Republicans Quietly Tap Lobbyists for Shift on Marriage Equality

While no progressive could be blamed for thinking that the Grand Old Party is far from changing its tune on gay rights issues, apparently it's happening. While marriage equality has gained traction amongst the majority of Americans, Republicans are quietly turning to K Street lobbying firms to help them shift their… » 7/31/14 11:04pm Yesterday 11:04pm

'Kissing Congressman' Won't Resign Though He Has 'Wrecked' Lives

Updates from Congressman Vance McAllister's world: he will not resign from office; he fired Melissa Hixon Peacock, the aide he was caught kissing on camera; her husband says McAllister has "wrecked my life" and that he and Peacock are getting a divorce and McAllister has spent the past 24 hours responding to the texts… » 4/08/14 1:30pm 4/08/14 1:30pm

Birth Control Doesn't Encourage Risky Sex -- Someone Tell the GOP!

According to new study that surveyed nearly 8,000 women and teenage girls, no-cost access to birth control doesn't encourage women to engage in risky or "promiscuous" sexual behavior. Another related study conducted the same week (by me) finds that no-cost access to birth control does have one harmful effect on the… » 3/09/14 5:00pm 3/09/14 5:00pm

Actress Booted from Vagina Monologues After Ad for Tea Party Candidate

A truly unfortunate political ad for the California gubernatorial race featuring a semi-famous Latina actress, her shivering old Chihuahua, and a state assemblyman who looks like he could be have had a small arc as a bumbling villain on Weeds has really, really pissed off San Francisco's Latino community. The… » 1/19/14 1:30pm 1/19/14 1:30pm

GOP Candidate Thinks It Shouldn't Be a Crime to Rape Your Wife

Oh, GOP. It's just unfathomable to me how anyone—let alone an entire BUNCH OF DUDES—could be so bad at not being the worst. It's impressive, really. The latest: Virginia state senator Dick Black has begun a run for congress to replace retiring GOP moderate Frank Wolf. In response, Mother Jones has put together a sort… » 1/15/14 6:45pm 1/15/14 6:45pm

Women Will Vote For You If You Appeal To Their Emotions, Says Man

With all this hullabaloo about conservatives taking classes about how to talk to female candidates for political office (lesson 1 is just a picture of a woman in a power suit with an arrow to her that reads PERSON, followed by a pop quiz where men frown and squint and fill in the same chart, this time with the word… » 12/10/13 3:40pm 12/10/13 3:40pm

Republicans Offer Class on How to Talk to Women Without Being a Dick

The GOP has more problems than a math book with a distant father, but the problem that stings the worst, electorally speaking, is its problem with women. Now, party leaders are doing something about one aspect of that problem, designed especially with the hapless male conservative in mind: sensitivity training. I'm… » 12/05/13 4:30pm 12/05/13 4:30pm

Poll: GOP Men Don't Think We Need Any More Ladies In Government

Fetch the smelling salts, I'm about to pass out from shock — a new poll reveals that there is a big gap in attitudes between liberals and conservatives when it comes to the role women should play in the government. And— surprise of surprises — the group with the least forward-thinking view of all is conservative men. » 10/29/13 5:15pm 10/29/13 5:15pm

Oopsie! GOP Voter Suppression Might Keep Republican Women From Voting

After the Supreme Court's decision to strike down key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act this year, some states hit the ground running with new laws that would make it much more difficult for women and minorities to cast their ballots. Unfortunately, it now seems like this could bite them in the ass, as one of… » 10/25/13 3:40pm 10/25/13 3:40pm

Government Will Stay Closed For As Long As It Takes to Eradicate Sluts

Now that the government shutdown is in what feels like it elevendieth week, everything seems too stupid to be real, and here's a perfect example of why: the GOP's continued insistence that the United States government remain in stinky, stale deadlock until liberals agree to allow business owners to bar the sluts who… » 10/15/13 7:20pm 10/15/13 7:20pm

Michele Bachmann Outcrazies Herself In Bizarre 'End Times' Interview

Minnesota Congresswoman and firebrand head of the Congressional Whackadoodle Caucus went on the radio this weekend to talk about, I don't know, what she normally talks about I guess? Word barf that reads like Tea Party Magnetic poetry in a blender? But what she ended up talking about — in an excited, unsettlingly… » 10/08/13 12:40pm 10/08/13 12:40pm