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Texas House Democrats and legislative staffers take Gov. Greg Abbott to court for defunding Legislat

Texas House Democrats and legislative staffers take Gov. Greg Abbott to court for defunding Legislature
The governor had vowed to veto the Legislature’s funding in the final hours of the regular legislative session in May after House Democrats broke quorum and left the chamber to prevent passage of a controversial elections bill.
by Cassandra Pollock June 25, 202111:44 AM Central

A group of Texas House Democrats and legislative staffers is asking the Texas Supreme Court to override Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent veto of a portion of the state budget that funds the Legislature, staffers there and legislative agencies.

More than 50 Democrats, a number of state employees and the Texas AFL-CIO have signed on to a petition for a writ of mandamus, which was filed Friday morning.

“The state is in a constitutional crisis at this moment,” said Chad Dunn, an attorney involved with the petition, during a briefing with reporters Thursday.

The governor had vowed to veto the Legislature’s funding in the final hours of the regular legislative session in May after House Democrats broke quorum and left the chamber to prevent passage of a controversial elections bill. That legislation, an Abbott priority, would have created new limitations to early voting hours, increased voting-by-mail restrictions and curbed local voting options.

The petition argues that Abbott exceeded his executive authority and violated the state’s separation of powers doctrine. The parties involved with the petition are asking the all-Republican court to find Abbott’s veto unconstitutional, which would allow Article X of the state budget, the section at issue, to become law later this year.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 25, 2021, 12:32 PM (4 replies)

Ringo Starr Settles Trademark Battle Over 'Ring O' Cock Ring Line


Ringo Starr Settles Trademark Battle Over ‘Ring O’ Cock Ring Line
Philippe Naughton
Published Jun. 25, 2021 9:34AM ET

Ringo Starr has dropped a legal claim against a Californian sex toy manufacturer after challenging its bid to trademark the name Ring O. Lawyers for the 80-year-old Beatles drummer had argued that the name was “identical in appearance, sound, connotation and pronunciation” to Ringo’s name—which is already protected by trademark—and he feared the association could damage his legendary reputation. But Starr has now settled with Screaming O, which uses the Ring O name for a line of cock rings. The company agreed to “avoid any activity likely to lead to confusion” and promised to use the name only for adult sex toys and desensitizing aids, keeping a clear gap between the ‘Ring’ and the ‘O.’

Read it at BBC News
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 25, 2021, 11:12 AM (7 replies)

Big Majority of Texans Oppose New Gun Law


Big Majority of Texans Oppose New Gun Law
June 25, 2021 at 10:06 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

A new Quinnipiac Poll in Texas finds 74% of registered voters oppose the new law that allows permitless carry of handguns in the state — including 58% of Republicans.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 25, 2021, 10:56 AM (2 replies)

Biden Destroys The Media Myth That Democrats Are In Disarray


Posted on Thu, Jun 24th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Biden Destroys The Media Myth That Democrats Are In Disarray

President Biden was having none of the idea that his multitrack plan for infrastructure is jeopardized by Democratic division.


President Biden said, “The bipartisan bill from the very beginning was understood that there is going to have to be the second part of it. I’m not just signing the bipartisan bill and forgetting about the rest that I proposed. I won’t forget about the rest that I proposed. I proposed a significant piece of legislation in three parts. And all three parts are equally important. By the way, my party — everybody tells me what my party is. The party is divided. Well, my party is divided. But my party is also rational. And if they can’t get every single thing they want but the bill all that they have in the bill before them is good are they going to vote no? I don’t think so. “

What the corporate media keeps missing about Democrats is that while they may disagree on how things get done, or when, they don’t disagree on what needs to be done. There is a foundational core of principles and issues that Democrats agree on.

Most internal debates among Democrats are about the how and when not the what.

Republicans are a party with no principles with a growing domestic terror cell inside of it that is being led by a twice impeached former president who is potentially criminal charges before the year is over.

