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Homophobe Lawmaker Who Blasted Girl Scouts Gets Only 1 Donation Since


I'm betting Mr Morris knows the bible pretty well, and I'm sure he's heard this- "Reap and ye shall sow".

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker who drew criticism for calling the Girl Scouts a radical group that promotes abortions and homosexuality has received only one campaign contribution in the months since that controversy.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) Rep. Bob Morris' latest campaign finance report shows that between Jan. 1 and April 13 the Fort Wayne Republican raised $5,000 in a single donation from the Northeast Indiana PAC for Better Government.

Morris now has about $19,000 on hand. He's facing Democrat Lee Jordan in the fall but Indiana's online campaign finance database had not yet posted Jordan's latest report.


Florida state senator’s call to check citizenship of Hispanic voters draws fire


Keep it up R's, we'll be waiting with open arms for all the new Dems.

TALLAHASSEE -- A state senator’s comments ignited a fierce rebuke from his colleagues Thursday when he said that voters should be screened for citizenship before legislators draw a congressional district to favor Hispanics.

Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, rekindled the divisive debate over illegal immigration when he told the Senate committee reviewing a series of congressional redistricting plans that “before we design a district anywhere in the state of Florida for Hispanic voters, we need to ascertain that they are citizens of the United States.

"We all know there are many Hispanic-speaking people in Florida that are not legal,’’ he said. “And I just don’t think it’s right that we try to draw a district that encompasses people that really have no business voting anyhow,” he said.

Florida will receive two additional congressional seats because of its population growth in the last 10 years that, according the U.S. Census data, was largely fueled by the surge in the state’s Hispanic population. Hays made the comments in response to a proposal being considered by the Senate Reapportionment Committee that would create a Hispanic-majority district in Central Florida, where the Puerto Rican population has exploded.

Cruz pointed out that Puerto Ricans are American citizens at birth.


Alabama senator apologizes for 'aborigines' remark


I'm really surprised this is the first I've heard of this, and googling gets me no earlier links than about his apology. He should step down immediately. This kind of language is de rigeur for Repuablicans now. Oh, and he's a teabagger. Whowouldathunk?

GARDENDALE, Ala. — A powerful Republican leader in the Alabama Senate apologized Tuesday for referring to blacks as "aborigines" on recordings played during a federal gambling corruption trial.

Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale said his comments "were careless and unnecessary" and he wants to set things right. Democrats said he ought to step down as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, even though the Republican Caucus has said he would remain.

Beason was recorded making the remarks about gamblers in predominantly black Greene County. He made the recordings while helping the FBI investigate claims of lawmakers being bribed by gambling interests to pass a bill legalizing video poker games.

In one transcript, Beason and two other Republican legislators were talking about economic development in Greene County and the customers at one of its largest employers, Greenetrack casino in Eutaw.

"That's y'all's Indians," one Republican said.

"They're aborigines, but they're not Indians," Beason replied


Jimmy Carter grandson to enter politics


By GottaLaff

Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson Jason announced he will run for a state Senate seat representing part of DeKalb County, Ga., as a Democrat. [...]

He says he thinks his family name and connections will be an asset, but voters will judge him on his merits.

He works in Atlanta for the law firm of Bondurant, Mixon and Elmore concentrating on voting rights issues.

I love seeing those last 5 words. A lot.