon to celebrate the re-introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Frank will be joined at the media event by co-sponsors Deborah Pryce (R-OH),...Read More


Not Sexy, But Important

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | April 23, 2007 | 11:29 AM | comments

Whenever I talk to a group of students, or speak to an organization, and bring up the mechanics of our voting structure, I can count on the same reaction: eyes glaze over, hands go up to mouths to stifle polite...Read More


Not Sexy, But Important

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | April 23, 2007 | 11:29 AM | comments

Whenever I talk to a group of students, or speak to an organization, and bring up the mechanics of our voting structure, I can count on the same reaction: eyes glaze over, hands go up to mouths to stifle polite...Read More


Dithering, apologizing, and excusing...It's spreading! Beware!

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 23, 2007 | 6:00 AM | comments

Copyright 2007 David Honig - http://hypnocrites.blogspot.com/ All apologies to Chris and Dave, but this cartoon makes me giggle every time I see it...And it wouldn't be funny if there weren't some truth in it!...Read More


Rightwing propaganda tour

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2007 | 2:53 PM | comments

(Click to enlarge the ad. I left it a large image so you could read the full text. But, seriously, it's a really big image.) The American Family Association of Indiana PAC continues their popular Propaganda Tour 2007 with stops...Read More


Cheney impeachment possible?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 18, 2007 | 3:12 PM | comments

The Washington Post's The Sleuth blog is reporting that Rep Dennis Kucinich is planning on filing articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. He sent out a letter yesterday morning to House colleagues to inform them of his intent....Read More


Todd Rokita should not be Secretary of State

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 18, 2007 | 2:03 PM | comments

I'm a little behind on things that I've been wanting to post about, and here's one of them. IN Secretary of State Todd Rokita this past Thursday made a comment at a Republican event that raised quite a few Hoosier...Read More


Abortion Ban Upheld by the Supreme Court

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 18, 2007 | 12:03 PM | comments

From the Wall Street Journal: The Supreme Court upheld the federal ban on a disputed abortion procedure, handing abortion opponents the long-awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench. The 5-4 ruling said the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act...Read More


Whining and moaning

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2007 | 5:16 PM | comments

Yes, I know. It's finally time to stop with the SJR-7 coverage. But those pesky fundies just can't rest - their whining and moaning continues in today's Indy Star with a guest editorial by Republican Representative Woody Burton. Other local...Read More


Follow the Money

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 17, 2007 | 4:51 PM | comments

There's a fabulous new resource on The New York Times website which lets you track down who's donated to various presidential candidates. Typing "Indianapolis" into the search engine produces the following tidbits. On the Republican side, former Mayor Steve Goldsmith...Read More


Follow the Money

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 17, 2007 | 4:51 PM | comments

There's a fabulous new resource on The New York Times website which lets you track down who's donated to various presidential candidates. Typing "Indianapolis" into the search engine produces the following tidbits. On the Republican side, former Mayor Steve Goldsmith...Read More


Foley has spent $250,000 on his defense so far

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 16, 2007 | 5:56 PM | comments

The Blotter reports:Former Congressman Mark Foley has spent more than $250,000 of his campaign funds on lawyers since he was exposed for having inappropriate sexual conversations with minors online. The law allows Foley to pay Zuckerman Spaeder LLP from his...Read More


Matt Drudge, Media Matters, and hyper-reality, oh my!

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 16, 2007 | 11:29 AM | comments

Our fave gay Republican (well, second to Jeff Gannon, of course) just got caught telling a little fib. Media Matters caught one of the gossip-monger's headlines, "SOROS OPERATION TAKES CREDIT FOR IMUS TAKE-DOWN...". That organization is Media Matters itself, which...Read More


SJR-7 Fly Story II: The Backlash

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 16, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

A few days ago I attempted a bit of what I thought would be universally taken as innocuous law-related humor in telling a tale about a Statehouse fly whose last living act was to make a small comma-like deposit onto...Read More


Social Justice = Fairness?

