TEXAS: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Opens Special Session By Fast-Tracking Anti-Trans Bill To Committee Approval

The Texas Tribune reports:

On the opening day of the special session of the Texas Legislature on Tuesday, over the cries of Senate Democrats, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took a step to fast-track two bills reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and four other state agencies jeopardized by inaction during the regular session.

The Senate must first pass those bills before moving on to other items eligible for consideration, including the legislation championed by Patrick regulating bathroom use for transgender people.

After overruling objections from Democrats, the Republican lieutenant governor referred the bills to committee, which promptly β€” and unanimously β€” approved them. The full Senate must still vote on the bills, which is expected to happen Wednesday.

The Texas House killed the anti-trans measure in the regular session and GOP House Speaker Joe Strauss continues to maintain that it will fail again in the special session.

  • Boreal
    • The_Wretched

      So much of the RW NJery is based on their 1-size-fits all sexuality – centrally based on women as property. Defending their property from being anywhere near the magical penis unlines this anti-trans bs.

      • Boreal

        The buybull tells them so.

        • Hanwi

          I always preferred bilebull πŸ™‚

          • Sophisticated! i like it.

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    • Steverino

      That nose can’t be natural.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      And as always, trans men are invisible. They only can think of men pretending to be women to molest women, as if a male rapist somehow is magically blocked from walking into a women’s restroom because he is NOT wearing a wig?

      • Chucktech

        homo lib to-werd. aint no such thang as trans men. cant sew a dick own a wimmin ha ha lol

    • wmforr

      But he does want all those humpy, well-muscled transMEN in the ladies’ room? Of did his wife request that part?

  • Xuuths

    Texas, please secede. Take any state with you that wants to go.

  • Boreal
  • Butch

    This – THIS – is what you consider a priority issue? Seriously?

    • Boreal

      They don’t know how to govern so this distraction keeps their racist, bigoted base happy.

      • Butch

        GOP seems intent on proving that they don’t know how to govern.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, this is catering to the bigots and nothing more.

        • liondon#iamnotatraitor

          The bigots vote… how do we get everyone else too?

          • The_Wretched

            -National Voting holiday with free mass transit
            -more voting locations based on population & average travel time to the polls
            -Automatic registration based on other filings like the motor-voter bill on steroids
            -paper ballots with hand counting
            -mail in ballots
            -1 month long early voting seasons
            -legal recognition that the right to vote is due strict scruitny on encumbrances
            -non gerrymandered districts
            -no more churches as polling places

            It’s the reverse of what the republicans have done.

          • Tawreos

            But if you do all that then the GOP might have to rely on their accomplishments… ideas…..the fact that they are mostly white christians to get elected

          • Chucktech

            Are you kidding?? Republicans would NEVER win this way!

          • The_Wretched


            It’s part of the overall standards that’s used to determine who is a democracy and who is corrupt. We’re not quite a democracy any more.

          • everyone here needs to study the political history of WA and OR in the last few years. blue as blue can be. and why?

            ONLY mail in voting. think about it. those have to be hand counted and/or can’t be “miscounted” by machines, in a hand recount.

            putin doesn’t even bother trying to subvert the electoral process in those states. ask yourself why.

          • The_Wretched

            I really wonder why we don’t see bill after bill from the Dems on doing the same in every State.

          • licuado de platano

            You hit the nail on the head.

  • Do Something Nice

    Where is Caitlyn – she should be fighting for the cause, right?

    • clay

      She prefers “quiet advocacy” at the “national and international” stage scale.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Only if she’s in front of a camera.

    • Lazycrockett

      She’s too delicate for the Texan heat.

      • netxtown

        cheap mascara will always run in this tx heat….

    • prixator

      They’re republicans! If it was democrats proposing this crap, she’d be right there.

  • AtticusP

    As my Mom has always said: “Les fous ne sont pas tous morts.”

    (The fools are not all dead.)

    • Ken M

      Seems more are hatching daily.

  • William

    Dan Patrick (real name Dannie Goeb) looks like a talking scrotum.

    • Boreal

      Wonder why he changed his name? Not murican sounding?

      • William

        It depends on who you ask, either business failures or a radio on air name.

      • John30013

        It is a littleβ€”you knowβ€”Jewish sounding….

  • Rex

    They play dirty and they don’t care.
    Karma will have it’s day.

