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Monday Open Thread

Here is some linky goodness:

• Alan Keyes, who kind of plays the Washington Generals to Barack Obama’s Harlem Globetrotters, has filed suit in Superior Court in Sacramento to stop California from awarding its electoral votes to Obama because he doesn’t fulfill the necessary citizenship requirements.  Discussion item: Keyes used to have a talk show on MSNBC.

• Assemblyman Mike Davis has filed as a candidate in the special election to replace State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas, who is now an LA County Supervisor.  Assemblyman Curren Price is also rumored to be seeking the seat, but he hasn’t filed yet.

• One of the most interesting news items from this weekend’s Join The Impact rallies was the coming out of comedian Wanda Sykes at an event in Las Vegas.  Sykes, who was married to her partner last month, had this to say:

“Everybody that knows me personally they know I’m gay,” she continued. “But that’s the way people should be able to live their lives.”

The motivation behind the revelation: the Nov. 4 passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California that has taken the nation by storm.

Sykes said the ban (also known as California’s Proposition 8) made her feel like she was “attacked.”

“Now, I gotta get in their face,” she said. “I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”

• President-Elect Obama is raising money for the victims of the SoCal Fires on his website. The BarackObama.com landing page is now a message that links back to the Governor’s California Volunteers Page.

Jackie Speier remembers her Jonestown nightmare. It is 30 years ago today that Congressman Leo Ryan was killed in Guyana.

• In the close races yet to be decided in California, the news remains not so great.  Hannah-Beth Jackson and Alyson Huber are now behind by more than the .5% needed for a partial recount.  Charlie Brown is within 622 votes of Tom McClintock but there aren’t a lot of ballots left in his stronghold of Nevada County. Interestingly, both Brown and McClintock showed up for the freshman orientation.