Posts Tagged ‘Governor’

Pending signature by the Governor, New Hampshire votes to legalize same sex marriage

April 29, 2009

In a 13-10 vote today, the New Hampshire Senate passed legislation that would allow same sex marriage in the state.  An amendment was added to the bill that allows clergy members to refuse to marry gay couples.

The storm is coming.

The storm is coming.

Civil marriages will now be for both opposite sex and same sex couples.  Before the bill passed clergy could refuse to marry couples for any variety of reasons.  Let’s say I want to get married to a Catholic girl, in a Catholic Church, but refuse to raise my children Catholic.  The priest would refuse to marry us.  In other words, the additional amendment is just to appease religious types.  Clergy have always had that right.

Democratic governor John Lynch still needs to sign the bill, but he’ll get enormous pressure from fellow Democrats to do just that, even if he claims that he “personally believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

Congrats to the people of New Hampshire.  Now more gay-tolerant than the entire west coast.

RWP Rating: Normal

Full Story: Concord Monitor

Quick Link: South Carolina teen suing Mark Sanford over Stimulus rejection

April 28, 2009

An eighteen-year-old South Carolina resident is suing Republican Governor Mark Sanford for not accepting some of the money offered by the federal government’s Stimulus Bill.   The teen contends that the state legislature should have jurisdiction over the money and not the Governor.

Full Story: The State

Texas Governor begs for federal money after threatening to secede

April 27, 2009

It only took Republican Governor of Texas Rick Perry 13 days to make himself look like a complete moron after threatening to secede from the United States.  Speculation of his idiocy occurred immediately after his statements, but we weren’t sure exactly which form the hypocrisy would embody until today.

Rick Perry will have to import all those hair metal CDs if Texas secedes.  There will also be tariffs levied on wheat, sugar, corn, apples, oranges, bananas, beer and wine.  Have fun with that.

Rick Perry will have to import all those hair metal CDs if Texas secedes. There will also be tariffs levied on wheat, sugar, corn, apples, oranges, bananas, carrots, lettuce, beer, wine, Tamiflu, and everything else that doesn't grow in the middle of a fucking desert. Have fun with that.

Today, Perry begged the federal government for funds to help with a potential outbreak of swine flu in Texas.  Three cases have been confirmed in the Lone Star state.

So Texas thinks that it can survive being its own country, but then freaks the fuck out when it gets three cases of an easily treated strain of the flu?  How the fuck are they going to deal with 100,000 drug-dealing soldiers that will converge on their “country” the second they secede?

Texans, for the love of all that is good in this world, vote your damn governor out and get over the secession business.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

Texas Governor threatens to secede from US during Tea Party protest

April 15, 2009

Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry threatened to secede from the United States during a Tea Party protest in Austin.  Amid Texas flag-waving, protesters chanted “Secede!  Secede!”

Lone Star State may get lonlier.

Perry is attending three Tea Party protests today.  He contends that the federal government is spending too much and blah blah blah.  The juice comes in the following quote:

There’s a lot of different scenarios. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.

This would make time #2 that Texas attempted to secede from the union.  During the Civil War, Texas seceded, but returned to the union after the North won.

Go for it Texas.  Let’s see how quickly the drug cartels run the streets of El Paso.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

Full Story: Huffington Post

Illinois Governor flip-flops on White Sox / Cubs support

April 9, 2009

Governor Pat Quinn may be in trouble with his south side supporters.  On a WGN radio program, the Governor uttered more damning words than any expletive he could have used.  They were simple: “Go Cubs Go.”

Right hook landed.

Right hook landed.

Heads exploded on the south side in anger.  Grown men with hairy chests and hardhats were reduced to tears.  Quinn, a native of the south side, is supposed to have complete loyalty to the White Sox, not the Cubs.

Chicago politics are so crazy that this may actually affect his favoribility numbers.  Good luck, Governor.

RWP Rating: Strange

Full Story: Clout Street

Vermont Governor vetoes same-sex marriage bill

April 7, 2009

I think it’s safe to say that if Vermont had elected a Democrat in 2002 instead of Republican Jim Douglas, they would have become the next state to legalize same-sex marriage.  I don’t understand the point in decisions like this.  Measures like Prop 8 are only going to be on the books for maybe 10 more years before they are repealed.

Fail is fail.

Fail is fail.

Live and let live.

RWP Rating: Unusual

Full Story: Burlington Free Press

Republican Governor of Nevada demands pay increases for staff

March 25, 2009

While furloughs and layoffs continue to wreak havoc on an unstable economy, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons recently proposed pay increases for his staff.  Despite obvious opposition from constituents and political rivals, the Governor’s Chief of Staff defended the raises saying “If you look at this historically, in context, you can see that the governor’s office is reducing, we’re cutting back, and we’re spending a lot less than we did in previous years.”

Dude, those are singles.

Dude, those are singles.

So just because it’s less of a raise than previous years, the residents of Hooker Valley…er…I mean, Nevada have to swallow the cost in taxes?  Nevada unemployment is now sitting very unpretty at 10.1%, double what it was in February of 2008.

I hate stupid political posturing, but at least be crafty and hide it from the Nevada House floor.  Just create a bullshit job for your wife in the administration, funnel all of the cash for the raises into an account and disperse them at your will.

This is basic civics, Gibbons.

RWP Rating: 3/5 Strange