organization:us house of representatives

  • Who’s banned from editing #Wikipedia this week? Congress | Ars Technica

    Most members and staffers of the US House of Representatives won’t be able to edit pages on Wikipedia for more than a week. Administrators of the popular Web encyclopedia have imposed a 10-day ban on the IP address connected to Congress’ lower house.

    The ban comes after a series of wild “disruptive” edits that appeared following the creation of @congressedits, a bot that monitors anonymous edits from congressional IP addresses and announces them to the world via Twitter. The account was created just over two weeks ago and already has more than 23,000 followers.

  • “Happy Africans”

    It’s unclear how big the #Gun_Owners_of_America are (the NRA predominates in the numbers and in terms of influence), but it’s important enough that the organization’s lobbyists write bills for congressmen, calling for no gun control, and these usually get passed in the US House of Representatives. We’re also not all that surprised […]

    #MEDIA #Apartheid #George_Zimmerman #Larry_Pratt #stereotypes

  • Tammy Baldwin makes history as first openly gay person elected to US Senate | Gay Star News

    Tammy Baldwin makes history as first openly gay person elected to US Senate
    Democratic candidates defeats Republican Tommy Thompson
    07 November 2012 | By Greg Hernandez

    Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin made history Tuesday (6 November) by becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to the US Senate.

    Baldwin, who has represented Wisconsin in the US House of Representatives for seven terms, defeated Republican Tommy Thompson who is opposed to gay marriage. She replaces retiring Democrat Herb Kohl in the Senate.

    ’I am honored and humbled and grateful, and I am ready to get to work - ready to stand with Barack Obama, and ready to fight for Wisconsin’s middle class,’ Baldwin told supporters at her victory party.’

    Baldwin, 50, has said her sexuality has not been an issue on the campaign trail because voters in her state care more about such issues as the economy and jobs than their representative’s love life.

    But Baldwin has acknowledged the significance of a lesbian being elected to the US Senate. She has gotten used to making history in this regard starting with becoming the first lesbian elected to the Wisconsin Assembly then the first non-incumbent gay person elected to the US House of Representatives.

    Baldwin recently told the British paper The Guardian: ‘We never had an openly LGBT member of the US Senate and, even though there are strong pro-equality allies who serve there, it has always been a conversation about a group of people. So this changes everything.’

    For fifteen years, her domestic partner was Lauren Azar, until the couple separated in 2010. They had registered as domestic partners in Wisconsin a year earlier.

    Herndon Graddick, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin were among the LGBT leaders enthusiastic about the result.

    ’Tonight Tammy Baldwin made history and shone a bright light across America,’ Graddick said in a statement. ’No longer is the United States Senate a place for only a select few but for every citizen, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Tammy Baldwin’s victory showed what a majority of Americans already know: that candidates should be judged on their qualifications for the job and not their sexual orientation.’

    Said Griffin: ’As the first openly gay person elected to the United States Senate, she is a role model for LGBT youth and all young women across the country. With a relentless focus on the issues that matter most to Wisconsin voters – economic security, access to healthcare, and fairness and inclusion for all – Senator-elect Baldwin earned the respect of all her constituents, gay and straight.’

  • Openly gay candidate Mark Pocan wins Tammy Baldwin’s US House seat | Gay Star News

    Openly gay candidate Mark Pocan wins Tammy Baldwin’s US House seat
    First time in history gay member of congress is succeeded by another gay member
    07 November 2012 | By Greg Hernandez

    Wisconsin State Assemblyman Mark Pocan has won a seat in the US House of Representatives and made a little bit of history along the way.

    Pocan, who is openly gay, succeeds Tammy Baldwin in the US lower house just as he had in the State Assembly. This marks the first time that one gay legislature follows another for the same seat. Baldwin on Tuesday (6 November) became the first openly gay member of the US Senate.

    Pocan, 48, defeated Republican challenger Chad Lee in an electoral district that has been reliably Democratic in the past.

    The winner has been an advocate for LGBT equality and served as co-chairman of the Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee.

  • Cops don’t need a warrant to see your e-mail—but they might soon | Ars Technica

    A new bill introduced today in the US House of Representatives seeks to require warrants before police can trawl through your e-mail or track your cell phone, reports CNET. The legislation is backed by several technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter. But given the government’s history with privacy bills, it faces a high chance of getting blocked by the Department of Justice.

    The bill was introduced by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and would require officers to get a warrant before accessing e-mail or location information. Access to these data types is a notorious gray area in US courts.

    In August, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that law enforcement officials were within their right to access the location data from a man’s cellphone without a warrant. The basis for this ruling was the Stored Communications Act, which states authorities may not access the content of communications, but are allowed to see where and to whom they went. Prosecutors have been using this law to justify access to location data for some time, but the interpretation has been increasingly called into question by civil liberties groups.