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Romney said he'd veto the DREAM Act as president. How would he vote on it as U.S. senator?

Romney said he'd veto the DREAM Act as president. How would he vote on it as U.S. senator?

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Nearly five years after he self-deported from the White House, Mitt Romney, the Michigan-born former governor of Massachusetts, is running for the U.S. Senate seat from Utah (interesting how no one’s telling him to go for a long walk in the woods or to retire and take up knitting, but that’s another story). This story is about Romney running, and he’s apparently trying to cast himself as the alternative to Trumpism, saying in his campaign video that “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in Washington … Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world. Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion.”  Yeah, about that, Mitt. Notice he says “Utah welcomes legal immigrants.” So what about the estimated 10,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who call the st
House Republicans Vote To Take Away Rights From The Disabled By Gutting The ADA

House Republicans Vote To Take Away Rights From The Disabled By Gutting The ADA

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By a vote of 225-192, House Republicans have voted to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and stri[e equal rights away from 56.7 million Americans. The vote: *BREAKING* 🚨HR 620 PASSED the House 225-192🚨 We ALL must ☎️ our 2 Senators & say NO to a bill that would roll back protections of the […] The post House Republicans Vote To Take Away Rights From The Disabled By Gutting The ADA appeared first on Politicus USA.
NBA’s Steve Kerr: ‘We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect peoples’ lives’

NBA’s Steve Kerr: ‘We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect peoples’ lives’

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The Golden State Warrior’s head coach Steve Kerr has been very vocal about the injustices inflicted by those in power in our country. After the terrible school shooting in Florida on Wednesday, Kerr was asked by reporters for his thoughts on the matter. Well, nothing has been done. It doesn't seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn't matter that people are being shot at a concert, in a movie theater. It's not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, the people running this country to actually do anything. That's demoralizing. But we can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect peoples’ lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they finance their campaign
This Week in Statehouse Action: I Vote The Line edition

This Week in Statehouse Action: I Vote The Line edition

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February’s just over halfway done, but it already feels longer than a Folsom Prison sentence. Partly because so much hurt keeps happening. But also because 44 state legislatures are actively meeting this week. Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Texas, and Louisiana are so so chill right now Cry, Cry, Cry: After every gun violence tragedy, conversation quickly and rightly turns to Congress’ shameful inaction on the issue. But states have broad leeway to regulate (or not) firearms themselves, so it’s worth taking a peek at what’s been happening in legislatures since the mass shooting in Las Vegas last October and the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and … well. The Democratic majorities in the Massachusetts House and Senate became the first legislature to pas
It’s easier to buy a gun than it is to vote in Florida

It’s easier to buy a gun than it is to vote in Florida

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The Parkland school shooting has once again opened up a national debate about how easy it is to buy assault weapons in the United States of America. This country has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world, with Yemen coming in second. A familiar debate has also surfaced: Is it easier to buy a gun or to vote? The truth is that in most states, it is easier to purchase a gun than it is to vote. In 2013, a ThinkProgress analysis found that while in every state you need proof of ID to vote, in 39 states you can buy an assault rifle at gun shows or online without a background check and with no proof of ID. About 40 percent of gun purchases in the United States happen through this “gun show loophole.” Florida is one of those 39 states. Nikolas Cruz, aged 19, could not
Texas Teachers ‘Blow the Whistle’ After Conservatives Accuse Them of (Gasp!) Getting out the Vote

Texas Teachers ‘Blow the Whistle’ After Conservatives Accuse Them of (Gasp!) Getting out the Vote

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“I will vote in support of public education in the interest of the more than 5 million Texas school children.” That’s the oath Texas Educators Vote shopped to public school districts across the state last year as part of the teacher coalition’s campaign for school board resolutions that promote voting among eligible students and staff. The group’s pledge, and the idea that public schools might promote voting to the extent that they even transport students and staff to and from the polls, was so hyper-partisan and offensive to some Texas conservatives that they asked state Attorney General Ken Paxton to declare school district attempts to encourage voting illegal “electioneering.” Ken Paxton/Twitter logo.  Patrick Michels/Pixabay That resulted in a nonbinding legal opinion Paxton iss
Turns Out That UN Vote Against The US On Jerusalem Cost Nations Nothing

Turns Out That UN Vote Against The US On Jerusalem Cost Nations Nothing

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UN Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP / Getty Images Donald Trump swore in December to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries that supported a United Nations resolution condemning the administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.“Let them vote against us,” he said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”On Monday the Trump administration made public its proposed 2019 budget, and here's the news: not a single country lost funding on the basis of voting against the US at the UN.In fact, the budget specifically carves out money for many of the countries that voted against the US in the UN General Assembly, such as Zimbabwe, Somalia and Nigeria.“I...