Congressman Will Hurd announced this week that he would not be seeking reelection in 2020.
Hurd announced on Twitter, “I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security,”
I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security. https://t.co/GeZ4Hh264f
— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
Hurd is the only African American Republican in the House of Representatives.
He is the sixth GOP lawmaker and third House Republican in Texas to announce his retirement in the last two weeks.
Hurd declared in a statement that he left his previous job in the CIA to run for Congress in 2014 to provide the U.S. House with aid in intelligence and national security matters.
The outgoing Congressman said, “While Congress has a role in these issues, so does the private sector and civil society.”
He added, “After reflecting on how best to help our country address these challenges, I’m leaving the House of Representatives to help our country in a different way.”
Hurd represents a congressional district that spans the U.S.-Mexico border between San Antonio and El Paso. The New York Times notes that this district is essentially a swing district given that it has flipped five times between Republicans and Democrats since the 1990s.
For lovers of basic freedom, Hurd’s presence in Congress will not be missed.
He was one of the few Republicans who voted for H.R. 8 , the House’s universal gun registration bill, which was the largest expansion of gun control to pass a chamber of Congress since the Brady Act of 1993.
On top of that, Hurd voted for an amnesty bill that would potentially grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.
Based on these votes, Hurd proved to be a reliable member of the political establishment.
Texas’ 23rd District deserves a true conservative option.
Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit
She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.
A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.
Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.
Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.
A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.
Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.
So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.
Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:
The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.
Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.
Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”
He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”
Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.
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