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Good things come in small packages. Take local gun safety laws, for example.


good things come in small packages

I cannot begin to count the number of times that I've posted about how important it is to support and elect Progressive candidates from the bottom up, meaning local school boards, city councils, you name it. Eventually, they can, and often do, work their way up the political ladder to holding state and national seats.

But starting small works (albeit slowly), because good things come in small packages. Take Exeter, for example.

Via ABC:

Voters in a small Rhode Island town defeated an effort by gun rights activistsSaturday to recall four sitting town councilors who had proposed changing the way gun permits are issued.

The rare recall election was prompted by gun rights supporters who said the four Exeter council members ignored their objections to a failed proposal to allow the attorney general to oversee the town's concealed weapons permits. [...] Town election officials reported a higher than expected turnout, with 63 percent voting against the recall. [...]

Councilor William Monahan said he saw the results as more of a victory of local politics over outside interests. [...]

Added Councilor Cal Ellis, "None of us here in Exeter are trying to deny someone the right to own guns. What I would hope is the results of this election would send a message that there are people — a silent majority — who would support a change in the way that we process concealed carry permits."



Lincoln Chafee is switching to Dem. Why? Something about worsening GOP obstruction, hostility to working with Obama


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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is switching from "independent" and will join the Democratic party. He used to be a Republican.

His spokesman, Christian Vareika, said he thought about it long and hard and felt he shared "principles and priorities and values" with the Dems, on minor little things like "affordable public education, investing in infrastructure, equal rights, marriage equality.”

Via Greg Sargent, Vareika went on to say this:

“If you look at what the party has focused on in recent years, it’s increasingly been social issues that excite the base but aren’t what matters to working Americans,” Vareika said. “The governor has seen the Republican Party has become much more hostile to reaching across the aisle and compromising and finding a middle ground. The governor has the feeling that at every juncture, Republicans in Congress have worked actively to thwart the president’s agenda, not for substantive policy reasons, but for political ones.”

I just realized he is following me on the Twitter Machine and sent my congratulations. He is clearly a very, very wise man... not for following me (although that does point to his fine taste and superb sense of humor, wink wink), but because of his astute observations about the GOP. Although his spokesman did understate it a little.

Okay, a lot.

How's that rebranding thing workin' for ya, GOP?




Video- Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee Tells O'Reilly He's Too Angry & More


Chafee is so steadfast. Via.


Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Rhode Island will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere



PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s governor on Monday declared that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones when it comes to health insurance and a slew of other benefits.

The order signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Statehouse ceremony directs state agencies to recognize marriages performed out of state as legal and treat same-sex married couples the same as heterosexual ones.

Civil unions, not gay marriages, are legal in Rhode Island, but some gay couples married outside the state haven't been allowed some of the same basic rights as hetero couples. Now spouses of state employees and anyone covered by an insurance company regulated in Rhode Island will get health and life insurance benefits.

And both parents will get their names on their child's birth certificate.

And more.

Pretty basic, huh?

So thank you, Gov. Chafee, for treating people as people, not as second class citizens.

But then there are those who think like Reince Priebus, who believes that gay Americans who want marriage equality don’t deserve civil rights, dignity, or respect. Teh Gays are not as good as other people, apparently.

Actually, when you think about it, it's those who think like Priebus that aren't as good as other people.


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GOP lawmaker's Gulf War claims, records don't match


Wait, what? A Republican is being less than honest about [Insert lie here]? This time it's a Rhode Island State Representative named Daniel Gordon, and it seems he told a few little fibs about his military record.

Danny Boy's been blaming his legal woes on "combat stress" that he claims he suffered back in Bush 41's Gulf War. But oops:

(AP) PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Military service records...  indicate he never served in the Middle East.

State Rep. Daniel Gordon's Marine Corps records, obtained by The Associated Press, list him as an aircraft technician who served from 1987 to 1991 in the U.S. and Japan. Gordon has said his leg was injured by shrapnel outside Baghdad.

Gordon's records also list no Purple Heart award for an injury.

Okay, okay, so he stretched the truth a little. I'm sure these little white lies were for the most wholesome of GOP, family values reasons:

The Portsmouth Republican is fighting calls for his resignation following his arrest on charges stemming from a 2008 police chase in Massachusetts. The arrest exposed past legal problems, including a four-month sentence in 1999 for assault, an attempted murder charge dismissed in 2004 and a long list of traffic offenses in Massachusetts.

Gordon has said his problems sprang from alcohol abuse relating to post-traumatic stress from his service.

Oh my.

Of course, he swearstogod that the Defense Department didn't provide "a full and accurate record." Psst, Daniel! Neither did you.

House Speaker Gordon Fox (D) and House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R), as well as the state Republican and Democratic parties are asking him to resign.

For more of rationales, excuses, and gyrations directly from Planet Gordon, go here.


Rhode Island GOP Lawmaker Turns Out To Be Wanted Fugitive


Of course, the assault and battery was on his girlfriend. Sure know how to pick 'em Republicans. Via Wonkette.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island State Rep. Daniel Gordon has been in and out of Massachusetts jail cells since 1999 and has been charged more than a dozen times over the past 18 years, according to records obtained by the Target 12 Investigators.

Gordon served nearly six months over a five-year period at the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Mass., according to records from the Bristol County Sheriff's office.

Gordon, 42, of Portsmouth, served four months in jail after being convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 1999, records reveal. He was back in 2003 for a one-month stay on another assault and battery charge and again in 2004 after being charged with attempted murder, the sheriff's office said. That year he was also held on an outstanding warrant for a “larceny of a motor vehicle” charge issued by police in Falmouth, Mass.

Gordon has been charg 18 times since 1993, according to criminal records from the Mass. Office of Public Safety and Security. He was charged six times with assault and battery, twice with a gun and once with a pool cue. Gordon was charged with possession of marijuana in 1996 and convicted of operating under the influence in 1993.