“Gov. Rick Perry is inviting hundreds of prominent Republican donors and policy experts to a series of gatherings next month that are intended to rebuild his damaged national brand and lay the foundation for a potential 2016 presidential campaign….
The small-group sessions kick off Tuesday and Wednesday in Austin with a pair of lunches and dinners held in the governor’s mansion wedged between policy briefings at the nearby office of Perry senior adviser Jeff Miller. In all, Perry’s team expects he will meet in person with more than 500 major donors and bundlers from around the country in December as well as a slew of operatives, Republican National Committee members and policy experts.”
We know that Rick Perry and Chris Christie are running in 2016 because they are making decisions purely out of fear of pissing off primary voters.
Perry refused to meet President Obama at the airport in Texas tomorrow, as governors traditionally do, because God forbid he should be photographed shaking the President’s hand.
And Christie vetoed a bill that would have reduced gun magazines in New Jersey from a maximum of 15 rounds to 10, because God forbid a mass shooter should have to re-load more often, giving his victims a chance to run. Nah, much more important for Chris to run.
The Perry thing is just silly, but the Christie thing is sad.
GOP Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have make it okay for businesses to discriminate against gays based on the “religious beliefs” of their owners and employees. No soup (or wedding cake) for you!
As with Medicaid expansion, I hope other GOP governors will follow Brewer and do the right thing for their citizens.
Also today, a federal court in Texas found that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.
Back when I was growing up, right-wingers who saw Communists everywhere in this country wanted those on the left to move to Russia. I think those on the right who are unhappy here should move to Putin’s Russia.
WaPo has an interesting story* pointing out that eight U. S. states have so-called “no homo promo” bans in their school curricula that are very much like Russia’s anti-gay laws. These states — and I’m sure you already guessed some of them — are Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma.
But I’m still not watching the Olympics because of the dog killing. You spent $50 billion and you couldn’t build an animal shelter?
* “Eight U. S. states have policies similar to Russia’s ban on gay propaganda,” Niraj Chokski
“I believe it’s immoral for this country to have as a policy extending long-term unemployment to people rather than us working on creation of jobs.”
Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
Um, Pete, this isn’t a case of “rather than” — you can, and should, do both. Because while you’re “working on” creating those jobs, people need to eat and pay their rent.
But the thing is, the GOP has shown nointerestwhatsoever in creating jobs because that might make the anti-Christ Obama look good and help the demon Dems in 2014. Your party is interested only in making the economy as stalled and sluggish as possible, which means making as many American families as possible suffer.
Chris Christie is heading to Texas to fundraise for the Republican Governors Association, which he heads (although probably not for long).
But neither current Texas governor Rick Perry nor GOP gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott will be there. They, um, have to do laundry that night or something. They obviously don’t want to be in the same room with him or have their picture taken with him.
Before Bridgegate everyone wanted a picture with Christie because you’d look so thin.
With all the right-wing accusations that Wendy Davis either gave up or lost custody of her children, how about if we look at the actual divorce decree from November 15, 2005?
First, only one daughter was involved. Her older daughter, Amber, from her first marriage was no longer a minor.
The decree gave Wendy Davis and her ex-husband “joint managing conservatorship” for their daughter Dru, who was 17. Texas got rid of the term custody in the mid-1990’s and switched to conservatorship. Joint conservatorship is what most of us would think of as joint custody.