  • agcons

    Perhaps someone with photo-editing skills (I have none) could place a huge wad of tape on the nose bridge of his glasses.

  • The_Wretched

    I’d like the judiciary to start supporting limits on special / emergency sessions. All too often, they are getting used to pass bills that cannot withstand even the minimal process of a committee hearing and the regular vote schedule.

  • Ninja0980

    I wonder where the folks who keep lecturing Democrats about how they need to drop identity politics are to tell Republicans to do the same?

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Wouldn’t want to look at real problems that actually harm children – it might hurt your voting bloc, huh dipshit? Molesters are definitely men in dresses alright…

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    [Disclaimer, photo not from article, random Bishop with a train that would make most brides jealous]



  • Todd20036

    Nice to know that Texas has no other problems.

    And that Texans are ok with national ridicule.

  • JWC

    Texas has nothing more serious to occupy there time Really who is hiding what Who’s hidden agenda??

    • when i am serious, this is what makes me the most mad about the thug party right now. texass has SERIOUS problems, as a state. education. health care. the environment. etc.

      and yet what do i read about, whenever i review a story about texass legislators and their activities. bullshit like hating on the trans community, installing jeebus everywhere on govt property, naming post offices after cuntfudrut “heroes.”

      people in texass have obviously been bred to be stupid, like their cows. they seem to be mostly happy about that. i speak here only of the older texans. many of the younger ones are totally fed up with that shit and if a motivated, younger, excited dem where to go down there and try to change things, there would be more support than many would imagine…

  • Jonathan Smith
  • DisqusD37

    A face that screams “douchebag.”

    • The_Wretched

      The very black hair of the wig is jaring.

      • William

        It can be difficult to find an off the shelf wig to fit a space alien.

    • HZ81

      Reminds me of my fave Jimi Hendrix song, The Wind Cries Douchebag.

      Oh, wait…

  • HZ81

    We lost healthcare fight so let’s take it out on transexuals now before the smoke clears.

  • LeeCMH

    Hateful Christians being hateful Christians and using government to actually cause pain to those they hate.

  • i lived in east motherfucking texass for almost two years. not exactly “rural,” but an hour away from the nearest real city. not exactly ‘all white,’ but mostly white, and certainly all xtian but for the youngs and some people like me, who mostly kept our moufs shut when the topic of religion came up. i even went to some (of course) baptist churches with my neighbors, a couple of times. to seem ‘normal’ and neighborly, and not get lynched for being an atheist in case any of them ever figured out my online profile and history. which i didn’t advertise to any but the young coworkers at the shitheel workplace i was at during that time. who didn’t give a fuck at all that my handle was “chicago dyke.” in fact, several of them said out loud “Right On, Sister!” when i showed them my old blog.

    but not once, not even one single fucking time, did anyone i met there mention the trans community. not for good or for ill. not even the pastors at the churches, or my catholic next door neighbors (the rich ones!).

    texass elected rethugs are a very strange breed, and their obsession with the trans community is what some would call “a tell.” i believe the ‘rumor’ that Perry is a closet case. i believe some other stories i’ve heard about other prominent thugs in the leadership (murderers, pig fuckers, pedophiles). i’m wondering right now which one is the closeted transperson passing as a natural born white male, and why he is pushing for this right now so very hard. well, i know that last part. religion. you can’t escape it down there. thank the FSM i was able to run, run away from that stinking hellhole.

    • netxtown

      Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio usually vote Dem – and they all have ordinances extending protections. The bathroom bill is using the trans community as a scapegoat to fuck the four Dem cities. There are several amendments to the original bill to unravel any protections beyond what the state offers. This is how they ‘stick’ it to the Dems. They could give a shit lot less as to who pees where.

    • licuado de platano

      Did you used to post at Firedoglake like in 2004-2006 as Chicagodyke? If so, then “howdy!” We’ve conversed.

    • As far back as January 2016 the GOP gave their lawmakers a directive (was posted on their site, as well) to create as many anti trans laws as they could, at every level. Fighting marriage equality worked so good for them & conservative Christian pastors that after the SC ruling, they knew they needed a new scare tactic. They don’t even care that they are attacking children half the time; that’s how low they have sunk in their greed.

  • DuaneBidoux

    I’ll bet a ton of large corporations based in Texas (and there are a TON of them) are shitting bricks right now.

