Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held an impromptu book signing at indie bookstore McNally-Jackson in Nolita this afternoon. Mr. Schwarzenegger announced the surprise signing via Twitter and in a note on Facebook leading a crowd of over 100 almost exclusively male fans to rush downtown to shake the Governator’s large hand and have him sign copies of his tome Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. Continue reading “Schwarzenegger’s Signing: Fans Flock Downtown to Meet Action Hero-Turned-Author”
Gary DeLong says he, his wife and his six year old daughter are being stalked by operatives working with his rival in a California House race. Mr. DeLong released a web video today documenting what he says is his family being tailed through the streets by “a tracker” sent by his Democratic opponent in California’s 47th Congressional District, Alan Lowenthal. Footage in Mr. DeLong’s ad shows him walking around Long Beach’s annual Greek Festival with his wife and child while being closely followed by a young, blonde woman wielding a video camera.
“The lady following Gary? That’s not his videographer,” text explains in Mr. Delong’s video. “Unfortunately Lowenthal and his party bosses felt it necessary to intrude on Gary’s quality family time by sending a tracker to record his every move.” Continue reading “California Congressional Candidate Accuses Rival of ‘Stalking’ His Family”
Jorge Robles is running against Democratic California Congresswoman Linda Sanchez in today’s primary and he thinks she should be removed from office. He let his supporters know why with a video entitled “Take Linda Sanchez OUT!” where he repeatedly refers to Ms. Sanchez as a “HOT MESS!!” and uses a machine gun to help make his point. Continue reading “Congressional Candidate Posts Machine Gun Video Vowing To ‘Take Linda Sanchez OUT!’”
President Barack Obama flew to attended a fundraising dinner at the home of actor George Clooney last night in Studio City, California. According to reports filed by the White House press pool, it was a star-studded event that raised almost $15 million for the president’s re-election campaign.
There were 150 supporters at the fundraiser including two women who won an online contest after making small donations online. The rest of the crowd paid $40,000 apiece to attend the dinner, which was held under a tent set up on Mr. Clooney’s outdoor basketball court.
Mr. Clooney said the event was put together with the help of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Other attendees of the dinner included Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire, Barbra Streisand (who, according to then pool reportwas “looking serious throughout”), Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Billy Crystal.
President Obama told the crowd he saw one of his famous “HOPE” posters from the 2008 campaign hanging in Mr. Clooney’s house.
“People don’t realize that the photograph of me is actually me sitting next to George,” the president said referring to an event where Mr. Clooney was discussing the situation in Darfur. “This is the first time that George Clooney has actually been photo-shopped out of a picture. Never happened before, will never happen again.”
President Obama concluded his remarks by telling the crowd to expect a tough, close election.
“I will just close by saying this is going to be harder than it was the last time. This is going to be harder than it was last time, not only because I’m older and grayer and your HOPE posters are dog-eared. 2008 in some ways was lightening in a bottle,” he said. “That’s not going to be replicated and we shouldn’t expect it to. I’ve been president for three and a half years but part of the reason it’s going to be harder is because folks are still hurting out there and those frustrations with Washington and with the nonsense they see on the news is making them more cynical than they were in 2008.”
President Obama said he and his supporters would have to fight against this “cynicism and the belief maybe things can’t happen and maybe the game is rigged” to win the election.
“We’re going to have to keep those fires burning all the way through November and beyond because I’m not interesting in just winning the election,” he said. “I’m interested in making sure we can finish what we started in 2008.”
After voters in North Carolina voted to ban same sex marriage and civil unions in their state yesterday, American Foundation for Equal Rights Executive Director Adam Umhoefer released a statement calling the ban a “profound injustice.”
“The passage of Amendment One is a profound injustice. Singling out a class of citizens for discriminatory treatment is unfair, unlawful and violates basic American values,” Mr. Umhoefer said. “Gay and lesbian Americans, like their fellow citizens, want nothing more than to marry the person they love. Committed, loving couples and their families should not be denied this most fundamental freedom.” Continue reading “American Foundation For Equal Rights Calls North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban a ‘Profound Injustice’”
Mitt Romney’s only openly gay spokesman, Richard Grenell, left his job with the campaign this week after backlash from social conservatives.
“My ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign,” Mr. Grenell said in a statement announcing his resignation.
This story has led to a fresh batch of questions about whether or not gays and lesbians have a place in the Republican party. Mr. Grenell may have been the only openly gay person to take a prominent role on Mr. Romney’s campaign, but there is a growing number of openly gay Republicans gaining prominence in the GOP.
Read on to acquaint yourself with ten of the top power gay Republicans.
Proposition 8, the ban that ended California’s brief, four-month-long flirtation with same-sex marriage in 2008, was struck down today by a federal appeals court. The three judge panel of the ninth circuit court ruled 2-1 in favor of overturning the voter-approved measure.
“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the ruling.