DML Morning Briefing Fri. Apr. 2: Dems pitting corporations against conservatives, election integrity, new jobs report, and more…
By Team DML
1 – American Airlines and other corporations line up to condemn Texas voting legislation
Fox News reports: Several leading corporations Thursday condemned legislation advanced by the Texas state senate that would limit certain voting methods.
Companies like Amazon, Southwest Airlines, and AT&T panned the GOP measure, which would limit extended early voting hours, prohibit sending absentee voting applications to those who did not request them, and ban drive-thru voting – a method utilized during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It has been 56 years since the Voting Rights Act became law, yet efforts to disenfranchise Black people and other minorities continue to this day,” Amazon said in a statement Thursday. “The ability to vote is one of the most prized fundamental rights in our American democracy, and Amazon supports policies that protect and expand those rights.”
American Airlines similarly condemned the move by GOP state legislatures, saying it impedes on their staff’s right to vote.
“As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote,” the company said in a statement.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick fired back against American Airlines. “I am stunned that American Airlines would put out a statement saying ‘we are strongly opposed to this bill’ … just minutes after their government relations representative called my office and admitted that neither he nor the American Airlines CEO had actually read the legislation,” Patrick said.
Patrick also wrote, “By the way, this is the same American Airlines that in 2017 led the fight to try to force us to allow boys to play girls sports in Texas and take away their scholarships. They are probably still fighting for that today and it is likely they hae not read Senate Bill 29 either.”
DML: The left’s new tactic – leverage corporations to push their agenda.
2 – Georgia GOP’s Atlanta election integrity rally met by armed left-wing militia
Fox News reports: Georgia Republicans rallying for election integrity in Atlanta Wednesday were met by armed left-wing militia members, according to the state party chairman.
A statement posted to Facebook included images of masked, armed men and women, some of them wearing tactical vests and helmets.
State GOP Chairman David Shafer argued that armed demonstrators waving American flags or wearing “MAGA” hats would have attracted much more attention, “pandemonium” and calls for gun control.
DML: Now where are all the Democrats screaming “domestic terrorists” and “gun control?”
3 – BREAKING: Jobs report blows past expectations as payrolls boom by 916,000 in March
CNBC reports: Job growth boomed in March at the fastest pace since last summer as stronger economic growth and an aggressive vaccination effort contributed to a surge in hospitality and construction jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 916,000 for the month while the unemployment rate fell to 6%.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for an increase of 675,000 and an unemployment rate of 6%. The total was the highest since the 1.58 million added in August 2020.
There are still nearly 5 million fewer Americans employed than a year ago while the labor force is down 2.2 million.
DML: Biden is trying to destroy this with open borders and his massive tax increase.
4 – Biden urged to appoint Latina prosecutor working on Floyd case as US attorney
The Hill reports: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing President Biden to nominate a Latina lawyer who is currently involved in the George Floyd murder trial for U.S. attorney in Minnesota, The Washington Post reports.
The caucus chairman, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), sent a letter to Biden last month urging him to consider Lola Velazquez-Aguilu for the position.
“Hispanics are the most underrepresented minority group in the federal workforce, making up just 8 percent of personnel,” Ruiz wrote in the letter obtained by the Post.
Ruiz used the opportunity to argue that the appointment would help prove Biden’s commitment to diversity.
“To help the Biden-Harris administration increase Hispanic representation across the workforce, I wish to bring to your attention Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu,” the letter continued.
DML: Wait, isn’t this racist?
5 – Kids Became Suicidal, Clinically Obese Because Of School Closures, Suit Says
The Daily Caller reports: The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and local teachers union damaged the “well-being and future prospects” of students “hostage” by delaying the reopening of classrooms, a lawsuit said.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of parents from the district who say they’ve witnessed their children suffer mental, emotional, and physical harm due to the continued school closures. The plaintiffs say that LAUSD “breached its duty of undivided loyalty” to students by delaying reopening.
“[The] children have variously become suicidal, isolated, depressed, addicted, clinically obese, and had their future prosperity needlessly imperiled,” said the lawsuit, which was filed at the tail-end of March.
The suit said the pandemic was an excuse to “extract concessions” from the district, including defunding the police and programs to address “systemic racism.” It also accused LAUSD of violating the California Constitution by failing to provide in-person instruction for at least six months of the year.
DML: Parents need to start fighting back like this in every school district, in every state!