These 3 anti-LGBTQ lawsuits outline new conservative strategy in Texas

Conservatives in Texas have filed three lawsuits seeking to overturn LGBTQ protections in the name of “religious freedom.” As the Texas state legislature gears up for its 2019 session, the litigation suggests a bold and renewed effort to undermine civil rights for LGBTQ people, seemingly…

GOP Lies About Supporting Pre-Existing Conditions Protection

Republicans in tough reelection races are scrambling to show that they support protections for people with pre-existing conditions in the face of a wave of Democratic attacks on the issue. But the argument they are making has been complicated by their party’s repeated efforts to…

Alliance Defending Freedom: Homeless shelters should be allowed to refuse transgender women

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the hate group challenging LGBTQ protections all over the country, has a new client: the Downtown Soup Kitchen (“Hope Center”) in Anchorage, Alaska. Because the charity wants permission to refuse to shelter transgender women, ADF argues in a federal lawsuit…

California restores Obama-era net neutrality protections

Lawmakers in California passed new legislation that will restore virtually all of the net neutrality protections first introduced during the Obama administration. The bill is the most sweeping state legislation since current FCC chairman Ajit Pai led a campaign to repeal those Obama-era regulations, arguing…

Trump Is Making Child Labor Great Again

The Trump administration wants to roll back decades-old protections for America’s youngest workers by allowing teens to toil for longer hours under some of the nation’s most hazardous workplace conditions, a new report said Tuesday. The Department of Labor will propose relaxing current rules—known as…

Rumored Senate budget deal would boost military spending, leave DACA recipients dangling

Last month, Senate Democrats shut down the government in an effort to secure protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. That’s looking less likely this month, as lawmakers eye a budget deal averting a shutdown…

Trump puts public, workers at risk as he tries again to eliminate nation’s chemical safety agency

As part of his administration’s rollback of key safety and environmental protections, President Donald Trump wants to eliminate the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, a federal agency with a strong record of improving public safety. The proposed gutting of the agency comes as the Trump administration seeks…

Senate GOP will vote on 20 week abortion ban as shutdown looms

In the midst of an unresolved dispute over funding the federal government and insuring protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, Senate Republicans plan to vote on a 20 week abortion ban next week, re-opening a debate on the legal medical procedure at…

Homeland Security ends deportation protection for 200,000 Salvadorans

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has terminated temporary legal protections for roughly 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants, many of whom have lived in the United States since a pair of earthquakes devastated El Salvador in 2001. The Trump administration will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS)…