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July 31, 2012
There was a unanimous decision in the drafting committee to include it in the platform…everybody was for it.
Retiring Rep. Barney Frank • On the inclusion of gay marriage as part of the official Democratic Party platform. The 15-member Democratic Party platform draft committee unanimously approved language supporting marriage equality, and according to Frank, a member of the committee, the vote wasn’t even close. The draft still has to be approved by the full platform committee, which meets in two weeks; then, delegates at the Democratic National Convention will have to vote in favor of it it. Huffington Post, which talked to two sources on the matter, claims that “the deal is more or less final.” Reacting to the news, the president of the National Organization for Marriage said that Democrats “can kiss the presidential election, the House and now the Senate goodbye.” What do you think—will this help or hurt Democrats in November?  source (viafollow)
10:44 // 1 year ago
A big deal for a big-city mayor: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will get a prime speaking spot at the Democratic National Convention — the keynote speech. He’ll be the first Latino to be a keynote speaker at a Democratic convention. A big deal to get that spot — it’s where Obama made his claim to national fame back in 2004. (photo from the mayor’s Facebook page)

A big deal for a big-city mayor: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will get a prime speaking spot at the Democratic National Convention — the keynote speech. He’ll be the first Latino to be a keynote speaker at a Democratic convention. A big deal to get that spot — it’s where Obama made his claim to national fame back in 2004. (photo from the mayor’s Facebook page)

8:29 // 1 year ago
July 30, 2012
zainyk:

AP sources: Obama campaign to use Bill Clinton in prominent role at Democratic convention

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton will play a prominent role at the Democratic National convention this summer, several Obama campaign and party officials say.
The former president will formally nominate President Barack Obama for re-election. And he will use a prime-time speech to argue that Obama has the strongest economic vision for the country’s future, the officials say.


Probably a good move, but will this convince anyone on the other side of the aisle?

zainyk:

AP sources: Obama campaign to use Bill Clinton in prominent role at Democratic convention

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton will play a prominent role at the Democratic National convention this summer, several Obama campaign and party officials say.

The former president will formally nominate President Barack Obama for re-election. And he will use a prime-time speech to argue that Obama has the strongest economic vision for the country’s future, the officials say.

Probably a good move, but will this convince anyone on the other side of the aisle?

11:34 // 1 year ago
July 18, 2012
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July 11, 2012
The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
A statement from the office of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. • Regarding the congressman’s condition, which has been shrouded in secrecy since he took leave from office a month ago. Jackson’s medical leave wasn’t announced until weeks after he left, and his condition has been described using vague wording ever since, causing an outcry from other representatives asking for information. “Mood disorder” is as specific as they’ve gotten.
20:22 // 1 year ago
June 22, 2012

Republicans probably aren’t going to like this ad, wherein the son of two proud Republicans “comes out” as a Democrat (much to his parent’s horror). Nevertheless, it’s a significant enough departure from most political ads that we think it warrants mentioning. While it was put out by Ryan Combe, a Democrat running for Congress in Utah, it’s less an ad for Combe—who makes but a brief appearance at the end—and more an ad for the Democratic party in general. Utah is an extremely Republican state, and Combe’s thinking seems to be that there are plenty of potential Democratic voters who, were they more educated on the party’s platform, would happily help elect more Democrats. Will it work? Who knows, but it’s at least a new approach.  source

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17:41 // 1 year ago
June 5, 2012
This Barrett supporter on CNN just now: "Democracy died tonight … the end of the United States as we know it." Please tell us someone got a video of this guy.

This Barrett supporter on CNN just now: "Democracy died tonight … the end of the United States as we know it." Please tell us someone got a video of this guy.

22:48 // 1 year ago
22:39 // 1 year ago
June 3, 2012
Protip: Don’t use the words “hurl some acid” to attack political opponents
When women need more stress: Jay Townsend is a conservative consultant and the current spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York. He  suggested that we “hurl some acid on female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.” Yeah, you read that correctly. Hurl some acid. Are those words acceptable to be used by a spokesman of anything? While Hayworth’s campaign manager played off the playing-up of the comment as an attack from the media, let’s be clear: As people shouldn’t suggest we place gay men and lesbian women behind an electric fence until they die out, they can’t suggest we throw acid on women. Either learn how to make better “jokes” or butt out. — Sami @ SFB
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When women need more stress: Jay Townsend is a conservative consultant and the current spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York. He  suggested that we “hurl some acid on female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.” Yeah, you read that correctly. Hurl some acid. Are those words acceptable to be used by a spokesman of anything? While Hayworth’s campaign manager played off the playing-up of the comment as an attack from the media, let’s be clear: As people shouldn’t suggest we place gay men and lesbian women behind an electric fence until they die out, they can’t suggest we throw acid on women. Either learn how to make better “jokes” or butt out. — Sami @ SFB

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16:53 // 1 year ago
May 10, 2012
George Clooney’s holding a fundraiser for Obama tonight at his home in the San Fernando Valley — what could go wrong? (photo by Pete Souza/The White House)

George Clooney’s holding a fundraiser for Obama tonight at his home in the San Fernando Valley — what could go wrong? (photo by Pete Souza/The White House)

10:12 // 1 year ago