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Texas Denies Houston Mayor’s Daughter a Driver’s License

Texas Denies Houston Mayor’s Daughter a Driver’s License

Recently, we learned that Texas refused a driver’s license to a woman who changed her name after her same-sex marriage in California. Now, the Texas Department of Public Safety has gone one step further, visiting upon the children of same-sex couples a similar penalty. Unfortunately for the Texas DPS, one of these children is the daughter of Houston’s Mayor, Annise Parker. Daughter needs drivers test. Has all docs, some in MomA name, some MomK, but w/ birth cert showing both. DPS says can only be from 1 mom!-A — Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) October 24, 2014 Houston Chronicle: Daniela Parker has two mothers, and that apparently posed a temporary problem with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Parker, Mayor Annise Parker’s…

Arizona Stands Ready to Marry You

Arizona Stands Ready to Marry You

The desert officiants are ready to marry you, right down to the rainbow chausuble, the heat-happy skort, and sandals. Please take a number for Arizona UUTAZ weddings, line forms to the left. And from the dried-apple, finger-in-Obama’s-face governor, sourpuss Jan Brewer, who’ll be remembered in the future just like George Wallace standing athwart the schoolhouse steps, this bit of pleasantness: “It is not only disappointing, but also deeply troubling, that unelected federal judges can dictate the laws of individual states, create rights based on their personal policy preferences and supplant the will of the people in an area traditionally left to the states for more than two hundred years. As Justice Scalia opined, such action is tantamount to ‘an assertion…

“This election is not going to be won…. by words that come out of Chuck Todd’s goatee!”

“This election is not going to be won…. by words that come out of Chuck Todd’s goatee!”

As I predicted, Kentucky Democrats (in the person of their attractive Attorney General, Jack Conway, who might have been Senator if not for Ron Paul’s spawn) are making hay of Chuck Todd’s “She’s disqualified herself!” comment about Alison Lundergan Grimes’ reluctance to reply to a silly gotcha question about who she voted for in 2008 and 2012. (I mean, the woman was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention both years, for Hillary Clinton and for Barack Obama — what else do you need to know? She’s practically bound by party rules to cast a secret ballot for the nominee.) But AG Conway has decided that making a point about the Beltway Villager Class’s love for Mitch McConnell will help…

2014 Early Voters are… some Democrats???

2014 Early Voters are… some Democrats???

Markos did some nice excerpts at The Orangerie on Tuesday of a NYTimes article that highlights the voter registrations of this year’s early voters. It throws all the models for this year’s midterms — based on the awful 2010 turnout — into a cocked hat. And it might mean that all the predictions about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are wrong. Or, you know, not. Democrats struggling to hang on to the Senate, who have been drowning in dreary news, have spotted a hopeful sign: Democratic voters who sat out the 2010 elections are becoming more interested in voting this time. The Times headlines this a “glimmer of hope for Democrats.” Because the narrative of a GOP wave election was…

Get the fainting couch… there’s a True Ad out on GOP cuts to health agencies!

Get the fainting couch… there’s a True Ad out on GOP cuts to health agencies!

Charlie Pierce alerts us that Obvious Anagram Reince Priebus says this ad is bad and scary: Yeah, it’s scary all right. And the people in it are bad people. As Charlie says, “the butt hurt is very strong….” It’s like any Truth told inside the Beltway: mustn’t tell it, you might hurt people’s feelings. Or, you know, people might continue dying. Which is worse?

NOM’s Brian Brown Ready to Exit GOP with Huckabee

NOM’s Brian Brown Ready to Exit GOP with Huckabee

Count Brian Brown in on the “new party with Mike Huckabee” gravy train, designed primarily to separate bigots from their money because simply hatin’ on the gays is lots harder when they’re marrying one another down at the local courthouse. Last week, the gastric-bypass former governor of Arkansas made it clear the Republicans need to respect the Teabangelical Base… Or Else! “If Republicans want to lose guys like me and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people, go ahead and abdicate on this issue and while you’re at it go ahead and say abortion doesn’t matter either. Because at that point, you’ll lose me. “I’ll become an independent. I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired…

Chuck Todd is “Disqualified!” from 2014 Election Coverage

Chuck Todd is “Disqualified!” from 2014 Election Coverage

Time to sit out the rest of the midterms, Mr Chuck Todd. You’ve become the story in the Kentucky Senate race, and that’s never a good thing for a “balanced” Villager commentator. Better take the rest of this election season off. When you think you’re qualified to disqualify candidates, you’d better disqualify your own self, Chuck. Go warm the bench, fellah. Here’s Mitch McConnell’s new ad: If Chuck Todd thinks he’s the person who gets to decide who is disqualified from running for Senate in Kentucky, why does he ignore this truly disqualifying quip from Mitch McConnell? As Digby points out, not only was this governmental obstructionism from the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch failed at his self-professed first priority. Isn’t…

Surprised by ID and NC marriage equality on Friday? How about Alaska on Sunday?!

Surprised by ID and NC marriage equality on Friday?  How about Alaska on Sunday?!

Working the weekend, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess released his opinion in Hamby v. Parnell, the Alaska marriage equality lawsuit today, Sunday. And it appears there is no stay; the judge ordered his ruling immediately in force. “The court finds that Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize same sex marriages lawfully entered in other states is unconstitutional as a deprivation of basic due process and equal protection principles under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess wrote in a order in the case Hamby v. Parnell, released Sunday. The Hamby suit was filed in May by five same-sex couples. It challenged the state’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man…