They are falling down like dominoes. The latest domino to fall is the state of Texas. Yesterday, federal judge Orlando Garcia ruled the Texas same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Not only are the dominoes falling; but, there are doing so at warp speed.
2013 - when the United States v. Windsor decision declaring sections of DOMA
unconstitutional was announced - there have been several rulings striking down state same-sex
marriage bans including in the deep red states like Utah and Oklahoma;
and the dominoes will continue to fall until same-sex marriage will be legal in
all 50 states.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Prior to their two day retreat, Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership held a press conference outlining their policy agenda for the remainder of year. It was the usual Democratic fare: 1) raising the minimum wage (If only we could wipe out poverty with a stroke of the presidential pen!); 2) equal pay for equal work (Didn’t Obama already fix this by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act? I mean that’s what he said in 2012); 3) paid sick leave; 4) extending emergency unemployment benefits; and 5) immigration reform.
Monday, February 10, 2014
A week after announcing their guiding principles, House Republicans retreated and postponed their effort to reform the country’s immigration system. John Boehner, bless his heart, tried his best to blame Barack Obama for the GOP’s latest self-inflicted wound. To his credit, he managed to keep a straight face while declaring, "There's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws and it's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”
Thursday, February 6, 2014
It is hard to believe that nearly 89 years after the Scopes Monkey trial (The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes), we are still debating evolution in this country. The latest round of this seemingly perennial debate happened this week. The same themes were rehashed. Once again, viewers were asked to choose faith over science or vice versa. Once again, individuals firmly planted on each side of the debate talked pass each other. Two and half hours later and both sides claimed victory.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
If you first don't succeed, try and try again. At least that's how the saying goes. And Republican strategists have tried and tried to find a way to blunt what has been a very effective attack from the Democrats, the so called "War on Women".
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The only hot button social issue missing from last night's Texas Lt. Governor Republican primary debate was same sex marriage. Otherwise, the crazy train ride into far right Republican primary politics was complete. If nothing else, last night proved that limiting the number of Republican primary debates won't make a bit of difference as long as GOP policy stances remain unchanged. Whether the RNC allows one or 30 presidential primary debates in 2016, Republican candidates will face questions about abortion, immigration, creationism. All the issues that cause Republican nominees problems in the general election.
But I digress. Back to Texas.
But I digress. Back to Texas.
Monday, January 27, 2014
For those who don't know, The Ditchers Club is an informal group on Facebook made up of individuals who threw their hands up and left the Republican Party. Some of us were more active than others in GOP grassroots. But the common bond that unites us is realizing that trying to change the Republican Party from within is a hopeless cause. Thus, we "ditched" the party.