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Americans' Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low

Americans' Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
A record-low 21% of Americans express a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in television news. Confidence among liberals and moderates has fallen significantly and is now similar to that of conservatives.
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Gallup poll from July, 2012, but seemingly still the case and still the trend.


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Voters Guide for May 20th Primary | Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania

Voters Guide for May 20th Primary | Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
On May 20th Democrats have a competitive primary.

 

On May 20th Democrats have a competitive primary. Check here to see where Democratic gubernatorial candidates stand on key environmental issues.


Make a plan to vote tomorrow, May 20. Find your polling place here. Then tell your friends to vote too!

 

Share this page with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Here is a sample post:


Tomorrow is election day! Here’s a handy guide to the gov. candidates’ enviro positions. Remember to vote! #May20 http://bit.ly/1p5CSLH


http://www.conservationpa.org/primary2014/

 

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Forget fast lanes. The real threat for net-neutrality is zero-rated content

Forget fast lanes. The real threat for net-neutrality is zero-rated content | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
When telcos zero-rate data used by their apps and their partners’ apps, they are engaging in price discrimination and threatening net neutrality. The practice should be banned in U.S. and Europe.

 

by Antonios Drossos, Rewheel

 

APR. 26, 2014 - 10:30 AM PDT
 

The net-neutrality provisions adopted by the European Parliament earlier this monthruled that specialized services like “fast lanes” can’t be used by telcos to the detriment of the availability or quality of internet access services. On the other side of the Atlantic, Americans are less fortunate. The FCC said this week that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers.

 

This is the price the U.S. pays for delegating such crucial policy decisions to an unelected ex-lobbyist rather than delegating to Congress. Meanwhile, the open internet isn’t safe yet in Europe: The Council hasn’t spoken and the devil is in the details.

 

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http://gigaom.com/2014/04/26/forget-fast-lanes-the-real-threat-for-net-neutrality-is-zero-rated-mobile-traffic/

 

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Signature needed: Senate will vote on Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United

Signature needed: Senate will vote on Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Money is not speech, and the Supreme Court’s decisions Citizens United and McCutcheon have perverted our democracy.

It's time to pass a constitutional amendment.
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Vermont first state to call for constitutional convention to get money out of politics - VTDigger

Vermont first state to call for constitutional convention to get money out of politics - VTDigger | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

MORGAN TRUE MAY. 2 2014, 3:42 PM 

Wolf PAC concluded that the federal government is too awash in campaign cash from outside groups to take action, so his organization is launching campaigns to push state legislatures to call for an end to corporate personhood and public financing of all elections, according to the organization's website.

 

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http://vtdigger.org/2014/05/02/vermont-first-state-call-constitutional-convention-get-money-politics/

 

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TPP Unraveling?

TPP Unraveling? | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
President Obama returns from East Asia empty-handed after Japan rejects bilateral agreement - but if the TPP moves forward, will it be in the interest of most Americans?
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Politics Done Right - Transpartisanship What is it? What does it mean to you? - Apr 26,2014

Politics Done Right -  Transpartisanship What is it? What does it mean to you? - Apr 26,2014 | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Today I am honored to have Coffee Party member and one of our progressive leaders hosting the show for me today. Thank you very much Greg Russak for doing the show for me today on such a short notice.
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You won’t believe how many people are upset about this secretive agreement

You won’t believe how many people are upset about this secretive agreement | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Right now, Obama and other leaders are in closed-door meetings to fast track and finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership. And what they’re talking about will shock you.

 

The TPP threatens to censor your Internet1, kill jobs, undermine environmental safeguards, and remove your democratic rights2.

 

We're going to get the attention of decision-makers and the media by projecting a Stop The Secrecy message on key buildings in Washington D.C. - but we need you to add your voice now.

 

The TPP is huge: It covers 40% of the global economy and will overwrite national laws affecting people around the world.3

 

The worst of the TPP threatens everything we care about: democracy, jobs, health, the environment, and the Internet. That's why decision-makers are meeting in Asia under extreme secrecy and pushing 'Fast Track' laws to cement the plan into place.

