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Hometown: South Texas. most of my life I lived in Austin and Dallas
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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

Journal Archives

Utah News - 5/3/2016

University of Utah faculty vote to dump fossil fuels investments

Kaysville man (CPA) accused of failure to pay $200,000 in taxes faces federal charges

Utah's population growth questionable without Great Salt Lake, researcher says
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 02:29 PM (0 replies)

Nevada News - 5/3/2016

Nevada Democrats beat GOP in new registrations in April
A good sign for November!

Reno still cannot find desperately needed overflow shelter

Justices hear proposed ballot measure to repeal state business tax
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 01:22 PM (2 replies)

Johnson & Johnson to pay $55M in second talc-powder cancer lawsuit

A jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a woman who claims talc in the company’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.

On Monday, a jury in St. Louis, awarded Gloria Ristesund $5 million in damages and $50 million in punitive damages, Reuters reported.

Read more: http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/thread/7776/johnson-second-talc-powder-cancer
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 12:52 PM (0 replies)

Arizona News - 5/3/2016

Solar plane on global trip arrives in Arizona

Appeals court reverses ban on Sheriff Joe Arpaio workplace raids

Arizona House, Senate signal budget agreement

University of Arizona police arrest man in last week's campus shooting

Senate OKs expanding AZ Supreme Court by two

My commentary for each of the articles are at the links.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 12:35 PM (0 replies)

Virginia News - Poor Jim Filmore can't even get elected as delegate to RNC

Oyster shells, costs piling up in Virginia Beach for non-existent oyster restoration plan

Ex-postal worker in Suffolk to be sentenced in federal court for $157K fraud

History project strives to empower Southwest Virginia LGBT community

Republicans plan to sue McAuliffe over order restoring rights to felons

Conference focuses on keeping aging Virginians in their homes

Virginia's Gilmore can't even get elected delegate to convention

VA Supreme Court rules same-sex couples equal in divorce law

Justin Fairfax running as Democrat for lieutenant governor
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 08:50 AM (4 replies)

West Virginia News - 5/3/2016

Hillary Clinton hears successes, concerns in WV

No warm welcome for Clinton in Williamson

WV Senate leader seeks to stop ‘despicable’ radio ads

Democrat Hillary Clinton making campaign stops in Appalachia

Beer here? Marshall might start selling suds at games

Police say Fairmont doctor traded prescriptions for sexual favors

Hillary makes presidential campaign stop in Ashland
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 07:45 AM (0 replies)

South Carolina News - 5/3/2016

Watchdogs say ethics bills could instill confidence

Former La Hacienda workers reflect on wage theft judgment

S.C. AG Wilson tells civic group he will discuss feud with solicitor at ‘appropriate time’

KKK fliers in Goose Creek neighborhoods violated ordinance, police say

Gov. Nikki Haley: Go full throttle on Jasper port

One dead after shooting near Coastal Carolina University

Is SC more progressive now that the bathroom bill has been defeated?
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 05:00 AM (0 replies)

Voters down on HB2; Democrats Cooper and Stein lead in new poll

A new polling firm called RABA Research (RABA for Red America, Blue America) finds that half of North Carolina voters disapprove of the new law commonly known as House Bill 2.

The poll also has Attorney General Roy Cooper and former state Sen. Josh Stein, both Democrats, leading in their races for governor and attorney general.

Read more: http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/thread/7741/voters-democrats-cooper-stein-lead

My commentary is at the link.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 04:12 AM (2 replies)

Charlotte city manager wants 1% property tax increase to hire police

To pay for 50 new police officers, Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has recommended a small property tax increase in the upcoming year’s budget, which was unveiled Monday.

But City Council could choose another path, if it’s wary of raising the tax rate for the third time in four years.

One option is to increase the fees people pay for garbage collection, while another is to eliminate trash collection for apartments.

Read more: http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/thread/7739/charlotte-manager-wants-property-increase

My commentary is included at the link.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 03:52 AM (8 replies)

For businesses backing HB2, privacy and religious freedom

Before North Carolina’s House Bill 2 passed, Lighthouse Electric owner Judy Hale said she and her husband were considering moving the electrical contracting business from Charlotte to Fort Mill because they opposed Charlotte’s newly passed nondiscrimination ordinance.


Businesses that support HB2, like the legislators who ushered the measure into law, largely focus on its bathroom provision, which mandates that transgender people use the bathroom of the gender that corresponds with their birth certificate instead of the gender with which they identify, as the Charlotte ordinance would have allowed.

After House Bill 2 passed on March 23, scores of major corporations, performing artists, colleges and religious institutions came out against the measure, which they say discriminates against LGBT individuals.

A smaller but equally passionate smattering of North Carolina businesses have come out in favor of the measure, saying it lets business owners make their own decisions. Many of them appear on KeepNCSafe.org’s list of businesses that support the measure. Over 300 favor it, the group says, though it only gives the names of 68 because of “vocal threats and bullying from the LGBT community.”

Read more: http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/thread/7740/businesses-backing-privacy-religious-freedom

The issue of bathroom mandates has taken on some importance within my family. My commentary is provided at the link.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue May 3, 2016, 03:52 AM (2 replies)
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