Texans in support of the exceedingly popular anti-TSA groping bill, which garnered national attention, experienced yet another harried ascent on the roller-coaster that has been the bill’s life in this legislative session. After being stomped by Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus last week, passage appeared all but lost in the special session, but the House yesterday managed to pass a weakened version. It was sent to the Senate and a surprise move by Senator Dan Patrick restored some teeth to the bill, which had been so watered down it had even lost support from some grassroots movements. Passage by the Senate sent the bill back to the House today, and it appears victory may be snatched from the jaws of defeat.
To the chagrin of nanny state advocates in California, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the state of California cannot ban violent video games from being sold or rented to children. The ruling came down through a 7 to 2 decision.
The Blaze writes:
The Texas legislature has for some time now been considering legislation to criminalize the Transportation Security Administration’s groping of airplane passengers. The Lone Star State has not, however, tried to get the entire TSA banished from its borders, and with good reason: Last year the state made $300,000 from the sale of items confiscated by TSA agents.
Two-term Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted June 27 on 17 counts of corruption, including attempting to personally profit from the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barak Obama after his 2008 election as President. “The majority of the guilty verdicts were for wire fraud-related charges, reported UPI News, “and potentially carry a sentence amounting to decades in prison.” The jury found Blagojevich not guilty on one attempted extortion charge, and could not reach verdicts on a bribery charge and another charge of attempted extortion.
"We have proposed two amendments that we will have votes on today. One of them concerns the Second Amendment. I think it's very important that we protect the rights of gun owners in our country, not only for hunting, but for self-protection. And that the records of those in our country who own guns should be secret."
— Senator Rand Paul, speech before the U.S. Senate, May 26, 2011