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  • DLCC Statement on South Carolina State Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr.'s False Claims and Criminal Record

    By Geoffrey Montes on Thursday, August 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. —  In the wake of shocking and shameful revelations about South Carolina state Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr. (R) in the Charleston City Paper, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is calling for a response from the South Carolina Republican Party. 

    Representative Rivers has consistently claimed to have earned a Ph.D. from the unaccredited Smith Christian University, even listing “Doctorate of Theology” as a bullet point on his official statehouse biography, which has since been taken down. Recently, Rivers has admitted to never completing the doctoral program requirements while at Smith, instead receiving an honorary degree from the institution.

    It also came to light that Rivers authored an op-ed in the July 21st edition of The Post and Courier that lifted entire paragraphs from an op-ed released by Wyoming cattle ranchers. According to Rivers, he worked on the piece with “a friend of mine” who he refused to identify.

    Now, after investigation, court records have surfaced that reveal Rivers was convicted of assault and battery in 1995. When asked by the Charleston City Paper, Rivers acknowledges the incident as “a disagreement with me and a friend… I got the best of him.”

    (Photo credit: Charleston City Paper)

  • DLCC TO HOST PANEL AT NETROOTS NATION: '2020 War Room: Inside the Plan to Beat GOP Gerrymandering'

    By Molly Hogin on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    DETROIT, MI: Join us at Netroots Nation for an inside look at the Democratic strategy to fight back against GOP gerrymandering. Armed with cutting-edge data and strong progressive messaging, the panel will discuss the DLCC’s four-cycle, 50-state strategy to erase Republicans’ gerrymandering advantage and win the 2020 redistricting cycle. The panel will be moderated by Tom Bonier of Clarity Campaign Labs, and will also include Georgia House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams, Michigan State Senator Jim Ananich, and Executive Director of the DLCC Michael Sargeant as panelists. The panel will take place on July 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT in Room 141 of the COBO Center in Detroit, MI.

    The full webcast of the panel is available here.

  • New Hampshire GOP Rep.: Spanish language will "end our 250 years as a Republic"

    By Molly Hogin on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Republican Rep. Bob Elliott took to his Facebook page to call for a “complete closing of all American borders” in order to prevent the US from becoming a country where “the majority of people speak Spanish” while at the same time being “Islamic within the next 20 years.”

    Rep. Elliot continued his paranoid Facebook rant, suggesting a “major Revolution of the masses in the coming election” to throw the Obama administration out of office and elect a new Congress that “handles the number one priority, illegal immigration.”

    Rep. Elliot’s outburst continued with the notion that shunning the Nation’s Spanish speakers and Islamic immigrants would make “it possible to regain America’s lost title of being the greatest country in the world.”

  • NH GOPer Accuses Federal Gov't of Spying via Traffic Cameras

    By Geoffrey Montes on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    New Hampshire state Representative Steve Beaudoin (R-Rochester) recently took to his Facebook page to spread the claim that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using traffic cameras to spy on New Hampshire residents. From Miscellany Blue:

    "Were the Spaulding Turnpike cameras funded by DHS?" [Beaudoin] wrote on Facebook. "If the cameras are simple traffic cameras, why can’t you see a feed from them like every other traffic camera in the state?"

    One visitor answered by posting a link to the Web site where you can, in fact, view the feeds. Former Rep. Fred Leonard (R-Rochester), who is certainly no Obama apologist, tried to explain that the height of the cameras makes it impossible to use them for license plate scanning or facial recognition. “I know this stuff because it’s what I do,” Leonard wrote.

    "I don’t buy it," replied Beaudoin. "My source is irrefutable."

  • Young Progressive Leaders Top '40 Under 40' List

    By Geoffrey Montes on Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Democratic Leaders’ Work Shows Importance of Continued Youth Leadership in Politics Moving into 2014 Mid-Term Elections

    Washington, DC – Each day this week, the Washington Post has released the names of honorees on its “40 under 40” list, which highlights nine young Democratic state legislators.  The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and the Young Democrats of America have joined to celebrate those young, Democratic state legislators who have been honored.

