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Indiana Republicans Gut Hate Crimes Bill to Make It ‘More Inclusive’ – by Removing All Minority Groups



“We do not have tails. We’re not monsters.”

Republicans in the Indiana state Senate on Tuesday gutted a hate crimes bill by literally removing five pages and any mention of minority groups that need protections. Instead, the GOP Senators decided the word “bias” was “more inclusive.”

Stripped from the bill, as local news station WISH reports, are the words “race,” “religion,” “color,” “sex,” “gender identity,” “disability,” “national origin,” “ancestry,” “sexual orientation,” and “age.” (Video below.)

The Amendment authored by Republican Sen. Aaron Freeman (photo, right) gutting the hate crimes bill passed 33-16. Seven Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats but it was still not enough to stop the attack. And no Republican rose to speak against gutting the bill.

“The bottom line is there are lots of different groups of people and associations … that aren’t on that list,” Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, a Republican, said, according to the Tribune Star  “So, yeah, this is more inclusive in that respect.”

Democrats fervently protested, and later walked out.

“We’ve done everything that’s possible I can think of including die,” Democratic Sen. Lonnie Randolph, president of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, said on the Senate floor. “At the round of a noose. Shot. Gunned down, beat up. Talked about, criticized, disputed, spat on, everything, throughout history. What do we have to do? You tell me. I don’t know. I’m through.”

Randolph also told Republicans, “the history of this country is intertwined with black folks,” and reminded them they can’t get rid of them, the Tribune Star notes. “Give us some kind of dignity. I’ve got a family just like you do. … Please, all I ask is for you to treat me as a human being. … We do not have tails. We’re not monsters.”


Indiana’s Republican governor Eric Holcomb made clear he is not pleased with the Senate’s move, and has not said if he will sign it.

Watch WISH’s report:


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Watch: Fox News’ Peter Doocy Admits There Are Republicans ‘That Don’t Agree With Voting Rights’



White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ended the week with yet another smack down of Peter Doocy, as the Fox News reporter admitted there are Republicans who “don’t agree with voting rights.”

“As you talked about a year ago and working with Republicans, now [President Biden] is talking about Republicans that don’t agree with voting rights,” Doocy complained, “he’s describing them as George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis. What happened to the guy who, when he was elected said: ‘To make progress me must stop treating our opponents as our enemy’?”

Doocy was referring to President Joe Biden’s widely praised speech in support of voting rights earlier this week, referencing civil rights icons and their infamous white supremacist and segregationist opponents.

“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace?” Biden asked, to the anger of many conservatives. “Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor?  Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.”

Psaki as usual was prepared to respond – suggesting Doocy was not “speaking on the level.”

“I think everybody listening to that speech, who’s speaking on the level, as my mother would say, would note that he was not comparing them as humans. He was comparing the choice to those figures in history and where they’re going to position themselves, if they as it – as they determine whether they’re going to support the fundamental right to vote or not.”


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‘This Is Insane’: Republican Blasts RNC for Saying GOP Candidates Must Agree to Ban on Presidential Debates



For nearly four decades the Commission on Presidential Debates has managed and organized every presidential debate, but the Republican National Committee has just announced it will ban any GOP candidate from participating in any debate the Commission holds.

The New York Times reports the RNC is preparing to require any GOP candidate seeking that party’s nomination for President to “sign a pledge to not participate in any debates sponsored by the Commission.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois weighed in Thursday afternoon.

“This is insane,” he said on Twitter. “Why,” he asked.

The Commission on Presidential Debates is a bipartisan nonprofit created jointly by the chairs of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party in 1987, and has run every debate held since.

But first candidate and then President Donald Trump has railed against the Commission, refusing to participate during the second presidential debate because it was going to be held virtually, because of the coronavirus pandemic. He and his officials have also accused the Commission of being unfair and biased against him.

The RNC appears to be preparing for another Trump run. It is still engaged in a multi-million dollar fundraising agreement with the former President, including paying some of his legal bills.


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Kayleigh McEnany Meets With January 6 Committee: CNN



Former Trump White House and campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has appeared before the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

CNN reports the meeting took place virtually.

McEnany, now a Fox News contributor, was one of ten former Trump officials “with close ties to the former president” subpoenaed by the Committee two months ago, on November 9.

According to a press release from the Committee, McEnany “made multiple public statements from the White House and elsewhere about purported fraud in the November 2020 election. For example, in the first White House press conference after the election, Ms. McEnany claimed that there were ‘very real claims’ of fraud that the former President’s reelection campaign was pursuing, and said that mail-in voting was something that ‘we have identified as being particularly prone to fraud.’ At another press conference, Ms. McEnany accused Democrats of ‘welcoming fraud’ and ‘welcoming illegal voting.’ In addition, Ms. McEnany was reportedly present at times with the former President as he watched the January 6th attack.”

This is a breaking news and developing story.

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