Session Explodes!
Jeremy Alford - Tuesday Tracker | June 2018

"It's called a photo finish for a reason..."

The year’s second special session came to a screeching halt in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, with the Capitol’s players and the state’s policy needs scattering under the force of impact. The next few days will center on what exactly happened, from the content of the bills advanced late in the evening to whether the House ever had 70 votes to begin with for a sales tax boost. But the present moment provides an opportunity for a mindful glance back at the session timeline that mattered most — alongside our notes and character sketches from the midnight special’s last gasp.

The year’s third special session is coming. It’ll likely start over the next seven to 10 days (or so) and end “several days” prior to June 30. But don’t look for comfort in that wiggle room leading up to July 1. No matter how you slice it, the term’s seventh special session will be the last for this fiscal year. When that one is done, the whole enchilada is done.

 

The Adoption Option
The Advocate | June 2018

When Dylan David and his wife Kristine waded into the largely unregulated world of adoption, they lost their money, lost the child to a higher bidder, and had no legal recourse.

“We had a failed adoption,” David said Monday after flying in from the offshore oil platform where he works to attend a State Capitol rally celebrating a new law that he and his wife helped pass. They plan to try adoption again once Act 562 goes into effect on Aug. 1.

“Existing law was ambiguous,” said Republican state Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge pastor and former executive with Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative faith-based group that lobbies on social issues.

“I call it the ‘Protection of Adoption’ Act. It provides a framework so that adoption is not so confusing,” Edmonds said.

 

Freedom Wins!
The Denison Forum | June 2018

The Six Stages to Losing Religious Freedom
(Click on image to enlarge.)

In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins made plans to be lawfully married in Massachusetts, then return to Colorado for a wedding reception. They visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to order a custom cake.

Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips declined their request, explaining that his Christian beliefs kept him from using his artistic abilities to create such a cake. Over the years, he has declined to create many custom cakes that would display unbiblical messages. He wouldn’t make a cake celebrating a divorce, for instance.

He offered to sell the couple other baked goods in the store, but they declined and filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Commission decided in their favor and ordered Masterpiece to take steps to ensure future compliance with its ruling. Phillips appealed that ruling and chose to stop making wedding cakes, costing him 40 percent of his business. He has also faced death threats.

The State’s decision was upheld on appeal but reversed yesterday by the U. S. Supreme Court. With these words, the Supreme Court issued a major ruling yesterday regarding religious freedom:

“The government, consistent with the Constitution’s guarantee of free exercise, cannot impose regulations that are hostile to the religious beliefs of affected citizens and cannot act in a manner that passes judgment upon or presupposes the illegitimacy of religious beliefs and practices.”

What does it mean for us as we engage a culture that is in many ways “hostile” to our “religious beliefs?” Click the button to read more.

 

Control the Words Control the Culture
Prager U | June 2018

What’s in a word? Why does it matter whether we call someone who breaks the law to enter the country an “illegal alien” or an “undocumented immigrant”? What’s the difference between a Christmas tree and a “holiday tree”?

It’s just semantics, right? 

Yes…and no. It is just semantics, but “semantics” means “the meaning of words.” Words exist so that we might discriminate one thing from another. Without words, we have chaos. And it starts with the first words—a baby says “mama” to distinguish mommy from daddy. Words shape how we think; they color how we view the world.

No one understands this better than the left. They are the masters of words. Because they know that words matter. 

Continue reading and watch the video to get the whole story.

 
 

"I wish we could just reduce spending instead of repeated efforts to increase revenue. If even half of the reform measures we've proposed this term had passed, we would have no deficit by now." —Louisiana Representative Beryl Amedee

 

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