Politics: February 2012

A Budget Narrative For Mitt Romney's America

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 29, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Romney released his economic growth plan in September before his many losses. That's gotta be enough to drive a guy who's gone from "inevitable" to "in-question" more than a little crazy. In Romney's latest economic agenda, it's starting to show. Read More


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Santorum & the Nausea Factor

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 29, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Santorum blithely told "Meet the Press" host David Gregory that separation of church and state was "not the founders' vision." Well, um, "vision" depends on which "founders" you're talking about. Read More


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Michigan & Arizona Primary Returns [Open Thread Contest]

Filed by James Holmes | February 28, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

What are your guesses for tonight's returns? Give us your estimates for each candidate in the comments section, and the person with the closest guess will win a prize from the Bilerico vaults. Read More


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Rick Santorum, Political Hack

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 28, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

When the remaining GOP standard bearers attack each other, they are usually spot-on. Read More


The Marriage Equality Whirlwind Primer

Filed by Leslie Robinson | February 28, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

In the first two months of this year, same-sex marriage news has been as plentiful as wedding guests around an open bar. I need to pause. Catch my breath. Total up the wins and losses of January and February. Analyze. Theorize. Chortle.Read More


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Sheriff Paul Babeu Led Abusive School & Slept With Student

Filed by James Holmes | February 27, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

In this report by ABC15 in Phoenix, new allegations arise concerning Babeu's tenure as head master and ED of the DeSisto School for troubled teens and focuses on abusive punishments used on students and Babeu's live-in relationship with a male student. Read More


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Has VA Guv Bob McDonnell's Image Been Permanently Damaged?

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 27, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

If McDonnell is serious about being a moderate conservative, will he veto the anti-gay adoption bill that has cleared the Virginia General Assembly? I doubt it and as a result his nickname "Taliban Bob" continues to be only too applicable.Read More


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Gay GOP Prez Candidate Karger Courts Moderates in Michigan

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 24, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

In a state with an open primary - where Democrats can cross-over and vote Republican - Fred Karger is doing something different: he's asking Democrats and moderate Republican voters to "send the Republicans a message" and vote for him in the GOP primary.Read More


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Accidentally Sitting By Gay Couples Changed MD Republican's Vote

Filed by Drew Cordes | February 24, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

As Abraham Lincoln said: "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" Read More


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Maryland State Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

he Maryland State Senate finally voted 25-22 and "received a constitutional vote." The bill now heads to Gov. O'Malley, who has promised to sign it, after which it may well face a referendum.Read More


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Governors Cuomo And Christie Basically The Same Person

Filed by Daniel Villarreal | February 23, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Governors Cuomo and Christie both oppose progressive social policies and support anti-gay politicians. So does it really matter that one supports marriage equality and the other doesn't?Read More


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An Open Letter to Indiana from a Hoosier Expatriate

Filed by Bil Browning | February 23, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've always been proud of my Hoosier heritage. I didn't want to give up on you, Indiana. I wanted to help guide you away from being the middle finger of the south jutting up into the north.Read More


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Is Refusing Service a Proactive Way To Change Minds?

Filed by James Holmes | February 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have struggled with how I should feel about this news clip out of New Mexico of a stylist denying the Republican governor service over her stance on marriage quality. Did he miss out on a greater opportunity? Read More


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Light Up a Room With a Dollop of Santorum [Caption This]

Filed by James Holmes | February 23, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

What's your best caption for this photo of the crowd from last night's Republican Presidential debate?Read More


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Rick Santorum Is Gay Porn

Filed by James Holmes | February 22, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Rick Santorum's Google problem finally has a pic to go with it.Read More


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2012: The Year of the Billionaire

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 21, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Thanks in part to Obama's campaign, 2008 was known as the year of the small donor. But with his decision to accept the reality of super PACs, the 2012 election may turn out to be the Year of the Billionaire. Read More


