Congressman Moran’s News Commentary: The Humane Cosmetics Act

March 12, 2014 8:01 PM0 comments

Last week I was proud to introduce H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would end the use of animal testing for cosmetics products made in the U.S. and phase out the sale of all cosmetics tested on animals, regardless of the country in which they were produced. Before reaching […]

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Vermont Lesbian Couple Stands Up To Intolerant Town

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Nearly four years ago I fulfilled a dream by moving to lovely Burlington, Vermont. What attracted me to the area were the progressive politics that existed in a magnificent rural setting. Usually places that look like Vermont have a backward mindset and the conservative policies of states like West Virginia […]

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The Peak Oil Crisis: Gas and the Polar Vortex

March 5, 2014 10:08 PM0 comments

If there is any fossil fuel that we love as much as our gasoline, it is natural gas. For many, it heats our homes, cooks our food, warms our bathwater and dries our clothes. It is always there at the turn of a knob or a touch of a switch […]

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Obama’s New Budget: ‘DOA’ Yet Again?

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It is yet again another a sad commentary on the state of affairs in Washington, D.C. that the presentation by President Obama of his 2015 budget could not make it above the front page fold in the city’s main newspaper, taking a back seat to such more important news as […]

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Congress Moran’s News Commentary: Women’s History Month & Continued Progress

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March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate great strides in women’s fight for equality, but also a reminder of the challenges that remain. One thing is clear: They were once barred from the polling booth, but over the last 100 years women have grown into arguably […]

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Will Economic Inequality Undermine LGBT Equality?

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As the American middle class contracts, it is worth considering the ramifications this might have on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equality. Generally speaking, angry people going nowhere fast are less receptive to arguments in favor of minority rights. They have their own grievances and are in no mood to […]

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Congress Moran’s News Commentary: Income Inequality at All-Time High

February 26, 2014 7:47 PM1 comment

Our economy has recovered remarkably since the housing market collapse in 2007 and 2008 led to layoffs across the country and substantial losses in the financial sector. Sadly, the economic recovery has largely gone to the highest earners – the housing market is climbing back and Wall Street salaries are […]

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Reclaiming ‘Morality’ From the Right Wing

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Since the political activation in the 1970s of the “moral majority” and “religious right,” the policy agenda of the “greed is good” Wall Street and Military Industrial Complex faction in America has been advanced under the cloak of religious morality. It’s quite a cute trick. Some of the most egregiously […]

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Detroit: The Gay Promised Land?

February 24, 2014 4:33 PM5 comments

If there is one true stereotype about gay people it is that we have a special talent for fixing up dilapidated neighborhoods and turning them into coveted destinations.

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Congress Moran’s News Commentary: Raising the Debt Ceiling

February 19, 2014 6:42 PM0 comments

Congress approved legislation last week that suspended the debt ceiling until March of 2015. Our choice was simple, vote to increase the debt limit as we have 117 times prior, or default on our debt. Failure to raise the ceiling would have caused havoc in the financial markets worldwide, dramatically […]

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