Oregon Republicans Back Gay Marriage Referendum -- The Dorchester Conference is a Republican Party conclave in the State of Oregon that has been a big deal in local politics for 50 years now. This year, the conference voted 233-162 to back a ballot measure in November's election that would overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriages. A number of social conservative groups boycotted the event and held their own in Clackamas County -- the Appalachia of Oregon. The Reagan Coalition's decay continues apace. [11 March]
Putin Doesn't Consider America's Posturing in Crimea -- A rightist talking point has developed in the current kerfuffle over Crimea and who gets to run it, namely that President Obama has made America weak and President Putin is taking advantage of that. This is, of course, nonsense. America is no longer stuck in the quagmire of Iraq, and therefore, has more troops available to deploy as needed. But more importantly, President Putin and his regime does not consider outside influences in making their calculations. [10 March]
Crimean Assembly Votes to Join Russia -- While foreign ministers from several nations met in Paris to discuss the Ukraine-Russia situation, the local assembly of Crimea voted unanimously to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. This must be ratified by a referendum that is scheduled for March 16. This move is going to make a satisfactory solution to the problem far more difficult. [6 March]
Tea Party Candidates Lose in Texas -- The State of Texas, home to some of America's most reactionary voters, held primary elections yesterday, and on the Republican side, the establishment candidates beat the Tea Party-backed candidates rather handily. The difference seems to be the support from the pragmatic, business faction of the party that prefers incumbents, in whom they have already invested, to renegades whom they would have to housebreak. [5 March]
China is Awfully Quiet on Ukraine -- The Ukrainians have thrown out their president, the Russians have sent troops to Crimea, the EU and US are in a state of anxiety over it. The UN has been consulted, and sanctions are likely. And yet, from Beijing, there is not quite a deafening silence over the matter but most assuredly it is a curious quiet. China is terrible conflicted over this conflict. [4 March]
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