"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
The Good! *New Zealand* Today - New Zealand's Parliament approved a marriage equality bill - by a vote of 80 to 40. In New Zealand - nearly two-thirds of the population favors same-sex marriage. The Bad! *South Carolina State Rep. Alan Clemmons (R)* State officials in South Carolina - including Gov. Nikki Haley - have repeatedly claimed that their new voter suppressions ID law is not unfairly targeted towards African-Americans. However - now it seems like it may be. As part of the federal trial underway this week on the law - Clemmons - chief author of the law - admitted yesterday that he welcomed a racist email from a friend supporting the law. and the Very Very Ugly! *RNC Attendees* Last night - Chris Christie said in his RNC speech that the Republican Party would bring back American exceptionalism. Apparently - for some at the RNC - that includes overt racism. During the convention yesterday - two attendees were ejected after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman. And - if that wasn't bad enough - after throwing the nuts - the two attendees were heard saying, "this is how we feed animals." For their part- RNC officials called the acts "deplorable" and "inexcusable."