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Bathroom Bill: Imagined Fears Versus Possible Discrimination

Senate takes testimony on controversial gender-designated bathroom restrictions

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Austin attorney Nancy A. Lynch mock protesting the bathroom bill at the Texas Capitol on July 21, 2017.
Photograph Omar Rodríguez Ortiz

Dozens of transgender people and parents of transgender children testified Friday, often emotionally, that Senate Bill 3, or the bathroom bill, was discriminatory and would expose them to violence at a public hearing on Friday. Also present were social conservatives, who claimed bathrooms are unsafe for women and girls if they are not restricted to the sex assigned at birth in schools and public buildings. After ten hours of testimony, the Senate State Affairs Committee sent the bill to the full Senate. But as the legislation’s sponsor, state Senator Lois Kolkhorst, said at the beginning of the Friday’s hearing, “We must hear all voices today.”

Outside of the hearing room—which the Senate notably selected instead of the hearing chamber—Erin Edmonds (who uses they/them pronouns) silently mouthed the contents of their speech with a timer on their iPhone. The Senate had imposed a time limit on the testimonies of participants. “In two minutes, they just hit you with that buzzer and you’re done,” Edmonds said.

This wasn’t Edmonds’s first time testifying about the so-called bathroom bill, which would bar transgender and gender nonconforming people from using the bathroom they identify with in public buildings and universities. During the regular legislative session, Edmonds invited Senator Kolkhorst, who was a golfer in college, to go play a round. Kolkhorst never accepted the invitation, but throughout the session she repeatedly referenced Title IX protections, which prevents gender discrimination in schools, as a reason for implementing the bathroom bill, a point that irked Edmonds. 

“It’s really upsetting to hear her talk about what it means to bar trans people from competitions and bathrooms and locker rooms,” Edmonds says. “Why are people looking at other people’s junk anyway?”

Supporters of the bill said the bill’s passage is essential for the protection and privacy of young children. “They are trying to change 5,000 years of tradition and common sense in one swoop and that is not right,” said Dave Robbins, from Holland, Texas. “Men don’t need to be in restrooms with little girls that will cause the little girls to be fearful.”

But most of those who provided official testimony—parents, college students, teachers—saw the bill as an encroachment of civil rights that could put transgender students in danger of harassment and bullying. Samuel, a nineteen-year-old who identifies as gender fluid and requested not to have his last name published, said he is most bothered by the legislators’ refusal to acknowledge that there is more than one scenario for assault, which is commonly cited as a reason to pass the bill.

“They don’t focus on transgender victims, such as trans women being assaulted by men, trans women being assaulted by cis women or vice versa,” Samuel said. “There are many different set of victims that they’re ignoring to prioritize female victims being assaulted by men only.”

Others, like Wilburn Wright, a psychologist and a lifelong Republican, said the proposed law is unenforceable. “What are they going to have? Crotch sniffing dogs and TSA groping, or maybe certified teachers checking birth certificates as they go in the bathrooms? It’s just stupid,” said Wright, who noted that he had campaigned for both Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and former President Richard Nixon.

Even an Air Force war veteran with twenty years of service under his belt took a turn to speak on the record. John Weisen drove from San Antonio on behalf of his 27-year-old transgender son, who he said bore male characteristics, would be forced under SB 3 to use the women’s bathroom. “It leaves him basically open to harassment regardless of what he does. Either they are breaking the law or using a bathroom that is the opposite of their appearances,” said Weisen.

Meanwhile, business leaders in the state criticized the bill, saying it will negatively impact the state’s economy. “In our industry, we’re selling against perception. Perception is our reality,” said Cassandra Matej, the president and CEO of Visit San Antonio. Matej testified that conventions and other major events had already pulled out of the city because of the bathroom bill debate, costing the city $3 million in economic impact. “As we’re selling Texas and San Antonio as welcoming and diverse, I’m getting calls on a daily basis from customers stating that they will not come back to Texas,” she said.

Throughout Friday morning, citizens voiced their stance on the bill in two-minute intervals, often sharing intimate details of their personal lives to strangers. Wearing his recently acquired “Mr. Black Trans International” sash, Trenton Johnson, a transgender activist from Dallas, cited race as one of the reasons he was testifying against the bill.I wanted [the legislators] to understand the African-American perspective without making this about race,” Johnson said. “But it has something to do with race because my Latino trans brother or my white trans brother will experience this a little differently than I will as an African-American trans man.”

