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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Democratic Senate Campaign Committee Helps Anti-Gay Candidate Ronnie Musgrove

You can read more about Musgrove on his wikipedia entry. Daily Kos and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee are promoting Musgrove.

Musgrove ran a gay-baiting ad against Musgrove. Musgrove's response: he howled that indeed he was an anti-gay extremist.

Musgrove Is A Conservative


Musgrove Supported Additional Restrictions On Abortion: In 1990, Musgrove voted to require the licensing of abortion clinics by the State Board of Health. Also, Musgrove voted to require a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could obtain an abortion. In 1991, Musgrove again voted for a bill requiring the waiting period. (Clarion Ledger, 4/1/90; 4/7/91)

Musgrove Banned Public Funding Of Abortion: In April 2002, Musgrove also signed a bill that would ban spending public funds on abortions with a few exceptions (including when the mother's life is in danger, when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or when a fetal malformation is incompatible with the baby being born alive). (Clarion Ledger, 4/18/02 HB 1480, Summary of Legislation 2002)

Musgrove Voted To Require Doctors To Register As Abortion Providers: In 1995, Musgrove voted to require physicians performing more than five abortions per month to have their offices licensed as abortion clinics. (Clarion Ledger, 3/9/95)

Gay Rights

Musgrove Supported Ban On Gay Adoptions: In March 2000, Musgrove supported a ban on adoption by homosexuals or same-sex couples. The ban not only pertained to adoptions in Mississippi, but also ensured that Mississippi would not recognize adoptions by gay individuals or couples from other states if the parents moved to Mississippi. (Clarion Ledger, 3/23/00)

Musgrove Opposes Gay Marriage: Musgrove opposes gay marriage and believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. (Clarion Ledger, 10/3/08; Sun Herald, 10/22/03)

Being opposed to gays adopting children isn't conservative, the position comes from hostility to gay people. The "progressive" Daily Kos is pushing the Anti-gay Musgrove.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Talk about guilt by association....

The Minneapolis Star Tribune's recent endorsement editorials for Minnesota House races have made for interesting reading. With all of the hoopla over the national races, the contests to determine the makeup of the January 2009 Minnesota have largely flown under the radar.

It would appear that more Democrats than Republicans are getting endorsed by the Star Tribune, but it is not a 100% sweep. For many of the Republicans who are running for the first time and not getting the endorsement, I would suggest that Minority Leader Marty Seifert has not done a stellar job at recruiting strong candidates to challenge DFL incumbents. A considerable number of Michele Bachmann clones are on the ballot this fall.

In the contest for House District 56B, (Woodbury), DFL incumbent Martha Swails got the nod. Here is what the Strib editorial offered on the race....

District 56B: Marsha Swails

When one of her students committed suicide and others tried, Rep. Marsha Swails, an advanced placement English teacher in Woodbury, became a champion of better mental health services in her area.

That led to the DFLer’s “baptism by fire” experience in her first House term. She sponsored authorization for a for-profit psychiatric hospital to be located in Woodbury. She shepherded the legislation through the House, winning overwhelming approval, only to see it fail in the Senate.

That was heavy legislative lifting, especially for a first-termer. It won the respect of her colleagues, as did her advocacy for voluntary full-day kindergarten. Swails, 56, deserves reelection to this Woodbury-Landfall seat.

Her Republican challenger is Lee Bohlsen, 57, a Stonewood Bible Church administrator. She’s an enthusiastic and personable candidate whose interest in social issues runs deeper than we think most voters’ does this fall. She wants intelligent design taught alongside evolution in public schools, maintains that global warming is still a matter of dispute and vows to “fight as hard as I can” to oppose abortion.

Both candidates say they are looking to rein in government spending. Swails voted against general-fund tax increases in both 2007 and 2008. But while Swails displays considerable knowledge of the state budget, and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, Bohlsen offers antiwelfare anecdotes to flesh out her position. That falls short of a thoughtful or convincing case for replacing Swails.

Being curious about Lee Bohlsen (I never heard of her), I went to her website:

I noted more than a few mis-spellings and grammatical errors, and then I clicked on the photos page....

What Does Michael Brodkorb Mean?

From MDE quoting Rep. Shelley Madore:

“I did not have the benefit of the registry [an information system containing data on the cause, treatment, prevention, and cure of major birth defects], and had I had that, I may have made some different decisions with my family planning.” Source: Housing Policy and Finance and Public Health Finance Division, February 27, 2007

Plymouth Dem lets him have it:

# PlymouthDem Says:
October 24th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

“Quite a contrast with Sarah Palin, isn’t it.”

