2193 posts categorized "Elections"

July 24, 2014

GOP Candidate In Arizona Promises To Fight 'The Gay Lobby,' Stop Illegal Immigration 'Before It's Too Late'

Miranda Blue reports at Right Wing Watch:

In a campaign ad that began airing last week in Arizona, Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Thomas boasts of having “stood up to the gay lobby” and promises to stop undocumented immigrants “before it’s too late.”

“When I enforced the law, illegal immigrants fled this state. Now they stay and protest” Thomas, a former Maricopa County attorney, says in the ad, as he’s flanked by a mostly-white crowd.

Thomas was disbarred in 2012 after facing corruption charges. He isn’t considered a frontrunner in a large Republican field that includes executive Christine Jones, State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former Rep. Frank Riggs, and others.

Summer of Liberty, or something

Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America on how the gays have stolen our freedoms.

Rick Perry preps for another presidential run with immigration standoff

(Photo source unknown)

The utter incapacity of some politicians to feel shame or be self-aware is almost charming. Almost. The photo op shown above turns it into something very ugly. This nitwit is unfazed by having made a mockery of himself in 2012, and is now calling out the Texas National Guard to shoot at what his predecessor's once called "the little brown ones." I wonder what more refined conservatives are thinking these days as so many on their side of the partisan divide overrun their genteel bigotry with a cruder variety.

A fundraising ploy disguised as a birthday card


Thanks to the Birther nonsense, an unusually large number of us knows the date, year, and place of BHO's birth, even the hospital. I have a drink tray with a reproduction of his birth certificate. But I don't think 44 will notice whether I sign his birthday card. Yet I am getting multiple reminders a day. The thing is, Barack and I are just not close enough that we exchange birthday cards. So, you know, knock it off already, okeydoke?

July 11, 2014

Actually, I do

Untrue email subject line of the day: "You don't want to miss this!"

(Apologies to supporters of the candidate in question. It's nothing personal. It's political message and subject-line hype fatigue.)

Rick Santorum warned us about this

UCBComedy explains: "Ron Spiner is the only candidate brave enough to fight for your right to marry whoever you want, as long as they're a dog and not the same sex as you." Apparently they're parodying Dr. Keith Ablow, who is seen below on Fox News discussing his concerns about polygamous bestiality.

For students of depravity, I note that these guys don't go nearly as far as Madonna did in her sex book twenty years ago. But what's with the guy and the peanut butter? How insensitive toward people with peanut allergies.

June 28, 2014

Self-Aware Bobby Jindal Is Tired Of 'Candidates Who Tell Us One Thing Then Go Do Another'

Another gem from Miranda Blue at RWW.

June 25, 2014

Cochran beats back Tea Party challenger

Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly defeated Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in Tuesday's runoff election. As you can see from the above non-concession speech, the GOP's internal blood-letting ain't over. Get your popcorn.

My theory: Thad Cochran may have been helped by his porn star name. See Mississippi's broadband porn rental rate.

Dire messages!

The subject lines from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are annoying me more and more. At 21:49 on Tuesday I got a message from DCCC Breaking News titled "DEVASTATING news," and it was about GOP fundraising. Oh STFU.

June 24, 2014

Catania interviewed on MSNBC

Independent D.C. mayoral candidate David Catania is interviewed on MSNBC.

June 22, 2014

Openly gay gubernatorial candidate leads pride parade in Maine

(Photo credit: Associated Press)

ABC News reports:

A Democratic candidate who reluctantly made public his homosexuality last year found himself serving as the grand marshal of Maine's biggest gay pride parade and festival Saturday and urged activists to continue fighting to eliminate discrimination and promote equality.

Mike Michaud, who would become the nation's first openly gay person to be elected governor if he unseats Republican Paul LePage in November, said it would be powerful for the gay community to have a seat at the table in discussions with governors across the country on equality issues.

"Maine has come a long ways and our nation has come a long ways, but there's still a long way to go," he said in an interview before he marched alongside a white convertible down the roughly milelong route in downtown Portland.