Johnson argued that his skin color already puts him “at the bottom of the pole.” He said that on top of that, if he was forced to use a female restroom, he would automatically be profiled by women in the restroom. “If I go into an establishment where it’s predominantly white—people don’t look like me—I’m not going to be looked at as, ‘Oh, he must be trans,’ due to this new bill,” Johnson said. “I’m going to automatically be looked at as a rapist, as a pedophile, as a sex offender, or anything of that nature.”

Similarly, a transgender woman from Houston, Anandrea Molina—who primarily spoke in Spanish—said that people like her are a “minority inside of a minority,” because they go through different issues such as immigration status and language barriers.

The official testimonies weren’t the only way people made their voices heard. Around 11 a.m., a group protesting SB 3 gathered at a press conference in a courtyard near the hearing room. Unlike the formality of a public hearing, speakers had more than the two minutes. They used the time to share their own and loved one’s experiences.

Matching his wife and three young children in purple t-shirts emblazoned “Support Trans Youth,” Frank Gonzales, the father of a seven-year-old transgender child, was among those to speak.

“Stop trying to force my innocent little girl into a man’s restroom,” Gonzales said. “This is not a Christian value. This is not a Texas value. And as the father of a transgender child who is simply living the life she was born to live, I will not stand for it.”

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  • WUSRPH

    I still hope we can get the campaign under way to post a picture of Patrick with the slogan “Remember Dan is watching!” in every public bathroom in Texas. Maybe some legislator can offer it as an amendment to the bathroom bill. Is the state going to give everyone a cut rate on all birth certificates that people will have to start carrying in order to go to the john?

    • Omar Rodriguez Ortiz

      That’s the observation of Wilburn Wright, the Republican lawyer mentioned in the story. Thank you for reading us.

      • WUSRPH

        No problem.. I’ve been advocating Dannie’s picture in the bathroom since about the middle of the regular session….I think it is only fit and proper that the get the credit for all of this……

    • BCinBCS
    • Outside of the hearing room—which the Senate notably selected instead of the hearing chamber—Erin Edmonds (who uses they/them pronouns) silently mouthed the contents of their speech with a timer on their iPhone. The Senate had imposed a time limit on the testimonies of participants. “In two minutes, they just hit you with that buzzer and you’re done,” Edmonds said.

  • MartinAustinTX

    There is one objective criterion for determining bathroom use: sex. It applies to cisgender and transgender alike. No discrimination. Transgendered women testified that they would be afraid to use men’s room but insisted cisgendered women’s fears about men invading their space were unreasonable. That’s a double-standard. The fact is the bill is getting government out of the private spaces of privately owned places. If they make the birth certificate presumptive of a person’s sex instead of conclusive, then most transitioned transgendered persons will be able to freely use intimate spaces that match their identity and biology.

    • José

      “…the bill is getting government out of the private spaces…”
      You sure about that, partner? The bill adds government regulations. Note the “must be” and “may not”:
      http://www.legis.texas.gov/tlodocs/851/billtext/html/SB00003I.htm

      Today’s Texas GOP is all about the state government exerting its God given authority to decide what’s best for individuals and local government.

      • robintexas

        Actually what Texas State Government is doing, is governing the state, which includes individual and local government… Let’s be realistic here and have an open discourse.

      • MartinAustinTX

        The Obama Administration interjected itself, unlawfully, into bathroom policy for schools. Cities interjected themselves into bathroom policy for public and private entities in their jurisdictions. This legislation is responsive to those intrusions. The TX legislature never sought to set policy until Democrats in power politicized this issue and mandated use. What business is it of Austin city government to tell me that my two single-occupancy restrooms must be gender neutral instead of male and female? That law will be rendered nugatory if SB 3 becomes law.

        • BCinBCS

          What business is it of Austin city government to tell me that my two single-occupancy restrooms must be gender neutral instead of male and female?

          Damned straight.

