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January 27, 2018

DDT: Week Fifty-three – Judicial, Legislative Protests

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Today marks the first anniversary of protests against the ban on Muslim immigration by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT), and the protest that followed the Women’s March set off a year of opposition to DDT’s oppressive regime. Most recently objections led to the resignation of Steve Wynn as RNC finance chair because of his sexual misconduct. Republicans demanded that the DNC return donations from Harvey Weinstein after the discovery of his sexual misconduct but said nothing about the $2.5 million Wynn donated to the Republican Governors Association, $411,000 to the National Republican Senate Committee, $248,000 to the RNC, $100,000 to the National Republican Campaign Committee, and $729,217 to DDT’s inauguration as well as his hosting the $100,000 a couple fundraising at Mar-a-Lago last weekend for the GOP.

Lawsuits:

In Pennsylvania, the worst gerrymandered state in the nation, a judge blocked the districting map for the 2018 elections. In the last three elections, the vote for the state has been almost 50/50 between the two parties, but Republicans won 13 of the 18 seats in the U.S. House. Lawmakers have until February 9 to draw a map and the governor until February 15 to approve it. If the parties don’t agree on the plan, the court will draw it. The map won’t be ready for the special election on March 15 for a district where Republican Tim Murphy resigned after the public learned that he encouraged a woman to have an abortion following an affair with her. Pennsylvania legislators have appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the decision was based on the state constitution. The only argument is that Article I gives state legislature, not the state courts, the power to set the rules for congressional elections (subject to congressional override).

A U.S. International Trade Commission panel struck down the 300-percent U.S. tariffs against narrow-body Canadian jetliners. South Korean leaders promise to try the new steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar-panel components at the World Trade Organization.

Fifteen low-income Kentuckians are suing DDT’s administration for the new Medicaid work mandate because eligibility for this health care is based on income.

Advocates for sexual violence victims are suing DDT’s administration after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos eliminated methods of dealing with campus sexual assault under the 1972 Title IX. New guidelines impugn the credibility of women and girls who report sexual violence and do not require schools to investigate sexual violence or issue interim measures to protect victims from more harassment or violence during the proceedings.

Alexis Bortell, 12, is suing AG Jeff Sessions, the DOJ, and the DEA for their threat to vigorously criminalize the use of cannabis. With the use of cannabis, Alexis has been seizure-free for the past two years. Other plaintiffs include former NFL player Marvin Washington.

Also in Colorado, the state Supreme Court ruled that the state’s constitutional ban on using taxpayer dollars for abortion doesn’t stop funding Planned Parenthood for its non-abortion health care services, i.e., breast cancer screenings. Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice wrote that defunding PP “would lead to an absurd result,” reiterating a lower court’s example that a state worker paid with taxpayer money couldn’t donate money to an organization that performs abortions.

Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York plan to sue DDT over the new tax law that costs their residents billions of dollars.

A member of the Satanic Temple is suing Missouri for violating her religious rights with its restrictive abortion laws, including ultrasounds and a 72-hour waiting period. Earlier a plaintiff had been told that she had no standing because she had already had the abortion before he heard the case and therefore wasn’t pregnant. The state solicitor general admitted before the Missouri Supreme Court admitted that the law does not require an ultrasound, only “offers” it.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is suing the EPA for eliminating scientists receiving EPA funding from its advisory boards. The suit states that the directive “portrays legitimate, independent scientists—who provide accurate, evidence-based information backed by verifiable, peer reviewed research in order to inform environmental policy ― as just another interest group seeking to advance an agenda” and violates the 1972 Federal Advisory Committee Act.

A married gay couple is suing the State Department because only one of their 16-month-old twins can legally move to the U.S. When Elad and Andrew Dvash-Banks went to the U.S. Consulate with the twins in 2016 to begin the process for Israeli-born Elad’s green card and the boys’ citizenship, they were required to have DNA tests for proof of the biological father. The couple was forced to reveal the secret that Andrew was Aiden’s biological father and Elad was Ethan’s. Aiden now has a passport, but Ethan’s application was denied. His tourist visa expired in December. The situation would not have happened to opposite-sex couples. Allison  Blixt and Stefania Zaccari, a U.S. citizen and an Italian who married in London before the U.S. recognized marriage equality are facing the same dilemma because each one of them gave birth to one of their children. Act 301 only requires a parent who is a U.S. citizen.

