Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing
Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
On Tuesday Night, August 28, 2007, Tucker Carlson admitted that when a guy hit on him in a men's room in Georgetown, he went back with "someone I knew and grabbed him... and hit him against the stall with his head." Then the cops came and arrested the gay dude. It seems to that Tucker confessed to an actual crime on air to an actual crime.
If someone solicits you for sex in a public place do play vigilante and go on TV andf talk about it. It really bothers me. It sends the wrong message to our youth. Gay bashing is not a defense to solicitation. PERIOD.
Friday, August 17, 2007
[Patrick Sammon (RIGHT) with Log Cabin's Andrew Dick (Left) and Don Norte (Center).]
Gay Republicans also weighed in on Rove's resignation.
"I think history will judge Karl Rove's tenure as a missed opportunity," said Patrick Sammon, president of Log Cabin Republicans. "He always said his goal was to create a permanent Republican majority, and by any measure, I think he failed that one."
"The party he inherited eight years ago was in much better shape than it is today," Sammon added. "The Reagan coalition is in tatters; our reputation on traditional GOP issues is destroyed; the president has Nixon-era approval ratings; the House and Senate are in Democratic hands; fewer younger voters identify as Republicans than at any time in a generation; and independent voters are supporting Democrats."
Sammon said Rove's strategy changed the party.
"Instead of embracing GOP values, Rove tried to transform the party into something else," he said.
Sammon also said that using gays as a wedge issue was a tactical error.
"It was a mistake to try and use gay and lesbian families as a wedge issue in the 2004 elections," Sammon said. It may have worked somewhat in that year, "but it is a strategy for long term defeat."
That became clear in 2006 "when those Republicans that tried to use gay and lesbian issues failed – anti-gay politics didn't save them." Sammon ticked off the list of defeated candidates: Rick Santorum, George Allen, Anne Northrup, John Hostetler, and Ken Blackwell.
Sammon said that he sees Rove's departure as an opportunity for the Republican Party to return to a unifying agenda that brings people together on core principles. He said that the political strategists "understand that a strategy that caters only to the base is not going to produce long term victories."
"The good thing about politics is that the market works," he added. "If the people aren't buying what is being sold, then they are not going to vote for them."
Sammon hopes that Rove's departure from the White House might dampen down talk of vetoing pro-gay legislation such as hate crimes and employment protections during the remaining 18 months of the Bush administration. He pointed out that 77 percent of Republicans don't think a business owner should be able to fire a person simply because of their sexual orientation.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
This is from an email I received after a tele-conference with the Governor today.
Today, the Governor held a conference call to give an update on the California budget. As the Governor mentioned, the state budget is now 45 days late. The budget passed by the Assembly and for consideration in the Senate is a balanced budget. Governor Schwarzenegger has pledged to further reduce spending and eliminate the operating deficit by using his veto power to the tune of $700 million. With every day that passes more and more critical services that Californians depend on are threatened.
The Governor appreciates your support as he continues to work with the Legislature to pass this balanced budget. He asked me to circulate the attached, more detailed information on the budget debate, including an opinion-editorial by the Governor that ran in the San Jose Mercury News this past Friday.
California Recovery Team
Here is what followed:
State budget plan reflects Republican Party's values
By Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
San Jose Mercury News
Article Launched:08/10/2007 01:35:40 AM PDT
Last week, state Sen. Abel Maldonado, who represents parts of southern Santa Clara County, broke ranks with the Senate Republican caucus and supported the state budget. By doing so, he represented his constituents' best interests while supporting our Republican ideals. His vote embodies something we need more of in government: the strength to follow our convictions while also doing what's best for the people.
Make no mistake about it: This is a strong Republican budget.
This budget does not raise taxes and is fiscally responsible. It increases our state's reserve to $3.4 billion. This is the highest it has ever been at the time of a budget signing, and is a full $1.4 billion above the reserve I proposed in the May revision.