Meanwhile, the National Journal reports that Rep. Michaud leads Gov. Paul LePage in a new poll.

June 19, 2014

Obama: Republicans no longer run against gay marriage

USA Today reports on comments made Tuesday night by President Obama at the DNC gay rights dinner. The President is right: much has changed in the past decade.

June 18, 2014

Hillary 1, Squirrel 0


A Republican-hired giant squirrel has been dogging Hillary Clinton's every book-flacking step handing out bumper stickers that read, "Another Clinton In The White House Is Nuts." So Hillary decided to give the squirrel an autographed copy of her book. Smooth, Madam Secretary.

June 12, 2014

Anderson debates Texas GOPer on reparative therapy

June 11, 2014

Oklahoma Candidate Says Gays Should Be Stoned


Igor Volsky reports:

Oklahoma state house candidate Scott Esk wrote on Facebook last summer that gay people are “worthy of death” and should be stoned, later claiming that violence against gays is “in the old testament under a law that came directly from God.”

Ah, what would the Bill of Rights look like if we called a Constitutional Convention today?

Cantor and Graham

The earthquake with its epicenter in his district may have been an omen for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who lost his primary to a Tea Party novice. But while the shadenfreude is thick in the aftermath of his loss, it is tempting fate to get too gleeful over his loss to someone to his right. The notion that he is not conservative enough is not just that Tea Partiers are loony, but that his leadership role required him to cast certain votes and serve as an emissary in ways that were bound to rub the right wing base the wrong way. Cantor is the first majority leader in history to lose his party primary. Brian Tashman comments at RWW.

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) beat his challengers without the need for a runoff.

The Schwartz Factor


None of the mentioned candidates will be very happy with the lively analysis by Mark Lee of how Carol Schwartz shakes up the mayor's race by entering it. A sample:

Popular in the gay community for her straight-talking, full-throated brashness and frequently oversized accessories, she was beloved partly for being the closest thing to a drag queen on the dais – in the most positive possible portrayal of both. Until her confounding reluctance to break from a controversial go-slow stance on same-sex marriage through most of her final term diminished support, the woman known city-wide as “Carol” had long garnered the lion’s share of the gay vote.

Given the lackadaisical nature of past campaigns and tepid public enthusiasm for this one, collecting the 3,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot is not assured. The disorganized nature of her lackluster launch appeared as if hastily concocted over a bottomless brunch during Pride festivities last weekend....

A gadfly Schwartz campaign, however, might impact Bowser as well. Not only could her entry spark a mud-wrestling dynamic in a campaign not yet of much voter interest, the deer-in-headlights uncertain cautiousness of Bowser may not contrast well alongside seasoned debaters.

June 04, 2014

A Call to Coalition

My latest article is based on a handout I wrote for GLAA's booth at Capital Pride. Here's a portion:

My late friend Lawrence Guyot, a veteran of Freedom Summer, testified at the D.C. Council's marriage equality hearings in 2009 that when he went to work with Fannie Lou Hamer in the Mississippi Delta in 1964, the right to vote on other people's rights was not their purpose. He believed equality was for everyone.

Today, the voting rights he helped win face a renewed onslaught. Gerrymandering and vote suppression aim to preserve the power of the few over the many who sustain and enrich our country. Christian theocrats insist that religious freedom belongs only to them. Women's reproductive choice is threatened at every turn. As our rights are under assault, science is attacked by Know-Nothings. The political alliance between plutocrats and the radical social right has metastasized into a backlash of resentment and intolerance that hamstrings our ability to solve problems and innovate for our future.

We must stand together to prevent our republic from sliding towards oligarchy and feudalism. We cannot remain in separate silos, divided by race, religion, gender, class, immigration status, and sexual orientation. Our lives and bonds cross multiple categories. We must cooperate and learn from one another to secure equality and opportunity for all. And we must vote.