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Bob McDonnell, Felony Sexual Penetration, & Virginia's Proposed Ultrasound Bill

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 21, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Take a good look at the following image that depicts what Taliban Bob McDonnell will be doing to women against their will if he signs the ultrasound bill and then ask yourself if this is the handiwork of a moderate.Read More


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Is AZ Sheriff Babeu's Story About Outing, Immigration or Mitt Romney?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 21, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The story of Arizona's Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu - an anti-illegal immigration hardliner and a Republican rising star running for Congress - has been firing up news outlets that think they've hit the trifecta.Read More


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Let's Play a Guessing Game [Republican Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Republicans have been hinting at a brokered convention for months now, but what if it actually happens?Read More


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Four Republican Bills That Are Not About Jobs

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 19, 2012 | 11:15 AM | comments

Four Republican Senators held a press conference Thursday to remind Americans about their job creation legislation. Wait. Republicans have jobs bills? Oh! That's why they had to remind us.Read More


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Maryland Marriage Equality Bill Moves Forward

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 18, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Maryland House passed a marriage equality bill that the governor of Maryland has promised to sign - if it reaches his desk. Now the bill goes to the Senate.Read More


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NJ Governor Christie Vetoes Marriage Bill

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

As expected, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced a veto of the just-passed marriage bill.Read More


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Undoing Griswold: Rick Santorum's America

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 17, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Remember, when considering the attitudes held by Rick Santorum and his ilk, as ridiculous and laughable as they may seem to you, that they are being seriously discussed and considered, and that you are the target.Read More


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Referendum Filed in WA & GOP Pro-Marriage Lawmaker Video

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 17, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

On Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, the day after Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation legalizing marriage rights for same sex couples in that state, opponents of marriage equality filed a referendum challenging the new law. Read More


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New Jersey Legislature Passes Marriage Equality, LGBT Orgs React

Filed by Daniel Villarreal | February 16, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

Today, the New Jersey Assembly passed the state marriage equality bill. Governor Chris Christie has vowed to veto the bill, but nationwide LGBT organizations think they can find the additional votes the need to pass the bill by 2014.Read More


Mitt's Bailout Wreck in Michigan

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 16, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

In this morning's Progressive Breakfast, I referred to Mitt Romney's Michigan TV spot as "Romney's Auto Bailout Spin-Out." Well, as it happens, things are worse than I thought. Read More


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Today in Marriage Equality: 3 State Roundup

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

There's lots of news about marriage equality legislation this morning. Here's what you need to know.Read More


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Oklahoma's New Gay State Senator Is an Old Friend

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Oklahoma state representative Al McAffrey may be the state's newest openly gay state senator now, but for those of us who follow politics, he's an old friend.Read More


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Tell Log Cabin: No Anti-LGBT Candidates!

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 15, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

No candidate should get the support of any LGBT organization if they have pledged to deny equality to our community. Some gay conservatives seem to think otherwise and they need to hear from us loud and clear: no anti-LGBT candidates allowed!Read More


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Pelosi Endorses Marriage Equality Plank for Dem Party

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Freedom to Marry launched an ingenious campaign Monday to prod the Democratic Party into including a plank in the party platform that endorses marriage equality. The push got a large endorsement today from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi when she announced her support for the initiative. Read More


Happy Valentine's Day from Governor Gregoire

Filed by Bil Browning | February 14, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Happy Valentine's Day! If you missed Washington's Governor Christine Gregoire's moving speech before signing the marriage equality bill, treat yourself to a private moment of grace and love.Read More


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Washington Governor to Sign Marriage Equality into Law at 2:30

Filed by James Holmes | February 13, 2012 | 2:15 PM | comments

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is set to sign marriage equality into law at 2:30. Watch it live.Read More


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NJ Senate Voting on Marriage at Noon [UPDATED]

Filed by James Holmes | February 13, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The NJ State Senate is expected to vote at noon today on Senate Bill S.1, the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act which is expected to pass. Watch the vote live here.Read More


