Today TFN President Kathy Miller spoke along with representatives of our partner organizations on a national press call about Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick trying to pass a “bathroom bill” and other anti-LGBT discriminatory legislation in the coming special session of the Texas Legislature. The special session begins Tuesday (July 18). Here’s the statement Kathy made during the national press call: Read More

You might have seen this ad by Empire State Development, which is New York's economic development agency. The intent of the ad is to lure business to set up shop in the state of New York. At roughly 50 seconds in, headlines float onto the screen, including one that says Gov. Greg Abbott is OK with discrimination against gay people by public officials. The implication is that discrimination is bad for business, and businesses thinking about locating in Texas should consider New York instead. Read More

It’s Past Time to End the Silence about Your Offensive ‘Blood Brother,’ Gov. Abbott

Ted Nugent, the aging right-wing rocker who prominently campaigned with Greg Abbott and calls the Texas governor a “blood brother,” is getting a heap of criticism for a vicious Facebook post on Monday. Nugent’s post, which includes an image apparently used on anti-Semitic websites, calls prominent Jewish Americans “punks” and claims that they “hate freedom” because they support gun safety laws.

Nugent’s post includes photos of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer among others, each photo stamped with an Israeli flag. Nugent’s accompanying rant:

“Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!”

The New York Daily News criticized Nugent’s “wacko” post, calling it “an anti-Semitic message … charging that Jews are trying to take away his precious guns.” The Anti-Defamation League has called on Nugent to remove the image, which it says has appeared on anti-Semitic websites in the past. Other critics made their own objections clear in… Read More

Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, is foot-stomping mad that a Harris County grand jury has handed down indictments against two anti-abortion activists who helped make doctored videos attacking Planned Parenthood. The same grand jury essentially cleared Planned Parenthood of outrageous charges that the organization was illegally selling tissues from aborted fetuses.

Rep. Zedlers used Twitter in his dishonest temper tantrum:

Planned Parenthood illegally sells baby parts = praise & taxpayer funding. Exposing it = felony charges. Disgraceful!!!

— Bill Zedler (@Bill_Zedler) January 26, 2016

Planned Parenthood illegally sells baby parts = praise & taxpayer funding. Exposing it = felony charges. Disgraceful!!!

So Zedler continues to promote a lie that the grand jury has already discredited. Moreover, his contempt for the law couldn’t be clearer. Zedler apparently has no problem with individuals who break the law in the promotion of a lie and political agenda that he supports. That’s the real disgrace, Rep. Zedler.

Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton also are promoting the same deceitful agenda. Both released statements on Monday (here and here) insisting that the state’s own “investigation” of Planned Parenthood will continue, facts be damned.

Their war on the the… Read More

Ted Nugent, the aging right-wing rocker who prominently campaigned with Greg Abbott and calls the Texas governor a “blood brother,” today launched into an especially vicious and seemingly unhinged attack on President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On his Facebook page, Nugent called for Obama and Clinton to be “tried for treason & hung.” An excerpt:

Our unholy rotten soulless criminal America destroying government killed 4 Americans in Banghazi. Period! What sort of chimpass punk would deny security, turn down 61 requests for security, then tell US forces to STAND DOWN when they were ready to kickass on the allapukes & save American lives! Obama & Clinton, thats who. They should be tried for treason & hung. Our entire fkdup gvt must be cleansed asap.

Unless he gets embarrassed (and how likely is that?) and takes down the post, you can read the full screed here.

Nugent has a long history of making repugnant and incendiary statements. For example, he has called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and Hillary Clinton a “toxic c***,” “two-bit whore” and “worthless bitch”. He has also glorified sex with underage girls. But right-wing politicians like Gov. Abbott love campaigning with him.… Read More

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