The Center for Biological Diversity may sue DDT for using his wall to waive environmental regulations along the U.S.-Mexico border for clean water, endangered species, historic preservation, and antiquities. DDT also plans 20 miles of wall to replace vehicle barriers between El Paso and Juarez.

DDT’s search for the mythical “voter fraud” is on hiatus as the Department of Homeland Security will supposedly focus on cyberattacks and manipulation of state and voting systems. The disbanded “election integrity” commission targeted Latinx voters in Texas by asking for “Hispanic surname flag notation” on voting registration. The committee’s leader, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is in trouble with Kansans because he has leaked the last four digits of Social Security numbers on thousands of state employees that includes almost every member of the state legislature and his own SS digits as well as thousands of current and former candidates for office. Unauthorized disclosure of this “personally identifiable information” is illegal under both state and federal laws and puts every one of these people at serious risk for identity theft.

Oregon voters approved taxes to keep health coverage for the state’s low-income people when voters rejected a ballot measure to overturn legislative action. Nine-four percent of Oregonians have health insurance, and the successful measure preserved insurance for 350,000 people. The $320 million provided by the state is matched by almost $1 million, about one-third of one DDT weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

Oregon has introduced a bill to require candidates for president and vice president to reveal their most recent tax return or complete the state’s standard income disclosure form for public officials. Thus far 23 states have introduced similar bills; New Jersey was the first to pass this law, and Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the one passed in California.

Montana is the first state to declare net neutrality rules after Gov. Steve Bullock signed an executive order requiring that state contractor maintain these principles.

DDT is giving other countries the opportunity for leadership by withdrawing from global cooperation. Japan now leads the 11-country Asia-Pacific trade pact, formerly called the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Brunei, and Chile. Around the world, 35 new bilateral and regional trade pacts are under consideration with the U.S. included in only one of them. Phil Levy, economist for George W. Bush, said, “The world just moves on without us.”

Grim geopolitical news since DDT, including his “threats of nuclear war and climate change,” moved the Doomsday Clock 30 minutes closer to the end of humanity to two minutes, the same place as 1953. The clock has moved between two and 17 minutes until doom since its creation in 1947 for atomic scientists from the Manhattan Project.

The Guggenheim Museum refused DDT’s request to borrow Vincent Van Gogh’s Landscape with Snow but said he could have Maurizio Cattelan’s America. The 18-carat toilet is fully functioning “should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House.” Cattelan said that his installation art was in part a recognition of Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 artwork Fountain, a urinal.

Wisconsin Scott Walker must be worried about getting re-elected. He wants to use $200 million of state money to stabilize the Affordable Care Act market.

Democratic Kentucky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian made news in 2016 with her bill to restrict erectile dysfunction drugs as the GOP restricts abortion. Her new bill is in response to others, i.e., one requiring doctors to give women a medical description of images from the mandated ultrasound before women may have abortions. The bill would:

“… require all medical and nursing schools established and assisted financially by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to cease all training of any health care providers and the provision of any health care services; require all medical and nursing schools to refer citizens who are requesting advice or health care services to their state representative or state senator.”

Marzian said:

“It’s obvious that our legislators think that they know more about women’s health than women and their physicians do, so why bother training medical professionals anymore? Let’s just have everyone consult their lawmakers when they get sick. Lawmakers are clearly the ones who know best.”

With DDT, the economic growth slowed to 2.6 percent last quarter, ending in 2.3 percent for the year, below the 3 percent that DDT guaranteed and the 4 percent that he promised. The 2.1 million new jobs in 2017 are lower than the 2.2 in the previous year. The 2017 growth was the third best in the past five years, and economists predict that it won’t have much momentum. Independent economists predict 2.7 percent for 2018.

The “backfire effect,” the study that people become more entrenched in their positions if presented with opposing facts, may be false. Facts matter!

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