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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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Internet Goes Wild Over ‘Obviously Drunk’ Larry Kudlow on Fox News: ‘He’s Lying While Slurring His Words’

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Speculation was rampant on Sunday that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was drunk on Fox News.

“There is no economic recession in sight,” Kudlow insisted to Fox News Sunday host Dana Perino.

“Pretty sure Larry Kudlow is drunk on my TV right now… And he is lying while slurring his words,” one Twitter user noted.

“Kudlow is on fox news Sunday right now and from my 30 yrs of tending bar, I gotta say this guy appears drunk,” another user observed.

Some hinted at Kudlow’s addiction to cocaine in the 1990s.

Watch Kudlow on Fox News and read some of the tweets below.

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Julián Castro Blasts Twitter CEO for Not ‘Working to Remove White Supremacists’ After Steve King’s Bizarro Rant

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro blasted Twitter for allowing white supremacists on its platform, and went after Republican Rep. Steve King, after the Iowa Congressman posted a bizarro rant directed at the Texas Democrat.

“Hey @JulianCastro,” Rep. King tweeted late Thursday night. “You think it’s NOT embarrassing when you declare that men can get pregnant and then you promote federal funding to abort men’s babies? Genius! A Democrat proposal that will have a CBO score of ZERO! And a bizarre score of 100!!”

Castro on Wednesday had scorched King after the nine-term Republican lawmaker drew scorn and outrage for saying humankind might not exist without rape and incest.

In response to King’s transphobic and bizarre attack, which seemed to come out of nowhere, Castro pivoted, apparently trying to get Twitter’s CEO, billionaire Jack Dorsey, to ban King from Twitter. Twitter has been under fire for what many feel is its slow response in removing white supremacists and neo-Nazis from its platform.

Congressman King has a long and growing history of racist, white supremacist, white nationalist, homophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigrant remarks and policies.

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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Warren Opens Double-Digit Lead Over Biden in Key State of Iowa

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has opened a double-digit lead over the current 2020 Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, in a just-released poll for Iowa.

An Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll shows Warren at 28%, followed by Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders both at 17%, giving Warren an eleven-point lead over both.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in with 13%. Senator Kamala Harris has 8%. Senator Cory Booker and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke both have 3%.

Warren has gained 16 points in Iowa since May, with all the above candidates dropping over the same time period.

Sen. Warren “spent a considerable amount of time on Iowa trips during the winter and spring, locking in activists and volunteers early on. Warren was also the quickest in the field to build up a strong ground game here, stocked with veteran Iowa Caucus staffers.”

Iowa is a critical state. It’s believed an October, 2007 speech then-Senator Barack Obama gave helped him win the Iowa Caucuses, a turning point that helped him unseat Senator Hillary Clinton as the frontrunner in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

 

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