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Against Equality Wrap Up from Down Under

Filed by R Conrad | February 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last week I was lucky enough to make my way to Melbourne for a gay and lesbian studies conference. After traveling thirty six hours I emerged in the sunny southern hemisphere with a pile of Against Equality books in tow.Read More


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WA Gov. Gregoire to Sign Marriage Bill on Monday

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 12, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign her marriage equality bill into law on Monday morning. With the stroke of her pen, Washington will become the seventh state to legalize civil marriage between same-sex couples.Read More


The Sound of Santorum

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 12, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

I went to lunch thinking Rick Santorum was the "rock star" at this year's CPAC. After finishing lunch, I returned to find that Santorum was just the opening act.Read More


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Do We Prioritize Some State Marriage Battles Over Others?

Filed by Adam Polaski | February 12, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

Has anyone else noticed the public and media being underwhelmed by Washington's marriage equality bill? Or is the amount of attention and discussion about the bill appropriate? Read More


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Newt's CPAC Schedule

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 11, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'll admit it. Newt Gingrich got me on this one. I walked into the CPAC conference yesterday morning with my guard down, and picked up what I thought was a schedule of events for the main ballroom. Then I read it.Read More


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Mitt Romney, CPAC Rock Star

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 11, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

I have to admit, for a progressive being at CPAC can feel like being a "stranger in a strange land." For a black, gay progressive it's a bit like being dropped on another planet, with almost no breathable atmosphere.Read More


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Obama Raised $1.5 Million from LGBT Donors Last Night

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

President Obama attended a fundraiser at the home of Karen Dixon and Dr. Nan Schaffer in an affluent area of Washington, DC last night that brought in almost $1.5 million dollars.Read More


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It's Half-Wit Time in America!

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 09, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Because of a dwindling supply of white people, the white wing of the Republican Party wants no sex education in schools, no choice for women and no contraceptives. Just a reminder: the most reliable contraceptive is lesbianism. Read More


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Take Action: Thank Governor Gregoire for Marriage

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Wednesday, the Washington State House passed a same-sex marriage bill, and now it the bill is headed to Governor Gregoire's desk for her signature. She promised to sign the bill before Valentine's Day!Read More


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Gingrich 'Talks Like a Preacher, Lives Like a Porn Star'

Filed by John M. Becker | February 09, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

LGBT rights group Truth Wins Out announced yesterday that it is placing a hard-hitting ad in today's edition of Roll Call, DC's Capitol Hill newspaper, with the headline "Newt Gingrich: Talks Like a Preacher, Lives Like a Porn Star." Read More


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Shellacked, Mitt Fights Back

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 08, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

When Herman Cain and Rick Perry imploded last November, Jon Stewart called Romney "the luckiest motherfudger on Earth." That was before last night's "shellacking," when Santorum trounced Romney in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado - three states that Romney won in 2008.Read More


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Marriage Equality Bill Introduced in Illinois

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Looks like the battle over marriage equality is headed to the heartland. Just in from Equality Illinois comes news that three Democrat representatives have introduced legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in the Land of Lincoln.Read More


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Keep Leaping Toward Equality!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 08, 2012 | 2:15 PM | comments

Let's keep leaping toward equality and keep the fire for equality burning strong this month. This is a leap year, after all, and the year of the Dragon.Read More


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Ninth Circuit Charts Its Own Course To Marriage Equality in Perry v. Brown

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 08, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Ninth Circuit charted its own course, totally redefining this case and coming up with a totally different explanation of why Prop 8 is unconstitutional. It's not about the constitutionality of same sex marriage. In fact, they go out of their way at the very beginning of the opinion to point out that they are not saying that same sex marriage must be granted under the Constitution. What?!Read More


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Santorum Wins Missouri & Hits Close to Home

Filed by James Holmes | February 08, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

