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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Strib: Photos of Romney and Obama Rallies

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Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer's Stonewall DFL Questionnaire

Candidate Name: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

Office you are seeking: US Senate

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1) Do you plan on abiding by the DFL endorsement if there is one for your race? YES / NO

Yes.


2) If endorsed by Stonewall DFL, how will you display that endorsement in campaign materials?

I will display it proudly and prominently on my website and written materials.


3) How is the LGBT community currently involved in your campaign?

Many LGBT people are serving as major donors, key vendors and/or key volunteers on the campaign. As soon as I entered the race, I received the endorsements of Rep. Karen Clark and Minneapolis City Council member Gary Schiff.


4) How will you actively encourage LGBT constituents to contact or become involved in the political process?

My campaign is based on reaching out to all communities, particularly including those that are not always fully valued. It is a grassroots campaign where everyone is welcome and everyone is valued. At this stage, the campaign staffing is spare, but in the general election I will hire an organizer dedicated to working with the LGBT community.


5) What experience do you have with LGBT issues and the LGBT community?

Our family has many LGBT friends. This includes folks we have been close to over the years in a Reconciled in Christ Lutheran congregation, and in our current spiritual community, both of which have many LGBT members. Additionally, I have participated in PFLAG marches along with a family we are close to whose son is gay.


I wrote about the issue in my book Families Valued: Parenting and Politics for the Good of All Children, showing how the right wing uses hatemongering against LGBT people, among others, to raise money and build its power at the expense of many families.


6) LGBT men and women of color are often victims of multiple layers of discrimination. How would you use your office to identify and address these problems?

Discrimination is always wrong, and multiple layers are even more harmful. As a US Senator, I would employ a staffer specifically tasked to help constituents who are victims of discrimination to obtain redress to the full extent of the law. I would also work with communities that face discrimination to identify ways to strengthen federal anti-discrimination legislation.


7) Public awareness of Lesbians and Gays has increased in the last 20 years; however there remain some unique and misunderstood issues faced by Bisexual and Transgender communities. Please identify a specific issue(s) and how you would use your elected office to support these communities.

Transgender people, particularly, still face legally-permitted discrimination in employment. This needs to be addressed by amending ENDA to include full protection for transgender people in employment. I would strongly support this improvement to the legislation.


8) What legal recognitions should be available to GLBT people in committed relationships and how would you use your office to advance these equality issues; specifically do you favor Domestic Partnerships, Civil Unions, Marriage, or Other?

GLBT people should have equal rights to marry, with all of the same rights and responsibilities enjoyed by anyone else who marries.


9) Alcoholism, crystal methamphetamine and other chemical abuse is a public health problem in the LGBT community, which correlates to increased rates of HIV transmission. If elected, how would you use your office to address these problems?

Part of this problem would be addressed if we adopt a national universal single-payer health care system that stresses prevention, including respectful targeted educational outreach to communities particularly susceptible to major health issues such as HIV/AIDS.


But I also believe that a significant part of the reason for this situation is the discrimination faced by LGBT people, which can add significant stress to their lives. And it is particularly an issue for LGBT teenagers and young adults who are both vulnerable as teenagers/young adults and may find themselves disconnected from their families, and potentially homeless. In conjunction with a national focus on prevention in the purely medical sense, we need an educational effort to help parents and others understand and embrace their children’s sexual identities.


10) What policies would you support to provide equity for LGBT Minnesotans with respect to both public and private health care benefits and imputed tax implications?

I believe that the United States should move quickly to a comprehensive, universal, single-payer health care system. Under such a system, everyone, including GLBT Minnesotans would have all health care covered. I believe that with a Democrat in the White House and increased majorities in the House and Senate, we will be able to enact such a system, and I will fight to do so. Should that prove impossible, I would support whatever interim measures would be possible to move us in that direction.


During such an interim period, should we need one, I would work to ensure that domestic partner health benefits were extended widely, and that people who receive domestic partner health care through their employer receive identical income tax treatment regarding the partner health benefits as a married employee who receives family health coverage through an employer.


11) The funding for programs such as the Ryan White Act was recently redistributed into rural, less populated (red) states and away from urban populated (blue) states where the majority of AIDS patients are located. What are your thoughts on this funding change?

I support funding for AIDS care in rural, less populated (red) states – where it is also needed, but I oppose the fact that such funding was extended to these areas by cutting it in urban populated (blue) states where the majority of AIDS patients are located. Clearly we need to fund such support in all parts of the nation. Again, I support a national universal single-payer health care system, and under such a system, treatment would be available to all who suffer from AIDS in any part of the country. Only with such a system can we ensure that those in need of medical care in one area, or of one type, can be played off against those in other areas or with other types of health needs.


12) A recent study of urban homeless youth found that in some metropolitan areas over 40% identify as LGBT. A key finding of this study was that homeless LGBT youth are more vulnerable to sexual abuse, substance abuse and mental health struggles. What root causes of this complex issue can you identify and how would you use your office to address these problems?

I believe that at least a significant portion of the root cause is LGBT young people coming of age in a society, and in many cases in a family, that tells them, directly or indirectly, that who they are is somehow wrong. As a US Senator, I will use my office to advocate for more crisis intervention and safe shelter funding to help these young people when they are out on the street, as well as for funding for educational programs that will help to address some of the underlying causes of the problem.


13) What would you do, if elected, to ensure that lesbian and bisexual women have access to a diversity of reproductive health options, including birth control, in-vitro fertilization, and abortion?

Again, a national universal single-payer health care system would provide full access to the full range of health services.


14) What are your views on the US military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?

I believe it is a just plain stupid policy. I believe that everyone who wants to, and is otherwise qualified, should be able to serve in the military. Many EU nations, including Britain, France, and Spain have removed barriers to GLBT people serving in the military; surely we can do the same.


15) Which version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act do you support and why?

I support including protection for transgender people in ENDA. I believe the legislation should be amended to this effect in the 111th Congress, where hopefully it can be passed and signed into law.

