GAY RIGHTS: How Alabama stands this morning.

According to the Washington Post, here’s where we stand this morning: While the map may look demoralizing at first look, remember that those nine counties contain just under half of Alabama’s population: About 40 percent of the state’s residents live in counties that went forward with the same-sex unions, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Couples [Read More...]

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POLITICS: Senator Jeff Sessions refers to veterans benefits as “entitlement.”

The most recent veterans bill marks a rarity in our current political atmosphere: a truly bipartisan effort.  It passed the House unanimously, which is saying something.  But a few Republicans in the Senate see it as “entitlements” we cannot afford: Before passing the bill, senators voted 75-19 to turn aside objections to its cost raised [Read More...]

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POLITICS: On the GOP voting against the Senate Veteran Bill.

The Republicans have voted against pretty much every bill that would support veterans to have hit the floor of Congress, the most recent being the Senate Veteran Bill.  One of my veteran friends recently posted this to facebook: That awkward moment when Republicans nearly unanimously vote down a Veteran support bill that would have streamlined [Read More...]

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POLITICS: House votes for the 56th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The party of financial accountability, the party that abhors waste, just used government time and resources to vote for the 56th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act: The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted for the 56th time to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. The vote was largely symbolic, because the measure is unlikely [Read More...]

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POLITICS: WV lawmaker says a baby can be a positive byproduct of rape.

West Virginia lawmaker Brian Kurcaba, a Republican, was defending a bill passed by the WV House that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in all circumstances, when he said something incredibly insensitive.  He said that in the case of a rape resulting in a pregnancy, yeah rape is horrible, but look on the bright side – [Read More...]

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FAITH & POLITICS: National Prayer Breakfast sucks, but Obama gave a nod to atheists/separation of church & state.

I think the National Prayer Breakfast is a terrible idea.  If the President won’t meet openly with atheists, he shouldn’t do it with other religious leaders.  However, Obama did say some decent things at the breakfast yesterday.  Obama reminded Christians their hands are not entirely clean: “Unless we get on our high horse and think [Read More...]

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SCIENCE & POLITICS: United States should have a vaccination policy like Mississippi’s.

It’s often joked that if Obama came out in support of oxygen Republicans everywhere would asphyxiate.  With the recent battle over whether or not vaccinations are good/necessary (they are both), that joke looks increasingly like prophecy.  The President has said vaccinations should be mandatory, presumably because measles sucks.  Now many conservatives seem to be all [Read More...]

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POLITICS: Colorado has made so much money from recreational marijuana they literally have to give some back.

The warnings from conservatives were loud and constant.  It would be the end of the world!  It would mean moral and economic destruction!  What is Colorado thinking?  Crime will go up!  Even Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper predicted disaster when Colorado decided to legalize recreational pot: “I think our entire state will pay the price,” Hickenlooper said. “Colorado [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS, LAW, & POLITICS: Alabama asks SCOTUS for a stay on gay marriage ruling.

Oh the Republican leadership in Alabama is not happy about the 11th Circuit doing the judicial equivalent of telling them to stop wasting the court’s time trying to delay a federal judge’s ruling which struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.  Gov. Bentley, who called Judge Granade’s decision “judicial tyranny” said: “I am disappointed by [Read More...]

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POLITICS: GOP Senator hates regulation, wouldn’t require restaurant employees to wash their hands.

Senator Tom Tillis was doing a Q&A at the Bipartisan Policy Center yesterday when he expressed his disdain for government regulation in business by saying he wouldn’t mind if restaurants didn’t make their employees wash their hands after using the bathroom so long as they put up a sign saying the restaurant didn’t have such [Read More...]

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