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TBP--Anti-gay bill might be gone, but not forgotten

Last week I made a huge fuss on as well as on Twitter and Facebook all about the discriminatory SB3447 that would ruin the Illinois employment non-discrimination law. This week its quieted down, but now the question is, will we have to deal with this again?

Illinois discriminatory anti-gay, anti-jobs bill gone but not forgotten on the The Bilerico Project:
"Last week I told you about the urgent action needed to stop a bill seeking to water down Illinois' potent gender identity and sexual orientation inclusive employment non-discrimination law. Republican gubernatorial front-runner, Bill Brady, had quietly introduced a bill to expand 'religious exemptions' so much that the law would be nearly nullified. Bill Brady had been vehemently against the law when it was initially introduced, back when he was in the lower house. Now a Senator and GOP Governor hopeful, Brady was seeking to use transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual folks in Illinois to court favor in rural areas, and shore up his conservative base.

Brady is a right wing nut job. He needn't worry about his conservative base. I don't use nut job loosely. Brady is currently campaigning on--among other things--a strong 'reform' platform--specifically touting campaign finance reform and term limits. One of the longest serving lawmakers in the Assembly, Brady voted against campaign finance reform bills numerous times, and also voted against a term limits bill. I'm confused."

Want to find out what the hell is up with this BS? Finish my post at Illinois discriminatory anti-gay, anti-jobs bill gone but not forgotten on the The Bilerico Project


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Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
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Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
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No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!