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This sounds like a twisted joke, but not so says The Huffington Post and Texas station KHOU. “A white anti-gay activist won a local election after leading voters to believe he is African American,” reports the site.
Dave Wilson, who unsuccessfully ran for Houston mayor in 2011, has narrowly won a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustees this after pretending to be black in a district predominantly African American, KHOU 11 News reported.
According to KHOU, Wilson, a conservative Republican, misled voters on his race. He printed direct mail pieces decorated with photographs of smiling African-American faces, captioned with the words “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson,” which sent signals that he, too, is African American. And other piece of mail that he sent to constituents said he was being endorsed by Ron Wilson, the name of a former African-American state legislator. But in small font, the mailer points out that’s actually Dave Wilson’s cousin.
Wilson defeated 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin by just 26 votes.
“I’d always said it was a long shot,” said Wilson, who previously made a name for himself in Houston politics by sending out thousands of mailers attacking an openly gay mayoral candidate.
Austin told the Houston Chronicle that he will seek a recount of the extremely close race. He also called Wilson’s tactics “disgusting.”
“He never put out to voters that he was white,” Austin said. “The problem is his picture was not in the League of Voters [pamphlet] or anywhere. This is one of the few times a white guy has pretended to be black guy and fooled black people.”
But Wilson claims he won the race “fair and square” because voters disapproved of Austin and the HCC board’s actions. You could also argue that the voters didn’t do their due diligence by doing a little research on who they were voting for. Even if he was being shady, it couldn’t have been that hard to find a picture of the man somewhere.
What do you think?
From The Grio
A Nevada assemblyman came under fire Monday after a YouTube video surfaced in which he told a Republican gathering he would vote to allow slavery if that is what his constituents wanted him to do.
“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose … they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah,” Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told members of the Storey County Republican Party at a meeting in August.
His comments were swiftly denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike.
“Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society,” Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. “He should retract his remarks and apologize.”
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called Wheeler’s comments “insensitive and wrong,” while the Assembly Democratic caucus said they were “reprehensible and disgusting.”
Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, on Twitter said Wheeler’s comments are “outrageous, they are embarrassing and they are just plain sad.”
“It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work,” Roberson said.
Wheeler, a freshman lawmaker representing District 39, said his remarks were taken out of context and that he was trying to make a point that he was elected to represent his constituents.
Read more at TheGrio.com
According to Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland), “GOP” doesn’t stand for “Grand Old Party.” It stands for “Get Out of my Panties.”
State Sen. Turner made her statement via t-shirt; one she wore recently to protest Ohio Republicans’ renewed efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood. The press conference was organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio in opposition to a bill that would put Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the state’s priority system for federal family planning funds, reports The Huffington Post.
The provocative slogan was used by Turner to highlight a disregard for women´s rights by the Republican party. She declared at the conference, “If they continue their pursuit to condemn women, we will not stand for it,” she said.
African-American women often turn to Planned Parenthood for affordable health care. So much so, in fact, that the organization even has a section of its site dedicated to black patients —“ African Americans for Planned Parenthood.”
Turner, who confirmed she may run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014, is known as an advocate for women’s reproductive and healthcare rights. She introduced a protest bill earlier this year that would restrict men’s ability to get a Viagra prescription.
“The Ohio state Legislature may also reconsider during its lame duck session the so-called ‘heartbeat bill,’ which would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, with no exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother,” according to the Huffington Post.
What do you think of the t-shirt? Too much or just right?
Stacey Dash Writes 1,344-Word Rant On Romney’s Loss Because She Still Wants People To Care About Her After The Election
At the end of the day we are in this together. This is Our American Family. I do not want to be a part of the hateful voices insulting each other. I want to be a part of the voices that helps shape the future. Don’t you? Perhaps I publically [sic] endorsed Romney from a slightly naive place, thinking that I could speak my voice without being criticized in such racially charged and hateful tones.Just as I was about to ask why she felt the need to write this letter in the first place, as if anyone is really checking for a Stacey Dash election day free-write, I came to the best line in her 1300-word prose:People get it wrong. My vote for Romney isn’t a vote against Obama. That’s not how full participants in the democratic process operate. We vote for candidates and we vote for issues. I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to have earned a considerable income. I am a fiscal conservative. I like the simplicity of the plan to lower taxes. I feel I’ve paid out a substantial amount over the 20 plus years I’ve been working. I’m also a woman. And as a single Mother who happens to be half-Bajan and half-Mexican, I have concerns, which cover many topics and issues… I also don’t understand why more people aren’t acknowledging the good that has come about thanks to Romney’s Massachusetts medical coverage for all citizens. In addition, Romney’s
business acumen is sterling. Our country needs a savvy business manager with the ability to work on both sides of the aisle. Paul Ryan is another brilliant mind with a viable plan for the economy of this country. They’ve injected so much energy into the race. We need that ambition and focus to get our country back on its feet… In the event that Obama is re-elected I expect them to work a whole lot harder to bridge the divide between political parties, end the gridlock and get America back to work! Welfare reform
is also in order. An elderly woman stands in the same grocery line pinching pennies to buy a can of soup while a woman is buying marshmallow fluff with food stamps. As times have changed, welfare policy needs to keep stride, just like every other issue.
