LGBT Group Vows to Sue
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has just announced a special legislative session to force lawmakers to pass an anti-transgender “bathroom bill,” along with a score of bills advancing other conservative issues, including constricting abortion.
Insisting a special session was “entirely avoidable,” Governor Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement that since he’s now forced to bring lawmakers back to Austin, he intends “to make it count.” Abbott offered a list of goals for the session that begins mid-July, including,Â “Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers,” “Pro-life insurance reform,” “Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud,” and, “Privacy.”
Privacy, of course, is code for a vile “anti-trans bathroom bill.”
“Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had been pushing Abbott to call a special session on the bathroom issue,” the Texas Tribune reports. Calling “the bathroom issue … a priority of Patrick that dominated the regular session,” the Tribune notes it “is likely to be among the most controversial charges.”
LGBT and civil rights groups are outraged.
“Governor Greg Abbott is proving everything is bigger in Texas including prioritizing discrimination,” GLAAD President and CEOÂ Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement sent to NCRM.Â “If the governor moves forward with this harmful legislation against trans students, LGBTQ people, businesses, and fair-minded Texans will respond in Texas style â€“ Big.”Â
“Trans Texans have experienced harassment and threats because of this last session and if any anti-trans bills get signed into law, then Governor Abbottâ€™s legacy will be turning Texas into a state known for harming some its most marginalized people.”
Lambda Legal threatened to sue outright, calling the anti-transgender bill “misguided legislation driven by baseless fearmongering about transgender schoolchildren simply using the bathroom that matches who they are.”
“Anti-LGBT legislation along these lines has been a key focus ofÂ Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has sharply criticized the legislatureâ€™s inaction on several discriminatory bills,” Lambda Legal says, adding, “if the legislature does force discrimination targeting transgender schoolchildren into Texas law, you can bet that Lambda Legal will be on the case before the next school bell rings.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality’sÂ Executive Director, MaraÂ Keisling issued a statement saying:
â€œSeemingly from the regular sessionâ€™s start, several members of this legislature have made their mission to promote fear, misinformation and hatred toward the stateâ€™s most marginalized residents. Now, Governor Abbott wants to prolong this divisive session. His willingness to waste taxpayer dollars to put transgender childrenâ€™s safety and dignity on the chopping block is grossly irresponsible, at best, and downright abhorrent at worst.”
And Equality Texas CEO Chuck Smith:
On the heels of the recently-concluded 85th Legislative â€œSession of Oppressionâ€, during which Texas lawmakers passed egregious lawsÂ targeting LGBTQ people, women, and immigrants, it is extremely disappointing that Governor Greg Abbott is calling legislators back to passÂ a transgender bathroom bill and letting the lt. governor push him around on a non-existent problem that is morally bankrupt and will causeÂ billions of dollars of damage to our economy.
Any such bathroom legislation that targets transgender Texans â€“ an already vulnerable population â€“ for unequal treatment and puts innocentÂ children in harmâ€™s way is unconscionable.Â Â The lieutenant governor and his longtime business partner Steven Hotze of Houston, whose groupÂ Conservative Republicans of Texas has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, have been pushing discrimination andÂ hate of LGBTQ people as their primary objective in life.
Itâ€™s shameful and itâ€™s despicable.Â Â We believe Patrick is grand-standing, expressing fake outrage and misrepresenting the facts to manipulateÂ Texans who have not met our fellow transgender Texans. This is a trait not worthy of any person who holds public office.
One group not opposed to the special session is the anti-LGBT far right wing organization, Texas Values, headed by Jonathan Saenz.
â€” Texas Values (@txvalues) June 6, 2017Â
Ironically, the only one of these groups who appears to be using the special session to fundraise is Texas Values.
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‘I’m Broke’: One Day Before Shutdown and With No Plan McCarthy Says He Has ‘Nothing’ in His ‘Back Pocket’
Just 30 hours before his own Republican conference likely will have succeeded in shutting down the federal government of the United States, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy candidly admitted to reporters he’s run out of ideas.
Earlier Friday in an “embarrassing failure,” 21 House Republicans killed legislation from their own party, a short-term continuing resolution, that would have kept the federal government open.
Later on Friday afternoon, swarmed by reporters, McCarthy was asked if he was going to tell them what his plans are. He sarcastically replied, “No, I’m going to keep it all a secret.”
When pressed, he said he would “keep working, and make sure we solve this problem.”
“What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?” another reporter asked, pressing him for an answer.
“Nothing right now. I’m broke,” he admitted, apparently referring to options and ideas to avoid a shutdown.
But another reporter asked Speaker McCarthy the main question: Would he partner with House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to put the Senate’s bill before the House.
He refused to answer.
After Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) failed House vote to keep the federal government open…
Reporter: “What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?”
McCarthy: “Nothing right now. I’m broke.” pic.twitter.com/pB2SWhOSVr
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2023
Just before 5 PM CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the ongoing House Republicans’ closed-door meeting with the Speaker, a meeting where the 21 Republicans who will likely be effectively responsible for the shutdown reportedly did not attend.
“McCarthy is telling [Republicans] now there aren’t many options to avoid a shutdown, according to sources in room. He says they can approve GOP’s stop-gap plan that failed, accept Senate plan, put a ‘clean’ stop-gap on floor to dare Democrats to block it — or shut down the government.”
He adds, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) largely responsible for the impending likely shutdown and the impending possible ouster of McCarthy said: “We will not pass a continuing resolution on terms that continue America’s decline.”
At midnight Saturday Republicans will likely have succeeded in furloughing 3.5 million million federal workers – two million of them service members in the U.S. Armed Forces – and countless contractors, while financially harming untold thousands of businesses that rely on income from all those workers to keep running – unless Speaker McCarthy puts a bipartisan continuing resolution approved by at least 75 U.S. Senators on the floor, legislation every House Democrat is likely to vote for.
Should he do so, many believe he will have also signed his own pink slip.
But whether or not the government shuts down, and whether or not McCarthy puts the Senate’s CR on the floor, according to The Washington Post the far right extremists in his party are already moving to oust him “as early as next week.”
The Biden campaign is making certain Americans realize the blame for the impending shutdown sits at McCarthy’s feet.
Here is Kevin McCarthy a few months ago praising the deal he made with President Biden to avert a government shutdown, which he is now reneging on pic.twitter.com/B4rVNzNXkZ
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) September 29, 2023
At 6:23 PM Friday evening, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman wrote on social media: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN.”
Watch the videos above or at this link.
‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert
“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”
CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”
Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”
With breakthrough for Georgia DA (@TamarHallerman reporting: “SCOTT HALL has become the first co-defendant in the Fulton election interference case to take a plea deal with prosecutors.”)
That spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell.
Example of alleged joint actions.👇 pic.twitter.com/odMM5C7JtX
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 29, 2023
See the graphic above or at this link.
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“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.
NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”
“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”
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