    To me this shows the tremendous split between two factions of the Republican party. The corporatists Republicans, who just want to steal your money and the evangelical “christian” Republicans who just want to steal your freedom.

    • Circ09

      I never thought I would be cheering on Joe Straus, but there we have it. He has really surprised these last couple years. And I’ll take his corporate dealing over many of the wishy-washy that’s left on the Dem aisle.

      • DuaneBidoux

        Hey there WAS at some point what I call “my daddy’s Republican party” and in retrospect they weren’t that bad.

        They were for civil rights, and although they weren’t big fans of government and government regulations they recognized that they were sometimes necessary (Nixon, whatever else you want to say about him, was this generation. He started the EPA and actually supported a national minimum guaranteed income).

        If LGBTQ rights had been in the national conversation I have little doubt they would have supported it (seeing as they measure most things in terms of money they would have seen it as a commercial potential).

        They were pro education and pro science and were not doubters of evolution and would be accepting the scientific evidence of climate change.

        Bottom lime: they were Republicans in the era before Republican insanity gripped the party.

        • prixator

          i.e. before the religious right took over.

        • Circ09

          Straus is deeply anti-choice. That’s not my daddy’s Republican party.

          • DuaneBidoux

            Well it was mine. And as far as I’m concerned it’s a damn site better than what we’ve got today.

  • Mark

    Dear Texas, do the rest of the country a favor and fucking secede already. And dear people of Texas, you elect these assholes over and over again.You WILL NOT be missed.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    These people have nothing better to do? Clearly, they’re drinking something other than the Fool-Aid


    • ted-

      Fool-aid is only available in your local churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples.

    • coram nobis

      Is Texas Mountain Dew country? Or is it RC Cola?

  • ted-

    So much hateful people in this country. Some times I really hate my country.

    • coram nobis

      The original concept is fine. It’s the inhabitants in certain parts that are the problem.

      If I owned Texas and Hell, I’d rent out Texas and live in Hell.
      — Gen. Phil Sheridan

  • coram nobis

    Mark Twain found a couple of relevant bible passages. Maybe that’s why the Christian obsession with bathrooms (although the Gospels say nothing about Jesus entering one).

    Take the case of Jeroboam. “I will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall.” It was done. And not only was the man that did it cut off, but everybody else.

    The same with the house of Baasha: everybody was exterminated, kinsfolks, friends, and all, leaving “not one that pisseth against a wall.”

    In the case of Jeroboam you have a striking instance of the Deity’s custom of not limiting his punishments to the guilty; the innocent are included. Even the “remnant” of that unhappy house was removed, even “as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.” That includes the women, the young maids, and the little girls. All innocent, for they couldn’t piss against a wall. Nobody of that sex can. None but members of the other sex can achieve that feat.

    A curious prejudice. And it still exists. Protestant parents still keep the Bible handy in the house, so that the children can study it, and one of the first things the little boys and girls learn is to be righteous and holy and not piss against the wall. They study those passages more than they study any others, except those which incite to masturbation. …

    … “Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee.”

    That rule was made in the old days because “The Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp.”
    — “Letters from the Earth”

    • i can, and have, pissed on a wall. i can spray my piss widely; you don’t know how and you don’t want to. any woman can. the clit is just a little, more flexible penis head. gay guys often don’t understand that. but when i was in the military, believe me: i pissed standing up. a lot. for a reason. and i didn’t spray my leg like a dog or dribble like an oldster. i can&have pissed my name in the snow, just like a man.

  • andrew

    If there ever was an issue tailor made by demagogues to get people’s minds off the real issues that effect the quality of their lives, it’s all the noise about these bathroom bills.

  • Ken M

    Their biggest concern is a “Bathroom Bill.” That sort of sums it up right there.

    • William

      Yes, our skyrocketing property taxes are nothing compared to the fear of a “man in a dress”.

  • Ken M

    They can’t really claim it’s needed for the elections next year. The republicans have held the legislature since 2004. At last check, they led the democrats by 46 votes between both the house and senate. They are ALL up in 2018 though.

    • Nazi_pelosi

      And they will get re elected, ouch you lose pervert

    • First priority: ensure the elections are fair and honest and every eligible citizen can actually vote if they choose to do so. Until we make that happen, get out the vote won’t matter.

  • JCF

    Can someone PLEASE find/PUBLISH the inevitable (illegal) DIRT on this SLIMEBAG???