To the national party’s credit, Young’s remarks were roundly denounced by Republican leaders, and Kincannon has basically been disowned by the state GOP. But every story like this reaffirms the exact stereotypes the party is working so hard to combat right now, and until the party can get its members under control, even a superficial rebranding is likely to be unsuccessful. The larger issue, though, is whether the Republicans’ electoral base actually wants it to change. The early evidence isn’t very promising. source
Many of our crime stories involving robberies include a description of the suspects when provided by police. White, black, Asian, it doesn’t matter. If that description helps with an arrest, we are glad to help. But lately, when the suspect was black, it brought out the most vile, repulsive and offensive comments we have ever had on our website. In fact, it has now got to the point that we are turning off commenting on crime stories when they appear on our website.Mike Johnston, the editor of DunhamRegion.com, discussing why the site chose to turn off comments on crime stories. (ht Romenesko)
» A sample of some of the nicknames: “Rat,” “Bruce-Bruce,” “Brooklyn Donnie,” “Lightning,” “Yard Owl,” “Big Fred,” “Gravel Dave,” “Diamond Dan” and “Diesel.” According the the Charlotte Observer, crime among Hells Angels members is on the rise, with some of the members tied to Mexican drug cartels. The Carolinas have a long history of biker gang-related arrests, with a raid of the Outlaws gang taking place in Charlotte just two years ago.
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That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous.Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper • In a statement released late Wednesday afternoon, condemning President Obama for what they perceived as manipulation of the LGBT community. “Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue,” said Cooper, adding, “this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch.” source (via • follow)
The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples…He believes the North Carolina measure singles out and discriminates against committed gay and lesbian couples, which is why he did not support it. President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples and is disappointed in the passage of this amendment. On a federal level, he has ended the legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act and extended key benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.North Carolina press secretary for Obama for America, Cameron French, speaking to the Washington Blade. President Obama expressed his disapproval with the North Carolina ballot measure that amends the state constitution to ban same sex marriage before Tuesday’s vote, and on the night it passed into law by a wide margin the Obama campaign once expressed the president’s dismay. (via tpmmedia)
» The opposition pulled out Bill Clinton: As you can see above, the poll (taken by Public Policy Polling) strongly suggests that same-sex marriage advocates are facing an uphill battle. Which is why the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families pulled out the former president to say this about the amendment: ”If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs.” What do you guys think?