It came as no surprise to me when Rick Santorum won last night's Republican primary for my home state. If anything it served as a reminder of why I don't make it home that often. Read More


Newt Gingrich Heckled By LGBT Protestors

Filed by Bil Browning | February 07, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

During a campaign stop in Minnesota, members of the LGBT rights group Glitterati started heckling the presidential candidate over his anti-gay positions. Read More


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Who Will NJ Gov Christie Listen to on Same Sex Marriage Rights?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 06, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

There has always been a "friendly rivalry" between New Jersey and New York. That's why what Christie does now on the movement to secure marriage rights for same sex couples - and the rivalry with Bloomberg - is so important.Read More


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WA House Committee Advances Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by James Holmes | February 06, 2012 | 5:45 PM | comments

Marriage equality moved one step closer in Washington state today as the House Judiciary committee advanced a bill that would make Washington the 8th state including the District of Columbia to grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples. Read More


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Poisonous Parenting: The Santorum Edition

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 06, 2012 | 4:15 PM | comments

It was my work-related blogging that alerted me to a remark Santorum made, comparing gay parents to felons, which inspired me to return to this series.Read More


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Republicans Finally Found a Real Case of Voter Fraud

Filed by Bil Browning | February 06, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

In September of 2010, I reported that the man who wanted to be responsible for handling Indiana's election laws, then-candidate for Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White, had actually committed voter fraud. White was found guilty of six felony fraud charges last week.Read More


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Santorum Gets Bad Lip Reading Treatment

Filed by Bil Browning | February 04, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

It took long enough for the Frothy Mix to be taken seriously enough to be featured in the Bad Lip Reading video series. Or maybe it's because he didn't get one earlier since no one paid him the least bit of attention.Read More


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Chris Christie's Version of 'Let's Make a Deal'

Filed by Bil Browning | February 03, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

These insufferable idiots suffer under the preconception that just because they don't really believe their public anti-gay stances, we should welcome them with open arms and a wink, wink, nod.Read More


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Mitt Romney's Secret Service Codename [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | February 03, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Now that Mitt Romney is getting Secret Service protection, let's guess what his super secret codename is going to be. My bet is on R-money. $10,000?Read More


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NJ Assembly Committee Advances Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Bil Browning | February 03, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

After six and a half hours of testimony, a New Jersey state Assembly committee passed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. The full Assembly will vote on the bill on February 16.Read More


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9th Circuit Says No to Release of Prop 8 Trial Tapes

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 02, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided not to release the Prop 8 trial tapes, overturning the district court's earlier ruling that the public had a right to see the video recordings of the Perry v. Brown trial.Read More


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Canadian MPs Snicker & Mock Trans Airport Screening Concerns

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 02, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Conservative MPs were allegedly openly snickering and disrespectfully mocking other politicians who support transgender rights. Read More


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WA State Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Bil Browning | February 02, 2012 | 9:13 AM | comments

Good news out of Washington state yesterday evening after the state senate passed marriage equality legislation by a 28-21 vote.Read More


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Romney vs. Gingrich?

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 01, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

I keep getting asked if Mitt Romney was a horrible Governor for Massachusetts. My answer is, basically? Yes. "But," people say, "is he as bad as Gingrich?"Read More


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Indiana Passes Right to Work Legislation

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Indiana has become the latest state to enact a Right To Work union busting law. Hey, someone tell the Task Force.Read More


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R-money: I Don't Care About the Poor

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

R-money's got 99 problems but poor people ain't one.Read More


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Romney Wants Marriage Amendment; Amway Gave $500k to NOM

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 01, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

On Monday, Jan 30, NOM posted a conference call with faith leaders during which Romney reiterated that pledge and perhaps made it more difficult for gay Republicans to support him.Read More


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Maryland Girl Asks for Discrimination for Birthday Present

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

At yesterday's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing, a Maryland girl asked the senators for an unusual birthday present. She wanted gay and lesbian couples to be denied equal rights.Read More