SLDN Lobby Day

Dear SLDN Supporter,

Lobby Day is in six weeks! Have you registered yet?

Every day that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" continues to be the law of the land, the Pentagon is forced to fire an average of two more capable, well-trained service members just because they're gay. Congress has to repeal this wasteful, heartless, and unnecessary law. Congress needs to hear from you!

Join SLDN on Capitol Hill on Friday March 7, and help us visit all 535 Congressional offices and rally on the National Mall to lift the ban! For an even more high-powered experience, join us as a Captain and get started on Thursday March 6 with in-depth training and additional Congressional advocacy. Whether you join us for one day or two, make your plans to attend now!

Register for Lobby Day today.

Last year, as a direct result of Lobby Day four new Members of Congress signed on as cosponsors of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, the bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." This year our impact will be even stronger! Plan today to join us at Lobby Day.

Thank you for everything you do in this fight to lift the ban!

Sincerely,

Jill Raney
Grassroots Organizer


I'm very sick of the cold weather, and have a sister who lives in Baltimore. This looks tempting.

Gay Edwards Supporters Going for Obama

Advocate here. Scott Benson was a big Edwards supporter in Minnesota. I wonder what he will do.

Worst Website Color Scheme Ever

Deputy Chair Dorothy Fleming has a website. The website is informative, but the bright green color scheme is horrible.

Dale Carpenter Gives a Failing Midterm Grade to the Democrats

Read it all here.

By my scorecard, the Democrats have earned just 8 out of a possible 100 points at mid-term, which means that so far at least they’re taking gay support entirely for granted. While they still have a few months to go, it seems unlikely they’ll accomplish much in an election year when they have to worry about reelection and are likely to let gay rights take a seat even further back on the bus.

The Democrats’ anemic performance so far does not necessarily mean you should vote for Republicans this November. If you support the Democrats’ views on taxes, the Iraq war, national healthcare, and other issues, you’re likely to back them even if they get nothing more done on gay rights.

But the Democrats’ failure to produce does liberate voters who intensely support gay rights but disagree with the Democrats on other important issues. Many of these voters, subordinating their strong feelings about non-gay issues, have supported Democrats in the past because they believed the Democrats would actually accomplish something positive for gay rights.

Now these voters will find it harder to support a Democrat they would otherwise oppose just because the candidate says she supports civil unions, employment protection, ending the military ban, and the like. For them, voting Republican is not a strategy to punish the Democrats for their faithlessness on gay issues. It’s a vote of principle.

Soothing words are nice, and the Democrats excel at such kindnesses. But results matter much more. On this, so far at least, they’re failing.

Rep. Heath Shuler - Tireless Public Servant

First term US Representative Heath Shuler (D-NC) is stepping out to tackle the really important issues. This story is from the Asheville NC Citizen-Times


CITIZEN-TIMES.com
Shuler pushing for Super Sunday television viewing in churches
John Boyle
February 1, 2008 1:47 pm


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, a former NFL quarterback, is pushing for churches to be allowed to show the Super Bowl on large-screen televisions as a fellowship event.


Shuler sent a letter today to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell expressing disappointment that churches can't show the game on large screen televisions as a fellowship event.


“It makes no sense to me that churches would be prevented from providing a safe, friendly, and alcohol-free environment for fans to watch the Super Bowl,” Shuler said in a press release. “As a former player and an active church member, I have participated in these fellowship events and understand their value.”


Current federal copyright law is the reason churches cannot show the Super Bowl, or other event, on a screen larger than 55 inches, measured diagonally, according to Shuler's office.


In his letter, Shuler said he wants to work with Commissioner Goodell and the NFL to exempt churches and other places of worship from the screen size rules, as long as no admission fee is charged.


“Football is America’s game because, whether it is high school, college, or professional, there is a deeply rooted sense of community. From Friday night to Sunday afternoon families and friends gather together to cheer for their favorite teams, and churches should be able to offer their facilities to the community as a gathering place,” Shuler said in his letter.


Shuler was a Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee before playing three seasons with the Washington Redskins and one with the New Orleans Saints. A foot injury ended his career in 1997.


Shuler's full letter is below:
February 1, 2008
Mr. Roger Goodell
Commissioner
National Football League
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017


Commissioner Goodell:


I was disappointed this morning to read that copyright laws are preventing churches from showing the National Football League’s Super Bowl on large television screens as fellowship events.


As a former player and an active church member, I have participated in several of these fellowship events. I know that they offer a safe and friendly environment for families and friends to gather and enjoy the game.


Football is America’s game because, whether it is high school, college, or professional, there is a deeply rooted sense of community. From Friday night to Sunday afternoon families and friends gather together to cheer for their favorite teams, and churches should be able to offer their facilities to the community as a gathering place.


It is my understanding that the wording of current copyright law is the reason that spiritual communities are being prevented from coming together to enjoy your league’s biggest game on large screens. It is my belief that churches should be exempted from all these requirements, as long as no admission fee is charged.
I look forward to working with you to address the laws and regulations that are causing this unfortunate situation.


Sincerely,
Heath Shuler
Member of Congress



As a rule, I'd support anybody who challenges the NFL's unrelenting greed. While I understand the copyright argument, this restriction might be pushing the issue.

On the other hand, I love the image of a bunch of evangelicals gathered together to watch ads for beer, salty snacks, and erectile dysfunction remedies.

Calls from the Mormon

I've had three live calls and a voice mail message from the Romney campaign in the past two days.

Two of the calls came on Friday night, and they were not robo-calls.... I was listening to live people read a script. Only one of them asked for any response... the others were monologues.

I let them finish their spiel. When one of the callers asked for support, I advised him that hell might freeze over first.

Mitt is not accessing current lists... I haven't participated in a Republican caucus since 2004, and the last time I made a donation to anybody was 2002.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Mitt Romney Comes in 3rd in Minnesota Poll

MPR/Humphrey Institute Poll. The poll did NOT measure likely caucus goers. Brian Sullivan, a Romney supporter noted this during his stint on Almanac.

