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What? No way. I live in mortal fear of being burned by an Onion headline, so I hope I've found a credible source on this.

I thought it would take longer. I thought it would be maybe in another 40 years - and that's based on my ballpark estimation of how long it will take for the old, rigid haters to die off. Because I've seen that young people get it - on so many levels, they get it. (If only they got it that you still have to show up to vote in the off years...)

But the Nevada GOP has taken two planks out of their platform today: their stance against marriage equality and their stance against abortion.

I thought for sure this was a practical joke.

And it's just Nevada. It's not like they've all come to their senses. No. That is too much to hope for in a single day.

But sure enough, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada republicans have had the sense to drop two of their planks that 1) are egregious affronts to freedom and justice and that 2) alienate a lot of voters.

From the article:

Republicans who sat on the platform committee said they decided not to deal with social issues this year because the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts have weighed in and it doesn’t make sense for the party of “personal freedom” to have the government or the political party get involved in people’s personal lives.

“The issue was how can we back out of people’s personal lives,” said Dave Hockaday of Lyon County, who sat on the platform committee. “We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact.”

So, okay. They weren't exactly motivated by a desire for all people to have equal protection under the law (justice) and they weren't motivated by a recognition that reproductive choice is a vital element of a woman's life that only she should have jurisdiction over (respect). This does seem like a small victory, though it may still take 40 years to remove these planks from sea to shining sea.

But hey! It's a start. I hope they are setting an example for other state GOP conventions to follow.

The next thing you know they're realize that we have common ground on legislating and governing for the 99% too! Alright, I'm surely dreaming now.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -Alice Walker

    by LibrErica on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 11:58:09 AM PDT

  •  In Nevada, it's true (9+ / 0-)

    But it's really a stealth move, because they had a straw poll:

    At the same time, the state party conducted a presidential preference poll to determine who among a long list of potential GOP candidates were their favorites ahead of the 2016 election.

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., won the poll, following by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in second and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, in third, according to a GOP insider.

    Nevada may have, but their preferred candidates . . .

    Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 12:06:05 PM PDT

    •  It will be weird (3+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge, IB JOHN, Odysseus

      if the 2016 GOP nominee has to campaign without the hate in Nevada but with the hate in say, Louisiana (and many other places, unfortunately).

      I mean, because we can all find out what they say wherever they say it... they know that, right?

      The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -Alice Walker

      by LibrErica on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 12:12:48 PM PDT

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  •  LibrErica, LibrErica (4+ / 0-)
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    LibrErica, IB JOHN, peacestpete, AnnieR

    Wake up.  Wake up.  It was just a fantasy dream.  Wake up.

  •  They needed those two planks... (3+ / 0-)
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    for the Bundy cattle roundup. They'll return them shortly.

    ACA hits 7 million mark!

    by IB JOHN on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 12:21:29 PM PDT

  •  It's not the fundraiser it used to be. (4+ / 0-)
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    LibrErica, JGibson, AnnieR, sfbob

    In 5 years the GOP will pretend they favored gay rights all along, just not the way it was implemented.

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

    by Bob Love on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 12:31:25 PM PDT

    •  I'm surprised they haven't already started this (2+ / 0-)
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      approach on Obamacare, given that the scheme came from Heritage Foundation and was test-driven by Romney.

      The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -Alice Walker

      by LibrErica on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 12:40:28 PM PDT

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      •  They will as soon as the early pre-election polls (1+ / 0-)
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        show no one cares.

        Probably for a while they'll give it lip service, like W did on abortion: "there's not that much we can do about it, so ..."

        Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

        by Bob Love on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 01:30:12 PM PDT

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  •  What they are furiously reading now is (2+ / 0-)
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    AnnieR, LibrErica

    "The World-Vision Manual on Backtracking."

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 12:48:17 PM PDT

  •  If they DID they could win. nt (0+ / 0-)

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 12:54:27 PM PDT

  •  This means nothing (3+ / 0-)
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    libera nos, AnnieR, LibrErica

    They're just doing this so that they have a better chance of getting re-elected. Once they are safely back in office for another term, they'll pull the same old stuff.

