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Ted Cruz to Launch Presidential Bid Tomorrow at Liberty University

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is expected to announce his run for president tomorrow at an appearance at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, Politico reports:

Cruz, a Republican who was elected to the Senate in 2012, will become the first announced candidate of the presidential campaign. [...]

Cruz, 44, will be bypassing the traditional exploratory phase of the campaign, his aides said.

Cruz, a darling of the Tea Party and right-wing Christian crowds, earlier this past week introduced a disapproval resolution targeting the District of Columbia's LGBT protections. Last month Cruz reintroduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states that ban them. 

Cruz's rabidly homophobic birther father Rafael meanwhile, has been busy speaking out against various LGBT nondiscrimination measures popping up in cities across Texas. 


Equality California Becomes First LGBT Organization to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President in 2016

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Equality California has taken a preemptive step in the 2016 race for the White House and become the first LGBT organization to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, the group confirmed in a statement today:

"We want Hillary Clinton to run and are ready to mobilize our 800,000 members to help her win," said Equality California's Executive Director Rick Zbur. "We're enthusiastic about her candidacy because she has the best record of accomplishment on LGBT issues of any potential candidate. Equality California is ready for Hillary!"

As Secretary of State, Clinton championed the rights of LGBT people around the world, making LGBT rights and acceptance a global priority. In 2011, Sec. Clinton gave a historic speech on International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva, saying: "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."

Under Sec. Clinton's leadership, the Department of State used its full range of diplomatic and development tools to combat violence and discrimination against LGBT people worldwide. Thanks to her efforts, LGBT rights became a core principle of U.S. foreign policy in an unprecedented way.

Throughout her career in public service, she has been a champion for LGBT equality and acceptance within the United States. In a video message, Sec. Clinton states "I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being - that's who we are, it's in our DNA."

EQCA also included a two-page fact sheet on Clinton's record on LGBT issues, which Chris Johnson over at the Washington Blade notes does not mention the late timing of her endorsement of marriage equality in March 2013. Clinton was one of the last big name Democrats to do so. 


Out Former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard Enters 2017 Mayoral Race

Longtime politician and gay rights activist Cathy Woolard has tossed her hat into the ring in the race to become the next mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. The GA Voice broke the news yesterday.

WoolardIn 1997, Woolard made history by becoming the first openly gay elected official in the state of Georgia - as a member of the Atlanta City Council. Just a few years later, she would not only become the first female president of the City Council, but also the first openly gay one, too.

She explained why she finally decided to run for the big seat.

“I’ve probably been thinking about this since I was in office, off and on...In politics, timing is everything and I had some friends running the last couple times and just decided this time that I’m going to do it. I’ve been thinking hard about it and what’s in store for me at this point in my life and I’ve never let go of how much I love Atlanta and all the wonderful things as a city we can do going into the future, not the least of which is finishing the Beltline.” 

Woolard has not announced a start date for her campaign though the ambitious politician says that she's "going to run hard." Soon after Woolard's announcement, state Rep. Margaret Kaiser also announced her intention to run, bringing the total number of official candidates to two. The mayoral election will take place in 2017.

Watch a video interview with Woolard from 2014, wherein she talks about marriage equality, civil rights and the election of gay political candidates, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mitt Romney Will Not Run For President in 2016

Following a phone call with supporters Friday, perennial candidate Mitt Romney announced he would not pursue a third bid for the White House in 2016.

RomneyPolitical Wire reports:

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.”

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

The Washington Post adds:

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee had been publicly weighing another run at the White House for three weeks now after telling a group of former campaign donors in New York on Jan. 9 that he still wanted to be president.

Romney’s 2016 dalliance invited an onslaught of criticism from some Republican leaders and conservative commentators, but in recent conversations with intimates Romney has sounded eager still to step back into the political ring.

The New York Times notes that by not pursuing a third bid, Romney "frees up scores of donors and operatives who had been awaiting his decision, and creates space for other potential center-right candidates such as Jeb Bush.”


Bill Maher Unveils the 2016 Billionaire Buyers Guide to GOP 'Corporate Ass Lickers' - VIDEO

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With a number of Republican Party heads already jumping into the 2016 ring in order to maximize the amount of campaign funds they rack up, it can be hard for a billionaire to figure out which candidate they want to buy. 

Real Time host Bill Maher has the solution, AFTER THE JUMP...

For more on these nuts, be sure and catch the Iowa Freedom Summit sponsored by Citizens United and Congressman Steve King that is livestreaming now.

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Sarah Palin Says 'Of Course' She's Interested in 2016: VIDEO

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Speaking with ABC News' Neal Karlinsky while dishing out wild boar chili to homeless in Las Vegas Thursday, Sarah Palin served up a side of word salad for her thoughts on the 2016 presidential election:

We can't wait for new energy. Good competition. And that competition in the GOP primary, 'cause this had better be a competition, and not a coronation, will surface that candidate who can take on, I predict, Hillary. Be ready for Hillary and show the nation what it's going to take to get the country on the right track. We can't afford status quo. Status quo, lately, has been lacking. We're getting screwed. And status quo's got to go.

Palin, who resigned as Governor of Alaska in 2009 instead of finishing out her first term, added that "of course" she's interested in the 2016 race because of her "servant's heart". ABC News noted that when Palin was asked again if she was interested in actually running in 2016, she said:

“We definitely had enough of seeing that -- America has had enough of seeing that -- sign on the Oval Office door saying, 'No Girls Allowed.' I know that.”

Watch Palin serving word salad and boar chili, AFTER THE JUMP...

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