This budget also pays down an additional $2.5 billion in debt, which includes $1 billion in prepayment of Economic Recovery Bonds and $88 million in other repayments.
And perhaps most important, this budget would zero out the operating deficit. I committed to use my veto power to eliminate the $700 million deficit that remained in the budget that was passed by the Assembly - which then would raise the reserve to $4.1 billion.
This budget also invests in California's priorities by fully funding K-12 and higher education, public safety, rural sheriffs, local jails and other important state programs.
Republican senators initially refused to support the budget because they wanted to eliminate the operating deficit - a goal I supported. My commitment to veto the entire operating deficit should have ended the debate.
Unfortunately, Senate Republicans, except for Sen. Maldonado, decided they would continue holding up the budget in an effort to address concerns they have with environmental regulations.
Let me be perfectly clear - it is unacceptable to hold up the budget, and negatively impact the entire state, over a non-budget issue.
Once the Republican senators achieved their promise to balance the budget, they should have joined Sen. Maldonado and passed it.
The budget is now six weeks late, leaving one of the world's largest economies without a spending plan. The ramifications are real and far-reaching.
The state controller already has been forced to withhold $1.1 billion in July payments to hospitals, community colleges, nursing homes and other programs. He said he will have to withhold nearly twice that much this month. This means vulnerable seniors could lose their care in nursing homes; victimized women and children won't have access to domestic-violence services; repairs to our roads and levees could be delayed through the winter; and we risk losing the critical personnel who screen sexually violent predators when they leave prison.
Some Republican senators have dismissed the concerns many of us have about the impacts of a delay. I totally disagree. It is very serious to the lives of many Californians.
In Sen. Maldonado's district, a private company that runs nursing homes for 600 seniors didn't get the $722,000 Medi-Cal check due from the state last Monday. Monterey Peninsula and Cuesta community colleges are exhausting their contingency funding, and officials fear they will run out of cash if the stalemate drags on. Students cannot get Cal Grants. Many other services are also in jeopardy.
In Orange County, home to Senate Republican leader Dick Ackerman, checks totaling $4.4 million in homeowner and rental assistance to the aged, blind and disabled have not been sent. That number grows every day.
I am also concerned that if we don't have a budget when the Assembly comes back from its recess Aug. 20, Assembly members could reopen issues where bipartisan compromises already have been reached. This would delay the budget even more and increase pressure for additional spending.
Thousands of lives are negatively affected by our failure to do the job we were elected to do. I support Sen. Maldonado's "yes" vote because this is a budget that reflects our Republican values: It is balanced, fiscally responsible and doesn't raise taxes. Now, in the senator's words, "It's time we start moving forward on getting a budget for the people of California."
GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER wrote this article for the Mercury News.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
A big special "Happy Birthday" to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who just turned 60 years old. The celebration, however, was very low key out on The Coast because the State is operating without a budget. Last month, Schwarzenegger was back in Austria celebrating it in his home town.
Look, I know there is still no budget, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez called for a recess until August 20, 2007, so how can anyone be critical of Arnold right now?
Give the guy credit for trying to slow global warming, pushing stem cell research, and favoring GLBT rights. A majority of Californians support these positions.
Schwarzenegger is truly a Post-Partisan Governor.
The failure to pass a budget on time (something he campaigned on) is HIS problem but also all Assembly members because they went on vacation. It is also the Senate's fault and the GOP for not getting out the word on why there is no budget.
One reason is that the GOP wanted to cut $300 from welfare. It eliminated welfare for non-citizens, fleeing felons, and noncompliance recipients. However, they were ineffective in getting that message out. All you hear is that "R"s want to cut welfare again.
This is getting so routine that I wonder why the State Party just doesn't buy TV ADS explaining their position? Jeez, just form a PAC, work with the Governor to raise the money, and do it. Man, if I can figure it out, can't they?
Happy Birthday, Mr. Governor, and now get back to work.