Archives for May, 2008

Kansas politics in brief

Bush’s Brain, aka Turd Blossom, comes to Wichita to help “Memory Pills” Roberts remember how to run a campaign. Apparently Bob Dole is back in Kansas, too, bringing his special brand of medicine to boost a different part of the Roberts campaign. Looks like he’s scared of Jim Slattery. Meanwhile, State Senator Donald Betts, challenging…

Marriage equality in California

California is set to join Massachusetts as a hotbed for equality: Same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court?s 4-to-3 decision striking down state laws that had limited marriages to unions between a man and a woman makes California only the second state, after Massachusetts, to allow…

Safety first

Rolling Stone chronicles The Fear Factory, the self-justifyingly excessive response of the FBI and local law enforcement to the war on terror: The two officers tell me about a close call at the Taste of Chicago food festival last year. Millions attend the annual street feast, with Chicago-style sausage and pizza and tamales on sale…

Campaign news

NARAL and John Edwards endorse Barack Obama. Obama currently has the most pledged delegates, the most superdelegates, and Democrats are unifying around him. As someone (hilzoy?) pointed out a few days ago, this is a remarkable event: for the first time in my political life, my favored candidate in the primaries actually seems to have…

The Department of the Interior explains: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The listing is based on the best available science, which shows…

Australians do it down under

Buswell fends off quokka rumours | The Australian: WEST Australian Opposition leader Troy Buswell has admitted to chair-sniffing in the past but today he denied having done anything untoward to a quokka. Mr Buswell, who has also admitted to snapping the bra of a Labor staffer, faced question at Parliament House after sacked frontbencher Paul…

Dogwhistle

Hilzoy quotes Steve Benen, quoting Roll Call: After months working behind the scenes, House Republican leaders this week will finally start rolling out their rebranding effort aimed at rallying the party around a comprehensive policy and message agenda. Titled ?Reasons to Believe,? the plan is meant to provide House Republicans with a sales pitch to…

Get ready for World Turtle Day!

May 23rd, according a random email I got today, is World Turtle Day. One presumes that it is supported by a turtle, which is itself supported by a turtle, and so on, all the way down. Either that, or it is a day to celebrate the inversion of dinghies.

In Kansas, it was a party line vote: Nay KS-1 Moran, Jerry [R] Aye KS-2 Boyda, Nancy [D] Aye KS-3 Moore, Dennis [D] Nay KS-4 Tiahrt, Todd [R] The bill, HR 1113, is a nonbinding resolution “celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother?s Day.” The…

Come help defend evolution

NCSE wants your help: The National Center for Science Education, a non-profit organization that defends the teaching of evolution in the public schools, seeks candidates for a position in its Public Information Project. Staff members in the Public Information Project provide advice and support to local activists faced with threats to evolution education in their…