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  • One year later, the Same Old Party

    "Instead of driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac, we need a Party whose brand of conservatism invites and inspires new people to visit us."

    After losing the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee completed a four-month period of self-reflection after losing its second-straight presidential election. The result of that process became popularly known as the GOP 'Autopsy Report' - an analysis of all of the Republican Party's ailments, and prescriptions for how to cure them.

    Party operatives wrote about the need to reach out to communities of color, be more inclusive of gay Americans, and attract more women to the party.

    But a year later, all the Republican Party has gotten is another year older.

    I’m all for not allowing a 12-year-old to work 40 hours… But a 12-year-old working eight to 10 hours a week or a 14-year-old working 12 to 15 hours a week is not bad.

    –Maine Governor Paul LePage

    We, as Mississippians, also need to assume personal responsibility for our health and take care of ourselves to reduce our dependence on government welfare. It is not the government's job to take care of its citizens.

    –Mississippi State House Speaker Philip Gunn on a post titled "The Mississippi Solution: No Obamacare"

    I was in the United States Air Force for twenty-five and years and I believe in preemptive attacks. I don't want to wait until it happens to do something about it.

    –Missouri State Senator Wayne Wallingford introduced a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate and refuse service to gay Americans and others. When asked if there had been cases in Missouri to make his legislation necessary, this was Wallingford's response

    This is not a bill for migrant farm workers. There is nothing in here about migrant farm workers. What this bill is about is a way for someone who currently cannot get a license to be able to qualify to get it, regardless of their legal presence.

    –Vermont State Senator Peg Flory on why she voted against a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver's license

    Legislation
    The Republican legislature and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal banned the ability of women to exercise their right to choose via tele-medicine, which helped women in rural communities where they may not have access to doctors.
    Legislation
    North Carolina House Speaker and US Senate candidate Thom Tillis killed an equal pay bill that was in the legislature.
    Legislation
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich eliminated "Golden Week" which was a period at the beginning of early voting when people could both register to vote and cast an in-person absentee ballot.

    Obama has systematically gone about his primary objective to destroy America.

    –Former Arkansas State Representative Jon Hubbard

    [To appeal to women, Republicans need to] be a little more sensitive... some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be.

    –John Boehner, Ohio Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives

    Legislation
    Senate Health Care Committee Chairwoman Randi Becker blocked passage of a bill that would have required healthcare plans for women include maternity care.

    Today we may be changing the course of freedom for our children and our grandchildren in Minnesota. We may be forced to not just listen to someone else's view-but to accept and then legislate and next, I believe, we will be forced to believe what we don't.

    –Minnesota State Sen. Dan Hall on allowing marriage equality

    Men, by and large, make more because of some of the things they do. Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don

    –New Hampshire State Representative Will Infantine

    We must, must get the fed out of the way when it comes to educating our children.

    –Georgia US Senate candidate Karen Handel

    Delaware's Sussex County Republican leaders voted to push for the dismissal of the state party's Executive Director over his comments in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.

    I support what they are doing.

    –Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley said of the Republican strategy to shut down the government

    Even if the instances of misidentified people casting votes are low, that shouldn't prevent us from putting this non-burdensome safeguard in place. Just because you haven't been robbed doesn't mean you shouldn't lock your doors at night or when you're away from home.

    –North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on his voter ID law

    Folks, Obamacare is going to devastate communities, it is going to shred them, and people will die. Make no mistake, don't parse words with it.

    –Maryland Congressional candidate Dan Bongino

    Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine responded to a woman who asked whether President Obama "should be executed as an enemy combatant" saying, "Everybody knows the lawlessness of this president. He picks and chooses which laws he's going to enforce or not enforce, he does it by decree."

    Legislation
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky opposes any level of increase to the minimum wage.

    North Carolina Republican County precinct chair Don Yelton suggested that it was okay if the voter ID law hurt "lazy" college students.

    Men are better negotiators, and I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators.

    –Texas Republican Party Executive Director Beth Cubriel

    I'm going to invite you, because we have a wonderful doctor from India. She's in her mid-30's and she's highly respected by the community and another doctor from India that did my carpel tunnel when I did a stupid thing...I think you’d be right at home, and we would welcome you.

    –Kansas US Senator Pat Roberts to the Indian-American nominee for Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, noting that he knows at least two doctors from India in Dodge City and that Murthy would "be right at home" there.

    Back in the day of slavery, slaves were kept in slavery by denying them education and opportunity while providing them with their basic needs. Not by beating them and starving them. (Although there were isolated cases of course.) Basically slave owners took pretty good care of their slaves and livestock and this kept business rolling along.

    –Arizona congressional candidate Jim Brown

    There were two critical ingredients missing in the illustrious stories purporting to demonstrate the practical side of retreat. ... What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in Vermont, Germany and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vaginas of course. While the tales [of retreat] relate the actions of a solitary male, the outcome cannot relate to similar situations where children and women and mothers are the potential victims.

    –New Hampshire State Rep. Peter Hansen on Stand Your Ground laws

    We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.

    –Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan

    Alabama State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin said that she hoped Roe v. Wade would be overturned and she compared her efforts to that of Brown v. the Board of Education, which ruled segregation of schools unconstitutional.

    The federal government should be more of a libertarian stance. And that's all I'm going to talk about on that issue. I'm a state's right advocate in those areas.

    –Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller on whether a hotel should be able to turn away someone because they're African-American

    No. I would not have.

    –Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller on whether he would have voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

    Trayvon Martin was not a clean cut young man. He had a history. So I'm not so sure that there wasn't some mischief that he had proved himself capable of and may have been gettin' ready to take place.

    –Alaska State Senate President Charlie Huggins

    Legislation
    Utah Congressman Chris Stewart put forth an immigration proposal that did not include a pathway to citizenship.
    Legislation
    Washington State Senator Sharon Brown introduced a bill that would allow businesses to legally discriminate against gay Americans and others.

    My good friend and fellow illegal immigration crusader, Tom Tancredo is running for governor in Colorado, a state that is frighteningly soft on illegal aliens.

    –Sheriff Joe Arpaio, about Former Colorado US Representative and candidate for Governor Tom Tancredo

    Legislation
    After Texas' strict Voter ID law was implemented, it caused unnecessary problems for women because it requires that the name on one's ID and voter registration card be the same, but many women have a hyphenated last name or use their maiden names.

    I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don't you?

    –Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said of same-sex marriage

    There has never been and is not now any significant evidence of hunger in New Mexico.

    –New Mexico Secretary of Human Services Sidonie Squier, whose department oversees the state's food stamp program

    New Hampshire State Rep. Stella Tremblay claimed the United States government was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.

    If you change one variable – man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman – you cannot then tell me that you can’t logically tell me you can’t change the other variable – one man, three women. Uh, one woman, four men…. If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further – does it have to be humans? You know?

    –Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul asserting that allowing same-sex marriage would open America up to polygamy and bestiality

    We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners.

    –Minnesota State Representative Andrea Kieffer said of a package of bills that would raise the minimum wage, provide paid family and sick leave and address the gender pay gap

    The state's compelling interest in marriage is for the welfare and care of the children...That's the reason the state got involved in marriage ... Homosexual couples cannot create children. It's impossible.

    –Hawaii State Representative Bob McDermott, who filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Hawaii's marriage equality law

    [M]any employers that say we're looking for people but we can't find anybody that has passed a drug test.

    –Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett

    It is a dream of social engineers to get their hands on our kids... The jury is still out on if early education even works.

    –Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner on universal preschool

    Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner said of people who accessed public assistance, "We pay for their bad behavior... Women - not men - can live a pretty good life" by making bad mistakes such as having more children.

    Connecticut State Senator Toni Boucher dismissed the seriousness of the government shutdown saying, we have had shutdowns before, but they haven't been that bad.

    Just as you said would happen. Top Down, Bottom UP. The Boston Marathon was a Black Ops 'terrorist' attack. One suspect killed, the other one will be too before they even have a chance to speak. Drones and now 'terrorist' attacks by our own Government. Sad day, but a 'wake up' to all of us. First there was a 'suspect' then there wasnt. Infowars broke the story and they knew they had been 'found out.

