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Friday
Oct242014

NHDP - Huffington Post: "Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts of Floor Speech on Same-Sex Marriage"

Huffington Post: "Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts of Floor Speech on Same-Sex Marriage"
 
"Revelations that Marilinda Garcia plagiarized portions of an anti-marriage equality speech she gave on the State House floor from a conservative publication raises serious questions about her integrity and whether she will truly represent the best interests of New Hampshire," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "Marilinda Garcia needs to come clean with Granite Staters and admit if she's ever plagiarized any other public statements she's made."
 
"Either way, Granite Staters deserve an independent voice who will listen to the needs and concerns of constituents, not a scripted candidate who relies on right-wing talking points to push an extreme Tea Party agenda that is out-of-touch with New Hampshire values," added Lesswing.
 
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GOP House Candidate Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts Of Floor Speech On Same-Sex Marriage

Marilinda Garcia, a Republican U.S. House candidate from New Hampshire, plagiarized portions of a 2012 speech she gave against same-sex marriage, according to an analysis by the left-leaning group Granite State Progress.

Garcia, who was named a "rising star" by the Republican National Committee, delivered the speech as a state representative in an effort to repeal New Hampshire's marriage equality law. The language she used is nearly identical in some passages to a 2010 editorial by the National Review.

"Marriage exists to solve a problem," Garcia said. "That problem is a societal problem that rises from sex between men and women, but not from sex between partners of the same gender. That problem is what to do about its generativity."

The National Review editorial has a very similar paragraph:

Marriage exists, in other words, to solve a problem that arises from sex between men and women, but not from sex between partners of the same gender: what to do about its generativity.

Granite State Progress pointed out many other passages Garcia appears to have plagiarized. She said in her speech, "A man and a woman who unite biologically may or may not have children depending on factors beyond their control, but the point is that a same-sex couple cannot thus unite."

The National Review editorial uses the same words: "A man and a woman who unite biologically may or may not have children depending on factors beyond their control; a same-sex couple cannot thus unite."

Even longer passages from Garcia's speech mimic parts of the editorial. Here is Garcia:

The campaign for same-sex marriage, as evidenced by the immediate abandonment of civil unions, is primarily motivated by one specific benefit, and that is the symbolic statement by the government that committed same-sex relationships are equivalent to marriages. But with respect to the purposes of marriage, they're not equivalent. And so, this psychic benefit can not be granted without telling a lie about what marriage is, and why a society and legal system should recognize and support it.

Here is the National Review:

The campaign for same-sex marriage is primarily motivated by one specific benefit: the symbolic statement by the government that committed same-sex relationships are equivalent to marriages. But with respect to the purposes of marriages, they're not equivalent; and so this psychic benefit cannot be granted without telling a lie about what marriage is and why a society and legal system should recognize and support it.

Garcia changed the wording around a little bit in some passages and included a personal anecdote in her speech, but she did not cite the National Review.

Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress, said the plagiarism is evidence that Garcia simply parrots right-wing talking points, rather than thinking for herself.

"Marilinda Garcia is a Koch-funded and scripted candidate who sticks closely to the talking points provided by her big dollar donors. On the occasions she has had to speak in more detail about her own record and positions, she has struggled. Now we learn that she plagiarized major sections of a speech she gave on the House floor. We cannot be certain this was the only time Garcia has taken someone else's work and passed it off as her own," she said.

Garcia's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Thursday
Oct232014

Daily Signal - Government Spends $1 Million to Study 'Subversive Propaganda' Online 

The Daily Signal

 

October 23, 2014

Morning Bell

Government Spends $1 Million to Study 'Subversive Propaganda' Online

Should the same government that improperly denied conservatives tax-exempt status now track the Twitter hashtag #teaparty?

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This Spunky College Intern Is the Face of the New Republican Ground Game

Meet Rhett Johnson, a student intern at the North Carolina GOP and the new face of Republican get-out-the-vote efforts.

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Democrat-Appointed Federal Judge: No Right to Same-Sex Marriage

Daily Policy Focus: He concludes that the U.S. Constitution does not require the redefinition of marriage.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Daily Signal - Uncle of Benghazi Victim: Will We Ever Learn?

The Daily Signal

 

October 21, 2014

Morning Bell

Uncle of Benghazi Victim: Will We Ever Learn?

In an exclusive for The Daily Signal, Michael Ingmire outlines the questions the Benghazi Select Committee must answer about the 2012 attacks that killed his nephew.

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Bisexual Professor Becomes Target of LGBT Group for Speaking Out Against Same-Sex Parenting

Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life. But for bisexual Bobby Lopez, an unusual figure in the marriage debate, it was a day overshadowed by fear.

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This New Obama Appointee Wants to Decriminalize Possession of All Drugs

Daily Policy Focus: President Obama's new acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, supports decriminalizing possession of cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy and all dangerous drugs, including marijuana.

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Monday
Oct202014

Daily Signal - Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail 

Wednesday
Oct082014

Heritage - A Food Inspector Missed a Rat Infestation. Could You Be on the Hook for His Legal Fees? 

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October 8, 2014

Morning Bell

A Food Inspector Missed a Rat Infestation. Could You Be on the Hook for His Legal Fees?

A food inspector for the Department of Agriculture, suspended for failing to discover rats in the flour at a pasta-making plant, had his punishment overturned and won back pay. Now taxpayers may pick up his legal bill.

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The Defense of Marriage Isn't Over

Daily Policy Focus: The action from the Supreme Court is a setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture. But it's not a defeat.

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This Amputee Veteran's Inspiring Story

He overcame drinking and depression to become an incredible athlete.

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