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Indiana's Anti-gay Gov. Mike Pence Passes on 2016 White House Bid to Focus on Re-election

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who ignited a firestorm earlier this year after signing a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law, is passing on a 2016 White House bid to focus on his re-election efforts, CNN reports

"Gov. Mike Pence is a conservative leader and dedicated public servant who always puts Indiana first," Indiana GOP Chairman Jeff Cardwell said in a statement. "We are excited the governor will formally announce his plans to seek re-election during our annual Spring Dinner, and we look forward to hearing his ideas for the future of our great state."

That pegs his announcement for mid-June, when Indiana Republicans gather for their annual fundraising dinner.

The AP notes Pence's unpopularity could "make him the first sitting governor to face a serious primary challenge since the state adopted the system in the 1970s."

Two wealthy Republican businessmen are already talking about launching or supporting challenges to Pence. If they follow through, the race could expose the depth of GOP turmoil caused by this year's debates over similar religious initiatives in states such as Indiana, Arkansas and Louisiana.

OesterleOne of these "wealthy Republican businessmen" is former Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle (right), who stepped down last month and pledged to re-enter politics in an effort to help fix Indiana's "badly damaged" reputation following the firestorm over the state's "religious freedom" law.

Oesterle, a former supporter of Pence, was one of the first major Indiana-based business leaders to join the corporate backlash against the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He was also one of the first (and remains one of the few) business leaders to reject the so-called "fix" to the state's law, calling it"insufficient" to prevent discrimination against LGBT individuals.

The other buisnessman is Indianaapolis auto dealership owner Bob Thomas. 

The AP adds:

Two Democrats have already announced candidacies for their party's 2016 nomination, including former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, who narrowly lost to Pence in the 2012 gubernatorial election. Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz, who has clashed repeatedly with Pence on education policy, could also enter the mix.


Ted Cruz Promises To 'Always, Always, Always' Defend Christians' Right to Discriminate Against Gays: VIDEO

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Virulently anti-LGBT senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has promised to "always, always, always" stand for the right of Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people, reports Right Wing Watch.

.@TedCruz addressing pastors now at #WOTW15: http://t.co/ItD36epikp

— Watchmen on the Wall (@WatchmenPastors) May 21, 2015

Speaking yesterday at the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference - sponsored by the highly profitable Family Research Council and presided over by head honcho Tony Perkins - Cruz said:

“The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment."

Lamenting that other GOP presidential hopefuls were silent following opposition to "religious liberty" bills in Indiana and Arkansas, Superbigot Cruz promised the homophobic gathering "I will always, always, always stand and fight for religious liberty of every American!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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NEW MUSIC: A Compilation For Marriage Equality, Peter Broderick, PINS, Slow Down Molasses, Nicky William

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New Music is brought to you by Deadly Music! which covers mostly independent indie, alternative, electro pop, post rock and ambient music, with a bit of everything else deadly thrown in for good measure.

Most songs reviewed here are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

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Compilation: “50 Bands and a Cat For Indiana Equality”

Joyful Noise Recordings has just released 50 Bands and a Cat For Indiana Equality, a compilation of indie / alternative tracks to support LGBT groups in Indiana in their fight against controversial “right to discriminate” laws.

The album includes songs by well-known acts like Balmorhea, Benoit Piollard, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Kishi Bashi, of Montreal and Surfer Blood.

Taken from the album is “The Ceiling” by Thee Oh Sees.

You can buy the album in physical and download formats here.

 

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Peter Broderick - Colours of the Night

Peter-broderick-colours-of-the-nightDeadly Music! obsession Peter Broderick drops his latest album Colours of the Night today via Bella Union.

Always to be relied on to do something completely different, the album would appear to be the closest that Broderick has come to pop in a prolific career that has included modern classical piano solos, electronica, folk, installation soundtracks and most everything in between.

Have a look at this quite brilliant live performance of album track “Colours of the Night (Satellite Version)”.

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Listen to new tracks from PINS, Slow Down Molasses and Nicky William, AFTER THE JUMP...

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HRC Warns 12 States ‘Don’t Repeat The Mistakes Of Indiana' In New Media Campaign

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The Human Rights Coalition launched a new ad campaign asking 12 state governors to reject bills that target LGBT people like the one Gov. Mike Pence passed in Indiana. HRC's new campaign comes after a study conducted by the organization yielded results stating that a majority of Hoosiers believe Pence’s bill is damaging Indiana’s economy. JoDee Winterhof, HRC's vice president for policy and political affairs, warned of the repercussions states could endure if they follow Pence’s example.

Said Winterhof:

"Gov. Mike Pence found that experimenting with anti-LGBT bills that allow businesses to discriminate killed his approval ratings and damaged the Hoosier economy. Governors who go down the same path as Mike Pence and put their state economy at risk in an attempt to further discrimination are going to find themselves at risk of being rejected by the voters."

The results of HRC's study reflects Winterhof's warning as a majority of voters (70% to 24%) believe that businesses should not discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or identity. Surprisingly a majority of Republican voters (58% to 36%) concur. Pence’s approval ratings have since plummeted, allowing for a potential Democratic challenger to make gains in the state. HRC's media campaign officially began today on social media in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida, New Hampshire, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Although Pence attempted to clarify that official language in the new law would prevent LGBT discrimination, HRC isn’t buying it, noting that the state’s laws are still devoid of any clear LGBT anti-discrimination laws that would grant full protections to LGBT people in the state.


Gay Rights Activist Buys Up Domain Names Of Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Legislators

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It's like the JebBushForPresident.com story only bigger. Konrad Juengling of Oregon took issue with Indiana state legislators passing their heinous anti-gay "religious freedom" bill, so he bought up the available domain names for Republican State Reps. Martin Carbaugh, Dale Devon, Douglas Gutwein, Kathy Kreag Richardson, Don Lehe and Donna Schaibley. The websites that exist there now, like for Donna Schaibley, redirect to a site hosted by the HRC about LGBT issues.

Juengling is willing to part with the domain names, and for free to boot. Rather than looking to make a buck, Juengling is trying to make a point, and the legislators can have their web domains... 

If you bring to the floor a nondiscrimination policy protecting LGBT people in Indiana, vote for it, and it is passed, I will happily donate the domains in question to you. I’m sure they’ll come in handy come stumping season.

As of yet Juengling has received no takers, and the Indiana state GOP caucus spokeswoman did not return Huffington Post's requests for comment, but will see if that changes when "stumping season" draws near.


Indiana Coach Fired for Twitter Threat to Burn Down 'Memories Pizza'

DooleyJess Dooley, an assistant softball coach, an assistant track coach and the head girls golf coach was fired by the Concord Community Schools board of trustees on Monday for a Tweet she posted suggesting that people burn down Memories Pizza during the battle over Indiana's 'religious liberty' bill in April, Goshen News reports:

Said Dooley in the tweet: "Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? "That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE" Ignorant"

As you recall, Memories Pizza became famous overnight after declaring they would not cater a gay couple's wedding, and after receiving national attention became the subject of a GoFundMe campaign which raised $850,000 for them.


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