    –New Hampshire State Rep. Stella Tremblay, claiming the United States government was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing

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    Arkansas Congressman and US Senate candidate Tom Cotton voted for the Ryan budget which would restructure Medicare into a premium support program and cost seniors more.

    When I hear a politician say that we have to raise the minimum wage so working families can make ends meet, I cringe, because I know that statement is a lie.

    –Florida Governor Rick Scott

    Why don't you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria... think what we would gain as a society in getting people -- getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.

    –Georgia Congressman and US Senate candidate Jack Kingston suggesting poor children who rely on the school lunch program should sweep the floors

    Legislation
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would allow early voting at polling locations saying "this bill risks the integrity and orderly administration of our elections by introducing a new voting method and process."

    Is it racist to be proud of your own heritage? Is it racist to want to keep your own heritage pure? ...Racist is when you hate somebody so much that you want to destroy them.

    –Roan Garcia-Quintana, appointee to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's reelection campaign steering committee

    However, once a child does exist in your womb, I'm not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn't want it.

    –Virginia State Senator Steve Martin, referring to pregnant women as "host[s]"

    [Republicans] as a party should be purging this perversion and send them to a party with a much bigger tent.

    –Mary Helen Sears, candidate for a Michigan seat on the Republican National Committee, on homosexuality

    The baby is a victim of the crime. He didn't have anything to do with it.

    –Mississippi State Sen. Philip Gandy supports banning all abortion without exception for rape or incest

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    Republicans in the Virginia Senate voted to kill a bill that would allow young immigrants with deferred action status to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities if they met certain requirements, including having established roots in the community and a family history of paying taxes.

    abominable lifestyle

    –How former Arkansas State Representative Jon Hubbard referred to same-sex marriage

    Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan opposes extending long-term unemployment insurance benefits claiming, "we have a lot of evidence showing that it will prolong unemployment."

    No, I do not condone terrorism.

    –North Carolina State Rep. Michele Presnell, equating Islam to terrorism when responding to whether she would be comfortable with a prayer to Allah before a legislative meeting

    Legislation
    Georgia Congressman and US Senate candidate Paul Broun pulled his support of a bill that would restrict a women's right to choose because exceptions for rape and incest were added to the bill.
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    Wisconsin State Rep. Joel Kleefisch drafted a law to cap the income amount subject to child support and remove assets from the equation, in order to benefit a wealthy Republican donor who, under the law, would see a substantial cut to his child support payments.

    I see no basis or no need for this legislation.

    –House Speaker John Boehner, opposing allowing a vote on the Emplyment Non-Discrimination Act

    Alabama US Representative Mo Brooks expressed concern over allowing DREAMers to serve in the military, saying they had "questionable loyalties"

    You know, 4 or 5 lattes will pay the $18 a month [...] So it's my position that no one is prohibited from having birth control because of economic reasons.

    –Alaska State Senator Fred Dyson

    Traditional marriage is the institution that provides the greatest likelihood that both biological parents will nurture and raise the children they beget, and it is rational to consider this to be optimal for children and society at large. Marriage links potentially procreative sexual activity with child rearing by biological parents. Through civil recognition of marriage, society channels sexual desires capable of producing children into stable unions that will raise those children in the circumstances that may rationally be viewed as having been proven optimal.

    –Former Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in an amicus brief that laid out an argument against the constitutionality of same-sex marriage

    Texas US Senator Ted Cruz called gay marriage "heartbreaking " and told radio show host Janet Mefferd "the most important thing your listeners can do, is simply pray" for traditional marriage.

    The minute we start stifling our speech, we might as well go home, roll up our sleeves and get our guns out.

    –Maine Governor Paul LePage, on what he believes to be Democratic censorship

    He should be executed for treason.

    –Florida Candidate for State Representative Joshua Black on President Obama

    In the wake of anti-gay comments by the president of Chick-fil-A, the Illinois Republican Party fundraised by promoting the company and offering Chick-fil-A gift cards to people who donated to them.

    Legislation
    Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law some of the toughest restrictions on abortion in the country in July 2013 causing clinics to close.
    Legislation
    Colorado Congressman and US Senate candidate Cory Gardner voted for the Ryan budget which would restructure Medicare into a premium support program and cost seniors more.
    Legislation
    Colorado Congressman and US Senate candidate Cory Gardner voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    Can y'all imagine what it would be like if 'abortion barbie' is the next governor? I don't even want to think about that, so please help us elect whoever our slate Republican is starting at Greg Abbott.

    –Denton County Republican Party Chair Dianne Edmondson, about Wendy Davis

    Cari Christman, Executive Director of RedState Women, suggested that women are too "busy" to fight for equal pay.

    Massachusetts US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez said he supported parental consent for the morning-after pill.

    Legislation
    Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives passed 4 anti-choice bills - that will likely be ruled unconstitutional - including a bill that would ban abortion at 6 weeks and does not make an exception for rape or incest.

    Homosexuality is not a civil right. It's a human wrong... Homosexuals are saying this is who we are. This is how we're born. You tell a lie long enough, people start to believe it.

    –Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern said after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie responded to a teacher who asked by Christie called New Jersey schools "failure factories" saying, "This is an old story from you folks, and they fail because you guys are failing in those schools. Have you ever sent your child to one of those schools? ...Do your job."

    Legislation
    Louisiana Congressman and US Senate candidate Bill Cassidy voted for the Ryan budget which would restructure Medicare into a premium support program and cost seniors more.

    The media, for the most part, has bamboozled us into thinking that having a relationship outside of the boundaries of monogamous, heterosexual marriage is positive, happy and fulfilling.

    –Iowa State Senator Dennis Guth

    I have a handicap, you know. I am a white guy running in the state of New Jersey. That is my handicap.

    –Former Bogota Mayor and New Jersey US Senate candidate Steve Lonegan

    If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them.

    –South Dakota State Senator Phil Jensen on why governments should not interfere in civil rights matters

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    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a law to restrict non-surgical abortions, mandating ultrasounds, distribution of anti-choice literature and added unnecessary requirements to their facilities likely aimed at shutting them down.

    It makes a lot of sense... It certainly helps to unify the state.

    –Wisconsin State Rep. Andre Jacque said of his proposal to make English the official language of Wisconsin

    Georgia Congressmen and US Senate candidates Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston voted to restrict women's right to choose.

    Oregon's Multnomah County Republicans celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln by raffling an AR-15 rifle in their honor.

    Just last August, I made the same decision and resigned my position as Polk County Republican Party of Iowa Co-Chair… The Iowa GOP holds views that are increasingly out of touch and are too extreme for me, and their unwillingness to compromise is on full display every day from local, state and national Republicans. My opinion is the ‘Duck Dynasty Wing’ of the Republican Party has taken over the GOP, and they're not about to retreat in their war on science and common sense.

    –Former Polk County Republican Party of Iowa Co-Chair, Chad Brown on his decision to leave the Republican Party

    It should be obvious, at least to anyone with an IQ above their waist size, that these [bills] have been picked for their political impact, has nothing to do with caring and compassion, to continue this mantra that Republicans are racists.

    –Republican State Chairman of Washington, Kirby Wilbur on the state Dream Act

    Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.

    –Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on the Duck Dynasty family who made discriminatory comments about gay and African-Americans

    Texas US Senator Ted Cruz led the showdown that shut down the federal government in an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    If the state bans speech that is offensive to some, where does it stop?

    –Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on the controversial Indian mascot bill that would largely repeal a previous law which allowed the Department of Public instruction to start a review process if it had received a complaint that a school logo, nickname or mascot was offensive

    Legislation
    Missouri Republicans in a House committee passed a measure to ask the state's Attorney General to allow businesses to refuse to provide health insurance coverage for birth control to their employees.

    This bill is not about those things that we know they are born with... It's more about subjective and discerning preferences, feelings and choices.

    –Delaware State Rep. Ruth Briggs King on the passage of a bill that would add gender identity and expression to the state's anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws

    We've seen government compel photographers, bakers and florists to be penalized for their religious beliefs. We've seen counselors in the field of psychiatry penalized for providing certain treatments.

