Some news stories you might have missed:
• Queerty: Truth-challenged Rep. George Santos (R-NY) told a group of Washington DC Young Republicans he will always fight against the “rainbow mafia,” and that says he’s never ever ever leaving Congress.
• The Advocate: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, she isn’t really a mother during a House committee hearing. Weingarten’s step-daughter apparently doesn’t qualify as a “real” daughter for Greene.
The far-right lawmaker also said that remote learning turned kids transgender. https://t.co/CCiNtoFt9n
— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) April 27, 2023
• Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas lawmakers have enacted a sweeping anti-transgender rights bill that could require transgender individuals to use public facilities that align with their sex assigned at birth in almost every facet of society. Gov. Laura Kelly (D) vetoed the bill earlier this month.
• US News: Another state embracing “Don’t Say Gay” – a Louisiana House committee has advanced a bill that would ban K-12 public school staff from teaching or discussing gender identity and sexual orientation.
• Washington Post: In the weeks after the 2020 election, Donald Trump’s campaign hired a second firm to study more than a dozen voter fraud theories and allegations. The company found they were “all false.”
Ken Block, founder of the firm Simpatico Software Systems, studied more than a dozen voter fraud theories and allegations for Trump’s campaign in late 2020 and found they were “all false,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. https://t.co/b5VdzDZEsT
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 27, 2023
• Sports Illustrated: A decade after becoming the first active male athlete in any major pro league to come out as gay, former NBAer Jason Collins reflects on the lack of more male professional athletes to come out.
• Media Matters: Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy told viewers the COVID-19 pandemic was really a plot to shut down gyms, order folks to stay home, order takeout, and eventually sell diet pills.
Fox News host claims COVID precautions are a secret plot to make Americans obese so they purchase weight loss pillshttps://t.co/GdRCodh8sI
— Media Matters (@mmfa) April 27, 2023
• Politico: West Virginia’s very popular Gov. Jim Justice (R) has formally filed paperwork to challenge Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in 2024. Just my two cents, but I can easily imagine Justice beating Manchin, and thus putting the Senate’s Democratic majority at risk.
• CNN: Jerry Springer, the onetime mayor and news anchor whose TV show featured a three-ring circus of dysfunctional families willing to bare all on weekday afternoons including brawls, obscenities and blurred images of nudity, died Thursday at 79.
Jerry Springer, the former Cincinnati mayor and longtime TV host whose tabloid talk show was known for outrageous confrontations, has died at age 79 https://t.co/t6JwFvoEze pic.twitter.com/5MnYn70Lwh
— CNN (@CNN) April 27, 2023