Public schools in Kansas are shutting down, but Gov. Brownback just signed a bill limiting access welfare. Priorities.

Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will reduce the amount of time families can be on welfare: SB 402 will reduce the time frame a family can receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to 24 months from 36 months, unless a family gets a hardship exemption. It also reduces the lifetime limit in Kansas [Read More…]

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Mississippi’s “religious freedom” law applies to three very specific, Christian-based beliefs.

Mississippi, like a few other mostly Southern states, has passed a “religious freedom” bill which is really just a “let religious people slide around discrimination laws” bill. But Mississippi’s is different in a very relevant way: it stipulates that religious freedom, in this case, only applies to same-sex marriage, sex outside of marriage, and that [Read More…]

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Republicans trying to slip anti-gay provisions into the National Defense Authorization Act.

Like they do every year, Congress is working on passing the National Defense Authorization Act.  According to Wikipedia, “the authorization bill determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent.”  It’s pretty straight forward. But some Republicans are trying to slip anti-gay bits into the [Read More…]

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Pennsylvania hitting the important issues: making sure public schools can post “In God We Trust.”

Pennsylvania has been dealing with a budget crisis for months that is still not resolved.  But apparently there are more important issues to tackle, like making sure schools can put up the words “In God We Trust”: The bill, also known as the National Motto Display Act, would allow public schools in Pennsylvania to display [Read More…]

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Cliven Bundy is suing Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Cliven Bundy is suing various members of the federal government: Sen. Harry Reid, Reid’s son, Judge Gloria Navarro, and President Obama: Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, jailed for his role in instigating an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014, alleges a vast conspiracy to violate his civil rights in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The [Read More…]

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Department of Justice to sue North Carolina over bathroom bill.

In response to North Carolina suing the DOJ, Loretta Lynch held a press conference yesterday to announce that the DOJ would be suing the state of North Carolina.  She pulled very, very few punches: To quote a part of her speech: “This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments [Read More…]

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Mayor of Jackson, MS who said prayer would fix potholes releases PSA showing workers doing it.

Last year Tony Yarber, the mayor of Jackson, MS, was under pressure to fix the city’s, to put it nicely, shitty roads.  To much criticism, this is what Yarber posted to twitter at the time: Yes….I believe we can pray potholes away. Moses prayed and a sea opened up. #iseeya #itrustHim #prayerworks — Tony Yarber [Read More…]

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George Takei captures my thoughts on this election perfectly.

Takei and I are pretty much exactly on the same page: [Read more…]

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US spent $1.4 billion dollars to curb HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence. Shock: it didn’t work.

Well, here’s the headline that did the best at catching my attention today: But we really did: In the past 12 years, the U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion funding abstinence programs in Africa. They’re part of a larger program — called the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — aimed at stopping the [Read More…]

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Obama pushing for the first national monument to the LGBT rights movement.

New York’s Stonewall Inn was the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which many historians believed was the very first spark of the modern gay rights movement. Now President Obama plans to make the night club the first national monument honoring the history of LGBT people in the United States: New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, [Read More…]

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