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First Elected Official Quits GOP Over 'Bigot' Trump

David Johnson compares Trump's campaign to that of Hitler

(Newser) - The first elected official to leave the GOP over its presumptive nominee compares Donald Trump's campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler and says he won't stand idly by anymore. Iowa state Sen. David Johnson, 65, who has served in the Iowa Legislature for 18 years, changed his... More »

Lawmaker Advises 'Every White Person' on Charleston

Democrat Mike Johnston leaves note on church door

(Newser) - A state senator in Colorado has responded to the Charleston church killings and says "every white person should do the same." On a sleepless night, Democrat Mike Johnston wrote a letter, drove to the nearby Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church, and taped his note to the door:... More »

State Senator Mocks Newly Laid-Off Reporter

Stacey Campfield asks her if she has any comments

(Newser) - It's not like outgoing Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield , most recently in the news for standing by his Nazi-ObamaCare analogy , is known for his tact. But a taunting, personal message he sent to a newly laid-off reporter via Facebook is making headlines nonetheless. "So, do YOU have any... More »

Pols Charged With Plotting to Fix NYC Mayor Race

State senate leader, city councilman arrested

(Newser) - The president of New York's state senate and a New York City councilman, along with a handful of others, have been arrested amid reports of a plot to fix the city's mayoral race. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat who is the first black state senate president, was reportedly mulling... More »

Tennessee Lawmaker's Insulting Email Goes Viral

Campfield tells critics to get therapy, meds

(Newser) - The good news is that Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield takes the time to respond to his critics' emails. The bad news is that he replies thusly:
  • “You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful
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Gay Group 'Sorry' for Killing Lawmaker's Marriage

Pens sarcastic letter after affair prompts gay marriage opponent Amy Koch to quit

(Newser) - After a married Minnesota state senator was caught in an "inappropriate relationship" with a male staffer, she quit her post as majority leader. And because Amy Koch was a staunch opponent of gay marriage who had pushed to amend the state constitution toward that end, the local gay community... More »

Republican Steps Toward Run for Giffords' Seat

He wants congresswoman to say whether she will run for re-election

(Newser) - With the formation of an exploratory committee, Republican state senator Frank Antenori is the first in his party to officially consider seeking Gabrielle Giffords’ House seat, the Arizona Republic reports. The senator from Tucson, who lost a primary in 2006 for what became Giffords' seat, says his move is intended... More »

California Bill Would Require Gay History in Schools

Would be first state to launch mandate

(Newser) - California could be the first state to require that schools teach gay history. Lessons on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people would be added to social studies classes under a landmark bill passed yesterday by the state Senate, the AP reports. The state Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown must approve... More »

Wis. Republican Left District to Live With Mistress: Wife

And she'll sign the petition to get him fired

(Newser) - Protesters who showed up at the home of a prominent GOP Wisconsin state senator got a little scoop from his wife: Not only was Randy Hopper not home, she said, he also doesn't live there anymore, and in fact doesn't live in his district—owing to the fact that he's... More »

AWOL Dems: We're Not Coming Home

Fleeing Wisconsin senators deny recent reports that they will return

(Newser) - Some Wisconsin Democrats recently seemed to imply they will return to the state even though talks with Gov. Scott Walker have broken down—but now they're now backtracking on those reports. Minority Leader Mark Miller told the Wall Street Journal the senators were considering a return as soon as certain... More »

Politician Avoids Jail Because Ariz. Law Gives Him Immunity

Scott Bundgaard was in domestic dispute

(Newser) - Arizona state Sen. Scott Bundgaard got his very own get-out-of-jail-free card Friday night, when cops charged his girlfriend—but not him—with assault because of a screwy Arizona law that prohibits legislators from being arrested while legislature is in session. Seems Bundgaard and Aubry Ballard were on their way home... More »

SC Politician Apologizes for 'Raghead' Slur

It was a just a joke, says lawmaker who stung Haley, Obama

(Newser) - The South Carolina politician who used the term "raghead" to describe Nikki Haley and President Obama says his comment has been—wait for it—taken out of context. "My ‘raghead’ comments about Obama and Haley were intended in jest,” state Senator Jake Knotts tells the State... More »

'Abstinence' State Senator Quits After Intern Affair

(Newser) - Pro-abstinence Tennessee State Sen. Paul Stanley has stepped down in the wake of revelations that he had an affair with his 22-year-old intern, reports AP. The 47-year-old married father of two admitted the affair to investigators after his intern's boyfriend allegedly attempted to blackmail Stanley for $10,000. "Due... More »

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