    –Idaho State Rep. Lynn Luker introduced two bills to protect people who wish to discriminate against gay Americans

    If the patient decides I'll take a chance and I'm not going to get pregnant, then that's their option and if they are pregnant then what does an extra two days make any difference?

    –Missouri State Senator David Sater, on why a wait period exception wasn't necessary for women who have been raped or are pregnant as a result of incest

    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple welcomed legal challenges of an abortion bill he signed saying, "Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade... The constitutionality of this measure is an open question."

    [Abortions to save the life of the mother are actually just] a matter of convenience.

    –Missouri State Senate Majority Whip Brian Nieves

    Legislation
    Republicans in the North Carolina House passed a bill through committee that would require parental consent - which must be witnessed by a notary public - for minors to access birth control or be treated for sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse or mental illness.
    Legislation
    Louisiana Congressman and US Senate candidate Bill Cassidy voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    She should stick to her own knitting.

    –North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul Stam said of June Atkinson, the state's superintendent of public instruction, after she said she believed that the state's public and private schools should be required to take the same standardized tests

    Oregon US Senate candidate Monica Wehby criticized a proposal to raise the minimum wage.

    Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner said he opposed approving legal benefits for domestic partners saying, every state that approved domestic partnerships went on to approve gay marriage

    And that's the reason it's so important for them to change the definition [of marriage], because if you can get rid of that, you can get rid of everything else in the Bible too.

    –Potential presidential candidate and Fox News commentator Ben Carson

    Lord, I'm going to get in trouble over this, but it is not natural for two women or two men to be married... If it was natural, they would have the equipment to have a sexual relationship.

    –Former Georgia Republican Chairwoman Sue Everhart

    [President Obama] hates white people

    –Maine Governor Paul LePage, allegedly to a group of Republicans, according to GOP lawmakers

    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory greeted a group of women protesting a law he signed that could close abortion clinics, by handing them a plate of cookies, saying "God bless you" and then leaving.

    I would defund Planned Parenthood

    –Former Bogota Mayor and New Jersey US Senate candidate Steve Lonegan

    The net result of this is not environmental protection, because as we've seen in many of these areas because coyotes and others who bring people illegally across the border are well aware of these restrictions... They'll make sure illegal immigrants come across these same tracts of land in order to get into the United States illegally. And they leave in their wake in some cases a trail of destruction, or at least a trail of litter.

    –Utah US Senator Mike Lee said of his amendment to let border patrol skirt environmental protections

    Michigan Secretary of State and US Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land didn't offer to support making exceptions for abortion in the case of rape or incest.

    Democratic policies have created a class of individuals who are dependent on government. The numbers are staggering. When there isn't ample opportunity for all, the citizens have little choice but to become dependent on someone or something for their existence. That dependency is itself a form of slavery.

    –Rhode Island GOP Chairman Mark Smiley

    If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.

    –North Carolina Republican County precinct chair Don Yelton

    Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f-----g balcony... No, no, you're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy.

    –New York Congressman Michael Grimm, to a reporter who inquired about the federal investigation into his campaign finances

    You want income equality? That is mediocrity... Everybody can have an equal, mediocre salary.

    –New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said of Democrats focus on raising wages for middle and low-income Americans

    I want folks to think about something. I want folks to think seriously about how slavery really works... It is my sincere belief that over entitlements are a means of en-slaving the people by robbing opportunity while taking care of basic needs. Think about it. We ARE NOT cattle. We are human beings living in a country that still allows us the opportunity to write our own ticket. But that is rapidly slipping away. We have to wake up fast and realize that entitlements aren't there because politicians love the people. It's a means to gain power over the people allowing them to control us. Vote smart in 2014 and pressure political leaders to focus on jobs, education and opportunity - not slavery.

    –Arizona congressional candidate Jim Brown suggested government assistance is being used to enslave Americans

    You're only as young as the woman you feel.

    –Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, joking about the age difference between a Louisiana congressional candidate and his wife

    Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan said that raising the minimum wage was "bad economics."

    The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice

    –New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce

    Massachusetts US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez referred to his opponent as "pond scum."

    He's dictating beyond his authority [...] it's not just the death camps. [Hitler] started in the communities, with national health care and gun control. You better read your history. Germany started with national health care and gun control before any of that other stuff happened. And Hitler was elected by a majority of people.

    –Arizona State Representative Brenda Barton comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler

    Legislation
    Republicans in the Mississippi legislature sponsored a bill that would set up a committee to determine what laws are within the federal government's power and allow the state to defy federal laws.

    We have some real opportunities in 2014. This is a great year in an off-presidential election. No - seemingly - no Democrat on the top of the ticket against [Republican Gov. Brian] Sandoval. No Harry Reid. Probably where we had a million voters turn out in 2012, we'll have like 700,000. A lot of minorities, a lot of younger people will not turn out in a non-presidential. It is a great year for Republicans.

    –Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey

    Texas Governor Rick Perry said equal pay was "nonsense" and not a "substantive issue."

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration closed lanes to the busiest bridge in the world, reportedly for political retribution, which resulted in chaos and traffic jams for nearly a week where children were late to school, commuters weren't able to get to work on time and emergency vehicles were delayed in responding to car accidents, people reporting heart problems and a missing toddler.

    I believe that if you're a private employer, you have the right to do what you want with respect to your business, and that the people of the country then have the right to do as they will, with respect to whether or not they boycott or take other action to financially penalize. I don’t think the government has a role in that.

    –Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller on whether a hotel should be able to turn away a couple because they're gay

    There are people who respect transgender rights. And there are people who think you should all be put in a camp. That's me.

    –Todd Kincannon, former executive director of South Carolina's Republican Party

    I'm also someone who has always received the support of the NRA and the Right to Life and that's something I thought was very important.

    –Michigan Secretary of State and US Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land

    [She] will be back in Shitcago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires...The little queen touts her abstinence and she won the crown because she got bullied in school...boohoo..kids are cruel, life sucks and you move on.. Now, miss queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS.

    –Illinois GOP Official Jim Allen's comments on a female congressional candidate

    Legislation
    South Dakota Republicans introduced a bill to allow citizens and businesses to legally discriminate against gay Americans and prohibit them from having to "treat any marriage as valid for any purpose."

    You're beautiful, but you have to be honest as well.

    –Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita sidetracking an interview with a female news anchor

    Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, talking about Medicaid expansion said he had little concern for "somebody who is an adult and chooses to sit on the couch."

    We're not going to be disrespected… We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.

    –Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman on negotiations to end the government shutdown

    [Medicaid recipients] have no personal responsibility for their health and no accountability for the care provided.

    –Iowa State Senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst

    North Carolina House Speaker and US Senate candidate Thom Tillis said raising the minimum wage was a "dangerous idea" and supports eliminating the minimum wage altogether.

    Former candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia E.W. Jackson, refused to apologize for any discriminatory statements he had made in the past about gay Americans and was specifically challenged for previously saying "gays are sick."

    As we celebrate the 237th anniversary of the individual liberty and economic freedom embodied in United States of America, it is a shame that the airwaves are dominated not by the visions and wisdom of our founders, but by Supreme Court rulings on sodomy and the assault on marriage waged by five activist, unelected jurists... Pandering to a mere 3 percent of the U.S. population (estimates can range from 2 to 5 percent who practice sodomy), a 5:4 opinion has overturned moral absolutes that have endured in this nation for 237 years and transformed what is contrary to natural law into government-sanctioned behavior.

    –Missouri State Senator Ed Emery

    Legislation
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed three anti-abortion bills into law which would outlaw nearly all abortions in the state.

    South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley quoted Martin Luther King, Jr.in a press release touting their death penalty and announcing the Supreme Court denied a death penalty appeal writing, "it is well to recall what Martin Luther King Jr. recognized in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail: 'Justice too long delayed is justice denied.'"

    I have no problem with gays but I hate trannies. I think they are disgusting freaks, and they are. Am I evil?

    –Todd Kincannon, former executive director of South Carolina's Republican Party

    Montana State Rep. and landlord, Dave Hagstrom wrote a letter to low-income renters - who he said were "living in a bit of a fairytale lifestyle" - warning them that America was due for sharp cuts affecting health care, Social Security and hot lunch so they need to accept that they don't need "to live as long as they currently do, or as 'comfortably' as they currently do."

