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Drinking Liberally tonight!

Hello, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30pm at the Fkying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

I was pretty surprised when President Obama announced he was going to change the way our immigration laws are enforced, deferring deportation of undocumented immigrants who are parents of children who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the US. I'm relatively unfamiliar with immigration issues, in general. But it's obvious even to me that the idea has some merits, and that the administration is trying to be reasonable - funds are also being re-directed to improve efforts to secure borders, and farm workers and parents of immigrants brought to the US as children aren't included. These actions affect 4 million undocumented immigrants, not all 11 million.

But still, you can hear the howling from the Right. I was amused to read today that the GOP is having s hard time deciding how to respond: should they merely shut down the government, or go the full Monty and try to impeach the president? Reports add that "some" Republicans are urging a less dramatic tantrum, but then we have Tom Coburn warning darkly of "anarchy in the streets" and I don't think the cooler heads are going to prevail, this time. It was interesting to learn that bipartisan immigration reform passed the Senate over a year ago, but Speaker Boehner can't bring it to the House floor for a vote, even though it would pass, because the Tea Party reps would promptly lose their minds.

Have fun with that, Majority Leader McConnell!

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

Hey there, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

It's been a crazy week, so I apologize for having no clue what's going on! I know it's cold, but that's about it. Come get cozy and warm with some fellow liberals!

See you tonight!
amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

Greetings, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

It's been a tough week in many ways, hasn't it? With very few exceptions, I think the elections didn't go the way many of us wanted them to, both at home and across the US. While that's not a complete surprise, it can be disheartening. Especially for those of us who live in the reddest places.

It's hard when we see draconian laws enacted that limit our rights and benefit the wealthy at the expense of everybody else. It's hard to watch the Kochs and their allies receive the government they paid for so lavishly. It's painful to read and hear the many lies that were used to mask the truth behind some of these policies.

At the same time, though, I'm really proud of our liberal movement, and I know deep down that the connections we're doggedly, painstakingly creating with one another will make for a steady foundation for our work in the future. So thank you for voting, and for encouraging others to vote. It's important, truly.

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

Hey there, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30pm at the Flying Saucer for another round of Drinking Liberally!

You can still vote early! Polls are open until 8pm tonight, so this is your last chance. Locations listed at: http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/ElectionCommission/docs/schedules/pdf/EarlyVotingSchedule_141104.pdf

If there is ANY chance you might not be able to vote on Tuesday, don't miss this chance! Turnout among liberals has been low during early voting, which isn't a great sign overall. On the other hand, it means your vote counts that much more!

Really, there is a HUGE amount riding on this election. We can't afford to sit this one out. If not tonight, make sure you have a plan in place for voting on Tuesday!

See you tonight!
-amie

Drinking Liberally tonight!

Hello, Liberal Drinkers! Come join us this evening, after 6:30 pm at the Flying Saucer, for another round of Drinking Liberally!

Have you voted yet? Don't wait! Locations and hours here: (PDF) http://goo.gl/q54Wvd

Browsing through The Tennessean earlier today, I saw the op-ed by conservative political scientist and law professor Carol Swain (http://goo.gl/tr9Ez7). True to form, Swain titled the piece "Don't believe opponents of Amendment 1." In it, she accuses the No on 1 campaign of flat-out lying to Tennesseans about what the proposed amendment will do. The letter is a direct response to the op-ed written by Roy Herron of the TNDP, which laid out arguments against Amendment 1. (http://goo.gl/3M9NyX)

It's pretty incredible that the campaigns for and against Amendment 1 are accusing each other of lying to voters, and it has the effect of significantly confusing the electorate. It's awfully difficult to evaluate your position and make a decision when you can't seem to get a straight answer on what the law says and does.

That confusion might be intentional on the part of either or both campaigns. My hunch is that it will cause some voters sit this one out. Don't let that happen to you! Talk to your friends and family about all the amendments and candidates, and then GO VOTE!

For a full rundown of the candidates (with links to their websites) and the text of the proposed amendments, see http://goo.gl/tw8mdq.

See you tonight!
-amie

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