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04/19/2007


Angle, O'Donnell's Campaign Lawyer Repped Harry Jackson's Group In DC Gay Marriage Fight

Sangleroses If voters needed more proof that the Tea Party's leaders have ingrained themselves in Washington politics, they need look no further than Senatorial hopefuls Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell's lawyer, Cleta Mitchell.

A former Oklahoma state representative, Mitchell has previously worked for power players like the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, as well as high profile conservative Bishop Harry Jackson's group Stand4Marriage, which sued the District of Columbia for a public referendum on gay marriage

Mitchell remarked at the time, "The Home Rule Charter gives D.C. residents the right to the initiative and the referendum process and authorizes a citywide vote on this issue if petitioned to do so by the people."

As for working with Angle and O'Donnell, two anti-gay candidates who have attempted to play the "outsider" card, Mitchell told Talking Points Memo: "These candidates didn't have all of the infrastructure that a campaign normally has because they are outsider candidates, and they need all the things they should have had but couldn't afford."

Now that O'Donnell and Angle are rising stars, however, they have the money it takes to play side by side with the Republican party, which Angle insulted over the weekend, and their anti-equality comrades.

From Tyler Clementi's Suicide, A Test For The Tea Party

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Rand Paul, Sharron Angle and other high profile Tea Party politicos often describe themselves as constitutional constructionists. That is, they favor a strict reading of our Founding Fathers' intentions, and our laws, state or otherwise, must reflect those ideals. Tyler Clementi and other cyber-bullying targets' suicides raises serious questions about the Tea Party's static perspective.

Dharum Ravi and Molly Wei, the two students accused of broadcasting Clementi's sexual encounter, thus sparking his suicide, are charged with invasion of privacy. As prosecutors work out the sordid and virtual details, however, the charges may be changed to include a possible bias, thus upping a potential sentence.

Regardless of how prosecutors proceed, the circumstances illustrate how common laws aren't always equipped for our evolving culture.

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ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE: Nevada GOP candidate Sharron Angle, on whether the U.S. might be faced with a "revolutionary situation".

MONEY TREE: What would you do?

MGM GRAND: The Las Vegas casino's captive mascot goes on strike.

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News: Vitaminwater, Robert Gibbs, Perseids, Sharron Angle

 road Perseid meteor shower on its way.

Cristiano_ronaldo  roadWannabe actress offers report on Cristiano Ronaldo: "Now, while a lot of women appreciate a well-endowed man, this was just ­RIDICULOUS...intimidatingly so."

 roadWhite House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs lashes out at "professional left": “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. I mean, it’s crazy...They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.” UPDATE: Gibbs walks it back.

 roadEven though she has pledged not to take any campaign donations from gay-friendly companies, Sharron Angle has already taken at least $37,000. Will she return it?

 roadYounger vs Older: The cast of Survivor: Nicaragua.

 roadCoca-Cola defends marketing of unhealthy vitaminwater as healthy: "In a staggering feat of twisted logic, lawyers for Coca-Cola are defending the lawsuit by asserting that 'no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.'"

 roadJoseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum share screen in short film.

Galaxy   roadHubble photographs majestic spiral galaxy.

 roadGay marketplace booms in India: "Since July over 15 bars across New Delhi have hosted gay events, up from just one event at one bar a week two years ago. India’s first gay-products store, Azaad Bazaar in Mumbai, has seen a year of growth, penetrating mainstream stores across the country with its merchandise. Queer-Ink.com, India’s first gay online bookshop, is exploring publishing titles in the next six to eight months. Manish Sharma, a gay events promoter from New Delhi, hosts regular parties attended by over 200, while Sanjay Malhotra runs India’s first gays-only travel agency, IndjaPink."

 roadChicago Tribune: The Supreme Court should rule that equal protection means giving gays civil unions. "That course offers a compromise that, while satisfying neither side entirely, accommodates each in its central concern. It would show a respect for democracy and a humility about the role of the judiciary." Um, no.

 roadKaty Perry's 'teenage dream', Josh Kloss.

Hutton_gibson  roadMel Gibson's dad: The Pope is gay. "He's a slippery character."

 roadThe Real Polygamist Housewives of Utah.

 roadGarden planted at site of Staten Island anti-gay hate crime: "Community leaders planted a garden Saturday at the site of an attack on a Staten Island gay couple, in hopes of bringing tolerance to a borough that has experienced a wave of bias crimes since April."

 roadJeffree Star banned from Temecula, California concert venue for being gay?

 roadAnti-gay attack reported on Seattle's Capitol Hill: "The man was at the intersection of Harvard Avenue E and E Roy Street, headed north, when a stranger wearing a backwards baseball cap passed him headed in the opposite direction. As the stranger passed, he allegedly called the victim a faggot and then pushed the victim from behind, knocking him to the sidewalk. The report states that the victim 'struck his face on the concrete' causing obvious lacerations to his nose, lip, and chin, as well as several chipped front teeth. The victim stated that no other words were said by either party, either before or after the assault."


Watch: Keith Olbermann on Anti-Gay Attacks from Sharron Angle, Nathan Deal, FRC's Tony Perkins, and AFA's Tim Wildmon

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Keith Olbermann talks to Eugene Robinson and Laura Flanders about a number of recent attacks on gay rights from right-wing candidates, and the right-wing attacks on Judge Walker's sexuality.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sharron Angle Questionnaire Puts Nevada Senate Candidate's Anti-Gay Views on Record

Nevada Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle has already been tied to an extreme homophobic flyer put out by the party she attached herself to in the 90's — Nevada's Independent American Party. The flyer labeled gays 'sodomites -- child-molesting, HIV-carrying, Hell-bound freaks'.

Angle Now, Angle's personal positions on a variety of issues have been recorded on an AP questionnaire given to the candidate.

They report, along with a slew of other positions:

Among her positions, outlined in answers to 36 yes-or-no questions, Angle would oppose making sexual orientation a protected minority in civil rights laws. In a section on school prayer, she affirms that students and teachers should be able to talk openly about religion in schools, including the right to "publicly acknowledge the Creator."

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On adoptions, Angle believes children should have a relationship with a mother and a father, and she believes education should be managed at the local level "not by bureaucrats in Washington," Agen added.

Angle also said she would refuse campaign contributions from any company that supported gay rights, the Washington Post notes: "Angle's position is striking. It's one thing to oppose gay marriage, or to oppose equal rights for gays. It's quite another to refuse to accept campaign contributions from a company that chooses of its own free will to support gay rights or extend benefits to partners of its own employees."


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