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CCGLA surveys candidates, sets meet-and-greet events

As municipal elections approach, the Collin County Gay & Lesbian Alliance has sent an online survey to city council, school board and mayoral candidates in Allen, Frisco, Plano and McKinney, and “meet-and-greet” sessions for candidates are planned in Frisco, Plano and McKinney in April.

The organization will also create and distribute a voters’ guide.

The Plano “meet-and-greet” will be held on Friday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at a private residence. For more information, go online to CCGLA.org.

Results of CCGLA’s candidate surveys will be posted on the CCGLA website prior to each event. The events are informal, non-partisan, and all candidates are invited.

Oak Cliff Earth Day to feature vendors, info booths and more

Oak Cliff Earth Day, which has become the largest all-volunteer-run Earth Day since it started five years ago, will be held on Sunday, April 17, from noon to 5 p.m. at Lake Cliff Park, located at the intersection of Colorado Street and Zang Boulevard in Oak Cliff.

There is no charge to attend the event, which will include art, food, plants and other environmentally-friendly products available for purchase.

There will also be educational booths on topics such as how to save energy and clean up the environment, along with locally-grown honey, animals to adopt and native plants for gardens.

Parking at the park is limited, however, free parking is available at Methodist Hospital, in Lot 10 only, located at 1400 S. Beckley Ave. across from the hospital entrance on Beckley Ave. Methodist Hospital is providing a shuttle bus from the parking lot to the event.

Participants are also encouraged to take DART to the event or walk or ride a bicycle. There are a number of bike racks, funded by Oak Cliff Earth Day, at the park.

Mayoral candidates to speak Sunday on animal issues in Dallas

Dallas’ mayoral candidates will participate in a forum on animal issues in the city of Dallas on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Central Dallas Library, 1515 Young St., in downtown Dallas. The Metroplex Animal Coalition is sponsoring the forum, with is free and open to the public. Journalist Larry Powell with Urban Animal magazine will moderate.

The mayoral candidates are former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle, Councilman Ron Natinsky, real estate consultant Edward Okpa and Mike Rawlings, former Pizza Hut CEO and Dallas homeless czar.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 8, 2011.

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First They Come Out Of Them. Then The Gays Clean Their Closets

The Regulars Comic, from Karl Hampe, is published every Friday on Queerty.

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Audio: Iowa For Freedom might win. But not with a clean conscience.

More deliberately anti-intellectual assessments of the Iowa judicial retention vote, this time from Maggie Gallagher:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: Maggie Gallagher, segment 2 [Drew Mariani Show, 11/1/10]

That whole “what is this, Russia?” thing? It comes straight from NOM’s latest e-blast. It’s their strategy here: To act like opponents of the vindictive attempt to oust judges based on one personal whim about one certain decision are opposing the right to vote itself. Maggie and Co. know that their unbelievably narrow read of these judge’s long careers is an indefensible misuse of the retention system (which was designed to take politics out of the independent judiciary), so they’ve changed the conversation to make it sound as if they are the ultimate defenders of the retention process, while the pro-equality, pro-fairness side is standing in opposition to the same.

As per usual, it’s outright deceit designed to cleanse the hands and moral compasses of those who are lashing out in unneighborly ways. And once again: It just might work here in talking point-happy America, where everything from the “[insert rock star] had to have his stomach pumped” story to the “protect marriage” rhetoric survives due to repetition rather than truth.




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Judge sends NOM to study hall to clean up their homework

Can you say embarrassing?  A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit NOM filed to challenge Rhode Island’s campaign finance laws because their briefs were incomprehensible garbage.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi said that the lawsuit from the National Organization for Marriage is disorganized, vague and poorly constructed. The judge said the relevant allegations were “buried” in the lawsuit.

Lisi dismissed the lawsuit, but said the group has the option to refile it by Wednesday.

Up to its usual tricks, NOM is attempting to run political ads against pro-equality candidates without having to play by the rules like everyone else.  Namely, they refuse to report expenditures and mind the spending limits set by law for political action committees.  Just another example of how the anti-family crowd is trying to remodel the Klan hood into a 21st century configuration.
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Boston Globe editorial on Mehlman: ‘Now, clean out the closet’

They’re asking him to clean out the closet:

[I]t would be wrong to brush off Mehlman’s appeal for compassion. The coming out process can be complex and painful, especially for those who experience it publicly. To his credit, Mehlman has already begun to throw his weight behind gay causes. This year, he offered fundraising and strategic advice to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group that supported the legal challenge to California’s ballot initiative against gay marriage. As a high-profile, openly gay Republican, Mehlman is in a unique position to advance gay rights within his party. He might consider working to overturn some of the anti-gay measures he supported in the past. Then he could more credibly ask for the understanding — and support — he desires.




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