    And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don't.

    –Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

    Texas State Representative Jodie Laubenberg opposed exempting rape and incest victims from a bill that restricts abortion and falsely claimed that in "the emergency rooms they have what's called rape kits, that the woman can get cleaned out, basically like a D and C."

    They [judges] need some basic plumbing lessons.

    –Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert, on a ruling by afederal judge blocking Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban

    Legislation
    Georgia Congressmen and US Senate candidates Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    I did it as a symbol, I guess, that I do not like the Republican Party and what they stand for today

    –Former Nevada Lt. Governor Sue Wagner on why she left the Republican Party

    I had a picture one time of Obama sittin' on a stump as a witch doctor and I posted that on Facebook. I was making fun of the white half of Obama, not the black half.

    –North Carolina Republican County precinct chair Don Yelton

    There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi Germany... Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened... And if you believe that same thing can't happen again, you're very wrong.

    –Potential presidential candidate and Fox News commentator Ben Carson, warning that America could turn into Nazi Germany

    Legislation
    Republicans in the state Assembly approved measures to reinstate Wisconsin's voter ID law, tighten early voting hours and limit the ability to recall elected officials. The early voting bill would in effect end weekend voter drives in Democratic-leaning Milwaukee and Madison.

    Massachusetts Republican Gabriel Gomez opposed legislation that would expand abortion access to all women in the military.

    When I ran my first campaign and the one I lost. I said the same thing - that I will do what my constituents want. End of discussion. And Chuck [inaudible] wrote a thing saying, 'Well I guess this guy' - he didn't know me at all then - 'I guess this guy, if the citizens of District 39 want to bring slavery back he'll vote for slavery.' So I wrote him a letter and said, 'Yeah, I would. If that's what they wanted. I'd have to hold my nose, I'd have to bite my tongue and they'd probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that's what the citizens of the, if that's what the constituency wants that elected me, that's what they elected me for. That's what a republic is about.

    –Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler

    Legislation
    South Dakota State Sen. Phil Jensen sponsored legislation that would allow businesses to deny service to LGBT Americans and took it a step further saying he opposed government interference in race-based discrimination as well.

    no

    –Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, on whether the Republican Party is too conservative on social issues like gay marriage and abortion

    I have no problem with a government shutdown... It's a good way to see what services are essential and what are not.

    –Former Bogota Mayor and New Jersey US Senate candidate Steve Lonegan

    Legislation
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have allowed the children of noncitizens affected by President Obama's deferred deportation program to get temporary Florida driver's licenses.

    This indeed is a matter of being on the wrong side of history considering that historically, homosexuality has been a notable marker of the downfall of past civilizations, not their rise.

    –South Dakota State Representative Steve Hickey wrote in a letter to the editor entitled "A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck," that he posted to Facebook

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    Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law a bill that retained the ban against use of student IDs for voting.

    Gay marriage is one of a number of social, cultural issues ... It's migrating on a national level, that gay marriage will be more accepted. My point is, what it has to do with [the man who fathered 14 children] is, there's a whole bunch of cultural issues. Out-of-wedlock births. 413 murders in Chicago. In certain states, if a woman makes $12,000 a year, and lives with her quarter-of-a million dollar boyfriend and they don't get married, as long as they don't get married, she gets maybe 20 or 30 thousand dollars in pre-tax benefits in terms of food stamps, health care and housing allowance. So those are all cultural issues which the American public has migrated to.

    –Delaware businessman and Republican mega-donor Foster Friess

    Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner anticipated the legislative session would include some "homosexual bills" and went on to say he opposes allowing gay Americans to adopt or be foster parents.

    [T]he President of the U.S. and his allies are engaged in a form of systematic spiritual and religious apartheid.

    –Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller

    Now you have a black person using the term n***** this and n***** that and it's okay for them to do it.

    –North Carolina Republican County precinct chair Don Yelton

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Roan Garcia-Quintana, lifetime member and a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which is considered a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, to her reelection steering committee. The CCC opposes "all efforts to mix the races of mankind" and thinks "the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character." The group is a linear descendent of the White Citizens Councils, which were formed to stop school desegregation in the South.

    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee asserted that women are being led to believe they are "helpless without Uncle Sugar" giving them birth control, "because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government."

    Oh, I'm probably .01 percent.

    –Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner when asked if his personal fortune put him among the so-called 1 percent of the wealthiest Americans.

    I'm not going to apologize. What I've said is objectively true, and any time that Republicans have criticized me, it's not because of what I said, it's because they disagree with my agenda.

    –Iowa Congressman Steve King reiterating his previous comments about DREAMers

    I'm old enough to have lived during the desegregation of the schools here locally and busing children, in my opinion, around the different districts, getting them out of their local neighborhoods, really was the beginning of the decline in some of the school districts.

    –Former candidate for Virginia State Senate Wayne Coleman

    It is a travesty what happened in Utah... I think it is a travesty that Eric Holder would be a political activist and come out and say they are going to recognize those 1,300 marriages.

    –Texas US Rep. Randy Weber on the US Department of Justice's recognition of same-sex marriages

    We need the best we can get.

    –Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart said of spending close to $2 million in taxpayer dollars to hire outside counsel to defend Utah's amendment on marriage

    They are forcing those of us who work hard to pay even more money into a broken system so they can turn around and give unearned handouts to scammers who prefer sitting on their couch to looking for a job.

    –Ted Nugent, writing in a fundraising email for former Colorado US Representative and candidate for Governor Tom Tancredo

    We must not let them silence the Robertsons.

    –Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on the Duck Dynasty family, that made discriminatory comments about gay and African-Americans

    Certainly there are board-certified doctors in our state who will attest to what seems self-evident to so many: gay sex is not good for the body or mind. Pardon a crude comparison but regarding men with men, we are talking about a one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down.

    –South Dakota State Representative Steve Hickey wrote in a letter to the editor entitled "A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck," that he posted to Facebook

    I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?

    –Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell tweeted during the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects

    Adolf Hitler also had his own well-oiled propaganda machine working around the clock to deceive and masquerade his true intentions of evil and world subjugation.

    –Former Arkansas State Representative Jon Hubbard complained that Arkansas Democrats would take exception to his referring to the IRS as as "Obama’s IRS Gestapo"

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    Montana Congressman and US Senate candidate Steve Daines voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    There's 3 million jobs every month in this country that go unfilled... And the trouble is, it's because they either can't find people to come to work sober, daily, drug-free and want to learn the necessary skills going forward to be able to do those jobs.

    –Ohio Congressman Dave Joyce

    Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema of Michigan posted an old internet attack piece that questions the contributions of Muslims in American society which includes the line, "Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?"

    I'd create a board to restore the state militia structure -- not a private militia, but what we're guaranteed in the first 13 words of the second amendment.

    –Connecticut State Senate candidate Walter Reddy

    bizarre and discriminatory

    –Michigan State Rep. Tom McMillin, describing a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people

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    Republicans in the Arizona legislature passed a bill that would allow store and business owners to deny service to gay or lesbian customers on the basis on their religious beliefs.

    Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers allegedly mocked Washington D.C. as a "cross between Detroit and San Francisco."

    She's an empty dress.

    –NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring on Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

    Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema of Michigan claimed that his co-workers would tell their company that a person with AIDS was their lover in order to help them get medical benefits adding, "Folks, they [gay people] want free medical because they're dying [when they're] between 30 and 44 years old… To me, it's a moral issue…Traditional marriage is where it should be and it's in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong."

    Legislation
    Tennessee Republicans introduced a bill referred to as the "Turn the Gays Away" bill which would allow people and businesses to refuse to provide goods and services to gay Americans.

    The human race would be extinct within time if [being LGBT] were normal… Biology says the only we exist as human beings is that a man and a woman come together and we procreate. That’s the reason that government has long recognized marriage ... it is the place in which children are born.

    –Tony Perkins, appointee of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Family Research Council President

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    Louisiana State Rep. Alan Seabaugh proposed a bill that would automatically dismiss any lawsuit alleging discrimination because of sexual orientation as "frivolous," ensuring that all employers are free to discriminate without fear of civil action.

