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It appears as though Jack Burkman, the Republican lobbyist and Fox News commentator who thrust himself into the news Monday with the announcement that he planned to draft legislation banning gay athletes from playing in the NFL, is about to get hit where it hurts Republicans the worst - in the wallet.
ThinkProgress reports that California-based green energy solutions firm DC Solar Solutions fired Burkman’s firm from representing their company’s interests over his anti-gay comments. A joint press release issued by the company’s CEO and COO Tuesday stated they have “severed ties” with Burkman & Associates “effective immediately.”
DC Solar’s press release reads:
"DC Solar does not condone or support Mr. Burkman’s homophobic views, and since learning about his misguided efforts to write legislation banning gay athletes from the NFL, we have ended our relationship with him. DC Solar values diversity within our company and within our communities, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any sort. As a company working to address issues about our country’s future, we have no intention of working with those who are stuck in the past."
DC Solar Solutions move to fire Burkman is the latest and loudest negative reaction to the powerful DC lobbyist’s proposed anti-gay legislation. According to a previous article in Think Progress several of Burkman’s other clients, many of whom are LGBT or pro-LGBT allies are equally upset with him.
"I believe in doing things that will bring this country together, not pull it apart," said Bruce Brimacombe, whose electric car company GOE3 spent $32,000 with Burkman’s firm in 2013.
"I think those positions are a little bizarre. It certainly wouldn’t be anything the company would participate in, [they’re] not our values at all," said Burkman & Associate client Ed St. Amour of GPROP.
David Sher of Greenbacker Renewable Energy told Think Progress “I personally do not agree with his positions nor are they the positions of Greenbacker.”
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley • In a decision striking down the state’s controversial voter ID law, which has been in place for two years and is one of the nation’s strictest. (via shortformblog)
I’m a registered voter in Pennsylvania, one of the numerous states whose Republican Governors have proposed laws to require voters to present “State Approved Identification” in order to cast a vote in upcoming elections. On the surface, these sound like common sense laws. In reality, they are bureaucratic nightmares. These laws are solutions to problems that do not exist.
Voter ID laws place an undue burden on voters.
The proposed PA Voter ID law is particularly oppressive because of how stringent the requirements. The proposed law suggests that your “State Approved ID” and your voter’s registration must match letter for letter. But, because my middle name is spelled out on driver’s license, but only represented by an initial on my voter registration, I would technically be ineligible to vote.
I’ve attempted several times to have the information on my voter registration card changed to match my Pennsylvania Driver’s License verbatim. In my latest attempt, the prefix of my last name was separated from the rest of the name.
I have an Italian last name with a “De” prefix, as in DeNiro, DeLuca, or DeAngelo. Pennsylvania driver’s licenses use all capital letters, and the De is not separated from the rest of the surname. On the new voter’s registration however, the prefix is separated. You wouldn’t think this was an issue. The poll workers, who I am thoroughly acquainted with, thought it was enough of an issue that it needed to be addressed. I was told that I could be turned away because of that simple technicality. REALLY??
Now I have to contact the Election Commission AGAIN, and walk them through the correct spelling of my name.
Does anyone else see the problem, here?
I vote every election. I take it very seriously. It’s about more than just selecting a new Mayor, Judge, Senator, or President. There are ballot questions and referendums. The voting booth is one of the few places in which my opinion matters. In the words of “because campaigns have been drilling it into our heads reasons why we should or should not vote for a particular candidate. But I will be voting because voting = power, and I cannot sit back while decisions are made around/about me, and I have no input.”I don’t vote
I also don’t want some inattentive paper pusher’s mistake to prevent me from casting my vote!
As I explained last May in Voter ID and ME, “How can they ask for proper ID if they’re not going to ensure that the information they record is correct?Why must I jump through hoops if a bureaucrat can’t get it right?”
If we don’t keep things in perspective, we risk being as foolish as those right wing hoo-hahs who beat the Benghazi scandal into the ground before all the facts were in.
Christie is ultimately responsible for his staff, and I encourage all those negatively effected by this to seek civil suits, but let’s not get carried away.
There are important issues that need our attention.
While we’re wasting time and energy with these side show scandals, the GOP is happily at work dismantling our education system, social security, unemployment insurance, and myriad other programs designed to keep this great country afloat.
In the meantime, enjoy this mental image of Governor Christie flip flopping like a beached whale.