Politics: July 2012


Hansen Hopes to Be First Openly Gay Sacramento City Councilmember

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 31, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

At first thought, it seems odd - given California's progressive history - that Sacramento has never before elected an openly gay city councilmember. Steve Hansen wants to change that. Read More


This Is Not About a Difference of Opinion

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | July 31, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is not about someone's right to express his "beliefs." It's not about someone's politics or religion. It IS about pushing back against someone who publicly supports organizations whose mission it is to persecute a group of people. Read More


LA City Council Votes to Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Saying the proliferation of pot shops had gotten out of control, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to shut down all 762 registered medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.Read More


What Do You Mean By 'We', Mitt Romney?

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 27, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

So much for the Romney's being too well-bred to engage in the usual Republican racist dog-whistling. Granted, Romney didn't come right out and call President Obama a son of a "Kenyan anti-colonialist," but the Romney campaign is stepping into Newt Gingrich territory.Read More

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US House Efforts Stall as Senate Moves Swiftly to Support IAC

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 27, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

As a person living with AIDS, the actions of the GOP House leadership smack of the days when President Ronald Reagan refused to utter the very word "AIDS" during his time as President.Read More

Love as THE Defining Principle

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

A bill introduced in the Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue, if passed, would require the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to highlight that non-marital parenthood contributes to child abuse and neglect. Read More


The Bain of Health Care

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 24, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Imagine Bain Capital running your health care, or even your child's care. Imagine Bain capitalism as the basis for our health care system.Read More


'Mitt Gets Worse' Campaign Says Romney Would Rollback LGBT Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 24, 2012 | 11:15 AM | comments

In January, it was revealed that Romney gave the Mormon Church $1.8 million in 2008. Without seeing more of his tax returns we may not know the extent to which Romney is bankrolling the antigay activities of the church or other antigay groups.Read More


Want a Real Recovery? Raise the Minimum Wage

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 22, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Scratch the surface of just about any economic debate this election year, and you'll find one issue that goes all the way to the core: the yawning gap between the 1% and the rest of us.Read More

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Basic Human Rights Should Not Be 'Controversial'

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 22, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

The ability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people to live, work, access services and otherwise co-exist continues to be painted as the end of civilization, in several current struggles to pass inclusive legislation throughout North America.Read More


Someone Else's Child

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 20, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Determining "who the hell we are" requires that there is a "we" to begin with.Read More


Legalize Love Offers 100,000 Free Bumper Stickers

Filed by James Holmes | July 19, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gay Obama supporters have launched LegalizeLove.com to generate visiable support for the President's pro-equality stance. They are giving away 100,000 free bumper stickers that read "Legalize Love" with the "O" being the iconic Obama symbol before the election. Read More

Maybe Mitt Thinks We Can't Handle the Truth

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 19, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Everyone wants to know, "What is Mitt Romney hiding?" I think I understand now just why Mitt Romney can't answer these questions: Mitt thinks we can't handle the truth.Read More


Cancer-Striken Soldier Fights to Overturn DOMA ASAP

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 18, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

This is just plain old unfair! Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and her wife Karen describe their situation of how Karen would not be entitled to survivor's benefits upon CW2 Morgan's death. Read More


Will Romney Announce His Veep Choice This Week?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 16, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Romney campaign has chosen their pick for Vice President - and could announce their candidate as early as this week in an effort to move the conversation from Romney's lies about his role in Bain Capital.Read More


Taxes & Waking Up With the House On Fire

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 16, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Is this still the America we want to live in? Do we still believe it's worth paying for? Think about it, the next time you smell smoke.Read More


Does Mitt Romney Care About Black People?

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 15, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

Six years ago, the nation watched poor, mostly African-Americans suffer and die waiting for government help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In light of an economic disaster that's leaving millions more African Americans underwater, it's worth asking: Does Mitt Romney care about Black people?Read More


Indiana Fundies Giving Out Bribes to Raise Opposition to Domestic Partner Benefits

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

You know the religious right fundies have truly realized their base of anti-gay support is dwindling when they have to resort to giving out electronics, t-shirts, and cookies to lure people to show up to an anti-gay rally. Read More


Openly Gay LA Mayor Deputy Chief of Staff to Run for Council Seat

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 13, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The rumor has circulated since the summer of 2011 when Matt Szabo, the highly regarded, openly gay Los Angeles Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, gave up his West Hollywood apartment for an apartment in Hollywood, in Eric Garcetti's 13th Council District.Read More


Ricki Rosales Named New LA City AIDS Coordinator

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 12, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Since it's creation in 1989 by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the office of City AIDS Coordinator has been more than ceremonial. Recently appointed Ricki Rosales is expected to expand prevention and awareness services into underserved areas.Read More


We Got Your Jobs Bills Right Here

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 11, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

With John Boehner mouthing off about the president betting on "failed policies" and Mitt Romney claiming the President has no plan for economic growth, it's a perfect opportunity for Democrats to respond by telling Republicans - and America - "We got your jobs bills right here."Read More


Nancy Pelosi Cuts a Rug to ZZ Top at Barney Frank's Wedding

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 11, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and gay activist Terry Bean took to the dance floor at Rep Barney Frank's wedding for a quick spin to a ZZ Top classic.Read More


Wisconsin: Mark Pocan Hits the Airwaves

Filed by Bil Browning | July 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Gay Democrat Mark Pocan is running for Tammy Baldwin's seat in Congress. He's released his first TV ad and - like Baldwin's first ad - he focuses on job creation and outsourcing.Read More


Powerless: Conservative Failure Returns Us to the Dark Ages

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 06, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

It was about 10:30 on Friday night, when the derecho that hit the mid-Atlantic plunged my family and 5 million others into darkness. One minute we were watching television in our well lit, air conditioned home. The next minute we were stumbling around, cursing the darkness and lighting candles.Read More


Iowa Anti-Marriage Forces Start to Concede Defeat

Filed by Bil Browning | July 06, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Even though Iowan Republicans are close to capturing both houses of the state legislature and have crowed that they'd quickly attempt to roll back marriage equality rights, it seems they're having second thoughts.Read More


GOP Rep Joe Walsh Scoffs at Dem War Vet's Military Service

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 05, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Oh, those crazy right-wingers. They blast you as unpatriotic if you're not a war-monger - but when you actually fight and sacrifice in a war, they try to denigrate you and your service.Read More


Conservatives: Saving American's Youth From Overeducation

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 03, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Conservatives are fighting to save our children - your children, my children, America's children - from a fate worse than collective bargaining. Conservatives are fighting to save America's youth from being "overeducated."Read More


I Am a Mother F-ckin' American

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | July 02, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm sick of political parties wrapping the mantle of patriotism around themselves, insisting that only they are the true patriots. They have perpetuated the falsehood that to be anything less than ultra-conservative means to be anti-USA. That to question and criticize policies is to be a traitor. Read More


No 'High Order Thinking Skills' For TX GOP

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 01, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

In 1927, the United Negro College Fund adopted its famous motto: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Forty years later, the Texas Republican Party seems to have adopted a slightly edited version of the UNCF's motto.Read More