    For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.

    –Iowa Congressman Steve King on DREAMers

    You know, all of the pillars of society are under attack in the United States. The family, the traditional family, traditional marriage, mainline churches, the Boy Scouts, you name it.

    –Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, discussing a bill that would allow store and business owners to deny service to gay or lesbian customers on the basis of their religious beliefs

    Can't you just tweak Obamacare? Yeah, with a nuclear bomb.

    –Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe

    I'm not forcing or imposing an agenda on anyone. What it does do, however, is protect any South Dakotan from anyone trying to impose his or her radical views upon them by way of strong-arm tactics using legal and financial threats.

    –South Dakota Senator Ernie Otten, about a bill he authored that would allow citizens and businesses to legally discriminate against gay Americans

    Legislation
    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law requiring voters to present a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot, significantly shortened the early voting period, eliminating same day voter registration and ending pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-old voters who will be 18 on Election Day.

    Once the natural limits that inhere in the relationship between a man and a woman can no longer sustain the definition of marriage, the conclusion that follows is that any grouping of adults would have an equal claim to marriage. See, e.g. , Jonathan Turley, One Big, Happy Polygamous Family , NY Times, July 21, 2011, at A27 ('[Polygamists] want to be allowed to create a loving family according to the values of their faith.').

    –Former Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli suggested that marriage equality would be a slippery slope and could lead to polygamy

    I don't see education in the Constitution.

    –Georgia US Senate candidate David Perdue

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    Arizona State Rep. Carl Seel proposed a bill that would make it a crime for undocumented immigrants to do things like attend public school or use a public road.

    If the national media started "bashing Idaho" over it, "that's not gonna bother me that much."

    –Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said he's not heard business complain about their legislation that would add legal protections for people who refuse to hire or serve gays based on their religious beliefs

    When I was a young man, you didn't call a black a black, you called him a negro.

    –North Carolina Republican County precinct chair Don Yelton

    Tennessee State Rep. Judd Matheny and State Senator Frank Niceley were speakers at the Southern National Congress - a Southern secessionist group. Nicely agrees with the group's idea that the South might be its own nation one day.

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    Republicans in the Colorado legislature, including the highest-ranking Republican in the House, signed onto a bill that would equate to "an all-out ban on abortion" and "would make it a class 3 felony for doctors who perform abortions, even in cases of rape and incest."

    I'm going to be real honest with you... The Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.

    –Dallas Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson said at a meeting with Republicans

    [I]t's just the next step before there's a national registry of firearms. And the likes of Hitler shows us where that goes.

    –New Hampshire State Rep. JR Hoell said of universal background checks for firearm purchases

    It is not about fairness, it is about standardization.

    –Utah US Congressman Rob Bishop said of his bill that would force the federal government to recognize marriage rights based on the states where couples live, not on whether they hold a valid marriage license

    Maybe as we see more Republicans, there will be fewer and fewer liberal judges appointed... More of what we call the original intent-type of judge. Your Anton [sic] Scalias and your judge -- the black judge, the Supreme Court judge.

    –Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Ritze

    Justice Roberts' pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined

    –North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho on Twitter

    Legislation
    Texas US Senator Ted Cruz and Utah US Senator Mike Lee introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, which would in effect reverse some of the gains made by gay people after the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.
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    Within two hours of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced the immediate implementation of the state's voter ID law that was widely viewed as the country's most restrictive.

    San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan, said homosexuality was a "behavioral preference" and "disgusting to even think about" and went on to say, "I don't think homosexual people should do adoption... They should be banned by adoption. You're gonna confuse those kids. They should be banned. If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don't want to discriminate you, but it shouldn't affect the young people. How terrible that we actually allow them to adopt?"

    I don't believe we should cater to illegal aliens... Providing them with a Georgia driver's license is a privilege that shouldn't be granted to illegal aliens, but afforded only to lawful residents of this state.

    –Georgia State Senator Bill Heath

    John Whitbeck, chair of Virginia's 10th District Republican Committee joked that the "head of the Jewish religion" presented the pope with a "bill for the Last Supper."

    Iowa Senator Dennis Guth asserted homosexuality hurts him and his family in "multiple ways," that there are "numerous" health and mental problems associated with homosexuality that "ultimately" shorten the lives of gays and lesbians including "the increase of sexually transmitted infections that this lifestyle invites," that the homosexual lifestyle "is a lie" and "many civilizations have fallen" because the traditional family was not protected.

    Legislation
    Republicans in the Kansas Senate defeated an amendment to a personhood bill that sought to ensure the legislation didn't limit access to birth control pills which Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook referred to as "political hijinks."

    My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven't changed.

    –Former Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli

    Both the KKK and Planned Parenthood are creations of the Democratic Party, and Planned Parenthood has caused more death among blacks than the KKK ever could have.

    –Virginia State Senator Steve Martin

    [W]omen. No one understands them. They don't even understand themselves. Books and books and books have been written about it, and no one understands it.

    –Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner on the "biggest mystery" to him

    I'm past impeachment... It's time to arrest and hang him high.

    –Florida Candidate for State Representative Joshua Black on President Obama

    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said if we are going to allow same-sex marriage we should release criminals incarcerated for practicing polygamy or bigamy and legalize prostitution.

    Think of the outrage that would be out there if they tried to pass a law that said a Jewish printer had no choice but to print up handbills for a neo-Nazi rally. Or an African American artist had no choice, but had to paint a portrait of the local Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The outrage would be out there. And I would be joining that outrage. But I

    –Iowa US Congressional Candidate Monte Shaw

    Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s.

    –Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield, wrote on his blog

    The husband's part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else.

    –New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce

    Legislation
    Iowa State Senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst signed onto legislation that would amend the state's constitution to outlaw abortion and could prohibit in-vitro fertilization and some forms of birth control.
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    Missouri Republicans are working to amend their state's constitution as part of an aggressive push to require photo identification at the polls.

    Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan said the school lunch program for the children of low-income families is "a big mistake" that's "offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul."

    We don't know that there were weapons on the ground when we went in, however, I do have reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That was the intelligence that was operated on. I have reason to believe there was weapons of mass destruction. My husband served in Saudi Arabia as an Army Central Command sergeant major for a year and that's a hot-button topic in that area.

    –Iowa US Senate candidate Joni Ernst said of weapons of mass destruction and the Iraq war

    Minnesota State Rep. Andrea Kieffer argued that fighting for equal pay and paid sick leave makes women look like “whiners.”

    There are in fact far more drug smugglers (and other criminals) than future valedictorians among the nearly 2 million youthful illegal aliens who would qualify for the 'Dream' amnesty.

    –Former Colorado US Representative and Candidate for Governor Tom Tancredo

    Legislation
    Republicans in the Arkansas Senate passed a bill that effectively kills a comprehensive sex education program for teenagers by ending a state-funded HIV and STI prevention program that Planned Parenthood administers in Arkansas public high schools.

    They might try to Jew me down on a price.

    –Oklahoma State Representative Dennis Johnson, during a senate floor discussion on the challenges facing small businesses

    [W]omen are busy

    –The executive director of RedState Women, a Republican PAC targeting women voters in Texas, on why the GOP doesn’t support equal pay legislation

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a controversial Indian mascot bill that would largely repeal a previous law which allowed the Department of Public Instruction to start a review process if it had received a complaint that a school logo, nickname or mascot was offensive saying, "I would prefer no restrictions on free speech."

    Don't you think that person would realize they've been raped in 20 weeks?

    –Mississippi State Sen. Gary Jackson responding to concerns about harming women with their abortion restrictions

    Orange County GOP Chairman Lew Oliver called Puerto Rico a "basket case" and said, "If you like a semi-socialist government where the highest aspiration is a nice secure government job, Puerto Rico is heaven on earth"
    Legislation
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed abortion restrictions into law which would require abortion providers to try to detect a fetal heartbeat and inform a woman if it was found.

    We don't want a country where abortion is simply outlawed. We want a country where it isn't even considered.

