While the issue of gun control remains divisive, there are clear areas of agreement when it comes to a number of gun policy proposals. Fully 85% of Americans favor making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, with comparable support from Republicans, Democrats and independents. Similarly, 80% support laws to prevent mentally ill people from purchasing guns, with broad support across party lines.
But this bipartisan consensus breaks down when it comes to other proposals. Two-thirds of Americans (67%) favor creating a federal database to track gun sales, but there is a wide partisan divide between Democrats (84%) and Republicans (49%). A smaller majority of the public (55%) favors a ban on assault-style weapons; Independents (53%), Democrats (69%) also are far more likely than Republicans (44%) to support this. Similar partisan divides exist when it comes to banning high-capacity ammunition clips or the sale of ammunition online.
#like high-five to non-americans fo knowing so much shit about america #like this guy i follow who lives in australia is talking about gay marriage rights in minnesota #HOW DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MINNESOTA #i dont know the names of any provinces or states anywhere else #and ppl on my dash from brazil and scotland and everywhere talking about the electoral college and women representation in the us #I VOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OTHER COUNTRY’S POLITICS #YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME #YOU SEEM TO KNOW MORE ABOUT AMERICAN POLITICS THAN A LOT OF ACTUAL AMERICANS I KNOW
- WASHINGTON: Initiative 502 legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and over, but does not allow for personal cultivation, except by or for medical marijuana patients. It will license marijuana cultivation and retail and wholesale sales, with restrictions on advertising. Regulation will be the remit of the state liquor control board, which will have to come up with rules by December 2013. The measure creates a 25% excise tax on marijuana sales, with 40% of revenues dedicated to the general fund and 60% dedicated to substance abuse prevention, research, and healthcare. It also creates a per se driving under the influence standard of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.
- COLORADO: Amendment 64 allows adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana or six marijuana plants, three of which can be mature. It will create a system of state-licensed cultivation, manufacturing, and testing facilities and state-licensed retail stores. Local governments would have the option of regulating or prohibiting such facilities. The amendment also requires the state legislature to enact legislation governing industrial hemp cultivation, processing, and sale, and to create an excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales. The first $40 million of that annual revenue will be dedicated to building public schools.
Yeah, National Review. What could Chris Christie possibly have been thinking?!
HE NEEDED HURRICANE RELIEF, YOU *&$&% ADVISER. Ugh, these people sometimes.
Thank you, Newsweek.
You know, I have had no positive opinion of Chris Christie before: all I’ve seen him doing is being a blowhard and a jerk to random passersby. Facing the president after he had spent an election cycle panning him couldn’t have been the easiest act for a man as proud as he has shown himself to be. But for however proud Chris Christie is, that is forgivable in the face of how unselfish he has just proven himself to be. Personal egg on face? Pride in the toilet? Proven to be wrong in public forums about our president’s leadership? A lesser man would have tried to hold onto the vestiges of ego. But Chris Christie said, “People in my state are suffering. It’s time to go all in and forget about myself.”
I never thought I’d say this, but I like Chris Christie.
Still don’t like his policies. Most likely that would stop me from voting for him if ever I had the chance. But that is one mother-effing GENUINE politician. Whether he’s being a leader in a time of travesty or a hate-spewing partisan on the campaign trail, I believe that when he says something he believes it in that instant.
Of course, instances change. Our true merit, however, shows up when the hardship hits. Governor Christie eschewed all advances from Romney’s team because campaign-motivated acts would only add fuss and no value to his region. He just made hurricane related deductibles ILLEGAL in NJ, saving the people who need it most THOUSANDS of repair dollars at the cost of an insurance industry partly responsible for bankrolling his party. And he praised the man he once publicly condemned, based on actual evidence of leadership instead of what saying so would do to his political career.
His party is going to hate him forever. Go independent, Chris Christie. Go while you can. And thanks for looking out.
He reached across the aisle and gained my respect. It’s what every politician says they want to do, the Republican party should respect Christie for being brave enough to do it.
(Blame thewhoaman, who pitched me PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE STILES and BODYGUARD DEREK as a distraction from election stress.)
“I regret everything.” Stiles chews the straw in his Jack and Coke until it’s mangled beyond repair, and Derek hands him another one wordlessly. “Thanks. And yeah, I should have done it differently.”
Derek huffs. “Done what differently?”
“Anything. Everything. Oh god, what if they made a mistake about Ohio. What if California goes to Argent for some reason? What the fuck is up with Florida?!”
“Gerard Argent is a conniving intolerant bag of dicks,” Derek says, and Stiles’ laugh has a wild, manic edge to it. “You’ve got this. Stiles. Look at me.” He takes the drink from Stiles and holds him by the shoulders, looking him square in the eye and imagining that he can help lower his pulse through sheer force of will. “You’ve got this.”
“You’re just a bodyguard, what do you know? Oh, no, god,” Stiles softens immediately, his eyes going huge and bright with guilt. “I’m sorry. Derek, I’m sorry. You’re not just. You know you’re not. I’m just so scared.”
“I know.” And Derek does know; he’s got more to lose in this election than anyone. Argent’s big hot-button issue has always been his stance on werewolf rights. If he wins, there’ll be a registry. There’ll be a reassessment of job discrimination, and marriage laws, and, fuck, even restrictions on reproduction and child custody. Derek’s too young to be seriously considering kids, but still—he’s not ready to give up on it, either. “Do you think I’ll still be able to get a job getting in the way of bullets, if Argent wins?”
“Don’t say that.” Stiles grabs at Derek’s wrists desperately. “I’m going to win, and I’m going to legalize werewolves in the White House, and you’re going to be my Director of Speechwriting, just like I promised.”
“Well, who’s going to get in front of bullets for you, then?” Derek says. Stiles will probably assume he’s joking about that.
