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Always a Democrat. I can't understand conservatives. I try to understand them, but I can't. They don't make sense. Our country has gone so far right since 1981. I was just an average American who took many Democratic values for granted when Reagan was elected. It was like the rug was pulled out from under our society. Reagan ruined our country.

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Dan Patrick unconvinced by House action on bathrooms, property taxes

After threatening to force a special session of the Texas Legislature unless lawmakers approve a "bathroom bill" and property tax legislation, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick on Monday appeared to be unconvinced by the House's actions on the two issues.

"I share Governor Abbott's concern about the lack of a rollback provision in Senate Bill 669 on property taxes," Patrick said in a statement about a property tax measure the House passed Saturday. Patrick, like Gov. Greg Abbott, had indicated he wanted the House to approve Senate Bill 2, to require local governments that want to raise property taxes by 5 percent or more to get voter approval, but that proposal stalled in the House.

On the bathroom front, Patrick said he had concerns about the "ambiguous language" the House approved as an amendment Sunday to address bathroom use by transgender Texans in public schools because it "doesn't appear to do much." The measure the House approved would require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by “biological sex.”



It isn't bigoted enough for Dan Patrick.
It doesn't "destroy the state" as much Steven Bannon, aka Dan Patrick, would like.

Amid special session threat, House eyes bathroom restrictions

by Alexa Ura May 21, 2017 2 hours ago

Efforts to force legislative overtime over the "bathroom bill" are dwindling.

Heading into the final stretch of the legislative session, the Texas House on Sunday is expected to consider legislation to regulate bathroom and locker use for transgender Texans. But House members are likely to stray from the broader proposals that have languished in their chamber and instead focus only on schools.

Some Republicans in the House are said to be eying Senate Bill 2078 — which focuses on school districts’ “multihazard emergency operations plans” — to amend with language that could nix school districts’ trans-inclusive bathroom policies.

The chamber's last-minute traction on the bathroom legislation follows Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s threat to insist the governor call a special session of the Legislature unless lawmakers passed such a bill — which he has pushed for all session long, citing privacy concerns — as well as property tax legislation (The House on Saturday advanced a less aggressive tax proposal than the Senate had in mind).



Just when we thought it was gone, it came back to life. Lack of funding for the "sunset safety net" is a reason for a Special Session. They should have just gone into a Special Session for the sunset commission.

Texas Sues Austin Officials for Calling "Sanctuary Cities" Ban Unconstitutional

Less than 24 hours after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Texas' "show me your papers" bill into law, the state filed a lawsuit against the bill's biggest opponents.

On Monday, state Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Austin's top city and county officials (including the entire city council, mayor, city manager, and sheriff) and civil rights organization MALDEF for calling Senate Bill 4 "unconstitutional" and being "publicly hostile to cooperation with federal immigration enforcement." It appears to be a preemptive move — the state said it believes these defendants will sue Texas regarding the new law's constitutionality.

"SB 4 is constitutional, lawful and a vital step in securing our borders,” Paxton said in a statement. “Unfortunately, some municipalities and law enforcement agencies are unwilling to cooperate with the federal government and claim that SB 4 is unconstitutional.”



Further attempt to disenfranchise Texas voters - House Committee hearing tomorrow (April 25)

Last week, the Senate passed SB 949 that would cap legal fees owed to successful challengers of redistricting and school finance claims to $250,000. This comes on the heels of yet another federal court ruling that found that Texas intentionally diluted minority votes when drawing the State House Districts in 2011. To date, the ongoing litigation surrounding this court case has topped $5 million. According to Senator Kirk Watson, D-Austin, “[This] bill will make it harder for citizens of this state who are aggrieved by actions that violate the Constitution, to bring these cases.”

HB 2221 is the House companion bill to SB 949, and it’s in the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. The bill is set for a hearing on Tuesday. We need to slow this bill down. NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS and tell them you OPPOSE gerrymandering and therefore also OPPOSE HB 2221:

Chair: Rep. John T. Smithee (512) 463-0702
Vice Chair: Rep. Jessica Farrar (512) 463-0620

Rep. Roland Gutierrez (512) 463-0452 ***
Rep. Ana Hernandez (512) 463-0614
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (512) 463-0186
Rep. Andrew S. Murr (512) 463-0536
Rep. Victoria Neave (512) 463-0244 ***
Rep. Matt Rinaldi (512) 463-0468
Rep. Mike Schofield (512) 463-0528 (the AUTHOR of HB 2221)

*** Representatives that we know already will oppose HB 2221. But still okay to call to say thanks.

Next, CALL YOUR HOUSE REP and tell them to OPPOSE HB 2221.




I called everyone on this list and said: I ask that this bill not be brought forward. It is designed to decrease voter participation in the electoral process. It is a threat to our republic. It is unpatriotic and a violation of the First Amendment to the US Constitution. "Congress shall make no law respecting .....the right of the people ....to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


They snuck and passed that senate bill last week with barely a peep. This is the only MSM source I can find. I can't even find anything in the Texas Tribune:


To lighten the mood: McCain-Graham Tear Up Talking About Their Friendship


Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) choked up during a CNN town hall on Wednesday when host Dana Bash asked about their well-known friendship.

The two senators are known as a duo throughout Washington for both their focus on foreign policy issues and their close relationship.

“He is loyal to his friends. He loves his country. And if he has to stand up to his party for his country, so be it. He would die for his country. I love him to death,” Graham said, wiping away a tear.

(I wonder if anyone on DU watched that town hall. I was actually gonna watch it, then I heard that MSNBC was doing a special, so I switched the channel)

House GOP defeats resolution requesting Trump-Russia documents

Source: Politico - By Kyle Cheney 02/28/17 06:56 PM

Congressional Republicans killed a Democratic measure Tuesday to pressure the Trump administration to turn over documents detailing President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, as well as conflicts of interest stemming from his business empire.

The measure, known as a “resolution of inquiry,” was defeated on an 18-16 party-line vote. The resolution would have requested that the Department of Justice provide Congress with “any document, record, memo, correspondence or other communication” related to “criminal or counterintelligence investigations” involving Trump or his White House staff.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) called the resolution “unnecessary, premature” and driven by politics. Instead, he said Republican members of the committee are drafting a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting his voluntary cooperation in any investigation related to Russia and Trump’s business conflicts — with Democrats encouraged to sign on.


“This is just about politics and the hyperbole is thick enough to cut with a knife,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida freshman Republican. “In fact, what we are witnessing is that President Trump’s detractors are going through the stages of grief because Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-russia-house-republicans-235515

More bad news...House Judiciary Committee

House GOP defeats resolution requesting Trump-Russia documents


The measure, known as a “resolution of inquiry,” was defeated on an 18-16 party-line vote. The resolution would have requested that the Department of Justice provide Congress with “any document, record, memo, correspondence or other communication” related to “criminal or counterintelligence investigations” involving Trump or his White House staff.

Time to boycott Leinenkugel's

The retired head of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. is joining President Donald Trump’s administration as an adviser on veterans issues.

The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Tuesday that Jake Leinenkugel had accepted a position as a senior White House adviser at the VA.

Leinenkugel served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and is the father of two veterans. His brother, Dick, says the job will allow Jake Leinenkugel to make an impact on those who served their country.



Who would ever think beer would be on a boycott list?

Did Trump get his 20 plane military flyover?

My TV viewing for tomorrow: Rebel Without a Cause - it's on TCM on Demand

I've never seen this movie and have always wanted to see it.

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