The Texas State Legislature voted Tuesday to “pull funding” from local sports teams who refuse to play the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ before games.
“Texas state legislators on Monday voted to approve a bill that would withhold funding from state sports teams that choose not to play the national anthem before athletic events,” reports The Hill.
The legislation would require professional sports teams to play the anthem or forfeit state money and financial incentives.
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“It’s very simple. If they do not want to play the national anthem, they don’t take the tax dollars,” said one state representative. “If we’re going to go ahead and subsidize with hard-earned American dollars the sporting facilities and the teams in the different ways that I think is articulated in this bill, then this would apply.”
Read the full report at The Hill.
DON’T MESS WITH TEX: Lone Star State Files Reply to Penn at Supreme Court, Decision at Any Time
From Fox News:
Texas on Friday morning filed a “reply brief” with the Supreme Court as it asks the tribunal to hear its lawsuit that aims to essentially nullify the presidential elections in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin — putting the ball in the justices’ court to issue an order in the case.
The “briefing stage” of Supreme Court litigation consists of the first party, in this instance, Texas, asking the court to hear the case. Then opposition briefs are filed by those on the other side of the case. Then the first party is allowed to file a “reply brief,” which Texas did Friday morning.
“Defendant States do not seriously address grave issues that Texas raises, choosing to hide behind other court venues and decisions in which Texas could not participate and to mischaracterize both the relief that Texas seeks and the justification for that relief,” the Texas brief says of the opposition briefs filed by Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia Thursday.
Texas continues: “An injunction should issue because Defendant States have not—and cannot—defend their actions.”
Read the full report here.
BACK AT BAT: Steve Scalise Ready to Play Congressional Baseball Game Two Years After Assassination Attempt
Rep. Steve Scalise is once-again ready to take part in the Congressional Baseball match Wednesday night; rejoining the annual event two-years after he was shot while practicing for the game.
“It’s been quite a road,” he told Fox News’ Carley Shimkus. “I can definitely feel how much better I am now, especially than last year. I’m still lucky to be alive but able to move around a whole lot better,” said Scalise.
Scalise was seriously injured when a lone gunman -identified as James Hodgkinson- fired 50 bullets at lawmakers before being fatally shot by police.
“Scalise, who still uses crutches to get around, credits his security guards with saving his life, as well as Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, who formerly worked as a trauma surgeon and quickly applied a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding. Scalise’s security, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, will both attend the 2019 Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday, the congressman said,” reports Fox News.
“It was amazing how that removed so much of the anxiety and all of a sudden I was calm, and I knew that God was taking care of me, and boy did he ever,” added Scalise on the power of prayer during the mass shooting.
“The Republican Congressional Baseball Team’s manager, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, was also present on the day of the shooting in 2017. He said he’s been working hard to prepare the politicians for this year’s event, even starting off the day with 6 a.m. practices,” adds Fox.
Read the full report at Fox News.