How shameless.

She has (I believe) two kids with spina bifida and Asperger’s syndrome. SEVERE disabilities. Far more severe than mild Downs. I have nothing but respect for Sarah for brining a child with Downs into the world, but, to question someone who brings two children with spina bifida and Aspergers into world is just reprehensible. These disorders not only create an extremely difficult life for the child, they create an extremely difficult life for the parents.

Did you people stop to think that her quote may mean one of two things: (1) that with better testing she could have pursued pre-birth uteral treatment for the disorders to minimize their impact; or (2) if she had better genetic marker testing she may have chosen not to have a second kid that ultimately had the disorder? I.e., not conceive as opposed to abort? Of course not, Michael and the republicans would rather attack this as a political issue.

Seriously, Michael has said a lot of things I disagree with, but, this is the first time I’ve been sicked by his actions.

Does Michael really think potential parents shouldn't use genetic counseling if they believe they are carriers of something like spina bifida?

And do people in Shelley Madore's district really want Brodkorb and his readers asking them about their personal decisions about family planning?

FRC Uses Lloydletta's Account of Ashwin Madia's Stonewall Questionaire Against Madia

Bumped and Updated:

Erik Paulsen ought to be asked about this. The third district isn't the sixth district.

Here's what Peter Sprigg, spokesperson for the Family Research Council said about the United American Families Act:

We oppose this bill because it is, although it may be at the margins, part of an assault on the definition of family ... I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society.

What does Erik Paulsen think about this statement from his supporter the Family Research Council?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Like Rats Abandoning a Sinking Ship....

... well-known Republicans or former Republicans are endorsing the Obama/Biden ticket

The latest entries:

Arne Carlson
Colin Powell
Scott McClellan....

Who else will 'come out' in the next 11 days?

Friday afternoon update.... add William Weld, former Republican governor of Massachusetts, to the list.

Saturday update - Peggy Noonan, former speech writer for President Reagan, has not been happy with the Palin nomination. I don't know whether she's gone as far as endorsing Obama, but she has been very articulate in her criticism of the McCain campaign.

The hard right is dismissive (and in some cases, angry) about these defections. Local talk radio gasbag Jason Lewis would prefer that the Republican party keep getting smaller, and purer.

Have at it!

Seifert: Republican Legislative Candidates No Longer Bleating About Abortion and Gay Marriage

Minn Post:

The Republicans do have strengths. Seifert said that Gov. Tim Pawlenty has "become engaged'' in legislative races in the last few weeks. He's been appearing at rallies and fundraisers and, in the process, has raised spirts as well as cash.

Additionally, no longer are Republican candidates appearing at front doors talking first and foremost about such things as abortion and gay marriage.

Those divisive issues, said Seifert, are back-burner this time around.

"Our message is that the state lives within its means,'' said Seifert. "That's what our candidates tell us people want to talk about, and that's what we're telling our candidates to focus in their campaigns. … It's up to them to get out and knock on doors and get the message out.''

The FRC is howling because the NRCC has abandoned Michele Bachmann and Marilyn Musgrave.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Where is Nancy Pelosi on Proposition 8?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rakes in tons of dough from the gay community - and she represents a very gay district. She is invisible when it comes to the anti-gay marriage amendment proposal in California: Proposition 8.

Pelosi would change her tune if gays would write checks to the No on 8 campaign, and send a copy of the check to the DCCC - with a sharp note to Pelosi to explain the reason for this.

Money talks...

Read more at the Washington Blade. It goes without saying that Obama is doing nothing either, while gladly gobbling up gay money.

With less than two weeks remaining until California votes on a proposal to ban same-sex marriage, some gay rights advocates are questioning whether the “No on 8” campaign is doing everything possible to win.

Several high-profile political leaders that previously came out against Proposition 8 — such as Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — have not recently spoken out against the proposal.

But Gil Duran, a Feinstein spokesperson, said, “something is in the works,” referring to a television ad campaign featuring the senator urging a “no” vote on the amendment. He declined to provide any details about the ad or when it would start airing.

Obama has been largely silent on the issue, although he came out against the amendment in a June letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in San Francisco.

The Obama campaign this week declined the Blade’s request for comment on the issue.

Another Anti-Gay Democrat

Steven Miller writes about the depressing Mississippi Senate Race.

NRCC Drops Support for Marilyn Musgrave

She is Colorado's Michele Bachmann - and a huge embarrassment to a beautiful area. Hat Tip: Pam's House Blend.