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Texas Bathroom Bill for Transgender Community Fails in Session

Texas Bathroom Bill for Transgender Community Fails in Session

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people died again late on Aug. 15 along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.  It is the second time that North Carolina-style […]

ACLU on Possible Trump Pardon of Joe Arpaio: It Would Be ‘Racism’

ACLU on Possible Trump Pardon of Joe Arpaio: It Would Be ‘Racism’

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump says he may grant a pardon to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio following his recent conviction in federal court, prompting outrage among critics who say the move would amount to an endorsement of racism.  The report was welcome news for the former Phoenix-area sheriff, who lost a re-election bid in […]

Business Leaders Join Advocates Opposing Texas Bathroom Bill

Business Leaders Join Advocates Opposing Texas Bathroom Bill

The fight over a bill in the Texas state Legislature that would restrict bathroom access for transgender residents is ramping up, with more than 50 business leaders joining advocates to oppose the plan days after the state Senate passed the measure. Leaders from some of the most well-known companies in Texas and the nation – […]

U.S. Judge: Former Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is Guilty of Contempt

U.S. Judge: Former Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is Guilty of Contempt

PHOENIX (AP) — The political defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular as metro Phoenix’s sheriff for 24 years ultimately did him in on July 31 when he was found guilty of a crime for ignoring a judge’s order to stop his traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. The TV interviews and news releases that the media-savvy […]

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico’s public schools are funded went to trial on June 12 to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.  Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico’s education […]

SB 4 Lawsuit: Texas Immigration Law Violates U.S. Constitution

SB 4 Lawsuit: Texas Immigration Law Violates U.S. Constitution

The battle over a controversial new law in Texas that targets sanctuary cities and undocumented immigrant families keeps growing, with the ACLU of Texas filing the latest lawsuit June 5 that challenges the statute. In the suit, the ACLU of Texas argues the statute, SB 4, violates “fundamental constitutional rights and principles,” and seeks an accelerated […]

Families Protest SB 4 in Texas, as Lawmaker Calls ICE

Families Protest SB 4 in Texas, as Lawmaker Calls ICE

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas’ tough new anti-“sanctuary cities” law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle — and even threaten gun violence — as tense divides over hardline immigration policies boiled […]

SB 4 Lawsuit Is Filed, as Texas Agenda Faces Court Challenges

SB 4 Lawsuit Is Filed, as Texas Agenda Faces Court Challenges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they’re in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections. The lawsuits have […]

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