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Kim Davis’ Lawyers Threaten To Sue NJ High School Over Proposed Transgender Policy

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Florida-Based Liberty Counsel Claims Its Actions Will ‘Prevent Irreparable Harm to Cherished Liberties’

Florida-based anti-LGBT Christian law firm Liberty Counsel, which infamously represented Kim Davis last year, is now threatening to sue a New Jersey public high school district that is considering allowing transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms and play sports on teams that correspond to their gender identity.

Liberty Counsel, which has also offered to defend North Carolina‘s unconstitutional anti-LGBT law, HB2, sent a letter to the Pascack Valley Regional High School District claiming its intervention is necessary to “prevent irreparable harm to cherished liberties,” The Record reports.

Schools Superintendent P. Erik Gundersen called “a threat,” and accused Liberty Counsel of having a “particular bias.” The Record adds that “school district attorneys assured him the proposed policy is on firm legal ground.”

Some parents have expressed concern over the proposed policy, and the Board of Education tabled a February 22 vote to allow further discussion. There is a school board meeting Monday afternoon, and a scheduled vote the following week.

The proposed policy also states “the school and district staff shall address the student by the name and pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.” The Record reports Liberty Counsel’s letter claims “teachers ‘who have religious convictions about telling the truth’ should not be forced to call a person who was born male ‘she’ because ‘it is a lie.'”

Liberty Counsel has a less-than stellar record for truth telling. The group’s chairman, Mat Staver, last year falsely claimed 100,000 Christians in Peru attended a prayer rally for Kim Davis. Staver even provided a photograph that he falsely claimed was the Davis prayer rally. He was later forced to retract his claims.

Liberty Counsel, which apears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups, was contacted about the proposed policy by the head of the New Jersey chapter of the Eagle Forum, Carolee Adams. The Eagle Forum is a decades-old far-right wing group founded by anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafly.

 

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Ocasio-Cortez Takes Victory Lap After Amazon Goes to NYC — Even After She Helped Block $3 Billion in Subsidies

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was one of the progressive leaders in New York City credited with blocking $3 billion in public subsidies for Amazon to open an additional headquarters.

But Amazon is moving into NYC despite the lack of subsidies.

“The giant online retailer said it has signed a new lease for 335,000 square feet on the city’s west side in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, where it will have more than 1,500 employees,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Amazon is taking the space without any of the special tax credits and other inducements the company had been offered to build a new headquarters in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, the company said.”

“The new lease represents Amazon’s largest expansion in New York since it stunned the city by abandoning those earlier plans. Amazon pulled back after facing a backlash from some politicians and activists over the roughly $3 billion in financial incentives the city and state had extended to woo the company and the 25,000 new jobs it had pledged to create,” The Journal explained.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, took a victory lap after her argument that the subsidies were unnecessary was vindicated.

“Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, and corporate giveaways,” she tweeted.

Here are some of her previous thoughts on the company:

 

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Nikki Haley Tries to Stop National Outrage: It Was Other People Who Saw Confederate Flag as ‘Service, Sacrifice, Heritage’

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Former UN Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is trying hard to stop the national outrage over an interview she gave in which she suggested the Confederate flag stood for “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” until white supremacist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine Black church-goers attending a Bible study class.

Haley’s exact words were: “Here is this guy that comes out with his manifesto, holding the Confederate flag, and just hijacked everything that people thought of. We don’t have hateful people in South Carolina. There’s always the small minority that’s always going to be there, but, you know, people saw it [the Confederate flag] as service, and sacrifice, and heritage, and, but once he did that there was no way to overcome it.”

Haley took to Twitter and pushed back by posting the text of a speech she gave when she called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Statehouse grounds.

Rather than say directly what she apparently wanted to say, Haley retweeted tweets like these that deliver the message that she didn’t call the Confederate flag an icon of service, sacrifice, and heritage – other people did.

But given that the flag represents an actual attack on the United States of America – the Civil War – and has been used by white supremacists, including the KKK, and others to subordinate, discriminate against, and attack Black people and other minorities, it’s hard to see how splitting hairs makes the former South Carolina governor any better.

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READ: White House Attacks Impeachment as ‘Completely Baseless’ in Letter to Congress Suggesting It Will Not Participate

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The White House has just sent Congress a letter attacking the impeachment inquiry as “completely baseless” while suggesting to the Judiciary Committee that neither the president nor his attorneys will participate in any manner. Chairman Jerry Nadler had set a deadline of Friday 6 PM for a response.

Claiming Congress has “violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness,” which is false, White House Counsel Pat Cipillone also falsely claimed the Committee has not “heard a single shred of evidence” against the president.

The tone of the letter is highly-partisan, calling the impeachment a “charade,” claiming congressional Democrats have “wasted” Americans’ time, and saying if Democrats adopt Articles of Impeachment it will constitute an “abuse of power.”

None of those statements are true.

Read the full letter below:

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