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Not long ago, in Chattanooga, TN, the city council voted to extend benefits to partners of same sex city workers ... Yay! Great day for Chattanooga. After all, this proud city was standing for progress, and standing up to long held discriminatory views held by many in the South. Then the second act began to unfold. Follow me after the fold.

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM PDT

Obama Still Leads In Ohio

by Tommy in TennyC

This is just a quick diary with a good poll from Ohio. Enjoy it before bed.

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Tonight comes word that it has happened again. Another teenager has died a senseless death due to bullying. Friends say 18 year old Jacob Rogers recently dropped out of school after unsuccessfully attempting to get his school to help him stop the bullying...

One friend of senior Jacob Rogers told a Nashville television station that she believes he committed suicide because he was tired of constant bullying. The friend said Rogers was being bullied because of his sexuality, and school officials didn't do enough to stop it.
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This will not be a long dairy. It is time for bed. Work comes early, so I'll let the articles to the talking. It is just nice to see, for the first time, that it appears as though REPUBLICAN senators may be coming on board to vote for repeal of DADT.

When reading this, keep in mind, these are REPUBLICAN senators! ... Just let that simmer in your mind for a moment. If we can get 4 Republican senators, then we just might be at that tipping point. This just might get done!

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Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 07:43 AM PST

BREAKING: Bayh to Retire

by Tommy in TennyC

No more details than this, but this is big Bayh to retire.

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So we've all heard the stories. President Obama seemed to highlight it perfectly in his State of the Union speech last night. He repeatedly said something to the effect of "The House has passed the bill. I encourage the Senate to act." But now Republicans are using the filibuster to block virtually all legislation from moving forward in the Senate, a tactic that hasn't been used before to such an extreme degree. If the use of the filibuster so regularly to violate the basic concept of majority rule isn't reason enough to go nuclear, I don't know what is! It is time for Democrats to show some courage ... take on the system (of Senate precedent of filibuster use) ... and restore constitutional majority rule.

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I was sitting at work today, looking at my Obama '08 campaign sign on my wall and I felt sad. Disappointed might be a better word. I'm not that happy with the president right now, and the main reason is health care reform. I'm of the mind that the president must show congress a way forward. He must press harder, and he is not. But that subject is for another diary. The substance of this dairy should give us all hope!

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