Rubio and Pence Say Religious Freedom Law is not a License to Discriminate; Restaurant Owner Disagrees


Rubio: “Nobody is saying that it should be legal to deny someone service at a restaurant or at a hotel because of their sexual orientation. I think that’s a consensus view in America” (Fox News, 3/30/15)


Pence: “Some express concern that Indiana’s RFRA law would lead to discrimination, but RFRA only provides a mechanism to address claims, not a license for private parties to deny services.” (WSJ, 3/31/15)


Mediaite: Indiana Restaurant Owner Admits to Discriminating Against Gays on Radio

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VIDEO: Indiana’s RFRA: Par for the Course for GOP Presidential Candidates

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has created a national uproar that serves as a stark reminder of the state of today’s Republican Party: par for the course is extreme policies for America.

Following a complete duff trying to defend the law on Sunday from Governor Mike Pence, the GOP’s leading presidential contenders didn’t lay-up, they doubled-downed. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, among others, took to the airways to unequivocally endorse Indiana’s RFRA.

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VIDEO: Pence “On the Wrong Side of History”

The political backlash against Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s “Religious Freedom” law has been swift and devastating as thousands of Hoosiers have protested the law and major corporations both in and outside of Indiana have begun to sever business ties with the state.

Pence himself has repeatedly failed to explain why he’s choosing to legalize discrimination against LGBT persons, and his political problems are only going to grow as he stands on the wrong side of history.

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VIDEO: Jeb Bush E-mail Hypocrisy Continues

Jeb Bush’s e-mail problems continue to unravel. The Associated Press reports that Bush received government-related e-mails on a second previously unreported e-mail address. Bush’s criticism of others despite his troubling e-mail problems is shamelessly hypocritical.

See what folks are saying about Bush’s serious e-mail troubles:

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GOPers stepping in e-mail problems

Republicans have been quick to score political points after recent e-mail controversies, but even more GOPers are now being called out for their own transparency issues. Chris Christie,Terry Branstad, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush are the latest Republican pots to call the kettle black.

Check out the recent dust-ups over Republican email hypocrisies:

WNYC: “One year ago this week, a taxpayer-funded report traced the George Washington Bridge lane closures to Gov. Chris Christie’s office and determined that a series of reforms were needed to make sure nothing like Bridgegate ever happened again…”

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Jeb Bush pushes to change primary rules, too

Jeb Bush is now the third Republican to meddle with his state’s election laws to benefit himself, as The Intercept reports. In addition to currying political support from a Republican state rep, Bush coordinated with the Florida legislature to move the 2016 presidential primary so that he would reap a maximum reward from his home state.

From The Intercept:

State Representative Matt Gaetz wrote to Bush on January 2 that he is “concerned that Florida’s current primary date will lead to proportional allocation of delegates” and that a “winner take all” system would be preferable.

“Unless you ask me otherwise, I’ll file legislation to move our primary date back a week,” Gaetz told Bush, who responded to say that his political advisor Sally Bradshaw would give Gaetz a call. “10 4,” Gaetz shot back.

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AP Uncovers More Hypocrisy From Jeb Bush


Bush Emails Website: “I Am Posting The Emails Of My Governorship Here… But They’re All Here So You Can Read Them” I am posting the emails of my governorship here. Some are funny; some are serious; some I wrote in frustration. But they’re all here so you can read them and make up your own mind.” [, accessed 3/17/15]


As Florida governor, Jeb Bush used another, previously unreported email address, records show – the newest wrinkle in an evolving debate over public officials’ use of private email accounts.

Those emails also include references to another email address, Bush said through a spokeswoman that he was unaware of the account, although records showed that people wrote to him there more than 400 times between 1999 and 2004.

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Senator Walsh?

Former Congressman Joe Walsh just refuses to fade into obscurity, telling WROK Radio that he is considering a Senate primary against Senator Mark Kirk. His challenge will likely have Kirk running to the right to shore up his conservative bona fides as Walsh touts his Tea Party platform.

American Bridge will be here to hold both candidates accountable to their promises.

Check out Walsh’s highlight reel below:





American Bridge Reaction to Ted Cruz Presidential Campaign

It’s official: Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz is running for president, setting the stage for a long and bloody primary that reveals the extreme nature of Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and the rest of the field as they struggle to keep up with Cruz’s radical streak.

“Ted Cruz shut down the government in a tantrum, opposes marriage equality, denies climate change, and opposes a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape or incest. He’s everything voters hate about the modern Republican Party in one candidate, and the entire field is already signing on to his positions,” said Brad Woodhouse, President of American Bridge 21st Century.

American Bridge has been scouting Cruz for years. Our full scouting report on Cruz is available here, including biographical info and what to watch for in his campaign.

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