VOTE FOR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS THIS TIME…


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Democratic Governors Assn.

Did you see Elisabeth’s email about Republican-backed voter suppression bills that are spreading across the country?

A Wisconsin judge just blocked that state’s terrible new suppression law from taking effect.

And the US Department of Justice halted controversial new voting restrictions in South Carolina and Texas, concluding that minority voters would be disenfranchised at disproportionately high rates.

Voter suppression laws aren’t just unfair – they’re often illegal, yet more and more of these laws are cropping up every day.Join the DGA’s Voter Protection Project right now and stand with the tens of thousands who are already helping us fight voter suppression whenever it happens.

Unfortunately, these recent minor victories in Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Texas are not enough to stop this wave from overwhelming us. Since Republicans swept into power in 2010, eight states have made existing voter ID laws dramatically stricter or enacted new laws that make it harder to vote.

Consider this: when Democratic governors in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana and North Carolina got a Republican voter suppression bill on their desk, they pulled out the veto pen. Four of out of those five states are having elections this year, and Republicans are willing to do anything to win those states so they can ram these laws through.

Powerful right-wing groups are already waging a coordinated campaign to get Republican-controlled legislatures to place new burdens on the elderly, students, low-income and minority citizens.

Sitting back and relying on the legal system to protect voters is not a winning strategy when we’re up against radical right wingers.The best way to stop voter suppression is to elect Democratic governors who will veto these bills and stop them from becoming law in the first place.

Take a stand with the DGA against voter suppression right now.

We need you with us now.

Sincerely,

Mark Giangreco

The Emails of the Syrian First Family Give Insight into the Regime – CNN


Newt as a Cool Dude(?)


POLITICO: VIDEO: Rod Blagojevich’s 10 craziest quotes


By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 3/15/12 6:21 AM EDT

Rod Blagojevich — now also known as federal prisoner number 40892-424 — starts serving his 14-year sentence for corruption on Thursday. As Blagojevich heads off to the Big House, here’s POLITICO’s look back at 10 of his “f—-in’ golden” quotes:

1.“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up.” – in an interview with Esquire magazine for its February 2010 issue. (Blagojevich apologized on Jan. 10, 2010, calling the comment “stupid, stupid, stupid. It was a metaphor. I was speaking metaphorically. Obviously I’m not blacker than President Obama.”)

Rod Blagojevich - OUT OF WIND

Rod Blagojevich - OUT OF WIND (Photo credit: Mr_CRO)

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74051.html#ixzz1pC3U16QM

Newt,Callista and the New South


Tired of wearing the Reagan mantle, Newt now considers being the New Nixon!

The Cheat Sheet


CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR

5. Goldman Exec Quits in NYT Op-Ed

Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith knows how to go out with a bang. “Today is my last day at Goldman Sachs,” he writes in a New York Times op-ed. He’s been at Goldman for 12 years, and says, “The environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.” Smith says the investment bank has lost its way. It used to want to help clients; now people call them “muppets” and “callously” talk about ripping them off. The firm changed the way it thought about leadership, he says. “Leadership used to be about ideas, setting an example and doing the right thing. Today, if you make enough money for the firm (and are not currently an ax murderer) you will be promoted into a position of influence.”

Read it at The New York Times

via The Cheat Sheet.

Majority of Americans Do Not Support George Bush’s War in Afghanistan…Bring Troops Home!


60%

of 

Americans

are

opposed

to the

WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

By Now You Have Heard of the Monster, Joseph Kony…


Yes, he has a reservation in Hell!

Today’s Experience with “Meet the Press”


While watching “Meet the Press,” I thought, “I do hope the Republicans do not pick Gov. Bob McDonald of Virginia to be their nominee for VP. I’d hate to see that Cheshire smile every other day!” (God forbid!)

Host, David Gregory had excellent questions for Rick Santorum who was startled with the reach into his background. He had to “think quick” and come up with answers that avoided admitting, “You got me!”  He could not defend his record and could only launch into tirades against President Obama’s record…as he, Rick, sees it. E.J. Dione sees President Obama winning, if the election was today.

My heart was warm when Peggy Noonan brought up the way women are being spoken of in the politics of today.

If you missed “Meet the Press”, please set your DVR to record the re-run at 2:00pm EDT on MSNBC.  Enjoy today’s games!


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SPLC’s Expanded List of Anti-Gay Hate Groups is a Veritable Bigot Parade
Dear GoodOleWoody,

The Southern Poverty Law Center — who is teaming up with Truth Wins Out on a national campaign targeting destructive “ex-gay” therapy — released an expanded list of anti-gay hate groups earlier this week as a part of a wide-ranging report on the state of hate groups across America. The report found an alarming increase of nearly 60 percent in the number of active anti-gay hate groups between 2010 and 2011.
Organizations joining the ranks of SPLC-certified hate groups include Mission America, founded by Linda Harvey, whom TWO has dubbed “the most homophobic woman in America;” Public Advocate of the United States, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia and headed by Eugene Delgaudio, whose anti-LGBT bigotry is so extreme that he refers to the Student Non-Discrimination Act – which would protect LGBT students against bullying and discrimination in public schools – as the “Homosexual Classrooms Act;” and Minnesota’s notorious You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide ministry, fronted by radically anti-gay pastor Bradlee Dean, a hair-metal rocker who travels to public schools across the country delivering vitriolic “faith-based” anti-gay lectures to teenagers.The latest edition of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report also contains an authoritative article detailing the hate and misinformation coming from the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an “ex-gay” junk science group. This group is headed by radical extremist Joseph Nicolosi, whose theories on sexual orientation are so bizarre that he actually believes Bozo the Clown can turn people gay. NARTH has become the primary source for the faulty research and scientific distortions used by the religious right to justify their continued opposition to LGBT equality at a time when public opinion is swinging dramatically in the other direction. TWO’s Wayne Besen told the SPLC’s Ryan Lenz, “There’s no other play in the playbook except going back to the fire and brimstone.”

Minnesotans should take special note of the newly-expanded list. The inclusion of Bradlee Dean’s You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide International as an anti-LGBT hate group is notable because of the close ties between Dean, his organization, and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Before Dean dumped the notoriously anti-gay former presidential candidate for allegedly “going to the left,” she famously prayed for Dean’s traveling youth ministry to “multiply ten-fold,” helped the group raise funds, and made a guest appearance on Dean’s television show. Both Dean and Bachmann – whose husband’s Christian counseling clinic was busted for offering “pray away the gay” therapy last year by a Truth Wins Out hidden-camera investigation – are outspoken supporters of a proposed amendment that would write marriage discrimination into the Minnesota state constitution.

So-called “ex-gay” organizations have been at the forefront of the push for marriage discrimination in Minnesota, as documented in a recent report by Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent. Exodus International, the nation’s largest “ex-gay” umbrella group, has also decided to weigh in this summer, bringing its annual conference to St. Paul from June 27-30 – at exactly the same time that the debate over the proposed anti-gay amendment is expected to reach a fever pitch.

This is no coincidence. Truth Wins Out plans to be on the ground in Minnesota during Exodus’s road show, and we look forward to collaborating with local and state organizations to fight back against ‘ex-gay’ lies.

John Becker
Truth Wins Out