This Thursday, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be introduced in the US House and the US Senate, with bi-partisan sponsorship in both houses.
O Terrorist, will you share your Why?
Your motive is a must for us to end the sentence, “This was a terrible tragedy, but….”
We must know why, to know how we really feel about your actions.
Via email, former Congresswoman Giffords asked me to share her New York Times opinion piece published today with family and friends.
Via email, former Congresswoman Giffords asked me to share her New York Times opinion piece published today with family and friends: A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip By Gabrielle Giffords SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared
If gun death can be made a hideous way to make a buck in America, maybe gun makers will be hurt. But first we need to hear more about it.
I’m simply not good at predicting these US Senate turnovers on this issue; not quite as good as Chris Cillizza, anyway. He had Tim Johnson listed first, back when there were six. I had thought not running for re-election immunized Johnson from having to take a stand on this issue; Cillizza claimed not having to face South Dakota voters might free him to speak out.
There has never been anyone in public life like the self-selected Vice President to GWB. And, should it come to pass there ever is again, could America survive it? Have we even survived Dick?
Two red-state Democrats, brand-new to the US Senate this January and thus not facing voters in North Dakota and Indiana until 2018, have announced their backing for marriage equality. Heidi Heitcamp (ND) and Joe Donnelly (IN) announced Friday that they support same-sex marriage. This brings the Democratic Hold-Out Caucus to four members: Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
This conversion was actually quite unexpected. Although in his list yesterday of Senate Democrats likely to switch sides, WaPo’s Young Conventional Wisdomeer Chris Cillizza listed Bill Nelson second-most-likely to support marriage equality, Firedoglake readers mostly thought him unlikely to flip.