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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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Sarah Palin: 'I Owe America A Global Apology' For Costing John McCain the 2008 Election: VIDEO

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In a Thursday night segment on Sean Hannity's show criticizing President Obama's response to the ISIS threat, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin dropped the following truth bomb - candidly saying she owed America a "global apology" for screwing up John McCain's chances back in 2008. Because, you know, had McCain become President everything presumably would be sunshine and rainbows and peace and love...or something like that.

I think the correct phrase she was looking for when she settled on "global apology" was "global you're welcome"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you haven't yet watched Palin's Ice Bucket Challenge a few weeks back, you really owe it to yourself to check it out HERE

[via joe.my.god]

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Massachusetts Could Make History This Fall Electing First Out Gay Attorney General, Lt. Governor

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On Tuesday night, two openly gay candidates secured their party's nominations in the Massachusetts primary, paving the way for a history-making election night on November 4th.

Maura Healey (top left) beat out former state senator Warren Tolman to become the Democratic nominee for attorney general. Steve Kerrigan (top right), became the Democratic lieutenant governor nominee alongside gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley. If Healey and Kerrigan are elected this fall, they would be the first LGBT people to hold their respective positions in the United States.

Buzzfeed reports:

“As an advocate, as a prosecutor, and as a civil rights attorney, you have got to make your case and you have it give it all of your heart,” Healey said in her victory speech. “We have made our case tonight.”

As an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Healey played a key role in the state’s fight against the Defense of Marriage Act, arguing against DOMA’s constitutionally at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012.

Martha Coakley, Kerrigan's gubernatorial running mate, coincidentally filed the very same DOMA suit in 2009 while serving as attorney general. 

Kara S. Coredini of MassEquality was thrilled with the primary's outcome:

“Tonight was a tremendous night for LGBTQ justice and equality. Voters saw Steve Kerrigan and Maura Healey for what they offer and not solely who they are — and both won by resounding margins. For the young LGBTQ people growing up anywhere in Massachusetts and anywhere in the country, the people of Massachusetts have said to them tonight, it’s what you do that matters, and we celebrate who you are...

Massachusetts is poised to shatter several glass ceilings after tonight. Our first elected female Governor of Massachusetts, our first openly gay Lieutenant Governor and state Attorney General in Massachusetts and the country, and the second female treasurer in the Commonwealth’s history, which is a great accomplishment given the glass ceiling that has existed for women in politics, both statewide and nationally. They will bring to the job the wisdom and insight of the lives they’ve led, and they will give hope to all that follow.”

Congratulations to Healey, Kerrigan, and Coakley!


Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Says Support for Marriage Equality Cost Him His Reelection Bid

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who recently lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary to state Sen. David Ige, told reporters this week that it was his decision to call a special session last year to legalize marriage equality that ultimately led to his re-election bid defeat. 

The AP reports:

Abercrombie"Republicans crossed over en masse to vote in the Democratic primary, and then the religious factor came in," Abercrombie said. "Doctrinally I was outside the circle and paid for it." He argued that voters were urged to choose his opponent by their religious leaders.

Abercrombie, who spoke to reporters in his office, lost to Ige by a stunning 2-1 margin, the first time a Democratic governor has been unseated in a Hawaii primary.

But Abercrombie said losing was worth it to pass a law legalizing gay marriage.

"There's no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human being's ability to reach their full capacity," Abercrombie said.

Executive director of the Hawaii Catholic Conference Walter Yoshimitsu said that he was unaware of any religious leaders urging voters to cross party lines and vote against Abercrombie in the primary. He did add though that many people were upset with Abercrombie's special session last year. 

"We couldn't have figured out what the urgency was," Yoshimitsu said. "If he had dealt with it in the regular session, there would have been more time."

Sometimes it's hard for the heterosexual Christians to see the "urgency" in the push for equal rights, ya know?


Evangelical Hatemonger Scott Lively Qualifies For November Ballot As Independent: VIDEO

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The Boston Globe is reporting that evangelical hatemonger Scott Lively has gathered the necessary signatures to qualify for the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor. 

The Secretary of the Commonwealth's office confirmed Wednesday that Lively's campaign submitted 11,494 valid signatures, far above the 10,000 needed to secure ballot access as an independent this fall.

Lively joins the future Republican and Democratic nominees as well as independent candidate Evan Falchuk as candidates certified for the November ballot.

Back in March, Britain's Channel 4 looked at Lively's involvement with Uganda's anti-gay law and his long-shot candidacy in Massachusetts. You can check out that video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Neil Abercrombie, Hawaiian Governor Who Led State's Marriage Equality Push, Loses Reelection Bid

AbercrombieNeil Abercrombie, the Hawaiian governor who successfully led his state's efforts to pass marriage equality legislation last year, has lost his bid for a second term, the AP reports.

State Sen. David Ige, once seen as an underdog, cruised to a decisive 35 percentage point win in Saturday's primary after being dramatically outspent by Abercrombie, who also had high-profile endorsements including President Barack Obama. Ige said his win "proves that people power can be money power, especially in Hawaii." [...]

Abercrombie is the first Hawaii governor to lose to a primary challenger and only the second not to win re-election. His defeat comes after Obama last month cut a radio ad for Abercrombie, invoking the Hawaiian word for family to tell voters in his native state that Abercrombie is "like ohana to me."

The AP adds that Abercrombie's confrontational style and proposal to raise taxes last year contributed to his defeat.

Ige voted in favor of the marriage equality bill last year. 


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