“Fuck that. You’re too good for that. You’re smart, and you keep me on track, and you’re already my unofficial assistant anyway.”
“Hey!” yells Scott through a mouthful of potato chips. “Rude. Never forget that your actual assistant was the one who convinced Oprah to agree to that dinner meeting with you that one time.”
“Not as long as I live, dude,” Stiles promises, and they high five over the back of the couch as Derek rolls his eyes. “Where the hell is Lydia, anyway?”
“She said she had separate VP business to attend to, and then dragged Whittemore out onto the balcony, so.” Derek feels his ears burn a little bit. “I’m keeping an ear out. Um. They’re fine.”
“Sometimes my jealousy of you just overwhelms my soul,” says Stiles, grinning impishly. His lids are heavy and his cheeks are a bit flushed from the stress and the alcoholic buzz, and Derek has spent a lot of time trying to keep their relationship professional over the years but he thinks he’s never felt a stronger urge to kiss someone in his entire damn life.
Instead, he tightens his fingers on Stiles’ shoulders and says “You’re going to win this. Because this country can be pretty dumb, but not thatdumb, and you’re the right choice. You’re going to be so good for us, and I’m. I’m proud of you.” He sighs, a little raggedly. “Even if you weren’t, you know, in charge of my future. I’d feel that way.”
And then, amazingly, ridiculously, Stiles slides his hands up from Derek’s wrists, over his forearms and biceps and all the way up to the back of his neck, in front of everyone, palms a bit cold and clammy butgod does Derek ever not give a fuck. “I don’t even care, for me,” he says. “Do you get that? I’m a wreck, I’m such a wreck right now and it’s 100 percent because I can’t stand what that fuckwad is going to do to you if he wins, okay? I can’t. And I’m saying it right now, and you can blame it on the stress or the adrenaline or the two and a half drinks I’ve had in the past hour because fucking Ohio, but I’m going to win, because I have to, for you. And once I do I’m going to kiss the absolute shit out of you and you’re just going to have to take it because I will be your Commander in Chief, buddy, and human/werewolf sex won’t be illegal in any state anymore because I’m legalizing it nationally, and then we’ll deal with the marriage laws, and oh my god just ignore me I’m sorry this is all Florida’s fault.”
“That should be your acceptance speech,” says Derek, dazed, and Stiles makes an impatient noise and pulls him in by the ears.
They’re still making out on the couch when the polls close in California and MSNBC finally calls the election for Stilinski/Martin. Scott leaves them to it, but not before snapping a picture on his phone to text to Laura.
From Nancy L. Cohen, The Guardian, 7 November 2012:
Women’s rights likewise played a starring role in one of last night’s unanticipated headlines. Twenty women, a record number, are likely headed to the US Senate. All but one are pro-choice Democrats who campaigned, as well, as feminists. The story in the US House of Representatives was similar, if not quite as spectacular. These female candidates were lifted to victory by women’s disgust at Republican attacks on women, which was then channeled by women-focused political action committees, such as Emily’s List, Women Vote, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, into successful and well-funded campaigns.
Women’s pro-Democratic leanings were particularly apparent in states with high-profile women candidates supported by these PACs. In Wisconsin, for example, Tammy Baldwin won women by a 17-point margin to became the first openly lesbian woman elected to the US Senate. Baldwin defeated former three-term governor and Bush cabinet secretary Tommy Thompson, who did nothing to endear himself with the ladies when he explained that he became a lobbyist because "my wife likes to shop, OK?"
Not only did women voters positively affirm their support for pro-women’s rights candidates and policies, they also rebuked the GOP for its multi-pronged assault on women’s rights. Down ballot and state contests offered more proof that the 2012 elections were a mandate for women’s rights. New Hampshire’s Tea Party standard-bearer, Ovide Lamontagne, a far-right Republican opponent of abortion and the state’s gay marriage law, admitted just a few weeks ago that he opposed equal pay laws. Democrat Maggie Hassan won the governor’s office with a 22-point margin among women.
The Republican party would do well to heed the message and take stock of its unpopular assault on women’s rights.
There’s a ton of misinformation going around Tumblr on this, so I’m going to post some actual facts on the situation before I go to bed.
Tammy Baldwin was one of 184 cosponsors of H.R. 2015, the trans-inclusive version of ENDA which was put before Congress in 2007. Unfortunately, Barney Frank — the bill’s originating sponsor — unilaterally withdrew H.R. 2015 from consideration and replaced it with H.R. 3685, a “gays only” version of ENDA. Frank argued that cutting trans rights out of ENDA was politically necessary because trans rights were an extremist position which would endanger moderate Democrats in swing states, whereas gay rights were “politically realistic”.
Tammy Baldwin not only refused to cosponsor H.R. 3685, but threw Frank’s betrayal of trans people in his face by introducing an amendment which would have reintroduced trans rights to ENDA while it was on the House floor, effectively reversing Frank’s replacement of H.R. 2015 with H.R. 3685. Barney Frank killed Baldwin’s amendment by cashing in favors with Democratic Party leaders, who told Baldwin that they would only let her introduce the floor amendment if she agreed to withdraw it before an actual vote was called. This way she would get ten minutes of floor debate time to make a public case for trans rights, but they would not under any circumstances permit a vote on the amendment.
It is neither accurate nor fair to call Tammy Baldwin a transphobe for not being powerful enough to single-handedly secure trans inclusion in ENDA against the entire fucking establishment of the Democratic Party. She stuck her neck way, way out to go to bat for trans people over ENDA, and that was an extremely courageous thing to do considering that she was a relative nobody in Congress explicitly going toe-to-toe with one ofthe most powerful men in Washington.
i knew barney frank was disgusting about trans folks, but here’s some more info on tammy baldwin.