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Bear on Vacation

Bear on Vacation

Hello, PoliCyBear readers! I’ll be taking a brief vacation to visit MotherBear. I return to Portland next week, and to the website on September 4th. Please enjoy the extra hibernating episodes Suzanne posts in my absence. Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Queer Nation Demands Comprehensive Federal Civil Rights Legislation

Queer Nation Demands Comprehensive Federal Civil Rights Legislation

Speaking of outside agitators and their fierce activism — here’s a note from our friends at Queer Nation: LGBT Activists Target Democrats on Civil Rights Queer Nation Demands Comprehensive Federal Civil Rights Legislation New York, NY (Aug. 21, 2014) – In its ongoing effort to pressure Congressional Democrats to advance comprehensive federal civil rights legislation that will give lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans the same rights and protections that all other Americans have, Queer Nation is targeting 34 House Democrats in a social media campaign called “Which Side of Your Mouth Should We Listen To?” The House members support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which only bars employment discrimination against LGBT people and has a sweeping religious exemption…

Congrats to Heather Cronk, Outside Agitator at GetEQUAL

Congrats to Heather Cronk, Outside Agitator at GetEQUAL

Congratulations to my friend and longtime ally, Heather Cronk, who has been named one of The Advocate‘s 40 Under 40: Emerging Voices this year. With LGBT-friendly politicians in office in the White House as well as many state houses and city halls, some activists have become insiders with an unprecedented degree of access to those in power — but sometimes it takes outsiders to push the powerful to do the right thing. That’s the mission of GetEqual and its director, Heather Cronk — bringing direct action and civil disobedience into the LGBT movement to a degree not seen since the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and early ’90s. I’ve long supported GetEQUAL’s outside-agitator efforts, and you should…

EMILY’s List: Any Accountability for Hawai’i?

EMILY’s List: Any Accountability for Hawai’i?

EMILY’s List spent a huge amount of their members’ donations in futile efforts to defeat two progressive champions in Hawai’i: EMILY’s List wasted nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in Hawai’i trying unsuccessfully to beat progressive male candidates– in Schatz’s case a progressive male Senator endorsed by every single woman senator who got involved in the race, including EMILY’s List icon Elizabeth Warren– with conservative women. They blew $697,891 bolstering Hanabusa and $49,971 bolstering far right reactionary Donna Mercado Kim, a religious freak who’s commitment to Choice is highly suspect. I’ve been getting ever more plaintive requests from EMILY’s List for an entire year, whining that they need my money to elect pro-choice Democratic women. I’ve returned every single appeal,…

Rick Perry (TX-Gov) Indicted

Rick Perry (TX-Gov) Indicted

In the race to be the first indicted 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, gazillion-term non-crossdressing Texan Rick Perry appears to have won! A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign. At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU.…

Chief Justice “Jubilee” Roberts: SCOTUS will decide Virginia marriage stay

Chief Justice “Jubilee” Roberts: SCOTUS will decide Virginia marriage stay

In a not unexpected move from Chief Justice John “Day of Jubilee” Roberts, the Supreme Court will decide whether the unconstitutionality of Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban will be stayed. After the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request of county clerk Michèle McQuigg to place a stay on its ruling that found Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, her attorneys asked the Supreme Court to intervene. Moments ago, the nation’s high court responded — as expected. Acknowledging the request, Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered information to be filed by Monday at 5:00 PM. The Court could have granted the stay as requested, refused to grant the stay, or ignored the request and not responded. The Supreme Court has…