Breaking: Texas Senate Bill 9, the voter-suppression bill that would turn honest mistakes into felonies, is DEAD! Activism works, y’all. Thanks to everyone who called and wrote their reps to defeat this awful bill.
The attempts to add problematic provisions of #SB9 to another bill have failed. And with that, one of the worst voter suppression bills in the country is dead.
Proud to have been part of the coalition that killed this bill. A victory for voting rights! #txlege pic.twitter.com/bllElLFygU
— Texas Freedom Network (@TFN) May 26, 2019
Fighting the Attack on Women
Bill Nye the Science Guy wants anti-choice activists to know exactly how scientifically ignorant their anti-abortion stance is.
Meanwhile prosecutors across the country are vowing not to bring charges for violations to the unconstitutional abortion bans recently enacted by several states.
Maryland became the first state to cover Planned Parenthood proposed cuts.
A Nevada law removing abortion restrictions passed the state assembly.
Vermont’s Republican governor is the first prominent political figure to publicly come out favoring Don John’s only (so far) challenger in the GOP primary, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, over reelecting the Very Stable Genius.
Republicans Against the Law
A federal judge issued a temporary injunction blocking part of Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
Washington state is aiming to make violent white supremacism legal grounds for having your guns confiscated.
A federal judge blocked Don John’s attempt to keep his financial institutions from releasing records, upholding the congressional subpoenas. In the most delicious of ironies, the court to which Donald will have to take his appeal is headed by—wait for it; this is really good—Merrick Garland. Twitter ran with it.
New York prosecutors closed a loophole that will now allow the state to pursue charges against any individual granted a presidential pardon for similar federal crimes.
New York passed a bill giving Congress a way to Get Trump’s state tax returns
The Washington Post uncovered a confidential internal IRS attorney memo that states that the IRS must disclose subpoenaed tax information to Congress unless the president declares executive privilege—which the Mentally Deranged Dotard has not—thus contradicting Don John’s stated justification for blocking it.
Social and Civil Rights Advances
The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would help same-sex couples get married.
A new Gillette ad features a dad teaching his trans son to shave for the first time.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO to many) declared it to be National Day of Fighting Against Homophobia, Lesbofobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
Target stores donated $100K to an LGBT nonprofit that promotes ‘inclusive’ K-12 schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Native American rights in a 5-4 decision in a case out of Wyoming.
Nickelodeon actor Michael D. Cohen reveals he transitioned from being a woman to a man nearly 20 years ago.
Your Feel-good Stories of the Week
Ben Carson is a flat-out idiot.