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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.