There is a party in disarray, but it’s not the Democrats, as Joe Biden both knows his party and isn’t buying into the Democrats in disarray corporate media tall tale.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 25, 2021, 09:00 AM (2 replies)

Routine building inspections not required on high-rises in Florida


Routine building inspections not required on high-rises in Florida
by Dave Elias
5:35 AM EDT, Fri June 25, 2021


Dr. Ashraf Badir from FGCU’s Whitaker College of Engineering explained there is routine maintenance that happens to all buildings. However, there is no routine inspection required on high rises after they’re built.

“There could be no warning but there is a reason behind it. Some changes in the environment around the structure have happened that caused this to occur,” said Dr. Badir.

In 1981, the same year that the collapsed building was built, Florida passed a threshold inspection.

The inspection requires buildings, like Tarpon Landings, to be inspected during construction and as well as when it’s completed.

Currently, after a special inspector signs off on a building that is three stories or higher there is no statewide law that mandates annual inspections on those buildings.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 25, 2021, 07:19 AM (15 replies)

Woman Missing in Miami Beach Condo Disaster Had Been Woken by 'Creaking' Building, Says Son


Woman Missing in Miami Beach Condo Disaster Had Been Woken by ‘Creaking’ Building, Says Son
Philippe Naughton
Updated Jun. 25, 2021 4:27AM ET /
Published Jun. 25, 2021 3:42AM ET

A woman missing after the Surfside apartment block collapse had been woken up by “creaking noises” the previous night, according to her son. Pablo Rodriguez, whose mother and grandmother are both unaccounted for after Thursday’s disaster, said his mother had called him on Wednesday. “She just told me she had woken up around 3, 4 in the morning and had heard like some creaking noises,” Rodriguez told CNN. “They were loud enough to wake her.” He said it seemed like an offhand comment, but added: “Now, in hindsight, you always wonder.” At least 99 people are missing after the collapse of the Champlain Towers complex, which had been experiencing structural “issues” for years. Asked how he was handling his emotions, Rodriguez said: “It’s waves of devastation with troughs of disbelief... This doesn’t happen. Buildings don’t just collapse. It’s not real.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:00 AM (20 replies)

"The act of journalism is not a crime."


Biden blasts Beijing over Hong Kong paper closure: 'Sad day for media freedom'


“Journalists are truth-tellers who hold leaders accountable and keep information flowing freely—and that is needed now more than ever in Hong Kong, and in places around the world where democracy is under threat,” Biden said. “Beijing must stop targeting the independent press and release the journalists and media executives that have been detained. The act of journalism is not a crime.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 24, 2021, 09:00 PM (7 replies)

Democrats hear calls to nix recess

Democrats hear calls to nix recess
By Alexander Bolton - 06/24/21 06:00 AM EDT


Senators are scheduled to leave town for a two-week recess starting Friday. After that, the Senate will be in session for four weeks, until Aug. 6, when it is scheduled to take another long recess until Sept. 13.

A growing number of progressives say Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) needs to think about revising the schedule, arguing the “historic” opportunity to pass a big, bold infrastructure bill is fast disappearing.

“I’m in favor of working right through” the August recess, said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee.

“My view is we need to keep at it. I’ve been a strong proponent of really working to get the caucus fully focused on working as fast as possible,” he said of the slow-moving infrastructure negotiations.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who saw his voting rights bill, the For the People Act, get blocked by Republicans, said he’s also willing to stay in town during August, when lawmakers traditionally escape the town’s hot, humid weather for other locations.

“I’m very supportive of accelerating the momentum to counter the delay-and-obstruct tactics” of Republicans, Merkley said. “We need to use every day we can possibly use this year.”


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 24, 2021, 09:48 AM (6 replies)

Eric Boehlert: The stunning GOP report on voter fraud that Fox News won't touch


The stunning GOP report on voter fraud that Fox News won’t touch
Trump claims are "ludicrous"
Eric Boehlert
2 hr ago


Michigan became a hotbed of moronic, baseless elections claims just days after Trump lost the crucial state by more than 150,000 votes: Absentee ballots were sent out illegally! Dead people cast votes all over the state! Biden mysteriously won 100,000 votes the morning after the election! Poll watchers were blocked from watching absentee voter counting! Video proved absentee ballots were smuggled into the Detroit counting center!