    –Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan

    New Hampshire State Rep. JR Hoell called for the elimination of universal background checks saying if people are concerned with safety, "why are we prohibiting teachers from carrying?" and suggested if people are fearful, they should take self-defense training because "It doesn't have to be a gun... It could be karate, or Taekwondo or a can of mace."

    a truly ridiculous idea

    –New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said of raising the minimum wage

    It's grown so conservative and tea-party orientated and I just can't buy into that... I've left the Republican Party and it's left me, at the same time.

    –Former Nevada Lt. Governor Sue Wagner on why she left the Republican Party

    This is asking states to look at a totally different set of circumstances than Roe v. Wade... It doesn't affect Roe v. Wade.

    –South Carolina State Rep. Wendy Nanney, on sponsoring a bill to restrict abortion saying

    Somehow the message we are presently getting from the medical community is that eating at McDonalds will kill us but the gay lifestyle has no side effects.

    –South Dakota State Representative Steve Hickey wrote in a letter to the editor entitled "A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck," that he posted to Facebook

    Here's another fact: If these [undocumented] students were added to the pool that already exists, underserved [sic] citizens, then the only way those students would ever get financial aid is if they are considered and given preferential treatment above citizens.

    –Washington State Senator Barbara Bailey said of the Washington Dream Act

    Legislation
    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2305 that ushered in a wave of election-law changes including limits on who can return a voter's ballot to the polls, purging of the state's permanent early-voting rolls, adding stricter controls on citizen initiatives and tougher requirements for minor-party candidates to qualify for the Arizona ballot.

    It is a legitimate and new question for the courts regarding a precise restriction on doctors who perform abortions.

    –North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, on one of the abortion bills he signed into law that created restrictions on doctors

    Let's protect the rights of Hoosier employers to hire who they want and provide them with benefits that they earn. And let's resolve this issue this year once and for all.

    –Indiana Gov. Mike Pence called on the legislature to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

    Legislation
    North Carolina State Rep. Bill Cook introduced a bill - to cut down on student voter registration - that said parents would no longer be able to count their child as a dependent on their income taxes if they registered to vote at an address other than their parent's home.
    Texas Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott cited the work of a "white nationalist" who believes that "women and minorities are intellectually inferior to white men" in his pre-kindergarten education plan

    I think you have to connect with women on an emotional level."

    –Iowa US Senate candidate Mark Jacobs on reaching women voters

    California US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that "people who are here illegally should go home" and that immigration reform means that "we will be importing tens of millions of poor people."

    guns, gays and grass

    –Colorado Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Scott Gessler on what he thinks Democrats care about

    What we need to do is re-educate the women to understand that they are the defenders of these babies.

    –Potential presidential candidate and Fox News commentator Ben Carson

    Dang straight.

    –Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry response to whether he would continue collecting a paycheck during the federal government shutdown

    Hispanics vote for Democrats for exactly the same reason that other people vote for Democrats: They want ObamaPhones! They want big government! It's got nothing to do with immigration!"

    –Former Colorado US Representative and Candidate for Governor Tom Tancredo

    Texas US Senator Ted Cruz referred to birth control as "abortifacients"

    Texas US Senator Ted Cruz opposed renewing the extension of unemployment insurance benefits, saying that it was "creating dependency and just extending unemployment."

    Legislation
    West Virginia Congresswoman and US Senate candidate Shelly Moore Capito voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    There is no way to know the exact ratio of valedictorians to drug smugglers among the 1.7 million illegal aliens the Pew Hispanic Center says will qualify for Obama's 'Deferred Action' amnesty program. But just for fun, let's do the math.

    –Former Colorado US Representative and Candidate for Governor Tom Tancredo

    It's a law as destructive to personal freedom and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that allowed slave owners to come to New Hampshire and seize African-Americans and use the federal courts to take them back to slave states.

    –New Hampshire State Representative Bill O'Brien on the Affordable Care Act

    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples despite a Pentagon directive to do so.

    Speaking of Wendy Davis, I personally am concerned about the 'super women' ticket of Abortion Barbie with Hispanic Sen Leticia Van De Putte as her running mate.

    –Denton County Republican Party Chair Dianne Edmondson

    The chains of bondage of our brothers rubbed our skin and our hearts raw until we could stand it no more and erupted into 'Bleeding Kansas,' […] The Summer of Mercy sprung forth in Kansas as we could no longer tolerate the death of innocent children.

    –Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback comparing anti-abortion efforts to the fight against slavery

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    Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul's budget would abolish the Department of Education. His fellow Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, voted in favor of the radical budget.

    I don't believe in an education department at the federal level. I think that is something that we could eliminate and that would save.

    –Iowa State Senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst

    Did I wake up because I got a primary and say, 'Hey, let's be pro-life?' No, I'm honored to do this, this is important to me, this is why I want to be a senator… Will it wipe away all the other criticisms?  No.

    –South Carolina US Senator Lindsey Graham, on sponsoring a bill to restrict women's access to abortion

    Florida US Representative Daniel Webster compared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau data collection to the Gestapo.

    A Texas Republican fundraising consultant with ties to gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick, candidate for lieutenant governor, registered a fundraising PAC with the FEC entitled "Boats 'N Hoes PAC."
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    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted compounded the assault on voting rights in the state by issuing flawed early-voting hours for Ohio elections that eliminate in-person voting on Sundays
    Florida Governor Rick Scott

    Vermont State Senator Norm McAllister, opposed the bill allowing undocumented immigrants to get a driver's license saying it would jeopardize farmers. "Living on the border, and also hearing from our farms and their nervousness as to what the liability situation would be, I can't support the bill."

    Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a petition with the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals asking the court to reconsider a decision overturning the state's sodomy law.

    Legislation
    Georgia Congressman and US Senate candidate Paul Broun introduced a personhood bill – cosponsored by Congressmen and US Senate candidates Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston – that specifies that a "one-celled human embryo," even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood" though similar legislation has been rejected by voters in multiple states because legal experts have pointed out that it could outlaw some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization as well as criminalize abortion at all stages.

    Personally I'd like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a 'surgical procedure'

    –Arizona State Representative Terri Proud

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    Montana Congressman and US Senate candidate Steve Daines voted for the Ryan budget which would restructure Medicare into a premium support program and cost seniors more.

    Are we teaching yoga in public schools now? ...Are parents notified?

    –New Mexico State Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, suggesting teaching yoga in PE classes could influence the religious preferences of the children.

    Gay people can just grow their own food.

    –Washington State Senator Mike Hewitt's office in response to being asked "What are rural gays supposed to do if the only gas station or grocery store for miles won't sell them gas and food?"

    Legislation
    Republicans in the Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill that would bar lawsuits and sanctions against individuals, groups and businesses that discriminate against gay Americans.
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    Montana Congressman and US Senate candidate Steve Daines co-sponsored a bill to declare that constitutional rights take effect at the moment of fertilization which would restrict a woman's right to choose.

    The traditional Medicaid program does considerable harm to the recipients, by encouraging excessive utilization of health care.

    –Wyoming Senator Charles Scott

    Alaska State Senator Fred Dyson said "sexual activity is recreation" and that no one who is trying to "procreate" uses birth control

    crowd-pleasing

    –Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe describing a rodeo clown in an Obama mask

    One of the things I learned over the years is that if you want to make a point, you have to make it hurt... I understand academic freedom, but this is not academic freedom. ... This was about promoting one side with no academic debate involved.

    –South Carolina State Rep. Garry Smith, on trying to punish South Carolina public colleges over having freshmen read books with LGBT themes

    If a woman decides not to go to the hospital and not get the 'Plan B,' they're making a decision to keep that child if they get pregnant... If the woman found out she was pregnant three or four weeks down the line, they had made the decision not to do some preventative things like Plan B.

    –Missouri State Senator David Sater suggested that if rape victims do not use the emergency contraception, they have made a choice to carry their pregnancies to term

    I'm against homosexuals pretending like they're married. [...] If you want to have homosexuals pretending like they're married, then go to the Democrat party.

    –Dean Young, Alabama Republican Congressional candidate

    Satan uses homosexuality to attack the living space of the Holy Spirit.

    –Mary Helen Sears, candidate for a Michigan seat on the Republican National Committee

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    Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law that reduces the authority of county boards of election to send out absentee ballot applications.

