Debbie Riddle, the state representative who once compared free public education to the “pits of hell…Russia” is singing (and quite badly) the same old song she’s been singing for the last few sessions of the Texas House of Representatives.
Yet, again, Riddle is promising to file a bill similar to the one just signed into law in Arizona. And no, this is not the first time she’ll do it. Riddle has made it standard Republican practice to attack the civil rights, liberties, and equal opportunities of Latinos for quite a while now. She has filed so many anti-Latino and anti-immigrant bills that it’s becoming hard to keep track of them. To date, all of her racist bills have died thanks to Democratic leadership.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a San Antonio Democrat and former president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, called the law “extremely damaging and hateful.”
Van de Putte predicted failure for any similar measures in Texas and said the GOP would suffer politically for such a move.
Still, Riddle stands to rile up the right-wing and bring with her any slightly-thinking Republican. If played correctly by Democrats, Riddle’s racist antics could cost the Republicans dearly in November.
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