Friday, October 31, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - In 2011, the Republican Governor of Texas, James ‘Rick’ Perry signed one of the nation’s strictest voter ID laws, which requires voters to show one of seven types of photo identification. Concealed handgun licenses are allowed, but college student IDs are not, nor are driver’s licenses that have been expired for more than sixty days.  The law has since been the subject of an extensive legal battle, with a federal court finding it unconstitutional earlier this month,  but then the Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to put the law on hold for the upcoming election, to which Justice Ginsburg authored a blistering dissent, calling the law an "unconstitutional poll tax.” The ruling marked the first time in 32 years that the Supreme Court allowed a law restricting voting rights to be implemented after a federal court ruled it unconstitutional for targeting minorities.  Joining us today to talk about the law and discuss some of the stories concerning voter suppression coming out of the Lone Star State as a result of this law is Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post. You can also follow Ryan on twitter.


4:35pm ET - While many Americans are focus on the thrills and chills of the big races in the midterm elections this coming Tuesday, voters will also have the opportunity to weigh in on a variety of state initiatives.   Around the nation 147 such initiatives will determine people’s rights, political power, and, of course, money.  The proposals deal with everything from legalizing marijuana and gambling to increasing minimum wages and tax rates.  Some have the potential to set new precedents, while others are more for window-dressing.  New York Times domestic correspondent Josh Barro recently did a roundup of these initiatives for The Upshot and joins us today in studio to explore the bottom of the ballot and what impact these proposals could have.  You can also follow Josh on twitter.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Since the 2008 election and the subsequent rise of the Tea Party, the GOP has moved farther and farther to the right on energy and environmental issues. Politicians who once accepted climate science have caved to pressure from industry and decided that they actually don’t anymore, and Congressional Republicans have voted to cut funding for the EPA and its programs, to prevent federal agencies from studying climate change, and to revoke EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases.  Joining us today to discuss what Environmental groups that want to demonstrate their bipartisanship have to do in order to find any Republicans to support is Ben Adler, who covers environmental policy and politics for Grist.  You can also follow Ben on twitter.


4:35pm ET - Two years ago this week, Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast for weeks, and some are still recovering.  In the wake of the disaster, Americans donated $312 million to support Red Cross relief efforts.  Everyone from your neighbor to Lady Gaga gave money trusting that the 26,000 member organization would deliver vital services and supplies to those affected.  But, a new report from ProPublica and NPR finds evidence of mismanagement from the top level down.  The report details photo ops that tied up emergency resources, flashlights that lacked batteries, food that was never distributed, and other failures. ProPublica senior reporter Jesse Eisinger co-wrote the story with Justin Elliott and NPR’s Laura Sullivan.  He joins us today to talk about the Red Cross’ secret disaster.  You can also follow Jesse on twitter.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Most job applications require a resume, a cover letter, and, perhaps, a writing sample.  However, if you want to work at a new theme park in Kentucky, you’ll also need a “Salvation testimony,” “Creation belief statement,” and a “Confirmation of your agreement with the Answers in Genesis statement of faith.”  The biblical themed Ark Encounter Theme Park, led by young-Earth creationist leader Ken Ham, could benefit from $18.25 million in tax credits and potentially $73 million more in potential tax breaks.  But, rather than comply with state and federal laws that prohibit government support for projects that discriminate based on religious beliefs and practices, the people behind Ark Encounter are arguing that their own religious freedoms are under attack.  Joining us today to talk about the sinking prospects of the Ark Encounter is Mark Joseph Stern from Slate.com who’s written all about the controversial theme park, and whether the first amendment will be taken as literally as the Bible.  You can also follow Mark on twitter.


4:35pm ET - According to a new investigation by The New York Times, attorneys general are now the object of aggressive pursuit by lobbyists and lawyers who use campaign contributions, personal appeals at lavish corporate-sponsored conferences and other means to push them to drop investigations, change policies, negotiate favorable settlements or pressure federal regulators.  Joining us today to discuss this alarming trend which threatens our justice system is Professor James E. Tierney, the Director of the National State Attorneys General Program, at Columbia Law School and a former Attorney General himself from Maine where he served from 1980 until 1990. 


