Republican Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville has resigned unexpectedly from the Indiana Housewhere he is in the second-highest elected leadership positionafter sources say at least one sexually explicit video was discovered on his phone.
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis said Tuesday he has accepted McMillins resignation. Bosma said in a written statement the caucus is thankful for Rep. McMillins service to our state, and we fully support his decision to step down in order to focus on his family.
But Bosma provided no details about McMillins decision, which comes less than a year after the caucus elected him to be the majority floor leader. McMillin was widely expected to seek the speakers job someday.
Sources close to the Republican caucus said someone obtained McMillins phone and discovered at least one video that showed the lawmaker involved in sexual contact. The sources did not detail who else was involved.......
This is not the first time McMillin has resigned from a job under questions about sex. He resigned as an assistant prosecutor in Montgomery County, Ohio, in 2005 after he had a relationship with the victim in a domestic violence case he was prosecuting. He told the Dayton Daily News that the relationship began after he stepped off the case.
Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Sunday that he admired House Speaker John Boehner for his "tenacity."
Boehner announced Friday that he would resign from his post at the end of October.
"Well, John has had an impossibly difficult job trying to reconcile the conservative wing of his caucus with the extreme, extreme right wing of his caucus that really will not do anything and pass any legislation that Barack Obama will sign," Sanders said.
"It's an impossible job," he added. "And I admire John for his tenacity and hanging in there for five tough years."
A South Dakota man is currently in custody after telling police officers he was shot in the penis by a black guy when he actually shot himself while attempting to purchase a gun illegally, reports the Argus Leader.
Convicted felon Donald Anthony Watson, 43, was admitted to a local emergency room late at night on Sept. 6 for a gunshot wound to his penis, and told local law enforcement that he had been shot during a botched robbery.
According to the arrest report, Watson said he was shot by a black guy (who) tried to rob him while he was taking out the trash at his apartment.
Investigators who went to Watsons apartment said there was no evidence of a shooting outside, but neighbors told them they heard screaming coming from his apartment earlier in the evening.
After obtaining a search warrant, officer entered his home and found blood, bullet fragments, and an empty gun case.
Pressed by police, Watson admitted that he made the story up and was looking at a handgun he was thinking about buying and placed it in his pocket where it went off, with the bullet hitting his genitals.
CHICAGO (AP) Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign has launched an unusual public attack on a Chicago Tribune reporter.
Campaign manager Kevin Artl says the reporter has been "bullying" former and current staffers with questions about allegations that the Illinois Republican has been physically and verbally abusive toward employees.
The criticism is especially unusual because it pre-empts the publication of any story.
The Tribune refused to confirm Saturday whether it even plans to go forward with a story, saying it does not comment on unpublished reporting. But it did put out a statement defending the conduct of reporter Todd Lighty, saying "good reporters ask tough questions."
In a letter to Tribune editors that Artl made public this week, he says Lighty has harassed and intimidated 15 people connected to Kirk, including Kirk's mother.
This article was printed in 2011:
Arthur Evans, who helped form and lead the movement that coalesced after gay people and their supporters protested a 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar, died Sept. 11 at his home in San Francisco. He was 68.
Mr. Evans was not at the Stonewall disturbances, but they fueled in him a militant fervor and inspired him to join the Gay Liberation Front, an organization started during the wave of gay assertiveness that followed.
For Mr. Evans and other militants, however, the group was not assertive enough. They worried that it was diluting its effectiveness by taking stands on issues beyond gay rights - opposing the Vietnam War and racial discrimination, for example. So in December 1969 they split off to found the Gay Activists Alliance.
Based in New York, the alliance became a model for gay rights organizations nationwide, pushing in New York for legislation to ban discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, housing and other areas. Mr. Evans wrote its statement of purpose and much of its constitution, which began, "We as liberated homosexual activists demand the freedom for expression of our dignity and value as human beings."
To attract attention, the alliance staged what its members called "zaps," confrontations with people or institutions that they believed discriminated against gay people. Among other incidents, they went to television studios to protest shows perceived as antigay and demanded same-sex marriage rights at the city's marriage license bureau.
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