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The secret plan behind Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill: Bankrupting public education

Republicans seek to use “don’t say gay” bills to gut public education like they did abortion access Republicans widely view the “critical race theory” hoax as a crucial component to regaining the governorship of Virginia in 2021, so it’s not a surprise that the party is rapidly expanding its national war on educators under the guise ofContinue reading “The secret plan behind Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill: Bankrupting public education”

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Oklahoma Rep. Terry O’Donnell, wife indicted over law change that let her become tag agent

A state representative was accused Friday in a grand jury indictment of misusing his power to change the law so his wife could become a tag agent. Terry O’Donnell is charged in the indictment with five felonies and three misdemeanors. “He denies any wrongdoing,” his attorney, Mack Martin, said. His wife, Teresa O’Donnell, faces three felonies andContinue reading “Oklahoma Rep. Terry O’Donnell, wife indicted over law change that let her become tag agent”

School Boards Are Begging the White House to Shield Them From Right-Wing Attacks

“Education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association wrote in a letter to Joe Biden this week detailing incidents that have unfolded across the country. “Education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association—the representative body for more than 90,000 school board members in the U.S.—wrote this weekContinue reading “School Boards Are Begging the White House to Shield Them From Right-Wing Attacks”

GOP megadonor funds S.D. troops’ border deployment

A Tennessee billionaire and high-dollar Republican donor is funding the deployment of South Dakota National Guard troops to the U.S. Mexico border. Driving the news: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who’s gaining attention as a possible 2024 presidential contender, made a splash on Tuesday with an announcement that she was deploying an unspecified number of National Guard troopsContinue reading “GOP megadonor funds S.D. troops’ border deployment”

Police: Vehicle plows into Minnesota protesters, killing 1

A woman was killed and three other people were injured when a vehicle drove into demonstrators during a protest in the Minneapolis neighborhood where a Black man was fatally shot this month during his attempted arrest by members of a federal task force, police said Monday. The crash happened at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis’ UptownContinue reading “Police: Vehicle plows into Minnesota protesters, killing 1”

Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount

President Joe Biden used the 100th anniversary of Tulsa’s race massacre to make a plea for sweeping legislation in Congress to protect the right to vote as Republican-led governments in Texas and other states pass new restrictions making it tougher to cast ballots. Biden, marking the centennial in Oklahoma on Tuesday, called out lawmakers in Congress —Continue reading “Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount”

Tulsa Race Massacre events could be targeted by white supremacist groups, Department of Homeland Security warns

The Tulsa Police Department said it is prepared and has asked for the public to report anything unusual. The Tulsa Race Massacre’s centennial commemorations in Oklahoma could draw racial violence and white supremacist groups, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned in a bulletin. “We assess that upcoming commemoration events associated with the 100thContinue reading “Tulsa Race Massacre events could be targeted by white supremacist groups, Department of Homeland Security warns”

Oklahoma Just Made It Easier to Run Over Protesters – VICE

A new law in Oklahoma will punish protestors who obstruct street traffic or cars with up to a $5,000 fine and possible jail time. The law also protects drivers who kill or injure protestors while “fleeing from a riot” if they believe they were in danger. VICE News goes to Oklahoma to find out howContinue reading “Oklahoma Just Made It Easier to Run Over Protesters – VICE”

Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Are Taking Over State Republican Parties

A VICE News review of public positions of all 50 GOP state chairs shows a growing number of conspiracists winning control of state party chairmanships. The Republican Party chairs of Texas and Wyoming have flirted with secession from the United States. Oklahoma’s Republican chair has called Islam a “cancer.” The Oregon GOP called the CapitolContinue reading “Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Are Taking Over State Republican Parties”

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt removed from the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission

Gov. Kevin Stitt has officially been removed from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. The comes after Stitt signed a bill limiting race and gender curriculums in Oklahoma schools earlier in May. House Bill 1775 prohibits state public schools, colleges, and universities from incorporating certain messages about sex and race into any course instruction.Continue reading “Oklahoma Gov. Stitt removed from the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission”