Published March 30, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
The Ties That Bind
The Republican National Committee has fired the director of its young donors program after she approved an expense at a risqué bondage-themed nightclub in Los Angeles.
Hotline OnCall reports Allison Meyers was let go after reports surfaced Monday that the RNC reimbursed a donor $2,000 for footing the bill at Voyeur nightclub after a fundraiser earlier in the evening at a nearby hotel.
An internal GOP e-mail was sent Monday saying the after-party was not an RNC sanctioned event and that the money would be returned to the organization.
Salt in the Wounds
The father of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, whose funeral was picketed by a radical Kansas church group, has been ordered to pay the protesters' court costs.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling, and ordered Albert Snyder to pay more than $16,000 to the leader of Westboro Baptist Church. Snyder had filed suit against the group for demonstrating at his son's funeral in 2006. The Topeka church frequently pickets military funerals, carrying signs that say "Thank God for dead soldiers," as well as protesting homosexuality.
The Supreme Court will hear the case next term to decide whether the right to picket funerals is protected, or is limited by the privacy and religious rights of the mourners.
Ahead of Easter Sunday President Obama told NBC's "Today" show that he and wife Michelle have decided against joining a church in the area because of the security involved in a presidential visit: "We've decided for now not to join a single church because Michelle and I have realized we're very disruptive to services."
The president says his family enjoys the chapel services at Camp David when they travel there. And the president repeated that he receives daily devotional messages from pastors on his blackberry.
And finally, one Iowa town realized it was a bad idea to take away Good Friday from municipal calendars. Davenport's city administrator acted on a recommendation by the city's Civil Rights Commission to change the name "Good Friday" officially to "Spring Holiday." That not only angered Christians, but also union members, whose contracts gave them Good Friday off.
The city quickly reinstated Good Friday and called the name change an error.
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.