Speaking from the pulpit of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in May 2004, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Dobson’s words were simulcast into churches across the country as part of a “Battle for Marriage” rally that just happened to coincide with President George W. Bush’s hard-fought reelection campaign. Three months earlier, the president himself hadannounced to the nation that “to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America.”
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) stepped up his feud against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) by proposing a bill that would ban him from legislating entirely.
His office announced the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act” in a statement Friday afternoon that bashed King for his own “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act,” which King revealed on Wednesday. King’s bill aims to take marriage cases out of the jurisdiction of federal courts in favor of states, a move prompted by next week’s Supreme Court oral arguments on gay marriage cases.
“For too long, Steve King has overstepped his constitutionally nonexistent judicial authority,” Polis said in the statement.
Kansas is in the midst of a grim experiment putting crackpot supply-side economic theories into practice. While these economic anti-reforms will have devastating results for poor people in the state, in other respects Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his legislative allies have made the government more intrusive into the private lives of the state’s citizens. April has provided some particularly egregious examples of this disastrous turn.
April 24, 2015 The top priority for Republican presidential candidates right now isn’t lining up voters—it’s locking down donors. The big-money men and women will determine how close each of the two dozen or so contenders can get to the White House. And as a result of court rulings that eliminated limits on contributions in support of candidates, one or two key mega-donors can turn a long-shot into a serious candidate. Just ask Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. In 2012, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson gave $15 million to a super PAC backing the former House speaker, while Foster Friess, a deep-pocketed investor, almost single-handedly propped up Santorum’s bid long enough for him to give Mitt Romney his most serious challenge for the GOP nomination.
Friess is backing Santorum again if he runs, but with Gingrich forgoing the race, Adelson is up for grabs. So are a number of other conservative billionaires whom GOP contenders are hoping to secure as their patrons. (Hillary Clinton, of course, already has all the deep-pocketed donors she’ll need to be competitive on the Democratic side; none of her prospective rivals appears to have secured a billionaire of their own.) Here’s a guide to the biggest Republican mega-donors and the candidates they are funding—or might fund—in the 2016 campaign.
What do Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal all have in common? They’re all sitting governors who’d like to be president, sure. But what else?
How about being embarrassingly bad at job creation? That’s right. From January 2011 through January 2015, Louisiana under Jindal ranked 32nd in job creation with 5.4 percent growth over four years. Wisconsin under Walker ranked 35th, with 4.85 percent growth. New Jersey under Christie ranked 40th, with 4.15 percent growth. This compares with a national average of 8.21 percent.
Many Americans fundamentally believe that one’s income bracket should determine one’s access to fun, pleasure, and entertainment. The resentment and the lack of empathy that undergirds most of the social policy that emerges from the right prove just how out-of-touch and mean-spirited such social policy is.
Should poor people not have the right to go swimming? Swimming is an important survival skill. There are large swaths of Black people who do not know how to swim because of long histories of segregated swimming pools and subpar swimming facilities in this country.