Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA

In September the House and Senate passed different version of a $700 plus billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 and are now preparing to head to conference to hammer out the specifics before sending it to the White House for signature.

Conference committees are designed to reach a bicameral compromise on a piece of legislation. A few steps need to be taken before going to conference, such as nominating the members who will sit on the committee. Continue reading “Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA”

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Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name

With more than 80% of Puerto Rico still without power and the Children’s Health Insurance Program still left unrenewed, leaving close to 9 million American children without access to health insurance, the House of Representatives met today to rename a handful of post offices. Continue reading “Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name”

Senate Confirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman

Ajit Pai will serve five years as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission after the Senate confirmed his nomination today on a 52-41 vote.

While FCC chairman is not a position that usually garners much public attention, Pai has become one of the more controversial Chairman’s in decades, in part because of late night television host John Oliver’s public burning of the Kansas native on the HBO show Last Week Tonight.

Oliver’s concerns revolved around Pai’s position on net neutrality, and in the two days of debate on the Senate floor, that opinion was echoed by some Democratic Senators. Continue reading “Senate Confirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman”

7 Things the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About Graham-Cassidy, Says Breitbart

KICK BACK is a series of posts attempting to interact with the news and the internet in a more empowered way. To literally kick back and fight media with media. This one reads a piece by John Nolte, published in Breitbart on September 22, 2017. Italics are mine.

Should Graham-Cassidy, the latest manifestation of the seven-year Republican promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, manage to pass the Senate next week, ironically enough, conservatives will owe a debt of thanks to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man single-handedly responsible for saving Obamacare in the last vote-around.

This is an incredibly accurate statement here to start this article, at its heart. Yet Breitbart still manages to obfuscate the truth by omission. John McCain was the single man responsible for “saving Obamacare”, as they say, saving Republicans from themselves, other conservatives may say, or even making a big sacrifice for what may sadly be a futile act to preserve the solidity and honor of the United States Senate, as I say.  But his were not the only hands that cast a no vote that early morning in July. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also voted no. And they did so for reasons of their own, particular to their state. Reasons, it should be said, that do not seem the least bit resolved by Republicans in this Graham-Cassidy bill. Continue reading “7 Things the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About Graham-Cassidy, Says Breitbart”

The Saga of the Gold Dust Lounge

 

“Lowbrow culture and contrarian politics in the capital of the west coast. This issue features fiction by Robert Mailer Anderson and his uncle, Bruce Anderson, some history by Salon.com founder David Talbot, a heartbreaking story about the artist S. Clay Wilson (foreword by Ron Turner) and wicked political insights,” writes Argonaut Editor-in-Chief, the late Warren Hinckle

I worked for Warren as the associate editor on this issue and wrote the cover story on “the Gold Dust extraction.” 

Obama Fires Up Bay Area Base

For the first time since coming out in favor of marriage equality, President Barack Obama visited the Bay Area last week. Although never using the word “gay,” Obama did draw huge cheers from the crowd at Redwood City’s Fox Theatre for supporting the right to be, “who you are and love who you love.”

Inside the May 23 fundraiser, which sold out with ticket prices between $250 and $1,000, almost every word of the president’s especially fervent speech was met with enthusiasm, and a few times chants, like “four more years!” and “fired up; ready to go!”

But outside, among the crowd just behind the barricades that bordered Courthouse Square, some gays and lesbians sang a different, more severe tune.

“I feel like the whole thing is an election year ploy,” said James Lee about Obama’s support of marriage equality. “It’s great that he said it, it’s a very symbolic move, you know, it shifts the culture a bit. But it’s not enough and I resent our community being used.”

I covered San Francisco news and politics for the Bay Area Reporter from the end of 2011 to 2013. Read the full article here.

New HRC Prez Visits the Castro

Starting his new job a day early and outside of Washington, D.C., Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin made a quick stop in San Francisco last weekend, where he met with friends of the late Supervisor Harvey Milk and toured Milk’s former camera store, now the site of HRC’s store and action center.

While in the Castro Sunday, June 10, Griffin offered a glimpse of his agenda as he starts his tenure at the country’s largest LGBT rights organization and has made it clear that LGBT youth will be near the top of the list.

I covered San Francisco news and politics for the Bay Area Reporter from the end of 2011 to 2013. Read the full article here.