Presidential Matchups:

Clinton v McCain: 48-38
Obama v McCain: 50%-37%
Clinton v Huckabee: 55-31%
Obama v Huckabee: 58-28%
Clinton v Romney: 55-32%
Obama v Romney: 56-28%

Clinton wins over Obama 40-33 in the Democratic matchup. According to MN Publius, this poll was taken prior to the South Carolina results, where Obama showed great strength.

Mike Ciresi Stonewall DFL Endorsement Questionnaire

This is the second of the US Senate Stonewall DFL Questionnaires to be posted at Lloydletta's Nooz. Stay tuned for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer's Questionnaire later this weekend.

Candidate Name:

Mike Ciresi


Office you are seeking:

U.S. Senate, Minnesota


1) Do you plan on abiding by the DFL endorsement if there is one for your race? YES

2) If endorsed by Stonewall DFL, how will you display that endorsement in campaign materials?

We will proudly display the Stonewall DFL endorsement the same way we display other constituency endorsements. The endorsement will be prominently featured on our website. We will list it on printed campaign materials that include endorsements. Our current endorsers included several openly gay Minnesotans, including former President of the Minnesota Senate, Allan Spear.


3) How is the LGBT community currently involved in your campaign?
The LGBT community is actively involved in our campaign as staff, endorsers, advisors and supporters. We have four openly gay staffers. Our four senior staff members include a lesbian and a gay man. LGBT members play prominent and influential roles in many areas of our campaign.


4) How will you actively encourage LGBT constituents to contact or become involved in the political process?

I will encourage LGBT constituents who support my candidacy to participate in the caucus process and work to become DFL delegates at the state convention in June. We will work with our supporters to build a strong network of activists that will help ensure a victory against Norm Coleman in November.


I have a long record of supporting organizations that fight for equality for LGBT community, including The Human Rights Campaign, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, Lambda Legal, and Rainbow Families to name a few. I have participated in the festivities surrounding this year’s PRIDE parade and our campaign enjoyed marching as a team. I will continue this type of grassroots outreach throughout this campaign and as a U.S. Senator. I welcome your input on other ways to reach out to the community.


5. What experience do you have with LGBT issues and the LGBT community? I have numerous friends and colleagues in the LGBT community.

As an employer, I have provided equal rights and benefits within my firm. As a community leader, I proudly stand with the LGBT community for full equal rights and have fought for equality with you and for you through pro bono work, foundation grants and personal support, both nationally and in Minnesota for decades. Here are a few examples of the efforts I have pursued to make change a reality:

  • My law firm, Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi (RKMC) is one of two businesses in Minnesota that is a member of HRC’s Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness, a group of U.S. employers that support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. ENDA is consistent with my firm’s practice of treating all employees the same, with fairness and respect. I have supported the Twin Cities Human Rights Campaign dinner, both personally and through my firm, since the dinner began over a decade ago.

  • In 1994, RKMC challenged “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” When The United States Air Force threw out a Gulf War veteran and top Captain for admitting he was gay, my law firm stepped in and defended Captain Richenberg. We believed that it was inexcusable for the Air Force to kick out an extremely talented officer who defended this nation with distinction in the first Gulf War just because he was gay.

  • Still fighting in 2007 for Equality at Maple Grove High School. RKMC fought for student equality at Maple Grove High School where the student group, “Straights and Gays for Equality” (SAGE) was not given the same rights as other student clubs. My law firm made sure that LGBT students and their allies were not marginalized.


As your next United State Senator, I will work hard to make equality a reality. I will work to pass ENDA, the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, make sure that the Ryan White CARE Act is properly funded and work to make sure that any attempt to write discrimination into our Constitution fails.


6) LGBT men and women of color are often victims of multiple layers of discrimination. How would you use your office to identify and address these problems?

The bottom line: all Americans are entitled to equal protection under the law. When any person is discriminated against, for whatever reason, I will work to correct and prevent it from happening again. As an attorney, I have fought issues of discrimination and won. As your U.S. Senator, I will fight to make sure that all citizens are treated fairly and equally. No exceptions. I will work with you to make sure that our existing laws are working and enforced. I will sponsor and build support for legislation that is needed to ensure fairness.


7) Public awareness of Lesbians and Gays has increased in the last 20 years; however there remain some unique and misunderstood issues faced by Bisexual and Transgender communities. Please identify a specific issue(s) and how you would use your elected office to support these communities. Bisexual and transgender people often face discrimination at work, including wrongful termination.

As I mentioned earlier, my firm has supported the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. As your Senator, I would work hard to make sure that ENDA, in its original form, would pass the Senate. I believe it is a basic civil right hold a job and to be evaluated on your professional accomplishments and experience.


8) What legal recognitions should be available to GLBT people in committed relationships and how would you use your office to advance these equality issues; specifically do you favor Domestic Partnerships, Civil Unions, Marriage, or Other?

I believe that same-sex couples deserve to have the same economic and legal rights that are currently granted to heterosexual couples. The language is secondary to the legal rights. As your Senator, I will fight to defeat or repeal any legislation that is discriminatory.


9) Alcoholism, crystal methamphetamine and other chemical abuse is a public health problem in the LGBT community, which correlates to increased rates of HIV transmission. If elected, how would you use your office to address these problems?

I support health care reform, including mental health parity. I will fight for universal health care, with a focus on preventative care. If people are able to get the help they need to address the underlying issues, substance abuse can be prevented or alleviated. I support education, community outreach and specific aid to at risk communities.


10) What policies would you support to provide equity for LGBT Minnesotans with respect to both public and private health care benefits and imputed tax implications?

All Americans are entitled to equity on these issues. Health care is a right, not a privilege. I will fight to enforce existing laws and work to amend those laws where inequity exists.


11) The funding for programs such as the Ryan White Act was recently redistributed into rural, less populated (red) states and away from urban populated (blue) states where the majority of AIDS patients are located. What are your thoughts on this funding change?

