HAPPY PI DAY!

And yes this day is mostly just a great excuse to take advantage of a pun and stuff your face with pastry goodness. So I hope you’re reading this with your free, non-pie-holding hand.

Or maybe you’re going to spend exactly 3 minutes and 14 seconds reading this, so I’d best hop to it.

Campaign Action

Piece Of The Pie: Conservative lawmakers in Utah gave themselves one, in a manner of speaking, when they decided to include Trump supporters as a protected class under the hate crimes bill the legislature approved this week.

  • Republicans amended the bill to include “political expression” as one of the classes that would be protected under the new statute, but the only examples they cited during debate on the bill were people supporting right-wing beliefs or wearing MAGA hats.
    • Thankfully, age, religion, ancestry, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, ethnicity, and familial status are all covered by the new hate crimes bill, too. 
      • But so are cops and soldiers, so …
  • Ultimately, the new law will give additional protections to a lot of Utahns who definitely need it, and that’s a good thing.
    • Perpetrators found guilty of targeting a protected class will be subject to enhanced penalties.

And the fact that conservatives feel so broadly threatened that they think they deserve similar treatment reveals quite a lot about how they see the world these days—and their general fear of how it’s changing.

Honey Pie: Honey is sticky stuff. It could really gum up the works if you don’t keep it securely in its little squeeze bear.

  • Colorado Republicans decided to dump the whole damn apiary in the state Senate floor this week.
    • In a move they hoped would stall hearings and votes on oil and gas and anti-death penalty bills they don’t like, the GOP minority invoked a rarely used rule on Monday requiring bills be read on the floor in their entirety before the final vote.
      • The bill they invoked this for happened to be 2,000 pages long.
        • Some estimated it would take about 60 hours or so to read aloud.
    • But as a staffer read the bill for about three hours, Democrats moved to counter these Republican shenanigans.
      • Monday afternoon, the majority set up five computers in the chamber that began simultaneously “reading” the bills aloud at faster-than-human speed.
      • By 5:30 p.m. that evening, the bill had technically been read on the floor in its entirety.
      • Regular votes commenced, and legislative business got back on track.

Source: World

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