Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is messing with Texas (and Idaho and some other states).
On Wednesday, Ferguson filed a brief on behalf of Washington, in addition to 11 other states and the District of Columbia, that supports a federal guideline intended to ensure the civil rights of transgender students. The brief also takes aim at states challenging the protections in federal court.
“While Plaintiffs’ claimed harms are hypothetical, the discrimination suffered by transgender individuals is all too real,” reads the brief. “Such discrimination harms transgender individuals at work, at school, and in public, causing tangible economic, emotional, and health consequences.”
The sweeping set of guidelines, introduced last spring, directs schools to treat transgender students in a way that’s consistent with their gender identity. The guidelines cover everything from using a student’s preferred pronoun to addressing harassment. They also cover more contentious areas, calling on schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Districts that didn’t comply risked losing federal funds.
The guidelines swiftly triggered a lawsuit from 11 states, led by the attorney general of Texas that later drew support from Idaho, that argued the they would transform “workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.”
Ms. Sanders was aware that the November 24 records existed but never informed the City Clerk. She affirmatively represented that she had no responsive records or that her records were forwarded to legal in connection with potential litigation. Ms. Sanders did not describe the records she forwarded. Ms. Sanders also never requested her staff to search for the relevant correspondences, which were stored electronically and in hard copy in the Mayor’s office, and produced to this investigator by the Mayor’s staff within an hour of requesting the documents.
The second annual Northwest League vs. Pioneer League All-Star game is back with four Spokane Indians players being selected to play for the NWL team. The players include third baseman Xavier Turner, catcher Seth Spivey, pitcher Tyler Ferguson and outfielder Chad Smith.
Last year Spokane has hosted the game at Avista Stadium with an almost-full capacity of 7,083 fans attending.
“The is a tremendous honor and a great opportunity to compete against some of the top players at this level,” said Spivey, who was also a mid-season all-star in 2014 as a second baseman. “We look forward to representing Spokane and the NWL in Ogden.”
In addition to Spivey, Smith joins the all-stars as the youngest hitter in the league at 18, former Vanderbilt star Turner is hitting .337, and pitcher Ferguson is fourth in the league in strikeouts despite pitching out of the bullpen, with 41 so far.
The game is happening on Tuesday, August 2, at 6 pm Pacific at the Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah. A Home Run Derby will begin before the game at 4 pm, with the first pitch of the game scheduled for 6 pm.
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