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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Paulette Jordan’s Bid To Be First Native American Governor Gets Major LGBTQ Endorsement

Forget the blue wave. There’s a “pink wave” on the horizon.

An unprecedented number of women will be leading the Democratic ticket in November, with strong progressive voices like Idaho gubernatorial nominee Paulette Jordan at the forefront.

A member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, Jordan hopes to become the first Native American state governor in addition to the first female governor of Idaho. Her primary win over centrist Democrat A.J. Balukoff was a triumph of determination and grassroots enthusiasm.

Jordan had help, however, from activists and minority groups eager for an alternative to Balukoff’s elitist politics.

LGTBQ activist Konrad Juengling, an alum of Boise State University, recognized what the 38-year-old tribeswoman offered the queer community during her primary campaign, and officially endorsed her candidacy.…

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Calling Texas’ Anti-Trans Bathroom Ban A “Safety” Measure Is A Nod To A Pervasive, Debunked Lie

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

Houston, TX, broadcast news media’s coverage of a proposed statewide anti-transgender bathroom ban — which would prevent transgender people from using public restrooms that align with their gender identity — frequently cited supporters’ claims that a ban was necessary in order to protect the “safety” and “privacy” of women and children. This rhetoric served as a less-explicit but still insidious nod to the debunked, anti-transgender bathroom predator myth that has been touted before, which claims that transgender-inclusive restrooms would allow sexual predators to enter women’s bathrooms and assault or harass them.

On June 6, Texas Republican Gov.…

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#EndorseThis: Michael Moore Says He’d Prefer A President Pence

Michael Moore painted an optimistic picture for the Democratic party as a guest on Seth Meyers’s Late Night on Thursday.

The liberal filmmaker suggested Democrats dispel the idea that a President Mike Pence would be a worse alternative should Trump be impeached: “Don’t be worried about that. Pence actually believes in things. We can have the great debate with him.”