Political Gaze

GOP-leaning money machines kicking out less cash

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 22 November 2013 15:09

The biggest Republican-leaning money machines are spending dramatically less this year to help the party ahead of the 2014 Senate elections, two years after millions of dollars in early advertising by outside groups against Democrats backfired in embarrassing losses in otherwise winnable races.

Groups such as American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce no longer are willing to risk major investments on hard-line conservatives who embarrassed GOP leaders last fall and rattled the confidence of party donors. Many remain concerned after last month's government shutdown highlighted Republican divisions.

Progressives take on conservatives in Dane County Board races

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:58

Jeff Pertl, right, speaks with a voter.

Progressives are closely watching three Dane County Board races in which political newcomers are challenging right-wing incumbents.

Iowa special election yields victory for equality

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 15:41

A special election in Iowa on Nov. 8 provided a big victory for marriage equality in the state by allowing Democrats to maintain their narrow 26-24 majority in the Senate.

Democrat Liz Mathis won a Senate seat in a Republican-leaning district by a margin of 55 to 43, defeating right-wing Republican Cindy Golding, who received strong backing from the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says growing LGBT equality reflects 'genius' of the Constitution

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 08 September 2013 14:08

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend’s same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience Sept. 6 that growing acceptance of gay marriage reflects the “genius” of the U.S. Constitution.

Ginsburg said equality has always been central to the Constitution, even if society has only applied it to minorities – be they women, blacks or gays – over time.

Obama’s speech to focus on goals, choice for a generation

Written by WiG Thursday, 06 September 2012 17:07

President Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for another term later tonight. His speech will focus on a set of goals for the country and the choice “between two different paths for America.”

The president will ask the country to rally around goals on manufacturing, education, national security and the deficit to create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy “built to last.”

Activists push for Democratic plank on marriage

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:28
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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, supports adding a plank supporting marriage equality to the Democratic Party platform. – Photo: Courtesy

Gay rights advocates want the Democratic Party to include a marriage equality plank in the platform that will be adopted at the national convention in September.

LGBT candidates prevail at the polls

Written by Louis Weisberg from WiG
and wire reports
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 15:38
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Adam Ebbin. – Photo: Courtesy

Virginia elected its first openly gay senator, Democrat Adam Ebbin, in a district that encompasses a swath of suburban Washington, D.C., making him one of more than 50 LGBT candidates elected to office in the Nov. 8 election.

Right-wing social issues still consume GOP

Written by Associated Press Friday, 21 June 2013 06:40

Republican lawmakers have a message for those who want the party to soften its emphasis on social conservatism in hopes of reaching a wider national audience: Not so fast.

House Republicans flexed their cultural and conservative muscles Tuesday, passing the most restrictive abortion measure in years. They also advanced legislation to crack down on immigrants living illegally in the country, even as senators pursue a plan that would offer those same millions a shot at citizenship.

Thousands to protest in Charlotte before Democratic convention

Written by WiG Saturday, 01 September 2012 17:45

Organizers of the March on Wall Street South expect thousands to participate in the demonstration on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., just days before the start of the Democratic National Convention.

The march assembly begins at 11 a.m. in Charlotte’s Frazier Park on Sunday (Sept. 2).

Anti-gay rhetoric hurts Santorum in N.H.

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 January 2012 14:54
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Rick Santorum debates Mitt Romney in New Hampshire. Although Santorum nearly tied Romney in Iowa, he finished fifth on Jan. 10. – Photo: Courtesy

Rick Santorum's surge to second in Iowa sent his religious right devotees over the moon and left his LGBT detractors dismayed.

Obama blasts GOP rivals at HRC dinner

Written by Lisa Neff Friday, 07 October 2011 12:34
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''Every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law,'' Obama told HRC supporters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1. – Photo: Courtesy

President Barack Obama did not stake out any new positions during a speech Oct. 1 to the members of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights groups. But the president did take on the Republicans who want his job, rebuking the candidates who did not defend a gay servicemember booed by the audience at a recent debate in Florida.