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Texas Moving Closer to Passing Anti-LGBT ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ Bill Giving Special Religious Rights to Discriminate

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The Texas House of Representatives is currently debating – or trying to – a legislation designed to further marginalize LGBTQ people. Dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, it was drafted in large part in response to local governments banning the fast food purveyor from airport food courts in response to the company’s continuing financial support of anti-LGBT organizations.

If the debate moves forward, and if a vote is taken and the bill is passed, the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, SB 1978, will head to Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. He is fully expected to sign it.

The bill would protect people, businesses, and organizations who donate to anti-LGBTQ organizations from any negative governmental actions – such as being banned from a food court, for example.

In other words, it is a clear “license to discriminate.”

At this minute Democrats are attempting to derail the bill by challenging what they say is the unconstitutional method the bill came to the House floor. Essentially, not enough members were present in the committee last week when the bill was forwarded to the full House for a vote.

That technicality may kill the bill, at least temporarily, by sending it back to committee. Texas’ legislative session ends in one week, at 11:59 PM Sunday. The bill would have to be resent to the full House floor voted on, and passed by then to go to the governor.

Conservatives are literally in a race against time to further discriminate against LGBTQ people in the Lone Star state.

UPDATE: The bill received a floor vote and passed to the third reading. It now needs one more House vote, then a final Senate vote, and it can go to the governor’s desk.

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TED CRUZ DENOUNCES ‘RABID ATTACKS’ AGAINST CHICK-FIL-A AFTER TEXAS CITY BANS ANTI-GAY RESTAURANT

 

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US Breaks 100,000 Mark for Coronavirus Deaths

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At 1:02 PM the United States coronavirus death toll passed the 100,000 mark. It’s been just four months and eight days since the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the U.S.

According to Johns Hopkins and NBC News, the death toll is now 100,012.

President Donald Trump spent months not taking action and downplaying the threat, then falsely claiming it would “disappear,” like a “miracle.”

A new study shows President Trump’s decision to cut off incoming traffic from China forced hundreds of thousands to enter the U.S. without being tested, likely resulting in the huge numbers of coronavirus infections. Trump repeated that deadly error when he shut down traffic from Europe.

The United States has more infections and more coronavirus deaths than any other nation, by far.

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DOJ Refuses to Prosecute GOP Senator Accused of Dumping Stocks in Post-Coronavirus Briefing Insider Trading Scandal

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Bill Barr’s Dept. of Justice has closed the file on U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler, refusing to prosecute the Republican from Georgia accused of insider trading. Loeffler, who is in an increasingly desperate election bid, was accused of selling millions of dollars in stocks after receiving confidential information on the impending coronavirus pandemic before it tanked the markets.

The FBI was looking into stock trades of Sen. Loeffler, along with those of Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Sen. Richard Burr (D-NC). All investigations except for the one into Senator Burr have been dropped, The Wall Street Journal reports.

All three Senators whose cases were dropped have said their investment advisors made the trades without their prior knowledge.

Loeffler was appointed to her seat in January by Gov. Brian Kemp to complete the term of Senator Johnny Isakson, who resigned. She is down in the polls. Her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, is the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). He gave Trump’s Super PAC a $1 million check last week. The couple reportedly have donated $3.2 million to political campaigns, mostly Republican.

“Loeffler and her husband sold 27 stocks between January 24 and February 14 at a value of $1.28 million and $3.1 million, according to Senate financial disclosure records,” CNN reported in March. “They also purchased three stocks for between $450,000 to $1 million, including shares in Citrix, a software company used for teleconferencing that’s one of the few that’s gained value amid the coronavirus outbreak.”

Her husband “recently acquired as much as $415,000 in stock in DuPont de Nemours, a chemical company that manufactures protective equipment in exceedingly high demand because of the coronavirus pandemic,” the AP reported last month.

 

 

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‘Effective Immediately’: Amy Cooper Terminated After Calling 911 to Claim a Black Man Was ‘Threatening My Life’

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Amy Cooper has lost her job (permanently), her dog (at least temporarily), and her anonymity after she decided to threaten a Black man with calling 911 and telling police he was threatening her life. She fulfilled that threat, and it was recorded.

Christian Cooper, the Black man who recorded the video that’s gone viral and was the target of Amy Cooper’s apparently unfounded threat, said he stood up to her Monday morning because he refused to be intimidated.

The Washington Post reports Amy Cooper’s employer had placed her on administrative leave Monday. Franklin Templeton, a well-known investment firm, has reviewed the video and terminated her, “effective immediately.”

Christian Cooper, 57, is a Harvard grad, a science editor, and a “birder.”  All he wanted from Amy was to follow the law and leash her dog to prevent him from destroying the grounds in Central Park, which is home to many birds.

It was a simple request.

“I’m not interested in repercussions,” Christian told The Post. “It’s unfortunate what happened. There was definitely a lapse in judgment. But she put the dog on the leash, and I don’t need to see anything else happen to her.”

Many on social media, citing examples, noted that calling the police on a Black man and claiming he is threatening you can be an invitation to have him shot. Amy acknowledged that fact in her apology Monday night.

 

 

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