The Ryan White Care Act is the payer of last resort for people suffering from AIDS. Funding for this important program must be distributed in BOTH the urban and rural areas. We must make sure that funding does not become a political football, moving to different areas depending on who controls Congress. Funding should be available to whoever needs it, wherever they are. For many people suffering from AIDS, both straight and gay, this money is vitally important.


12) A recent study of urban homeless youth found that in some metropolitan areas over 40% identify as LGBT. A key finding of this study was that homeless LGBT youth are more vulnerable to sexual abuse, substance abuse and mental health struggles. What root causes of this complex issue can you identify and how would you use your office to address these problems?

I am the recent co-chair of the Hennepin County Commission to End Homelessness. Children and young adults make up largest percentage of the homeless population in Hennepin County. It is critical to get young people off the streets immediately, particularly before they become victims of sexual abuse. The root causes are complex, but for LGBT youth, homelessness is a frequent outcome of coming out to non-supportive family members, or feeling unable to come out to them. We must develop support mechanisms to help young people through this difficult process, and to identify children who will need to find an alternative home before they become homeless. A child in an unsafe home can be placed with a gay-friendly foster family while issues at home are resolved.


13) What would you do, if elected, to ensure that lesbian and bisexual women have access to a diversity of reproductive health options, including birth control, in-vitro fertilization, and abortion?

All Americans are entitled to equity on these issues. Health care is a right, not a privilege. I will fight to enforce existing laws.


14) What are your views on the US military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?

My law firm challenged this policy in 1994 when the U.S. Air Force threw out a Gulf War veteran and top Captain for admitting he was gay. It is inexcusable for the Air Force to discharge and talented officer who defended our nation with distinction. As your Senator, I will fight to end this policy that jeopardizes our national security.


15) Which version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act do you support and why?

I support H.R. 2015 because it is the most comprehensive and inclusive. I will fight for full protection that includes all workers. Total inclusion is vital because every single person is entitled to full and fair protection under the law. My law firm is one of the original signers of a letter to Congress encouraging comprehensive, inclusive legislation to outlaw workplace discrimination, and we are a member of the Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness.

Rally for Mitt Romney

This just in from the Mitt Romney campaign.

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Bill Clinton Hurting Hillary Clinton's Campaign



When I watch Hillary Clinton speak at a rally or in a debate, she can make her case effectively. The tactics used by her campaign, and by Bill Clinton are a total turn off. I guess it's not just me.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

AntiStrib Crowd Isn't Too Enthused About Caucuses

But they plan to go anyway. The comment thread is from this post with tags: Cynical pessimism, John McCain is an asshole, What's the point.

That's why we need real conservates and real people to work there way as high as possible. In the past conventions I've been to, it's the same douchebags running the show and electing themselves to the national convention. Seriously, a few years ago, and I can't speak for today, many of the party hacks were massive douchebags.
I'd venture to guess that Minnesota's 20 or so seats are already spoken for by this same bunch.
I'm tossed between bringing up a vote on censuring Arne Carlson at our local caucus. (charge: being a douche) Might stop my delegate progress.
JW of minnesota | 01.31.08 - 2:13 pm | #

At the caucus level you elect BPOU convention delegates, who in turn elect state convention delegates, who then elect the national convention delegates. So you're really a few steps removed from electing the actual national delegates.
KJT | 01.31.08 - 2:13 pm | #

Meaning that the neighborhood caucus's are just a huge circle jerk.
I guess I'll go anyway.
Sequel | 01.31.08 - 2:23 pm | #

many of the party hacks were massive douchebags.

Last time I went to convention or BPOU this was still the case.
Tracy Eberly | 01.31.08 - 2:32 pm | #

It's that easy to get elected, volunteer?

So.. what kind of kick backs are we talking here? Hookers and blow, or dinners with some people blowing smoke up my ass?
Casual Reader | 01.31.08 - 5:06 pm


They aren't too enthused about McCain or Coleman either:

Seriously.
Is that the best argument these McCaniacs have got?
He's better than Hillary?
He's not Obama?

The lamest excuse for advocating a politician ever.
He's not Hitler!
That's just fuckin great.

But what is he?

I've been voting for the lesser of 2 evils since 88. My returns have been diminishing as time goes by.
Bush1, Dole, Bush2? T.Paw, and Coleman?... What a clusterfuck.
With a McCain vs. Democrat X election, it's gotten so I fail to see a meaningful difference.

Ooh, but I need to rush down and vote because McCain is not Hillary.
Sequel | Homepage | 01.31.08 - 11:46 am

How do I put this so that I can insult as many of you as possible?

With a Republican President, the Republican Congressmen will be obliged to support some or most of what McCain proposes. With Hillary or Obama in the Whitehouse they can fight tooth and nail against everything they either proposes.

Gridlock is often good in DC as they don't pass new taxes to fuck us even harder than they already are.

Pelosi and Reid have shown that they can't manage the Democrats for shit, so if the Republicans stay together, they should be able to block Hillarycare and most of the other shit she'll propose. 2 years of gridlock could deliever the house and Senate back to Republican control.

We might actually come out better under a Democrat that we can block than a liberal Republican that we'd have to work with.

Plus 4 years of Hillary would totally enegergize the Republican Party. Romney will be back for sure and maybe someone can light a fire under Thompson's ass. Maybe even Guilianni will figure out where Iowa and New Hampshire are.

I can see a scenario where Hillary is better for Conservatives than McCain. Remember Bill Clinton reformed Welfare and signed DOMA.
Tracy Eberly | Homepage | 01.31.08 - 1:14 pm

Spot and MN Observer Go After the Gasbag of the Midway

The MOB Parrot claims he is the most feminist man you know. Now he is pontificating about abortion. Spot and MN Observer at the Cucking Stool let him have it.

