LGBT Advocates Were Told Bill Was Dead Tuesday Morning, Hearing or Vote Now Scheduled for Tuesday Night
Oklahoma Republicans have just pulled a fast one on LGBT equality advocates, and it’s shameless.
“Leadership in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives informed Freedom Oklahoma today that SB 1619 â€“ a bill targeting transgender youth with segregated bathrooms â€“ will not move forward this session,” Freedom Oklahoma said in a statement received by NCRM earlier today.
â€” Freedom Oklahoma (@FreedomOklahoma) May 24, 2016
The bill itself is ludicrous.
As NCRM reported last week, SB 1619 is a “religious freedom” bill that would would allow students or their parents to claimÂ they have a “sincerely-held religious belief” objection to sharing restroomsÂ and locker rooms with transgender children. If it were to become law, the bill would force school systems to provide facilities to students of faith that ban transgender students. Making matters more complex, single-user facilities would not, under the law, be an acceptable accommodation. The bill is drafted as an “emergency” measure, allowing it to become law immediately if the governor signs it.
Stay tuned for more.
UPDATE I: 6:39 PM EDT â€“
The hearing is actually now. You can listen live here:Â
http://www.okhouse.gov/Video/Default.aspx Audio only for the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget REVISED.
Click on “In Progress” if need be.
They are currently on a short recess.
â€” Bill Schammert (@BillSchammert) May 24, 2016
“We’re taking a recess, whether you like it or not because I’m chairman. We’re taking a 23 minute recess.” – Rep. Sears, back at 6pm #SB1619
â€” Bill Schammert (@BillSchammert) May 24, 2016
â€” Dustin Akers (@DustinAkers) May 24, 2016
At abut 8:00 PM EDT the committee voted 10-10. Deadlocked, the bill stays with the committee and does not advance to the full House. Stay tuned — not over yet.Â
â€” Tom George (@TheTomGeorge) May 25, 2016
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
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‘None Whatsoever’: US Diplomat Burns to the Ground Trump Lie That Joe Biden’s Actions Are ‘Corrupt’
President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”
Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”
Kent debunks Trumpworld’s argument that Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were somehow corrupt pic.twitter.com/B3NDloJWIO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 13, 2019
Taylor Staffer Overheard Trump Impatiently Asking Sondland About ‘The Investigations’ Day After Infamous July 25 Call
The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.
Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.
Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.
“Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv,” Taylor testified. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations.’”
“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor added.
Taylor’s staff member asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine, and the acting ambassador was troubled by his State Department colleague’s response.
“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified. “At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness.”
Taylor said he first reported that new information through the State Department’s legal adviser, and then through attorneys for both House Republicans and Democrats.
Nunes Promotes Debunked Conspiracy Theories: Democrats Colluded With Russia and Are ‘Culpable’ of ‘Malfeasance’ in Ukraine
Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) in his opening remarks on the first day of public witness testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, charged House Democrats with wholly debunked conspiracy theories. Among them, that Democrats – not Donald Trump – colluded with Russia, and Ukraine, not Russia, attacked the 2016 U.S. elections. Also, that Democrats, not President Trump, committed wrongdoing against Ukraine.
So, Nunes is claiming (falsely) that Democrats both colluded with Ukraine and attacked Ukraine (video below.)
“Democrats have a long habit of accusing Republicans of offenses they, themselves, are committing,” Nunes claimed. “For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele Dossier that relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine, when they, themselves, are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling,” Nunes charged.
Literally every word is a lie.
Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.
Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.
Nunes: Democrats colluded with Russia, not Trump. pic.twitter.com/SFy53dL2MC
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 13, 2019
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