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Supporters of anti-bias bill hope boycott will continue

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Some state lawmakers hope that Texans will continue to boycott stores that encouraged Gov. Rick Perry earlier this summer to veto a bill designed to prevent pay discrimination against women.

The boycott by some lawmakers, including state Sen. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, began after news reports showed that the Texas Retailers Association and several of its members — including Macy’s and Kroger — urged Perry to veto the bill because it could have led to more lawsuits.

“I’m a card-packing member of Kroger and a card-packing member of Macy’s, but I don’t plan to shop there any more until they have a different policy toward equality for women,” Thompson has said.

Thompson and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, worked together to pass the bill during the regular legislative session.

“Texas’ commitment to smart regulations and fair courts is a large part of why we continue to lead the nation in job creation,” Perry said of the veto, adding that the bill duplicates federal law.

Representatives of some stores on the list have said they support equal pay for equal work, but believe the current federal law protects all workers.

District 10

Republican Konni Burton is gaining support in her quest to represent Texas Senate District 10, currently represented by Davis, who has said she is trying to decide between running for re-election to the Senate seat or for governor.

She recently picked up an endorsement from Cathie Adams, former Texas Republican Party chair and Texas Eagle Forum president.

“Konni Burton is a proven conservative leader who knows what she believes and why,” Adams said. “Most importantly, she has shown the courage to stand for our conservative principles. Konni’s dedication to God, family and country provides a stark contrast to the incumbent’s extremist views.”

She also has picked up endorsements from state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and JoAnn Fleming, with Grassroots America.

Other Republicans in the race include Mark Shelton of Fort Worth and Mark Skinner of Colleyville.

Texas blowup

Don’t mess with U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, or for that matter, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio.

It was high drama at the usually collegial U.S. House Science Committee earlier this month, according to Roll Call, a publication that covers Congress, when Johnson, the ranking Democrat on the panel, blasted Smith, the chairman, for holding a vote to subpoena the EPA for data used to back air quality standards.

“You’ve exhibited a baffling disregard for the scientific process and the academic and government scientific community in our country,” Johnson told Smith, a 26-year veteran of the House, in her opening statement.

An indignant Smith said that “at no point in my congressional career have I ever attacked anybody personally and I would appreciate it if she would refrain from impugning my motives.”

It got worse.

“And for what do you seek this data?” Johnson asked. “What legitimate scientific researcher can’t already access this data? I have to assume you will be passing this data to — excuse my language — industry hacks.”

Republicans threatened to “take down the words” — a parliamentary punishment used against offensive language that leaves the perpetrator without the right to speak in committee or the floor.

At first, Johnson said she stood by her words, then after a 10-minute recess — or cooling-off period — she said she would strike the language and rephrase her remarks.

The subpoena passed on a party-line vote.

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