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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    IMHO, you are wrong about the outcome. There are some GOP candidates, from minor states like Kansas, who market their bigotry as a vote getter. Might work in KS but overall, I think that even the Conservative have conceded the battle for gay equality. So, I think it will have the opposite of its intended effect overall.

    If extremists were running the GOP, Obama would have been opposed by Santorum (not Romney) and there would have been no concessions on the debt ceiling. My Conservative friends, people who pay taxes and vote, do not support extremism. The era of the evangelical is ending in most places. KS is not representative of the USA overall.

    I could be wrong () but I expect the GOP will turn its attention toward fiscal matters rather than social issues.
    Indiana has a gay marriage ban bill pending. Its clearly to get the vote out, because the social issues motivate the base on off presidential election years.
    Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.

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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    "Powerful GOP lobbyist." Yeah, right.

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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL | The Raw Story



    Classic. The GOP slowly sliding into an irrelevant regional party based upon hate. May God have mercy on their souls.
    Amen. Amen.

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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    Quote Originally Posted by Crovax View Post
    So I suppose you would just hop right into your local gym shower with a bunch of guys?
    That's rather a silly question. Of course I wouldn't hop into the shower with a bunch of guys, gay or otherwise. I would have no problem hopping into the shower with a bunch of women, gay or otherwise.

    I think your "gotcha" didn't exactly "get" anybody.

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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

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    He hardly speaks for the GOP and I doubt that this bill is ever cosponsored by any member of Congress. You can't attribute the ridiculousness of this "powerful" lobbyist to the entire party.
    classic liberal demean and defame tactic. this has nothing to do with the GOP but a lobbyist that has no power at all whatsoever. there isn't a congressman out there that would even put this up for a vote.

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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    Wow. Another right winger doing what right wingers do so well. Love me some compassionate conservatives.

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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    While this Jack Burkman character is a dickhead, here's a little more on him:

    You Can Ignore the Wannabe Radio Host Who Wants to Ban Gay NFL Players - The Wire

    Raw Story calls Burkman "powerful," based in part on The Hill's assessment that he signed more new lobbying clients in 2013 than any other firm. In fact, the firm did less than $2 million in business in this Congress, through the first three quarters of 2013.

    And Burkman isn't just a lobbyist. He's also a heavy-hitter with 21 followers on Twitter, a "radio show" that appears to be nothing more than a podcast, and a pronounced issue with gay people. Here, from last February, Burkman criticizes the establishment media for forcing the Boy Scouts to accept gay people: "Ladies and gentlemen, if you have a son, if you have a son in the Boy Scouts, get him out now." As of writing, the Boy Scouts of America has not collapsed in a moral panic.

    It's not clear how Congress would even enforce a ban on accepting gay players, which is one reason that policy experts, not lobbyist/podcast hosts, are generally the ones to draft legislation. The league receives some tax exemption, but that's a small stick for Congress to wave. Any attempt by the government to limit who private entities might hire would 1) probably lose in court and 2) seems somewhat contrary to the worldview of a conservative like Burkman.

    Burkman says he has political support for the measure, which is probably true. But he didn't indicate to The Hill any members of Congress who might want to carry a lobbyist's anti-gay NFL bill — perhaps because there are not many members of Congress who would be willing to do so.

    Update: Burkman told the Huffington Post's Sam Stein that he has five members of the House and a senator interested in co-sponsoring the bill. He didn't name any of them.

    Burkman's real goal is actually to get people to talk about Jack Burkman. He has succeeded, so now we can all go back to not knowing who he is.
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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    Quote Originally Posted by ludin View Post
    classic liberal demean and defame tactic. this has nothing to do with the GOP but a lobbyist that has no power at all whatsoever. there isn't a congressman out there that would even put this up for a vote.
    He would be anointed if he was in AZ.

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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    He would be anointed if he was in AZ.
    he isn't so it doesn't matter.

    he is a no name guy that I have never heard of spouting off at the mouth. I could probably find as many quotes from left wing lobbyist and/or even politicians that the board would run out of drive space.

    the fact that the OP tried to portray this as a GOP thing is dishonest as a whole. it's a lobbyist shooting his mouth off.

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    Re: Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL

    So you accept every view of every democrat, think Barbara Lee, now as gospel for your beloved party and we are free to assign ALL of her beliefs to YOU and the other democrats right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    Powerful GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL | The Raw Story



    Classic. The GOP slowly sliding into an irrelevant regional party based upon hate. May God have mercy on their souls.

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