The last few weeks, gay rights have stolen the stage as the key social issue facing this country. While the Supreme Court has heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition Eight, conservative states have attacked a separate social issue. With changing views on gay rights, conservatives have begun looking elsewhere to advance their political agenda. Since the election, Republicans have tried to find a conservative solution to a changing demographic. Many have suggested a more moderate stance on social issues could be the answer, but red states continue to stick to their socially conservative core.
I don't know whether to hug them or smack them. I'm talking about the 11,000 Omahans who, according to a recent report in the Omaha World-Herald, signed the recall petitions but didn't vote in the actual election on Jan. 25.
Well, it's finally summer. At the Gateway we've had a month-long break from printing and a lot has happened. In fact, there's been so much activity in the political world that it would be impossible and, truthfully, unfair of me to pick just one to comment on. So in the spirit of ‘catching up,' here's a random selection of comments on recent events for your enjoyment.
Facebook has more than 800 million users. More than seven million are under 13 years old, according to Consumer Reports. Seven million users are breaking Facebook's rule that no one under 13 can have a page.
Sick of hearing about the "fiscal cliff" yet? Buckle down, because it's not going away. Instead of accomplishing anything, Congress merely delayed the decision for two months.
Sick of hearing how many Cabinet nominations will probably be approved, but only after tons of posturing and aggression?
Americans have already placed their approval rating of Congress somewhere around 18 percent, according the most recent Gallup poll.
This is almost twice the rating it previously dropped to. Just goes to show just how poorly Americans see the state of our Congress.
We can all sit back and blame them for everything, but maybe it's time to take a look in the mirror.
There's something ugly growing in this country. Across the nation, state legislatures are debating bills that'll have profound impact on future presidential elections. Known collectively as "birther" bills, they're a variety of provisions requiring presidential candidates to submit proof of American citizenship before they can get their names on election ballots.