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NC AG Roy Cooper increases his ballot lead over Gov. Pat McCrory in governor’s race

Just so you know, Roy Cooper’s lead over Pat McCrory has extended to over 6,600 votes. Meanwhile, McCrory is trying to challenge the results in 52 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

There are still 60,000 provisional ballots and thousands more absentee ballots that have remained sealed since Election Day.

North Carolina has perhaps the most interesting statewide results of this election season. McCrory could just demand a recount since the distance remains under 10,000 votes, but McCrory is alleging voter fraud in all of these 52 counties. Even Republican election officials are calling BS on his campaign’s accusations. #ncpol

From Charlotte Observer:

Hardly anyone in North Carolina is willing to guess when their excruciatingly close governor’s race will be resolved. A Friday deadline came and went with Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper’s unofficial advantage growing to about 6,600 votes over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, from nearly 4.7 million cast.

McCrory is fighting for his political life in a battleground state that Donald Trump and Republican Sen. Richard Burr won by relatively comfortable margins.

After endless legal battles over how, when and where people can vote, they’re fighting now over whether to count 60,000 provisional ballots and thousands more absentee ballots that have remained sealed since Election Day.

Source: Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper increases his ballot lead over Gov. Pat McCrory in the North Carolina governor’s race | Charlotte Observer


DRAG the Hypocrites: #GetEQUAL Reads anti-LGBT Politicians for Hollow #Orlando Condolences

When GetEQUAL is lit, they’re on fire.

The fine folks at this organization called out politicians left-and-right yesterday on Twitter for voting records, fundraising, and speaking engagements with anti-LGBT allies, specifically the Family Research Council. Almost all of 28 incumbent senators and 29 congressmembers called out have 100% voting records with the FRC.

Let’s read the grouped-by-state receipts, shall we?

Continue reading DRAG the Hypocrites: #GetEQUAL Reads anti-LGBT Politicians for Hollow #Orlando Condolences

Dilma, Cristina, Michelle and Hillary

Women Presidents of the AmericasIf there are any contemporaries to whom Hillary Clinton can be compared, they would be Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina and Michelle Bachelet of Chile.

They all succeeded their immediate male partisan predecessors: in Dilma’s case, the hugely consequential Lula da Silva of Brazil, both of the Workers’ Party; in CFK’s case, her husband Nestor Kirchner, both of the Peronist Justicialist Party; in Michelle’s first case, her predecessor Ricardo Lagos, both from the Coalition of Parties for Democracy. Hillary is on course to do the same with Barack Obama, both of the Democratic Party.

Dilma, Michelle and CFK, all left-leaning but much too economically-neoliberal-leaning to those further to the left, led problematic administrations and made fateful decisions which have inspired free-market-liberal backlash, and were the first, first and second female heads of state for their countries, respectively.

The decisions of Dilma, a social progressive who tacks to the free market, happened during a steep economic decline for Brazil but also tamped down on World Cup-related working-class protest, which did not endear her to the Workers Party’s base or target demographic. She has now been suspended awaiting impeachment for unclarified, politicized charges of corruption (which also await the majority of the Brazilian Congress) and sits under house arrest, and her ambitious former VP from a different, further-right party (the PMDB) now faces his own protests for corruption, racism and the ongoing recession in the America’s “sleeping giant”.

Meanwhile CFK’s decisions tacked harder to the populist left, particularly on Argentina’s long-running default to foreign investors. She was socially progressive, especially on LGBT rights. She herself faced scrutiny for an ability to play political, Louisiana-style hardball with her opponents in very problematic, colorful ways. She saw many political enemies, and faced criticism for corruption, poor relations with the press, and a face off with the agricultural sector. She was also suspected of being “controlled” by her husband until he himself died from cancer in 2010. CFK’s administration lasted much longer than the first woman to hold such office, Isabel Peron; Isabel, who was Juan Peron’s third wife and was the first female republican head of state in the world from 1974 to 1976, inherited a very problematic, economically-undermined administration which resulted in the coup of 1976 and her ongoing exile to Spain.