To continue reading, visit my new page at Daily Kos.

I will discuss this on Thursday, June 5 at 7 pm with Mark Thompson on SiriusXM Progress, Channel 127.

June 02, 2014

Anti-trans referendum in MD fails to get enough signatures

Allvoices writes:

Just over a day after transgender Americans won a major victory at the national level, Marylanders fighting for equality won another battle for transgender rights when opponents of a bill signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley failed to obtain enough signatures to force a referendum on the law by midnight Saturday.

Equality Maryland, the state’s largest organization lobbying for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, announced the outcome on their Facebook page just after the clock struck midnight Sunday morning.

Congrats to Maryland.

May 23, 2014

A hopeful sign in Kentucky


Young Democrats of America reports that Kentucky senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes this week won more votes in the Democratic primary than Mitch McConnell won in the Republican primary.

In switch, gay rights issue now favoring Democrats

Nicholas Riccardi of AP reports on the shifting electoral politics of gay equality.

May 21, 2014

Pocatello Voters Keep LGBT Protections

Boise State Public Radio reports that voters in Pocatello, Idaho yesterday voted to uphold their city's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance (which I learned this morning thanks to Marty Rouse of HRC, who is there). In honor of this fine news, I give you Judy Garland, singing the only song I know that mentions the place.

May 11, 2014

NOM claims it's winning

Steveningen at Daily Kos looks at Brian Brown's reality-challenged money beg.

May 09, 2014

An email I didn't bother reading

From Elizabeth Warren, an email titled, "Will you join me in Oregon?" I mean, I think you're fab, Senator, but I have other vacation plans.

May 06, 2014

Anti-gay candidate used to be drag performer Miss Mona Sinclair


The Daily Mail reports:

A North Carolina Republican candidate campaigning against same-sex marriage has been outed as a former drag queen performer known as 'Miss Mona Sinclair'.

Steve Wiles, a conservative state Senate candidate, donned a wig and fake lashes for eight years at the now defunct gay-friendly lounge Club Odyssey, where he directed and emceed a weekly drag show.

The club's former owner Randy Duggins told Winston-Salem Journal he broke his silence because he wants voters to know that Wiles is, he believes, a 'hypocrite' and 'liar'.

As our friend Will said, what goes around, comes around.


Robertson Laments 'Radicals On The Right' Have Taken Over The GOP

Pat Robertson actually said this:

You know how the Republicans are, they can snatch defeats from the jaws of victory with great ease. The next thing you know, there’s a whole bunch of radicals on the right knocking off established figures and saying, we’re going to call on them to be responsible. Before long, the candidates the Republicans put out aren’t capable of beating the Democrats and so the Democrats laugh all the way to the ballot box and beyond. In any event, it’s there’s to lose right now, we’ll see what happens. The people have had enough of what’s going on in Washington and they will show their displeasure at the polls unless the Republicans screw up, which they’re perfectly capable of doing.

Yes, Pat, I agree. We mustn't have right wing radicals wrecking the GOP.

(Hat tip: Right Wing Watch)

Blade: Gray receives surprise award at GLAA celebration

(Mayor Vincent Gray receives Distinguished Service Award from GLAA President Rick Rosendall. Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas.)

Lou Chibbaro at the Blade reports on GLAA's 43rd anniversary reception. More Blade photos here.

May 02, 2014

Catania confident he'll win mayoral race

(Rick Rosendall and Bob Summersgill confer with Councilmember David Catania before
the Council's final vote on the marriage equality bill in 2009. DC Agenda photo by Joe Tresh)

AP (by way of WJLA) reports that D.C. Councilmember and independent mayoral candidate David Catania is confident that he will beat Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser, the Ward 4 Councilmember. David is quoted as saying:

Having an LGBT mayor of our nation's capital sends an important message to our entire country about what America is. America is a place where there is equal opportunity... But that's it. We're not going to have fabulous parties.

Well there goes the fabulous parties vote.

