SD: GOP Lawmaker Compares LGBTQ People to Pedophiles

SD: GOP Lawmaker Phil Jensen Compares LGBTQ People to Pedophiles

In a weekend town hall addressing discriminatory legislation, a conservative South Dakota lawmaker compared the LGBTQ community to pedophiles. Senate Bill 149 – a so-called religious freedom bill that would allow adoption agencies and child placement services to use religious belief to discriminate against potential parents – stoked tensions at the meeting as people attempted to argue against its provisions. At one point, state […]

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WA Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle Stutzman

After discriminating against a gay couple and having a public accommodation discrimination complaint successfully levied against her, Arlene’s Flowers owner Barronelle Stutzman fought tooth and nail to retain her right to use religious belief to overrule public accommodation law. She took that fight all the way to the Washington state Supreme Court last year. Today that court ruled unanimously against Stutzman finding she […]

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Trump’s Twitter Temper Tantrum Over Russia Allegations

Donald Trump deplorables outrage

Following the resignation of Michael Flynn over intelligence that he not only discussed Russian sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year but subsequently lied about it to at least one White House official, news began breaking from major news outlets detailing a larger, more complex story involving Russia’s ongoing interference in United States sovereignty. Among the largest of those stories […]

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Flynn’s Russia Scandal: What Did Trump Know and When?

Michael Flynn 's Russia Scandal: What Did Trump Know and When?

The larger question in the ongoing Michael Flynn scandal and resignation isn’t whether he broke the law by discussing Russian sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year; rather, it’s when Donald Trump knew, and why he didn’t act sooner. As late as a few hours before Flynn’s resignation, Trump had White House counselor Kellyanne Conway making the media rounds proclaiming the […]

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Michael Flynn Resigns Following Russia Scandal

Michael Flynn and Pizzagate

Following revelations that he not only spoke with Russia last year but potentially advised them not to worry about the sanctions former President Obama instituted for violating U.S. sovereignty during the November election, White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned from his position tonight according to reporting from CNN. CNN reported: Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, […]

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OK GOP: Pregnant Women are “Hosts” Without Autonomy

Oklahoma GOP: Pregnant Women are "Hosts" Without Autonomy - HB1441 proposed by Rep Justin Humphrey

Because he believes women lose bodily autonomy when they become pregnant, Oklahoma state Rep. Justin Humphrey (R) just proposed legislation requiring written permission from male sexual partners for all abortions. HB 1441 – labeled as a bill “prohibiting abortion to be performed without consent of the father” – aims remove all bodily autonomy from women thereby rationalizing unconstitutional hurdles to obtain safe and legal abortion. […]

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Kentucky: Transgender Bathroom Bills Dead in the Water

Kentucky Democrat Rick Nelson proposed HB105 and HB 106 - Religious Freedom & Bathroom Bills

Two Kentucky legislature bills targeting the transgender community are dead in the water according to House Speaker Jeff Hoover (R). While HB 106 more broadly focused on bathroom use across the state (similar to the structuring of North Carolina HB2), HB 141 explicitly targeted public school restrooms. According to Republican leadership, neither bill will receive a vote during this session. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported: Two […]

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Florida: Bill Filed to Insert Religion into Public Schools

Religion in public schools may bcome law thanks to Kim Daniels and Dennis Baxley

Legislation filed by state lawmakers would allow the insertion of religious beliefs into public classrooms across the state of Florida.  House Bill 303 and it’s companion bill Senate Bill 436 – known collectively as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act” – would prohibit Florida public school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression.” As […]

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TEXAS: ICE Immigration Raids Begin in Austin as Predicted

ICE immigration raids

Last week we wrote about news emerging from Austin, Texas that a rumored crackdown by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following Donald Trump’s immigration executive order and continued attacks and threats against sanctuary cities was about to commence. We now have confirmation ICE is conducting raids in Austin thanks to a statement from a city council member. Writing on his official Facebook […]

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Kellyanne Conway Illegally Promotes Ivanka’s Products on Fox

Kellyanne Conway Illegally Promotes Ivanka's Products on Fox

Early Thursday morning White House counselor Kellyanne Conway illegally promoted Ivanka Trump’s product line while speaking on Fox & Friends. Commenting on blowback received over Donald Trump’s tweet attack on Nordstrom for its discontinuation of his daughter’s merchandise, Conway said, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. I hate shopping but I’m going to go get some for myself today.” Use of […]

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