 

This is no way to make decisions in the 21st century. We need to raise a loud global call to expose this dangerous secrecy now. 

 

With every voice that is added to our call, a donor will contribute to make the Stop The Secrecy projection on buildings in Washington D.C. bigger and brighter. We need to make this as big as possible when Obama returns to Washington on April 30th.

 

Please add your voice to help us build one of the largest online campaigns the world has ever seen.

 

https://stopthesecrecy.net/

 


Footnotes:
*According to several reports "An early signing of the TPP is expected to be a key topic in a planned full meeting between Abe and Obama when the U.S. president visits Japan." The meetings are taking place right now. 
[1] TPP Creates Legal Incentives For ISPs To Police The Internet. What Is At Risk? Your Rights. Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation.
[2] Leaked drafts of the Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Source: Wikileaks. Background on several issues pertaining to the TPP can be found on the Expose The TPP website and in our resources page.
[3] U.S. “Bullying” TPP Negotiators Amid Failure to Agree. Source: Inter Press Service News Agency. *Note: The U.S. and the E.U. are already discussing a similar secretive agreement called "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)". Once the TPP is finalized there will be pressure to harmonize and extend its provisions to TTIP -- meaning the E.U. There are also reports of many others countries being added to the TPP once it is finalized.

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5 Habits Of Emotionally Intelligent People

5 Habits Of Emotionally Intelligent People | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Emotionally intelligent people are super successful. Here's why.

 

ERIC SCHIFFER, ENTREPRENEUR 

APR. 16, 2014, 4:49 PM

 

Emotional intelligence is the most powerful tool for success — not only in in romantic relationships, but business, too. In fact, the same rules for achieving your goals in business also apply to love.

 

 

Here are five practices that people with high EQs use to achieve success at both work and in their personal lives:


Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233040#ixzz2zUNU6oEY

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Moral Lens of Justice — Rev. Barber's most compelling 7 minutes to date - YouTube

http://www.storyofamerica.org/barber-7 Notes by Eric Byler | This is an excerpt from Rev. Dr. William Barber's speech at Binkley Baptist Church in Durham, NC...
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"Compelling" only begins to describe it. Please do not miss this, and please pass it along. Thanks,. Greg R., Coffee Party curator.

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Fighting for the Four Freedoms | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Fighting for the Four Freedoms | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Historian Harvey J. Kaye talks to Bill about why FDR's "Four Freedoms” -- freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion -- are more important now than ever.

 

Fighting for the Four Freedoms

April 11, 2014

If you believe America desperately needs a great surge of democracy in the face of fierce opposition from reactionary and corporate forces, then remembering and reviving the spirit of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died 69 years ago this week, is in order.

In January 1941, FDR’s State of the Union address made it clear that a fight was inevitable, a fight to preserve, protect and defend four essential freedoms: freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion.

This week, Bill speaks with historian Harvey J. Kaye, author of the new book, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great, about how FDR’s speech was a rallying cry to build the kind of progressive society that Roosevelt hoped for but did not live to see at war’s end.

 

Watch the discussion at

http://billmoyers.com/episode/fighting-for-the-four-freedoms/

 

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New Data Illustrate Local Impact of Tax Credits for Working Families

New Data Illustrate Local Impact of Tax Credits for Working Families | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Jane R. Williams and Elizabeth Kneebone | April 15, 2014 11:22am

 

This Tax Day we want to draw your attention to newly-released resources that demonstrate the widespread impact of federal tax policies targeted to low- and moderate-income working families, particularly the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

 

New IRS data for Tax Year 2012, now available through our EITC Interactive, show that in 2012, 26.2 million filers received the EITC, claiming an average credit of $2,359. Almost 60 percent (15.7 million) of EITC filers also went on to receive the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit, claiming an additional $1,266 on average.