          And what business is it of the government to tell me that I must serve blacks and Muslims and Asians. And if I don’t want women to have the same rights as men, why should government tell me otherwise. And don’t even get me started about government allowing homosexuals to have the same as rights as us straight people. Government has no right interfering in my right to discriminate !

          • MartinAustinTX

            Intellectually challenged? two bathrooms are two bathrooms. No one is being denied. It is how they are accommodated that the government is deciding for me. If you equate that to racial discrimination, you are more interested in demonizing those with opinions opposed to your own and more interested in politicizing bathroom use.

          • BCinBCS

            Tell me Martin, how are the bathrooms in your house divided? One for males and one for females (assuming that you have at least two)?

            I have been in several businesses, including restaurants, that have only one restroom. I never saw a problem yet you see problems when you have two.

            Opposition to this legislation is predicated on fear and discrimination by conservatives of people who are not like themselves…the same fear and discrimination that they have for blacks, Asians and Muslims.

          • MartinAustinTX

            MY restrooms serve employees and guests. WE decide how to accommodate them BEST, not YOU.

          • Jed

            “MY restrooms serve employees and guests. WE decide how to accommodate them BEST, not YOU.”

            is your business in the imaginary state of Anarchia? Liberturdia?

            cause if it’s in a real place, you are mistaken.

          • MartinAustinTX

            So my restrooms are your business but opponents argue that the state has no business legislating about bathroom use. A law that gives transgendered persons the right to use either room, based on their biology or identity, but limits cisgendered persons to use based on biology only, is discriminatory. A law that limits use based on sex for all is NOT.

          • BCinBCS

            By analogy:
            A law that limits parking to those with a handicap sticker discriminates against those who are not handicapped and takes the use of a business-owned parking space from that business.

            There are many laws that, according to your flawed definition, are discriminatory.

          • Jed

            i don’t think you (or beth) know what “discrimination” means.

  • don76550

    The bathroom bill is opposed by proponents of perversion. Republicans, oppose this bill at your peril. All the whining and moaning you are hearing from Austin liberals and the fake news media does not translate to primary voters in your district.

    • Omar Rodriguez Ortiz

      Hi, Don. Thank you for writing your thoughts about the topic and the article. About the “fake media” catch phrase, I’d like to clarify that all people cited on this article are real, even the people who are in favor of the Bathroom Bill.

      • WUSRPH

        But its “fake” unless it agrees with him.

        • robintexas

          NOPE FAKE NEWS often means that something is taken out of context and a false narrative is them placed upon the new “actuality?”

          When a poll is done, any thinking person knows that depending upon how a question is phrased, and the possible answers that are acceptable will absolutely determine the outcome of the poll. That explains hoe people can seem to want one thing, but go to voting booth and demand something entirely different.

          IN addition many news stories are written and slanted to try and convince people that a particular pint of view is the best one, the right one, the only acceptable one etc. etc.

          So one can claim that most Texans want one thing or another, and most of the time it will be wrong….. We hear it all the time, what “most Texans want” then we vote the other way.

          The bottom line is that most Texans want folks to leave them alone, and keep the goof-ball, ultra-liberal, California attitudes out of Texas. We may be accepting, and tend to live and let live, but we ask the same in return.

          • vietvet3

            robintexas- It has been quite a few hours since WUSRPH asked you to “Please provide ANY legitimate source of proof of this statement that sexual predators have masqueraded as being transgender in order to assault women or girls and that that ” has happened plenty often over the years.” Are you still researching, or what?

  • Lee Anne

    This bill is NOT about protecting any one. If it were cis males would be banned from all public facilities. Google clergy sexual abuse and La Vernia High School. sexual abuse. Now google transgender sexual abuse. We are not the threat. We are the victims.

    • robintexas

      The problems created by these “use whatever bathroom you like” laws, are not caused by transgender folks, but rather by sexual predators who pretend to be transgender. THAT has happened plenty enough over the years, and there is simply no reason to make it easier for them… The problem some folks seem to have, is understanding the difference, and for some the FACTS surrounding the issue. Which in FACT was NOT an issue at all until after the same sex marriage ruling by the SCOTUS… Suddenly you have all these activists with no cause to act upon…. FACT: Transgender people have been using which ever bathroom THEY feel they fit into better for decades. No-one noticed or cared. Now is someone looks like a man and does not or cannot pass as a women, then they might have problems going into a women’s bathroom. Same for the opposite case…. In 99.999% of cases each person knows where they really fit in. SO the reality is there was no problem before and we are creating a problem that simply does not and did not need to be created…. We seem to love using words like “Rights” and “Discrimination” when the reality is we have the exact same rights when it comes to bathrooms, so any discrimination is made up and nonexistent…. There is nothing in the constitution about such activities. Therefore any decisions or laws governing same should be made by each state. THAT is actually what the Constitution says.

