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Next State Rep for Indiana, John Good

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My friend John Good, is running for Indiana State Representative from Fort Wayne, IN-83. Everybody who blogs like we do can point to one person who made them think, "Hey, maybe someone does give a crap about my point of view!", and John was that person for me. If he hadn't cross-posted one of my rants from DKos, I may not have ended up here, for good or bad. (Mostly good) He's perfect for the district, already getting the endorsement of one of the unions (Got it, IN AFL-CIO).

You can read more about John at his website here. It's a long way until November, but John's got a few expeneses coming up to get him on the way to Indianapolis. If you can, consider making a donation to his campaign via ActBlue here or Pyrix here. I don't have much (as ya'll well know) but I'm going to make it a priority to help John all I can. Every blogger should sponsor someone running for State seats, seed the garden and watch 'em grow!

This is without a doubt one of those "build it from the bottom up" opportunities, where else do the Democratic House Representatives come from if not Dems in State Houses? John is extremely electable in his area, and this is the year that we could get John and many progressive Dems on their way to Washington D.C. by way of every State Congress.

This is truly one of those moments when even a fiver makes a big difference. If you don't have it, go find out who you local Dem is running for State seats and get involved. Hey, the Ronulans are waay ahead of us!


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Oh, and if you know anyone or have relatives in the Ft Wayne area, make sure you let them know about John, all the info is at his website. Also too, here is his Facebook page, Twitter handle is @pontio.

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Introducing the Next State Rep for Indiana, John Good

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My friend John Good, is running for Indiana State Representative from Fort Wayne, IN-83. Everybody who blogs like we do can point to one person who made them think, "Hey, maybe someone does give a crap about my point of view!", and John was that person for me. If he hadn't cross-posted one of my rants from DKos, I may not have ended up here, for good or bad. (Mostly good) He's perfect for the district, already getting the endorsement of one of the unions (Got it, IN AFL-CIO).

You can read more about John at his website here. It's a long way until November, but John's got a few expeneses coming up to get him on the way to Indianapolis. If you can, consider making a donation to his campaign via ActBlue here or Pyrix here. I don't have much (as ya'll well know) but I'm going to make it a priority to help John all I can. Every blogger should sponsor someone running for State seats, seed the garden and watch 'em grow!

This is without a doubt one of those "build it from the bottom up" opportunities, where else do the Democratic House Representatives come from if not Dems in State Houses? John is extremely electable in his area, and this is the year that we could get John and many progressive Dems on their way to Washington D.C. by way of every State Congress.

This is truly one of those moments when even a fiver makes a big difference. If you don't have it, go find out who you local Dem is running for State seats and get involved. Hey, the Ronulans are waay ahead of us!


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Oh, and if you know anyone or have relatives in the Ft Wayne area, make sure you let them know about John, all the info is at his website. Also too, here is his Facebook page, Twitter handle is @pontio.

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Breaking: Maryland Senate approves bill allowing same-sex marriage

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For everyone who kvetched about GLBT rights and President Obama, this is how you do it, he can go back later and fill in the blanks.

Los Angeles Times- The Maryland Senate passed a gay marriage bill Thursday by a 25-22 vote, sending it to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who sponsored the bill and is likely to sign it soon. Maryland would become the eighth state to allow same sex couples to marry, though opponents have vowed to force a public vote on the issue in November.

“I know today we are going to make history because we are going to take another important step towards embracing every family in the state of Maryland,” Sen. Richard Madaleno, who is openly gay, said on the floor before the vote.

Now that the bill has passed the General Assembly, its opponents are free to start gathering the 55,736 signatures – 3% of the number of votes cast at the last gubernatorial election - that they need to trigger a referendum. Church groups and conservatives have said they have plans in place to start the petition drive.

A third of the signatures need to be submitted to the State Board of Elections by May 31, with the rest by June 30.

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NJ legislator introduces measure to make enforcing AHCAA illegal

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Is it the water? Via Wonkette.

TRENTON — Insurance fraud. Drug possession. Conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

Those can be third-degree crimes in New Jersey. And this week a Sussex County legislator proposed adding another infraction to the list: Enforcing the federal health care law that was enacted last year.

The New Jersey measure (A4551), introduced Monday by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-Sussex), would render the health care law "null and void" in New Jersey. And any federal employee or contractor trying to enforce it in the state would face at least a $1,000 fine and could face a prison term of up to five years, at a judge’s discretion.

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McHose’s bill was copied almost verbatim from one offered on the Web site of the Tenth Amendment Center — a group that says the federal government should have very limited authority over states, and that states should be able to nullify federal laws when they feel the government has overreached

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Florida Democrat chastized for saying 'uterus' on House floor

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Uterus? Seriously, if I were a D in that congress I'd make sure that the technical terms for every sexual bit of a person was some how worked into every speech on the floor for as long as you could come up with new ones. Imagine, "Mr Speaker, I would like to offer a motion to make March 31st 'National Labia Day' to honor the women who brought us into this world."

During last week's discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker's paycheck, state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations -- except when it comes to the little guys, or serves their specific interests.

At one point Randolph suggested that his wife "incorporate her uterus" to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. Republicans, after all, wouldn't want to further regulate a Florida business.

Apparently the GOP leadership of the House didn't like the one-liner.

They told Democrats that Randolph is not to discuss body parts on the House floor.

"The point was that Republicans are always talking about deregulation and big government," Randolph said Thursday. "And I always say their philosophy is small government for the big guy and big government for the little guy. And so, if my wife's uterus was incorporated or my friend's bedroom was incorporated, maybe they (Republicans) would be talking about deregulating.

"It's not like I used slang," said Randolph, who actually got the line from his wife. He said Republicans voiced concern about young pages hearing the word uterus.

"I think it's a sad commentary about what we think about sex education in the state," he said.

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