President Barack Obama made his final pitch to voters last night in Des Moines, Iowa. The President was clearly emotional and and could be seen fighting back a tear or two. Watch the video WHEN YOU JUMP ...
NELSON: "Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?
ANN ROMNEY: I'm not going to talk about the specific issues. I'm going to let my husband speak on issues. I'm here to really just talk about my husband and what kind of husband and father he is and, you know, those are hot-button issues that distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election. That, it's going to be about the economy and jobs. ...
NELSON: Do you believe that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control?"
ANN ROMNEY: Again, you're asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs."
Paris Anding was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter by a Black Hawk County jury Friday afternoon. The verdict, which arrived after about nine hours of deliberation, was met by “amens” from the audience. Anding hugged his attorneys, Steve Addington and Jill Eimemann, upon hearing the outcome. He had been facing up to 50 years in prison if convicted on the originally charge of first-degree murder. Sentencing will be at a later date.
Andrews’ mother, Velma Andrews, said she harbors no hatred, but misses her son. "I put it in God’s hands, and God took care of it," she said following the verdict.
Witnesses said Marcellus Andrews was sitting on friend's porch when a truck pulled up, and a fight broke out between Andrews and the vehicle's occupants. The brutal beating started after several youths taunted Andrews and called him "faggot" and other gay slurs. Police believe that a "club or baseball bat" was used in the brutal beatdown.
Andrews was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals with "severe head injuries." He remained on life support for two days. Marcellus Andrews was slated to start the interior design program at Hawkeye Community College only one week after he was killed. As the case drew national attention, Andrews family later claimed that he was not gay and did not want the case investigated as a hate crime.
Rep. Michele Bachmann will reportedly announce that she's "suspending" her presidential campaign after a sixth and last place showing in the Iowa caucuses, reports The National Journal. Bachmann has scheduled a press conference for 11A ET.
Bachmann is suspending her presidential campaign, said a senior Republican official with direct knowledge of the lawmaker’s plans. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Minnesota lawmaker, a favorite of the tea party wing of the party and a harsh critic of President Obama, realized after her sixth-place finish in Iowa’s caucuses that “there was no viable way forward.” By suspending her campaign, Bachmann is effectively dropping out.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is also said to be "reassessing" his campaign.
Mitt Romney edged out a miniscule 8-vote victory over a late surge for Rick Santorum in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses. The former Massachusetts governor's win capped a "tumultuous presidential caucus campaign" and was the narrowest in the history of the event, reports the Des Moines Register.
Romney won 30,015 votes, compared with 30,007 for Santorum, out of 122,255 cast. Each of the men won 25 percent of the vote and proclaimed victory. Ron Paul was third, followed by Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman.
Romney’s campaign strategists had carefully staged expectations to persuade the public and media that the former Massachusetts governor could emerge strongly from Iowa with a close second- or third-place finish. He campaigned here about a fourth as much as during his first presidential bid four years ago, when he finished second in Iowa. But Romney managed to capture the top prize anyway.
Romney won about the same number of votes in Iowa last night as he did in 2007.
Romney reportedly spent about $4.6 million in Iowa or $156 per vote. The right-wing anti-gay former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum—who campaigned on invalidating same-sex marriages and seeking to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"—spent about $617,000 or $21 per vote.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann placed a distant fifth and sixth, respectively. Both are reportedly "reassessing" their candidacies this morning.
The Republican presidential campaign now moves to New Hampshire, which will hold its first in the nation primary on January 10. Former House Speaker Gingrich, who finished a disappointing fourth, has vowed to take his campaign to the Granite State.
Someone is getting desperate. On the eve of today's Iowa Caucus, gazillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared President Obama's record to Kim Kardashian’s failed marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries. That "reality" show wedding extravaganza lasted only 72 days.
"I’ve been looking at some video clips on YouTube of President Obama, then candidate Obama going through Iowa, making promises," said Romney at a Sunday rally in Council Bluffs. "I think the gap between his promises and his performance is the largest I’ve seen well, since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of until death do we part."
Ann Romney says she "got a kick out of that, that was pretty funny."
Newt Gingrich isn't even trying to chase the gay conservative vote. The former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a gay Iowa voter that he would be better off supporting President Obama, reports the Des Moines Register.
"I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama," said Scott Arnold, an associate professor of writing at William Penn University.”
