Austin, Texas (CBS HOUSTON) — A proposal which would make Texas the fifth state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana use was approved in a bipartisan House panel vote – with the bill’s author citing his Christian values as cause for his support.
Being hailed as a historic victory and a surprise to Lone Star state lawmakers, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in Texas, the Houston Chronicle reports. The panel’s three Democrats were joined by two Republicans to give House Bill 2165 a “decisive 5-2 victory.”
Just weeks before the mid-term elections a federal judge in Corpus Christi struck down on Thursday Texas’ contentious voter ID law, describing it as a “poll tax” and finding that it discriminated against minority voters.
Federal District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled that the law violates the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act and barred the state from enforcing it in the coming November election.
“There has been a clear and disturbing pattern of discrimination in the name of combating voter fraud in Texas,” Ramos wrote in her opinion issued late Thursday.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office issued a statement shortly after the ruling was announced, promising to appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The state of Texas will immediately appeal and will urge the Fifth Circuit to resolve this matter quickly to avoid voter confusion in the upcoming election,” the office said in a statement. “The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are constitutional so we are confident the Texas law will be upheld on appeal.”
The timing of the judge’s ruling could spare an estimated 13.6 million registered Texas voters from needing photo identification to cast a ballot as mandated by the law. Early voting is scheduled to begin Oct. 20.
So Texas Governor, GOP Presidential candidate, and borderline blithering idiot, has cut a new YouTube vid promoting his candidacy, where he touts his Christianity, and slams gays — completely ignoring the fact that Jesus never said word one about homosexuality, but often went off on the rich, and actually espoused the separation of church and state (“Render unto Cesar what is Caesar and render unto God what is God’s”).
Anyway, we want to show you the .30-second clip. Don’t worry, we haven’t gone over to the dark side, but we want top use the video as a set-up to show you what can only be described as a “counter ad” of sorts.