Posted by: sweeneyblog | April 16, 2012

The Gender Junkie: What the Rest of the Internet has been saying 4/16

We here at the Political Junkie are working tirelessly to bring you new, original reporting and analysis. In the meantime, enjoy our newest feature, where we (by which I mostly mean me, Elise) round up a list of the interesting, provocative, and compelling stories we’ve been reading from around the web.

Guest Columnist: The Gender Junkie

Latinos Support Many Pro-Gay Policies, Study Finds

“Latinos in the SSRS study, for example, support same-sex marriage at a rate of 54 percent, compared with 53 percent of those in the general population who indicated such support in a Gallup poll last year.”

Seattle Priests Buck Church’s Anti-Gay-Marriage Campaign
“News first broke this afternoon when St. James Cathedral pastor Michael Ryan said he refused to circulate the petitions because it would “prove hurtful and seriously divisive in our community.”

Arizona Abortion Bill: Legislators Pass Three Bills, Including One That Redefines When Life Begins
“The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill to prohibit abortions after the 18th week of pregnancy; a bill to protect doctors from being sued if they withhold health information about a pregnancy that could cause a woman to seek an abortion; and a bill to mandate that how school curriculums address the topic of unwanted pregnancies.”

The GOP Tries to Woman Up
“Two short years after the “Year of the GOP Woman,” it was all too much for some of them; Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said, “It makes no sense to make this attack on women,” explaining to the male attendees of a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon, “If you don’t feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters.”

Why Economic Populism Is a Winning Strategy for Obama
“It’s hard to know who is more out of touch—Third Way or the “Swing Independents” they claim to speak for. At the very moment that prominent Republicans are admitting that Obama’s focus on income inequality has put the GOP on the defensive, Third Way wants the president and Democratic candidates to drop the issue. That would be political suicide, not to mention terrible public policy.”

Not their fathers’ economics
There is a growing student protest movement against orthodox economics that could change the field as we know it.

“If it is sustained, historians likely will cite Nov. 2, 2011, as the start of the revolution. On that day at Harvard University, roughly 70 students organized a walkout of an introductory economics class taught by N. Gregory Mankiw.”

Exposing ALEC: How Conservative-Backed State Laws Are All Connected
“Having the bills all in one place painted a certain picture. “If it’s voter ID, it’s ALEC,” observed Doug Clopp, deputy director of programs at Common Cause. “If it’s anti-immigration bills written hand-in-glove with private prison corporations, it’s ALEC. If it’s working with the N.R.A. on ‘Shoot to Kill’ laws, it’s ALEC. When you start peeling back state efforts to opt out of the regional greenhouse gas initiative, it’s ALEC.” Adopted first in the states, by the time these laws bubble up to the national level, they’re the conventional wisdom on policy.”

Also, can I just direct your attention to the Preserve Marriage Washington website? Preserve Marriage Washington has built a nifty meter on its homepage that tracks the number of signatures they’ve collected as they race to put gay marriage in jeopardy. As of my writing this, they are at 8,993. Their goal is 150,000.

If this was a love testing machine, they’d be a Cold Fish.

True, this tally almost certainly doesn’t include all the of paper petitions floating around out there, but it’s hard not to feel encouraged by these numbers. At the very least, it suggests Protect Marriage and parent organization, National Organization for Marriage, may have have their work cut out for them between now and June 6.


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