Darrell Issa Subpoenas John Kerry To Testify On Benghazi


HuffPo reports that Rep. Darrell Issa has subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to appear at yet another hearing on the fabricated Benghazi scandal, this time on May 21 (Frank Kameny's birthday, incidentally). Issa accuses the State Department, which has responded voluminously to his nonsense, of "a disturbing disregard for its legal obligations to Congress."

Issa is lying. There is no scandal. The Benghazi affair has been more thoroughly investigated than the deaths in several similar incidents under Obama's predecessor. My first reaction to this is to say that Obama should publicly forbid anyone in the executive branch from wasting any further time responding to this partisan smear campaign led by Issa, should tell Republicans who are so inclined to lose their frigging minds over it, and should tell the GOP-controlled House to go ahead and pass articles of Impeachment over it if they are that reckless and unscrupulous. It is time to stop reasoning with these aggressively unreasonable and morally treasonous opportunists and start fighting them.

Barton: Not Allowing Women To Vote Was Designed 'To Keep The Family Together'


Right Wing Watch reports:

On today's episode of "WallBuilders Live," David Barton explained that women were not given the right to vote when the Constitution was written because the Founding Fathers were trying to protect the institution of the family by giving every "family" a right to vote through the male head of the household.

Responding to a question from a listener who argued that the Founding Fathers denied women the right to vote not out of sexism but rather based on the biblical principle that a house divided against itself cannot stand, Barton said that this interpretation was exactly right because not allowing women to vote was designed "to keep the family together":

Those who think Mr. Jefferson did not entertain the idea of a "wall of separation" should try reading Mr. Jefferson. His January 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists includes this:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

April 13, 2014

Nevada GOP drops party platforms against gay marriage and abortion

Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a welcome bit of news.

April 03, 2014

D.C. primary election post-mortems

(Washington Blade photo of Philip Pannell by Michael Key)

Tuesday's D.C. primary election results included the defeat of Mayor Vincent Gray by Ward Four Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and the defeat of Ward One Councilmember Jim Graham by challenger Brianne Nadeau. Here are several related news stories:

I'm sure we'll have commentary here on the election results and their implications; for the moment, I offer these news links. You can find competing commentaries by Peter Rosenstein and Mark Lee in the Blade. I almost got whiplash from Rosenstein's speed in getting behind Bowser after her defeat of Gray. But as the story on Independent mayoral candidate David Catania above reminds us, the race isn't over.

Scott Lively Denies Calling Obama The Antichrist, Admits He Did When Confronted With Audio Of His Comments

(Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch reports:

During Scott Lively’s interview with Michelangelo Signorile last week, the anti-gay pastor denied ever having said that President Obama is the Antichrist … until Signorile played audio captured by Right Wing Watch of Lively saying exactly that.

Good for Signorile and RWW. Lively is a right-wing evangelical who helped push Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, and is now running for governor of Massachusetts. He recently called President Obama "a radical homosexualist" and suggested that the President may even be homosexual. He just can't stop making crap up.

March 30, 2014

Mendelson responds to attacks by FOP

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

You may have seen a recent mailer or ads from the Fraternal Order of Police attacking D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

Phil's campaign responds here.

My own thoughts: What FOP is doing is particularly scurrilous and disgraceful. One good thing about it is that they are squandering their money on a cause doomed to fail. The only alternative to Mendelson in Tuesday's primary is Calvin Gurley, whose late questionnaire response earned a GLAA rating of +1 compared to Phil's +10. As for FOP, their habitual boorishness, which I have witnessed at Council hearings, has mainly had the effect of making the police chiefs they were attacking look better by comparison. If they represented me, I would demand my dues back.

Former GLAA president Bob Summersgill writes:

We've never had an advocate on the Council as strong as Phil Mendelson.

