Rob Portman

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns. The idea’s been around for three decades, but even after a 16-day […]

Republicans reaffirm homophobic stand on gay marriage, honor perennial loser Ron Paul

Republicans reaffirm homophobic stand on gay marriage, honor perennial loser Ron Paul

Homophobia ruled at the spring gathering of the Republican National Committee this week in Los Angeles as the group approved — with no debate — yet another resolution affirming the party’s steadfast opposition to gay marriage. A simple resolution approved in a voice vote by the 157 members of the RNC said: “The Republican National […]

Two more Senators switch sides and now support gay marriage

Two more Senators switch sides and now support gay marriage

The ever-increasing circle of Senators changing their positions and supporting gay marriage widened again Tuesday as Illinois Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Tom Carper announced their support for same sex unions. “The government has no place in the middle of the marriage question,” Kirk said on web site.  Hours earlier Carper wrote on his Facebook […]

Sen. Jeff Flake predicts support for gay marriage in future GOP presidential candidate

The Republican shift from longtime homophobia to acceptance of equality for homosexuals continued Sunday with Sen. Jeff Flake saying it is “inevitable” that his party will see one of its own run for president while supporting gay marriage. Flake, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” admitted the political landscape is shifting and will eventually field […]

Obama still looking for ways to recapture his old magic

Obama still looking for ways to recapture his old magic

President Barack Obama sought to recapture the magic of his 2008 campaign, holding a large open-air rally in Ohio to help struggling Democratic candidates in the Midwestern state. Amid voter anger over the sluggish economy and 9.6 percent unemployment, Obama’s Democrats are fighting to avoid steep losses in the Congress and in state governors’ races […]