2330 posts categorized "Elections"

June 25, 2015

Will Kwame Brown challenge Yvette Alexander?

June 23, 2015

Gays set America on fire!

Right Wing Watch shares this video featuring Mike Huckabee. Put down those matches!

June 22, 2015

A Donald Trump Piñata

I couldn't resist that headline.

White supremacist cited in Dylann Roof manifesto gave to GOP candidates

June 21, 2015

Hillary Clinton at her best

I have heard Mrs. Clinton speak this well once before, when she went to Geneva as our Secretary of State to announce an LGBT global initiative. Here she is in San Francisco talking to the 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors.

June 18, 2015

Rev. Clementa Pinckney talks about black political participation

It is bracing and heartbreaking to see this beautiful, great-spirited man and hear him speak on how essential it is for black people to participate in the political system. Now martyred, he speaks more loudly than before.

June 12, 2015

Ben Carson doesn't want to talk about it

Dear Dr. Carson, one great way of avoiding questions on current issues is not running for president.

June 10, 2015

Virginia: Mark Levine Wins 45th District House of Delegates Democratic Primary


The Old Town Alexandria Patch reports:

Mark Levine has won the Democratic primary Tuesday night for the 45th District seat in the House of Delegates.

Levine came in with 2,674 votes; his closest competitor was Craig Fifer, with 2,340. These are unofficial results and do not include any absentee votes.

The district stretches across Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County and the vote total includes 100 percent of the votes from precincts in each jurisdiction.

Congrats to Mark. Here is the statement I gave (in my personal capacity) in support of his campaign:

In politics there are show horses and work horses. Mark Levine is a work horse, and a smart one. I met him years ago through our mutual connections to progressive radio. Both of us had worked on marriage equality, I in D.C. and he as co-founder of Marriage Equality California. When it came time for D.C.’s final push for marriage equality in 2009, Mark served as pro bono counsel to the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. In that capacity he worked with the D.C. Council’s Judiciary Chair, General Counsel, and committee staff to create a solid bill. He then defended it with incisive testimony before the Board of Elections and in court briefs.

Mark pointed out to the Board of Elections that Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican form of government and says nothing about a plebiscite. One of the great strengths of the American system is that we elect representatives who work for us, who delve more deeply into issues and deliberate in crafting our laws.

Mark has never needed a paycheck to fight for equal rights. That is in his blood. But with his political seasoning and history of effective coalition work, a seat in the House of Delegates will give him the clout to get the best deal for the citizens of the 45th District.

You can elect someone else as your delegate; but you will not get a smarter, harder working, or more effective legislator than Mark Levine.

Video of my remarks at Mark's campaign kickoff here.

Voldemort is polling better than many Republican presidential candidates

They really ought to just embrace their inner Voldemort and be done with it.


June 04, 2015

The Day the World Didn't End

My latest Blade column looks at auspicious signs of ‪#‎LGBT‬ progress, including today's youth who are unfazed by apocalyptic prophecies by Republican politicians.

June 02, 2015

Lindsey Graham jumps in

A closet case who constantly tries to prove his manhood by calling for more wars. Thanks, but I'll pass.

May 29, 2015

Gay hotelier who hosted Ted Cruz made a campaign donation, too

This should surprise no one. As I wrote in my last column:

Many on the right slammed gay liberals for condemning gay hoteliers Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner after they hosted an event for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. When Reisner's apology was widely panned (he implausibly claimed naïveté about Cruz's anti-gay positions), we were excoriated for our severity, despite Cruz having proposed an anti-gay constitutional amendment the day after the gay event. I am sorry (again), but it is preposterous for tycoons like Weiderpass and Reisner to be painted as victims because they are subject to criticism for their political activity like everyone else.

May 27, 2015

If you have no moral authority, maybe stop moralizing

(Hat tip: Stephen Fry)

A short film on Ireland's historic breakthrough on marriage equality

(Hat tip: Panti Bliss)

May 26, 2015

Vatican deplores marriage vote in Ireland

We are so shocked. Go ahead, Rome. Keep trying to hold back the tide. I left Mother Church 45 years ago. Come on in, folks, the water's fine.

Rubio's latest anti-gay statements

May 24, 2015

Rowling cheers Ireland, invokes Dumbledore

Now, will Americans proud of Irish heritage confront their anti-gay bigotry?

