“Head Figure Head” more about journalism than about Gov. Rick Perry’s sex life

Head Figure Head, the new e-book from Glen Maxey, details the author’s arduous and frustrating six-month effort to investigate rumors of Gov. Rick Perry’s gay sex life. Maxey served as executive director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (now Equality Texas) during Perry’s tenure as a state representative, later serving for 12 years as a state representative, spanning Perry’s time as agricultural commissioner, lieutenant governor and governor. Of all the people who’ve attempted to look into the rumors of Perry’s trysts with men, Maxey is perhaps best positioned to get to the truth, and takes great pains to ensure we are aware of that fact.

The book is the narrative of Maxey’s research, assisted by a journalist from a national media outlet. Like almost every character in the book other than Maxey and Perry himself, “the Journalist” is referred to only as a pseudonym. Maxey and the Journalist begin their search for proof in June 2011 as rumors of Perry’s impending presidential bid are widely circulating. Immediately the pair find that almost every gay man in Austin has a friend who has a friend who claims to have slept with Perry. For the next three months they track those leads and come excruciatingly close to breaking the story.

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Health Insurance Lobby Gave $86M To Fight Health Care Reform

A coalition of insurance companies donated over M to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to fight the passage of health care reform. The Chamber is notoriously run by GOP-insiders.

The spending exceeded the insurer group’s entire budget from a year earlier and accounted for 40 percent of the Chamber’s 4.6 million in 2009 spending. The expenditures reflect the insurers’ attempts to influence the bill after Democrats in Congress and the White House put more focus on regulation of the insurance industry. The .2 million paid for advertisements, polling and grass roots events to drum up opposition to the bill that’s projected to provide coverage to 32 million previously uninsured Americans, according to Tom Collamore, a Chamber of Commerce spokesman. The Chamber used the funds to “advance a market- based health-care system and advocate for fundamental reform that would improve access to quality care while lowering costs,” it said in a statement.

“Grass roots.” Right. The companies in the coalition include UnitedHealth and Cigna.

(Via – Alan Colmes)

Joe. My. God.

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Veterans Lobby Senate Staff in Fargo

Last week, veterans from the Fargo area shared their experiences in the military with staff from the offices of Senator Dorgan and Senator Conrad. Wayne Danielson also wrote to the Fargo Forum:

I served in the Navy from 1986-90, and all the men in my family have been in the military. I enlisted and quickly progressed through the ranks. After deployments to the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, where I served as an aviation storekeeper, I was offered a position on the admiral’s staff in Norfolk, Va. I turned down this opportunity because I no longer wanted to live a lie.

This was prior to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but I decided that in order to live up to the values of honesty and integrity, I had to leave the military. I was the best in my field, yet I was forced to hide who I was in order to serve my country. It’s time for Congress to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” before we lose more qualified service members.”

We all know that the August recess is a great time to meet with lawmakers and their staff. Click here to see exactly where your members of Congress stand on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

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