In 1972, after the Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club delivered one-third of the signatures needed to secure George McGovern the first position on the California Democratic primary ballot, gay rights and political activist James Foster was added to the list of speakers at the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami, Florida. Originally, Foster had been given a prime time speaking slot, but George McGovern’s campaign manager, future U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart, changed it to a 3:00 a.m. speaking slot. The campaign had decided they needed to tone down their radical image. Foster and fellow delegate Madeline Davis were the first openly LGBT people ever to address a national party convention. He called upon the Democratic Party to add a gay rights plank to the party platform, saying:
We do not come to you begging your understanding or pleading your tolerance. We come to you affirming our pride in our lifestyle, affirming the validity of our right to seek and to maintain meaningful emotional relationships and affirming our right to participate in the life of this country on an equal basis with every citizen.
Foster and other gay rights activists got a minority report to the floor, but the plank was defeated. Instead he Democrats included “the right to be different” in their 1972 platform. According to the party, this right included the right to “maintain a cultural, ethnic heritage or lifestyle, without being forced into a compelled homogeneity”
Interestingly in 1973 Foster was approached by fledgling gay politician Harvey Milk . Milk sought Foster’s endorsement for his first campaign for Supervisor. Foster, who through the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club had staked out a position that it was best for the gay community to work with liberal establishment politicians than try to elect gay candidates, refused to support Milk’s campaign. This led to an animosity between the men which lasted until Harvey Milk’s assassination in 1978. It has been suggested that this event led to the founding of the alternate Harvey Milk-founded San Francisco Gay Democratic Club.
America’s first openly gay Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has reached his goal for campaign donations, meaning he’s officially secured an invite to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) first debate for potential candidates in the 2020 presidential election .
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) requires a minimum of 65,000 individual donors in order for a candidate to be invited to the debate stage happening in June.
A spokesman with the Pete for America Exploratory Committee says, “We are building a community that believes in this bold vision for the future, and there are tens of thousands of people (75,025 to be exact) around the country who invested because they believe a Midwestern, millennial, war veteran, mayoral voice should be part of the conversation.”
Buttigieg the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana brimming with Midwestern authenticity, sincerity, and intelligence captured a large portion of CNN’s audience earlier this month in his first nationally televised town hall.
GO MAYOR PETE! – Pete for America!
Thanks to you, we hit the @TheDemocrats 65,000 donor goal in order to be invited to the first debate. But we are going to need to raise a lot more money to compete. pic.twitter.com/SCOAZ20UuG— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) March 16, 2019
The Democratic National Committee voted on Saturday to significantly curtail the power of superdelegates and make presidential caucuses more accessible.
The reform package, pushed by DNC Chairman Tom Perez and allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, among others, passed overwhelmingly despite objections from a vocal minority of its membership at the DNC’s summer meeting two years after the process started.
“Today is a historic day for our party. We passed major reforms that will not only put our next presidential nominee in the strongest position possible, but will help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot, across the country.” said Perez.
The change will prohibit superdelegates from voting for president at the party’s 2020 convention, unless the outcome is already assured or it deadlocks, which hasn’t happened in decades. The vast majority of superdelegates sided with Hillary Clinton over Sanders in their primary fight two years ago.
The new rules will also make caucuses more accessible by requiring state parties to accept absentee votes, addressing concerns that the caucuses are less democratic than primaries because they require people to physically attend the events in order to participate in the presidential nominating process in their state.
Critics of the new reforms argued that it would disenfranchise party leaders and create tension between Democratic lawmakers and their constituents while others argued it gave Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, undue influence over the DNC.
“I believe God’s hand was involved in this election. I base that on going to all 50 capital cities and seeing the hundreds of thousands of people who came to pray. They didn’t come to hear me preach — they came from across their state to pray. They stood in rain, in snow, in the heat of summer to pray — confessing the sins of our nation to God and asking for forgiveness. Confessing their personal sins and asking for forgiveness.
“They prayed that God would bless this nation and that this nation would be healed and turned around from the direction it was going. I asked these people to start prayer cells in each community — to come together to pray for this country. I believe in this election God’s hand was behind the scenes.
“I don’t have emails to pull out. I don’t have any kind of proof — it’s just something I believe in my heart because I saw what was happening in every state, and I think it was just the tip of the iceberg of what was going on across this country. Everywhere I went, people sensed that we were going the wrong direction and only God could turn it around.” – Franklin (Crazy as a Fucking Bedbug) Graham , speaking to Stream.
God truly does work in mysterious ways Franklin… like the DNC being crooked and lets not forget Russian malware, fishing, and DDoS attacks.
Pete Buttigieg, the out and proud gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced he is running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee in a video released Thursday.
The Hill reports:
Buttigieg, 34, was considering entering the race last month and said he received phone calls from DNC members both in his home state and nationally. The New York Times first reported the news of him entering the race.
Buttigieg, who is openly gay, is a Harvard graduate and a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve. He made an unsuccessful run for Indiana state treasurer in 2010.
He joins a growing field for DNC chair, which also includes South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison, New Hampshire Democratic Party Raymond Buckley and Idaho Democratic Party executive director Sally Boynton Brown.
Harvard University-educated, a Rhodes Scholar and a U.S. Navy Reserve officer, Buttigieg became the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with more than 100,000 residents when he took office at age 30 in 2012.
