Off to the races: Pressuring Christie on gay marriage

Quote of the day? “This will be a historic day for ex-gays across the country as we unite on Capitol Hill to lobby Congress to recognize former homosexuals,” Christopher Doyle, co-founder and president of Voice of the Voiceless, said in a press release. “Now that former homosexuals are a protected class against discrimination in Washington, D.C., this opens up the door for our unique stories to be heard and achievements recognized as we celebrate the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month!”

This is a Family Research Council group launching “Ex-Gay Pride Month,” and will hold a dinner in D.C. and are enlisting Reps. Michele Bachmann and Tim Huelskamp as well as Jim DeMint.

Ron, you’re so money, baby… Vince Vaughn and Ron Paul were hanging out at Paul’s house eating some barbecue in Texas.

ILLINOIS: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Bill Daley for Illinois governor.

IOWA:The Des Moines Register: “The removal from duty of a prominent Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent came five days after he encouraged Iowa State Patrol troopers to pull over a speeding vehicle that, it turns out, contained Gov. Terry Branstad, records obtained by The Des Moines Register show.” The officer said the driver, Branstad, was doing a “hard 90.”

NEW JERSEY: “Still not committing to a date for a vote, Senate Democratic leaders converged in the hometown of the Senate minority leader to pressure Republicans to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of same-sex marriage and to urge the governor to permit it to happen,” the Asbury Park Press reports.

The New York Times was there, too: “State Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday sought to put Gov. Chris Christie on the defensive for his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying he is standing in the way of history after last week’s Supreme Court decisions acknowledging the equal rights of gays and lesbians. Standing outside the home here of a lesbian couple who has lived together and raised a family for 30 years, Democratic leaders said they would push to override the Republican governor’s veto of a same-sex marriage bill the Legislature passed last year.”

NEW YORK: “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday created a powerful commission to investigate political corruption in Albany — giving it special powers to broaden its reach and some high-profile advisers to expand its credibility,” the New York Daily News writes. “He named NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly and former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau to serve on a special four-member panel to advise the investigation.”

Said Cuomo: “This is a very powerful step that this state government is taking. People of this state should sleep better tonight knowing that there is a mechanism in place to make sure their government is not only competent but is also meeting the highest ethical and legal standards.”

Bad day of press for Christine Quinn: “City Council Speaker Christine Quinn doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds from the just-passed city budget to nonprofit groups whose board members and executives have given money to her mayoral campaign. The Daily News examined the two dozen organizations that received the biggest grants from Quinn and found that 14 had ties to contributors who gave or raised a total of more than $210,000 in support of Quinn’s candidacy.”

And this: “Launching her harshest attacks yet in the mayoral race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Tuesday slammed rivals Bill de Blasio as ‘desperate’ and Bill Thompson as ‘asleep at the switch’ Tuesday night.”

But this was good news for Quinn, who championed this measure: “In a setback for Mayor Bloomberg, a federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday tossed a city lawsuit against a City Council bill that would boost salaries for thousands of low-paid workers. The judge found the city had no legal right to stop the measure, known as the ‘living wage’ bill, because it couldn’t prove it ‘suffered a concrete and particularized injury’ by enforcing the law. The bill, passed in 2012, requires any company that has received over $1 million in tax breaks or financing to pay workers $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 without.”

On Bill Thompson: “She laid into Thompson over another Daily News report that he failed to intervene as the cost of a $73 million contract to streamline the timekeeping system for city workers - a project known as CityTime - soared ten-fold. … Thompson conceded that he should have done more about CityTime, but insisted there were plenty of people - singling out the City Council speaker - who also failed to act. The Council did hold oversight hearings on the system, whereas Thompson did not conduct an audit.”

Ray Kelly has an op-ed in the New York Daily News defending stop and frisk.

NORTH CAROLINA: "A bill restricting abortions that popped up in the state Senate without public notice Tuesday evening and received swift approval would force clinics to meet expensive license requirements and make it more difficult for doctors to perform the procedures," the Raleigh News and Observer reports. (H/T: Political Wire.)

TEXAS: “Democrats and Republicans sparred over far-reaching legislation to restrict abortions in Texas as a GOP-dominated House committee approved the bill early Wednesday and sent it to the full chamber to take up early next week,” the Dallas Morning News reports. “After hearing testimony from some of the 2,300 who had signed up to testify on the bill, the House State Affairs Committee approved the measure 8-3, with two absences. It was the first public hearing on the abortion bill in the current special session, which began Monday and was called after a Democratic filibuster killed an identical measure during another special session in June.”