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I was recently asked; what do you think about the Dave Chappelle controversy? Without explanation, I knew the questioner was referring to his recent Netflix comedy special “The Closer.” I must first confess that I am a big fan of Mr. Chappelle. His now-defunct late-night sketch comedy show, his stand-up,...

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  • October 25, 2021

Stephen Miller runs a new RWNJ lobbying group for the voter suppression agenda at the state level. It features some of the usual grifting suspects from the Trump administration. Lots of expertise with the customized large-member-toilet patent guy and Trump’s major domo who knows a lot about overthrowing an election. Sadly,...

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  • June 11, 2021

Unfortunately, celebrity lends itself to mythology, and American ideologies are fascinated by fame and fashion. We haven’t yet turned that corner despite previous guy. Then again TMZ caught Jenner off-guard yesterday about her GOP beliefs. The U.S. has a rich history of celebrities entering politics, and the list is growing. Caitlyn Jenner is...

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  • May 2, 2021

It’s a sign of the times that Liz Cheney had to explain herself: I disagree strongly w/@JoeBiden policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way. We’re different political...

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  • April 30, 2021
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I was raised Lutheran i.e. by the doctrine of Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and  Sola Scriptura. The only part of which spoke to me was that my neighbour needed more of my “good” deeds than god, being omnipotent that made sense, the rest not so much. I was aware of...

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  • April 24, 2021

GOP consultant Tim Miller weighs in on the Newsom recall effort in California. Someday the political status quo will be disrupted in the Golden State—politics is always in motion. But if somebody tells you the disrupter is  going to be a red-hatted reality-show star (or an obnoxious internet troll turned interim director...

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  • April 23, 2021

Some big news today out of North Carolina: Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s career in politics is not over. McCrory, a Republican who served one term as the state’s chief executive and 14 years as Charlotte’s mayor, has launched a campaign website announcing his run for North Carolina’s open U.S. Senate...

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  • April 14, 2021

You’d think Texas would want to fix its electrical grid or do everything in its power to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, but you’d be wrong. Nothing is ever more important to a Lone Star State politician than launching unnecessary salvos in the culture wars. If it’s not the brutally defamed Mr. Potato Head...

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  • April 13, 2021

The 6th Circuit rules that Shawnee State University violated a professor’s free speech and free expression rights by punishing him for refusing to use a trans student’s preferred pronouns. More lawfare ahead. Apparently a professor’s socratic method (and his religious beliefs) trumps gender expression and public accommodation keeps bigotry in a bathroom...

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  • March 26, 2021

Rep. Deb Haaland visited with Politics Done Right at Netroots Nation 2019. She is one of very few Native American women serving in Congress and now 1st Interior Secretary. First Native American Cabinet member, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland See full episodes here. I was so excited when President Joe Biden...

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  • March 16, 2021

I grew up Catholic. Went to Catholic grade school and high school, got confirmed, went to confession (at least twice!), received communion, ate ham and potato salad in basements—the whole nine yards. Speaking of yards, I can’t recall ever being hit with a yardstick, but I did get punched in the...

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  • March 15, 2021

“There is nothing about equality in that act! If anything, it’s, the, uh, it’s supremacy of gays, lesbians, and transvestites. This is what this is about, it’s about putting them higher than anyone else!”  Lauren Boebert  Trumpanzee Representative Lauren Boebert (QAnon CO) does what she does best while speaking with disgraced traitor...

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  • March 3, 2021

Republicans continued to invoke the Bible in their speeches in support of discrimination against the LGBTQ community Thursday. When I hear people make appeals to scripture to justify their deep-seated bigotry, I often think of Patton Oswalt’s great bit about opposition to homosexuality based on biblical teaching. “These lunatics always go, ‘Well, ‘cause it...

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  • February 26, 2021

Republicans continued to invoke the Bible in their speeches in support of discrimination against the LGBTQ community Thursday. When I hear people make appeals to scripture to justify their deep-seated bigotry, I often think of Patton Oswalt’s great bit about opposition to homosexuality based on biblical teaching. “These lunatics always go, ‘Well, ‘cause it...

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  • February 26, 2021
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From The Hill: Spoiler: Passing laws would indeed make my flags go away. Just not that one. Let’s do the right things for Pennsylvania. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇺🇸 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 24, 2021 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, has replaced the pro-weed and LGBTQ rights flags hanging from...

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  • February 25, 2021

Hey, did you hear Rush Limbaugh died? Not that you need another post about this. You can already choose between endless right-wing hagiographies and a host of far-less fawning fare-thee-wells, but this kind of tectonic shift in the conservative radio-sphere doesn’t happen every day, so I’ll toss in my two cents....

