GOP State Sen. Bob Hall Believes Nation Is ‘Sliding Into Gomorrah’
Texas tea party Sen. Bob Hall (pictured) has filed legislation that would prohibit cities in the Lone Star State fromÂ enforcing nondiscrimination lawsÂ protecting LGBT people.
Hall’s bill is the first anti-LGBT measure filed in advance of next year’s Texas Legislature, which convenes in January.Â TodayÂ marksÂ the first dayÂ of pre-filing of billsÂ forÂ the upcoming session, in which dozens of anti-LGBT measures are likely to be considered.Â
Senate Bill 92Â would prohibit cities, counties and other political subdivisions from adopting or enforcing “a local law that creates a protected classification or prohibits discrimination on a basis not contained in the laws of this state.”
Because Texas stateÂ law doesn’t include sexual orientation or gender identity, cities and counties would be prohibited from enforcing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances.
Three other states â€” Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee â€” have passed similarÂ laws,Â but everything’s bigger in Texas: Hall’sÂ bill would nullifyÂ LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination measures coveringÂ nearly 9 million residents, or roughly one-third of the state’s population, according toÂ Equality Texas.
In addition to LGBT groups, Hall’s bill and other discriminatory measures will face opposition from the Texas Association of Business (TAB), which is the state’s chamber of commerce. The TABÂ recently estimatedÂ that anti-LGBT legislation could cost the state’s economy $8.5 billion and 185,000 jobs.Â
Hall filed a similar bill two years ago, and followingÂ the 2015 legislative session, Equality TexasÂ ranked himÂ No. 2Â on its list of the state’s most anti-LGBT senators.
According toÂ TheÂ Texas Observer, Hall once said he believes the nation is “sliding into Gomorrah.”
“If we do not change what weâ€™re doing by changing the leaders when we go to the ballot box, our children and grandchildren may be having to change their leaders with the ammo box,” Hall said.
Image via Bob Hall on Facebook
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‘Why Is That So Hard to Answer?’: GOP Candidate Squirms as CNN Host Forces Him to Admit Trump Lost
A Republican congressional candidate from Alaska finally conceded that former president Donald Trump lost the 2020 election on Friday — but not until after being asked the question no fewer than four times by CNN host Alisyn Camerota.
Camerota was following up on a story about another candidate for Alaska’s only House seat, Greg Brelsford, who recently left the GOP to become an Independent, citing “attacks on democracy.”
On Friday, she interviewed GOP candidate Randy Purham.
“So you heard one of your opponents, who was saying that basically he’s tired of all the re-litigating of Donald Trump’s election loss,” Camerota told Purham. “Are you one of the Republicans he was speaking of who believes Donald Trump did not lose the 2020 presidential election?”
“I’m not going to say that he did not lose, but we realize there are some irregularities with the election,” Purham responded, before Camerota cut him off.
“Just to be clear, do you think he lost?” the host said.
“Marginally,” Purham responded.
“But you believe that Donald Trump lost the election, and Joe Biden is the rightful president of the United States?”
“To a degree,” Purham said.
“Why is that so hard to answer?” Camerota asked.
“It’s not hard to answer,” Purham responded. “There’s a lot of issues that we’ve seen with the election, and we see how things are turning out right now with this administration, so —”
“But that’s different, Mr. Purham,” Camerota said, again cutting him off. “That’s different if you don’t like certain policies in the administration, it’s different than whether or not you can say definitively that Donald Trump lost and Joe Biden won.”
“I can, and I have,” Durham said, finally appearing to acknowledge Trump’s defeat.
It takes multiple questions to get the Republican candidate to say definitively that Biden won:
Question: Do you think he lost?
Question: But you believe Trump lost and Biden is the rightful President
Parham: To a degree pic.twitter.com/iGuX6P6Yeq
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 21, 2022
Florida Republicans Advance Bill Banning Discussion of LGBTQ People in School Under Guise of ‘Parental Rights’
Under the guise of “parental rights” and “student welfare” a Florida House committee has advanced legislation that would ban primary school discussion of LGBTQ people or topics, could require school officials to notify a parent if a student comes out as LGBTQ, bans schools from withholding that information from parents in many cases, and allows parents to sue if schools violate those policies.
Florida House Bill 1557, “Parental Rights in Education,” was advanced out of the Education and Employment Committee, The Tampa Bay Times reports. Its author, Rep. Joe Harding, the founder of a local lawn care company, was described by a local paper when he won his 2020 race as as “a supporter of anti-abortion legislation and the Second Amendment.”
The bill in part reads: “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
Jon Harris Maurer, Equality Florida’s Public Policy Director, spoke out against the legislation Thursday:
Today, lawmakers moved forward a bill to ban discussion of LGBTQ people in schools. Our own Jon Harris Maurer had a powerful reply:
“We’re parents, students, & teachers. We are your brothers & sisters. Conversations about us aren’t something dangerous that should be banned.” ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4vxM5dAxgV
— Equality Florida (@equalityfl) January 20, 2022
The bill must pass through one additional committee before being voted on by the full House.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who is running for governor, weighed in:
HB 1557 & SB 1834 would ban all discussion of LGBTQ issues, history, people and more in the classroom.
It's a direct attack on our LGBTQ+ youth who already face higher risks of bullying and suicide. These bills are anti-history and go against creating safe learning environments.
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) January 21, 2022
A call to Rep. Harding’s office was not returned.
Draft Memo Reveals Trump Had Plan to Order Defense Secretary to Seize Voting Machines
A draft executive order obtained by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack reveals President Donald Trump had a plan, which he did not enact, to order the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines in an attempt to stay in power after the January 20, 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden.
There was also a plan for Trump to deliver a speech titled “Remarks on National Healing.”
“I hereby order,” reads the draft executive order, dated December 16, 2020 and published Friday by Politico. “Effective immediately, the Secretary of Defense shall seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention,” citing a federal law.
Politico adds that “the draft order would have given the defense secretary 60 days to write an assessment of the 2020 election. That suggests it could have been a gambit to keep Trump in power until at least mid-February of 2021.”
The author of the executive order is unknown, with at least one expert suggesting it was likely written by someone outside the administration.
This is a breaking news and developing story. This article has been updated.
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