passing a bill

Why Republicans love Trump

So you guys know how Republicans will sometimes pass or try to pass a shockingly awful bill, for example one banning abortions after six weeks and then liberals get really upset and under pressure, they withdraw it or veto it and instead pass a “compromise” like banning abortions after twenty weeks that would never have been allowed except that it now seems reasonable compared to the other bill? Yeah, that’s what Trump is. Trump is a horrible, racist, dumpster fire of a human being and now Paul Ryan can stand next to him and pretend to be reasonable because hey, at least he doesn’t believe all undocumented people are rapists and drug dealers, he only believes a majority of them are. Isn’t he reasonable?

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You need to know about Ohio’s new abortion bill that would ban abortion at six weeks, before many women even know they’re pregnant

North Dakota and Arkansas passed similar bills that were later struck down as incompatible with Roe v. Wade; the Supreme Court declined to hear any appeals, sending the signal that an Ohio law would meet the same fate. But Ohio’s conservative lawmakers see an opening after Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election last month. 

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holy shit. ohio just passed a bill making abortions illegal after the fetus’ heartbeat can be detected, which generally occurs around 6 weeks in. for context, most women don’t even find out they are pregnant until they have missed two periods, usually 6-8 weeks in. the lawmakers cited donald trump and his expected supreme court appointees’ likely support of such legislation as their reason for considering the bill now.

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Ohio Passes Law That Bans Abortion After A Month And A Half
Many women do not know they are pregnant until the second month of a missed period.
By Ema O'Connor

Ohio legislators passed a “Heartbeat Bill” Wednesday that bans abortion after a fetus’ heartbeat can be heard — on average around six weeks into a pregnancy. The bill has no exception for cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormalities, or the health of the pregnant woman.

The bill was tacked on at the last minute to another bill addressing child abuse. It was approved in the Republican-dominated state House and Senate, and will now move on to Republican and anti-abortion Governor John Kasich’s desk. He will sign or veto it within the next 10 days.

“A hallmark of lame duck” — a term used to describe sessions of lawmakers that sit between when elections are over and the new lawmakers take office — “is a flood of bills, including bills inside of bills, and we will closely examine everything we receive,” said Kasich press secretary, Emmalee Kalmbach.

The American Civil Liberties Union has said that they would challenge the bill in court should it become law.

Many women do not know they are pregnant until they have missed two periods, which can often be around eight weeks. Others may find out before the six-week mark, but might still be unable to get an abortion in time because there are a lack of clinics in Ohio and state laws require women wait 24 hours between an informational appointment about abortion and having the procedure done.

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Malta becomes the first European country to ban gay “conversion therapy”

  • The parliament of Malta passed a bill on Monday banning “conversion therapy.”
  • The bill is officially called the Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Bill
  • The Mediterranean island nation is reportedly the first European country to effectively criminalize the practice nationwide. Read more

[Image Description: A drawing of the disabled symbol (a person leaning forward in a wheelchair) with an upside down American flag attached to the back of the wheelchair. Inside the wheel of the symbol’s wheelchair is the neurodiversity symbol (a rainbow gradient infinity symbol). Above and below the image in all capital letters are the words “Don’t forget the disabled, chronically ill, and neurodivergent in your battle for justice. Many of us will be fighting for our lives.”]

I haven’t seen many people talking about how the disabled are going to be negatively effected by the Trump Administration. 

Obamacare has allowed for many chronically ill people to keep seeing doctors and therapists and keep taking necessary medication by lowering or eliminating co-payments on these necessities. Without Obamacare many people will no longer be able to afford to keep up their health, or may be driven to poverty by paying for treatments. It is likely that the Trump Administration will try to pass bills that make it harder or impossible for many people to access healthcare. 

Some of us are in the marches and protests, and some of us would love to be able to fight that way but can’t.

Help our voices be heard: if you’re orchestrating a protest, work to make it accessible to as many people as possible. If you’re writing an article about oppressed communities who are scared and in danger because of the Trump administration, mention us. Make signs about us. Fight bills that could hurt us. In conversations about disability, listen to us, don’t speak over us. Most importantly, respect us. 

Keep fighting the good fight.

Investigatory Powers Bill Passed In UK (Snooper's Charter) Surveillance State | Your Entire Web History Will Be Shared (A Warning for UK Residents)


In the UK, The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter has been passed by Both the House of Lords and House of Commons – the biggest overhaul of surveillance powers for more than a decade. Service providers must now store details of everything you do online for 12 months – and make it accessible to dozens of public authorities.