GLAA member Jeri Hughes, a transgender rights activist, writes:

After reviewing the negative allegations, I performed some fact checks. The representations made by the FOP are factually incorrect, misleading, or outright vicious. Under Mendelson's tenure, there has been an increase in the number of officers serving in the MPD. He defended and championed District gun laws. He has consistently served as a champion of LGBT rights, and a fierce proponent for Public Safety. This Campaign to Hold Phil Mendelson Accountable is nothing more than an egregious Campaign to Smear and Malign. They should be ashamed of themselves. I know several rank and file officers...none of them feel that Phil Mendelson deserves this abuse. None. I personally know that he deserves nothing but praise from the LGBT community. This "campaign" brings into question what the leadership of the MPD FOP is trying to accomplish, as well as their motivation. They aren't representing the members. Just who are they representing? And why? Something here is very wrong...

Phil is a longtime ally and champion for the LGBT community in Washington. Here is our citation for the Distinguished Service Award that GLAA presented him in 2006.

I voted early, and I voted enthusiastically for Phil. *

* GLAA does not make endorsements in partisan races. This is GLAA Forum, where we express our personal views, and I am speaking for myself here.

March 20, 2014

GLAA primary ratings ad


Here's GLAA's ratings ad for the April 1 D.C. primary election. It appears in today's issue of Metro Weekly. (Note: if we could afford it, we'd run it in the Blade also. Advertising is relatively expensive.)

Visit our main website to see the full news release on our candidate ratings.

March 19, 2014

Ward 1 race heats up

The Blade reports on the race between incumbent Jim Graham and challenger Brianne Nadeau for the Democratic nomination for Ward 1 D.C. Council. By all signs, after four terms Jim is in the fight of his life.

March 18, 2014

Scott Lively, candidate for governor of Massachusetts

I don't think so.

March 16, 2014

Pardon my bluntness

Graham: 'Importance of openly gay elected officials'

(Washington Blade file photo by Jeff Surprenant)

Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham has an op-ed in the current issue of the Blade explaining why it's crucial that we keep electing him because he's gay. Or something.

Graham is right that he has not run in the past solely as a gay candidate. That is why I find it peculiar that he is placing such emphasis on the “seat at the table” argument (in this case meaning keeping him in the seat) now that a combination of longevity in office and ethical problems have made him vulnerable. Here he mischaracterizes Mark Lee’s argument in the referenced column, which is something he does a lot. At the Stein Club endorsement forum a few weeks ago, he falsely claimed that GLAA had given him no credit for his long record of service, when in fact we had given him every available record-related point. He also gave the impression that his entire disagreement with GLAA was over ABC reform, a ploy also used by Muriel Bowser at the subsequent Stein mayoral forum. The ploy did not work for either candidate.

Jim does deserve props for his long service. Indeed, GLAA awarded him our hard-to-get championship point for steering to passage the LGBT youth homelessness bill, for which we also gave him a shout-out in our policy brief. But the LGBT community’s seat at the table is about much more than having one of us on the DC Council. It is about hard-earned clout won over decades of smart and sustained advocacy, productive relationships with policy makers, and involvement in our communities all across town. Anti-gay campaigning has been a loser in DC for more than three decades. In race after race here, multiple pro-LGBT candidates are battling for our support, which increasingly hinges on other issues. One such issue in the Ward One race was raised by someone who pointed out that 16 years ago, in his successful first run for the Council, Jim said that incumbent Frank Smith had been in office for 16 years, and that was an awfully long time. Jim is now in his 16th year on the Council. Let him make his best case against his challenger; surely that best case is not that he is gay.

As a voter I care not about who you sleep with, but what you will do on my issues–and Jim disagrees with GLAA on some of our issues. That is his right, but he can hardly blame people for noticing. I note that Brianne Nadeau has a thinner record on LGBT issues, which is reflected in her rating from GLAA being lower than Jim’s. The voters in their wisdom will sort all this out.

March 14, 2014

Primary challenger calls Lindsey Graham 'ambiguously gay'

TPM reports. Personally, I don't see a lot of ambiguity in a guy who started his own rumor about dating Ricky Martin.