 

These refundable tax credits not only encourage and support work but also offer an effective poverty alleviation tool. As we wrote earlier this year, according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), nationally the poverty rate would have been 3 percentage points higher in 2012 without the EITC and the refundable portion of the CTC. For children, the impact of these credits was even greater, effectively lowering the child poverty rate by 6.7 percentage points.

 

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http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/the-avenue/posts/2014/04/15-data-tax-credits-working-families

 

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Colorado governor signs nation's first ‘Right to Try’ bill into law

Colorado governor signs nation's first ‘Right to Try’ bill into law | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
The state of Colorado has signed a law giving terminally ill patients the right to use experimental drugs. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the 'Right to Try' bill into law in Fort Collins.


Published time: May 18, 2014 22:59

The state of Colorado has signed a law giving terminally ill patients the right to use experimental drugs. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the 'Right to Try' bill into law in Fort Collins.

It’s a proposal being advanced in several states by patient advocates who are frustrated by the amount of time the federal approval process takes for experimental drugs in the pipeline. Missouri and Louisiana also passed similar legislation recently. 

The bill's co-sponsor, Democratic State Rep. Joann Ginall, was absent from the signing ceremony in order to tend to her older brother, Tom, who is suffering from a rare blood cancer. “For people who are facing death and have one last hope, they should have a choice to try every possible drug,” Ginall stated.


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Watch now: Why Poverty? | Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream | PBS Video

A point-of-view film by Alex Gibney

 

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America's richest citizens have "rigged the game in their favor," and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.

 

Watch the documentary at

http://video.pbs.org/video/2296684923/

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Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment

Harry Reid backs campaign spending amendment | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

By BURGESS EVERETT | 5/15/14 10:37 AM EDT Updated: 5/15/14 2:32 PM EDT

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wholeheartedly endorsed a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending on Thursday, putting the Senate on course to vote on the matter as early as July.

Reid said that the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the amendment on June 3, which allows Congress and the states to limit fundraising and spending on federal campaigns and gives lawmakers the ability to regulate outside groups. From there, the amendment will go to the Senate floor, where it has little chance of passing due to broad GOP opposition to meddling with campaign finance laws.


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http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/harry-reid-endorse-campaign-spending-limit-106716.html


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Ralph Nader on TPP, GM Recall, Nuclear Power & the "Unstoppable" Left-Right Anti-Corporate Movement

Ralph Nader on TPP, GM Recall, Nuclear Power & the "Unstoppable" Left-Right Anti-Corporate Movement | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Former presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader joins us to discuss his latest book, "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State." Nader highlights the common concerns shared by a wide swath of the American public, regardless of political orientation, including mass government surveillance, opposing nebulous free trade agreements, reforming the criminal justice system, and punishing criminal behavior on Wall Street. Nader also discusses the U.S. push for the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, General Motors’ new bid to escape liability for its deadly ignition defect, the revived nuclear era under President Obama, and challenging U.S. militarism through the defense budget.
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Vermont Becomes The First State To Pass Wolf PAC Resolution - YouTube

Vermont Becomes The First State To Pass Wolf PAC Resolution - YouTube | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
"Today Vermont became the first state to call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, w...
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Anat Shenker-Osorio from Closing Plenary, Netroots Nation 2013 - YouTube

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Anat Shenker-Osorio from Closing Plenary, Netroots Nation 2013, San Jose, CA June 22, 2013
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Write Your Senator to Challenge USTR Froman this Thursday and Ask the Questions He Doesn’t Want to Hear

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Write Your Senator to Challenge USTR Froman this Thursday and Ask the Questions He Doesn’t Want to Hear

You Have a Unique Opportunity to Make Froman Answer for the Failings of Past U.S. Trade Agreements

This Thursday, May 1, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will attend a hearing with the Senate Finance Committee to promote the President’s trade agenda.

 

http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12457

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Republicans have a major demographic problem. And it’s only going to get worse.

Republicans have a major demographic problem. And it’s only going to get worse. | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
2016 will be a tough election for the GOP to win. 2024 might be impossible.