Ultimately I know that what Stacey Dash thinks about who will be the next president of the United States isn’t that important in the scheme of things-but I feel a desperation for the country.I think that’s desperation over how she’ll manage to pay taxes with no income since her attitude keeps costing her jobs. Does she not realize no one will ever take her political stance seriously in a Baywatch swimsuit?In 2016, just keep your thoughts to yourself Stacey. Not because you’re a republican, but because you are clueless.
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As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP. Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:
LL Cool J
LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.
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Hours before Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the stage last night at the Republican Convention, Mayor Mia Love gave a speech that had people cheering, hooting and chanting “U-S-A.”
Love is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, a Mormon and possibly, if the buzz becomes reality, the future first black Republican woman to get elected to Congress.
During her brief speech last night, she talked about her immigrant roots; her parents came to the U.S. from Haiti “with $10 in their pocket.” She used her time at the podium to sound off on President Obama, saying point blank that “his policies have failed.”
“President Obama’s version of American is a divided one,” she said, “often pitting us against each other based on income level, gender, and social status.”
“With Mitt Romney as President and Paul Ryan as Vice President, we can restore and revive that American story we know and love,” she continued.
You can listen to the entirety of her speech on ABC News.
Love is already the first black woman to become mayor in Utah, winning the seat two years ago. She could oust the state’s Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson. She’s already gotten support from GOP bigwigs House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain (AZ), who traveled to the state to help her raise funds. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be there on September 7.
Critics and the opposition have brought up the fact that Mayor Love has raised taxes in her city, contrary to her platform focused on fiscal responsibility and spending cuts. She says it was just for public safety. And the Christian Science Monitor reports, “A local Utah non-profit, the Alliance for a Better UTAH, issued a statement Tuesday claiming Love’s plan would eliminate all government support for student loans. The statement said Love put herself through college in Connecticut using federal student aid programs.”
After she spoke last night, people ran to Google to find out more about her. She’s definitely got our attention.
-Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is still in the race for Senate but he’s going to “respect wishes from party leaders who want him to skip the Republican National Convention in Tampa.” Also, the Republican Convention might be hit with a hurricane. And over on the Democratic side, we have the list of women who will be speaking in Charlotte, which will include Massachusetts Senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren; the subject of Rush Limbaugh’s rant earlier this year, Georgetown Law student (and now public advocate for birth control inclusion in insurance coverage policies) Sandra Fluke; Caroline Kennedy; and campaign co-chair Eva Longoria (?).
-Speaking of insurance, more than 1,000 people have gone on Twitter to say they’ve dropped Progressive Insurance after comedian Matt Fischer claimed the insurer defended the driver who killed his sister in an accident. Another 1,600 people have said they no longer want to work with the company. After Fischer wrote his column with his accusations, the story appeared in a number of media outlets including CNBC and Gawker.
-Word is that former New York Giants football player Michael Strahan will be in the co-host seat on Live! with Kelly Ripa. The Super Bowl winner will start his new job on September 4. In other morning TV news: After two weeks atop the rating due to its Olympics coverage, the TODAY show fell back to Earth, coming in behind Good Morning America last week. GMA beat TODAY in the five weeks leading up to the Olympics.
-President Obama is getting help from two huge groups: MoveOn.org Political Action, which has seven million members, and Workers’ Voice, the superPAC side of the 12-million member AFL-CIO. The groups will be focused on grassroots, get-out-the-vote efforts.
-The debate over same-sex classes in public schools goes to court in West Virginia.
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