Helena’s mayoral candidates: Refugee crisis is not a city issue

“Smith has been criticized in the liberal-leaning blog “The Montana Post,” as well as some letters to the editor published by the Independent Record, for his speech at a meeting hosted by Virginia-based ACT for America last year in Helena. The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal advocacy nonprofit that specializes in civil rights issues, has classified ACT as an anti-Muslim hate group “because it pushes wild Muslim conspiracy theories, denigrates American Muslims and deliberately conflates mainstream and radical Islam.”

“Smith told the Independent Record he was not aware the organization was listed as a hate group when he attended the meeting, and said, “I’m not sure I agree with the views of either ACT or the SPLC.” More…

Helena’s mayoral candidates: Refugee crisis is not a city issue

While the Helena mayor’s speech to what critics call an anti-Muslim hate group has raised questions about his stance on refugee resettlement, both mayoral candidates say the global refugee crisis is not a city issue. “There’s a minimal role for state government.

New California Law Makes It A Crime To Not Call A Transgender Person By Their Preferred Pronoun

Senate Bill 219 was signed into law Oct. 4. It states that it is unlawful to “willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.” The crime is defined as a misdemeanor. More…

New California Law Makes It A Crime To Not Call A Transgender Person By Their Preferred Pronoun

Law Also Makes It Illegal To Ask For ID When Transgender Person Chooses Which Restroom To Use California signed a new law last week that could have health care workers ending up in jail if they choose not to address transgender patients by their preferred pronouns. Senate Bill 219 was signed into law Oct.