Indiana State House Majority Leader Resigns in Bizarre Sex Video Scandal 

Indiana State House Majority Leader Jud McMillin — invariably described as a “rising star” in the Republican party — has speedily resigned after a cellphone video of a sex act was reportedly sent to people in his contacts list. McMillin subsequently sent out a mass text claiming his cellphone was “stolen in Canada.”… »9/30/15 9:24am9/30/15 9:24am

Loser Son of Alaska State Senator Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Welcome to Loser Sons of Politics, a new column where members of the Jezebel staff recall with fondness the antics of the loser sons of politicians. Today, with considerably less fondness, we bring you Alaska State Senator Pete Kelly, who believes birth control is for loose women and whose son, Devin, was just charged… »5/26/15 12:30pm5/26/15 12:30pm

Montana Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Telemedicine Abortions 

Some good news, for once: Montana Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, has vetoed a bill that would have outlawed telemedicine abortions in the state. In his veto message, Bullock said the bill was counterproductive for the state: “As elected officials, we should all be working together to expand access to health-care… »4/29/15 6:50pm4/29/15 6:50pm

Over-It Iowa State Rep Reads Sex After Sixty at His Desk During Debate

Rep. Ross Paustian, a Republican from Iowa, is a man of many and varied interests: farming (he's a farmer), state legislating (obviously), and, apparently, keeping his wife of many years happy. A debate in the state House on collective bargaining rights failed to grab him, and, well, he read this instead: »3/19/15 2:30pm3/19/15 2:30pm

OK Hates Gay Marriage So Much It Wants to Get Rid of Straight Marriage

The Oklahoma House of Representative passed a bill Tuesday that would abolish state-issued marriage licenses. If the bill is signed into law, marriage licenses would be issued by a member of the clergy. It's intended to block gay marriages in the state, but is actually just going to turn into an enormous, delightful,… »3/13/15 3:15pm3/13/15 3:15pm

New Mexico Republicans Trying to Pass the State's First Abortion Bans

New Mexico—my home state and the best place on earth—has always been an oasis of common sense and compassion when it comes to abortion laws. But the new GOP majority in the state legislature is working to make that a thing of the past, successfully passing two bills out of committee that would severely limit access to… »3/04/15 4:30pm3/04/15 4:30pm

Utah Politician Not Sure It's Rape When She's Your Unconscious Wife

Utah State Representative Brian Greene is totally against rape, of course. Who wouldn't be? Rape bad. But, you know, he wonders, totally earnestly, is it really rape if you have sex with someone while she's unconscious? What if she's your wife? What if you're pretty sure she'd be totally into it? Shouldn't there be an… »2/04/15 10:50am2/04/15 10:50am

Conservative Male Politician to Offer Classes on How to Be a Proper Lady

Women of Brooklyn, are your manners feeling not-so-fresh? Well, state Senator Marty Golden may be just the douche you need to make sure you don't leave a bad taste in the mouths of future potential employers who are looking for a lady who can walk and talk like how ladies are supposed to walk and talk. That's right —… »7/03/12 3:10pm7/03/12 3:10pm

Kickass Openly Gay Native American Woman Elected to State Legislature

Nine Native Americans have served in the Minnesota state legislature since the state's founding, and all of them have been men. But on Tuesday, The Land of 10,000 Lakes chose via special election its first ever Native American woman to serve on its state legislature, and the first Native American lesbian to ever serve… »1/12/12 1:30pm1/12/12 1:30pm