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Dan Patrick Accuses TX Chamber Of “Fear-Mongering” Over Anti-LGBT Bills

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Business Group Says HB2-Style Law Would Cost Lone Star State’s Economy Up To $8.5 Billion

If the Texas Legislature passes anti-LGBT legislation next year, the state’s economy stands to lose up to $8.5 billion and 185,000 jobs, according to a recent study by the Texas Association of Business, which is the state’s chamber of commerce. 

The chamber’s study is based on actual or projected losses in four states where lawmakers have passed or considered anti-LGBT legislation in recent years — Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana and North Carolina.

But Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who’s made an anti-transgender “bathroom bill” one of his top priorities for next year’s legislative session, this week accused the chamber of “fear-mongering.” 

“This report by the Texas Association of Business is misinformation and fear-mongering regarding a bill they haven’t even seen,” Patrick said in a statement. “In fact, the Women’s Privacy and Business Protection Act that the lieutenant governor intends to support will ensure that sexual predators, like those who exploit the internet, will not be able to freely enter women’s restrooms, locker rooms or showers and that businesses are not forced by local ordinances to allow men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms. This legislation does not discriminate against any individual or target any group.”

The irony, of course, is that Patrick’s hateful anti-trans campaign is based entirely on the fear-mongering lie that nondiscrimination ordinances lead to sexual predators entering women’s restrooms to prey on victims. In 2015, Patrick helped lead the charge against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, which voters overwhelmingly repealed thanks to a disgusting TV ad depicting a cisgender man following a young girl into a bathroom stall: 

Patrick’s anti-trans bathroom bill has not yet been filed, but according to his statements, it would be nearly identical to North Carolinas’ House Bill 2, which led to the NCAA moving the 2017 Final Four out of Charlotte. The 2018 Final Four is scheduled for San Antonio, where officials estimate the event will bring in $75 million. Nevertheless, one state senator from San Antonio, Republican Donna Campbell, said this week she isn’t worried about economic backlash — and that Patrick’s bill is needed to keep Texas a “beacon of hope.”  

“I’d like to see Texas values not hijacked for the sake of football, basketball,” Campbell said. “We have got a great state, provides hope for many, that’s why they’re coming here all the time, and we’ve got a business climate that everybody comes to. But we do have to draw the line to maintain those values that not only keep Texas, but keep the United States, that beacon of hope.”

The Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 10. 

 

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‘This Is About the Pain of My Son’: Parkland Dad Slams GOP Rep. for Posting Family Christmas Photo With Assault Rifles

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Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie sparked intense backlash on Saturday when he posted a photo that appeared to show seven members of his family, including himself, brandishing assault rifles in front of a Christmas tree.

“Merry Christmas!,” Massie wrote above the photo on Twitter alongside a Christmas tree emjoi.

“ps. (SIC) Santa, please bring ammo,” he added, followed by a gift emoji.

Massie’s photo generated thousands of responses, with many pointing out that it seemed particularly tone deaf in the wake of yet another deadly high-profile school shooting.

Four people were killed Tuesday at Oxford High School in Michigan by a 15-year-old whose parents are now charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving him access to a gun.

Shortly after Massie posted the photo, the father of a Parkland, Florida school shooting victim appeared on CNN to discuss the Oxford tragedy.

Host Jim Acosta asked Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin “Guac” Oliver was one of 17 people murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, about his reaction to Massie’s photo.

“That’s a huge part of the problem,” Oliver responded. “Someone elected leaders like this one that think that — I don’t know if they’re trying to be ironic, funny, or what — but it’s the worst taste ever. … It’s a very nasty post.”

 

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‘A Little Late for That’: Legal Expert Buries Jennifer Crumbley for Crying Through Her Manslaughter Arraignment

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Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, the former police commissioner of Philadelphia had no sympathy for the mother of the Michigan teen accused of shooting four high school classmates last Tuesday with a handgun his parents reportedly purchased for him as an early Christmas present.

Very early Saturday morning James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into custody at a Detroit-area industrial park after failing to turn themselves into the police for processing.

Following the arraignment of the Crumbleys on four counts apiece of involuntary manslaughter due to the actions of their son Ethan this morning, Charles Ramsey noted that Jennifer Crumbley audibly sobbed and cried as she was told she would be held pending the successful posting $500,000 bail which her husband must also post.

After the CNN panel — hosted by Christi Paul and Boris Sanchez — discussed how Ethan’s mother blew off complaints from the school about his actions, joking with her son he needed to “learn how to not get caught,” former law enforcement official Charles Ramsey said he had no sympathy for her.

RELATED: WATCH: Prosecutor in Crumbley parent’s case successfully slaps down defense attorneys’ demand for $50K bail

“This is a highly publicized case, so selection of a jury is going to certainly take time to make sure you don’t have people that already have a bias against for the parents one way or the other,” Ramsey explained. “And I’m sure that will take place, that will happen. They’ll find a jury that will be able to render a decision based on facts and evidence, but they’re not going to be able to avoid the court of public opinion — that’s the world we live in now.”

“It will be highly publicized, a lot of information will be put out there, some will be accurate, some will not be accurate in terms of evidence and things of that nature,” he continued. “I don’t know how you avoid that sort of thing but certainly I could hear it in her voice as well, sounded as if she’s crying, but it is a little late for that.”

“There are people that are crying over deaths of their children right now, the children laying in a hospital with gunshot wounds,” he continued. “I mean, those are the kinds of people that personally my empathy is with them, not with the [Crumbley] parents right now.”

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John Eastman Will Face Charges if Continues ‘Frivolous Argument’ Against Capitol Riot Probe: Adam Schiff

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John Eastman, the far-right lawyer who authored Trump’s “coup memo,” announced on Friday that he would be defying a subpoena from the House January 6 Committee.

Appearing on CNN later in the day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made clear that Eastman is free to plead the Fifth if he has a good-faith reason to fear he could incriminate himself — but that doesn’t entitle him to a free pass to ignore investigators.

“Eastman says the partisan makeup of the committee, he says makes it invalid and doesn’t need to cooperate,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you say to that?”

“Well, that was a frivolous argument,” said Schiff. “If he uses that as a basis to refuse to answer questions, he will be in contempt of the committee, simple and straightforward. So we’ll be seeing with each witness… whether they’re properly invoking a privilege or to stall and delay for the former president, and will make the judgment as to what the repercussions should be once we see and hear the testimony.”

READ MORE: Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark postpones Capitol riot testimony due to ‘medical condition’

This comes after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was indicted on contempt charges for ignoring the committee, and as former DOJ lawyer Jeffrey Clark faces an upcoming contempt vote by Congress.

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