 

BY CHRIS CILLIZZA
April 22 at 2:56 pm

 

It's no secret that Republicans have a demographic problem when it comes to national elections.

 

In 2012, roughly nine in every ten people who voted for Mitt Romney were white --even as the white vote continued its steady decline as a percentage of the overall electorate.   He got crushed among Hispanics and African American voters.

 

Writing at Commentary magazine on Monday, former Bush Administration official Pete Wehner concludes:

It’s an undeniable empirical truth that the GOP coalition is shrinking, and it’s shrinking in the aftermath of two fairly decisive defeats, with the latter coming against a president whose policies were judged by many Americans to have been failures. Which means the Republican task isn’t simply to nominate a candidate who can fire up the base; it is to find principled conservative leaders who can win over voters who are not now voting for the GOP at the presidential level.


The problem Wehner -- and many other senior strategists and some elected officials within the GOP -- identify is not only incredibly serious as it relates to the party's ability to win national election but is also almost certain to get worse unless something big changes. As in, the 2016 presidential election will be a tough one for Republicans to win given the demographic changes in the country but it won't be nearly as difficult for them as the 2024 or 2028 elections could be.

 

Read more at

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/22/the-republican-demographic-problem-is-just-going-to-keep-getting-worse/

 

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How Our Laws Are Made [infographic]

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JULY 13, 2011 |  BY LINDSEY SAVINO 

 

As the national debt and budget issues monopolize the airwaves, it strikes me how little I remember from my undergraduate government courses. I can rattle off the names of several key representatives and senators, but the inner workings of their roles conjuring a bill into a law are a bit fuzzy. If you have found yourself in a similar predicament (or you are a political science buff who thrives on clever ways to explain governmental processes) this infographic is for you.


With the aesthetics of The Game of Life, today’s infographic thoroughly walks us through the trip a bill takes from introduction into the House of Representatives through publication as an official law.


See http://dailyinfographic.com/how-our-laws-are-made-infographic


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Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon: Greg Palast

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Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?
- 2014/04/18


Posted on Apr 18, 2014


By Greg Palast


“There was CIA involvement through a company called Mega Oil. They were shipping in arms under the cover of oil tools.”


The BP executive was explaining to me how the CIA, MI6 and British Petroleum engineered a coup d’état, overthrowing a nation’s elected president who was “not favorable to BP.” The corporation’s former vice president, Leslie Abrahams, is pictured above, holding an AK-47 in front of BP’s offices in Baku, Azerbaijan. Like most of the other BP executives I spoke with, he proudly added that although he was working for BP, he was also an operative for MI6, British intelligence.


This conversation, which took place in 2010, was far from the weirdest I had in my four-continent investigation of the real story of the Deepwater Horizon.


The BP oil rig blew out on April 20 of that year, four years ago this Sunday.


Last month, the Obama administration officially OK’d BP’s right to resumedrilling in the Gulf of Mexico. A few days after lifting the ban, just to assure the company that all is forgiven, the U.S. Department of the Interior gave BP a new contract to drill in the Gulf of Mexico—right next to where the Deepwater Horizon went down. At the same time, the forgive-and-forget U.S. Justice Department has put the trial of David Rainey, the only BP big shot charged with a felony crime in the disaster, on indefinite hold.


The Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men on the rig and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust does BP keep in its pocket to receive virtual immunity from the consequences?


To understand what really happened in the Gulf of Mexico, and how BP became a corporate creature beyond the reach of the law, British television network Channel 4 sent me on an investigation through a labyrinthine fun house of bribery, lap dancing, beatings, WikiLeaks, a coup d’état, arrests and oil-state terror.


I found the cause of the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon 7,000 miles from the Gulf in the ancient city of Baku, the Central Asian caravan stop on the Silk Road.