      • WUSRPH

        I had intended to let your psycho-babble diatribes pass….but one totally unsubstantiated libel has to be challenged:

        “by sexual predators who pretend to be transgender. THAT has happened plenty enough over the years,”

        Please provide ANY source of proof of this statement.

        • robintexas

          Try reading arrest records… This idea that no sexual predator would take advantage of this situation is pure fiction… Folks deny such things the same as they deny Voter Fraud… They do so in-spite of arrest records, prosecutions and people actually in jail or prison…. Now it may not be rampant (yet) but then these laws have not been around long yet either, and in many places do not exist. So we have to look at places that have had these laws for a couple years or more to get any kind of data at all.

          Yes I get the fact that many new media outlets refuse to cover things that go against a narrative they support, at times simply dropping an issue rather than report that they were wrong. But the FMI and Police records are indeed there. But you may have to go looking for them FACTS rather than rely on propaganda web-sites…. Thankfully a few News media outlets do cover these stories, though sadly not in much detail and not for very long either.

          • robintexas

            Here is the weirdest thing about this whole issues (other than it addresses a problem that simply does not actually exist) The supporters (or so called supporters) of the Transgender support movement are so hostile towards anyone with another thought. Even many very knowledgeable people in this field of psychiatry. Preferring to call anyone who disagrees or points out facts Stupid, a hater, a denier, a discriminator… But the fact is to discriminate against someone, one has to be able to do something, and then deny the other person the ability to do the same thing. That scenario does not exist here.

          • WUSRPH

            Not being a transgender individual, but knowing a couple, I cannot speak for their motivation…as you appear to believe you can….but it would appear logical that, if one were one, he or she might be just a little hostile toward people like you who deny their very existence and say they are “pretending” and suffer from a psychosis. But since you clearly know more about it then they do, they might find it a waste of time to discuss it with you….I certainly find it so.

          • WUSRPH

            Here you go ducking the question…You claim there is evidence….You present NONE. Where are these police reports you claim exist? You, of course, know of their existence… but it is funny you just cannot seem to find a way to show them to others….

      • Lee Anne

        The LA school district adopted a trans inclusion bathroom policy in 2005 and has seen no problems like you describe. About 200 other locals have had the same experience. You claim predators pretending to be trans has occured plenty of times. Please cite your sources.

        • WUSRPH

          Don’t wait for a response…He has done one of his periodic “run thru” spreading his illogical babble and we won’t see him for a while. He’s so confused that he directly contradicts himself again and again…This time he tells us how dangerous it is to let transgendered individuals use the bathroom and then goes on to say “we are creating a problem that simply does not need to be created”…..Which is it he cannot figure out.

          • robintexas

            Still right here and still speaking the truth to those who wish harm upon our state and are country. And doing it politely I might add. Folks we simply do NOT need to create a problem where none existed. Good Grief

        • robintexas

          We can site examples all day long, anecdotal evidence is the same as no evidence at all. The Data and known facts say otherwise. Most often creating problems that did not exist before… Why do that to people? What joy do you get by making someone else afraid and at risk?

  • John Bernard Books

    Help me understand…democrats are pushing gay marriage and letting trannies into women’s restrooms with little girls, correct? cheeze with your whine?

    • Omar Rodriguez Ortiz

      Hi, John. Thank you for reading us. According to the National Institutes of Health, a government agency, “transgender is an adjective, not a noun.” It also says “be careful not to call someone “a transgender.” Do not add an unnecessary ‘-ed’ to the term (“transgendered”) which connotes a condition of some kind. Never use the term transvestite to describe a transgender person.” Source: https://www.edi.nih.gov/people/sep/lgbti/resources/terminology In addition, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary says that transvestite is “a person who wears clothes designed for the opposite sex.” It continues saying that “an older term for crossdresser is transvestite. Crossdressers often dress only in certain situations. They do not usually identify as transgender—most identify as straight men. — Laura Erickson-Schroth.” Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transvestite Again, I appreciate your feedback on the article but I thought it was a good moment to clarify this common misconception. NOTE: The comment section seems to shorten links automatically. Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you would like the full-length, working links.

