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Houston Mayor Annise Parker predicted
an arduous fight lies ahead to protect
citizens from discrimination in
America’s fourth largest city.
Prior to her speech to the Florida
Democratic Party’s LGBTA Caucus Saturday
in Tampa, Parker spoke with SFGN about the
city’s efforts to pass an equal rights ordinance.
Parker said Houston passed the ordinance in
May of 2014.
“We did not add sexual orientation and
gender identity we actually passed a ‘from
scratch’ ordinance that covers the federally
protected characteristics as well as sexual
orientation and gender identity,” Parker said.
“A group of pastors in Houston did a repeal
petition. They failed to meet the standards
and they’ve been litigating it since.”
The Texas Supreme Court ruled last week
that Houston must ask voters whether the city
should have a non-discrimination ordinance.
That question goes on a ballot this November.
Houston Unites is a campaign to prevent
repeal of the ordinance, known as HERO
(Houston Equal Rights Ordinance).
“Houston Unites will talk about how this
ordinance provides relief from discrimination
in 15 different characteristics, the other side is
saying this is the Mayor’s bill to allow sexual
predators into women’s bathrooms,” Parker
said. “That’s the whole campaign on the
other side, it’s going to be ugly, divisive and
Parker, 59, is the first openly gay mayor of a
major U.S. city. She married her partner of 18
years, Kathy Hubbard, in 2014.
houston mayoR says the fight is on
On the Democratic front many
media outlets have upgraded Vice
President Joe Biden’s chances
of running for president. His timeline for
making a decision has also been pushed
back to now possibly October. Most analysts
believe he must make a decision before the
first democratic presidential debate that
takes place October 13.
If Biden does decide to run it would be his
third time. He first ran in 1988 but dropped
out he was accused of plagiarizing a speech
by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British
Labour Party. He ran again in 2008 to what
Politico recently called “massive voter
indifference.” In fact in Iowa, the first state
to vote in 2008, Biden did not even register 1
percent of the vote leading to his withdrawal
from the race the next day.
Right now it appears Biden is content with
keeping the media guessing at his intentions.
“This half-campaign helps Biden keep
his options open, building on some
other advantages he has as a potential
late entrant,” writes FiveThirtyEight, an
influential New York Times political blog.
“...Still, no candidate in the modern primary
era has won a nomination after entering as
late as Biden would enter.”
On the Republican front Trump’s
campaign continues to mystify political
pundits. He continues to lead in the polls
and has broad based support meaning it’s
not just the evangelicals or tea partiers who
are backing him. This is good news for his
campaign because even if one faction of the
Republican Party tires of him he’ll still be a
Most pundits, however, continue to
discount his candidacy and believe that no
matter what the polls suggest voters simply
will not cast their vote for him.
In other Trump news on Friday he held
a massive rally in Alabama with 15,000 to
30,000 people attending. That number all
depends on which estimate you believe. The
Trump campaign has claimed 30,000 plus
people while local media outlets estimated
the crowd to be about 18,000. The city
claimed there were 30,000 with national
media outlets all noting that the stadium
appeared to be half empty. But whatever
the number actually was it’s clear Trump
is drawing bigger crowds than any of his
And in still other Trump news he went
on the offensive again against Megyn Kelly
Monday night in a series of tweets blasting
the Fox News anchor.
Here are just two of them:
I liked The Kelly File much better
she could take another eleven day
@megynkelly must have had a terrible
vacation, she is really off her game. Was
afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West. No
clue on immigration!
He also retweeted a tweet that called Kelly
Besides Trump former Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush continues to underwhelm pundits;
businesswoman Carly Fiorina continues
to shine but still may not make it into the
debate next month; and New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie and former Texas Gov. Rick
Perry’s presidential hopes continue to
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