Gay Dems to party during GOP debate

Both Stonewall Democrats of Dallas and Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats plan watch parties for tonight’s GOP presidential debate in Michigan, which begins at 7 p.m. local time. DSYD’s watch party, “Republican Retox,” will be hosted by Jenna Skyy at Axiom Sushi Lounge in the ilume:

To spice things up a bit, we’re going to play a little game while we listen to all the intelligent things that will likely be said by the GOP candidates. Think something along the lines of “Waterfalls”… but with choice phrases like “family values” and “defense of marriage.”

We’re also planning a political trivia game with a surprise twist that NO ONE will want to miss.

SDD, meanwhile, is joining with other local Democratic groups at the Angelika Dallas for “What the Heck Will They Say Next?”:

Say what you will about the GOP debates, they’ve been entertaining. From Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 to Mitt Romney’s flip-flop of the week, you never know what’s coming next. And Rick Perry, don’t even get us started.

This November 9, join New Leaders Texas, Obama for America, and Dallas area Democratic clubs as we watch the next debate live on the big screen, drink optional adult beverages, and play GOP bingo (with some nifty prizes to boot). Admission free.


—  John Wright

Log Cabin lauds candidates for ‘focus on jobs’

R. Clarke Cooper

Shockingly, the GOP presidential candidates weren’t specifically asked about LGBT issues during Wednesday night’s two-hour debate in Simi Valley, Calif. Which prompted Log Cabin Republicans, the gay GOP group, to issue a press release this afternoon lauding the candidates for their “focus on jobs.”

“Americans tired of President Obama’s failed leadership tuned in to the GOP debate looking for an alternative to the gimmicks and empty rhetoric they will hear in tonight’s speech before Congress,” Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper said in the press release. “They were not disappointed. While the candidates onstage represent a broad cross-section of the Republican family, all were united in the belief that our government is spending beyond its means and making too many promises it can’t keep. Despite our differences, Republicans today are united in our mission to send Barack Obama back to Chicago and get our country back on the right track.

“Several of the candidates acquitted themselves well in the debate, such as Governor Huntsman’s declaration of independence from documents like the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-federalist marriage pledge,” Cooper said. “Log Cabin Republicans urge all candidates to be relentless in their focus on the Obama’s greatest weaknesses — jobs and the economy. Divisive special interest pledges like NOM’s only distract from that message and turn off the voters we need to be including to win the White House.”

—  John Wright