At age 13, Madison is also the founder of NC Youth Rock, seeking to educate her peers to encourage elected officials to make decisions beneficial to young people in NC.
She recently made a PSA encouraging you to pledge to vote at ourtime.org, and spoke exclusively to attn: about why she became politically active, as well as her advice for other youth who, despite being too young to vote, want to get active.
attn: How did you become a youth activist?
A children’s museum in Jacksonville, FL refused to allow a family to renew their membership at the family membership rate because this particular family has two moms. My friend who lives in Jacksonville had played at this museum when he was little, and I got involved in the protest. I decided to write about my experiences and was surprised at how many people were interested in what I had to say. I kept writing and paying attention to local and national politics and started networking with people and organizations who were promoting the causes and ideas I was passionate about.
On Islam: Patrick walked out of the Senate chamber in 2007 rather than listen to a Muslim deliver the opening prayer. “I think that it’s important that we are tolerant as a people of all faiths, but that doesn’t mean we have to endorse all faiths, and that was my decision,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “I surely believe that everyone should have the right to speak, but I didn’t want my attendance on the floor to appear that I was endorsing that.”
Five years later, he did it again. “We are a nation that allows a Muslim to come in with a Koran but does not allow a Christian to take a Bible to school,” Patrick explained, after walking out on another prayer, delivered this time by Imam Yusuf Kavacki. “We are a Judeo-Christian nation, primarily a Christian nation.”
He seems nice.
A constitutional right to vote would instantly flip the script on anti-fraud efforts. States would retain a strong interest in developing rules and procedures that make it hard for ineligible voters to vote, but those efforts would be bounded by an ironclad constitutional guarantee that legitimate citizens’ votes must be counted. A state that wanted to require possession of a certain ID card to vote, for example, would have to take affirmative steps to ensure that everyone has that ID card, or that there’s a process for an ID-less citizen to cast a ballot and have it counted later upon verification of citizenship.
What keeps Wayne LaPierre sleepless? This.
WASHINGTON — A competitive open-seat race for Iowa’s third congressional district has become an unlikely center of the gun control debate, with groups seeking to reduce gun violence going up against the National Rifle Association on the airwaves for the first time this cycle.
Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, the political arm of the anti-gun violence group started by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), launched a six-figure ad buy this week targeting Republican candidate David Young. The ad, which hits Young over his opposition to closing a loophole that enables individuals convicted of domestic abuse to buy guns without a background check, will air on both cable and broadcast for at least 10 days, ARS said Tuesday.
The NRA unveiled its own $500,000 ad buy on Wednesday attacking Young’s Democratic opponent, former state Sen. Staci Appel, by linking her to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a vocal gun control proponent. An NRA spokesman confirmed to The Huffington Post that the ad will run through Election Day on both broadcast and cable.
This really is remarkable. I came across it over at Charlie Pierce’s blog at Esquire. Imagine, a politician downplaying his heroic war record.
The American political graveyard has more than a few monuments to politicians and public officials who embellished details of their military service, in some cases laying claim to medals for heroism or other military honors they never received.
And then, uniquely, there is Seth W. Moulton, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District, a former Marine who saw fierce combat for months and months in Iraq. But Moulton chose not to publicly disclose that he was twice decorated for heroism until pressed by the Globe.
In the “Attytood” section:
Smiling black woman next to Corbett on his website was Photoshopped
It’s no secret that things haven’t always gone smoothly for Gov. Corbett in his effort to woo minority voters in Pennsylvania. Most famously, the one-term GOP governor — who’s in the fight of his life for re-election — last year told editors of Philadelphia-based Al Dia at a roundtable that he didn’t have any Latinos in his cabinet, adding: “If you can find us one, please let us know.”
Now, according to a report going viral tonight on social media, Corbett’s re-election campaign found an African-American woman to stand next to the governor on his website photos.
Not an actual woman. According to Buzzfeed, the black woman who gazes at Corbett was Photoshopped from a stock picture.
It’s the job of conservatives during the busts to make sure that progressives don’t get any ideas about helping the 99% left behind in the economic dust, by whining about the supposed cataclysm of government deficits. It’s their job during boom times to discredit government and tell people they should be able to keep more of “their money” in the form of tax cuts, even as they throw more spending at military and tax cuts for corporations.
The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.
A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.
The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.
AUSTIN — More than 14 million Texans have registered to vote in the November elections, the secretary of state’s office announced Thursday, calling the number a record high.
The total marks an increase of 2.8 percent since the most recent presidential contest and 5.7 percent since the last time candidates for governor were on the ballot. In Bexar and Dallas counties — two of the most populous in the state — voter registration outpaced expected population growth from 2012 to 2014.
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan said the trend was impressive given the fact it’s an off-year election.
“Having multiple statewide offices open for the first time in years — there’s just a lot of voter interest,” … .
From the Chron
The visits from the staffers, who work for the U.S. House of Representatives committee that oversees NSF, were an unprecedented—and some say bizarre—intrusion into the much admired process that NSF has used for more than 60 years to award research grants. Unlike the experts who have made that system work so well, however, the congressional staffers weren’t really there to judge the scientific merits of each proposal. But that wasn’t their intent.
The Republican aides were looking for anything that Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), their boss as chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, could use to support his ongoing campaign to demonstrate how the $7 billion research agency is “wasting” taxpayer dollars on frivolous or low-priority projects, particularly in the social sciences. The Democratic staffers wanted to make sure that their boss, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the panel’s senior Democrat, knew enough about each grant to rebut any criticism that Smith might levy against the research.
The final straw came when a GOP-aligned political campaign ran an ad in New Hampshire, the Foleys’ home state. The ad targeted Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, and opened with footage from the ISIS-made video of Foley’s murder, just before he was killed. The ad, in implicit support of Republican challenger Scott Brown, accused Shaheen of weakness against “radical Islamists.”
James Foley’s father, John, appeared this week on a local New Hampshire new station to call the ad “deplorable” and ask for an apology. His mother, Diane, said, “It makes me very sad that people would use the brutality of our son’s death for their own political purposes.”