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Monday Speed Read: Ohio Marriage, Nevada GOP, Tammy Baldwin, Mark Takano, Kyrsten Sinema

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service


Today is the self-imposed deadline a federal judge in Cincinnati set for issuing a formal ruling that Ohio’s ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Mike DeWine has already indicated he will appeal the decision and is expected to seek an emergency stay to block its enforcement.


The Republican Party of Nevada, at its annual convention Saturday, overwhelmingly voted for a platform that removes previous language defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman. Ed Williams, president of Log Cabin Republicans of Nevada and a delegate at the convention, said the state party “has made it clear that they want a 'bigger tent' and has welcomed us into it." National Log Cabin Executive Director Gregory Angelo praised the Nevada Log Cabin chapter for making a “critical difference pushing the GOP toward the right side of history.”


U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is taking a lead in defending the right of U.S. meat, cheese, and beer producers to call their products what they want. Baldwin, joined by more than 40 of her Senate colleagues, sent a letter April 4 to the USDA and the U.S. Trade Representatives, saying the European Union is attempting to impair U.S. competition with these products by prohibiting the U.S. versions from being identified by such common names as bratwurst, bologna, Octoberfest, feta, and parmesan. The EU says the names are indicative of a geographically specific product. But Baldwin is pushing back. “If the United States were to be subjected to a ban of these traditional names for various products,” she wrote, “consumers may be confused and Wisconsin dairy farmers, meat producers and beer brewers could suffer.”


U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) staged a mock intervention on the U.S. House floor April 2. He said he wanted to help House Republicans overcome their obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act. “To my Republican friends, I want to say, this is a safe place. We are here to help. Your addiction to repealing Obamacare and peddling conspiracy theories about the law are not doing any good – for yourselves or for the American people. Stop standing on the wrong side of history….Let’s move on!”


Bisexual U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who in November became the first active member of Congress ever to complete an Ironman competition, is registered to run next Monday in the Boston Marathon. Sinema posted a message on Twitter Sunday indicating she was running to honor survivors of last year’s bombing at the finish line.


CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer sounded somewhat fatigued by the subject matter Sunday when asked Evan Wolfson, head of the national Freedom to Marry group, “So, now it’s gay rights. Is that the next chapter of the civil rights…uh…struggle that’s been going on for so long?” “I wouldn’t call it the next chapter,” said Wolfson, “I think it’s part of the same struggle. I think that what the struggle ... that the civil rights movement did so much to lay the foundation for… was to create an America that’s a more perfect union for everybody. And gay people are part of that everybody. But as we’ve just all heard and said, we’re not done with any of these fights on any of these fronts that overlap anyway. My blood boils when I see voter suppression and the assault on women’s access to contraception…. Civil rights is about the America we want for everybody.”

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  1. Tammy Baldwin is shilling for Big Agriculture here.

    When she says that Wisconsin farmers should be allowed to label their product 'feta' what she means is that Big Agriculture should be allowed name their Franken-Foods whatever they like.

    I bet she thinks a hot dog manufacturer should be allowed to call its product 'steak'.

    Disgraceful that she is shilling for Big Business. But hey - that's who she represents - no-one believes she has any obligation towards the American public do they.

    How much has Tammy Baldwin received in donations from Big Agriculture?

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 14, 2014 9:45:40 AM

  2. What the senator perhaps is not aware of is that the EU's policy on food names of origin is concerned with the protection of Europe's cultural heritage, including its living culture such as its native foods.

    It is simply nonsense to call an american cheese by an Italian name, or american meat products by a French or German name. American products deserve American names and European foods should be able to use their traditional names without having their birthrights appropriated by other places' farmers and food producers.

    Posted by: arch | Apr 14, 2014 10:20:55 AM

  3. Baldwin is being quite cunning here - positioning herself as a defender of American values against damned Yurpean socialism.

    The reality is that she is defending the right of Big Agriculture to sell its gross, genetically modified Franken-Foods with zero regulation.

    Tammy Baldwin hates the American people - like all our elected representatives.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 14, 2014 10:26:49 AM

  4. What is the difference between American bratwurst and German bratwurst? I have no idea. The Chinese should protest about Chop Suey. Wait. They don't have it.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 14, 2014 10:32:32 AM

  5. The solution is simple. Just label them "made in the US".

    Posted by: simon | Apr 14, 2014 10:39:45 AM

  6. 'American bratwurst' will be illegal to sell in Europe, likewise 'Danish feta' is illegal to sell in Greece.

    How about Tammy Baldwin actually doing something decent and campaigning for much stronger health regulation of the food industry

    Having lived in France and Germany for a couple of years, I have to say that American supermarket food is toxic rubbish unless you are very careful about reading labels.

    I'd rather not eat an American bratwurst unless it's crystal clear what it has been made from - corn probably.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 14, 2014 10:45:16 AM

  7. Love my congresswoman Sinema!! You go girl!

    Posted by: Lucas | Apr 14, 2014 2:43:11 PM

  8. Sinema reminds me of Vanessa Bayer from SNL.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Apr 14, 2014 5:10:36 PM

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