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Husband, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Conservative city councilwoman caught slapping 6-year-old special needs student’s face

A 62-year-old Des Moines, Washington city councilwoman, former state legislator and King County Superior Court judge is in hot water after cameras caught her slapping the face of a 6-year-old special needs student.

According to Seattle’s Fox Q13, Jeanette Burrage — who is now a bus-driver for the Highline School District — is facing charges of 4th degree assault in connection with the incident, which took place on March 10.

King County Sheriff’s Sgt. B.J. Myers said that police responded to a call on that day regarding a disturbance on a school bus. There was no indication at the time that an assault had occurred, but when school district officials reviewed the video footage, they saw and heard Burrage slap the student during an altercation.

School district employees reported the incident to Seattle-Tacoma Police on March 18 after reviewing the video.


Should we disqualify politicians who had to "evolve" on marriage equality?

It's only recently that I heard about Hillary's difficult interview with Terry Gross on Clinton's "evolution" on marriage eaqaulty and I think about my journey. I grew up in a Midwestern, fundamentalist Christian household where the only reaction to the 1989 San Francisco earthquake was that it was "God sending a message about those gays". And, as an impressionable kid, my opinion mirrored those of my parents. But I grew up, went to college, got a job, moved to California, got another job, met my life partner, had a kid and here I am today. Am I disqualified? Sometimes we forget, or some of us may not even old enough to realize, how far the country really has come. We gone from clubs being raided by police in the 70's to where the national Republicans are even conceding that marriage equality will no longer be an issue. I hope we are mature enough to cut our pro-LGBT politicians some slack.

Jimi Hendrix- The Wind Cries Mary (VIDEO)

Led Zepplin - Thank You (VIDEO)

Opt-Out Movement Accelerates Amid Common Core Testing

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some superintendents in New York are reporting that 60 percent or even 70 percent of their students are refusing to sit for the exams. Some lawmakers, sensing a tipping point, are backing the parents and teachers who complain about standardized testing.

Resistance could be costly: If fewer than 95 percent of a district's students participate in tests aligned with Common Core standards, federal money could be withheld, although the U.S. Department of Education said that hasn't happened.

"It is a theoretical club administrators have used to coerce participation, but a club that is increasingly seen as a hollow threat," said Bob Schaeffer with the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, which seeks to limit standardized testing.


I support Hillary but even I want a primary

I don't believe in coronations. And Hillary, like everyone else, needs to earn it. So, by all means I encourage Sanders, O'Malley and even Warren to jump in. There are legitimate issues and questions of governance to discuss. Welcome one and all, let's have at it.

Angie's List CEO Might Challenge Mike Pence in Indiana

WASHINGTON -- During the recent debate over Indiana's "religious freedom" law, there were few critics as outspoken as Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle. Oesterle canceled a $40 million expansion of the company's headquarters in Indianapolis out of concern the law would discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. And his opposition was especially stinging because he was a fellow Republican, previously serving as a staffer to former Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).

On Wednesday, Oesterle announced he was stepping down from his position at Angie's List, leading to speculation in the state that he may be looking to challenge Gov. Mike Pence (R).

Oesterle later on Wednesday confirmed his interest in returning to politics in an interview with The Statehouse File. He said he had no immediate plans to run for governor, although he wasn't ruling it out. Oesterle lamented that Pence signing the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law "badly damaged" the state's reputation, and said the task now was to repair it.

“I haven’t figured out how I'm going to do that,” Oesterle admitted. “That could involve helping somebody else run. That could involve working on legislative races. That could involve becoming a candidate myself.”


Grave of Hillary Clinton's father 'vandalised' day after she declared for president

The grave of Hillary Clinton’s father appears to have been vandalised the day after she launched her presidential campaign.

Police in Scranton, Pennsylvania said that the headstone of Hugh Rodham had been toppled, possibly by vandals.

A caretaker at Washburn Street Cemetery noticed that the headstone was off its base on Monday afternoon.

Mrs Clinton declared that she was running for president on Sunday, leading to speculation that the perpetrator may have acted in response to the announcement.

Lieutenant Glenn Thomas of the Scranton Police Department said they were treating the incident as an act of “criminal mischief”, but had no information on what may have motivated the vandal or vandals.


Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross (VIDEO)

Prediction: Scott Walker will be the Republican nominee.

Scott Walker is where the Republican party is today. He is cruel to unions, the poor and working class Wisconsinites, but can do it calm, photogenic smile. He is not quite as establishment as Jeb nor as outwardly batshit as Cruz. He knows how to channel the resentment of white, working class voters while nestling deep into the Koch Brothers' pockets. The Religious Right and tea baggers both like him. But you know what is most frightening? He knows how to talk to someone who has no health care and, instead of offering to expand medical coverage, he can convince them that the "union bums" don't deserve health health, either. THAT is what the Republican Party wants in 2016.
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