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - President Obama promised that transparency and the rule of law would be touchstones of his presidency.  Meanwhile, some in the media have called his administration more restrictive of press freedoms and more dangerous to the media than any other administration in American history.  Joining us today to discuss the trend and its implications is Washington Post writer Erik Wemple who details in a recent blog post how the Obama administration restricts the press.  You can also follow Erik on twitter


4:05pm ET - New York State’s imposition of a 21-day quarantine on health workers who have come into contact with Ebola patients in West Africa is drawing strong opposition from people who work closely with him on another infectious disease: AIDS.  According to a letter released Monday with signatures from over 100 H.I.V. activists, researchers and clinicians the current quarantine policy “is not supported by scientific evidence” and “may have consequences that are the antithesis of effective public health policy,”.  Joining us today to discuss this policy and why it is drawing heavy criticism from public health experts, H.I.V. activists, researchers and clinicians is longtime HIV/AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves, who is a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and the co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership.  You can also follow Gregg on twitter

4:35pm ET - On December 19th 2013, after more than 20 years working as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, Frank Schaefer was defrocked by a United Methodist court for officiating his son’s same-sex marriage. Following his defrocking, Frank became a speaker and activist working for the inclusion of LGBT Christians within the United Methodist Church.  He joins us today to talk about yesterday’s ruling by the churches highest court that confirmed a previous lower court ruling and fully reinstated him as a pastor.  You can also follow Pastor Frank on twitter.  


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - The Crow Creek Indian Reservation lies along the Missouri River in central South Dakota, and while South Dakotan's across the state have been voting for weeks the Crow Creek Sioux have yet to see their ballots. The state offers 46 days of early absentee voting and despite the fact that the tribe accounts for 85% of the county’s population the closest early voting site is a 50 mile round trip away in Gann Valley, a town with the whopping population of 14 people.  Joining us today to discuss the vote suppression of Native Americans in Buffalo County, South Dakota is Kira Lerner, a Political Reporter for ThinkProgress.  You can also follow Kira on twitter.


4:35pm ET - The Newtown tragedy was supposed to change everything about gun politics and usher in a new era of bi-partisan gun reform which would halt the growing epidemic of violence in our county, but with opposition from the NRA and their Republican Party allies all real reforming legislation at the federal level has stalled.  Yet, despite the inaction in the halls of congress a lot has happened at the state level and according to George Zornick, the Washington DC editor for The Nation, the reformers might still win.  He joins us today to discuss the current state of gun reform laws in the United States. you can also follow George on twitter.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

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3:35 PM ET: Noah Michelson, Executive Editor with Huffington Posts Gay Voices, returns to the show as he does every Friday to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines in the LGBT blog-o-sphere. You can also follow Noah on facebook and twitter.


4:45 PM ET: On June 26, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional, declaring it "a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment." The consequences of the Windsor decision have been both rapid and profound, and almost three dozen courts throughout the US, including the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits, have explicitly relied on Windsor in extending equal rights to gay people under the law. As a result, Professor Lawrence Tribe of Harvard LAw School has observed that he cannot "think of any Supreme Court decision in history that has ever created so rapid and broad a lower-court groundswell in a single direction as Windsor." Joining us today in studio is Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who successfully argued against DOMA before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is now representing two lesbian couples in a federal lawsuit against Mississippi's gay nuptials ban filed on Monday.



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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3:35pm ET - Yesterday, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) released its biennial National School Climate Survey report, which shows how ongoing hostile school climates impact the safety and mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, as well as their educational outcomes.  Joining us today to discuss the latest edition of the survey, which first began in 1999 and remains one of the few studies to examine the middle and high school experiences of LGBT youth nationally is Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. You can also follow Eliza on twitter


4:05pm ET - Recently the leaders of the Roman Catholic Churched convened for what is called a synod, during the meeting a draft of a paper which discussed the possibility of the Church becoming more accepting towards gay people was released.  This document was described as a "bombshell” and the Human Rights Campaign, announced it as a "seismic shift in Rome."  However, shortly after the draft was released the Catholic Church's Synod of Bishops decided to backpedal on its welcoming language for LGBT people and their families.  Joining us today to discuss the synod's initial draft and final document is Patrick Hornbeck, associate professor and chairman in the theology department at Fordham University. You can also follow the Fordham University Theology Department on twitter.  

4:35pm ET - Earlier this summer the media was saturated with images of armored vehicles and police officers pointing semi-automatic rifles at demonstrating citizens in Ferguson, Missouri.  The clashes in that St. Louis suburb set off a national debate over the militarization of our police departments and their over use of force.  Joining us today to discuss this growing trend and the increase in SWAT raids by law enforcement agencies across the country is Shane Bauer, a journalist with Mother Jones San Francisco bureau and the co-author of the memoir A Sliver of Light, which details his time as a hostage in Iran with his now-wife Sarah Shourd and friend Josh Fattal from 2009-2011.  You can also follow Shane on twitter.  


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