Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson could be another pro-marriage GOP presidential candidate

Gary Johnson

Former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (1995-2003) will run for president, according to the best source for Republican news, Fox News.

Fox reports that Johnson, who favors same-sex marriage, abortion rights and legalizing marijuana, will skip forming an exploratory committee and announce his candidacy by the end of April.

Johnson doesn’t sound like a Republican. He has said, “I don’t think you’ll ever hear me invoking God in anything I do.” He said he doesn’t listen to Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh.

On Arizona’s immigration law, he said it would lead to racial profiling. And of the 10-foot wall being built across parts of the border with Mexico, he said, “A 10-foot wall requires an 11-foot ladder.” He also said Iraq and Afghanistan do not threaten our security and we shouldn’t be there.

So why is Johnson running as a Republican? His main issue is the economy. He believes in slashing spending and his four main targets are Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and defense.

The only announced candidate for the Republican nomination as of the end of March was Fred Karger, who is openly gay and created Californians Against Hate to oppose Prop 8 in California.

Johnson’s strategy is similar to Karger’s, which is to win in the first primary and caucus states — New Hampshire and Iowa — both of which have same-sex marriage.

Anti-gay candidates like Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have not announced their intentions. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has opened an exploratory committee, and GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann reportedly plans to. Meanwhile, Donald Trump said he can’t announce his candidacy until the end of the current season of Celebrity Apprentice. At least if Trump wins, we’ll always know where his priorities are — with his employers at defense contractor and NBC-owner GE.

—  David Taffet

Poll: Gov. Perry, President Obama tied in Texas

Gov. Rick Perry

If Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry runs for president, he may have a hard time winning his own state.

A hypothetical matchup between Perry and President Barack Obama shows them tied in Texas, with each capturing 45 percent of the would-be vote, according to a survey conducted earlier this month by Public Policy Polling.

Perry faired the worst of several Republicans who were pitted against Obama in hypothetical matchups, according to the Texas Tribune:

Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin would beat Obama in Texas by just a single point, 47 percent to 46 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads Obama in Texas 49 to 42, while former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich leads the presdient 48 to 43. The Republican who fares best against Obama in Texas is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who trounces him 55 to 39.

In other polling news, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney easily won the first presidential straw ballot of the 2012 cycle, capturing 35 percent of the vote among New Hampshire Republicans. Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished second with 11 percent, followed by former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty with 8 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 7 percent. Gov. Perry was not included in the poll.

—  John Wright

Oklahoma outlaws the Ten Commandments

These are now illegal in Oklahoma

On Nov. 2, Oklahomans voted on a proposition that made Sharia law illegal in the state.

The proposition reads:

This measure amends the State Constitution. It changes a section that deals with the courts of this state. It would amend Article 7, Section 1. It makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases. It forbids courts from considering or using international law. It forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law.

International law is also known as the law of nations. It deals with the conduct of international organizations and independent nations, such as countries, states and tribes. It deals with their relationship with each other. It also deals with some of their relationships with persons.

The law of nations is formed by the general assent of civilized nations. Sources of international law also include international agreements, as well as treaties.

Sharia Law is Islamic law. It is based on two principal sources, the Koran and the teaching of Mohammed.

What most Oklahomans undoubtedly fail to realize is that the Ten Commandments are part of Sharia law, so their 70 percent vote to outlaw Sharia also outlawed the Ten Commandments.

A number of groups have already filed challenges based on the First Amendment prohibition on any law “respecting an establishment of religion” or impeding the free exercise of religion.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he would like a similar federal law.

The goal, according to the measure’s Republican sponsor, Rex Duncan, was a pre-emptive strike to stop liberal judges from undermining the principles upon which America is based.

Maybe Duncan thinks judges are ruling in favor of same-sex marriage and ending discrimination because that’s what Sharia law requires?

Actually, that would be Israeli law that recognizes same-sex marriage, offers partner benefits and allows — no, insists — that its LGBT citizens serve in the military. So maybe they need to be taking the Judeo out of their Judeo-Christian teachings and reconsider the Sharia thing. Under Sharia law, Uganda is again talking about passing its “kill the gays” bill. And it seems this would fit nicely into Oklahoma politics.

And while killing those pesky Ten Commandments was probably not the goal of 70 percent of the state’s voters, it doesn’t matter what the intent was, it matters what the law says. While murder is covered by other state laws, there is no word on whether belief in one God (No. 2), remembering the Sabbath (No. 5) and keeping it holy, or honoring your parents (No. 6) will be punished, or if sale of cameras will be discontinued (graven images, No. 3).

—  David Taffet