Arnold, a Democrat, said he came to the event at Smokey Row coffee house with an open mind. But he wanted to ask Gingrich about how he would represent him as president after reading past comments the former U.S. House Speaker as made about gay and lesbians. "When you ask somebody a question and you expect them to support all Americans and have everyone’s general interest," Arnold said. "It’s a little bit frustrating and disheartening when you’re told to support the other side. That he doesn’t’ need your support."
Gingrich, who has a half sister who is a lesbian, has previously said in Iowa that same-sex marriage "is a temporary aberration that will dissipate." In his letter to The Family Leader this month, he advocated a federal constitutional amendment that would deny marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Waiting for spin from the homocons at GOProud ...
The anti-gay Gingrich is a thrice-married serial adulterer. The former House Speaker is one of the architects of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he pushed through Congress at the same time he was involved in an extra-marital affair with a staffer. That was the second of two marriages that ended after his adultery.
Gingrich is currently polling second in Iowa among likely Republican caucus voters, according to a poll conducted by Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG. Ron Paul is first with 28 percent, Gingrich second at 25 percent and Mitt Romney at 18 percent.
Civics 101 much? Anti-gay Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain vowed last night to "overturn" the Supreme Court if they overturned the Defense of Marriage Act or legalized marriage equality.
Cain was one of six Republican presidential candidates to attend anti-gay activist Bob Vander Plaats' "Thanksgiving Family Forum" in Iowa. The bizarre statement was in response to National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown, who asked Cain how he would respond to a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Prop 8 in California.
"I would lead the charge to overturn the Supreme Court if they overturned DOMA," insisted the former pizza executive.
And not one person on the panel attempted to correct Cain on his epic lack of knowledge on the three branches of government. Via Raw Story, watch AFTER THE JUMP ...
The High Funkstress of Fierceness performed at Thursday night's White House dinner for South Korean President Lee-Myung-bak. The President and First Lady made a special request: They personally asked Monáe to perform her hit record "Tightrope."
"President Obama and First Lady are big fans," Monáe posted on Facebook. "I'm so honored. They requested "Tightrope"!"
The White House hasn't released that video .. yet. Until then, enjoy Janelle Monáe's rousing performance of "Tightrope" and an epic close of "Come Alive" at the University of Iowa earlier this week AFTER THE JUMP ...
Only days after Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain publicly claimed that he would have "no problem" appointing gay staffers to work in the White House, his campaign quickly sought to conceal the fact that one of its top staffers was gay.
Cain’s former PAC treasurer and senior political strategist Scott Toomey was removed as the treasurer of now-defunct Madison Gay Pride after a financial scandal. Cain's Iowa straw poll coordinator Kevin Hall said that Toomey's sexuality and history "had become an issue" among senior campaign staff, reports the AP.
Hall said he was not bothered by Toomey’s background but aides knew it exposed Cain to charges of hypocrisy.
"A conservative candidate, Mr. Cain is on the record as stating that he believes homosexuality is a sin and a choice. And they know that, if his top adviser, his highly paid adviser, is openly gay that it would cast a negative light on Mr. Cain and would cost him in his efforts to become president" he testified. "Basically the campaign was trying to cover up the fact that Mr. Toomey was still involved. They asked ... me to help them cover up that fact."
The cover-up allegations surfaced during Hall's testimony to the Iowa Workforce Department for unemployment insurance. Administrative Law Judge Bonny Hendricksmeyer ruled that Hall should be awarded benefits.
Hendricksmeyer ruled Hall resigned “due to a change in the contract of hire” and said the alleged cover-up could have damaged his career as a political consultant.
"The presence of the gay person on the campaign was misrepresented to the staff, which caused Mr. Hall and others to inadvertently misrepresent the fact to others," Hendricksmeyer wrote. "(Hall’s) credibility and his future job prospects would have suffered. It is possible if the situation had been discovered it would have also created a negative impact on (Hall’s) job duties. He felt it was possible the candidate would lose credibility and the straw poll results would be very poor."
Cain is opposed to most federal level LGBT action items. Cain opposed repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and blasted the Obama Administration after its decision to no longer defend recent lawsuits challenging DOMA Section Three. Can also said that being gay was a "sin and a choice".
The right-wing Tea Party favorite claimed in early June that he "wouldn’t have a problem" appointing gay staffers because "they’re not going to try to [impose] Sharia law." This was after his infamous vow not to appoint any Muslims to cabinet or as federal judges.