My question for those who want to make abortion criminal is what are the penalties you are suggesting for the women who have abortions. I'm not talking about the Doctors. I'm talking about the women. If abortion is murder, then the women having abortions should be penalized. What should the penalty be? 5 years, 10 years, life, life without parole?

Welcome Pam's House Blend Readers

Pam Spaulding posted about Log Cabin Republicans enabling response to the McCain Campaign anti-gay robocalls.

"I'm calling with an urgent Mitt Romeny [unintelligible]"

"We care deeply about traditional values and protecting families. And we need someone who will not waver in the White House: Ending abortion, preserving the sanctity of marriage, stopping the trash on the airwaves and attempts to ban God from every corner of society. These issues are core to our being.

"Mitt Romney thinks he can fool us. He supported abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind, but he still hasn't changed the law. He told gay organizers in Massachusetts he would be a stronger advocate for special rights than even Ted Kennedy. Now, it's something different.

"Unfortunately, on issue after issue Mitt Romney has treated social issues voters as fools, thinking we won't catch on. Sorry, Mitt, we know you aren't trustworthy on the most important issue and you aren't a conservative

"Paid for by John McCain 2008.


Yesterday, I was highly critical of Log Cabin Repubican's reaction to these calls. Part of the reason this reaction irritated me so much is that I believe that gay organizations enable candidates when they play defense on their anti-gay positions. For example, I was disgusted when Karen Clark and Alan Spear wrote a letter to the editor defending Paul Wellstone about the Defense of Marriage Act just before the 1996 election. In my opinion, it was Wellstone's responsibility to defend himself directly, not to hide behind gay surrogates.

During the 2004 campaign, I called the Republican National Committee for comment on some anti-gay flyers they had put out. The spokesperson would only speak to me "on background", not by name. She also referred me to Log Cabin Republicans. I reminded her that the flyers were not prepared and paid for by Log Cabin Republicans, and therefore were a Republican National Committee issue, not a Log Cabin Republicans issue. In a recent discrimination lawsuit against the DNC, some disturbing internal correspondance has come to light. Deb Price, a columnist with the Detroit News who covers the gay beat, requested an interview with Howard Dean. The DNC flacks were trying to substitute several much lower level alternatives. Pam's House Blend:

Deb Price from Detroit News would like to interview Gov. Dean sometime in the next couple of weeks for a column about where the party is going with respect to the LBBT community about Dean's commitment (renewed by Donald's letter), and what he thinks about LGBT issues.

I'm not completely sure one way or the other, but my sense is this carries too much reisk to do at this point. Too many of her columns (see attached) tend toward the X party or X state needs to do more variety, and it'll probably result in more pushback from the other side.

I'm not sure if she'd go for it, but maybe I can try to pitch her on an interview with Brian and suggest she talk to Tammy Baldwin (or his [sic] chief of staff) and speak speaker pelosi's office about what's to come.

Any thoughts?


Luis Miranda answers:

I'd be all for Brian and others. Not sure putting HD out there does anything other than opening us up for hits.


Karen Finney:

Try pitching brian - but it will piss her off not to get dean so be careful.


In other words, the DNC was treating Deb Price the way the McCain campaign treated Log Cabin Republicans.

Is Norm Coleman Campaigning for the "Teddy Awards"?

Mark H comments:

"Norm Coleman Is Clearly Worried About His Base"
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Blogger Markh said...

This reminds me of Ted Baxter campaigning for Teddy Awards on the Mary Tyler Moore show.

'How could he not win?', Mary asked. 'He visited the sick'.


Good point.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Norm Coleman Is Clearly Worried About His Base

He had a conference call with selected conservative bloggers. For some reason Andy Aplikowski wasn't invited. King Banaian summarizes the call.

Several bloggers were invited to speak earlier this evening with Senator Norm Coleman about his upcoming campaign for re-election. It was a small and fairly informal affair, with Coleman holding forth with a group of about six bloggers that I heard for approximately thirty minutes. I heard Mitch, Michael, and Drew on the call. The campaign intends to make these a regular part of their schedule going forward.

The campaign put up a new video today, the first of what they hope to be many positive campaign ads highlighting Coleman's record. This one discusses some constituent service for a couple adopting a child from Haiti. There was some discussion of whether they would run more positive ads or ads contrasting Coleman from Al Franken or Mike Ciresi, but all I learned from this was that they had a plan to have both running and that some will go to TV. There was no commitment to when this would happen.

Both Coleman and campaign manager Cullen Sheehan emphasized that there was an uptick in small donations and in volunteer activity, indicating increase in activity. In response to questions about the mood of the base, Coleman pointed to low voter turnout in GOP primaries thus far but thought the issues were so important to people that we would see a response. We need independents to win, he stressed, and we have a way to go.


I found the video to be an emotional hook, but also didn't relate to what Norm Coleman's primary job is - which is to be a legislator, not working at an adoption agency. I'd like to hear what he's accomplished in the Senate. I don't want to hear emotional appeals from his underage kids about what a great dad he is.

Al Franken's Stonewall DFL Questionaire

AL FRANKEN FOR SENATE

Stonewall DFL Questionnaire

Submitted: January 12, 2008

1. Do you plan on abiding by the DFL endorsement if there is one for your race?

Yes. I will abide because I believe we need to unite behind a candidate as early as possible in order to beat Norm Coleman. I also have tremendous respect for the DFL endorsement process, and have enjoyed participating in it.

2. If endorsed by Stonewall DFL, how will you display that endorsement in campaign materials?

We’ll issue a press release announcing the endorsement, as well as announcing the news on the front page of our website as “Breaking News” (or possibly even “BREAKING NEWS!!!”). In addition, we’ll add Stonewall DFL to our endorsement list, both online and in print, and we’ll consider adding “Stonewall DFL endorsed” to signs and literature.

3. How is the LGBT community currently involved in your campaign?

We’re proud to have the support and guidance of leaders like Sen. Scott Dibble, Ambassador James Hormel, Elizabeth Birch, Alan Hooker, and Phil, Randi, and Jake Reitan, among others. We have many staff, interns, and volunteers who identify as LGBT, and are working to set up a “LGBT for Franken” group, possibly with a catchier name.

