Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Filed Suit Today
Eleven states are now part of a federal lawsuit filed against the Obama administration in opposition to guidance on ensuring transgender students are not discriminatedÂ against in public schools. The lawsuit, originated by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, was filed today in theÂ U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Watch Paxton’s announcement live here.
At issue: the Obama administration guidance that says transgender boys must be allowed to use the same facilities as non-transgender boys, and transgender girls must be allowed to use the same facilities as non-transgender girls.Â
BREAKING: Eleven states sue the Obama administration over new federal guidance for transgender students in public schools.
â€” The Associated Press (@AP) May 25, 2016
In addition to Texas,Â Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, are plaintifffs in the suit. Also included are the Arizona Department of Education, Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage, and one Texas school district and one Arizona school district, according to The Washington Post.
UPDATE: Ten actual states in total. Maine is not a party to the lawsuit, although Maine’s governor is:
â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) May 25, 2016
The lawsuit states the guidance issued jointly by the Dept. of Justice and Dept. of EducationÂ â€œhas no basis in lawâ€ and could cause â€œseismic changes in the operations of the nationâ€™s school districts,â€ the Post reports.
As NCRM reported earlier today, saying the Obama transgender guidance “puts our children at risk,”Â Paxton told a far right wing website last weekÂ Texas will â€œfight back in every way we canâ€ if the state loses federal funding over its policies against transgender students
Press release from AG Paxton on transgender bathroom lawsuit pic.twitter.com/H3XKuyAesR
â€” keyetv (@keyetv) May 25, 2016
â€œWe consider this an extremely risky policy,â€ Paxton toldÂ LifeSiteNews. â€œItâ€™s unconstitutional and itâ€™s outside of the authority of the president to do this from his position,â€ a claim others dispute.Â
UPDATE I: 3:03 PM EDT â€“
Via Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden:
â€œDefendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings acrossthe country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,â€ the lawsuit states. â€œDefendantsâ€™ rewriting of Title VII and Title IX is wholly incompatible with Congressional text.â€Â
UPDATE II: 3:10 PM EDTÂ â€“
WatchÂ live Paxton’s announcement.Â
UPDATE III: 3:12 PM EDT â€“
Here’s Paxton’s statement from his release. pic.twitter.com/5roqfAHi1h
â€” Andrea Zelinski (@andreazelinski) May 25, 2016
UPDATE IV: 3:13 PM EDT â€“
Paxton refused to state if he believesÂ transgender children exist.Â
He also refused to answer yes or no if he’s ever heard of a problem.
“The cost of defending the Constitution is always worth it,” Paxton says. He said he does not have a cost estimate of the lawsuit.
Paxton thinks the case will get to the U.S. Supreme Court.Â
â€” Alana Rocha (@viaAlana) May 25, 2016
Smart of Paxton to file in the northern district of Texas. one of the few places with no obama appointees.
â€” Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) May 25, 2016
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SCOTUS Justice Breyer Retiring
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is retiring at the end of the Court’s term. Breyer, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is one of just three liberals left on the nation’s highest court.
Progressives have been working to convince Breyer to retire while President Joe Biden still has a Democratic majority in the Senate.
NBC News’ Pete Williams broke the news. He notes President Biden committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.
BREAKING: Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court at end of current term. pic.twitter.com/PGaEeZwxQx
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 26, 2022
Mayor Who Promotes His City’s ‘Progressive Leadership’ Blocks Taxpayer Funds Over Library’s ‘Homosexual Materials’
Last March, Ridgeland, Mississippi Mayor Gene McGee spent time reading books to students at a local elementary school in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Week.
In September Mayor McGee signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, celebrating the 234th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
Mayor McGee, who says his city of Ridgeland “attracts new businesses and new residents because of its vibrant businesses, progressive leadership, excellent schools and welcoming neighborhoods,” this week is refusing to release $110,000 in already appropriated funds to the local library because it has “homosexual materials” that he claims violate his Christian beliefs.
McGee “told me that the library can serve whoever we wanted, but that he only serves the great Lord above,” Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System told the Mississippi Free Press.
The counsel for the library board, Bob Sanders, was asked at a Tuesday meeting of the Ridgeland Library’s board if the mayor has legal authority to block the funds.
“Uh, no.” Sanders responded.
Mississippi Free Press reporter Nick Judin adds that “the mayor’s action may well violate basic constitutional rights, based on earlier court cases on the subject of LGBTQ book bans, including Sund v. City of Wichita Falls.”
On Twitter, Judin adds more details:
“…we encourage compassion and acceptance; we create a dialogue with the world as it is – as it could be – and invite children to continue that dialogue themselves.” pic.twitter.com/HypoCiujPE
— Nick Judin (@nickjudin) January 26, 2022
Tonja Johnson had a similar message: “It’s important to understand that LGBTQ+ books and materials are not just for the LGBT but for all of us: whether we can see ourselves reflected in those materials or so that we can develop understanding, empathy and respect for others.” pic.twitter.com/72MjE1sBm0
— Nick Judin (@nickjudin) January 26, 2022
Judin also offers this plea: “if you are sharing this story to make a point about Mississippi, I encourage you to remember that Mississippi is not just Gene McGee. Mississippi is also Tonja Johnson and the library board who voted unanimously to ignore his demands.”
No word yet on if the funds will be released.
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In video posted Wednesday to Instagram Donald Trump appears to say he will be the “47th President,” which would indicate once again he has decided to run again.
That video (below) was also reported by the New York Post, which notes, “Trump hasn’t publicly said if he is planning to run for the White House again — but he has repeatedly teased a second campaign and has been holding rallies ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.”
The right wing PJ Media adds, “this might have been the ultimate Freudian slip,” and says it suggests a re-election campaign.
Trump has not officially announced he will run for several reasons, as Rolling Stone explained last October:
Trump very much seems like he is running for president in 2024, which according to campaign finance law should prohibit him from coordinating with super PACs like MAGAA, or his leadership PAC Save America, which together brought in north of $80 million in the first half of this year. Trump is able to coordinate with those PACs, though — and use their money to finance his travel, his campaign-style rallies, his God knows what else — because he hasn’t yet officially declared his candidacy. The former president is then, in essence, running what appears to be a shadow campaign designed to skirt campaign finance regulations while holding the still-distant race for the Republican nomination hostage.
“As long as Trump doesn’t explicitly announce he’s running for president,” Rolling Stone added, “he can essentially raise as much money as he wants from whomever he wants, and spend it unfettered by the restrictions or transparency requirements imposed upon actual candidates.”
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