  • AZ Rep. Adam Kwasman Mistakes YMCA Campers for Migrants

    By Molly Hogin on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Republican State Rep. Adam Kwasman took time out of his legislative duties and congressional campaign to join protestors in Oracle, Arizona awaiting buses full of migrant children. When Rep. Kwasman saw a bus filled with children, he took the opportunity to describe to reporters the “fear on their faces” and tweet that it is “the abrogation of the rule of law.” Only, the bus wasn’t full of migrant children. It filled with YMCA kids on their way to summer camp.

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  • 2020 war room: Inside the secret plan to beat GOP gerrymandering

    By Molly Hogin on Monday, July 21, 2014

    From the Daily Kos:

    By Ian Reifowitz

    Image from Bill Marsh, New York Times

    What a great title, huh? At Netroots Nation in Detroit, there was a panel by that name, and it did not disappoint. Moderator Tom Bonier began by laying out how Republicans approach gerrymandering, and elections in general:

    If you can't win fair, change the rules.

    And that's pretty accurate. Republicans do this on any number of fronts, from voter suppression tactics such as reducing the number of days people can vote, making it harder or impossible to register and vote on the same day, purging the voter rolls in ways that throw legitimate voters off the rolls, and demanding voters show government-issued photo ID (although gun permits are allowed in Texas, naturally, but not college ID's). In addition to these, Republicans have excelled in mastering the redistricting process by gerrymandering districts at the local, state, and federal level.

    The two sides don't do it to anywhere near the same degree, however. In the runup to the 2010 elections, Republicans developed a $30 million plan called REDMAP to aid in their attempt to flip state legislatures and thus gerrymander districts going forward. As you can see above, it worked.

  • North Carolina Republican calls Sadism, Pedophilia, Bestiality "Types of Sexual Orientation"

    By Molly Hogin on Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Previous WOTW inductee, North Carolina House Speaker Pro Temp Paul "Skip" Stam (R), strikes again.  Amidst a debate over a charter school bill, Rep. Stam took the opportunity to pass out a handout titled “What Is A ‘Sexual Orientation’?” to his colleagues on the house floor, which included over 30 definitions including sexual sadism, pedophilia, and bestiality alongside homosexual/gay/lesbian.

    Rep. Stam not only disparaged an amendment to the bill that would prevent charter schools from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, he also equated sexual orientation with a long list of sexual disorders.

    Rep. Marcus Brandon, the only openly gay member of the legislature, responded, “Pedophilia is not a sexuality, and we cannot continue in this body to keep calling things something [they’re] not. It’s offensive to a whole group of people”  

  • Arkansas Republican Equates Same-Sex Marriage to Bestiality

    By Molly Hogin on Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Republican Rep. Stephen Meeks, who opposes same-sex marriage, compared it to pedophilia and bestiality on Twitter. The disturbing tweet highlights Rep. Stephen Meeks’ anti-gay beliefs, which he attributes to his “Biblical view of civil unions and government’s role in it.”

    Nor is this the first time Rep. Meeks has engaged in this sort of rhetoric. Nearly two years ago, he posted to his Facebook page that “It would be impossible to outlaw homosexuality” but we could “outlaw the practice of it, since we outlaw the practices of incest, pedophilia, prostitution.”

  • Montana Republicans Call Bill to Combat Campus Rape a "Mood Killer"

    By Molly Hogin on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    In California, lawmakers have drafted a bill that would require colleges to adopt an affirmative consent standard to help fight the college rape epidemic. SB 967, the Student Safety from Sexual Assault bill, would also implement prevention and outreach programs to combat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

    In the latest attack in the war on women, two Republicans in Montana balked at the bill, expressing their outrage that sexual consent would be a requirement by law. Republican State Rep. Mike Miller (Helmville) dismissed the bill as an intrusion and as "control" over "what happens in the bedroom." He shared on his Facebook page that the bill would be "tough to enforce" and that sexual consent was likely to be a case of "he said, she said."

    Republican candidate Joe Dooling (East Helena) even went so far as to say that sexual consent from both parties is a "mood killer."