I don’t have much money to donate, so I assume politicians don’t care about me personally. But I guess I forgot about various “voting blocs” and how I’m probably listed on a sheet somewhere as “female,” “middle-class” and maybe “shrieking feminist harpy.” Even though — obviously — all Latinos or veterans or parents don’t vote the same way, politicians and their henchmen know they can reach these groups by appealing to issues that are important to them. And according to The New York Times, the voting bloc du jour, the one that could make a difference in the 2014 midterm elections, are single women. Keep reading »
I guess the good ol’ boys of Texas get started early.
The progressive Texas politics blog Burnt Orange Report reported on Friday that nearly 1,000 high school-aged boys gathered in early June for the annual, nonpartisan Boys State conference, where they learn firsthand about politics. The students are split into two fake parties, the Federalist Party and the Nationalist Party, and are meant to learn basic civics lessons such as how to run for office and pass legislation. Another conference for young women in Texas, called Girls State, is held separately. Sounds as wholesome and American as apple pie, yes? Keep reading »
To understand why Amara Enyia is running for mayor of Chicago, you have to understand Chicago a little first: Chicago is one city made up of about 75 neighborhoods, and within those there are neighborhoods-within-neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods reflect the city’s vast diversity: Pilsen is a historically Mexican neighborhood, and is home to the National Museum of Mexican Art and the International Latino Cultural Center; Humboldt Park is historically Puerto Rican; Uptown, Garfield Park, Austin, Kenwood, Pullman, and Bronzeville are just a few of the historic African-American neighborhoods; Albany Park has a huge Korean population; Andersonville is historically Swedish while Lincoln Square is historically German; we have a Polish Corridor, a Ukranian Village, Greektown, Chinatown, Little India, and Little Italy. Lakeview is our GLBT hub, Wicker Park was gentrified 20 years ago and is where musicians, artists, artisans and hipster hang out. Within the metropolitan area, we have one of the largest Jewish populations. Keep reading »
“I think [encouragement to become the first female president] reflects a desire on the part of a lot of Americans, not just women, that we have unfinished business. I’m certainly in the camp that says we need to break down that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics. To have a woman President is something I would love to see happen, but I’ll just have to make my own decision about what I think is right for me.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on the cover of People magazine this week, which methinks is proof enough that she may have made her own decision already. (Also? Her forthcoming memoir is called Hard Choices, which seems like a deliberately tough-sounding title to me.) But of course, then People had to go and ask her about the hard-nosed, pressing matter of her hair: Keep reading »
When I think of the American Dream, I don’t just see images of white picket fences and fathers kissing their children before they leave for work.
I see an African-American mother of two dropping her children off at school and driving to her place of employment with the confidence that she’ll have enough gas to get to work and enough food to cook dinner. I imagine a Latina mother able to save enough money to help her son go to the college of his choice regardless of the rising cost of tuition. I see an America where working 40 hours a week allows women of all backgrounds the opportunity to gain prosperity and success. But how can anyone achieve such a dream on $7.25 an hour? They can’t.
We need to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 to help hardworking families who are struggling to scrape by. In tough economic times, there are few policies that could have as immediate, and as dramatic, of a boost for American workers, particularly for women of color. Keep reading »
Student loan debt in America currently totals $1.2 trillion, and is rising quickly. As graduation day approaches, the class of 2014 might be feeling less than hopeful about their future, faced with a less-than-stellar job market and tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars of debt accrued in the process of getting a degree. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is working hard to give those students a chance at a life that’s not defined by endless interest payments and constant phone calls from debt collectors. On Tuesday, she filed a bill in the Senate that would allow students to refinance their loans at the current rate (which is 3.86% right now).
“This is an economic emergency, and we can’t ignore it any longer,” she said. Keep reading »
Conservative shock jock Glenn Beck is very angry about a lot of things. One in particular? Politicians who opposed marriage equality before they supported it — not because Beck himself actually cares about marriage equality, mind you — he just thinks these politicians are hypocrites. And the biggest hypocrite of them all is Hillary Clinton, of whom Beck said:
“I’m telling you, Hillary Clinton will be having sex with a woman on the White House desk if it becomes popular. “
To what do we owe this sort of graphic visual image? Beck wasn’t relying on his own tawdry imagination, but instead a decades-old rumor from political consultant Dick Morris. The disgraced Morris started as a friend of the Clintons and after a falling-out (including a prostitution scandal), he is now one of the Clintons’ biggest adversaries. Morris is responsible for pretty much flat-out saying that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian, which, as a former close friend, people assumed he would know.
I don’t care what sexual orientation Hillary Clinton is (though I would love an LGBT president in the future for sure). I find it pretty depressing that one rumor has gotten loads of replay over the years, resurfacing almost always in ultra-right-wing media but also occasionally in liberal LGBTQ ones. I did a little search, digging into only the last decade, and came up with quite a bit of history for the Hillary Clinton lesbian rumors…
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What’s more cynical than suggesting George Clooney got engaged to Amal Alamuddin because he either knocked her up or is trying to do preemptive damage control on an incoming gay scandal? My new theory that Clooney is giving up his dedication to the bachelor life to marry the accomplished lawyer — someone “on his level,” finally! — because he’s going to announce a run for political office. HEAR ME OUT.
Rumors that Clooney has his eye on Washington have swirled for awhile now and the actor is certainly one of the more politically vocal celebs in Hollywood. His views on social and economic issues aren’t particularly radical or outside the status quo and he’s been rewarded with a certain level of insider status, serving as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since 2008. As an Oscar-winning actor and accomplished director, he’s pretty much peaked in his chosen career. Perhaps it’s time for a second? Keep reading »