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Scott Walker Walks Back His Disgusting Suggestion That Gay Scout Leaders Are Pedophiles – By Lying?

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Scott Walker got asked by a reporter about the Boy Scouts’ plan to allow gay adult Scout leaders, and he gave his honest answer – which turned out to be offensive and disgusting. Now, he’s trying to walk it back. Is he lying about what he meant?

That’s Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the photo above, speaking at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Convention. CPAC is the far right wing’s annual get-together that is so anti-gay they don’t even allow gay GOP groups, like Log Cabin Republicans, or the now defunct gay Tea Party group, GOProud, to have an official presence. A few years ago when they did, the outrage was huge, and led to boycotts.

Scott Walker fits in perfectly.

Last year, Gov. Walker spent months being coy about his position on marriage for same-sex couples.

In June of 2014 he claimed that despite same-sex marriage cases being tried in nearly half the states in the nation, his opinion on the issue gripping the nation “really doesn’t matter.”

After a few more months of being coy, Walker, just before the November elections, made his position clear.

In September Walker had sought the endorsement of one of Wisconsin’s most anti-gay organizations. In a September 5 letter to Wisconsin Family Action he quietly told them, the AP had reported, “he supports marriage between one man and one woman.”

His anti-gay record is clear, but like a high school bully he’s teased LGBT people from time to time about how he feels about them. A few months ago, when every GOP presidential candidate was being asked if they would attend a wedding of a same-sex couple, Walker offered up a quintessential Walker response.

“That’s certainly a personal issue,” Walker began, which, of course, if you’re running for president, it is not. He told reporters he, his wife, his wife Tonette and their children “already had a family member who’s had a reception. I haven’t been to a wedding,” the Wisconsin governor said, making sure to let the press know his “position on marriage is still that’s defined between a man and a woman,” and adding, “I support the Constitution of the state.”

“But for someone I love, we’ve been at a reception.”

He never, of course, answered the actual question.

When asked by a reporter this week about the Boy Scouts’ move to drop its ban on gay adult Scout leaders, Walker was only too happy to offer a disgusting, thinly-veiled anti-gay response, suggesting that gays are pedophiles.

“I was an Eagle Scout, my kids have been involved, Tonette (Walker) was a den mother,” Walker told IJReview.

“I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values.”

Now, under fire for parroting the religious right’s homophobia a bit to closely, yesterday Walker tried to walk back his comments.

Oh, he didn’t mean to suggest that gay people are pedophiles, oh no.

The New York Times reports that “during a brief news conference in South Carolina on Wednesday, Mr. Walker said that he was not pushing to save the ban — ‘it’s up to the Boy Scouts’ — and that his earlier remarks were not about protecting children from gay people.”

“The protection was not a physical protection,” he said, but rather about “protecting them from being involved in the very thing you’re talking about right now, the political and media discussion about it, instead of just focusing on what Scouts is about, which is about camping and citizenship and things of that nature.”

It’s stunning he didn’t add, “And how dare you suggest that I think gay people are pedophiles!”

Let’s look at his earlier statement again.

“I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values.”

Here’s what Walker thus is insisting he meant:

“I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children from being involved in the political and media discussion about gay Scout leaders and advanced Scout values.”

Seriously?

Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo, David Kurtz, writes, “Scott Walker’s attempted walkback of his comments about the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay leaders as having “protected children” is ridiculous on its face.”

Even that is too kind.

 

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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MN Police Officer Sentenced 3.5 Years for Death of George Floyd

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Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Keung has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for aiding and abetting manslaughter in the death of Black city resident George Floyd.

Keung, age 29, had accepted a plea deal in order to avoid an additional charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. His guilty plea acknowledged that the restraining holds used by police on Floyd were excessive and likely to cause serious harm.

Video of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder at the hands of city police captured footage of Keung kneeling on Floyd’s back while another officer knelt of the man’s neck. for over nine minutes, officers applied pressure to Floyd while he laid face down in the street, crying and telling officers that he couldn’t breathe while also calling out for his mother.

Video of Floyd’s murder sparked international outrage and inspired protests against institutional racism and police brutality.

Keung is the fourth and final police officer to receive prison time for his role in Floyd’s death. He will serve his new sentence and a federal sentence for Floyd’s death concurrently, serving a total of about 2 1/2 years for the killing.

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Virginia Republican Files Bill Defining a Fertilized Egg as a Human

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Virginia State Delegate Marie March (R) has pre-filed House Bill 1395, a law that would define life as beginning at fertilization.

“Life begins at conception and each person is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States,” the proposed bill states.

The proposed bill would effectively outlaw all abortions in the state and even endanger the use of Plan B (aka. “The morning-after pill”), a medication that prevents fertilized egg cells from attaching to a woman’s uterine wall.

The bill could also effectively criminalize in vitro fertilization, a method of inducing pregnancy that uses fertilized eggs and discards any unused ones.

Even though Republicans control the state’s House of Delegates, it’s unclear if the bill would have any chance of passing the state’s Democratic-led Senate. The legislature won’t reconvene until January 11, 2023.

Virginia currently allows a woman to get an abortion within roughly 26 weeks of pregnancy. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has proposed passing a law that would reduce that window to 15 weeks, a period of time in which most women may not even realize they’re pregnant.

In response to March’s bill the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance said in a statement, “In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and despite the vast majority of Virginians who oppose it, Virginia’s anti-abortion elected officials keep proving there are no limits to their extremism and true intentions to ban abortion for all Virginians.”

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Georgia GOP Says Its Voting Restrictions “Backfired” & Helped Dems Win Senate Seat

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When two Republicans lost Georgia’s special runoff senate elections in January 2021, state Republicans in the General Assembly re-wrote voting laws to restrict absentee ballots and give voters fewer days to vote in future runoff elections.

However, after Republicans lost yet another runoff election for Georgia’s Senate seat — with Herschel Walker losing to his Democratic competitor, Rev. Raphael Warnock, earlier this month — state Republicans want to re-re-write the rules, hopeful of a more favorable outcome.

Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), the official who oversees the state’s voting procedures, said he plans on giving three proposals to lawmakers when they return to the General Assembly in January.

“[The proposals] include forcing large counties to open more early-voting locations (in an attempt to reduce the hours-long lines some voters waited in) … lowering the threshold candidates must achieve to avoid a runoff from 50 percent to 45 percent; and instituting a ranked-choice instant-runoff system that would not require voters to come back to the polls again after the general election,” The New York Times reported.

To be clear, it’s unclear whether these changes would’ve helped Walker win. But they stand in contrast to the changes state Republicans made to voting laws following their failed January 2021 Senate runoff ambitions.

The changes after that time severely restricted the types of people eligible to receive an absentee ballot. While 24 percent of the January 2021 vote came via mail-in absentee ballots, the rule changes resulted in 5 percent of mail-in votes coming in for the January 2022 runoff.

Republicans also lowered the number of in-person early voting days to five (though the rule change allowed counties to add extra days.) The Times found that 28 of Georgia’s 159 counties opted to add extra in-person early voting days — 17 of the counties that did largely backed Warnock while 11 backed his challenger.

Before the recent run-off election, Raffensperger also tried to enforce a state law forbidding in-person early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. However, Warnock successfully sued to prevent the law from going into effect.

Overall, the changes may have “backfired,” Republicans told The Times, actually encouraging Democratic voters to come out in greater numbers.

While Republicans point to the large turnout of runoff voters as “proof” that their changes didn’t discourage voting, Warnock’s campaign criticized the changes, saying that such restrictions shouldn’t make it harder for people to vote in the first place.

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