Last year, he publicly announced he was gay in a newspaper op-ed following the firestorm over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling recognizing same-sex marriages.
The New York Times reports:
Pennsylvania will apparently not have a statewide recount of its votes, removing the last long-shot hope by opponents of Donald J. Trump that a review of the ballots could overturn his election as president.
In a filing on Saturday, a lawyer for Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, who began the recount bids in Pennsylvania — as well as in Michigan and Wisconsin — said “petitioners are regular citizens of ordinary means” and could not afford a $1 million bond payment that was ordered by Pennsylvania courts.
Lawyers for Pennsylvania Republicans and Mr. Trump had asked a judge on Thursday to dismiss Ms. Stein’s request, saying she had not identified any fraud or illegal activity during the Nov. 8 election.
Lawrence J. Tabas, the general counsel of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, said on Saturday that the withdrawal served as “recognition” that the Stein-led effort was “completely without merit,” and that the decision to drop the case “assures that President-elect Trump will be declared the winner by the Electoral College,” which meets on Dec. 19.
In a statement, Ms. Stein left open the possibility that she had further plans in Pennsylvania, and promised a “major announcement” on Monday morning. She criticized the $1 million bond needed to proceed with a recount.
“This is yet another sign that Pennsylvania’s antiquated election law is stacked against voters,” Ms. Stein said. “We will pursue every available remedy to ensure Pennsylvanians can trust what happened in this election.”
Now before everyone out there jumps on Jill Stein. We must remember that the Democrats and Hillary herself have done NOTHING. Even Al Gore fought harder. Hillary conceded way too early and is now somewhere licking her wounds and putting up no fight. The election was theirs to lose and the DNC and Hillary did lose it. And it was NOT Steins fault. They alienated progressive votes, and took for granted that they would vote for her. They did not reach out to African Americans and the Latino population enough opting to believe that it would be a given that they would not vote for Trump when in reality more minority voters swung Republican this year than in the past two Presidential races. Also Hill and the DNC did not run a race on “issues” instead of opting instead for the campaign of “who’s better qualified” And Hillary’s baggage did not help.
So before you blame Jill Stein and progressives take a step back and blame the real culprits who are responsible for losing this election. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee themselves. Because without blaming them it will never get any better.
Shared from Politico:
Rep. Keith Ellison formally announced his candidacy to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “I am proud to announce my candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and if given the opportunity to serve, I will work tirelessly to make the Democratic Party an organization that brings us together and advances an agenda that improves people’s lives,” Ellison said in a statement released Monday afternoon.
The Minnesota congressman had been laying the groundwork to run for DNC chairman even before the deep losses Democrats suffered on Election Day. In recent days, his efforts have begun to come into public view. Ellison, who played a prominent role in Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, has already been endorsed for chairman by Sanders and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid, as well as Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also said.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has already announced that he’s running for DNC chairman and the field of candidates is likely to expand. Last week, Dean argued that Ellison couldn’t adequately serve as both DNC chairman and as a member of Congress. “You cannot do this job and sit in a political office at the same time. It’s not possible,” Dean said in an interview on MSNBC. That view is shared by critics of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s tenure as DNC chairwoman. But Ellison’s supporters insist that the Minnesota congressman can juggle both jobs.
Ellison is the first first Muslim ever elected to Congress and Howard Dean is currently the Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant for the Government Affairs practice at McKenna, Long & Aldridge and could not even win the Presidential nomination in 2004 against John Kerry because of a scream.
Who would you pick?
Little Tony is very upset. And no one has a single fuck to give
Common sense isn’t the only thing that fell by the wayside in the DNC platform — so did religious liberty. America’s first freedom didn’t make the cut in what everyone agrees is the most radical document of the party’s history. In order to make room for its outrageous LGBT agenda, the DNC is admitting what they’ve implied since Chai Feldblum: religious liberty is incompatible with sexual liberalism.
The president’s former head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In the effort to find balance between special rights and religious liberty, Feldblum had an interesting solution: “Gays win; Christians lose.” I have a hard time, she famously said, “coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”
Now, after years of phony soundbites about coexistence and compromise, the president’s party openly agrees. And while they can’t take an eraser to the Constitution, they have taken it to their guiding document, scrubbing it of the First Amendment’s most basic protections.
During this week’s events, liberals weren’t even feigning attempts at middle ground in their latest push for genderless bathrooms, special treatment for transgenders, gay sex-ed curriculum, gay history, and more. Instead, the mask came off, and Americans finally saw the ideology for what it is: fiercely and proudly intolerant.
During one session, when scenarios about Christian bakers, florists, and business owners came up, the ACLU refused to offer even a fig leaf of conscience protections. “Does someone’s religion trump my freedom,” an attendee asked? According to World magazine’s Jamie Dean, the group’s James Esseks replied, “My answer to that question is no.” Then, providing a glimpse into the battles already being fought, he bragged, “We’re working on keeping those laws from happening in the first place.”
When Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who identifies as gay, suggested there may be room to accommodate men and women of faith, it was treated like blaspheme. A spokesman for the pro-LGBT Gill Foundation quickly interjected: “I want to be careful that we don’t say there is a kind of balance between equality and religious freedom.”
Now that liberals have gotten what they wanted out of same-sex marriage, there’s no point in hiding the rest of the agenda — which, unfortunately, too many Americans never saw coming. – Tony Per-KKK-ins
Tony our tears… They’re so salty and delicious.