Joe Sudbay is right. It is time for the aggressive homophobia of so many American Hibernian organizations to be challenged more and more to end their anti-gay bigotry. Their attitude was just overwhelmingly rebuked back in their motherland.

May 23, 2015

An air for thee, my fairy-circled isle

At such a joyous moment, the proper mode of celebration for a true son of Ireland (and on my mother's side I am a Gildea and a Fitzgerald) is to play a beloved old air and have a good cry. Here, then, is "In Derry Vale," sung by the lustrous Maureen Hegarty.

Oh, Derry Vale, my thoughts are ever turning
to your broad stream and fairy-circled lea.
For your green isles my exiled heart is yearning,
so far away across the sea.

It's Yes by a landslide in Ireland

Thanks and "Go maire tú an lá!" to my Irish cousins. Whaddaya say, Justice Kennedy?

May 22, 2015

Ireland votes in marriage referendum today

May 16, 2015

Update on Ireland marriage equality campaign

With a week to go, here's an update on the Yes Equality Campaign in Ireland from Co-Director Grainne Healy.

May 15, 2015

Stephanopoulos Apologizes to His Viewers on Clinton Donations

The well-established practice of hiring political operatives to pose as journalists gives the bosses at ABC News no plausible deniability about this blatant case of a conflict of interest on the part of Bill Clinton's former chief of staff. So he apologizes. Good. He should lose his job. But Steph is not an aberration. The establishment sneers at criticisms of this sort of thing, because they take it so completely for granted.

The lecturing of social media activist DeRay Mckesson by Wolf Blitzer a couple of weeks ago over the unrest in Baltimore over police violence showed the same establishment blinders. Until they take off the blinders, an occasional sacrificial lamb will make no difference.

The media bosses are not interested in doing real journalism because their fake journalism is more profitable. I'm not sure how to overcome that, except to make the most of alternative media.

Jeb says you don't need Obamacare, just get an Apple Watch

May 12, 2015

Gowdy drags his feet on Hillary Clinton testimony, blames her

Something something #Benghazi.

News that we're sure will make your day

Well heaven be praised. An anxious nation can finally breathe a sigh of relief. God bless you, you wonderful tight-faced lady.

May 11, 2015

Chris Wallace to Ben Carson: Do you really believe the things you say?

Fox anchor Chris Wallace presents a "lightning round" of questions to Republican presidential candidate and former renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Does he really believe all the inflammatory stuff he says? His evasions of Wallace's direct questions suggest the answer is no. Or that he is delusional. It is hard to say.

May 06, 2015

Hillary's favorability up in new poll

Won't this annoy those on the right who have gone to so much trouble to trash the former secretary of state.

Carly's name recognition

I am fascinated by politicians' high opinions of themselves, especially when there is so little evident basis for it, as in the case of the golden-parachuted former CEO of Hewlett Packard.

Hillary calls for 'path to full and equal citizenship' as part of immigration reform

DNC names director of LGBT engagement

April 27, 2015

Gay businessman who hosted Cruz wants us to believe he was naive

Ian Reisner should have just apologized. Instead, he asks us to believe he was ignorant and naive about Ted Cruz's anti-gay positions. That is just not believable.

Jeb Bush: not the moderate one

If you judge a man by the company he keeps, there is reason for concern regarding Jeb Bush.

April 24, 2015

Gay hosts of Ted Cruz, explain yourselves to this young man

On the surface, two different stories. But the excuses some make for tolerating hatemongers make it easier for bullies to assault gay youth while adults who should know better look on and shrug. If we would protect our youth, we must repudiate those who demonize a core part of who they are.

Supporting an ally

From last Sunday in Old Town Alexandria, my speech for Virginia State Delegate candidate Mark Levine. [Note: I spoke for myself, not for GLAA, which is nonpartisan.]

April 22, 2015

Hillary's Left Flank

April 21, 2015

O'Malley's amnesia on marriage

Excellent editorial by Blade editor Kevin Naff.

Carly's anti-gay record, down the memory hole?

Thanks to our friend Joel Lawson for correcting the record on improbable GOP presidential wannabe Carly Fiorina.

April 16, 2015

Clinton urges SCOTUS to rule for marriage equality

This represents a shift for Hillary, who previously said that marriage should be left to the states.

Note to Log Cabin: this means she has moved in the right direction, unlike Mitt Romney, whom you endorsed in 2012.

Rubio opposes marriage equality, but would attend a gay relative's wedding

David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement reports on the latest squirming from Sen. Marco Rubio.