Politics: December 2012


LGBT Debate Continues Over Prospective Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 28, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

President Obama has not even announced his nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to be Secretary of Defense - but the nomination is already on trial over remarks made in 1998 about James Hormel whom he said was too "openly aggressively gay."Read More


Ken Cuccinelli: A Darkness During the Holiday Season

Filed by Michael Hamar | December 28, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Even in happy times, one needs to be aware of possible impending danger. Here in Virginia, that impending danger in 2013 is the gubernatorial candidacy of Ken Cuccinelli - the all but crowned Republican nominee for the November 13, 2013 electoral contest.Read More


Progressive Leaders Stand Against Social Security Cuts

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 23, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

More progressives are starting to join what's beginning to look like a political intervention focused on reversing Obama's particular form of presidential OCD: Obsessive Capitulation Disorder.Read More


Of Holiday Wishes, Republicans, & the President

Filed by Mark Segal | December 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Usually, Christmas-week columnists wax poetic about the holidays or what religion means to humanity, but let's talk ENDA and the possible executive order on nondiscrimination by President Obama until Congress passes such legislation.Read More


HRC on LGBT 'Momentum': A 'Reality' Now Recognized By Newt Gingrich

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 21, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Former Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, who was House Speaker in 1996 when the so-called Defense of Marriage Act passed, now makes a distinction between religious and legal recognition of marriage rights.Read More


Disarming the Conservative Gun Agenda

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 21, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

For decades, the conservative agenda rested upon a three-legged stool of "culture war" issues: "God, guns, and gays." Now there are signs that the third leg of conservative ideology - "guns" - is wobblier than ever. Read More

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2014: Senator Cory Booker?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 20, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

The popular mayor enjoys remarkable nationwide name recognition, but even fellow Democrats grumble that he makes a better pundit and personality than he does a day-to-day manager.Read More


Picking the Next Governor of Pennsylvania

Filed by Mark Segal | December 20, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

All of this might be a little premature since the race is a year off but, hey, it's a few days before Christmas. Let's break out the wish list. Read More


LGBT Congressmembers to House GOP Leaders: Stop Spending Taxpayer Money Defending DOMA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday, Dec. 18 - just 13 days before going over the "fiscal cliff" triggers automatic, mandatory $600 billion in tax increases and across-the-board government spending cuts - LGBT top leaders called on the House Republican leadership to stop funding DOMA.Read More


Atlanta Democrat Mayor Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 16, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he's been a longterm ally of the LGBT community who was "quite comfortable with civil unions," but, he tells MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, he went through his own process with close gay friends.Read More


Is Your Senator a Champion?

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 14, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

As Washington approaches a "fiscal cliff" of its own making, our elected officials appear to be forgetting some important things.Read More

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George Takei: Scalia Should Recuse Himself from DOMA & Prop 8 Decisions

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 13, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

In an interview with MSNBC's gay and married anchor Thomas Roberts, famed Star Trek actor George Takei talked about his belief that Scalia is "biased" and should recuse himself from the upcoming DOMA and Prop 8 cases.Read More


Thomas Roberts Interviews Married Couple Featured in 'Jet'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 13, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Writer/producer Rod McCullom has written a good piece for Ebony on the marriage cases before the Supreme Court - and now Jet Magazine has featured a black gay couple in their popular wedding announcements. Read More


Meanwhile Back In the Real Economy

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 12, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Americans are "tuning out" the fiscal cliff debates in Washington because "the players haven't gotten serious," about making a deal. Maybe it's because we know a made for TV drama when we see one.Read More

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Is the ENDA Executive Order Necessary?

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 11, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

If President Obama wants to pass ENDA through Congress, should we trust him and move on? Should we continue to push for the executive order, or trust that ENDA can get through Congress - just like DADT repeal did?Read More


Romney's Concession Call [Caption This]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 09, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

This photo of President Obama taking Mitt Romney's concession call was just released by the White House. The administration's caption is bland. Surely we can do better. Have at it in the comments section.Read More

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Supreme Court Will Hear DOMA & Prop 8 Cases

Filed by Bil Browning | December 07, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Supreme Court announced today that they will accept one of the DOMA cases and the Prop 8 case that is California specific.Read More


MSNBC's O'Donnell Shames Republicans for Voting Against UN Disabilities Treaty

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 07, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday night The Last Word's Lawrence O'Donnell seemed to choke up as he shamed Republican senators who voted to block a treaty to protect people with disabilities as former Senator Bob Dole watched from his wheelchair on the Senate floor.Read More


It's Official: We Can Marry in Maryland

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 07, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Marriage equality won big in Maryland this November. But, as with many things in life, the job isn't finished until the paperwork is done. So, this update from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is welcome news.Read More

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PA's Gay Republican? A Good Thing

Filed by Mark Segal | December 06, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

A Republican Christian right-of-center state representative from a conservative Pennsylvania district has come out -- and some in our community have reacted like the sky has fallen in. This is a good thing! Let's look at the issues one at a time.Read More


Will There Be a Gay Cabinet Member Soon?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 05, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

The political rumor mill is circulating Chair of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Fred Hochberg's name as a potential Commerce Secretary. Hochberg would be the first openly gay person to be member of the presidential cabinet.Read More


LGBT Leaders Excited by Progress & Historic Baldwin Victory

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 05, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

There is something absolutely stunning about seeing a bunch of really smart, powerful LGBT people giddily sharing their stories of political gains with each other.Read More


Butler Concedes to Bloom in 50th CA Assembly District

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 04, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The 1,536 vote difference between incumbent Betsy Butler and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom on Friday, Nov. 30, was significant enough for Butler to call Bloom and concede their contentious race for the 50th Assembly District.Read More


No Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Today

Filed by Bil Browning | December 03, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

While we've all been waiting anxiously for news on whether or not the Supreme Court would take the Prop 8 and other DOMA cases, the Supremes announced today that they have not made a decision on how to proceed.Read More

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What's Happening with SCOTUS and Prop 8?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 02, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Four Justices must decide to grant the review, known as a writ of certiorari. If they decide to grant review, theywill hear arguments on whether Prop 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. If they deny cert, marriage equality is restored to California.Read More


Refreshing: State GOP Lawmaker Comes Out

Filed by Bil Browning | December 02, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Well, this is refreshing... A Pennsylvania Republican legislator has come out of the closet - and there's no scandal attached!Read More

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Poll Shows Blacks More Tolerant of Gays (Sorry, GOP)

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 02, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Word to conservatives: Don't bother trying to peddle your divisive politics to African-Americans; it won't work anymore. A post-election poll conducted by The Economist suggests that social issues may no longer be an effective means for Republicans to get Black voters on board.Read More