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“In our morning Hot List for day 70 of the Lege, we preview the voter ID debate this week in the House. We also examine a shady bill getting much less attention: Sen. Tommy Williams’ homeland security legislation that would call for driver’s license checkpoints and a license-plate reader program. And here we thought this session was supposed to be about shrinking government. ”
The House is scheduled to debate the infamous voter ID bill today. Democrats have successfully killed this contentious legislation in the past. But with the Republican super majority in the House, the bill is likely to pass.
Just what are these legislative emergencies you ask? Perhaps, Texas Red’s $27B dollar deficit? No? How about the deplorable condition of either or both the apartheid public education system and prison-industrial complex? No? How about it’s deplorable lack of healthcare for its tax paying, chump change earning citizens? No?
Oh no. The emergencies are the racist, divisive and imagined issues of a delusional governor and majority legislative body and population.
Sanctuary City Bill
Talk of Texas—Quotes from the strangest state in the Union.
While the Democrats have little chance of stopping the bill from getting the votes to pass, this particular piece of legislation may very well be tied up in lawsuits for years. And today, Democrats can lay some of the groundwork for those future cases.
Taking Voter ID to Court
While voter ID legislation will likely pass the House, Democrats can use debate to help to set up the case for litigation
Because of its stringency, this bill will undoubtedly get a close look—and Weiser said that the legislative debate around the bill can play a role in determining whether or not it violates the Voting Rights Act. For instance, if the Legislature rejects amendments that would make it easier for certain groups to obtain IDs, that could send up red flags for the Department of Justice. The legislative debate, Weiser said, “is relevant the extent to which the state takes proactive efforts to make sure that law is not excluding groups.”
Hey it’s not easy being governor, lapdog and arrogant all at once. Pressing an egregious slave state legacy is hard work. Using tax payer dollars to do it is just repugnant.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…
Slavery by Another Name
Illusions of Justice
The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990
“However, James W. Marquart, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, and Jonathan R. Sorensen offer a more complex thesis. In their book, The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990, they argue that Texas’ execution rate reflects the Southern “cultural tradition of exclusion,” and that “[s]uch exclusion was a basic element of the legacy of slavery.”
Texas Is “On the Brink,” Legislative Study Group Says
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson
State of the Judiciary
Texas Red, totalitarian state entrenched by redistricting
Texas Red, the 82nd Legislature a totalitarian state of being
Public Policy, Pew Forum, Religion and Public Life
Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus
Jesus unambiguously preached mercy and forgiveness. These are supposed to be cardinal virtues of the Christian faith. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of the death penalty, draconian sentencing, punitive punishment over rehabilitation, and the governmental use of torture. Jesus exhorted humans to be loving, peaceful, and non-violent. And yet Evangelicals are the group of Americans most supportive of easy-access weaponry, little-to-no regulation of handgun and semi-automatic gun ownership, not to mention the violent military invasion of various countries around the world. Jesus was very clear that the pursuit of wealth was inimical to the Kingdom of God, that the rich are to be condemned, and that to be a follower of Him means to give one’s money to the poor. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of corporate greed and capitalistic excess, and they are the most opposed to institutional help for the nation’s poor — especially poor children. They hate anything that smacks of “socialism,” even though that is essentially what their Savior preached. They despise food stamp programs, subsidies for schools, hospitals, job training — anything that might dare to help out those in need. Even though helping out those in need was exactly what Jesus urged humans to do. In short, Evangelicals are that segment of America which is the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun, and pro-corporate, while simultaneously claiming to be most ardent lovers of the Prince of Peace. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-zuckerman/why-evangelicals-hate-jes_b…
Dems： emergencies a budget distraction
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