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  • February 17, 2021

Big news today out of Pennsylvania: x After 10 years in the State House, I’ve taken the lessons that my parents taught me & reinforced them in my work as a legislator: to take responsibility, commit to service, be courageous, & push for fairness. I’m ready to take these values...

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  • February 15, 2021

Fuck yeah: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says state Republicans removed flags supporting the legalization of marijuana and LGBTQ rights from outside his office at the state capitol. Undeterred, the Democrat called out “the gay flag police” and hung them back up. According to WGAL, the state Department of General...

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  • February 1, 2021

From the Human Rights Campaign,  “Biden’s Executive Order is the most substantive, wide-ranging executive order concerning sexual orientation and gender identity ever issued by a United States president. Today, millions of Americans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their President and their government believe discrimination based on sexual...

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  • January 21, 2021

It’s always been obvious to people with more than a cursory understanding of politics that Republicans only pretend to care about working people and small business owners. They accomplish this by endlessly flogging cultural wedge issues like abortion, gun rights, LGBTQ rights, and perceived Christian “persecution” — while at the same...

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  • December 24, 2020

Received two e-mails today from two members from The Squad in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA)  and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns. The first one is from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D.  MI-13): Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Tonight at 6pm ET...

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  • December 17, 2020

We are in that strange place where a respected rival gets to lead infrastructure change in a critical area of the US economy and a nutter in VA wants fascism. Darn Constitutional freedoms juxtaposed on the same day. Perhaps trains will run on time. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped former South Bend, Ind.,...

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  • December 15, 2020

Lemmings, with the Secret Service locked and loaded. Was this also a protest of DC gyms’ occupancy limits? x This loser parade must’ve left their self respect at home. https://t.co/ztC8SLOMUC— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 14, 2020 x MOMENTS AGO: Trump supporters rush to see the president's motorcade driving by. pic.twitter.com/h0brs4gfC0...

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  • November 14, 2020

Received this e-mail from House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D. CA-28), in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) Now that we’ve decidedly rejected another four years of Donald Trump...

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  • November 12, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Georgia courtesy of Emerson College’s latest poll: The final Emerson College poll before the November 3rd election in Georgia finds President Trump leading Biden by less than a point, 49% to 48%. Two percent (2%) of voters plan to vote for someone else...

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  • November 2, 2020
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Some very good news today out of Georgia courtesy of PPP’s latest poll: PPP’s newest Georgia poll finds Jon Ossoff right on the cusp of avoiding a runoff in his race against David Perdue. Ossoff is at 47% to 44% for Perdue with Libertarian Shane Hazel at 3%. Ossoff’s 3...

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  • October 29, 2020

From The Huffington Post: Though Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has lost several key endorsements to Democratic challenger Sara Gideon this election cycle, she received the full support last week of at least one group in her state: the anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion Christian Civic League of Maine. During an Oct. 13 interview...

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  • October 23, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Governor Tom Wolf (D. PA) on behalf of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee: Pennsylvania neighbor, Across Pennsylvania, people are voting as we speak for Democrats up and down the ballot. Who we send to Washington and Harrisburg will impact every community, city, and town...

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  • October 21, 2020

We all pretty much know who Amy Coney Barrett is. I see such super-Catholics on my social media feeds pretty regularly because, well, I went to Catholic grade school and high school, and a lot of my old classmates either haven’t figured out that I’m a filthy secular humanist or,...

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  • October 13, 2020
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With all the news that’s going on, this has resurfaced: According to court filings obtained by American Ledger, North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis’ ex-wife alleged “cruel and inhuman treatment” by Tillis, raising questions about the reasons surrounding the couple’s eventual divorce. In Tennessee, where the couple was married, “cruel...

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  • October 11, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from health care activist, Ady Barkan, and his Super PAC, Be A Hero: Ady Barkan It's official. Just moments ago, the NYTimes reported that Trump will be nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. Amy is a notorious, ultra-conservative...

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  • September 26, 2020

We experienced a collective freakout two days ago when Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election (which merely tells me that the piano movers they eventually hire to drag his semi-animated carcass from the Oval Office may need to carry cattle prods),...

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  • September 25, 2020

Only a Biden blowout will stop the impending doom for so many things. But not any ontological arguments, even if Trump promises that God will not exist if Biden wins. Perhaps even CNN has learned something from 2016. x From your lips to God's ears… Trump is headed for a...

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  • September 20, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate, Jon Ossoff (D. GA), recently did an interview with Q Magazine and vowed to be an unwavering ally for LGBTQ rights in the U.S. Senate: “There’s no place for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Ossoff said. “Those should not be merely a...

