Tag Archives: Mark Pocan

Betsy DeVos Withers And Squirms When Asked If She’d Send Her Own Kids To Failing Charter School [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared on Wednesday before a House appropriations subcommittee to testify on behalf on Trump’s new budget proposal, which makes drastic cuts to public education funding and diverts “critical resources” to for-profit and religious charter schools. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) asked DeVos if she would consider sending her own children ...

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Democrats Reintroduce LGBT Equality Act [VIDEO]

Via press release: Today, HRC joined with bipartisan lawmakers and an unprecedented number of businesses to announce the re-introduction of the Equality Act — federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our nation’s existing civil rights laws. The bipartisan legislation would provide clear and equal protections under federal law for all Americans in vital ...

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Rep. Mark Pocan: I’ve Seen “Damning Evidence” Pointing To Trump Campaign’s Collusion With Russia

Mediaite reports: One day after Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that there was “more than circumstantial evidence” pointing to collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government prior to the election, another Democratic congressman affirmed that account, saying there is “damning evidence” on the horizon. Appearing on the The Michelangelo Signorile Show ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Congressional Equality Caucus Holds Gun Control Vigil For Pulse Massacre Victims

On the one month anniversary of the attack, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is holding a “evening of remembrance” honoring the victims and survivors of the Pulse Massacre. “Speaker Ryan, no more moments of silence without moments of action!” – Rep. Mark Pocan. Watch below.

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VIDEO: Equality Act Introduced

Lambda Legal reacts: We applaud the introduction of this essential bill. Today, it spotlights the pervasive, unjust, and unacceptable discrimination facing LGBT Americans and their families; when passed, it will be a crucial next step forward in ending that discrimination. Its introduction comes nearly one month after the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that made marriage equality ...

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Rep. Mark Pocan On Hotel/Cruz Flap

“I know there are Republican members of the LGBT community. And there are Republican legislators who support equality, albeit not many. Fine, go ahead and throw them a fundraiser they will remember for a long time. But let’s not support those who believe we’ll burn in hell because of who we are and who we love. Does a candidate for ...

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Magic Mondays With Rep. Mark Pocan

A former professional magician, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) has launched a weekly video series in which he uses magic tricks to explain the workings of Congress. Now in his second term, Pocan won Tammy Baldwin’s former House seat on the day she was elected to the Senate.

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RE-ELECTED: All LGBT House Members

The 2014 midterms were not a total disaster, at least for the six openly LGBT members of the US House. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis* (D-CO), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Rep Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep David Cicilline (D-RI), and Rep. Kysten Sinema (D-AZ) all retained their seats today.  Openly gay US House candidates who lost their bids ...

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WISCONSIN: US Rep. Mark Pocan Slams “Hateful” Action By State Attorney General

“For the first time, LGBT couples received the legal recognition and benefits of marriage from our state. The rights of all LGBT individuals across Wisconsin were upheld by a federal court on Friday and yet today Attorney General Van Hollen is asking a federal appeals court to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses.  The Attorney General’s decision to appeal ...

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Where Does Congress Stand On Syria?

The Washington Post has created an interactive graph which notes the known positions of Congress members on a possible US strike on Syria. So far only two Senate Democrats have said that they oppose US intervention: Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) and Sen. Tom Udall (NM). Perhaps the most notable House Democrat to oppose intervention so far is Rep. Alan Grayson ...

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Rep. Gwen Moore Files To Add LGBT Youth To Homeless & Runaway Youth Bill

The Runaway & Homeless Youth Act, which was first passed in 2008, is due to be reauthorized. Rep. Gwen Moore has filed a new version of the bill that would explicitly include LGBT youth in its coverage. Moore’s bill is co-sponsored by openly gay Rep. Mark Pocan. I ran away from home when I was an adolescent,” said Rep. Moore. ...

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Half Of Congress Files DOMA Brief

Almost half of the sitting members of Congress today filed a joint Supreme Court brief in the support of the overturn of DOMA. Via press release: Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Ranking Constitution Subcommittee Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in the House, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate, along with ...

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Gay House Rep. Mark Pocan Sponsors Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Openly gay freshman House Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) today announced his co-sponsorship of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, the landmark 2010 Supreme Court ruling that permits unlimited political spending by corporations. The lead sponsor of the amendment is Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN). Via press release: In making the announcement, lead sponsor Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL-Minnesota), said: “It’s time ...

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Photos Of The Week

  Via Buzzfeed, above are two of the new gay members of the U.S House being sworn in with their partners by their side. TOP PHOTO: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, right, and his partner, Randy Florke, along with their children. BOTTOM PHOTO: Rep. Mark Pocan, right, and his husband, Philip Frank.

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