Sources http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/investigatory-powers-bill-act-snoopers-charter-browsing-history-what-does-it-mean-a7436251.html

Please share to inform friends in the UK! #SignalBoost

Vote While You float: An Astronaut Voting Story

With the excitement of getting to the polls on Election Day many people will have a hard time keeping their feet on the ground, but astronauts who vote literally have to strap themselves down so they don’t float away.

Astronauts orbit the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, but thanks to a bill passed by Texas legislatures in 1997 that put in place technical voting procedure for astronauts – nearly all of whom live in Texas – they also have the ability to vote from space!

Image Kjell Lindgren released on social media of the US flag floating in the Cupola module (11/12/2015) 

For astronauts, the voting process starts a year before launch, when astronauts are able to select which elections (local/state/federal) that they want to participate in while in space. Then, six months before the election, astronauts are provided with a standard form: the “Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request – Federal Post Card Application.”

 ‘Space voting’ was first used the same year it was implemented in 1997. NASA astronaut David Wolf became the first American to vote in space while on the Russian Mir Space Station. Current space station resident astronaut Shane Kimbrough is the most recent astronaut to take advantage of the opportunity.   

STS-86 crewmember David Wolf, the first American to vote in space, relaxes in the Spacehab module while Space Shuttle Atlantis was docked to Mir (10/16/1997) 

While astronauts don’t have to wait in line for his ballot like the rest of us, there is one disadvantage to voting in space: they miss out on the highly coveted “I Voted” sticker.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

2016 State Legislative Report: Anti-Transgender Legislation Spread Nationwide

Of the record 202 anti-LGBTQ bills filed in state legislatures in 2016, 55 of those bills directly target transgender people. Unfortunately, three anti-transgender bills passed this year, including the infamous HB2 in North Carolina. The proliferation of these bills is deeply disturbing, and they stem from fear of and a lack of understanding about transgender people. Fighting these bills is about continuing to tip the scales toward the true tipping point for transgender Americans.

Ohio Legislature Moves To Ban Abortion As Early As 6 Weeks After Conception

Ohio’s Legislature has passed a bill that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is typically around six weeks after conception — before many women even realize they’re pregnant.

The bill is now sitting on the governor’s desk. John Kasich has 10 days to veto the measure; otherwise, it becomes law, reports NPR’s Jennifer Ludden.

Jennifer notes that the bill does not include exceptions for rape or incest — the only exception would be if the life of the woman were in danger.

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few people are asking me about my favorite fics so here are my four fave jamilton fics // click fics for titles 


first name basis by @dan-writes // read this!! omg its one of my fave fics!! cute and angsty

call me whatever you like by @michelleaemerlind // cute washette fic 10/10 rec

what it takes to pass a bill by @midnigtartist // a must read jamilton fic,, come on,,, if u didnt read this,,,,,,,,, come on,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

monticello furlough by @michelleaemerlind // MY FAVE JAMILTON FIC,, I HONESTLY LOVE THIS FIC SO MUCH // AND HERES THE LAPDANCE U SINNERS WANTED FROM ME

New Mexico state senator George Munoz, affectionately now being called Squatch Blocker, is looking to pass a bill that restricts searching for Bigfoot - among other creatures. After a University of New Mexico professor took his class on a field trip to find Bigfoot, politicians and the public were outraged to find that their tax money went to fund this endeavor. While this certainly makes sense in retrospect - as wasting money at a University would make any paying college student upset - the way it is worded in the bill makes it seem unbelievable. If it passes, the bill will go into affect on July 1st, 2017.

According to the bill, don’t waste your public funds on catching Pokemon either, everyone. 

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Dancing with the Devils

Demonic Guardians AU belongs to starfleetrambo

If it passes third reading today the Transgender rights bill (bill C16), will be sent to the Senate (where it will follow a series of votes and discussions).

I’m hoping that this time around the Senate will actually respect human rights and pass this bill without adding transphobic amendments, as it did the last time (which is why the bill ended up dying last time).

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Rick Perry and the Dakota Access Pipeline: Conflicts you need to know

  • On Monday, Trump picked Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy.
  • The pick is a curious one: During a Republican presidential primary debate in 2011, Perry completely blanked on the department’s name.
  • Perry’s interest in the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline has also given some reason to pause.
  • Perry is on the Energy Transfer Partners board of directors.
  • ETP is the company that is attempting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Perry has also been instrumental in getting legislation passed that benefited the company. 
  • In 2015 Congress passed a bill that lifted a decades-old ban on crude oil exports.
  •  Perry did his part in helping ETP to lobby in support of the bill.
  • He also once vowed to dismantle the agency he will now lead
  • While the gaffe in which he forgot the name of the agency is making headlines, it’s the context of the statement that raises the real red flags. 
  • It was while answering a question about which departments he would dismantle as president that he fumbled. Read more