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Indiana Republican still opposes LGBT rights — even after he’s busted using gay hook-up site

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A Republican hopeful for the Goshen, Indiana city council known for his rigid anti-LGBT views has been caught searching for anonymous sex on the gay hook-up site Adam4Adam.com.

The Goshen News reported late last week that Republican city council candidate Brent Randall admitted that he has used the site in search of sex with other men.

“My life has changed a lot over the last six years since my divorce,” Randall told the News. “(The profile is) still active. I do check it. I do talk to people. I’ve never met anybody from that profile. I do enjoy meeting new people of all different walks of life.”

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The would-be councilman was married for 22 years, but divorced in 2009. With regards to his orientation, Randall said, “I don’t even know if I consider myself bisexual or not. I just experimented a little since I was single again.”

None of this would matter if — as blogger JoeMyGod pointed out — Randall were not currently campaigning for office as a conservative Republican who opposes the inclusion of LGBT rights in the city’s civil rights ordinance.

In spite of the revelations regarding his orientation, Randall still opposes what he calls “special protections” for Goshen’s LBGT residents.

“I don’t know if I thought this wouldn’t come up or would (when running for office),” Randall told the News. “But I still believe in my heart of hearts that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently under the law. If there are cases that need to be brought, let’s bring them. I don’t know why they feel they need special protections when there are other categories that might need protections. My little experimentation over the last six years hasn’t changed my view on that.”

Randall is running against Democrat Adam Scharf for the town’s District 5 seat, which is currently held by Everett Thomas. Thomas went on record earlier this month as supporting the inclusion of LGBT rights in the city ordinance.

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Goshen’s Republican Party is standing behind Randall, calling the exposure a political hit.

“He is the same person today as he was yesterday and is the right person to serve on City Council representing District 5,” said Goshen Republican mayoral candidate Mary Cripe Friday to the Terre Haute Tribune Star. “We are deeply saddened to see someone’s private personal life be exposed, by no choice of his own, for what can only appear to be political motivations. His entire life is turned upside down. Our only hope is that this is not some type of political tactic by the opposing party, as we all signed the Fair Campaign Pledge.”

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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Trump brings up Brett Kavanaugh in rage tweet at Democrats about coming impeachment trial

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On Saturday, President Donald Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a bizarre rant against the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems" and his anger over the direction of the impeachment process:

After watching the disgraceful way that a wonderful man, @BrettKavanaugh, was treated by the Democrats, and now seeing first hand how these same Radical Left, Do Nothing Dems are treating the whole Impeachment Hoax, I understand why so many Dems are voting Republican!

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McConnell bluntly defends working with Trump to undermine impeachment: ‘We’re on the same side’

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Speaking in Kentucky on Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blithely blew off concerns about coordinating with Donald Trump's White House on how to handle the president's defense in the expected impeachment trial.

One day after admitting on Fox News that he was working hand-in-hand with the White House on impeachment tactics, McConnell was very blunt about his motivations when asked about his admission.

In a clip shared by MSNBC, the Senate leader was pressed about his plans.

"You told Sean Hannity last night you were coordinating with the White House when it comes to impeachment. Why is that appropriate?" McConnell was asked.

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