  •  Cider House Rules (3+ / 0-)
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    The corporate republicans don't care about culture war issues, other than to mobilize their base.

    When they decide they can get more mileage out of supporting supporting abortion rights and gay rights, they will quickly abandon the aging white, fundamentalist vote. They really don't care who we are screwing, as long as they can screw everyone economically.

    "The long memory is the most radical idea in this country." Utah Phillips 1935 - 2008

    by Grey Fedora on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 01:04:18 PM PDT

  •  The Republicans in North Dakota have published (2+ / 0-)
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    a one-page "Platform" that pretty much says "Motherhood and apple pie, Yay!"  and, throws in an ICBM, a "We oppose government run health care," and "We like school choice," for good measure.

    All their craziness went into resolutions that I guess aren't part of the platform at all but are simply an expression of the crazies who attend the state convention.  Among other things their resolutions oppose the merger of the US with Mexico and Canada (Yes, I mean it), support business owners ability to deny products or services to selected customers on the basis of the religious beliefs of the business owner, call for the enactment of state laws to "reject and nullify" any federal attempts to infringe upon 2nd amendment rights and they support abstinence education. They also want any federal laws or regulations requiring CO2 capture or containment at power plants to be rescinded and they oppose any laws or international agreements designed to curtail the use of fossil fuels. Of course, they oppose abortion, euthanasia and infanticide and the Common Core.  The crazy is still there, it's just no longer in the "platform."

    The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

    by Alice Olson on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 01:13:19 PM PDT

  •  This won't last (1+ / 0-)
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    Say what you want about the libertarian wing of the GOP, but they're fans of political hardball.

    I have to believe that the evangelicals were asleep on this one.  And that when they become aware of this, the state party is going to be fun to watch.

    My advice to folks in NV:  get to the supermarket quick and pick up your Orville Redenbacher.  There's about to be a run on the stores.

    Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

    by mbayrob on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 02:10:27 PM PDT

  •  Well in Ohio, they sure haven't. (1+ / 0-)
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    They are appealing the decision today that Ohio has to recognize out-of-state marriages. Marriage equality is rushing to the ballot like a freight train out of control, whether the HRC and Equality Ohio, the "big boy" groups, like it or not (they don't — they say we're "not ready") And they have are well on their way to making abortion unobtainable to anyone who is not affluent.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 03:04:16 PM PDT

  •  Oh Dear (1+ / 0-)
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    LibrErica
    This does seem like a small victory, though it may still take 40 years to remove these planks from sea to shining sea.

    But hey! It's a start. I hope they are setting an example for other state GOP conventions to follow.

    The next thing you know they're realize that we have common ground on legislating and governing for the 99% too! Alright, I'm surely dreaming now.

    I know it's short sighted of me and down right cynical, but I smell a new script write and meeting with Luntz...

    You know the election season script for the actors of  pivot??

    But hey.. Like someone said get the popcorn.
    And look at the votes and past actions taken and vote according to that alone, not words or the faux changes and realizations!

    After actions I vote for the little monied

    Well, I may go to far.. Thanks for bringing this, it is still important info to know the show has started!

    Next scene, the ACA is commonly referred to by GOP and TEA as.. ACA

    Happy Monday all and careful of those savages in innocent character!

  •  Before anyone gets too excited... (2+ / 0-)
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    Yes it's real, yes it happened, but even most Nevada Republicans don't listen to the official Nevada GOP group.  None of the bigwigs showed up at their recent convention, and the state party actually rejected the choice of our extremely popular Republican Governor (who basically has no opponent this fall) to head the party in favor of some other person.  In 2012, the state party went rogue and did it's own thing (there have been tons of Ron Paul issues within the state GOP) to the point that the national Republican party came in and started funding other groups to support statewide candidates.  Odds of this spreading beyond the state are largely nill.

  •  They're still lagging behind the Oregon GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    which endorsed gay marriage.

    http://www.registerguard.com/...

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it" - Upton Sinclair

    by lordpet8 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 04:15:45 PM PDT

    •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

      So 2 out of 50, or 4%.

      Well, every journey starts with a single step. And then a second step.

      The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -Alice Walker

      by LibrErica on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:31:23 AM PDT

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