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  • September 9, 2020

The primary IS the election in Legislative District 14 in Jacksonville, Florida. Kim Daniels is the Trump-supporting, right-wing, DEMOCRATIC incumbent in this dark blue district. (You read that right.) She is also one of the worst people in the world. The GOP loves her and funds her. I have written about her...

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  • August 11, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, in support of Sara Gideon’s (D. ME) U.S. Senate campaign: Sara Gideon (D. ME) I served as National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama. In both roles,...

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  • August 7, 2020

Some big news today out of Maine: Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden endorsed House Speaker Sara Gideon on Friday in her effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, saying Gideon can help “restore the soul of America.” “This November, we need to restore the soul of America...

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  • July 18, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate, Jaime Harrison (D. SC), did an interview CNBC this week where he mainly discussed issues younger voters cared about. One of the biggest issues he discussed was legalizing marijuana: I think we should legalize, regulate and tax marijuana like we do alcohol and tobacco. There is simply...

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  • July 16, 2020

Here’s some big news today out of Maine: x Despite Susan Collins’ record on certain key LGBTQ issues, her support of McConnell & Trump’s agenda, vote for Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS appointment, & failure to hold Trump accountable is simply untenable.@HRC is proud to endorse @SaraGideon for U.S. Senate. https://t.co/FjjNsKRePY— Alphonso David...

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  • July 15, 2020

Some more big news today out of Georgia: x Honored to be endorsed by @NARAL. I look forward to fighting with you for reproductive justice for all. https://t.co/x1iruEHb4B— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) July 9, 2020 Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won the endorsement Thursday of NARAL Pro-Choice,...

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  • July 10, 2020

“Shpilkes” is a good old Yiddish word meaning “agita” — which is a good old Italian word meaning nerves, anxiety, agitation, butterflies in the stomach. In whatever language, it’s what the GOP (Grumpy Obstreperous Party) leadership is feeling these days. And not just about losing the White House, but about...

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  • July 8, 2020

From the Leavenworth Times editorial board today: Guns should be kept safely and securely. The news that U.S. Senate candidate Kris Kobach had four guns stolen from his truck in Wichita earlier this month underscores the importance of treating firearms with respect and care. “Secretary Kobach always has at least...

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  • June 25, 2020

 A few blocks from my home is the site of the Pulse massacre. We just passed the 4-year anniversary. In the six months that led up to the massacre, Florida Republicans had introduced more than 200 bills attacking freedoms of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. But it’s okay: my right-wing...

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  • June 22, 2020

Only in Florida. Meet your Florida Democratic rep: Kim Daniels. She is the incumbent state representative for one of the bluest districts in all of Florida, Legislative District 14 in Jacksonville. As usual, the Florida GOP isn’t even bothering running a candidate.  This is for two reasons: State Rep Kim...

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  • June 21, 2020

From The Washington Post: x Judge Kavanaugh voted against banning companies from firing employees for being gay or transgender. It's clear that Senator Collins will continue to be a reliable vote for Trump’s anti-LGBTQ+ nominees. Help us replace her in November: https://t.co/EH8PTmgUbE— Sara Gideon (@SaraGideon) June 15, 2020 Sen. Susan...

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  • June 16, 2020

Title VII protections now includes LGBTQ in a single watershed decision. Happy Pride month. x .@business: The ruling came in one of two LGBT workplace-bias cases the court has been considering. The justices could rule momentarily in the second case, which concerns discrimination against transgender workers. https://t.co/9xv8jXJF2N— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) June...

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  • June 15, 2020

I can’t breathe a long sigh when the two exemplars for bad firearms safety, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam are revised like the cops in E.T. relegated to brandishing radios. Like Trump at St John’s church, some props don’t work. All that’s left is Porky Pig’s speech disability. “Animators working on the...

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  • June 7, 2020

Will possibly outting Lindsey Graham hurt his reelection chances this year?  My extremely jaded, cynical view says “No.”  It seems to be an open secret that Graham is gay, or so we are told from some who live in SC.  Therefore, if most SC voters know but keep voting for...

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  • June 7, 2020

LBJ once said that when he lost Walter Cronkite, he lost America. Well, Trump is no LBJ and Robertson is certainly no Uncle Walter. But today, at least for moment, Trump lost Robertson. ‘It isn’t cool’: Televangelist Pat Robertson blasts Trump for his protest response Televangelist Pat Robertson criticized President...

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  • June 3, 2020

Received this e-mail today from civil rights hero, Rep. John Lewis (D. GA-05), in support of Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) U.S. Senate campaign: Jaime Harrison (D. SC) My team just showed me an incredible new poll. Lindsey Graham is nearly tied with his Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison. Defeating Graham is...

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  • May 20, 2020
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