The South Carolina Republican county committee that has required candidates to sign a pledge they never had premarital sex and that they'd never look at porn again has prompted a response from South Carolina Democratic chair Dick Harpootlian:
Since it is apparent porn and sex must be a big enough problem in the Republican Party to warrant a written pledge to avoid them, I would be very cautious about getting into a small space like a bathroom or a voting booth with a Republican.
I tend to think this is one of those bogus New York Times trend stories, but the feature writer still did dig up some people that revelations about Newt Gingrich's desire for an "open marriage" back in the days when he was boinking Callista while married to another has done wonders for those who think "polyamory" is hunkydory.
Today's smirk, from Talking Points Memo:
Perhaps you've read about Minnnesota Sen. Amy Koch, the Republican majority leader, who recently gave up her leadership position because of an "inappropriate relationship" with a Senate staff member.
The Penn State athletic director went on leave and a university vice president will retire it was announced after an emergency Penn State Board of Trustees meeting over the the school's failure to report allegations of an assistant football coach sexually abusing children.
Another congressman apparently gone in a sex scandal. CNN reports that Democratic Rep. David Wu of Oregon will resign fronm the House after being accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fund-raiser's daughter, reportedly 18 at the time.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.
The House completed action today on Sen. Trent Garner's SB 522, intended to discourage "mass picketing," a piece of legislation similar to many being passed by Republicans lawmakers nationwide to tamp down political demonstrations. The vote was 58-22.
North Carolina may or may not have a "bathroom bill" compromise. Either way, it might not satisfy new rules from the NCAA on ensuring non-discriminatory conditions in places it holds championship events. Arkansas would have a hard time complying.