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Texas receives federal waiver, but is defiant in meeting requirements

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it was renewing for one year Texas’ waiver from some of the provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act but continued to take issue with the state’s teacher and principal evaluation system.

In a statement announcing Texas’ waiver approval, the department also placed the state under a “high risk status,” which could mean the Lone Star State may be at risk of losing the waiver beyond the 2015-2016 school year. Besides South Dakota, Texas is the only state to receive the high-risk designation. Texas’ waiver in future years is conditional on statewide use of specific teacher and principal evaluation systems, something Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams rejected in a response Tuesday.

Williams said the state is not changing its position on allowing local school districts to choose their own evaluation systems. He struck the same defiant tone earlier this year, saying he does not have the authority to compel local districts to use a uniform system, nor did he plan to erode the agency’s commitment to local control in public education.

“Our state believes strongly in local control of our schools,” Williams said Tuesday. “As a result, we will continue discussing this specific point with the U.S. Department of Education, but they should not expect any shift in Texas’ position.”

Read more: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional/texas-receives-federal-waiver-but-is-defiant-in-me/nnqtt/?icmp=statesman_internallink_referralbox_free-to-premium-referral

Rep. Pete Sessions to run for majority whip, third-ranking House leadership spot

WASHINGTON–Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, is running for House majority whip, the third-most powerful position in House leadership.

“Our conference was at a crossroads in 2009, and this upcoming leadership election provides us with yet another crossroads,” wrote Sessions in a letter to Republican colleagues. “I am contacting you this morning because, if given the opportunity, I plan to run for Majority Whip so we can work together and put our conference on the right path to fight for our conservative principles on behalf of the American people.”

Sessions has served in Congress since 1997 and chairs the influential Rules Committee–the legislative gatekeeper of the House. As chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, he orchestrated the GOP’s 2010 takeover of the House of Representatives.

“I know how to build a successful member-driven institution because that’s exactly what we did at the NRCC and what we have done at the Rules Committee,” wrote Sessions. “Our next Whip needs to demonstrate bold leadership that pays attention to process and the people involved in that process. Our next Whip also needs to unite and strengthen our conference based upon the ideas of all of our members.”

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/rep-pete-sessions-to-run-for-majority-whip-third-ranking-house-leadership-spot.html/

Ted Cruz, shunned by colleagues, trashes Congress in hour-long Senate speech

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz ripped into fellow Senators last night in a livid speech book-ended by rejection from his colleagues and designed to rile his base over the slipping chance of defunding Planned Parenthood.

After the Senate voted to end debate on a resolution to fund the government, Cruz tried to procedural move to bring up one that wouldn’t fund Planned Parenthood. His colleagues blocked him, even though senators are routinely granted votes on such measures even if they’re destined to fail. In other words, it’s a swift parliamentary smack in the face.

Once the dust settled around 6:15 p.m., Cruz dug in for more than hour of his classic hits on D.C., channeling his base’s “volcanic” frustration with Republican congressional leadership via Planned Parenthood, the Iran nuclear deal and the Barack Obama administration.

“I will give President Obama and the Senate Democrats credit,” said Cruz. “They are willing to crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth to fight for {their} principles. Unfortunately, leadership on my side of the aisle does not demonstrate the same commitment.”

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/ted-cruz-shunned-by-colleagues-trashes-congress-in-hour-long-senate-speech.html/

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Ted Cruz, shunned by colleagues, trashes Congress in hour-long Senate speech

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz ripped into fellow Senators last night in a livid speech book-ended by rejection from his colleagues and designed to rile his base over the slipping chance of defunding Planned Parenthood.

After the Senate voted to end debate on a resolution to fund the government, Cruz tried to procedural move to bring up one that wouldn’t fund Planned Parenthood. His colleagues blocked him, even though senators are routinely granted votes on such measures even if they’re destined to fail. In other words, it’s a swift parliamentary smack in the face.

Once the dust settled around 6:15 p.m., Cruz dug in for more than hour of his classic hits on D.C., channeling his base’s “volcanic” frustration with Republican congressional leadership via Planned Parenthood, the Iran nuclear deal and the Barack Obama administration.

“I will give President Obama and the Senate Democrats credit,” said Cruz. “They are willing to crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth to fight for {their} principles. Unfortunately, leadership on my side of the aisle does not demonstrate the same commitment.”

Read more: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/09/ted-cruz-shunned-by-colleagues-trashes-congress-in-hour-long-senate-speech.html/

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.


Follow-up: San Antonio strippers settle wage lawsuit against club

A San Antonio strip club that lost a trial that resulted in a $250,000 judgment for two ex-strippers has agreed to settle a separate lawsuit involving other dancers.

Terms of the deal were kept confidential, but the settlement comes three months after U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad ruled that half of the 45 strippers that sought to join the class-action suit against Tiffany's Cabaret can't be part of the court action because they signed arbitration agreements.

The judge allowed the rest to remain in the lawsuit, and the decision kept alive claims that Tiffany’s shorted other dancers of minimum wage and overtime pay.

Tiffany’s made employees sign the arbitration agreements shortly after it was previously sued by two dancers in another case, court records show. The strategy appears to have worked, as Tiffany’s lawyers convinced Bemporad that 22 dancers who signed the agreements can’t pursue wage claims in court.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Strippers-settle-wage-lawsuit-against-club-6535911.php

Cross-posted in Omaha Steve's Labor Group.

[font color=330099]TexasTowelie keeps the strippers' rights movement covered. Pasties and G-strings do the rest.[/font]

Earlier threads:
San Antonio strippers lose a battle against Tiffany’s Cabaret (Labor Group)
San Antonio strippers lose a battle against Tiffany’s Cabaret (Texas Group)

Follow-up: San Antonio strippers settle wage lawsuit against club

A San Antonio strip club that lost a trial that resulted in a $250,000 judgment for two ex-strippers has agreed to settle a separate lawsuit involving other dancers.

Terms of the deal were kept confidential, but the settlement comes three months after U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad ruled that half of the 45 strippers that sought to join the class-action suit against Tiffany's Cabaret can't be part of the court action because they signed arbitration agreements.

The judge allowed the rest to remain in the lawsuit, and the decision kept alive claims that Tiffany’s shorted other dancers of minimum wage and overtime pay.

Tiffany’s made employees sign the arbitration agreements shortly after it was previously sued by two dancers in another case, court records show. The strategy appears to have worked, as Tiffany’s lawyers convinced Bemporad that 22 dancers who signed the agreements can’t pursue wage claims in court.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Strippers-settle-wage-lawsuit-against-club-6535911.php

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

[font color=330099]TexasTowelie keeps the strippers' rights movement covered. Pasties and G-strings do the rest.[/font]

Earlier threads:
San Antonio strippers lose a battle against Tiffany’s Cabaret (Labor Group)
San Antonio strippers lose a battle against Tiffany’s Cabaret (Texas Group)

Gay High School Student in Tennessee Suspended After Attempting to Bring Male Date to Homecoming

Lance Sanderson, the gay high school student from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis Tennessee, has been suspended for a week because he had attempted to bring a male date to his school’s homecoming.

As we reported last week, Sanderson’s school (which is Catholic) told him that he could not bring a same-sex date to the homecoming dance. Sanderson then launched an online petition to persuade the school to change their stance.

Sanderson was unable to change the school’s mind and, as a result, did not attend the homecoming dance.

When he arrived at school today he was sent home by the administration because they ‘could not deal with him.’ Sanderson sent the following letter to the school’s administration after being suspended:

Read moire: http://www.towleroad.com/2015/09/gay-high-school-student-in-tennessee-suspended-after-attempting-to-bring-male-date-to-homecoming/

MTV/extreme sports star Erik Roner, 39, dies in skydiving accident



SAN FRANCISCO — An extreme sports and MTV star skydiving for the opening ceremony of a golf event in Northern California died when he struck a tree Monday, authorities said.

Placer County Sheriff's Capt. Dennis Walsh said Erik Roner of Tahoe City, Calif., died during a skydiving accident at a golf course in Squaw Valley.

Witnesses told deputies Roner, 39, was part of a group conducting a skydiving performance for a golf event, when he hit a tree while trying to land and became entangled high above ground, Walsh said.

Authorities were not able to remove him from the tree and Roner was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/obituary-headlines/20150928-mtvextreme-sports-star-erik-roner-39-dies-in-skydiving-accident.ece

Carly Fiorina Chairs Organization That Funded Abortion Group

Oh, Carly. For a woman who was so passionate in the last debate about Planned Parenthood, it seems she's much more agnostic about other organizations that she chairs.

In 2013, a charity whose board is chaired by Carly Fiorina donated $18,022 of goods to an organization that provides financial assistance to women seeking abortions.

Fiorina, the Republican presidential candidate, has served as the chair of Good360 since 2012. The organization facilitates donations from companies to nonprofits by allowing the companies to donate products, and the nonprofits to select the products they need on an online marketplace. Good360 then delivers the products to the nonprofits.

In 2013, the organization donated $18,022 in goods to the Abortion Access Network of Arizona, a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds, according to Good360’s tax form from that year. Fiorina is listed on the form as on the board of the organization.
According to the group’s website, the Abortion Access Network of Arizona “provides financial assistance to people seeking abortions in the state of Arizona,” while the National Network of Abortion Funds calls abortion “a fundamental human right.”

Additionally, according to the group’s website, the Abortion Access Network of Arizona helps fund Planned Parenthood Arizona.

[...]

A spokeswoman for Fiorina’s presidential campaign said in an email that Good360 is “agnostic on causes,” and only requires that an “organization has to be a qualified, legitimate charity.”


I have no problem with that organization helping out the Abortion Access Network. I just think Fiorina needs to come to Jesus on her hypocritical stance.

Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/09/carly-fiorina-chairs-organization-funded

Texas Gay Marriage Plaintiff Snubs Gov. Abbott On Wedding Invite

Issue still divides former law school buddies.

Anti-gay Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott and Mark Phariss were good law school buddies at Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s.

In fact, when Abbott was hit by a falling tree limb while jogging in 1984, leaving him paralyzed, Phariss (image, left) flew from Tulsa to Houston to visit his bedside.

But after Phariss became a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit challenging Texas' same-sex marriage ban in 2013, their relationship grew strained. Abbott, then the state's attorney general, vigorously defended the law, fighting to deny equal rights to his old friend.

Read more: http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/johnwright/gay_texas_couple_snubs_gov_greg_abbott_on_wedding_invite?recruiter_id=838695
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