Filed by Bruce Parker | April 15, 2007 | 2:49 AM | comments

While attending the yearly American Educational Researchers Association (AERA) meeting in Chicago last week, I learned that the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has removed any references to social justice from its "professional standards" and replaced it...Read More


More toodles for SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | April 13, 2007 | 10:53 AM | comments

Am I the only one tired of SJR-7? By this point in the game, I'm tired of blogging about it, worrying about it, and reading about it. While today's Indy Star has two more articles about the demise of the...Read More


Homobigots target big business

Filed by Bil Browning | April 12, 2007 | 10:47 AM | comments

Indianapolis Star business reporter John Katzenberger has an extremely interesting article out today about some Republican push-back over SJR-7. It seems that Senator Brandt Hershman and Representative Eric Turner have written "a curious letter" to those Fortune 500 companies that...Read More


More on the fallout from SJR 7's demise

Filed by Jen Jorczak | April 12, 2007 | 10:39 AM | comments

Okay, so I'm a little late on the promised update of the anti-abortion amendments filed in retaliation for the failure of SJR 7, but in addition to the six I posted about last Friday, we saw four more introduced on...Read More


SJR-7: Of NUVO, the Indy Star, saying "thanks", and some other thoughts

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 12, 2007 | 8:50 AM | comments

The welcome demise of SJR-7, at least for this year, as well as the unwelcome demise of hate crimes legislation in the General Assembly has prompted a number of items in the Hoosier print media these past few days. I...Read More


In God We Trust our civil liberties

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2007 | 8:26 PM | comments

Bruce Hetrick has another great column in the Indianapolis Business Journal this week that you have to go read. (This link goes to the column on Hetrick's site - which is much easier to navigate.) Echoing some of the thoughts...Read More


Display honoring black citizens to be constructed in Statehouse

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2007 | 1:50 PM | comments

A bill that would create a permanent display honoring the contributions of black citizens to the state of Indiana in the Statehouse was signed into law by the governor yesterday. House Enrolled Act 1818 is co-sponsored by State Senators Jean...Read More


Display honoring black citizens to be constructed in Statehouse

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2007 | 1:50 PM | comments

A bill that would create a permanent display honoring the contributions of black citizens to the state of Indiana in the Statehouse was signed into law by the governor yesterday. House Enrolled Act 1818 is co-sponsored by State Senators Jean...Read More


Edwards' Queer List

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | April 11, 2007 | 12:01 PM | comments

The Edwards campaign has just released a list of prominent queers who have jumped on his bandwagon. Smart move. It shows an awareness that we're nothing as a people if not good sheep -- or, rather, emotional teenagers ever in...Read More


Bigots are Bad Sports

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | April 11, 2007 | 11:09 AM | comments

The day after SJR 7 failed to emerge from a House committee, effectively killing it for this session, the Indianapolis Star carried a number of vitriolic quotes from far-right activists--led, as has become usual, by former Speaker of the House...Read More


John Edwards wants you to know he's gay friendly

Filed by Bil Browning | April 11, 2007 | 11:04 AM | comments

John Edwards released a list of 25 prominent LGBT leaders yesterday who support his campaign for the presidency. The former Senator from North Carolina who ran in the Veep slot with John Kerry in 2004, is making a serious play...Read More


Fire Imus

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | April 10, 2007 | 7:03 PM | comments

I wanted to let the rage die back so I could write rationally. It hasn't. Call me Herodias if you like but I want the man's head on a platter -- at least figuratively. A two-week suspension after his career...Read More


SJR-7: A Fly's Story

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 10, 2007 | 1:50 PM | comments

Now that SJR-7 is dead in this year's session of the Indiana Legislature, one matter that won't have to be decided, at least not for now, is whether or not the first sentence of the amendment could have legitimately gone...Read More


AFA attacks Terri Austin

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2007 | 10:16 AM | comments

You'll remember Representative Terri Austin from her tearful commentary when she voted not to recommend SJR-7 for passage at the House committee vote: "I have cried over this. I have prayed over this. I have sought advice from everyone I...Read More


Hate crimes attempt fails

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2007 | 9:08 PM | comments

Today's attempt by Rep Greg Porter to revive his hate crimes bill failed by a vote of 46 to 50. Rep Porter had added the language of his original bill as an amendment to Senate Bill 45. I'm confident that...Read More


Call Your Legislator!