And Michelle Bachelet, a social progressive who is currently serving her second non-consecutive term as president (as per the constitution), is currently facing a low popularity level due to both an ongoing economic recession as well as a corruption scandal involving her family members (but not herself). Pro-LGBT, pro-women’s equality, openly identifying herself as a socialist in a country which was once ran by Augusto Pinochet and, like Brazil and Argentina, subjected to the bloody Plan Condor/La Guerra Sucia, Michelle came into office with an equal number of women and men in her cabinet.

Dilma, CFK, Michelle. All the few or first women to hold a presidency in the Americas. All center-left and progressive. All complicated, consequential, recent republican heads of state in the Americas who eventually get blamed for recession and/or corruption. All partisan inheritors of their highly-popular immediate male predecessors in office who end up defining themselves and striking it big for women’s equality in government. All held up to standards which demand less of men than of women.

Hillary, as president, may find herself in company populated by recent presidents of the other large nations of the Americas.

Open the Caucuses to Online Voters

In this diary, I wish to argue about how historic this election cycle’s caucuses were in regards to technology and voter outreach. I’ve never been to a caucus (I’ve lived most of my life in Georgia, a primary state), but they look pretty cool for the competitive, in-your-face nature of haggling with your neighbor for your candidate of choice.

The uses of tech-assisted absentee caucusing may have flown under the radar of national news, but this election year was certainly a watershed for the reform of the caucus process.  Continue reading Open the Caucuses to Online Voters

EVENT April 28: Equality For All Candidate Forum

Colgay Pride

Via Press Release:

YOU ARE HEREBY INVITED TO JOIN US FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL COLGAY PRIDE EQUALITY FOR ALL CANDIDATE FORUM on APRIL 28th at the Columbus Public Library (Auditorium) on Macon Road from 6 pm to 8 pm

This past year COLGAY Pride helped stopped SB 129 RFRA; Worked Non Stop to oppose and Garner a Veto from Republican Governor Nathan Deal on HB 757; Advocated and celebrated Nation Wide Marriage Equality, Created LGBT, Family & Friends Support Groups, Created Columbus first LGBT Prom, worked to Have June declared Columbus Georgia LGBT Pride Month through Proclamation from Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, hosted and organized Columbus Georgia LGBT Pride Festival and Columbus Equality for All Town Hall meetings and we are only just getting started.    We marched with Dothan.  We are fighting nonstop to oppose any legislation that is created to discriminate specifically towards our tax paying, hardworking, family building LGBT Citizens as well as others.  In just one year Colgay Pride took Columbus Georgia’s HRC Equality Index Score from a 20% to a 40% score.  That’s double improvement in just one years’ time.  But we know Columbus Georgia can and will do better.  The road to TOTAL EQUALITY is long and arduous but we are pushing forward and making real change happen here in Columbus and abroad.  However, we are only as strong as the leaders we elect to serve all of Columbus. It’s time for Columbus to Overcome Adversity, Fight to end Discrimination in any form and Say in One Voice We Shall Overcome Inequality.  The only way this can be possible is if we elect leaders who show true vision and give a clear and loud message that promotes diversity and service for All.   

Colgay Pride appreciates and applauds all our candidates for their courage and perseverance to become a leader of tomorrow for Columbus Georgia.  We humbly request your media presence at this Equality for All Candidate Forum.  Each candidate for City Council, School Board, Sheriff, Judges and Clerks will be allowed to speak and answer questions.  Each Candidate who confirms will be given the questions ahead of time so they can prepare their statement to each question.  Colgay Pride is working to show our leaders will work for ALL our citizens and work in solidarity to Strengthen Diversity and Equality in Columbus. 


Thank You!

Jeremy Scott Hobbs




Candidates Unable to Attend: Robert Wadkins Jr. School Board 5, Vivian Creighton Bishop Clerk Municipal Court, Pat Hugley-Green School Board 3, Todd Robinson & Laurie McRae School Board 5, Greg Countryman Marshall.

