The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.
I have a dark secret. It's one that could jeopardize my political career in Maine. Late at night when no one is looking, I place innocent birds in a sling shot and throw them at wooden structures. It's true. I play... Angry Birds.
The less said about the Iowa straw poll the better, actually. Wisconsin could prove to be a much better weathervane in terms of predicting which way the political winds will be blowing, come next year.
Gov. Lingle of Hawaii is not so stupid as to think that minority rights are fairly treated in majority votes. Her veto of civil unions was a personal decision, a last exercise of power to satisfy a fading governor's religious convictions.