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Minnesota's First Openly Transgender Candidate Paula Overby Releases Campaign Video - WATCH

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Paula Overby, who is believed to be the first openly transgender person to run for Congress from Minnesota, has released a Western-themed campaign video “This Is Paula Country.”

A quality assurance analyst from Eagan, Minnesota, Overby ran uncontested for the Independence nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.

Pulling no punches, Overby, who is running for 2nd District Minnesota, says:

“People are fed up….We need to bring back freedom, individual liberties and individual responsibilities. We need representation that represents the people.  We have one of those representatives who really is not doing very much in Washington. [Republican incumbent John Kline has] forgotten what its like to live in our district.  I think it’s time to send that Representative back to Texas.”

According to ontheissues.org, Kline has voted against gay employment protections, was twice in favor of amending the constitution with a gay marriage ban and has a 0 percent rating on gay issues from the Human Rights Campaign.

Earlier this month, Bill Maher announced that he will personally target Kline for defeat this November because he has voted to repeal Obamacare fifty-four times and is against - among other things - raising the minimum wage, stem cell research, same-sex marriage and funding for climate change studies.

Watch Overby’s campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Colin Powell: The GOP Needs to Start Appealing to Minorities or Risks 'Running into a Brick Wall' - VIDEO

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On the latest episode of Real Time, General Colin Powell sat down with Bill Maher for a frank discussion on GOP politics and how the Republican Party has alienated large segments of the general public in its bid to appeal to the far right-wing. 

When asked by Maher, "What happened to your party?" Powell responded:

"The party's taken a sharp turn to the right...and I've found increasingly over the past ten or fifteen years, the party has moved further away from somebody like me. And my lecturing to the party, and I've talked to senior officials with the party that if we are really going to be a successful party, particularly in presidential elections, you have got to start appealing to more than the base. And you definitely have to start appealing to minorities. Because the minorities are going to be the majority in about twenty years. Hello? Hello!"

Watch the full clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bill Maher Announces Anti-gay Rep. John Kline (R-MN) As His 'Flip a District' Midterm Target: VIDEO

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On a live taping of Real Time last night, Bill Maher announced Rep. John Kline (R-MN) as the “winner” of “Flip a District” - a mid-term election themed campaign segment that will see Maher personally target Kline for defeat this November.

As reasoning behind Kline’s pick, Maher noted Kline’s votes to repeal Obamacare fifty-four times, against raising the minimum wage, for shutting down he government, against stem cell research, against gay marriage, against funding climate change studies, and his role as the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in perpetuating student debt (a subject that fellow HBO host John Oliver has also tackled in the past)

Watch the announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

Kline, who has served as Representative for the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities since 2003, has received a 0% on every Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard since coming into office.

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Bill Maher has a New Rule for the Dude Planning Ohio's Upcoming 'Straight White Guy' Festival - VIDEO

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A series of fliers advertising a "Straight White Guy Festival" have been popping up in Columbus, Ohio, but local residents and authorities are still unclear if it's real or a joke.

Regardless, Bill Maher wants people to realize that every day is 'Straight White Guy' festival in Columbus. And the Republican Party is hoping to tap into this oppressed community come 2016.

On Friday, RNC members cast a unanimous vote to make Cleveland the host of its 2016 national convention.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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George Takei: Star Trek's Gene Roddenberry Wasn't Ready For a Gay Storyline

Screenshot 2014-07-23 13.36.27George Takei took some time out of his busy schedule of being generally awesome to stop by Bill Maher’s Real Time hot seat last Friday to talk about the gay-themed episode of Star Trek that never was. Takei, who was not publically out as a gay may while he was playing the role of Hikaru Sulu, claims that the cast and crew of the hit series were very well aware of his sexuality.

“But they were cool about it,” Takei explained. “Because they [knew] that if they made a public statement about it or made it very obvious then my career would be destroyed.”

Star Trek, known for pushing the conversation about a number of social issues forward through the use of allegory, wasn’t quite ready for a plotline dealing with homosexuality, Takei said. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, to whom Takei pitched the idea, feared that in pushing the envelope too far, the show might run the risk of being cancelled and losing its ability to make any kind of social commentary.

Check out a clip for Takei's new documentary To Be Takei about his life on Star Trek and a gay cultural icon AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bill Maher Talks About Karl Rove’s ‘Murdered Gay Lover’ On ‘The View’: VIDEO

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On ABC’s morning talk show The View, comedian and activist Bill Maher addressed the allegation thrown out last month by Republican strategist and mastermind Karl Rove that Hillary Clinton suffered brain damage during a hospital visit in 2012. On the topic of Hillary, Maher first said that he believes Clinton is definitely running for President in 2016 — “she wants to run like a tick wants blood” — and then turned to Rove’s incendiary statement and his quasi recantation: 

I mean look what Karl Rove did to her a couple weeks ago, bringing up brain damage and just saying, ‘well, I’m not saying she does, I’m just putting it out there.’ I wonder if Karl Rove’s gay lover that he murdered,” Maher said. “Oh, I’m not saying that’s definitely true, I’m just putting it out there.”

Watch the interview (which turns towards Hillary and Rove around the 2:27 mark), AFTER THE JUMP…

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