Filed by Chris Douglas | April 09, 2007 | 12:25 PM | comments

The following comes from Indiana Equality, in support of the bipartisan initiative of Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and Representative Greg Porter: Call your State Legislator TODAY! Ask them to vote Yes on Rep. Porter's Bias Crimes Amendment to Senate...Read More


Guest post by Carey Hamilton

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 09, 2007 | 7:47 AM | comments

[ED NOTE:] Carey Hamilton is a candidate for the 4th District Indianapolis City-County Council seat. Jerame and I lived in the district when we rented our apartment. During the HRO effort, we were represented by Scott Schneider, one of the...Read More


Guest post by Carey Hamilton

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 09, 2007 | 7:47 AM | comments

[ED NOTE:] Carey Hamilton is a candidate for the 4th District Indianapolis City-County Council seat. Jerame and I lived in the district when we rented our apartment. During the HRO effort, we were represented by Scott Schneider, one of the...Read More


SJR 7 to anti-sex legislators: "Avenge my death"

Filed by Jen Jorczak | April 06, 2007 | 5:38 PM | comments

As you all know, on Tuesday, SJR 7 failed to advance out of committee. What you may not know is how many legislators were supremely pissed off about it, and what they're trying to do in retaliation. Bil's already posted...Read More


Better late than never

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2007 | 2:55 PM | comments

The Corydon Democrat printed an editorial against SJR-7 this week, shortly after it died in committee. Ah, the joys of being a weekly publication, eh? The site is a little hard to navigate, but drop about most of the way...Read More


Bush supports DADT

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2007 | 12:15 PM | comments

Big surprise here... President Bush supports discrimination against gays and lesbians. Shocker, no? Asked about recent comments from the military's top officer that homosexuality was "immoral," Bush said, "I will not be rendering judgment about individual orientation." But, he added,...Read More


Bosma and friends still foaming at the mouth

Filed by Bil Browning | April 05, 2007 | 11:57 AM | comments

Today's (and yesterday's) Star carries a story about Bosma and Company's bitching and moaning that they weren't able to codify discrimination into the Indiana constitution. This obvious case of sour grapes isn't surprising. After all Bosma is the same legislator...Read More


A positive ranking for Indiana? Really?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 05, 2007 | 9:38 AM | comments

Copyright 2002 Scientific American (click to enlarge) Color me shocked. I don't know why I assumed that Indiana would rank in the lower third of states, but this map of how evolution is taught in schools nation-wide says otherwise....Read More


Romney calls for FMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 05, 2007 | 9:37 AM | comments

Considering that Republicans for some reason don't like McCain and Giuliani's campaign will implode (mark my words), I'm thinking there's a really good chance that we'll have a Romney ticket. And he did the best of his party in the...Read More


What's everyone saying?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 04, 2007 | 10:33 AM | comments

With SJR-7's defeat in committee, the blogosphere and online news sources exploded. Here's a quick roundup of stories I've found. I've tried to clip a few bits and pieces from each one to give you a feel of the tone....Read More


"The Hell We Do"

Filed by Chris Douglas | April 04, 2007 | 7:34 AM | comments

When I took the phone call yesterday afternoon informing me that the attempt to amend the Constitution of the State of Indiana had died in committee, these raspy words came to me. They come from an Indiana institution, attorney Mark...Read More


Profiles in Courage: The Fab Five

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 03, 2007 | 7:45 PM | comments

From left to right: Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) r36@in.gov Rep. Earl Harris (D-East Chicago) r2@in.gov Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) r9@in.gov Rep. Russ Stilwell (D-Boonville) r74@in.gov Rep. Bob Kuzman (D-Crown Point) r19@in.gov It's rare in politics to find even...Read More


Ding Dong: SJR-7 is dead!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 03, 2007 | 6:59 PM | comments

History has been made, folks! SJR-7, the proposed amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions, has been defeated in committee. The amendment is dead. The committee deadlocked in a 5-5 vote. (All democrats except for Rep Dennis Oxley voted...Read More


Two doors down

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2007 | 4:05 PM | comments

Be sure to update your RSS feeds and bookmarks! Shakespeare's Sister has picked up and moved! Melissa McEwan has decided to blog under her own name at the new site, Shakesville.com. Melissa and Company have added some new bloggers to...Read More


SJR-7 update

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2007 | 3:50 PM | comments

Indiana Equality is reporting over the GayIndy.org mailing list that SJR-7 will be heard in committee tomorrow afternoon. John Joanette, one of IE's lobbyists, writes: The Indiana House of Representatives Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee will discuss Senate Joint Resolution...Read More


Will this happen here too?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 01, 2007 | 10:24 AM | comments

As I was going through the web yesterday a story out of Minneapolis caught my eye. It would seem that the state Senate is considering a bill that would guarantee hospital visitation rights to LGBT couples. No one would oppose...Read More