All of those claims were quickly debunked and Trump never stood a chance of overturning Biden’s comfortable margin of victory. Yet Trump persisted, pressing the Michigan Republican Party to delay the state’s certification of Biden’s obvious win, simply as a way to muddy the waters and raise doubts about voter integrity nationwide. The destructive delay strategy almost worked. But then Aaron Van Langevelde, a Republican serving on Michigan’s board of canvassers, refused to go along with the bullying and voted to certify Biden’s win. “We must not attempt to exercise power we simply don’t have,” Van Langevelde said.

Today, the last thing Fox News wants to report on are detailed findings from Republicans who dismiss the “stolen” election programming that Rupert Murdoch’s propaganda network has been churning out for months. In fact, “In the two weeks after Fox News called the election for Biden, Fox News cast doubt on the results of the election at least 774 times,” according to Media Matters. “The network’s most prominent figures relentlessly attempted to subvert democracy by fueling conspiracy theories and spreading misinformation, rhetoric for which the network has refused to hold them accountable.”

And it continues to this day
. Tucker Carlson recently insisted, “So many people are lying at such high volume about the 2020 election, it's hard to know exactly what happened.” Not surprisingly, nearly nine-in-ten Republicans who trust Fox News the most overwhelmingly support the stolen election conspiracy theory.

Don’t look for Michigan Oversight Committee Republicans to be invited on Tucker Carlson’s show anytime soon.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 24, 2021, 08:49 AM (6 replies)

The Rude Pundit: Manchin and Sinema Made Promises to Their Voters That They Refuse to Keep


The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
Manchin and Sinema Made Promises to Their Voters That They Refuse to Keep

After yesterday's 50-50 vote killing the For the People Act because a Republican filibuster prevented it from even being debated, let alone voted on, I was ready to write another piece raging about feckless Democrats and their inability to get things done, even when they have both houses of Congress and the presidency. But every time I thought it through, I came up against one pretty solid wall built by Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia and their declarations that they will not vote to do away with the filibuster, which will affect every bill from now until Republicans take back over the Senate and almost definitely ditch the filibuster when a Republican is president. Sure, sure, we can say that President Joe Biden could try some kind of LBJ-like threats and/or cajoling to get them to change. But that's not going to happen. Screaming against that wall is kind of useless. So lemme zag instead of zigging:

Sinema and Manchin have taken an untenable position on the filibuster because it puts them in the position of lying to their constituents about a whole lot of the promises they made when they last ran for office in 2018.

For instance, Manchin's campaign website explicitly says, "America’s infrastructure is deteriorating, and too many roads and bridges in West Virginia are falling apart. Joe wants to put West Virginians to work updating and modernizing infrastructure." And in the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, which is set to be voted on by the entire House of Representatives, West Virginia gets earmarks worth in the neighborhood of $35 million in specifically budgeted infrastructure projects, all requested by Republican members of Congress from the state, Carol Miller and David McKinley. That seems pretty damn bipartisan.


Even by her own standard that she laid out for voters, Sinema fails. On her website, it said, "We believe that delivering results is more important than scoring political points. That’s why Kyrsten will work with anyone – regardless of party – who’s serious about getting things done for everyday Arizonans." If she believes that the vote-blocking Republicans are "serious about getting things done" at this point, she's either owned by someone or delusional (or, yes, both - you can safely put away the little girl gif). But if Sinema believes "delivering results" really is "more important than scoring political points," then, it seems, the only result she cares about is preserving the filibuster. And that's just about scoring political points because it accomplishes nothing more.

Manchin and Sinema made explicit promises about what they wanted to do while in office. And the only people who are preventing them from fulfilling those promises are Manchin and Sinema. They will need to go home and explain why an anti-majoritarian Senate rule is more important than jobs, safe drinking water, bridges that don't break, and decent health care, especially for seniors and veterans.

You want them to change their minds? Forget about raging. Go full court press in their home states. Remind voters of what they stand to lose.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jun 23, 2021, 09:32 PM (1 replies)
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