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http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/lap_dancers_the_cia_payoffs_and_bps_deepwater_horizon_20140418


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MoneyBomb | Take Back Tour

The National Defense Authorization Act, aka the NDAA, is legislation every American ought to be aware of and ought to add it to the list of things that need to be changed in DC. A good place to start would be paying attention to PANDA, People Against the NDAA, and by supporting them and their Take Back Tour by donating and attending an event near you.

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Young Conservatives Group Pressures GOP on Gay Marriage - Washington Wire - WSJ

Young Conservatives Group Pressures GOP on Gay Marriage - Washington Wire - WSJ | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
A new effort is being launched to try to persuade the Republican Party to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage from the party’s platform, a steep climb that would require overcoming social conservatives who have dominated the GOP’s position on the issue.

 

By  LAURA MECKLER

8:15 am ET
Apr 16, 2014

 

A new effort is being launched to try to persuade the Republican Party to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage from the party’s platform, a steep climb that would require overcoming social conservatives who have dominated the GOP’s position on the issue.

The effort, called Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, is a project ofFreedom to Marry, which is campaigning to win over Republicans to the issue in hopes of building a broader national consensus in favor of gay marriage rights.

Backers include GOP strategist Margaret Hoover as well as Abby Hunstman and Meghan McCain, both daughters of prominent Republicans.

The effort, which hopes to raise and spend $1 million over the next three years, plans to travel to four states that stage early presidential primary contests to make its case to Republicans. They want the party to delete several passages declaring marriage to be a man and a woman and related passages and instead adopt a statement taking no position on gay marriage rights but celebrating the value of marriage as a “fundamental, personal freedom.”

The proposed language further states: “We recognize that there are diverse and sincerely held views on civil marriage within the Party… [we] commit our party to respect for all families and fairness and freedom for all Americans.”

Evan Wolfson, who heads Freedom to Marry, said the effort would include staff to organize supporters, travel for supporters to attend GOP meetings, polling and possibly TV ads. He added that the overall effort is part of a larger strategy to influence the Supreme Court, which is likely to consider one of several cases challenging the constitutionality of gay marriage bans over the next few years.

“We are absolutely working in every way we can to show America is ready for the freedom to marry, and that includes, increasingly, Republicans,” he said.

The move would have some degree of precedent. Last weekend, the Republican Party in Nevada voted to strip opposition to gay marriage, as well as abortion, from the state party platform.

The Republican Party platform is written by a committee of delegates to the quadrennial national convention. Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, declined to guess how the effort would go over inside the GOP.

“It’s up to the delegates to affirm our platform every four years,” he said. “The principles of the platform that was passed in Tampa remains the platform we operate by and will until the next convention.”

Support for same-sex marriage has grown nationally in recent years, particularly among young people. A recent Pew Research Center poll found six in 10 young Republicans support gay and lesbian marriage rights. In the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election, the Republican National Committee commissioned a report on how the party can grow its appeal. It concluded that the party’s position on gay rights may be a barrier for many younger voters.

“We do not have to agree on every issue, but we do need to make sure young people do not see the Party as totally intolerant of alternative points of view,” it said. “For many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.”

But soon after that report was issued, in April 2013, the Republican National Committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming its opposition to gay marriage.

Also in response to the RNC report, more than a dozen conservative leaders warnedthat social conservatives would abandon the party if the GOP does not maintain its opposition to same-sex marriage.

“We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support,” they said in a letter.

Steve Duprey, a Republican committeeman from New Hampshire who said he was one of the few to oppose the 2013 resolution, welcomed the Freedom to Marry effort and said the discussion is good for his party. “Regardless of how it turns out, it shows we’re open to talking about it,” he said.

But he said there is currently “overwhelming support for the platform as it exists” and that changing the language would be “a very heavy lift.”

In an earlier interview about the party’s position on the issue, Rich Galen, a GOP strategist who supports gay marriage, said the platform is among the hardest things to change and predicted the GOP’s official stance on marriage would not change in his lifetime.

“Political party platforms always appeal to the edges,” he said. “Those are often the most ideologically driven.”

 

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