What a hateful crew they seem to have over at the right-wing Texas organization/blog AgendaWise Reports. We already knew what they think about gay people. Now we see that their views about women are just as backward and offensive.

Two years ago, Daniel Greer had to step down (temporarily) from his post at AgendaWise after various media outlets reported about his offensive tweets that included slurs like “fag” and suggestions that gay people get AIDS because (apparently) they violate natural law.

Now the Austin-based political news website Quorum Report (subscription required) reports that another AgendaWise blogger, Weston Hicks, this week posted a piece calling women who work around the Texas Capitol “whores” and “concubines.”

Hicks’ weird post suggests that the conservative agenda is being undermined by women who seduce “men with crucial intelligence or strategic access to power”:

Believe it or not, Austin has actual political whores. They don’t think of themselves that way, but others do, and that is what they are. They may be a disgrace to their families, but they are rife in Austin.

In their minds they are just being ‘liberated women,’ only they are professionally rewarded for being ‘liberated’ in the vicinity of men with crucial intelligence or strategic access… Read More

The head of a right-wing Texas group with a political blog is stepping down at least temporarily as criticism grows over his apparent habit of tweeting anti-gay and other offensive slurs directed at various elected officials and political activists.

The announcement of Daniel Greer’s leave of absence at AgendaWise comes a few days after another conservative blogger and Republican insider posted a detailed rundown of Greer’s bigoted tweets. That blogger, former State Republican Executive Committee member Mark McCaig, called on the three members of AgendaWise’s board to fire Greer. Two of those board members are Michael Quinn Sullivan of the anti-government Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Texas Public Policy Foundation Vice Chairman Tim Dunn. (Apparently, McCaig and Sullivan don’t much care for each other.)

The Austin-based political blog Quorum Report (subscription required) and the Houston Chronicle have also reported about Greer’s tweets. Quorum Report’s story today alerted us to McCaig’s piece, which includes many of the bigoted tweets. “Fag” appears to be one of Greer’s favorite insults — he even includes it in a tweet (in a now-deleted account under an… Read More

The head of a Houston-area Tea Party group appears to have been dabbling in extremist right-wing politics for some time and has shared the political stage with various far-right activist and elected leaders in Texas.

According to a report in the Texas Tribune, James Ives, president of the Greater Fort Bend County Tea Party, served as recently as 2003 as director of propaganda for the American Fascist Party. From the Tribune:

Ives and his wife have been active Tea Partiers since the political movement began in 2009. Ives spoke about “American exceptionalism” at a 2010 “Back to Basics” rally at the state Capitol, shared billing on a live 2011 radio broadcast with prominent conservative activists Michael Quinn Sullivan and Jonathan Saenz, and in 2012 hosted a U.S. Senate forum for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and the man who would later defeat him, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. As recently as July, he was listed on the website of Houston radio station KSEV — [Houston state Sen. Dan] Patrick’s station — as a regular contributor.

Sullivan, head of Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, is so far to the political right that he thinks current Republican leaders in the Texas House are too liberal.… Read More

Michael Quinn Sullivan, head of the anti-government group Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, has something in common with failed State Board of Education candidate Gail Spurlock: they both see American history through the cracked lens of ideology.

During her campaign for the state board this year, Spurlock claimed that the Pilgrims nearly did themselves in at Plymouth because they created a colony based on communism. Right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have peddled the same story, claiming that the Pilgrims saved themselves only when they decided to embrace free market principles.

Now Sullivan — who wants state lawmakers to continue slashing funds for public schools — is promoting this myth. In a email to his supporters today, Sullivan writes:

“(T)he real story of Thanksgiving isn’t found in the cartoon-like stories of our youth. Instead, it’s that our earliest settlers decided to reject socialism’s central planning and embrace liberty.”

Sullivan goes on to explain that the Pilgrims who settled Plymouth Colony faced problems “of their own making through a misguided ideology.” Sullivan’s email links to a video in which he presents his distorted story of the Pilgrims —  “Thanksgiving and Socialism: What Really Happened at Plymouth”:… Read More

Right-wing pooh-bahs in Texas are exploding in rage over today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding health care reform. We’ll have more coming later, but we thought this one from Michael Quinn Sullivan — head of the anti-government group Empower Texans — was really over the top.

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