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1/30/23 Texas is at the forefront of states protecting its border from the invasion at our Southern Border with Mexico.  Florida is a close second.  Texas is the state to watch for innovations and determination to secure its border whether by declaring an invasion and activating the National Guard on 11/14/22, negotiating with the governors of Mexico in April 2022 for increased security to deter illegal migration ref or erecting 130 miles of border barrier.

The current border barrier in Texas consists of 72 miles of eight foot tall fencing with razor wire and 58 miles of concertina wire.  Additionally, 1.7 miles of Trump style 30 foot tall steel wall in Starr County was completed in July 2022.  The second section of Trump border wall is a 1/3 mile Trump wall being built is Los Indios about 70 miles east of Starr County ref.  9.4 miles was recently secured by Fisher Sand and Gravel ref.  If it seems odd that the border wall is being placed here or there in Texas, it is because most of the land on the border is private property. ref

Pending contracts

  • 7 more miles to be built in Starr County
  • 7 miles to be built in Val Verde County near Del Rio
  • 6.6 miles to be built in Webb and Zapata counties by Texas based Sullivan Land Services Company (SLSCO), of Galveston.  This is the fifth and most recent contract to be awarded. ref

These 3 pending contracts as well as the two already secured (The first was in Starr County and the second is being built in Los Indios) total 31.7 miles of Trump border wall of which 1.7 has been completed in July 2022 in Starr County.  Construction is expected to ramp up this year.

Additional contracts cannot be finalized until the Texas Legislature approves more funding and it is expected to do so. ref

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Cathy Miller wins in California Superior Court
10/23/22 On Friday, 10/21/22, California Superior Court Judge Eric Bradshaw ruled that DFEH was prohibited from compelling Cathy Miller to violate the 1st Amendment by forcing her to support something which she does not agree.

Worded differently, the law cannot be used to compel someone to say something that they do not want to say as this violates the 1st Amendment.  ref, pdf

See also: Hot cases to watch part 3

Updates in three First Amendment cases
10/20/22 OREGON: Sweet Cakes by Melissa

  • 07/12/22: BOLI declines to issue a new hearing and reduces the $135,000 fine to $30,000. ref

  • 09/02/22: First Liberty appeals to U.S. Supreme Court. ref

    COLORADO: Phillip's Masterpiece Cakeshop Autumn Scardina vs. Masterpiece Cakeshop and Jack Phillips

  • 10/04/22: Colorado Court of Appeals hears oral arguments.  Watch here or on youtube.


    This is an update on the status of the third and ongoing case against Jack Phillips who has been active . . . [more]

    Recent developments in three same sex marriage cases
    2/5/22 OREGON: Sweet Cakes by Melissa

  • 01/26/22: The Oregon Court of Appeals admits states that Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) acted with bias against the bakers' religion, however they sent the case back to BOLI to render further judgement against the Kleins.  The Kleins plan to appeal the decision to the Oregon Supreme Court next. ref


    This is bad news for the Kleins and upsetting to hear.  The persecution against the Kleins for their Christian faith for the past 9 years needs . . . [more]

    Colorado District Court rules against Jack Phillips
    6/16/21
    6/15/21: Colorado District Court rules that Jack Phillips violated Colorado's Anti Discrimination Act when he declined to make a custom cake that celebrated a gender transition. ref

    ADF has said they will appeal the decision. ref  ADF says the Barronelle Stutzman is still pending appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    see also: Hot cases to watch part 3

    Jack Phillips in court again for refusing to create cake celebrating gender transition
    3/24/21
  • 03/04/21: Colorado District Court dismisses plaintiff's deceptive trade practice that claim that Jack Phillips advertised he would sell cakes to LGBT individuals with no intent to sell to said individuals.  The court left intact the claim that Autumn Scardina was denied a cake due to his protected status. pdf
  • 03/22/21: Colorado District Court hears virtual oral arguments from Jack Phillips and family on whether his business discriminated against Autumn Scardina on the basis of his sexua . . . [more]

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    Texas Border Wall as of January 2023
    1/30/23 Texas is at the forefront of states protecting its border from the invasion at our Southern Border with Mexico.  Florida is a close second.  Texas is the state to watch for innovations and determination to secure its border whether by declaring an invasion and activating the National Guard on 11/14/22, negotiating with the governors of Mexico in April 2022 for increased security to deter illegal migration ref or erecting 130 miles of border barrier.

    The current border barrier in Texas consist . . . [more]

    Colorado Court of Appeals Rules Against Jack Phillips
    1/28/23 01/26/23: Colorado Court of Appeals rules Jack Phillips discriminated against Autumn Scardina. ref  This decision was made by Justices Dunn, Schutz, and Grove.  ADF says they will appeal.

    The last time this case was heard before the Colorado Court of Appeals was on 07/07/15 and it took the court just over a month to issue a ruling.  The Decision was authored by justices Taubman, Loeb, and Berger.  The case was finally resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court nearly 3 years later.  This time it took . . . [more]

    Voter Integrity Improves Significantly In 2022
    1/19/23 In Hans von Spakovsky's article Election Integrity 2022 in Review: More Improvements Than Damage he shows how across the nation voter integrity has mostly improved; although there were a few states such as Maryland, Rhode Island, and Wyoming that weakened their voter integrity laws.

    Quick stats:

  • The states that improved voter integrity laws brought the score up by 50 and the states that decided to weaken voter integrity laws brought the score down by 5 leaving a net improvement of 45. . . . [more]

    Contests for House Speaker that went to multiple ballots
    1/5/23 CongressNumber of ballots
    34th Congress (1855)133
    31th Congress (1849)63
    36th Congress (1859)44
    16th Congress (1819)22
    118th Congress (2023)15
    17th Congress (1821)12
    26th Congress (1839)11
    23rd Congress (1833)10
    68th Congress (1923)9
    3rd Congress (1793)3

    Notice how seldom this has happened in U.S. history.

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