4. How will you actively encourage LGBT constituents to contact or become involved in the political process?

First, as we will for every community, we’ll devote time, energy, and resources to reaching out to the LGBT community by holding and attending events in the community, being visible in our support for the community, and standing with the community when it counts. That means voter registration events, LGBT-specific literature, and issue-focused discussions – all geared towards energizing the community and building lasting relationships.

Second, we’ll stand up for the community, both during the campaign and when I’m in the Senate. I firmly believe in a political culture that doesn’t give into phony debates or fear and smear tactics, and I won’t let LGBT issues be used as a wedge. I’m for equal rights in marriage, and I’ll never be afraid to say so, because I’m right and I know I’m right. I believe that I would be the first U.S. Senator to hold that position. But I’ll also work hard to champion issues like ENDA. Doing this will help move the debate, I hope, but it will also serve to remind the community of what’s at stake in this election and encourage people to take part in the process.

5. What experience do you have with LGBT issues and the LGBT community?

I am a longtime supporter of organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and have frequently spoken at HRC events. I am a proud recipient of the HRC 2006 Humanitarian Award. And I have made a point of supporting political candidates and organizations that support the LGBT community.

But most of the experience I’ve had has been as an advocate for LGBT issues in my books and on my radio show. One of the things I’ve spent a long time doing is trying to change our political culture to eliminate the phony debate surrounding LGBT issues. I believe that telling the truth is an important part of making progress on those issues, and I have tried to use my talents as a satirist to get to the truth.


I've read Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, and I don't recall much about Gays in that book. I've also listened to Franken's show from time to time, and don't recall a time when he has covered a gay issue on his show. Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and other Air America Hosts have done much more on that topic.


6. LGBT men and women of color are often victims of multiple layers of discrimination. How would you use your office to identify and address these problems?

This is an important question (and I would add disabled members of the LGBT community to the equation).

I think there are two important ways I can use the office. First, it can serve as a platform for me to speak out on important issues and raise awareness of inadequacies in the system that lead to discrimination. For instance, the African-American community has suffered disproportionately from the AIDS epidemic – this problem receives far too little attention today. Second, I will provide constituent service so that people who are the victims of discrimination can use my office to access help and support quickly. I want my office to be someplace people feel they can turn when they are victimized.

7. Public awareness of Lesbians and Gays has increased in the last 20 years; however, there remain some unique and misunderstood issues faced by Bisexual and Transgender communities. Please identify a specific issue(s) and how you would use your elected office to support these communities.

It can take a frustratingly long time for our country to come around. Sixty years ago, there were parts of this country in which it was illegal to marry a person of a different race. As recently as thirty years ago, only a third of Americans were comfortable with mixed-race marriage.

So it goes with LGBT issues. While I believe the country is headed towards a day where discrimination against members of the LGBT community seems as antiquated as miscegenation laws, it’s taking longer than I’d like. I believe that Americans look to their leaders to forge a path forward. And if I’m a U.S. Senator, I won’t forget that that is part of my job.

I’ll give you an example: ENDA. While I respect that some Democrats supported the weaker version of the law in order to get it passed, the truth is that anyone who opposes discrimination against gays and lesbians should also oppose discrimination against transgendered Americans. I read that the city manager of Largo, Florida was fired for being Transgender. That’s wrong. And if I were a Senator, I would absolutely stand up and say so. I would say that if that city manager had been fired for being black, we would be outraged, and that we should be so outraged regardless of which form of discrimination was at play.

8. What legal recognitions should be available to LGBT people in committed relationships and how would you use your office to advance these equality issues; specifically, do you favor Domestic Partnerships, Civil Unions, Marriage, or Other?

I believe that any two Americans who want to get married should be able to get married. And while I want to see other issues advanced, as well, I really don’t see the need to compromise on this one. I’ve been married for 32 years. Same-sex marriage doesn’t threaten my marriage. So I don’t believe I have any business standing in the way.

9. Alcoholism, crystal methamphetamine, and other chemical abuse is a public health problem in the LGBT community, which correlates to increased rates of HIV transmission. If elected, how would you use your office to address these problems?

First, I’d push to invest more in prevention through education. We need to do a better job of informing people about these dangers through research-based community interventions.

Second, I believe we should focus more on treatment. Right now, we tend to “treat” people by putting them in jail. I’ve written two movies (When a Man Loves a Woman and Stuart Saves His Family) about the family disease of addiction, and it’s a subject I care about deeply. I would support more rehabilitation in place of prison, but also more rehabilitation in prison. Simply locking people up doesn’t help them get better.

10. What policies would you support to provide equity for LGBT Minnesotans with respect to both public and private health care benefits and imputed tax implications?

Simple: LGBT couples should be treated the same as heterosexual couples. That starts with the legal recognition of same-sex marriage and, by definition, includes equity for benefits and tax purposes.

11. The funding for programs such as the Ryan White Act was recently redistributed into rural, less populated (red) states and away from urban populated (blue) states where the majority of AIDS patients are located. What are your thoughts on this funding change?

Something is wrong when we need to choose between needy communities – I support funding these programs sufficiently so that we don’t have to do so. That said, while I’m not sure this change was a good idea, we should keep in mind that there are needs in every state and affected individuals in rural America, too.

12. A recent study of urban homeless youth found that in some metropolitan areas over 40% identify as LGBT. A key finding of this study was that homeless LGBT youth are more vulnerable to sexual abuse, substance abuse and mental health struggles. What root causes of this complex issue can you identify and how would you use your office to address these problems?

The root causes of this heartbreaking issue (I’ve read that up to 2,000 Minnesota youth are homeless) include drug abuse and addiction, certainly, but also foreclosures, health care costs, and domestic violence. In the LGBT community, there is also an issue with young people feeling unwelcome at home or in school and parents having a tough time communicating with their children.

