As the transgender restroom issue heats up, presidential candidates are weighing in. And they seem to be forgetting at least one very crucial fact: As important as this is as a national issue, it is not a federal issue.
When Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on April 22 that he was restoring the civil rights — including voting rights — of 206,000 convicted felons, he must have expected some pushback from Republican lawmakers. After all, the felons include violent and repeat offenders. But did he anticipate the extent of the pushback, with one Republican lawmaker pointing out that the governor's executive order violates the state constitution? Governor McAuliffe responded by telling Republicans to “quit complaining.”
By a close 32-30 vote, the House Armed Services Committee approved a bill on April 27 that would require women to register for the draft, but the bill’s sponsor, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) voted against the measure.