      • robintexas

        Well that’s doesn’t make much sense.. You see, there are indeed people who are transvestites… That is a man who dresses up in women’s clothing often for sexual gratification purposes..

        I agree wholeheartedly that we need to treat fellow human beings with decency, respect, and compassion. PERIOD

        But we do need terms to relate to, and deciding that terminology must be turned on it’s head to accommodate some politically correct point of view just won’t fly….

        For someone to truly be “transgendered” they would have to have several surgeries and undergo hormone therapy for the rest of their life as well. Even then they only APPEAR and PRETEND to be “transgendered” as you see nothing so far has been able to change the chromosomes one is born with. No matter what one does, or how they dress and act, nor even how others treat and react to them. NOTHING will change one’s DNA. Activists hate that fact, but fact it is.

        Here is another fact that activists just hate. Gender Dysphoria (the feeling of thought that one is trapped in the body of the wrong sex, or feeling that though I am a women I really am a man, or vice versa) is the only psychosis that we now treat by feeding the psychosis rather than helping the person to overcome it…. How much more compassionate would we be if instead of helping people turn away from reality and feed their illusion, if we helped then regain reality and self acceptance, and learn to love themselves.

        This may well explain why the depression and suicide rates are higher for transgender people, and why around 80% eventually change their mind and return to their birth gender.

        • Omar Rodriguez Ortiz

          Hi, Robin. Many terms are already defined by science. From a journalist perspective, it’s the professional thing to use them correctly. The American Psychiatric Association says that “people who identify as transgender but who do not seek medical or surgical treatment are not transsexual.” Source: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/gender-dysphoria/expert-qa

      • John Bernard Books

        aye gawd Woodrow they missed the point….again.

  • José

    Wonder if anyone has considered a certain kind of protest that might shed light on the absurdity of this bill. Recruit a small army of transsexual and transgender folks to visit the capitol. Make sure they drink lots of coffee and soda pop so they’ll need to use the facilities often. And they will use the restrooms designated for their sex at birth rather than their identified gender. One might think that a few ladies will soon grow weary of sharing a potty room with the likes of Trenton Johnson, and some redneck bullies might discover a shy bladder once they hear the rustle of petticoats at the adjacent urinal.

    • robintexas

      Seldom does being obnoxious get one what they want…. The strange thing is, it has been darn hard to figure out what it is that some folks even want. It appears they do not even know themselves… All they know is that they are not happy and do not want anyone else happy either…. I find that very sad.

      • José

        Kinda a funny thing to say after a bunch of Texans showed up to tell the Lege who they are and what they want. It’s true that they are not happy with what’s going on with SB3, a bill designed specifically to restrict their freedom. That’s understandable. But if you ever talked with one of them I bet that they would like nothing more than for everyone to coexist peacefully.
        You are absolutely right, this is sad.

        • WUSRPH

          Actually, what is sad is that robintexas thinks like he does… But he’s done his run thru…

          • robintexas

            Now tell me again WHO is Hating?.. Try and do it with a straight face too.

          • WUSRPH

            No problem…..I do not hate those who hate all that differ from them…hating them would be a waste of time and effort…..I do, however, pity most of them for their shallow, bigoted view of the world and their fellow man.

        • robintexas

          Over 28 Million people live in Texas…. How many showed up to protest during this process? A handful…. They were not telling the legislature anything they didn’t already know. They only wanted to make a scene and disrupt the process.

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  • Marc Dunkelberg

    This is all a nefarious plot by the plumbing lobby. Business will be forced to provide extra facilities for the trans community. More bathrooms more plumbing supplies. Do not be fooled Texas

  • WUSRPH

    Speaking about logic: The Senate committee, as expected, EXEMPTED all cities in counties with less than 500,000 residents from the annexation limits….If citizens ought to have the right to approval being annexed, why shouldn’t it apply to all areas of the state? Hypocrisy based on one thing alone—-there are more senators with who do not have that big of a county in their districts. “Local Liberty” only for a few!

