• GOP strips U.S. defense bill of LGBT protections

    (WCT) LGBT-rights activists and organizations decried the May 18 passage of a new National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA ) containing an anti-LGBT provision.

  • GOP Sweep Heightens Anxiety for Many Transgender Americans

    (AP) Anxiety is high among many transgender Americans after the sweeping Republican election victory. They fear stronger resistance to their push for civil-rights protections, including broader access to public restrooms, and wonder if their newly won right to serve openly in the military is in jeopardy.

  • GOP Wants To Broaden Appeal, But Will Candidates Get In The Way?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anyone in America can grow up to be president, as the saying goes — unless you happen to be a Muslim, a leading Republican presidential candidate believes.

  • Hambycast: Rand Paul's Campus Challenge

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) -- Campus politics aren't always a clear winner for Rand Paul, as he discovered here this week during an appearance at the College of Charleston.

  • Hardcore Pastor Wants Gays Stoned and Female Clergy Banned

    A Tennessee pastor went on record Sunday during a television broadcast and condoned the practice of stoning gay people for their "sin," Christian Today reports.

  • House GOP Boasts Diversity And New Conservatives

    There's Mia Love from Utah, the first black Republican woman to serve in the House.

  • Huckabee: Stop Coddling the Gays, Or I'll Leave the GOP

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as laid it on the line: Stop accepting gay marriage and abortion, or he will leave the GOP.

  • Iowa Congressman Says Natural Family Is Man & Woman Together

    Iowa Rep. Steve King vigorously defended his views on marriage, telling CNN's Chris Cuomo that promoting "natural" families is the best thing for presidential candidates to do.

  • Kansas GOP Votes to Oppose Validating Transgender Identity

    (AP) The Kansas Republican Party has voted to oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity.

  • McCain Leads Field of Log Cabin Republicans Endorsements

    Despite a spotty record on LGBT rights that included co-sponsorship of the anti-gay First Amendment Defense Act, Sen. John McCain of Arizona picked up the endorsement of LGBT conservative group Log Cabin Republicans.

  • Mich. RNC Official Defends Anti-Gay Remarks on Christian Show

    The Michigan Republican National Committee member who is being pressured by fellow republicans to step down, stopped by Bryan Fischer’s show on American Family Association Radio to defend himself.Right Wing Watch reports.

  • Michele Bachmann Warns US May Be Destroyed Like Sodom & Gomorrah

    Former U.S. representative and failed 2012 GOP presidential hopeful returned to the airwaves to warn the faithful that America may be getting some Old Testament style divine retribution for its dangerous stance on marriage equality and reproductive rights.

  • Michigan GOP Doesn't Address Anti-Gay Comments

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan Republicans have taken no official steps to rebuke the kinds of anti-gay comments made recently by GOP National Committee member Dave Agema.

  • Michigan GOP Official Rejects Calls to Resign

    WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee rejected calls to resign Friday after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.

  • Missouri GOP Candidates for Governor Talk LGBT Issues

    (AP) Missouri's four Republican candidates for governor are weighing in on national and state policies that would affect LGBT people amid nationwide discussions that gained traction after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all states.

  • Official with Anti-Gay History in Hot Water Over Racist Facebook Posts

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A county elections official in North Carolina will have a chance to defend himself Thursday as he faces removal over racially tinged Facebook posts praising the Confederacy and suggesting that black citizens who participated in protests against state policies weren't "productive good citizens" with jobs.

  • Ohio GOP Pol Draws Fire for Sign Asking Trans People to 'Pull Down Your Pants'

    (EDGE) A Republican politician from Ohio is drawing criticism for an offensive sign he put up outside his mechanic shop that asks transgender people to "pull down your pants," Ohio newspaper The Chronicle reports.

  • OpEd: GOP Strategy Won't Fool Women

    (CNN) -- If they're going to pull out a victory in the midterm elections, Republicans need to win over women. But they're doing everything in their power to alienate them, from pushing extreme anti-abortion measures that even most Republican voters oppose to blocking equal-pay legislation to, well, just opening their mouths. A leading Republican congressional candidate in Georgia recently said, sure, a woman can run for office if she is "within the authority of her husband."

  • Opening Line, July 20 2016

    Trump Picks Pence As VP

    Rob Bullock: I lived in Indiana. He is a homophobic, anti-women's rights, slashed money from 4-year state colleges and ignored the states failing roads and infra-structure while bragging about building a $2 billion surplus. He and his cronies gave millions in tax-credits to companies for jobs that never materialized and have done everything than can to hide this fact.

    Barry Davis: Well Pence had to do something. He certainly wouldn't get reelected in IN...he's only got a 39% approval rating. Trump & the race is twice as creepy!

    James Smith: TP for your bunghole 2016!


    GOP Platform Most Anti-LGBT Ever

    Warren A. Baxter: Lincoln would never be a republican today. At least not this corrupt Republican Party.

    Joe Lagana: they are no longer the party of Lincoln. They haven't been for a while now.

    Steve Johnson: nothing new here.


    Letter Writer Takes Issue With Progress Bar Towing Cars

    Tommy Peek: I would almost agree with the letter...EXCEPT... The parking lot is clearly marked and as per the letter, already known that they will tow. So, bottom line.. The rules DO apply to you. As you obviously discovered. Sucks to get towed, but I'd bet you won't let it happen again. Sometimes life lessons can be quite expensive.

    Joel S. Slotnick: It stinks beyond stink. But in general days of the bars working in tandem are long gone. It has become so cut-throat. Everyone tows, there are meters everywhere. And from what I understand, one of the lots that is free during the day and charges you to park at night will be having meters or a pay machine installed in the not too distant future. Wilton Drive is going to put itself 6 ft under and wonder why..........The friendly is slowly going away. Sad.........

    Tz Terri: Rudest bar on the drive and I'm not referring about the towing issuer.

    Steven William Talbert: I've only been to Progress Bar twice. Both times it became obvious that their servers ignore patrons over the age of 40.

    Steven AlanAlan: Sad, crying, and memorizing does not justify parking in a private lot without consequences.

  • Opinion: Who Won The Republican Debate

    (CNN) -- The ancient Greeks established a path to winning a debate long ago. The effectiveness of an argument, or its persuasiveness, according to Aristotle in his "Art of Rhetoric", can be determined by analyzing three types of appeals: ethos (character), logos (reasoning) and pathos (emotion). All were on display in the first Republican primary debate Thursday in Cleveland.