Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education

‘When Trump supporters peacefully protest, suddenly “Law and Order” is all they can talk about!’ Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Esther Byrd to the state’s Board of Education, a move that will almost certainly serve to further politicize that appointed panel. A former Marine, Mrs. Byrd is currently the legal assistant and office manager for the Law Office of CordContinue reading “Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education”

Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet

The fringe politician making craven appeals to “America First” racists can’t stop talking about a notorious taped address. Facing simmering outrage over her decision to deliver a taped speech to a white-nationalist conference in Orlando last month, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin insisted she did not know the infamous Holocaust denier who organized the event. InContinue reading “Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet”

Rural North Dakota superintendent sends anti-‘woke’ tirade to school administrators across the state

Starkweather Public School District Superintendent Larry Volk wrote in an email to a large mailing list run by the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders that critical race theory is “bigotry cloaked in academic theory” and noted it “will never have a place in our school district.” He added that it’s “time to move awayContinue reading “Rural North Dakota superintendent sends anti-‘woke’ tirade to school administrators across the state”

From Abortion Bans to Anti-Trans Laws, a Christian Legal Army is Waging War on America – Democracy Now!

As the Supreme Court looks poised to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and possibly overturn Roe v. Wade we speak to The Nation’s Amy Littlefield about her investigation into the Christian legal army behind the Mississippi law as well as anti-trans laws across the country. She also critiques the mainstream pro-choice movement’s failure to centerContinue reading “From Abortion Bans to Anti-Trans Laws, a Christian Legal Army is Waging War on America – Democracy Now!”

US ‘dark money’ groups behind Mississippi abortion case spend millions overseas

Groups behind a Supreme Court test case that threatens the constitutional right to abortion in the US are targeting Europe and Latin America too US conservative groups behind a Supreme Court legal battle that could shape the future of American abortion rights have spent at least $28m around the world between 2016 and 2019 on campaigns against women’s andContinue reading “US ‘dark money’ groups behind Mississippi abortion case spend millions overseas”

Book banning? Parent email prompts Utah district to pull these titles from high school libraries

Removal appears to violate district’s own policies Copies of at least nine book titles have been removed from libraries at four high schools in the Canyons School District — all in response to an email from a parent who expressed concerns about the titles she said she learned about through social media videos. The removalContinue reading “Book banning? Parent email prompts Utah district to pull these titles from high school libraries”

GOP lawmaker says gays who get beat up are getting “normal consequences” for “perverse lifestyle”

Montana Sen. Theresa Manzella said LGBTQ people “play the protected class card” when they get beat up for holding hands in public. A Republican lawmaker in Montana said that LGBTQ people who get beat up for holding hands in public are receiving the “normal consequences associated with the choices they made” and said that LGBTQContinue reading “GOP lawmaker says gays who get beat up are getting “normal consequences” for “perverse lifestyle””

DonorsTrust Gives $600k Donation to White Nationalist Hate Group

For the second year in a row, the right wing’s favorite dark money donation vehicle has given an unprecedented sum to a notorious white nationalist hate group. New tax records obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveal that nonprofit charity DonorsTrust bankrolled the New Century Foundation—an alias for American Renaissance, a white nationalist organizationContinue reading “DonorsTrust Gives $600k Donation to White Nationalist Hate Group”

Virginia school board members call for books to be burned amid GOP’s campaign against schools teaching about race and sexuality

Two VA school board members called for burning books that have been deemed worthy of removal. The Spotsylvania County School Board directed staff to begin removing “sexually explicit” books from library shelves. The GOP has been pushing against teaching students about race and sexuality.  Amid the GOP’s nationwide push against teaching about race and sexuality in schools,Continue reading “Virginia school board members call for books to be burned amid GOP’s campaign against schools teaching about race and sexuality”

Let’s talk about how Republicans plan to win in 2022 and 2024 – Beau of the Fifth Column

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