Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, on why she’s going to the Log Cabin Republicans Convention

Sheriff Lupe Valdez

The Log Cabin Republicans will hold their National Convention in Dallas this coming weekend, and we’ll have a full story in Friday’s print edition. But because the convention actually begins Thursday, we figured we’d go ahead and post the full program sent out by the group earlier this week.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the program is a scheduled appearance by gay Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who is of course a Democrat.

Valdez, who’ll be one of the featured speakers at a Saturday luncheon, contacted us this week to explain her decision to accept the invitation from Log Cabin (not that we necessarily felt it warranted an explanation). Here’s what she said: 

“We have more things in common than we have differences, but it seems like in politics we constantly dwell on our differences,” Valdez said. “If we continue to dwell on our differences, all we’re going to do is fight. If we try to work on our common issues, we’ll be able to accomplish some things.”

On that note, below is the full program. For more information or to register, go here.

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Anderson Cooper Isn’t Terribly Impressed With Nir Rosen’s Lara Logan Apology

Anderson Cooper knows a little something about getting roughed up in Egypt when you're just trying to do your job, so perhaps he, more than anyone, has a special place in his heart for CBS News' Lara Logan, whose attack went much further into the sexual assault category. Which is why he has no sympathy for Nir Rosen, the NYU journalism fellow who resigned his post after tweeting things like "Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal," and kept him honest or whatever last night. Rightly, Rosen refers to himself as a "jerk" for his remarks. NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANDY!!


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Pee-Wee Herman And Anderson Cooper Guest Star In SNL’s Digital Short

Joe. My. God.

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Kramer Blasts Cooper for AIDS Special

ANDERSON COOPER 201001 X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMVeteran writer-activist Larry Kramer takes CNN’s Anderson Cooper to task
for the 360 host’s “lackluster, bloodless” and “wimpy” AIDS special which aired last night.
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Anderson Cooper mocks self proclaimed Anti-Gay Prophet

Go get her, Anderson.

Anderson Cooper was clearly unimpressed with Cindy Jacobs, the woman who has gained attention in recent days for her declaration that the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law is the cause of the death of thousands of birds in Arkansas, because he mocked her in his nightly “RidicuList” segment on Tuesday.

After summarizing Jacobs’ views, Cooper said, “Not following the logic there? Maybe that’s because, unlike Cindy Jacobs, you’re not a self-proclaimed, quote, unquote, ‘respected prophet.’”

He then played a video of Jacobs, who said that the bird deaths “could be because we have said it’s okay for people who commit these kinds of acts to be recognized in our military for the first time in our history.”


Anderson went on to describe how the self proclaimed prophet said that “nature will begin to talk to us when God is unhappy with current events,” and then he said he hoped that it would be more like the movie, “Babe.”

Does the good prophet have an explanation why the birds didn’t start dying when all our allies successfully integrated gay troops years ago?




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Watch: Ringing in 2011 with Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin, Snooki, Andy Cohen, and Key West Drag Queen Sushi

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Happy 2011 everyone!

If you spent last night away from a television set, here are clips of CNN's celebration with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, MTV's Snooki drop at the Jersey Shore, Bravo's Wig Drop with Andy Cohen, Kim Zolciak, and a bunch of drunk housewives, and Key West's drag queen Sushi.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin clips:







MTV's Snooki drop:

Andy Cohen and Bravo ring in the 2011 with some kissing and Kim Zolciak:



Key West's shoe drop with drag queen Sushi.


 



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Nene Leakes At Last Meets Her Boo Anderson Cooper, And Of Course They Discuss Lady Gaga

As Andy Cohen waved in (with his entire upper body, as he's known to do) a fight-night test run of a nightly version of Watch What Happens Live, he brought together Anderson Cooper and The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Nene Leakes — BFFs who've never met! Until last night, where the flirting (between Anderson and Nene, Andy and Anderson, Andy and Nene) was outrageous.

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Log Cabin Republican Clarke Cooper: “McCain Will Do The Right Thing.”

Lawrence O’Donnell invited Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, Clarke Cooper on his show to discuss prospects for legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the lame duck. In brief, possible, but there’s very little time on the clock.

(Don’t you wish you could just go home, whether the job was done or not? That hasn’t been MY employment experiences over the years. Senator Reid seems like a great boss.)

Lawrence frames his questioning by calling McCain’s position “transparently fraudulently,” a bait that Cooper declines to take, breezing right past it. Cooper expresses his confidence that, if the leaks of the Pentagon report prove to be true:

“…once the comprehensive review is published and shared with members of congress, I do believe that he will come around and do the right thing.”

My faith in the good will of John McCain and of Republicans in general, is perhaps, substantially less than that of Cooper. But let’s hope he’s right. The fate of legislative repeal pretty much rests in them being complicit or Harry Reid playing some serious hardball, like keep Senate in session right through Christmas if necessary. They can filibuster their bigotry right through the Baby Jesus’ birthday if Reid wants to take a stand.

Another interesting question O’Donnell brings up is:

“Is there any Democrat who’s willing to filibuster the bill if it does not have a repeal of don’t ask don’t tell in it?”

Cooper appropriately doesn’t comment, because, well, he’s a Republican, and likely doesn’t have any insight into what Democratic strategies exist.

It does seem like a good question to put to our Democratic leaders: Will you use the filibuster on any NDAA bill that does not include repeal?
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Anderson Cooper blasts Arkansas School Board Member Clint McCance

Anderson Cooper wants us to know the face and name of Clint McCance — and he blasted him. Anderson is becoming quite the activist. He wants McCance to come on his show, but that won’t happen. McCance is a tough guy on Facebook, wishing death on young gay kids. But, he couldn’t stand up to AC. This is definitely worth a watch:

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Anderson Cooper and Lady Gaga Kick Back A Few In London

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Anderson Cooper is in England interviewing Lady Gaga for 60 Minutes about her upcoming album "Born This Way." He tweeted this pic of the two wearing their best London pubwear. 


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