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Category: The States

April 15, 2005
Left at the Altar

Over at BlueOregon, there is much discussion about the ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court voiding the 3,000 same-sex weddings performed by Multnomah County. The Court's unanimous decision reflected the more complex landscape for marriage equality proponents in Oregon. Unfortunately but understandably, the Court concluded that Multnomah county officials did not have the authority to […]

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March 23, 2005
Achilles' Heels

The political clash over the tragedy of Terri Schiavo is highlighting once again the Achilles Heel of the conservative movement. Dormant for two presidential elections, the yawning chasm between economic and social conservatives is reemerging, and with it, a serious threat to the Republicans' majority status. As we've noted before, the ascendancy of the Right […]

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March 21, 2005
To Err is Texan

Three critical points have been almost entirely absent from the media's discussion of the Terri Schiavo affair. I've written about two and others in the blogosphere have done a great job addressing the third: 1. Moral Arguments Favoring the End of Life Support A thorough discussion of the very strong moral arguments in favor of […]

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March 17, 2005
Expanded Progressive Resource Center

Perrspectives is pleased to announced the expansion of its Resource Center. It offers Democrats, liberals and progressives of all stripes one-stop shopping for political news, polls, columnists, blogs, publications, think tanks, and other organizations. Perrspectives' Resources also include extensive online sources for budget, demographic, economic and electoral data. New additions include: Expanded library of demographic […]

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November 29, 2004
Not That There's Anything Wrong with It

Two recent news developments highlight once again the fallacy of "rational rejection" of the rights of gay Americans by social conservatives. In their ongoing quest to mask theology as social science, they have once run into the dual brick walls of the academy and the Supreme Court. The first instance of conservatives being "mugged by […]

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November 9, 2004
Red America: Coming to a Body Near You

Sometimes, a single day of news tells you everything to know about what is or what is to come. On April 2, 2004, for example, the New York Times featured no fewer than seven stories covering different scandals, deceptions, stone-walling and perversions of science by the Bush administration. November 9, 2004 is another one of […]

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May 26, 2004
One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State

My wife and I have just completed “USA Road Trip 2004”, a month-long vacation around America. In our minivan, we drove from Boston to national parks and rural backwaters, sunny beaches and snow-capped mountains. Getting back in touch with America couldn’t have come at a better time. The Abu Garaib abuse scandal in Iraq left […]

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March 2, 2004
States' Blights: Why the Rights of Gay Couples Can't Be Left to the States

As the past week’s Democratic debates in Los Angeles and New York showed once again, there are generally very few substantive policy disagreements between John Kerry and John Edwards. On the issue of same-sex marriage in particular, there is very little difference in their approach: play it safe. That may be politically expedient and even […]

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February 9, 2004
The Opt Out Society

The GOP Threat to National Unity and the American Social Contract Updated February 9, 2004 (original published June 15, 2003) Introducing the Opt Out Society There's an old saying that says, "don't bring a knife to a gun fight." Another old saw goes "know your enemy." Truer words were never spoken as Democrats approach the […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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