Part of what we need to do is help families work through those issues together. And we need our leaders to step up and be voices for ending the societal stigma about discussing these issues. But we also need an increased investment in shelters and transitional housing, and a way to help young members of the LGBT community find local support networks if they do not feel comfortable or welcome in their homes.

13. What would you do, if elected, to ensure that lesbian and bisexual women have access to a diversity of reproductive health options, including birth control, in-vitro fertilization, and abortion?

I think we have to ensure that ALL women have access to birth control and family planning services. And since, thankfully, we recognize the right of gay and lesbian couples to have and adopt children, there should be absolutely no discrimination against LGBT couples when it comes to having access to the services of in-vitro fertilization clinics.

14. What are your views on the U.S. military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?

I’ve done seven USO tours over the last nine years – four to Iraq and Afghanistan. And I can tell you from experience that this has become something of a non-issue among our servicemen and women. Right now, the military is having so much trouble recruiting that it’s giving “moral waivers” and waivers to people who are of “lower cognitive ability.” My experience is that our troops would rather be in battle with the brave gay soldier to their right and the brave lesbian soldier to their left whom they’ve been serving with for the last year than someone who was accepted on a “moral waiver.”

I talk about this issue when I’m on my tours and actually get cheers from the troops. Last year, I did a show in Kabul, Afghanistan, at Camp Phoenix. At the end of the show, the general who commanded the base presented me with a flag in a beautiful Afghani frame, grabbed the microphone, and said to me, “Keep talking about don’t ask, don’t tell. I think you’ve got a lot of fans here.” He then pointed to a group of lesbian soldiers who had cheered every time I mentioned the issue, and they cheered again.

So, I have absolute confidence that I am right when I say that “don’t ask, don’t tell” will soon be history.

15. Which version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act do you support and why?

I’m glad that ENDA passed, and I understand why Democrats who supported the alternate version did so. That said, I would have preferred the original version as written – the one that is inclusive of transgendered Americans.


The Drama Queen posted this video of Al Franken speaking to Stonewall. Brodkorb being a narcissist, was so excited that Franken mentioned MDE 3 or 4 times during this segment, that he missed the larger point, that Franken repeated one of his "jokes" about Elton John.

McCain Campaign Sends Out Anti-Gay Robocalls In Florida

Politico:

“I’m calling with an urgent Mitt Romeny [unintelligible]"

"We care deeply about traditional values and protecting families. And we need someone who will not waver in the White House: Ending abortion, preserving the sanctity of marriage, stopping the trash on the airwaves and attempts to ban God from every corner of society. These issues are core to our being.

"Mitt Romney thinks he can fool us. He supported abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind, but he still hasn’t changed the law. He told gay organizers in Massachusetts he would be a stronger advocate for special rights than even Ted Kennedy. Now, it’s something different.

"Unfortunately, on issue after issue Mitt Romney has treated social issues voters as fools, thinking we won’t catch on. Sorry, Mitt, we know you aren’t trustworthy on the most important issue and you aren’t a conservative

"Paid for by John McCain 2008.


After being called on this, the McCain Campaign pulled the Robocall.

Log Cabin Republicans have a defensive post on their blog, where they fail to hold John McCain accountable on their blog. If this had been Mitt Romney, Log Cabin Republicans would have been all over him.

The blogosphere has been chattering this afternoon about a supposedly anti-gay robo-call the McCain campaign launched at Gov. Mitt Romney.

The attacks on Sen. John McCain by the gay Left are completely out-of-bounds and don’t reflect the facts.


First of all, Politico originally posted about this. Politico is hardly the "gay left."


Let’s look at those facts:

Had anyone bothered to reach out to the McCain Campaign, they would have realized Sen. McCain immediately stopped the calls. The campaign told us Sen. McCain never saw the script and never approved it, which is why he stopped the calls ASAP.


From Politico:

McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said they launched the automated calls as a response to the calls Romney sent out against them over the weekend.


Did the campaign go on the record with Log Cabin Republicans? Or was this going on background. The robocall said "Prepared and Paid for by McCain for President." Does that mean there are other robocalls by the McCain campaign that don't get approved by John McCain? How many of these are they by Mr Campaign Finance Reform? Log Cabin Republicans didn't get a named McCain spokesperson saying these calls had been pulled. The Atlantic found out from an unnamed McCain spokesperson that the calls had been pulled. So there is still a question: why won't a named McCain spokesperson go on the record on this?

Of course, those facts won’t satisfy the left-wing who pounces on these kinds of things. But where were these same left-wingers when Democrat Barack Obama, who has never introduced a single piece of pro-gay legislation in his Senate career, paraded around on stage with an anti-gay religious leader who believes in so-called “conversion therapy”?


I don't like HRC much, but I do recall they denounced Obama publicly for having an event featuring the anti-gay Donnie McGlurkin.


Where were they when Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton couldn’t bring herself to denounce Gen. Peter Pace’s anti-gay remarks last year?


Actually, again, Gay Lefty bloggers, and the Human Rights campaign denounced Hillary Clinton publicly on this one.


Where were they when Obama proposed meetings and negotiations with the gay-murdering president of Iran?


This is a fairer point - though it distracts from the issue at hand - and that is John McCain taking some personal responsibility.


We can’t defend the McCain staffer who initiated these short-lived robo-calls, but let’s hold both sides accountable, folks!

-posted by Scott Tucker


This was pathetic. Why is Log Cabin Republicans running interference for a candidate who runs an anti-gay ad? It's what I've often criticized Stonewall DFL for doing.

Do Mormons talk to the dead?

I watched the last 45 minutes of the CNN debate betwixt and between the GOP presidential candidates.

Anderson Cooper, sporting a bad new haircut, asked a particularly smarmy question of the group.

'Would Ronald Reagan endorse you?'

I have to say, Huck gave the best answer... that it would be presumptious to suggest that anybody would know President Reagan's reaction to the remaining candidates.

