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09/17/2009

Hatin' the waitin': This Halloween, will we finally get to go as 'one who's protected from bias crimes'?

by Jeremy Hooper

Kerry Eleveld has the skinny on hate crimes legislation, when we might see its principled passage, and what our side needs and wants to get stripped from the measure before it's placed under the prez's pen:

Democratic sources on the Hill say the Department of Defense reauthorization legislation to which the hate crimes measure is currently attached could reach the president’s desk as early as mid-to-late October.
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HRC is still lobbying to strike some potentially harmful amendments made on the Senate floor by senators who are generally hostile to the bill

Hate Crimes On Track For Fall [Advocate]

The need-to-be-stripped language is a death penalty provision that Republican senator Jess Sessions attached to the bill for the purposes of derailing it. Here's sincerely hoping that by the time the House and Senate reconcile the bill, the only capital punishment that will ultimately surround the measure will involve a figurative smackdown of Sen. Sessions' opportunistic game playing underneath the Capitol's rotunda.

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You know, normally I'd give a little pushback to Sessions' one-upsmanship, but seeing as how I am supporting the viral California Marriage Protection Act - a much more clever (and admittedly less diabolical) game of one-upsmanship - I'm not sure if I want to inherit the hypocrite label just yet.

Posted by: Tommy | Sep 17, 2009 7:36:16 PM

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