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Meet the Kansans Who Bravely Fought for Gay Rights Against a Formidable Conservative Movement

Wighita LGBT Pride parade

Published by AlterNet, October 24, 2014:

Michael Nelson stared at the room packed with students from the University of Kansas’ various LGBT groups.

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All Eyes on Kansas: The Battle for Marriage Equality Boils Over, Putting Conservatives on the Defensive

Published by AlterNet, October 23, 2014:

Tom Witt had planned an ambush. The burly director and lobbyist for Equality Kansas who moves and talks more like a Marine drill sergeant than laid-back Kansan, had spent days working to pack a state Senate hearing room with surrogate parents, babies on their laps, their grandparents and doctors.

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The Zealot: Larry Pratt Is the Gun Lobby's Secret Weapon

Larry Pratt

Published by RollingStone.com, July 14, 2014:

One morning during the winter weeks after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, the gun lobbyist Larry Pratt made the short drive from his offices in Springfield, Virginia, to the Arlington headquarters of the Leadership Institute, a training center for young conservatives.

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The House Science Committee Is In a State of Climate Change Denial

Paul Broun

Published by The Huffington Post, June 26, 2014:

About 97 percent of active climate scientists believe that climate change is real and dangerous and that human activity is a significant cause.

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How One GOP-Controlled Committee Is Waging a War on Science

Lamar Smith House Science Committee

Published by The Huffington Post, June 24, 2014:

At a March 26 hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Republican congressmen took turns attacking President Obama's top science advisor, John Holdren. On climate change, their statements became increasingly heated, accusatory, and bizarre.

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Guess Which Women's Group Rush Limbaugh Has Donated Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to?

Rush Limbaugh

Published by TheNation.com, June 12, 2014:

For years, women’s groups have bristled at Rush Limbaugh and his litany of inflammatory, sexist statements on women. The conservative radio host has referred to feminists as “feminazis,” Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” and female cabinet members as “Sex-cretary of State” and “Sex-cretary of [Health and Human Services].”

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Working the GOP's Weak Spot

Bill Clinton Bob Dole photo

From the June/July/August 2014 edition, Washington Monthly magazine:

On April 30, Senate Republicans filibustered a bill sponsored by the Democrats and heavily promoted by President Obama that would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. It was an impressive show of unity by GOP senators, only one of whom, Bob Corker of Tennessee, supported the Democrats' failed effort to send the bill to the floor for a vote.

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The Big Lobotomy: How Republicans Made Congress Stupid

Gingrich lobotomy Congress

From the June/July/August 2014 edition, Washington Monthly magazine:

Last September, as they scrambled to decide on one final ultimatum before shutting down the federal government, Republican House leaders came up with what seemed like an odd demand: to strip their own staff of health care benefits.

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