    Amnesty is wrong in any circumstance

    –Texas US Senator Ted Cruz

    The state of Utah's argument in favor of banning gay marriage is that redefining marriage poses "real, concrete risks to children."

    God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions... Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it's in our military it will weaken our military.

    –Illinois Republican congressional candidate Susanne Atanus said she believes God has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as in response to gay rights and legalized abortions

    If I saw someone going the wrong way on a one-way street, I would make every effort to stop and redirect them […] Simply put, it saves lives to have honest communication not only about the sexually transmitted diseases that shorten lifespans, but also about the deep loneliness that accompanies a life based on youth, beauty and sex.

    –Iowa State Senator Dennis Guth on his opposition to same-sex marriages and gay Americans

    The moral foundation of our country is under attack.

    –Roy Moore, Republican politician and Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, who wrote all 50 governors urging them to pass constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage

    Legislation
    Republicans in the Iowa House have passed a bill to ban the ability of women to exercise their right to choose via tele-medicine, which helps women in rural communities where they may not have access to doctors.

    Redefining marriage would further distance marriage from the needs of children and deny the importance of mothers and fathers. It weakens monogamy, exclusivity and permanency, the norms to which marriage in our society [inaudible] and it will threaten religious liberty.

    –Minnesota State Sen. Dan Hall

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    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine tried to have private employers exempted from the contraception mandate which would allow a woman's employer to deny her insurance coverage for birth control.

    About 47 percent of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don't work.

    –Maine Governor Paul LePage

    [Allowing same-sex marriage] is opening that Pandora's box.

    –Minnesota State Sen. Dan Hall

    Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner said Americans in minimum wage jobs don't do work deserving of more adding, "It's a training wage" before people move on to better paying jobs - "It's not supposed to be a living wage."

    Redefining marriage would further distance marriage from the needs of children and deny the importance of mothers and fathers. It weakens monogamy, exclusivity and permanency, the norms to which marriage in our society [inaudible] and it will threaten religious liberty.

    –Minnesota State Sen. Dan Hall

    Legislation
    North Carolina House Speaker and US Senate candidate Thom Tillis led the passage of a bill that cut education spending by almost $500 million over two years and removed the cap on classroom size.

    New Hampshire State Sen. Andy Sanborn, compared Obamacare to the plane crash at the San Francisco airport that killed two people and injured dozens more saying the new law "is barreling down on us like a jet landing into San Francisco. It's [laughter] it should make people really concerned."

    The only things I hate these days are commies, trannies, and most Muslims.

    –Todd Kincannon, former executive director of South Carolina's Republican Party

    I think both parents started working. And the mom is in the workplace.

    –Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant answer on why America became "mediocre" in education

    And I don't have the legal background to know if that rises to 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' but I think you're getting perilously close.

    –Oklahoma US Senator Tom Coburn, suggesting President Obama was getting close to meriting impeachment

    The people that have summer homes, weekend homes; the 100,000 students that are here that don't have Montana driver's licenses, that don't have any identification other than theirs at the college, who by the way have to wait one year to become a Montana resident in order to get resident tuition.

    –Montana State Rep. Ted Washburn, sponsor of a bill that would end same-day voter registration, listing the groups of people he believes shouldn't be able to vote in Montana

    Woodrow Wilson, because he was a sympathizer and he believed in the Aryan race, he believed that Hitler was correct in the races, where our Founding Fathers believed that all men were created equal... He went through all the educational material and wiped out all the -- all anything that he could about the true history, about how the slaves were a really good integral part.

    –New Hampshire State Rep. Stella Tremblay

    Republican candidate for governor of Oregon, Lorraine Mae Rafferty, said that same-sex marriage "is a sin -- just the same as murder."

    Probably the worst decision ever to come out of this Supreme Court or any Supreme Court, including the Dred Scott decision.

    –Kansas State Senator Steve Fitzgerald on Roe v. Wade

    Florida State Rep. Matt Gaetz said Medicaid recipients were too busy playing a Grand Theft Auto video game to get a job.

    Smoking is condemned for harming the unborn and non-smokers who inhale the second-hand smoke. But the scourge of STDs and children born with AIDS does not elicit the same offensive behavior as depicted on TV, in movies or in public. One is described as an addiction while the other is promoted as a right. Actually odd may not be a suitable description - possibly reprobate may be more accurate.

    –Missouri State Senator Ed Emery

    Iowa US Senate candidate Sam Clovis opposes having a minimum wage and called it "a form of taxation" and said an increase in the minimum wage would be “immoral.”

    As soon as they raise their hand and say 'I'm unlawfully present in the United States,' we're not going take your oath into the military, but we're going to take your deposition and we have a bus for you to Tijuana.

    –Iowa US Reprensentative Steve King, on granting citizenship to military DREAMers

    Why the city would want to force places like schools, businesses and fitness centers to allow men to use a women’s restroom or locker room – and allow boys to access girl’s restrooms and locker rooms in schools, is beyond me… It certainly violates the privacy rights of women and children. At the very least, the council should have also included a requirement for warning signs on women’s and girl’s public restroom and locker room doors saying that women and girls may be confronted there by men who think they are women.

    –Michigan State Rep. Tom McMillin, on a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people

    Legislation
    Texas Attorney General and candidate for Governor Greg Abbott acknowledged that redistricting decisions in the state were political, saying, the Republicans' "redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party's electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats"

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage attacked a state senator, saying he "claims to be for the people but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."

    You see, I am already on the front lines, taking seriously my oath of office: to defend the U.S. Constitution - and you and your fellow Americans - against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And for that I am being attacked from all sides, including from my fellow Republicans. My friend, make no mistake, Barack Obama is Enemy Number One!

    –North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger

    It is clear the Obama administration finds the principles of federalism inconvenient in its effort to force states to redefine the institution of marriage.

    –Utah US Senator Mike Lee

    I think we were being punished by the Voting Rights Act for indiscretions, bad things that took place decades ago, and those don't take place any longer.

    –Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

    And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don't.

    –Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

    California State Assemblyman and candidate for Governor Tim Donnelly pulled his son out of public school after the bill protecting transgender students passed. Donnelly said of the law, "It's as if our public schools have stopped being public schools and now they're government indoctrination centers."

    I don't think I've ever used the word ‘gay rights’ because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior.

    –Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul

    absolutely

    –Texas US Senator Ted Cruz, on whether his quest to defund the Affordable Care Act was worth it, despite the government shutdown.

    Legislation
    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and his Republican allies passed a tax reform package that largely benefits the wealthy.

    My name be Eboneesha Hernandez, a African-Hispanic-American Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 47% on the spelin text and 38 points for being black, 10 points for not bringin drugs to class, 10 points for not bringin guns to class, and 15 points for not getting pregnut during the cemester. It be hard to beat a score of 120%. White dude sit nex to me is McGee from Jaxon Mizipy. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 150 years ago. Granny ax me to thank all dimocrafts and liberuls for suportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity. I be gittin in medical skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor since Barrac takn over da healfcare in dis contry.

    –Norwalk, OH City Council Member Bob Carleton in an email

    Georgia US Senate candidate David Perdue said "the federal government should have no role" in school curriculum.

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    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a far-reaching anti-abortion bill that creates new restrictions on the procedure and defines life as beginning "at fertilization."

    Who are we to say that children born in the worst of circumstances can't lead successful lives? ...Even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She's the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate. It's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example: that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential, and that every life matters.

    –Texas Governor Rick Perry

    Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in street crime

    –Minnesota State Rep. Pat Garofalo

    You know, folks mock Mitt Romney for what he said, but he's right. Forty-seven percent of American citizens pay zero in income taxes. It's just true... In fact, the bottom 30% of American citizens profit from the tax code because they're getting refundable tax credits back... I don't care if you're paying a dollar. You need to believe that you are involved in the process, and you need to have skin in the game.

    –Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall

    We have to get back to a shade of normalcy. Unemployment benefits aren't free.

    –New York Congressman Tom Reed on his opposition to extending long-term unemployment insurance

    Legislation
    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed into law a bill that will allow students, staff, and visitors to bring concealed firearms onto the state's colleges and university campuses.

    North Carolina's Republican candidates for US Senate believe that the state has the authority to ban contraceptives, favor a "personhood" amendment, and three of the four candidates also believe that abortion should be outlawed, even in the case of rape or incest.

    Good for them... The LGBT Gestapo speech police will not succeed when families like them are Biblically solid. You are in our prayers. May A&E fall into the pit they dug for you. STAND!

    –Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema of Michigan praising the Duck Dynasty family

    Legislation
    Utah State Representative Mike Kennedy introduced legislation that would require students to use the bathrooms assigned to the gender they were born with

    I can understand when there is a diagnosis for a medical condition that threatens the life of an individual… What I do not understand is how you can have a medical diagnosis for rape. There is no medical diagnosis for rape.

    –Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, opposing changing the law that requires women get an insurance rider in anticipation of possible sexual assault saying the statute designed to save the life of a pregnant woman shouldn't be expanded to include rape victims.

    I think asking somebody to wait 24 hours before they can actually go have an abortion is not asking a lot.

    –Massachusetts US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez

    No, we do not have any [Latino] staff members in there... If you can find us one, please let us know.

    –Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said when asked if he had Latino staff in his administration during a Philadelphia forum hosted by a Spanish-language newspaper

    Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It's a love-hate relationship. It's very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her... Is the solution to those kind of dysfunctional relationships going to be more government, another law? I'd say no. People are always free to leave.

    –New Hampshire State Representative Mark Warde, during a debate about reducing the penalty for simple assault

    Legislation
    Florida's Republican-controlled Senate voted to crackdown on foreign-language interpreters at the polls.

    The 2nd Amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives. It seems that we are unable to muster that belief in any of our representatives on a state or federal level, but we have to have something, something costly, something that they will fear that we will use if they step out of line. If we can't shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially, and civically if they screw up on something this big. Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can't.

    –Arkansas Republican Chris Nogy on the idea of shooting elected officials in the Benton County Republican Party newsletter

    Legislation
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law requiring a woman to have an ultrasound before having an abortion and creating strict and unnecessary regulations on clinics that could cause half of the state's clinics to close.

    Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema of Michigan posted an article titled "Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals" that purports gay Americans are promiscuous, prone to pedophilia and riddled with sexually transmitted diseases; and states "part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle."

    [It's] waving the white flag of surrender.

    –Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, opposing increasing the minimum wage

    Men are better negotiators… I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators.

    –Beth Cubriel, executive director of the Texas Republican Party, on why women are paid less money than men

    We saw the two worst [Democratic] ideas: mandatory mail ballots, and same-day registration. This was a partisan power play.

    –Colorado Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Scott Gessler

    Legislation
    Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul's economic plan included a flat tax to replace the current income tax which would mean a bigger bill for a lot of middle-class households. His fellow Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, voted in favor of the radical budget.

    It's how sausage is made

    –Mark Boughton, Mayor of Danbury and Connecticut gubernatorial candidate, said of linking negotiations over health care to the government shutdown

    Legislation
    Arkansas Congressman and US Senate candidate Tom Cotton voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.
    Legislation
    The Californian Republican Party approved a resolution backing an effort to reverse a new state law that provides protections for transgender public school students. The resolution would endorse opponents of the law.

    Hysteric it may be.

    –Hawaii Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom saying the vote to legalize same-sex marriage is not historic

    Legislation
    Michigan's Republican-led Legislature passed "rape insurance" legislation that prohibits insurers from paying for abortions – without exceptions for rape or incest – unless a woman has already purchased coverage through a separate rider.

    It's been hijacked in Washington by those who want to give away citizenship like cotton candy at a county fair

    –Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said of the immigration reform in Congress

    Whatever gets them good press... That's all that it's going to be. God bless them. But you know what? I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly.

    –Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry on other Members who were donating or forgoing their pay during the federal government shutdown

    Someone had posted something with a picture of Barack Obama and across it said 'traitor.' And, you know, I don't always agree with the guy, I certainly didn't vote for him but I gotta defend him on this one. I just don't think it's right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. There's a lot of things he's done wrong but he is not a traitor. Not as far as I can tell. I haven't come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya.

    –North Carolina State Representative Larry Pittman

    My father had a ranch; we used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.

    –Alaska Congressman Don Young

    I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law.

    –Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, on blocking his openly gay colleague, state Representative Brian Sims, from speaking on the legislature floor about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

    Legislation
    North Carolina Senate Republicans passed a bill through committee that would require middle school health teachers to teach seventh-graders that having an abortion increases their risk of having subsequent premature births.

    When you start talking about a minimum wage, thinking about how you can cure social ills, you're making a huge mistake and forcing people to lose jobs.

    –Wyoming State Senator Cale Case

    This is in no way an effort to suppress any valid vote.

    –Arkansas State Representative Andy Mayberry, defending the Republican voter ID law after dozens of mail-in absentee votes were thrown out during a special election because voters failed to include a copy of their photo ID with their ballot

    Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers allegedly joked about how nice it was to be called "Honey" and "Sweetie" by a woman at an Alabama restaurant rather than a D.C. men's room.

    Legislation
    All four GOP candidates for Lieutenant Governor of Texas support repealing the state law that allows young non-citizens to pay in-state tuition.

    [W]e need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade school level and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say: This is what's important. This is what a father does that's maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents a mom has in a certain area. And same thing for the young girls, that this is what a mom does and this is what's important from the standpoint of that union, which we call marriage.

    –Georgia Congressman and US Senate candidate Phil Gingrey

    Legislation
    West Virginia Congresswoman and US Senate candidate Shelly Moore Capito voted for the Ryan budget which would restructure Medicare into a premium support program and cost seniors more.
    Legislation
    Arkansas' Republican-led State House overrode the Governor's veto and passed a law requiring voters to show photo identification to vote.

    You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow... Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you're gay, and y'all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it's unreal. I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it's all about a free ride.

    –Former Georgia Republican Chairwoman Sue Everhart asserting that same-sex marriage was about scamming the system

    By continuing to create these laws that are what I call segregation laws, it puts one class of a person over another. We are creating classes of people through these laws.

    –Nevada Assemblyman and Congressional candidate Cresent Hardy about his opposition to the Employment Nondiscrimination Act

    This mother doesn't have to see the ultrasound if she doesn't want to.

    –Kentucky State Senator Whitney Westerfield, the sponsor of legislation requiring women to undergo an ultrasound and requiring physicians to simultaneously describe what is seen to the patient

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vowed to call a special session of the legislature - wasting taxpayer dollars - to pass another voter ID law if the state's Supreme Court strikes his law down.

    I have been fixed. My wife has been fixed, okay?

    –Tennessee US Congressman Phil Roe, on why he opposed mandating access to birth control through the Affordable Care Act

    Legislation
    Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill that could allow business owners to deny service to gay and lesbians based on their religious beliefs.

    The Robertson's [sic] are great people and great friends of mine. Everyone is criticizing a reality star that became so popular by being himself.

    –Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister, defending Phil Robertson in the wake of his controversial comments about gays and lesbians and African-Americans

    I will stand and filibuster expansion of Medicaid until I can't stand any longer. And I know other senators who would do the same.

    –Missouri State Senator Rob Schaaf

    The violation of natural law has consequences - moral consequences, medical consequences, and eternal consequences.

    –Missouri State Senator Ed Emery opposing marriage equality

    Eleven times they told me the whole world is going to collapse if they don't allow us to spend more than what we do."

    –Wyoming U.S Senator Mike Enzi said, dismissing the importance of raising the debt ceiling after voting against reopening the government and raising the debt limit

    I've not said there should be amnesty in this country. I don't believe that. I don't support the legislation being kicked around.

    –Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on a pathway to citizenship

    When we see what is happening in America by radical activists, a new level of intolerance has been brought forth... It's the intolerance of conscience. It is conscience that guides us, strengthens us, and gives us a sense of purpose.

    –South Dakota Senator Ernie Otten, about a bill he authored that would allow citizens and businesses to legally discriminate against gay Americans

    I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it.

    –West Virginia State House Delegate Ray Canterbury said of students receiving school lunches

    Legislation
    Iowa State Senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst opposed a minimum wage increase saying she didn't think the government needed to step in.