There are exceptions to any rule, of course, and both sides include individuals who have failed to uphold the standards set by their party.
In what is apparently a huge embarrassment to the rest of the GOP, some prominent Republicans occasionally insist on doing sensible things.
- 2016-10-07 RNC chairman condemns Trump: 'No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.' -- despite the fact that demeaning women is a key part of the Republican platform
- 2016-06-19 Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) vetoed a bill that was basically yet another thinly-veiled attempt to restrict voting rights.
- In the wake of the Pulse Massacre in Orlando, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox (R) apologized to the LGBTQ community for his childhood homophobia and urged people to love one another.
- 2016-04-06 Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), while reprehensible in many other ways, nonetheless signed a bill repealing the state's ban on cohabitation.
- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) vetoed a GOP-passed bill that would have made it a felony for a physician to perform an abortion because she didn't think it would "survive a constitutional challenge" (meaning it's unconstitutional, but she needed to sound like she still supports it despite this).
- Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (R) vetoed legislation which would have permitted using the Bible as a factual reference work in public schools, correctly calling it a violation of the Idaho Constitution (though apparently not mentioning that it would also be in violation of the US Constitution). Republican attempts to remedy this unfortunate display of common sense include:
- Dysconservative legislators who supported the bill cited the popular right-wing myths that the Bible is "under attack" and is "needed".
- The bill was sponsored by State Senator Sheryl Nuxoll (R-Cottonwood), who apparently doesn't understand anything about Constitutional law and also believes the common dysconservative myth that the US founding fathers "feared not having [The Bible] would result in corruption and misuse of taxpayer funds."
- When South Dakota state lawmakers put an anti-trans "bathroom bill" on his desk, Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) met with three transgender people in order to understand their side of the story – and consequently vetoed the bill, noting correctly that it "does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota.".
- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) "signed a bill into law Tuesday [2016-05-10] yielding the most expansive insurance coverage for contraception in the country. By eliminating most co-pays and all prescriptions for birth control, demanding coverage for up to 13 months of birth control at a time, and shedding costs for vasectomies, the law pushes Maryland to the forefront of the national movement to expand contraception access.
Likewise, there are some Democrats who have been known to go over to the dark side, and a few who seem to like it there.
- Pro-Clinton Democrats are apparently working against "Medicare-for-all" in Colorado.
- California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) sucks when she joins with North Carolina Senator Richard Burr (R) in supporting a bill that would require technology companies to be able to break their own encryption, making it easier for government (and big business) to spy on personal data.
- ...but Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D) makes up for Dianne by firmly opposing the bill.
- http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2016/04/01/louisiana-where-even-the-democrats-are-science-denialists/ - Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich
- 2016-06-19 Kasich Vetoes Terrible Voting Rights Attack
- 2016-04-06 SB 498: Repeal of a Prohibition on Cohabitation
- 2016-05-20 Oklahoma Guv Vetoes Bill That Would Have Banned Abortion
- 2016-04-06 Talking Points Memo: GOP Idaho Gov Vetoes 'Unconstitutional' Bill To Teach Bible In Public Schools
- 2016-03-01 Daugaard vetoes transgender bathroom bill (via)
- 2016-05-13 Maryland Dramatically Increases Access to Birth Control
- 2016-05-20 Establishment Dems Fight to Defeat 'Medicare-for-All' in Colorado
- 2016-03-30 The Guardian: Oregon senator threatens to filibuster any attempt to weaken encryption