  • SeeItMyWay

    I love conservative; I hate radical.

    When was the last time you heard of a transgendered person accosting, exposing themselves, or attacking someone in a public school bathroom? How about a transgender teen getting naked and jumping into a lockeroom shower?

    This is Dan (what’s his real last name?) Patrick…a debt owing, woman hitting, shyster, turned radical radio host, turned state senator, turned Lt. Gov’s attempting to promote himself by throwing more red meat out to a group of radical, uninformed, clueless dogs.

    If this group, who he has frothing at the mouth, knew anything about the real story of what is going on in Austin with regards to who he takes money from and what their eventual goals are, they would be spitting on him. They don’t.

    If they looked at where his big money was coming from, they might know where he is coming from. He is a sock puppet like so many. He is so about himself and pleasing those who pat his head and say “Heel…here’s another treat. We are going to make you Top Dog”.

    It makes me sick.

    • donuthin2

      I like the old kind of conservative but hate the ones that are calling themselves conservative today.

  • dave in texas

    Forget for a second that this bill will essentially be impossible to enforce.

    Forget for a second that there have been zero instances of someone dressing up as a trans person to spy on/assault anyone in a restroom.

    Forget for a second that the only assaults likely to happen are *of* trans persons *by* misguided, frightened, or ignorant straight people.

    Forget for a second that public testimony was 4-1 against this bill, and that most polls show approximately 60% of Texans against this bill.

    Forget for a second that Republicans’ traditional constituents, businessmen and Chamber of Commerce folks, are squarely against this bill.

    Forget for a second that this is likely to cause the state to lose tens of millions of dollars in lost economic opportunities.

    Forget all of that. This is a profoundly un-American bill. It creates a distinct category of second-class citizens, something that this nation’s founding documents eloquently declare to be a nonstarter in a nation of laws. This nation’s history has been a slow but sure march to ensure that the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are applicable to all its citizens. There have been fits and starts along the way, but that has been the path this country has taken.

    Either all men are created equal or they are not. This hateful, bigoted bill states that they are not. It is profoundly and completely un-American.

    • BCinBCS

      Hear, hear.

  • Beth

    “—Erin Edmonds (who uses they/them pronouns) silently mouthed the contents of their speech with a timer on their iPhone. ”
    Good grief, we have reached a new level of insanity. Sadly, transgendered people have deep psychological problems. But to expect the rest of us to confirm them in their imaginary beliefs that they are the opposite sex is ridiculous. Transgenderism is a fiction being foisted on the rest of the population by a tiny minority of very trouble individuals.

    • donuthin2

      I would suspect that most who are troubled by the transgender issue have deep seated psychological problems and even have some identity issues, but I am no more qualified to make that state than I suspect you are for saying transgendered people have deep psychological problems.

    • WUSRPH

      You aren’t being asked to “confirm them” in anything……just to leave them alone…beliefs may be imaginary but that does not make them any less powerful or important to the believer……

  • WUSRPH

    Back to more speculation about Cruz…this time for AG….Trump is supposed to want to name somebody who would agree to fire the special prosecutor. Sessions can’t and the Asst. AG, who appointed Mueller won’t…..But, as usual, its probably 100% pure speculation with virtually no likelihood of taking place…but, of course, that leads to more speculation about whom would Abbott appoint to fill the vacancy, pending a special election.

  • John Bernard Books

    Welp……the jig is up for the dems….
    “GAI obtained voter roll data from 21 states, amounting to 17 percent
    of all possible state-to-state combinations.
    • Using an extremely conservative method of matching names and exact
    birthdates with other unique identifying information, GAI found 7,271
    highly likely cases of inter-state duplicate voting. We identified another 1,200 cases of likely intra-state duplicate voting. Each instance represents
    two votes with the same voter information.”
    http://g-a-i.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Voter-Fraud-Final-with-Appendix.pdf

    I am personally responsible for bring voter fraud to the forefront. Dems have denied that there is even one case. I’ve known all along dems commit voter fraud on a regular basis because they cannot run or win on their agenda or accomplishments.
    I have one goal and one goal only, to destroy the dem party, the most corrupt political party in our history.
    My work here is done….

