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Idaho Legislature Censoring Senate Candidate 'Pro-Life'

The Idaho strawberry farmer who legally changed his name to Pro-Life and planned to appear as such on the U.S. Senate ballot this fall is being thwarted by corrupt local politicians. The Idaho Senate has passed some emergency legislation that "would require candidates who change their name to their stance on the issues instead of a traditional name have a note added to the ballot noting their former name." Quick quick, someone send any dumb liberal watchdog group over there -- they are saying he doesn't have a "traditional name" & that's racist!!


Here's the official legislation, as drafted by several rejected Wonkette commenters:

AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS; TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS RELATING TO A PERSON WHO CHANGES THEIR NAME TO THAT OF A POLITICAL MESSAGE AND SEEKS TO HAVE THAT POLITICAL MESSAGE PLACED ON THE BALLOT AS A CANDIDATE; AMENDING CHAPTER 9, TITLE 34, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 34-903A, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE OR COUNTY CLERK WHEN A PERSON HAS FILED AS A CANDIDATE AND THE PERSON HAS CHANGED THEIR NAME TO WORDS THAT CONVEY OR ATTEMPT TO CONVEY A POLITICAL MESSAGE AND TO PROVIDE FOR A NOTATION ON THE BALLOT IF CERTAIN CRITERIA ARE MET; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

WHAT WE'RE TRYIN'-A SAY IS, AIN'T NO WEIRD-NAMER GON FILL OUR GUV'NENT CHAIRS NO WAY NO HOW... (GUY RUNS 'ROUND CALLINIMSELF 'PRO-LIFE,' LIKE A DUMB ROOSTER A' GOT HIS HEAD STUCK IN A POTATER, OF ALL THINGS).

Idaho Candidate Prompts Special State Law [New West Politics]

Senate Bill 1514 [Idaho Senate]

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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