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INFLUENCE GAME: Tax them, not us, groups say

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 30 November 2012 04:39

A big coalition of business groups says there must be give-and-take in the negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” of massive tax increases and spending cuts. But raising tax rates – a White House priority – is out of the question, the group adds.

The homebuilding industry says it won’t tolerate even a nick in the mortgage interest deduction. It doesn’t matter, industry leaders say, if it’s part of a broad, spread-the-pain package designed to tame the soaring debt.

Rep. will wait on medical marijuana vote in Illinois

Written by AP Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:05

Illinois State Rep. Lou Lang has decided not to call his medical marijuana legislation until next week.

The Skokie Democrat told The Associated Press he’s still not certain he has the 60 votes he needs for passage.

Clinton offers 'blueprint' for AIDS-free generation. Transcript

Written by WiG Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:27

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Nov. 29 delivered remarks recognizing World AIDS Day, which is observed annually on Dec. 1.

Clinton delivered her remarks in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department.

Clinton addresses LGBT employees at State Department Transcript

Written by WiG Thursday, 29 November 2012 05:36

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks to LGBT employees of the State Department on Nov. 28 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies.

The following is a transcript of her address in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department.

Judge: John Doe/ex-Walker aides investigation continues

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:32

The judge overseeing the investigation into people who worked for Republican Gov. Scott Walker when he was the Milwaukee County executive said on Nov. 28 that the probe is not complete and remains open.

Walker had said on Nov. 27 that he hoped the so-called “John Doe” investigation would end as early as this week. He made the comments in response to a question at a meeting of the Dairy Business Association and said afterward that he was basing his hope on media accounts and a general feeling that the investigation was winding down.

MSU poll: Gay marriage gaining support in Michigan

Written by AP Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:36

A Michigan State University poll has found an increase in support for gay marriage in Michigan, with 56 percent of adults questioned saying they support the same-sex unions.

Michigan State economics professor Charles Ballard directs the quarterly State of the State Survey, which questions Michiganians about a variety of subjects.

Group files ethics complaint against tea party Rep. DesJarlais

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:00

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a congressional ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, accusing the Jasper physician of lying when confronted about an affair with a patient.

DesJarlais, a reproductive rights foe in Congress, won a second term this month despite revelations that he once urged a mistress to seek an abortion. He also supported his now ex-wife’s decisions to get abortions.

U.S. Rep. introduces resolution against ex-gay therapy

Written by WiG Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:07

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier of San Francisco has offered a resolution – Stop Harming Our Kids – intended to curb the use of conversion or ex-gay therapy.

SHOK’s co-sponsors include Democrats Ted Deutch of Florida and David Cicilline of Rhode Island.

Ohio Senate puts end to ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:50

The leader of the Ohio Senate put a stop this week to a bill that would have imposed the most stringent restriction on abortions in the nation.

The chamber doesn’t plan to vote on the so-called “heartbeat bill” before the end of the legislative session next month, Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus said, citing concerns the resulting law might have been found to be unconstitutional.

UPDATED: Woman says Thanksgiving assault was no hate crime

Written by WiG Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:39

UPDATED: A woman who was attacked and beaten on Thanksgiving day says the assault was not a hate crime.

Mallory Owens told WKRG-TV that her being gay is not the reason she was attacked.

Washington drafting same-sex marriage certificates

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:06

The Washington state Health Department will be changing marriage and divorce certificates in response to the same-sex marriage law that takes effect Dec. 6.

Words such as “bride,” “groom,” “husband” and “wife” will likely be gone. The department wants to use gender-neutral terms.

Secretary of State Clinton delivering address to LGBT employees

Written by WiG Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:47

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this afternoon is delivering remarks at the 20th anniversary Celebration of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, the State Department’s officially recognized employee affinity group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

Clinton, according to a news release, is responsible for the extension of the full range of benefits to same-sex domestic partners of foreign service members serving overseas. She also instituted the 2010 revision of the department’s equal employment opportunity policy to prohibit discriminatory treatment of employees and job applicants based on gender identity.