The Mormon couldn't say 'yes' fast enough. He then recited a list of the reasons why the Gipper would endorse him, including support for a Federal Marriage Amendment.

Huh?

How would Mitt know that? Has he been given golden tablets, like Joseph Smith?

This is the President who put Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. In response to an earlier question about what the candidates thought about Justice O'Connor's tenure on the court, Mitt came the closest to criticizing that decision.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Did Ron Carey Host a Huckster Event?

Residual Forces:

Dear Home Schooler Friends

You are welcome to join an opportunity to meet the next First Lady of the United States of America!

Please join us in meeting Janet Huckabee, wife of Governor Mike Huckabee, on Sunday, January 27th.

Please forward to other home schoolers friends.

Gary Borgendale
Minnesotans for Huckabee


Andy comments:

Other portions of the forwarded email include directions to the event in Ham Lake and pleas to spread the word since it was on short notice, for attendance. I am told the directions take you to Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey’s front door. Ron Carey has endorsed and is the “honorary” Chair of Huckabee’s Minnesota campaign.


The question is what WAS the agreement Ron Carey made with the executive committee.

Oiled Birds

This is quite sad. It's a slide show that shows the effects of an oil spill on birds.



These are some more videos about the same incident:



Monday, January 28, 2008

Sirius OutQ to Have Gay Consultants to Presidential Campaigns On as Guest

Pam Spaulding has the scoop.

This Thursday, January 31, tune in to The Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius OutQ Satellite Radio (free trial is available; the show airs 2:00PM-6:00PM ET). Reps for the Clinton, Obama and Edwards camps are going to engage with listeners, and take questions about the candidates' positions on LGBT issues.

* Hilary Rosen will represent Senator Clinton. She is the former Chairman and chief executive officer of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She is currently the President of OurChart.com, an active public speaker and a regular on-air political and business commentator on national television.

* Stampp Corbin will represent Senator Obama. Corbin is the National LGBT Liaison for the Obama campaign, and Co-Chair of the National LGBT Leadership Team, Obama for America '08. He served on The Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign from 1996-2003, and served as HRC Finance Committee Co-Chair from 1998 to 2003.

* Eric Stern will represent Senator Edwards. He is a Political Advisor to the John Edwards for President Campaign. Stern is an attorney, educator and social activist who was worked for more than a decade on numerous Democratic campaigns and in the movement for social justice and equality. In the 2004 election cycle, Stern served as the Director of LGBT Outreach at the Democratic National Committee, where he developed a voter mobilization plan that helped to turnout more than 3.5 million LGBT votes for Democratic candidates nationally.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Text of Ron Carey's Email to State GOP Executive Committee Announcing His Support for Mike Huckabee

MNGOP Chairman Ron Carey’s email to the State Executive Committee
Greetings!
After tremendous thought, prayer, and consideration, I decided today to endorse Gov. Mike Huckabee for President. I know that members of our party leadership are spread all over the map as to whom they support. As I stated as State Central last month, we need to have good, healthy competition of ideas and campaigns so we emerge with the strongest nominee that can lead our party to victory in November. Two items are certain. The democrats will nominate a far left wing liberal who is out of the mainstream of America and republicans will stand united in a few weeks once the primary/caucus process yields a nominee. As I stated today, “any” choice for the republican nomination stands head and shoulders above the “best” choice the democrats can offer.

I will plan on calling each of you between now and State Executive on Thursday (don’t forget it’s this week) to discuss my decision and seek your feedback. Feel free to call me first if you wish. Thanks for your dedication to our cause!
Ron

This Should Be Interesting

I hope they tape it. This is from an email from Dale Carpenter:

I've organized a symposium addressed to the question, "Is Gay Marriage Conservative?" It will be held on February 15, 2008 (three weeks away) in Houston at the South Texas College of Law. It is a first-of-its-kind event, devoted entirely to what has become an intramural debate among conservatives about the issue. The speakers are:

Gerard V. Bradley,
Notre Dame Law School

Dale Carpenter,
University of Minnesota Law School; Visiting Professor, South Texas College of Law

Jesse H. Choper,
University of California Law School, Berkeley

Teresa Stanton Collett,
University of St. Thomas School of Law

David Frum,
American Enterprise Institute

Charles Murray,
American Enterprise Institute

Robert F. Nagel,
University of Colorado Law School

Jonathan Rauch,
The Brookings Institute

John Yoo,
University of California Law School, Berkeley


This is a strong group of conservative intellectuals and gay-marriage experts. The symposium web page, with speaker bios, a program, and abstracts of the presentations, can be found here:

Registration is free online and includes a free lunch.

Stonewall DFL Endorsements

After much deliberation, Stonewall DFL decided not to make candidate endorsements in the US Senate Race and the 3rd District race. The reasoning was that all the DFL candidates in the Senate Race were excellent on LGBT issues, and showed leadership on those issues, and one candidate wasn't clearly the best. The same was the case in the 3rd District. The board voted to upgrade Terri Bonoff's grade from a B to an A. A motion to upgrade Jim Hovland's rating from a B to an A failed. In the 3rd District race, there were clearly more votes for Ash Madia than other candidates, but there wasn't the 60% board vote for endorsement.

It was interesting watching this process.

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer came to personally pitch for the endorsement. (He had come for the screening, but because Stonewall went over the time, he had to leave before they could screen him.) Al Franken also came back to make a personal pitch for endorsement. Scott Dibble also spoke on Al Franken's behalf.

Creepy

I wasn't home on Saturday night to watch the TV coverage of yesterday's presidential primary in South Carolina, but I did channel surf through the Sunday morning network punditry to hear what everybody had to say.

When I heard that Bill, not Hillary, was the first person to appear on camera last night after the results were known, my skin crawled a little bit. There is a general consensus that Bubba's, um, participation, isn't helping this year's Clinton campaign. Why wouldn't the CANDIDATE, not her HUSBAND, make the concession speech?

That narcissist hillbilly needs to back off... put him on the phone, raising money.