  • WUSRPH

    Lt Gov. Patrick continues to demonstrate the validity of the First Rule of All Legislative Rules–i.e. If the leadership wants to do it, they will find a way. He is running roughshod over potential points or order with established precedents starting with the “tag rule” and today apparently with the whether an issue has to be “in the call” for it to be considered. This one arose because the “bathroom bill” had been amended to include a ban on transgender individuals participating in UIL sports accept in their birth sex. Sen. Watson argued that this was not in the call, but was run over. He could have also probably have raised a point-of-order that the provision violated the two-subject rule…but the likelihood would that Czar Patrick would overrule that one, too.

    Of course, Speaker Straus is not bound by Patrick’s moves should the bill come up in the House and a point-of-order be raised against it on either the “call” or the “two subject’ rule.

  • WUSRPH

    I guess the Republicans is the Texas Senate think its okay for a transgender individual to use any bathroom they want as long as they are totten a gun….

  • WUSRPH

    There was highly unusual outbreak of semi-fiscal sanity in the Texas Senate yesterday when it backed off from the Abbott-Patrick plan to “fund” a teacher pay raise without spending a dollar by making the local school districts “reprioritize” their spending……Of course, as you may have noted, Abbott has been backing away from his own idea for several days and Patrick dumped it yesterday after pushing it in a press conference last week.

  • WUSRPH

    Anyone with any sense would have given up trying to understand anything that happens in Lt. Gov. Dannie Scott Goeb’s Texas Senate a long time ago….but I keep trying…..The latest quandary is why the Senate apparenty thinks it is wrong for a transgender individual whose birth certificate says he was born a male to participate in athletics with females…BUT—because of the absence of any language on the subject—appears to believe it is okay for a sweet young girl who thinks she is really a boy to jump right into competition against REAL males…It could be that Dannie thinks that a girl who wants to be a boy deserves whatever happens to her…but that would be giving him a reason for some action…and, as he proves again and again, there often isn’t any.

  • WUSRPH

    Strange things happen in the Land of Trumpovia…..but the way he keeps beating on Jeff Session is one of the strangest. Sessions was the first major political figure in the US to endorse Trump but that appears to make no difference to Trump…who apparently lives by the motto “what have you done for me TODAY”…He could fire him at any time (or, to be more proper about it, “request his resignation”) but it almost looks like that Trump is enjoying beating on Sessions day-after-day to see how much abuse Sessions will accept before quitting. Of course, that assumes that Trump has some purpose in mind….which is also more than questionable.

    • BCinBCS

      One of Comrade Trump/Bannon’s characteristics that I have noticed is that he requires absolute loyalty but does not see a need to reciprocate and feels absolutely no compunction about not returning it.

      • WUSRPH

        He does not want their loyalty. He wants their worship.

    • José

      For a guy who demands loyalty from others he demonstrates very little of it himself. Reminds me a bit of Ronald Reagan.

  • Kozmo

    I have another take on this — my wife hates the new gender-neutral restrooms that are springing up as a response from some restaurants with only two bathrooms (hence no “third way”) because in her experience the male patrons, bluntly, are pissing all over the place and causing ALL the restrooms to be fouled and dirty. So what was formerly piggishness confined to the Mens’ room is now spreading to the formerly more presentable and hygienic Womens’ room. And she really hates this.

    • Omar Rodriguez Ortiz

      Hi, Kozmo. Although that has proven many times to be true I’ve also noticed that this initiative has lower the lines of women waiting to use the bathroom. Would you like to explain why are you bringing this specific topic to the Bathroom Bill conversation. I’d like to know what’s in your mind. Thank you for writing!

  • WUSRPH

    Hey, JJ, who is the “great deal maker” doing now? I’m still looking for all that stuff about how he was going to hire and appoint the best, smartest people (Scaramucci) and bring everyone together, solve all our problems single-handily (“Only I”), drain the swamp and Make America great again……How about you? How much more time are you going to give him to prove what we all knew–but you forced yourself to deny—that he is not the man for the job?

  • Shirley Naldo

    No one can stop me if I really need to use the bathroom. Is the company invest security to watch who are using and who are not.