Colgay Pride Director Jeremy Hobbs said… 
“I personally want to thank all the candidates who have confirmed. It truly shows times are changing for our great city. In order for our city to become a true destination for ALL and be looked at as a great place to live, work, play and raise a family we need better leadership who truly serves all Columbus citizens.
I think this forum shows that the LGBT community and its allies are growing their political sophistication and abilities. The fact that these candidates chose to participate shows a great deal about the strength of our community. It shows that candidates take our community and our issues seriously. Whether they are incumbents or challengers, it is important that we come to talk and allow the GSBA and the LGBT constituents they represent to get answers to the questions that matter most in our never ending quest for True Diversity and live in a city that works nonstop to ensure Equality is for All.”
Join us April 28th (Thursday) Columbus Public Library Macon Road Auditorium from 6 pm to 8 pm

Presidential Generations are in Power for a While

From the Pew Trust:

State lawmakers across the U.S. are older than their constituents, an imbalance that might be tilting policymaking toward the interests of seniors and away from the country’s largest living generation: millennials.

The average age of lawmakers in the 50 states is 56, putting a majority of them in the baby-boom generation, which started coming of age politically in the 1960s and ’70s, according to a new survey by Stateline and the National Conference of State Legislatures. It’s higher in some states, such as New Hampshire, where the average age is 66, and Idaho, where it’s 63. The average age of the U.S. voting population, meanwhile, is 47.

For the strategists and experienced folks:

those who grew up aged 20-28 during the Reagan years now constitute the average age span of officeholders in state legislatures and Congress (56-64).

this means that those who grew up as young adults in the Clinton years have yet to constitute the majority of the political class, but do constitute the nationwide average age span of the voting population (47 years old).

If this is the case, why are Clinton-era young adults putting Reagan-era young adults into office from 2010 to 2016? Maybe for lack of contemporary alternatives among their own generation?


Nathan_Deal,_official_110th_Congress_photoGeorgia Governor Nathan Deal announced in a press conference on Monday that he will veto House Bill 757, the legislation which would provide religious exemptions to religious owners of private establishments to regulate access to their public accommodations (FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE).

Gov. Deal stated that he saw no need for this legislation, stating “I find it ironic that some in the religious community look to government to secure religious rights.” He stated that “this shows how difficult it is to legislate an issue best left to the broad protections in our Constitution,” specifically citing the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as a broad-enough protection of religious liberties in the state.

Citing the evolution of the bill prior to the anti-LGBT monstrosity it became at the hands of Sen. Greg Kirk (R-13), Gov. Deal noted:

I had no objection to the “Pastor Protection Act” that was passed by the House of Representatives. The other versions of the bill, however, contained language that could give rise to state sanctioned discrimination. I did have problems with that and made my concerns known as did many other individuals and organizations, including some within the faith based community.

Perhaps to hedge against any perception of weakness, Gov. Deal also took a swipe at both activist critics of his motives as well as members of the business community who threatened to withdraw their business from the state over the signature of the bill, stating, “I do not respond well to insults or threats.”

He ended the press conference with an exhortation to an image of the state’s character:

As I’ve said before, I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia of which my family and I are a part of for all of our lives. Our actions on HB 757 are not just about protecting the faith-based community or providing a business-friendly climate for job growth in Georgia. This is about the character of our State and the character of its people. Georgia is a welcoming state filled with warm, friendly and loving people. Our cities and countryside are populated with people who worship God in a myriad of ways and in very diverse settings. Our people work side-by-side without regard to the color of our skin, or the religion we adhere to. We are working to make life better for our families and our communities. That is the character of Georgia. I intend to do my part to keep it that way.

For that reason, I will veto HB 757.

After the press conference, Deal left the press conference without taking any questions from the press.

Despite Deal’s veto of the bill, as Sen. Bill Heath (R-31) has threatened, GOP members have already threatened to call a special session to override it. However, as noted by the AJC, the bill failed to reach the necessary two-thirds majority in both the Senate (by one vote) and the House (by 16 votes, 10 of which were Republican) upon final passage to guarantee an override.

Reaction to the veto is forthcoming. Expect Sen. Josh McKoon, Columbus’ staunchest defender of the bill, to react to the veto as he usually does: