GOP Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have make it okay for businesses to discriminate against gays based on the “religious beliefs” of their owners and employees. No soup (or wedding cake) for you!
As with Medicaid expansion, I hope other GOP governors will follow Brewer and do the right thing for their citizens.
Also today, a federal court in Texas found that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.
Back when I was growing up, right-wingers who saw Communists everywhere in this country wanted those on the left to move to Russia. I think those on the right who are unhappy here should move to Putin’s Russia.
Former GOP Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, under federal indictment along with his wife on 14 counts of corruption, rejected a plea deal that would have allowed him to plead guilty to a single count for bank fraud. His wife would not have faced any charges.
The single count would have been for failing to disclose the loans from Star Scientific’s Jonny Williams on a mortgage re-fi application.
In today’s department of “Ain’t Gonna Happen,” Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has requested a presidential pardon. The request is either for a commutation of his/her 35-year sentence to time served or an outright pardon.
Perhaps try again in 2017 with President Rand Paul…
The Justice Department is changing its charging policies so that those who commit low-level, non-violent drug crimes will not face harsh mandatory minimum sentences.
And in Floyd v. New York, a federal judge has found New York City’s minority-heavy stop-and-frisk policies unconstitutional (Duh!). The judge noted that 88% of those targeted by the NYPD are released without being charged with anything, which told her that there wasn’t sufficient suspicion to stop them in the first place.
“George Zimmerman decided Trayvon Martin’s fate on Feb. 26, 2012, and now a jury will decide his. A jury that, by the way, is part of a justice system that is not supposed to exclusively serve the best educated and most articulate of our citizenry. So now would be a good time to point out that Jeantel’s weight, her nails, her sex, her color – these things have precisely jack to do with her account of what happened the night Travyon Martin died. Justice is supposed to serve teenagers too, and people who party and who don’t hide it when they’re angry or flustered, and women who can’t read cursive. It’s supposed to serve people whose dialogue wasn’t written for them by David E. Kelley. Remember that. Remember that Rachel Jeantel is not the one on trial.”
Mary Elizabeth Williams, “The smearing of Rachel Jeantel,” Salon