The Equivocator: 10 Ballot measures to Watch in Tonight’s U.S. election

Tonight President Barack Obama will be re-elected, Democrats will keep the Senate and for no apparent reason the Republicans will keep the House of Representatives for another 2 years. More awesomely, Wisconsin is going to elect America’s first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin. As a politics nerd, I always like to watch a number of ...

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter Council of State Governments

shutterstock_95581429.jpg 19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made." The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its "ALEC Exposed" project, is the archetype of von Bismarck's truism. So too are the fracking chemical disclosure bills that have passed ...

Slap Upside The Head: Maryland Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

You’re on a roll, United States! The Maryland senate passed, yesterday afternoon, a bill granting equal marriage rights to all state residents. The governor said she will sign it into law as soon as it reaches her desk. For celebratory measure, she’ll also change the state name to Marryland, why not?

gay persons of color: Maryland Senate approves marriage equality bill

On Thursday, the Maryland Senate approved, by a 25-22 vote, a marriage equality bill that will now be sent to its sponsor, Governor Martin O’Malley, who has promised to sign it into law. At present in the U.S., same-sex couples can marry in six states (Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York) and ...